An Inside Look at the Winter Residency

14 artists from various creative backgrounds joined forces in Caroga Lake, NY to embark on personal, collaborative and community projects from Jan 15-20.

Resident Artists presented two educational outreaches at Wheelerville School and Cooperstown Elementary.

The three Dine, Listen & Learn events invited the community to explore the arts and enjoy a meal. Thanks to Pleasant Lake Inn, Pine Lake Lodge & Nick Stoner Inn for hosting

In Gloversville, the Saunders family band presented a sing-a-long “Adirondack Songs” at Mohawk Harvest Co-op. Afterwards, Resident Artists presented their final works to a packed audience at Gloversville Library.

Special thanks to our volunteers, supporters, and donors for making our first Winter Residency a great success!
(Despite the snow storm!)

We look forward to the Spring Residency as we continue to inspire creativity through engaging artists and communities throughout the year.

Save the Date: Caroga Arts Gala 2019!

Save The Date

Join Us at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala!

Enjoy Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Dinner, Silent Auction & Much More Fun!

Creatively and Collectively Reigniting Caroga as a Top Destination!

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Throughout our history, Caroga Lake and its surrounding communities have attracted many artists, scholars, performers, authors, musicians, and nature enthusiasts. They came here to revel in the intense beauty and restorative nature of the lakes nestled among the majestic Adirondack Mountains. The area fueled their passions, sparked their creativity, and ignited a spirit of community and sense of belonging that brought people back year after year!

Today, you can be a part of this mission to reignite the CarogaExperience through interdisciplinary and inter-arts collaborations among musicians, artists, scholars, and our communities. Recipient of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award, Caroga Arts continues to creatively foster Caroga into a top destination and attraction for all.

You, too, can kindle the flame and truly make a difference in our community by joining us at the 4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala on Saturday, July 27, 2019. All tickets, donations, and contributions further the mission of the Caroga Arts Collective and help to enrich the arts in Caroga Lake and in our surrounding communities.

Enjoy spectacular music by some of the most talented musicians in the country, great food, wine and beer, and an amazing silent auction. Plus, gather with people just like you who want to be a part of this incredible vision to build a thriving and sustainable arts community in our area.

Special Moments from last year’s Gala

Photos by Ken Kubota, Edited by Lorie Rosenberg

New Groundbreaking Program!

This Week in Caroga!

New Groundbreaking Program: Winter Residency 2019

Meet the Artists

Other Artists include:
Jah’China De Leon, Visual Art
Nykeira Franks, Spoken Word
Sunshine Martin, Visual Art
Thomas Dunn, Instrument making
Dr. Sam Lee Fielding, Tong Ren
Vatche Jambazian, Piano

Tickets still available – Reserve today!

Announcing Our First Winter Residency!

Winter Residency 2019!

Fifteen Artists coming to Caroga Lake January 15-20

Caroga Arts Collective’s inaugural Winter Residency brings a group of fifteen dedicated artists from various creative backgrounds across the country to embark on personal, collaborative and community projects while in residence in Caroga Lake, NY. Resident Artists will also present an interactive educational workshop at Wheelerville School.

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Community Classes & Showcases for All

Dine, Listen & Learn! Enjoy a meal & discover something new

 

Dinner + Postcard Poetry & Sounds of Music
Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm
Pleasant Lake Inn
View Event page here

Dinner + Visual Art & Instrument Making
Thursday, January 17 at 7:00pm
Pine Lake Lodge
View Event page here

Sunday Brunch & Artist Showcase
Sunday, January 20 at 11:00am
Nick Stoner Inn
View Event page here
Dine, Listen & Learn Tickets
$25 advance tickets/$30 at door

All tickets include Dining Package + Admission

Call 516-712-8494 to reserve advance tickets

Save $10: Buy package for all three events in advance for $65

Open Community Classes & Showcase

Somatic Session with Dr. Sam Lee Fielding
Thursday, January 17 at 9:00am
146 Jung Road (Residential)
View Event Page here

“Adirondack Songs” led by Geoff & Rob Saunders
Saturday, January 19 at 10:00am
Mohawk Harvest Co-op
View Event page here

Winter Residency Artist Showcase
Saturday, January 19 at 1:30pm
Gloversville Library, Carnegie Room
View Event page here

Open admission, donations greatly appreciated

Caroga Arts returns to the beautifully renovated and historic Gloversville Library for its Winter Residency Artist Showcase in the Carnegie Room!

