Adirondack A&E e-News # 255

Back on track…

Because of a kink in the great cyber chain, #254 of ADK e-News went out this morning instead of Friday as intended. Frankly, this tech stuff is great when it works—but maddening when it doesn’t. Seeing “Schedule Missed” as I opened the software was a jolt to my Monday morning for sure!

Anyway, we’re back on track now and #255 will drop at 2:30 today. We hope you’ll view it as a bonus to get two in one day! We just didn’t want you to miss anything.

There’s so much wonderful happening in the Adirondack Arts and Entertainment community—thanks for being a part of it.


Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About, Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes shares info on East Branch Friends of Arts’ upcoming Somewhere in the Wild: Adirondack Women in Music concert.

Somewhere in the Wild

Adirondack Women in Music

On Saturday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm, East Branch Friends of the Arts will host a celebration of some of the region’s most talented and accomplished musicians, past and present, who just happen to be women.

This outstanding concert will take place at the Keene Valley Congregational Church and will feature the talents of Martha Gallagher, Rose Chancler, Amy Nelson, Patricia McCarty, Robin Cameron-Phillips, and Janice Kyle, all of whom live and perform in the Adirondacks. This program received support from a 2023 CAP grant, administered by the Essex County Arts Council.

Winifred Hyson

A highlight of the program will be the Adirondack premiere of a wonderful composition by Winifred Hyson called Somewhere in the Wild for soprano, flute, viola, and piano.

Winifred Hyson (1925-2019), was an award-winning composer, physicist, and acclaimed educator who spent 75 summers in Keene Valley, and composed the piece during her time there. Some of her music, including the chamber work Somewhere in the Wild took inspiration from the wild forests and natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Her family has deep ties to Keene Valley; her great grandparents were among the earliest members of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve.

Founded in 1996 in Keene Valley, NY, East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA) is a community- based, non-profit group dedicated to supporting and promoting visual and the performing arts, and expanding opportunities of involvement in arts events for residents and visitors. EBFA presents high quality arts programming from around the world as well as from our own region.

Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NY-73 Scenic, Keene Valley

Depot Theatre’s CHESAPEAKE Features Dynamic One-Man Cast

July 20 through August 6

The Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, is pleased to announce the cast of CHESAPEAKE, the second production in the theatre’s 45th season main stage lineup.

CHESAPEAKE features ONE wildly versatile actor, who brings alive a string of disparate characters who argue completely polar perspectives on the value of art, politics, and the mysterious connections between dogs and their humans. Hilarious and delightfully otherworldly, this show draws its title from the Chesapeake retriever targeted in a heist gone wrong.

In his Depot Theatre debut, Luke Wehner will play all of the characters.

“This is a role that demands a lot from an actor: someone who can create different characters (at one point four of them are in conversation at the same time), someone capable of dynamic storytelling, someone who can deliver the wild hilarity of the comedy in this piece, and someone who wins over our hearts with gentility and sincerity and heart,” said Michael Glavan, Depot Theatre’s Artistic Production Manager. “We are so lucky to have found Luke Wehner, who delivers all of that and more. His bold and imaginative creativity in collaboration with CHESAPEAKE veteran and our production’s director Craig Joseph make this piece a wild, exciting, fun, and touching piece of theatre!”

Find out more and purchase tickets HERE.

Depot Theater, 6705 Main St, Westport

Alma Mahler & Her Charmed Circle

Studio Centennial Benefit

Wednesday, July 19, 2 pm

Discover the life and inspirations of turn-of-the-century muse and femme fatale, Alma Mahler in this entertaining cabaret revue featuring Robert Osborne, bass-baritone and Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano. Alma Mahler and Her Charmed Circle will illuminate this remarkable yet overlooked musical trailblazer through a broad array of art songs, cabaret tunes, satirical songs, and vocal duets interspersed with brief selections from Mahler’s own diaries and correspondence.

