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Nov. 8, 2001 – Who'll be playing or singing along with Sally on Friday night?
At "Friday Night Alternative," you hardly ever know, but you can be fairly sure some of the island's finer jazz, blues, reggae, folk and other musical artists will show up to share the microphone with "Mustang" Sally Smith, the house keyboard and vocals artist at The Color of Joy in Red Hook.
The "Alternative" action takes place each Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. just outside the rear double doors of the art gallery and boutique, on the Marlin Deck overlooking American Yacht Harbor. Along with the music, the public is invited to enjoy complimentary wine, cheese, crackers, super sunsets and magnificent moonrises.
"What more could you want on a mellow evening in Paradise?" owner Corinne Van Rensselaer says.
Strolling through the gallery and shop, visitors also will find the one-of-a-kind moko jumbie soft sculpture created by local folk artist Jane Clemo, who specializes in the genre. This one she has dubbed a "relief" figure, and it's got a distinctly patriotic look about it — along with a special purpose.
The sculpture will be raffled off at the end of November, with all proceeds going to a national relief organization to aid families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks. Raffle tickets are $2 for one or $5 for three, and they're being sold through Thanksgiving at The Color of Joy. The raffle drawing will be at the Nov. 30 "Friday Night Alternative."
Also coming up at the end of this month: "Friday Night Alternative" T-shirts. "We thought this would be a good way to keep our talented artists and their fans on deck," Van Rensselaer said.
For further information, call 775-4020 or e-mail to The Color of Joy.

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