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lauren mettler- cornfieldFresh from last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign and tour, versatile indie songstress Lauren Mettler is breaking new ground with her outreach to kids and families.  On Saturday, December 5th join us for an Afternoon with Lauren for a holiday themed performance at 2 pm.  The concert is part of the Earlville Winter Celebration activities.  Lauren brings all her skills as a singer-songwriter, performer, and arts educator with Folk, Blues, and World influences to this new show for young audiences.

Lauren’s voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through beautiful ballads, comedic anecdotes, and holiday tunes on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and penny whistle to celebrate the season.  Her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.

Lauren with leggingsThis Afternoon with Lauren will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week with holiday magic! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Earlville Galleries and the gorgeous 18th Annual Holiday Sale.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Note: This performance is the second of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists.  EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May.  Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists.  Please call EOH to find out more.

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

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year's EOH Auction for the Arts

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year’s EOH Auction for the Arts. The coming year will mark her 20th year at EOH, and 14 years as director.

EARLVILLE – Just three years after Patti Lockwood-Blais took on the job of executive director at the Earlville Opera House, the New York State Council on the Arts recognized EOH as “particularly vital to the cultural life of New York State.”

After 13 years as the guiding force who has steered growth and programming while also serving as the Opera House’s most visible public ambassador, Lockwood-Blais announced that she is retiring from EOH. “I love my work on behalf of the community at EOH but I need more time and flexibility than the position allows. I still deeply support the mission of this wonderful organization and have pledged to help the new executive director in any way to guarantee its stability during our transition.”

Opera House Board President Bruce Ward said: “I have seen first hand how Patti’s skills and knowledge, drawn from long experience, have kept our organization on a healthy track fiscally while growing our offerings. Continually seeking new ways to engage the community, Patti has built a reputation for fine programming that has won awards and recognition from leading arts organizations, and still kept our bottom line in the black.”

Emblematic of that recognition was the Council on the Arts coveted “Primary Organization Status,” awarded to the Opera House in 2006. The status honors select arts organizations for “the quality of their arts services, their stature as arts institutions… or the importance of their contributions to a significant population.”

Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s, EOH was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Through community and foundation support, the Opera House on Earlville’s Main Street has gone through a constant process of renewal and upgrading. During Lockwood-Blais’s management more than three quarters of a million dollars worth of capital projects have included work as varied as adding new galleries to repairing the roof. The historic theater is a renowned performance venue for national artists and local entertainers alike.

“Earlville Opera House has grown and prospered under Patti’s tireless leadership,” Ward said. “The positive impact we have on the community is a direct result of Patti’s passion for her work and the friendly warmth she brings to all her interactions with our patrons, artists, and supporters.”

Among the many initiatives undertaken by EOH with Lockwood-Blais as director:

· Worked with county tourism offices, Upstate Institute and other agencies to build audiences;

· Reached out to the community through collaboration with Hamilton Village Concert Series, Cazenovia & Oneida;

· Expanded from one to three galleries, received gallery funding from NYS Council on the Arts, and dramatically increased both the professionalism of the shows and attendance at gallery events;

· Expanded opportunities for regional artists with the use of the Arts Cafe Gallery;

· Developed outreach to kids and teens in KidsArt and TeensArt programs;

· Expanded Holiday show and sale and annual quilt show;

· Sponsored workshops for Hamilton Music Mix, Black History, artists, songwriters, and writers.

Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. EOH is more than full time and it leaves no room for this kind of flexibility.

“Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. The director’s role at EOH has always been more than full time and I look forward to handing over this fun and amazing job to someone who can make good things happen in our community.”

“Patti’s leadership has brought the Opera House to new heights of excellence in the arts,” said Ward. “Now that she has decided to pass the baton, we face the challenge of finding someone who can serve the community as well as she has, and bring us in exciting new directions. I am confident the deep well of talent in central New York will yield another special person to take us there.”

Patti Lockwood-Blais will continue in her roles as president of the statewide New York Multi-Arts Center Consortium (NYMACC) and on the advisory board of the New York State Presenters Network.

