KEENE VALLEY, NY- The Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), has been producing youth musicals-in-a-week summer theatre for 12 years in Keene Valley, usually at Keene Central School. This year the theatrical adventure continues with both performances at the Keene Valley Country Club (KVCC) in Keene Valley.
For the past two years, due to pandemic constraints, the Book & Blanket Players sought outdoor and alternative performance venues.
One of last year’s performances was at the KVCC, “a wonderfully ambient setting,” according to producer/co-director Kathleen Recchia.
“The KVCC was such a welcoming and gracious host that the Players are happy to be holding both performances at this intimate venue for the Summer 2022 youth theatre program,” Recchia said.
“Little Women: The Broadway Musical” is based on the novel by Louisa May Alcottis, and is written by Allan Knee with music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. It was first on Broadway in 2005 with Sutton Foster playing Jo March and Maureen McGovern as Marmie. It has since been produced in England and that production is currently streaming on Broadway HD.
This cast and crew are eager to bring their vision of this classic to life on Saturday, July 16 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. at The Keene Valley Country Club. The cast consists of fourteen students ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old. They will spend the week prior to the performances rehearsing at Keene Central School.
Join Adirondack favorites the Trillium Chamber Players Sunday, June 5th at Keene Arts at 4:00 PM for a delightful afternoon of classical music for voice, viola and piano.Violist Patricia McCarty, pianist Timothy Mount and soprano Amy Nelson will perform works ranging from Bach to Gershwin, including Brahms’ much beloved songs Longing at Rest and Cradle Song of the Virgin, Ferenc Farkas’ lively Rumanian Dances, and the lush, exotic songs of early 20th century American composer Charles Martin Loeffler, set to poems by Verlaine and Baudelaire.
‘The Bakery’ concert series ‘Music for Contemplation’ will present four performances this Spring featuring musicians from Keene Valley, New York City, Rochester, and Chazy. Each performance will center on music composed post 1900 including original works and improvisation. The series will be presented in collaboration with Old Mountain Coffee in Keene Valley and will be curated to present music which is meditative, relaxing, and experimental.
Each ‘Bakery’ concert is carefully curated to focus on sharing music and musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds including classical, pop, avante-garde, jazz, and improvisation. ‘The Bakery’ indicates the involvement of Gene and Esther BAKER, but also the idea of a place one can peruse a variety of musical treats and find something new to experience. Past performances have included music by Maurice Ravel, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Steve Reich, together with graphic scores, microtones, kitchen matches (yes, you read correctly!), improvisation with text, electronic music, cello duos and more.
It’s not every day that Keene Valley hosts Actors Equity Association (AEA) actors, but thanks to East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), three members of the union for professional stage artists will take center stage at the Keene Valley Congregational Church on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m and Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
For Sam Balzac it is a return to his roots: he began his school days at Keene Central School (KCS) as a kindergartener and graduated from the high school in 2013. In addition to the many school productions he performed in, as a child he also performed in several shows in the church where this program will be held.
This production is one that Balzac took a hand in creating with his mother, Kathleen Recchia, more than a decade ago–a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” The second workshopped production was presented by the Book & Blanket Players youth theatre program last summer. The vocal tracks had been recorded for the students by Balzac and Hannah Eakin, a NYC-based actor who is also a member of AEA.
September 29, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of OurStoryBridge, the free online resource and tool kit for producing crowdsourced, web-based community story projects. And with this anniversary comes the launch of several oral history projects OurStoryBridge has inspired across the United States, with even more to follow.
The tool kit, posted on www.ourstorybridge.org, has received national interest from librarians, historical societies, teachers, and other organizations beyond the original expectations of its creators.
The Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), has been producing youth musicals-in-a-week summer theatre for 11 years in Keene Valley, usually at Keene Central School.
This year the theatrical adventure continues with an emphasis on flexibility and outdoor rehearsals and performance. The Keene Valley Library will serve as the hub and the performance will be on the lawn at the Neighborhood House on July 17 at 1 PM and outdoors at the Holt House at Marcy Field in Keene Valley at 3 PM on July 18. The production is a new and improved original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” with lyrics by Kathleen Recchia, music by Kathleen Recchia and Sam Balzac and arrangements by Sam Balzac. The original musical is written in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe.
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will make free hard copies of its guidebook Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park available during its Keene Valley meeting on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church.
The illustrated guidebook, authored by conservation biologist Dr. Michael Klemens, was written to de-mystify the process of ecologically-informed land use and development for a general audience. It defines and describes the threat to people and wildlife of fragmentation of large contiguous areas in the Adirondack Park by being broken up into ever smaller, isolated patches of land. The publications describes ten strategies for localities and for regional entities like the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to adopt which can lead to better land use decisions that avoid or minimize fragmentation, reduce the ecological footprint of development and still accommodate vibrant human communities, working forests and outdoor recreation. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is set to hold its 2019 Annual Meeting of Members and Friends on Saturday, October 12 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley. The meeting begins with program news, elections and announcements at 11 am. » Continue Reading.
The Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. » Continue Reading.
During an afternoon lunch at the Adirondack Mountain Coffee Café in Upper Jay with Ruth Kuhfahl, there is hardly a face in the place she doesn’t recognize, though, she tells me, at 95 she often has to say to some, “Now, help me remember where our paths have crossed.” » Continue Reading.
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has announced one Adirondack conservation associate, two freshwater stream barrier assessment technicians, and one invasive species management steward have been added to their summer staff.
The Conservancy’s Adirondack Conservation Associate program gives motivated young professionals a start in conservation through on-the-job experience. In addition to tackling a specific lead project, the associate is expected to work across departments to gain interdisciplinary experience from professional staff in conservation science, fundraising, environmental stewardship, and communications. » Continue Reading.
On Saturday, June 15, the Keene Valley Library welcomed 35 members of the public to celebrate the launch of myadirondackstory.org, a website for the multi-year history project Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.
Anyone with an internet connection can access the project’s collection of audio stories and related photographs. To date, the website hosts 34 accounts told by Keene residents about the rich social and cultural history of their community in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. » Continue Reading.
The Keene Valley Library is set to host a reception to launch the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, June 15, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served. » Continue Reading.
The Keene Valley Library Association has announced it has received three grants to implement “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”
This multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the social and cultural history of the community. » Continue Reading.
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