Friends of Ballantine Park Fund Raising Concert

By Mary Davis

Sam Baker is returning to Andes to share the stage with Scott Hill for a concert benefiting Ballantine Park. Sam Baker is an Austin, Texas based singer-songwriter who enjoys a devoted and extensive following in North America and Europe. Touted as the best singer-songwriter of the decade in 2004, his lyrics are evocative of the commonalities among all people and life’s struggles. “I’m just one tiny, dim thread in that great, colorful fabric,” Sam insists. “I’m of that world, of those stories and of those people. When I write, it works best when I write about what I know.”

Scott Hill is a self-described singer-songwriter, painter, furniture designer, set builder and local entrepreneur. Seen about town in various personas such as the clown Mudley Meltdown or the terrifying specter Mr. Trap, Scott will be performing with Sam as “Happy Trales”. Happy has been in such notable bands as Lumberyard, Pissedofferson, Gas Hogs, El Nino and Heroine Sheiks. He got his start in California but now divides his time between secret locations in New York and the Mexican Pacific, where he quietly wanders around, writing poems, songs and stories, and making an occasional painting. His music has been described as “raw” and “deceptively simple.”For an unforgettable evening of music and stories, bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends to the big tent in Ballantine Park, Tremperskill Road, Andes on Saturday, October 10th at 6:00 pm.

Monetary donations will be welcomed at the event.   All proceeds from the concert will go directly to Friends of Ballantine Park fund. This fund pays for upkeep of the park and its community activities.

There will also be a donation box for tangible items needed by the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Please refer to their “wish list” on their website,