Information resource for New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ
FACES & PLACES
March 2001- August 2001
and Judi -Mar 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
Special Note: This month's Local Color is dedicated to those of us
who have ever lost a beloved friend.
this past year, I lost two dear friends. (Neither
were New Hope residents but frequented our area
will never forget the first time I met Marcy 21 years
ago. She was only 3 years old. This lovely, petite,
dark-haired pixie was clinging tenaciously to her
mother's leg, moving away as I tried to coax her
out of hiding behind her mother - it was like trying
to befriend a small scared puppy.
fell in love with Marcy immediately and over the
years we became friends. She was the flower girl
at my wedding. I went to her school functions.
I became a trusted confidante whom she could call
whenever her mother was unavailable.
was born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic, progressive,
and frequently fatal genetic (inherited) disease
of the body's mucus glands. Sadly, many of my memories
of Marcy are of her in the hospital during her
was a talented student and poet, a devoted friend,
and a fun person to be with. She did not let her
disease get in the way of having a good time. In
January of 2000, Marcy graduated with honors from
the New School in New York City.
was able to fulfill her dream of teaching for a
few short months before her disease took her in
July 2000. She was only 24.
While Marcy was excelling during her final two years at college, my
dear friend Judi, Marci's mother, was battling stage 4 breast cancer.
Judi was always a survivor. She had overcome a difficult divorce.
She had to wake up each day knowing that her only child had a life
threatening disease. Now cancer.
wouldn't let ANYONE get her down. When told she
had breast cancer, Judi gave herself a couple of
days to feel sorry for herself and then consciously
pulled herself out of it. "I'm going to beat this",
she used to say. And beat it she did - several
underwent chemotherapy treatments multiple times
and survived the grueling bone marrow transplant
treatment. When Judi was in the hospital at the
same time as her daughter, things got a little
rough. Judi, who normally would be at her daughter's
side every day she was in the hospital, had to
deal with only talking on the phone.
knew the value of living life fully. She had a
huge circle of friends, relatives, and colleagues
who loved her and helped out when she needed support
of any kind. However, her last hospital stay was
too much for her. She passed
away quietly a few weeks after Christmas - her
husband, Gil, and best friend, Barrie,at her side.
I wake up and think that it was all some kind of
cosmic joke - that my two dear friends are still
there - just a phone call away.
know that they ARE there, but in a different way.
Judi and Marcy will always be in my heart, lifting
me up when I feel low, cheering me on when I do
something particularly good. They colored the lives
of many people while they were here. They will
continue to flower our memories with petals of
hope and love.
Blair is graceful, talented, beautiful, and generous.
And, like many of us who live in the New Hope area,
Betsey loves it here! She has been a resident of
New Hope for 3 years and has lived in Bucks County
for over 20 years.
what makes Betsey so special? Instead
of sitting around dreaming of what she could or
should do, Betsey gets up and "does". She has many
interests and maximizes them to the best of her
instance, she has been teaching and performing
dance for 20 years and is qualified to teach beginner
through advanced ballet. She currently instructs
ballet at the Buckingham School of Dance. She has
performed ballet, contemporary dance, and avant
garde performance in Bucks County and Philadelphia.
Her performances include parts in "Sleeping Beauty" and
the "Nutcracker" at the Pennsylvania Dance Theater
in Doylestown, PA.
is also a Group Fitness Instructor at the Center
Club in Lambertville, NJ and in Buckingham, PA
and at the Body Shop in Horsham, PA. She teaches
a "mean" Spinning class, incorporating heart rate
monitoring and useful tidbits of training information
into her workouts. As a Personal Fitness Trainer,
she prefers to work with dancers and cyclists who
want to target specific goals in their own training
perpetual student as well as a natural teacher,
Betsey is studying Reiki locally and hopes to integrate
Reiki into her other training endeavors. She is
also a part-time student at Bucks County Community
College, where she is working towards a degree
in sports management.
all of these activities, you would think that Ms.
Blair has little time to do anything else. Not
so! As a single mother, she has also raised a teenage
son, Gray, varsity wrestler and soon-to-be senior
at New Hope/Solebury High School.
yes, and Betsey has 3 cats and 3 dogs that keep
her company (when she is at home)! If you are interested
in contacting her, call 215-862-6882 or email her
at email@example.com (jack is one of her dogs.)
Logan" comes alive!
was the phrase "it was meant to be" more applicable
as with the recent acquisition of the Logan Inn
by Pam and Carl Asplundh. For 13 years the couple
dined at the Logan Inn, usually for breakfast,
commenting each time "If WE owned this place, we
would…." And, of course, they came up with hundreds
of ideas to make the Logan Inn look like their
NOW IS THE TIME, as construction and renovation,
led by Bill and Chance Worthington and supervised
by Steve Shagen, on the Logan Inn near completion.
Pam and Carl are hands-on owners, spending most
of their time overseeing the changes taking place
at their "new" inn.
many people don't realize, despite the many changes,
is that they are trying to keep as much of the
original building in tact as possible. In fact,
during renovations, they discovered two original
cisterns (wells) that had been covered for many
years. One of them is located in the porch dining
area, safely covered with Plexiglas and available
for the public to view the original stonework that
holds the well in place.
from the general ambiance and history of the Logan,
it was the personnel that kept the Asplundhs coming
back time and again. Maggie Smith-Calderon started
out as a server and has worked at the Logan for
14 years. She and her family became friends with
the Asplundhs when they found out that their children
were similar in age. Maggie is now the general
Manager of the Logan Inn.
night the Asplundhs took possession of the Logan
Inn, they invited Maggie and her family to stay
overnight with them at the Inn, sort of like an "old-fashioned
slumber party." The only other guests that night
were some ghost seekers who had asked to further
explore the much talked about "sightings" at the
Logan Inn. The Asplundhs and Calderons had a great
time and the ghost seekers captured photographs
of luminescent "spheres", not visible to the naked
eye. It is interesting that, even the skeptical
construction workers who have been toiling at the
renovations for 3 months, are now "not quite sure" anymore.
sits in the reception area of the Logan Inn, proudly
looking at all the changes in which she has played
such an important role. "All it needed was a little
TLC", she says. Lucky
for New Hope that the Asplundhs have TLC running
through their veins and then some.
Logan Inn is located at Ten West Ferry Street,
New Hope, PA 18938. Call 215-862-2300 for reservations.
by Marilyn Bullock
and fun-loving. Humble but not shy. Robin has been
an effective mover and shaker, as well as a talented
visual artist, in New Hope for many years. What
she has NOT sought or attained is the public recognition
she justifiably deserves!
describes herself as "an artist with a sense of
promotion and a believer in community service." She
sees herself as an example of the late 60/early
70's, growing up in the south, marching for people's
basic rights, and attending college during the
Vietnam War. "I learned early on that if you spoke
up and, more importantly, took action, it had meaning."
moved from New Orleans to this area 23 years ago
- but not before she developed the first comprehensive
art program in the state of Louisiana, served as
Bicentennial Coordinator in 1976, and directed
or co-directed 5 other arts programs in New Orleans.
