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Tales from Agnes available on CD

July 19, 2012

Tales from Agnes available on CD

Tales from Agnes, the podcast series from The ARTS Council featuring local stories of the 1972 Flood in the Chemung Valley of New York has been produced as a CD with liner notes. It’s available at The ARTS Council 32 West Market Street, Corning, New York for $12 tax included.

Tales from Agnes podcasts

June 25, 2012

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes has published a five part podcast series called Tales from Agnes. The podcasts can be heard at www.eARTS.org/Agnes.

The podcasts are straight-up story telling in the voice of the people of the Chemung Valley in the Southern Tier of New York who lived through the Flood. There are no sound effects or music – none of the bells and whistles we’ve become so accustomed to when we are “entertained.” The real rhythm and language of the people of the region are captured. The ARTS Council collected the stories for Tales from Agnes using a digital voice mail service. These stories have been shaped into brief, thematic episodes. Each podcast is between 9 and 16 minutes long.

Four podcasts of the five podcasts have been published so far, including:

1) Premonitions and Propaganda (11:19) examines the days leading up to the flood and the information (or lack thereof) received by local residents from government officials;

2) Danger and Devastation (12:48) describes the bizarre experiences and sense of isolation related by witnesses of the flooding;

3) Strandedness and Salvation (15:45) tells of people taking risks to help each other in the midst of the flooding. It describes community members trying to rescue stranded possessions and people; some were saved and some were not.

4) Anecdotes from Agnes (9:04) recounts some of the humorous and ironic tales that came from the Flood.

The fifth podcast, Ruin and Renewal, will be released on The ARTS Council’s website Monday, July 2, 2012. It tells some of the tales of the clean-up after the Flood.

Anyone who wishes to contribute a story can call the toll free voice mail service at 1-866-598-7273. There are no prompts, simply leave your story. There is no limit, so feel free to tell your whole story. Every story is important. The ARTS Council will archive all of the stories with the Southeast Steuben County Library and the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society in Corning, and the Steele Memorial Library and the Chemung Valley History Museum in Elmira.

StoryCorps � Animation

May 4, 2010

StoryCorps � Animation.

Check out this wonderful animated video from StoryCorps!

Every 1972 Flood Story is Important

June 22, 2009

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS) invites you to record your 1972 Flood stories using a toll free voice message recording service.  Simply call 1-866-598-7273 and leave your story as a voice message.  The ARTS will record the stories and archive them at local libraries and historical societies.

The ARTS has used several methods to capture 1972 Flood stories in preparation for the Fortieth anniversary in 2012.   The ARTS brought StoryCorps, the national oral history project, to conduct thirty-six interviews in Elmira and Corning, June 22-27.  StoryCorps is an independent, not for profit project that has recorded over 25,000 stories since it began in 2003.  In order to make the 36 local interviews available in a fair manner, a lottery registration was established and names were drawn randomly.  A copy of their interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.  Additional copies will be archived in area libraries and historical societies making the interviews accessible to future researchers.

There are many more people with stories to share and The ARTS would like to record them all.  Therefore, The ARTS has established a toll free digital voice mail recording service for people to share their flood stories.  Simply dial 1-866-598-7273 and leave your story after the tone.  You will not receive any prompts.  Just use the service as you would a voice message.  The ARTS will archive the stories in local libraries and historical societies to preserve them for future historians. Make sure you’re a part of history – tell your story!

Leaving a message constitutes consent for your story to be stored in library collections and other archival institutions, and used for educational, scholarly and other purposes including podcasts, films or audio productions without compensation to yourself or your heirs.

This effort is supported by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Triad Foundation, the Elmira Star Gazette and the Corning Leader.

For more information about StoryCorps visit http://www.storycorps.org.  The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the leading arts services and development agency in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.  For more information call Connie Sullivan-Blum at The ARTS 607-962-5871 x222, email folkarts@earts.org, or go to http://www.eARTS.org.

Tell your 1972 Flood Stories

April 21, 2009

The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. and The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes announce Transformation from Tragedy: Survivors Remember the Flood of ’72, an oral history project capturing local stories about the Hurricane Agnes flood. When the Chemung River overwhelmed the regional floodwalls, it took 24 lives, swept away whole homes and destroyed millions of dollars of property. Yet, despite the tragedy it caused, the Flood was also a turning point for the area. Transformation from Tragedy: Survivors Remember the Flood of ’72 has two components.

