Looking Forward to
Local Arts in 2016
The Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.For a pdf copy of our 2016 brochure, click here.
For an SCCA membership form, click here.
For an Art Expo application, click here.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
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Geoff Muldaur Joins the Ultimate Weekend
Blues and folk legend Geoff Muldaur will be joining the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend, August 26-28 at St. Basil's Hall in Dushore.
Over more than half a century, Geoff has developed a singing and guitar-playing style that's not just unique but almost indescribable. It's quiet but not crooning, often gentle but occasionally laced with raucous humor, based on the blues one minute but traveling off into a personal exploration of alternate reality the next.
He started out with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the 1960s, his voice floating up on its own warm draft - high, spiraling, dreamy much of the time, though given to quick, aggressive runs up the stairs on songs like "France Blues." In the 1970s, he and his then wife, Maria, hit their stride on two superb albums, Pottery Pie and Sweet Potatoes. (That's Geoff singing "Brazil," from Pottery Pie, in the dream-sequence intro to Terry Gilliam's movie of the same name.)
On his 1990s albums, Password and The Secret Handshake, Geoff effortlessly mixes reimaginings of folk and blues standards with his own compositions that you would swear have always existed. Password's Geoff is an old Joe sitting on his porch, picking and strumming and letting that ruminative voice roll right over you, while adding a serene, ethereal sense of beauty ("Wait 'til I put on My Robe," "Some of These Days").
Few singer-songwriters of Geoff's all-encompassing caliber are still around, and fewer still have retained their signature voice and quality of presentation the way he has. He's a one-and-only, the prize bowl on the shelf that can never be replaced.
Geoff will appear Saturday, August 27, 7 pm, at St. Basil's Hall
Arts Council Brings "Owl and Kittycat" to Care Centers
Edward Lear visited the Highlands and Dar-way care centers last Saturday and had a fine time. Oh, you don't know old Ed (and he is old, having been born in 1812)? He is the author of - among many other odd poems and limericks - "The Owl and the Pussycat," which the Sullivan County Council on the Arts brought to the centers for their annual summer solstice program.
The Arts Council took a bit of liberty, renaming their version "The Owl and the Kittycat," but Mr. Lear said he didn't mind a bit, as he applauded the fur-and-feather couple in their journey in a pea-green boat. He, along with the cheering residents, was especially taken with the costuming of Kittycat Linda White, Bong Tree Linda Roman and Turkey-on-the-Hill Helen Day, who performed the wedding ceremony for ascotted Owl Derek Davis and his kitty love.
Piggy-wig Joanna Murray supplied the wedding ring, previously residing on the end of her nose. Connie Hatch remained camouflaged as the Sun, Moon and Stars, while Leona Hatch recorded the entire adventure for posterity.
Barb Murray oversaw the program as mistress of ceremonies, leading off with a group singalong of "You Are My Sunshine" and "In the Good Old Summertime." After the sea-tossed nuptials, the Arts Council actors distributed a craft project in which the residents pasted kitty and owl images on an memento envelope. The program closed with two more groups songs, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" and "Down in the Valley."
Barb then thanked the Highland and Dar-way staff for their excellent help and attention to detail, as has been the case for Arts Council visits over the past decade and more.
Mr. Lear, when asked if he would return for next year's production, said that he would defer to Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. "After all, he's twenty years younger than me. I'm not quite up to all this falderol the way I used to be." Before leaving, however, he did bestow on the audience one of his best-regarded limericks:
"There was an old man of Thermopylae,
Who never did anything properly;
But they said, 'If you choose
To Boil eggs in your shoes,
You shall never remain in Thermopylae'."
And when you think of it, that may be a good thing.