2019 Exhibitions and Events
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Image: "Holiday Card", Maud and Miska Petersham, circa 1940,
Exhibition & Event Schedule, 2019:
Historical Society Holiday Exhibit and Sale
December 6, 7 and 8, December 14 and 15, 12 - 4 pm
Reception: Friday, December 6, 3 - 7 pm
This year’s sale features an expanded collection of holiday cards and includes HSW’s popular tins of homemade cookies. Shoppers will also find a large selection of local history books and DVDs, hand knitted hats and mittens, locally produced maple syrup, Mira’s Naturals honey products, a selection of handmade crafts and much more. In addition, be sure to select from the Society’s offering of holly and greens – free of charge.
While shopping, visitors can also take in HSW’s exhibit of vintage holiday cards crafted, over the years, by noted Woodstock artists. This year’s selection highlights cards with a decidedly musical theme. Also on display will be a number of paintings depicting winter in Woodstock - all drawn from the Society’s extensive art collection.
This holiday season make sure you include a visit to the Historical Society of Woodstock as part of your holiday plans and take time to remember the joys of holidays past and the possibilities of those yet to come. The Historical Society of Woodstock is located on Lower Comeau Drive. As always, admission is free and parking is available either at the Historical Society or in the Lower Comeau parking lot. HSW is also online at www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or on Facebook at Historical Woodstock.
"Christmas Sextet, Old-time Woodstock Artists Having Fun", n.d., collection of the Historical Society
Annual Holiday Card Making at HSW
The Historical Society’s annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale will be open to the public on December 6, 7 and 8 as well as December 14 and 15. For more information on the Society’s activities, go to: www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org or visit on Facebook at Historical Woodstock.
Historical Society To Celebrate 90 Years at Annual Meeting
Ninety years ago, a small group of Woodstockers gathered to hold the first meeting of the Historical Society of Woodstock in the home of Konrad Cramer. Dedicating the Society to the task of creating a permanent record of Woodstock history, HSW has, throughout its nine decades, remained faithful to the mission set forth by its founders. This Sunday, October 6, beginning at 3:00 pm, the Society will host its annual membership meeting followed by a celebration of its 90 years in service to Woodstock history.
As part of its annual meeting, members of the Society’s Board will review its 2019 activities and reveal plans for 2020. The election of new board members will also be held. Immediately following the meeting, the public is invited to a celebration of HSW’s 90 years. In addition to enjoying the usual sampling of great HSW refreshments and viewing the Society's current exhibit, Woodstock Collects - ”Heritage Through Art,” Town Historian, Richard Heppner, will offer a brief talk on the history of the Historical Society of Woodstock.
Back to the Garden, the intricate guitar sculpture now on display at the Historical Society of Woodstock's Eames House, was a labor of love for artist and graphic designer Nikki V. Hall. The months-long process of hand-dying, painting and building the instrument proved gratifying as challenges were met and Hall's euphoric vision took shape in serendipitous ways. The project is part of Rennie Cantine's 2019 Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exhibition, wherein artists created sculptures to decorate the town and then to be auctioned for the benefit of Family of Woodstock's suicide prevention programs, Text-Me-Back, and the John Herald Fund. Back to the Garden will be on display at Eames until Sunday, Oct.13, when the auction will take place at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, at 4 p.m. Sabrina and the Gems will perform their original music from 2:00-3:30 pm. Hall has written a full report of her experience creating Back to the Garden, and credits many friends who provided invaluable assistance.
Guitar Sculpture, Back to the Garden
by Nikki V. Hall
WOODSTOCK COLLECTS: Heritage through Art
September 14 - October 27, 2019
Opening reception September 14
Hundreds of formerly unseen treasures from private collections in Woodstock are presented in this first-time communal exhibition.
Each of the five participating organizations uses a different curatorial approach, telling a story that illuminates that organization’s history. The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s exhibition, curated by Hannah Frieser, will be on view through October 20; featuring the experimental photographs of Konrad Cramer, Manuel Komroff, and Nathan Resnick, the exhibition focuses on their changes from Pictorialism to abstraction. Deborah Heppner, curator of the show at the Historical Society of Woodstock (on view through October 27), invited HSW board members to submit works of personal or historical significance, along with written narratives of how the artworks came into their possession.