First, the Community Foundation and The ARTS are bringing StoryCorps, the national oral history project, to Elmira and Corning, June 22-27, 2009. StoryCorps is an independent, nonprofit project whose mission is to honor the lives of ordinary Americans. StoryCorps has recorded over 25,000 stories since it began in 2003. Trained facilitators from StoryCorps’ Door-to-Door Program will be at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira from June 22 – June 24 and at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning from June 25 – June 27. Interviews are conducted between two people, such as a parent and his/her adult child, who know and care about each other. The facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and handles the technical aspects of the recording. At the end of a 40-minute session, participants walk away with a CD of their interview. A second copy becomes part of an archive at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. An additional copy will be archived in area libraries and historical societies making it accessible to future researchers.

The StoryCorps Door-to-Door Program will conduct thirty-six interviews over the course of six days. In order to make those interview slots available to people in a fair manner, a lottery registration will be published in the Corning Leader, the Elmira Star Gazette and on The ARTS’ website. If you are interested in telling your story, please fill out the form and return it to The ARTS, 32 West Market Street Corning, NY 14830, where names will randomly be chosen. The lottery begins May 3 and closes May 22.

In addition to the StoryCorps component, a toll free number has been established to digitally record the stories of anyone who wishes to call. The phone is available immediately and will be in operation until the end of December 2009. These stories will be saved on CD and archived in the libraries and historical societies. Please call toll free 1-866-598-7273 to record your flood story.

All of the stories gathered will be produced into a documentary for release in 2012 during the 40th anniversary commemoration. Make sure you’re a part of history; tell your story!

Transformation from Tragedy: Survivors Remember the Flood of ’72 is supported by contributions from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., the Triad Foundation, the Elmira Star Gazette and the Corning Leader.

StoryCorps is an independent, nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to the award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. Select stories have also been published in the New York Times bestselling book, Listening Is an Act of Love (Penguin Press). StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans. Visit http://www.storycorps.org for more information.

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the leading arts services and development agency in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. For more information call Connie Sullivan-Blum at The ARTS 607-962-5871 x222, email folkarts@earts.org, or go to http://www.eARTS.org.

The 20th Annual Fiddlers’ Gathering!

April 9, 2009

Spring is coming soon and it’s time for a celebration! The 20th Annual Fiddlers’ Gathering is convening June 6 and 7 at Watkins Glen State Park’s South Pavilion. The Fiddlers’ Gathering includes both performances in the pavilion and an open Jamming Tent. Fiddlers’ is free with the price of admission to the park, six dollars per vehicle.

Twenty years ago, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS) hosted the first Fiddlers’ Gathering to provide a place for Old Time musicians to come together and keep their music alive. Traditional artists throughout the region have created a community that honors and preserves our local heritage while nurturing young musicians.

In honor of our 20th season, Fiddlers’ is reaching out to the community more than ever before! There will be four free workshop options in The Jamming Tent for musicians at every skill level. This year The Jamming Tent is facilitated by Valley Folk Music (http://www.valleyfolk.org/) and will run both days of the Gathering. Bring an acoustic instrument or just clap your hands.

There will be three free workshops open to everyone in the Jamming Tent on Saturday, including Fiddling for Children with Jesse Alexander at 1:00. The second workshop, Fiddling for Beginning Adults, begins at 2:30 with Jessica Boss (http://www.mpnnow.com/towns/canandaigua/x1346882350/Musicians-take-a-bow-at-fiddle-concert). There will also be a workshop for Guitar and Fiddle at 4:00 with Henry Jankiewicz and Harvey Nusbaum. On Sunday, Laura Orshaw (http://www.lauraorshaw.com/) will offer a free workshop for Advanced Fiddlers at 12:30 in the Jamming Tent.

“Old- Time music was available for all, young and old,” explains Connie Sullivan-Blum, Folk Arts Coordinator at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. “Fiddlers’ Gathering wants to maintain that tradition. Everyone is encouraged to learn and participate.”

Four bands perform in the South Pavilion on Saturday, June 6 beginning with John Cadley and the Lost Boys (http://lostboysbluegrass.com/) who will kick off the Gathering at 1:00. They are followed by the Salt Potatoes (http://www.cnyba.com/cnyba/calendar.html) at 2:30, the Jesse Alexander Band at 4:00, and The Boss Tones who will close the day at 5:30. On Sunday, June 7, Jackie Hobbs will fire up the Pavilion at 1:00, followed by Kate Lee with No Strings Attached (http://www.kateleemusic.com/) at 2:30, and The Orshaw Family Band at 4:00. Pat Kane and Finger Lakes Folk (http://www.westoclare.com/PatKane/) will take the stage at 5:30 and close the festival with traditional Irish tunes.

Food will be on sale from the Park vendor; the pavilion and restrooms are handicap accessible.

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is the leading arts services and development agency in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. The Fiddlers’ Gathering is supported in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and Schuyler and Steuben counties. For more information call Connie Sullivan-Blum at The ARTS 607-962-5871 x222, email folkarts@earts.org, or go to http://www.eARTS.org.