TICONDEROGA - The second concert of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild series under the tent in Ticonderoga will be the Ticonderoga Talent Night at 8 p.m. on July 14. Area artists will sing, dance and recite for an evening of variety. Those wishing to perform should call Stan Burdick at 585-7015 and describe their presentations. Some slots on the program are still open.
Returning artists include jazz musician Mike Vassallo and his trio; John Brooks, guitar/vocalist; Caroline Fuller, a songstress. New to this audience will be Ernie Huntington, guitar/vocalist. Two students of the Norma Strong Dance Studio will present a dancing duet and a solo performance.
Tickets for the concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the entrance and at Rathbun Jewelers on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided at intermission.
The Festival Guild is supported by grants from the New York Council on the Arts, by donations from area businesses and by memberships from local residents and visitors. Information is available at 585-6716.
A two-pronged program with Two of a Kind is slated for the morning of July 15. This duo from Pennsylvania and their twin sons will present a songwriting workshop at the Heritage Museum at 9 a.m. and a program under the Festival Guild Tent at 10:15. The theme is Lake Champlain, its quadricentennial, and why it is important to us to enjoy and preserve it. Two of a Kind is noted for their ecologically-themed programs. The children from the songwriting workshop will present their song during the second program.
David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans make up Two of A Kind, with their two sons, Ari and Jason. David and Jenny have been performing together for twenty years. The harmony of their songs is especially easy on the ear and their messages are up-to-date in teaching the audience to care for the environment we all share.
The Arts Trek programs are offered to the children of the area at no charge. Donations are accepted. Sponsors for this program are the Ticonderoga PTO and the Rotary Club of Northern Lake George.
The Arts Treks are supported by grants from the Southern Lake Champlain Trust, the International Paper Foundation, the Essex County Division of Youth, the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks, by a donation from Stewart's Shops, and by individual donors.
This program is also funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments, the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Federation.