EXCITING, AFFORDABLE, FUN! STUDIO CAFÉ IS BACK NOV.4!
Art to be auctioned: Findings by Jason Rohlf
Saturday night, November 4th, Pelham Art Center will be aglow, live music pouring through the tented courtyard, studios and galleries; while the delectable aroma of southern Westchester restaurants’ signature entrees waft through the air. The bars will be hopping as 200-plus guests happily sample the fare and peruse an exciting range of original, affordable art donated by exhibiting artists, as well as must-have auction experiences.
Back by demand, the edgy painting performance group, EYE (eyemakesart.com), will live-paint a wall-size work of art composed of multiple canvasses, riffing to the smoky sounds of The Jazzy 3. Studio Café guests will be able to bid on the sections as they are being painted. Last year enthused bidders bought every canvas, with clamors for more!
For people in the know, the perennially popular Studio Café fundraiser is casual, fun, and arty. With tickets priced at $85 in advance ($100 at the door), it is a fun, affordable evening of delicious food, art, music, wine and friends. And the benefits go back to the community with Pelham Art Center’s wide variety of free and unique arts experiences and access.
Some quietly spectacular auction items are: a five-day stay In Deer Valley (sleeps 11), a cocktail party and hors d’oeuvres for 20 in the comfort of your own home, a sunset dinner for six on a yacht catered by a world-class chef – and more.
Studio Café this year is chaired by Jennifer Bland, with food overseen by Diane Essig and decorations by the ever-creative Paula McKeever. Proceeds from Studio Café will enrich the entire community with free exhibitions, performances, workshops and events; art scholarships for all ages; after-school art programs in underserved communities; and free folk arts cultural experiences for everyone.
Pelham Art Center would not be able to offer the breadth of its free workshops, performances, and more without the community’s supportive businesses. This year Studio Café’s Gold Sponsor is McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty. Pelham Art Center is grateful for the generosity of the contributing restaurants, businesses, artists and donors who help make the Art Center’s free arts access possible.
Tickets: $85 advance/$100 at the door; Patron tickets: $125: pelhamartcenter.org/events or call 914 738 2525 x111.
Pelham Art Center 155 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-2525 email@example.com
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm
Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop
These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Community Foundation; Strypemonde Foundation; ArtEffects; Town of Pelham; Junior League of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; the Rutsch family; Christopher Tahbaz; Jon and Nancy Warner; Members and Annual Fund Donors.
October 20, 2017 | admin
The Carmel High School Drama Club presents The 39 Steps on October 27 and October 28 @ 7:30PM with a special matinee on October 29 @ 2:00PM at Carmel High School, Casey Hall 30 Fair Street, Carmel NY. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This thrilling tale is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, vaudeville routines and some good old-fashioned romance!
You will follow our hero, Richard Hannay, played by Aidan Wilk, as he attempts to clear his name for a murder and find out about “The 39 Steps”. Along the way he meets an array of interesting characters. Among them are lovely women who aid him, salesmen who distract him, police who are chasing him, and thugs who are ruffing him up. Professor Jordan played by Benjamin Hitchcock, holds the secret to this mystery. Come find out what transpires during this movie come to life!
Space is limited. Advanced tickets are available online at carmeldramaclub.weebly.com
Deanna Prekalaj and Andriy Gura, under the guidance of the club’s Drama Advisor, Margaret Carey, direct the this wildly entertaining comedy. The talented cast of 25 Carmel High School students includes Samantha Altman, Alieyah Brown , Franchesca Cabrere, Julie Daza, Allison Devane, Julia Field, Jake Groundwater, Olivia Hamilton, Benjamin Hitchcock, Lauren Hoffmann, Caitlin Krause, Hannah Loughran, Ayden Mallegelo, Lena McKee, William Meyers, Madeline Olsen, Jovani Perez, Elizabeth Pulley, James Purr, Allison Sanel, Beck Spears, Liam Tuffy, Anthony Velez, Aidan Wilk, and Natalie Wright.
“This show is perfect for the very funny and talented students of Carmel High School’s Drama Club,” explains director, Margaret Carey, “They are spoofing the genre, adding a bit of modern elements and totally embracing the shtick.”
