Back in Blue: The Online Series 2022


Our return to the MAGIC of live, in-person music, theatre, visual-arts exhibits, and other programming continued in 2022 with "Back in Blue, Act II: The Magic Returns!" 55 years ago, in 1967, a little group called the Beatles came out with "The Magical Mystery Tour," a musical tour de force that helped define a generation. That same year, Jim and Sheila Hutt first directed the Arts Center in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, a magical place that continues to help define what the arts mean to our Adirondack communities. Our return to live activities in 2021 and 2022 featured a "magical" lineup of classical, folk, rock, alternative, and Broadway music through our Weekend Series, our Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival productions, gallery exhibits, workshops, and lectures!

The LIVE lectures, concerts, & theatre from our 2021 and 2022 seasons in a VIRTUAL format!

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The latest in our series:


A Midsummer Night's Dream (abridged)
Recorded on August 1, 2022

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


Also available to view:

Bewitched at Sagamore
Recorded on August 17, 2022

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
Recorded on August 24, 2022

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
Recorded on June 18, 2022

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
Recorded on May 28, 2022

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
Recorded on July 13, 2022

 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.

As chairman of the accessibility advisory committee to the DEC, Jason has been working on several projects. He has met with the DEC commissioner to raise awareness and request funds to support accessibility projects. He has been working with Kim Hill, the newly appointed chief disability officer who reports directly to the governor. He was a panelist on a webinar about trail accessibility: Webinar 

Jason is also on several other committees to promote more accessibility:
New York Trails Association
Forest Preserve Advisory Committee
Rails to Trails project



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