Essex County Arts Council Out and About
In this edition of Out and About, Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes shares details on the upcoming lecture on John Brown at the Westport Library as well as info on upcoming concerts for the holiday season. We’ll have details on additional concerts later in December next Monday.
The Westport Library Presents “When John Brown Came To Westport”
The Westport Library received CAP funding from ECAC to support 2023 programming. On Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm, historian Connor Williams will lead a lecture/discussion on America’s slave society during the Antebellum Era, with a particular focus on the events of the 1850s that precipitated John Brown’s controversial actions. Connor will reflect on the laws that ruled our land, the passions that stirred its people, and the politics that charted our nation’s course as a slave society.
Nothing about American history is more foreign to us today than our history as a slave society. Yet that is our national truth, and our original sin. By the 1861 outbreak of the Civil War, the United States was the world’s greatest slave power. For 250 years Americans and their ancestors created, maintained, and spread systems of enslavement throughout much of our nation. It will take another 88 years before the United States will have known freedom longer than they have known enslavement.
Connor Williams is a scholar, teacher, and advocate of American and African American history. He serves as historian for Great Camp Sagamore. Suggested donation for this lecture is $20.
For more information visit HERE.
And, it’s time to celebrate the Holiday Season with festive music and activities!
December 1 & 2
Holidays in Essex, NY
This annual festival kicks off Friday evening at 6:00pm with the lighting of the town Christmas Tree, caroling, and hot chocolate. On Saturday morning (December 2nd), beginning at 9:30am, you’ll find crafts, children’s activities, food, and SANTA (who arrives on the ferry from Vermont).
For musical entertainment, the Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines will be caroling in the streets of Essex, then will perform a concert in St. John’s Church at 1:30pm. For more information, visit Essex Initiatives HERE.
The Pleasant Valley Chorale (directed by yours truly) will perform its holiday program called “A Very Broadway Christmas” on two occasions: Friday, December 8th at 7:00pm at the Essex Community Church and Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm at the UCC Church in Elizabethtown. Admission is free, with good-will donations accepted.
On Saturday, December 9th, stop by the Whallonsburg Grange Hall beginning at 11:00 for their annual Holiday Market. No music, but this is a great market and a great place to shop for gifts and support local farmers and artisans. The Grange has other activities going on in December; check out details HERE.
19th Annual Christmas in the Forks
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3.
An old fashion Yuletide celebration in downtown Au Sable Forks!
The Christmas Parade is Saturday, 6 pm.
See the full schedule of activities HERE.
Tickets On Sale Now!
Through Dec. 18th 2023. 4:30, 7 pm. Duration: 2 hours
Live the magic of the classic Polar Express™ Train Ride story with the Adirondack Railroad. Depart from Utica’s Union Station and travel north while being served hot chocolate and cookies.
When you arrive at the North Pole, Santa will board the train visiting with each family, and giving the first gift of Christmas, the Silver Bell, just like in the book or movie!
Bring your Pajamas!: Children (and parents) are encouraged to come in pajamas. Don’t forget your camera- you’ll want to capture the memories of your time with Santa! Join the many families who come back to see us every year!
In order to ensure that you are able to travel on your desired dates, please make reservations early as this event sells out every year.
Details and tickets HERE.
Festival of Trees
Thru December 20,, Tuesday – Sunday 2-6 pm
Come stroll through the forest of sponsor-decorated trees, buy a gift handmade by local artists, drink some hot cocoa and simply enjoy the holiday season here with us at BluSeed!
More info HERE.
BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar St, Saranac Lake
SpeakEazy Storytelling Open Mic at Upper Jay Arts Center
Tuesday, December 5, 7 pm
Join us in the Lounge for an evening of storytelling! Come and share, or just listen as community members and visitors from all walks of life, backgrounds and orientations come together and connect through the sharing of personal stories in a safe, supportive environment free from pressure or judgment.
No experience necessary.
Any story is perfect: from your life story to what you saw on the bus last week. Family stories, funny stories, heartbreaking stories—anything you want to share. Participants are welcome to tell from the head and heart, or to bring paper up with them if they need it. When your name is called, the stage is yours for seven minutes.
The Open Mic is hosted by Mac MacDevitt and Gabrielle Schutz.
$5 Suggested Donation at the door (to support UJAC and Bell Fire Arts Collective)
UJAC, 12198 State Hwy 9N, Upper Jay