NYFS logo    tagline
 making lacepaper flower makingplaying mandolin
 

AROUND THE STATE

Calendar of Events, Announcements,
& Exhibitions
for New York State


ADD YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

Support the New York Folklore Society

Around the State Calendar
JAN * FEB * MAR * APR * MAY * JUN * JUL * AUG * SEP * OCT * NOV * DEC

July 2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

EVENTS by date & deadlines        • ANNOUNCEMENTS         • ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

ADD YOUR EVENT OR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

June 28-July 4, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Western + Swing Week
View staff and details online
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, New York 12461
Register online
Adults $775; Youth ages 13-25 $575; Children ages 5-12 $475; and Children under 5 Free
Tuition for the 2015 camp includes all meals, classes and activities. Comfortable and convenient on-site lodging is available for a reasonable fee. Lodging options can be selected during online registration. A deposit of $150 or more will hold your registration. Full payment is due six weeks before camp begins (Friday, May 15, 2015).
For more information, call (845) 246-2121 or email office@ashokan.orgB
Dance: Lindy and West Coast swing, Two step, waltz and other C&W dances, squares & contras, dance parties and more. Music: Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, piano, vocal technique, harmony singing, swing and country band clinics, improvisation, music theory, jam sessions, song swaps, and more.
Swing Dance BBQ – Saturday, June 27
Open to campers who need an extra night of music, dancing and great Ashokan food and to folks who can’t join us for the whole camp this year. Dance-only, BBQ-only or Dance+BBQ tickets available soon. Also available as an add-on during online registration for camp.
July 3, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
GX3-plus
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
We bet you’re wondering what that code stands for: it’s “G” as in Guitar, times three, plus cajon drums. Like The Three Tenors, but instead of singing they play guitars—and how! Journeying from traditional bluegrass to Latin American and Flamenco music, this trio of guitar stars provides an exciting listening experience. Maria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few renowned female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. Playing on reproduction period instruments, Ray Andrews (Baroque guitar and charango) is an authority on unusual tunings and stringings and specializes in guitar music of 17th century Europe. Sten Isachsen has appeared as concerto soloist with the University at Albany Orchestra and the Ithaca College String Quartet and is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet. He’s an in-demand sideman on steel string and electric guitars and mandolin.

July 3, 4, and 5, 2015
The Annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival
Come to The Heron, in Western New York, Chautauqua County
Sherman, New York (Google address: 2361 Waits Corners Rd., Sherman, NY 14781)
Tickets are on sale now.
For more information, 716/761-7190 or info@greatblueheron.com
A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that is why so many music fans come back year after year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out among the breezy fields and shady woods that grace the property.

The 2015 Lineup includes Donna the Buffalo, The Town Pants, Los Strait Jackets, Driftwood, Jimkata, Big Mean Sound Machine, Smackdab, Sean Patrick McGraw, Big Leg Emma, and many more.

July 5, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Darlingside with opener Kyle Morgan
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
This Boston-based quartet creates extraordinary chamber rock music on stage. In the words of one fan, “It was a spiritual transformation for everyone in the room.” Characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, folk and rock instrumentation, along with emotional modern lyrics, Darlingside is the product of seamless collaboration among four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment around a single mic, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop (The Byrds, Talking Heads, Radiohead), and even barbershop. The end result is sophisticated, thrilling, and enters realms rarely explored in pop music.

July 5-July 9, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps announces
Ashokan Family Camp
3 p.m. Sunday - Noon Thursday
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461
Vist the websitefor more information
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-246-2121
Cost: Adult: $375 (until Dec 1, 2014), $425. Younger than 21: $100-$375.
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason’s ASHOKAN FAMILY CAMP:
An all ages hands-on experience in Music, Dance, Storytelling, Puppetry, Nature and Crafts. Ashokan Family Camp will activate your fun button. In the beautiful, natural setting of the Ashokan Center in the mountains of upstate NY, families can enjoy a wide variety of age-specific classes for all skill levels along with full family activities. Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts filled with joy and family memories that will last a lifetime.

Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, banjo or percussion
Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call and response)
Enjoy accessible community dancing
Learn to call dances
Make puppets and join a puppet show
Take part in jam sessions
Join a teen band or mixed age band
Make musical instruments from junk
Write songs. Learn to lead songs.
Try blacksmithing, tinsmithing or broom-making
Enjoy guided nature walks and other outdoor activities

Directors: Cathy Fink, GRAMMY Award Winner; and John Krumm, Music Educator and dance caller.