After relocating to New Hope, in addition to creating
her wood and fabric sculptures, Robin entered a
long career in the area of arts promotion.
the many projects she has undertaken are:
· Director for River Center for The Arts, 1981-1982
· Project Manager for the New Hope Art Show from 1981-1985
· Exec. Director of New Hope Magazine (now Nouveau) from 1983-1985
· Gallery Director, Larsen Gallery - 1978-1988
· Chairman of Showcase the Arts of New Hope - 1986 - 1989
· Producer of Salute to Theater, 50th Anniversary of Bucks County Playhouse,
· PR Consultant, 1987 - 1990
· Co-owner, Larsen Dulman Gallery, 1988 - 1991
· Production Director, The New Hope Modernists, 1988 - 1992
· Founding Director, the New Hope Lambertville Gallery Association, 1984- 1995
· Artistic Producing Director, New Hope Performing Arts Festival, 1986 -1997
· Exec. Director, New Hope Arts Commission, 1986 - 1997
· Owner/Consultant, Larsen Designs, 1995 - Present
· Producing Director, One Theater Group in NYC, 1998 - 1999
· Exhibition Coordinator, Works in Wood Exhibition, 1998 - 2000
· Served on the boards of a dozen arts groups, including her present affiliations
with AIR (Artists in Residence) , the Community Education Committee (New Hope/Solebury
School District), and Contemporary Arts Commission (in Scranton, PA)
· Won numerous achievement and recognition awards
NOW, Robin Larsen is the Event Coordinator for
the First Annual Bastille Day Celebration. Looking
at her accomplishments, we should be ready for
a highly successful and FUN event this year on
the July 14th weekend.
she is not in volunteer and community meetings,
hammering at her computer for some new promotional
event, or spending a few free moments with her
adored grandchildren, Robin lives (quietly?) in
New Hope with her husband, John Larsen, co-owner
of John & Peters. "I always hope to take joy in
the work - to know that the measure is in the DOING,
not always in the immediate reward." Contact Robin
by Marilyn Bullock
talented, gracious, energetic, and gardener extraordinaire,
Susan Sandor, owner of Strenk Sandor Advertising,
is not quite comfortable talking about herself.
She spends so much time promoting other people
and their businesses, she doesn't have much time
to think about how exciting her own life is!
years ago, Susan went to Charles Morris Price School
of Advertising and Journalism in Philadelphia to
take one evening course. Four years later she had
completed the entire program, attending evening
classes and working during the day. One of Susan's
daytime jobs was working for a local magazine in
advertising sales. On a beautiful day in 1982 she
walked into the Four Season's Mall to solicit ads
from Herbert Sandor, who owned the building and
three shops. Little did Susan know when she woke
up that morning that, by the end of the day, she
would have three new ads, a new client, and a future
husband - all from one sales call! Herb and Susan
have been married for 14 years.
after completing her advertising courses, Susan
decided to start her own agency. Strenk Sandor
Advertising offers complete advertising services
for small to medium sized businesses: market research,
finding a name, designing a logo, copy-writing,
branding, photography, and public relations. Susan
loves it all. "Advertising is my passion," she
laughs, "When I'm not working in the office, I'm
reading advertising trade journals and magazines."
devotion, energy, and professionalism are what
appeal most to her clients, some of whom are: Charles
Tiles; Pine, Wreath, and Candle ("I have one problem
with the ads you are running for me. I am running
out of inventory."); G. Evan's Antiques ("She's
amazing!') Gardner's Antiques ("The ad is absolutely
gorgeous…beautiful…really magnificent.") Orb Silversmiths;
Lachman Gallery ("Great job!…Thank you for your
hard work."); Doylestown Women's Health Center;
and the Cookery Ware Shop. Susan enjoys the diversity
of her profession and the new challenges each day.
The best reward for her is to know that she is
doing a good job for her clients.
isn't Susan's only passion. Gardening takes her
mind off of the constant creating and planning
for someone else. She maintains gardens at the
Sandor home in Solebury and also at her office,
which overlooks the Delaware River. In fact, the
Sandor home was recently part of a garden tour
sponsored by the New Hope Historical Society. Susan's
gardens have also won the Bucks Beautiful Garden
Award sponsored by the Central Bucks Chamber of
yes, and then there are the chickens, Stella and
Irene, who live in a small fenced-in section of
the back yard and have their own little house. "We've
always raised chickens," smiles Susan, as if she
lived on a Kansas farm instead of a prestigious
Solebury property, "But I really miss the rooster
(he disappeared a short while ago.")
talk a bit more, Susan laughing and talking excitedly
about her business, her gardens, her and Herb's
love of entertaining, and I am in awe. After a
few more comments, she asks, "Are you sure this
doesn't sound too boring?"
Susan. We don't think so.
Strenk Sandor Advertising Agency is located at
32 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938. Call her
by Marilyn Bullock
New Hope, Kirin Mishra IS Yoga. Her quiet passion
for yoga, her family, and life in general radiates
from within. Born in India, raised in South Carolina
(her father is a geneticist), a brief time in Chicago,
Kirin moved to New Hope five years ago and fell
in love with the positive energy here.
didn't "learn" yoga the way most of us are learning
it. She was raised with it - it was in integral
part of life in her family. Many people think of
yoga as a religion or as a form of exercise. Yoga
was originally designed as a series of asanas (asana
literally means "seat") or positions that prepare
the individual to do the work of meditation and
to heal the body to its natural state.
is a discipline, a practical philosophy to experience
individual consciousness through the union of body,
mind, and spirit. We are each responsible for our
spiritual growth and healing and yoga provides
us with a way to move towards optimum vitality.
who recently opened Saraswati River Yoga on Old
York Rd., recommends approaching yoga slowly. With
yoga, one size definitely does NOT fit all. All
of Kirin's instructors are taught to help students
modify poses to suit their own physical limitations.
In fact, Kirin suggests that, in any given class,
there should be about 20% of the class that you
should not be able to do. This gives the student
room to learn more and progress to more advanced
can do yoga as much or as little as you like. Obviously,
making it a daily part of your life will help keep
your body closer to its natural state. But yoga
even once a week is better than none at all!
takes at least eight years to train a yoga instructor
effectively. They must learn anatomy and physiology
as well as yoga philosophy and meditation. Kirin's
standards are very high and she considers her instructors
to be the best of the best. Kirin is a mother first.
mother of three daughters, she understands the
importance of family interaction and nurturing.
She wants Saraswati River Yoga to become a family
center and to that end, offers children's and teen
events and classes along with the yoga, Sanskrit,
and meditation classes.
is happy to be sharing her love of yoga with others
and is grateful for the support she has received
since opening her center. Saraswati River Yoga
is located at 415 S. York Rd. New Hope, PA 18938.
215-862-4520. Or visit www.saraswatiriveryoga.com.
Thompson - Mar 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
looks like a GQ model and, when you meet him, it
feels like you've known him for years. Steven Thompson
is a dynamic, creative, talented, and beautiful individual.
is one of the "New Hope Commuters". He lives in New
Hope on the weekends and lives and works in New York
City during the week. What does he do? He is the
co-owner of a highly successful interior design company
called Design Force, located in trendy NoHo, NY.
wasn't always an interior designer. After graduating
from the University of Virginia with a degree in
architecture, he looked for an architectural position
in the Boston area. This was during the recession
and there were not many architecture jobs to be had;
so he moved to NY and expanded his search to anything
he landed a job with a design firm that does interior
design for hotels, Stephen knew that he had found
his nitch! "It was the best thing that could have
happened. I'm certain of that!" he says. Interior
design, although not what he had studied, turned
out to be what he is best suited for and what he
truly loves doing. He gets to see his work come to
fruition much faster in the interior design world
than he would in the architecture business.
