Mayor Colleen Mahr and
The Fanwood Arts Council Present
October 12, 2013, Arlon Bennett with the Levins.
Arlon Bennett is an Americana songsmith writing songs that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor,
but with an eloquence, honesty, and sense of humor all his own. A home-made guitarist with a self-effacing
style, he has a gift of storytelling from the heart that reveals the gold nuggets in the river of everyday life.
Hailing from Long Island New York, Arlon's philosophy on life is that if you can dream it you can do it;
"Shoot for the moon and ask questions later". When he considered his vocation as a writer, it was famed
author George Plimpton who advised Arlon to "just write" without pretense or expectation.
Arlon produced and released his debut; Fountain of Dreams in 1998 and quickly followed with The Watch Man in 2000,
whose title track is still a fan favorite at concerts. Arlon also was twice selected by Noel 'Paul' Stookey
(Peter, Paul & Mary) to perform in his Music-to-Life showcase at the Kerrville Folk Festival featuring America's
best songs of social consciousness. "Be the Change," from his third album Summer's Voice, was the #9 most-played
song nationwide on American roots radio in 2007.
Arlon Bennett is an artist who draws you in with that aw-shucks charisma, before engaging you with songs that
provoke, heal, and just plain "cut right to your soul."
THE LEVINS ( pronounced The L'Vins )
Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones
of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound
with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It's Happy-Folk, Smile Pop....sounds likeThe Mamas and The Papas having coffee
with Cole Porter. 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $10, $5 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.