SUPPLEMENTAL BARNFEST INFORMATION
Melissa Leo is a grateful working actor, who has lived in the Hudson Valley for 25 years and is proud to be a part of this great and vital community. After spending the happiest years of her life raising her son Jack in their home in Stone Ridge, she’s happily continuing her busy career. Her recent credits include films OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, OBLIVION and also TREME on HBO. She is currently nominated for a Television Critic’s Choice Award for her work on the third season of FX’s LOUIE. Soon she can be seen as Mamie Eisenhower in THE BUTLER and also co-starring in PRISONERS starring Hugh Jackman. She would like to thank the supporters of Catskill Mountainkeeper and Governor Cuomo for working to keep this beautiful land free of hydrofracking.
LIFETIME ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Chevy Chase and his wife, Jayni Chase, will be honored for their lifetime commitment to the environment. Chevy Chase is best known as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live and for his roles in the classic comedies National Lampoon’s, Caddyshack and ¡Three Amigos!.
Jayni Chase is an Environmental Activist and Green School Advocate. Acting on the belief that positive environmental change must begin with the education of our children, Jayni Chase founded the Center for Environmental Education in 1988 and authored Blueprint for a Green School, published by Scholastic in 1995. Currently, Jayni is the Founding Chair of the GREEN Community Schools initiative, being implemented by the direct-service organization, MGR, in 5 cities. She serves on the boards of MGR, the Alliance for Climate Education, the USGBC Center for Green Schools, Friends of the Earth and the NY Harbor School.
Jayni is one of Al Gore’s Slide Show Presenters. She’s participated in the Clinton Global Initiative 2007-2012. Most recently, she’s received the prestigious Connie Award in Education from the National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Award.
KEEPER OF THE CATSKILLS AWARD:
The Woodstock Land Conservancy is being honored for over 25 years of permanently protecting the open lands, natural resources, scenic areas, and historic sites of Woodstock and the surrounding eastern Catskills.
Ben Hewitt, food activist and best-selling author of The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe, speaks frequently on the subjects of regionalized agriculture, re-localizing economies, and reframing America’s values to foment positive change and a durable prosperity that is not dependent on extractive industry. With his wife and two sons, he operates a diversified 40-acre livestock, dairy, berry, and vegetable farm in Northern Vermont. He lives in a self-built, off-grid home that is powered by wind and solar energies.
UP AND COMING CATSKILLS AWARD:
Sean Eldridge is the founder and president of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley. Hudson River Ventures works to empower entrepreneurs and build thriving businesses throughout the region, with a particular focus on agriculture, food & beverage, and advanced manufacturing. Sean and his husband, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, live in Ulster County. Sean is being honored for his work to improve the regional economy.
Co-Chairs: Aidan Quinn, Actor; Ramsay Adams, Executive Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper; and Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO, The Center for Discovery
Aidan Quinn started his acting career on the Chicago stage and went on to play the title role in a modern day Hamlet directed by Robert Falls. In New York, he starred on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire and Off Broadway in Sam Shepherd’s Fool for Love and Lie of the Mind. Aidan has starred in over 40 feature films, among them Desperately Seeking Susan, The Playboys, Avalon, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, and Songcatcher. Aidan’s television credits include the ground breaking AIDS drama, An Early Frost, for which he was Emmy Nominated for Best Actor. His role in HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee also earned him an Emmy nomination. He is currently starring in Elementary on CBS’s hit drama as Captain Gregson. Among his many philanthropic endeavors, being a Board Member of The Center for Discovery is his proudest.
Patrick H. Dollard is President and CEO of The Center for Discovery, an internationally renowned provider of research, intervention and residential services for children and adults with medical complexities, including autism spectrum disorders. Patrick and The Center pioneered the use of healthy facilities that utilize energy-efficient technologies and sustainable, toxin-free construction materials. Under his guidance, the Center for Discovery became the first healthcare facility in the country to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C.). He is the visionary behind the Center’s Thanksgiving Farm CSA, a biodynamically certified farm that has provided produce and interesting work opportunities for residents of The Center for more than 25 years. During his tenure, The Center for Discovery has grown into one of the most positive economic forces in the region and serves as an example of the power of sustainable economic development.
Ramsay Adams is Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, an environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the Catskill Region in New York State. Mr. Adams is also a film and television music supervisor, author, and educator. Prior to founding Catskill Mountainkeeper in 2006, Mr. Adams created and taught the “Music Supervision” course at New York University’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications and wrote the book “Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting Music for Movies, TV, Games, and New Media” (Schirmer). He co-founded MusicSupervisionCentral.com, a music supervision services company. Mr. Adams was the Music Director for a cable news channel for over 4 years and is the film music supervisor of many award winning films including “Jihad for Love”, “The Break Up Artist”, and “Heights.” Mr. Adams and his wife Ananda live in the Catskills with their two children.
2 STAGES OF LIVE MUSIC:
MAINSTAGE ACTS @ ANDY LEE FIELD:
BLUE FOOD · ROCK ACADEMY · PURE GRAVY
SIDE STAGE ACTS @ THE COLONY CAFE: PLUS Cash bar & silent art auction
Dave Kearney · The Cupcakes · The Rick Altman Trio ·
Open Book · Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: Barnfest is always a great time for families and children. We will have scores of activities throughout the afternoon including face painting, parrots for peace and a live theatrical performance:
Paul Green is the founder and former president of the School of Rock. In this role, Paul has been the subject of or inspiration for three major studio films, produced two rock festivals, sat on the planning committee of some of the most prestigious music festivals in the US and Europe, launched a magazine and an on-demand channel, staged numerous tours, managed bands, and has had the wonderful opportunity to work with such Rock luminaries as Jon Anderson, Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Perry Farrell. A recent and enthusiastic transplant to Woodstock after his departure from School of Rock, Paul has kept himself busy by serving as the music director for the Woodstock Film Festival, the host of the weekly Toolshed on WDST, and the executive producer of the Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts, all the while laying the groundwork for his newest major project, the establishment of an accredited, first class music college in the area, The Woodstock College of Music, in partnership with Michael Lang. Paul has also recently opened a new music school for kids, called the Paul Green Rock Academy.
FILMS AT PHOTOSENSUALIS:
Conservation Director for Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Barnfest is FREE with registration. To register visit www.catskillmountainkeeper.org or call 845-482-5400.