2 years, Steven went to work for another interior
design company where he stayed for 9 years. While
there, he became the Director of Design before he
was 30 and he helped grow the business from 5 people
into a 45 person firm. It was here that Steven met
his future partner, Bob Goldberg.
and Bob started Design Force 15 years ago. They now
have 7 employees and work primarily on interior design
and architecture for hotels and restaurants. In the
late 1980s, when a few of their clients asked them
to redesign their own homes, Design Force started
to add residential projects to their portfolio. This
work comes about primarily through word of mouth
and is usually new construction or major renovations.
of the projects Design Force has worked on are: the
Stanhope Hotel in New York on 5th Avenue, for which
they won an award; the Sugar Bay Plantation resort
in St. Thomas; and The Gotham, also in New York.
They have also completed projects in Austin, St.
Louis, L.A., and Washington DC. One of their current
projects is the Park Hyatt in Philadelphia.
favorite place to work is "in the country" -
in New Hope. When
he is not working, he loves to garden and listen
to music. But most of all, he loves to entertain
with friends at his "country home" in New Hope.
Art & the Community-April 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
began in 1993 as "a non-profit organization of arts
supporters, award winning artists, writers, and performers
whose work connects the culture and commerce of the
river region surrounding New Hope, Pennsylvania and
Lambertville, New Jersey."
include visual and performing artists as well as
writers and authors. Run by an all volunteer group
of dedicated artists and art supporters, Artsbridge
is truly a community driven and supported organization.
volunteers enthusiastically believe in what they
do for the community. Pictured
are: Karen Davies; Alexis Campbell, President.; Aileen
Cramer, in charge of mailings; and Edie Sharp. Edie
and Karen are co-chairpersons of the gallery and
has a members gallery located at Prallsville Mills,
Stockton, NJ. Members and well-known and emerging
artists submit their works for presentation in the
gallery. Each month, works are selected to provide
a wide variety of media and styles and a reception
is held the first Friday of each month to open that
month's new show.
also hosts monthly events and programs that are open
to the general public. These programs are held at
7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of every month, usually
at the Riverrun Gallery at the Laceworks Building
in Lambertville. At one of these events you might
experience anything from a musical number to a storyteller
to a ballet performance.
year, Artsbridge hosts a national juried art show
which gives local artists an opportunity to compete
with national artists. The Show Opening Reception
will be held on Friday, April 6, 2001 from 6 - 9
PM and is open to everyone. This year, as in the
past, the First National Bank of Newtown has given
funds for a Purchase Prize for the Michener Museum.
In addition, art patron, Gerald Lenfest of West Chester,
PA, has donated funds for a second Purchase Prize
for the Michener Museum.
events, show openings, and contests are funded entirely
by memberships and donations. Current membership
is about 500 people. General Membership costs $20
per year. For more information, visit their website
www.artsbridgeonline.com or call 609-773-0881.
by Marilyn Bullock
a lot of people can claim that their artworks reside
with such notaries as Queen Elizabeth II, President
Giscard d'Etang of France, King Carl XVI of Sweden,
Pope John II, Premier Gorbachev, the Victoria and
Albert Museum in London, the White House, the Smithsonian
Institute, Buckingham Palace, and Elycee Palace…..
except perhaps, Pierre LeFebvre!
to smile and tell you a story with his ever-present
French accent, sculptor and master artist Pierre
LeFebvre is a gentle mix of artist, family man, and
was born and raised in France, where he studied at
Les Arts Decoratifs. He later moved to Pennsylvania
where he was awarded a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA.) It was here that he
developed his talent for realism, first with the
human figure and later on with wildlife likeness'.
After graduation he taught sculpture at Chestnut
Hill College. For three years he was commissioned
by the American Bicentennial Commemorative Society
to prepare works in preparation for the 1976 celebrations
1977 Pierre went to work for the Boehm Studio in
Trenton, NJ, which creates and produces fine porcelain
statuary and corporate gifts. For a while he was
one of six master artists creating the original works,
from which molds would be made and then limited edition
copies make from the molds. Pierre was well-known
and respected. Until recently and for
the last 10 years, Pierre was the sole designer at
the Boehm Galleries. The Galleries
recently decided to sell products already in stock
instead of creating new pieces of artwork.
now takes on freelance jobs, where he sculpts in
his home with oil-based clay. He
also creates bas-relief portraits for the discriminating
collector. You can contact Pierre at 215-885-1951.
Day Artists-June 2001
Biographical information provided by Robin Larsen, ConcordeFineArts.com.
July 14th Bastille Day celebration in New Hope will
feature New Hope artists, Bob Beck, Susan Roseman,
James Feehan, Robert Whitley, Gail Bracegirdle, Mavis
Oughten, Peter Petraglia and
French artists, Michele R. Lavalette, Dan Jacobson,and
Graham Bannister. Their works will be exhibited at
The Old Stone Church, S. Main St., New Hope. The
Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, July 13th,
5:00 - 7:00 PM.
Front: Gail Bracegirdle, Mavis Smith,
Susan Roseman,Robin "I'd
rather eat dirt than have my picture taken" Larsen
- Bastille Day coordinator.
Back: Taylor Oughten, Will Anderson
- Bastille Day sponsor, Peter Petraglia,
Bob Beck, James Moon Feehan, Robert Whitley
are a sampling of biographies.
"Painting is an act of intimacy; an opportunity to perform at a near euphoric
level. The finished work is a record of that experience; infused with the energy
of the moment, be it the open exhilaration of a High School basketball game or
the subtle allure of a Bucks County hillside. My art is not defined by subject,
geographic location, or stylistic school. The common thread is method. I paint
the things that life parades in front of me. The paintings are direct and accessible,
a reflection on my view of life. Inside and outside, day and night; nudes, biplanes
and fireflies; it shows just how much I enjoy a parade." - Robert Beck
work has always explored a fantasy world rich with
narrative images. The playful juxtaposition of animals,
people and exotic locales has repeated revealed an
underlying sense of whimsy in his work. These new paintings
and prints embody a newfound richness and depth with
strongly evocative figures realized out of a dramatic
color field. As with his previous work, they remain
filled with mystery and often seem rooted in another
Internationally renowned master craftsman and furniture designer Robert
Whitley is equally accomplished in contemporary furniture design and
museum quality antique restoration and reproductions. Whitley has dedicated
50 years of his life to preserving and honoring traditions of fine craftsmanship
while replicating treasures of the past and creating tomorrow's treasured
keepsakes. His unparalleled craftsmanship and innovative sense of design
have established him at the forefront of furniture making and contemporary
craft. His original pieces are modern in design with minimal ornamentation.
They rely on the beauty of the natural materials and the sculptural designs
for their elegance. Whitley still uses time honored techniques of hand
rubbed finishes and shaved spokes, which create in his furniture a sense
of ageless beauty.
