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2021 Arts Al Fresco Series Kicks Off a Glorious Fourth Weekend


Con Edison’s 2021 Arts Al Fresco performing arts series opens the July Fourth holiday weekend in Sullivan County tonight, July 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Forestburgh Playhouse’s summer stock production of All Is Fair in Love with Nicholas Rodriguez at 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh. A musical cabaret follows the performance on the grounds of the theater’s adjoining tavern.

Arts Al Fresco, sponsored by Con Edison, is an extraordinary series of safe outdoor arts experiences across the five boroughs, and Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties. Arts al Fresco events are scheduled this week, through the summer and into the fall.

"Con Edison's long-standing commitment to making the arts accessible to all New Yorkers is more important today than ever before," said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison's senior vice president, Corporate Affairs. "As New York recovers from the pandemic, we are pleased to support local artists and cultural organizations in our 'Arts Al Fresco' series." 

Orange & Rockland (O&R), a wholly owned electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Con Edison, also is playing a major role in supporting local programs in Con Edison’s summer-long celebration series.

The Forestburgh Playhouse, which marks its 75th anniversary season this year, is one of the oldest continuously operating summer theaters in New York State.

On Saturday night of July Fourth weekend at 7;30 p.m., the Sophisticated Ladies of Broadway and R&B, featuring Kathryn Allison lights up the Forestburgh Playhouse stage. A musical cabaret follows the performance on the grounds of the theater’s adjoining tavern.

To its October finale, Arts Al Fresco will include an eclectic array of arts and cultural experiences with something for everyone. For the current schedule and new events, check this link often

All events will adhere to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

There’s more Arts Al Fresco holiday weekend entertainment in store in Rockland County when the BridgeMusik Summer Festival presents a holiday weekend children’s concert entitled What Makes Music American? on Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m. The program will share the power of American music with its youngest audience members in an interactive form, hosted by veteran teaching artist and BridgeMusik co-founder Tanya Witek.

The performance will take place at the Historic DeWint House, Livingston St. and Oak Tree Road in Tappan. BridgeMusik is composed of top-tier musicians, including several Rockland County residents, who perform regularly in New York City venues and around the world.

BridgeMusik celebrates the Fourth of July on Sunday with a holiday concert a 3 p.m., featuring award-winning jazz singer – Shirley Crabbe. This program will feature beloved American classics by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others, performed in special arrangements for the BridgeMusik chamber orchestra.

This performance also will take place at the Historic DeWint House, Livingston St. and Oak Tree Road in Tappan 

Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofits in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. In addition to the arts, these philanthropic efforts support the environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.