Thursday, July 30, 2020

Poetry: Tiny Circle

Tiny Circle

Take photos
Of beauty that exists,
Despite worldly ills and evils.

Preserve the image
Of what is,
Of what was given.

The beams from a lighthouse, reach out
To capture hue, light-play, texture,
Of the moving ocean,
As though trapping it in a fragile bottle
For one tenuous, exquisite moment.
The lens of an eye, like one of glass,
Remembers.

Quickly, jot down a thought
Before it is lost
In a sullen mist.

Quickly, etch a memory
Before it wafts away
In crashing waves.

Quickly, write it all
On the head of a pin,
And hope upon hope
That someone will read about
The beauty that was..Someday.

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Adirondack Plein Air Festival kicks off this week

35 Artists Participating!
Like many organizations, Saranac Lake ArtWorks had to consider cancelling our main event of the year, the 12th Adirondack Plein Air Festival, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Keeping the safety of our artists, our art collectors, and our community in mind, here’s what we are doing:

35 talented, accomplished artists, mainly from New York and nearby states, were invited to paint on their own, anywhere within the Adirondack Park, between July 30 and August 19. There is no gathering of artists or reception.  They will submit digital images of their paintings to be posted on our website: https://saranaclakeartworks.org. You may go to the Events section of the website and visit the Plein Air Festival pages to see the list of participating artists.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

LPCA Presents Picnic Blanket Bingo

All are invited to participate in Picnic Blanket Bingo, hosted by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. This will be a unique and socially distanced fundraising event held in person at Northwood School. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online until July 30 at the LPCA Website:

www.lakeplacidarts.org/support-arts/special-events-fundraisers/picnic-blanket-bingo

One ticket includes a picnic meal packed by Saranac Sourdough, blanket seating, one BINGO card per game, hand sanitizer and bug spray. After 10 rounds of bingo, all winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to a variety of local businesses. This event is to celebrate the role of arts in our community and all proceeds will go to supporting the mission and the future of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Adirondack Lakes Arts Center presents virtual piano concert

The next livestream in Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ “ALCA-Seltzer Series: Relief from the Headaches of Social Distancing” features concert pianist Nicole Wang, who has been social distancing in Blue Mountain Lake since March, is providing Arts Center audiences with a concert of pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and other composers, filmed at the Arts Center and played on the center’s Steinway.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LPCA cancels Uprooted drive-in concert

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is saddened to announce that the drive-in concert featuring Uprooted on Saturday, Aug. 1 has been cancelled. The organization is following guidelines from the New York State Department of Health/North Country Regional Control Board, said Marketing Manager Alison Simcox. “It’s our understanding that the ultimate decision is coming through the Control Board,” she said.

Though in-person concerts are no longer possible at this time, the LPCA believes that the health and safety of the community are the most important priorities, and will continue to comply with advice from the state. In the meantime, LPCA staff will keep working on innovative programming to bring future arts experiences to audiences as safely as possible, as soon as possible.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Theater students to perform socially distant musical

If you had asked youth theatre producer/director Kathleen Recchia six months ago what she’d be doing this summer, she would not have included Zoom Webinars or setting up a Drive-In Movie on her to-do list.
Normally at this time of year, she is preparing for the Book & Blanket Players annual summer musical-in-a-week program. She is still doing that but this year that involves a whole new skill set. Instead of cancelling the production, which normally involves an intense week of working together at Keene Central School with the performance of a full musical onstage at the end of the week, Recchia went about figuring out how to continue the program with new rules and new parameters.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

LPCA hosts drive-in concerts; at home programs

UPDATED: This concert has been canceled. See this post for details.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce a slate of August events families can enjoy while following ongoing COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

August programming will kick off with a live, drive-in concert at the Horse Show Grounds in Lake Placid (5514 Cascade Road). On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30p.m., The Uprooted Band featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root (pictured here) will perform the multi-platinum album When I Woke in its entirety, part of a 25th anniversary tour. Tickets for Uprooted are $55 per car. Chairs and picnics will be allowed within designated parking spaces and a full list of details about the event can be found on the LPCA website.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Offers Virtual Happy Hours

Weekly concerts with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta have become a summer tradition in Lake Placid.  For years Wednesday evening concerts at the outdoor Paul White Memorial Shell, Sunday evening concerts at the LPCA, and annual concerts in Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, North Creek and other Adirondack locations have been part of the experience of summer in the Adirondacks.  With the cancellation of the Sinfonietta’s 2020 performance season due to the covid-19 emergency, it feels like a very quiet summer.  

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tupper Arts reopens; public invited to participate in art project

Tupper Arts opened its doors on Wednesday, July 15, to host its 47th Annual Art Show and Adirondack Woodcrafts Show. The gallery, located at 106 Park St. in Tupper Lake, has been shuttered since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with multiple precautions in place to ensure the safety of visitors, vendors, and volunteers, the gallery is ready to reopen to the public.

