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Horsetale Rides July 5 At Franklin Stage Company

Franklin — Franklin Stage Company presents its 23rd season opener, Horsetale, created by Hit the Lights!, an innovative New York City-based theater company on July 5, and also presents the art show The Feel of the Artist’s Hand with works by Jody Isaacson. Both the performance and gallery show focus on strong visuals and fascinating narratives.

Horsetale is inspired by tall tales, Looney Tunes, cowboy songs, and the landscape of the American frontier. This original shadow play, which recently received a coveted residency at the New Victory Theater in Manhattan, combines shadow puppetry, overhead projections and film stills with rich visual jokes. In this sly epic, the hero is a horse, whose adventures and troubles take him through lonely Western landscapes reminiscent of faded 70s technicolor films. Here he encounters obstacles, meets the West Wind, and eventually arrives at a rodeo where he reunites with his most treasured friend.

“When we saw Horsetale, we couldn’t wait to bring it to our audience” said Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley. “It’s smart, technically innovative, and visually beautiful.” Added Co-Artistic Director Leslie Noble, “There are so many theatrical elements that create a home-made yet sophisticated feel to this fantastic piece. It combines great storytelling with rocking music and hilarious comic timing.”

As Horsetale is a feast for both eyes and ears, FSC presents it in conjunction with the annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival, which takes place this year on July 6 and 7 in and around Franklin, NY, showcasing the work of more than 45 visual artists.

As part of the twentyfourth Stagecoach Festival, Franklin Stage Company will open its lobby and theater as a gallery venue to present the work of Ms. Isaacson. The Feel of the Artist’s Hand includes wax sculpture, cast wax, sewn fabric, assemblage, gallery installation, video, and sound. “Isaacson’s pieces are a history of a visual subject’s evolution through disparate disciplines and mediums” said FSC’s curator Jack Siman. Isaacson describes her work as “a meditation on loss and memory…active in the present and future.” The Feel of the Artist’s Hand opens with a public reception on Saturday, July 6 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Performances of Horsetale are July 5 – 7, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free though donations are encouraged. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve and for more information: or 607.829.3700.

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West Kortright Centre Launches Summer Events

East Meredith — With the official arrival of summer, area arts organizations are ramping up programming for residents and visitors of every age and perspective. The West Kortright Centre nails that diversity this weekend with Friday Songbird Sessions for children and a Saturday performance by world-renowned vocalist a Sona Jobarteh.

Multi-instrumentalist Jobarteh will perform an evening of contemporary West African music on Saturday, June 22 at the WKC starting at 8:00 p.m. This kora player, guitarist, vocalist, composer, traditionalist, and innovator blends traditional music, blues, and Afropop in an easily accessible way with her captivating voice, strong rhythms, and catchy melodies. For her first performance in this part of the world, Jobarteh will perform with acclaimed African musicians Andi McLean (bass, vocals), Mouhamadou Sarr (percussion, vocals), Derek Johnson (acoustic guitar), and Westley Joseph (drums, vocals).

The kora, a 21-stringed African harp, is an important instrument in the traditions of the Manding peoples of West Africa (The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea- Bissau). It belongs exclusively to griot families (hereditary musical families who preserve ancient stories and traditions through song), and only those who are born into one of these families have the right to take up the instrument professionally. Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is considered a modern-day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated musical tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries.

Sona Jobarteh’s brother, Tunde Jegede, began teaching her the kora when she was four, and by age six she was also learning the cello, piano, and harp. She gave her first performance on the kora alongside her brother at London’s Jazz Café at the age of five, and her first solo cello recital at age eleven at the prestigious South Bank Purcell Room in London. As a young teenager, she was admitted into the Royal College of Music and the Purcell School in the U.K., where she studied western classical music and began writing compositions for full orchestra. through intense study of the kora with her father, Sanjally Jobarteh, completed a degree in African culture and linguistics at London’s SOAS University, and began to develop her identity as a solo artist.

Solo vocalist
In 2010, Jobarteh was commissioned to compose the score to Owen Alik Shahadah’s multi-award– winning documentary film The Motherland. Since then, she has been featured as solo vocalist on soundtracks to The First Grader (for which her piece won the “Discovery of the Year Prize” at the Hollywood World Soundtrack Awards in 2012), director Justin Chadwick’s 2014 blockbuster Hollywood movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and on the 2016 miniseries “Roots,” based on the 1976 novel by Alex Haley.

Jobarteh uses her global prestige to talk about issues focused on cultural identity, gender, love, and respect while still adhering to and rooting herself firmly in her traditional cultural heritage.

Tickets are available online until 24 hours before the show; some may be available at the door. The ticket booth opens at 7:00 p.m. on June 21; doors open at 7:30 p. m. This is an indoor concert, however, concertgoers are encouraged to come early to purchase food on-site (served by Ty’s Tacoria, starting at 6:00 p.m.) and enjoy a picnic in the bucolic West Kortright Centre valley before the show.

