We’re all in this together

Dear friends of Caroga Arts,

Our thoughts are with you, your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones in a safe place.

Since the beginning of this month so much has happened in our world. As new developments related to COVID-19 continue to evolve almost daily, I want to let you know that we are planning for our summer season with our usual excitement and optimism. Of course this is coupled with concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it may have on our programs this summer. While plans for Caroga Lake Music Festival remain on track starting July 13, we will continue to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. We are committed to taking reasonable and responsible measures to ensure the health and safety of our artists, staff, and the community as a whole.

During these unprecedented times, your support and enthusiasm for our mission to Reignite the Caroga Experience is appreciated more than ever to continue to serve our community. By making a contribution to Caroga Arts, you will continue to ensure that our music provides a source of healing and comfort when we are reunited once again in our beloved community. If you are able, please consider:

  • Making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. Your charitable gift of any amount, one time or monthly, will be greatly appreciated to support our program offerings for the community.
  • Donating to “Sponsor a Concert” with a gift of $500. Your generous contribution will help maintain accessibility to the arts in our community.
  • Donating to “Adopt-an Artist” with a gift of $1,000. Your charitable gift will help bring world-class musicians to Caroga Lake (plus receive two concert passes to any ticketed performance presented by Caroga Arts).

Thank you for your continuing support as we collectively navigate through these difficult times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to a music-filled summer in Caroga Lake. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at 518-832-2041 or by email at info@carogaarts.org

Thank you and stay well.

Sincerely,
Kyle Barrett Price
Executive & Artistic Director

Caroga Arts welcomes General Manager

Welcome, Torrance Fish!

Caroga Arts welcomes Torrance Fish, newest member of the team serving as General Manager.

Torrance is a Fulton County native growing up 10 minutes from Sherman’s and greatly enjoyed the park in his youth. Torrance is a regionally exhibiting artist, educator, and has held various artistic non-profit positions for the past two decades. His work has been shown throughout the northeast and he has won several awards for his sculpture. Torrance has also been commissioned for numerous projects including the University Torch for the University at Albany and Nightfire for Albany’s 60th Tulip Festival. He proudly won the first place award for his parade float Somethin’ Fishy at the 2018 Northville Doin’s.

Since 2010, Torrance has been an arts instructor at Fulton Montgomery Community College having taught a variety of visual arts courses and was nominated for the 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. He has worked at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College for fifteen years in roles of Senior Preparator, Head of Installations, and Building Manager. He has also managed The Hub maker space at Skidmore, worked at Func Art Design, The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, been on the Albany Center Gallery Exhibition Committee, chair for the Saratoga County artist grant panel, a juror for local art shows and Curator for the exhibition, Powers of Ten at the Perrella Gallery.

Torrance began his college education at Fulton Montgomery Community College, earning an A.A. in Visual Fine Arts, transferred to SUNY Potsdam to complete his B.A. in Studio Art and completed his studies at The University at Albany with an M.A. and M.F.A in sculpture.

Caroga Arts is pleased to welcome Torrance to the team!


Staying Home?
Enjoy Virtual Performances by CLMF Artists!

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many of us our left to stay inside as events are cancelled across the country. Here are some of our favorite videos featuring or created by CLMF Artists you can enjoy from your home!

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 by Seattle Symphony – Can you spot our CLMF Artists Andy Liang, violin (CLMF ’13-’20) and Nathan Chan, cello (CLMF ’18-’19)?
Earth, Wind & Fire “September” – A JHMJams production, founded by Ken Kubota, cello (CLMF ’14-’20), the cover video features six of our CLMF Artists at Nick Stoner Inn.
The Capenters “Top of the Wold” – Here’s another cover video by JHMJams this time featuring Caroga Arts board member Nancy Purcell with CLMF Artists at the Caroga Chapel.
Jacob Collier “Improvisation” arr. KASA – The prize-winning KASA Quartet was formed in Caroga Lake in 2016 by four CLMF Artists who have been playing together in Caroga Lake since 2014.
The Hit Points “Athletic Theme (Super Mario World)” – The Hit Points featuring Canada Lake native and SAUNDERSFEST co-founder Geoffrey Saunders, bass (CLMF ’16-’20).

Major Donation to Breathe New Life into Historic Sherman’s

PRESS RELEASE

Major Donation to Breathe New Life into Historic Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake, NY

Caroga Lake, NY (January 7, 2020) – Caroga Arts Collective (Caroga Arts), is pleased to announce that local resident George Abdella has donated the former Sherman’s Amusement Park lakefront property to the organization. Caroga Arts, one of the fastest growing non-profit community organizations in the Southern Adirondacks and the Mohawk Valley region, has been bringing world-class artists and educators to Caroga Lake since 2012 and presents the annual Caroga Lake Music Festival, MyHil Film Series, and InterArts Residencies among other arts initiatives.

