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The annual Festival of Books at Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a celebration of books and reading for the whole community. For three days in early September we welcome outstanding writers and poets and nearly 2,000 readers and book-lovers to our 1847 schoolhouse in rural Columbia County. This year’s festival will feature a visit from Froggy on Saturday morning for the kids.
Friday Members' Only Preview 2:00-8:00pm | Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm | Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm | Monday 10:00am-2:00pm
Back by popular demand, members have free admission to extended early buying at the Festival of Books. Book sales begin Friday, August 30, at 2:00 pm and continue until 8:00 pm. Members are welcome for free, and their guests for $10. Complimentary refreshments will be served from 6:00-8:00 pm for members ONLY and their guests. We thank our members for their support, and welcome not-yet members to become ones. Memberships will be for sale throughout the Festival. Become a member.
Visit with Froggy – and pose for a free souvenir photo with this popular storybook character to take home. Book-related art projects in the program tent. Storybook corner readings for the youngest readers. Froggy costume based on the character created by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz. All rights reserved.
This year’s theme “In The Moment” displays how the artist captures the ephemeral in their art. Join us for the opening and meet the artists, whose work includes painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics.” Above: "They Are Strangely Settled And Ready. Are They?" by Ilene SpiewakFind out more »
Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-5:00pm “This show is about how an artist, inspired by his or her process and vision, transforms the ephemeral into an enduring work of art. We had a great response this year from many artists throughout the region,” says Leslie Gabosh, member of the Academy Curatorial Committee and this year's coordinator of the Juried Regional Show. Juror Katharine T. Carter works as an artist representative, furthering the careers of artists across the country, and…Find out more »
A Magical Brew of Blues, Rock, Jazz and More Over the past five years, the Amy Ryan Band has gained an enthusiastic and growing following. In 2015, the group won Capital Region Blues Network’s qualifying competition to represent the region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Guitarist Richard Green saw an opportunity to join forces with a gutsy female singer with the potential to lead a great blues band. Melding Amy’s country-blues vocal magic and Richard’s urban blues and…
Juilliard soprano Katheen O’Mara & pianist Chris Reynolds performing for Kids Need Music Annual Benefit Concert
Kids Need Music presents a program of art songs, arias and popular songs by acclaimed soprano Kathleen O’Mara and pianist Chris Reynolds. The program will include works by Schubert, Charpentier, Debussy, Puccini, Verdi, Gershwin, Arlen and more. Mr. Reynolds will perform selected piano pieces, including the dramatic Mephisto Waltz No.1 by Franz Liszt. " Kathleen O’Mara is a soprano from Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and is studying for her M.M. at Juilliard. Ms. O’Mara has performed in The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Turn…
Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960s and ’70s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings. His newest albums have met with high critical acclaim.
Eat, drink, be merry and support the Academy at this special opening of "Art for the Academy", a fundraiser to bring us closer to our Building Restoration Campaign goals. 52 artists have generously donated work for this special event. With their generosity, 100% of all sales will go to help the Academy reach its fiscal destination. Tickets are $25. The full price of the ticket can be credited toward any purchases. Art for the Academy Artists Stephanie Anderson | website…
Sisters Nerissa and Katryna are well into their third decade as musical partners. They have released 17 albums, had major and independent record and publishing deals, and performed with The Band, James Taylor, Dan Zanes, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Indigo Girls. Their most recent album, XVII, is both their most personal and their most community-minded. Its meditative lyrics express joy in the present and faith in the future. The songs are about the lessons The Nields hope to have learned…Find out more »