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Goitse InstagramThe Earlville Opera House is proud to present an evening with Irish-favorites Goitse Saturday August 13th at 8 PM. With a sound described by Irish Music Magazine as “brimming with energy and creative zeal,” Goitse is sure to wow.

Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet have graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music cross the globe, with their performances gaining notoriety across four continents. Having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed, the band has skyrocketed to the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene.

Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of this generation. The gripping rhythm section sets a breaktaking pace for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. When not singing, Áine’s energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented hugely by multi-award-winning banjo and mandolin virtuoso James Harvey. His ability to transcend genres, combined with his unparalleled technical ability is a joy to behold. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is the piano and piano accordionist, Tadhg Ó Meachair. The Dublin native is renowned for his unique approach to bass work and accompaniment, while also having picked up national awards for his melody playing. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.

Goitse performs Saturday August 13th at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $22 to the general public, $20 for members, and $11 for students and children (under 18). The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit

InstagramOn Wednesday August 3rd, the Poolville Country Store will present a special menu to all those who appreciate the arts—arts that take shape on gallery walls, on theater stages, and on restaurant tables! Offered as a fundraiser for the Earlville Opera House, chefs Roger Foster and Charles Wilburn have agreed to donate a percentage of the night’s sales to EOH. Each patron will enjoy a salad, an entrée, and a dessert for a fixed price of $40.

For this special event, Charles and Roger will be presenting a sumptuous-sounding menu, where guests will choose from pan seared sirloin with in-house steak sauce, house-made chicken sausage with spinach and sundried tomato with a lemon velouté sauce, or vegetable napoleon layered with eggplant, potato, zucchini, and fresh Buffalo mozzarella. All meals come with a choice of classic Caesar salad or Artisan Greens with balsamic vinaigrette, grapes, almonds, and Danish blue crumbles, and choice of a gourmet dessert.

Under the creative guidance of partners Roger Foster (who trained at the Culinary Institute of America) and Charles Wilburn (a graduate of Johnson & Wales University‘s College of Culinary Arts), The Poolville Country Store has become a local treasure for anyone who appreciates the art and science of presenting fine food, artfully prepared, in a historic setting that is welcoming, relaxing, and beautiful. Charles and Roger offer European-influenced American cuisine with a menu that includes all natural hormone-free beef, veal, pork, and poultry, and only fresh, wild seafood. The menu is further enhanced by local produce and farm fresh eggs, changing frequently as availability and seasons allow.

Community events like this one allow the Earlville Opera House to continue bringing world-quality live musical performances and art installations to central New York, and facilitates the art education workshops and classes we host for adults and children of all ages.

Reservations are required! To reserve a table for this special night, please call the Poolville Country Store at 315-691-2677 no later than Friday July 29th.

For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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Through hard work and the support of many believers, the Earlville Opera House has made a wonderful journey in the past 45 years.

The once grand theater, that was on the verge of demolition, has made it all the way back. Today it is a venue that charms national performers to the delight of enthusiastic, appreciative audiences who travel miles for an evening in Earlville.

This campaign will complete our journey into the 21st century by adding heat and air conditioning to our historic theater. With this piece of our 45-year renovation in place, we will be able to expand our concert season to 12 months with heat for the cold months and comfort for our patrons in the heat of summer.

Creating a climate controlled environment will not only enhance our programming, but contribute to our mission to preserve and protect this historic landmark by preventing extreme temperature swings in the grand auditorium.

How You Can Help

Thanks to the John Ben Snow Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, the Earlville Opera House has received nearly $23,000 in funding, but we are still approximately $275,000 away from successfully hosting world-class entertainment on its historic stage year ’round. That’s the cost to heat the theater in winter and cool it on those sweltering summer nights.

Once again we are reaching out to our friends who value the Earlville Opera House. We are asking you to consider a gift or a pledge to the Four Seasons campaign that will allow us to make our jewel of a theater into a 12-month facility.

The Benefits

With our current six month auditorium schedule each year, we welcome numerous touring professional performers and the 8,000 patrons they attract from far and wide. By adding heat, thus allowing us to increase programming to 12 months a year, the benefit will be greater attendance numbers while offering more opportunities for talented artists to perform. The benefits to our area will be direct and noticeable resulting in an improved quality of cultural life and a positive economic impact for local business.

In the sweltering summers, the addition of air conditioning will produce a much more comfortable experience for audiences and artists alike. Finally, the lasting benefit to the auditorium of this fine historic landmark will be the protection and preservation from damage due to uncontrolled temperature and humidity.

Earlville Opera House is a non-profit 501(c)3, which makes your gift support tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We’re governed by a working board of your friends and neighbors who gladly give their time and money to sustain the arts in our community.

Please consider making a gift or a pledge today!

Simply visit our fundraising page to make an online donation, or call (315) 691-3550 to discuss your gift today.

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EOH Auction LogoYou are invited to join your friends and neighbors and fellow patrons of the arts September 23 at the Colgate Inn for an auction to benefit the Opera House. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the Colgate Inn, listen to live music, and bid on and amazing array of items and services donated by friends of the Opera House.