Regarding the donation, Abdella stated at a Caroga town forum that, “Caroga Arts will attract the most talented musicians and artists of all kinds. It will be a wonderful thing and will make the town a better place.”

Sherman’s Amusement Park, once a major attraction of the Southern Adirondacks, has been closed for many, many years. In recent years, Caroga Arts has taken initiative to put Sherman’s back on the map by presenting accessible community events including the Sherman’s Revival Series, SaundersFest, Caroga Tree Lighting, and the Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. This donation will bring a new level of energy and focus that will help restore this iconic property to its previous glory.

Caroga Arts Artistic and Executive Director Kyle Barrett Price said, “We are filled with gratitude for the exciting opportunity this generous donation presents, both for the organization and for the community as a whole. The historic lakefront Sherman’s is being placed in the care of Caroga Arts with the goal of turning it into a world-class arts and community center. We are excited for the future of Caroga Arts, Sherman’s, Caroga Lake, and the Southern Adirondacks. Together, we can fulfill our mission to reignite the Caroga experience through the arts.”

Since 2012, Caroga Arts has presented over 175 free events with more than 550 world-class artists, 15 educational programs, and attracted over 15,000 audience members to its events and programs. These talented artists have included winners of GRAMMY awards, NBC’s the Voice, America’s Got Talent, and various international competitions.

Caroga Arts Board Chair Rick Ruby noted that, “Caroga Arts, which recently received the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Partner Award, and the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Start-Up Business of the Year Award, is now poised to present amazing music and art in an unparalleled lakeside setting in the Southern Adirondacks.”

Caroga Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) organization sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Learn more at www.carogaarts.org.

A new beginning for Sherman’s

What a year it’s been for the Caroga Arts Collective! In November, Caroga Arts received word that Sherman’s Amusement Park is being gifted to us by local donor George Abdella. The beautiful and historic Sherman’s is being placed in our care to steward it for generations to come. We are so excited for our future, the future of Sherman’s, and the future of Caroga Lake!

To recap the 2018-19 season, Caroga Arts hit a record-breaking number of events throughout the year. Caroga Arts successfully presented its first year-round program with the Winter, Spring, and Summer Residency, which included school outreaches, community classes, and engaging showcases.

The 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival presented 30 performances featuring more than 120 world-class artists and bringing over 6,000 audience members to Caroga Lake and beyond. This past season’s CLMF brought new artistic facets to the festival including America’s Got Talent magician Steven Brundage at Sherman’s and a collaborative ballet and orchestra performance featuring Caroga Arts Ensemble and Utica Dance.

Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker returned for our 4th Annual Gala, and we celebrated July 4th at our first Red, White, Blues & Bluegrass festival with music, art, festivities and fireworks.

For the second year in a row, Caroga Arts attracted nationwide talent to Caroga Lake for the National Summer Cello Institute and invited award-winning film directors and producers to speak at the 2nd Annual MyHil Film Series.

As we look forward to our 2020 season, we are filled with gratitude to you as one of our patrons and ask you again to consider being a part of the exciting growth of the Caroga Arts Collective. This year we are implementing our new Adopt-an-Artist program. Each summer we have more than 75 Resident Artists. You may adopt one of these artists and you will get to know them up close and personally. Donors who adopt an artist will receive two passes to a ticketed concert (presented by Caroga Arts) of their choice and an invitation to an exclusive artist/sponsor only event.

Whether you joined us for a special evening with Terre Blair Hamlisch at the Caroga Chapel, discovered something new with the “Cello Goblin” at The Arts Hub or danced in the rain to Indie pop band Air Traffic Controller, we hope you will come back next season and join our growing community for fun and fellowship.

In addition to all of our performances and outreaches, Caroga Arts invites you to support us at the 5th Annual Gala on July 25, 2020 and Caroga Arts Golf Outing on August 9, 2020. Stay tuned and sign up for our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook or check our website carogaarts.org to keep up with our latest developments.


Sincerely,

Kyle Barrett Price
Artistic & Executive Director



Santa surprised everyone by arriving on a horse-drawn wagon, and then handed out candy canes to the children. There was holiday music performed by the Caroga Arts musicians inside the Carousel, carol singing by the bonfire, a variety of warm beverages and cookies, and lots of holiday spirit!

CLMF WinterFest 2019

The music never stops!

CLMF WinterFest: December 16 – 20, 2019

World-class musicians from the Caroga Lake Music Festival return to Caroga next month to celebrate the holiday season. Join us for this very special week of musical festivities!


