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Saturday, August 25
In the Nature Preserve
10:00 - noon: “Field Notes and Storylines” with Mary Cuffe Perez (ages 8 and up) - Part One
A two-day nature writing workshop composed of a nature walk followed by a writing session inspired by what was observed and learned during the walk. As a result of this workshop, it is hoped that everyone would gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for the natural world and a new perspective of nature as a source of creativity. Journals and pencils will be provided; participants should have bug spray, water and, if they choose, binoculars. For Ages 8 and up.
Mary Cuffe Perez is a writer and amateur naturalist who lives in Galway, New York. She has published four books and written natural history articles for Adirondack Life, Northern Woodlands, NYS Conservationist, and others. Books include: Woman of Too Many Days, Calyx Press, poetry; Skylar, Penguin, children’s novel; Nothing by Name, Shaggy Dog Books, novel-in-verse; Barn Stories, North Country Books, creative non-fiction
12:30 - 1:00: Mohawk Stories with Kay Olan Ionataie:was
1:00 - 1:30: Stories from the Region with Alden (Joe) Doolittle and friends, “If the Waters Could Speak… The Stories They’d Tell!”
In the David Remling Science Center
9:30 - Noon: Memoir Writing Workshop with Helen Condon
Why write a memoir? Memoirs release us from demons. They allow us to connect with others. Life Writing gives us the freedom to reclaim our lives. You’re reconstructing by the telling. This workshop by Helen Condon will provide participants with some of the tools and techniques for writing their own life’s stories. Participants should bring a notebook and pencil for writing. Appropriate for adults. Please come willing to share your thoughts.
Helen Condon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has written a memoir entitled “The Big Rug,” the story of grieving for her husband of 33 years and producing a 15x8 foot braided rug in forty one days. As she says, “Writing a memoir can be cathartic and may release pent-up emotions you are unconsciously hiding. It did so for me, and I hope it can do so for others.
Noon: Thanksgiving Address and Welcome Remarks by Kay Olan Ionataie:was and Welcome Remarks
Kay Olan Ionataie:was is a Mohawk Storyteller. She tells the stories learned from Ray Fadden and Tom Porter. For her, stories have so much more purpose than just entertainment, and they are also not just for children. They can heal and pass on values, teach history and traditions, and also help us understand the relationships between each other and the rest of the universe. Having spent a large portion of her childhood in the Mohawk Nation, Kay Olan spent 33 years as an educator in Dutchess County. She is a Director of the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community near Fonda, NY.
In the SRC Cultural Center
2:00 – 2:45 Stories from the Mohawk Valley with Bob Cudmore (Reading and Book Signing)
A native of Amsterdam, New York, Bob Cudmore began has radio career at WCSS in that city in 1962 while still in high school. Cudmore continued in radio for the fifty years, hosting popular area shows. His first project on local history was to join Steve Dunn to co-produce the WMHT-TV documentary Historic Views of the Carpet City: Amsterdam, N.Y. in 2000. He is the author of four books: Lost Mohawk Valley (2015), Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley (2013), Stories from the Mohawk Valley (2011) and You Can’t Go Wrong (2000). Albany Times Union book reviewer Jack Rightmyer said of Cudmore’s books, “He describes a place some generations ago that was filled with factories and tells many compelling stories that would be forgotten, if not for him.”
3:00: Keynote Address: John Cronin, cofounder of Riverkeeper, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment. Reception follows.
7:00 – 11:00: Spoken Word Performance by 518 artist Souly.Had and Friends
Souly.had is an artist from upstate New York, namely Duanesburg. The “All the Time” artist is one sixth of entréband. He has toured and played in Los Angeles (June 2018). His tracks can be found on Soundcloud, Apple Music and Spotify.
This two-day festival is supported by public funds from Humanities New York, Poets and Writers, and the Mohawk Regional Economic Development Initiative, administered by the New York State Council on the Arts. For further information, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director of the Schoharie River Center at 518-875-6230