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OLIVEBRIDGE, October 3, 2017 – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, will sponsor the premiere performance by Arm of the Sea Theater of “City That Drinks the Mountain Sky, Part Two” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Ashokan Reservoir fountains, 2389 Route 28A in Olivebridge.
This 55-minute family show is free and open to the public, in observance of the centennial of the delivery of Catskill water to all five boroughs in the City. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and be prepared to carry out what you carry in. In case of rain, the show will be staged the following day, Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
The new production is a ‘sequel’ to the original “City . . .” about the development of the Catskill Water Supply, a show that has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people since it was first produced with a CWC watershed education grant in 1999.
This updated presentation will employ giant masks and puppets and original music to relate, with Arm of the Sea’s trademark creativity, the issues and developments of the last 20 years. These include climate change, aging infrastructure, invasive species’ threats to the ecosystem and the emergence of a network of urban and watershed stewards intent on protecting this vital resource.
The cast of colorful characters includes Finn McCool, construction worker and country singer; Ms. Bonaventure’s fourth grade class, a group of smart young city kids represented by 30 portraits painted by young people; Abraham Wolburn, eighth generation Catskill Mountain farmer; Clair Abacas, a DEP engineer, and “the Displaced Ones,” disembodied spirits of former mountain residents whose homes were claimed by reservoirs.
Adding to the drama are a host of non-humans, including hydrologist Beavers, the Forest filtration system, a spirit guardian Bear and the mercurial Weather, subject to extreme mood swings.
Prior to the production, the organization Radical Joy for Hard Times will present an album of photos expressing New Yorkers’ gratitude for the gift of clean water to a descendant of “the Displaced Ones.”
For more information on the CWC and its programs to protect water quality and preserve communities in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed, visit www.cwconline.org.