Upcoming and Past Events

There is a lot do and see around the Marsh Sanctuary, but if you need a reason to stop over fo a visit, here are just a few....     

Oktoberfest - Seventh Annual Fall Festival/Fundraiser in the Brookside Amphitheater

October 15th, 2011  3PM - 11PM

Oktoberfest Fall Festival this Saturday!!
Giant BBQ with food, drink and live music... here is the lineup:

3 - 4:30   Bryan Gordon

5 - 6:30   Get Your Wings (Aerosmith Tribute!)

7 - 8:30   Craig Balan

9 - 10:30 Julie Corbalis Band (featuring Chris C, Paul Silverman, and Eric Puente)

We will also have pumpkin carving and marshmallow roasting for the kids!  

Please bring warm clothes as it might get chilly later and a flashlight for the walk back to the car.  Parking is either at MKMG down the street to a trail marked with flag tape or in the filed parking area over the hill. 

Past event photos below ...

Backwoods Jupiter tribute to Bob Dylan's Desire - Album Release

October 23rd, 2010   5PM - 11PM

Oktoberfest - Sixth Annual Fall Festival/Fundraiser in the Brookside Amphitheater

October 23rd, 2010   5PM - 11PM

Oktoberfest - Fifth Annual Fall Festival/Fundraiser in the Brookside Amphitheater

October 3rd, 2009   5PM - 12PM

Join us for an evening of music, food and fun in the Brookside Amphitheater.   This event is always our largest and raises money for a great cause - The Marsh Sanctuary.   

This will be the 5th annual fall festival at the Brookside Amphitheater to benefit the Marsh Sanctuary.

We have four bands scheduled for the evening (mostly blues/rock):
Blue Water
Phineas and the Lonely Leaves
Blue Mozart
and Julie Corbalis & Friends

Food:  Smoked pork loin, burgers, hot dogs, chili, and veggie options.
Drinks:  Soda, wine, juice, and our favorite - Captain Lawrence on tap. 
A $15 donation to the Marsh for each attendee 12 and older is required, children under 12 are free. All food and drink you can stuff yourself with are included in the donation.

It's our tradition to bring out the beer stein collection for Oktoberfest and it cuts down on how many cups we throw away.  Feel free to bring your own mug or stein, or perhaps use one of ours.

We are watching the weather closely to make sure we have favorable conditions for this event.   We all want to stay dry and warm.  We do have tents and stuff but if it looks like nasty weather our rain date is October 17 (Saturday).  We'll send out another notice if we postpone.

Limited parking is available at the Brookside Parking Area, mostly for musicians with equipment.  Please plan on parking at the Field Parking Area down Sarles Street (follow the orange signs.) From there a short marked trail will lead you to the amphitheater. 

The event usually winds down afdter 12AM, bring a flashlight  OR even better bring a tent and camp out overnight!

This year's donation will help purchase the Marsh Sanctuary its own PA system for future events.  Please call us with any questions  (914) 241-2808.


Slideshow and Reception with Jane Daniels - Author of Walkable Westchester

***Saturday, September 12 at 7PM.****

Jane Daniels gave a slideshow presentation including pictures from the hikes and walks  inlcuded in her new book "Walkable Westchester".   During the presentation, there was an open discussion with the audience about the trails and locations pictured.

Before, during, and after the presentation refreshments and light snacks (fruit, an assortment of cheeses, crackers, chips, dip) were available under the tent in the garden.  The event was FREE for the public, books from the New York / New Jersey Trail Conference were for sale.  

Jane and Walt Daniels co-authored this book after several years of gathering information on the parks, sanctuaries, and trails of Westchester.  Jane and Walt have completed section hiking the 2175-mile Appalachian Trail  and have summited all 46 Adirondack High Peaks.


Planting all around the Sanctuary!

The Marsh Sanctuary will be making a green "investment" in the gardens at Brookside, areas around the Stable, as well as, all around the entire Sanctuary.  Over the next few years, the Sanctuary will be increasing the variety of colors and species in the various areas, expecially focusing on native species, deer resistant shrubs, perennials and trees.   If you would like to assist with planting, please give the Sanctuary a call at (914) 241-2808.  It is a great opportunity to volunteer or as a activity for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Thanks for the MK Boy Scouts and West Patent Junior Girls Scouts for assisting with planting this year!


We have been trying to control the invasive pest plants (Poison Ivy, barberry, euonymous, etc.) for the last two years and we hope by planting additional natives (serviceberry, arrowwood, etc.) our plan will give the native landscape chance to rebound.  If only it were so easy to control the deer!