      Return to the top of page

Friday, July 10, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & HEARD
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
The Capital District-based world jazz group Heard takes a retrospective trip back to the music bandleader/keyboardist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius created with her early 2000s chamber jazz ensemble, Jupiter Circle. Heard’s line-up of Woodbury Kasius on keyboards, Jonathan Greene on woodwinds, Bobby Kendall on bass, and Brian Melick and Zorkie Nelson on percussion will bring rhythmic drive to the dreamy, melodic tapestries of Jupiter Circle.

      Return to the top of page

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Don Armstrong
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
With 50 years of song-making behind him, and 6 & 12-string guitars and 5-string banjo in hand, Don has hit the road once again, singing of the Southwest and Old Mexico, tunes from the 1920s and 1930s and his beautiful original songs that have been hailed worldwide. His song “White Mountains Good Bye” was recorded by Bill Staines, while “Santuario” has been recorded by Woods Tea Company, and “Day After The Day Of The Dead” was covered by cowboy singer Jim Jones.

      Return to the top of page

Sunday July 12, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Charlie Parr
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Many people play roots music, but few live those roots like Minnesota’s Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr#8217;s heartfelt and plaintive original folk and blues doesn’t strive for authenticity—it is authentic. This is the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player whose family replaced the TV with recordings of America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his timeless appearance and throaty, deadpan voice, Parr would fit comfortably into Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music.” He plays an 1890 banjo and resonator guitars. Quiet, thoughtful and humble, Parr writes timeless songs that could easily pass as American Folk standards. Among the 15 cuts on his brand new album, Stumpjumper (Red House Records), are “Falcon,” the story of a white man assimilated into the Ojibwe nation 150 years ago, “Frank Miller Blues,” a story of Death helping a man finish his chores to pacify his wife before dying, and “Resurrection,” the story of Lazarus.

      Return to the top of page

July 12-July 16, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Guitar Week
View staff and details online
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, New York 12461
Register online
$595 Adult; $495 Youth ages 13-25; $395 Child ages 5-12 (under 5 free) $395 Non-participant (includes meals and concerts, but no classes)BR> Tuition for the 2015 camp includes all meals, classes and activities. Comfortable and convenient on-site lodging is available for a reasonable fee. Lodging options can be selected during online registration. A deposit of $150 or more will hold your registration. Full payment is due six weeks before camp begins.
For more information, call (845) 246-2121 or email office@ashokan.orgB
World class guitar instruction featuring a variety of levels and styles including flatpicking, fingerpicking, swing/jazz, blues, folk and country, plus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions, song swaps and more! Ashokan Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth on the instrument in a friendly environment where people can sing, jam, and share valuable musical information. You’ll come away with new repertoire and techniques, a reinvigorated sense of direction and purpose, and a greater confidence and joy in creating music. There’ll be classes in blues, country, and folk finger-style, Bluegrass, blues and country flat-picking, and jazz/swing melody and accompaniment. Levels from beginner to advanced will allow you to hone your existing skills or try something new. Evenings will include mini-concerts and presentations, where our instructors will talk about and demonstrate their musical influences, share their iPods and answer questions.

      Return to the top of page

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Harpeth Rising
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
Called “an Americana sensation,” and “the future of original string music,” Harpeth Rising’s gorgeous sound is the convergence of a classical education and a passion for folk, Americana, blues, bluegrass and all things acoustic. Named for a small but powerful river in Tennessee, they create original songs that layer rich instrumental arrangements with four-part harmonies and lyrics that depict wanderlust, eternal curiosity, class struggle and extraordinary love.In addition to their wealth of original songs and traditional ballads, Harpeth loves to experiment with the standards of classic rock. Audiences are delighted by their renditions of “Stairway to Heaven” and “House of the Rising Sun.”

      Return to the top of page

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Caffe Lena On the Battenkill: Harpeth Rising
7:00 p.m.
The Georgi on the Battenkill Community Park and Museum, Shushan, NY
Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 members, $5 students and children
Buy tickets online
For this special On-the-Road concert made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, Caffè Lena brings folk music to the banks of the Battenkill River in the village of Shushan in Washington County. The freshly renovated Community Room at The Georgi on the Battenkill Community Park and Museum will be the site of tonight’s concert with Harpeth Rising.

