Hubbard Hall Projects is planning a big Celebration Weekend for July 4th, 5th and 6th this summer, celebrating 37 years of making art and community happen, the long tenure of retiring director, Benjie White…….. and the welcoming of new director, David Snider. This special weekend will welcome home the many people who have experienced Hubbard Hall in its many aspects of dance, theater, opera, classical music, folk music, classes, film, gardens, curiosity forums and the hours and hours of volunteering that make it all work!
Exciting events are planned for the entire weekend……..
Friday evening, July 4th:
- 5-7 p.m. Valley Artisans Market Show and Opening Reception – Freight Yard DepotValley Artisans’ Market began in March of 1981, making the west side of the Hubbard Hall street level stores its home. On the Hubbard Hall Celebration Weekend of July 4th through 6th it will hold an Old and New Members’ Work Retrospective featuring art work by many of our founding members and the people who have joined VAM for a period of time over the years, as well as the current membership. It will be hung in the Freight Depot Theater/ Gallery and will be open from 5 to 7 on Friday night, July 4th, with an opening reception during that time. On Saturday, July 5th it will be open from 10 to 5 and on Sunday from 10 to 3. Members will be demonstrating their crafts during those open times as well.
- 7:30-8 p.m. Opening Ceremonies and Remarks – Hubbard Hall
- 8:00-11 p.m. Fiddle Weekend Revisited Concert – Hubbard Hall. For 25 years, from 1980 to 2004, Hubbard Hall hosted a mini folk festival which we called “Fiddle Weekend” It did, indeed, feature many fiddlers but also welcomed clowns, dancers, singers and amazing musicians of all stripes. The magic of these events was due to our letting one person invite the people with whom they most liked to perform. The audience was the lucky recipient of this chemistry, year after year. For our July 4th Hubbard Hall Celebration we again invite George Wilson to bring his friends, including guitarist Josh Ward, fiddler John Kirk, John Kirk along with student Seamus Carey who plays fiddle, Irish and Old Timey, and banjo and guitar playing, high stepping Trish Miller. George’s star fiddle student Claire Sweeney will show her stuff and concertina player Jody Kruskal will entertain us with his rollicking tunes, silly songs and a special Uncle Dave Macon set with George. Sometimes fiddle players come out of the walls during this event as well, so you’d best come check it out!
July 5th Saturday:
- 10 am – 5 pm Fun Activities for the Whole Family – Workshops, Arts and Crafts, Food, Music, Performances, Games
- 9:30-11 am Bartinieff Fundamentals Workshop with Joanna Brotman in the Dance Studio. This gentle movement class will explore how visual thinking can support greater ease and efficiency in movement. Anatomical imagery and spatial concepts will enable us to perform fundamental actions with increased coordination, strength and agility. We will address the relationship between patterns of connectivity in the body and how we organize ourselves to negotiate the world around us. This class will draw on Bartenieff Fundamentals, a system initially created by Irmagard Bartenieff during her physical therapy work with polio victims, and currently used around the world by dancers and non-dancers alike. For people of all ages and skill levels, dress comfortably.
- 10 am – 5 pm Valley Artisans Market Show in the Freight Yard Depot
- 10 am – 5 pm T-Shirt Sales, Children’s Area Games & Arts Activities and Journal Distribution in the Tent
- 11 am – 3 pm Historic Cambridge Popcorn Wagon in Freight Yard Park
- 11 am – 12:15 pm Mixed Level Teen & Adult Ballet Class with Margaret Wagner in the Dance Studio. Re-visit, or find for the first time, your technical foundation for classical ballet to facilitate freedom of expressive movement. Understand your pelvic alignment and support, use of turn out, sequential use of your feet and shaping of your arms in this ballet class with Margaret Brewster Willingham (formerly Wagner). The class will be rooted in the Vaganova technique of classical ballet while incorporating a greater understanding of your bones and muscles and how they work together.
- 12:30 – 1 pm Bruce Williamson & Sima Wolfe Stiltwalking with Saxophones in Freight Yard Park
- 1 pm – 2 pm Children’s Theater Sing-a-longs with Allison Caldwell and Mariah Sanford-White in Hubbard Hall. All Ages welcome!