Enjoy a night of jazz with Richard & Geoff Saunders at Nick Stoner Inn!

Make it an extra special night out with our Concert + Dinner Package! For $40 enjoy a delicious meal at the Nick Stoner Inn restaurant before the show. Online reservations required. Learn more


Wheelerville School Side-by-Side Concert

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:30pm 
Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake
Free Admission

CLMF Musicians will join the Wheelerville School Band for a side-by-side performance at the end of their holiday concert.


Featuring Caroga Arts Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil, the Holiday Classics program will include selections from Handel’s Messiah and Holiday favorites!


Celebrate the Holidays with music form Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and more with the Caroga Arts Ensemble at The Glove Theatre!

Caroga Holiday Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season at the Caroga Holiday Tree Lighting!

Saturday, November 30
Sherman’s Amusement Park
4:00 – 6:00pm

4:00pm Enjoy Hot Chocolate, Eggnog, and Cookies
4:30pm Carol Singing by Bonfire
5:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:15pm Holiday Sing-A-Long with CLMF Musicians

Bring your friends and family to Sherman’s for an evening of hot beverages, delicious snacks, carol singing, and tree lighting festivities! There will be a bonfire to keep us warm.

This event is free and open to all


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year’s GivingTuesday is December 3, 2019.

We encourage you to celebrate generosity on this global day of giving and support Caroga Arts by donating on our Facebook, website or by check.

Additionally, Facebook will match up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to US nonprofits on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8am EST on December 3, 2019.

Join the movement! Save the date!

Thank you, Caroga!

Through our community, Caroga Lake Music Festival grows, and local partners benefit

Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers, local businesses, and community

We look back with warmhearted gratitude at the 8th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival. Our homegrown festival has become one of the fastest growing in the northeast. We were thrilled to feature a wide variety of unique performances with top artists in a welcoming environment. We also expanded learning opportunities in our educational work with students in schools and camps. We aspire to make our  concerts accessible and enjoyable for all children, families, and the community!

As your community organization, Caroga Arts aims to help revitalize local business, culture, and life. Since 2014, we have worked hard toward developing a valuable shared community arts and education campus for our town. In 2017 we launched the groundbreaking Sherman’s Revival Series. These special events open to the community laid out a path for bringing Sherman’s back to life in the heart of our larger Town Center area. We gladly paid the Town for the use of the grounds. Our local volunteers also gave time to tend the gardens, add blooming flowers, mow the lawns, do some painting, and address other fix-up jobs. To our joy, others who used the property also started to leave the site better than they found it. We celebrate this summer’s growth with hugely successful performances, learning, recreation, and memory making. We remain deeply grateful to work with you to reignite Sherman’s as a great family destination!

We thank the entire community. We also give special thanks to those who actively participated in our year-round programs. Thousands of people came out to join the fun. More than a hundred performers shared their talents. More than twenty different regional venues opened their doors for events. Hundreds of people took part in our annual fund campaign. Many also donated housing, meals, goods, and services. We welcomed back and added to our advertising partnerships. We worked with numerous for-profit businesses and non-profit community organizations. We partnered with others to help them raise money and/or carry out their programs—including the Town of Caroga Summer Youth Program, Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Wheelerville School, Caroga Lake Volleyball Club, Micropolis Cooperative Inc, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, Stump City Brewery, Caroga Historical Museum, Gloversville Library, The Glove Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Classical Kids Program among many others. In our ongoing circle of giving and growth, we look forward to more participation and more partnerships in the future.

While we now host year-round events, we especially enjoy all the music under the summer skies at the Caroga Lake Music Festival. The Caroga Arts family sincerely thanks you for joining us to be part of this inspiring community experience!

Thank you to our volunteers!

Caroga Arts is grateful for the support from our volunteers who join forces to help make Caroga Lake Music Festival a great success. Thank you!


Caroga Arts Ensemble in the News

On August 24, Caroga Arts Ensemble was invited back to the historic Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY to perform Mahler, arr. Schoenberg: The Song of the Earth with conductor Alexander Platt and singers from The Metropolitan Opera, Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks.

Caroga Concert Bulletin- Concert Week 1

Caroga Lake Music Festival returns this week for its 8th summer! Presenting more than 40 events and 140 artists, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Join us for music, merriment and much more!

Wednesday, July 17, 8:00 PM

Encore! Jazz Sessions: David Cook Trio
The Arts Hub, 2055 NY-10, Caroga Lake
General Admission $12 online, $15 at door 
Purchase Tickets

David Cook Trio is returning to Caroga Lake for this season’s opening Encore! Jazz Sessions. The trio played a sold out show at CLMF’s very first Encore! Jazz Sessions in 2017. Renowned jazz pianist David Cook has released 2 critically acclaimed albums on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Label. He has music directed for 10-time Grammy- Award winner Taylor Swift as well as broadway sensations, Ben Platt and Shoshana Bean.

