The Pocono Record from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1966 · Page 9
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The Pocono Record from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania · Page 9

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, June 18, 1966
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Weekly arts and culture review The Pocono Record Folk music has changed since days of Guthrie By KICK METIIOT Pocono Record Reporter STROUDSBURG - At one time folk music meant joining in with 40 sweating pick-swinging chain gang inmates of Florida State prison wearily moaning something like "Go Down '01 Hannah," either that or the dedicated seeker of authenticity had a list of all available union halls looking for nickel-dime entertainment. 'Folk music," per se, has evolved a bit from the good 'ol days and even today's enthusiasts can't tell whether Lead- belly was the tradename for a pot bottomed stove or the loser of a gunfight. Times have changed. Today's folk orientated cult are more than likely apt to regard the Kingston Trio, the Beatles, or Peter, Paul, and Mary more 'folksy' than the likes of Pete Seeger. What's left of authentic folk music is probably left to the last wandering minstrels -- if there Ben and Evelyn Wilson's work af Everhart Museum SCRANTON - Works of art by Ben and Evelyn Wilson, husband and wife, are now being featured in a two - man show in the Everhart Museum's Downstairs Gallery. The couple have attained wide recognition in the art world and have been included in several important exhibitions recently. They reside in Ridgefield, New Jersey, but have a close contact with art activities in New York City. The present exhibition includes 13 drawings by Ben Wilson, mostly done in chalks with a few heightened with watercolor. Wilson was Artist-in-Residence at the Museum last July and August under the sponsorship of the American Federation of Arts through a Ford Foundation grant. At that time an exhibition of his paintings was shown. Mrs. Wilson is represented by 14 sculptures. Her work is done in cast bronze, others in heaviily patinatcd aluminum or Hydro- cal. Both figurative and generally non - objective forms are included. Her sculptures have been shown in five one - man shows in the United States and France, and have been seen in many national group shows. The exhibition will continue at the E v e r h a r t Museum through June 30. are any: the last one, we hear, a Harvard graduate no less, was hit by a car. Remember Bob Dylan? He used to be a folksingcr at one time. The popularity of the frizzy-haired off-key Dylan used to depend on his material rather than his cracked-voiced rendition of them. The same hand that turned out notable stuff like "Blowin' in the Wind," "Don't Think Twice," and "Masters of War" is now scribbling about rainy day women done to the ethnic reverberations of a five piece band. 'And, in Brooklyn Hospital, Woodie Guthrie, who? -- ordered the radio removed from his room. There are some artists that are still turning out worthwhile and timely music -- just dig in the record stacks awhile, somewhere buried behind glossy covered albums with four sets of eyes peering through dangling locks, you'll begin to notice names like Phil Ochs, E r i c Anderson, Buffy St. Marie, etc. These are the singers of folk- songs who will be listened to 20 years from now the way enthusiasts crounch over a scratchy narrative by Aunt Molly Jackson today. The work of groups like Peter, Paul, and Mary and the New C h r i s t y Minstrels, however pleasing to the car they may be, Meet Cio Cio San This is Natalie Burgess, who wil! sing the role of Cio Cio San in Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly." The opera will be presented tonight at 8 p.m. by the Lyric Arts Opera at the Sagamore Summer Festival, Twin Lakes, in Milford. taken a generation from now will be like listening to "Bv the Light of the Silvery Moon." ·Folk music is, of necessity, an eclectic art and must continue to be by the very definition of the genre. What is to be considered 'folk' today probably depends on the few talented artists that continually search for new and timely topics to set a five string banjo or a 12 string guitar. Contrary to what may be popular opinion, all those who make their living in the art don't have waist-length hair, hop freights, or live on Bleecker Street. Theodore Bikel is a folksing- er, and one of the best, and he did it all without a band or hair- covered ears. He even made Broadway without it -- even though there might have been a few die-hards chanting "commercial, commercial!" from the back row. Remember Rembrant was commercial --and he managed to scrape a little niche for himself in the arts. So the next time you get a little tired of hearing about the good 'ol days of folk music, relax, there's a few good days left -- without rain and with or without women. What ever happened to the trio? STROUDSBURG - If you've been wondering what has become of -the Kingston Trio they've returned with another album for Decca that should fare well with the top pop albums of the day. "Children of the