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DEER HEAD JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO RICHY BARZ

DEER HEAD JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

A TRIBUTE TO RICHY BARZ

Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:30–10:30 p.m.

Richy Barz

Richy Barz

For their January 27 “Last Monday of the Month” performance at the Deer Head Inn, the Deer Head Jazz Orchestra will perform the music of Wolfgang Knittel’s Jazz Artists Repertory Orchestra (JARO) in memory of Richy Barz, an esteemed colleague, personnel manager, and baritone saxophonist in JARO and a beloved member of the Pocono jazz community, who died on Christmas Day 2013.

After completing his education at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and playing with the United States Army Field Band, Richy began a five-decades-plus career as a performer, road manager, and booking agent for an impressive “who’s who” of the Big Bands (including six years touring and managing the Glenn Miller Orchestra and years contracting and playing with Les and Larry Elgart). Richy worked as a booking agent in the Willard Alexander Agency, The Jim Halsey Company, and his own Richard Barz and Associates. Richy knew everybody in the business.

In 1986 Richy moved to the Poconos, where he and his wife, Nancy, opened their own company, Big Band Productions, producing, directing and marketing top-name Big Band luncheon shows at various hotels in the area and performing especially at Mount Airy Lodge in the heyday of live entertainment at Pocono resorts.

1990 marked the first of his continuous performances with JARO at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Jazz and Arts Festival. JARO was founded over a decade earlier by Wolfgang Knittel and the late Ralph Hughes, a trumpet player with shared responsibility for founding the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. Richy became the band’s musical contractor and principal booking agent.

Richy also continued his life-long passion for educating younger generations of musicians. To honor his legacy, his colleagues have chosen to dedicate the proceeds from their January 27 performance to establish a Richy Barz Scholarship enabling a young musician to attend COTA CampJazz—the Educational Directive of the COTA organization (COTA-ED).

The Deer Head Jazz Orchestra is composed of members of Phil Woods’ COTA Festival Orchestra and will be augmented by past and present members of JARO led by Wolfgang Knittel, playing from his body of work,  “The History of Big Bands.”

The Deer Head doors open at 6:30 p.m.; a minimum donation of $10 is requested; the bar menu will be available. Music is 7:30–10:30 p.m.  For further information, call 570-424-2000

 

2014 Poster Competition

Dear Artists and Designers;

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is now accepting concept sketches and/or poster submissions for the 37th Annual COTA Jazz festival, which will be held on September 5th, 6th, and 7th. We invite you to submit a design that is graphically capable to accommodate many marketing needs including; a poster, brochures, programs, digital media, and t-shirts. The winning poster submission will be used as the primary marketing tool for the festival. The poster requirements are as follows:

  1. The poster is vertical
  2. The size of the artwork is 24 x 18
  3. The artwork can be in any media
  4. 4-Although it is not required, the typeset as follows should be kept in mind or included:

    37th Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts 2014
    www.cotajazz.org
    Jazz and Arts Festival
    September 5th, 6th, and 7th
    Rain or Shine/No Pets/Food Concessions/Children’s Area
    For information see the website, mail PO Box 249, Delaware Water Gap PA 18327 or call 570-424-2210

The completed mechanical is not required at the time of judging, however, space for type, placing of type, and typeface style may be indicated by using an overlay. No lettering should be included on the art itself unless it is intrinsic to the design. All recommendations from the artist as to design will be considered, however COTA reserves the right to execute the final design of the poster.

Poster submissions are due by March 25th, 2014. Submissions can be electronically submitted by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or dropped off at Stone Trembly and Associates, 819 Ann Street Stroudsburg PA, 18301. For more information email or call Tim Helman at 570-688-7973. Please include your name, email, address, and phone number on your submission.

 

Click here to see COTA's previous years posters

 

New Bob Dorough CD

Bob Dorough DUETS

Bob Dorough DUETS

With thanks and appreciation for a grant from the ESSA Foundation - this recording project is a benefit for COTAl.
ALL proceeds will benefit COTA, and most involved donated part or all of their time and talent to make this vision a reality.

