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Local Artist To Appear With Folksinger Christine Lavin In Piermont

Piermont's Betsy Franco Feeney and another audience member hold the giant copy of the children's book “Amoeba Hop” at Hurdy Gurdy’s in Fair Lawn, N.J. while folksinger Christine Lavin plays.
Piermont's Betsy Franco Feeney and another audience member hold the giant copy of the children's book “Amoeba Hop” at Hurdy Gurdy’s in Fair Lawn, N.J. while folksinger Christine Lavin plays. Photo Credit: Provided

PIERMONT, N.Y. -- Christine Lavin, known for her baton twirling, belly-laugh-inducing performances -- as well as knitting while waiting to get on stage and polishing the fingernails of audience members -- will be playing on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Piermont.

Besides her partner-in-crime, songwriter-comedian Don White, Lavin will be joined on stage -- at least for part of the show -- by Piermont's own Betsy Franco Feeney.

Lavin, an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up in a large family in Peekskill on the other side of the Hudson, started composing tunes when she was just 13.

Lavin was waiting tables and performing at the famed Café Lena in Saratoga Springs when she was reportedly discovered by American folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who ran with the likes of folk legends Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. at The Turning Point, located at 468 Piermont Ave. in the riverside village.

Lavin is currently touring with White, who has been oft been described as a multi-talented lampooner of sacred cows.

Feeny, a photographer, illustrator and graphic designer, says she is a huge fan of Lavin's.

Several years ago, .she approached the singer with an idea for a children’s book based on Lavin’s song, “Amoeba Hop.”

The book, which Feeney illustrated, eventually won, she says, a “Best Books” award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The two have since collaborated on a second children’s book called “Hole in the Bottom of the Sea.” It was inspired by the tragic Gulf oil spill and is, Feeney says, “a hopeful tale where clean energy can help save wildlife and not harm the environment.”

Feeney will be taking part in what Lavin humorously calls a “low-tech music video.”

She will be turning the pages of a very large replica of “Amoeba Hop” while Lavin sings.

The book is so big, Feeny says, that an audience member will have to help her hold it up.

She and Lavin will be signing copies of the book after the concert.

Tickets are $25.

To buy tickets, click here.

For more information on the book and the song, click here.

To visit Lavin’s Facebook page, click here.

The Turning Point can be reached by calling (845) 359-1089.

To visit its website, click here.

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