Tupper Arts Gala 2018

New April event aims to ease winter blues by Dan McClelland


Sick of winter?  Tired of that down in the dump feeling with the persistence of the March cold?The new Tupper Arts group has just the tonic!

In its first endeavor Tupper Arts, the successor organization to the Tupper Lake Arts Council (see history in separate story in this issue), plans to host an informal community gala leaders have dubbed “The Mud Ball.” 


The new event will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Tupper Lake train station from 8p.m. to midnight.

“Despite the mud outside, we'll be turning the inside of the hometown-built station into spring for that one night,” explains Tupper Arts organizer Louise McNally.


“We designing the event to raise everyone's spirits and to raise funds for many performances we plan to host this summer, including concerts and shows at the new Lions Club band shell at Flanders' Park.”

Louise said the ARISE organization's annual Snowballs, which started at the train station and ended two Decembers ago at the mountain's lodge were very popular and have been missed.


The Mud Ball will be similar, and just as much fun.


“Kick the mud off your mudders and come inside that evening,” invited Tall Paul Chartier, another Tupper Arts leader.


He explains the dress will be Tupper Lake “formal,” where your best plaid shirt and pair of wool pants in just fine.  Guests may prefer to leave their rubber boots at home, in favor of footwear more sensible for the dance floor.


To help the fledgling group raise money for entertainment here this summer the musical group of Ben McClelland, Jay Martin and Ben's cousin, Ian Roantree, have agreed to donated their services to perform their music of the 1960s and 1970s that evening.  The trio does a great job with the music of the Beatles, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and other signature artists of that era.


The new party event will benefit by the participation of both the Big Tupper Brewing and Raquette River Brewing, which will be serving from its favorites lists.


Wine will also be served, but no liquor.


For the price of the admission ticket party-goers will receive one drink ticket, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen of Well Dressed Food and music to dance to by from Ben, Jay and Ian.


Organizers are also planning a 50-50 and other drawings that evening to add to the fun.


Tickets will go on sale April 1 and will be sold at several yet to be announced locations around town.  Tickets may also be purchased online at tupperarts.com by selecting the “donate” button. Because Tupper Arts is working in conjunction with ARISE, a federal not-for-profit organization here, all ticket purchases are tax-deductible.  The Adirondack Foundation and its benevolent arm, Adirondack Gives... is also working with Tupper Arts.


Tupper Arts will be soon announcing its Sunset Performance Series that will bring local and regional entertainment to the Lions bandshell every Friday evening through the summer.