Sunday’s land trust fundraiser biggest yet

Oct 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Story

The Winchester Land Trust’s biggest fundraiser to date was an unqualified success on many levels — and the final numbers have not come in yet.

Shelley Harms, president of the Winchester Land Trust, said Infinity Hall is still counting up the Oct. 10 event’s sales and donations. The 300-seat hall was over half full by the Sunday afternoon, and Harms noted the large number of walk-up attendees.

“We’re really happy,” said Harms. “It just went so great.”

via Winchester Land Trust’s fundraiser at Infinity Hall was biggest event to date- The Register Citizen.

Ralph Nader’s roots with the Winsted community run deep, and at Infinity Hall, his words found receptive ears.

Nader was the keynote speaker at a benefit performance for the Winchester Land Trust Sunday night, and took the opportunity to praise the trust for its work preserving the history, biodiversity and community of Winchester as a town. Winchester Land Trust president Shelley Harms, meanwhile, was pleased with the level of support for the trust’s cause.

via Ralph Nader speaks at Winchester Land Trust fundraiser Sunday – The Register Citizen.

A Winchester Land Trust benefit at Infinity Hall begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, 2010, and features Ralph Nader, Aztec Two-Step, and the NW Regional 7 Jazz Band.

Previously: Tickets for the benefit start at $35 for rear orchestra seats, with front orchestra seats at $50 and mezzanine seats at $75. There will also be a pre-show meet-and-greet, including a signed copy of Ralph Nader’s most recent book, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” and a contribution to the Winchester Land Trust. Tickets to the pre-show party are $200 per person or $300 per couple.

For more information, visit http://www.infinityhall.com/events/benefit-winchester-land-trust or call Infinity Music Hall box office toll free at (866) 666-6306, or (860) 542-5531. Infinity Music Hall and Bistro is located on Route 44 in Norfolk, CT.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, author, and has been named by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the hundred most influential Americans of the Twentieth Century.

For over four decades Ralph Nader has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups to advocate for solutions.

His efforts have helped to create a framework of laws, regulatory agencies, and federal standards that have improved the quality of life for two generations of Americans.

The crusading lawyer first made headlines in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment of the auto industry’s production of unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and a series of automobile safety laws passed in 1966, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

His groups were instrumental in enacting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Freedom of Information Act.

In the past decade, Nader has dedicated himself to putting people back in charge of America’s democracy, launching three major presidential campaigns.

Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments.

After taking their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, Aztec Two-Step recorded the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road. Discover the band that has been described as the bridge to the Beat Generation and instrumental in ushering the music of the 1960’s into the 70’s and beyond. For more than three and a half decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer songwriters. Now meet the source, Aztec Two-Step.

As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim. In 1987 Living in America , received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. They have been praised in countless major US newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, such as the David Letterman Show, the King Biscuit Flour Hour, and World Café Live. In 1999 they were the subjects of the documentary, No Hit Wonder, which was aired on PBS.

Of their 2005 release, Days of Horses,” the Boston Globe said “fans of the duo’s harmony-driven tunes and easygoing acoustic guitar riffs will recognize their James Taylor-meets-Simon & Garfunkel sound. What’s new is the mood. This album sits back on its haunches as Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman look back wistfully at American pop culture and their own ride through it.”

2007 saw several hallmark events for the duo. In June, Aztec Two-Step performed “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road)” at a very special Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival as the author’s hometown marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Road. Also In June 2007, Real Simple, a popular national lifestyle magazine, named Aztec Two-Step one of the top five classic folk albums joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs. The article cites the duo as “surpass[ing] Simon and Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship and emotion.”

Rhino Records released Forever Changing-The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973, a five-CD box set that tells the story of this landmark record label and the music that defined an era. The collection includes Aztec Two-Step’s “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road).”

Live at TCAN, a new DVD was released, featuring a 35th anniversary concert at The Center for Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, a performance of the self-titled debut album in its entirety, plus other fan-favorites from Aztec Two-Step’s long and distinguished career. The DVD also includes interviews with Rex Fowler, Neal Shulman and longtime Aztec Two-Step bassist Fred Holman, as well as comments recorded on the Aztec Two-Step “fan-cam.”

Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies. They are one of acoustic music’s most popular and enduring acts.

The jazz band at Northwestern Region 7 High School will open the event.  Led by local jazz drummer Jerrod Cattey, the ensemble is part of the band program at Region 7 under Steve Zimmerman which has a legacy of excellence and has been recognized as one of the best in the state.  Expressing the excitement over the group’s debut performance at Infinity Hall, Region 7 senior trumpet player Matthew Hodgkin said, “We are really excited to be playing at Infinity Hall and we hope all our friends come to see us!”

The Winchester Land Trust is a private, nonprofit, service organization, directed and managed by its members, whose purpose is to promote, for the benefit of the general public, the preservation of open space and natural resources, principally in, but not limited to, the Town of Winchester. For more information on the Winchester Land Trust, visit or visit them on Facebook.

For more information about the Winchester Land Trust visit the Winchester Land Trust online:  www.winchester-landtrust.org or e-mail winchesterlandtrust@yahoo.com.

About Infinity Music Hall and Bistro

“This event has special significance to me for several reasons.  First, I hugely admire Mr. Nader.  Just as important to me is that my family is heavily involved in water and land protection,” said Daniel Hincks, owner.

Built in 1883 in beautiful Norfolk, Connecticut, the newly-renovated 300-seat Infinity Music Hall & Bistro is an intimate music, dining and entertainment destination beyond compare, featuring more than 200 music and entertainment shows by national and regional artists annually.  The renovated historic building features its original proscenium stage and architectural details with an intimate size that ensures each and every seat provides almost front row entertainment.  Infinity Music Hall & Bistro has just been named Connecticut’s best place to have dinner and hear live music by Connecticut Magazine.  For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit infinityhall.com.

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