As the first week of January winds to a close, we are finally getting some typical winter cold weather; overnight temperatures dipped below zero degrees in a few spots in the region. The cold was sufficient to freeze over most of the area lakes and some snow squalls moved through the area, a small contribution to this year’s below average snowfall to date. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — An ethnobotany group in Honesdale, facilitated by Nathaniel Whitmore, is focusing on evergreens this winter. Members of the group, which meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m., bring in twigs and cones from trees in their neighborhoods or that they gathered during walks in the woods. The specimens are studied in order to learn how to differentiate the various species of pine, spruce, fir etc. that can be found locally. Whitmore was surprised to find that the Western giant Douglas Fir grows (planted) just a couple of blocks from where the herbal group meets. Read more
HAWLEY, PA —A level-one program designed to teach students the fundamentals of Japanese swordmanship will be held at the Elite Martial Arts Institute at the IGA Plaza on Route 6. It will begin with proper handling of the sword, starting with etiquette and continuing on with the techniques and strategies of the 12 Kata of the Omori Ryu. The Omori Ryu is the Shoden or first level of practice of Muso Shinden Ryu. Classes start on Monday, January 16 and will continue on Monday nights from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery is becoming a gallery without walls. It is closing its “bricks-and-mortar” location at 38 South Main Street in Liberty at the end of January, but will still be selling its usual array of fine art and craft in other ways.
The gallery is revising its website to enable direct sales online, and will also participate in selected art exhibitions and craft shows throughout the year. These events will be publicized at www.catskillartistsgallery.com. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — The Outsider Studio Collective will host a short-film festival on Saturday, January 21 at 5 p.m. at the Beaverkill Church on Craigie Clare Road. The one-hour event will feature short, portrait-like films by some of the Beaverkill Valley’s friends, as well as filmmakers from NYC and the surrounding Catskill area. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — There will be a free performance by Yarnslingers at the Café Devine in Callicoon on Friday, January 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., telling funny and poignant accounts that have all happened in our area.
Local writers/storytellers include Ann Finneran, Ramona Jan, Patti Zins, Marion Kaselle, Maura Stone, Jason Rahm, June Donahue and Glenn Pontier.
MILFORD, PA — The new mansard roof on the Columns Museum of the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) has been completed. A major contribution of $15,000 came from ESSA Savings and Trust. Other funding came from dedicated members of the society and through fundraising events throughout the year. G.D.H. Construction did the work, and plans are in place for them to replace the front porch flat roofs in the spring. Fundraising efforts continue to complete phase two of the roof plan. All donations are tax deductible. Inquiries or donations can be sent to PCHS, PO Box 915, Milford, PA 18337. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery invites submissions to the “New Visions” regional juried exhibit and sale to be held in April of 2012. The exhibit will kick off the 2012 season with a showcase of the tri-state area’s best art and crafts.
A cooperative, member owned and operated gallery in the heart of Milford, the ARTery will be sharing its space with non-members for the month of April.
The deadline for submissions is March 10. A prospectus can be downloaded from www.ateryonline.com, or have one mailed by calling 570/409-1234.
ROSCOE, NY — What would you do if two total strangers came into your town, approached you on the street, began asking questions about the place where you live and then said they were looking for a night’s lodging?
That’s what Sarah Sellman, now 22, and Greg Grano, 21, did when they embarked on a journey in June 2010 to explore trust, fear and hospitality across America and between Americans. The initiative provided the basic framework for the film which they are now trying to finalize, “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers.” Read more
Most of the games children play seem to be “chase” games. Tag, of course, and capture the flag are standards. But then there are all kinds of animal-themed chase games like the self explanatory “bear,” or a game in which one kid pretends to be the shark from “Jaws” attacking “swimmers” on the lawn. “Spy zombie brain hunter” sounds more like a popular video game than the classic playground girl vs. boy runaround that it really is. They are all variations on the same timeless theme of “chase” and “catch.” Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Sean Durkin, left, Zac Stuart-Pontier and Jody Lee Lipes, the director, editor and director of photography of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” chat on the set of a farm on Beaverkill Road in Livingston Manor in the summer of 2010, when the film was being shot. The movie is the CineArt feature at the Callicoon Theatre in Callicoon, NY starting on Friday, January 6. Stuart-Pontier will lead a Q&A session at the Saturday, January 7 screening. Read more
The first time I remember going to the Callicoon Theater was to see a print of “A River Runs Through It” that the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) was showing. I was probably 12. Since then, I’ve been back a half a dozen times. I’ve always liked it. I had my mind blown by “Being John Malkovich” and snapped a photo of Richard Castellano adjusting the marquee for “Analyze This.” The idea that a movie I am closely involved in would show there is a dream. Read more
MILFORD, PA — On Sunday January 29, at 3 p.m., the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), 608 Broad St., will present a look into the world of Leland Faulkner. Recipient of Kennedy Center accolades for directing “Shadowplay,” and multiple awards for his original films, Leland also consulted on the popular film “The Polar Express.” Faulkner will perform some of his illusions and show his Big Apple Award-winning short film, “The King O’ Cats” in the society’s Foundation Room. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Carol Smith and the Little Sparrow band will be at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, January 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be for sale. The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will be repeated on the first Saturday in February and March. There is a suggested donation of $5. Visit www.sullivancoutyhistory.org.
HONESDALE, PA —Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual leader of the world-wide Himalayan Institute, has spent years studying and living with diverse spiritual masters from the East. He is fluent in both Vedic and classical Sanskit and has two doctorates, one in Sanskit from the University of Allahabad and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of 14 books, he has practiced yoga and tantra for more than 30 years. We recently interviewed him about the year-long meditation planned by the Himalayan Institute for 2012. Read more
Count me among the odd for (at least) two reasons. First, I like winter. I like the cold and the snow and the way the trees sparkle with ice like stars in the night sky. I like the briskness and the brilliance of it.
Second, I like reading books that would send shivers down other people’s spines. Not horror stories, but nonfiction that delineates with excruciating details all the ways in which our planet is doomed. Books so upsetting that I can sometimes read only a few pages of agonizing truths before I have to run for cover in more pleasant pursuits like poetry or a walk in the woods. Read more