Tuesday, December 6, 2022

We Rise Again- Northern Lights Choir returns

northern lights choir

By Holly Wolff

It is difficult to communicate to a non-singer what the first concert after 2 years of Covid means. In those years, our community has enjoyed the blessing of riding out the pandemic in a beautiful area, and the pain of losing family and friends. 

Northern Lights Choir’s final rehearsal before the pandemic was on March 9, 2020- the same week a choir in Skagit County, Washington, while following all known cautions at the time, had a rehearsal that became one of the best-known super-spreader events in the choral world, with 52 of 61 choristers sickened and two deaths from the coronavirus1. As recently as May of 2022 in Boston, a performance of Britten’s War Requiem by the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Chorus, with performers having negative tests but unmasked, caused 30 cases.4 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pendragon Theatre Receives 19 BroadwayWorld Nominations for the Season

Saranac Lake – Award nominations for BroadwayWorld just posted and Pendragon Theatre has received 19 that cover multiple categories from this past season, including Best Director of a Musical, Best Actor and Actress in a Musical and Play, and Favorite Local Theatre. The past summer included the hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the comedy Circle Mirror Transformation, and a new play The Woods. Frozen Jr. also received nominations in the non-professional category as the Camp Pendragon children’s production.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Old Forge Library creates holiday Wish List, Winter Solstice Lantern workshop set for Dec. 15

Weaving Home will offer a Winter Solstice Lantern workshop at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., on Thursday, December 15 at 4 p.m. The crafting workshop is free and all materials will be provided.

Winter solstice has been celebrated all over the world for thousands of years. It occurs on the shortest day and longest night. Although this is often the first day of winter, it also promises the return of the sun after an extended period of darkness.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play set for Dec. 18 at Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Whallonsburg, NY — The Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre Academy are pleased to present a return to a holiday tradition with a performance of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, on December 18, 2022, with live music and refreshments beginning at 2 p.m. and the reading performance at 3 p.m.

Based upon the novel by Charles Dickens, this performance will be a radio play reading complete with live sound effects, featuring local artists, professional actors, and directed by Broadway actor and Depot Theatre alum Jonathan Hadley.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the BackPack Program.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Poetry: Thanks

Thanks
Let us choose to be lifted on the wings of gratitude,
Lifted up, through the sadness, grief,
Through the miasma of all that happened,
And still happens,
Because every day, is a day gifted.
Every offered smile, heart, hand, is a blessing.
As we gather together, or sit alone,
We pause for a moment to breathe,
Immersing ourselves in a moment, that doesn’t hurt,
To see the green, the gold, the true radiance of it.
To partake in the bounty, or the ‘just enough’ of it.
Only then can we feel the true connections, between us.
Only then can we discover, that we can still fly.
That we can still fly.
The breeze from the bird’s wings whispers to us gently,
That for this, and for it all,
We should give praise,
We should give thanks.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

North Creek: Tannery Pond Center announces lineup of winter events

Those looking to get into the festive holiday spirit are encouraged to check out what is in store at The Tannery Pond Center in North Creek. The center has recently announced a lineup of winter events to suit a wide array of interests. On the docket for this winter, is a kids’ art project fair, holiday concerts, a new exhibition in the Widlund Gallery, and much more.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tahawus Center Invites Local Artists to Submit Designs for “The Mural Project: A Sense of Place”

The Tahawus Center has announced a Winter Call for Outdoor Mural Proposals for a new project, “The Mural Project: A Sense of Place.” The mural project is a year-long public art project that will be done using a Trompe-l’œil [highly realistic optical illusion of three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface] Adirondack-themed image; real, surreal, and imagined. The Call for Proposals kicked off this month, and is intended to reach local landscape artists, encouraging them to submit their ideas and sample work. Two potential walls are located between Tahawus and the new Ausable Theater.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Adirondack Christmas on Main Street set for Nov. 25-27 in Inlet

All are welcome to get into the jolly spirit during Inlet’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street which is slated for Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-27. As part of the annual event, many of Inlet’s stores will be open for shoppers all weekend. Be sure to bring your receipts from these stores dated November 25-27, 2022 to the Inlet Information Office. For every $10 spent in Town of Inlet or at a business outside of Inlet that is a paid Inlet Area Business Association (IABA) member, you will receive one free raffle ticket. At the end of the weekend, one lucky person will take home a basket full of items donated by local businesses. Activities happening all weekend in Inlet include a book sale at the Inlet Public Library, make & take Santa stones at ArtHouse at the WareHouse, and a drop box for Letters to Santa at the Inlet Town Hall.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Poetry: Storm-Wolf

poetry logoLoping, lunging lupine paws,

Shake the ground outside my door.

