Last June, Stephan Svoboda, Executive Artistic Director of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, directed a site-specific rendition of Mary Zimmerman’s play Metamorphoses (an adaptation of the classic Ovid poem) in BMC’s boathouse. The actors splashed around in the water and bravely swam under the dock slips, creatively using the found space of the lake to tailor their production specifically to an Adirondack setting. Svoboda’s production of Metamorphoses was a huge success.
St. William's Church at Long Point
This Saturday, Svoboda and his lively troop of professional actors put on this year’s site-specific play in the found space of St. William’s Church at Long Point–a historic church turned non-for-profit, non-denominational, boat access only retreat and cultural center.
Residents Andrew Boyd and David Lloyd talking to Director Stephan Svoboda
This year The Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival presented an adaptation of The Conference of the Birds, originally written and produced by legendary stage director Peter Brook. The play, which depicts a conference of birds searching for philosophical answers and a spiritual relationship with “God,” explores various dramatic and storytelling styles from around the world.
Stephan Svoboda's "The Conference of the Birds"
BMC residents not only had the opportunity to attend and enjoy the production, but alsogo to ride the historic WW Durant as the sun set over Raquette Lake for a celebratory champagne cruise following the play. Blue Mountain Center staff are excited to bring the Second Session of residents to The Art Center’s next production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which will be at Long Lake Town Hall on July 14th, at 8pm.
Sunset View from the WW Durant
Resident Orin Langelle took these photographs. Langelle is working on four decades of his concerned photography here at Blue Mountain Center. To sample his latest photographic essay, please go to Chiapas, Mexico: From Living in the jungle to ‘existing’ in “little houses made of ticky-tacky…” More of his work work can be found at Climate Connections.
Here at BMC, the residents are buzzing with excitement about the newest nature spotting–a nesting loon. Many nights this week, BMC residents and staff have headed out on canoes and kayaks to the channel between Eagle and Utowana Lake. There, a parent loon swims back and forth in front of its nest, guarding his/her newly laid eggs from predators (crows, ravens, gulls, skunks, mink, racoons, and of course, boaters). BMCers have also spotted the nesting loon on land, sitting on its eggs. This is a special siting, since loons have trouble walking and only spend time on land to nest (their long bodies and far-back legs make them good swimmers and very bad walkers!).
Unfortunately, this family of loons has chosen a dangerous nesting spot with high boat traffic. However, luckily, someone has put up a sign marking the nest and encouraging boaters to be careful. We are looking forward to the end of the month, when the eggs will hatch and we can see little loon chicks swimming around and riding on their parent’s backs.
This past Saturday was a big night for Indian Lake. Not only did the class of 2011 graduate from Indian Lake High School, but also the Hollywood hit Bridesmaids came to the Indian Lake Theater. It was a celebratory night in town and over one hundred seats were filled. BMC’s first session residents were up for a good time and arrived to the show decked out in full bridesmaid regalia to participate in the theater’s costume contest. Five BMC representatives sported dresses collected from a variety of fashion outlets, from the Old Forge thrift store to our very own costume closet. Needless to say, both the movie and costumes were thoroughly enjoyed–and more than one Blue Mountaineer walked away with a prize!
Resident Orin Langelle took this photograph of our bridesmaid costumes. Langelle is working on four decades of his concerned photography here at Blue Mountain Center. To sample his latest photographic essay, please go to Chiapas, Mexico: From Living in the jungle to ‘existing’ in “little houses made of ticky-tacky…” More of his work work can be found at Climate Connections.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Karen Aqua, who died on May 30, 2011. Karen was a Resident at BMC in October, 2006. She inspired fellow Residents and staff alike with her beautiful and patiently crafted animated films. Her work and life received a fine appreciation in this article in The Boston Globe. More information can be found by visiting her website. - Ben
ANNOUNCING – Art Vending Machine, an exhibit coming to the Adirondack Lakes Center For The Arts for one day this summer in celebration of Blue Mountain Lake’s very own Annual Summer Auction and Block Party, this July 2nd.
And look! Some of us (ahem: Sophie, Alice, Nica) even created our own art objects for the machine. See, BMC staff are artists too.
Read more about the vending machine project here!
We’re one day away from the beginning of Session One, Twenty-Eleven and anxiously awaiting the arrival of this year’s first group of residents. In anticipation, I created this photo-montage of all the new vistors we’ve had at BMC this season!
Our collection of arrivals include a new dock that drifted to shore after surviving near biblical floods, seemingly abandoned by its owner. It has yet to be claimed – $100 or best offer.
Up shore, we’ve witnessed an unlikely attraction — one of our turkeys has found itself in a torrid love affair with our ground keeper’s pick up truck ((un)fortunately not visible in this picture). While we are in full support of this (why not?) his friends, it seems, are not. Here we spotted a necessary intervention.
In other news, a newborn fawn has been making public appearances, seemingly unfazed by the peculiar armor sported by staff members as they attempt to survive black fly attack. Our latest strategy is training the fawn to shame the flies away through passive resistance (but in a cute way).
See Bambi plotting.
It seems Bambi has won our battle (fingers crossed) and the last few days have been clear skies! GOODBYE BLACK FLIES, CATCH YA’ LATER! In celebration, we made our first trek of the season to Castle Rock. Anybody know how to get down from here? – Alanna Costelloe-Kuehn
This week we are very pleased to be hosting a growing network of the nonprofit groups that are working to keep the struggling communities within the Park afloat. This network was formed at Blue Mountain Center in 2009 under the thoughtful and professional guidance of BMC alum Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com). Executive Directors and board members came together in 2009 out of anxiety and fear, looking for fundraising ideas. They left with a new notion of how collaboration and mutual support can help us maintain our work for Adirondack towns. The network was formed under the steady guidance of former BMC staffer Cali Brooks and the Adirondack Community Trust (www.generousact.org), which she now directs.
ANN Members Braving the Black Flies in 2009
This year ANN has grown and evolved. They met on Wednesday and Thursday to build bridges and generate new ways to support the work. On Friday they invited a larger group of nonprofit leaders to come to BMC for a day of training on communications and new media.
The latest census data has some very depressing numbers for Adirondack communities. Hamilton County itself lost over 10 percent of its population, the average age went up 11 years, and only 26% of houses in the area are occupied year-round. We at BMC are working to keep our towns afloat and help our neighbors explore new ideas and find inspiration (see www.indianlaketheater.org). We are also joining up with efforts to save the local fire department and resurrect the closed grocery store in Indian Lake. It’s a lot, but we’re working on it. - Ben