Living in the Caroga Lake area can be impossible and Sherman’s doesn’t have the affection for amusement parks. for native ted farnsworthThe importance of the park is something he describes as immeasurable. Now after many years, farnsworth is once again giving back to the park with a one million dollar donation that will help transform the space into an amphitheater for the arts.
farnsworth, along with business partner Rod Vanderbilt, provided founder and executive artistic director Kyle Barrett Price a formal $1 million check for Caroga Arts Collective late last month. The check helped mark the celebration of Sherman’s 100th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, now under the umbrella of the Caroga Arts Collective.
grew up in Caroga Lake, farnsworth Studied at Wheelerville Union Free School. Today, he has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry, being recently named among the top 30 visionaries and disruptors of the entertainment and media business of 2021 in Variety magazine. As executive producer of films starring Al Pacino, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, he’s no stranger to working with top celebrities. recently, farnsworth Acquired Lomotif, one of the largest short-form video platforms, which has just signed a deal with Universal Music worldwide. this deal gives farnsworth Access to video and music rights for many artists such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Kenny Chesney. farnsworth He said that despite his busy schedule, his hometown is always his priority.
“It felt like the perfect time to reach out to Kyle and start things off. This is a city I love and I really believe in its potential to be a top entertainment destination. An amphitheater with sunsets near you And it would have a lake as its background. And to put it in Sherman, a place where I was always taken care of, all the kids in town did,” said farnsworth.
The 8-acre Sherman property overlooking the lake on Routes 10 and 29A on West Caroga Lake was transferred by a local attorney, previous owner Jorge Abdela, to the arts collective in 2020 for $1.
Price said that Farnsworth’s donation came at the right time, noting that farnsworth Caroga has been an invaluable resource to the Arts Collective.
“The donation almost came through critically,” Price said. “I’ve known Ted and Rod over the years and talking with them is always a blast. He was very curious when I told Ted about our goals. We both call this place home. Dan Ours gives a special spark to the scheme, it is a total game-changer for us.”
cooperation between farnsworth And Caroga Arts Collective has already proved successful. Price has started booking next year’s show for the Karoga Lake Music Festival and farnsworth Hollywood will add talent. There are also plans to run a film festival as an extension of the Myhill film series.
“My dream is to see Sherman’s Amusement Park as it once was, a place for family fun in the Adirondacks,” Farnsworth said. “I am confident that our collaboration will take Caroga Arts Collective’s profile to new heights in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.”
He Credits its recent success to Jaish, a short-form video app with over 400 million lifetime users around the world. The company combines films, music, syndicated television and short-form video content to help bring Caroga Arts Collective into a whole new realm. farnsworth.
Price said they are still in the first stages of developing the property in such a venue, adding that the donation moves them very close to their goal, along with 100 percent participation from their board and advisors. . Price said he decided to work with LTRW Architecture and the Preserve of Albany after witnessing his transformation of Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs.
“We look forward to creating unforgettable moments and experiences for generations today and tomorrow,” Price said. “In turn, this will help transform this wonderful city and culturally significant landmarks into an Adirondack destination once again. This transformation will allow us to have year-round events and artists in residence.”
The Caroga Arts Collective was formed in 2016 when a 10.5-acre property known as Myhill was donated by Bruce and Richard Weghte to the Caroga Lake Music Festival. It is located about a quarter mile from Sherman. Myhill was the former property of Meier and Hildegarde Shine, who also owned the Gloves and Hippodrome Theater in Gloversville. Myhill has a rich history – Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin and Elvis Presley attended film premieres there. Today, they attract over 100 musicians from the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles and music schools. Price said this gift farnsworth And Vanderbilt will notably help with the new phase house construction and refurbishment of the Carriage House in Myhill, all under phase one of the project.
In-spite of this farnsworthLA’s busy schedule, he is still heavily involved in projects outside of New York, including movie projects in Syracuse and nearby Little Falls. He credits his childhood with his ability to maintain his warm and down-to-earth nature.
“It’s such a special place, it’s so emotional for me, it’s a place that has given me so much,” said Farnsworth, who is unrelated to this story’s correspondent. “In this industry, it is important to uphold our values, the importance of family, and that is what that city has done for me. We have given Kyle open access to all our deals and we are thrilled to be able to help him.” The big story of this is that they will be able to book big acts and really get their attention from what they have to offer.”
To learn more about Caroga Arts Collective, visit carogaarts.org.
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