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Three exquisite art quilt exhibits by quilters from across the country and Central New York will be on display from July 12 – August 30, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 19, 10am-3 pm, in conjunction with Earlville Community Days.

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Norma Lamb’s quilts explore the road less traveled.

In the Arts Café Gallery, Morrisville quilt artist and past chair of the NYS Quilters Consortium Norma Lamb will present “The Road Less Traveled” with quilts that explore the theme of Robert Frost’s famous poem “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

The Regional Quilt Celebration, “Quilts and Neighbors” highlighting Central New York’s rich quilting culture, will occupy the West Gallery, and includes these local quilt artists Kathy Meek, Elaine Schwan, Carolyn Raimy, Joyce Lawson, Lorane Burchill, Teresa Blenis, Dea Casstevens, Dea Casstevens, Chris Kielar, Barbara Hipsley, and Gail Strout.

The 12th Annual Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition will be in the East Gallery with award-winning quilts from six nationally- and internationally-recognized quilters.

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These six quilt artists from across the country have come together for a fabulous show that documents cutting edge quilt techniques and design.

Deborah Bein, Poughkeepsie, NY (http://www.deborahbein.com/) creates textile collages that are often political, addressing such issues as the controversy over hydrofracking, the “shabby” way our elected officials in Washington conduct themselves, and the decline of “our honorable democratic ideals – torn, tarnished and trampled by a partisan Congress.”

Kathy Weaver, Highland Park, IL (http://www.kweaverarts.com/) airbrushes paintings on bridal satin, then embroiders and quilts the work. Trained as a painter, Weaver’s early work was also political. “Guns Are Us,” a series of three quilts portraying handgun violence in Chicago, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

Betty Busby, Albuquerque, NM (www.bbusbyarts.com) is a published fiber artist and teacher and maintains a busy exhibition schedule nationally and internationally.

After careers as a teacher and psychologist, the quilts of Karen Kamenetzky, Brattleboro, VT (www.karenkamenetzky.com) have been juried into many national shows and have hung in the American Embassy in East Timor as part of the Art in Embassies Program.

Winner of the McCarthy Memorial Award in 2009 and the 2010 Award for Machine Workmanship, Paula Kovarik, Memphis, TN (http://www.paulakovarik.com/) became a designer because it’s “the one career that forces you to keep on learning.” She has exhibited her work nationally, and her quilts have appeared in “The Best of Contemporary Quilts” in 2009 and 2011.

A native New Yorker, with a BFA from Pratt Institute and MA from New York University, Eileen Lanterborn, Kennett Square, PA (www.eileenlauterborn.com) was an art teacher and painter before she became an art quilter. Her work has been shown at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Stanford University, Bennington Center for the Arts, South Carolina State Museum, the Quilt National, and the International Quilt Festival.

EOH Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville. Gallery hours are Tues-Fri (10am-5pm), Saturday (12-3pm). For more information, call 315-691-3550 or go online at earlvilleoperahouse.com.

collage for fb of dolls andhousesCome for the opening reception of these exhibits and two more special one day exhibits on Saturday ,July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm. “CRAZY BIRDHOUSES” IN THE GARDEN: In the EOH garden, rain or shine, we’ll have a special one-day display and sale of quirky birdhouses by Richard Stricker.  “STITCHED WITH LOVE” is a special one-day display of antique cloth dolls by the Chenango Valley Doll Club on Sat, July 19, 2014 10 am to 3 pm only. The earliest American dolls were homemade rag dolls sewn by mothers for their children.

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John McCutcheon has written hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.

John McCutcheon has written hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.

John McCutcheon comes to the historic main stage of the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, July 20th at 8 pm. Many know the six-time Grammy-nominated John McCutcheon for his whimsical children’s works, but like many folkies he’s also dedicated to the idea of social justice, equality, and intelligent songwriting. He is a master at the hammer dulcimer as well as guitar and a host of other instruments. “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard,” remarked Johnny Cash when he saw McCutcheon play. Bruce Ward Architect generously sponsors this concert.

The All Music Guide describes the journey of this national folk icon, “Like thousands of others in the ’60s, McCutcheon, a Wisconsin native, taught himself how to play a mail-order guitar and joined the local folk scene. His interest became more serious, however, when he sought to find the roots of this music. McCutcheon headed for Appalachia and learned from some of the legendary greats of traditional folk music. Along the way, he became adept at a multitude of instruments, including fiddle, banjo, guitar, autoharp, jaw harp, and especially the hammered dulcimer. McCutcheon is considered one of the undisputed masters on the hammered dulcimer and adapts much of his music around the instrument.”

