The Newport Wilderness Society is sponsoring a fun-filled day involving art, photography, poetry and music on Saturday, April 24 to celebrate Earth Day in the park.
From 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, the Society invites everyone from budding to professional artists, photographers and poets to bring their easels and painting supplies, cameras or pencil and pad to the park to paint, photograph or write poems about scenes in the park. Please, register at the park office before starting your art, photography or poetry works because artists, photographers and poets will have a return opportunity to display their artwork, photographs and poems created in the park on April 24 at a future event scheduled for Newport State Park.
The Society will have charcoal flaming in the grill from 4:30 pm – 6 pm at the park picnic shelter near parking lot 3 so individuals can grill their hotdogs, hamburgers or brats.
Cynthia Stiehl will lead an Earth Day songfest, accompanying the singing with her guitar around a bonfire near the park picnic shelter from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Those who know Cyndy from her operatic performances might question if this is fitting for her type of singing. But she accepted with exuberance when invited to lead the songfest, indicating that she enjoys playing her guitar and singing with people around a bonfire.
Wisconsin native, mezzo-soprano, Cynthia Stiehl is a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She has performed to benefit the Peninsula Music Festival, the American Folklore Theatre, Midsummer’s Music, the Hardy Gallery, Birch Creek Music Performance Center and the YMCA in Door County, WI as well as the Wisconsin Historical Society. A specialist in American Music, Ms. Stiehl performed a full recital of songs by Samuel Barber with Grammy-winning concert pianist, John Browning.
Cynthia has also performed Aaron Copland’s American Songs as well as full recitals of songs by American composers. Recently, she premiered works by acclaimed composer Richard Cumming that he wrote especially for her. Ms. Stiehl can be heard on the CD “The Peninsula Music Festival Presents” singing Moravian Songs with the Ad Hoc String Quartet and has produced two of her own CDs with John Browning at the piano.