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August 27, 2016
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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley and the environs come alive with music, boating, bicycling and a whole raft of lake-related activities at Wally Lake Fest from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28.

The party gets started on Friday with a variety of live music at the local restaurants and pubs as well as a comedic play at the local playhouse. The live entertainment continues throughout the weekend.  Read more

Bluegrass duo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — David Cavage and Josh Sudigala will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Cavage (banjo, vocals), who resides in Carbondale, ranks among the finest banjo players and songwriters in bluegrass music today. Sudigala (guitar/vocals) began attending bluegrass festivals even before he was old enough to play, taken by his grandfather, an accomplished banjo player. At age 14, Josh began playing electric guitar and rock ‘n roll. But within a few years, he was back into bluegrass, and more importantly, flatpicking.  Read more

‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

HONESDALE, PA — The film “All’s Well that Ends Well,” a version of Shakespeare’s play, will be screened at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Robert Dugan will introduce the play with a brief background and orientation. “Shakespeare is fun,” he says, “and profound because the plays are so resilient and adaptable.”  Read more

Recital at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — Faculty members of the Nesin Summer Music Academy will be joined by their students for a faculty/student ensemble recital on Friday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Students of all ages have been working at the Summer Academy to create original compositions that will be performed by the faculty at this recital. The students that attended the Summer Music Academy Boot Camp developed their performance skills and technique on various instruments.  Read more

Judy Collins’ collaborator at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Ari Hest, a consummate performer in the folk world, on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. Hest is one of Judy Collins’ favorite singer-songwriters, and has recently released an album, “Silver Skies Blue,” as a collaboration with Collins, the first of its kind in Collins’ career. He is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music-inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.  Read more

‘Eat, Drink & Collage’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Explore the fine art of mixed-media collage using a treasure trove of found objects collected over 30 years, Friday, August 26 at an event titled “Eat, Drink & Collage.” It will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, downstairs at the Heron, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Poetry reading at Black and Brass

HONESDALE, PA — Black and Brass Coffee Roasters Cafe, 520 Main St., will host Karen Morris and John Tomlinson in a poetry reading and book signing event for their book, “RAGE: The Misery of Men :: HOPE: The Dawning of Men,” on Friday, August 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be wine, snacks and coffee drinks.

Art critic/curator Dominique Nahas, in a review of the book, wrote that it “brings together... a remarkable duo of artistic poet and poetic artist.  Read more

‘Rising folk sensation’ Seth Glier

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Seth Glier on Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. The New York Times called him “a rising folk sensation,” and USA Today wrote that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”

The show takes place in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. Cocoon Catering Company caters wine, beer and light snacks on site. Tickets cost $19 to $22. They can be purchased online at www.harmonypresents.com or in person at AMSkier Insurance Agency located at 209 Main Ave. For more information call 570/588-8077.

Jupiter Chamber Players provide Sunset finale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The finale of the Shandelee Music Festival’s Sunset Concert Series will be an out-of-this-world experience as the Jupiter Chamber Players take the stage with “An Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in the Shandelee Music Festival Concert Pavilion, 442 J. Young Rd. The evening will feature the music of Haydn, Rabi and Brahms.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are violinist Asi Matathias, violist Cong Wu, cellist Zlatomir Fung, clarinetist Vadim Lando and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.  Read more

A one-man, one-woman weekend in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The upcoming weekend will bring both a one-woman and a one-man show to the stage of the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.

On Friday, Heather Bagnal will tread the boards in “SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL,” a one-woman play about diving into the dating world after a decade of married life. The off-kilter 50-minute show is based on the true story of Chicago blogger Laurel Spears, who finds herself at the crossroads of a dead-end relationship and a major identity crisis.  Read more

Quilting as art at Domesticities

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Everybody knows that quilts can be beautiful, but did you know that there are some quilts that are created specifically as artwork? The results can be spectacular, as you will be able to see at “Abstracts, Flora and Fauna,” a new show exhibiting the work of Katharina Litchman (artquiltsbymietzi.com) that opens on Saturday, August 27, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Domesticities on Route 52.  Read more

Soul of Ireland comes to Hawley, Milford

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Irish music artists Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary will offer two special performances in Northeast Pennsylvania: one on Saturday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historical Site in Milford, and one on Sunday, August 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. Tickets for adults cost $20. Students and children under 15 will be admitted free.  Read more

Poets wanted

LIBERTY, NY — Poets are invited to submit original poetry for inclusion in the seventh annual Liberty Poetry Festival/Reading to be presented at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Area poets are invited to submit their work no later than Friday, September 9 to Marilyn Laufer, P.O. Box 87, White Sulphur Springs NY 12787 or to mfrumess@hvc.rr.

Grand opening for The Art Factory

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Art Factory of White Mills will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is a fine art and craft gallery that features fine art, stained glass, photography, custom-created jewelry and artisan crafts by a variety of artists. There will be an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The Art Factory is located at 726 Texas Palmyra Hwy. (Route 6).  Read more

UpFront holds mid-summer reception

MILFORD, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its mid-summer artist’s reception on Saturday, August 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The art of Leonard “Buzz” Wallace and his collection of “doodles” will be featured. In 1959, Wallace was hired by SUNY Orange and taught art for over 30 years, 25 years as art department chair. Many of UpFront’s artists studied under him. Member artists whose work will also be on display include Todd Anderson, Lauryn De Leeuw, James MacIsaac, Joe Petrosi and many more.  Read more

Greg Humphreys on Jeff’s Main Street Stage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Main Street Events Stage creator Michael Randels will present a free concert featuring the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. The Main Street Event Stage is located at 4912 State Rte. 52.

In the space of a career that has spanned four decades, Humphreys (greghumphreys.blogspot.com) has established himself as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader whose talents have won him a loyal cult following and whose stylistic reach embraces indie rock, pop, R&B, jazz and acoustic music.  Read more

DVO presents ‘Carmen’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Little World’s Fair—this year, complete with brews

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville Little World’s Fair, the longest- running independent fair in New York State, will take place from August 19 through August 21 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Route 55. The fair is now in its 137th year.

All the features of a good old-fashioned country fair are included: 4-H exhibits, rides, musical entertainment, fair food, tractor and draft horse pulls, live animal shows and magic shows onstage, a pie auction and more. A brochure with full schedule and pricing can be found at grahamsvillefair.com.  Read more

Argentinian musician at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — The Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) Summer Music Academy faculty will perform with special guest J.P. Jofre on Monday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Jofre is an Argentinean bandoneon (similar to an accordion) player whom The New York Times highlighted as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer.  Read more

Vintage Modern Art

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Vintage Modern Art event taking place on August 27 at the Barryville Farmers’ Market will feature art, live music, and fresh fruits and vegetables all in the same place. Local artists have collaborated to create works of art that relate to the “Vintage Modern Art” theme—something old and new at the same time. Some art on display uses vintage newspaper as the backdrop for new painting. Many of the artists have found ways to repurpose found, discarded, or unwanted objects. Other artists have used new technologies to treat classical themes.  Read more