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There’s no place like home

Marty Zuybora (left) and Dan Haggerty perform as “John Henry’s Hammer” at The Kitchen’s house concert in Sackett Lake, NY.


October 27, 2011

Where on earth can one weekend encompass an art show featuring collages and lighting design, followed by an intimate evening of original music, topped off by a Brazilian adventure at a world class entertainment venue? Welcome to the Catskills!

Even though I could see my breath this morning, I’m glad to be home after my whirlwind foliage tour of greater upstate New York. My inbox was flooded with invites to a wide array of events, and I chose an assortment which reflects the diversity of our region. Just off the beaten path in Youngsville, NY, Domesticities & Cutting Garden (www.thecuttinggarden.org) proprietor Anne Hart welcomed guests seeking to peruse what her unique destination has come to exemplify: unusual, one-of-a-kind gifts and artwork designed with creativity and style.

Claire Coleman’s (www.clairecolemanart.com) colorful and beautiful assortment of paper collages evoke an emotional response and serve as a perfect complement to Kathie Fitzgerald’s (lighttouch2011@gmail.com) original light fixtures, which incorporate repurposed bases paired with shades that are created out of old maps, vintage wallpapers and whimsical photographs and fabrics. Both Coleman and Fitzgerald were on hand to explain the processes involved with creating these alluring works of art and I was (once again) reminded of the talent that resides here in the Upper Delaware valley.

Making a mental note for future holiday shopping, I made my way toward home, but stopped just short of Monticello, choosing instead to check out the latest craze making a resurgence on the music scene: a “house concert” in my neighborhood. Perusing the internet, I found this Wikipedia description: “A house concert is a musical concert or performance art that is presented in someone’s home or nearby small private space such as a barn, rec room, lawn, or back yard.

The logistics of holding a concert in a 21st century home can be complicated, depending on a number of factors. These include audience capacity, collecting cash or donations, whether the proceeds will be split with the host, marketing and whether to publicize the venue, to provide refreshments or to hold a potluck, whether to have one show or present a series and the choice of musicians.”