Adirondack A&E e-News # 294

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About. Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes spotlights Clara’s Cadenza: A Musical in The Making.

Clara’s Cadenza: A Musical in The Making

Tahawus Cultural Center

In October of 2022, Book & Blanket Players’ producer/director Kathleen Recchia applied for, and received an ECAC Sunburst Award to develop the musical workshop, “Clara’s Cadenza,” based on the life of 19th century pianist/composer, Clara Schumann. A “work-in-progress” performance will be offered to the public on Saturday, October 21st at 4:00pm, hosted by the Tahawus Cultural Center in Au Sable Forks.
This will be an informal reading of the work as it stands with performers reading from the manuscript and music score. The creators are hoping to gather valuable feedback from the audience about the direction for “finishing the hat” as legendary composer Stephen Sondheim would say.

The creative team, three students—Mallory Arnold (a graduate of Willsboro Central School, now a freshman at Yale), Olivia Marocco and Lucy Thill (both seniors in the Saranac Lake School District) – and Kathy have been meeting by Zoom once a week to develop this original musical. Other cast members include Tyler Nye as Robert Schumann, Brenda and Bill McColgan as Clara’s parents, with Alisa Endsley, Laura Farrell, Linnea D’Auria, Peggy Orman, Max Longware, Cooper Halloran, Lillian Zander, and Zoe Hadden.

Recchia would like to thank ECAC, as well as the NYSCA A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund for support of this workshop and expenses leading up to it. Also, thanks to East Branch Friends of the Arts for its continued support of the Book & Blanket Players and to Rebecca Kelly and Craig Brashear use of the Tahawus Center as a performance space.

From Mountain Lake Journal Spotlight

Mural Adds Illusion in Au Sable Forks

Mountain Lake Journal’s Spotlight for October 13 was on the Tahawus Mural Project.

You can watch the episode HERE.

Third Friday of the Month

Sober Open Minded Mic Night

Friday October 20, 2023, 7 – 9 pm, In person sign up starts at 6 pm. Free, Donations accepted.

Spotlight Artist for October – Alan Simon, Tabla Player

And you and your friends and family – sing, dance, read poetry, tell a short story

Refreshments provided—coffee, tea, juice, water, snacks.

Sponsored by: Therese Ellis, CPA and Explore Adirondack Frontier

BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake, 518-891-3799

Belle Fire Arts Collective Presents

An Afternoon of Music and Stories

Sunday, October 22, 4 pm

Writer/poet Christopher Locke and musician Carl Rubino will perform in a free event at Whitcomb’s Garage in Whallonsburg, NY.

Carl will perform new songs on guitar that borrow aspects of Americana, contemporary folk and traditional jazz. Chris will read from his latest manuscript “This Blue World”, essays on fatherhood and the Adirondacks, and promises to “also have a surprise or two.” Both artists recently received a 2023 NYS Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

Chris and Carl will perform for 20-25min each, followed by a Q&A about their work and how they go about it, and pretty much anything else that comes up.
Refreshments will be served and the artists’ CDs and books will be available for purchase.

More HERE and HERE.

Whitcomb’s Garage, 1598 NYS rt 22, Whallonsburg

The Art of True Crime

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm

Writer and podcaster Aimée Baker talks about the process of researching and composing Doe, her award-winning collection of poems based on some of the tens of thousands of missing and unidentified women reported in the United States.

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 pm
She, a true-crime documentary. Based on Aimee Baker’s award-winning poetry collection, She seeks to amplify the stories of missing and unidentified women whose cases have gone unsolved. She was an official selection at the Cannes International Cinema Festival in 2021.

For more info, email:

St. Lawrence University: Hepburn Hall, Room 218, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton

SLC Arts Presents

Art/Work Speaker Series featuring musician Dan Duggan

Monday, October 23, 6 pm

Join SLC Arts as we discuss the arts economy of the North Country with musician, Dan Duggan, as a part of the ongoing Art/Work Speaker Series.

Dan Duggan, nationally touring performer and teacher, is rapidly being acknowledged as one of the finest dulcimer players and composers in the country. As a recipient of the prestigious National Hammered Dulcimer Championship, Dan’s accomplishment is even more considerable as he is the first winner to have performed all original compositions.

More info HERE.

Potsdam Public Library, 2 Park St #1, Potsdam

Olympic Authority & Art Of The Olympians Announce Partnership

Artwork Produced by Olympians on Display at Lake Placid Legacy Sites

Artwork created by Olympians from around the world is on display at Lake Placid’s venues following a new partnership established between the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority), the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF), and its affiliate organization, Art of the Olympians (AOTO).

Learn more HERE.


Painting the Adirondack fall colors in ‘plein air’

NCPR’s Amy Feiereisel reports on ‘plein air’ artists in the North Country for Fall Colors Week in this delightful piece; listen HERE.

Photo: Amy Feiereisel

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