Nan Mason, "Abstract", enamel on copper, 1967
Wilna Hervey, "Beach Scene", enamel on copper, 1965
In Tune with the Times, 1600-present
June 29 - September 1, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 pm
2-4pm. Opening reception: Refreshments, music by Rennie Cantine and Sabrina Miller.
This exhibit travels through time from the music of the Northern Delaware tribes of the 1600's to the musicians of today. In addition to indigenous music, the exhibit will include church hymns, songs of the workers in the 1800's, music of the early 1900's art colony, mid-century folk music, and the explosion of folk, rock and other contemporary music in the 1960's and 70's up to the present. The 1969 Woodstock festival, which happened in Bethel, NY, is included.
Photos Above: Lake Hill Band, c late 1800; Musicans, First Maverick Concert; Concert in Field with Betty McDonald; The Jupiter string Quartet with Daniel Gortler, Maverick Concert; Christmas Sextet; Tom Pacheco, Sunday Drum Circle, Village Green
Sabrina and the Gems to close Music Exhibit
Sunday, September 1 - music begins at noon.
Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600 – Present The Historical Society of Woodstock's summer-long exhibit honoring musicians throughout the town's history closes Sunday, September 1 with a musical performance at 12 pm by Sabrina and the Gemsat the Eames House Museum, 20 Comeau Drive.
August 24, 12 pm. The Improbable Community:
Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal.
Book signing, talk and music, Bill Horne, Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock.
Author and civil rights attorney Bill Horne will give an illustrated talk based on his book, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal on Saturday, August 24 from 12-1 pm at Eames House Museum, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, NY. Special tribute will be paid to Woodstock musicologists Eric Weissberg and Herbert Haufrecht, who were deeply involved with the camp. Former campers Pat Lamanna and Mickey Vandow will be on hand to play camp songs. Bill's book will be on sale and available for autographing. Light refreshments will be available. Admission is free.
Camp Woodland was founded in 1939 by a group of idealists inspired by the New Deal who put American democracy into practice by creating an inclusive summer camp for city kids in the remote Catskill mountains near Phoenicia, NY. (Detractors would refer to it as “Camp Red” during the McCarthy era.) They helped to incubate the folk music movement in America, influenced music in Woodstock, and brought together city and rural communities through the collection and preservation of Catskills folklore and folk music.
Author: Bill Horne is an attorney who practiced trade regulation law in Washington, D.C., and health care, public construction and civil rights law in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Queens, New York, and was a camper at Camp Woodland from 1950 through 1960.
Folk Singer: Pat Lamanna learned to play guitar and wrote her first songs at Camp Woodland from 1955-1961. She recently won awards for her songs at the South Florida Folk Festival. One of her songs, "Peace Pilgrim," is featured on Pete Seeger's album, "The Storm King." She has three solo CDs to her credit.
Folk Singer: Mickey Vandow went to the Little Red School House with Eric Weissberg, where they learned folk songs from Charity Bailey, the music teacher. He was a camper at Camp Woodland for many summers where they learned Catskill history, folklore, and the folksongs collected by Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Cazden from singers in the region. Mickey learned guitar from Laura Rosenblatt and Bob Claiborne and banjo from Pete Seeger. He taught theater, cinema, and video production at SUNY Cobleskill.
August 3, 7 pm. Concert - Rock Academy Alumni Reunion
with Liz Mitchell, Nancy Chusid & Children's Chorus.
Blast from the past! Rock Academy and the Historical Society of Woodstock is welcoming back some of your favorite Rock Academy All-Star Graduates for a one night only show on Saturday, August 3rd. Some graduates will be playing and singing rock covers accompanied by the current Rock Academy Showband, while others will be presenting original music! The show is part of the Historical Society of Woodstock’s “Woodstock Music: In Tune With The Times” show currently on display Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm at the Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive.