The wonderful thing about Michele's work", says one collector" is her
ability to capture the many aspects of light as it interacts with nature".This
accomplished ability is especially attractive to flower lovers. Michele's
talent is expressed through the full spectrum of artistic media. Flowers
radiate their bright beauty from her oil canvases. The misty beauty of
water scenes are accomplished through pastels and a keen sense of graphic
design is realized with stencils. This command of many techniques allows
her to select the appropriate venue to capture the many images which
comprise this popular artist's vision
It is possible to fall in love with a painting at first sight, and that's
exactly what happened to me when I was staying with friends in Cornwall
in the early 1980's. What struck me about the painting was Graham's incredible
ability to portray his subjects in detail while giving them a life of
their own and a depth, which captured this essence. When I was lucky
enough to meet Graham in person, I knew he was one of those artists whose
talent wouldn't pause or diminish but simply keep growing. For more than
ten years Graham has been living firstly in Tuscany, then the South West
of France and finally Brittany, places that have influenced his work
greatly, especially in his use of color. - Cindy Blake
by Marilyn Bullock
hasn't visited the People's Store in Lambertville?
Bet you didn't know that the top floor - the third
floor above street level- is the studio of Christyl
Cusworth, Paintings Conservator?
Christyl graduated from Trenton State College (now
the College of New Jersey), she didn't know that
the next few years of her life would lead her into
the painting conservation business. Like many art
students and budding artists, Christyl took a variety
of jobs before finding her niche.
3-4 years Christyl was a carpenter and home restoration
specialist in the Trenton area. After that, Christyl
and her friend, Frank, took over a bronze casting
foundry just outside of Trenton. They built a larger
furnace and renamed the business Antietam. Over the
next two years, Christyl and Frank were very successful,
casting the artworks of Julian Schabel, Meg Webster,
the art market crashed in the late 80's and galleries
were no longer willing to pay for large art pieces,
Christyl and Frank dissolved the business. Christyl
moved to Louisiana to stay with a friend and ended
up living there for over four years. While she was
there, she worked freelance for the Louisiana Children's
Museum and she apprenticed with Shamil Salah, a professional
painting conservator. It was with Shamil where Christyl
learned to diagnose, treat, and conserve paintings
while maintaining the structural and aesthetic integrity
of the artwork.
1996, Christyl moved back to this area and opened
a shop in New Hope - working in a room so small that
she only had 1-2 feet of room on each side of the
table. Two years ago, she moved her business to the
People's Store in Lambertville where she now has
enough business to keep her working 60 hours per
restoration techniques are worse for the painting
than if you do nothing," says Christyl. Owners of
original artworks should be careful to choose a conservator,
not necessarily a restorationist. A conservator is
someone who uses reversible materials, materials
that can be easily removed to take the painting back
to its original condition. Christyl uses the code
of ethics set forth by the American Institute of
Conservation, of which she is a member.
has put together a list of tips on taking care of
your paintings. Among her recommendations are: never
expose your paintings to extreme environmental conditions,
never force them into a frame, and never clean them
without the experience of a professional conservator.
not working, Christyl stays busy working on her home
in Lambertville or creating her own artwork. She
hopes to one day do a bit of traveling - perhaps
on a new motorcycle!
Cusworth Paintings Conservator is located at 28 North
Union St., 3rd floor, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Phone
609-397-5441. By appt. only.
by Marilyn Bullock
Artist James Feehan has his studio in an old factory-like
building that was once used for cutting surveyor
stakes. When he and his wife, Susan Roseman, also
an artist, bought it, there was no floor and no glass
in the oversized windows.Today,
the building has the warm feel of an old barn and
the positive energy of a successful, yet modest,
expect to sneak up on James unexpectedly in his studio.
His five dogs will greet you before he will and,
although they are friendly, quiet they are NOT!
didn't always know he wanted to be an artist. In
retrospect, however, he probably should have had
an inkling if his future vocation. The parochial
school James attended in Syracuse, NY had no art
classes, so, at the age of eight, he signed up for
a series of art classes at the local museum. When
he was in high school, he was once again faced with
having no art classes to attend. An art teacher from
a neighboring school befriended him, providing guidance
and direction, albeit with little or no hands-on
instruction. James was gradually building his portfolio
and doing something he loved to do. Perhaps it was
this early introduction to art in a non-judgmental
way that gave James the freedom to create his own
unique style at such an early age.
graduating from Boston University and then spending
a couple of years in the Green Berets (an alternative
to the draft), James moved to the New Hope area at
the invitation of his former college roommate. Here
he worked for many years as a waiter to support himself
while he produced paintings. He met Susan about a
year after he moved to New Hope and they were married
16 years ago.
freely admits that the life of an artist is not as
romantic as some may think. You have to be able to "derive
enough satisfaction" from your own work because you
don't always get positive feedback.
style has been called surrealistic although he says
he is not a surrealist. "Fabulist" - the craft of
creating fables and stories through his artwork -
better describes his work. His paintings are often
whimsical and lyrical and always filled with people,
animals, and rich mysterious landscapes. James' style,
like that of most artists, is a distillation of many
other styles. He is currently leaning towards the
Northern Renaissance style of painting (à la Van
Eyck), creating most of his own paints using old
egg tempera and emulsion recipes. These custom-made
paints give his work a depth and old-world quality
one won't experience with more traditional painting
Tuesdays, James teaches a small group of students
at his studio. He coaches students in somewhat the
same way he was coached - not a lot of hands on but
heavy on encouragement and support. He also helps
students with design and technique.
and Susan have no human children but their 5 dogs,
Ernie, Ginger, Mickey, Artie, and Boo, are with them
constantly. You can view James' paintings at River
Bank Arts on Bridge Street in Stockton, NJ. And,
if you are lucky, you might find James there too!
Concordia Players - Mar 2001
(information taken from the
Concordia Players website)
is Chamber Music? Chamber Music is music that was
written for a small ensemble, usually string or
woodwind instruments. It was originally meant to
be performed in an intimate setting.
you know that New Hope has its own chamber music
group? Concordia Chamber Players began in 1997
as "The New Hope Players". Since that time, the
objective has been to work as a bridge to unify
the communities of New Hope, Lambertville and the
surrounding areas through the intimacy inherent
in the experience of live chamber music. This was
possible by the grace and vision of Michelle Djokic,
a world class cellist who debuted at age 13 with
the Philadelphia Orchestra, and whose roots are
in New Hope.
is the founder and artistic director of the Concordia
Chamber Players. The other players came to New
Hope because of their friendship with Michelle
and their love to play in "chamber" with treasured
Chamber Players are so good, you simply have to
hear them to believe it!" said Laura Hahn, president
of Concordia's Board of Directors, who, along with
Michelle, is the driving force behind the ensemble.
