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Yoga, music and art offered at Tri-Arts Camp

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “I think they’re having fun. I try to introduce it to them in a fun way,” said Sipple. She said that she tries to teach a connection to the inner-self.

“I feel that yoga at that stage in life instills flexibility with calm, stretching and breathing,” she added.

Sipple noted, “We provide the tools to help children focus the mind, strengthen the body and expand the heart. Our goal is for young people to achieve a sense of well-being, gain confidence and self-acceptance.”

Keely Sheehan said she uses different materials and different mediums during the art portion of the camp.

“Through art, children can learn many skills while having fun exploring their own creativity. They build hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. Working with different materials is helpful for sensory development and fine motor skills. Children need freedom to explore and express themselves and art is the perfect place to do that,” said Sheehan.

During the last session of camp the children, designed doors for houses using watercolors. They also learned about the technique of marble painting.

After the last session, Samardge said, “We had such an amazing, positive response. They wanted to keep coming back.”

Sipple said this age group “has loads of energy” and yoga helps focus them in one direction.

“They have wonderful imaginations. They’re incredibly creative,” said Samardge about the children.
The theme for this coming session will be Folktales.

This session, Sheehan said, the kids in the camp will “do some fabric dying” and another project is creating puppets and a puppet theater.

Samardge said the music portion of the day tends to be a lot of movement based learning. There will be stories, activities and of course songs. Kids will even have an opportunity to play drums.

During yoga time, Sipple will be taking children through different yoga poses.

Snack time is offered outside, when possible, in the garden at the Howland Cultural Center.

To register for the camp, visit

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Bluesman tears it up at Beacon venue

Guy Davis had the audience stomping their feet and singing along during a show last week at the Towne Crier in Beacon.
- Courtesy photo by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertaniment

Bluesman Guy Davis veered off-road from an extensive Canadian tour to bring his unique brand of Delta blues to the Towne Crier in Beacon on Friday night. The foot-stomping singer/songwriter accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica, evoking West African and Southern roots with his “old worn boot of a voice.”

The result was a savory home-cooked stew of authentic African-American music, with banana pie for dessert.

Clad in signature pork-pie hat and red suspenders, Davis seamlessly evoked the pain and joy of the genre. Many numbers from his newly released recording, “Juba Dance,” were featured including the classic “That’s No Way For Me To Get It On,” by “Reverend” Robert Wilkins. The audience sang along with his “Love Looks Good On You.”

“I always enjoy whatever material, original or other, that Guy takes on,” said audience member Perrin Ferris. “Both blues and his rendition of Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ were excellent.”

Unlike many contemporary blues performers who unwittingly give the impression that the music came from thin air, or the Rolling Stones in the ’60s, Davis paid homage to the old masters. “Little Red Rooster” was attributed to Howling Wolf, “Baby Please Don't Go” to John Lee Hooker and “Did You See My Baby” to Sonny Terry.

“Sonny was featured in the original production of the Broadway musical, ‘Finian's Rainbow’ in 1947,” said Davis, who is the son of the late, great actors and humanitarians Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The show was a groundbreaker for social change at the time with its strong anti-segrationist theme. “When the 2009 revival was in the works, Pete Seeger urged the producers to cast a next-generation blues singer and harmonica player. That's how I ended up being cast.”

Davis was joined by pianist/accordianist/singer extraordinaire Professor Louie, who followed up with a full set with his band. Their music ran the gamut from Van Morrison’s “Atlantic City” and an original Zydeco style tune titled “Tear of the Cloud” to a full-tilt finale, “The Weight,” by The Band.

“Whoever missed this evening of country blues, missed out big-time,” said audience member Jake Zycorie.
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Also in the Aug 20-26, 2014 issue:

  • New elevator to Walkway opens

The observation window in the new Walkway Over the Hudson elevator offers a unique view of the river and the bridge itself.
- Photo by Ray Fashona


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