      Return to the top of page

July 16-19, 2015
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
A Who’s Who of Bluegrass in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains
DAYS/HOURS: Wednesday, July 15: Ca.m.ping gates open at 7 a.m. for those with full festival tickets only. Thursday, July 16: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 1p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, July 17: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 11a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, July 18: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 11a.m. to 1 a.m.. Sunday, July 19: Gates open at 8 a.m.. Music 10a.m. to 3 p.m..
Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY
Buy tickets online
GREY FOX presents a wide range of award-winning bluegrass and acoustic music artists on five stages with workshops, dancing, and children’s activities. TICKETS go on sale January 1st. The full festival ticket includes on-site camping in the rough. We sell 4,000 full fest tickets. Childten 12 years old and under are admitted free with ticketed adult. Day tickets also available.

The Main Stage is where you’ll see and hear dozens of award-winning, internationally acclaimed artists. Located in the lower field, the intimate and relaxed Masters Stage is the site of dazzling instrumental and vocal workshops, mini-concerts and chats by your favorite bluegrass musicians.If you want to kick up your heels, learn some new steps and dance the night away to your favorite dance bands, the Dance Pavilion is absolutely the place to be! From opening day straight through to Sunday afternoon, young people have mountains of activities to enjoy: crafts, games, clowns, magicians and musicians. The Grass Roots Tent is the gathering place for amateur and semi-professional musicians alike who want to improve their playing. We offer free, hands-on learning sessions in banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass and vocals taught by top players and teachers. At the Grey Fox Slow Jam Tent, entry-level players of all ages are encouraged to jam with others at their own speed. Camping at Grey Fox is flat and grassy. Tents, popups and RVs are all appropriate.


Friday, July 17, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Mary Fahl with opener Jesse Terry
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been called “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe), “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety), “soul-permeating” (Portland Press), and “supernatural” (author Anne Rice). Fahl’s latest album, Love and Gravity, is full of flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, producer of Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”
Opener Jesse Terry’s solid lyrics, emotional depth, and soothing voice draw comparisons to Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor. He’s a Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

      Return to the top of page

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Roy Hurd
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
With a huge following throughout the Adirondack region, Roy Hurd’s impact has also stretched to Nashville, where he composed for artists such as Paul Brant, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Duane Steele. His lyrics reflect the country independence and love of nature, family, and good times that is so much a part of life in the mountains. His crowd-pleasing melodies range from roadhouse rock to sweet folk ballads, creating a night of mountain music that can be enjoyed by all. He’ll be supported in this show by the superb fiddling and harmony vocals of Frank Orsini.

      Return to the top of page

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Del Rey
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Del Rey is a living testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic. With a sense of humor and a manic intensity, she’s smart, funny and full of instrumental virtuosity. Raised on the music of Sam Chatmon, Lydia Mendoza and Memphis Minnie, Del Rey’s guitar playing reflects country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie-all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailor-park aesthete. Now hailed as “one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine) she is also taking the humble ukulele to a new level of musicianship, picking out the same complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as she does on six.

July 19-25, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Northern Week
View staff and details online
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, New York 12461
Register online
Adults $775; Youth ages 13-25 $575; Children ages 5-12 $475; and Children under 5 Free
Tuition for the 2015 camp includes all meals, classes and activities. Comfortable and convenient on-site lodging is available for a reasonable fee. Lodging options can be selected during online registration. A deposit of $150 or more will hold your registration. Full payment is due six weeks before camp begins (Friday, June 5, 2015).
For more information, call (845) 246-2121 or email office@ashokan.orgB
Contras, squares, English dances, Scandinavian turning dances, fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, piano, singing, calling, band clinics, dance parties, jam sessions, song swaps and more!

Contra Dance BBQ – Saturday, July 18
Open to campers who need an extra night of music, dancing and great Ashokan food and to folks who can’t join us for the whole camp this year. Dance-only, BBQ-only or Dance+BBQ tickets available soon. Also available as an add-on during online registration for camp. Swing Dance BBQ – Saturday, June 27 (more info) Open to campers who need an extra night of music, dancing and great Ashokan food and to folks who can’t join us for the whole camp this year. Dance-only, BBQ-only or Dance+BBQ tickets available soon. Also available as an add-on during online registration for camp.

      Return to the top of page

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Chris Smither
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28 general admission, $25 members, $14 students and children
Buy tickets online
Chris Smither is a veteran of the music industry. Accompanying himself with masterful finger-picking and amplified foot-taps, his elegant lyrics are packed with little punches that land on your heart. His well-developed story lines and diverse themes qualify as modern folk, but the blues influences are undeniable in his melody and rhythm. “His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then there’s the voice equal parts gravel and molasses, Smither’s singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans.”— NPR Smither’s 50-year retrospective double album, Still on the Levee, was released late last year. It showcases his signature style: utterly confident and unafraid, filled with humility, humor, a knowledge of what inevitably lies ahead, yet refusing to succumb to darkness.