- 2 – 3 pm Parade Practice for All Ages with Public Works Ensemble in the Dance Studio. Remember Dr Zoom’s Fantastic Circus or The Magic Forest? Composer Jody Kruskal was in residence at Hubbard Hall for several memorable collaborations with the Dance Program. He composed for whatever conventional instruments were played by the participants as well as for an assemblage of tubes, gongs, bells, pipes and what have you. The effect was magical. At times these instruments took to the streets as the Public Works Ensemble Parade. If you’d like to be part of this event you will need to join Jody for a practice session on Saturday from 2 to 3 in the Beacon Feed Studio. The parade itself will take place during the Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 6th.
- 3 – 4pm Reverse Applique Quilting Workshop with Margaret Wagner in the Visual Arts Studio
- 3 – 4:30pm Open Mic with Deena Smith (signup starts at 2:30pm) in the Tent.
- 5 – 6:30 pm Giant Pot Luck under the Tent. Grilled sausages and vegetables, beverages, breads and cheeses provided. Please bring a salad, dessert or side dish to share — or if you’re traveling from afar, just bring yourself.
- 7 – 8:30 pm Music from Salem Concert in Hubbard Hall. Over There: A Remembrance of World War I featuring works by Zemlinsky (String Quartet No.2)andElgar (Piano Quintet in A minor, Opus 84). Calvin Wiersma, Judith Eissenberg, violins; Lila Brown, viola; David Russell, cello; Judith Gordon, piano.
- 9 – 11 pm All Star Cabaret with Kevin McGuire in Hubbard Hall. A gathering of Theatre Company members, past and present, with songs, skits, and general merriment. Featuring Kevin McGuire and other returning members of the Theater Company and the Battenkill Chorale; Cash Bar and Snacks.
July 6th Sunday:
- 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Workshops, Arts and Crafts, Parade, Great Food and Music on Hubbard Hall Campus and at the Cambridge Farmers Market.
- 9 – 11 am Somatics Workshop with Laura Gates in the Dance Studio. Chasing contractive patterns out of the Torso. Neuromuscular re-patterning techniques to identify and change tight muscles that are pulling the body into asymmetry, twist, tilt, and postural distortion that may cause pain, poor movement mechanics and uneven wear and tear on joints. This gentle movement practice, safe for all ages and fitness levels, was developed by the late somatic pioneer, Thomas Hanna PhD. Wear flexible clothing and socks. Your instructor is Laura M Gates, certified Hanna (Clinical) Somatic Educator, NYC.
- 10 am – 4 pm. Valley Artisans Market Show in the Freight Depot.
- 10 am – 2 pm. Hubbard Hall Tune Jam Band at the Farmer’s Market.
- 11 am – 1pm. Face Painting, Sparkle Tattoos by Bollywood dance students at the Farmer’s Market.
- 12 noon. Parade by the Public Works Orchestra
- 1 pm – 2 pm. Hubbard Hall Dance Showcase with pop-up performances at the Farmer’s Market and Freight Yard Park.
- 3 pm – 5 pm. Shape Note Singing in Lovejoy Building. Everyone is welcome to join in this a capella singing tradition, singing from the Sacred Harp.
And….. a special Commemorative Journal will be published and serve as our Playbill throughout the year. It will honor many area businesses who support Hubbard Hall and have lots of pictures and articles on the history of Hubbard Hall and on the various aspects and projects which make up this special place.
Check out our Hubbard Hall Reunion Facebook Page where people are posting photos and written pieces about what Hubbard Hall has meant to both individuals and the community. Please send submissions to email@example.com or post them directly to Facebook.Save the dates….July 4, 5 and 6, 2014. Come join all the fun!
Check out the new Curiosity Forum Spotlight page here or for a list of upcoming events click here.
Next Tour July 2015!
Tours feature a wide range of works including bronze sculpture, ceramics, mixed media constructions, folk art, paintings and pastels highlight the talents of this vibrant artist community. Guests are invited to a self-guided tour through the beautiful county side and into the studios of each artist to see new work and talk to each artist.
Washington County, New York is home to a rich, vibrant artist community. Farmhouses, barns and old factories have been converted into studios where artists paint, sculpt, carve and create works of art that are exhibit the U.S. as well as internationally.
Stay posted for the dates! Open Studios of Washington County offering a glimpse into their creative lifestyles, and a unique opportunity to purchase great art directly from their studios.