EVENTS


2018 Athens Victorian Stroll
Saturday, December 8th – Starting at Noon!

 


Vendor application for the 2018 Athens Victorian Stroll is available here! Please print and mail to ACC, 24 Second Street, Athens, NY 12015 or email to info@athensculturalcenter.org
Click here to open vendor application.


PAST EVENTS

One World Concert: The Bernstein Bard Quartet; Tangos, Waltz’s, Swing, Pop and Latin
Saturday, October 6th, 7:00 PM

Suggested Donation: $10

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The Bernstein Bard Quartet plays World Americana music; recognizing that what is American is rooted in cultures all over the world. The trio revels in the spirit of jazzy improvisation, the power of a folk melody and the joys and sorrows of singin’ the blues. The group features brothers Mark Bernstein on guitar and vocals, Steve Bernstein on mandolin and vocals, and Robert Bard on upright bass and vocals.

Brian Melick will be adding his unique talents to the mix. Actively involved with music for the past thirty-five years, Brian has developed a wide range of experience as a drummer, multi-hand percussionist, and as an educator. He has been a featured artist on over 375 commercially recorded works and has been produced by major as well as independent record companies.


Author Reading with Jonathan Donald
Saturday, September 8, 7PM
Free and open to the public!

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Join us as author Jonathan Donald gives some anecdotal history and reads from his historical novels “Sour Mash” and “Traveler in an Ancient Land”. “Sour Mash, The Long Time Ago Adventures of an American” is a novel about a mid-19th century rustic American traveling across America, Europe, North Africa and then across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Viet Nam. “Traveler in an Ancient Land” is a fictionalized biography about the 19th century Egyptian explorer Giovanni Belzoni. The reading will be followed by a q and a, book signing and light refreshments.

Jonathan Donald has written and produced over 200 programs for television. These include dramas about the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1698 and a mysterious early 20th century murder and on the lighter side an old Fashioned Christmas. He has produced documentaries about American history, the Vietnam War, American Cowboy Culture, 19th Century Railroads, Australian Archaeology, Land Conservation, Japanese Culture, the regional cultures of Brazil, African Politics, Wildlife Adventures in the Americas, Africa, India and Australia including specials on the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Man-Eating Crocodiles.

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He produced these programs for CBS, ABC, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest Entertainment. He has won an Emmy, an Emmy nomination, two Cine Eagles and other awards.

 

 

 

 

 


One World Concert: Golfstrom, European Pop from the 30’s – 60s and Beyond with Brian Melick
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 07:00 PM 
Suggested Donation: $10

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Golfstrom performs an eclectic mix of 1930-60’s folk and pop songs with origins ranging from Russia, to France, to Mexico taking you on a musical journey through the music halls of old Paris and Warsaw, the famous Berlin cabarets of the 1920s, concert halls in the USSR, and the musical cafés of Vienna! Their repertoire includes the dramatic sound of Buenos Aires tango clubs, the joyful and wistful melodies of Gypsy and Klezmer bands at Ukrainian village dances and Jewish weddings, and music from French, Italian, and Russian cinema.

Golfstrom features Sergei Nirenburg on accordion and vocals, Jonathan Greene on clarinet, Brian Mennick on percussion, and Bobby Kendall on string bass.  With clarinet, drums, bass, and beautiful singing in several languages, the quartet will perform songs from around the globe. Brian Melick will be adding his unique talents to the mix. Actively involved with music for the past thirty-five years, Brian has developed a wide range of experience as a drummer, multi-hand percussionist, and as an educator. He has been a featured artist on over 375 commercially recorded works and has been produced by major as well as independent record companies.
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MeadowStuite in Concert
Saturday, June 30, 7 PM

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One World Concert: Shiri Zorn – George Muscatello Trio, Jazz with Brian Melick

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 07:00 PM 
Suggested Donation: $10

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Shiri Zorn began her musical training in Israel at the age of six, studying classical piano, but it wasn’t long before she found her true instrument, her voice, when she discovered a passion for folk and classical singing. At 14 she enrolled at the leading school for the arts in Israel, Thelma Yelin, where she was drawn to the music of Gershwin and was captivated by the world’s greatest jazz singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae.