The line up and their duet song:

• Heather Masse – Love Came On Stealthy Fingers
• Nellie McKay – I’m Hip 
• Vickie Doney – Sunshine Morning
• JD Walter – I Got Just About Everything 
• Grace Kelly – I’m Waiting for Someone
• Nancy Reed - There’s Never Been A Day 
• Janis Siegel - Up Jumped a Bird with David Liebman
• Craig Kastelnick – Comin’ Home Baby
• Val Hawk - The Song of the Mourning Dove
• New York Voices – Devil May Care with Phil Woods 
• Donna Antonow – Small Day Tomorrow

Please see BobDoroughDuets.com to see and hear more!

 

Bob Dorough of 'Schoolhouse Rock!' fame still performing around region, world

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011,
Bob Dorough, a jazz pianist and the man behind the "Schoolhouse Rock!" series of the 70s, sits by a piano at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap.

Bob Dorough, a jazz pianist and the man behind the "Schoolhouse Rock!" series of the 70s, sits by a piano at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap.

 

Bob Dorough was writing jingles for a New York ad agency in the 1970s when the company's president approached him for a special project.

The man's son was having a difficult time learning his multiplication tables, but the father noticed the boy knew all the words to his Beatles songs. The president asked Dorough to write rock songs that reviewed his son's math lessons.

Dorough, now of Upper Mount Bethel Township, was an accomplished jazz pianist, but he gave educational music a shot. The result was "Schoolhouse Rock!," the series of educational shorts that have taught generations of school children about math, science and history.

"It was a bolt of lightning coming down," Dorough said of the series, which aired on ABC during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

It was a drastic turn of events for the now 89-year-old musician. Dorough had achieved mild fame as a jazz performer in the 1940s and 1950s. He lived in New York City, but he toured the continent and Europe as part of various bands and groups. He was even the musical director for the brief entertainment career of boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson before his dancing act bombed in Paris.

Music changed in the 1960s. Rock bands like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix became mainstream, and the demand for jazz dropped off for anyone who wasn't a household name. With the suburbs around New York City too expensive, Dorough moved his family to Upper Mount Bethel, where his daughter, Aralee, started school. Dorough took the job for the ad agency and commuted to New York City as a way to pay the bills.

"I was just trying to make a living. My jazz career in the 60s and early 70s was kind of meager," he said Monday at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, where he's performed for decades.

The idea of Math Rock! quickly changed that. Recordings of his math songs were presented to ABC to air as a possible educational cartoon. Chuck Jones, the legendary animator who directed Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and Michael Eisner, then the head of ABC's daytime programming, quickly signed off on the project. Parental groups had been storming the networks for years, pressuring them to provide more quality programing for children. The cartoons fit the bill perfectly, Dorough said.
"It was an easy sell," he said.
Bob Dorough is an 89-year-old Upper Mount Bethel Township resident whose music has national recognition.

Bob Dorough is an 89-year-old Upper Mount Bethel Township resident whose music has national recognition.

It took Dorough two years to write 11 songs about numbers and math. While the songs centered on situations children would recognize, not every song was on the grade school level. The song "Little Twelvetoes" tells how an alien with twelve fingers probably counts. The math lesson in the song focuses on Base 12, a counting system where the numbers 10 and 11 are single digits. Dorough said the agency had to confirm the math with a college professor before approving it as it was.

 

"I'm something of an amateur mathematician," said Dorough, who took an advanced math course while studying at Colombia University on the GI Bill.
Even Aralee got in on the action. Dorough said he was stumped trying to come up with a song for the number four. One day Dorough went on a walk with Aralee and her friend, and the girls suggested a song about a four-legged zoo.
"I didn't know quite what that was, but I liked the sound of it," Dorough said looking back. He ran with the idea, and it became the song "The Four-Legged Zoo," which names about 70 quadrupeds in three minutes.
Math Rock! caught on, and more cartoons focusing on history, grammar and science were soon ordered under the name "Schoolhouse Rock!" A team of song writers came on board, and they produced music faster than the animators could draw the shorts, Dorough said. He would regularly tune in with Aralee to watch the new material air, he said.
"Imagine me. I'm already 50 years old and I'm watching Saturday morning cartoons," he said.
ABC kept playing the shorts into the 1980s, and a new batch was ordered in the mid-90s. The cartoons have also been put onto DVDs so new generations can learn about sentence structure and the American Revolution, among other topics.

