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Lynn Kibbe Hanging Around PC

Lynn Kibbe’s “Hanging Around” was the People’s Choice winner at the 2019 Art Expo

Celtic Martins and fine food will visit St. Basil’s

The Celtic Martins return for their eighth (possibly ninth) visit, November 2  at St. Basil’s Hall, followed by a potluck supper and sing-along, accompanied by the Martins.

Along with father Nelson on guitar and mother Elaine on bass, the Martins include the three step-dancing, fiddling daughters Emily, Melissa, and Christy, brothers Brian, Zach and Alex and inspired drummer Elijah Roeder (Emily’s husband), who all roll through a wide range of tunes from Ireland and Scotland. Then there’s the step-dancing, which adds visual beauty and the clatter of shoes to the sweep of musical sound. 

What really sets the Martins off from the rest is how they pull the audience directly into their enthusiasm. “Exuberant” doesn’t do them justice. Kids shimmy in the aisles to the explosion of five fiddles, multiple guitars and superb drumming – not to mention bagpipes, penny whistle, flute, cello, accordion and… we’ve lost track of what else. The whole shebang ends up with the three daughters playing fiddle – while step-dancing. 

A two-hour-plus sing-along and potluck will take place after the concert. Bring food, bring your voice, bring you instrument, bring your appetite, bring your grandma and grandkids. 

It all takes place this Saturday, November 2, at St. Basil’s Hall, Dushore, with the Celtic Martins at 2 pm, followed by the sing-along at around 4 pm. The potluck and sing-along are free. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $1 for students through high school, pre-school free. 

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Art Expo Winners of All Ages

Nearing its 30th year, the Fall Art Expo brought out a wealth of talent at theFall Festival. By expanding the Expo into a Youth Art category two years ago we widened the representation from the county and from across the Northern Tier.

You can view all the first-prize winners here.

Leslie James took first prize in the adult 2-D category with “Big Bing,” her close-up rendering of cherries. Second place went to Lynn Kibbe and third to Frank Rump.

Rita Millard‘s brilliantly colored quilt textile, “Water Lilies,” brought her first prize in the 3-D group, with both second and third going to the Expo’s top overall winner, Leslie James.

Donna Sherwood‘s haunting photo of “Tom’s Barn” won the top place in photography, with second going to Curtis Salonick and third to Helen Day.

The always coveted People’s Choice award, determined by the votes of visitors to the Expo, was earned by Lynn Kibbe‘s “Hanging Around.”

In the Youth awards, Emily Geist won both first prize in 2-D for her beautifully detailed “Owl Do It Later” and the People’s Choice award for her untitled painting of electrified fish. Jodi Stockage took second place and Sam Skoranski third in 2-D.

Brandi Wood was judged first in 3-D Youth for her ceramic concoction, “Fairy Tale Bird House.” She also took third place, with second going to Emily Geist.

We plan to come up with something special, fun and spectacular for next year’s 30-year celebration of the Art Expo.

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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