In 2001, Zorn moved to London, England to study at one of the world’s most renowned music schools, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where her vocal studies and love of jazz coalesced.In 2007, Shiri moved to Seattle, Washington, and had the pleasure of performing with some of the country’s most talented and renowned musicians.

george-muscatelloIn late 2010, Zorn relocated to Albany NY and soon after, began her collaboration with one of the most ingenious and inspiring guitarists,  George Muscatello. Together they have been working on original music and innovative renditions of the jazz repertoire. 

Joining Shiri and George in performance, Brian Melick is an independent freelance musician/percussionist who has worked in many different musical environments featuring original and traditional standards with Americana Roots; Celtic; Flamenco; a wide spectrum of classical, Spanish and world music influenced by Caribbean, West African and Brazilian Music Styles; Jazz; Folk, Swing, Country, Waltz, and Latin styles – this guy does it all.
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Arts Marketing: The Basics
with Andrea Rhodes of Gig Marketing
Free workshop, Saturday, May 12, 2-4PM

We will review general principles of marketing and branding, an introduction to creating a cohesive brand – logo, website and other tools like social media (yes, even if you’re an independent artist, you have a ‘brand’).
How do you go about developing your look and identity – logo to start- website tools, how to get up and running online, start mastering facebook/instagram, etc.
If you are already up and running – how to perfect and fine-tune, we will look at examples of strong websites showing how the website look and messaging can be fleshed out and improved and finish up with a Q and A.

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Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 27, 7PM
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From Mr. Rogers to English novelist John Fowles, and further afield, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer and musical archivist Brian Dewan, with reader John McInerney will mine the record to celebrate the Tree in celebration of Arbor Day.

A true American original, artist and ephemeralist Brian Dewan has collaborated and toured with They Might Be Giants, played zither with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, Drink Me, and three different symphony orchestras, and written scores for theater and films of Ladislaw Starewicz, Three Legged Dog, Sesame Street, MTV and Blue Man Group. He is one half of the electronic music duo Dewanatron, with cousin Leon Dewan.

john-mcinerney-photoJohn McInerney is a writer, sometime actor, and performer. He is the founder and producer of the Athens Bloomers, an ad hoc group of musicians and performers who gather to celebrate James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” on June 16th most years.

Join us as Brian Dewan and John McInerney, co-conspirators in music, story-telling and lore, present a variegated compendium of tributes to the tree. FREE will donation, proceeds will support our summer exhibition “Trees, An American Dream”.


One World Concert: Franklin Micare Trio- Mixed Adult Contemporary
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 07:00 PM 
Suggested Donation: $10

Brian Melick is back, curating and producing the One World Music Series for the Cultural Center. The first of four concerts features Franklin Micare,  Chris Osborn and Brian Melick.

Franklin MicareFranklin Micare is delightfully eccentric, from another time and timeless in the same instant, he’s a musician and much more. From performing at all the great clubs in NY and LA to touring all over the world being signed with record labels Private Stock and Columbia to opening for Seals and Crofts and Dolly Parton to touring with comedians Billy Crystal, David Letterman and Henny Youngman. Drawing on all styles of music he has developed a sound truly remarkable and timeless.

Brian Melick is an independent freelance musician/percussionist  has worked in many different musical environments featuring original and traditional standards with Americana Roots; Celtic; Flamenco; a wide spectrum of classical, Spanish and world music influenced by Caribbean, West African and Brazilian Music Styles; Jazz; Folk, Swing, Country, Waltz, and Latin styles – this guy does it all.brian-mellick-photo

Chris Osborn,  Drums

If you missed the concert here are some highlights! Take a listen!
Next concert event is May 19th featuring the Shiri Zorn-George Muscatello Trio presenting their original music and innovative renditions of the jazz repertoire.


 

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2017 Annual Athens Victorian Stroll
Saturday, December 9
Activities for the entire family start at Noon. Pick up a map and schedule at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street.

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Interested in being a vendor at the Stroll? Download the vendor application, due November 17, here.