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The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

It’s honest. It’s rockin’. It’s part hope, part chagrin, and it’s coming to the Earlville Opera House Saturday, November 21st at 8pm. The Honeycutters are exactly what their name implies: an act merging the tender edge of country sweetness with boot-scooting honky-tonk swagger, fleshed out with upright bass, mandolin, and Amanda Anne Platt’s incredible vocals. “Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles,” offers Folk Music About.com’s Kim Ruehl. “What’s more, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.”

As with the very best in roots music acts, however, it’s more than The Honeycutters’ sound that sets them apart. Platt, who got the band together in 2007 and actually hails from the Saratoga, NY, area, is a talented songwriter whose sweet vocals have been compared to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Loretta Lynn. In the title track from the band’s latest release, Me Oh My, set free in April of this year, Platt embraces the persona of a broken woman intent on standing on her own two feet: I had a baby but the good lord took her, she was an angel but her wings were crooked, guess he figured he could love her better than me. Now preacher’s talking about the bed I made, says I’m too old to be chasing trains, he says I’ve got to lay it down and let it be.

Calling Asheville, North Carolina home, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with the likes of Guy Clark, Tony Rice, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. “Today’s Smoky Mountain area modern folk thing does have a certain vibe, and these guys are among its finest purveyors,” notes Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. As their fan base continues to grow, Me Oh My serves as a record of a band on the very verge of hitting the big time.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

Here’s an excerpt from Steve Ramm writing about the band’s newest CD: “Country? Bluegrass? Americana? This group fills all those genres in an album I can’t stop playing...I can’t, for the life of me, understand why I haven’t posted a review of this fabulous new CD from the Asheville, NC-based quintet, The Honeycutters, yet, here on Amazon. I’ve had it for over a month (I received an advance copy from their label) and I must play it a few times a week. It’s that good! But, I’ll rectify my oversight and get this review up now.

“Like another favorite Americana/bluegrass/country band, The Hot Club of Cowtown, the Honeycutters are led by a woman who can write great songs. Guitarist Amanda Anne Platt – a founding member, wrote all 14 songs on this CD and sings lead vocal too. From the first track – “Jukebox” – to the closer (“A Life For You”) this is a perfect album of tunes that – in most cases will have you dancing around the room (or at least tapping yiur toes). There are songs here (“Hearts of Men”) that sound “familiar” (in a good sort of way) but which are newly composed. With pedal steel, dobro and bass, the group is based in country/bluegrass. But they embellish the music with guests playing organ, harmonica, and even trumpet, on some of the tracks…”

Join us for an evening with The Honeycutters this Saturday, November 21st!   Seating is limited. Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.   Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. If you’re of the social media persuasion, don’t forget to check out the Earlville Opera House on Facebook and Twitter!

More about The Honeycutters:  http://www.honeycutters.com

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Here’s what people are saying…

“I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch.” –The Real Southern

“Platt’s songs are exceptional, with interesting melodies and well-written lyrics sung with a strong and engaging voice that sounds a bit like a blend of Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn.” -Michael Colby, Review in No Depression/Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA

“Vocalist Amanda Anne Platt has an innate ability to write relatable, straightforward, and authentic lyrics.” – TheDailyCountry.com

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.

Sylvia de Swaan: The Landscape of Memory series: "The War Game"

Sylvia de Swaan: The Landscape of Memory series: “The War Game”

On Saturday November 7th, two artists exploring the range of emotions that can be conveyed through photographs will bring their work to the Earlville Galleries. Sylvia de Swaan explores themes of heritage, nostalgia, and identity, often using old photographs or maps in the starkly beautiful black and white works she creates. By contrast, Sherburne, NY-based photographer Wells Horton’s work deftly captures the rich colors of our area’s most impressive and iconic scenery, from waterfalls, streams, and rivers to old barns and rolling farmland.

De Swaan, who was born in Romania, has also lived and worked in Mexico and the United States. A haunting awareness of the past, and of loss, seems to resonate in many of her works, as she juxtaposes cultural and religious objects with images of history, travel, and transition. This show, titled Narratives, is no exception. “My work explores themes of individual and collective memory and identity, the state of the world and the neighborhood where I live,” offers de Swaan. “I’m interested in the layers of history that coexist in the present, and the lines of destiny that determine where we’re from and who we become.”

