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GERMANTOWN — The town planning board approved a project to build a Dollar General, the first big box store in town, on the Route 9G corridor after the landowner spent three years pushing through the planning process.
In a 5-2 vote, the planning board approved a resolution to allow North Carolina-based Primax Properties to rent its 6-acre parcel at 4301 Route 9G to Dollar General, a decision that disappointed several residents who attended the meeting for the vote.
“I am sad,” resident Angela Olszewski said. “This will change the heart and soul of Germantown. A corporate entity for the first time is placing its stake here and Dollar General has a bad reputation of being a gross store that does not maintain itself.”
The proposal has checked boxes in the town’s Planning Board process for three years amid several meetings packed by concerned and divided residents.
“Storied Nights” from the Grammy Award-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds opens the 2017 Leaf Peeper Concert Series at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, MA, on Saturday, September 9. The New York City-based quintet – flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, French horn – will showcase their virtuosity in the new performance space that continues to receive rave reviews for its acoustical properties. Leaf Peeper’s music director Eugenia Zukerman will join with Imani Winds for the 5 p.m. performance as flutist and narrator.
“I’m thrilled that the Leaf Peeper 2017 series will open with the inimitable Imani Winds,” said Zukerman. “Their unique and dynamic playing, their adventurous multi-cultural collaborations, and their joyful energy will delight our audience. We have commissioned and are presenting the world premiere of ‘Canción de Flores,’ written by Valerie Coleman, the founder and flutist of the Imani Winds. Their performance at the superb Saint James Place in Great Barrington should not be missed!”
The concert opens with Delibes’ “Flower Duet,” the famous duet for soprano and mezzo soprano – performed here by two flutes – from his opera “Lakmé,” followed by “Elegy for Innocence” for bassoon and piano, composed by Imani Winds’ French horn player, Jeff Scott.
The first movement of Valerie Coleman’s “Rubispheres,” entitled DROM, was named after a bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A call and response between bassoon solo and the entire ensemble opens the movement, sending the work playfully into the second movement, “Serenade,” intended to “break up the intense groove energy of the outer movements,” The final movement, “Revival,” draws a parallel between the discovery of creative energy with the fervor of old southern baptisms held down by the river.
“Portraits of Langston,” a Coleman work that features selected Langston Hughes poems narrated by Eugenia Zukerman, and the evening concludes with the world premiere of a Clarion Concerts-commissioned Coleman work designed to mark the first Leaf Peeper concert appearance of Imani Winds.
Leaf Peeper Board President John Bevan, who heard the Imani Winds perform last year, said he is excited to bring this group to the Berkshires. “People usually equate chamber music with stringed instruments and this group will certainly change that perception. We have set the starting time at 5 p.m. so that audience members can enjoy what Great Barrington has to offer in the evening hours after the concert.”
Subsequent 2017 Leaf Peeper Concerts include “Four on the Floor” with The Jasper String Quartet on Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Church in Chatham, NY; “From Russia With Love” with Voxare Quartet on Saturday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. at Time & Space Limited in Hudson, NY; and “Breathless Baroque” on Saturday, October 21, 5 p.m. at Saint James Place in Great Barrington.
For information about programming and tickets: leafpeeperconcerts.org
Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Spaces and Moments: Images by Marcia Powdermaker and B. Docktor,” a photography exhibition by the winners of last year’s Spencertown Academy juried regional art exhibition, which was judged by Peter Jung of Hudson’s Peter Jung Fine Arts Gallery and Bill Thompson and Marie-Claude Giroux of Chatham’s Thompson Giroux Gallery. On Saturday, September 26, there will be a festive opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the show will remain on display through October 18. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, or by appointment. Admission is free and the artworks are for sale.
“B. Docktor has a great eye for capturing the classic and unusual visual moments in nature. She has a special affinity with the animals she conveys with her camera. Her work is dynamic and beautiful,” says Leslie Gabosh, co-chair of the Academy’s gallery programming. “Marcia Powdermaker’s photographs capture the tranquility and peace in natural settings. Quiet, contemplative, her images have a poetic stillness.”
Marcia Powdermaker lives in Tyringham, MA. Her work has been exhibited at Spencertown Academy and at Lenox’s Sohn Gallery. “I like to capture the solitude and peacefulness of nature with my camera, then spend time working with it digitally before printing it,” says Powdermaker. “It is all intuitive—no planning, no agenda, no social comment. In this exhibition, I am showing quiet images that focus on nature, minimalism, horizons, and abstracts.”
B. Docktor lives in Ancram, NY. She began her photography career by helping her father, illustrator/artist Irv Docktor, develop film when she was about five years old. “Photography has always been a part of my life. I loved Life Magazine and always cared about making pictures that were not only beautiful, but mattered in some way,” says Docktor. “I’ve long been fascinated with the connection between my photographs and what we end up remembering. I try to capture the kernel of magnificence of whatever I’m photographing, hoping that the final image will make the viewer say: ‘WOW, I feel like I was there.’”
Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see http://www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.
* * * * THIS SUNDAY IN VALATIE VILLAGE * * * *
* * * * FIFTEEN VENDORS * * * *
* * * * LIVE MUSIC * * * *
* * * * FACE PAINTING (for kids) * * * *
Beginning This Sunday, May 17th, the Long Awaited Valatie, New York Farmers’ Market BEGINS!
TIME: From 10:00AM until 2:00 PM
* at “Glynn Square Park” by the Gazébo on Church Street
* facing M.H. Glynn Municipal Bldng
* adjacent to the landmark First Presbyterian Church!
The Valatie Farmers Market will continue Each Sunday during the summer and early autumn.
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