 


Pre-Halloween Masquerade Party and Raffle
Saturday, October 21, 6-9PM
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Let’s raise the roof, (seriously we need a new roof!), so to put the “fun” in fundraiser, we are having a Pre-Halloween Masquerade Party and Raffle on Saturday, October 21 from 6-9 PM. All souls are welcome to the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street for this free event. Enter our gallery, totally decorated for the evening, and find refreshments, raffle drawings for great prizes, a Halloween Trivia contest with prizes, music, dancing and a lot of Halloween fun! Enter the drawings to win gift certificates for great food from Rive Gauche, the Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Ambrosia Diner, Bonfiglio Bakery, Paul’s Pizza, and more, a bowling package for Hoe Bowl, gift packages from Casa Urbana and Savour the Taste and other prizes. The funds raised during the evening will be used for much need repairs to our roof. Adults only please, costumes strongly encouraged!


The Athens Cultural Center and Brian Melick Present: One World Music Series

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Peggy Delany Trio
October 14
7PM

Peggy Delaney plays sophisticated piano jazz, drawing from American, Latin and Brazilian idioms. Giving a very respectful nod to the greats she also has crea ted her own body of original compositions. Peggy has been a two-time recipient of the New York State Council for The Arts: Meet the Composer Grant and was semifinalist in the Musician Magazine Best Un- signed Band Competition. She also transcribed a book of solos for and from the late legendary baritone saxophonist, Nick Brignola.
Visit Peggy at www.pegdelaneymusic.com

The Athens Cultural Center is pleased to have percussionist Brian Melick performing and curating this music series. As he explains, “Most every artist that I work with has similar connection with their music with respect to drawing on all the different influences that have come to be the main ingredients of that style. No one that I work with only does one thing which of course makes their body of music so much more interesting.” Actively involved with music for the past thirty-five years, Brian has developed a wide range of experience as a drummer, multi-hand percussionist, and as an educator. He has been a featured artist on over 375 commercially recorded works and has been produced by major as well as independent record companies.

Concerts start at 7PM, doors open at 6:30, and the suggested donation is $10.

declan_mclaughlin_0Declan McLaughlin: Singer Songwriter
Saturday, September 23
7 PM, Doors open at 6:30PM
Suggested donation: $10
Declan McLaughlin is one of Irelands’ leading contemporary singer songwriters. Born in Derry, his music evokes the full-blown emotions of human struggle and the hard-won compassion of forgiveness. In songs like “Freedom is not a Tee Shirt”, “Rise”, and “Happy” he speaks to, protests and celebrates lived experience. In the world of the singer song writer, authenticity out-weighs everything else and McLaughlin has a boat-load of it. His energy and clarity, whether alone on stage, or fronting “The Whole Tribe Sings”, deliver music and lyrics straight to the heart of the listener. McLaughlin carries a message from one small corner of the map to the global family. You might think you’ve heard it before but never like this.


Sonny & Perley – Paris to Rio
September 16th
7PM
Perley Rousseau was raised on the jazz greats. As a young girl she was captivated by the Bossa Nova and the sounds of Sergio Mendez and Bra- zil. This love affair is the foundation of her career. She sings in English, French, and Portuguese. Sonny Daye’s musical training began with the drums which he began psonny-perley-1laying at 7 years old. He later went on to study music at North Texas University where his foundation for piano work began. A rare musical symbiosis. The husband and wife team have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Brazilian Bossa Nova, and International Cabaret which has become their musical signature. Visit them at: www.sonnyandperley.comnbsp;

 

 

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May 20th, 7PM
The second concert in the series on Saturday, May 20th will feature Maria Zemantauski, Flamenco/Classical Guitarist; La Nina, Flamenco Dance; and Brian Melick, Percussion. Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition, highlighting both traditional music and dance forms as well as original compositions inspired by the traditional forms. Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim.