Concordia is supported by many local individuals,
businesses, and organizations, most notably Partners
in Progress (PIP), which sponsors activities that
benefit the community. Concordia is a non-profit,
also upholds a deep commitment to the education
and engagement of young people in the appreciation
and enjoyment of classical music, most notably
through Informances for schoolchildren. Informances
are classroom demonstrations and performances by
a Concordia musician during the week prior to the
concert. During these hour-long sessions, the musician
and children dialogue about the music, the instruments,
the sounds, and the feelings they can evoke.
you missed the previous performances, you still
have an opportunity to experience the Concordia
players this season. The 2000-2001season concludes April
22, 2001, with performances of Gaspar Cassado's
Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, Igor Stravinsky's
L'Histoire du Soldat, and Gabriel Faure's Piano
Quartet in C Minor. The musicians will be clarinetist
David Krakauer, founder of David Krakauer and the
Klezmer Maniacs, violinist Zori, violist Rinehart,
and cellist Djokic.
Concordia Players perform at the Stephen Buck Theater
on the grounds of New Hope-Solebury High School
on West Bridge Street (Route 179) in New Hope.
Concerts start at 3:00 and single tickets are $20.
Tickets may be reserved by calling 215-297-5972.
you wish to reserve tickets online or learn more
about Concordia, contact www.concordiaplayers.org.
Tickets also can be purchased at Dresswell's in
Lambertville and Farley's Bookshop, Camel Walk,
or Delray Plus Home Center in New Hope.
been SHAD!-April 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
or shine, the last full weekend of every April
is dedicated to the two-day celebration known as
the Shad Festival, sponsored by the Lambertville
Area Chamber of Commerce. This year marks the 20th
Anniversary of this ever-popular event.
is available for the expected 30,000 Shad Fest
visitors? Food, original works by local artists
and craftsmen, games and activities for children,
food, live entertainment, walking tours, food,
poster display and auction, brewery tours, food,
shad hauling demonstrations, official Shad Fest
T-shirts, food, and more………
highlight of each festival is the Shad Festival
Poster Auction, which raises money for local high
school graduates who plan to study art in college.
The posters are created and donated by Lambertville
and New Hope area artists.
Shad Festival is really an eco-tourism festival.
Twenty-five years ago, when the shad stopped running
due to pollution, federal and state agencies stepped
in to find solutions to the problem. Jack Curtin,
a community business leader, was the originator
of the Shad Festival 20 years ago - created to
celebrate the shad coming back to spawn. There
are now local citizen and watchdog groups who monitor
the health and ecology of the Delaware River.
spend most of their adult life at sea but migrate
to their natural freshwater streams to spawn. After
spawning, the adults return to the ocean. As the
young shad mature, they will eventually migrate
to sea. Not only is the shad one of the most difficult
fish to fillet, but its white, rich flesh tastes
unlike any other fish.
Island, just off Lambert Lane, is home to New Jersey's
only commercial shad fishery. During your visit
to Lambertville for the festival, you can watch
demonstrations of shad hauling.
Shad Festival is sponsored and run by the Lambertville
Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve Stegman in chairman
of the festival. Ellen Pineno, Office Mgr., coordinates
the entire event along with her assistant, Maryann
Sterbinsky. They will work overtime the weekend
of the festival, making sure things run properly
and taking care of emergencies.
sure you stop by the Chamber of Commerce table,
near the Sojouner at 26 Bridge St. to purchase
your OFFICIAL Shad Fest T-shirt. This is the first
year that there will be TWO Shad Fest T-shirts
for sale. The T-shirts were designed by local artists,
Kevin Griffin and Bob Deverall. For more information
about the Shad Fest, visit www.lambertville.org or call Ellen at 609-397-0055.
by Marilyn Bullock
the rest of us were decorating Easter eggs and
enjoying Sunday dinner, the Boy Scouts of Troop
401, General Nash District , were hiking along
the Towpath, on the Pennsylvania side, intent of
attaining a 50 Miler Award, a Delaware Canal Patch,
and an End to End patch.
Troop started their 60 mile trek in Easton Pa.
When I met up with them, they were only a day away
from the end of their journey, Bristol, PA. The
last 22 miles of their journey would be on bike
and then another 12 miles of hiking. The walk was
for 5 days total and each scout had to carry his
own camping equipment and supplies, upwards of
30 pounds in each backpack! (If you don't think
30 pounds is heavy, try carrying it around for
50 miles!) Their food consisted mostly of dehydrated
food and energy bars and they carried a water filtration
system with them in case they could not find access
to a good water supply.
addition to the awards mentioned above, they will
also qualify for a No-Trace Award (for leaving
their camping areas cleaner than when they arrived)
and a Service Project Award (for clearing weeds,
trash, and debris from around the canal lock at
Point Pleasant. This was a 2 hour project.
in the adventure were: Back row: Dave Huntoon,
Phil Huntoon, Rudy Rauschenberger, Dylan Rauschenberger,
Dan Shalkowski, and Kevin Weber . Front Row: Bryan
Weber, Dave Koenig, Jr., and Dave Koenig, Sr. The
scouts range in age from 12 to 16.
trip was coordinated by Asst. Scoutmaster Dave
Koenig, Sr. He started planning in September of
2000 because it took all that time to coordinate
the camping sites and plan the trip properly.
of their trip included: having to find an alternate
camping site Day 1 - their proposed site was flooded;
finding turtles along the river - they even found
a dead snapping turtle (I didn't know there were
snapping turtles around here!!!); chatting with
Ranger Charlie Broadwater; and just generally enjoying
the renovations and cleanup of the towpath and
of the requirement for attaining their patches
was that each scout and scout leader had to write
a 250 word essay on their trip - and the essay
had to include 200 words or more about the history
There's more - the adventure is not over yet! The
final part of the journey will take place in May
or June of this year - a 10 mile canoe trip down
the Delaware. This will complete the qualifications
for the Delaware Canal Patch. Go for it, guys!
Day - the Celebration-June 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
a Bastille Day Celebration in New Hope anyway?
answer leads to one man - Will Anderson.
Will has lived in Solebury for over 5 years. As
the founder of ConcordeFineArts.com, his mission
is to be an advocate for the arts as a community
volunteer. Will has represented Merck & Co., Inc.
as a Trustee for the Arts in support of Merck's
strategic philanthropic goals.
idea for ConcordeFineArts.com came about after
a trip he and his wife, Pamela took to Paris in
1998. He had been reading quite a bit about Thomas
Jefferson, one of the greatest Francophiles to
come out of America, and became sensitized to the
richness of the French culture.
France, Will found the people helpful and delightful
and through the art, museums, outdoor cafes and
the energy of the river that runs through the city,
he started to feel a greater connection to New
Hope. It was while in Paris that Will thought that
it would be a great idea to develop a website that
showed the relationship of the artists and the
lifestyles in both communities.
1999, through extensive research, Will has discovered
the history of Franco-American roots - roots that
were established many decades earlier during the
American Revolution and the New Hope Art Impressionists
movement at the turn of the century.
Larsen had been curating the ConcordeFineArts.com
website. In the fall of 2000, Will proposed to
her the idea of formally launching the website
via a Bastille Day celebration, an idea that came
about after finding out that each year the Alliance
Française (an organization of local Francophiles)
located in Doylestown had an annual Bastille Day
picnic. Robin thought it a great idea, especially
since Bastille Day had been celebrated in New Hope
years ago - Mechanic Street was closed to local
traffic and became a weekend street party!
so, Bastille Day is born again in New Hope! The
following is a planned list of activities:
July 13, 2001
5:00-7:00 PM Art Across the Ocean.