For more than 40 years, Earlville Opera House has been a mecca for arts and entertainment in rural central New York.

Housed in a restored, historic, late-19th-century structure on Main Street in the Village of Earlville, the Opera House offers classes for children and adults; exhibits the work of local, regional and national artists; and stages performances ranging from community theater to nationally renowned musicians.

Idle and abandoned for more than two decades before it was purchased in 1971, the Opera House has been rehabilitated and sustained through volunteer effort and the generosity of members and friends, and it has become a beacon for the arts in our community.

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 23, 5:00-7:30 pm.
Admission is $25, and you’ll be fostering the arts in your hometown.

Tickets available at:
Evergreen Gallery
11 Lebanon St., Hamilton

Earlville Opera House
18 E Main St., Earlville

Or by seeing one of our board members:
Jeff Bary
Roger Bauman
Beverly Cappeto
Diane Fenton
RuthAnn Loveless
Brendan O’Connor
Jonathan Vaughn
Merle vonWettberg
Bruce Ward
Shirley Zimmer
Kate Castle, Executive Director

The Earlville Opera House is proud to present the Blue Parsley Boys Sunday August 7th at 3 PM, hosted as a special fundraiser for the Earlville Opera House. This performance by the Blue Parsley Boys is dedicated to the memory of Blue Parsley Boys member Jim Lloyd who passed away this year.Blue Parsley Boys A Cappella Earlville Opera HouseThe Blue Parsley Boys are one of the area’s premier a cappella ensembles. Together since 1998, the Blue Parsley Boys are known for singing familiar and humorous a cappella arrangements. The group works on an ever-changing book of approximately 100 songs. In the past, this has included fan favorites such as spiritual “Bound for Jubilee,” “In My Room” by the Beach Boys, a satirical rendition of the story of Noah in “Old Man Noah,” the traditional American folk song “Shenandoah,” the Irish ballad “Danny Boy,” and Billy Joel’s iconic “For the Longest Time.”

The group consists of first tenors Reg Wilson and Neal Roberts, lead and second tenors, Bud Ballinger and Ben Eberhardt, baritones Dan De Noyelles, Bruce Ward, and Christian Vischi; and basses Dave Lantz and Todd Thomsen, with musical direction provided by Laura Pasquith.

This performance by the Blue Parsley Boys is dedicated to the memory of Blue Parsley Boys member Jim. Jim had a significant impact beyond Colgate, where he was a professor for 35 years. He was twice elected Trustee of the Village of Hamilton and also served as its Police Commissioner. He was very active in the Park United Methodist Church, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was an accomplished baritone, and, in addition to the church choir, he sang in the University Chorus, the Colgate Chamber Singers, and the Blue Parsley Boys. Jim and his wife Rachel left Hamilton in 2014, to be near their daughter and grandchild in Seattle, WA. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, his two daughters, Erica and Rebecca, and grandchildren, Adam and Conrad.

The Blue Parsley Boys performs Sunday August 7th at 3 PM. Doors open at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $12 to the general public, $10 for members, and $6 for students and children (under 18). The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit

Chris Smither pic3The Earlville Opera House is proud to present an evening with acoustic blues master Chris Smither Saturday August 6th at 8 PM.

With a career dating back to the 1960’s blues revival, Chris Smither has long been considered an unheralded master of modern acoustic blues. Like John Hammond and a handful of other musicians whose careers began in the 1960s blues revival, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither can take pride in the fact that he’s been there since the beginning. Except for a few years when he was away from performing in the ’70s, Smither has been a mainstay of the festival, coffeehouse, and club circuits around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Smither is best known for his great songs, items like “Love You Like a Man” and “I Feel the Same,” both of which have been recorded by guitarist and occasional collaborator Bonnie Raitt.

Writes the Washington Post, “His songbook is overflowing with rollicking, clever blues-based folk tunes, and he has been a consistently engaging live performer for more than four decades,” and the Associated Press has called him “an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”

Chris Smither performs Saturday August 6th at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $32 to the general public, $30 for members, and $16 for students and children (under 18). The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit

The Hamilton Arts in the Park Series continues with another season of talented musicians, ranging from jazz gems to country roots. Continuing the season’s stellar lineup is the Flying Song Garden Thursday August 4th at 7 PM.FlyingSongGarden

The Flying Song Garden led by Cosby Gibson, is a non-profit music performance project working with 22 central New York musicians that brings song and festivity to communities in hardship from occurrences such as natural disaster, work site closure and catastrophe. They explore the series theme of “Conversations Through Music,” discussing their use family-oriented music to relieve stress and trauma, to nurture community interaction, and to clear a path for restoring hope.

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. This season’s offerings focus around the theme of “Conversations through Music,” and run the gamut from roots to jazz, and bluesy Americana to indie folk. Concluding the series is local gem and folk singer-songwriter Ellen Fagan on 8/11.

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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