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Dear Flobel Community, 

Happy 4th of July! We hope you are enjoying the day with some good food and fire works. Today is a day to meditate on the meaning of freedom. To celebrate the freedoms we have, recognize those privileges we may currently hold, and meditate on the oppressions we must still fight against. If you have never heard it check out the famous and moving speech by Frederick Douglas ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.’ As Dan put it in our last newsletter “the fragile nature of democracy in the US and the world has taken center stage.” We ask all advisors and friends to write a 50 word paragraph on why you intend to vote on November 8th and send it to us ( for use in our social media to help GOTV. This will be part of our new project #ROCKTHEMIDTERMS. We are not advocating for any specific candidate or party, just to help GOTV. Voting is the bedrock for democracy and education is the bedrock for voting.

Quote of the Week

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art” – Charlie Parker

Sage Advice: Jazz Conversations

In this episode of Jazz Conversations host Andrea Wolper interviews music legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso co-founders of Creative Music Studio.

Don’t miss watching this very special interview with Music Legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. If you like what you see, please subscribe to our youtube channel by clicking HERE.

Creative Music Studio: The Celebration

Presale: June 1 @ 10AM

General On Sale: June 3 @ 10AM

Doors 6PM   Music 7PM

Adv. Tickets $45 – $65 / Day of Show Tickets: $50 – $70

Legendary non-profit foundation Creative Music Studio kick’s off it’s first annual festival event, 

THE CELEBRATION at Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY on August 6th 2022.

This one-night marathon of incredible live music will feature over 24 artists and groups including Free Jazz favorites like Medeski, Martin & Cline (Wilco guitarist Nels Cline) and legendary improvisors Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, Marilyn Crispell and Grant Calvin Weston (Ornette Coleman, The Lounge Lizards); and a sensational new generation of improvisers like Zoh AmbaKalia Vandever TrioWendy Eisenberg,Joanna Mattrey, and Sana Nagano.

THE CELEBRATION music festival is presented by Creative Music Studio at BearsvilleTheater, will feature creative, improvised, and experimental music in the Catskill region and provide dozens of ground-breaking artists with the opportunity to forge new musical connections and pathways for all generations

Buy Your Ticket Here

*RSVP* Special Women Who Lunch EVENT – Powerful Storytelling For Career Advancement

Our monthly Women Who Lunch event is coming up on Thursday July 14th from 12-1 pm ET (9 – 10 am PT). The goal of this event is for female identifying professionals to have the opportunity to meet one another and network authentically. This event will be a special workshop hosted by our very own Debra Olshan Cooper titled Powerful Storytelling For Career Advancement

When: Thursday, July 14th – 12:00 – 1pm ET (9:00 – 10:00 am PT)

Where: Zoom (link sent night before)

To RSVP email flobelfoundation@dan-schneider

HUDSON VALLEY MENTOR VIRTUAL MEET-UP WITH SPECIAL GUEST BARTEK STARODAJ (Director of Housing Initiatives for the city of Kingston) 

Join us for July’s Hudson Valley Mentor Meeting. The purpose of this meet-up will be to curate and discuss issues that are suggested by the mentors about the health, economy and community well being of the Hudson Valley as a region. This meet-up will be hosted monthly on zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month by Flobel Advisor & Hudson Valley resident Rebecca Holderness This month we have a special guest who will be leading out discussion: Bartek Starodaj (Director of Housing Initiatives for the City of Kingston).

When: Thursday, July 21st: 7:00 – 8 pm ET 

Where: Zoom (link sent night before)

To RSVP email flobelfoundation@dan-schneider

We mourn the passing of one of our long-term friends and advisors. He will always be in our hearts. Frank Annunziata.



“Probably the biggest attraction of music for me is the infinity of the beast. The unlimited combination of notes and time that create endless melodies. As for the guitar, it is the technique that I love. And when you add electric guitar, you have a whole new playing field. There are guitar players, there are owners of guitars and there are artists where the guitar is an extension of their being. Music can evoke love, sadness, anger, happiness… emotions of all kinds. Playing guitar to me is not only a musical experience, but a spiritual one as well.”

From Janice Annunziata: Please don’t send flowers. In lieu of flowers, we will be honoring Frank’s memory and his eternal love for NYC. I have successfully contacted the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy which has an Adopt-A-Bench program. If you would like to donate towards the memorial bench for Frank, his bench will be located in Carl Schurz Park along the beautiful East Side Promenade where Frank and I strolled regularly, many times to board the ferry that carried us all the way to Rockaway Beach. The price of the bench supports preservation of our beautiful park here in Manhattan, and as a thank you, the City will provide us with a beautiful plaque on the bench in Frank’s honor. A bench plaque is a wonderful way to have a space for quiet thoughtful reflection in the park and is a wonderful way for all of us to memorialize Frank in a space where he and I spent so much time together. The plaque will read: “Frank Annunziata, devoted husband and caring friend who loved all things NY. Rest In Peace Beloved.” Next time you’re in the city, you can seek out his bench and take a rest there. Thank you in advance for your fully tax deductible contribution to this cause that means so much to Frank and me.   

For the Carl Schurz Park Bench, a total of $3500 must be raised to reserve and adopt a bench. If you prefer to donate on-line, please go here. Please be sure to include Frank Annunziata in the “in memory/honor of” boxin the online form. 

If you prefer to mail a check, make it out to: Carl Schurz Park Conservancy (CSPC) and please be sure to write in the memo portion of your check: Frank Annunziata (so the conservancy can keep track of all the donations). Mail to: Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, 1483 York Avenue, P.O. Box 20523, NY, NY 10075. For more general info please visit:

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