Did you have an art-full week?

Did you and Dad hit the jazz concert at the Firehouse Stage? Or did you say “Hello” to Dolly? Please tell us how you participated in the arts this past week. Or perhaps you can share what art-full events you have planned for the coming weekend.

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3 Responses to "Did you have an art-full week?"

  1. jimciotoli

    I walked across the yard this afternoon, this time with my dad and mom, Orlando and Dolly, to see the Cider Mill Playhouse production of “Hello, Dolly”!

    The set design was once again clever, changing from a street scene to a suburban feed store and then into one of NYC’s top restaurants. The show is set at the turn of the century, late 1890s, and the costumes were appropriate and colorful. Dolly’s red satin dress in the restaurant scene made me wonder if we were watching a big-city production or simply a Binghamton play.

    The title song was really well done, quite lengthy and memorable, and one that will be in your mind for a couple of days.

    Playing to a sold-out house, the cast and band, led by Jan DeAngelo received a standing ovation at the end of the show. There was one intermission, and the running time was about two and one-half hours.

    This is a love story, and, as expected, the couples do pair up. This was my first encounter with this movie/play, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it on this last day of spring 2010.

    “Hello, Dolly!” winds up this week with performances Thursday through Sunday (June 24-27). For details, visit http://www.cidermillplayhouse.com.

  2. asuddengiftoffate

    File this under what do to this coming weekend:
    I will be signing my latest novel, “A Sudden Gift of Fate,” (http://giftoffate.wordpress.com/) on from 11 a.m.a to 3 p.m. Saturday (June 26) at Keuka Spring Vineyards (http://www.keukaspringwinery.com/). The signing will be held during the Keuka Lake Wine Trail’s Barbecue at the Wineries event. (You don’t have to participate in the event to attend. Keuka Spring’s wine tastings are free, BTW.)
    This novel, sequel to my debut work “The Cyber Miracles”
    (http://thecybermiracles.wordpress.com/), follows an Irish couple who are given a run-down Keuka Lake winery to manage as a wedding gift. The story is set in Binghamton, Ithaca, all around Keuka Lake and the West of Ireland.
    One reason I’m excited about this signing, is that the story is set just down the road from Keuka Spring, so readers can take a good look around the glorious scenery and see what inspired me. I have visited this winery from the first year it opened and observed how their wines improved gradually to award-winning selections, including New York’s coveted Governor’s Cup award for their ’98 cabernet franc.
    I start each chapter with a description of a wine grape, in the approximate order in which they were introduced to the Finger Lakes. (Keuka Lake is where this wine region began in the 1830s. It was known originally for its sparkling wines.) Winemaker Vinny Aliperti (from Billsboro Estate Winery and Atwater Vineyards) provided background information for me on what challenges new winery owners would face. I also weave into the story current locavore and organic agriculture trends across the Finger Lakes.
    Hope you can join me on the 26th.
    Mary Pat Hyland
    Author, “A Sudden Gift of Fate”
    Eat, drink and read local fiction!

  3. Coming up this weekend: Bring your friends, your family, anyone you wish! All are welcome to come be a part of a mosaic mural “install” in downtown Binghamton. The artists of Susan Jablon Mosaics will begin the project on Friday morning (June 25) as soon as they give the go-ahead — all are welcome to put on the beautifully vibrant glass tiles that will make up this mosaic mural! We invite you to come watch the process, and/or put some of the beautiful glass tiles in yourself. This is a unique opportunity to have a public art project open to the public — with no artistic experience required!! Just come a be a part of putting the “Bling Back in Bing!” We’d like to see projects like this continue in the community, so come out and see what the very first one is like! Be sure to RSVP on FaceBook!

    Many of the tiles used in this project are from Susan Jablon’s “Organiks” line of recycled glass tiles. Check out how they’re recycled on Jablon’s website (www.susanjablonmosaics.com).

    This began as a project between Susan Jablon Mosaics and Southern Tier Celebrates! in February 2009. It is hoped this mosaic mural will inspire positive energy as it bursts with vibrant, colorful energy. The mosaic will be placed in a “‘gateway” area leading into downtown Binghamton along the River Walk.

    Once this project is completed, it is the desire of the creators to continue this work throughout downtown, filling in blank corners that are begging to be discovered through color. Please be sure to visit the live installation, the weekend of June 25. On Saturday (June 26), those who visit can contribute by helping to apply the tiles. You will be amazed at how a mosaic can change the face of a neighborhood. Do you have a corner or wall in mind that could use this kind of vibrancy? Let us know that weekend or through e-mail, and we’ll start looking into it!

    Susan Jablon Mosaics have been putting our area on the national map through their incredible work; you have seen their work on shows such as Fox’s “Hells Kitchen” and “Extreme Home Makeover.” Visit their website to learn about all the wonderful ways their mosaics can alter a room, house or community! Be sure to RSVP to this event on the Susan Jablon Mosaics FaceBook page (find link on the website). Sign up to be a fan while you are there!