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March 05, 2015
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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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Back to Cortland, NY

I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was held at the high school in Cortland, NY—the town where I went to college in the mid ‘80s.

I hadn’t been back to the college or town (which I had never realized is actually classified as a city) since graduating in 1989, choosing to cruise past on I-81 when travelling upstate.  Read more

Wheel bugs: Good for the garden, look but don’t touch

Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on the appearance of a long-legged beetle with an iridescent gold abdomen. This bug certainly fit the bill for Halloween; it had long spidery legs with even longer antennae, a long proboscis that made it look like it meant business, and to top it off, it had what looked to be part of a cog sticking out of its thorax.  Read more

Art in Sixes

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 15, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 23.  Read more

Moving day

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace of mind, I turned to the Internet for solace. Oy. Instead of finding soothing words of encouragement, I discovered these “shocking stats about moving-related stress” (www.moversnmoreservice.com): “Many studies conducted in the U.S. show that people believe that moving to a new home will be one of the most stressful events in their lives,” I read, through blurred sleepless eyes.  Read more

Life lessons I should know by now

There seems to be something about human nature that no matter how many times you may hear advice or words of wisdom, it doesn’t truly sink in until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

Over the past few months I’ve personally learned a few new ones, and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that you will find them helpful.

Know the plan (even if it’s not your problem)  Read more

Solo performance by Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage presents “Shakespeare’s Will” by Vern Thiessen, a production of NACL Theatre, performed by Tannis Kowalchuk at The Cooperage on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Call 570/253-2020 to reserve.  Read more

Call to artists: CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by its member artists, on display from November 22 through December 29. Artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the show at the arts center now through Monday, November 17. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Music and art combine for ‘WaterMusic’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will present a concert called “WaterMusic” on Saturday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in the CAS Arts Center galleries to coincide with the Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) “River and Biota” exhibition. The program is part two of the collaboration that began in 2010 between WCM, CAS and the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS), and inspired by the historic Zuber & Co. wallpaper murals installed in the school’s grand staircase.  Read more

Delta blues and swampy rock-n-roll with David Jacobs-Strain

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will welcome David Jacobs-Strain, a slide guitar player and storyteller, on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. He will be accompanied by harmonica player Bob Beach.  Read more

Lysander Piano Trio to play Pike County

MILFORD, PA — The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio will appear at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pianist Liza Stepanova, violinist Itamar Zorman, and cellist Michael Katz will play a show titled “The Call of the Exotic.” The music includes “Jacob’s Dream” by Josef Haydn, “Spring” from “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, and “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” by Paul Ben-Haim.  Read more

Canaltown announces winners of Short Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival announced the winners of the 2014 Spooky Awards. The international festival, presented by Canaltown, took place on November 1 at The Cooperage in Honesdale and featured original movies by filmmakers from Honesdale, the surrounding area and the world.  Read more

The out back

My 90-something great-grandfather had one in the ‘50s—a little house behind the bare-bones cottage that lacked even running water. It looked like a Tobacco Road shack and smelled to high heaven, but it served its purpose as a no-frills answer to nature’s calls.  Read more

Sustaining our communities

It’s a bit of a bummer that the Thanksgiving season coincides each year with the formulation of our municipal budgets. While most of us are planning the menu for family gatherings, our town boards are crunching numbers and losing sleep trying to control expenses while ensuring continuity of the basic services that keep us safe.  Read more

Protecting Pike’s natural resources

If someone were to seek your advice about the top three environmental concerns in Pike County, what would your answer be? That question is currently being asked in the form of a short survey by the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD). PCCD is in the process of updating its strategic plan for the future of Pike’s natural resources by seeking input from residents, visitors and other interested parties. The survey asks responders to identify the most pressing issues and to list examples of services PCCD should provide, along with potential audiences for those services.  Read more

Fall Fun Day is fun for the family

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will sponsor Fall Fun Day at the library on Saturday, November 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come for an afternoon full of activities. Bring your own clothes and supplies and enter the scarecrow decorating contest. Listen to a story, and create a fun craft. Enjoy snacks and face painting, and browse book sale items. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scarecrows. Fall Fun Day is great for the whole family. This is a free program. Space is limited. To register, or for more information call 845/794-4660 ext. 8.

SUNY Sullivan’s Theatre presents ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its “crossroads season” opener with the play “Our Lady of 121st Street,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, with performances in the Seelig Theatre on Thursday, November 6, Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. Performers are SUNY Sullivan students, faculty and staff members.  Read more

Take a musical tour of the American West

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present musician and songwriter Marc Berger in concert at The Cooperage on Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. The suggested donation is $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. For reservations call 845/252-6783. Food will be provided by Jill Padua and it is BYOB. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. His song, “The Last One,” has been performed by Richie Havens in the United States and Europe. His recent album, “RIDE” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide.

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Panel explores how artists respond to our environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a panel of local artists and public figures for “Arts and the Landscape,” a discussion of how art forms interact with and respond to our natural environment. The panel discussion will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, November 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Movies in Monticello: ‘Up’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group will hold showings on the first and third Friday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Read more

Free Theatre to encore Tony Award ‘RED’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues bringing its work around the county with an encore reading performance of the Tony award-winning play “RED” by John Logan. There will be two performances on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre at Sullivan County Community College.  Read more

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