ROSCOE, NY — Garden lovers are invited to view 10 private gardens in the Roscoe area during the fourth annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23. The bus tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club and returns for a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m.
The tour benefits the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. The cost is $35 per person for the bus tour, which includes travel on a coach bus provided by Rolling V, guide, prize drawings and snacks. Bus riders will also tour a special “secret garden.” The tour will stop for lunch in Roscoe. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a concert for Haiti conducted by Stuart Hirsch, music director at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello and founder of Archangel Airborne, on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church. Archangel Airborne is a group of local pilots who periodically fly to Haiti with medical personnel and supplies for those who continue to suffer following the 2010 earthquake. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will have antique appraisers on hand to take a look at your items on Saturday June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The $5 museum admission allows you to bring in items to be assessed by local volunteer “antiquers” and collectors. it is strictly for fun and should not be used for insurance purposes. A “cash for gold” assessor will be on hand willing to offer the day’s market price, on the spot, for gold and silver. Visit www.pikecountyhistoricalsoci ety.org or call 570/296-8126.
While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is bound and determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — John Nivens, a student at Port Jervis High School, is the winner of the Gillinder Glass Design a Sun Catcher Contest. John designed a train to represent Port Jervis. A mold will be made of his design, and he is invited to press the first sun catcher, which he will be given as his prize for winning the contest. The second-place design, also a train, was submitted by Gabrielle Santoro, a student of Elaine Tedesco’s Hearts & Hands Art Center. Port Jervis High School student Samantha Sanfilippo’s eagle took third place. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Outsider’s Studio Collective will host a silent art auction, “Farm to Easel,” for Catskill Mountainkeeper’s 2012 Barnfest, to be hosted by Debra Winger at the Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14. The art auction will comprise small works pertaining to agriculture in some way, shape or form—the theme does not have to be taken too literally. Read more
I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded. Read more
As I am writing this, my daughter is having a nervous breakdown about finding a job after college. I am trying to ignore the caterwauling emanating from her room. I am on deadline, after all. This, of all the work I do in the world, is the one I am paid for dependably. Still, I can’t help feeling her pain and wanting it to stop. Read more
Those tireless pollsters at the Pew Research Center’s “People and the Press” project (www.people-press.org) recently released the results of their latest study—results that really should come as a surprise to no one. The Pew researchers say that, in terms of values and basic beliefs, Americans have become increasingly polarized along partisan lines over the last couple of decades. In fact, according to the study, political divisions have become the most significant in our society—exceeding the divisions that you might expect to find along gender, age, race, or even class lines. Read more
An interesting collection of exotic and domestic animals were featured at a recent Open Farm Day at Country Ark Farm (CAF) near Milford, PA. Run by the Ciancitto family and a group of volunteers for the past 23 years, the non-profit foundation provides recreational, pet and art therapy experiences for mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults. CAF is housed on a 26-acre property which is home to an assortment of well-socialized animals that have been hand-raised for the various programs offered. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A photographic essay by Eldred photographer George Haas, “The Drop,” will be on display at the Highlands Photographic Guild from June 9 through July 8. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Milford’s Art after Dark evening. Read more
TAMIMENT, PA — The Mount Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (The Mount) will host a lawn party to kick off each of its 10 Music On The Mount Summer Concerts beginning Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The lawn parties will feature local bands, a discount barbeque, special tastings from sponsors, giveaways, beer and wine bars, picnic and party space and more. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Experience the intimacy of chamber music surrounded by beautiful art and a babbling brook at the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) early summer benefit at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Light gourmet supper with wine and dessert will follow music by Bach, Vivaldi and Honnegger for flute, harpsichord and cello. The event takes place at a private home; make reservations to get location and directions. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring the exhibit “It’s All About the Hats” for the month of June, with paintings that explore the character of hats and the characters that wear them by three of the gallery’s long-time favorite members: Madeline Tully, Alvin Rosser and Al Bialos. These are three distinctive styles of painting with one common thread—hats. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark. Read more
STERLING, PA — Antique tables, chairs, dishes and items from the old Sterling School are just some of the many things being auctioned off on June 9 at 9 a.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church at 567 Sterling Road. It will be the first of a series of auctions to benefit projects at the church. It will benefit the renovations that were recently completed on the bell tower.
The church was founded in 1848 in Sterling Township. On the church grounds sits the church hall, which has had previous incarnations as the Sterling Grange Hall, the municipal building and the local school. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — “An American Salute” is the theme of the annual spring concert of Sullivan County Community Chorus, which will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. Under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, the music’s themes will include our homegrown talents; our love of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; our armed services; and a medley from “Les Miserables.” Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY—The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Eight Days of Blues at a summer benefit concert “Blues in the Back Yard” on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m.
Eight Days of Blues performs original and classic American roots blues infused with rock, funk, R&B and a dash of Latin. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to the lawn behind the Leura Murray Center (the main building for the museum, 26 Hoag Rd.) The Friends of the Neversink Museum will provide cookout fare: hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks for a fee. Proceeds will benefit the museum. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present a second weekend of Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances will be on Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10. Showtime on Thursday through Saturday is 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. show on Sunday. Call 845/292-3788. (See also Jonathan Fox’s column.)