Production of WSKG's original music show 'Brew Beats' is Underway. Coming Spring 2017!

Production of WSKG’s ‘Brew Beats’ is underway. Check out the behind the scenes photos from our recent production of ‘Brew Beats’ at Butternuts Beer and Ale in Oneonta, featuring country music singer Kolby Oakley.  Kolby is one of the many artists to be featured in WSKG’s new original music show coming in spring 2017. ‘Brew Beats’ Concert Series is a music show that follows the roads that connect Upstate New York dynamic and growing breweries and cideries, turning the spotlight on the story of the people behind these industries while highlighting the region’s rich history of musical traditions.  

Twenty-four Years of Concerts in Gilbertsville

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The Magic Mountain Music Farm , just outside of Morris, NY, presents two free concerts on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3.  This is the twenty-fourth year of these concerts, as professional musicians from all over the United States spend two weeks studying with Burton Kaplan. Guests Erika Atchley and Marvin Suson, both violinists, talk about why they return year after year to “recharge” their musical batteries in a supportive atmosphere, and take new skills back to their performing and teaching positions. The two concerts have completely different programs, and are presented in the beautiful acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville at 7:30pm both nights. http://www.wskg.org/audio/magic.mp3

 

Photo credit: p_rendall via Flickr

A Family Adopts a Rhino and a Seal Finds an Unlikely Savor on 'My Wild Affair'

The Rhino Who Joined the Family airs at 8pm and The Seal Who Came Home airs at 9pm on WSKG TV August 31, 2016. Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart. The Rhino Who Joined The Family (airs at 8pm August 31, 2016)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

Yamatai

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the energetic and wildly talented Yamatai, which is Cornell University’s student-run taiko drumming team. Based in Cornell’s Lincoln Hall, they perform for several events on campus each semester as well as regional concerts all around the northeast. See how this ancient Japanese art is meticulously recreated by the students at Cornell and go behind the scenes with interviews and rehearsal/audition footage. https://youtu.be/QY6VJob_v0c

Produced by Erin McClory, Tom Garris & Akili Dorsey-Bell

Transition From Summer to Classroom With Daniel Tiger

It’s almost time for back-to-school, and new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are scheduled in September to encourage little tigers and support families as they transition from summer to classroom. These brand-new, specially themed episodes air on WSKG TV starting Monday, September 25, 2016.  Episodes include:

9/5 No Red Sweater for Daniel / Teacher Harriet’s New Hairdo
9/6 Sharing at the Library / Daniel Shares with Margaret
9/7 Daniel Makes a Noise Maker / Daniel Makes the Neighborhood
9/8 Daniel’s Allergy / Allergies at School
9/9 The Neighborhood Fall Festival / Field Day at School

Download and print this awesome back-to-school checklist and use with your child before school starts.  This will help your family establish routines and prepare for the school year.

The Pros and Cons of Potential Development in National Parks

Yellowstone Canyon, from Shutterstock

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays between 2-4pm. With the National Park Service turning one hundred this week, discussions continue on how to make the parks financially lucrative.  More than 300 million tourists visited the national parks in 2015, a five percent increase from the previous year. Of those visitors, more than five million flocked to Grand Canyon National Park alone. With a surge in hikers and bikers come more parking lots and developments.

Elmira Fair Grounds, 1889 | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph, taken in 1889, shows the fair grounds in Elmira, New York. From 1842 to 1889, the New York State Fair traveled between 11 different cities before the fair was finally moved to its current location in Syracuse. Between 1855 and 1889, Elmira hosted the State Fair nine different times. One of the more interesting details of the photograph is the banner outside one of the venues that advertises, “The Living Two Headed Boy. Absolutely the Greatest Living Curiosity in the World.”

Binghamton's PorchFest is in its Second Year

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The PorchFest phenomenon started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation.  The Binghamton Porchfest is celebrated this weekend around the West Side of Binghamton.  The number of bands and porches has grown since its inaugural festival last year.  It’s free, and audiences are invited to stroll around the neighborhood to listen to music from noon until 7pm.  Booklets with a map and schedule are available to guide listeners to the 26 porches and at least 89 bands. Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk gives us more details. http://www.wskg.org/audio/porchmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Patti Schwartz

 

 

Two Actors Play All the Parts

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The Franklin Stage Company presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in a version adapted for two actors.  Director Daniel Swern has had experience adapting Shakespeare in unusual ways to bring new immediacy to the sometimes disturbing themes of the play, and new playfulness to the comic scenes. “In this arresting two-hander adaptation, two strangers discover the text of William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Armed with costumes and books-in-hand, what starts as a game turns into a confrontation of personal prejudice and reconciliation with our past. A stunning and innovative feat from director Dan Swern of New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Smugbug Productions.”  

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

 

 

Rod Serling Film Fest Winners to Share the Screen with Filmmakers

WSKG Youth has announced an exciting new partnership with the Art Mission and Theater! The nine winning films of the 2016 Rod Serling Film Fest will be screened as part of Binghamton Babylon, a new film festival celebrating Binghamton, New York’s central role in the development of avant-garde film in the late 1960s and 1970s. This four-day festival will feature the newest and most compelling avant-garde films from across the world, along with a retrospective of films made in Binghamton, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and a special keynote address by Scott MacDonald, cinematic historian and author of Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department 1967-1977. Learn more on the Facebook event page.  
Inspiring the Next Generation of Filmmakers
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 the Rod Serling Film Festival will take place during Binghamton Babylon in partnership with the Art Mission and Theater. The Rod Serling Film Fest, a video contest for youth in kindergarten through Grade 12, honors the work of Rod Serling and celebrates the creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Two screenings of the winning films will be held at 4:00pm and 5:30pm on the 16th. 

 

 

Learn more about Binghamton Babylon and the film festival partnership from the press conference held on August 23, 2016 courtesy of NewsChannel 34.