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Guild cuts concert series

In order to maintain the full Arts Trek program, the guild has decided to slash its evening concert series from eight events to three.

This year's concert schedule includes Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini performing July 12, Ti Talent Night July 28 and a Ti Community Band concert Aug. 9. All will be at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.

"It was decided to offer a limited number of adult concerts, two that are usually well-attended and one that brought in outside artists," Burdick said. "This schedule also means that the guild will not lose money on these programs. Grants and donations subsidize the children's programs, but the adult programs should pay for themselves."

The Arts Trek schedule includes Yankee Doodle Magic Theater with Debbie O'Carroll July 6, A Passion for Birds with Henry Lappan July 13, Billie Goats Gruff with the Seagle Colony July 20, Drumming for You with Bob Bloom July 27, Swing Peepers ecology-music show Aug. 3 and Anti-Gravity with Mr. Fish Aug. 10. All will be at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.

The New York State Council on the Arts gave three reasons for denying funding to the local arts group, Burdick said. The programming is stale, funding lacks diversity and the lack of a guild Web site were the reasons given.

"From our point of view, those are not valid reasons," Burdick said. "They suggested we do block scheduling with other arts groups and try to schedule European performers touring the U.S. That's not practical for us. We can't afford groups like that.

"As for funding, we raise money through our program book ads, grants, individual donations, memberships and other fundraising activities," she said. "If there is more that we can do, I wish they would tell me."

The Ti Festival Guild web site was down for two weeks in early June 2010, when the funding application was being considered, Burdick said, but was operating before and has been since.

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