Adkins Arboretum to Host "Living in the Trees--Speaking to the Times, a Conversation in Music and Art" on Saturday, September 8

Adkins Arboretum to Host "Living in the Trees--Speaking to the Times, a Conversation in Music and Art" on Saturday, September 8


Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., Sept. 8 for Living in the Trees—Speaking to the Times, a special program in which music and art cast a spell on one of the last evenings of summer.

The Pam Ortiz Band will set the scene with thought-provoking songs that probe the bittersweet richness of life in our times. As dusk fades to night, participants will take a walk into the Arboretum forest to see Night Walk, photographer Penny Harris’s images of human figures magically projected onto the trees. As if the spirits of the trees themselves have become visible, Harris’s figures hauntingly evoke the primal link between trees and human life. A walk through the woods, lit by luminarias and flashlights, will be followed by refreshments and more music at the Visitor’s Center.

Contemporary songwriter Pam Ortiz has a clear voice and a rare gift for lyrics that touch deeply. Playing acoustic guitar as she sings, she is joined by her husband, Bob Ortiz, on percussion, Ford Schumann on guitar and Nevin Dawson on viola and violin. Based in Chestertown, the band will release a new album in September. This follows three albums showcasing Ortiz’s songs with Terra Nova, a group that played to packed coffeehouses in the Baltimore-Washington area throughout the ’90s and was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Bill Clinton’s first inauguration.

A native of Baltimore, Penny Harris photographs landscapes and people around the world. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in museum and university collections around the country. While she has created stage sets and done curatorial work involving theater, music and poetry, this is her first installation using light in the outdoor environment. Seeming almost to emerge from within the tall trees of the Arboretum forest, the ghostly glowing figures in Night Walk blur the relationship between humans and nature as they challenge us to consider our times and our place in nature.

Living in the Trees—Speaking to the Times runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 8 with a rain date of Sun., Sept. 9. The program fee is $20 for members, $25 for the general public. Click here to register or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Pam Ortiz (pictured) and The Pam Ortiz Band will perform Sat., Sept. 8 during “Living in the Trees—Speaking to the Times,” a special program that combines art, music and the Adkins Arboretum forest. Register at or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.