By Allison Collins
TREADWELL – 2017 marks Bright Hill Press & Literary Center’s 25th year of defining and inspiring literary arts in upstate New York. Begun in Treadwell in 1992 by Bertha Rogers and her late husband, Ernest Fishman, as a reading series (what would later become “Word Thursdays”, Bright Hill grew into Bright Hill Press and, in 2002, the Bright Hill Center. Over the decades, Bright Hill has distinguished itself as a haven of artistry and creativity by offering programming for all ages, continued open mic series, visiting artist seminars and annual publications of poetry and prose.
Now, amidst preparations for a 25th anniversary gala, Rogers is preparing to hand over the reigns to incoming executive director, Beatrice Georgalidis.
In a July 5 interview, Georgalidis said, “Bertha will be retiring at the end of 2017 and I’ll be taking over starting January of 2018.”
Those familiar with Bright Hill, what Georgalidis called a “true gem in the Catskills,” can rest easy knowing that the preeminent programming will remain in place. Georgalidis said it is her intention to maintain and enliven what Rogers worked so hard to create, while simultaneously increasing regional awareness of Bright Hill and all it does.
“The level of programming that Bertha has created and curated is literally astounding,” said Georgalidis, adding, “Part of my job is going to be making sure more people know about us.” Georgalidis brings a background heavy in grant-writing and marketing know-how to the post, and noted, “When I applied Bertha felt I had a lot of the kinds of expertise that factor into a position like this.” Georgalidis said she has been working alongside Rogers learning “all aspects of Bright Hill” since coming on board in February of this year.