Stump City Brewery will be serving drinks at this event.

Thursday, July 18, 5:30 PM

Concert at Gloversville Library 
Gloversville Library, Carnegie Room
58 E Fulton St, Gloversville
Free
Artist Sponsor: Ellen Wood

Caroga Lake Music Festival is excited to perform at the newly renovated historic Gloversville Library! In 2017, CLMF played a fundraiser concert in support of the Gloversville Library renovations. This performance will mark the first CLMF concert in the Carnegie Room since its renovation was completed.

Friday, July 19, 7:00 PM

Caroga Chapel Concert
Chapel Rd, Caroga Lake
Free
Artist Sponsor: James and Anita Long

Where Caroga Lake Music Festival began back in 2012! Caroga Chapel has been a significant place for CLMF Resident Artists since the festival’s beginning as their “home” venue and rehearsal space. Hundreds of CLMF world-class artists have performed at the weekly series. Every Friday at 7pm!

Saturday, July 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Concert for Kids & Instrument Petting Zoo
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake
Free

Concerts for Kids are fun for the whole family! We’ll take you on a musical journey to explore classical music for kids at Sherman’s Amusement Park. Enjoy an engaging concert for kids by the CLMF Resident Artists and try out some instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo!

Instrument petting zoo generously provided by Nightingale’s Violin Shop.

Saturday, July 20, 7:00 PM

Sherman’s Revival Series: Flame the Band and Caroga Arts Ensemble
Sherman’s Amusement Park, Caroga Lake
Free

Since 2003, Flame has captured the world’s attention and has made it their mission to change the world through music. The 8-person cover band from Gloversville, NY features powerful vocals, rich harmonies and a wide array of instruments. Flame strives to inspire others with disabilities by helping to change the way the public perceives people with disabilities by increasing the awareness and acceptance of all people, regardless of their differences. Flame returns to Sherman’s and joins forces with the Caroga Arts Ensemble! Not to be missed, your two favorite local music ensembles perform an energetic live show.

Sunday, July 21, 11:30 AM

Sunday Brunch & Concert
Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts
2736 NY-30, Gloversville
$35
Purchase Tickets

Join us for a delicious brunch and concert with the CLMF Resident Artists at the Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts! There’s no better way to start off your Sunday than enjoying brunch while listening to live classical music.

The brunch menu will include quiche, stuffed French toast, bacon, sausage, potatoes, salad greens, refreshments and desserts.

Opening Week In Caroga!

TWO EVENTS THIS WEEK!

It’s Opening Week in Caroga Lake and we’re thrilled to begin the summer season with two special events! Renowned cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble returns this Tuesday. On Saturday, MyHil Film Series presents a film screening of “Strangers on the Earth” and talk with Film Director Tristan Cook, plus a special performance by National Summer Cello Institute fellows.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm
Pine Lake Lodge
Purchase Tickets
More details

Saturday, June 8 at 7pm
Caroga Chapel
Free! Donations appreciated
More details

Buy a Season Pass for access to all Caroga Arts events!

$80 for admission to all Caroga Arts presented concerts! (Up to $115 value)


Season Posters Now Available!

We heard your voices! And we are happy to share that the 2019 CLMF Season poster, designed by local artist Linda Hinkle, are available for purchase!


Remembering Richard Clark Veghte

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard Veghte, a life-long aficionado of opera and classical music. Richard was active in supporting the mission of Caroga Arts and with his brother, Bruce Veghte, donated the MyHil Property to Caroga Arts in 2016. We celebrate Richard’s spirit and continue to commemorate his impact through our music making this summer and beyond.

First Summer Program Starts Thursday!

National Summer Cello Institute returns to Caroga

On May 30, the National Summer Cello Institute and Feldenkrais for Musicians return to Caroga, bringing some of the top cellists from across the country and abroad. The Cello Institute will feature renowned cellists Uri Vardi (Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison), Timothy Eddy (Professor at Juilliard School), Daniel Grosgurin (Switzerland), and Mike Block.

Don’t miss our Opening Night!

Returning to Caroga Lake for the third year in a row, cellist Mike Block from Silk Road Ensemble is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century.”


The Sale of Sherman’s to Caroga Arts

Town of Caroga Attorney Gregory Dunn discussed the legal and financial reasoning behind the board’s support of selling the town owned Sherman’s property to the Caroga Arts Collective at the Town Meeting on May 22.

The Leader-Herald published a two-part article detailing the conversations from the meeting. Learn more in the articles below!

The Sherman’s property as seen Wednesday evening. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)