      Return to the top of page

Friday, July 24, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Seth Glier
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
This 24-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist aims straight for the gut with emotive, rocking songs about the challenges of adult life. USA Today recently compared his “exquisite tenor” to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, while Livingston Taylor called him the “greatest pop songwriter since Billy Joel.”
Despite his relatively young age Glier is a seasoned troubadour, averaging over 250 live performances annually. He’s known for passionate live sets and a powerful command of both piano and guitar. Building on the acclaim of his Grammy-nominated sophomore album
The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt Magazine, and was praised for its “shimmering, seductive melodies.” His brand new album, If I Could Change One Thing, was produced Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Dashboard Confessional) and reflects a turn toward genuine modern pop. Seth will be accompanied by Joe Nerny on saxophone and harmonica.

      Return to the top of page

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Spurs USA Tribute to Hank Williams
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Tonight our favorite Country Western band pays tribute to one of the most important American musicians of the 20th century, Hank Williams. In his twenty-nine short years Hank had more than 30 Billboard Top 10 hits, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was signed to MGM. His songs include “I Saw The Light, “Lovesick Blues, “Jambalaya, “Hey Good Looking, “Cheatin’ Heart, and many more. The Spurs USA bring their signature high-energy, entertaining style to these wonderful songs. Come recall old favorites and maybe discover a new song or two by one of America’s greatest songwriters. The Spurs USA are:
Dwight O’Neil - lead vocals and guitar; Dona Frank Federico - lead vocals, small percussion; Terry Alaberry Hall - drums; Andy Gordon - pedal steel and banjo; John Barrett - bass guitar; and Paul Rice - fiddle, guitar, vocals.

      Return to the top of page

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Joel Brown & Dave Maswick
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Renowned Saratoga guitarist Joel Brown has been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Tanglewood, with the Boston Pops, and on stages around the globe. Dave Maswick was in the early MTV hit band Blotto, and has long played bass for The Stony Creek Band, a progressive country-bluegrass outfit. Combine these two seasoned musicians and you get exquisite, hook-laden, modern folk pop. Their super tight harmony singing and intricate fingerpicking guitars have been a highlight of our Beatles Tribute nights for the past two years. Tonight we enjoy a full night of their pretty, melodic original music.

      Return to the top of page

July 28–30, 2015
Teaching the Hudson Valley announces its
2015 Institute—Teaching for Engagement
Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Library, Hyde Park, NY
For more information, contact Debi Duke, 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org
Keynotes: Jimmy Karlan, director of science teacher certification, Antioch New England, and Philip Yenawine, co-founding director, Visual Thinking Strategies.

Sample workshops: Suffrage & the Hudson Valley, Civic Literacy, Citizen Science, Legacy of the New Deal, What Would Eleanor Do?, and Understanding the Commons.

Field experiences: Garnerville Arts & Industry (Rockland), Storm King: Birth of the Environmental Movement (includes a hike), Saratoga Battlefield National Historic Park, Living building at Omega Institute with biomimicry workshop (Dutchess), and Advanced Manufacturing Project/3D Printing Initiative, SUNY New Paltz.

      Return to the top of page

Friday, July 31, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Bovine Social Club
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a bluegrassy, funky, twangy, swinging breed! One wicked lineup of seasoned jamband musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club combines deep grooves, A-list song writing, and a musical sense of humor that leaves you wondering what they’re gonna do next! Their sound is happily fertilized by Celtic, bluegrass, old time, Juju, gospel, jazz, and rock. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

      Return to the top of page



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lark Camp: World Music and Dance Celebration 2015
Lark In The Morning’s 35th Adult & Family Camps
July 31–August 8
Registration now open. Reserve your place!


Music and Dance from the World Over Music • Song & Dance Workshops • Cabins • Dances • Parties • Sessions • Great Food • Dance Hall • Dining Hall • Camping • Fire Circles • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods in California Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days

Lark Camp promotes worldwide understanding through music and dance. Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers, and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants. Imagine idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand, and that’s kind of close to what Lark’s Music Celebration is like. You are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation. Truly a unique total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops for the professional as well as the beginner! Find out about the history of camp, how the facility is layed out, what happens at camp, look at pictures and videos and much more here.


ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

ArtsWestchester announces
ARTSEE 2015, A Festival of New Work in Westchester
See Calendar of Events
To request a 2015 ARTSEE Festival brochure, contact jwing@artswestchester.org with your mailing address. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a four month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County, New York, packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, open studios, poetry readings and more. Discover newly created work, Westchester premiers, and outstanding area artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun presented by more than 30 arts organizations in ARTSEE, a Festival of New Work in Westchester!
Enjoy ARTSEE Festival events at the following venues: ArtsWestchester, Axial Theatre, Blue Door Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Clay Art Center, Concordia Conservatory, Copland House, Emelin Theatre, Ernest Simons Loft Studios, Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Hudson Stage Company, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Iona College Council on the Arts, Irvington Town Hall Theater, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah Poetry Series, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Licata-Syrig Designs, Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Media Loft Micro Gallery, Music Conservatory of Westchester, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Office of Cultural Affairs at Westchester Community College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Pelham Art Center, Purchase College, Rivertown Artists Workshop, Taconic Opera, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.


March 2015 — July 2015

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark
Alice Austen House’s 30 Anniversary Exhibition
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alice Austen House; 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305
“Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark” brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. March 14, 2015 — August 30, 2015

Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) presents the exhibition
SAVING PLACE
Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks

10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029
Suggested Admission: Adults: $14 Seniors, students: $10 (with ID); Self-guided student groups: $3/person; Ages 19 and under: Free; Members: Free
The Museum of the City of New York presents SAVING PLACE: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York’s growth and success. Many believe New York’ pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. Through original documents, drawings, paintings, photographs, building pieces, and more, the exhibition surveys how the landmarks movement developed in New York, going back to early preservation efforts in the beginning of the 20th century. At large tables in the center of the exhibition gallery, visitors will see models and building samples showing the restoration of landmarks all over the city, the creation of new architecture in historic districts, and the addition of new buildings atop or next to landmarks. Examples include models of Diane von Furstenberg’s offices in the Meatpacking District and Norman Foster’s glass skyscraper atop the Art Deco Hearst Building. Also included in the exhibition are architectural fragments from the destroyed Pennsylvania Station and other buildings, maps, infographics, and interactive opportunities to explore landmarks in the city. Saving Place is curated by Donald Albrecht, the Museum’s Curator for Architecture and Design, and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, formerly Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
The Museum will offer an ambitious menu of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, ranging from a symposium on April 20, to discussions, to lectures, to walking tours. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers. Visit the website for more details on upcoming programs.


April 21 —September 13, 2015

City Lore presents
EXHIBITION: Priya’s Shakti

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m. and Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
Admission is free
RSVP online
n our newest exhibit, Priya’s Shakti, ancient mythologies and the newest technologies are brought together in an augmented reality comic book designed to change attitudes about gender-based violence in India and around the world. Priya’s Shakti arose in the aftermath of a highly-publicized gang rape on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 that outraged India and the world. Drawing on Hindu mythological figures, the comic book storyline focuses on Priya, a woman and ardent devotee of the Goddess Parvati, who has experienced a brutal rape along with the resulting social stigma and isolation. The entire gallery is turned into an interactive comic book with video installations and stories from Indian folklore to tell her story. Each part of the exhibit offers an augmented reality experience. Visitors are invited to scan the artwork throughout the gallery with the popular augmented reality app, Blippar, to see the comic book come to life.

May 7, 2015 — July 30, 2015

Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern

Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
Livingston Manor Free Library
92 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY

Reception and Curator’s Talk
with Benjamin Halpern and Ellen McHale, PhD
July 24, 6:30 p.m.


“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of New York Folklore Society’s collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. Read more....

June 1, 2015 — July 31, 2015

The Museum of the City of New York presents
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.534.1672
Discover New York as the Center of the Folk Music Renaissance
Honorary co-chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie, Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow
The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon.
“New York, which has been the source of so much creativity throughout its history, was central to the folk music revival that swept the country and became one of the remarkable phenemona of the 20th Century,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Folk music spawned a whole culture, and the legacy continues today in New York and far beyond. This exhibition and our related public programs explore the revival and will let visitors experience it in a fascinating and joyous way.”
Folk City will feature listening stations where visitors can hear a range of folk songs along with videos showcasing historic footage that capture the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and the national hootenanny craze of the 1960s. The exhibition also includes showcases rare archival photographs, concert posters and original instruments, including:
*Lead Belly’s 12-string guitar Odetta’s iconic guitar “Baby” along with one of her colorful kaftan dresses
The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”
The napkin on which Eric Andersen wrote his “Thirsty Boots” lyrics
A trademark felt cap worn by Phil Ochs
Handwritten letters by Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger, and more