“The breadth of John McCutcheon’s talent is staggering. The only problem is the inadequacy of the printed word to describe the genuine pleasure of the nearly three-hour performance. I would have stayed for another three. Judging from the standing ovations from the 1,100 other concert goers I would not have been alone.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

Here’s another you tube link: The Room at the Top of the Stairs

The Oakland Tribune declared, “John McCutcheon is the Bruce Springsteen of Folk Music…a national treasure!” Don’t miss a chance to see him in the incredible acoustics of the 1892 historic opera house. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $25, $23 EOH members, $20 students. Premium seating applies in the first 4 rows. This concert is a member special event. EOH members may contact the EOH for details about bringing free guests who have never been to the EOH before! The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Folk music's renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, powerful-singer songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, John McCutcheon is an award-winning recording artist with a storytelling style compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor..."He has a nuncanny ability to breather new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature." Washington Post

Folk music’s renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, powerful-singer songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, John McCutcheon is an award-winning recording artist with a storytelling style compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor…”He has a nuncanny ability to breather new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.” Washington Post

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists as well as the homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

 

 

 

Each year, Small Town USA, Earlville, New York celebrates community with fun for kids, music and fireworks. These special events at the Earlville Opera House celebrate the arts in our community and are free of charge on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm and we’ll have refreshments for all.

(LINK TO ALL EARLVILLE DAYS’ EVENTS HERE)

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Richard’s Crazy Birdhouses and Fairy Houses use recycled materials to make nesting homes.

CRAZY BIRDHOUSES” IN THE GARDEN: In the EOH garden, rain or shine, we’ll have a special one-day display and sale of quirky birdhouses by Richard Stricker on Saturday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm only. Richard talks about his passion for making birdhouses: I grew up on a farm in Clinton, NY. One of the things I enjoyed was going to the junkyard and became interested in what they now call “upcycling.” I recently retired and was able to put my ideas, past and present to good use! The birdhouses are made mostly of recycled wood and materials that I have collected from sales, auction, fallen down barns and a few finds from my travels. I hope you enjoy the birdhouses as much as I do making them. They make you laugh, smile and inspire!

“STITCHED WITH LOVE” is a special one-day display of antique cloth dolls by the Chenango Valley Doll Club on Sat, July 19, 2014 10 am to 3 pm only. The earliest American dolls were homemade rag dolls sewn by mothers for their children.

THE CHENANGO VALLEY CLUB WAS ORGANIZED ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1974 AND IS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED FEDERATION OF DOLL CLUBS. DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS

THE CHENANGO VALLEY CLUB WAS ORGANIZED ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1974,  A MEMBER OF THE UNITED FEDERATION OF DOLL CLUBS. DURING THE PAST 40 YEARS

The appearance of these early rag dolls depended on the skill of the maker as there were no patterns as there are today. In spite of the fragile nature of the materials, marvelous examples of 19th century dolls have survived. They are treasured even though their makers are unknown.
This tradition of women making cloth dolls for children is the background for the women entrepreneurs who made dolls a business. For these doll makers, cloth was the material of choice. Cloth was chosen not only because women were used to working with cloth and had these materials available, but also because cloth dolls were light and children can easily carry them. Cloth dolls are easy to hold and cuddle and can take the rigors of play without breaking.

In addition to the special exhibits, the galleries will overflow with three new exhibits of quilts. In the Arts Café Gallery, Morrisville quilt artist and past chair of the NYS Quilters Consortium Norma Lamb will present “The Road Less Traveled” with quilts that explore the theme of Robert Frost’s famous poem “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

(LINK TO ALL ABOUT THE QUILT EXHIBITS)

The Regional Quilt Celebration, highlighting Central New York’s rich quilting culture, will occupy the West Gallery, and the 12th Annual Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition will be in the East Gallery with award-winning quilts from six nationally- and internationally-recognized quilters.

The EOH is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. During your visit, take advantage of, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists! For more information, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

We have our summer line up for the Hamilton Arts in the Park Concerts this summer and we have confirmed a new rain location: The Colgate Inn (since the Barge is not available).  All shows are Thursday evenings at 7 pm. rain or shine  Here’s the skinny on the first concert and the rest of the schedule is below!

