Artists, Guests and Residents treated to two days of incredible food, music and crafts.
The inaugural Reel Harmony Singer Songwriter Festival took place on Saturday, August 12th at the site of the Roscoe Beer Company and Rockland House. The Reel Harmony Fundraiser was held the night before, where festival organizers’ Phil and Donna Vallone presented a check for $5000.00 to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to benefit youth music and arts programs for Roscoe, Livingston Manor and other Sullivan County youth.
The Reel Harmony Fundraiser held on Friday night, under the patio at the Rockland House, featured food and cocktails donated by local restaurants including Roscoe NY Beer Company, Prohibition Distillery, Bashakill Vineyards, Roscoe Diner, De Filippis Bakery, Northern Farmhouse Pasta, City Girl Cakery, Brew, BHR (Bernies Holiday Restaurant) Raimondo’s Italian Restaurant, The Arnold House and the Rockland House.
Local musicians, Paul Keen, Jeff Orts, Deborah Fisher and David Rosenberg volunteered their time entertaining guests throughout the event, and as the night came to a close the guests moved into a tent and enjoyed a private performance by national recording artist and Sirius XM Coffee House channel favorite Jessica Allossery.
Reel Harmony Festival is a passion project of Phil and Donna Vallone, frequent attendees of the Key West Singer Songwriter Festival. The Vallone family are integral parts of the Roscoe landscape, with multiple businesses and spearheading philanthropic efforts throughout the Town. When asked about the success of the weekend’s event, Phil remarked that he was thrilled with the amount of people that came out to support both events stating, “The inaugural Roscoe Singer Songwriter was a huge success! The performances were top notch, the schedule ran right on time and the enjoyment from the attendees was obvious! The rooms in town were full, restaurants were busy, and the gas stations were pumping gas. We raised money for our local kids to attend programs at Bethel Woods and enhance the music programs in the local schools. In the end it was all about the singer and the song – and it benefitted our community and enjoyed by visitors to our town!”
Festival producer Dali Levy remarked on the weekend’s events, “This inaugural event far exceeded my expectations and they were set high. I was very pleased with our festival attendance, the food, the craft vendors and most of all the music! It was great see so many of our local musicians and to host performers from as far away as Maine, Virginia, NYC, and Buffalo.” There were so many amazing artists that performed throughout the day. We want to thank all of the performers for sharing their music with us” The singer songwriters that performed were: 5J Barrow, Alan Sorensen, Alex & Shiloh, Bryan Gordon, Charles Ellsworth, Chris Cassaday, Christina Custode, Colin Dempsey, David Kraai, Deborah Fisher, Don Lowe, Emily Angell, Emily Barnes, Jude Roberts, Julie Corbalis, Karen Hudson, Kiera Scog, Lucas Rotman, Marc Smith, Mike Glick, Paul Kean, R.T. Hall, Ruby Rae, Sam Haiman, Stu Kabak & Vic Kunitsky. We received positive feedback from all of the artists that performed.” One of the performers, Emily Barnes, beemed about the experience of participating in the inaugural the Singer Songwriter Festival stating, “I have played so many events both big and small at this point in my career and I must say you guys outdid yourselves!” The festival was closed with a performance by Jessica Allossery whose song “I’ll Let You Go” (chosen by Donna Vallone for her and her son Nick Vallone to dance to at his wedding last year) was the instrument that launched the idea for this festival.
Reel Harmony Fundraiser and Festival sponsors and partners include; Sterling National Bank, Catskill Regional Medical Center, The Misner Agency, M & M Auto Group, Liberty Rotary Club, Scancarello & Sons, Sullivan County Democrat, Foster Supply Hospitality, CD Trips, Java Love, The Siegel Family Music and Arts Endowment Fund, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Thunder 102 & Bold Gold Media, Party Master, Graphic Signs and Lettering, Sullivan County Visitors Association, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and artist Roger Baker!
Summing up, Phil and Donna stated, “We wish to thank all of our talented performers. We really enjoyed having the chance to hear the stories behind all of their songs. A special thank you to all of the sponsors and all of our partners. We would like to thank, most of all, the attendees that came out to see these talented performers, even through the threat of inclement weather. Thousands of our friends, neighbors and music lovers joined us…agreeing that it’s all about the singer and the song! To them, we say, we can’t wait to see you next year!”