The Daily Star
---- — It’s inevitable that the weather will come up in conversation when you run into someone in town — particularly, I’ve found, when living in upstate New York during the winter. “Can you believe that storm?” or “How were the roads for you?” or “We got six inches of snow — you only got four?”
Recently in a chat about the weather, I was asked if I missed my Florida upbringing. I said it wasn’t until a trip down in March that I began to miss the Florida weather. Cooperstown had snow, slush and ice and Florida was 70 degrees and sunny.
“Upstate New York is about preparing,” he said. “You’re always preparing for something — snow, putting snow tires on or off, taking a dock out, putting it back in, raking, cleaning the gutters, the rain.”
It’s so true. And so now when you step outside and hear the drip, drip of spring, we are preparing for everything the snow has left behind — the mud, the rain — and the warmer weather. And, in general, people are leaving their houses again. There’s an excitement in the air, of what’s to come. Brewery Ommegang’s recent announcement of its Memorial Day weekend concert actually made me think of this. The news that Old Crow Medicine Show would be performing next month at the brewery has been all the buzz, and it had me looking at all the other concerts and events coming our way.
Appropriately, Catskill Symphony Orchestra is presenting Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” on April 27 at SUNY Oneonta. That same weekend, the Hartwick College Department of Music presents Rock Orchestra IV at Foothills Performing Arts Center. On April 26, string orchestra, wind ensemble, rock bands, vocalists and a 50-person choir will fill the center’s mainstage for orchestrations of Van Halen, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eric Clapton favorites.
On May 17 the Oneonta Concert Association will host Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Ron Carter and the Golden Striker Trio at its 85th Anniversary Gala at Foothills Performing Arts Center.
Watch a movie come to life on stage when Orpheus Theatre presents the musical “Legally Blonde” at the Goodrich Theatre on the SUNY Oneonta campus May 11 and 12.
The Fenimore Art Museum comes back to life in the spring, this year starting with exhibits such as “American Masters: Thomas Cole to Grandma Moses” and “Native Roots: The 9th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial.” More exhibits open in May, and the museum hosts the Iroquois Cultural Festival at the end of the month, which complements the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The festival will highlight select Iroquois artisans, story tellers, dancers and interpreters, and the weekend will feature a concert by Iroquois singer and composer Joanne Shenandoah.
Maybe the change of the season will inspire us to do a little performing of our own. Trade your snow boots for some dancing shoes and join the Otsego Dance Society on May 3 for some contra dancing at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. No experience is needed because all dances are taught. Or, check out the Roxbury Arts Group’s open mic nights on the first Friday of each month at 76 MAIN! Musicians are encouraged to drop in and play for the community.
I’m prepared for spring with my rain boots and umbrella, but I also have my tickets to Old Crow Medicine Show and I’m thinking of throwing on some dancing shoes too. So while we prepare for the next phase of upstate New York weather, we can also prepare for the events that accompany the new season as well.
Brittany Lesavoy is secretary of ArtsOtsego, the alliance of Otsego County arts organizations, and director of public relations for The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. Column ideas may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Around The Arts’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/aroundthearts.