The combined shows will feature the work of local artists and artisans for sale, including paintings in various mediums, photography, and a variety of unique woodcrafts. The gift shop will also be open, and visitors will be able to browse the local art and crafts for sale. Face masks are required, and the volunteers on staff at the Arts Center will ensure that the number of visitors inside the gallery is limited at any one time to allow for appropriate social distancing.  Hours for the show are Wednesdays through Sundays, 12-4 p.m. 

Tupper Arts is also sponsoring “Moose on the Loose,” a community art project. Local artists are invited to paint a plywood cutout of a moose to be auctioned off later this summer. Buyers will be asked to donate the moose to be placed in prominent business areas around Tupper Lake. Interested artists can pick up their moose at 106 Park Street in Tupper Lake any time the Arts Center is open (Wednesday through Sunday, 12-4 p.m.). Proceeds from the sales will go to programs and activities sponsored by Tupper Arts.

More info at tupperarts.org.


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Poetry: Daisy Chains

Daisy Chains

Please peek you out, my fairy friend,

From that hiding place of leaves.

Under the buttercups you dance,

Beneath the age old eaves.

Bells of bright petals wreath your hair,

And ferns hem your lacy dress.

Twin fawns kiss you with their warm breath,

While doe kneels down to bless.

In childhood did you come to me,

And brushed away all the tears.

We laughed and skipped with fireflies,

To notes just we could hear.

I never told a soul about,

Our gold and glorious days.

With mauve-lit dells and make believe,

Those things a child would say.

I search and try to seek you out,

Let us weave more daisy chains.

Remember me… I have not changed,

And take my hand again.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Tupper Arts cancels Summer Sunset Series

tupper lake bandshellThe Tupper Lake Summer Sunset Series for 2020 has been canceled. Due to the possibility of overcrowding during a pandemic and other concerns the board of directors decided that the remainder of the series will be cancelled. This would have been the 2nd summer where residents from the tri lakes area could come and watch the sunset with live music or theater performances. 

In addition the 2020 Little Loggers kids show is also cancelled. All artists who were booked for the 2020 season will be asked to come back in 2021. The cancelled performers include Late Earth, Rez Pony, Blind Owl Band, the Big Takeover, Spring Street Band, Shakespeare in the Parks, Martin and Kelly, High Peaks Opera, Geo Beat, and Annie and the Hedonists.  

The Tupper Lakes Arts center is still scheduled to open mid July. This will include arts shows, exhibits and gifts shops that people can view. The Tupper Lake Arts center is located at 106 Park St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986. More info at https://www.tupperarts.org.

 


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Free, Young & Fun Series

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will be bringing back their virtual “Free, Young, & Fun Performance Series” via Zoom this August, designed for audience members to watch on their mobile device or computer. The series brings a variety of performances to kids of all ages within and beyond the Lake Placid community, all while remaining in accordance with NYS health and safety guidelines.

“The Young & Fun summer series of shows has become such a
treasured part of our summer programming at LPCA. When our doors shut and we learned we could not safely do indoor performances this summer, I was so sad about disappointing the kids. So, it was indeed thrilling to hear that two of our scheduled performers, Gary the Great and David Engel’s Pirate School, were able to adapt their shows to a Zoom platform. It’s so exciting that kids can still have the joy of a live performance right on
their laptops.” Says Tara Palen, Director of Education and Outreach.

The 2020 Young and Fun Anywhere Performance Series includes the following virtual events:

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Saranac Lake ArtWorks gains not-for-profit status

There’s a New Not-for-Profit in the North Country.

Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a community-based organization founded and operating since 2008, recently announced that it has achieved not-for-profit status as a 501(c)3, enhancing its ability to support local artists and cultural organizations throughout the area. 

Saranac Lake ArtWorks has established the tri-lakes region as an arts destination over the past 12 years by bringing area artists, galleries and cultural organizations together to market their events and work collectively. Saranac Lake ArtWorks has also presented its own signature events:

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Depot Theatre offers socially distanced kids camps

Depot Theatre in Amtrak train stationThe Depot Theatre is pleased to announce that it has developed an alternate outreach and education program for in-person learning this summer.

The Depot Theatre Academy 2020 outreach and education program, originally set to be held inside the Whallonsburg Grange Hall as in past years, will be held outdoors, under a large, open-sided tent in the one-acre parkland behind Whitcomb’s, the Grange-owned building directly across the street. The dates for the junior program (ages 8-12) are July 13-24, and the senior program (ages 13+) dates are July 27-August 7, 2020.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Poetry: In-Tent Desire

In-Tent Desire

Cushioning softness
your warm belly
The Buddha
gave this up for
thin straw mats
on bare floors
whatever ground
of our being being
Who knows what other
folly might well indwell
that Eightfold Path?

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