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Annalivia is a Boston-based trio touring in support of their newest CD on July 17. “Listening to ‘The Same Way Down’, the new album from Annalivia places your soul somewhere between luxuriating in a lyrically soothing balm and experiencing an intense desire to dance – all part the-same-way-down-cdof the eternal fabric of American folk music. Ranging from traditional songs and tunes through self-penned originals this is an album that must gain the attention it richly deserves.” (Folk Words)

First up is a “roots and branches” string band from Boston, Annalivia on July 17th. Players include Flynn Cohen: providing mandolin, guitar, and vocals, labeled an “Ace Guitarist.” (The Boston Globe),

Liz Simmons: providing vocals and guitar  with “A honey-voiced singer. . .Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling.” (Dirty Linen Magazine) and finally
Lissa Schneckenburger: providing fiddle and vocals. “Her talent lies in crafting pendulating melodies . . . innovative freewheeling arrangements…” (Dirty Linen Magazine)

The members are all masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting-edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach.

The band is out is support of their newest recording and the reviews are excellent.  Here’s more from their FolkWords review:
“From an outstanding take on the traditional, ‘False Sir John’ with shimmering vocals and strings through ‘New Morn Meadow’ an instrumental artfully taking from the past and coalescing with the new, to the rich tones and layered harmonies of ‘Restless For A While’ this is a totally engaging. The key attractions for me reside in the beautiful melodies and softly sung lyrics of ‘Wherever We’re Bound’ and ‘Deepest Water’ – songs that echo with you throughout the day.

“There’s a vivacious attraction in Annalivia’s music as they take the influence of ‘tradition’ from a variety of roots – Celtic, Scandinavian and Americana, blend in the immediacy of ‘new’ approaches and sprinkle the result with sparkling innovation to forge a brew that’s strong, heady, refreshing and full of flavour…”

17-Jul Annalivia‘roots and branches’ string-band  —-You Tube Folk Alley Sessions: Annalivia – “False Sir John”

Next up:

24-Jul The CadleysBluegrass
31-Jul Matuto – Brazilian Folk
7-Aug Lauren MettlerSinger songwriter new album release concert
15-Aug Williams Road folk, roots, and indie

Enjoy an evening of music and creativity in a beautiful park setting!  Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE!

The Hamilton Village Music Series runs every Thursday until August 14th.at 7:00 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Rain Location is the Colgate Inn (Payne St). No tickets necessary for this free event.

This series is funded by the Village of Hamilton, and was made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered by Cultural Resources Council and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House.

For more information about the location if it is raining on the day of the show call (315) 691- 3550.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by.

Schools out! Time for fun! Magpie will be at the Earlville Opera House with a concert and songwriting workshop on Saturday, July 12 at 7 pm celebrating the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. They use the music of two of America’s greatest singer-songwriters to inspire new songwriters.  The concert is in two parts with an interval with cookies and milk and songwriting with youth and families.
This FREE Earlville Awesome Arts Expanding Life Skills concert and workshop are sponsored by the Colgate Inn.

Timeline:
7:00-7:40 pm Magpie concert
7:40-8:20 pm songwriting Workshop in arts cafe for kids/ singalong in the garden for everyone else (milk, cookies, lemonade)
8:20-9:15 pm concert finale singing new works

Magpie embodies the idea of music which is about commitment to the great issues of the day and of history.  Magpie’s focus on the life and music of WOODY GUTHRIE and PETE SEEGER demonstrates two of our countries great writers and the their use of folk music to talk about real America.  The songwriting WORKSHOP for kids follows the first set.  Adults can stay for the workshop too as long as they let the kids take center stage.

Everyone who isn’t taking the workshop is invited to the garden for a SINGALONG with Bruce Ward on guitar during the workshop break. After the workshop, the musicians return to the stage for the second half of the concert with another short set including some newly penned songs. A cookie break is planned between the two sessions.

woody-guthrieWOODY GUTHRIE was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs, ballads and improvised works.  His best-known song is “This Land Is Your Land.” Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. (wiki) His music was an inspiration to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.

PETE SEEGER was an American folk singer and activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. (wiki)pete seeger

ABOUT MAGPIE:
“Ms. Leonino’s singing was a joy. Her vocal inflections danced around a song with the grace of an Olympic figure skater. She was an impressive instrumentalist as well, showing her expertise on mandolin, dulcimer, harmonica, and kazoo. Artzner’s powerful baritone was a perfect match for Ms. Leonino’s voice. His guitar work was likewise stellar, especially when he tackled the tricky time signatures of the swing era compositions.” The Post Star of Glens Falls

While the show and workshop are free, seating is limited, please call to reserve your seats. For more information call the Earlville Opera House at 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. When you call for your tickets, please let us know if you are signing up for the songwriting workshop. Even the youngest audience members will enjoy the concert and may go home after the first part if they have early bedtimes.

