Since 2001, the Warrensburgh Historical Society has been hosting annual Graveyard Walks. Through historical research, a narrator, actors, visitors and students have the opportunity to learn the connections between national events and local citizens. This year’s event is focusing on people who were killed or died during World War II.
According to Warrensburgh Historical Society President Paul Gilchrist, the October 21 and 28 Graveyard Walks will take place rain or shine, cold or wind. This year’s military theme focuses on five residents with a connection to the Second World War. The two-hour walks are led by a guide to each of the gravestones. » Continue Reading.
Despite increasing opportunities in other entertainment media, most of Mary Boylan’s time was spent in New York City’s theater scene, where a rejection of Broadway’s commercialism was attractive to those deeply interested in art for the sake of art itself. Already there was an established Off-Broadway scene, but this was shunned as well. The year 1958 is cited as the birth of Off-Off-Broadway at a place in Greenwich Village known as Caffe Cino, where a plaque today honors the site’s significance. Among the established and most popular regulars there from the start was Mary Boylan, with Al Pacino listed as one of many of the café’s early performers.
True to the Village’s bohemian reputation, the café’s actors received no pay directly. Patrons normally bought a coffee and sandwich, and a basket was passed as compensation for the performers. Caffe Cino’s popularity inspired similar efforts nearby in other café settings, like La Mama, and in churches, bars, and any available spaces, lending to the wild and carefree attitude of the Village. Mary was considered a star performer at both café venues (Cino and La Mama). She looked much older than her actual age, leading to many roles as elderly citizens, but in real life was a smiling, energetic personality with a great sense of humor and a ready laugh. » Continue Reading.
On the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, Greenwich Village has long been home to progressive thinkers and artists of all types, as well as ground zero for several movements. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a mainstay of the nation’s bohemian culture, hosting beatniks, folk music originals, the strong counter-culture movement, and the Beat Generation, with such icons as Maya Angelou, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Rod McKuen.
The coffeehouse scene flourished at that time, when a remarkable alternative to commercial theater was developed: Off-Off-Broadway, where productions ran the gamut from scripted to impromptu, and venues ranged from old warehouses to small cafes. At the heart of this historic movement was a little-known North Country actress and writer who was widely respected in the New York City arts community.
Mary Elizabeth Boylan was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in February 1913. Her father, John, was a mainstay of the community, serving as district deputy of the Knights of Columbus for four years, president of the chamber of commerce for two years, and general manager of the Mountain Home Telephone Company. In 1924, when Mary was 11, the family moved to Rochester, New York, where her dad became president of the Rochester Telephone Company three years later. » Continue Reading.
The Alice T. Miner Museum has announced a free program featuring author Sandra Weber, who will tell tales of the strength and courage of Adirondack women, on Thursday, October 20, at 6 pm.
In this program of portrayals and stories, Sandra Weber presents the voices and wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, Weber will deliver dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, adventurer-activist Kate Field, poet Jeanne Robert Foster, and suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. » Continue Reading.
“We performed It’s A Wonderful Life last year for the first time,” says Jay. “We are a small group and so far we are focusing on one production a year. There is something about a classic that appeals to all ages.”
The cast of nine includes two Foley artists that worked to perfect the sounds that replicate a radio production. The full production consists of four full-length episodes including the first and last of the original radio broadcasts. » Continue Reading.
Our Town Theatre Group has announced auditions for its upcoming fall main stage production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Auditions will be held September 7th and 8th, at 7 pm at the Lyle Dye Auditorium at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street in North Creek.
Our Town tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. » Continue Reading.
HoboFest, in its eighth year, returns to Riverside Park with an all-new lineup and the US premiere of a century-old work by composer Béla Bartók, who once lived in Saranac Lake.
The all-day event, which will run from noon to 9:30 pm on Sunday, September 4th, is free and open to the public.
Acts include Bucket Ruckus, a marching drum corps; the Dust Bunnies, a popular local blues and folk band; and Piotr Moore, an 11-year-old blues guitar whiz from Essex. Slow Pony from Vermont and North Carolina, will perform folk traditions from the States and Europe, and present silent films in the evening. » Continue Reading.
The 7th Annual Long Lake Fire Department Labor Day Chicken Barbeque, Concert and Fireworks will be held Saturday, September 3rd, at 4 pm at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake.
The Fulton Chain Gang hits the stage at 6 pm blending modern Nashville hits with classic country and southern rock. The Fulton Chain Gang has shared the stage with national acts, including: Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Mark Chestnut, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Lee Murphy, Molly Hatchet, Justin Moore, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Montgomery Gentry, and Blackberry Smoke. » Continue Reading.
Gem Radio Theatre will present the radio drama “The Lone Ranger Rides Again!” on August 27th and 28th, and September 9th and 11th, at four classic Adirondack theaters. Under the direction of Hannah Jay, the theatrical production will be staged as a live radio broadcast of mythical radio station WADK.
The show recreates the magic of radio. Actors will step to the microphone to play multiple parts, while the foley artists (sound effect masters) create the soundscape of the story using only their imagination and found items. » Continue Reading.
The Depot Theatre has launched a capital campaign to upgrade audience seating in its historic 1876 train station theatre.
The new seats, upholstered with 100% recycled fabric, will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. Dedicated wheelchair accessible seats with companion seating are part of the upgrade, as well as LED aisle lighting. Additionally, new commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area. Plans are underway to install the new seats by the opening of the 2017 summer season. » Continue Reading.
The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department has announced the music line-up for the 5th annual RondeauFest Summer Music Fest in Long Lake, August 20th at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, 6 Pavilion Way, from 5 pm to 10 pm.
RondeauFest claims its name from Noah John Rondeau, a noted Adirondack hermit, who dwelled at Cold River Flow in the woods north of Long Lake off and on for over eighteen years from 1929 until 1950. Noah John Rondeau wrote in code, distanced himself from civilization and lived off the land through harsh winters. » Continue Reading.
Wildlife Conservation Society has announced its Cycle Adirondacks 2016 Community Concert Series lineup. The August 20-27 road cycling tour will feature seven consecutive evenings of free entertainment in six different Adirondack communities.
Each venue is open to the public and offers a beer garden featuring Good Nature Farm Brewery and local food concessions. Entertainment begins at 7 pm nightly. » Continue Reading.
The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure to enhance the patron and artist experience.
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140-year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing over 60-year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be replaced throughout the seating area, as well. » Continue Reading.
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