Guild cuts concert series

TICONDEROGA-Faced with dwindling resources, the Ticonderoga Festival Guild will present a much different arts program this summer.

The guild will scale back its weekly concert series in order to retain its children's Arts Trek program.

"The Arts Trek programs capture the attention and imagination of thousands of area children," said Cathie Burdick, guild director. "We feel that an ongoing program that brings out 250-300 people each week is a valuable one. The board of directors is determined to keep this program going."

The local arts group is not receiving funding from the New York State Council on the Arts this year. That's a loss of $4,000 for the Ti Festival Guild, which has provided weekly summer evening concerts the past 30 years. It has offered weekly children's arts programs the past 28 years.

Burdick said the Ti Festival Guild now has about $700 and is in need of community support. To bridge the gap the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union stepped up to become one of the sponsors of Arts Trek with a $1,000 gift. Wal-Mart awarded a $500 grant to the guild and several other donors contributed funds early, so that winter planning could continue.

"2011, the 31st year of guild activity in Ticonderoga, is shaping up to be an interesting and exciting one," Burdick said. "The executive director always gets inspired when the planning begins. We hope people are also inspired to open their checkbooks and ensure that the children's programs continue in Ticonderoga."

People wishing to make a donation or those seeking more information about the guild can call 585-7015, e-mail cburdick5@nycap.rr.com or go online at www.ticonderogafestivalguild.com

"Membership in the guild helps continue the free Arts Trek program, which serves children from the three-county area as well as those who bring them," Burdick sad. "A contingent from Heritage Commons also enjoyed the shows last year. While these shows are free for the audience, they are not free for the guild, which must meet the costs of the performers, the equipment and all the administration which goes on behind the scenes."

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