Voted Best Guitarist in NY’s Capital Region! METROLAND Magazine raves, “She may play a nylon-string guitar rather than the more common steel-string flat-top, but don’t be fooled — classical/flamenco ace Maria Zemantauski doesn’t pussyfoot around on those six strings and twenty-odd frets. She can set bass notes rumbling like an avalanche and treble passages flying like sparks off a blowtorch if she’s so inclined. Around here, she is unmatched for both chops and the power to telegraph emotion that all art aspires to.” To hear what all that sounds like visit www.mariazemantauski.com.

“La Niña” aka Rebeca Byam, a high school Spanish teacher for 33 years, has been teaching flamenco and tap for II years. A native of Colombia, South America, she studied flamenco in NYC with master dancers Jose Molina, Jorge Navarro and Mariano Parra, and in Spain at the Academia de Flamenco de Mariquilla in Granada. “La Niña”, Zemantauski and Melick’s collaboration on May 20th will be sure to delight and energize the audience.
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
April 29th, 7PM
heard-2021If you like your music up close and personal, the Athens Cultural Center and Brian Melick are presenting a series of concerts melding musical roots and influences from around the world. The series kicks off Saturday, April 29th featuring Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, highlighting original music inspired by West African, Caribbean, Brazilian and Classical sounds and textures.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard: “Karibu is yet another musical postcard from Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius as she and her muse continue their journey to far off lands and cultures-some of which have yet to have been discovered-and to the outer reaches of her awe-inspiring imagination. Once again she and her talented bunch of co-conspirators have conjured up new worlds, new mysteries, and new musical pathways. I treasure the music of Elizabeth & Heard because in it I hear and feel an unbounded joy and an irresistible optimism that never fail to surprise, delight and uplift me.” – Hal Miller, drummer and jazz writer/historian. For a sneak peek and listen visit www.heardmusic.net to get a taste of what is in store on April 29th.


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Athens Victorian Stroll
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

Free activities for the entire family!
Festivities Start at 1 PM at the
Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, ending with a holiday bonfire, caroling and tree lighting in the Riverfront Park at 5:00PM

Activities include:

Holiday Cottage Contest
Victorian Santa
Craft Vendors
Community Band Concert
Cookies and Chocolate
Horse Drawn Trolley and Hay Wagon
Bell Ringers & Harpists
Vintage Props & Photos
Ice Sculptures
Historic Open Houses
Stewart House Tours
House Decorating Contest
Athens Museum Displays
Crossroads Brewery Tours
Dancers & Carolers
Caricaturist
Strolling Clown
Face Painting
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And Much More!!!
Be sure to pick up a Time Traveler’s Passport at the Athens Cultural Center. As you wind your way through the Village, stop at the “customs” desks, located at different event locations, to get your passport stamped. Collect all five stamps and bring the passport back to ACC to get entered into a drawing for a special gift basket which includes a Nespresso coffee maker and an assortment of delicacies. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the Cultural Center during the Stroll.

2016 Stroll schedule here:stroll-schedule-2016-waddresses

 

 


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Percussionist Brian Melick and Singer/Guitarist Franklin Micare
in Concert
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7PM
Doors open at 6:30PM
General Admission: $10

Join us for an intimate evening of music with multi-percussionist Brian Melick and singer/guitarist Franklin Micare.
Brain Melick has been actively involved with music for the past thirty-five years, and has developed a wide range of experience as a drummer, multi hand percussionist, and as an educator. A featured artist on over 375 commercially recorded works which include seven releases under his own name and has been produced by major as well as independent record companies. Brian’s body of work has included recording and performing along with several independent, as well as major, artists and producers.
Some of his major credits include Steve Gorn, Artie and Happy Traum, Scott Petito, Vinnie Martucci, Richard Crooks, Warren Burnhart, Larry Coryell, Cindy Cashdollar, Larry Hoppin, Garth Hudson, Rory Block, Robbie Dupree, Amy Fraden and Leslie Ritter, Livingston Taylor, Jorma Kaukonen, Layne Redmond, Pete Seeger, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Laurel Masse, Bela Fleck, Tony Levin, and many, many more. Find more information about Brian at www.uduboy.com.