Morning" features such current offerings as the Lennon-McCartney hit "Norwegian Wood" and the Herb Alpert favorite, "A Taste of Honey." The Dave Clark Five, back in the United States for a countryside tour, brings a new release on the Epic label with them. "Try Too Hard" includes tunss written by the group as well as the hit title cut now heading current single listings. "A New Song for Young Love" is the latest offering by the Lettermen on the Capital label. The trio has long been a favorite on college campuses and should continue to be among the favorites of the post teenage set with such numbers as "If I Loved You," "I Only Have Eyes For You," and the tender show (une from the "Fantasticks," "Try To Remember." The Brothers Four take a new turn from their usual folk-orientated style and get together to do 11 songs written by the talented Lennon and McCartney. The album is arranged by Milt Okun, who has done many of the vocal arrangements for Peter Paul and Mary. Mike Seeger has a new Folkways release dealing with the industrialization of the South. His songs have historical accuracy and are treated with the authenticity folk purists should appreciate. The album entitled "Triple, Loom and Rail" should be a notable addition to the collection of the ethically-minded folk followers. Jazz enthusiasts will welcome the latest by Cannonball Adderly, "Great Love Themes," featuring the melancholic "Stella by Starlight," and "So in Love." The Shadows of Night have a follow-up hit to "Gloria," their latest best seller "Oh Yeah" is included in the long haired groups' latest album for Dunwich. Drum, bugle contest set BANGOR -- A Senior Drum will be held Saturday, August and Bugle corps contest, spoil- ,, , sored by the Yellow Jackets 6 at 8 Pm - at the Bangor Drum and Bugle Corps Inc., athletic field. Grand Opening TODAY! F R E S H F R U I T S V E G E T A B L E S CHAMPAGNE'S A N A L O M I N K , P A . F L O W E R S a n d S H R U B S R e g i s t e r F o r F R E E GIFTS N o P u r c h a s e N e c e s s a r y O p e n E v e s ' T i l 1 0 P.M. ^ Mobilheat AUTOMATIC DELIVERY -- WATCHING SERVICE L O W - C O S T COMFORT Fuel oil gives maximum heat at minimum consumption at surprisingly * low cost. Call today for f installation, and service. MOBILHEAT KEEPS HOME FURNACE CLEAN PROMPT - RELIABLE OIL BURNER SERVICE CALL TODAY 421-1800 HAROLD W. MILLER N. 2nd St., Stroudsburg The cast of "The Chalk Garden" goes through its paces Thursday night. The play is being presented by the Pocono Art Center's Theater Wing. (Staff Photo by MacLeod) Theater Wing makes it with 'The Chalk Garden By TONY VELLELA Stroud Courier Editor EAST STROUDSBURG--Born under the banner of the Pocono Art Center, the new Theater Wing came of age last night with the production of "The Chalk Garden," by Enid Bagnold. The sterile title by no means reflects the future of the group or the assets of this, its first play. The drama-comedy, pinpointing the influence of a newly- chosen children's companion in the English St. Maugham's residence of the 30's, mixes together the mystery and fun to provide the new Theater Wing with some most stimulating theater. Handling each facet of her complex role with ease. Astrid Keuler reflects the past exner- ience she's had with Fox Oaks Players in New York City and the Wagon Wheel Players in Red Bank, N.J. Mrs. Keuler effectively integrates the many-sided role, taking over the household of the dowager Mrs. St. Maugham, guiding the misguided Laurel, St. Maugham's granddaughter, and providing stirring questions into her unknown past. As the overpowering Mrs. St. Maugham, Margaret Adams Bryan leaves little to be desired. Her extensive theater background on Broadway, as well as in the movies and touring productions, gives her the movement and charm so delightfully amusing' and entertaining. All the showy eccentricities of her character are presented with the easy grace of an accomplished actress. Fourteen-year-old Susan McCool, playing .the dispirited child Laurel, with the right level of unconcern and hidden fear, makes her debut in this production. Shirley Eden, Laurel's mother, Olivia, presents the statuesque image of Mrs. St. Maugham's "dark, muted woman" with quiet reserve. . Robert Howell, ESSC speech and dramatics professor, portrays the judge with the color and texture of thTM pr.pnn,nii-i, R ^ actor that he is. Drawing from! extensive acting and directing past Howell embellishes the role by adding life and personality to the role. Maitland. the man servant and urotector of Lauel, is given a fine portrait by Lewis Harriton. This after- noon's Maitland will be played by Irving Resnick. Doubling as the Nurse and the Third Applicant, Madeline Druckenmiller also adds flavor to the overall lines of the production. She managed to present each character in a clear- cut fashion. Using her lines and action cleverly, Carol Cartwright opens the show as the Second Applicant, with color and verve. There will be a performance this afternoon at 2 p.m. and this evening at 8:30 p.m. in the ESSC auditorium. BEAUTIFY YOUR PORCH West End Fire Company Inc. 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