Summer Sundays in Song & Verse

The Kootz  Harmonium Choral Society

Break out the picnic blanket or beach chairs and join us in our historic garden Sundays at 2:00 pm for a selection of music and poetry.

$10 per adult, FREE for members!

Rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be held in the Schoolroom Gallery.

July 1 – The Kootz

The Kootz hail from Essex, Bergen, Morris, Union, Passaic, Sussex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties … and have been around for over 15-years, starting in the late 90’s. The Kootz began as 5 or 6 musicians playing basements and the occasional gig, but by 2001 co-founders Chris Bolger and Glenn Taylor with the full-commitment of the other charter-members, Ben Asher, Tony Dente and (the late) Dr. David Frisch sought more exposure and acceptance and performances.

They continued to hone their repertoire of (mostly) covers of classic rock, pop and blues-tunes from the late 1950’s through the 70’s… staying ‘true’ to why they originally started playing together in the first place. The Kootz has grown over the years and currently includes 15+ core members as well as 7 to 10 guest artists, enabling the band to play as many as 280 shows annually.

July 15 – Harmonium Choral Society

One of New Jersey’s best-known choral arts organizations, Harmonium Choral Society was founded in 1979. Since 1987, this acclaimed program has been under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack. Harmonium’s select 20-voice Outreach Chorus will perform at Macculloch Hall.

September 16 – Poets in the Garden

Award winning poets David Petruzelli and Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft share their work in Poets in the Garden.

David Petruzelli grew up in New Jersey. He is the author of Everyone Coming Toward You (Tupelo Press, 2005), selected by Campbell McGrath for the Tupelo Press First Book Judge’s Prize. A professional philatelist, he lives in New York City.

As well as being a poet, Gail Holst-Warhaft has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, academic, musician, and translator. After living and studying in Australia and Greece, she moved to Ithaca, New York, in 1980. There she married, completed a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature and Classics and had a family. In the 1990’s, having joined the Institute for European Studies, she wrote two books on laments and grief and began publishing her own poetry.


Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft    David Petruzelli