Franklin Micare is delightfully eccentric, from another time and timeless in the same instant, he’s a musician and much more. From performing at all the great clubs in NY and LA to touring all over the world being signed with record labels Private Stock and Columbia to opening for Seals and Crofts and Dolly Parton to touring with comedians Billy Crystal, David Letterman and Henny Youngman. Drawing on all styles of music he has developed a sound truly remarkable and timeless. Yoko Ono called Franklin in to record 100 songs that John Lennon had written but never released, she wanted to have them documented.

 

 


 

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Saturday, December 12th
Starting at 1 PM!
Athens Victorian Stroll
Free activities for the entire family!
Festivities Start at 1 PM at the
Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, ending with a holiday bonfire, caroling and
tree lighting in the Riverfront Park at 5:00PM

Activities include:

Holiday Cottage Contest
Victorian Santa
Art Show & Sale, Craft Vendors
Community Band Concert
Cookies and Chocolate
Horse Drawn Trolley
Bell Ringers & Harpists
Vintage Props & Photos
Ice Sculptures
Historic Open Houses
Stewart House Tours
House Decorating Contest
Athens Museum Displays
Crossroads Brewery Tours
Dancers & Carolers
Caricaturist
Strolling Clown
Face Painting
Chocolate Fountain
And Much More!!!!

Stroll Schedule 2015

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The Athens Cultural Center is looking for volunteers who would be interested in planning and providing general assistance for the 2015 Athens Victorian Stroll. This years event will take place on Saturday, December 12th but the work begins now.  All types of assistance is needed, from brainstorming new ideas, activities and logistics to sewing costumes, hosting at historic homes and curating the craft vendors. If you have ideas to share, please call Chairwoman Carol Pfister at 518-945-1257 or email the Athens Cultural Center at info@athensculturalcenter.org to get involved.

Vendors Invited!

Fine and craft artists are invited to display and sell their work during the Annual Athens Victorian Stroll, Saturday, December 12th. Vendor applications are due November 20th.

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Panel Discussion

Saturday August 15, 5-7pm

“What is the role of the artist in the context of science, society, and our current environmental challenges?”

Panelists: Jeremy Cherson – advocacy and volunteer coordinator for Riverkeeper
Carrie Dashow – interdisciplinary artist, educator, public notary
Elizabeth Logiudice – environmental educator, farmer, musician Thomas Masterson – economist, educator
Sam Sebren – multidisciplinary artist and activist
Moderated by Gerry Bunting – attorney, activist, artist
The panel discussion will conclude at 7pm with everyone invited for a group manifestation by the river, led by Carrie Dashow.

View panel bios here: Shifting Panel DISCUSSION

Shifting Ecologies II Opens August 8th at the Athens Cultural Center

SHIFTING ECOLOGIES II, curated by Marianne Van Lent, features a diverse group of artists who are exploring ecological issues and changes to the environment in their work. The opening reception will take place Saturday, August 8th from 6-9 PM at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens. The exhibition will run August 8-September 6 with gallery hours on Fridays, 4-7 PM, Saturdays 2-7 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM. A special panel discussion will take place on Saturday August 15 from 5 PM – 7 PM as part of the exhibition. The panel will present and discuss the interplay between art and science on the subject of environmental change and will conclude with a group manifestation by the river with multidisciplinary artist, activist, Carrie Dashow. The panel will present and discuss the interplay between art and science on the subject of environmental change and will conclude with a group manifestation by the river with multidisciplinary artist, activist, Carrie Dashow.

The artists included in this exhibition include Joan Ades, Nancy Azara , Sarah Barker, Kathy Bruce, Tina Chaden, Lisa Crafts, Ford Crull, Peggy Cyphers, Carrie Dashow, Tasha Depp, Steve Derrickson, Priscilla Derven, Sarah Draney, Stuart Farmery, Deborah Freedman, Mark Gibian, Kylie Heidenheimer, Carter Hodgkin. Linda Horn, Elizabeth Knowles, Ellen Kozak, Claire Lambe, Barbara Laube, Ingrid Lisowski, Dana Matthews, Theresa Nicholas, Alastair Noble, Gina Occhiogrosso, Al Peters, Sara Pruiksma, Leah Rhodes, Sam Sebren, Phyllis Stoller, Jeff Vanderburg, Marjorie Van Dyke, Marianne Van Lent, Gordana Vukovic and Riva Weinstein. These artists embrace a culture of ecology and a sense of responsibility for defending the environment. William McDonough, a leader in promoting sustainability has said, “If everything that is received from the earth can be freely given back, without causing harm to any living system: this is ecology.” Eco artists may address the subject with on-site rigor and activism; painters address it with detached formalism and the language of painting. This show presents the way painters are reacting to the current ecology of our planet and our ecological crisis and challenge.

