Bird Language, with Connor Stedman
Do you know what that bird is saying? Bird language is the communication network of the forest, long understood by trackers from around the world. It offers a unique window into ecology, animal behavior, and the relationship between people and nature. This evening presentation will introduce the core patterns of bird language through images, sound, and storytelling.
Suggested donation is $10. No preregistration is necessary.
Sponsored by Elizabeth Lee, Outdoor Guide and the Northeast Wilderness Trust
Connor Stedman inhabits western New England as a field naturalist, wilderness educator, and ecological designer. He has been mentoring students of all ages in nature awareness since 2004, and leads courses in natural history, bird language, wilderness skills, and agroforestry throughout the northeast US. Connor co-organized the 2012 Carbon Farming Course, writes about land use and tending the wild at his Renewing the Commons blog, and is completing an M.S. in Ecological Planning at the University of Vermont. His goal as an instructor is to deepen knowledge of place and support students to become connected, empowered stewards of the earth.
Saturday, May 4 from 9am-4pm
Field Workshop: Observing and Interpreting Bird Language
What can bird language reveal about the natural world? This full-day workshop offers an experiential introduction to observing and interpreting bird language in the field. Participants will build familiarity with local bird species; learn the "5 voices" of bird language and how to interpret them; practice field observation and movement skills; develop recognition of common bird language "signatures"; and leave with steps for further learning. Led by Connor Stedman. Meet at the Grange and carpool to the field location.
(SATURDAY CLASS IS FULL. If there is sufficient interest we will add a field class on Sunday. Please contact Elizabeth Lee immediately if you are interested in a Sunday class or being added to a waiting list for Saturday.) Cost is $45. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. Contact Elizabeth Lee at email@example.com for registration information.
Friday, February 15 at 7pm
Bread and Puppet Theater presents The Circus of the Possibilitarians
Come to the Grange and be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of this amazing theater company, presenting entertaining political theater for all ages. Puppets, large and small, music, and spectacle will fill the stage and the hall on this special night. One show only!
Visit Bread and Puppet's website for information and inspiration! Bread and cider after the show.
Tickets: $10 adults / $5 under 18. Family tickets $20. Advance tickets on sale at the Essex Ice Cream Cafe on Main Street in the Village, Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams or by mail. Make checks payable to WCA, PO Box 54, Essex, NY 12936.
Bread & Puppet Theater is based on a large farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It was founded by Peter Schumann, German born artist-dancer, in 1963, and for the next decade his giant puppets figured prominently in anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations in New York City, Washington DC and other cities in the US and abroad. Indoor performances were both simpler and more complex, ranging from quiet, intense masked shows ("Fire", "Man Says Good-Bye") with 4-6 players, to huge, lengthy spectacles ("Cry of the People").
Saturday, November 10, 9am-4:30pm
Big Money for Small Groups, a workshop for nonprofit organizations
In this seminar, nationally-recognized nonprofit trainer Andy Robinson
will give board, staff members and volunteers indispensable tools for
responsible, effective and enthusiastic stewardship of the precious
local organizations we serve. Sponsored by Adirondack Community Trust and Essex Community Fund. Advance registration is required. Details and registration information are available here.
This is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox on fracking, high-volume hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale. A gas-drilling boom has swept across the U.S. But is fracking safe? When Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he seeks the answer to that question and travels across the country, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination.
Admission is free. The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Gary Henry, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at Clinton Community College.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Adirondack Council
For details on the film, visit the movie website here.Wednesday, August 29 7:30pm
Creating Engaged Citizenry in Palestine
A hope-filled lecture, by Palestinian Community Advocacy Network leaders from McGill University, on 15 years of non-violent human rights-based activism. Sponsored by John Brown Lives! and St. John's Episcopal Church, Essex. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 28, 7:30
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents the premier of this traveling production celebrating the life and music of Frank Sinatra.
He was a saloon singer, an actor, a showman. A giant. A big leaguer. As he would say, a gasser. He took music in new directions, he triumphed and stumbled and triumphed again. This is Frank Sinatra’s legacy, what he did and who he was. Join us for an evening of Sinatra’s music and stories.