Caroga Lake, a Top Destination in 2019!

Caroga Arts receives Tourism Award!

Adirondacks ranked one of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019

Caroga Arts Collective is beyond grateful to have received the Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will present the Tourism Award, along with seven other awards to local businesses and organizations, at its annual “Cheers to Business!” event on Friday, January 18, 2019.

In the 2018 season, Caroga Arts celebrated its 7th annual Caroga Lake Music Festival and brought 80 world-class artists to reside in Caroga Lake, NY for up to five weeks. These artists came from 22 states and 7 countries and performed a total of 40 performances for 6,500 concert attendees!

Travel & Leisure Magazine recently ranked the Adirondacks as one of 50 Best Places to Travel worldwide in 2019. The popular travel publication has a readership of over 1 million and the Adirondacks was only one of eight sites chosen from the United States.

Caroga Arts is fortunate to call the Adirondacks “home” and look forward to welcoming more visitors to experience the arts and Adirondacks in Caroga Lake, NY!


 

Presented by Caroga Arts Collective

Workshops for Professional Musicians
Injury Prevention and Musical Expansion

Applications Now Open!

National Summer Cello Institute
May 30 – June 16, 2019
Caroga Lake, NY

Learn more here

Feldenkrais Workshop for Musicians
May 30 – June 5, 2019
Caroga Lake, NY

Learn more here

 

Season’s Greetings – Thank you for a great year!

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

In 2018, Caroga Arts Collective experienced a transformational season full of exciting developments!

Some highlights from the 2018 season include:

  • Forty-five performances featuring 130+ world class artists.
  • Return of Sherman’s Revival Series, including our first concert for kids!
  • The inaugural MyHil Film Series.
  • Caroga Arts Ensemble’s debut at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock (and most recently its Midwest debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center).
  • Bringing National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais Workshop from Madison, WI to Caroga Lake as its new home.

As we move into the 2019 season, we look forward to launching Caroga Arts Collective’s year-round residency program.

Caroga Arts recently received a $125,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor to help us create a beautiful entertainment venue in our little Town of Caroga. We also enlisted the support of George Abdella, the donor of Sherman’s to the Town of Caroga, to approve of the sale of Sherman’s to Caroga Arts. We anticipate a public vote on the sale of Sherman’s to Caroga Arts in the upcoming months.

This holiday season, we hope you will consider giving to Caroga Arts Collective!

Supporters of Caroga Arts who must draw down tax deferred retirement savings known as Required Minimum Distributions (“RMD”) may want to investigate whether they can contribute from their 401(k) or IRA and not be subject to tax on that portion of their RMD.

Thank you for your continued support for Caroga Arts!

2018 in Photos

NBC’s The Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks at Sherman’s Revival Series (Photo: Gene Centi)

1,700 people react to FLAME who performed at Sherman’s Revival Series prior to Sawyer Fredericks (Photo: Gene Centi)

Showing of The Red Violin at the inaugural MyHil Film Series

Matthew Whitaker Trio with Caroga Arts Ensemble at Sherman’s Revival Series

Side-by-side orchestra with local music students as part of the Summer String Performance Project.

SAUNDERS Fest: All-day bluegrass festival at Sherman’s Revival Series
Photos by Ken Kubota

Putting Sherman’s back on the map

Proposed Sherman’s renewal sale to Caroga Arts

Greetings!