Songbird sessions

Friday morning, June 21, WKC opens The Songbird Sessions; a series of performing arts-based family-friendly events which are free and open to the public with no pre-registration required. The first session is Miss Pam’s Jamboree, which runs from 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

This interactive musical exploration class is geared towards children ages one to six, but all ages are welcome and intergenerational participation is highly encouraged. At Miss Pam’s Jamboree, caregivers and children joyfully participate by singing and dancing together to American and World Folk Music and instrumental selections from all musical genres. Each class includes hands-on play with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, tambourines, drums, a variety of other hand percussion, and creative movement props.

Certified teacher and performing artist Pamela West- Finkle (aka “Miss Pam”) holds a B.S. in Education, a Masters in Music Education, and holds Professional NYS Teaching Certifications in K-12 Music and 7-12 English Language Arts. In addition, she has received more than fifty hours of early childhood music training through Music Together® and has been a registered teacher with the program since 2002. She taught vocal and general music in the public schools for seven years, and has worked as a community music facilitator and teaching artist in every community she has lived in since the mid-1990’s.

The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For more information, visit

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Bovina Square Dance Series Rolling Along

Bovina Center — The Catskills Folk Connection will present another in its series of monthly old-time square dances in Bovina Center, Saturday, June 22.

The band, playing and calling from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. will be the Tremperskill Boys featuring fiddler/callers John Jacobson and Dane Scudder. Rounding out the band are Sheila Addison with her guitar, Amy Lieberman playing string bass, and Ginny Scheer on flute. “This is a “monthly (plus)” dance,” Scheer told the News this week, “because the Tremperskill Boys have already played one dance this month – last weekend at the Catskills Visitor Center.” Scheer said “August will be a “plus” month too, with dances at Dirty Girl Farm in Andes on August 3 and for the Rotary in Hobart on August 24.”

This summer the band is focusing even more on the tunes and dances of the legendary fiddler and caller, Hilt Kelly. There will be familiar easy dances and a few new ones – new to the band and to the public – from Hilt’s repertoire.

As one of the quintessential Catskill Mountain folk ways, square dancing was “selfentertainment” taken up at the end of a day or a weekend or a season by everyone in a “hollow” or an area or a community and involving people of every age from small children to aging grand parents. In that traditional spirit, beginners are always welcome, people of all ages are invited and everyone dances whether they have a partner or not. All dances are taught before they are played through. Admission fees are low and children 12 and under are free. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

The dance will be held at the Bovina Community Hall, 1866 Co. Route 6 (Main Street), in Bovina Center. Following close on the heels of the June 22 dance, Catskills Folk Connection’s July dance will be on July 6 at the Celebrate Roxbury Summer Festival, from Noon to 2 p.m. on Roxbury’s Main Street.

Catskills Folk Connection is sponsored by the Roxbury Arts Group and is funded to conserve and present Catskills culture by the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Art Program, by Gov. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, by an action Grant from Humanities NY and by the O’Connor Foundation. For more information contact Ginny Scheer, Folklorist, 607.326.4206 and visit our blog www.catskillsfolkconnection.

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New Artifact At Shandaken Museum

Pine Hill — The Shandaken Historical Museum in Pine Hill is happy to announce it has acquired the replica Wampum Belt and treaty that was signed by Governor Richard Nicolls and the Sachems and people called the Esopus Indians on October 7, 1665.

Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack and her staff are working with the museum team to so share the acquisition with the community in Shandaken.

The museum is located on 26 Academy Street in Pine Hill and is open Friday through Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. but closing at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays. Admission is free to the museum, located in a 1927 schoolhouse with many displays on local history. For more information, contact the museum at 845.254.4460 or visit

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HSM Living History Cemetery Tour June 22

Margaretville — The Seventh Living History Cemetery Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, takes place Sat., June 22 (rain date June 23).

This year’s tour is at Margaretville Cemetery, on Cemetery Road, just off Route 30 (upper Main Street) in the Village of Margaretville. Tourgoers will meet 10 people from the past on one-hour guided tours that depart from the parking lot every 20 minutes starting at 4 p.m. There are seven tour times available; reservations are required and can be made by calling 845.586.4736.

The cast of local players, directed by Frank Canavan and Joyce St. George, includes Agnes Laub as nurse-historian Ethel Bussy Coulter; Kelly Keck and Dave Turan as WWI vets Bruno Metzner and Marcus Korn; Ann Saxon Hersh as Margaret Hallock Newton, proprietor of the Pakatakan Lodge; John Bernhardt as banker and school board chairman James Henry Hitt.

Also, Beth Sherr as Eleanor Sands Marvin, the granddaughter of Margaretville power couple George G. and Catherine Moore Decker; Jim Rauter and Katie Rosa as Dr. James and Harriet Allaben; Amy Taylor as farm wife and mother Abigail Clum, and Burr Hubbell as John Dickson, Jr., a timber raftsman on the East Branch who served in the War of 1812.

