A Midsummer Night's Dream (abridged)
Our "Shakespeare in the Parks" production of 2022, an abridged version toured around the central Adirondacks as part of the Adirondack Lakes Theatre Festival! This performance was recorded on Aug. 1 at the Sunset Stage in Tupper Lake, NY. Four Athenian lovers – Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia, and Helena – run away to a magic forest, only to fall victim to the schemes of a mischievous fairy named Puck. Between mistaken identities and truly Shakespearean shenanigans, this classic tale took on new life in our production. Featuring: Kirsten Denis, Jadzia Briggs, Angeliq Hammie, & Dante Giacovelli as the Lovers, with Christabelle Kirkham, Felonica Kirkham, and Ted & Karen Lordi-Kirkham as the Fairies, and David Myers, Monica Bills, Mike Corey, William Sandiford, & George Cordes as the Mechanicals. Stage Director: Karen Lordi-Kirkham
Bewitched at Sagamore
Another selection from our live 2021 & 2022 programming ... From August 17, 2022, a concert of Rodgers & Hart tunes performed in the historic Barn at Great Camp Sagamore, featuring singers Kasey Stewart, George Cordes, Annachristi Cordes, and Neal Harrelson, with pianist Elizabeth Cordes. Part of the 2023 Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival.
A lecture by Pete Nelson
Pete Nelson: Diversity in the Adirondacks: The Underground Railroad & Blue Mountain Lake Was Eagle Nest on the Underground Railroad? For more than a century, rumors have suggested the current home of the Blue Mountain Center on the shore of Eagle Lake was originally a stop on an Underground Railroad route for escaped slaves traveling from Glens Falls to Canada and freedom. The circumstantial evidence for it is compelling; the arguments against it are equally strong. Can it be proven either way? Join North Country Community College lecturer Pete Nelson on a journey through history, lore and speculation that not only seeks to unravel the mystery of the original clearing at Eagle Lake, but also to shine a light on a diverse Adirondack past still little known. Pete Nelson, educator and advocate and a co-founder of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative and member of ADI’s Core Team, has been involved in diversity work for more than three decades, from community work to academic institutions and politics. Pete is also a writer, co-founder of Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, and a mathematics teacher at North Country Community College.
A concert by Ryan Leddick and George Kuubetesuri
Indian Lake's soulful singer-songwriter Ryan Leddick (now a resident of the Capitol District) collaborates with guest percussionist George Kuubetesuri and his African-inspired rhythms.
A concert by folk duo Blessid Dirt
Tereson Dupuy and Eric Pasternak make up this beautiful, Adirondack-grown acoustic duo. Classified as "heavy folk", they have been influenced by greats such as John Prine and Led Zeppelin alike. They have since been heard around the Adirondacks, and we are proud to have had them at the Arts Center first!
A lecture by Jason Thurston
Jason Thurston was our first featured speaker in our Lecture Series this season, talking about accessibility in the Adirondack Park and his own fascinating journey. Jason chatted about a combination of his experience, his involvement with International Paper-John Dillon Park, and his plans to make more places accessible through the NYSDEC accessibility advisory committee and its channels. He covered his backstory, his happy camper initiative, and the various efforts that he has put forth to get more people with disabilities to the park.