Sandy Point Open Mic Plus features Timbered Lake

Oct 03, 2019
Photo by: Simon Beckford Timbered Lake

Stockton Springs — The annual Open Mic Plus series returns Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 US-1. The events run on the third Wednesday of every month, May through October; this is the final event of the season.

The 7 p.m. open mic hour is open to all ages and levels of talent. Poets, storytellers, jokesters and musicians of all stripes are welcome. After a 15-minute break for refreshments, the feature performance hour begins 8:15 p.m.

The featured performer this month is the folk-indie duo Timbered Lake, consisting of singer, songwriter and guitarist Diana Ramsdell Newman and poet, singer and indigenous percussionist Crow Suncloud. In a time of ecological tipping points, global insecurity, and polarization of opinion, Timbered Lake offers music to inspire clarity of vision and healing. Surpassing a simple protest genre, Newman's guitar joins Suncloud's indigenous percussion with lyrics informed by respect for the earth and for experiential knowledge, reclamation of stewardship values, and promotion of individual and community healing.

Created in 2003, Timbered Lake has been featured throughout New England at Native American venues, environmental stewardship events, healing festivals, writers’ forums, and on radio. The Maine-based duo's commitment to supporting grassroots concerns throughout New England has led to the recent release of a double album titled "World Undivided," with music and lyrics composed by Newman.

Whether conveyed through the soothing rhythms of the sweetgrass rattle or megis shell, the evocative beat of an indigenous hand drum, or the lush accents of the rain stick, Suncloud's nuanced percussion and unpretentious vocal style complement Newman's flowing finger-picking style and lyrics to promote respect for the earth, community, social justice and peace.

Newman has opened for Tom Paxton at Wesleyan University. Timbered Lake has shared the stage with Nipmuk flute player Hawk Henries at the College of the Atlantic, has opened for Native American singer Joanne Shenandoah at Sipayic and Indian Island, and along with poet Paul Weiss has co-produced and performed a series of presentations honoring the work of Leonard Cohen.

Admission is a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10, free for children younger than 18. For more information, call 567-4044.  A stair-free entrance and first-floor video viewing of upstairs activities is available. The historic Sandy Point Community Hall overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River, just 3.5 miles south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.


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