Adirondack A&E e-News # 365

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes looks at The Living Room Project at Whitcomb‘s Gallery in this edition of Out and About.

The Living Room Project at Whitcomb‘s Gallery

In early March, there was a special party at Whitcomb’s Gallery in Whallonsburg. Guests were invited to share a piece of artwork from their homes with a special meaning. These pieces were hung in the newly renovated Living Room space at Whitcomb’s, accompanied by a label detailing the story behind it. By the end of the evening, the gallery walls were filled with unpredictable art from a cross-section of the community. This eclectic exhibit will be on display until the end of April.

The Whitcomb’s Living Room has been transformed into a welcoming drop-in/hang-out space for all with a comfy living room set up and an expanded gallery. It will be open Tues, Thurs, Fri from 10 am – 3 pm. Saturdays may be added in the future. Come to co-work, relax, use the internet, have a meeting, or sip coffee/tea by the stove… buy your lunch at River and Rails Deli and bring it over. The Grange Manager’s office will now be located at Whitcomb’s.

May through June—come enjoy a multi-media gallery exhibit This Will Be Fun: The Creativity and Art of Ted Cornell. Details coming soon.

We especially encourage community members to be in touch if they have an event or ongoing group they’d like to establish and lead at Whitcomb’s. For more information contact Laurie House, Whitcomb’s Arts Chair at

Whitcomb‘s Arts (Whallonsburg Grange), 1598 NYS RT 22, Essex

Depot Theatre Announces 2024 Main Stage Season

Complete with a little bit of country, a little rock and roll, and a lot of fun and inspiration, the Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, is pleased to announce its 2024 professional main stage season lineup.

Lights go up on the main stage with ANALOG & VINYL, a musical rom-com romp featuring a memorable score infused with the influences of Elvis Costello, the Beatles, and Brian Wilson. The musical is a delicious, devilish tale of Harrison, a young record shop owner in danger of losing his family’s store, Rodeo Girl, the seemingly spacey—yet weirdly-wise—hipster obsessed with him, and a mysterious stranger who rocks their world with an offer they might not be able to refuse—and it’s not for vintage vinyl. Performances will be June 27-July 14.

Next up on the stage is EVERY BRILLIANT THING, a hilarious, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming play about the efforts of a young boy to will his mother to live by creating a list of all the best things in the world; everything worth living for. The play is a transcendent and tender coming-of-age journey that reminds us to pay attention to life’s smallest joys—and to each other. Performances will run from July 18 to August 4.

To top off the season, the Depot will serve up some rollicking down-home entertainment with PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. This crowd-pleasing boot-stomping country-western musical features Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, the generous gals from the Double Cupp Diner, singing and performing along with those talented guys from the gas station ‘cross the road. PUMP BOYS received unanimous raves on and off Broadway, (including on the Depot Theatre stage in 1997!). PUMP BOYS will run from August 8-25.

Find out more HERE.

The Depot Theatre, 6705 Main St, Westport

The Bookstore Plus Presents

Book signing with Maxwell Eaton III

Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 1 – 3 pm

The Bookstore Plus is excited to host local author and illustrator, Maxwell Eaton III for a book signing event to celebrate the second book in the Survival Scout series, Survival Scout: Tsunami.

About The Book: Return to Scout’s world of natural disaster mishaps in the second installment of the Survival Scout graphic novel series – this time to learn about tsunamis. Join Scout and her talking skunk companion in this witty, useful, and funny graphic novel about how to survive a tsunami.

About The Author” Maxwell Eaton III is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of dozens of outdoor adventure-based picture books and comics for young readers. Maxwell’s books are informed by a life led outdoors in the mountains and on the water. He is passionate about sharing his love for the natural world with young people and empowers them to get outside; make and do with their own hands; think and act with calm and collected minds, and maintain perspective and humor. He skis, paddles, and writes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.

The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main Street, Lake Placid

The Westport Library Presents

Totality: The Next Eclipse

A Lecture by Jacqueline van Gorkom, Astronomer
Thursday, April 4, 6 pm

Columbia University Astronomer Jacqueline van Gorkom will describe fun and safe ways to watch the eclipse and even explore some interesting things to look at if it turns out to be cloudy that day! She will review what a solar eclipse is, why total solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon, and their role in some myths.

Free, but $20 donation to library is suggested.

Westport Library, 6 Harris Lane, Westport

The Jay Entertainment & Music Society (JEMS) Presents

Craft Fair

At the Amos And Julia Ward Theater

Saturday, April 6, 10 – 3

Join us for an afternoon of shopping, rain or shine, inside the Amos and Julia Ward Theater! The show features all local artisans and a diverse variety of crafts! Crafters include: Brian Heinz Children’s books, Linda and Joe Kahn ADK Paintings and Fairy Houses, Gristmill Distillers, Jonathan Esper photography, Adirondack Mountain bags, Erica Yaworski toys and jewelry, Creations by Marleen artwork, Phil Merlino photography, Rina Bombard wood products, Marjorie Swift bags/quilts/aprons/pot holders/catnip, Jeffrey Gavaletz wood working, Lange’s Abstract Art artwork/jewelry, Rance Bloom Creations- sculptures. Timed right for Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts!

The Amos & Julia Ward Theatre, 12 Parkside Rd, Jay

Darkness & Light Exhibition

Friday, April 5, 2024, 5pm thru Saturday, April 27, 2024, 3 m

Opening Receptions:
Darkness, Friday, April 5, 5-8pm, at Strand Center Gallery
Light, Saturday, April 6, 4-6pm, at Feinberg Library

Darkness & Light is a two part collaborative exhibition between the Strand Center for the Arts and SUNY Plattsburgh to celebrate the 2024 eclipse. The Darkness theme will be exhibited at the Strand Center Gallery and the Light theme will be exhibited in the Feinberg Library at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh
The Feinberg Library, 2 Draper Ave, Plattsburgh

The Pathless Woods

Free reading of a new play by Karen L. Lewis

Saturday, April 6, 3 pm

A FREE staged reading of The Pathless Woods (a very new play) by Karen L. Lewis, With Laura Farrell and Tekonwenaharake Sunday. Directed by Beth Glover.

The Pathless Woods is an exploration of life, death, loss, and moving on.
Two young strangers with seemingly different agendas meet on an Adirondack mountain top. Sarah is distraught and looking for answers. Will Jess keep her from taking the wrong path?

The playwright, actors, and director hope you’ll stick around after the approximately one hour of playing time to share a beverage, munch on some nibbly things, and discuss your reactions to the script.
No reservations necessary. PG-13.

Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook, Saranac Lake

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