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Please join us April 30, 2016 for our annual Square Dance!

Livingston Arts invites you to our annual Round & Square Dance on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 7:30-10:30 p.m., in the elementary gymnasium at York Central School, 2578 Genesee St., Retsof. Admission is $5 Adults; $3 Spectators, 18 & under free and all ages are welcome. Music and calling will be provided by Kelly’s Old Timers, now counting 60+ years of performing, along with members of the Geneseo String Band led by SUNY Geneseo Professor, Jim Kimball.

If you’ve never been to a square dance, you can come early at 7:00 p.m. and learn the basic steps. No special clothing or prior knowledge is required—beyond knowing one’s left from one’s right! The dance is truly a fun evening for all ages, and a great opportunity to enjoy a longtime local tradition. Refreshments will be available.

Eric Kelly, leader of Kelly’s Old Timers and MS-HS instrumental music teacher at York, tells us that many a square dance was held in the gym in years past. The band was started by his uncle, Woody Kelly and father, Roger in the 1950’s. The group continues with Doug Kelly calling the dances and playing bass, Eric on keyboards and vocals, Guy Macaluso on keyboards, vocal, trumpet and guitar, and Tom Kwiecien on drums. Members of the Geneseo String Band will join the group on fiddles, guitar, banjo, mandolin and washboard.

The event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. For more information visit our website at www.livingstonarts.org, or call 585-243-6785.

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GLOW Traditions supports our area’s living cultural heritage through documentation and public programming of traditional arts. It operates collaboratively among the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Livingston Arts, and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. This regional program has been led since 1997 by founding Director, Karen Canning. Our programs receive major support from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as regional community, business and government support, and funding from national foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Traditional or folk arts are the ways a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They are usually learned informally, yet remain important expressions of a community’s sense of beauty, identity and values. They range from verbal “lore” like local ghost stories, children’s rhymes or family sayings, to material arts like woodcarving, quilting or fly tying, to performance arts like fiddling, break dancing, or square dance calling. Your family, your church, your neighborhood – these are all groups that practice and maintain creative traditions that give meaning to everyday life.

GLOW Traditions presents performances, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and educational opportunities year-round.  Here is a sampling of some of our programs:

  • Annual Round and Square Dance in Livingston County, supporting a long tradition of live music and eastern-style square dancing
  • Music and dance concerts featuring Irish, Italian, Polish, German, Hispanic and Eastern European traditions
  • Festive Foodways: presentations of celebratory culinary traditions of different cultures
  • Hispanic holiday and life traditions, such as Three Kings Day celebrations and Quinceanera arts
  • Occupational folklife and folklore of the Retsof Salt Mine and former mining community of Little Italy
  • Accordion Fest, featuring musicians and instruments from diverse ethnic and regional traditions
  • Workshops and apprenticeships in traditional music

Other current GLOW Tradition events in our region can be found at:

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