The Big Band Sound to play Unison’s Ice Cream Social

An old-fashioned ice cream social and concert under the stars with The Big Band Sound will be held at Unison on Saturday, Aug.10. Pictured left to right are Unison staff members Stacy Greenspan, Kitty Brown and Alyssa Tullin. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

An old-fashioned ice cream social and concert under the stars with The Big Band Sound will be held at Unison on Saturday, Aug.10. Pictured left to right are Unison staff members Stacy Greenspan, Kitty Brown and Alyssa Tullin. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Looking for a mix of big band jazz, summertime fun and an old-fashioned ice cream social? Well, Unison Arts Center has you covered. Unison is holding an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Aug. 10 featuring the music of The Big Band Sound — a 20-piece orchestra that’s made a name for itself playing covers of great big band-era songs by Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Duke Eillington.

“And Adirondack Creamery has been gracious enough to donate ice cream for the event. So every person will be receiving a free scoop of ice cream for purchasing a ticket,” said Alyssa Tullin, with Unison.

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While the concert starts at 6 p.m., people are encouraged to show up early when the grounds open at 5 p.m. to sit and enjoy a picnic dinner outside. “We’re hoping that the weather will hold out, and we don’t have to move inside,” Tullin said.

People can feel free to pack a picnic in a soft cooler for this event. Because it’ll be outside, people should dress appropriately for the predicted weather and bring bug spray, a picnic blanket and folding chairs.

Tickets are discounted for early birds who buy their tickets before the day of the performance. Early tickets for non-Unison members cost $20. Unison members will pay $15. People buying tickets the night of Aug. 10 can expect to pay $3 more: non-members pay $23 at the door, but members would pay $18. Students can get a discount if they show their student ID cards.

Unison sells the tickets both at their office and online at www.unisonarts.org.

For more information about Unison Arts Center in general, and all the things they offer to our community, head to their website or e-mail info@unisonarts.org. They’re located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz.

Find out more about The Big Band Sound and listen to their music at www.thebigbandsound.com.

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