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On the Bright Side: Changes, gala mark Bright Hill’s 25th year | Local News

In 2017 Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, begun in Treadwell in 1992 by Bertha Rogers and her late husband, Ernest Fishman, is celebrating 25 years of fostering and inspiring literary arts in Delaware County and beyond.

As the organization entered its 25th year, Rogers welcomed incoming director Beatrice Georgalidis in February. Georgalidis said, since then, she and Rogers have worked to ready Bright Hill, which offers programming for adults and children, the popular Word Thursdays open mic series, visiting artist seminars, the Bright Hill Kids book club and annually published collections of prose and poetry, for its next chapter. Plans for celebration are also underway, as Georgalidis said Bright Hill will mark its 25 years with an Aug. 5 gala event and fundraiser.

Adult and youth programming at Bright Hill will remain in place, with plans to grow and expand. “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 elaborated, “What I really love is that our programming hits the full spectrum of ages — from youth to adult, there’s something for everybody who is interested in poetry, literature and literary arts.”

Georgalidis’ background is in grant writing and marketing. She said, “When I applied, Bertha felt I had a lot of the kinds of expertise that factor into a position like this,” adding, “Bertha has been training me since February in all aspects (of Bright Hill).”

Discussing Rogers’ Bright Hill oeuvre and the legacy she will leave behind in January 2018, when Georgalidis assumes sole directorship, she said, “I’m really honored to be at the helm and I have very big shoes to fill for certain.” She added, “For that kind of organization to be…

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