A Fearless “Romeo and Juliet” Takes to the Road from Hubbard Hall to the People of NY & VT [Berkshire on Stage]

July 16th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Romeo and Juliet played by actors who are teens themselves.

Romeo and Juliet played by actors who are teens themselves.

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts is about to set out on its 20th Free Outdoor Shakespeare Tour. The acting company is bringing Shakespeare’s most famous and popular play not only to its own community but to many other cities and towns in New York and Vermont.

Two young kids in love, running towards each other quicker than they can think…
With the world against them and their hearts entwined,
Their families fight,
Adults try to drive them apart,
Until tragedy – and wondering – how could this have happened?

This fun, fast-paced Romeo and Juliet, directed by Hubbard Hall’s new Executive Director David Snider, will bring the world of the play to vibrant life in 10 beautiful settings. With minimal props and costumes, the focus will be on the words, the actions, the actors and the setting. Each site will inform the production, with an emphasis on a fierce, fearless tackling of Shakespeare’s world and words. Actual teenagers will play Romeo and Juliet. With a mix of young talent and seasoned professionals, this company will mix Shakespeare’s world with our own, exploring how age, authority, religion and family continue to shape us – and what can happen when generations collide, or at least fail to communicate.

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Festival Fever: The Battenkill Runs Through It @ Greenwich Town Beach, 5/31/14

May 29th, 2014, 10:30 am by Greg
Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie

Joy Mackenzie & Bob Warren

It’s time for the fourth annual the Battenkill Runs Through It Beach, Music & Food Festival at the Greenwich Town Beach from 1-6pm on Saturday (May 31). The fest is sponsored by the Battenkill Conservancy. The rain date for the festival is Sunday (June 1).

In honor of Memorial Day, George Perkins and members of the Greenwich VFW, will open the Festival with a Color Guard Ceremony, and plenty of homegrown, Local 518 musical talent will be showcased throughout the day.

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Festival Fever: Whipple City Festival, 6/14&15/13

June 13th, 2013, 10:10 am by Greg
Hair of the Dog

Friday, June 15: Hair of the Dog

The 21st annual Whipple City Festival takes over the streets and parks of Greenwich this weekend with plenty of fun for the whole family. The two day fest kicks off at 6pm on Friday (June 14) with a “Friday Night at the Movies”-themed parade. Abraham Lincoln will serve as the grand marshall.

On Friday evening and all throughout the day on Saturday, the Whipple City Fest will offer lots of activities – laser tag, a 5K run, carnival games, an artisan market, Puddles the Clown, food & beverage vendors, horse & wagon rides, a ping pong tournament, caricaturist Phil Singer, a hula hoop contest and lots more.

And of course, the gazebo in Mowry Park will be hosting music, too. And it’s FREE…

Here’s the schedule of musical performances for the 2013 fest:

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Festival Fever: The Battenkill Runs Through It Beach & Music Festival, 5/26/12

May 23rd, 2012, 10:16 am by Greg

Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

The Battenkill Conservancy presents the second annual Battenkill Runs Through It Beach and Music Festival at the Town Beach on the banks of the Battenkill in Greenwich. The community fest takes place from 12noon-5pm on Saturday (May 26).

The fest will feature such river-related activities as fly-tying and fly-casting demonstrations and a river bug science table for kids, as well as kayak and canoe rides. There will also be a cupcake-eating contest, raffles and live music from Local 518 favorites Bob Warren, Olivia Quillio, the Netherwood Blues Band and Lynne & Richie Bittner.

Admission to the fest includes a picnic plate-full of foods prepared by Spoonful Kitchen & Catering, local restaurants and chefs. Tix are $12; $8 for youths; kids under 6 are free.

The rain date for the festival is Sunday (May 27).


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Festival Fever: The Whipple City Festival, Greenwich, 6/18-20/10

June 17th, 2010, 2:30 pm by Greg

The 18th annual Whipple City Festival takes over downtown Greenwich, as well as various other streets and parks throughout the town this weekend.

It all kicks off with a parade down Main St. beginning at 6pm Friday. There’s a craft fair, as well as a wide range of family fun that stretches from an old-fashioned dunking booth to laser tag. A 5K race begins at 8:30am Saturday, followed by animal exhibits, a carnival and free horse & wagon rides.

Free music is also a big part of the Whipple City Fest. Mowry Park is the primary site for music, and some of the entertainment that you’ll find there includes RiverJack Z (12noon Saturday), Dirty Old Strings (2pm Saturday), Harold Ford & the Cash Band doing their “Spirit of Johnny Cash” tribute show (6pm Saturday) and Bob Warren (1pm Sunday).

Go here for the complete schedule of entertainment and lots of other activities and fun.

River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy, 6/19
Saratoga Brewfest @ the Ellms Family Farm, Ballston Spa, 6/19
Crash the Park @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland, 6/19
Berkshire Community College Music & Arts Fest @ Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, 6/19
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, 6/19-20
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/25-27
Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon, 6/26
Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/26-27
Pearl-Palooza @ Pearl St., Albany, 7/3
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

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