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"Hills and Valleys" magazine

You can pick up the latest copy of our annual literary (and visual arts) magazine online by clicking here. "Hills and Valleys" presents all the winners of our literary awards and also the high school-level winners of our Youth Art visual awards.

Sadie Lewis Takes Choice of Show Award

Three judges from the Sullivan County Council on the Arts took their time to pick a single winner among the as-always marvelous work on view at the annual Sullivan County High School art show, May 6. In the end, they chose "Metallic Knight," a charming and enticing carnival-type mask, adored with gilt tracery, feathers and a single flower. In separate judging, Sadie's entire display at the show also took first prize in that category, sponsored by the Bowhunter's Festival.

As has been the tradition for 18 years, "Metallic Knight" has been purchased from Sadie by the Arts Council. It will be framed in a shadow box and hung on permanent display, with a plaque, in the school's main corridor, along with all previous winners dating back to 1998.

Sadie's piece is only the second three-dimensional work to gain the award, the other being Catherine Badger's in 2004. All the winners are on display in miniature at, but the only way to gain their full effect is to drop by the high school and walk the hallway to view the originals. It's well worth anyone's time.

This year's judges were Pat Arcaro, Lynn Kibbe and Joan Moore. The Arts Council extends its sincere thanks for their time, effort - and excellent artist choice.

At the presentation, outgoing high school art director Deb McDonald lauded her students for the massive effort they put in throughout the year, not only in creating the artworks themselves, but preparing materials and setting up and overseeing the elaborate annual showcase that has increased in size, complexity and quality throughout two decades.

Arts Council president Helen Day echoed Deb's sentiments and added that the Arts Council and students will be forever in Deb's debt for her dedication and the sterling work she has put into both teaching and presentation. She also thanked the school board for showing its continuing support for the arts.

Though the multiple prizes handed out at the show depend on the support of numerous organizations in the county, they are, and will remain, a testament to Deb's initiative and unstinting devotion to the arts in education.

Welcome to the Sullivan County Council on the Arts

Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2015

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.

Check out our activities page to see what we're up to.

For a pdf copy of our 2015 brochure, click here.

For an SCCA membership form, click here.

For Art Expo application, click here.

Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.

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Looking Ahead

Art Expo
The annual SCCA Art Expo will be held Oct. 10-11, 10 am to 5 pm, in the Blue Building at the Forksville Fairgrounds, during the Sullivan County Fall Festival. Come see some of the finest artwork in north central and northeast Pennsylvania and souther NY. And vote! Cast your ballot for your favorite piece in the show, and the winner (she or he with the most votes) gets a cash prize to take home. And, of course, the artists will also be divvying up the usual prizes awarded by the judges, amounting to $1200.

Potluck Supper October 17
The SCCA will hold its annual potluck supper at St. Basil's Hall, October 17 at 6 p.m. The potluck is open to Arts Council members and non-members alike – basically, its an excuse for all those who love the arts in Sullivan County and the surrounding area to settle down for an evening of good food and good company.

Council president Helen Day will give a brief rundown of the organization's activities and plans for the coming year. There will also be music (maybe live, maybe recorded), including selections from past Roving Theater shows.

So bring your favorite food recipe and any recipe for future ideas to enliven Arts Council programs. Last names starting with A to M, bring main dish or salad; N to Z, bring dessert; anyone, bring music. For more information, call 570-924-3722.

Ultimate Music Weekend
We’ll be providing shuttle service from central Dushore for its Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend of family entertainment, November 6-8 at St. Basil's Hall. Vans will leave from the Hurley's parking area starting a half hour before each performance and be active until at least a half hour following.

Each day of the Ultimate Weekend will provide a different kind of treat.

The Celtic Martins will arrive November 6 at 7 pm for their annual concert of Irish and Scottish instrumentals and step-dancing. There's nothing sedate about the Martins, whose 9-member family band churns out the kind of open, full-bodied sound that has created a huge following along the East Coast. Nelson and Elaine and their ever-expanding brood (now into the third generation) encourage the four-year-olds who regularly dance in the aisles at their performances. Audience response over the past three years has been not just enthusiastic but explosive.
The Martins will also lead a children's workshop on Saturday afternoon, details to be announced.

They will be followed November 7 at 7 pm by Bob Milne, whose repertoire of ragtime and blues piano works can't be explained in words: You have to hear them and see them. Bob doesn't just sit there and play, he takes you on a musical trip inside the music, demonstrating the rhythms and showing how ragtime developed toward the end of the 19th century. "Dry," you might wonder? The exact opposite: intricate, masterful, crystal-clear sound from the man who may be the most accomplished pianist – not just of ragtime – in the world.

The Weekend will wind up November 8 at 2 pm with the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue. It mixes the revival of acts like Laurel and Hardy, 1940s tunes like "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and reminiscences of Woodstock with pratfalls of blundering absurdity, as the last remaining survivors of the Folies Bergere struggle to reenact the Can-Can from their wheelchairs, and organ grinder Sergio Placebo, aided by Alphonse the Monkey, plunder the far corners of the English and simian languages.

The entire conglomeration of "snigglaceous rambunctiousness" is overseen by Sir Geoffrey Svelte, Master of All Known Ceremonies, and his charming assistant, Miss Marginella.

All events are geared to a fine good time and a family audience. Minimum age to enjoy these shows: 6 weeks; maximum age: 105 or thereabouts.
Tickets to each performance will be $10 for adults, $1 for students through high school, preschool free. A weekend pass goes for $25. To order tickets (which will be held at the door), phone 570-928-8968, email or write to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore PA 18614. 








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