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2015/2016 Season

Here it is, folks, the big line-up for the year. Very excited about the themes and the venues and the few changes – note the Winter Solstice event at Judson Memorial Church on December 20th. It will be our first evening service and a much bigger venue.

Thanks to all who helped out with suggestions of themes.

  • Sunday, September 27th – NYC/Dixon Place – COLOR
  • Sunday, October 11th – LA/Bootleg Theater – FANTASY
  • Sunday, October 25th – NYC/Dixon Place – EVOLUTION
  • Sunday, November 22nd – NYC/Dixon Place – DIRT
  • Sunday, December 13th – LA/Bootleg Theater – SUGAR
  • Sunday, December 20th – NYC/Judson Memorial Church – STARDUST
  • (Winter Solstice event – starts at 5:30pm)
  • Sunday, February 21st – NYC/Dixon Place – THE FORBIDDEN
  • Sunday, March 6th – LA/Bootleg Theater – PROPHECY
  • Sunday, March 20th – NYC/Dixon Place – ENERGY
  • Sunday, April 24th – NYC/Dixon Place – RISK
  • Monday, May 23rd – NYC/Dixon Place – Secret Admirers
  • Our annual benefit to support the work of The Secret City
  • Sunday, June 12th – LA/Bootleg Theater – FREEDOM
  • Sunday, July 31st – Woodstock – PLAY

So, you can see, it’s going to be a LOT OF FUN. And, because it’s The Secret City, it will also be deep and meaningful and beautiful and rare. And it will be so much richer and better if you’re a part of it.

See you at The Secret City


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Raine | Featured Artist


For this Sunday’s gathering in Woodstock – our 2nd annual and our final service of the season – the theme is CAMP and we’re putting together a fun opening number. I’ve reached out to Michael and Raine – two fabulous pals, to join in the fun. So excited to put it all together this weekend.

Here’s Raine’s bio:

Raine is a local actor, a playwright, and a drag performer. He is the co-founder of Hudson Valley Drag Brigade – a local queer performance group, and has put on shows for many local theaters including Shadowland Theatre and Rosendale Theatre.  He is an adamant queer rights activist and panders to the LGBTQIA+ eye. Raine is continuing his theatre studies at SUNY New Paltz while maintaining an active relationship with all things exquisitely gay.


Dove Drury Hornbuckle | Featured Artist

For our service this Sunday in Woodstock – 12 noon at the Byrdcliffe Theater – the theme is CAMP and I’m so happy to have a wonderful artist designing the altar for us. Dove Drury Hornbuckle is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes fantastic jewelry and sculpture out of found objects, ceramics and more. He’s someone who’s been coming to The Secret City for several years now – and I’m a big fan of his work. I can’t wait to see what he makes for our altar.

Here’s his bio:

b. 1989 Dove Drury Hornbuckle is a multidisciplinary artist residing in New York City. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall of 2013 with a BFA, his work is focused through ceramics, jewelry design and painting.

Hornbuckle utilizes the body as a form to display sensual qualities of color, self-love and joy. These messages and abstractions are vehicles to encourage awareness, compassion and intuitive introspection.

Beginning his jewelry-crafting career in NYC with found objects, gifts from friends and magic trash from the streets, Hornbuckle continued his relationship with adornment in the ceramic studios of SAIC where he refined his skills for jewelry design and wearable art. He currently crafts jewelry, sculptural and functional forms at his ceramic studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His jewelry can be found in boutiques and shops in New York City and Sydney, Australia.

Hornbuckle has been featured in numerous publications including American Vogue and Vogue Living, Spanish Architectural Digest, Gather Journal and Amica Magazine.



Cathy Carlton Hews | Cultural Calendar

This Sunday, August 2nd we have our 2nd Annual gathering in Woodstock. It’s going to be at the historic Byrdcliffe Theater and the theme is CAMP. To top it all off, I’m thrilled to announce that my dear pal Cathy Carlton Hews is going to take part. I know Cathy from my LA theater days and I’m delighted to have her with us. She’s a great performer, writer, producer and it’ll be wonderful to have her here in the woods this weekend.

Here’s her bio:

Cathy Carlton has been an ensemble member of Theatre of NOTE and Ghost Road Company in Los Angeles. With Ghost Road, she was part of the ensemble devised re-telling of the Oresteia, a trilogy which spanned ten years. In New York, she has worked with Peculiar Works. On both coasts, she has acted, produced and done publicity for many theatre companies and festivals. As a writer, she had a weekly column, Backstage with Betty, for Eyespy LA. She is currently living in western Massachusetts, working on a book about caretaking a parent with Alzheimer’s and adjusting to the Green Acres lifestyle.


Michael Truckpile | Featured Artist


For this Sunday’s gathering in Woodstock – our 2nd annual and our final service of the season – the theme is CAMP and we’re putting together a fun opening number. I’ve reached out to Michael and Raine – two fabulous pals, to join in the fun. So excited to put it all together this weekend. Here’s Michael’s bio:

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, visual artist, DJ, dancer, song writer and life long upstate New Yorker Michael Truckpile lives life like a song. Dancing though the verses, singing at the top of his lungs through the triumphant choruses and improvising the rough edges.


Shiv Mirabito | Featured Artist


For this Sunday’s gathering in Woodstock, Sunday, August 2 at 12 noon at the Byrdcliffe Theater, the theme is CAMP. And we’ve got a great local poet and all-around fabulous figure of art and enlightenment to perform The Reading. His name is Shiv Mirabito and you’ll often see him around town with his pile of braids, luxurious beard and attired in textiles from around the world. I’m thrilled to have him take part – he’s going to read quotes by Quentin Crisp. Here’s his bio:

Shiv Mirabito is a Tantrik Buddhist-Hindu yogi, anthropologist, archivist, artist, photographer, publisher & poet who began writing as a teenager while living at Allen Ginsberg’s Cherry Valley poetry commune. He now divides his time between Woodstock, India & Nepal. His small press, Shivastan Publishing, is the only press that prints chapbooks & broadsides on handmade paper in Kathmandu. He also has a bookshop & art gallery in central Woodstock called the Shivastan Poetry Ashram.

photo by Frank Spinelli*


Mor Pipman | Food Offering


I’m delighted to present a wonderful upstate baker/cook/artist who will be doing the food offering for us at our upcoming service in Woodstock this coming Sunday, August 2nd. For our service on CAMP, we’re going to be sharing in the deliciousness that comes from Mor Pipman. I was told of Mor by a friend who attended a Friday night dinner/concert in Mor’s old converted church off Route 28, not far from Woodstock. I was intrigued – sounded like someone The Secret City needed to connect with. And, voila, it is so – Mor Pipman is going to make something for us that will delight and satisfy – and it’s a great fit for the theme. I’m not saying what it is – trust me it’s gonna be wonderful.

Mor’s event is HVSS Music Night, an ongoing music and food fundraising event which is open to the public. It is held at her home on the last Friday of the month and it’s been going strong for five and a half years.

Here’s a bio about her: Mor Pipman is an artist and baker. She has an art studio in a converted church in Glenford where she sculpts and paints, and a baking business called Much Mor Bread, which specializes in special occasion cakes, cookies, biscotti and other baked treats.


Andru Bemis | Featured Artist


Our friend and Secret City stalwart, the great Andru Bemis is going to be in town for our Woodstock gathering on Sunday, August 2nd at the Byrdcliffe Theater. Andru is a troubadour who travels the land and plays wonderful music, on his trusty banjo. Andru will be traveling through just in time to join us for our service celebrating CAMP and I imagine he’ll be playing some old camp songs. What a treat!

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