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"Hills and Valleys" magazine

You can pick up the latest copy of our annual literary (and visual arts) magazine online by clicking here. "Hills and Valleys" presents all the winners of our literary awards and also the high school-level winners of our Youth Art visual awards.

Sadie Lewis Takes Choice of Show Award

Three judges from the Sullivan County Council on the Arts took their time to pick a single winner among the as-always marvelous work on view at the annual Sullivan County High School art show, May 6. In the end, they chose "Metallic Knight," a charming and enticing carnival-type mask, adored with gilt tracery, feathers and a single flower. In separate judging, Sadie's entire display at the show also took first prize in that category, sponsored by the Bowhunter's Festival.

As has been the tradition for 18 years, "Metallic Knight" has been purchased from Sadie by the Arts Council. It will be framed in a shadow box and hung on permanent display, with a plaque, in the school's main corridor, along with all previous winners dating back to 1998.

Sadie's piece is only the second three-dimensional work to gain the award, the other being Catherine Badger's in 2004. All the winners are on display in miniature at, but the only way to gain their full effect is to drop by the high school and walk the hallway to view the originals. It's well worth anyone's time.

This year's judges were Pat Arcaro, Lynn Kibbe and Joan Moore. The Arts Council extends its sincere thanks for their time, effort - and excellent artist choice.

At the presentation, outgoing high school art director Deb McDonald lauded her students for the massive effort they put in throughout the year, not only in creating the artworks themselves, but preparing materials and setting up and overseeing the elaborate annual showcase that has increased in size, complexity and quality throughout two decades.

Arts Council president Helen Day echoed Deb's sentiments and added that the Arts Council and students will be forever in Deb's debt for her dedication and the sterling work she has put into both teaching and presentation. She also thanked the school board for showing its continuing support for the arts.

Though the multiple prizes handed out at the show depend on the support of numerous organizations in the county, they are, and will remain, a testament to Deb's initiative and unstinting devotion to the arts in education.

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Local Arts in 2015-16

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.

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Looking Ahead (and back)

Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend

The Weekend brought three very different shows to Dushore, November 6-8, with one thing in common - enthusiastic audience support and interaction.
The Celtic Martins, who visited St. Basil's Hall on Friday for their four year, came as old friends. A true family, they work together seamlessly, trading off and trading back in their playing, wandering backstage individually to care for the third generation (about two years old), then blending back in as if they'd never left. Parents Nelson and Elaine Martin and brood include the audience in every song, and the audience answers like neighbors privileged with a living room visit.
Yet the quality of the music never falters, with its instinctive interweaving of instruments: Nelson's guitar, Elaine's bass, daughter Melissa's mastery of almost any known instrument, bagpipes, multiple fiddles and, perhaps most surprisingly integrated, Elijah Roeder's (husband of Martins daughter Emily) drumming - rock influenced, a steady guiding hand unlike traditional Celtic percussion yet never overpowering the basic traditional performance. And, of course, the daughters' almost magical step-dancing that seems to defy gravity.
Saturday's performance was at least as mesmerizing. Bob Milne may play the piano faster than any other human being, yet if that were all, it would be just a musical circus act. But that speed is paired with perfect clarity, every note proclaiming both its individuality and its interdependence. Plus, Bob can play slow tunes as enticingly. Altogether, what he accomplishes at the piano is almost impossible to describe. The musical impetus in his mind transfers to the keyboard undiminished; it is what it should be, every time, whether ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie or filigreed folk tune.
Like the Martins, Milne is in perfect tune with his audience, delivering the history of ragtime through example, providing music lessons without pain, rolling off stories from his bar and hillbilly playing days like you were siting with him at a diner table. You don't get that from a concert pianist, no matter how good - and few if any are as good as Milne.
The Weekend wound up Sunday afternoon with the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue, an all-original show put together by the theatical arm of the Sullivan County Council on the Arts.
Nonsense did prevail, with Laurel and Hardy skits performed by Steve Tomlinson and emcee Sir Geoffrey Svelte (bearded Derek Davis wearing a fake chin), Oatley the Counting Horse (Cat Badger and Linda Roman as fore and aft halves respectively), the geriatric Can't Can't dancers (Helen Day, Connie Hatch and Richard Houck) as decayed remnants from the Moulin Rouge, organ grinder Sergio Placebo (Tomlinson again) and his monkey compatriot (Megan Kiner), the impossible-to-comprehend "Lady Rat Rotten Hut" enunciated by assistant Miss Marginella (Linda White) and belligerent interrupter Ayhaitcha Gutz (Anne Kiner).
More (semi) serious musical interludes included Dori Fisher performing "I'd Rather Be Blue" and "Inchworm," Forksville's Tom Jones rendering "Walking My Baby Back Home," the New Found Sound Barbershop Quartet, "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" railroaded by the Undrews Sisters (Helen Day, Dori Fisher and Barb Murray) and "Grandma's Feather Bed," recliningly inhabited by Barb and Joanna Murray, Brenda Miller and Deb Rojas.
Two skits were written and performer by their perpetrators: "Luke Warm and Maddy Ochre" - Helen Day and Richard Houck- "the Most Boring Couple on Earth." and "Old Hippies of Now," a reminiscence of Woodstock put together by Brenda Miller and George Hasay.
You don't see shows like that anymore. Except in Sullivan County. And you'll get a chance to see something remarkably similar when the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend returns, August 26-28, 2016.








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