Adirondack A&E e-News # 258

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About, Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes shines a spotlight on the midday music program at Essex Community Church.

Music at Mid Day at the Essex Community Church

In the past, the Essex Community Church has been known for hosting a variety of musical events.

Back in the ‘90s, an Essex resident donated the Dutch tracker pipe organ and created an endowment to support the playing and maintenance of it. This endowment has supported a series of organ recitals that expanded to include piano and other classical music. In past years, the church sponsored five or six concerts during the summer and early fall. In addition to these concerts, the church began a series called the Mid Day Concerts, held in the middle of the day on Thursdays during the summer. The idea behind this was to provide 45-minutes of music in a relaxed atmosphere, after which patrons could enjoy lunch in Essex.

COVID put this series on hold, but this summer the church is in the process of reviving the Mid Day Concert series, which will be offered on Thursdays, beginning July 20. Admission is $5. These concerts are made possible, in part, by an Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

The series kicked off on July 20 with a performance by Piotr Barcz, a young pianist specializingin
ragtime who performs regularly at the Barn Door Tavern in Essex.

On July 27, Matt Dunne, bassist and guitarist, and Bill Vitek, pianist will perform a program of classical jazz.

On August 3, students from Meadowmount School of Music will perform a classical strings program.

And on August 10, Patricia McCarty, viola, and Bill Zito, classical guitar, will perform.

All performances begin at 11:30 am.

Essex Community Church, Corner of Main Street and NYS Route 22, Essex, NY

Tahawus Mural Project is unfolding

Artist Georgeanne Gaffney (Saranac Lake) shows her maquette of the outdoor mural she will be creating in the Tahawus “Grotto.” Watch for the “unveiling event” which will be a Tahawus Garden Party in September.

Read about the Tahawus mural and hear the NCPR interview with Georgeanne in ADK A&E #192 HERE.

Tahawus Center, 14234 Rt 9N, Main Street., Au Sable Forks

Belden Noble Memorial Library Presents

Genealogy Assistance

July 28

Are you ‘stumped’ while climbing your family tree? We are offering FREE appointments with genealogist Judith Harper.
Judith will be at the library on Friday, July 28 from 11:30 am —1:30 pm. We will be booking a limited number of 15-minute appointments. During your free, individual session, you’ll get started tracing your roots, or learning pro tips to help you ‘root out’ the mysteries of your family tree.

Details HERE.

Call the library at (518) 963-8079, or email us: to reserve your spot by Wednesday, July 26.

Belden Noble Memorial Library, 2759 Essex Rd., Essex, NY

Where’s Waldo PARTY!

Monday, July 31, 2023, 3 pm

Join us to celebrate a great month of Waldo searching!

Make sure to stop by THE BOOKSTORE PLUS for a free cupcake and to see if you will win the GRAND PRIZE!

The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main St, Lake Placid

The ADK Lakes Theatre Festival Presents

The Tempest

The abridged Shakespeare classic directed by Karen Lordi-Kirkham

Catch the FREE outdoor performances touring the Adirondack Park this July and August!

Chef Darrell’s Mountain Diner, Blue Mountain Lake (Open Dress Rehearsal): Friday, July 28 at 2 pm.
Arrowhead Park, Inlet: Saturday, July 29 at 2 pm.
Overlook Pavilion, Newcomb: Sunday, July 30 at 2 pm.
Sabattis Pavilion, Long Lake: Sunday, July 30 at 7 pm.
Sunset Stage, Tupper Lake: Monday, July 31 at 7 pm.
Speculator Pavilion, Speculator: Tuesday, August 1 at 7 pm.
Prospect Point Cottages, Blue Mountain Lake: Wednesday, August 2 at 2 pm.

Prosper uses her magic to conjure a storm and torment the survivors of a shipwreck, including the King of Naples and Prosper’s treacherous brother, Antonio. Prosper’s slave, Caliban, plots to rid himself of his master but is thwarted by Prosper’s spirit-servant, Ariel. This tale, one of Shakespeare’s most popular, involves magic, a deserted island, betrayal, comedy, and love.

Speculator Lake Pleasant Historical Society and the Lake Pleasant Public Library Present

Garrow: Fifty Years Later

Thursday, July 27, 7 pm, free

Lawrence Gooley, author of Terror in the Adirondacks, will speak about Robert Garrow at Oak Mountain.

Oak Mountain, 141 Novosel Way, Speculator

Boyd Meets Girl

Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 7 pm

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo has toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé, and their two studio albums have been streamed well over 2 million times on Spotify alone.

The duo arranges much of their repertoire themselves, drawing inspiration from artists across all genres, and often speak from the stage about the works to create an engaging, conversational concert experience that breaks down boundaries not only between musical genres but between audience and performer.

Details and tickets HERE.

The Sembrich, 4800 Lake Shore Drive,Bolton

Vintage Movie Nights at Schroon Lake’s Strand Theater

Rear Window

Monday, July 24, 8 pm, $15 at the door (cash only).

Film historian/author/Turner Classics Movie (TCM) commentator Jeremy Arnold and silent-film accompanist/composer Ben Model, return this month on two successive Mondays to present, respectively, one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most highly regarded suspense-thrillers and a silent comedy starring the era’s greatest comedian-filmmaker after Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

On July 24, Arnold introduces Rear Window, focusing on a wheelchair-bound photographer—played by one of Hollywood’s all-time favorites, Jimmy Stewart—who spies on his neighbors from his courtyard apartment window…and increasingly comes to believe one of them has committed murder. Grace Kelly (To Catch a Thief) and Raymond Burr (TV’s Ironside and Perry Mason) co-star.

Arnold’s latest book, The Essentials Vol. 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, is his second companion effort to TCM’s “Essentials” program, which profiled many of the most influential movies in film history.

Safety Last

Monday, July 31, 8 pm, $15 at the door (cash only).

Model takes his turn with Safety Last, a classic that helped launch the movie industry. In it, the hilarious Harold Lloyd plays a country boy who sets out to make good in the big city after his sweetheart promises to marry him once he is a success. Complications, of course, ensue.

The Strand, 1102 NYS Route 9, Schroon Lake. Phone: 518-532-9077; and on Facebook.

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