View catalogue here: Shifting Ecologies Catalogue 2015  


 

Caniskek-ACC-All-NoType Image credits, l to r: “Etow Oh Koam, King of the River Nation” by Jan Verlest 1710 “The Very Last of the Mohicans” Claudia McNulty 2012 Latex on paper. 5″ x 7″ Kiliaen Van Rensselaer Thursday, July 23, 7pm 17th Century/21st Century: The Mohicans and the Dutch: A Discussion of Land Ownership, Deeds and Pre-Colonial Stone Walls 350 years ago deeds were signed between the Dutch and the Mohicans for the Native lands that now comprise Athens, New York. What did the two cultures really understand about this transaction? The evenings’ discussion will explore local transactions, then and now, as well as the very differing views of land ownership and the enduring implications. The event is being held in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Athens Cultural Center, “Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds” curated by Carrie Feder. Bonney Hartley, Assistant Historic Preservation Officer of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Indians, will be discussing the Mohican Tribe’s view on whether the modern-day land negotiations that the Tribe engages in (under the current National Historic Preservation Act) are any different from the 17th and 18th century land deeds that were signed for Mohican lands now part of the present day Hudson Valley. Rene VanSchaack, Executive Director of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency, will discuss the process involved in dealing with contemporary development projects on traditional Mohican lands. Matt Bua, artist, eco-architect and intuitive builder who’s work is exhibited in the “Taking Root” exhibition, will describe his independent research examining our local built stone landscape from a pre-European perspective. Are the many stone walls that dot the countryside merely post colonial walls defining property boundaries or do they originate from a far earlier period rooted in spiritual and practical Native American usage? The program takes place in the Athens Cultural Center gallery at 24 Second Street, Athens. The TAKING ROOT exhibit juxtaposes historical artifacts with contemporary art by twenty two artists. It tells the tale of colliding worlds, investigating what the world was like here in 1665 as well as the powerful ideas of exploration, settlement, ownership, loss, culture and destiny… the very concepts which are so much a part of our American journey. TAKING ROOT runs through July 26. Admission is free. Saturday, July 25, 1 – 3pm NATURE HIKE: How the Mahicans Understood Their World: An Exploration of Local Native Land Use Dress of the Inhabitants of Hudson's River smallerJustin Wexler of “Wild Hudson Valley” will lead a walking tour in the Cohotate Preserve. Justin is a historical ethnobotonist and environmental educator. As a historical interpreter, he portrays the Munsee-Delaware peoples of the Lower Hudson Valley and has studied the Lenape and Mahican languages. “By late July, local native peoples divided their time between tending to their corn fields and fishing for sturgeon in the Hudson River. On this walk, we will explore the diverse habitats that fringe the Hudson River and learn about how the Mahicans and other native peoples lived off of the land and how they understood it. This walk has a special emphasis on plant uses and native folklore.” The nature walk will start at 1 pm in the Cohotate Preserve parking lot located on Route #385 halfway between Catskill and Athens. Please wear appropriate walking shoes. The guided walk will last approximately 2 hours. FREE Saturday, July 25, 5:00- 7:00 Closing Party: Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds Come join us for a drink and a final evening to see the TAKING ROOT Exhibition. Stay longer and enjoy the blues and jazz of Pete Wagula and Lou Watterson. Mohican Trail smaller7:00-9:00 BOTTLENECK AND BLUE WATER Acoustic bottleneck guitarist Pete Wagula plays with blues song stylist Lou “Blue Water” Watterson in an intimate evening of down home blues, jazz and original music. In honor of the “Taking Root” exhibit, Pete will play some of his original compositions inspired by the natural beauty of this area and of Leeds, New York, the starting point of the “Mohican Trail.” Free will donations appreciated. These programs were supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts, Peckham Family Foundation and the Athens Community Foundation.


