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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

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Labor Day Parade in DeBruce

DEBRUCE, NY — “Cars, Crafts & Country” are coming to the DeBruce Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 3. For the third year in a row, the festivities will benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library.

The gathering begins at 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats, The MountainTones Marching Band, Farmer Jim and His Clan, the antique “Parksville” fire truck and over 50 antique cars. The party will include entertainment by Lorena the Flamenco Dancer, Rainbow Fire Hoops, Kelly Curtis Juggling & Face Painting and Balloon Art by the Balloon-a-tic.  Read more

Tastes of Wayne alights at the Ledges

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Tastes of Wayne-First Wednesdays program will travel to the Glass Wine Bar & Bistro at Ledges Hotel on Wednesday, September 5. For every meal served at the restaurant, a donation will be made to the Wayne County Historical Society. Plan your choices of wine and small plates by looking at Glass’s menu on their website, www.ledgeshotel.com/glasswine.htm.

New art exhibition

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Framing the Landscape,” a three-person exhibition featuring photographs from Gregory T. Davis and Chip Forelli and oil paintings by Kit Sailer, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., running September 1 to October 7.  Read more

Neversink Farm barn dinner

CLARYVILLE, NY — A dinner will be served at Neversink Farm, a small-scale organic vegetable and flower farm in the Catskills, on Saturday September 1. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Struck:” a work in progress at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Tannis Kowalchuk and Brett Keyser will perform a work-in-progress presentation of their newest original play, “Struck,” on Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

Dance party at Wurtsboro Music Festival

WURTSBORO, NY — KC and The Sunshine Band will headline a star-studded dance party with Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash at the Wurtsboro Music Festival at the Wurtsboro Airport on Thursday, August 30.

KC and the Sunshine Band is famous for disco hits like “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.” Multi-platinum recording artist Dayne’s three albums for Arista Records, “Tell It to My Heart,” “Can’t Fight Fate” and “Soul Dancing,” produced 12 Top 20 singles.  Read more

Eleanor Curran showcases paintings

STARLIGHT, PA —The gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake will feature oil and acrylic paintings by Eleanor Curran as well as watercolors, photography and clayboard by the members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League during September.  Read more

One more outing Under the Moon

WHEN: Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Callicoon Creek Park, Callicoon, NY.

COST: Suggested donation $5, $10 for a family, under 12 free.

CONTACT: mneville@ptd.net

CALLICOON, NY — Following a successful season, the organizers of the Under the Moon in Callicoon concert series have arranged for one more event than originally anticipated, concluding on Labor Day weekend with a night of music this Saturday at the Callicoon Creek Park on Dorrer Drive, behind Lower Main Street. Bring the kids, chairs, blanket and a picnic to see the summer off in style.  Read more

It’s Harvest Festival time

WHEN: Sunday, September 2 from 11 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, corner of Hurd and West Shore roads in Bethel, NY.

COST: Admission free; parking $2

CONTACT: BethelWoodsCenter.org or 866/781-2922.  Read more

Transformation in progress

Transformation—it’s one of today’s buzz words, latched onto by many organizations dealing with myriad pressures, such as global competition, the state of the economy and new technology.

We use the word a lot in economic development. The question to be asked is whether there is strategic action behind it, or whether it is merely used as a marketing tool. Care must be taken as to whether the transformative actions are needed and the proposed outcomes are good.  Read more

Correction: no charge for picnic

NARROWSBURG, NY - The Narrowsburg News printed in the Thursday, August 23 newspaper was incorrect with regard to the picnic celebrating 150th anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Church. The picnic is invitation only, and there is not a $15 charge.

‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The final presentation of the Delaware Valley Opera’s season “Shakespeare Sings” will be a festive concert celebrating the poetry, theater and music based on Shakespeare’s plays on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre.

Called “All’s Well That Ends Well,” the event will highlight dance, theatrical scenes, songs and operatic numbers presented by 10 present and past singers of the company. They will be singing songs that they especially love in an informal setting.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest celebrates Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest will take place this year from August 24 through 26, with activities and events all around the Lake Region.

Returning events will include the open market fair; the boat, watercraft and Seadoo show; live music; tours of the dam; free sailboat rides; the boat parade; and the tour de towpath bike ride among others.  Read more

Pianist Soheil Nasseri at Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — Internationally acclaimed pianist Soheil Nasseri will be featured at the next performance in the Town of Lumberland Cultural Series, presented at Lumberland Town Hall, 1054 Proctor Rd. on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. Hailed by The New York Times as “consistently interesting… consistently thoughtful… a vivid imagination,” Nasseri will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Hersch.  Read more

Family nature weekend at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a “Migrate to PEEC” Family Nature Getaway Weekend from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. There will be interpretive hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. The fee of $205 per adult ncludes three nights’ lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Child, commuter and day rates are also available. Pre-registration is requested. Call 570/828-2319 or visit www.peec.org, peec@peec.org.

Art auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold its annual benefit art auction on Saturday, August 25 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center near Hawley.

Part of this year’s Wally Fest (see page 13), the auction features works of art by over 30 local artists. This year’s theme is “Crate Expectations,” and the artists have created colorful “containers” of all kinds.  Read more

Jewish film festival

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Second Annual Catskill Jewish Film Festival takes place on Thursday, August 23 and Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe, behind Java Love.  Read more

Caesar Rodney’s ride for the Declaration

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History continues its program of historical presentations at 1 p.m. on August 26, when noted children’s author Jan Cheripko elaborates on the dramatic, not-so-famous story he tells in “Caesar Rodney’s Ride: The Story of an American Patriot,” an award-winning book for young adults describing Rodney’s ride to Philadelphia to cast a crucial vote on the Declaration of Independence.  Read more

Contra Dance at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 25 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.

There is no need to bring a partner, or to have experience. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, free for kids under 15. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

The times, they are a changin’

It’s impossible to visit, much less live in this neck of the woods, without acknowledging the region’s history. The resorts—and talent that appeared in and around them—are legendary. Books have been written and movies have been made. During simpler times, comic Red Skelton starred in the 1938 romp “Having Wonderful Time,” set in a Catskills hotel. Roman Polanski’s creepy “Knife in the Water” takes place here in the mountains, focusing on a hitchhiker and a couple’s weekend outing in 1962.  Read more

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