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Spencertown Academy Announces Young Writers’ Contest Winners

Spencertown Academy Arts Center announces the winners of its fifth annual Young Writers’ Contest. Held in conjunction with the Academy’s Festival of Books (which will be virtual this year), the contest was open to writers in grades 9 through 12 attending school or homeschooled in Columbia County, NY and Berkshire County, MA.

“While this was a difficult year for students everywhere, we received 30 fiction and non-fiction entries from both public and private high schools. There was wonderful diversity among authors and subject matter. The Young Writers’ Contest has no required themes, which allows students room to explore what’s important to them,” says Kelly Kynion, coordinator of the contest. “There are many dedicated writing teachers and passionate young writers in our region, and we’re delighted to create an opportunity for them to receive recognition at the high school level. This year, two talented freshmen surprised us by taking the top honors!”

The contest was judged by accomplished authors and publishing professionals, including Jamie Cat Callan, Alan Gelb, David Highfill, Daphne Kalotay, and Wendy Schmalz.

The top three winners in each category received cash prizes ($250, $150, and $100 respectively) and the first-place winning story and essay are now published on the Academy’s site at  spencertownacademy.org.

Nonfiction/Essay or Memoir

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Alyssa Mowris

First Place: Alyssa Mowris,
Chatham High School freshman,
“If Walls Could Talk”

Second Place: Anthony Smith,
Germantown School senior,
“How to Properly Waste Your Summer”

Third Place: Rida Farsanza,
Hudson High School senior,
“Borsa”

Fiction/Short Story

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Taibat Ahmed

First Place: Taibat Ahmed,
Taconic High School freshman,
“The Boy In The Clouds”

Second Place: Piper Nayowith,
Hudson High School senior,
“Malnoia”

Third Place: Malina Jackson,
Berkshire Waldorf High School senior,
“A Part of Something Bigger”

 

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please contact info@spencertownacademy.org.

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

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Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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Spencertown Academy – Virtual Garden Lecture w/ Robert Clyde Anderson, Jun 28

 

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Spencertown Academy’s Garden Lecture with Robert Clyde Anderson will take place on Sunday, June 28 via Zoom.

The lecture, ‘Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale’ is an illustrated talk that will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that’s feasible for the home gardener, in terms of both labor and expense. Using part of his own garden as the example, the presenter will share failures and successes in the development, over three seasons, of a wet meadow style planting. Topics addressed will include site selection and preparation, plant material sources, choices and acquisition, installation tips, and seasonal care.

Robert Clyde Anderson found his way to the Hudson Valley after a New York City career in illustration and book design. A native of Louisiana, Robert is a lifelong gardener and has designed and maintained gardens in Columbia County as well as serving as right-hand man for eight years at the former Loomis Creek Nursery in Claverack, NY.

In 2012 Robert was hired to launch the retail division of Pondside Nursery in Hudson NY, a new garden center specializing in standard and unusual perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees as well as select pottery, tools and garden accessories. At Pondside, Robert served as Creative Director and as the buyer for perennials, annuals and hardgoods, and wrote about plants and gardening for the nursery website/newsletter. In 2017 he resigned his position to concentrate on garden design, writing, teaching and public speaking, although he remains associated with Pondside as a consultant and designer.

Robert makes his home in Stuyvesant, NY where he maintains a two acre “laboratory” garden that includes shrub borders, a sunny terraced xeric garden, a shady wooded streamside area, a moist meadow, a kitchen garden and a small flock of chickens.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 28, 2020 / 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Zoom

ADMISSION: $10
Purchase online at SpencertownAcademy.networkforgood.com

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Spencertown Academy Opening Reception for ‘Art for the Academy’, Jan 11

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Spencertown Academy’s ‘Art for the Academy’ art show kicks off with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 11.

Eat, drink, be merry and support the Academy at this special opening of “Art for the Academy”, a fundraiser to bring us closer to our Building Restoration Campaign goals.

52 artists have generously donated work for this special event. With their generosity, 100% of all sales will go to help the Academy reach its fiscal destination. The prized works will hang at the Academy from January 11th through February 2nd.

DATE/TIME: Opening Reception – Saturday, January 11, 2010 / 4pm – 6pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

ADMISSION: $25
The full price of the ticket can be credited toward any purchases. Tickets available at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=992TAj

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Spencertown Academy Festival of Books, Labor Day Weekend 2019

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The annual Festival of Books at Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a celebration of books and reading for the whole community. For three days in early September we welcome outstanding writers and poets and nearly 2,000 readers and book-lovers to our 1847 schoolhouse in rural Columbia County. This year’s festival will feature a visit from Froggy on Saturday morning for the kids.

The festival opens Friday with Members’ Only Preview Day, giving members and their guests early access to the book rooms. Admission is free for members, $10 for each member guest. Membership has its privileges! Join now to ensure early access, or purchase a membership at the door on Friday. Members also receive one or more free book(s), and may celebrate their purchases at an evening wine and cheese reception.

All other programming on Saturday, Sunday and Monday — book sales, children’s program and author presentations – is free to all.

DATES/TIMES:
Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019

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LOCATION
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Spencertown Academy Arts Center
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY 12165


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Spencertown Academy 2019 Hidden Gardens Tour & Garden Market, Jun 15

Spencertown Academy’s annual summer celebration of the art of the garden happens tomorrow (Saturday, June 15th). This year the self-guided garden tour showcases six private gardens in the hamlets of Spencertown and Old Chatham, NY.

A variety of garden styles will be on display on the tour: the perennial, herb, and pool gardens of a 1770s center hall colonial home ornamented with rustic fencing, pergolas, and arbors; a recently installed meadow with 1000 native plants; a cloistered rose garden and formal courtyard parterre; a productive kitchen and cutting garden; a charming retreat featuring an award-winning design; a two hundred-acre former horse farm with an English courtyard garden, multiple ponds, sweeping views, and massive islands of perennials, specimen trees, shrubs, and more.

Also happening on Saturday is the Garden Market on The Green at the Spencertown Village Green. This year’s market will showcase more than 20 vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice, plus shoppers will find bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the Academy’s White Elephant Booth. A percentage of all sales benefit the Academy. Food trucks will be on hand offering breakfast and lunch choices including Arturo’s at Micosta with crepes, coffee, fruit salad, organic juices, and vegetarian quesadillas, and Larry’s Food will be serving breakfast sandwiches and jerk chicken with rice and veggies, as well as an ice cream sundae booth staffed by Academy members.

 

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Tour: 10am – 4pm. Maps available from 9am to 2pm.
Market: 9am – 3pm
The tour will take place rain or shine

LOCATION:
Day-of garden tickets and garden maps will be available at the Academy.
The Garden Market will take place at the Spencertown Village Green across the street from the Academy.
Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

ADMISSION:
Tour: $35 in advance, $40 day of.
Market: Free
Visit https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=2a0e7f to purchase tickets.
Various package rates involving multiple events are also available.

MORE:
For more info on additional Hidden Garden Events, plus a list of the Market vendors, visit https://spencertownacademy.org/annual-events/hidden-gardens/

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Phone: (518) 392-3693

 

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