Since I own a television, there was no escaping the imminent possibility of what some folks claimed might happen on May 21, 2011. According to the onslaught of information, we were in for quite a ride. Words like “judgment,” “evil” and “sin” kept popping up; therefore I was a bit hesitant to dismiss it out of hand, and made my plans accordingly. Read more
I still remember a diving catch I made in a baseball game of my youth. It was perhaps my finest defensive play. It was the summer of 1998, I was 15 and I was playing second base for the Tusten Chiefs. It was down on the baseball field in Narrowsburg.
It was kind of an out-of-body experience. The crack of the bat and a jump and the glorious feeling of the ball landing in my glove. I don’t remember thinking much about it, just doing it. In my mind, the crowd went wild. But I’m not sure about that particular detail. Read more
I love birds. They are the only wild creatures who present themselves so readily to us, singing us awake in the morning, building their nests on outcroppings of our own nests, inviting us to imagine a life that defies the gravity that keeps us rooted. They are signals of the wildness we are part of. And they are oh so beautiful. Read more
Clearly, the folks at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ( www.Bethelwoods.org ) had their thinking caps on when dubbing the “Event Gallery.” My dictionary describes “event” with words like “momentous,” “important” and “exciting.”
Grammy-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, who performed to a sold-out crowd at the venue this past Saturday, were (IMHO) above and beyond any musical “event” that I have ever personally attended. Read more
The arrival of April and May marks the start of nature’s spring concert with spring peepers and American toads singing near wetlands. Not to be outdone by the amphibians, many warblers and other passerines arrive to contribute to this concert. The melodic call of the wood thrush heralds its arrival from wintering grounds in Central America; this singer is shy and hard to spot, but its song is very distinct as it seeks a mate for the upcoming breeding season. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group will hold its annual Plant Swap & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mews on Main Street, between Narrowsburg Roasters and The Nest. If you have more plants than you need, bring them along and swap them for someone else’s extras. If you’d like more plants for your own garden but don’t have anything to swap, make a monetary donation to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group. For those who wish to drop off plants or baked goods on Friday evening, please call the NBG ahead of time to make arrangements. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The MB ADAPTORS theatre company will offer local audiences an opportunity to view scenes from their current work in progress, “Pulling Strings” on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Shows on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday will be at 1:30 p.m. The location will be the Highland Lake Yoga and Dance Building at 111 Highland Lake Road. There will be a photo gallery of the company’s repertory productions, appetizers, art for sale and desserts after the show. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will present Zoe Mulford on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the home of Jeff Moore, 29 Head Rd.
Rich Warren of WFMT, Chicago described Mulford as “a brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with music with warmth and sincerity and a bit of a twinkle.”
There will be a potluck before the show at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/252-6783.
HONESDALE, PA — “The Ruling Class,” a biting 1972 comedy satirizing the British aristocracy, will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 22, part of the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. The movie stars Peter O’Toole as Jack Gurney, the nutty son of a recently deceased Earl who has inherited the family estate. Concerned about losing his inheritance, an unscrupulous uncle convinces Jack to marry his own mistress in hopes they’ll produce an heir and his nephew can be institutionalized. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library will hold a summer reading program from June 20 through August 9. The theme will be “One World, Many Stories.” The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, toddlers through young adult, with programs, story hours, a reading club and more. Children will explore different lands through stories, music and art. Registration begins on May 23. Email email@example.com or call 570/253-1220.
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21, and will continue every Saturday through Halloween. This year, a number of new vendors join the market including a farmer licensed to sell raw milk. The Hardler Farm will offer fresh beef and pork, sold frozen due to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food safety requirements. Twin Maples Farm will sell homemade pies and cheesecakes, plus a variety of homegrown vegetables throughout the summer and fall. Read more
STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will host guest watercolor artist Jack Yelle in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, opening with a meet-the-artist reception on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Yelle has an extensive background as an illustrator and advertising art director. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After retiring from the corporate scene, he devotes full time to his watercolors. Yelle operates his gallery and studio Morning Star Creations in Roscoe, NY. His award-winning paintings are of fly fishermen, marine subjects and American barns. Read more
WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) is the name of a new exhibition space and cultural center housed in the Silk Mill in White Mills. The inaugural spring opening exhibition of PaPA will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, featuring the highlights of the private art collection of Ronald and Yvonne Parker, exhibited at the newly renovated ArtSpace (shown here). This gorgeous space resembles a Chelsea gallery, with 16-foot ceilings and wooden floors. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Four new artists have joined the ARTery Gallery. Dana Drake, of Milford PA, has been creating both functional and decorative ceramic pieces in her home studio for the past seven years. Her interest in Tibetan Buddhism can often be seen in her clay vessels. Although she prefers her potters wheel, she also creates distinctive hand carved ceramic tiles. Alex Cena, also of Milford, has had a camera in his hand since elementary school and became a full-time photographer almost 10 years ago. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Local author Tom Kane, a reporter with The River Reporter, will hold two readings and signings for his new book, “Bad Church Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” in coming weeks. The first will be held on Friday, May 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Community Room on Commercial Street in Honesdale. The second will be held on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, second floor, on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Festival of the Arts weekend will take place on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to shopping and dining at Honesdale’s many antique stores, galleries and restaurants, the weekend will feature entertainment under the Fred Miller pavilion on Main Street, street vendors with antiques and crafts and more. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”
Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way. Read more
As I prepare to set out on a journey of 10,000 miles with my 20-year-old daughter, I am also being swept back in time by a group of people I have not seen in 40 years. As a result, I am dangling in a kind of suspended animation between the past and the future. It may be that we all live this way every day without awareness; but right now I am aware. Read more