These days, Dorough is still going strong. He's performing at a jazz festival in Norway this weekend and next month he's the headliner for the Delaware Water Gap's Celebration of the Arts. Erin Harper, the producer behind the independent film "My Best Day," is also working on a documentary on Dorough's career.

Dorough said people will still sometimes approach him at performances and ask him why his voice sounds so familiar. When word gets out he's the man who wrote "Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here" and other songs, he usually gets a few "Schoolhouse Rock!" requests. He enjoys it for the most part, but he admitted it can be distracting when people request songs about pronouns when he's at a jazz club.
"Sometimes it does grate on my nerves," he said.
Even with those passing moments of aggravation,  Dorough said he's happy to be working the career he chose as a high school student. He's traveled the world and is still willing to, though he's not sure if he'd go as far as Asia for a gig.
"I'd go anywhere if the money was right," he said.

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Water Gap's Phil Woods a national Living Legacy

Courtesy Pocono Rcord - June 12, 2011

Saxophonist Phil Woods will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, a global financial services company. The award honors living jazz masters from the Mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. The celebration will include a reception, the award ceremony and a performance by the 2010 Legacy award recipient, Roy Haynes, in the Terrace Theatre.

Born in 1931 in Springfield, Mass., Woods is considered a master jazz alto saxophonist whose lineage is clearly rooted in the tone and phrasing of the great Charlie Parker, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges. After graduating from high school at age 16, Woods moved to New York City and enrolled in the Juilliard School, where he remained through 1952, majoring in clarinet performance. In the 1950s, he led his own groups and toured the Near East and South America with one of his musical idols, Dizzy Gillespie. Woods went on to perform in Buddy Rich's quintet and toured Europe with Quincy Jones (1959-60) and Russia with Benny Goodman (1962). He also played and recorded with Clark Terry, Bill Evans, Oliver Nelson, Charlie Barnet and Thelonious Monk.

In 1972, Woods returned to Pennsylvania and formed a jazz group with Mike Melillo, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin. With this ensemble, he became recognized as the finest alto saxophonist in mainstream jazz, confirmed by performances with Michel Legrand and on Billy Joel's hit recording "Just the Way You Are."

He has been the recipient of four Grammy Awards and the NEA Jazz Master Award. Woods remains active internationally as a band leader, composer-arranger, soloist and recent steward to younger players such as the emerging saxophonist Grace Kelly. Woods lives with his wife, Jill, in Delaware Water Gap.

For information, visit www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/artists_programs/living_legacy/index.html.

 

COTA 2010

Written by Paul Adam Smeltz

The Celebration of the Arts (COTA) held their 33rd Annual Jazz and Arts festival throughout the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA during the three day weekend beginning Friday September 10th and ending Sunday September 12th. The festival have proven to be a haven and Mecca for jazz and art lovers throughout the world attracting people who have traveled as far away as the European nations as well as people who live within a few miles. Those returning to this year’s festival found it to be everything they loved about it and more while those who attended it for the very first time discovered its delightfully addictive quality inspiring them to mark their calendars so they would be sure to attend next year.

The festival began Friday September 10th with an Artists’ Reception at The Antoine Dutot Gallery and Museum featuring works created by numerous artists exploring a variety of medium all centering on the “Music Motif Show” central theme which was (as the exhibition‘s title suggests) music. A number of people waited outside the gallery as the final preparations were made for their entry.

It was during this waiting period that the first of many new additions to the festival made itself known. The Classical Trio “Calliope” (consisted of Laura Goss on Basson along with Gina Bertucci and Barbara McMahon on Flute) performed outside the gallery. The enthrallment of the Classical and Baroque movements almost enticed them to stay even when the long awaited moment of the gallery opening its doors occurred. However, once they found the will power to leave this musical entreatment, they soon found their explorations of the Dutot’s a very worthy endeavor.

