Ti Festival Guild announces schedule

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Festival Guild has announced its 2009 summer schedule - its 30th year of bringing arts and entertainment to the community.

Past favorites like Woods Tea Company, the Zucchini Brothers and Stephen Gratto are on the slate, which again includes Tuesday evening concerts and Wednesday morning Arts Trek programs for children.

The schedule was compiled with an eye toward saving money in a tough economic climate, said Cathie Burdick, guild executive director, who pointed out declining financial support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

"Grant help will be greatly reduced this year," Burdick said.

As a result, the Ti Festival Guild is making cuts, Burdick said. The guild office has closed and is operating from Burdick's home. A recent mailing was completed using leftover materials and future correspondence will be via Email to save on postage.

But while facing economic difficulties, the guild has a complete summer program lined up for 2009.

"The program committee chose old favorites like Woods Tea Company, the Zucchini Brothers and Stephen Gratto to help celebrate this important 30th anniversary and then picked outstanding newer groups, while seeking to reduce the budget for performances," Burdick said. "We are cutting corners where possible."

The concert schedule includes Woods Tea Company on July 7, Ti Talent Night on July 14, balladeer Rich Bala on July 21, Towne Meeting on July 28, Annie & the Hedonists on Aug. 4 and the Ticonderoga Community Band on Aug. 11.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are held under the guild tent located on the green next to the Community Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

The Arts Trek schedule includes the Zucchini Brothers on July 8, Two of a Kind on July 15, balladeer Rich Bala on July 22, the Seagle Colony on July 29, the Puppet People on Aug. 5 and Stephen Gratto on Aug. 12.

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