Arts and Community

Gerhett Parrish, clay sculpture, “Big Cheese and Squeaker.” Choice of Show winner, 2020.

Theater Award goes to Benjamin Fry

The SCCA annual Theater Award, presented to a graduating senior on the basis of their work on and behind the stage throughout their student career, was presented to Benjamin Fry.

Melissa Mabus, head of the Sullivan County High School drama club, had this to say about his work throughout high school:

“Ben Fry was the star of The Importance of Being Earnest, live-streamed online and recorded last fall. He performed just brilliantly with the British accent work, and has been involved with the Drama Club since he was a 7th grader.  He’s also president of the club.  I hands-down nominate him for the theatre award.”

Kyler Burke Takes Literary Contest Top Prize

The Sullivan County Council on the Arts has announced the winners of its 11th annual Literary Contest, with first prize going to Kyler Burke for her short story, “The Sandpaper House.”

Kyler, a Sullivan County High School senior, is no stranger to literary awards, having taken the Contest’s top prize five of the last six years. Her story, a tale of the strange disappearance of two teenagers’ parents, is a shortened version of a more extensive piece she is working on, which was too long to fit within the contest’s length restrictions.

Second prize is awarded to the pseudonymous “Rue,” for a collection of riveting poems: “I Meet Life,” “Solidarity,” and “Lost in the Leaves.” (At this point, Rue’s identity resides under a bushel.)

The third prize winner is Abigail Ciufo, whose poem “Autumn” personifies that blustery season.

The fourth prize goes to Jenna Eberlin, who poetically compares a companion to an “Autumn Evening.”

All four winners will receive a cash award and be published in the Arts Council’s annual magazine, Hills and Valleys, which will be available for free in both print and online editions. Also included will be “runners-up” Amber Kelly, Jordan Laroe,and Toni Marotti.

All published entires this year come from the Sullivan County High School, though the contest is open to all students living or studying in Sullivan County: public or private schooled, home-schoolers, and those attending the Red Rock Job Corps Center.

In normal years, Hills and Valleys also honors the winners of the Youth Art visual awards, but the Youth Art exhibit has been cancelled the last two years due to the pandemic.

This year’s judges were Sullivan County native and muralist Cat Badger, now living in Wyoming County, artist and Arts Council president Helen Day, and musician and activist Karen Meyers from Wellesboro.

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Bob Milne promises to be with us the first week in October, as was scheduled for last year, and the Celtic Martins will be back, but moved to Founder’s Day in Dushore, the second weekend in August. This concert will be outdoors – and free!

To become a 2021 member, send a check for $25 (individual or family), $50 (Patron) or $100 (Benefactor) to  SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore PA 18614, along with your check.

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For a list of all our major programs, look here.

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Local arts and other links:

Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum

Sullivan County Library

Sullivan County general page

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Heading photo by Donna Sherwood