News from T-burg: grassroots, D&D, art


A Beautiful Feeling GrassRoots Documentary

Four seasons of the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival from Trumansburg to Miami with spring and summer stops at Shakori Hills in North Carolina. If you have attended, volunteered or performed at any grassroots festival anywhere over the last 29 years, you are part of this special cast and crew VIP screening. July 13, 9 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art. Screening is free, and donations will be accepted to support Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.

News from Ulysses Philomathic Library

We are excited to share that UPL applied for and was awarded a grant from the Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County to start a Dungeons & Dragons Book Club for teens here at the library. We are looking for a Dungeon Master to run a bi-monthly, age appropriate campaign from September 2019 to May 2020. That is right; you can get paid to play D&D. The ideal candidate will have experience running D&D campaigns and working with teens. If you or any of your fellow wizards are interested in applying, please send resume and cover letter to:

For more information, please view the full job description at

Prisoner Express Art Show and Talk at the Ulysses Philomathic Library

We are pleased to announce that our reading room art exhibit for July is work from the Prisoner Express Program run through Durland Alternatives Library. The exhibit will culminate in a talk and workshop with Treacy Ziegler, leader of the Prison Express Arts Program on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. Viewers of the works are invited to respond to the prison artists by mail; the letters will be sent to the inmates through the program.
“Why write a letter? Reflecting and giving positive feedback to the prisoners through writing individualized letters has proven to be a very valuable experience for the prisoners; recognizing through tangible comments, the human need for acknowledgment that is often denied to prisoners,” according to a press release.

Find out more about this important program here:

Encore Players Community Theatre Presents the Musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

August 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m., August 4 at 3 p.m., Trumansburg High School Auditorium. Tickets are $14 and are available at the door or at

Two children fall in love with the wreck of a famous race car in Ian Fleming’s delightful tale of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” the car with hidden talents and personality like no other. Add the children’s inventor-father Caractacus Potts and the delectable Truly Scumptious, stir in a dastardly Baroness and her childish Baron, mix in a couple of bumbling spies and a villainous Childcatcher along with a host of other wonderful characters, and you have a recipe for a confection that will sweeten your summer. Based on the MGM film, this show combines familiar songs and colorful dance numbers with technical wizardry and a generous measure of sly humor.

Once again, Encore’s cast features familiar and new faces in a strong showing of talent. Director Anne Bialke and Music Director Alice Ploss, both veterans of countless productions, collaborate on their fifth big musical for Encore Players, and a seasoned production team promises wonderful costumes, imaginative sets and a full orchestra.


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