The Ticonderoga Festival Guild has added a fall concert to its 2011 schedule.
‘The Piano Stylings of George Cantin” will be presented Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga. Tickets are $10 a person.
“This concert of favorite mood music includes classic and easy-listening songs,” said Cathie Burdick, guild executive director.
Following the concert the guild will serve cake, pie and beverages.
The annual meeting of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild will be held at Emerald’s Restaurant Monday, Oct. 17, with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6. Those attending will order from the menu.
On the agenda are elections, reports of the 2010-2011 year, and plans for the coming year. All members of the guild are invited to attend and should call the guild office at 585-7015 to make a reservation. Members of the guild are those who have donated funds during the past year.
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild presented six children’s Arts Trek programs and three evening concerts during this past summer.
“Once again we report a successful season of Arts Treks performances, although the number were slightly lower due to the absence of one group that attended in the past,” Burdick said. “We believe this absence was due to budget cuts that have plagued all of us.”
Faced with dwindling resources, the Ticonderoga Festival Guild offered a much different arts program this summer. The guild scaled back its weekly concert series in order to retain its children’s Arts Trek program.
The local arts group did not receive funding from the New York State Council on the Arts this year. That’s a loss of $4,000 for the Ti Festival Guild, which has provided weekly summer evening concerts the past 30 years. It has offered weekly children’s arts programs the past 28 years.
In order to maintain the full Arts Trek program, the guild has decided to slash its evening concert series from eight events to three.
“Again, the evening performances had very low attendance,” Burdick said. “The Ti Community Band was the most popular with about 70 (people). The Talent Night grew from last year and was a delightful variety show with dancers and singers of all ages. That show is just pure fun. The Hague Jazz Quartet was offered as a free concert since the Knights of Columbus had raised the money for it, and still garnered a small crowd because it competed the Glens Falls Symphony free concert at Silver Bay.
“Monetarily the guild fared well, but it can no longer schedule concerts to which no one comes,” Burdick added. “The Arts Trek will become the main summer focus for the foreseeable future.”
The guild did receive funding this year from Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Stewart’s Shops, Honeybee Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation, South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.
“While these are the larger gifts, the guild could not exist without all the faithful members and advertisers who support Arts Trek annually,” Burdick said.
The Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Inc., was established in 1980 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in the Ticonderoga area.
The mission of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild is to promote, develop, sustain, present, and advance a diverse program of performing arts in the Ticonderoga area.