THE 39 STEPS premiered in the West End in 2007 where it received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and upon its transfer to Broadway, garnered two Tony Awards. Audience Advisory: Very light violence and adult content may not be suitable for our youngest patrons. “The 39 Steps” is a play adapted from the film by Alfred Hitchcock by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan. “The 39 Steps” is presented by arrangement with Samuel French, LTD.
October 20, 2017 | admin
(c) Richard Hannay (Aidan Wilk) tries to escape the clutches of the heavies, Jovani Perez (l) and James Purr (r).
By Frank J. Rich
In thinking about the opportunity that exists in each of those I work with, I’m ever seeking that essential and simple direction that will influence best practices. It presents both opportunity and unique challenges. Gladly, the diversity joins unused brain cells in the gambol toward more effective responses to both. The result has caused something of an epiphany—“a sudden intuitive leap of understanding”—but which more accurately represents a growing appreciation for accumulated knowledge and experience.
The sense that all have felt of being overwhelmed by both the sheer number and immediacy of the challenges we face tends to drive us in two directions. We are either stuck at START, unable to move toward any of the things facing us for an immobilizing focus on all of them at the same time, or we narrow our focus on one thing at a time until all are done or delegated. But the simple wisdom in the approach masks the tension that acts like an emergency brake on a car that just won’t release for having been so seldom used. It’s stuck, like us!
As those of you who read my columns have discovered, I am fond of the character Curly in the film City Slickers. His wisdom is summed up in one expression to the erstwhile cowboys who left the city and their reliance on its conveniences for a trail ride that loses its luster in the hard work of managing cattle on the open range and the grimy and spare conditions of the plain. It is, as he literally points out, one thing! Challenged by the simplicity of it and the anxiety it produces, Billy Crystal is finally driven to ask of Curly just what that one thing might be. Curly leads him on awhile, perhaps to emphasize the value in it, then pronounces it as though it were virtue from on high. “One thing,” he says. “Just do one thing at a time, and do it well and you’ll enjoy success at everything you do.”
“That’s it?” Crystal blurts incredulously?
Our tendency is to see the world as a complex society, unmanageable for its twists and turns. The unpredictable winnowing of order from chance seems far too intricate a puzzle for our daily portion of hours at work to solve. But much like the fox and the hedgehog as depicted in the well-known essay by Isaiah Berlin, there is a need to simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea, a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything we do.
But what does this concept have to do with you and the daunting task of preparing an organization for greatness? In his description of the “Flywheels and the Doom Loop,” Jim Collins (Good to Great) models the struggle that is necessary to the success of key initiatives. It is the persistence of a long obedience in the same direction that wins the day. Much like the hedgehog that curls into an impenetrable ball whenever the fox approaches, a single concept that is worked well is the answer.
We have learned that no matter how important or world shattering the end result, transformations do not happen overnight by the power of a single act. Rather, they succeed by the deliberate and focused application of a simple guiding principle—small steps, one at a time, decision-by-decision, push-by-push, of the wheel of progress.
In his effort to inform the method by which post-war nations could revive their industries, Edward Deming fostered the idea of small, continuous improvement, what would later be known as The Kaizen Way, the Japanese name for it. He reasoned that we are so used to living with minor annoyances that it was not easy to identify them or to make corrections to overcome them. Quite oppositely, he discovered these annoyances had a way of growing in size and complexity and eventually blocking the way to change. His breakthrough? Train oneself to spot and solve small problems so as to avoid more sizeable and painful solutions later in the process.
It seems all too simple. In fact, by itself the idea is little more than pleasurable to consider. But the bane of most middle managers, the “how to” in the method, is the deliverance of a dry match in the darkness. With success as the goal, it is necessary to reduce the first step to the smallest possible accomplishment. Once it has been achieved and you have tasted its nectar, it is appropriate to take another. Soon, you will recognize when next steps are automatic, effortless, and joyful. Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into a change of pace—up or down—if it doesn’t feel right to you, Deming urged. Just return to the mind of the hedgehog as you gain the confidence of a practice that works.
