The West Kortright Centre’s new community program, the Songbird Sessions, is a series of performing arts-based family-friendly events this summer. All of the Songbird Sessions are free and open to the public; no pre-registration required; donations welcome. This program is made possible by funding from an Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant.
On Saturday, June 29, starting at noon, modern-day troubadour “Story Laurie” McIntosh weaves her magic with an enchanting blend of stories, songs, and improv. Sing-alongs, tales both tall and true, and crafted-on-the-spot songs are hallmarks of Laurie’s performance. Kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun. This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, or in the WKC auditorium in the case of rain. Bring your own picnic & optional lawn seating.
Named Best Children’s Performer by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2013, Laurie merges her love of story, song, and home-grown goodness in her CD Groovin’ in the Garden. Produced by children’s music guru Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas), Groovin’ in the Garden glows with 16 upbeat tracks, focusing on a theme that brings folks of all walks together and helps everybody—community gardens.
For nearly two decades, Laurie has been the storyteller-of-choice throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley. A passionate performer, Laurie also has an extensive career as a storytelling coach and workshop leader. She has received numerous grants for her work training children as storytellers, as well as for conducting community oral history projects in both Delaware and Ulster counties.
The Songbird Sessions continue to engage children of all ages on Saturday, July 14 with Arm-of-the-Sea hybrid puppet theater performing “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky”; Friday, July 19 at Saturday, July 20 with family music that helps kids talk about emotions by The Bright Siders; and Saturday, August 10 with “Future Folk Musik”– an interactive music history presentation by Sam Reider & the Human Hands.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For more information, visit www.westkc.org.