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July 31, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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Kreznar at Jeff library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This is one of 24 paintings by Richard Kreznar currently being displayed in the foyer of the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Kreznar’s boldly colored paintings are in numerous public and private collections. They will remain at the library, 19 Center St., throughout August.

Fandom and comics at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — On Saturday, August 1, the library will host a Comic Jam workshop with artist Ira Marks for kids going into grades three to five. Kids will use their imaginations, work together and draw comics. Ira Marks is the author and illustrator of “The Aquarium Drift,” “Witch Knots” and more.

Registration is required. Call 845/794-4660. For a full list of library programs, visit

Join Ruffalo and Mountainkeeper at the Brewery

ROSCOE, NY — On Saturday, August 8, come drink local, clean and refreshing beer, and sample great food at the Catskill Brewery, all while listening to good music and inspiring words from The Solutions Project co-founder Mark Ruffalo and executive director Sarah Shanley Hope. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Into...’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery will host an exhibit entitled “Into...,” featuring the ceramic art of David Greenbaum and mixed media printmaking of Carol M. Mainardi, in August. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., part of Milford’s Art After Dark festival. The gallery is located at 210 Broad St.  Read more

‘Portraits as sequence’

WOODBOURNE, NY — Jörg Madlener’s paintings will be exhibited at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd., from July 31 to August 28. The paintings reflect the meeting points between Jörg Madlener’s Cassandra series and his ongoing work “Die Frau ohne Schatten.”  Read more

Seubert on exhibit at Ellenville Regional

Christopher Seubert’s selected paintings, prints and portraits are on display in the Healing Arts Gallery at Ellenville Regional Hospital and will remain until September 11. The show is free and open to the public, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  Read more

Celebrating wood at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The 11th annual Festival of Wood will be held this weekend at at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Hours on Saturday, August 1 will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on and on Sunday, August 2 will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival celebrates everything about wood: the forests it comes from, how to take care of them and the wildlife that depends on them; how wood is harvested and the products that can be made with it. The locale is appropriate: Grey Tower, which is run by the U.S.  Read more

The 2015 Antique Show & Sale

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne, Pike (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) Antiques Dealer Association (WPSADA) will present its annual Antique Show & Sale on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School located on Route 6, one mile east of Hawley. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

“Quality dealers come from throughout the Northeast with specialties ranging from period furniture and primitives to a wide variety of glass to vintage linens and textiles, art, pottery, jewelry, porcelains, paper items, books, and more,” said WPSADA’s Lynne “Cookie” Astringer.  Read more

Blue Moon Festival in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE NY — It’s a Blue Moon on Friday, July 31. There will be a village-wide event that kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Backyard Park, located at 876 Swiss Hill Rd. North, with a bonfire and drum circle, followed by a Howl at the Moon contest.

Enjoy Blue Moon specials at Mullally’s Bar and other area businesses, then stroll over to enjoy music on the Main Street Events Stage, located directly across from the Jeffersonville Post Office, which begins at 8 p.m. Both events are free and are open-air events. Bring a chair to relax in. Email

Town historian presents ‘Traces of the Past’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its fifth installment of its History Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m., with Chester Town Historian Clif Patrick presenting “Traces of the Past.” The talk will be held at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Expressions of the Moment’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host an exhibit titled “Expressions of the Moment,” featuring the photographs of Beth Green and the paintings of Lynn Kaplan, opening on Friday, July 31 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a second reception on August 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The show will remain open through August by appointment. Call 917/499-9700.  Read more

Billy Joel backup Wade Preston returns

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s back-up, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 1. “Wade Preston’s dexterity alone is enough to drop a stadium full of jaws, but you don’t need to go to a stadium to experience the awe. This excellent musician and performer is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway hit ‘Movin’ Out.’ He is an original cast member doing the full three-and-a-half-yearyear run on Broadway....  Read more

Watercolors by Connell at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the artwork of member Jane Connell for the month of August in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. Local watercolorist Connell moved to upstate New York from Long Island almost 30 years ago. She has exhibited her work in a range of indoor and outdoor shows including the Inn at Starlight Lake, the NoHo Art Walk in NYC, the Hancock Town Hall, and the Town of Roscoe Summer Fair, and also does commissioned artwork of pets and homes.  Read more

‘Selfies of the Masters’ at Artists’ Market

SHOHOLA, PA — “Selfies of the Masters” will be on display at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave., for the month of August. There will be a reception on August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.

”Selfies” are nothing new. The favorite model of many celebrated artists was themselves. Self-portraits have probably been around since the first caveman saw his reflection in a stream and tried to recreate it on his wall.  Read more

Celebrating our firefighters

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Fire Department is celebrating 145 years of volunteer service to the community, with festivities culminating in the 87th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) Parade on Saturday, August 1. The parade features fire departments from all over Sullivan County, and different towns take turns hosting it each year. This year, it’s Liberty’s turn.  Read more

Face-to-face: poetry and art

CALLICOON, NY — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will perform at Café Devine, 33 Lower Main St., in conjunction with artist Nancy Wells’ exhibit of mixed media works, “Visage: State of Being,” on Sunday, August 2 at 3 p.m.  Read more

Twenty-five years of Riverfest

“Riverfest is alive with music,” declared the headline on the front page of The River Reporter’s leisure section on July 25, 1991, announcing the first occurrence of what has since become one of the highlights of an Upper Delaware summer.
Reporter Tom Kane wrote, “Have you heard about the plans of a bunch of people from Narrowsburg to celebrate the Delaware River? They’ve organized the first annual Riverfest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in Narrowsburg, and they’re determined to make this a major annual event.”  Read more

Contra dancing in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a contra dance on Saturday, July 25 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The dance will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing similar to old-time square dancing. There is no fancy footwork involved. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The instructions given by the caller form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize.  Read more

‘Fuel for Thought’ at the Weigh Station

CALLICOON, NY — From Saturday, July 25 through Sunday, August 9, an exhibit titled “Fuel for Thought” will be hosted at the Weigh Station on Lower Main Street in Callicoon. The exhibition takes repurposing the iconic coal silos in the hamlet of Callicoon as its subject, and will consist of proposal drawings and models by five contemporary artists. There will be an opening reception on July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Creative Conversations

SHOHOLA, PA — Creative Conversations is a series in which local artists meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month to debate topics of interest to the local community. On Sunday, July 26, the topic will be “How our limitations make us free.”  Read more

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