Chenango River at Williams Road, by Wells Horton

Chenango River at Williams Road, by Wells Horton

A central New York “lifer,” Wells Horton thrills in the ever-changing palette made fresh each day as the upstate seasons fade one into the other. As the deep greens of late summer mature into the golds, oranges, and russet hues of fall, and foggy mornings lend emotion, we celebrate the explosive colors even as we feel the oncoming winter, which provides its own enduring lesson in appreciating a stark crystalline landscape filled with many shades of gray and brown. “My mission is to allow one to take in the circle of color surrounding us,” writes Horton. His show, titled The Seasonal Beauty of Central New York, succeeds on many levels.  As he put the show together, he focused the inclusion of works that are all within 10 miles of the Earlville Opera House…he’ll include a map with the show to show where the images came from!

While beautiful and evocative photographs fill the walls of our East Gallery and Arts Café, our West Gallery will feature the works and wares of over 65 regional artists showing a range of handmade goods, including pottery, soaps, baskets, candles, jewelry, and more! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your holiday shopping taken care of the artful, locally-sourced way. The Holiday Artists Sale will begin Friday, November 20th, at 10am, and run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 12 – 3pm, and the exhibits will run through December 20th. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Earlville Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

The upcoming exhibits open with a reception this Saturday, Nov 7 from noon to 3 pm

The upcoming exhibits open with a reception this Saturday, Nov 7 from noon to 3 pm

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

Don't miss this virtuoso guitar duo in the exquisite acoustics of the Earlville Opera House!

Don’t miss a chance to work with this virtuoso guitar duo in the EOH Arts Cafe writing songs!

International guitar duo, Loren and Mark, in combination with the Earlville Opera House, are pleased to present a workshop that combines their mastery of Americana music with memorializing how one person can make a difference. Come for our fall Songwriting Workshop on Wednesday, November 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The first portion of the workshop will be full of imaginative wordplay as participants work out lyrics with Morrisville State professor Devon Branca, a published poet who will introduce techniques for writing poetry and lyrics. The second portion of the workshop will combine those lyrics with the acclaimed instrumental abilities of Loren and Mark. Together, participants will work with the personable duo to compose melodies to accompany the lyrics.

From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to modern-day bands like The Decemberists, songs connect us with a story. Sometimes, the story is a personal drama or a natural disaster. Sometimes, it’s the story of a hero that captures a songwriter’s imagination. It’s hard to imagine the landscape of American music without the story of Casey Jones, for example. Or the Earlville Opera House story without Joey Skaggs! Joey Skaggs is the colorful character that saved the theater from the wrecking ball in 1971 by purchasing the Opera House and donating it to the community.

Any participant in this EOH workshop who finds it fitting to pay tribute to EOH’s benefactor, also known as America’s top prankster, will get $50 for the finished song*, plus an invitation to perform said song at Mark & Loren’s EOH performance, July 9th, 2016. The songs will be used to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this astounding feat and this unusual benefactor. Check out some of his stories at http://joeyskaggs.com/ for inspiration. Over the years he’s convinced journalists that he runs a whorehouse for dogs, a celebrity sperm bank, and other crazy things.

Come to EOH for an evening of wordplay and instrumental experimentation! Admission is just $10 minimum donation, thanks to NYSPN grant support. Note: Village of Earlville teens and adults are free. Please see http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com, or call 315-691-3550 for more information. The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main, Earlville, NY 13332.

This Project is funded in part with an award received from The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

*Note: we can choose up to three songs .

EOH Savior: Joey Skaggs video:
http://artoftheprank.com/

Additional Teacher info:
Dr. Devon Branca is a poet and professor of English at Morrisville State College. His poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb recorded their first album together the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their second album Onward also won a SAMMY. The title track ‘Onward’ won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for Best Instrumental. Their most recent album is live from their 2013 tour of Europe. http://www.lorenandmark.com/

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