Though the cold winds of March continue to keep Hancock residents indoors and visitors inclined to seek warmer climes, there is a small contingent of local individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes to plan and execute an amazing transformation in this sleepy little town.
“Summer Nights LIVE on The Square” — a series of performances to be held at the Hancock Town Square the first and third Friday evenings June through September — will transform the center of Hancock into a bustling, vibrant, musically and visually stunning landscape this Summer. Part of the Gateway Cultural Arts project, the series will feature award-winning artists from all over the country who have performed for international audiences.
The season kicks off on Sunday, May 29, with our 2nd annual Memorial Day Weekend Community Yard Sale and Picnic on The Square. Headlining the program will be the high-energy, internationally-acclaimed, and U.S. military-honored American Rogues performing patriotic, military, and traditional Celtic music on bagpipes, drums, and fiddle.
On Friday, June 17, Nino Reyos and Friends take center stage with traditional Native American dancing, drumming, singing, and hand-crafted wooden flute playing that is moving and mesmerizing.
The Hot Jazz Jumpers come to town on Friday, July 1, bringing the toe-tapping rhythms of 20s and 30s jazz spiked with a Gullah Geechee and Calypso vibe. Familiar tunes are given a fresh new beat and the vocal transformations will keep you surprised and yearning for more!
July 15 welcomes the Bernstein-Bard Quartet with their infectious grooves and eclectic repertoire. This local group (from the New Paltz area) will having you dancing to tango, swing, waltz, latin, and reggae… all in one hour-and-a-half program!
On August 5, barbershop fans should prepare themselves to be blown away as the award-winning group Gimme Four and special guests For The Times bring their harmonious perfection to The Hancock Town Square for an evening of the best a cappella vocal stylings to be heard since the 1950s!
Two weeks later, on August 19, ArcheDream for Humankind brings us an unforgettable visual and auditory performance you must experience to believe! Utilizing fluorescent paints, vibrant costuming, and blacklight, this contemporary dance group brings to life the stories of South African artist Alan Bell.
The seven-performance series ends on a high note… and a low note… and thousands of notes in between… all coming from six saxophones — from soprano to bass. The Moanin’ Frogs share their vaudevillian stylings and technical prowess with melodies from an eclectic mix of genres. It’s a little odd… and it’s a lot amazing… and it’s ALL FUN!
The Gateway Cultural Arts project would not be possible without the enormous generosity of its sponsors. Special thanks goes to The O’Connor Foundation, Capra Enterprises, Hancock Liquor Store, Don Orall’s Garage, Jim Serio Real Estate, Woodland Creek Homes, Delaware Delicacies, Millennium Pipeline, Tompkins Bluestone, Camp Hilltop, and the many patrons and friends of Hancock. If you would like to lead the charge in bringing the arts back to Hancock, please make a contribution today! 100% of your contribution goes to supporting the arts in Hancock.
This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and is administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group.