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Ti Festival Guild to get a boost

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 said. "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."

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, a Hague Jazz Quartet performance Aug. 2 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 website were the reasons given.

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