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On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.

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‘Pet’s-Eye View’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host the Yarnslingers on Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a hilarious and sometimes poignant evening of storytelling. “The theme is ‘Pet’s Eye View,’ stories about us, written in first person, from our pet’s perspective,” said Ramona Jan, acting director of the group, which gives a presentation every month. The event is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, RSVP by calling 845/439 5507 or email info@morgan-outdoors.com, as seating is limited. Visit www.morgan-outdoors.com.

Theatre Beat: Forestburgh Playhouse: There’s a place for us

“West Side Story,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse, (FBP) is arguably one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time. The original production, written in 1957, was an instant smash and spawned a 1961 film version that has since captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story focuses on young lovers Tony (Michael Schauble) and Maria (Emily Brown) and their ill-fated romance, set against a back drop of warring street gangs, racial strife and the turbulent transition of the late 1950s giving way to a new generation.  Read more

The winner and the collector

Wednesday evening, July 18, I played the part of a fishing buddy for young Arnon Goldberg. Arnon is trying to master the mysteries of fly fishing while attending the Trout Unlimited “Fish Camp.” As is the case with all beginners, it will take a while. Arnon seems to have the proper degree of determination and inquisitiveness.  Read more

Dining with damselflies

Among the more enjoyable activities of summer are things like swimming in a nearby lake or river and enjoying a picnic under the trees. If you take a close look at the shoreline, however, you may see some snack-grabbing activity going on besides hamburgers and coleslaw.  Read more

Some good old-fashioned fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum’s Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55.
Recreating days of yore, in keeping with the museum’s historical themes, the Old Time Fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and lady’s skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making, a pie auction, quilting and spinning demonstrations and local history exhibits. Old-time music will be provided by Chestnut Creek.  Read more

Touring the arts in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will hold its annual Open Studio Tour on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Read more

‘The Little Farm Show’ at local farmers’ markets

BARRYVILLE and CALLICOON, NY—NACL Theatre, an award-winning theatre ensemble based in Highland Lake, will present its family performance “The Little Farm Show,” a musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment at Barryville Framers’ Market on Saturay, July 28 and at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 29.  Read more

Art at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Nutshell Arts Center will present its summer of 2012 art exhibit from Saturday, July 28 to August 19, starting with an opening reception on the 28th from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. A potluck party follows the reception.

There will be paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics by artists including Armand Agresti, Linda Bastian, Eva Drizhal, Ann Finneran, Miriam Hernandez, James Mcginley, Juan Rigal, Carmine Santaniello, Fred J. Sklenar, Candy Spilner, Barbara Zweig and many more.  Read more

Bake your way into history

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical society is hosting a historically-inspired baked goods contest on August 12 at the Columns Museum. Interested parties are invited to tour the museum and look for inspiration. The contest entries should depict something or someone that you think best represents Pike County history. The final products will be judged at 2 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the “Best Historical” and “Most Creative” baked goods.  Read more

Coal Town Rounders at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA —Concerts in the Coop will present Coal Town Rounders on Friday, July 27, a hard-driving four-piece traditional bluegrass band that draws inspiration from all types of old-time string music. Their energetic and soulful live performances have earned the Rounders a rapidly growing following. In their own words: “We pick. We grin. We do it often.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Contra Dance in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world, but particularly popular in the United States. A live band will play traditional jigs and reels, while a live caller will lead participants through various traditional dances. No need to bring a partner, and don’t worry if you’ve never contra danced before. We’ll teach you how.

Suggested donation $10 per adult. Kids under 15 free. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Fair day in downtown Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The 28th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors from around Sullivan County will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food, with something for everyone’s taste. There will be live music throughout the day by Little Sparrow and the French Woods Band will perform at 12 noon.  Read more

Sky lantern festival

HAWLEY, PA — On July 28 at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center, 2512 Rte. 6, there will be a lantern festival as a benefit for Marley’s Mission, a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children who have experienced trauma. Lantern pick-up and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with a lantern lighting time of approximately 9 p.m.

Participants will purchase an eco-friendly sky lantern with no wire or wax. When lit, these lanterns will lift into the air, rising miles and continuing for about 10 minutes. They land and decompose quickly.  Read more

Learn about the Lenape Nation

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Shelley DePaul, Assistant Chief of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, will present “The Past and Present of the Lenape People in Pennsylvania” at the Zane Grey Museum on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. The Lenape have called the Delaware River home for generations. Her talk will utilize primary history regarding the Lenape in Pennsylvania and how they remain active today as caretakers of their homeland and the Delaware River. The program will explore the culture and traditions of the Lenape people who still revere the Delaware River today.  Read more

Port opens its doors for home tour

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present its first tour of local historic homes and gardens, “Three Painted Ladies and a Southern Belle,” on Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the four sites in any order during the three-hour period while enjoying live music and refreshments.  Read more

Classic films screened in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Two classic films, “Rules of the Game” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” will be screened at the Callicoon Theater on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free for the special event, made possible by a generous patron.

“Rules of the Game,” directed by the French great Jean Renoir, is a light comedy satirizing and skewering the bourgeoisie on the verge of World War I. “The Earrings of Madame de…” is a 1953 classic directed by Max Ophuls, detailing events that unravel after a woman pawns the earrings presented by her husband.  Read more

Call for storytellers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The story telling group Yarnslingers seeks 10 storytellers for its next session, scheduled for Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 11. The theme is your pet’s eye view of you, written in first person from the perspective of your pet (dead, alive, future or otherwise). In the story, all I’s are the pet’s voice, so use your first name as the person your pet is talking about.

Word count is a minimum of 350, maximum of 850, not including title. The sign-up deadline is Friday, July 27, and the story due date is August 3 by 5 p.m. Email yarnslingers@yahoo.com.

Festivals and battles and tours—oh my!

This past week turned out to be educational, informative and entertaining as I careened through the Upper Delaware valley discovering something old and something new (thankfully, borrowed and blue were nowhere to be seen).  Read more

The blueberry trail

This year, the birds alerted me to the wild blueberries. We arrived home from a vacation at the beach to find the front steps littered with the blue splotches of cast-off berries. It was as good an announcement as any of the ripening bushes in our old fields.  Read more

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