Circle Theatre Players Present “Wait Until Dark” [Berkshire on Stage]

March 20th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara

In a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, Suzy, a recently blinded woman, is terrorized by a trio of thugs looking for a drug-stuffed doll they think is in the apartment. Will she see through the conmen’s bizarre charade? As the suspense mounts moment to moment, come see the electrifying conclusion to the tense thriller, Wait Until Dark.

Directed by Val Gray and produced by Shirley Neiss, the Circle Theatre Players production opens on Friday (March 24) and continues March 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8pm; March 26 and April 2 at 2:30pm. Tickets $18; adults; $10 under age 18. Prepaid reservations can be made at or call (518) 674-2007. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is located at 2880 NY Route 43, Averill Park, NY, and is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking. Wait Until Dark is written by Frederick Knott, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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LIVE: “A History of the Blues” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 6/1/13

June 4th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The blues is a musical genre spawned by spirituals, work songs and field hollers from the South. But it’s also the forefather of so many more contemporary American roots music forms, from rock & roll to jazz to R&B.

And last Saturday night, the Saratoga acoustic blues duo Low ‘N Lonesome and their friends traced the history of the blues from the ’20s to the dawn of rock & roll in a sprawling, across-the-years concert at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park.

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Concert Series Announced for the Sand Lake Center for the Arts

March 22nd, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park has announced the line-up of performances for its 2013 Squire Jacob concert series. Each of the concerts will take place at 8pm on Saturday evenings.

Tickets are $16; under age 18 $10. A season pass to the concert series – one ticket to each of the shows and one free beverage per concert – is also available for $84.

Here’s the schedule of 2013’s concert series:

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Five Firsts: Mike Dimin

February 22nd, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Mike Dimin

Mike Dimin

NAME: Michael Dimin
BAND AFFILIATION: Many. Besides being a solo bassist (yeah, you heard that correctly), I also perform with the jazz trio A3, an Americana/Roots ensemble Kylie & the Sympathetic Strangers, an Irish band Emerald Dawn (when they can afford me), as well as my long-standing bass-and-percussion duet with Brian Melick.
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASInnervisions by Stevie Wonder. I am much prouder of that, then the first single I ever bought (which shall remain nameless). Just admitting that I bought an album dates me.

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Five Firsts: Sally Barris

October 2nd, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Sally Barris

Sally Barris

NAME: Sally Barris

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASLadies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell

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Five Firsts: Stefanie Fix

November 16th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Stefanie Fix

Stefanie Fix

NAME: Stefanie Fix

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … an album called “The Early Beatles.” It was compilation of early Beatles songs, though technically I didn’t buy it. I was five years old, and I begged and begged my parents to buy me a Beatles album for my birthday. That and a pony. I never got the pony, but I did get the album. To read more about this, you can go to my blog.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. My friend’s brother chaperoned. I still have the t-shirt that I bought at that show. We had what is often referred to as “the nose-bleed seats.” All the way at the top. Looking down from those seats, he was the size of peanut. Nevertheless, I was in awe of the man and just thrilled to be there.

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Festival Fever: Sand Lake Summer Fest @ Butler Park, 7/2-4/10

June 30th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

The Sand Lake Kiwanis Summer Fest takes over Butler Park in Averill Park Friday-Sunday for a big three-day Fourth of July celebration.

The weekend-long festivities amusement rides, children’s activities, food booths, a parade, sports tournaments, a variety talent show, crafts and much more fun for the whole family.

In addition, a popular local band will perform each night of the festival. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, 7:30pm: The True Tones
Saturday, 7:30pm: The Electric City Horns
Sunday, 7:30pm: Overture

And there will be fireworks not just on Sunday night, but on Saturday night as well. That’s right, two big nights of fireworks – Saturday and Sunday at about 9:15pm.

And it’s all free!

Pearl-Palooza @ Pearl St., Albany, 7/3
Columbia Family Fest @ Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham, 7/3
Fabulous Fourth Festivities & Fireworks @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/4
The WGNA Countryfest @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 7/10
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/15-18
The Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass. 7/16-18
The Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., 8/13-15
moe.down @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk, 9/3-5
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/18-19/10

Musical Maverick Malcolm Cecil & SuperStringz @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 3/13/10

March 12th, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Malcolm Cecil at Justin's on March 5, 2010. Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Malcolm Cecil at Justin's on March 5, 2010. Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you were at Justin’s in Albany last Friday night, you probably noticed the white-haired gentleman crouched over the over-sized mixing board. While jazz guitar master Ron Petrides was firing up his six-string alongside dynamic Castleton drummer David Calarco and bassist extraordinaire John Menegon, engineer Malcolm Cecil was busy recording and filming the evening’s musical magic for an upcoming live DVD release.

This Saturday night, Cecil will take off his headphones, pick up his bass and step into the spotlight to join Petrides and cellist Garfield Moore as they kick off the 2010 concert season at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park. The trio calls themselves SuperStringz.

But that’s only the latest chapter in the long and revolutionary musical career of London-born Malcolm Cecil.

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