A few things Colorscape ...

For each of Colorscape Chenango’s previous 11 years, the editorial staff of The Evening Sun has manned a booth at the downtown Norwich arts festival, handing out free papers and mingling with the crowds.

We’ll be doing that again this year, but with an evesun.com-inspired twist. This year’s Evening Sun Colorscape booth will have a live, interactive flair with demonstrations highlighting the features of our recently-redesigned website.

In addition to a wireless connection and a widescreen display of the website’s content, visitors will have the opportunity to submit on-the-spot comments about the festival in a special Colorscape edition of the ever-popular “30 Seconds.” Approved comments will instantly appear on the website, for all the world to see.

For those at home, log on to keep up to date on the festival’s many attractions as we’ll be adding content to evesun.com all throughout the two-day event – updated galleries of Frank Speziale’s photos, video clips of performances taken by our reporters, and a rolling blog on our impressions of all things Colorscape.



Of course, we’ll still be there in person at the booth, too. Come down and share your comments, questions or concerns (or just say hello) to our Evening Sun news team – myself, Melissa deCordova, Jill Osterhout, Jessica Lewis and Tyler Murphy.

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I’d be remiss here if I didn’t give my annual tip of that hat to Colorscape’s Peggy Finnegan, Ken Millett and the board of directors and volunteers who pull off an amazing two-day feat year after year. Colorscape runs like clockwork, due in no small part to the core of dedicated volunteers who’ve been doing it for more than a decade. Of all of Norwich’s festivals and special events, I happen to be of the opinion that Colorscape puts our best face forward – showcasing all that is good and wonderful about Chenango County.

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This year’s Colorscape weekend activities aren’t limited to what’s going on in the park. Tonight, Dollars for Scholars is hosting a comedy night in the Martin Kappel Theater featuring Michael Winslow, better known as “that guy” from the “Police Academy” movies who does all the crazy voices and sound effects. Should be a great show, and for a worthy cause.

The newly-formed Midland Players will stage “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in that same theater Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and again Sunday at 2. Directed by Norwich High School’s Mark Sands, the cast can truly be called “all-star.” Sands hand-picked some of his most talented alumni from his years of high school musical productions to come together in a special collaborative effort for Colorscape weekend.

I had the chance to sit on a rehearsal for a bit Wednesday night, and I can tell you it’s going to be an amazing show. Even if you’re not a huge “Peanuts” fan, you can’t help but be wowed by the talent of these former high school stage stars who’ve honed their acting chops in their years (and in some cases, months) away from NHS. It’s a small cast, which lends itself to a tight-knit group of young thesps whose chemistry shines on stage. I’d highly recommend taking a break from the park’s activities for a couple hours and checking out this great musical theater performance.

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