Opening Reception for Exhibition of Works
by French and American Artists Featured
on the Concorde Fine Arts website The Old
Stone Church, S. Main Street Open to the
- 9:00PM A Reception at the home of New Hope
Mayor Larry Keller to honor French Consul Daniele
Thomas Easton and Visiting French Artists Scene
from Moliere & Music in the garden $10/person.
Tickets limited so register in advance. Call
July 14, 2001
12:00PM - 4:00PM Union Square -Alliance Française*
Bastille Day Picnic (members and guests)
the Alliance Française-Alliance Française
is a world wide organization which started in
Paris, France, 117 years ago.They offer French
classes (4 levels), discussions in French on
various topics twice monthly (at the community
center of Westwyk on Hastings Court in Doylestown,
PA), conferences, lunches, dinners. They also
have a library (about 200 books), French newspapers,
magazines, videos, cassettes. They recently started
to sponsoring two scholarships to High School
students who will pursue the study of French
at the University level.
- 4:00PM Old Stone Church (in back
of) Pétanque Tournament for adults and children.
Pétanque is pronounced "pay-tonk" and is one
of Europe's most popular outdoor games, a distant
cousin of horseshoes and a close relative of
Italian bocce ball. It is EASY TO LEARN! Come
and enjoy the fun. Event will be limited to 60
people overall and will be scheduled on a first-come/first-serve
basis. Pre-register at C'est La Vie French
Bakery & Café. Cost is $2 per person
- teams of 3.
12:00PM - 4:00PM Union Square
and Ferry Street Landing
- Storming of the Bastille
- Art for Young People: Animal Sculptures in Clay
- Wearable Bag Hats
Sidewalk Chalk Painting
- Face Painting
- Various Street Performers
- Mimes & Stilt Walkers
- Performance by the Urban Funk Monkeys, a local band
- And much more!
Mansion Interactive History- Reenactment
troops and famous French historical figures Art
Tour of the Mansion - special tour focusing on
the art and French influences at the historic
site (fee to the Mansion) Traditional folk musicians
Hope Solebury Library Madeline Look Alike
Contest Readings of French Books - Babar, Tin
Tin, Madeline, The Little Prince and others Children's
Hope Fencing Academy Open House & Fencing
Demonstrations throughout the day
La Vie French Bakery & Café Live Accordion
Music from 2:00 - 3:00 and from 4:00 - 6:00.
They will be performing "bal musette", accordion
music and songs that were made famous by Edith
Piaf and Maurice Chevalier. This kind of music
makes you want to dance - as in Paris where on
Bastille Day people dance in the streets and
at small cafés to the music of accordion players
-9:00PM The Night They Invented Champagne
Bastille Day Celebration at Union Square.
Fabulous Food prepared by some of the area's
finest chefs - Fine Wines & Festivities Entertainment
by Soprano Martina Mettes and accompanist Maria
Aquilina Walsh. $35 per person. Ticket sales
will be limited, so order in advance. Call 215-862-3396.
for Wellness and Holistic Living-July 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
following article is about Resources for Wellness
and Holistic Living, a new venture started
by non-other than your NewHopePennsylvania.com
editor, Marilyn Bullock. I really enjoy interviewing
the people in and around New Hope and writing about
them. I am unaccustomed to writing about myself
and would normally not choose to do it at this
time. However, I strongly believe in what I am
doing and want to make as many people aware of
it as possible. Please bear with me. The following
is excerpted from the introductory materials I
sent out to about 300 practitioners in our area.
for Wellness and Holistic Living is a local
community of wellness practitioners dedicated
to increasing public awareness of whole body
health and personal development. Practitioners
meet locally once every one or two months to
interact with colleagues or to attend Wellness
Resources training or seminar events. The long-term
plan of Wellness Resources is to be a national
non-profit professional organization for holistic
practitioners of all disciplines. Membership
benefits are: Internet presence, invitations
to attend Resources for Wellness and Holistic
Living members-only events, discounts to
for Wellness and Holistic Living community
is currently centered in the small geographical
area that falls within a 45-minute drive of New
Hope, PA. Other towns and cities will be added
gradually, allowing us, as we grow, to build
a solid network of reliable practitioner members
and interested public supporters.
about Resources for Wellness and Holistic Living is
available to practitioners and to the general public
via the Internet. The Resources for Wellness
and Holistic Living website (www.resourcesforwellness.org)
includes practitioner listings, information about
holistic treatments and services, an events calendar,
a classified ads sections, a "members only" section,
and much more.
did I start Resources for Wellness and Holistic
Living? In 1999, the day before New Year's
Eve, my doctor called to tell me that the lump
I had recently discovered in my right breast was
cancerous. Only someone who has been told they
have cancer can understand the range of emotions
that followed! After getting over the "woe is me" stage,
I had to make some serious decisions. I am familiar
with traditional cancer therapies, having, over
the last four years, witnessed several good friends
struggle with chemotherapy treatments before their
bodies finally gave up the battle against these
harsh chemicals. My whole being knew that chemotherapy
would not be an option for me and I quickly put
myself under the care of local practitioners whose
services I had used in the past.
traditional treatment, I ultimately decided to
undergo a lumpectomy and local radiation. My complementary
treatments included: high dosage supplements, homeopathic
remedies, acupuncture, chiropractic, daily visualization
exercises, Essiac tea, Neuro-Emotional Technique
(N.E.T.) treatments, and energetic healing. I also
dramatically changed my diet and my career. No
longer the "corporate sales person", I made a conscious
decision to follow my heart. I am now a website
designer and editor (www.designsbymarilyn.com.)
I have always enjoyed the technical aspect of computers
and my college major was art. Web design allows
me to enjoy both!
January 2001, during a massage session, I received
a "message" to pull together a group of holistic
practitioners - with the intention of creating
some kind of interactive community oriented towards
holistic and natural healing. I proceeded to invite
about 12 practitioner friends and acquaintances
to my home for an initial meeting in February 2001.
When I described to them my vision of creating
a community of practitioners that is dedicated
to the promotion and support of the holistic philosophy,
they were extremely supportive. Resources for
Wellness and Holistic Living was born and I
invite you to visit whether you are healthy or
for my current health, I feel happier and healthier
now than I have ever felt. When people ask me why
I left my previous career, I not so jokingly tell
them "I did it for my health!" For more information
on Resources for Wellness and Holistic Living,
give me a call at 215-862-6489.
by Marilyn Bullock
Free Library of New Hope and Solebury has been
at it current location on Ferry Street since 1973.
Before that , the building was a Presbyterian church
and the library was housed at the Parry Salt House,
what is now Martine's Restaurant. Our library is
Central Bucks County's oldest library for a community
our size. It has won honors for its children's
programs, volunteer corps, and community service.
of the credit goes to Frances Greene, who has been
the librarian at the Free Library for 13 years.
Frances came to the library at the recommendation
of a friend, a principal at one of the Hatboro
Schools near where Frances and her husband live.
Her biggest dream for the library is to GET MORE
PEOPLE TO USE IT! She is adamant about that.