We write you to share information about Caroga Arts and our vision for Sherman’s and the Town of Caroga.
  • Caroga Arts Collective (Caroga Arts) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization with over 150 local volunteers coming from the Town of Caroga. Caroga Arts has already brought world-class music, arts and community events to Caroga Lake since 2012.
  • Caroga Arts is dedicated to revitalizing the Town by creating a first-rate entertainment venue and community center through the expertise and connections of our board, advisory council, staff and volunteers in and beyond the community.
  • Caroga Arts plans to raise funds, at no expense to the Town, to improve the Sherman’s property so that it can be used by all members of the community for concerts, car shows, farmers markets, festivals, picnics, town meetings, pre-school, school-age and adult education, and many other town and community events.
  • Caroga Arts is committed to enhancing Sherman’s as an asset to the community through attracting and retaining residents, tourists, and business, increasing Town sales tax revenue.
  • Caroga Arts has received an anonymous $125,000 matching grant for an entertainment venue and anticipates many more grants and donations once Caroga Arts starts a capital construction drive for improvement of Sherman’s.

 

Putting Sherman’s back on the map!

Creating fun for all ages, but not on your dollar!

Valuing clean air, water and natural landscapes

Bumper Car Pavilion
– Lakeside performance/film venue, town meeting space
Carousel
– Carousel rides, banquets, gallery, event space

Main Building
– Community center space, offices, classrooms, multi-use conference space

Other features
– Community green space
– Community garden/farmers market
– Town visitors info booth
– Cafe with picnic/play area

Caroga Arts debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center

Caroga Arts Ensemble spreads wings to Midwest!

Mahler at Chicago Symphony’s Symphony Center

Caroga Arts Ensemble was invited by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago to perform Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn on October 28, 2018 at 7pm at Symphony Center in Chicago.

Presented by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, “Fall Lieder Lounge” will feature Caroga Arts Ensemble as a 14-piece chamber orchestra with maestro Alexander Platt, singers and a narrator.

Caroga Arts looks forward to its first appearance in the midwest in the remarkable Symphony Center, home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Fall Lieder Lounge Concert Information

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:00pm
Grainger Ballroom, Symphony Center
220 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
See concert details online

TICKETS
$35 General, $30 Senior, $15 Students
Purchase Tickets Online

PROGRAM
Gustav Mahler: Selections from ​Des Knaben Wunderhorn

ARTISTS
Alexander Platt, curator & conductor
Emily Birsan, soprano
Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano
Ricardo Jose Rivera, baritone
Benjamin Busch, narrator

Caroga Arts Ensemble
Jenny Shin, Flute
Zachary Pulse, Oboe
Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet
Ryan Finefrock, Bassoon
Dan Hively, Horn
Bryant Millet, Trumpet
Stephanie Lebens, Trombone
Wes Luke, Violin
Rebecca Benjamin, Violin
Serena Hsu, Viola
Kyle Price, Cello
Dave Scholl, Bass
Alix Raspé, Harp
Dylan Moffitt, Percussion


Congratulations to Deborah Barrett Price,
CLMF Artist & Caroga Arts team member!

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center announces the Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music to the Chamber Music Connection and Artistic Director Deborah Price.

Under the leadership of founder and violist Deborah Price, The Chamber Music Connection brings together approximately 100 musicians of all ages and abilities to study and perform in chamber ensembles each year.

Several Caroga Lake Music Fesival (CLMF) Artists grew up playing chamber music together through the Chamber Music Connection. They include CLMF founder and cellist Kyle Price, violinists Eliza Wong, Heeyeon Ko, Dawning Welliver; violists Stephanie Price-Wong, Nao Kubota, Serena Hsu, Eva Kennedy, Annalisa Boerner; cellists Ken Kubota, Hannah Moses, and Nikita Annenkov; and bassist Nate West.

CLMF and the Chamber Music Connection share a unique bond of chamber music performance and education. CLMF Artists often serve as faculty and guest artists at the Chamber Music Connection and in May 2017, CLMF and the Chamber Music Connection joined forces to embark on its first international tour to Switzerland.

The Award will be presented on stage at Alice Tully Hall to Deborah Price by David Finckel and Wu Han at the opening night concert on October 16.

Read more about the award

Show your Support this Tuesday!

Public Informational Meeting
Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
Town Hall, Caroga Lake

Caroga Arts presents future plans for property

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

Join us at the Town Hall in Caroga Lake on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00pm.

Caroga Arts Collective Artistic & Executive Director Kyle Price and members from the Caroga Arts Board & Advisory Council will present future plans for the Sherman’s property.

