Community Regeneration Strategy
"I have worked tirelessly for the residents of the city of Newburgh creating high profile events accessible by everyone”
- Aquanetta, Your Ferry Godmother
October 17, 2005 – Maiden voyage of the Newburgh Beacon Ferry and the opening of the breakfast cart by Aquanetta Wright and Ramona Torres. The cart served as a welcoming station to passenger who boarded the ferry 5-9am. It offered free coffee to ferry riders. This cart opening everyday that the ferry was operational for over a year.
October 2005 - Ferry Godmother was born on Newburgh Beacon Ferry. It was the ferry captain, Mark Summers, which allowed the development and growth of the Ferry Godmother. Captain Summers encouraged and supported the many special events which the Aquanetta planned on the ferry and its landing.
August 21 thru Friday August 25, 2006 –Produced an exhibit “A View From The Booth”, by photographer Ramona Torres at the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry landing.
November 27, 2006 – Free jazz concert at the Newburgh Beacon ferry landing on the waterfront in the City of Newburgh.
December 2006 - “1st Annual Waterfront Caroling Fest” at the Newburgh Beacon Ferry Landing at the City of Newburgh waterfront
April 1, 2007 - Ferry Godmother and photo-artist Ramona “Rae” Torres opened of River Art Emporium (RAE), a premier art, & culture community gallery in the city of Newburgh.
July 2007 – The introduction of the first annual “Newburgh Jazz Series with 17 free concerts held on the City of Newburgh Landing.
August 2007 - Introduce Earth Rhythms a themed event named specifically as an interpretation of "Green Day".
April 2008 - Orange County Proclaims April Jazz Appreciation Month by County Executive Edward Diana. He presents a proclamation to Ferry Godmother Productions Executive Producer Aquanetta Wright.
April 27, 2008 - FGP celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with an 8 hour, non-stop jazz event on the Newburgh Ferry Landing, Newburgh Jazz-A-thon, A Cause for Celebration.
July 5, 2010 – The Newburgh Gospel Series was introduced on the City of Newburgh waterfront, held on each Tuesday in the month of July.
July 2010 - Introduction of "Senior Day" and "Veteran's Day" themed day into the Newburgh Jazz Series.
August 2, 2010 – The Newburgh Pop, Rock & Doowop Series was introduced on the City of Newburgh waterfront, held on each Tuesday in the month of July.
August 17, 2011 - The Ferry Godmother was asked by the waterfront restaurant owners to move all productions away from the Newburgh waterfront because it was creating a parking problem.
August 25, 2011 - After seven years of art, music and cultural events on the Waterfront, the Ferry Godmother announced this would be its’ last concerts in Newburgh, it would be seeking a new home. During 2011 the Newburgh Jazz Series attracted 15,000 attendees and 5 Grammy winners to the Newburgh waterfront.
September 2011 – County Executive Eddie Diana’s offers a new home for the Newburgh Jazz Series and the Newburgh Pop, Rock & Doowop Series at the Arboretum in Thomas Bull Memorial Park.
November 2011 - the renaming of the Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series
March 2012 – Press Conference and Sponsor Mixer to introduce the Highland Pop, Rock & Doowop Series.
July 3, 2012 – Opening night of Newburgh Pop, Rock & Doowop Series held in its’ new venue, Arboretum in Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY.
July 5, 2012– Opening night of Newburgh Jazz Series held in its’ new venue, Arboretum in Orange County’s Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY.
November 29, 2012 – Press Conference and Sponsor Mixer was held to introduce the Montgomery County & Rock~n~Roll Series.
December 1, 2012– Mayor of City of Port Jervis has approved becoming a stop on the Ferry Godmother Music Circuit with Port Jervis Pop, Rock and Doowop Series.
January 2013 - The Ferry Godmother Music Circuit was developed for put all summer music circuits under one brand.
May 2013 - It is official, the next stop on the Ferry Godmother Music Circuit will be on the riverfront of the Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing. The "Hunt's Landing Jazz Series" is scheduled to begin August 2013.
July 2013 - Newbugh Pop, Rock & Doowop Series was renamed to reflect its' new venue, Orange Pop, Rock & Doowop Series is introduced.
September 2013 - Newburgh Jazz-Go-Round is introduced. FG returns to the city of Newburgh with a new project to put live music in neighborhood parks, streets and playgrounds.
January 2014 - Social Media campaign increases to include Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and over 50 others.
February 10, 2014 - First show of Ferry Godmother Radio Show on www.Blogtalkradio.com/ferrygodmother
March 8, 2014 - Introduce Ferry Godmother Book Club (group) on Facebook
March 23, 2014 - Introduce Ferry Godmother Photography Club (group) on Facebook
July 2014 - Introduce Queen Mom Hat Day. This themed concert day will highlight mothers and celebrate all mother that the are able to teach and provide.
July 10, 2014 - Introduce the Ferry Godmother Herstory. This group on Facebook is a collection of great memories from all Ferry Godmother Productions event including the Newburgh waterfront, the Arboretum and more venues. To be seen are videos, photos, news articles, radio clips and more.
October 17, 2014 - Introduce Ferry Godmother Hudson Valley CosPlay (group) on Facebook
January 2015 - Introduce "Ferry Godmother Noble Court", a private members only club for business owners, CEO, elected officials and other community nobleman. There are special memberships available for members of the creative community.
January 2015 - Place a call for creative people to develop panels for Ferry Godmother Community & Veteran's Quilt.
January 2015 - Introduce daily questions and answers on facebook fan pages. Daily Bible Challenge on Newburgh Gospel Series, I Really Love Lucy on Newburgh Jazz Series, and Daily Jazzin on Ferry Godmother.
January 12, 2015 - Introduce Ferry Godmother Meet and Greet. The Ferry Godmother and Ferry Family will meet at various restaurants around mid-hudson valley.