The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of the film 'A Christmas Story'. Jamie Cornell, who plays the grown-up Ralphie, joins us to talk about the sixteen years of this production, and the members of many families that have grown up in and around this annual event. http://wskg.org/audio/christmasstory2017.mp3
Brew Beats travels to the village of Owego, New York to profile The Farmhouse Brewery. Owner Marty Mattrazzo details how the brewery came into existence and why they rely on local farmers for many of the ingredients they use in their beverages. In addition, jazz duo Sharada Shashidhar and Jamael Dean also perform a special concert at Farmhouse. Selections include Coltrane's "I Hear A Rhapsody." Watch Online
WSKG's concert series Brew Beats returns Thursday, October 26 at 8PM, with two new episodes. Brew Beats is a music show that follows the roads that connect Upstate New York’s dynamic and growing breweries and cideries. The night kicks off at The FarmHouse Brewery in Owego, where we talk with owner Marty Mattrazzo about what makes their products so unique. We also welcome talented jazz duo Sharada Shashidhar and Jamael Dean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biNraZp1KTs&feature=youtu.be
Then at 8:30PM, we head to Water Street Brewing Co. in downtown Binghamton.
'The Glass Menagerie' was the play that started Tennessee Williams' career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's musical 'La Cage Aux Folles'. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3
Photo credit: Talia Saraceno for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
Benjamin Loring was born on October 14, 1824, in Duxbury, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, Loring enlisted in the U.S. Navy and participated in a number of important battles, serving with distinction on three different warships. After the war, Loring settled in Owego, New York where he lived out the rest of his days. Today, the Tioga County Historical Society Museum in Owego preserves an item from Benjamin Loring's military service that was present at one of the defining moments in American History. https://youtu.be/Df5GIyI6yt8
If you enjoy Civil War history or great television drama be sure to tune in for the second season of PBS's Civil War medical drama Mercy Street, Sundays at 8PM on WSKG TV.
Amos Draper was a successful trader in Upstate New York in the years following the American Revolution, and he was especially fond of an area along the Susquehanna River in present day Tioga County. In 1787, Amos and his wife Lydia built a log cabin on the north bank of the Susquehanna River near the confluence with Owego Creek – establishing themselves as the first settlers in what would become the village of Owego. https://youtu.be/vhwdjxEp7t0
Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development. Links:
Path Through History: http://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/
WSKG’s Path Through History: http://www.wskg.org/pth
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of the stage version of the holiday film 'A Christmas Story' adapted by Philip Grecian. It's the fifteenth year for this hilarious classic. Jamie Cornell, playing the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about his and his whole family's involvement over the years. Executive Director Sonny DeWitt is also on hand to talk about new additions to the production alongside the flagpole, the slide, and the infamous leg lamp. http://wskg.org/audio/1202christmasstory.mp3
Photo credit: R.E. Baker for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'. http://tiahwaga.com/ It's a retelling of the story of the Salem Witch Trials, but it is famously a metaphor for the McCarthy Hearings during the Red Scare of the 1950's that pulled Miller himself into its vortex. We hear about the history of the play, and the historical events the play is based on from director James Osborne. "Based on the infamous witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693, a deeply tragic yet captivating thriller emerges as a social and psychological play. Through the unfolding action of the events, situations arise that brings with it hysteria and a definite us or them mentality. This captivating 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning play maintains its relevancy to modern day events by demonstrating the electrifying intensity that is born out of the ideology of paranoia and mayhem.
Today, a new historic marker was dedicated in Owego honoring the life and service of Corporal Margaret Hastings. Born in 1914, Cpl. Hastings grew up in Owego and joined the Women’s Army Corps, or WACs, in 1944. On May 13, 1945, as the Second World War drew to a close, Cpl. Hastings boarded a transport plane with 23 other service men and women. It was for a sightseeing trip over the uncharted jungles of Papua New Guinea. However, the pleasure cruise ended unexpectedly when the plane crashed violently into the side of a mountain.