Farm-to-Table Dinner in Salem
Capitalizing on the success of one of last year’s collaborations with Fort Salem Theater, Gardenworks Farm announces the return of Albany vocalist Kelly Bird on Saturday, July 13, at its first Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater Cabaret of the season. ‘Kelly Bird: Songs I Hate to Love’ is produced and arranged by Jay Kerr, former artistic director of the now-
shuttered Fort Salem Theater. Bird excels at just about every musical style, and began a professional career before the ink had dried on her Bachelors’ of Music degree from The College of Saint Rose, as a paid soloist with the Lake George Opera. At the same time, she was a vocalist with Happy Rhoads and her heavy-duty rock-and-roll band. Musical theater leads followed. She currently teaches at her alma mater and performs the gamut; from traditional religious pieces to pop and jazz standards.
“I heard Kelly singing a Duke Ellington song at a funeral last year,” Kerr noted. “The jazz selection was perfect for the gathering, lending it a musical dignity and an appropriate informality. We booked her for two concerts in our 2018 season; in fact, her show was the last show we produced at Fort Salem.”
‘Songs I Hate to Love’ includes shows tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cy Coleman and Stephen Sondheim; pop songs by John Mayer, The Carpenters and Debbie Harry; jazz standards, and Leonard Cohen’s iconic tune, ‘Hallelujah.’
The July 13 Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cheese tray appetizer. All the food is locally sourced; wine and beer from local vineyards and breweries will be available for purchase. At 6 p.m., chef Rob Southerland will present a menu that includes organic salad, chicken Cordon Bleu and summer vegetables with blueberry crumble for dessert.
Space is limited, and advance reservations are required; call
518-854-3250. Gardenworks Farm is located at 1055 County Route 30 in Salem, N.Y.