A wall singing the delightful tunes of colors and images transfixed those who were fortunate to cast their gaze upon them. The atmosphere was electrifying which increased as the enchanting energies of conversation and delicious foods enhanced the evening’s event. One felt a shear joy while experiencing the work and the camaraderie of those who love the festival and were overjoyed with the event that opened it.

The “Music Motif” Show has long been a part of COTA and features a juried show inviting artists throughout the Pocono Area and beyond to share their talents with the gallery. Jurors for this year’s exhibition were Steve Berger, James Gloria, and Joni Oye-Benintende. Although the work presented was of the highest quality, special awards were given to those artists listed below. Their endeavors were truly outstanding and, as a representative of The Forwardian Arts Society, I congratulate them and I encourage all who read this to share their congratulatory sentiments as a comment to this article.

The Best of Show was given to Garth Woods for his photographic piece titled, “Spencer Reed.” The 1st place award in Photography was given to  Francine Douaihy for her work titled, “Philly Groove” while the 2nd place award went to Bud Nealy for his work titled, “Marko.” The 1st place award in Painting was given to Ka-Son Reeves for his work titled, “Jazz in Space” while the 2nd place award went to Bob Doney. The 1st place award in Crafts was given to Lenore Fiore Mills for her work in Batik titled, “Bastille Day at Cercle Rouge” while June Auger was awarded Honorable Mention for her Quilt titled, “JAZZ.”

The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery is an Art Gallery and Museum housed in a brick school house build around the year 1850. The Museum focuses on the local history Delaware Water Gap, PA which was settled by Antoine Dutot which gave the town its original name “Dutotsville.” The French flavor of the early settlers can still be seen in Delaware Water Gap’s architecture. This and the prevalence of Jazz has led some to dub the town as “the New Orleans of the Poconos.”

The Gallery features a variety of exhibitions throughout the summer and early fall months featuring an eclectic array of artists whose qualities enhance the community through their talents. The “Music Motif Show” continues until September 19th. The next exhibition will feature the work of Arthur Kvarnstrom with an Artist’s Reception on Friday September 24th beginning at 7pm and continuing until October 10th. Please Explore The Antoine Dutot Gallery and Museum Website at www.dutotmuseum.com or call them at 570-476-4240 for more information.

The first day of the festival continued with an evening filled with music, theatre, dance, and poetry at The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain (PCOM) located across the street from The Dutot. This presentation has long been part of COTA and has become well known for the grace, beauty, and burlesque aspects of the performances. This festival proved to be no exception as expectations were not only satisfied but were exceeded beyond imagination....Read more

 

COTA Cats jazz fest band includes 6 DVHS students

MILFORD, Pa. — Six Delaware Valley High School band members participated last month in the 33nd annual Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap, Pa.

Josh Smith, Jason Sandonato, Emily Fox, Ian Walack, Tyler Williams and Nadege Hoeper represented the Delaware Valley music department in the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) Honors Jazz ensemble.

The group, called the COTA Cats, was founded in 1981 by festival founder and world-famous saxophonist Phil Woods. This group is composed of jazz students from all over northeastern Pennsylvania.

Starting in early August, the group began the season with intensive three-hour rehearsals in preparation for the prime-time performance at the COTA jazz festival in September.

Under the direction of Lance Rauh and Ryan Curchoe, the band performed a program of six selections. The program included compositions and arrangments written or arranged specifically for the COTA Cats past and present.

 

COTA’s successful, unique approach

Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival, Delaware Water Gap (Exit 310 off Interstate 80), Fri. Sept. 10 through Sun. Sept. 12.

Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival, Delaware Water Gap (Exit 310 off Interstate 80), Fri. Sept. 10 through Sun. Sept. 12.

by Michael Lello - Weekender Editor

To say the organizers of the Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival — commonly known as COTA — are in a unique situation would be quite an understatement. The annual event, which will take place in Delaware Water Gap for the 33rd time this weekend, has survived despite a decision to eschew outside sponsorship since day one. The festival also has had the luxury of being located in a town teeming with musical talent.

“Everybody has to have some kind of local connection to be on the festival. We don’t go out and look for bands of international notoriety,” said Rick Chamberlain, a COTA cofounder. “We have international notoriety right here.”

