"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
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
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
sullivanarts.org/about/index.php, 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.
Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2015-16
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.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
Look for the the Sullivan County Council on the Arts on Facebook!
- Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend
- The Weekend brought three very different shows to Dushore,
November 6-8, with one thing in common - enthusiastic audience
support and interaction.
The Celtic Martins, who visited St. Basil's Hall on Friday for their
four year, came as old friends. A true family, they work together
seamlessly, trading off and trading back in their playing, wandering
backstage individually to care for the third generation (about two
years old), then blending back in as if they'd never left. Parents
Nelson and Elaine Martin and brood include the audience in every
song, and the audience answers like neighbors privileged with a
living room visit.
- Yet the quality of the music never falters, with its instinctive
interweaving of instruments: Nelson's guitar, Elaine's bass,
daughter Melissa's mastery of almost any known instrument, bagpipes,
multiple fiddles and, perhaps most surprisingly integrated, Elijah
Roeder's (husband of Martins daughter Emily) drumming - rock
influenced, a steady guiding hand unlike traditional Celtic
percussion yet never overpowering the basic traditional performance.
And, of course, the daughters' almost magical step-dancing that
seems to defy gravity.
Saturday's performance was at least as mesmerizing. Bob Milne may
play the piano faster than any other human being, yet if that were
all, it would be just a musical circus act. But that speed is paired
with perfect clarity, every note proclaiming both its individuality
and its interdependence. Plus, Bob can play slow tunes as
enticingly. Altogether, what he accomplishes at the piano is almost
impossible to describe. The musical impetus in his mind transfers to
the keyboard undiminished; it is what it should be, every time,
whether ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie or filigreed folk tune.
Like the Martins, Milne is in perfect tune with his audience,
delivering the history of ragtime through example, providing music
lessons without pain, rolling off stories from his bar and hillbilly
playing days like you were siting with him at a diner table. You
don't get that from a concert pianist, no matter how good - and
few if any are as good as Milne.
The Weekend wound up Sunday afternoon with the Roving Hysterical
Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue, an
all-original show put together by the theatical arm of the Sullivan
County Council on the Arts.
- Nonsense did prevail, with Laurel and Hardy skits performed by
Steve Tomlinson and emcee Sir Geoffrey Svelte (bearded Derek Davis
wearing a fake chin), Oatley the Counting Horse (Cat Badger and
Linda Roman as fore and aft halves respectively), the geriatric
Can't Can't dancers (Helen Day, Connie Hatch and Richard Houck) as
decayed remnants from the Moulin Rouge, organ grinder Sergio Placebo
(Tomlinson again) and his monkey compatriot (Megan Kiner), the
impossible-to-comprehend "Lady Rat Rotten Hut" enunciated
by assistant Miss Marginella (Linda White) and belligerent
interrupter Ayhaitcha Gutz (Anne Kiner).
- More (semi) serious musical interludes included Dori Fisher
performing "I'd Rather Be Blue" and "Inchworm,"
Forksville's Tom Jones rendering "Walking My Baby Back Home,"
the New Found Sound Barbershop Quartet, "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"
railroaded by the Undrews Sisters (Helen Day, Dori Fisher and Barb
Murray) and "Grandma's Feather Bed," recliningly inhabited
by Barb and Joanna Murray, Brenda Miller and Deb Rojas.
Two skits were written and performer by their perpetrators: "Luke
Warm and Maddy Ochre" - Helen Day and Richard Houck- "the
Most Boring Couple on Earth." and "Old Hippies of Now,"
a reminiscence of Woodstock put together by Brenda Miller and George
You don't see shows like that anymore. Except in Sullivan County.
And you'll get a chance to see something remarkably similar when the
Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend returns, August 26-28, 2016.