The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY has announced a 1930s Catskills Farm Hoedown has been set for Saturday, July 28th from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Held outdoors behind the Museum, the hoedown features old time country music by the Country Travelers with Paul Lounsbury, Bob Hunt, Dave Trestyn, Bill Engle and Patty Legg, and both dancing and square dancing (called by Patty Legg) in the Museum’s restored 1870s barn. Continue reading
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown has announced the acquisition of the archive of comedian Shelley Berman, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 92.
The donation was formally announced during a tribute attended by Larry David, Dr. Demento, Cheryl Hines, Laraine Newman, Howard Storm, David Steinberg, Fred Willard, and Alan Zweibel, hosted by Lewis Black and presented by the National Comedy Center on Tuesday, January 30th at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. Continue reading
The Players Theatre in Manhattan has announced that they will host the performance, One Nation, One Mission, One Promise – An American Story, a unique off-Broadway play heading for a 5-week limited run, beginning January 12, 2018.
The play celebrates America’s diverse citizenship by bringing alive the heroes who strove to create “a more perfect union” for all its people. In the play Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King share the stage for the first time, while Frederick Douglas attends a Town Hall meeting with Ellen DeGeneres. Continue reading
The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, featuring local talent Gisella Montanez-Case, will present a multi-media concert at U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site on Saturday, August 12 at 4 pm.
The performance, entitled “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: 1776-1976,” is a music and film tribute honoring all who served. Attendees will experience America’s wartime story through song, still images, film, verse and several sing-a-long segments. Continue reading
Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House has announced the first full season of programming since reopening the 1855 building following major restoration. The season runs from July to December and features performances, exhibitions, readings, artist talks and free community workshops.
Hudson Hall’s opening season celebrates the return of New York State’s oldest surviving theater to public use for the first time in over 55 years with exhibitions, workshops, performances and events that highlight Hudson’s vibrant artistic community, including a new staging of Virgil Thompson and Gertrude Stein’s The Mother of Us All. This rarely performed opera is based on Susan B. Anthony, who spoke twice at the Hudson Opera House. Conceived by the visionary young stage director and Hudson resident, R. B. Schlather, the production stars mezzo soprano Michaela Martens and a vocal and instrumental ensemble of over 30 Hudson Valley residents. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss two of Bob’s Daily Gazette columns — one on Amsterdam, NY, opera singer Albert Sochin DaCosta and the other on late 19th century folk artist Kris Vogt, a homeless man who made sketches of the homes of others.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The Kurpil Family Fiddlers will perform at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, on Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm.
They will perform fiddle music while intermingling local fiddle music history, song history and the origins of fiddling. Continue reading
The site of New York State’s oldest surviving theater, the Hudson Opera House has completed the final phase of a major restoration project begun in April of 2016. The re-opening of the historic theater is accompanied by a name change: the Hudson Opera House will be renamed Henry Hudson Hall. Continue reading
For millions of people, holidays are all about going home, returning to one’s roots of family and friends. That concept was epitomized by a North Country man who attained great fame in Hollywood, but to his great credit never forgot the home folks — and to their credit, the home folks never forgot him. Whenever he returned to the North Country, or old friends visited him in California, there was always an exchange of love, admiration, and deep appreciation.
He was born in northern Michigan in 1916 as Harold John Smith, about as anonymous a name as one can imagine, and likely one that stirs no sense of recognition. But if Otis Campbell were mentioned, many would instantly recall Mayberry’s affable town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, Peter Ames Carlin, author of Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon. (Henry Holt, 2016) Born in New Jersey, Simon grew up in Queens, New York. Carlin sees Simon’s upbringing in the context of the Jewish immigrant experience in America. You can listen to the podcast here. Continue reading