Chamberlain’s fellow founder, Delaware Water Gap resident Phil Woods, is a renowned jazz saxophonist who will again perform at COTA this year. Fellow sax standout Dave Liebman, who also lives in the area, is on the bill, too. Both have been named National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters — the highest honor bestowed in the United States on jazz musicians. In late August, the New York Times published an article about Liebman.

Chamberlain said paying all the musicians the same amount and avoiding corporate sponsors has helped COTA steer clear of the money-related arguments that he feels derail some festivals.

“It boils down to we don’t have to answer to anybody about what it is we do,” said Chamberlain, who is the principal trombonist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and a graduate of the New England Conservatory. “We don’t have to put up a logo where they tell us to or do whatever they tell us to do. … And because it was started by the musicians, we all make the same amount of money. It’s just a little honorarium we get every year. It’s not driven by the dollar.”

Woods, who will perform with the COTA Festival Orchestra at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, will also have his new album, “Songs For COTA,” available for purchase It’s a limited-edition CD featuring nine songs from the American songbook performed as a duo with pianist Jesse Green, as well as a new tune, “Keep it Simple,” recorded with violinist Mark Woodyatt. Woods recorded “Songs for COTA” at Red Rock Recording in Saylorsburg, and it will later be released in Europe by Italy-based Philology Records

The proliferation of jazz musicians living in and around the Monroe County village of Delaware Water Gap, near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, has helped define the municipality.

“Delaware Water Gap was first on the map as being a resort town, and now it is known all over the world as where they have that little jazz festival,” said Chamberlain. “It has an identity. Being identified as an area of culture is certainly beneficial to any area.”

Chamberlain himself moved from Bucks County in Southeastern Pa. to the Poconos during the heyday of the resorts and their nighttime entertainment.

“That’s a big part of why the musicians are here,” he said. “First of all, it’s a short shot from New York, and for years and years there was a lot of work here for jazz musicians at Mount Airy Lodge, the Tamiment, etc. I came to the Poconos to work at Mount Airy Lodge.”

While artists like Woods and Liebman have been part of the jazz scene for decades, there is a youthful flair to the festival, too. The COTA Cats, a collection of high school jazz players from the area, perform at the event each year. COTA also awards college scholarships to local high school musicians and hosts the COTA camp.

Chamberlain expects about 4,000 attendees at this year’s event. Festival-goers, he said, come from as far away as upstate New York and Western Pa. He added there’s a man that travels to COTA from Toronto each year, and there was an annual attendee from Australia, too.

The event has grown quite a bit to get to that point.

“It’s gotten bigger and better,” Chamberlain said. “We started out with a couple card tables on the street and a patched-together PA. Now we have professional sound and lights. We’re doing things right.”

 

Festival Volunteer Information

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Festival is still recruiting volunteers to assist at the 33rd  Festival slated for September 9 to 11, 2011. Volunteer positions include hospitality, production, set up, security, and office assistance. This is an exciting and fun way to experience the COTA Festival from behind the scenes and meet new people.

  • Why Should You Volunteer? By volunteering for COTA, you participate in an incredible event in our community, make new friends, socialize and have fun! Join us in welcoming the many visitors and residents who celebrate the Festival each year.
  • Who Can Sign Up? We are looking for friendly, helpful, reliable volunteers to help with this exciting festival. Volunteers 18 and over are welcome.
  • What Will You Have To Do? Volunteers are asked to assist in various areas including but not limited to event set-up, visitor interaction, security, and site maintenance (see list below)
  • How Do You Register? To volunteer for the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Festival, use our on-line contact form or come to the next meeting! (meeting dates and times are found on the front page of the web site)

 

Program Ad Sales Manager-Person needed to oversee the whole process of selling and collecting ads for the program and also collect and reconcile the money paid

Program Ad Salesperson-Person needed to physically go out and acquire new advertisers for our program

Back gate workers-Person will deal with signing in musicians and volunteers, help with directions and give out necessary supplies. Requires time on your feet, shifts are 2 hour intervals

Front gate workers-Person will sell tickets, help with wrist bands or sign people in. Shifts are 2 hour intervals and are standing shifts

Security-People needed to help oversee the festival and make sure everyone is adhering to the rules. Security also helps with parking. This is a labor intensive job and most volunteers do full days but full days are not required.