Price has been planning creative ideas for the use of Sherman’s since Fall 2014. Now four years later, George Abdella who made a conditional donation of Sherman’s to the Town of Caroga has agreed to assist in allowing the Town to transfer Sherman’s to Caroga Arts so that it could become a first-class performing arts venue. Additionally, an anonymous donor recently pledged a $125,000 matching grant for construction of a new performing arts venue.

Message from Barbara Lee

As most of my friends know, I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Caroga Arts Collective (CAC), a recently formed not-for-profit corporation which is the parent organization of the Caroga Lake Music Festival. In August, the Music Festival concluded its 7th season. This was our most successful summer yet, with an extended concert season, a variety of music, and an expanded number of performance venues. Best of all, we have had ever-increasing audiences for our concerts, including town and local residents and people from as far away as Albany and beyond.

Those of us on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council work very hard all year to ensure that the Music Festival is a wonderful experience for our musicians and our audience. We don’t only perform concerts; we have workshops for musicians and outreach programs in local schools and organizations, and we do a lot of teaching. Our concerts are free, but we appreciate donations, and have performed concerts for the benefit of local organizations, like the Caroga Lake Fire Department.

We have been extremely fortunate to be able to perform in a variety of venues, including the Canada Lake Store, Nick Stoner Inn, the Caroga Chapel, the Concordia Club, and numerous local and nearby restaurants and venues. For the past two years we have rented the grounds at Sherman’s from the town and have held a Sherman’s Revival Concert Series. Members of our board, members of our advisory council, and members of the community have volunteered countless hours at Sherman’s to work on the bumper car pavilion to bring it up to code and on the grounds of the property to make it beautiful again so that it can be used by the public. The money that has been spent has come out of the volunteers’ pockets.

The CAC has now offered to purchase the Sherman’s property from the Town of Caroga. George Abdella, who donated the property to the town amidst substantial controversy several years ago, has written a letter to the Town Board supporting the transfer of the property to the CAC. In this letter, he has stated that he will not sue the town for breaching the original donation agreement (which states that the property can never be sold) if the transfer is made to the CAC.

I know that this is a controversial and sensitive topic, and it has been one since the minute the Town of Caroga accepted the deed to the property. A Town Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall to provide information about this proposed purchase.

Barbara Lee
Secretary, Board of Directors, Caroga Arts Collective

Thank you, Caroga!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

The volunteers who help shape our Caroga Lake community

Caroga Arts sends heartfelt gratitude to Community:
Volunteers, Local Businesses, Board & Advisory Council Members

Now that the seventh season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival has concluded, it is time to reflect on the efforts of all of the individuals and entities who have helped the Caroga Arts Collective grow so swiftly and in such a positive direction! We could not exist without the bountiful and enthusiastic help of so many. The Caroga community, comprised of year-round residents, summer residents, and businesses, has truly become our home and has provided us with incredible support and assistance.

Over the years, the number of musicians participating in the music festival has increased, as has the length of the festival. During the inaugural years of CLMF, the musicians resided in Grandma Joyce Barrett’s house and enjoyed her delicious meals and beloved “sticky buns”. But as the festival reached upwards of twenty people in 2014, the community was called to help. Residents of Caroga stepped forward and volunteered to host our musicians in their houses and camps, thereby affording us a unique opportunity to become a part of the community in which we performed. Mary Peck, a member of the Board of Directors, has spent many hours reaching out to potential host families and placing our musicians in their homes. Our musicians and their hosts formed warm bonds, and many have kept in touch throughout the years. Several of our musicians have returned to the Festival, renewing friendships formed in the community during previous seasons.

Town residents have also been incredibly generous in feeding our musicians. Martha Price, a member of the Advisory Council, has assumed the daunting task of soliciting, organizing, and coordinating lunches and dinners for the duration of the Festival, and has earned our deepest gratitude. Volunteers have hosted our musicians for meals at their homes and have delivered meals to Nick Stoner Inn, as well. Often, there have been more than thirty people to be fed at a time, and those who did so provided plentiful, delicious meals.

