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Gathering on the Banks

The Stage at Montgomery Place

Summer is dwindling but it is not time to disappear indoors just yet. The Fisher Center at Bard College is extending the outdoor season with its inaugural series of free, outdoor events this September.

The Stage at Montgomery Place: Gathering on the Banks begins with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, presented in partnership with Upstate Films on Saturday, September 15th, at 7PM.

A Celebration of Americana Music, featuring Simi Stone and Spirit Family Reunion, follows on Sunday, September 23rd, at 4PM and a dance performance by Souleymane Badolo’s Yimbégré, concludes the series on Saturday, September 29th, at 6PM.

For those too young to remember, Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is suspenseful while presenting some of the most visually iconic images from the Golden Era of Film, making it one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time.

A Celebration of Americana Music will feature Simi Stone and Spirit Family Reunion. Musician/songwriter Stone is also a visual artist. She was raised in Woodstock, N.Y., with a Jamaican father and mother, who was a disciple of Swami Satchidananda. Stone began playing classical violin and studying ballet at age 7 and by 10 was writing and recording her own songs. She was later admitted to the New York Conservatory for the Arts.

Spirit Family Reunion began singing together on the street corners of New York City in 2009. Since then, its members have travelled America, sharing the stage with musicians such as Pete Seeger and Levon Helm. They have performned at festivals including Stage Coach, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Newport Folk Festival three times.

Souleymane Badolo’s Yimbégré is a deeply personal work—in the Mooré language, yimbégré means “beginning.” For the dancer, choreographer and Bard faculty member to begin again is to exercise personal freedom—often at the expense of family roots. Badolo pits ancestry against aspiration to explore the balance between maintaining ties and seeking new homes free from creative and political intolerance.

The Hudson River and Catskill Mountains will serve as the backdrop for the movie and the subsequent live performances. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information about handicapped access, contact the box office at 845-758-7900.

In case of inclement weather, rain dates will be announced 24 hours prior to the scheduled event.

Located on River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, Montgomery Place is a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College campus and overlooking the Hudson River. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and was owned by members of the Livingston family from 1802 until the 1980s.

More information is available at or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. For tickets, please follow the link below.