SPACE at Ryder Farm is hosting a “Summer Soiree,” and you’re invited


SPACE on Ryder Farm's "Summer Soiree" will take place Saturday, July 23. (Photo by Em Watson)

SPACE on Ryder Farm, the artist residency program located in Brewster on one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast, is hosting a “Summer Soiree” July 23 to benefit SPACE’s residency programs. Community members are invited to attend this limited capacity outdoor event, which will include cocktails and dinner, catered by Hayfields Market, as well as two live musical performances from SPACE alumni.

“We’ve set it up to be kind of a fun play on the residency program,” said Kate Eminger, SPACE’s chief creative officer. “The shape of the evening invites guests to imagine themselves as residents; they go through the different steps and tenets of the residency.”

Photo by Em Watson

SPACE’s residency program consists of three main requirements: communal meals, giving back to the farm, and artist sharing. At the Summer Soiree, attendees will mimic those three components of the residency experience.

First, attendees will be introduced to the farm-sourced menu by Hayfield’s head chef Paul Gileno and Hayfield’s owner Renea Dayton. “They’ll talk to guests about where the food came from and what parts of the meal came from SPACE,” Eminger explained.

Photo by Em Watson

Next is the give back component. While Summer Soiree attendees won’t be able to work the farm fields the way that SPACE residents typically do, they’ll be invited to contribute to the farm and its programming through financial donations. “There are several different levels for giving back, including a paddle raise and a silent auction,” Eminger said. Giving back options start as low as $25 and go up from there.

The last component of a SPACE residency–artist sharing–typically involves the residents talking about what they created during their time at SPACE. At the soiree, sharing will come to life through musical performances by SPACE alumni Ellen Winter and Ethan Lipton.

Winter is a composer and songwriter who is best known for “36 questions,” a musical podcast she co-wrote/directed/composed with Chris Littler. “Her music is quirky, fun, upbeat, and thoughtful,” Eminger said. Lipton’s band, Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra, performs jazz, folk, country blues and rock. 

Ellen Winter will perform at SPACE's Summer Soiree. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

SPACE alumni Jenny Rachel Weiner, Daniel K. Issac and and Ike Ufomadu will emcee the evening, ushering guests through different portions of the night, from cocktail hour and dinner through the musical performances and a late night bonfire. “I think they’ll be a great trio to bring us through the evening,” Eminger said.

About the emcees

Jenny Rachel Weiner is a screenwriter, playwright and longtime supporter/resident of SPACE’s residency program. Her work has been sold to Hulu, Amazon Studios, Audible and Netflix.

Jenny Rachel Weiner (Image courtesy of SPACE on Ryder Farm)

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and playwright. He has appeared on a number of TV shows, including “Billions” and “Person of Interest”, and has had roles in film and in theater.

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

Ike Ufomadu is an actor, comedian and entertainer. He appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Judas and the Black Messiah”. He co-wrote and stars in the feature film “Inspector Ike.”

Photo courtesy of SPACE on Ryder Farm

The emcees will cap off the night’s festivities with a bonfire, which is something that SPACE residents typically do on one of their last nights on the farm. “We’ll play some music and have some desserts and just close out the night,” Eminger said.

This year’s Soiree will be just the second time SPACE has hosted this event, and the first time since 2019, due to the ongoing pandemic. Said Eminger, “we’re really excited to reintroduce that SPACE is open to the community in this way.”

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