Artisans displaying their creations and demonstrating their techniques will be filling Rogers Park Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 during the Bolton Emergency Squad Arts & Crafts Fair that always draws so many people to town.
More than 30 vendors will be participating, presenting a wide variety of handiwork from paintings, woodwork, decorated or handcrafted home furnishings and novelty items. The fair hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in Rogers Park. This event is a major fundraiser for the volunteer Bolton Emergency Squad.
Chair auction nears
The beautifully embellished Adirondack chairs you have seen on display throughout Bolton Landing this summer will be auctioned off on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bolton Landing Conservation Park.
The gala but casual event, the annual Chrissy’s Chairs Auction, features late-night entertainment by the renowned Stony Creek Band.
More than 20 local artists gave of their time and talent to this fundraiser in memory of Christine Nicole Perry, who died years ago at a young age in an out-of state automobile crash. The proceeds go to a foundation in Chrissy’s name, run by Christine's parents, Mark and Linda Perry of Bolton.
The foundation has awarded money to various community service causes and scholarships at Bolton Central. Proceeds of this auction of “Chrissy’s Chairs” will benefit Cindy’s Comfort Camp.
Book sale a success
The trustees of the Bolton Free Library extend thanks to the greater Bolton community for their support for the recent book sale, which several termed as a “fabulous” turnout. With the help of townspeople, the book sale netted $7,682 for the library, they said.
Art Talk Aug. 17
Renowned painter and furniture artist Barney Bellinger of Sampson Bog Studio will present his works and observations at the next Bolton-based Art Talk, set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. The free Art Talk series is offered by the Lake George Land Conservancy at their headquarters at 4905 Lake Shore Dr.
Bellinger’s creative paintings and furnishings are inspired by his keen observation of wild, quiet places while hiking, fishing or paddling a favorite guide boat or canoe. He experiences the beauty of natural light and changing seasons in remote, natural landscapes from the Adirondacks to the American West.
Bellinger’s understanding of various woodlands is primarily inherited from a grandfather who worked in lumber camps in the early 1900s and spent his time in later years sharing secrets of the woods. Furniture created by Bellinger has been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Adirondack Museum, and appears in the permanent collections of the Orvis Co. and the Smithsonian.
The series, which runs through August, is a collaborative effort to promote the arts and businesses of downtown Bolton Landing and the work of the conservancy. For details, call 644-9673, or see: www.lglc.org.
BOLTON LANDING — The Sembrich Museum is commemorating the North Country legacy of acclaimed Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, who spent the last summer of his life, 1945, on Saranac Lake.
This celebration, which runs from Aug. 12 through 17, features, in the Sembrich studio, a lecture by professor Michael Beckerman and performances of Bartok works by acclaimed musicians.
Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2 and selections from his “44 Duos for Violin” are featured in a concert at 7:30 pm. Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Sembrich studio on Lake Shore Dr. Violinist Philip Kates will be joined by his colleagues from the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with pianist Natalie Zhu and the Hyperion String Quartet.
At 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Beckerman from NYU will present a lecture examining the refugee experiences of a number of foreign composers who relocated to the U.S. during WW II. The cost is $5.
The series concludes Wednesday, Aug. 17 with a 7:30 p.m. performance of the Jake Shulman-Ment Quintet, a program of gypsy and klezmer music.
Also featured during the week of events are two free films, “After the Storm: The American Exile of Bela Bartok” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 in The Sembrich studio; and “An American Rhapsody,” the account of a family’s flight from Hungary in the 50s, set for Monday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Bolton Free Library. For details, call 644-2431.