Opening Reception: June 6th from 6-9 pm TAKING ROOT: CANISKEK AND THE MEETING OF TWO WORLDS Art & History Exhibit at the Athens Cultural Center: An investigative mix of art and artifacts. Imagine it is 1665. The place is the wilderness along the banks of the river whose “waters flow both ways.” The native inhabitants are the Mohicans, the newcomers wishing to settle and trade are the Dutch. Exactly 350 years ago a deed was signed for the land the Mohicans called Caniskek, a place that would change forever and evolve into the present day town called Athens, New York. “Taking Root: Caniskek and The Meeting of Two Worlds” is the exhibit which takes this local historical event and uses it as a jumping off point to envision and contemplate the past as well as reassess the immediate world around us. Neither a traditional historical nor a contemporary art exhibition, “Taking Root” employs an unexpected and interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter. Juxtaposing historical artifacts with contemporary art, the exhibit tells the tale of colliding worlds, investigating what the world was like here in 1665 as well as the powerful ideas of exploration, settlement, ownership, loss, culture and destiny…the very concepts which are so much a part of our American journey. “Taking Root”, curated by Carrie Feder, opens at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, New York, on June 6th with an opening reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through July 26th with gallery hours on Fridays: 4 -7 pm, Saturdays: 2 -7 pm and Sundays: 1 – 4 pm or by appointment: call 518 421-3443. Artists included in the show are: Bob Braine, Matt Bua, Tina Chaden, Dikko Faust: Purgatory Pie Press, Geoff Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Jim Holl, Kahn & Selesnick, Cynthia Karasek, Pat Kaufman, Louise Laplante, Michael McKay, Julie Anne Mann, Michael McKay, Claudia McNulty, Patrick McPhee, Terri O’Connor, Leslie C. Reed, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, Crystal Tourtillott and Susan Wides. Excerpts from the written word and recorded background music by members of the Stockbridge – Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians will also be included in the exhibition. Several associated programs including panel discussions on related topics are being planned and will be announced. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts, Peckham Family Foundation and the Athens Community Foundation.


That Happens at Night Detail by Natalie Boburka 12th Annual Members Second Street Show and “Depth, Time and Texture” a Solo Show by Natalie Boburka Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18th, 5-8PM. Exhibition: April 18 – May 9 Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 PM Our 12th Annual Members Exhibition, “The Second Street Show” highlights both professional and emerging artists, dovetailing an assortment of unique styles and techniques. The exhibit by members of the Athens Cultural Center features an eclectic collection of paintings, photography, sculptures, prints, glasswork, and more. Last year’s Curators Choice Award winner, Natalie Boburka, will be exhibiting “Depth, Time and Texture” in the Glass Gallery. Ms. Boburka states, “This series of work chronologically documents my search for depth in both conceptual and aesthetic qualities. By using textures that are implied and real to add layers of meaning and richness in the surfaces of my paintings I explore physical and emotional space. This love of texture has grown to include both sculptural objects, and to explore encaustics as another means of creating real depth as well as the illusion of depth. sean-gaskell-kora-380x570 Sean Gaskell in Concert at the Athens Cultural Center Friday, February 13th Don’t be suspicious and bring your sweetie to the Athens Cultural Center for a pre-valentine’s day concert on Friday, February 13th. Starting at 7 PM, the concert will feature soloist Sean Gaskell playing traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead “The Kora Band” and “The Sahel Band”. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. A review by Tom Surowicz in the Minneapolis Star Tribune stated, “Need more proof that music is the greatest international language? Listen to how eloquently Sean Gaskell, a young fella from the grunge and coffee mecca of Seattle, plays the 21-string West African Kora, a gourd-bottomed harp that delivers both acres of melody and gently rippling rhythms.” The suggested donation for the concert is $10, $8 for students and seniors. Listen to Sean’s music here!


