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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!


From our Grand Poobah | CAMP


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a GRAND POOBAH note – it was a busy few months there and then I slipped into the green lush summer of Upstate New York. BUT, I have news, of course: our last service of this season is coming up in 10 days here in Woodstock. The theme is CAMP! The meaning of camp is many-parted, of course – we’re hoping to examine it from a number of angles. The idea of camping out in the woods, yes. The idea of being campy, yes. The idea of camp being a way of getting at the truth about something by expressing it in a superficial or kitschy way, yes. The lie that tells the truth and all that.

We had our first Woodstock gathering last summer and it was a glorious event – lovely crowd and a great mix of folks up from the city and locals. This year we’re back at the Byrdcliffe Theater and I’m assembling a great group of artists and presenters to share their work and their love of art and art making with us all.

It’s also a really exciting time in the life of The Secret City – we’ve just started building a staff, we have a new associate producer and a new general manager – what a huge leap for us! In addition, our board of directors is cooking with gas and our growing team of intrepid volunteers is showing up to make things happen in the most wonderful of ways.

Next month will be our only month of the year without an event to produce. We’re going to continue to refine things and build infrastructure. We’ll also be launching our annual crowdfunding campaign – so watch for news about that, too.

In the meantime, I’ve got an outfit to plan and a yard to clean – there will be folks camping out in it in the very near future. I hope you can join us – live, in spirit, or sometime in the new season.

Yours in art and community – Chris


Kate McGloughlin | Featured Artist


What might CAMP mean to a visual artist? To a painter, specifically? For our upcoming event in Woodstock on Sunday, August 2nd, we are exploring the idea that CAMP could be a way to describe painting outdoors – en plein air, as the French say. To camp outside and make pictures of what you see…So I’m very excited to present the work of a wonderful painter and printmaker who’s a recent friend of Bobby’s and mine – Kate McGloughlin works outdoors for a good deal of her work, painting landscapes of The Hudson Valley, New England, Mexico, Italy and more. She’s also a teacher of landscape painting and printmaking at the venerable Woodstock School of Art where she also serves as the President. On top of all that, Kate is a force of nature and a charming raconteur – I’m delighted to present her work to The Secret City.

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