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Cultural Icon, Grammy Nominee Judy Collins Returns to Skaneateles

The pure soprano voice of Judy Collins will echo off the lake once again when she returns to Skaneateles to perform at a concert, sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, at the lakeside Stella Maris Retreat Center, Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

The seventh annual event, “Summer Cabaret with Judy Collins,” will support the Arts Council’s cultural events and community grants program.

The iconic and beloved singer/songwriter and author will meet the public earlier in the day for a free “Conversations with Judy” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library. Collins will have a book-signing for her book, “Singing Lessons.” Her CD “Paradise” will also be for sale. In the book, Collins reflects on her life and career after her son Clark’s tragic death in 1992, and offers comfort to other survivors of personal tragedies. Collins has taken a lead role in suicide prevention nationally by speaking openly on the topic. During her sold-out 2009 concert in Skaneateles, she shared with the audience how Stella Maris holds a special place in heart because she came to the retreat center seeking spiritual solace after her son’s death.

At her first Skaneateles performance, Collins showed her warmth and wit as she developed a personal rapport with her audience, telling jokes and sharing stories of her life, which resulted in multiple standing ovations. Collins’ classical piano background, which enabled her to perform at age 13 Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” was evident as she gracefully transitioned from the grand piano to the guitar, while singing a varied repertoire.

Known for her eclectic style, Collins combines folk, show tunes, pop and rock ‘n’ roll music. Her love of lyrics was inspired by the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival. Events often drive Collins’ music. Through her poetic lyrics, she helped articulate the feelings of a generation activated by the Vietnam War and the tensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Of her 40 albums released over five decades, Collins has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations, and gold and platinum albums. Among her hauntingly beautiful classic songs are her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” her version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from the musical “A Little Night Music,” “Someday Soon,” “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” “Suzanne,” “My Father,” “In My Life” and her version of “Amazing Grace.”

In the fall of 2008, Collins’ label, Wildflower Records, released “Born to the Breed – A Tribute to Judy Collins, Volume I,” featuring original writing and poetry of Collins recorded by such luminaries as Chrissie Hynde, Joan Baez, Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Shawn Colvin and Leonard Cohen.

Collins, who sings regularly at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, will be giving concerts throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, culminating at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Dec. 23.

The Arts Council’s “Summer Cabaret with Judy Collins” will include lakeside cocktails; dining al fresco by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of the Sherwood Inn and Phoebe’s Restaurant; and an intimate concert on the lawn by Judy Collins from 6 to 10 p.m. The title sponsor is Dr. Robert Kiltz, owner of CNY Healing Arts and CNY Fertility Centers.


Ticket prices are $250 for VIP seating and $125 for regular seating. Tickets may be purchased online through PayPal at http://skarts.org/ or by sending a check to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152. Advance purchase is required for all seating.

Stella Maris Retreat Center

The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat Center was originally built for Frederick Roosevelt by the famed architectural firm of Stanford White in 1879.

About the Skaneateles Area Arts Council

The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The Arts Council presents cultural programming and issues community support grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area. Winners of the 2011 grants are: Auburn Public Theater, Khoros Performing Arts Company for Kids, Joanna Manring’s Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, Skaneateles Historical Society, Skaneateles Figure Skating Club, and Symphony Syracuse, a new organization (created by former SSO musicians) to continue the annual free summer symphony concert in Skaneateles. Since 2006, the Council has issued more than $40,000 in grants and free concerts to the community.

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm by Curt
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Starts: 9/26/2010 Ends: 9/26/2010
Event: 11th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival
Location: Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, Syracuse
For More Info: 315.622.2249

Posted: Saturday, September 4th, 2010 @ 9:56 am by Curt
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In honor of Historic Preservation Month and National Tourism Week, Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission will hold a “State of the Sites” night on May 12th, 2010 at Willard Memorial Chapel from 5-7 p.m. The theme of the evening will be the economic impact of arts and culture on our community. The Commission will also be presenting City Manager, Mark Palesh with an award for his work to create and support the Auburn’s Founder’s Day event. A wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Please come and hear about all the great things our historic and cultural sites are doing!

Posted: Saturday, April 17th, 2010 @ 8:12 am by Curt
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Welcome to the Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum Project, a proposal to create a new museum that will showcase the 9,000-square-mile Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Contact:                     John Adamski
Contact Info:             Phone: 585-746-6247
                                  Email: mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org


Exhibits are planned to include Native American culture, early colonization, and the histories of agriculture, viniculture, and commerce. Artifacts will range from antique boats and farm equipment to an immense freshwater aquarium containing the fish species that are native to the Finger Lakes. Outdoor exhibits will feature live specimens of native wildlife in natural settings like beavers, otters and the Seneca White Deer. Special focus will be given to invasive species such as lamprey eels, purple loosestrife and zebra mussels.

Each of the eleven Finger Lakes will be individually featured with geographical, geological, glacial and topographic details that depict the effects of the receding glaciers on the region 12,000 years ago.

Included in the concept is an art and photo gallery, an auditorium, a bookstore and a research library as well as flex-space for any other regional museums and historical societies within the fourteen Finger Lakes counties to present their own exhibits on a rotating basis.

How far along are we and where do we go from here?

Although the project is still in an embryonic stage, it has received the support and endorsements of the Finger Lakes Future Alliance, Finger Lakes Sierra Club, Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, Seneca White Deer, Inc., and The Nature Conservancy. Soon we will be forming an exploratory committee to study feasibility, select a site, prepare a business plan, and search for members of the Board of Trustees. Fundraising will begin as soon as a not-for-profit corporation is formed and the board is seated.

We are planning for a new facility of about 40,000 square-feet, which will feature state-of-the-art interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits.

How can you help?

Soon this website will be equipped to accept membership applications and other offers of support and announce upcoming fundraising events. Please feel free to offer your ideas and suggestions by contacting us. Thank you.

John Adamski, Project Director


Posted: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 @ 3:59 pm by Curt
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