Adirondack A&E e-News # 92

Essex Theatre Company Presents John Cariani’s Almost, Maine

What is it like to experience the wonder the northern lights from a remote section of the state
of Maine near the Canadian border?

Essex Theatre Company in Essex, New York, will explore this in John Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine in a pay-what-you-can Preview on Friday, July 8 and then July 9, 15, 16 at 7 pm and July 10, 17 at 5 pm at the historic Masonic Lodge in Essex.

The author points out, “Almost, Maine takes place over a period of about ten minutes. Each scene starts at around 8:50 pm and ends a little after 9 pm on a Friday night in the middle of winter. The plot of each scene in Almost, Maine includes some sort of ‘magical moment’. These magical moments are all happening at exactly the same time – at 9 pm. The northern lights and
the magical moments give rise to one another.” The moments are enhanced by Julian Fleisher’s interstitial music provided through Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Actors Gina Lindsey, Da’Ron Allen, Lee Ann Thomas, Andrew Murphy, and Maria Murphy bring
twenty characters to life in this surprising, metaphorical piece, designed/directed by Kathy
Poppino, with technical assistance from Vicky Sloan, Butch Wardell, Jeremy Clifford and other
assistance from Peggy Harris and Mike George.

Almost, Maine is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance
Program (CAP) Grant provided by Essex County, NY, and by grants from the Adirondack Foundation, and the Live Lively Foundation and is performed with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Essex Theatre Company, a long-time grantee of ECAC, was formed in 1993 to serve the community of Essex and the surrounding towns by using local talent to act, direct, work behind the scenes, write, and sing in theatrical and musical productions in the summer months and occasionally year-round. To date, they have produced a total of 76 shows – 28 musicals and 48 plays. If you haven’t attended a production, you have a treat in store!
Kathryn Poppino and Susan Hughes

Lake Placid Sinfonietta: “American Patriot” and “Opening Night”

In the first of six Wednesday night performances, join us as we celebrate the 4th of July holiday-week with the Sinfonietta’s “American Patriot” concert. This free concert will take place in the Paul White Memorial Shell in Mid’s Park on July 6th, from 7 to 8 pm and is open to all!

Enjoy inspiring music in a family friendly atmosphere with a magnificent view of Mirror Lake. Seating is limited, so please feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair and even a picnic dinner!

Mid’s Park is located at 2445 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY, 12946. In case of rain, or temperatures below 65, the concert will be moved to the sanctuary of St. Agnes Church, located at 169 Hillcrest Ave, Lake Placid. Indoor concerts will begin at 7:15 pm.

Visit HERE for more information and the full summer schedule of performances.

Announcing the Sunburst Awards for Artists

(Formerly the Artist Career Development Grant)
To support Creators of Art in Essex County

A SUNBURST AWARD can provide a stipend of up to $500 toward a project, training or activity to further an artist’s career.

For information, guidelines and a simple application visit our website HERE.

The Bookstore Plus Hosts “Sidewalk Signing” Event with J.E. Mullane

Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 1-3 pm to autograph copies of his books “Beneath the Surface” and “Disturbing the Dead.”

About The Books|
“Beneath the Surface” is a murder mystery based in a white, conservative, working-class New Jersey town in 1968. Two bodies are already found and the clock is ticking. The police need answers before a third body emerges.

“Disturbing the Dead” is about a family with a violent past. As the police close in on the Aldritch family, each family member must address their past or be destroyed by it.

About The Author
J.E. MULLANE is a teacher in New York State’s Adirondack Park. An avid beekeeper, kayaker, and hiker. He divides his free time playing outdoors and chasing after Mags.

ACW & Erin Dorney receive Creatives Rebuild New York Grant

Artist Erin Dorney to Work in Partnership with Adirondack Center for Writing as Recipient of Creatives Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program

Artist and author Erin Dorney and Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) announced today that they received an Artist Employment Program (AEP) grant from Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY). Designed to support employment opportunities for artists, the program is funding 98 collaborations involving a dynamic group of 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State. CRNY has awarded a total of $49.9M in funding to support artists’ salaries and benefits, with an additional $11.7M in funding provided to the organizations holding employment.

ACW and Dorney will collaborate to offer programming across the Adirondack Park, with the goal of working in each of the 12 counties.

The first Adirondack teen writing anthology, a broadside series, and traveling installations will provide access points for the literary arts throughout this rural region, speaking to writing’s place as both an art form and an essential tool for growth, identity, and understanding. Adirondack Center for Writing will receive $226,400 to support the collaboration, including artist salaries and benefits, as well as programming costs.

More information on ACW available HERE.


The best climate solution is the one we reach together. We invite you to share your personal climate solution with us in the form of a brief description and a photo.

Maybe you’ve got an at-home composter or you’re growing your own food. Or maybe you’ve conducted an energy audit or changed your heating system. Whatever it is, we want you to tell us about it! We invite you to share your story, along with a descriptive photograph (if applicable), that shows how you’re finding your place in the climate movement. Submit your solution HERE.

We Have a New Member!!!

NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery is very pleased to introduce our newest member, Angela Nephew, a kiln formed glass artist.

From the words of the artist, “Making art got into my veins as a teenager. I was painting, making sculptures, but it didn’t feel comfortable. Glass spoke to me when I saw a program about making kiln formed (or fused) glass.

I sought out classes across the country and have been so fortunate to study with a master kiln formed artist the last six years.

My personal vision has narrowed over the years from being focused on color, because glass is so intrinsically beautiful, to becoming more of an explorer.

Learn more about the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery HERE.

NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, 85 Main Street, Saranac Lake

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