Spotlight: News/Events

On Our Way to the Ballet: "Rodeo" Featured in July 9, 2015 Program

New York Ballet dancers in the "Rodeo" performance


Join Encore for this special treat: one of only three performances of NYC Ballet' latest program this season at Saratoga. Featured is Justin Peck's newest creation, "Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes". Peck's version uses Aaron Copeland's original score, Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, originally created for choreographer Agnes de Mille in 1942. "Using Copland’s dance suite," The New York Times says, " (Peck) takes things from the music that evoke the complete “Rodeo” ballet: informality; jocularity; a single woman holding her own amid a community of outdoorsy men.' " Further, "The work's energy, charm, inventiveness, musicality and polish proved irresistible....Mr. Peck's work is pure dance."  Two other program features are "Square Dance" (Vivaldi & Corelli/Balanchine and "Western Symphony" (Kay/Balanchine).  

Prior to the 2 p.m. production, we’ll have an elegant buffet lunch at the renowned Hall of Springs. The total price per Encore member is $75; this includes ballet ticket, bus, tips and buffet lunch. Tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Encore 341-4896.



Let's Discover Another Treasure In Our Own Hudson Valley Backyard

Members, let's travel and learn November 18, 2014.

On this day trip, we'll visit Vassar College's distinguished Lehman Loeb Art Center. This renowned museum houses extraordinary holdings (19,000 pieces strong) of the Warburg Collection of Old Masters and an important group of Hudson River School paintings. A docent will lead us on a one hour tour of collection highlights. The Art Center building itself has been called " a symphony of architecture". We'll stroll through its lovely Sculpture Garden. Then we'll lunch at the River Station Restaurant before returning home.

The trip flyer and registration form will be mailed to members at the beginning of October. Cost for bus, tour and luncheon is $45/member.

It's June 2014! Time for the Annual Members' Meeting and Ice Cream Social!


Members sampling the Blue Mountain Ice Cream BarEncore Faculty DisplayMembers Socializing at Tables

As a fitting finale to another year of lifelong learning, Encore members celebrated at our annual Members' meeting in June. In addition to make-your-own ice cream sundies and socialing at parlor tables, the members and Steering Committee celebrated Encore's incredible volunteer faculty. The facuty were saluted with a display wall of their photos and courses, a special presentation of engraved pens, and a tribute via the keynote address.

A short business meeting was also part of the afternoon's doings. Steering Committee members were elected; two new members were added: Irma Scherz and Bev Shulman. Re-elected were Chris Godwin, Shirley Gordon, who serves as president, and Bob Foglia.

June 2013 Annual Members Meeting Highlights Past & Future

Gert Mokotoff and Helen Elia, Encore Steering Committee MembersCity of Middletown 125th Anniversary Seal Jerry Kleiner, Speaker

At Encore's Annual Members Meeting and Ice Cream Social, our community and our organization's past and future held center stage. Founding member and outgoing Encore president, Gertrude Mokotoff received our thanks via a touching tribute by Helen Elia, another founding member. Gert has been our driving force since Encore's inception; she promises to stay active as a Steering Committee representative. Then Middletown's Jerry Kleiner entrhalled us with the plans for this month's upcoming 125th Anniversary of Middletown. Jerry gave us a succinct history of the city's founding and major milestones; he then elaborated on the variety of events open to us all during the celebration. This includes a gala parade whose grand marshall is our own Gert Mokotoff.

Parking Information

SUNY Orange suggests:

  • If you bring your own car, you may park in available space in the open college lots. Be sure to place your blue “Attending Encore class”  strip on your windshield. However,
    • Harriman Hall Parking Lot (Lot 2 directly behind Harriman Hall, corner of Wawayanda Ave & East Conkling St.) is still CLOSED due to construction.
    • Orange Hall Parking Lot (behind Orange Hall) can be entered ONLY THRU the Grandview Ave. entrance. Once you are parked, you can still enter Orange Hall from the inner campus.

Encore Receives Prestigous Community Service Award

SUNY Orange's Encore will receive the 2011 Community Service Award Sept. 15 from the Jewish Family Services, the multi-faceted service organization for our area. Cynthia Weintraub, JFS president, describes Encore as " a real treasure and a commitment we admire." She also notes that Encore is the only organization to be so honored this year. Included are Rhoda Pollack, Dominic Elia, Gertrude Mokotoff, Jane Rabinowitz; Michael Schwartz, Shirley Gordon, Kathy Hamilton, Linda Smith, Robert Foglia, Helen Elia, Chris Godwin, Harriett Clarke.

Encore Board and Office Staff members in formal picture.