Shaun Pekar, George DeMers and Vincent Smith make preparations for Ticonderoga’s MArts Madness, two weeks of cultural events and activities planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area March 2-17. Smith will perform in “Love Letters” Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga.
Love will be on display in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s inaugural MArts Madness.
“Love Letters,” a play by A.R. Gurney, will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Downtown Gallery.
“Love Letters” will star Vincent Smith and Kathleen E. Recchia.
The play received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nomination. It centers on just two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. In the play they sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards they exchanged during nearly 50 years. They discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.
First performed in 1988, it reached Broadway the following year.
Smith, a Hague resident, is chairman of the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. Formerly an interim director at Silver Bay, he has been involved in the theater for many years, starring in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles. He has also produced, directed and designed sets for professional and regional theater companies. He co-founded the Keen Company, an off-Broadway company that garnered an Obie with its second production.
Recchia, a resident of Jay, and has been a theater artist since 2002. She is also a producer, director and stage manager, as well as a grant writer and fund raiser. She is the owner/operator of Book and Blanket B&B in Jay, and works as a freelance copywriter/proofreader/copy editor. She has appeared in theatrical productions throughout the Adirondacks.
Both productions of “Love Letters” are free and open to the public. Donations will be welcomed.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For further information, call the guild at 585-7015.
The events are the third and fourth this year for the guild, which will present Towne Meeting in concert at the Best Western on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. It is also a free program, with attendees encouraged to bring their guild dues on that date.
Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area March 2-17.
Highlighting MArts Madness will be the opening of a new gallery.
STUDIO 117, located directly next to The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga, will open Saturday, March 2, with a reception and art show 5 to 10 p.m. Sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, furniture and more will be shown and be for sale. The show will continue through March 17.
Participating artists include June Borho, Jessica Chevelier, Tonya Whitford Condon, Tavish Costello, Matt Gregson, Skye Gregson, Brad Peria, Willa Shakeshaft and Crispin Shakeshaft.
Other MArts Madness events include:
— March 2, 1 p.m., reception at The Black Watch Memorial Library for the opening of a quilt show co-sponsored by The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. The quilt show will run through March 17;
— March 2, 7 p.m., Ticonderoga High School Sentinel Productions presents “Fairy Tale: The Ever After” by Kevin Stone at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium;
— March 3, 3 p.m., a concert by Towne Meeting at the Best Western Inn, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild;
— March 3, 2 p.m., Ticonderoga High School Sentinel Productions presents “Fairy Tale: The Ever After” by Kevin Stone at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium;
— March 9, Fort Ticonderoga North Country History Day;
— March 9, 7:30 p.m., The Downtown Gallery will host a production of “Love Letters” by A.R.Gurney with Kathy Recchia and Vincent Smith;
— March 10, 3 p.m., The Downtown Gallery will host a production of “Love Letters” by A.R.Gurney with Kathy Recchia and Vincent Smith;
—March 12, 5:30 p.m., the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on the “Way Space Affects Our Behavior and Productivity” by VMS Design;
— March 14, 4 p.m., the Black Watch Memorial Library will host a lecture on “The Cheever Mines” by Jim Davis;
— March 16, Fort Ticonderoga will host a 1750’s provincial coat workshop;
— March 16, 6 p.m., the Irishmen of the Year dinner at the Knights of Columbus in Ticonderoga; and
— March 17, Fort Ticonderoga will host its Fort Fever Series! “Evacuation Day 1776” and a 1750’s provincial coat workshop.
For more information, details and a complete schedule of events contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ticonderogany.com.
The Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area was created to bring together the arts, cultural,and historical organizations in the Ticonderoga area and raise the visibility of the cultural arts.
The group meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Community Building. Public participation is welcome. More information is available online at http://ti-alliance.org/cultural-arts/cultural-arts-initiative.html