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The Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.For a pdf copy of our 2016 brochure, click here.
For an SCCA membership form, click here.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
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Art Council Celebrates Founders at Potluck
At its annual member potluck, held this year at Cherry Mills Lodge, the Sullivan County Council on the Arts paid tribute to three of its members who have done the most to establish and maintain the Council during its formative years: founders Ferdie Marek and Vivian McCarty, who served as its first president for two decades, and Florence Suarez, the council's long-time executive director.
In addition, Vivian and Ferdie became the Arts Council's first Honorary Lifetime Board Members. Florence remains on the active board.
The potluck was a particularly fun evening this year, with a charming performance by local singer Tom Jones, who made a lasting impression as this year's emcee at the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue last August. Tom did numbers by James Taylor and others, as well as a touching lyrical reminiscence on his own lost first love.
The dessert-heavy cornucopia, which also included a main-dish salad, Indian curry and hummus dip, kept everyone going back for seconds (and thirds). And the Kiner family, who run the Lodge and served as hosts, actually joined in the celebration and put up with the influx of art-lovers taking over their entire first floor.
Thanks too to Connie Hatch, who bustled around the kitchen and oversaw the laying out and dispensing of vittles.
The kind of enthusiasm and
camaraderie shown at the potluck reflects how smoothly the Arts Council works
as an organization and how well the board members mesh as individuals and as a
group. So stay tuned for announcements of new (and old) endeavors for the
coming year: The brochure for 2017 will be issued some time in December.
As the SCCA Literary Awards slip into their seventh year, the Arts Council, heeding the advice of our high school English teachers, has turned the contest into an almost year-long program.
In former years, it ran only during the spring months of the school year, which on occasion brought it into conflict with the school's testing schedule.
For 2016-17, by contrast, the program is starting in October and will continue through mid-March. The English teachers have been provided with humorous posters to catch student attention (and from word received so far, it's working) plus guideline sheets that provide the contest's rather minimal rules - basically, no profanity or obscenity.
The contest is open not only to students in the Sullivan County High School, but also to home schoolers and private schoolers who reside in the county: Indeed, several past winners have come from these areas. The four top winners will receive cash prizes.
Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are eligible for entry (with the Nobel Prize in Literature being awarded to Bob Dylan, song lyrics are also fair game). Writing done for the high school student newspaper is eligible as well. All students will be judged on the total body of work submitted, be it a single story or a collection of poetry, stories or articles.
The Arts Council asks that the number of entries per student be limited to four, but in the past this limitation has been waved when contest moderator Linda White was flooded with top-draw material.
Linda emphasizes, as always, that the judges will be looking for highly creative work - what's vital to the author and interesting to the reader, not just "what's expected." With more time to develop their ideas, and with more time for the teachers to promote the contest, she feels that the Arts Council should end up with especially resplendent material.
Work may be entered at any time, starting immediately, but will not be judged until the close of the contest, March 15. Students in the district, home schoolers and private schoolers may email material to firstname.lastname@example.org. Though print or hand-written material will also be accepted, it's easier on the eyes and typing fingers of the contest administrators to receive digital files.
Entries will be judged anonymously, but authors, please, include your name and contact information on your material.
Winners and runners-up will be published in the
Arts Council's Hills and Valleys
magazine, which will also highlight the winners of the Youth Art Award for