Adirondack A&E e-News # 77

Musical Instrument Drive

WHAT: We Are Instrumental program will host a summer-long musical instrument drive to benefit elementary school students in the Northern, NY. The drive will accept gently used band and string instruments.

WHEN: Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend

WHERE: Drop-offs will take place at Silver Bay YMCA and select libraries in the Clinton • Essex • Franklin County library system. See for more details.

BACKGROUND: Have an instrument that is collecting dust? We can help! WAI collects instruments and gives them second life by getting them fixed up and into the hands of kids! Our mission is to improve accessibility to musical education for children in Northern NY by providing well-working instruments and dynamic enrichment opportunities, and supporting the sustainability of our efforts through relevant professional development training for teachers of the region. Over time, school-owned instruments have become bruised, battered, and bandaged with duct tape.

Since 2020, WAI has collected 250 instruments that are now in various school districts on the North Country. We’ve hosted instrument-repair clinics for area band teachers to learn a much-needed skill while receiving NYS Dept. of Education credit and we’ve established a digital lesson program with area HS kids and college professors/music professionals. Don’t have an instrument and still want to help? As a 501c3, all donations are tax deductible!

We appreciate anyone willing to be instrumental to our region, best summed up by Willsboro Elementary, 4th Grader: “Thank you so much for the Alto Sax. I became the coolest person in the world.”

This program is being supported by the GKV Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Essex County Arts Council, Sylvamo, ADK Creamery, ADK Foundation and generous donations from members of the community.

For more information, contact Evan Mack at or visit HERE.


The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce the dates of its summer 2022 Academy summer program.

The 2022 Academy junior program, held at the Mountain View campus of the Boquet Valley School District in Elizabethtown, will take place from July 18-30, with two weeks of rehearsals from 9:30 am-3:30 pm culminating in three performances of PETER PAN, JR. on Friday, July 29 at 7 pm, and Saturday July 30 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

The senior program will be held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall from July 31- August 6, and will consist of a week of workshops from 6-9 pm leading up to a Cabaret performance on August 6 at 7 pm, with participants performing alongside professional artists.

Auditions will be held on June 18 at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall from 10 am-noon for the juniors (ages 8-12) and 1-3 pm for seniors ages 13 and older and enrolled in school (inclusive of home school and college).

Audition attendance is not required, but serves to inform casting for the junior program and material selection for the seniors. Participants who want to be considered for a larger role but are unable to attend the June 18 auditions can submit a video of themselves singing a song of their choice (a cappella is fine) to

For more information and registration form, visit HERE.

PHOTO BELOW: Depot Theatre Academy senior participants perform at the 2021 Cabaret. The 2022 program will also feature a Cabaret performed alongside professional artists at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

Tag Sale Fundraiser Ausable Theater

June 4 & 5
Stop by the Ausable Theater on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 from 9 am to 4 pm to discover a treasure of goods that could be yours and that will be financially supporting the theater renovations.

We have tables and chairs sets, upholstered chairs, end tables, lamps, camping gear, skis, bicycles, sporting goods, tools, dish sets, cookware, artwork and mirrors.

We look forward to a busy few days. We are also going to be taking oral histories from people about their own personal stories regarding the theater.

Thank you for those who donated and those who have supported us in our first year.

Paul Meyers’ World On A String Jazz Trio

June 4-5 at The Saranac Fire Hall

Paul Meyers is one of the most admired jazz guitarists active today. His classical guitar artistry finds him equally at home performing musical styles ranging from Bossa Nova to Be-Bop to Bartok – all played with impeccable technique and true passion. His fluid style and lyricism as both virtuoso guitarist-improviser and composer-arranger have won him praise and respect from colleagues, aficionados, and the media. Learn more HERE.

World on a String is a project for which Paul has been writing for several years. Leo Traversa on bass and Vanderlei Pereira on drums – a pair of dynamic musicians active in the New York City jazz scene-join Paul on nylon string guitar to perform his originals and arrangements. Music that fuses the jazz tradition with rhythms and concepts taken from Brazilian and Latin, folk, classical music and beyond, this is Paul’s personal version of jazz with a world music perspective-all with a swinging, grooving foundation.

World on a String gives two shows at the Saranac Fire Hall on Route 3 in Saranac, New York: Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 pm. The Saranac Fire Hall is located at 3277 NYS Route 3, Saranac, NY 12981. It is a club-style venue with table seating. Tables may be reserved for parties of six to eight. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Admission is $20 for all at the door. Current public health guidelines will be followed. For further information and to make reservations: please telephone 518-293-7613, email or visit HERE.

June & July Classes!

For the most up to date information please check out our online calendar HERE. Just click on the class to see the full description.

If the class you’re interested in is FULL, add yourself to the waitlist online, and if a spot opens up, we will contact you right away. Don’t delay, please register today!!

Classes are sometimes added or rescheduled and do not appear in the printed catalog.

Adirondack Folk School, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne

Adirondack Artist Association’s Gallery is BACK and in a new space!

We will be just down the block. Steve Errick, the new owner of 2310 Main Street, Essex, which last housed a yoga studio, saw our December newsletter on the Essex on Lake Champlain blog, and offered us space on the main floor. Several of us recently met with Steve in his building, and it is wonderfully light and in excellent condition.

This year, the main 40×20 foot space will be ours to use. Then starting in 2023, he will have a bookstore there – The Book and Leaf – and our artists can display on the walls above the book shelves, as well as on display shelves and tables. Thank you Steve!

Find out more about AAA HERE.

Editors Note: For the piece on AAA’s dire situation last year, check out ADK A&E e-New #14 HERE.

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