Last week a group of volunteers including Arthur Chuisano, John Pearson, Jesse Anderson, Chris Crisci, Roger A. DeVries, Barbara Bopp, and Eddy Erler did an amazing job lugging wood and other supplies atop Bannerman's Island. The supplies were used by Arthur to create a brand new observation deck overlooking the Tower on the island.
Roger A. DeVries of Far View Contracting created trail markers (pictured above) to aid visitors on the island during our new self-guided tours. These tours allow visitors to bring their own picnic lunch, enjoy a little music, and see the island at their own pace. To the left - Roger is shown attaching a trail marker to a tree.
On July 8, 2012 an audience of lucky people was treated to a concert version of Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat on Bannerman's Island. The concert was produced by Claudia Cummings and the Opera Company of the Highlands. The show was narrated by John Moultrie. The lead singers were: Shira Renee Thomas (Magnolia), Vira Slywotzky (Julie), Chantelle Grant (Queenie), Matthew Singer (Gaylord Ravenal), and Marvin Lowe (Joe). The show was additionally backed up by a chorus. There will be a repeat performance tonight.
Yesterday over 55 people enjoyed a delicious barbeque prepared by Loughrans Restaurant of Salisbury Mills and hosted by the Bannerman Castle Trust. Musical entertainment was provided by Classy Duets with Rachel Grasso on Clarinet and Kimberly Zaleski on Flute.