Discovery Center’s Crocker to be honored for lifetime of achievement

The first that Margaret S. “Pokey” Crocker knew of her nomination for the Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement was when she got the phone call saying that the 2010 award was hers.

 “This thing blew me away,” said the executive director of The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. “I said, ‘What do you mean? Me? Why?’

“And then I started to cry.” Read the rest of this entry »

Panigma dispels enigma about steel drums

Reviewed by David L. Schriber a.k.a CyberBassDave

About 100 persons gathered Sunday, Feb. 21, at First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego to hear the steel drum band Panigma. It was a head-nodding, toe-tapping 90 minutes of Caribbean sounds that even gave audience members a chance at the percussion instruments. The 16 selections included “Yellowbird” (the most-requested steel drum song) and other Latin tunes, plus familiar songs byStevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin and even Elvis! Read the rest of this entry »