Concerts presented by Caroga Arts Collective are free, although we gladly accept donations. One way in which we earn revenue is through the sale of Caroga Arts Collective merchandise. Kathy Manning, a member of the Advisory Council, is in charge of our merchandising and deserves our special thanks. Kathy researches, orders, and prices all of our merchandise. She goes to all of our concerts and spends hours organizing and selling our hats, shirts, tote bags, coolers, and other goods. It is a year-round job, and we are grateful for all of her help. Anita Miller, Joyce Barrett, James Long and the Fincke family have provided invaluable assistance to our artists and to the concert-going experience through archiving concert programs, transporting artists to and from Albany International Airport and opening their house for additional rehearsal spaces.

We are now the lucky owners of MyHil, also known as the Schine Property, thanks to the magnanimous donation made by Bruce and Richard Veghte. We have started clearing the property, and have made substantial progress. We have also been working to revitalize the Sherman’s Amusement Park site, and have brought the pavilion that formerly housed the bumper car ride back up to code. Nancy Purcell, a board member, and countless others have spent numerous hours working at Sherman’s. We have cleaned up the site, taken over the mowing of the lawns, and have done substantial landscaping. All of this work has been accomplished thanks to community volunteers who have believed in our vision, and have donated their money, time, tools, skills and labor. All of these efforts have allowed us to use the bumper car pavilion and the grounds for the Sherman’s Revival Series concerts, which included Sawyer Fredericks, Matthew Whitaker, Saunders Fest and more.

Special thanks must go to our local businesses, many of whom have gone above and beyond in providing us with their backing and assistance.

Charlie and Becky Ward, the proprietors of the Nick Stoner Inn & 19th Hole, have spent two years beautifully renovating the premises and refreshing the rooms of their establishment. They have generously opened the Inn to us, housing our musicians and giving us full use of their first floor, thereby providing us with a rehearsal and performance venue unlike any other in the area. They have offered their unstinting support, and have gone out of their way to welcome the Caroga Lake Music Festival, hosting concerts and Encore! Jazz Sessions.

The Fielding family, owners of the Canada Lake Store and Marine, have been extremely supportive of the Caroga Arts Collective, as well. They host The Barge at Canada Lake concert series and provide a unique venue on the shore of Canada Lake where our audience can relax on the beach or in a boat, listen to great music, and watch the sun set. The Fieldings have also provided invaluable assistance in working out the logistics of transportation and parking for our concert events.

Other local businesses who assisted and supported the Caroga Arts Collective include Campers Corner Store, The Boat House, Vroomans Hotel, Pine Lake Lodge, and Pleasant Lake Inn. Along with Nick Stoner Inn and the Canada Lake Store and Marine, these establishments sponsored the Caroga Arts Collective and provided discounts and coupons to our artists as well as feeding them delicious meals and setting up food stands at some of our concerts. Kim Hart, Advisory Council liaison, has taken the lead on promoting Caroga Arts to local businesses and coordinating these partnerships seamlessly. They also opened their establishments as performance venues for us. We greatly appreciate their assistance in promoting and bolstering the Caroga Arts Collective.

We would be remiss if we did not thank the Caroga Lake Evangelical Chapel, which offered us our first rehearsal and performance venue in 2012. Thanks to Jack DeWeese, an Advisory Council member, we have continued to use this beautiful building as a site for our concerts. Our gratitude also goes to the Caroga Historical Museum, which has welcomed us to its exhibit barn for concerts.

As always, we send our deepest appreciation to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council members. Almost of all of our members are year-round or summer residents of Caroga Lake, and are actively involved in every aspect of our organization. They work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that we have ever-expanding opportunities to teach, learn, and perform. It is because of this group of dedicated individuals that we are able to share our joy of music with our community.

Caroga Lake is where we live. We started here with a dream, and that dream has grown and flourished so beautifully because of the people who share this dream with us. When we arrive every summer, it is a homecoming for us. We know the names and the stories of so many of the people who share this home with us, and they know ours, as well. We cannot thank you enough for welcoming us, housing us, feeding us, hosting us, helping us, working with us, contributing to us, and listening to and loving our music. We look forward to strengthening our bonds in the sunny lakeside seasons to come.