The concert will be held at the Church of Christ, Scientist, 85 Tinker Street. Opening the show will be Elizabeth Mitchell and Nancy Chusid present young people performing selections from the songbook Folk-Songs and Other Songs for Children, edited by Jane Byrd Radcliffe-Whitehead. Tickets $10 Doors 6pm
Aug 4, 4 - 6 pm. Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock
Lecture by John Murphy, PhD, at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Dr. Murphy will explore Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists, writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values. John P. Murphy PhD is the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego and a specialist on Arts and Crafts colonies. He has published work on Ivan Albright, Bolton Brown, William Gropper, and Charles White. His dissertation examined the colonies of Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, and Rose Valley. His research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Huntington Library, and the Wolfsonian Museum. He was a 2014-2015 Luce/ACLS Fellow in American art.
"Sound Out Poster", 1960s
July 27, 12 pm. Illustrated Lecture and Performance on Native American Music
Saturday, July 13, 12 pm. Panel discussion
The Impact of Music on Woodstock CultureThe Impact of Music on Woodstock Culture
Moderated by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner. Panelists: Happy Traum, Gilles Malkine, Rennie Cantine, Michael Birnbaum, Barbara Pickhardt. Applehead Studio, 1835 Route 212, Saugerties.
Panel Discussion, Applehead Studio, 7-13-19
Sabrina Miller & Rennie Cantine
Jennifer Maidman Band
with special guest, Elly Wininger
Concert: May 24, 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm
Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker Street, Woodstock
The Woodstock Dress - Reimagined
Augusta Allen, born in 1869 and raised as a child along the Ohio frontier, arrived in Woodstock, NY with her husband, artist and entrepreneur, Willard Allen. Urged to make Woodcock their home by artist Birge Harrison, the couple, upon their arrival, constructed a remarkable three-story home known as Allencrest. As time progressed, however, declining family fortunes would call upon Augusta to put her considerable skills as a seamstress to work, in an effort to support her growing family. No stranger to hard work – family members recall hearing the treadle sewing machine she used whirring well into the early morning hours - Augusta drew upon the early lessons of the frontier and an innate creativity to fashion what would become known as the Woodstock Dress.
The dresses, made of cotton, velvet, taffeta and other select types of fabrics were soon in high demand by the women of Woodstock. It could, for example, be either a casual everyday dress to wear to market or easily worn formally at a reception. The dress became a favorite of women within the art colony and was also worn by many of the Cheats and Swings square dancers during a number of exhibitions, including one memorable performance for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at their home in Hyde Park.
Though styles would change as time progressed, the history of the Woodstock Dress has been kept alive over the years through the efforts of the Historical Society of Woodstock and Augusta’s great-granddaughter, Deborah Allen Heppner. Over the decades, however, though the dress has attracted considerable interest by designers who have marveled at Augusta’s intricate work, the reproduction of the dress and its return to fashion seems to have been waiting these many years for the right person to take on such a task. That long wait is about to end.
Enter Sarah Stitham, owner of Workday Wear. Founded as a clothing company, Stitham’s vision behind Workday Wear was to focus on elegant, well-made clothing, using all natural fabrics that hearken back to a time when things were constructed sturdily, sewn beautifully and made locally. A child of the Catskills, Stitham’s own life experiences and her connection to both land and community made Augusta Allen’s dress an obvious focus of her creative imagination. Allen’s ability, despite the financial hardships of her day, to draw upon the pioneering and homesteading skills of her youth to produce the Woodstock Dress, was, to Stitham, the underlying “ethos for Workday Wear since the beginning.”
As a result of her discussions with Heppner, who also serves as President of the Historical Society, Stitham began to pursue the idea of bringing back the Woodstock Dress. “I became obsessed with Augusta’s ingenuity, fortitude and design style,” offered Stitham. That obsession has magically led to the first successful recreation of the Woodstock Dress in more than eighty years.
As a result of Stitham’s creative efforts and collaboration with the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Dress will return to the town that gave it birth on May 5, 2019. On that date, through a program that combines both history and fashion, Stitham’s “new” Woodstock Dress will be unveiled along with Augusta Allen’s story as presented by Woodstock Town Historian, Richard Heppner. The program will be held at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 85 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY from 3:00-5:00 pm. An Afternoon Tea and further discussion will follow the program. Music interludes by Reggie Earls and Timothy Hill will also be presented. Tickets for the event are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door or online by going to the Historical Society’s web page at: www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org.
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