Thirty-five years ago, a group of community members gathered around a kitchen table in Roxbury and began to dream of an organization that would celebrate and make the arts accessible in the Catskills. That organization became the Roxbury Arts Group, and this year the organization is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an season of performances, events and workshops for all all ages.
The spring/summer performance season will kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, with the Jammin’ Divas performing at the Roxbury Arts Center. The Divas, Irishwoman Aoife Clancy of the Grammy-nominated group Cherish the Ladies, Nicole Zuraitis of the United States, Kath Buckel of Australia, and Hadar Noiberg of Israel, will blend renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from each of their cultures.
The season will continue with gypsy-rockers Caravan of Thieves, authentic Mississippi blues from the Cedric Burnside Project, an expanded Old School Baptist Church Essential Thursdays performance series, a series of outdoor performances in Veterans Memorial Park in Stamford, a series of films in Kirkside Park, a road trip to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts for a full day of activities culminating with a rare East Coast performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet and more! Community favorites such as For Arts’ Sake and FIDDLERS! will also return this year, as well as a special event offered in collaboration with the Catskill Quilters Hall of Fame.
RAG will also continue to offer monthly community programs such as the Open Mic JAM!, Writers’ Evening, Art Start Academy, and Drop In Art Class Series, which will continues on Saturday, May 17, with photographer Kevin Q. Grey. For next month’s workshop, Grey will lead participants through the functions of today’s digital cameras, talk on compositional skills and photo editing software and include an outdoor “photo safari” in Roxbury (weather permitting).