The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) held the last of their bi monthly meeting for July on Tuesday July 19th at The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA in order to plan for their 34th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival. New and established friends met to receive updates on how things are progressing and to share new ideas on how to make this year’s festival even better than the ones that came before. The meeting began with the announcement of the commencement of notifying the press about the festival is about to begin. It was also announced this year’s enrollment in the COTA Jazz Camp which is a special camp designed to enhance the musical skills of young people throughout the area is at an all time high. Quite a few “housekeeping” items were addressed as the time of the festival becomes an immediate reality, but the reports given by those who chair the various committees indicated things were running as smoothly as the sound of jazz itself.
However, although the information shared and explored were germane to the meeting and to the success of this year’s festival, the most meaningful aspect was the opportunity to gather together with fellow jazz lovers. This combination of catching up on what the friends one has made throughout previous festivals and re learning why we love the musical form and the festival it celebrate through the conversation we hold with those who come to COTA for the first time enlivens our endeavors as we work toward our wonderful goals. You’ll find more photographs taken during the gathering in The COTA Meetings 2011 Gallery at www.facebook.com/forwardian.dude.
The 34th Annual Celebration of the Arts Jazz and Arts Festival is scheduled to begin Friday September 9th and will continue until Sunday September 11th. The three day festival begins on Friday evening with an Artists’ Reception at The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery who will present their Annual Music Motif Exhibition and continues with the night of Music, Theater, and Dance presented at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain. The festival continues the following Saturday and Sunday with outdoor performances of Jazz on the Main Stage along with numerous strolling musicians, story tellers, and vendors offering a variety of high quality crafts, art, and food. You’ll be able to read my article about The 33rd Annual Celebration of the Arts Jazz and Arts Festival which took place in 2010 at www.cotajazz.org/cota-2010.html.
The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) presents and supports the arts and the music of jazz in all its forms and historical breadth through youth education, performing arts presentations, scholarship opportunities, and community outreach throughout the Pocono area. The next meeting will be held on following on Tuesday August 2nd and take place at The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA beginning at 7:30pm. Those who would like to lend their time, talents, and insights are welcomed to attend. Numerous volunteer positions are available and they include Program Ad Sales Manager, a Program Ad Salesperson, Back and Front gate workers, Security, and Marketing/PR personnel. More information about these positions, the festival, and how to purchase tickets in advance at a 20% discount can be obtained by Exploring The COTA Website at www.cotajazz.org or by calling 570-424-2210. I hope to see you there.