Free Library is part of the 18-location Bucks County
Library System. What does that mean? It means that
you can take out a book in Doylestown and return
it to the New Hope Free Library or to Morrisville
or to the Pennswood Branch in Langhorne or to any
of the other libraries. It means that, if there
is a book you want, but it is located in one of
the other brances, you can have it sent to the
New Hope Free Library. There is also an entire
section of the library set aside for video and
books-on-tape rentals. And you can keep most of
them at least 2 weeks!
Free Library must raise at least 70% of its funding
from private and public sources. This is accomplished
via fund drives, book sales, and the Musical Fireworks
program, a series of musical performances held
exclusively to raise funds for the Free Library.
Without John and Sylvia Walsh, it is probable that
the Musical Fireworks program wouldn't exist. Each
season they contact NYC, Philadelphia, and local
musical artists to perform at the 300-seat entertainment
center at the New Hope-Lambertville Rescue Squad
are only 3 paid employees at the library, Frances
Greene, librarian, Lisa Pruess, her assistant,
and Mary Lou Chianese, the office manager. The
50+ volunteer corps helps to keep the library open
48 hours a week, Monday through Saturday.
would like to see the library as a community center.
As it is, Tuesday mornings are the Children's Reading
Program for kindergarten through 4th grade. Wednesday
mornings, there is a "Read to me Club" for ages
2 - up to but not including kindergarteners. And
then there is the Thursday Club for grades 4, 5,
and 6. She says that people like to come to the
library to meet and greet others, to volunteer,
and to just stay part of the community.
Your Local Library. If you have never been
there, GO! If you are a supporter, thank you!
The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury is
located at 93 West Ferry Street. Call them at
S(imon) Kaufman - Mar 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
S. Kaufman (1889-1961) was one of the greatest figures
during the big Broadway era. Born in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, Kaufman was a charter member of the "Algonquin
Round Table", a journalistic luncheon group that
met during the 1920s and 1930s. The Algonquin Hotel
gathered the likes of Dorothy Parker, Robert E. Sherwood,
Heywood Broun, Alexander Woollcott, Marc Connelly,
Edna Ferber, Franklin P.Adams, and Robert Benchley.
1936 George Kaufman and his wife, Beatrice purchased
a beautiful 30 acre 1740 farm a few short miles outside
of New Hope. Kaufman called his homestead "Cherchez
la ferme". It is now called the Barley
Sheaf Farm and is an exquisite Bed & Breakfast
Inn. Kaufman spent long periods of time at his home
in Bucks county and worked on many of his plays here,
collaborating with Moss Hart and others (he was known
as the "Great Collaborator".)
Kaufmans entertained often and had houseguests almost
every weekend. In addition to the Algonquin Round
Table members, guests included Moss Hart, The Marx
Brothers, and Lillian Hellman.Some
of Kaufman's most famous plays were done in collaboration
with Moss Hart, notably: Once in a Lifetime (1930),
Merrily We Roll Along (1934), You Can't Take It with
You (1936; Pulitzer Prize), and The Man Who Came
his later works are The Late George Apley (with J.
P. Marquand, 1944) and The Solid Gold Cadillac (with
Howard Teichmann, 1954). Kaufman directed several
successful plays including The Front Page (1928),
My Sister Eileen (1940), and Guys and Dolls (1950).
read more about the Broadway greats who lived in
New Hope, get a copy of "The Genius Belt", published
by the James A. Michener Art Museum.
Jazzin' Around - April 01
by Marilyn Bullock
says you can't find musical performances of old favorites
anymore? "Just Jazzin' Around" starring RoseMarie
Farrell and Al Byer will give you just that and more!
songs, fun songs, and Broadway tunes - on May 17th
and May 24th, RoseMarie and Al will once again be
performing at Odette's in New Hope, their fifth show
and Al met several years ago at Fred Miller's Copper
Penny Players. In 1998 they started singing together.
Their lively banter, interspersed with humor and
wit, have charmed audiences at retirement communities
and community centers; many Copper Penny shows; and
the Odette's performances.
Farrell and her husband, Ray, live in Richboro, PA,
where they raised six children, now all married adults.
RoseMarie has been singing for two decades, performing
for five years in the "Fractured Follies" in the
1980's and singing in various Long Island nightclubs.
When she performs, her family is usually there to
cheer her on!
has been a working musician his entire adult life.
His musical career began as an accordionist in Philadelphia,
the Poconos and the Catskills. He was Musical Director
of the U.S. Army show called "At Ease", which toured
military bases in the South West.
has played with dozens of bands in the Philadelphia
area and also plays Dixieland banjo. His singing
career began when he joined Copper Penny Players.
He has also performed on stage - as Arvide in "Guys & Dolls" and
as Ed Peterson in "Fiorello." Al lives in Maple Glen
and has four grown children.
Al and RoseMarie at Odette's on May 17th or May 24th.
Their shows usually sell out 1 to 2 weeks before
each performance, so book early! Call 215-862-3000
Hamilton- May 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
eaten at the World Class restaurant Hamilton's Grill
Room and probably at the Fish House also. Both are
owned by longtime Lambertville resident, Jim Hamilton.
What some people may not realize is that Jim Hamilton
is a schooled artist, accomplished set designer,
teacher, philanthropist, volunteer, as well as successful
businessman and town legend.
did Jim Hamilton move from art student to restaurateur?
Via Broadway, of course!
has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design
and a Master's Degree from Yale. All through college,
on summer breaks, he worked with Summer Theater,
gradually becoming more interested in stage and theater
design than in canvas art.
graduating college and getting out of the army, a
former colleague offered Jim a job designing scenery.
Soon after, an agent got him a job working off-Broadway
in a Latin Quarter Dinner Theater.
Hamilton's interest in Theater eventually led him
to open his own theater design business in Lambertville.
For 25 years he ran a successful business with over
35 employees - theater and prop design for Broadway
shows, prop and float design for Ringling Brothers,
lighting for the Ice Capades, industrial scenery
for Ford Motor Company, and much more.
years ago, Jim decided to retire from theater (but
not work) and sold his building in Lambertville.
Jim's next venture led him to restaurant design.
His first project was the Swan Hotel. Fourteen years
ago, Jim and four others bought the Porkyard complex
where Jim designed the layouts for all the buildings,
including Hamilton's Grill Room and the Boat House.
a couple of years of restaurant design and after
having taken several years of 2-week courses at the
finest cooking schools in Europe (to learn how to
design for cooks), Jim decided that he would never
again design a kitchen for the owner of the restaurant
- he would design for the MENU. "If I know the
menu, I can tell you what the budget should be for
the personnel, the number of required staff, the
place settings. I can even tell you what type of
flowers should be displayed on opening night!"
of Jim Hamilton's projects include: the brick terrace
at the Raven, the addition to Mother's, and the newly
opened Moonlight in New Hope.
his FREE time, Jim loves to ski and travels to Colorado,
Vermont, and Argentina to get his fill. Lucky for
him, "I now only work half days - 9 to 9!"
is obvious in talking to Jim Hamilton that he is
not comfortable talking about his own accomplishments.