This performance is supported in part by a grant though the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.

Celebrating 40 years together...with a new CD at the end of 2013. "They’ll also be celebrating one of the unique, original, compassionate, musically diverse and gifted duos that exists in the country. Magpie embodies the idea of music which is about commitment to the great issues of the day and of history— in the grand tradition of Pete Seeger, who plays harmonica on one of the songs on their new album..." The Georgetowner

Magpie celebrated 40 years together…with a new CD at the end of 2013. “They’ll also be celebrating one of the unique, original, compassionate, musically diverse and gifted duos that exists in the country. Magpie embodies the idea of music which is about commitment to the great issues of the day and of history…” The Georgetowner

The Earlville Awesome House has a new weeklong workshop for youth and teens in July! "Dancing in the Streets" is performance skills workshop that teaches singing, dancing and choreography skills starting on July 21.

One of the dances from the 60s that created the largest craze was The Twist, debuting, as the decade began, on the Dick Clark Show. The Twist originated with the song of the same name…The movement was simple: place one foot forward and twist it back and forth while rotating your hips from side to side.

The Earlville Awesome House has a new week-long workshop for all ages in July! “Dancing in the Streets” is performance skills workshop that teaches singing, dancing and choreography skills starting on July 21. “Dancing in the Streets: A Performance Workshop in 60s Rock & Roll” runs from Mon-Fri, July 21-25 from 1 pm to 6 pm and is for ages 5th grade and up! The EOH workshop taught by Susan Schoonmaker with Charlie Campbell-Decock and Eliza Nolen will help young people develop singing, dancing, and performing skills by presenting a set of rock songs from the 60s. Participants will work together as performance teams then present their work in front of a live audience. Participants will improve their performing abilities, learn about the sixties, and have fun working together at the same time. Individual coaching time is included. Dancing in the Streets will showcase the performers’ talents at the Earlville Opera House on Friday, 7/25, at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, July 20 from 3 pm to 5 pm we’ll host a special orientation/audition session to break the ice and get teams organized. Details and registration forms are online under workshops at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com Tuition is $165, $150 EOH members.

Susan currently works as the Musical Director of the D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival Project, an interactive community theatre troupe sponsored by Imagining America at Syracuse University. She runs the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program in Fabius, NY. and continues to direct musicals, perform, teach private students and work as a Shakespearean rhythmic speech coach.

Susan currently works as the Musical Director of the D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival Project, an interactive community theatre troupe sponsored by Imagining America at Syracuse University. She runs the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program in Fabius, NY. and continues to direct musicals, perform, teach private students and work as a Shakespearean rhythmic speech coach.

Susan Schoonmaker graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and College with a degree in Expressive Culture and Performance then moved to Boston to begin a career as a professional jazz singer. Here, she pursued graduate studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With her International License in Dalcroze Eurythmics and Vocal Pedagogy, Susan began teaching vocal music and performance in local private schools. She directed award winning choirs, musical theatre productions, and summer performance programs for inner city youth, including special performance workshops on the music of the sixties. Upon moving to central New York, Susan worked as the vocal music teacher and artistic director of the theatre program at Hamilton Central School and received an MAT in Theatre as Moral Education from Colgate University. Susan currently works as the Musical Director of the D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival Project, an interactive community theatre troupe sponsored by Imagining America at Syracuse University. She runs the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program in Fabius, NY. and continues to direct musicals, perform, teach private students and work as a Shakespearean rhythmic speech coach. Susan is thrilled to be working at the Opera House with Eliza Nolen and Charlie Campbell-Decock and can’t wait to go “Dancin’ the Streets” this summer!

Eliza Nolen is a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia studying to be an elementary teacher while majoring in studio art. Throughout high school Eliza was involved with Hamilton Central School Masquers as the dance captain in “The Music Man” and starring as Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls.” Eliza danced at Joy’s Dance Studio for eleven years, assisted dance classes and is thrilled to be “Dancin’ in the Streets” this summer!

Charlie Campbell-Decock was actively involved with Hamilton Central School Masquers during high school, playing leading roles and assisting with choreography for numerous productions. A sophomore at Bowdoin College, he continues to perform regularly and is looking forward to choreographing songs and dances from the sixties this summer. The Earlville Opera House (or Awesome House for kids) is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville, located just off Route 12B. For more information, please call (315) 691-3550.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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