From the explosively creative milieu of early 20th-century Vienna to her final days in her New York City apartment, a rich portrait emerges, placing Alma Mahler at the center of a dazzling array of friends, lovers, and spouses—Kokoschka, Klimt, Korngold, Berg, Zemlinsky, Bernstein, Schoenberg, and so many others.

This event will be followed by a lakeside Viennese tea to benefit The Sembrich’s centennial celebration.

Details and tickets HERE.

The Sembrich, 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton

Caroga Lake Music Festival on Tour: Caroga Chapel

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 7 pm, free

Caroga Arts returns to its roots! Caroga Lake Music Festival Resident Artists perform works by Dvorak, Bruch, Gershwin, Barber, and many more.

Details HERE.

Caroga Chapel, 106 Chapel Road, Caroga Lake

Presented by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

Ursa and the Major Key

Friday, July 21, 7 pm

Jam out to some psychedelic rock!

Ursa and the Major Key, the indie/psychedelic band from Plattsburgh, takes inspiration from the great rock bands of the 60s and 70s with an improvisational flair and contemporary indie influence.

Tickets and more info HERE.

Interested in more rock, Broadway, and folk? Take advantage of our special ticket packages! Enjoy admission to four performances in one convenient checkout. See the details HERE.

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake

Win two tickets to the Open Sky Music Festival!

Enter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Open Sky Music Festival on Aug. 19!

The deadline for entry is this Saturday.

Enter to win HERE.

Learn more about the Open Sky Music Festival and see the full schedule HERE.

W.W. Ely and his Map of the New York Wilderness

Lecture by Pete Nelson

Thursday, July 20, 7 pm, $8/Members free. Doors open at 6:30.

Before there was Seneca Ray Stoddard. Before even there was Adirondack Murray….there was W.W. Ely, the man whose map made the Adirondacks the destination of all eastern destinations.

Modern Adirondack author and historian Pete Nelson of Keene reveals a special combination of passionate story-telling and detailed research as he unspools the story of “Ely’s Map” at the Adirondack History Museum on July 20, starting at 7 pm. Pete has not only dived deeply into the intricacies of map-making but he’s also been working with Ely’s own journals, to which he has gained special access.

The 1867 “Map of the New York Wilderness” was included in Murray’s famous book, “Adventures in the Wilderness,” and was the basis for Seneca Ray Stoddard’s map-making.

Adirondack History Museum, 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown

Poetry with Purpose

Mining for History with jim bourey

Tuesday, July 25, 6 pm, Potsdam Public Library (2 Park St.)

This event will feature local poet jim bourey and his recent projects centered around the Lyon Mountain and Standish areas. jim bourey’s poetry examines place and the human condition through storytelling. His work explores the history of small places with the purpose of keeping them alive in our collective memory. He is currently working on a project that describes the history of Lyon Mountain, a small mining town in the northeast Adirondacks. The collection examines the many viewpoints of folks as they aged and their town aged with them. As a native of Lyon Mountain, many of his poems focus on generations of his ancestral family. Most importantly, bourey’s work is accessible; he believes poetry is an art that belongs to all people.

Find out more HERE.

Tupper Arts Presents

Barney Bellinger Works

Thru September 1

Barney Bellinger is a self-taught artist and designer who’s passionate relationship with the Adirondack wilderness has influenced and inspired his extraordinary body-of- work throughout the last 25 years.

Bushwhacking the backwoods, forging for mushrooms and fly fishing the streams, Barney’s life is framed with vintage bamboo fly rods and furniture transformed from twist of burl. He creates intricate designs that require a mastery of bespoke artisanal effects and handcraftsmanship. His work represents an uncompromising commitment to vintage, industrial and abstract rustic form. Barney uses his artistic voice to raise awareness and respect for our fragile environment and wildlife.

Tupper Arts, 106 Park Street, Tupper Lake

String Sorcery with Guest Artist Bella Hristova

Saturday, July 22, 7:30 pm

Join the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for the the only Saturday evening performance of the season with Guest Artist Bella Hristova.

More info and tickets HERE.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid

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