annual round & square dance
With Kelly’s old Timers & the Geneseo string band
Saturday, April 27, 2024
7:00-10:00 p.m., York Central School, 2578 Genesee St., Retsof NY
Dance instruction for newcomers at 6:30 pm!
Hosted by GLOW Traditions at the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. If you’ve never been to a square dance, come early and learn the basic steps. No special clothing or prior knowledge is required, and all ages are welcome at this family-friendly, fun evening. Refreshments will be available.
This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature.
Kelly’s Old Timers, formed in 1950 by Woody Kelly of Perry Center, currently includes Doug Kelly (calling and bass), Eric Kelly (keyboards and vocals), Guy Macaluso (keyboards, vocal, trumpet and guitar), Tom Kwiecien (drums), and Elise Kelly (vocals, guitar, and calling). The Geneseo String Band was formed in 1976 at SUNY Geneseo by Jim Kimball, and plays traditional American fiddle, dance and vocal music at on and off-campus events including clubs, dances, concerts, local churches, historical societies, camps and schools.
GLOW Traditions supports our area’s living cultural heritage through documentation and public programming of traditional arts. It operates collaboratively among the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Livingston Arts, and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. This regional program has been led since 1997 by founding Director, Karen Canning.
What do we mean by traditional arts? Traditional or folk arts are the ways a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They are usually learned informally, through watching and doing rather than learning from a book or in school. Traditional arts are often passed down over generations, expressing a community’s sense of beauty, identity and values. Folk arts and folkways range from verbal “lore” like local ghost stories, children’s rhymes or family sayings, to material arts like woodcarving, quilting or fly tying, to performance arts like fiddling, break dancing, or square dance calling. Your family, your church, your fraternal club – these are all groups that practice and maintain creative traditions that give meaning to everyday life.
Our folk arts program was established in 1985, one of the first in New York state. Dr. Bruce Buckley, a noted scholar and folklorist who had retired from the folklore program at Cooperstown/SUNY Oneonta, came to Wyoming County and began his second career in public folk arts documentation and programming. His work forms the basis of our archive of traditional arts, which contains interviews and slides of more than 150 artisans in our region from 1985 to the present day. Folklorist Kathy Kimiciek led the program from 1988-1990, and in 1996 Karen Canning became the staff folklorist for the region encompassing Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee and Orleans (GLOW) Counties. In 2013 we officially renamed our program, GLOW Traditions, to further emphasize the connection to our partner arts councils in surrounding counties: ACWC, Livingston Arts and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.
Here are some examples of projects and events in Wyoming County over the years:
- Producing the exhibit “A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo”
- Needlework arts and traditional foods demonstrations at farmers’ markets
- Display of wildlife art and taxidermy
- Native American beading and cornhusk doll workshops with county Girl Scout troops
- Chainsaw carving demonstrations at Beaver Meadow Harvest Fest
- Apprenticeship training in square dance calling and music
- Concerts of old time music and Italian American traditional music
- Demonstration of turkey calls and hunting techniques
We are always interested in learning more about who is carrying on these arts. Who are our leaders and craftspeople in traditions such as woodworking, ethnic crafts, and taxidermy? Who knows about meat smoking or cheese making, medicinal plants, or tried and true farming methods? Who are the old time musicians, the best tale-tellers? Who are the experts in needlework, quilting, lace making, and other home arts? We would love to talk to you and hear about what you do.
Call us, stop in, and look for our next event!
To bring art to the people and people to the arts by:
• Providing services to artists
• Fostering connections between artists and community
• Offering a safe space for all people to express self and art