The Sherman Chamber Ensemble has announced its upcoming activities.

It will present a free community picnic and concert June 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the town green at the intersection of Routes 37 and 39 in Sherman.

A rain date of July 1 is slated.

Hot dogs and ice cream sundaes will be provided by the SCE.

Patrons are invited to bring blankets and/or chairs.

It will kick off its summer concert series with concerts July 6 and 7 in Kent and Sherman, respectively.

SCE co-founders cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz will be joined by long-time collaborators violinist Jill Levy and pianist Margaret Kampmeier in a program featuring the Schubert B flat Trio, Haydn's Trio for flute, cello and piano, a trio for flute, violin and piano by Nino Rota, and Salut D'Amout by Edward Elgar.

"It is hard to believe it has been 30 years since our first performance on the stage of the Sherman Playhouse," said Mr. Bailen, SCE artistic director. "To celebrate this occasion, we have been playing on the theme of the number 30. For one thing, we thought it would be interesting to look at what some famous composers were doing when they were 30."

The focus for the concerts July 6-7 will be the Schubert Piano Trio, composed in 1827.

The summer series will feature concerts July 6, Aug. 10 and Aug. 31 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Main Street in Kent and July 7, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1 at the Mauweehoo Clubhouse on Leach Hollow Road in Sherman, all at 8 p.m.

Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Ten-dollar lawn tickets are available the night of the concert for Sherman concerts only.

Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 860-355-5930.

The SCE will also perform a free concert July 6 at 2 p.m. at Kent Memorial Library on Main Street.

For more information and tickets, call 860-355-5930 or visit