Curated by Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Museum, Folk City will look at the folk movement in four sections:
♦ The revival’s roots in the 1930s and 1940s, when singers—such as Woody Guthrie, Josh White, and Burl Ives—moved to New York, drawn by performance opportunities and the progressive political climate.
♦ The expansion of folk music culture in the 1950s, when the genre changed from an art form associated with leftist politics during the Red Scare—ensnaring many performers including Seeger—to a popular craze with mass appeal.
♦ The boom years in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues, including the exhibition’s eponymous Folk City.
♦ The legacy of the revival from 1965 to the present day, showing how the revival has continued and retained its relevancy through five decades. This includes the rise of ‘folk-rock’ and other folk trends after the ‘British Invasion’ and Dylan’s stunning turn to electric guitar in 1965. Folk City highlights visionary entrepreneurs who were committed to promoting folk music, including Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The Greenwich Village performance spaces are shown as exciting venues and as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture. Artists from different backgrounds performed in Village clubs as well as in one of the city’s great communal gathering places, Washington Square Park, where they tried out both new music and new ideas that often challenged social conventions of the time. The Museum will offer a broad array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including folk concerts and panel discussions. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers, which have been made possible by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.
The exhibition’s accompanying book, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Stephen Petrus and historian Ronald D. Cohen, with a foreword by Peter Yarrow. Published by Oxford University Press, the book shows that folk music flowered in New York as a result of initiatives of musicians, record company producers and executives, radio show hosts, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, journalists, and audiences. Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz calls Folk City “the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.”

June 17, 2015 — November 29, 2015

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
THE STORIES WE TELL: HUDSON VALLEY ARTISTS 2015
Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino
Opening reception: Saturday,June 20, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844
Suggested Donation: $5
The Hudson Valley has become known not only for its rich visual art but also for its strength in the literary arts. The region is steeped in its own narrative tales such as Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” T.C. Boyle’s novel World’s End, and factual accounts of Henry Hudson’s voyage. The Stories We Tell provides a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which art and literature are closely related—both reflecting artistic practices of today as well as the role of the narrative structure in contemporary art. For Hudson Valley Artists 2015, artists are invited to submit work that considers the following questions. What is the difference between illustration and art that is shaped by narrative structure? How much is narrative a conscious or unconscious factor in an artist’s practice? How do stories factor into abstract art in which the narrative might be known only by the artist? The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015 focuses on the narrative form of contemporary art and examines how stories shape our experience and our understanding of the world. Instinctively, we are all storytellers merging fiction with non-fiction and conflating the real with the imagined. Included artists: Sean Bayliss, Allen Bryan, Dina Bursztyn, Maureen Cummins, Tasha Depp, Marcia Due, Richard Edelman, Ben Fishman, Kevin Frank, Derek James, Tana Kellner, Virginia Lavado, Deb Lucke, Kathleen MacKenzie, Nestor Madalengoitia, Norman Magnusson, Matthew Maley, Perry Meigs, Phyllis Gay Palmer, Michael Rose, Phil Sigunick, Ken Tannenbaum, Jean Tansey, Jerry Thompson, Karen Whitman, and Tona Wilson.

June 20, 2015 —November 8, 2015

...and beyond
Ward Museum at Salisbury University presents
EXHIBITION: The Art of Sporting and Playing
Opening Reception May 16 during the Ward Museum̱s Festival of Delmarvalous Traditions
Ward Museum 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
The Delmarva Peninsula has been a vacation destination and playground for centuries, with tourists and locals alike drawn to its beaches, carnivals, hunting grounds, birding havens, and other attractions. The Art of Sporting and Playing celebrates those traditions, locations, and communities that make up the fun, high-spirited, and sometimes competitive side of Delmarva. From pony penning to fox hunting, carousel rides to muskrat skinning, this summertime exhibit in the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery will explore the art and artifacts that represent the region’s rich traditions of sport and play.

May 15, 2015 — September 20, 2015

      Return to the top of page


NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY ♦ 129 Jay Street ♦ Schenectady, NY 12305 ♦ 518.346.7008 ♦ Fax 518.346.6617 ♦ nyfs@nyfolklore.org