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Cicada fever: 'Bug Music' celebration tonight in Cornwall
If you have a serious case of cicada fever, the prescription might not be "more cowbell," but rather a trip to Cornwall to see "Bug Music," tonight's celebration and conversation about one of nature's noisiest critters.
With a full title of "Bug Music: Rhythms and Songs of the Seventeen Year Cicada," tonight's free educational program for all ages at the Black Rock Forest Consortium Science and Education Center features a talk and performance by author-musician David Rothenberg.
The author of a book that's also called "Bug Music" (St. Martin's Press, 2013), Rothenberg studied cicadas and other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects to hypothesize that humans got their rhythm, synchronization, and dance from bugs over the course of evolution.
The event coincides with the re-emergence of the Brood II cicadas, which awaken this summer from their 17-year subterranean slumber to return to the sunlight from North Carolina to Connecticut. They head above ground to mate, with the males sounding off to attract females.
Environmental planner Simon Gruber, a spokesman for tonight's event, said he attended a 1996 cicada celebration in Kingston, where there were musical performances, poems, a scientific talk and origami cicadas to mark the occasion.
"When I saw an announcement about David’s recent presentation and performance in Beacon on June 8, I reached out to him and then to the Black Rock Forest Consortium to ask if we could do something there," Gruber told Newsday Westchester this afternoon. "I decided to do this for fun and as an homage to the cicada."
Tonight's event starts at 7 at the Black Rock Forest Consortium. Event organizers have advised drivers with GPS to use the address "65 Reservoir Rd., Cornwall" to find it.