‘The art of barbershop' at museum

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:51

Cuddebackville, N.Y. - The Neversink Valley Area Museum concludes its series of artisans explaining the process of their work in the series of talks called, “The Art of…” on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m., with “The Art of Barbershop.” No, not tonsorial, but barbershop harmony, an original American art form of singing. Northern Comfort, a women’s barbershop quartet will demonstrate the four parts of barbershop harmony, perform a variety of songs in barbershop style and teach a short “tag” (the embellishment at the end of a barbershop song). The quartet is comprised of four members of the Sweet Adelines, International, the largest women’s singing organization in the world. They have been singing together for four years. Gerrie Sylvester, of Middletown, N.Y., leads; Cheryl Treco of New Windsor, N.Y., sings baritone; Brenda Crawford, of Godeffroy, N.Y., is the bass, and Kay Crozier, also from Godeffroy, sings tenor. Among the four, they have 95 years experience singing barbershop harmony. The quartet will also perform at Woodbury Common four Sunday afternoons before Christmas. “The Art of Barbershop” will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, (just off U.S. Route 209) Cuddebackville, N.Y. A suggested donation for non-members is $2. The Neversink Valley Area Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., April 1 through Oct. 29 and by appointment. For more information about the museum, its mission to preserve local history, and all events, call 845-754-8870, or check out the Web site: www.neversinkmuseum.org. The museum is located at 26 Hoag Road, in Cuddebackville.