Posts Tagged ‘Performing Arts’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned For May 2nd

Pete Seeger and Clearwater Dona-Crawford-autunm_040-300x225Over 45 years ago, Pete Seeger used music to help with many social causes and he became deeply involved with the environmental movement. From his cabin near the Hudson River Pete Seeger traveled the world collecting music, writing songs and sharing other people’s music.

Seeger believed strongly in the power of song to bring people together and embolden them to create community and to heal. He saw that his beloved Hudson River was struggling for survival and felt that if people had intimate contact with the water and the land, they would want to help heal it. So he and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build river sloop to take folks out to sail it – to feel the wind and the water, to sing and to solve big problems one song at a time. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Second Weekend of Saranac Lake’s Daffest

IMG_6423Spring is finally here and Saranac Lake has thousands of daffodils starting to bloom as proof. The first weekend of the springtime Daffest tradition flew by with its “Try Mine” Pastry contest and Daffest Derby race, and now the final weekend approaches and all sorts of spring activities are on the docket.

My family always enjoys this ritual of spring. Mud season is a tough time. We don’t want to damage the fragile hiking trails, but we still want to explore outside. An easy fix is walking through Saranac Lake Village to see all the daffodils just starting to bloom. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Johnny Prindle: The Joy of Laughter

JP 01A HeadThe recent loss of Robin Williams, whose death felt deeply personal to many who never actually knew him, reminded me of a North Country entertainer who shared a somewhat similar fate long ago. Although the man’s passing was not by his own hand, it was the suddenness of his “not being there” that was stunning and difficult for many thousands of fans. For like Williams, he had brought decades of laughter and great joy into their lives.

Johnnie Prindle was born in Plattsburgh, New York. The year? His gravestone says 1845; several census records say 1846; his marriage and death certificates say 1847. And age was only the first of many vagaries regarding his life in Plattsburgh. Little has been written about him, but two books purporting to provide the basic facts of his life are rife with errors. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Depot Theatre Announces 37th Season

Depot TheatreComplete with classic songs from the 60’s, zany romantic comedy and toe-tapping honky tonk, the Depot Theatre has announced its 2015 main stage lineup.  “The Bikinis” opens the season on July 10. A non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion.

The opening musical is followed by “New York Water!”, a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy. The story documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the Midwest and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cabin Fever Series Continues With Alex Smith

AdirondackMuseum_CabinFeverSundays_AlexSmith2With upcoming presentations in Blue Mountain Lake and Glens Falls, the Adirondack Museum’s “Cabin Fever Sundays” series continues to present explorations of Adirondack history, music, and culture. Still to come are a wide variety of engaging topics, from the behavior of wolves in the wild to the experiences of Abenaki families in the Adirondacks.

In the upcoming installment of the series, folk musician and Long Lake local Alex Smith will perform his contemporary rendition of mountain music, inspired by the Adirondacks. “Mountain Folk Music” will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 15, at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., in Glens Falls. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Everything Groovy At Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

20150207_224326The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is rolling into its second full week of events.  At Pendragon Theatre’s performance of “Saranac Lake Sings the 60s” on Saturday, some 35 musicians took to the stage for a sold-out performance that showcased the development of Rock N’ Roll, highlighted the huge acts of the 60s while demonstrating the impact music had on that generation and generations to come.

Thanks to demand for an encore performance, Pendragon  has opted for a second show on February 11th.  Tickets can be purchased at the theatre’s website or by calling (518) 891-1854. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Holls Inn On Fourth Lake (Part II)

1915a 638k_Pratt charles carolineIn 1896, Charles O’Hara had come from Glenfield and built Inlet Inn along the channel from Fifth Lake on land purchased from David Frank Sperry in 1897, operating it as a boarding house.

In November 1907, O’Hara purchased the Arrowhead from Albert C. Boshart and operated both hotels.  But on the morning of September 23, 1913, the hotel originally established in 1893 on the shores at the head of Fourth Lake by Fred Hess, renamed in 1898 the Arrowhead by William Moshier, burned to the ground.  While determining whether to rebuild, O’Hara leased the Eagle Bay Hotel for the 1914 and 1915 seasons. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Dan Berggren: Live In Olmsteadville, 1975

Harry WilsonDan Berggren returned from the army to his Adirondack home 40 years ago. The Pub in Olmstedville – now the Owl at Twilight – is where Dan sang his first Adirondack song.

It was about his grandfather Harry Wilson. Dan wrote the song while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany; a studio version appears on the 1985 album Adirondack Green.

Here is a live performance of the song recorded in 1975 at The Pub in Olmstedville:  https://soundcloud.com/berggrenfolk/harry

 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Benny Rolfe: Inspiring the Great Satchmo

6A  BARNewEdisonPhonoDuring his contract with Lucky Strike, which lasted several years, Brasher Falls native Benny Rolfe’s reach was expanded to more time slots and more stations, reaching virtually every part of America. Rival CBS Radio came up with the “Old Gold Hour”, also sponsored by tobacco, to compete with Rolfe’s great success, but it was a tough assignment. A survey of radio programs in 1931 to determine the popularity of orchestras around the world found Duke Ellington in the number two position—second to B. A. Rolfe. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Benny Rolfe: A Pioneer of Radio

5A BAROpensAtPalaisIn the 1920s, pioneer of silent films and legendary trumpeter Benny Rolfe was in great demand. The Amalgamated Vaudeville Exchange gave him office space to organize and produce band acts. The Edison Company signed him as their “ace band attraction” and sought a recording deal.

Benny also scored big at the Palais d’Or, signing a four-week contract to play for the patrons of New York’s most successful restaurant. The Palais announced the new venture with a splash of advertising for “Twelve men, led by the greatest trumpet virtuoso of all time, who has organized more successful dance orchestras than any other man in the music world.”

Performing for the lunch-hour crowd, Benny was an immediate sensation. Edison moved quickly with plans to broadcast the show live on five radio stations. A week later, the Rolfe orchestra was being heard far and wide during three lunch sessions and two evenings. » Continue Reading.


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