The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will mark a milestone this summer as its Arts Trek program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Arts Trek is the series of free children’s programs held each summer by the guild.
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will mark a milestone this summer as its Arts Trek program celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Arts Trek is the series of free children’s programs held each summer by the guild.
“With a new audience about every five or six years, the 30-year history means that Arts Trek has entertained and impacted about five generations of younger children to date,” Cathie Burdick, guild executive director, said. “Last fall when new board members were recruited, one young woman came on board because she remembered attending the programs as a child.”
Arts Trek has become the centerpiece of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, which was formed in 1980 to present performing arts in the Ticonderoga area.
The guild is now in the midst of its spring fund raising campaign. Letters were recently sent to members and community leaders announcing the summer programs and inviting memberships for the coming year.
Arts Trek will open with a birthday party on Tuesday, July 3, at 10:15 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus pavilion. Stephen Gratto and his sons, who have joined him in his act, will juggle, ride unicycles and walk tightropes.
Six more programs will begin on July 11 with Brian Gillie and his Spirit of America in Song program. Gillie will conduct a workshop at the Heritage Museum at 9 a.m. where he will choreograph a dance with the children, which they will present at Arts Trek at 10:15 a.m.. He will also teach a vintage dance such as the Charleston to the entire Arts Trek audience.
The Seagle Music Colony will present “Little Red Riding Hood,” their children’s opera for 2012, on July 18. Debbie O’Carroll will bring the “Magic of Fitness” July 25 to the group, followed on Aug.1 by the Diane Kordas Puppets with “Sir George and the Dragon.” Mary Jo Maichack’s program, “Or Would You Like To Be A Fish?” will take place on Aug. 8 with songs and stories of creatures that live in lakes and rivers. Stan Burdick will present “Animals I Have Known,” stories and poems illustrated with giant cartoons, Aug. 15, to conclude the series.
“Arts Trek is not getting older, but better,” Burdick said. “Each year brings new artists and new kinds of programs to the stage at the pavilion. We also welcome back some old friends who give wonderful performances as well.
“Thirty years is marked by pearls,” she added. “We promise that every program this summer is a gem, a pearl in a sting of great performances over the years. The artists are enthusiastic, the programs are interactive, the whole series is just plain fun while harboring some educational facts and living ideals behind the lines.”
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild will also have adult programming this year.
After a success Twelfth Night Celebration in January, the second guild program of 2012 will be a concert by the Curbstone Chorus of Rutland on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Inn & Suites.
A progressive dinner is being planned for June. The President’s Party July 25 will feature Tom O’Carroll, an Irish singer and storyteller, who is travelling to the area with his wife, Debbie, an Arts Trek performer.
Two programs will be held on Tuesdays at the Knights of Columbus pavilion — the Ti Talent Night July 31 at 7 p.m. and the Ti Community Band concert on Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
“Budgets have been pared down the past two years but the programs have continued and the guild has managed to end each fiscal year in the black because of generous donations of individual members, business in the area, and several grants,” Burdick said. “Already supportive this year have been the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks, with a DEC grant that will be awarded March 16.”
For information about the Ticonderoga Festival Guild call 585-7015.