What is Panther Creek Arts?
We Are Here At Panther Creek Arts To Produce Events - Arts, Recreational, Educational, Delicious, and Inspiring – That Offer Spirited Cooperation From, and Lively Engagement For, The Community.
A Personal Message From the Artistic Director:
My family drove back into town in 1965, dragging my teenage siblings back from the brink of a fast life on the beaches of Santa Monica. An actor (father) and a set designer (mother) took up a life here with their brood of kids.
It turns out that West Fulton has long been a place to return to, odd as that seems for this tiny place on the map. Many years ago there was a hotel on the corner opposite The Hall at Panther Creek Arts. It was a way station for travelers and traders, who came through the hamlet again and again. I imagine the village hall with its stage upstairs saw great use. The little stream called Panther Creek was dammed up in a few places with water wheels at work adding to the bustle of the place.
At this point Panther Creek Arts with The Hall offers private parties, events and affairs. This year we are filing for our non-profit status so that our efforts to bring great food, music, theater, arts, and fun will be exponentially expanded.
My parents were instrumental in bringing arts to the town. Ruth (set designer, mother of many) had constant visions of revitalizing this small hamlet of West Fulton. She had an antique store, then an herb shop, she hosted flea markets, and once she purchased the contents of the old hotel in Cobleskill. This last purchase of hers fits in nicely with our idea for an occasional café called, BITE ME, which is coming up in the future for The Hall. This will be a certified kitchen for community food preserving and canning days so that our local economy has yet another product to offer, just as the small towns of Europe offer their cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, and the like. BITE ME will also offer community and private dinners, lamb roasts (asados), and all manner of foods for the enjoyment of gathering.
John (actor, father) started The Everyman Theater group here a few years before he died. The group lasted many years and provided local actors, directors, and audiences with lasting memories of intense involvement for weeks on end. There were many plays put up, and as young children we were engaged as bowling pins (Rip Van Winkle), street urchins (Mack the Knife), and general hooligans – no training required. What returns to me often from those times is what a close-knit community we had because of that theater company, the dinners, the music parties.
And I am inspired.