He prefers to site his father's deeds (his father
was a doctor in Lambertville). But just ask anyone
around town - Jim has cast his own shadow on Lambertville,
New Hope, and beyond. And we all get to enjoy the
comfort and beauty of it. Thank you Mr. Jim Hamilton!
at the Bastille Day Celebration!- June 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
Music and entertainment will "stimulate your senses" for much of the
day, Saturday, July 14, 2001, as ConcordeFineArts.com sponsors the First
Annual Bastille Day celebration in New Hope.
the day, at Union Square, enjoy the jazz sounds of
The Urban Funk Monkeys, local pop/jazz group. Dave
Aaronson, John Krist, Jared Mancuso, and Sam Strzelec
have been playing together for over a year and have
published their first CD, entitled "On the Bus".
Dave is the drummer, John plays lead guitar, Jared
plays bass and backup vocals, and Sam is vocals,
rhythm guitar and keyboard.
you prefer the haunting sounds of Paris, visit C'est
La Vie French Bakery & Café for "le bal musette" and
other popular French music, performed by Accordionist
Simon Vannelli of Marseilles, France from 2:00 -
3:00 and Len Polis, "Paris Moscow", accordion/guitar
ensemble from 4:00 - 6:00.
Saturday evening , Union Square will come alive with
classical music performed by local artists: Soprano
Martina Mettes and accompanist Maria Aquilana .
Mettes is a native of Netherlands and has been singing
since she was a child. She has performed in France,
Japan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey . While living
and performing in France, she had the opportunity
to appear in a recital in Monaco with well-known
French Baritone, Gabriel Bacquier. Her love of French
language and culture has led her to perform several
times for different chapters of the Alliance Française.
She will be performing works by Jaques Offenbach
and by Georges Bizet on Saturday evening.
high-energy New Hope resident, Maria Aquilana Walsh
is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University
and Columbia University Teachers College. She studied
piana at Penn State and on Long Island and taught
music in the Freeport and Farmingdale Schools on
Long Island. Having recently retired as Director
of Fine Arts in Farmingdale, Maria now teaches private
piano accompanies choirs and soloists.
Wilson- July 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
you were hanging out at the Logan Inn a couple of
weekends ago, you might have enjoyed the lively music
performance by Ed Wilson. Shy, modest, and reserved,
Ed Wilson lives a life many of use might envy.
lives on an old farmhouse outside of Washington Crossing,
NJ, repairs guitars, and performs professionally,
singing and playing acoustic guitar. He has so many
calls for performances that he "could work every
night of the week" if he chooses to do so. And all
this is via word-of-mouth.
like a dream job? It hasn't always been smooth rolling.
Ed started playing guitar when he was only six years
old. However, he didn't start playing professionally
until ten years ago. He's lived in the area all of
his life and has worked at "just about everything
you can imagine." One of his jobs was working at
Russo's Music Center in Trenton, where he learned
guitar repair. Now he repairs guitars in his home
shop and has a large client base.
1991 he joined the Johnny Charles Band, a
blues band out of Somerville, NJ. During his second
week with the Johnny Charles Band, the lead
singer quit and Ed was asked if he could sing. "I
don't know," he said. He tried it and he was good.
He got to be really good by sitting for hours in
his room listening to the styles of Muddy Waters,
Howlin Wolf, Steve Ray Vaughn, and BB King.
Charles Band was well known for being the opening
act for many well-known blues artists, including
BB King. Ed stayed with Johnny Charles Band for
5 years. When the "acoustic movement", as Ed calls
it, took hold in the 90's, things picked up for
Ed in terms of his performing. He also played for
a while with a nine piece band, Grand Central,
out of East Brunswick, NJ.
finally broke out on his own in 1996. Since then,
he's had the opportunity to perform with several
bands who have had major recording contracts, among
them singer/songwriter Chris Harford and Ween, with
whom he co-wrote a song in 1994.
Ed concentrates on his solo work and guitar repair.
He also plays with a cover band, The Chain Smokers,
three to four times per month. What makes Ed good
is his dedication to his art. He puts 100% emotion
into each performance. He still can't quite fathom
his own popularity but thinks it is partially due
to his ability to impersonate artists. At each performance,
Ed consciously makes the decision of how much of
his own voice he will use and how much he will impersonate
artists such as Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, James
Taylor, and Bob Dylan.
does Ed like most about his life? Firstly, he loves
his wife of five years, Joyce. Secondly, he loves
to sit on the porch with his dog, Rahji. Ed enjoys
hiking, the shore, and is also an avid record collector,
with over 1,000 albums in his possession.
plans for the future? An original band…. stayed tuned!
Contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or
go see him at Joseph's Garden Grill in Langhorne
on Sat. July 7th or at the Brick Hotel in Newtown
on July 8th, 22nd, or 27th.
County Playhouse-August 2001
by Marilyn Bullock
year, the Bucks County Playhouse celebrates its 62nd
season. Located in the center of New Hope, the Bucks
County Theater was a catalyst for New Hope's retail
development. When a group of theater buffs, including
Moss Hart, bought the gristmill in 1939, to turn
it into a theater, they didn't know that the landscape
of New Hope was about to change. There were 70 performances
the first year (1939). Of all those performances,
there were only 28 seats that were not sold! With
the tourists flocking to New Hope, restaurants and
shops sprang up all over town.
the first few decades after its opening, the Bucks
County Playhouse attracted the talents of Edward
Everett Horton, Hume Cronyn, Mildred Natwick, Katherine
Locke, Joe E. Brown, Charles Butterworth, Louis Calhern,
Grace Kelly, Jack Klugman, Jessica Tandy, John Carradine,
Kitty Carlisle, and Angela Lansbury.
Miller took over the Bucks County Playhouse 26 years
ago and has been running it ever since. He is committed
to maintaining the quality of shows and performances
at the playhouse. He is also in the process of forming
a theater/music camp for underprivileged children.
who have been working at the Playhouse for many years
continue to make it a mainstay for Bucks County theatergoers.
The talented Stephen Casey is the current artistic
director and has been with the Bucks County Playhouse
for over 10 years. Kara Powers , assistant producer,
has worked 8 of the last 10 seasons as an actor and
still performs occasionally. Michael Naylor, in charge
of Marketing and Communications, has been with the
Playhouse for over 14 years.
run throughout the year Tuesdays - Sundays with matinees
on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Group tickets
and Season Tickets are available and there is discounted
parking available to subscribers in the theater parking
lot. The Bucks County Playhouse also runs a Summer
Children's Theater on Fridays and Saturdays. These
shows feature classic fairy tales and stories and
are performed by local children and high school students.
The children love to see other children on stage
and the Summer Children's Theater has become a huge
folks think that the heyday of the Bucks County Playhouse
is long gone. To the contrary, new Broadway stars
are still in the making here in lovely New Hope.
Audra McDonald, who played here in 1990, has gone
on to become a 3-time Tony Award winner, having played
in "Avita", "Man of La Mancha","Master Class","Ragtime",
and "Carousel" at the Lincoln Center. Jason Raize,
who played the Phantom here in 1994, went on to become
the original Simba in "The Lion King" on Broadway.
visit the Bucks County Playhouse soon. You never
know who the next Broadway star will be! To get a
list of upcoming shows, go to What's New or visit
the Bucks County Playhouse website at www.buckscountyplayhouse.com.
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