Saturday, July 6, 2019

The World Goes ‘Round At Depot Theatre: A Fan’s Notes

world goes roundHere’s one Depot Theatre devotee and Kander and Ebb admirer’s take on The World Goes ‘Round — a cornucopia of songs by the creative team that gave us the mega-hit Broadway classics Cabaret and Chicago.

One of my earliest experiences with the music of Kander and Ebb involved the first time I auditioned for a production by my high school Drama Club, way back in tenth grade. My family and I had seen the movie version of Cabaret starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles and directed by the one-and-only Bob Fosse, and my parents subsequently bought the eight-track tape of the film’s score (if you were born any time after 1980, go ask Grandma what an eight-track was!). It was played a lot in our house, so I was quite familiar with the songs in the movie and my favorite was “Maybe This Time” — a rueful, “am-down-and-out-but-will-rise-again” anthem that, as belted out by Ms. Minnelli, is one of the musical high points in a movie packed with them. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Summer Theatre Festival Presenting ‘Proof’

david auburn proofThe Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival is set to kick-off their season with a production of Proof traveling throughout the Adirondack Park from July 13 – 18. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Poetry: Awakening

Awakening

Mottled beams of sunlight
Filter down through dense canopies,
To feed the whispering, wooded forest.
Stirred breezes and shadows move like liquid
Over a carpet of soft pine, fir and spruce,
Signing the expectant dance cards
Of lithe ferns, purple trillium and yellow violets.
Sleepy, hatted heads of mushrooms, peek toward day.
From all directions, tenor trills of warblers
Pierce cocooning olivine and emerald shade.
The shush of fresh streams and creeks,
Stemmed by branch-rich damns of toiling beavers,
Sing of the sunrise, as it is mirrored in a myriad
Of translucent lakes.
Speckled twin fawns are born to greet the world gently,
Bathed in buoyant, healing air.
All breathe,
As the forest revels in the exultant goodness
Of a mountain morning.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Keeseville Kicking-Off Adirondack Plein Air Festival Season

I always say I’m not in the market to buy art, but then I find myself in awe of all the talented artists and know that window shopping may not be enough. Even if I don’t buy art, I am always in the market to experience it. I love the possibility of seeing an artist in various Adirondack locations, putting creativity onto canvas. The benefit of a Plein Air Festival is in seeing those artists create in nature and then attend the art show to meet and discuss their process. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sembrich Hosts Seagle Music Colony’s Children’s Opera

monkey and francineYoung artists at the Seagle Music Colony will present the children’s opera Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 am, at The Sembrich, in Bolton, on Lake George.

A 45-minute one-act opera for the whole family, Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers is described as a new, action-packed tale of bravery, smarts, and family ties. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Clifton-Fine Summer Music Series

clifton fine summer music seriesThe Cultural Arts Committee of the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp has announced the 19th Annual Clifton-Fine Summer Music Series.

All shows are funded through grant awards and individual donors, to bring free, live music to the Clifton-Fine region of the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Big Band Sound: ‘Easy Money’ In Old Forge

easy money bandThe Summer Concert Series held on the Old Forge Lakefront has been set for Sunday evenings at 7 pm. The first concert will feature Easy Money on July 7th. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

World Music Wednesdays At Sembrich On Lake George

The FretlessThe Sembrich in Bolton Landing is set to its “World Music Wednesday Series” with The Fretless Ensemble on Wednesday, July 10 at 1:30 pm.

This is the first of three world music events in The Sembrich’s 2019 Summer Series which focuses on musical compositions and styles from across the globe. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Poetry: A Definition in Mind

A Definition in Mind

It emerges as fungi on
birch logs. Quiet. The mind
is what can exist if we are
not afraid to let it grow. Alone.
Softer than ivory and clear as
a gathering storm. Its dark energy
is all around us. In the dying embers
of secret traditions, it knows the
promises that had to be broken.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

ADK Shakes Shakespeare Performances Returning

ADK ShakesAfter a one year hiatus, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, known locally as ADK Shakes, is returning to the mountains with new experiences, a professional cast, and performances of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

According to Artistic Director Tara Bradway, the professional theatre troupe is presenting six performances from July 31-August 4. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 24, 2019

The Experiences of Age Groups Born from 1936-1955 in the Adirondacks

A further examination of Adirondack Park population trends brings us to age group analysis. The two previous population articles looked at long-term trends from 1970-2010 and short-term trends from 2000-2010. U.S. Census data have shown that the population in 61 Adirondack Park Towns 100% within the Blue Line grew at a higher rate than that of New York State, though it lagged behind most other similar rural areas.

While these comparisons to state and national trends are useful, they do not tell the full story about what’s happening inside Adirondack population trends. The full story is revealed by studying the experiences of different age groups.

» Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kelly Metzgar on LGBTQ Pride Month

stonewall 50th anniversaryJune is LGBT Pride Month, a time when LGBTQI+ community members, family, friends and advocates acknowledge and celebrate the gift of diversity that is unique to each of us. Many municipalities host “Pride Parades” where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their rights to live freely and openly as themselves. This is also a time to acknowledge the many accomplishments of LGBTQI+ community members both past and present as well as mark strides in our current social/political arenas. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Poetry: Adirondack Mountain Matins

 

Adirondack Mountain Matins

Tremulous aspen leaves applaud
each breeze without discrimination
Unseen hummingbird wing beats
render human heartbeats both
static and ecstatic by comparison

Monarch caterpillars munch milkweed
to make themselves toxic to predators
These mountains are great grandparents
to the far Himalayas and wear down
slower than the novice monk’s stout will


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Poetry: Beloved Camp

 

Beloved Camp

The ties that find, nurture and bind,
That bring them home from where they roam,
Epicenter, here they enter,
Family land, from hand to hand.
King trees enclose this place that grows,
Within the heart, when far apart,
Its living lake, their thirst does slake.
Cabin of wood through decades stood,
It held them strong, brought them along,
From child to man, they hiked and ran,
They rowed in boats, their tubes afloat,
They swam with loons, heard cricket tunes,
Walked on the beach, sweet laughter reached
From shore to shore, they echoed more,
Hiked peaks so bold, then cooked on coals,
The bounty sown on land hard-grown,
They say their grace to bless this place.
In summer breeze with songs of leaves,
All rest their heads in downy beds,
And vow they’ll come with each year’s sun,
Their spirits, kindred, every one


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

40 Years of Self-Employment Trends in the Adirondacks and Rural America

The fifth major economic indicator examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was changes in the self-employment rate. In 2010, the self-employment rate of the population 16 years and older in New York State stood at 5.6%, which was the same as the rate in the U.S. The U.S. Census tracks self-employment rates of the population that are incorporated and those that are non-incorporated. This study focused on the non-incorporated because the data was available going back to 1970.

In this report we aggregated the data of the 61 Adirondack Park Towns that are 100% within the Blue Line in order to compare Adirondack communities with other areas in the U.S. The purpose was to see if Adirondack communities stood out in any way from other places by studying trends of leading economic and population indicators from 1970 to 2010. In 2010, the 61 Park Towns had just over 100,000 residents, 77.4% of the Park’s estimated population of 130,000.

» Continue Reading.