2017 Event Program

November 16, 2017

1:00 pm  -  7:00 pm

Welcome Showcase Artists!

We encourage participants to complete an artwork registration – Entry Form prior to drop-off. | Forms can be downloaded from this site or we will have them at the show. 
| Not before 1:00 pm, please.

November 17, 2017

5:00 pm  -  8:30 pm

5:30 pm  -  6:30 pm


MC: George Laws, Chair: Veteran Arts Showcase

Pledge and Presentation of Colors

Community Pledge: Written by Larry Winters
Colors: Chief Master Sgt. Mary Wagner, USAF (ret),
Master Sergeant Malachi Carmichael and the Poughkeepsie H.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard

National Anthem: Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger

Opening Remarks

Paul Sparrow: Director FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Honoring the Past

| WWII veteran Ralph Osterhoudt

Veteran Artists/Writers speak

| Rosemarie Rogers, LCAT Montrose VA

| Louis Salcedo

| Dayl Wise, Army veteran


Chaplain, Joseph B. Westfall

6:30 pm  -  7:30 pm

Meet the Artists

A unique opportunity to meet and mingle with our amazing veteran participants.

November 18, 2017

09:30 am  -  8:30 pm

10:00 am  -  10:30 am

Chen Style Tai Chi

Practitioners consider this form of martial arts active meditation, utilizing the concept of yin and yang in their movements.

10:30 am  -  1:00 pm

Up to 12 participants in guided exercises, feedback, and group discussion. Military service is like no other, and most service members, veterans and military families have a lot to write about this unique journey – whether one intends to share with others or to simply explore within. If you are a veteran or have lived in close relationship to a veteran, we invite you to join our Writers Workshop.
| Space is Limited | Pre-registration required
| Contact: Everett: coxeverett@gmail.com

1:00 pm  -  2:00 pm

1:30 pm  -  2:00 pm

Warwick Valley Wire Choir Orchestra is an unconventional pops orchestra comprised of students from 5th grade to 12th grade. The students in this ensemble have traveled across the country to Colorado Springs to perform at a variety of venues and perform in the Hudson Valley Area for community events and strolling strings performances. This amazing group began 13 years ago under the direction of Mrs. Elissa Maynard whose father is an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.

2:00 pm  -  2:30 pm

Jerry the Bulldog

is a new band formed by veteran Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist John Irizarry (Small Town Sheiks), Guitarist Kane Armistead (Half Jester) with long-time session musicians Bassist Randy Sutter and Drummer US Navy veteran Larry Neumann. Irizarry’s songwriting style has always been that of a storyteller.  Their debut single, from their self titled debut album is an Americana style rocker called, “The Idle Hour”. The song begins, “There’s a bar inside my Heaven they call The Idle Hour…..” , and that’s where the story starts. Keep an eye and ear out for Jerry the Bulldog.

2:45 pm  -  3:00 pm

Passages from Study War No More… A Jewish Kid from Brooklyn Fights the Nazis about his combat experience as he fought his way across Germany to Czechoslovakia.

3:00 pm  -  4:00 pm

Original poetry and songs by local veteran artists

4:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Warrior Writers speak on craft/reading.

4:30 pm  -  5:30 pm

Civilian and Veteran community invited to sign up for open mic – bring an instrument, a poem, a song and join in.

6:30 pm  -  8:30 pm

This one-act play is by Larry Winters, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and a veteran therapist for today’s returning veterans.   Veterans and civilians don’t often relate to each other and yet each has something the other needs. In his play, Nothing Means Nothing, Larry Winters addresses many of the hidden issues in veterans’ lives including Post Traumatic Stress. This performance features veterans Tom Nolan, Mike Harelick and Brian Lepak.

Following the show, the audience will be invited to engage in a discussion with the playwright and the actors. All voices encouraged, both civilians and veterans. Please join us.  Free admittance, donations accepted.

November 19, 2017

10:00 am  -  4:30 pm

2:00 pm  -  4:00 pm

Civilian and Veteran community invited to sign up for open mic – bring an instrument, a poem, a song and join in.

4:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Gil Crying Hawk   
| Passamaquoddy and Mic Mac; Spec E5 Vietnam

Penny Painted Pony
| Northern Cheyenne

Wendy Walks Soft
| Northern Cheyenne

Brooke Wolf that Runs with Pony
| Northern Cheyenne

Formed in 1999, this group of singers seek to foster, preserve and rediscover traditional Native American beliefs, values and spirituality. Based in the Hudson Valley of New York State, we sing and share with our communities northern woodland songs, mostly of the first people, the Algonquin speaking peoples. We perform at schools, civic events and Pow Wows and offer a complete educational program of drumming, traditional songs and dances, and Wappinger (Nochpeem) cultural history designed for children and adults.

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

George Laws

4:30 pm  -  6:30 pm

Showcase Artwork Retrieval & End of Event Rodeo.