SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Nico Castel, coach for the Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVO) from 2011 until his death in May of 2015 and husband of the company’s artistic director Carol Castel, is to be commemorated in three programs. Prior to his work at the DVO, Castel had a long and distinguished career in opera, including being a supporting tenor and staff diction coach at the Metropolitan Opera. Nico’s wife Carol is coordinating the efforts. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) Artful Bear coordinator Tim Moreland, left, is seen here with bear wrangler Jay Lozada and Artful Bear artist Joe Petrosi. All were attendees at a “Bear Nekked Brunch,” which took place on Sunday, June 5. At the brunch, the 2016 artists picked up the bear forms that they will be decorating for the film festival’s annual Artful Bears fundraiser. The bears will reappear in Milford in full regalia, and with full fanfare at The Artful Bear Community Picnic, on August 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The festival itself will take place from October 14 to 16.
HONESDALE, PA — The streets of Honesdale will resound with music as the Roots & Rhythm festival returns this Saturday, June 18. There will be music at venues all around downtown starting at 10:30 a.m., running to 1 p.m., with Main Stage acts in Central Park from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’re still not ready to stop partying, you can join the Late Night Ramble at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., with live music from 10 p.m. to midnight. Read more
EQUINUNK, PA — There will be a summer solstice shamanic circle and celebration at the blessing of the full moon and the longest day on Sunday, June 19 at Angels and Animals Studio, 24 Shank Rd. The event starts at 12 noon; journeying begins at 2:30 p.m.
Participants are advised to bring a picnic, water shoes and bathing suit. You can also bring drums, rattles and offerings for the ceremony. Beginners are welcome. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its summer artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. On exhibit will be the work of Michael Indorato of Asbury Park, NJ. He is a mostly self-taught painter with a zeal for harnessing his inner emotional states to create deeply personal works of art. He is currently featured as one of the 50 Top Emerging Artists in Art Business News and has work in private collections around the world. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The “Brides in Art” exhibit/reception will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center. The program will include a community art project, where attendees are invited to paint and sign a portion of a large canvas—no art experience necessary. The art piece will be donated to the senior center. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Tourism, Port Jervis Council for the Arts and Minisink Valley Historical Society invite you to enjoy “Art & History in the Park” on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists will show their works in the park honoring the memory of Dorthea Solomon, who founded Port Jervis Council for the Arts, and the late local artist Matilda Grech. Read more
DINGMANS FALLS, PA — The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s resident artist for 2015/2016, Marie Liu of Milford, will present a series of free public events between June and August. In celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial, Liu’s work is on display at Kittatinny Point Visitor Center in New Jersey and at Dingmans Falls Visitor Center in PA through the summer. Read more
MILFORD, PA — In late 2014 Rolling Stone magazine named the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio to its short list of top world music albums. Now, 18 months later, the Pascual Trio and singer-dancer Barbara Martinez will perform “Flamenco: Old and New” at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
Featuring Pascual on guitar, bassist Brad Barrett and Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantila, the trio colors flamenco with elements of jazz, world music and even rock. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This summer Jeffersonville JEMS will celebrate various cultures of the people of Jeffersonville through four international days. The first, focusing on the culture and foods of Turkey, will be held on Saturday, June 18, with festivities beginning at 10 a.m., when the Western Sullivan Public Library, Jeffersonville Branch, will offer a fun two hours exploring the ancient Turkish game of Mangala. Participants will not only learn about the game, but will also make Mangala game boards. Read more
ELDRED, NY — NACL Theatre of Highland Lake will present The Carpetbag Brigade, an international stilt theatre company, in a special pop-up stilt show at The Corner in Eldred on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Inspired by the challenge of climate change, and speaking in transformational metaphors using the craft of acrobatic stilt walking, “Callings” is a poetic homage to the sirens of the sea. The ghost of a sea captain and the primal siren confront the sailors of commerce, seducing them into an awakening realization that the ocean is a living being. Read more
Pirates, puppets and a parrot (yes, a real one!) took over Main Street Livingston Manor on Saturday for the 13th annual Trout Parade. The popular event was pirate-themed this year and parade scallywags, I mean participants, dressed up in boots and hats accessorized with hook hands, eye patches and swords. The parade was led by honorary Grand Marshal John Conway, the Sullivan County Historian, and included Rolling River Café, Cabernet Frank’s, NACL Theatre, local politicians Aileen Gunther and Zephyr Teachout, the Livingston Manor library and school band and others. Read more
The unforeseen support generated by the presidential candidacy of unabashed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, which may or may not be history by the time you read these words, is but the latest in a series of body blows that have rocked our notions of business-as-usual in the past couple of years. (Others have been delivered by such folks as Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis.) Bernie’s campaign demonstrated in no uncertain terms that there is a strong, widespread and undeniable desire for new ways not only of doing business, but of structuring society itself. Read more
The New Yorker’s summer fiction edition arrived in my mail box last week—it is a publication I look forward to all year. Included in this year’s issue is a series of essays about childhood reading and specific books remembered from childhood. It is the kind of personal history memoir that I love to read. Read more
History has shown that rivers, in general, have been used as meeting places and places to settle. Even in pre-European settlement times, Indian tribes used rivers for both living areas and a food source. Locally, Lenape artifacts recovered near the Delaware River have shown that net fishing was greatly utilized and fresh water mussels were a major food source. Sometimes while walking near the river, a flint arrowhead could be found by a woodchuck burrow in the mound of excavated dirt. Read more
Justin is a fine young fellow, soon to graduate from high school and thoughtful enough to visit his grandparents upon the event of “Pop-Pop’s” 95th birthday. The momentous occasion somehow left Justin with just enough time to wet a line on Highland Lake. He caught a good pickerel and wondered if it was a record, as it was the largest pickerel he ever saw. Read more
Word on the street (and by “street” I mean Wikipedia) is that it makes Jack (and by “Jack” I mean me) a dull boy, but what does the old proverb really mean? The Internet source informs us: “It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.” Wait… what? First off, I’m hardly a boy, so there’s that. Secondly, how can one be simultaneously both bored and boring? And I’ve been called a lot of things, but dull is not one of them, nor is it a word often applied to life here in the Upper Delaware River region. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Counterclockwise Ensemble will perform its contemporary take on American chamber music at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Read more
|Fri., Jan. 15||New West Guitar Group at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill|
|Sat., Jan. 16||Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Harmony Presents|
|Tue., Jan. 19||Dharma the Wonder Dog @your library|
|Wed., Jan. 20||Country Voices Poetry group reading|