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Posted: 06/18/2007

The first annual SaratogaArtsFest bloomed this weekend from the basement of Universal Preservation Hall to the rooftop of the Tang Museum, from the sidewalks of North Broadway to the galleries of Beekman Street.

Encompassing all of the visual, literary, and performing arts, the festival kicked off the summer arts season with performances by dance legend Bill T. Jones and his company, Texas songwriter Guy Clark, author Russell Banks, rising jazz star Jeremy Pelt’s quintet, and other national headliners and regional artists.

Shuttle buses transported festival attendees from downtown sites to the Skidmore campus, where a dozen events took place, including performances by the Epiphany Theater Company, the Tango Fusion Dance Company, pianist Morey Hall, and actress Catherine Flye.

Among Skidmore people who played key roles both on the stage and in organizing the event were event chair Marie Glotzbach, fund-raising chair Michael Casey, singer/songwriter Nancy Walker (Department of Management and Business), actor/playwright Victor Cahn (Department of English), student theater directors Julie Congress and Erin Daley, both Class of 2008, musician/playwright and Fovea Floods founder Josh Chambers ’98, and musician Torey Adler ’95.

Planning will soon beginning for next year’s SaratogaArtsFest, scheduled for the weekend of June 13-15.