Docents Barb Atkin, Tina Greene and Eli Taylor will lead tour groups to meet these characters. Other people from the past will be spotted strolling, playing and picnicking in the cemetery.

More information on this event and other programs planned by the Historical Society is available at;; or 845.586.4973.

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Mayes Show Opening At Longyear

Margaretville — Elaine Mayes’s solo exhibition, “Autolandscapes,” opens this week at Margaretville’s Longyear Gallery. The exhibit will be displayed in a separate space of the gallery, and will be accompanied by a group show of all Gallery artists in the gallery’s three adjoining spaces. The shows will run from Friday, June 14 through Monday, July 8 with an Artists’ Reception held at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, July 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The “Autolandscapes,” exhibit will consist of images she took in 1971 while crossing the country by car as a way of creating a new kind of landscape photograph after the artist had received a NEA Fellowship to make landscape photographs. “Shooting from the passenger seat but also while driving,” Mayes says, “meant not looking through the lens but just pointing the lens out the side window and incorporating the foreground blur as part of the picture, for I had learned that good photographers don’t always need to see the exact image but to trust instinct and timing with practiced knowledge of the medium. This also meant dealing with the landscape foreground as a series of horizontal planes and lines.”

In explaining her approach to the making of these photographs, Mayes notes, “Many of us experience the land from some kind of moving vehicle, and, except for our local scene, we experience our outdoor American environment from a car. I was interested in what I call ‘Documentary Forms,’ and I decided that pictures should be made each time the landscape changed. This choice was personal and aesthetic. Minimal and Conceptual Art had influenced my thinking, and in a formal and design sense I tried to frame each image so that it felt ‘still.” Mayes thus invented the term “Autolandscape” as something to best describe this kind of image, and felt she was opening up a new photographic territory. Ever since that initial cross-country journey, she has continued to make pictures from the car.

Upcoming summer Longyear Gallery shows include dual solo exhibitions of the paintings of Victoria Scott and Wayne Morris, from July 12th through August 5th, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, July 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and dual solo exhibitions featuring the art of Ellen Wong and Janice DeMarino, from August 9th through September 2nd, with the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, August 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Solo exhibitions will be accompanied by a group show of all Longyear members.

Longyear Gallery is located in The Commons, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Gallery hours are Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment. For information, visit Longyear’s website,, or call 845 586-3270 during gallery hours.

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NEW Events Calendar

Saturday, June 22
Seventh Annual Living History Cemetery Tours sponsored by the Historical Society of Middletown. (Rain date June 23.) Costumed actors will showcase the stories of historic community figures buried in the Margaretville Cemetery on Cemetery Road in the village. Tours get underway at 4 p.m. and start every 20 minutes. Reservations are required and can be made by 845 586-4736.

The Delaware County Historical Society joins the 144th Volunteer Regiment for two days of living history activities and exhibits including three different re-enactments of Civil War battles involving Delaware County Troops. The grounds at DCHA open at 9:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, June 23 with activities going until 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. ibn Sunday. Battles are staged at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For information and directions: www.dcha-ny or 607 746-3859.

The West Kortright Centre in East Meredith presents world-renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh for an evening of contemporary West African music at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and information, contact Caitlyn Davey, 607 278-5454 or

The Catskills Folk Connection will have a Square Dance in Bovina from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Bovina Community Hall at 1866 County Highway 6, Bovina Center 13740. All ages and ability levels are welcome.

Saturday, June 29
The Stillmen play at Union Grove Distillery on Route 28, Arkville from 6-9 p.m. until The “houseband” of the distillery performs a combination of classic folk and bluegrass with their own original tunes on guitar, banjo, fiddle and often, violin.
Heart of the Catskills Humane Society will host a Wayside Cider Benefit for HCHS from 7-11 p.m. with beverages, dancing, and noshing to support the pet adoption program.

Tuesday-Sunday, July 2-7
The Margaretville Fire Department Annual Field Days will take place from July 2-7 in the Margaretville Village Park. The carnival opens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 p.m. Pay One Price rides are Wednesday night from 6-10 p.m. and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons from 1-6:00 p.m. Thursday and Saturday will feature Firemen’s Chicken Barbeques starting at noon and going until sold out and local beer and cider tasting from 6-10 p.m. and giant fireworks displays at 9:30 p.m. Live Music will be featured on Thursday and Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 7-11 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 6
John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge presents a peregrine falcon, screech owls, a red-tail hawk and more at its Meet Native Raptors event starting at 1:00 p.m. The free program at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury features Annie Mardiney, a state and federally permitted wild bird rehabilitator. For more information visit

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville hosts Twilight on the Rails at 6:30 p.m. This specially scheduled ride provides an evening of live music aboard the train, featuring one of the region’s top bands, Blues Maneuver. The ride begins at 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. To learn more, please call 800.225.4132 or 845.586.2929 or e-mail: Events are subject to change. For the most current information, follow DURR on Facebook.

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