Being an avid science fiction fan and music lover, I was excited to be one of the first to experience “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers” exhibit, debuting at the Museum at Bethel Woods (bethelwoodscenter.org/museum) this past weekend. Scanning the website, I was intrigued by this unique aspect of artwork created to “reflect the growing interest generated by the space race” Read more
On the morning of March 23, I received a phone call from my friend and neighbor, John Keator, who told me that he had a duck in his woodstove. I asked, “You have a what in your woodstove?!” John is an avid and competent birder, and it was quickly determined that there was some sort of waterfowl in his woodstove. I grabbed a few items and left for John’s house. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Casino Royale fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 at the Monticello Motor Club. The black tie event will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and include light fare, cash bar, $50,000 in “chamber chips” and entertainment. Advance purchase is required. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — There will be an Easter Bunny Photo Shoot for your dog at Your Dog’s Place training center, located on Route 191 just 3 miles north of Honesdale, on Sunday, April 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You can have a custom portrait taken of your bunny munchkin by Photo Fox Studios. The cost is $15 for your Sit, Down or Just Wag session and a five-by-seven-inch print, or $20 for the five-by-seven-inch print including a digital image emailed to you.
Call 570/729-8977 or 698-8407.
BETHEL, NY — Beaucoup Blue, a Philadelphia-based duo of father and son David and Adrian Mowry that won the 2006 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17 B on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. as part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Savor the Arts fundraising program. There will be complimentary appetizers from Dancing Cat Saloon, 20% off all dinners for attendees prior to the show. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY and HONESDALE, PA — The Delaware Valley Opera will open its anniversary season with a concert series “Voices of the Valley.” The first concert will be “An Evening of Spanish Zarzuela and Song,” on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg and on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. Admission to each concert costs $15. The next concert will be “An Evening of German Songs” on Friday, April 22 at the Tusten Theatre. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville presents “Sullivan County and the Civil War” on Sunday, April 10. There will be displays and re-enactors from the the New York State 143rd and the 156th Regiments of Volunteers of the Civil War. Eileen Kalter, Richard Chiger and Sally Gladden from the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will share letters written by soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. Also, Nick Ost and Matthew Boswell will present a staged reading of an originial Civil War one-act play entitled “Time Out” written by Sally Gladden. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold a “Ladies of the ‘80s” drag show and dance party, starring Anita Mann, Karyn Thomas and Gio Michaels, on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Black Walnut Inn. There is a $20 cover charge. Visit www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com or call 570/296-6322.
SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society (SRHS) will hold a book sale and antiques appraisal fair on Saturday, April 9 at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, at 108 Glen Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A wide assortment of new and gently used books has been donated, and is available at bargain prices. There are books for all ages and all interests, including mysteries, cookbooks, children’s stories, how-tos, autobiographies, romance and more. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema will present the Gene Wilder film “Haunted Honeymoon” on April 10. Showings of the film series are at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial Street. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the Arts Alliance. The film will be preceded with a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.wayne countyartsalliance.org or call 570/253-6850.
BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host two free, interactive performances that pay tribute to different cultures and performing arts. These family-friendly performances will educate the audience, incorporating the legacy and future of Arabic and African drum music. Kofi and Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 10, followed by internationally acclaimed Arab musician Simon Shaheen on Saturday, May 7. Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Event Gallery. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to the Nutshell on Saturday, April 9, with Dan Naturman and Rich Kiamco. A cash bar will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/164725 or call the ticket hotline at 800/838-3006.
HAWLEY, PA — William Samford, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, is currently working with local musicians on a service to be held at 10 a.m. on April 10, the sermon/musical, “Who I Was Born to Be.” The musical depicts the life of Jesus. Many of the arrangements have been written by local musicians. All are welcome to attend this special service, and are invited to stay for coffee and fellowship, and to meet and greet the musicians.
LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will hold a spring members exhibition and sale starting with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will feature new work by members Robert Friedman, Cate Gundlah, Kathy Jeffers, Buff McAllister and Hank Schneider.
During the opening, guests will be able to sample the CAG’s famous goodies, along with wine, soda and other refreshments. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery focus on nudes and figures, like this painting by Al Rosser, in its April show titled ”La Bella Figura,” a collaborative effort of its co-op artist membership. It will open on April 7, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Read more
REGION — Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower, a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, that generates all of its own energy with renewable sources, captures and treats all of its water. Imagine a city block sharing resources from building to building, growing food and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation. Imagine true sustainability in our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign. Read more
“It’s back… dunt, dunt dah,” my daughter Lily announces as I slowly make my way with the cane. Yes, it’s back, this old, heavy, wooden cane, a hand-me-down from my cousin Elizabeth to my mother and now to me. Misplacing it, hunting for it, the familiar clatter of dropping it, are now, strangely, mine. Read more
The plant depicted here belongs along the banks of the Delaware River, and in fact, has already emerged and fallen under the scrutiny of my camera lens last week. The other items appearing at top, left, do not, and appeared just upriver from this skunk cabbage.
The river’s borders can seem especially dreary at this time of year, as flooding and receding waters deposit all manner of trash on its banks. Although it might appear that very little is going on along those edges, the deep maroon and chartreuse clusters of skunk cabbage tell a different story. Read more
When the earthquake struck Japan, people in Tokyo were trapped because public transportation was disrupted. On the third day after the quake, people were taking the last remaining food from stores. After four days, severe shortages of food and water spread across the country. Then the nuclear reactor exploded. Read more
Writing last month’s column, I wasn’t sure what I found more disturbing—that hydrofracking giant Halliburton expected us to believe their new fracking system “made up of ingredients sourced entirely from the food industry” was safe, or that the food on supermarket shelves contained additives that could fracture shale. Read more