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Chronogram Conversations: The Persistence of the Arts in Woodstock & Saugerties 

click to enlarge Chronogram Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney leads a panel discussion with Kitt Potter (executive director, Maverick Concerts), Meira Blaustein (co-founder and executive director, Woodstock Film Festival), Michael Lang (producer, 1969 Woodstock Music Festival), Jen Dragon (owner, Cross Contemporary Art), and Barbara Bravo (chairperson, Saugerties Studio Tour) at Colony Woodstock. - RICHARD A. SMITH
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  • Chronogram Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney leads a panel discussion with Kitt Potter (executive director, Maverick Concerts), Meira Blaustein (co-founder and executive director, Woodstock Film Festival), Michael Lang (producer, 1969 Woodstock Music Festival), Jen Dragon (owner, Cross Contemporary Art), and Barbara Bravo (chairperson, Saugerties Studio Tour) at Colony Woodstock.

On July 6, Luminary Media hosted the Chronogram Conversations salon series at Colony Woodstock. Nearly 150 attendees heard panelists Michael Lang (producer, 1969 Woodstock Festival), Kitt Potter (executive director, Maverick Concerts), Meira Blaustein (co-founder and executive director, Woodstock Film Festival), Barbara Bravo (chairperson, Saugerties Artists Studio Tour), and Jen Dragon (owner, Cross Contemporary Art) engage the topic "From 'The Garden' to the Future: The Persistence of the Arts in Woodstock and Saugerties." Luminary Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney moderated the conversation, prompting lively input from the audience on the intersection of politics and art and a seeming lack of diversity in the arts scene of Woodstock and Saugerties.

The Chronogram Conversations series is a monthly social and networking event that brings community leaders, creative types, and influencers together to discuss a regional issue in a friendly setting. In Woodstock, guests were treated to culinary offerings from Sunflower Market and Sugar Beet Catering, as well as a variety of beers from Catskill Brewery. Cellist Daniel Frankhuizen opened the social hour with creative sounds using looping techniques.

Many of the voices heard and seen at this event are represented in the Community Pages feature on Woodstock and Saugerties on page 36. Those looking to be spotlighted as leaders in Hudson (and surrounding communities), should reach out to account executive Ralph Jenkins (Ralph.Jenkins@chronogram.com), as it will be the subject of a feature in our September issue.

A special thank you to Neil and Alexia Howard, Jean Michel, and the Colony Woodstock staff for hosting the Luminary business development, events, and video production teams during our Conversations event. If you haven't been to the revitalized music and nightlife venue, it's well worth the visit. To see the video produced from this event, go to Chronogram.com/WoodstockConversation.

Photography by Richard A. Smith

Edit, video, and event production by Brian Berusch

click to enlarge Chronogram publisher Jason Stern warming up the crowd. - RICHARD A. SMITH
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  • Chronogram publisher Jason Stern warming up the crowd.
click to enlarge Brian K. Mahoney talking with Lu Ann Bielawa of the Woodstock Invitational Luthier’s Showcase prior to the panel discussion. - RICHARD A. SMITH
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  • Brian K. Mahoney talking with Lu Ann Bielawa of the Woodstock Invitational Luthier’s Showcase prior to the panel discussion.
click to enlarge Chronogram Conversations attendees enjoying the panel discussion “The Persistence of the Arts in Woodstock and Saugerties.” - RICHARD A. SMITH
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  • Chronogram Conversations attendees enjoying the panel discussion “The Persistence of the Arts in Woodstock and Saugerties.”
click to enlarge Cellist Daniel Frankhuizen performing at Colony Woodstock during the opening social hour. - RICHARD A. SMITH
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  • Cellist Daniel Frankhuizen performing at Colony Woodstock during the opening social hour.
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