I love the music concerts at Appel Farm. Last year I saw Ann Hampton Callaway and actually got to meet her after the concert. I always have a wonderful time - it's such a unique and intimate atmosphere. One of the great things about going there is the drive. Where else in NJ can you get to see beautiful farms, and wide open spaces with horses and cows in the fields? It is surrounded by natural beauty and really de-stresses me every time I go there.
Appel Farm is staffed by some of the area's most recognized arts promoters and leaders, and its take-notice programming is a big draw for music lovers in and out of Jersey. I've met a few kids (vocals, viola, visual art) whose talents were sharpened by the top-caliber instructors and professional musicians teaching during the summer. It's a beautiful setting, conducive for creativity, relaxation and concerts.
Well my experience was way back in 73 or 74, maybe both...Highlights were the amazing piano player/songwriter John something who sang a song about "Sweet Dandelion". If anyone knows where to find his work currently, please let me know. The other highlight was watching the swallows fly at dusk in the field next to the barn. And trying to raise three baby swallows which fell out of their nest, keeping them in the attic of the barn till we were caught. And building a sod house with Phillip Zwieg until the rains came. Eating corn fresh off of the stalk and running through thunder and lightening storms. This part of my story I've been wanting to tell: at 13, there were a few 21 year old or older counselors who were hitting on me. Males. One took me into the woods and gave me wine and pot made out with me, all but seduced me. He was married and 26. Ken something.. I remember me getting into trouble for that but not him, although he was married. And there was one male counselor who called my home after camp was over every day and tried to make my his girlfriend, although I was 13. No one at Appel Farm cared to hear about it then, they blamed me. Today these idiots would be on Dateline, NBC and arrested. Then, they were counselors at Appel Farm. Hope it's changed.
Having served as a Trustee and volunteer for so many years I have many good memories, but one really stands out. About 25 years ago we were having an Autumn afternoon reception for donor organizations and I was asked to stop on my way over and pick up the young scholarship camper who was to play the piano. He came in, sat down at the grand piano and played from memory for 2 1/2 hours -- show tunes, pop, gospel and classical -- with barely a pause between. On the way home the coversation turned to camp, which he had attended that Summer for the first time. I asked "What was the best thing about camp?" His instantaneous response: "They have great pianos, all in tune and I could play as much as I wanted!" Learned later that Anthony had spent up to eight hours every day for four weeks just playing. He didn't have a piano at home and learned to play in church and later in school. This was the chance of a lifetime for him. Unfortunatly, I lost track of Anthony and don't know how his story turned out. This truly illustrates why the Trustees, Staff and Volunteers feel that Appel Farm is worth our investments of time and money.
Appel Farm is an remarkable place to take pottery classes. if it were not for Appel Farm's adult classes, I never would have had the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to make pottery. I have had such an enriching experience that it is difficult to put into words what this experience has meant to me. The atmosphere is relaxed and conducive for learning. Every instructor I have met is very nurturing. The teachers are passionate about art and are very encouraging as growth occurs in the students.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have an organization such as Appel Farm Arts and Music Center a part of my life. They have helped me as an artist be able to do what I love. To allow my art to help my communities through school residencies.Their Art and Music Festival provides a fabulous venue to sell my art.Their musical performances soothes my soul.AppelFarm is a beautiful family to a part of. Thanks.
The Appel Farm Arts and Music Center has been an integral part of my artistic life for the last five years. They have provided myself and others with the facilities and staff needed to spark the creativity we all hold inside. After years of taking various arts courses at other learning institutions, I was finally able to find a home at Appel Farm. The campus at Appel Farm is truly inspiring, as are the wonderful people who work there. The collective knowledge and talent of these people are what really make Appel Farm stand out in the arts community. Whether it's the summer camp, a children's class, an adult's class, a musical performance or a theatrical program, Appel Farm knows how to make a difference in all the lives that it has touched. I know that they will continue to be a part of my life and that of my family's for many years to come. Thank You Appel Farm!
Appel Farm has been a Cultural Oaisis for me. As a Teaching Artist of both Musical Performance and Visual Arts, Appel Farm deeply embodies my philosophy of Art Education and Community Outreach. Appel Farm reaches across diverse cultures,from senior citizens to students with learning and Physical challenges to transitional shelters. Traveling from my home in Northern Liberties Philadelphia to the Family Success Center in Salem County to make pillows with the residence is probably one of the most rewarding work I have done in my visual arts career. My involvement in creating music with senior citizen population at Matri Dei Nursing home for 22 weeks has allow me to see and experience first hand how art and music transforms and transcends. In short, Appel Farm has become a home away from home. Appel Farm has become a place where I am nourished and as a visual artist and a musical performance artist. Appel Farm has provided venue for my musical project MOKA to perform as well as a gallery to exhibit my paintings. I honestly feel that Appel Farm with it's sustaining Arts in Education Community Outreach and internationally renown music venue,It's many art and music classes embodies my philosophy, "MAKING A LIVING BY MAKING A DIFFERENCE"
I'm a current instructor for Appel Farm, where I teach both on the farm and in schools. Through Appel Farm, I've had some of the best teaching experiences of my career. I taught pop-up book arts courses to under served gifted children. I have also had the privileged of working on collaborative projects with high school children and veterans from Appel Farm, which, for the high schoolers, enhanced their understanding of history and provided new insight into current events.
Appel Farm has always been my "country neighbor" and I was pleased when they agreed to service our school with their programs. Not only does this help the school achieve part of the NJ State Standards, but it gives the children opportunities in the arts that otherwise would not happen for many of our children. We have had musical, dance, theatre, and art instruction provided to us both at our school and at the Farm. The program selections and the artists have been grand. I only learned recently that the Farm offers scholarships to local children. What a wonderful gesture to encourage the "locals" when so many of its patrons come from near and far. On a personal note, I have been able to enjoy a pottery class and have been involved with Yoga for a number of years. For working people, it has been nice to have evening classes to pursue outside interests. As a member of our Upper Pittsgrove community, Appel Farm has progressed nicely over the years and continues to do so. We are fortunate to have a facility like this in our community.