'Seasons at Cedarmere' Summer: Gamelan Concert
FRIENDS OF CEDARMERE hosted an outdoor concert on Saturday, June 28, featuring Yowana Sari, the brilliant Gamelan ensemble with I Dewa Ketut Alit. The concert, the first musical event in our inaugural culture series, Seasons at Cedarmere, was held outside on the estate's grounds.
The ensemble, known as Yowana Sari, under the direction of Professor Michael Lipsey of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, are accomplished gamelan musicians.
Gamelan ensembles are cultural treasures of global renown, and their traditional influence can be heard in a variety of musical genres. The sound can be riveting and heart-stopping, fluid and richly layered.
The ensemble performed a program of traditional and non-traditional pieces,performed on gorgeous golden gongs, metallophones and drums, crafted by I Pande Sukarta in Bali. After the concert, guests were treated to a demonstration of each instrument's sound and technique.
A reception on the porch of the home was held afterwards, where guests could enjoy the beautiful views down the waters of Hempstead Harbor.
Cedarmere Pond Gets a Cleanup
FRIENDS OF CEDARMERE volunteers literally jumped into the pond at Cedarmere to assist county staff in the cleanup of invasive plant species.
The 'Pond Pull' was held on Saturday, June 21 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Organized by Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District, the County Department of Public Works provided
shovels, rakes, skimmers, small rowboats and other needed equipment.
Volunteers brought their Wellies, waders and other waterproof gear. The enthusiastic group went into the pond to remove the invasive plants using only hand techniques such as hand pulling, grubbing, or raking and hand skimming.
Rooted plants were carefully dislodged from the bottom substrate for collection and removal. Skimming was used to remove the floating plants. The removed plants and plant fragments were sealed in plastic bags prior to transfer off site.
The Friends of Cedarmere are grateful to the following organizations for their expertise, skill, time, equipment and supplies, and volunteers:
Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District
Nassau County Department of Public Works
Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee