This page includes upcoming and past Special Events.
New for 2017! Free entry to any show during your birth month (depending on availability). Call the box office at 518-674-2007 to reserve your ticket.
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Come support the Sand Lake Center for the Arts Summer Youth Programming (May 4th at 7:30pm), at a Benefit Concert fundraiser put on by “A Still Small Voice 4U.” This concert is being held at the “Spinney at Pond Views” new Clubhouse. Join the grand masters of folk music, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen in concert performing their original and traditional music along with their beautiful harmonies, humorous stories while accompanying themselves on guitar, banjo, concertina or mountain dulcimer. An evening of pure musical pleasure. For more information call 674-2007. The Spinney at Pond View is located at 2490 Pond View, Castleton, NY 12033, ½ mile from exit 10 off I-90. Walk-ins only.
Simple Gifts combines tradition with innovation and thereby creates some of the finest in folk music today. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion as they deliver their music with a rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. Lively Irish jigs, down-home American reels, hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, and haunting Gypsy melodies spice the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions.
Sunday, September 24 • 1:00—2:30pm
On behalf of the Sand Lake Center for the Arts and our honorary committee chairs, Chet and Karen Opalka, we would like to thank you for helping us make our 10th Annual event our best yet! “A Taste of Sand Lake” was held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Old Daley on Crooked Lake. The much-anticipated annual event featured food from many area restaurants, as well as a silent auction and entertainment.
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts depends on community support in order to be able to continue providing theatre, music, art and children’s programming to the greater community. Thank you!
The collaborative and individual songwriting efforts of the Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney changed popular music forever. Do you prefer “Penny Lane” or “Strawberry Fields”? Lady Madonna” or Revolution”? On May 26 at 8pm the Sand Lake Center for the Arts will host a performance in which these songs will go head-to-head. A band consisting of regional experienced rock & roll musicians will celebrate the prolific songwriting of Lennon and McCartney and turn it into a great big party! The Tichy Band includes Graham Tichy, Steve “Clyde” Davies, Pete Vumbaco, Mike Kelley, and Dave Maswick. Tickets $18. Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518)674-2007.
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.
Please welcome the newest members of the Honorary Committee – Eric Washburn and Debbie Bucher Wager along with our newest Honorary Business Sponsors – Bonded Concrete, Inc. – The Clemente Family and the Law Offices of Philip J. Danaher, ESQ.
We are pleased to announce that the Tenth Annual “A Taste of Sand Lake” will be on August 16, 2017 from 6-9pm at the Old Daley Inn at The Crooked Lake House. A Taste of Sand Lake has become a much anticipated annual event, as well as a successful fundraiser for the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. As in past years, the event will feature food from many area restaurants, as well as a silent auction and entertainment.
Will the 1908 murder of Hazel Drew finally be solved? The 1908 unsolved Hazel Drew murder, which took place at Teal’s pond in Sand Lake, has become a firestorm. It inspired the original TV series Twin Peaks. Suddenly, “Who killed Hazel Drew?” is drawing attention in London, Toronto, L.A. and other newspapers worldwide.
On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm, David Bushman from The Paley Center for Media in New York will discuss this very subject. Bushman is coauthor of Twin Peaks FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange (2016). He and Deer Meadow Podcast host Mark Givens have written about the Hazel Drew murder for The Washington Post and Blue Rose Magazine and are currently working on a book on the subject.
Town Historian Bob Moore will be your host for this FREE event at the SAND LAKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2880 NY43, Sand Lake, at 7:00 p.m.