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Celebrate the Green with D&R Greenway Land Trust And Voices Chorale NJ

For Immediate Release, February 21, 2023, Princeton, NJ ~ Ireland and central New Jersey have one important thing in common: rolling hills of green. In celebration of D&R Greenway Land Trust’s work to preserve the green in our local communities, Voices Chorale NJ is bringing Irish music and dancing to a benefit for both organizations just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The event will take place in a restored barn on Sunday, March 12, from 3-6 p.m.at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton.

Storyteller Ron O’Reilly will be on hand to share his Irish tales, and The Kotelnicki School of Irish Dance from Hamilton will perform and teach Irish line dancing. Local musicians Bronwyn Bird and Justin Nawn from The Birdhouse Center for the Arts in Lambertbille will entertain us with traditional Celtic. Irish harp music will set the “tone” as attendees are seated pub-style to partake beer, wine and Irish-themed food.   A Silent Auction of unique items will support these two partnering nonprofits.

Tickets for this festive event and benefit are $65 per person. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, Click Here or call 609-924-4646. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.

Thank You to Our In-Kind Donors for Supporting this Magical Event!

Flounder Brewing Company
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Pennington Market
River Horse Brewing Company
Trader Joe’s
Wegmans

“This special event combines the best from two prior events with Voices: Irish music and an unforgettable procession to an outdoor firepit at sunset that is absolutely magical!” says D&R Greenway President & CEO, Linda Mead. Only 75 seats are available. By the “luck ‘o the Irish” be among the first come, first served and reserve your party’s seats now.

Voices board of directors president and choir member Jane Read shares her thoughts about some of the songs Voices will perform: “Wild Mountain Thyme” (also known as “Will ye Go Lasie, Go”) is one of her favorites “I first came to know this through Judy Collins and then The Byrds all the way back in the ’60s,” Read says.

“We’re also singing a song composed by our own Ken Guilmartin, called “St. Brigid’s Dance,” which he wrote after a musical journey in Ireland.” Guilmartin is a singer with Voices, a trustee of D&R Greenway, and the founder/artistic director of Music Together LLC.

“No Irish song fest (at least in the US) would be complete without Danny Boy,” says Read.” The song is based on a tune known as “Londonderry Air” which has been used by many songwriters. The words were written in 1910 by an Englishman, Frederick Weatherly and set to this tune in 1913. The tune has been used for many other songs and hymns as well.

“Voices is excited to renew our partnership with D&R Greenway with this event. We look forward to sharing our music and enjoying the afternoon with friends old and new,” says Read.

Referring to Ireland’s rolling hills, which are known for having 40 shades of green, D&R Greenway’s Linda Mead says. “Your contribution and participation in this fun event will help us keep 40 shades of green in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley!”

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Voices Chorale NJ is a skilled group of semi-professional singers dedicated to performing choral masterworks and premieres by American composers. Concerts have been performed in Mercer and Bucks County, as well as New York and Philadelphia, and internationally in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Voices sponsors a composition program for children ages 5-12 and regularly performs music of composers from the region.

D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has reached a new milestone of over 22,000 acres of land preserved throughout central New Jersey since 1989. By protecting land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The Land Trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for residents of the region—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered on connecting land with people from all walks of life. https://www.drgreenway.org; info@drgreenway.org. Follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

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