IMG_1777     Artist Ornament Contest and Display Artists are invited to create, display and/or sell handmade ornaments for the Athens Victorian Stroll, December 13th. The ornaments will be displayed at the Athens Cultural Center. A $100 Grand Prize will be awarded to one outstanding ornament! Deadline for submissions is December 4. For more information please contact: info@athensculturalcenter.org Carol Quackenbush at 731-1343 or Jeannie Weissman at 945-2030


gingerbread contest jpeg white horses close up 2014 ATHENS VICTORIAN STROLL Saturday, December 13th Festivities begin at 1 PM! Pick up a program and map at the Athens Cultural Center and enjoy these family friendly activities: Art & Craft Vendors Ornament Contest and Sale Victorian Santa, Caricaturist Gingerbread House Contest Crossroads Brewery Tours Community Band Concert Cookies and Chocolate Historic Open Houses Bell Ringers, Harpists Horse Drawn Trolley Stewart House Tours Ice Sculpture, Wine Tasting Athens Museum, Senior Thrift Store Dancers, Carolers & much more! The day ends in the Riverfront Park with fire dancers, caroling and a tree lighting at 5PM. Schedule of activities: On-going Activities: Free Horse-Drawn Trolley and Motorized Trolley Rides from 1 to 5pm Historical Building Tours: Historic Homes, 89 Second St., 2-4pm; 7 North Church Street, 3-4:30 with harpist Shannon Friel; Stewart House 1-5pm with harpist Jared Aswegan 1-4pm; D.R.Evarts Library 1-4pm Free Vintage Photos with Victorian costumes at Weichert Realty-Fontaine Associates 1 to 4pm BJ the Strolling Clown, 1-3:15pm Anthony Michael, Saxophone music, 1-3pm Athens Cultural Center ACC Members Holiday Show and Sale, 1-4:45pm Ornament Contest Display and Sale, 1 to 4:45pm, Grand Prize awarded at 4pm Victorian Santa 1-2pm Caricaturist 1-4:30pm Athens Cultural Center Community Chorus 1:15pm Athens Cultural Center Youth Chorus 1:30pm Athens Municipal Building and attached gym Art & Craft Vendor Booths 1 to 4:30pm Athens Museum (on Second Floor) open from 1 to 4pm E J Arthur Third and Fourth Grade Chime Choir performance on gym stage at 1:30pm SCROOGE, puppet performance of “A Christmas Carol”, gym stage at 3:00pm Performance by ACC’s Presques Ballet in gym at 4:00pm Crossroads Brewery Tours 1-4pm Ice Sculpture Demonstration 1pm Mime Performance 4pm National Bank of Coxsackie Gingerbread House Contest, 1:30-2:30 prizes awarded 2:30pm Refreshments, 9am-3pm First Reformed Church of Athens FEATURED! Annual Coxsackie-Athens Community Band’s Holiday Concert 2-3pm Rivertown Senior Center Face painting with Tami Bone, 1-2pm Music with Mike Sicilano 1-1:45pm Ballroom dance performances Guy Apicella & Deb Moran, 1:45-3:15pm Chocolate Station 1 to 4:30pm Hudson River Bells Concert, 3:30pm Senior Center Thrift Shop, open from noon to 3pm Stewart House Tours 1-5pm, Harpist Jared Aswegan 1-4pm Wine Tasting, 1-5pm Donations to the Athens Food Pantry will be collected. Athens Firehouse Craft and Food Vendors, 1-4:45pm Food Sale, 1-4:45pm Victorian Santa, 3-4pm D. R. Evarts Library Open House and refreshments 10am-4pm, Family craft project with Alice Tunison 10:30am -12:30 pm, Tours 1-4pm Broadway Bound Dance Studio Performance, 1pm Finale In the Riverfront Park – Ice Sculpture Demonstration 4pm Fire Dancing 4:30pm Tree Lighting at 5:00pm (with caroling before and after) 2014 stroll map

     
 
 
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