Cathy Barton and Dave Para give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire. A versatile duo, Dave and Cathy perform and conduct workshops with hammered and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitars and Autoharp, as well as “found” instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow and leaf. Their music ranges from driving string band music to contemplative ballads and airs. They have a knack for finding unusual, rarely heard songs from traditional and contemporary sources in their home region, but also from elsewhere in the US and Europe. They have conducted many topical workshops on songs from the Carter family, the Civil War, river lore, gospel, children’s songs, Christmas music and Ozark ballads.
Fennig’s All-Star String Band was formed in 1970 by Bill Spence and his hammered dulcimer, a relatively unknown instrument at the time. They released their first album in 1973 titled “The Hammered Dulcimer”. It became an instant hit after it’s “recording of special merit” review in the national magazine, Stereo Review. Three more albums followed, and to date over 100,000 Fennig’s All-Stars recordings have been sold worldwide. These lively “feel good” recordings captured the fancy of a new generation of musicians, and became the source of inspiration for a new generation of hammered dulcimer players and other string band musicians here and abroad. Since 1975, the All- Stars are Bill Spence (hammered dulcimer, vocals), George Wilson (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Toby Stover (piano, vocals). The amount of talent possessed by these three virtuoso musicians is astounding and has only been enhanced by the number of years each of them has been making music.
It’s all fun and games on May 16th as Sand Lake Center for the Arts – Matinee Theater Players presents the “Hoe Down Homicide”. Come and be a part of the guest audience who listens to the clues and figures out who the murderer is. Not only do you get to solve a murder but you also get to hear some of your favorite cowboy tunes, have a drink and eat some homemade sweets. The show begins at 2pm. All included for $10.00 per person. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518)674-2007. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.
January 1 till May 1: Submission period for writers
All plays will be TANYS adjudicated, and monetary prizes of $100, $75 and $50 awarded to the three adjudicated as best written.
Anyone living within a 50 mile radius of the Sand Lake Center for the Arts-generally the areas from Saratoga down to Hudson, Pittsfield to Schenectady, and all areas in between. This will allow the playwrights to attend performances of their plays.
Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays. Plays may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include two attachments. One will be your cover letter which will include your contact information, the title and a brief synopsis of the play. The other attachment will be the play itself with NO contact information included except title. Please submit play(s) in Standard American Play Format. If you’re unfamiliar with this, there are many internet sites to help you. One would be https://pwcenter.org. If you are submitting electronically you should receive a confirmation received email, if you are submitting a hard copy, you may send it to SLCA-CTP, PO Box 179, Averill Park, NY 12018. Again, please include a separate cover letter.
Plays should be able to be staged with MINIMAL SET. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts has a number of black boxes, and you might consider submitting a play that could be staged with only these. Any play with an elaborate set will be disqualified.
Plays should be able to be performed in 15 minutes or less.
AND, here’s the challenge. Plays must have some connection with the prompt “COLD”. It can be a theme, a characterization or simply a word-cold heart, cold day in hell, cold shoulder, cold war, someone suffering from a cold, a woman putting on cold cream-or you may have a play that just mentions, “It’s cold outside”. Be as creative and as clever as you want.
Contact producer, at email@example.com if you have questions.
Meet April’s Gallery artist – Bob Blackmon – Retired from a career in higher education, Bob Blackmon lives and paints in Troy, New York. He is primarily a still life artist, whose works are characterized by realism, rich colors on dark backgrounds, sharp contrasts of light and dark. He strives to find and reveal beauty in life’s ordinary things. His still lifes are in the Baroque style and are rather unique. Along with his still life paintings, Bob is showing his Ireland Collection. The “Ireland Collection” of paintings is inspired by Irish subjects, such as landscapes, monuments, and pottery, all gleaned from his visits to the countryside of Ireland.
Youth Theatre Players
Instructor – Jim Powers
An all-inclusive, start to finish, hands on film making course. Each student will work on every aspect of the filmmaking process. From “the pitch” to screenwriting, acting, filming, sound tech, producing, directing, editing and post production. Taught by multi-award winning filmmakers Jim and Steve Powers, this immersive class is for anyone who is interested in the art of filmmaking and is ready for the exciting and busy world of making movies from script to screen.
July 10 -21 2 week course $150.00 Students grades 8-12 9am – 12pm Monday-Friday
Class limit 10 students
“All the World’s a Quest”
Written and Directed by Sue Frost and Val Kavanaugh, music by Jim Holmes
What happens when sixteen students are assigned to a theater “enrichment” class, but most of them want to be playing sports, studying math or staying home? And those who are interested in theater don’t really want to put in the effort? It takes all the patience and skill of four muses to inspire the group to work together and create a play. But will the play really work? Will it have those necessary elements to make the “magic of theater”? Join us for this year’s production of “All the World’s a Quest”! The first 20 to sign up are in!
Val, Sue, and Jim are looking forward to another fun summer with Youth Theatre Players!
July 10–August 5 Students entering grades 3-8 $100. for 4-week session
Rehearsals: Mondays 7:30 pm – 9:00pm, Tuesdays 6:45 – 9:00 pm, Thursdays 6:45-9:00 pm
With an additional rehearsal on Wednesday, Aug 2 6:45 pm – 9 pm
PERFORMANCE DATES · August 4 7pm · August 5 2:30pm