Fall 2009 ( "Two Guitars Now")  

 Not sure when but we MUST have these guys over to play in the amphitheater      

A bit of info about the duo Two Guitars Now:


"Brian Conigliaro and Gus Wieland are music business veterans.They've played all over the country and with various 'name' acts. These guys play a great acoustic mix of blues and jazz fusion, and original tunes. Their guitars weave an intricate story around the lyrics. Add to all this vocal harmonies and Brian's virtuoso harmonica playing, and you've got one evening of great live music. I love when they play my club."
     -Elliot Glick, Owner of Starving Artist Cafe  City Island, NY


Please contact Christian Pace with any questions or to schedule your own event at the Brookside Amphitheater. 

 April 26, 2009  -  "2nd Annual Poetry Reading at the Brookside Amphitheater"

 January 31st, 2009   Bedford Environmental Summit      

Visit www.sustainablebedford.org for more info on the workshops, the expo, and partners.

The Marsh Sanctuary had an expo booth at the summit, handing out maps and talking with folks about our plans for the Marsh Sanctuary's future.  We are looking at possibly creating our own community garden at the Sanctuary and this was a great way to gain the info neeed for the planning and implementation of such a large project.  


October 18th, 2008    

Our Fourth Annual Oktoberfest / CD Release Party for "Old Flames & New Names"

We had a FANTASTIC TIME with a great crowd - thank you to everyone who came out for a cold, but fun, night at the Brookside Amphitheater. 











We hope to see you next year!

Band Lineup

Matt Turk        and       Fred Gillen Jr.

  Jay Gisser






The Bryan Gordon Band








Julie Corbalis and friends








Dovetail - Bill and Bonnie Wisnowski  

Thank you to all the bands and musicians for coming out to play fot this event!!!

Thank you to Captain Lawrence Bewing Company in Pleasantville for supplying the beverages for the festival. 

All the kids carved their own Jack-O-Lanterns.


Check out Julie's website to find out where she is playing next - www.juliecorbalis.com- it could be anywhere in the tri-state area, Europe, or Asia.

June 1st  -             "The Marsh Sanctuary presents Latin Jazz and Salsa"  

The David Markowitz Latin Jazz Quintet played a range of Latin Jazz  from "Bésame Mucho" to instrumental versions of Shakira songs, Latin jazz pieces, some boleros, some Brazilian classics and some arrangements of Latin pop.   We have heard a flush of compliments and praise for these wonderful musicians.

Batutera returned to the Brookside Amphitheater for another fun show, it's always a pleasure to have them, a real crowd pleaser.

Since the menu for this affair highlighted South American and Latino foods, the Marsh Sanctuary's own caretaker Alberto Maidana assisted with grilling duties and he did a phenomenal job cooking a few selections from his home country of Argentina.  Several attendees even asked what restaurant Alberto cooked at  during the week.   




To learn more about the music of the David Markowitz Latin Jazz Quintet visit David's website:  www.FluteTeacherWestchester.com 


 Check out Batutera on Myspace for samples of their music.


 May 2008

 "1st Annual Poetry Reading at the Brookside Amphitheater" - May 4th

Our first annual Poetry at Brookside was lots of fun - the Girl Scouts were on hand, selling cookies AND reading Shel Silverstein poems. 


We had a wonderful day, beautiful weather, azaleas in bloom! 

Thanks go to Vernon Ford for organizing this event.

March & April 2008

The Boy Scouts of Mount Kisco have been assisting us with construction of our kiosk - thanks to the Scouts and to John Meres for organizing the boys - quite an inspiring leader! 

April 26th - The Bedford Riding Lanes Association work ontrail maintenance and other much needed tasks around the Sanctuary.

February 2008

Feb. 22 -    The snow is on the ground, let's go XC skiing!!! 

Chris and Val will be laying trails in the northern and southern sectors of the Sanctuary.  This was a fantastic weekend, SORRY but I took no pictures on our very long XC ski trip from Leonard Park to Marsh Sanctuary down to Merestead and backup to Marsh Sanctuary!  It was a beautiful day on the trails.


Oktoberfest 2007

Lots of pumpkin carving for the kids.

Plenty of food and drink.

Jules and Cruz jr. entertain the crowd.

KAPOW on stage for Oktoberfest

Ricky, lead singer for Batutera.

The audience LOVED Batutera!

What does Batutera sound like?  Click here for a video from another performance.



Oktoberfest 2006 - with Turbine, the Gil Ahrens Orchestra, and others.

Roy Powers, the Sanctuary's prior naturalist / director greeets the crowd and welcomes the jazz band Turbine to the Brookside Amphitheater. 



Oktoberfest 2005 -

At least three sets of muisicians played in 2005- EVEN in the pouring RAIN!

The fires kept everyone warm long into the night.


Notice the Jack-O-Lantern, an Oktoberfest tradition.