Tickets: $10 / under 18, $5. Tickets on sale at the Essex Ice Cream Cafe or at the door.
Hot Summer Swing with the Chris Conte Trio
Music and dancing cabaret style featuring the hot sounds of '30s and '40s jazz and swing. Come to listen or come to dance to the sweet sounds of lead vocalist Chris Conte. Cash bar and catering from the Cobble Hill Inn in Elizabethtown.
Tickets: $10. On sale at the Essex Ice Cream Cafe, the Cobble Hill Inn or at the door.
Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd
11am Family Nature Walk,
1-3pm Bike Clinic
Documentary film that takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.
Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29
FarmHack is a community for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. Farmers, engineers, designers, inventors all welcome to bring your ideas for more efficient and sustainable tools and practices for farmers.
Full schedule of events is available here.
The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play by William Luce about the life of
Starring Kathleen Recchia
Tickets $10/students $5
includes dessert and beverage
Wild, Yet Wonderfully Near: Bobcats Return to the Champlain Valley
Learn the surprising facts about bobcats and habitat use.
Naturalist and wildlife tracking expert Sue Morse will share stories and evidence of the bobcats' return from near extinction.
Sponsored by Northeast Wilderness Trust and Champlain Area Trails (CATS)
Suggested donation $5
Poetries of Place, readings by Elaine Sexton and Roger Mitchell and conversation with landscape painter Edward Cornell
September 14 and 15
All proceeds to benefit the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, to help with flood relief
Between A&B Productions presents AGNES OF GOD by John Pielmeier Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is locked in a battle of wills, wit and dogma with Mother Superior Miriam Ruth for the life and soul of a young novitiate, AGNES OF GOD is a riveting exploration of faith and the power of love. Directed by Bonnie Brewer
with Leslie Dame as Dr. Martha Livingstone, Clare Paulson as Agnes, and Kathy Recchia as Mother Miriam Ruth.
July 3-9, 2011 Dreaming of Timbuctoo: Exhibition, Education, Engagement
In 2001 Dreaming of Timbuctoo opened at the Adirondack Museum. Through letters, documents, photographs and words, the exhibition tells the story of Black homesteaders granted land in the Adirondacks in the mid-1840s—a step towards winning the right to vote for free Black New Yorkers. This “scheme of justice and benevolence” brought John Brown and his family to North Elba in 1848 to support these settlers. What happened to bring the "Smith grantees" from different parts of the state to this area and what happened when they came is part of our hidden history.
As we mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Civil War, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall and John Brown Lives! hosted this exhibition, and several educational and cultural events that examined the political war on slavery, discussed its place in North Country history, and its relationship to civil rights issues.
The Dreaming of Timbuctoo exhibition is a joint project of John Brown Lives! and the Essex County Historical Society.
Saturday, July 9, 8pm Magpie in concert Beautiful harmonies, amazing musicianship and songs of love, struggle and spirit from the duo of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. Activists, interpreters, songwriters -- a wonderful evening of music on stage at the Grange. Tickets $7; under 12, $3.
Visit their website to learn more. Check out this sample of their music.
Vaudeville Night at the Grange
With guest appearances by Lucy, Ethel and Ricky. A fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers, the evening will offer local talent: musicians, comedians, poets, story-tellers, fencers, even a cross-dresser! Come have fun and help select the top three performers.
Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2011
Mrs. Farnsworth, a play by A.R. Gurney Presented by the Book and Blanket Players and the Grange
Made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks (ACNA)
Molasses Creek in concert
Exceptional group from Ocracoke Island, NC. High-energy acoustic music with a captivating stage presence, elegant harmonies, blazing instrumentals, and a quirky sense of humor.
Meet Molasses Creek special event for kids, parents and everyone who to "get acquainted" with the band. We heard songs and stories from Ocracoke and an Island square dance and pirate song! Thanks to Fiddler Dave, Gary, Marcy, Lou and Gerald for an unforgettable visit.
To find out more about Molasses Creek, visit their website.
Made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks (ACNA)
Adirondack Raptors and Wendy Hall brought owls and