October 20, 2017 | admin
Art Exhibit Gala: Celebrate Our Veterans
Art, Photography, Music and Written Works by local Veterans at Studio Around the Corner
The Cultural Arts Coalition in conjunction with Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program proudly announces “Celebrate Our Veterans” a Gala highlighting the artistic talents of our local Veterans. The Gala will be presented during the month of November at the Studio Around the Corner located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.
The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM.
On display during the month will be artwork created by Veterans of Putnam County including paintings, photographs and sculpture. During the month there will be readings from poetry and other written works by our Veterans from their Writers workshop as well as from our book Hero’s Highway. Music by local Veterans will also be performed.
Opening Reception Gala
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 7 – 9PM
Additional Gallery Hours: 12 – 2PM
Saturday, November 4: Artwork Display
Saturday, November 11: Music with Gil
Saturday, November 18: Poetry & Readings
Saturday, November 25: Artwork Remains Up For Viewing
Sunday, November 26: Show closing.
Studio Around the Corner at Old Town Hall
67 Main Street, Suite 101
Brewster, NY 10509
For more information about the Vet 2 Vet program visit www.dwyervet2vetputnam.org.
For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: www.CulturalArtsCo.com, call (845) 363 – 8330, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.
Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition
The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”
Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.
About Putnam County PFC Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program
On June 28, 2008, Private First Class Joseph P. Dwyer, a combat medic and a veteran of the Iraq War died as a result of an inhaled sedative, which he used to self-medicate his diagnosis of PTSD and depression. Although the Veterans Administration and friends and family tried to help treat his PTSD, Dwyer could not be saved from his “inner demons” and he lost the valiant fight.
Lobbying with veterans groups and with acquired input from friends and family of Joseph then-New York State Senator and veteran Lee M. Zeldin (NY R-Third District) help to introduce legislation creating grants and funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of New York.
The first four counties in New York, were Rensselaer, Jefferson, Suffolk, and Saratoga in 2012. In 2013, seven additional counties were added including Putnam, Westchester, Nassau, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, and Rockland, and four more were added in 2014, then one more was added in 2015 bringing the total to 16 counties in New York as of this date. Today, the Putnam County program is run by Iraq war veteran John Bourges, who started working as a coordinator and peer-to-peer ambassador.
Open to any Putnam County veteran of any era, Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County connects veterans who have experienced and overcome post-service social and emotional challenges including PTSD, TBI, substance abuse, and other illnesses. It is our goal with this program to utilize that unique relationship from one vet to another to help foster a relationship and direct the veteran to any services they may need.
Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509
October 19, 2017 | admin
By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel
Trick or treating and parties add to the excitement of Halloween, but here’s another fun idea. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages fall extravaganza, takes place during 40 evenings through Thanksgiving weekend.
Invited by friends a few years ago, this is perfect for adults, with or without children along. The walk-through experience lights up the wooded pathways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where a small team of artists have hand carved more than 7,000 jack o’lanterns and elaborate pumpkin sculptures. This year, visitors will delight in a giant spider web and life-size dinosaurs and be dazzled by more pumpkin power than ever before! New additions include a jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty, a fully functioning, 20-foot-diameter pumpkin carousel, the Pumpkin Possum Posse, and a pint-sized herd of dinosaurs. Last year, over 200,000 guests attended!
Horseman’s Hollow takes Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its most terrifying extremes. Visitors will walk a haunted trail where creatures lurk in the shadows, ready to strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to wander. Professional actors, award-winning feature-film makeup artists, and state-of-the-art special effects make the Horseman’s Hollow experience all too real. This 15-night, interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Who doesn’t like listening to a riveting story? Irving’s Legend brings master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 15 evenings his spellbinding rendition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, accompanied by live organ music and delivered by candlelight, captivates audiences. Irving’s Legend is recommended for ages 10 and up. New this year, Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is a daytime experience at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside homestead in Tarrytown, N.Y. Learn about the author and see objects related to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and take part in historic games and Headless Horseman art activities. Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is an all-ages event.
All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.
Ticket and date information These events have limited capacity and sell out. All admissions are by advance purchase timed ticket. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).
October 18, 2017 | admin