Physical plant-Person needed for general overseeing of the sight prior to the festival, setting up the site the days before and clean up afterwards. We always need extra people for clean up day in August, the Friday before the festival and the day after for clean up. Job is physically demanding. Mostly weekend work but only a couple of times per year.

Marketing/PR personnel-Person with prior experience preferred, writers that know how to target the media and can help us further our marketing efforts

Administrative-Person to pick up mail and distribute, retrieve voice messages, and do general admin stuff. Ex. Address letters and mailings, database upkeep, etc. Help stuff packets, return phone calls and do follow up phone calls for various departments. Year-round position.

 

 

 

Delaware Water Gap's jazz fest struggles to stay solvent without sponsorships

Courtesy Pocono Record
By Michael Sadowski Pocono Record Writer May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

Everything with a name is for sale these days.

But for years, one thing that decidedly wasn't on the market was the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival in Delaware Water Gap every September.

Festival organizers are facing a dilemma for this year's festival and for the future as they continue to turn down the offers of corporate sponsorship and keep the event a Poconos original.

"That's the way it was intended when it started," said Lauren Chamberlain, president of the COTA board of directors. "And that's the way we want to keep it. It's always been local and independent."

Rising costs and bad weather have put COTA in financial dire straits, and now the organizers are starting to whisper: Should we start taking sponsorship money?
The answer, so far, has been a resounding "No," and the festival is looking for other ways to defray the cost of the yearly event that brings thousands into the Delaware Water Gap.
Held over two days on the second weekend in September, rainy and dreary conditions all but wiped out COTA in 2008 and 2009.

It was still held each year, but attendance — where COTA makes its money to pay for next year's festival — was way down, especially in 2008.

"It absolutely poured," Chamberlain said. "We had to have the whole thing under the tent, which gave it a different feel and made it more intimate. "But where we get more than 3,000 people on Saturday, we were lucky if we had 500 people under the tent. And most of those were our volunteers who don't pay for admission."

There had been a reserve fund to pay for the festival if the weather didn't cooperate for a year, but when rain and low temperatures hurt festival attendance again in 2009, the organizers started to worry about how they would raise about $60,000 to pay for the 2010 festival.

One way is Friday's COTA Spring Fling Celebration art auction at the Willowtree Inn on Ann Street in Stroudsburg starting at 6 p.m.

Another method not on the table — not yet — is corporate sponsorship dollars. Chamberlain, whose father Rick was one of the founders of the festival, said she gets at least one call a year from businesses offering to sponsor the COTA, offering anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000.

"Last year, it was a time-share company that just wanted to set up a booth," she said. "But we don't want people soliciting our customers, and that's one of the things a sponsor asks for.
"If this keeps up, some day we're going to have to ask ourselves the question: Do we want to get corporate sponsorship, or do we want to stop the festival?"

Tim Helman, who has worked at the festival for 30 years, said Friday's fundraiser is a start to keeping it an all-local, all-volunteer event, and COTA organizers will continue to do whatever they can to keep it a local endeavor.

"We will not let it go corporate," said Helman, COTA's local artisan coordinator and a member of the board of the directors. "Once you have a corporate sponsor, they take over. We have certain standards we want to uphold ourselves."

For more information on the fundraiser or COTA, visit www.cotajazz.org.



What: Celebration of the Arts Spring Fling Celebration
Where: Willowtree Inn, 601 Ann St., Stroudsburg
When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday, live auction starts at 8 p.m.
Auction: More than a dozen local artists have donated more than 25 pieces to the auction, and local businesses also have donated items.
Tickets: $30, available at www.cotajazz.org or at the Willowtree Inn. Includes hors d'oeuvres and music. All proceeds go to the planning and operations of the yearly COTA Festival in Delaware Water Gap in September.
Live performances: Local jazz artists Bill Goodwin, Nancy and Spencer Reed, Jesse Green and others will supply the music.

 
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