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HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Widely known as a “community treasure,” NACL Theatre is having its 15-year anniversary this year. The local theatre has grown over the years and is known for its avant-garde and stimulating works, as well as its summer artist residency retreat, and a gang of stilt walkers who pop up at community festivals everywhere.

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Narrowsburg Music Day: From blues band to chamber music to jazz

NARROWSBURG, NY — Saturday, October 13 is Music Day and the highlight this year is a performance of “Green Sneakers,” written for string quartet and baritone. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon of Wurtsboro and New York City will attend the concert, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg. The Voxare String Quartet performs along with baritone Jesse Blumberg.
Music Day is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the Tusten Historical Society and local businesses with additional support from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant.  Read more

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ comes to Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The classic comic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at the Milford Theater on October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and October 28 at 2 p.m.

This production is a family affair, with husband and wife Bill and Melissa Thomas of City Stage serving as director and choreographer. Local teacher and performer Noreen Hanson appears as Ronette, with daughter Naomi Hanson in the ensemble cast. Musical director/pianist Sandy Stalter is joined by husband George on the drums, and daughter Kelsey who will appear onstage as Audrey.  Read more

Children’s pumpkin party

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Master Gardener Program is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating party for children 12 years and younger on Friday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. There will be Halloween stories and games, cider and donuts and supplies to design a pumpkin for youth to take home. All must pre-register by calling 845/292-6180 or emailing cn55@cornell.edu. Cost is $5 per child. The party will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Direct any questions to smd243@cornell.edu.

Dessin Animal Shelter benefit walk

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Dessin Animal Shelter’s “Walk n’ Wag” pet hike is on Sunday, October 14 at the Varden Conservation Area. Registration begins at 11 a.m. in the teaching pavilion and the hike begins at noon. Visit www.dessinshelter.com/resources/Pet+Hike+Pledge+Form.pdf to print out a pledge form. For more information call 570/253-4037.

Sunday Night Cinema film series

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) Sunday Night Cinema series, “Sailing the Silver Screen,” continues with “Master and Commander” on October 14 at 8:15 p.m. at the Cinema 6 movie theater.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the WCAA. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

Stand-up comedy at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Standup comic Dan St. Germain, seen on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will headline “The Laugh Tour” at The Nutshell on State Rt. 52 on October 13 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Featured comedian Joe Larson, known for appearances with the “Tonight Show’s” Laugh Squad, will also appear.

Tickets are available online for $15 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278313 until noon on the day of the show, or for $20 at the door.

Red-tailed hawk: a raptor aptly named

For several weeks in late August, I had the pleasure of observing a young red-tailed hawk almost daily along Route 97 near Ten Mile River. The bird was usually perched on a wire with its back to the road as it steadily observed a meadow for potential meals—a practice known as still-hunting. One day I found it facing the road and managed to take several photos before it took flight.  Read more

Haunted house Halloween party

HASBROUCK, NY — A community Halloween party will be thrown October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the temporarily renamed Old Stone “Haunted” House of Hasbrouck at 282 Hasbrouck Rd.

Kids and their families are welcomed under the rain-or-shine pavilion and on walking (or perhaps crawling) tours through the historic building itself. There, visitors will come face to face with witches, goblins, ghouls and zombies. It’s even possible that a genuine ghost haunts the structure, since this was the site of a mysterious murder back in 1840, after which unexplained events continued to occur for decades.  Read more

Catskill Art Society new exhibition: ‘Seven Printmakers’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “Seven Printmakers,” a guest-curated show by Joan O’Connor with the work of Michael Arike, Carla Bauer, Martha Hayden, Rosalee O. Isaly, Adrienne Lederman and Emily Trueblood at CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. Running October 13 to November 18, the show begins with an artist talk on October 13 at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Pet bird show at Liberty firehouse

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 21st annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 14 at the Liberty firehouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bird-owners are encouraged to enter their pets. There will be a separate youth division. Any child 12 or under may enter his or her pet bird in a 4-H style judging.

