Kathy Recchia

Kathleen Recchia has been participating in arts in the Adirondacks for about twenty years. She is a theatre artist--performer, director, producer as well as the owner of The Book & Blanket Bed & Breakfast in Jay, NY.

[img:george-1.jpg]In the past, I’ve not thought a lot about Essex, NY as much of a destination after Columbus Day but tonight is making me rethink that notion.

This Thursday evening finds me at the Belden Noble Memorial Library in Essex for a poetry open mic night led by Essex’s own George Davis--Rosslyn Redux author and storyteller.

There are about a dozen writers here...

[img:blog-taylor-all.png]How lucky is the Lake Champlain Valley?

Unbelievably. We may live 5 hours or so from NYC but we are always learning of a new talent who has decided to settle in this quiet and picturesque valley.

For about a year now, I have been hearing about one such resident--composer/trumpeter, Taylor Haskins.

According to his website, Mr. Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the...

[img:ben-model-at-willsboro-school.jpg]This is my first silent movie with a live accompanist and I know for a fact that it won’t be my last. This evening’s event finds me at Willsboro School where the Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) is hosting renowned pianist/organist/film historian Ben Model and two Charlie Chaplin movies: “A Dog’s Life” and “The Kid.”

Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists, and has been...

[img:art-farm-several-pieces.jpg]It is a quintessential autumn day, slightly past peak, sunny and warm enough to walk around with just long sleeves yet there is a slight crispness to the air. It is Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year in the North Country.

I am celebrating by taking a ride to Ted Cornell’s Art Farm (aka Crooked Brook Studios) in Westport, NY. This blog is more or less...

[img:blog-museum-ml-porter.jpg]Tonight I am attending “Songs to Remember” or Vagabonding—Reminiscences, Songs, Stories and Poems of Marjorie Lansing Porter.  The evening evolves into a tender history lesson, an enchanting musical journey, and a moving and nostalgic tribute to one of the founders of this museum in Elizabethtown who also happened to be the foremost collector of North Country Folklore and folk songs.

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[img:blog-clark-the-gallery.jpg]I found out last night that there is a new art gallery in Keeseville. Two prominent artists from the North Country were glowing with praise and encouraging me to go and check out the opening on Friday evening.

So, here I am on Front Street in Keeseville and I am pleasantly surprised by this New-York-City-like façade and interior space that I am about to enter.

Clark Davidson is the gallery owner...

[img:blog-essex-art-association-opening-board.jpg]I’ve written about art openings in Essex, NY before but I continue to be awed by both the natural setting and the amazing artwork that ends up in this little gallery with its real-life natural backdrop of Lake Champlain.

Tonight’s opening is titled Reflections and so many meanings of that one word are included in this exhibition which features the diverse work of exhibiting members of...

[img:cast-onstage.jpg]It must be summer in the Adirondacks because everywhere I turn there is another arts event going on. So much is packed into our summers that it’s impossible to get to everything.

My passion is of course, is theatre, so it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to not only see a great play but get to listen to the actors talk about the play and their roles afterwards.

That’s why today I am back at The Depot...

[img:blog-route-66-set.jpg]It’s opening night of the 35th annual season of the Depot Theatre in Westport and the lobby is a buzz. Tonight we will be treated to a world premiere of a new musical and the writers themselves, are among the excited audience members. We are told this by the Depot Managing Director, Angel Wuellner, in her curtain speech to us before the show begins.

The show we will premiere is “Route 66” which has...

[img:blog-essex-logo-horizontal.jpg]The Essex Theatre Company (ETC) in Essex, New York, is gearing up for another summer season of theatre.

This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Emily Madan, director of the first show this season,"Much Ado About Nothing."

Emily has been acting since 2001 and started directing when she was in college at SUNY Plattsburgh. This is her fifth production as director. She was recently seen on...

[img:blog-ethan-uslan-standing.jpg]The historic Hand House in Elizabethtown often boasts classical music in the stately drawing room where Piano by Nature's grand piano resides.But this evening the house is rockin' with ragtime from renowned pianist Ethan Uslan.

According to the program, Mr. Uslan is one of the hottest names on the ragtime/traditional jazz scene today. He has performed on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" as well as...

[img:studying-the-art.jpg]The 2013 performance season has not yet begun at The Depot Theatre but this May evening brings together a gathering of art and theatre lovers. It is a reception for artist Gharan K. Burton whose colorful and provocative paintings are displayed on the lobby walls of this lovely old multi-purpose building.

I arrive early enough to take my time and absorb each atmospheric piece. The artist is present and happy to...

[img:blog-art-farm-spring-at.jpg]I arrive at the Wadhams Library early for an evening that celebrates the art of Edward "Ted" Cornell and his Art Farm at Crooked Brook Studios. I've blogged about Ted before in the context of a documentary about NYC's Public Theatre icon Joseph Papp. Ted worked at The Public Theatre...