Sam Waterston, along with Mia Farrow (who also starred with Sam in the movie “The Great Gatsby”) will be honorary "chairmen" for the benefit of the Hunt Hill Farm Trust, which will be held on September 20 in New Milford, CT. Since New Milford is in Litchfield County, CT., at least Sam won’t be far from home.
Here are the details:
Grammy winner to perform in concert at New Milford's Hunt Hill Farm
By Nanci G. Hutson
»NEW MILFORD -- Off a country lane at Hunt Hill Farm is an grassy field enclosed by trees and an old stone wall, its gentle slopes and natural shading the idyllic setting for a country music legend to entertain a crowd.
On Sept. 20, Grammy Award-winner Larry Gatlin will perform for some 650 people in the first benefit concert for Hunt Hill Farm Trust, whose mission is to perpetuate the farm's agricultural and artistic past.
"Larry Gatlin's successful and diverse career mirrors that of Hunt Hill Farm Trust founders Skitch and Ruth Henderson," trust executive director Susan York said during a news conference at the farm Monday.
"As the founder of the New York Pops and NBC's former musical director, Skitch had a passion for music in all its forms."
After Skitch died in 2005, Gatlin told his widow, Ruth -- a writer, chef and entrepreneur who still lives in a restored 1836 barn on the farm the couple bought 40 years ago -- he would help her and the trust anyway he could.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers -- his band with his siblings Steve and Rudy -- had performed several times with the New York Pops and played again at its 25th anniversary celebration in April. When Ruth Henderson asked him to sing in New Milford, he agreed.
The honorary chairmen for the event are Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston.
Local resident Mia Ezdebski, who won two $50 tickets to the concert at Village Fair Days, said she feels honored she'll be a guest at what is sure to be a grand afternoon.
The 2:30 to 4 p.m. concert will be held rain or shine under a massive tent. Guided tours of the farm and the Skitch Henderson Museum will follow from 4 to 5 p.m.
In addition, concertgoers can visit the Connecticut Plein Air Painters' latest exhibit in The Silo Gallery on the grounds.
All of the proceeds from the concert -- prices range from $10 for children and students to $125 for gold seating with on-site parking -- will go to the Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm.
Arthur Weinshank, chairman of the trust board, said the concert will raise money to produce other first-class cultural events at the farm and continue the Hendersons' vision for a place unlike any other.
"Ruth and Skitch always wanted to have a concert of this significance," York said.
"Hunt Hill Farm is a vital part of western Connecticut's arts and cultural scene, as well as a historic treasure," John Kline, CEO of Union Savings Bank, said in a written statement. "This concert will allow Hunt Hill Farm Trust to continue inspiring visitors with unique and creative programming."'
Hunt Hill Farm is a destination for farmers and environmentalists, music and art buffs, cooking aficionados, and those who love history, said Jim Whitney, executive director of Northwest Connecticut Visitors and Tourism Bureau.
Whitney said he is happy to accept Henderson's invitation to assist in promoting and arranging the event, from ticket sales to finding convenient but unobtrusive sites for portable toilets.
Board member June Freemanzon said, "Larry Gatlin is a great entertainer, really terrific. He will fit well with Hunt Hill Farm."
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