Bird registration begins at 8 a.m. Every bird will be checked by a veterinarian before being admitted to the show. The entry fee is $1 per bird.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12. All children entering birds will be admitted to the show for free.  Read more

Charles Mingus Quartet plays ‘Jazz by the Master’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On October 20 at 8 p.m., for the final free concert of its 11th season, Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s presents Charles Mingus Quartet playing “Jazz by the Master” at 5277 Rt. 42. Charles Mingus (1922-1979) was a virtuoso bass player and composer, who said that his abilities were the result of hard work, but that his talent for composition came from God.

Reservations are required; only two seats per person. Email pcfriedman27@gmail.com or call 845/292-8967. The concert is free and open to the public. Visit www.standrewsepiscopalmission.org.

Rarely performed comedy to play in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the area debut of “Charlie” by the celebrated poet, humorist and playwright, Slawomir Mrozek, October 18 to 21 and 25 to 28. This rarely performed subversive comedy is playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Michael Frizalone, Valerie Mansi and James Sullivan are the featured performers.  Read more

New exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Continuing Line,” an exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Elise Freda, opens with a reception on Friday, October 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through October 27.

Admission is free. Call 845/ 252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.  Read more

Fall spiders

The leaves are changing color, and many insects are easier to find; they have reached full size and some species have just completed, or are in the midst of, breeding. For many insects and other arthropods, the fall season signals the end; they die after breeding or with the first hard frost.  Read more

The Icky Mouse Club

I know, I know...they come callin’ every year when the leaves begin to turn and there’s frost on the pumpkin. Mice. With apologies to Santa, autumn is (IMHO) “the most wonderful time of the year” and I spent the last week attending events throughout the Upper Delaware Valley, basking in the explosion of fall foliage that helps define life in the Catskills and the incredible bounty that Mother Nature provides.  Read more

A secular ceremony

When you’re short on religion, as is my family, you have to make your own ceremonies for important occasions. It helps if you have good planning skills. We don’t. In spite of all our shortcomings and recent obstacles, like my aunt’s stroke, we wanted to have a family memorial for my uncle at the place he loved best, on Fire Island. His cremains had been languishing since May on a marble mantelpiece in the townhouse he shared with his wife for the last 40 years of his life.  Read more

First Zane Grey Challenge

A field trip with a future

LACKAWAXEN, PA — “Is this the Hudson River?” asked one student, gesturing at the Delaware River as it flowed past the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen. That’s exactly why Port Jervis Middle School science teacher Paddy McCarthy decided to resurrect and reconfigure an academic competition that he participated in while growing up in Narrowsburg, NY and still values highly today. “These are the kids that need to get out and be challenged and recognize what we have here,” he said.  Read more

‘Selected Works’ by Gloria Bernstein

HASBROUCK, NY — Local artist Gloria Bernstein will present “Selected Works” in an October exhibition at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck at 282 Hasbrouck Rd.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thereafter, the show is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., through October 28.

See selected works at www.gbernstein.com.

Visit www.TheOldStoneHouseOfHasbrouck.org.

Tusten Theatre fall concert series begins with Catherine Russell

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre starts its fall season by welcoming jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell with pianist Mark Shane on October 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $27.

A native New Yorker, Catherine Russell has toured the world performing and recording with Paul Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, among others.

The rest of the season includes Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra’s “Narrowsburg Music Day” on October 13 and John Hammond on October 20.

Call 845/252-7272 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.

Local bands perform at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions and The Nutshell Arts Center will host local jam funk act The Great Danes on October 5. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. The band features the rhythm brothers Murray: Joe on drums and Sean on bass, as well as the guitar duo of Rob Cahill and Miguel Gonzales.

Also playing is Dizzy Feast, rock and funk magicians comprising of vocalist/guitarist Shane Andrewski, drummer Kyle Hector and bassist Jacob Whispell.

Tickets cost $6 at the door. There will be raffles and drink specials.  Read more

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