I hear the growl of foul wind, rumbling,

Howling in apocalyptic tones.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Depot Theatre awarded $33,000 to support artists, housing, and arts-in-education

Depot Theatre receives grant funding

WESTPORT, NY —The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY was recently awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Cloudsplitter Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops in support of artists, artists’ housing, and arts-in-education.

The Depot has received three Regrowth and Capacity grants of $10,000 each from NYSCA. These grants will support the organization’s artists’ fees for both the main stage and the Academy summer youth program and the expansion of Academy arts-in-education programming.
The responsive funding of NYSCA is providing nearly 1,000 organizations with over $13 million in recovery support in FY23, as part of their historic FY23 $90 million in grant making and $150 million in multi-year capital support.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Screening of hard-hitting French film “Happening” set for Nov. 19 in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE, NY—The Abortion Access Committee of Adirondack Voters for Change is proud to present a second screening of the prize-winning feature film “Happening” at BluSeed Studios, located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake on November 19 at 7 p.m. “Happening” is a hard-hitting French film that opened in the United States last Spring and earned the Golden Lion award for Best Picture at the prestigious Venice Film Festival last year. It is based on a true story and takes place in the early 1960s when both abortion and contraception were illegal in France and anyone who got an abortion (or helped anyone obtain an abortion) faced imprisonment.

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

The Dara Anissi Ensemble to perform at the Saranac Fire Hall on Nov. 19 and 20

The Dara Anissi Ensemble performs two shows at the Saranac Fire Hall on Route 3 in Saranac, New York on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. The Hall opens 30 minutes prior
to the show; admission is $20 at the door. Seating is open and club-style at tables. Tables may be reserved for parties of six or eight. The Dara Anissi Ensemble has deep roots in Middle Eastern culture. Two of its members, Dara Anissi and Martin Shamoonpour, hail originally from Tehran, Iran. The third member, Nikolai Ruskin, originally from San Francisco, has made a lifetime study of Middle Eastern music. The trio now resides in Ithaca and Brooklyn, New York, both places hotbeds of diverse genres of music and creativity. They have been inspired to create a new body of work which they are eager to share, along with ancient traditional tunes.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Free Beyond the Peaks “Filmmaking 101” Workshop slated for Nov. 28

Mountain Lake PBS is proud to present the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival during the 2022-23 school year. High school and homeschool students who love film and filmmaking are invited to gather for a free, one-day “Filmmaking 101” Workshop at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh. N.Y. on November 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Workshop participants will learn key audio/video techniques and storytelling best practices.

Attendees will also learn how to navigate the Skills 21 Launchpad film submission platform, and get insights into each of the film festival entry categories. Culminating with optional group work time and 1-on-1 sessions with professional media-makers, this is a great chance to enhance your skills while meeting peer film and video buffs from across the region.

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Essex County Arts Council announces 2022 Sunburst Award recipients

essex county arts councilThe Essex County Arts Council is pleased to announce that eight North Country artists have received ECAC’s newly rebranded Sunburst Awards for individual artists.  The Sunburst micro-grants will help these artists to realize a project that will advance their career.  Artists were chosen by an independent panel of art enthusiasts, and will each receive a grant of $500 in support of their projects.

Rebecca Kelly, ECAC President, commented: “We are proud to support our community artists and pleased to invest in their creative journeys.”

This year’s Sunburst Award recipients applied for funding to support a wide range of artistic genres, including writing, photography, musical workshops and performances, comic book design, watercolors, print-making and illustration. In the coming year, you will see/hear performances and exhibits throughout Essex County that feature our Sunburst Awards recipients.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Adirondack Experience to offer two free virtual events

The Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will be hosting two free virtual events, including A Good Time Coming: Exploring the Sporting World of The Adirondacks through the Adirondack Experience’s Art Collection on Monday, November 14, 2022, and Taking the Temperature of the Arts in the Adirondacks on Monday, December 12, 2022. Adirondack Experience has closed its doors for the 2022 season, but will continue to offer an array of online educational programs. The museum will open in the Spring of 2023, with a new exhibition – 𝐴𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑠 & 𝐼𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑖𝑙𝑑.

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