Believe it or not, being the center of attention is not always my cup of tea. In my mind’s eye, I see some of you laughing and shaking your heads, but it’s true. In fact, there are times when I’m downright shy (hold the guffaws), so when I marched in to the Callicoon Brewing Co. (www.callicoonbrewing.com) the other night under the guise of spending some quality time with my “work wife,” the amazing Amanda Reed, I was not prepared for a surprise party. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — What do you do when you realize your dream? When Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg dreamed of traveling around the world and meeting new people, they got started right away. The French couple has been cycling across 54 countries since 2006 and recently made a stop right here in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Read more
Consider rhubarb: long, ribbed stalks and not a seed or rind in sight. This is a vegetable, right? But in 1947, a New York court decided that since it’s used as a fruit, it should be counted as such for the purposes of regulations and duties. Thus, with one wave of a bureaucrat’s hand did the vegetable family lose one of its own. Read more
If you remember “Field of Dreams,” the iconic 1989 baseball film, Archibald “Doc” Graham had a choice to make. “Doc” was also known as “Moonlight” Graham in his baseball years, and although he played two innings of professional ball with the New York Giants, he never got to bat. This was the premise of the offer that Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) makes to “Doc” Graham (Burt Lancaster)—to play in his “field” on his Iowa corn farm and get a chance to bat with some Hall of Famer’s, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Loitta). Read more
Bald eagle young have been hatching around mid-April, with some early and late exceptions, and now that they are two weeks old or more, they are more visible in the nest. The heads of these eaglets are popping over nest walls, enabling observation and head counts. Small they are, but not for long. The eaglets, which can be cupped in both hands now, will be 10 pounds and have a wingspan of 6.5 feet in 10 short weeks. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Learn the basic steps of Argentine Tango at The Cooperage on May 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. This workshop will be led by Karen and Mike Lucey of Tango in the Tent, a tango organization based out of Factoryville, PA. For nearly a decade on each summer Sunday afternoon, the Luceys have opened up a tent in their backyard and invited the public to join them to dance tango. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373. Pictured are Paige Bodnar of Milford, PA as Princess Aurora and Drake Eshleman of Matamoras, PA as Prince Desiree in “The Sleeping Beauty.”
KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — River House kicks off the season with the first of a meet-the-artist series called Artology on Saturday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This show features Nichole Christian and Pierre Chambres.
Christian, who is from Detroit, is the co-author of “Canvas Detroit,” which profiles the work of nearly 40 artists who are changing the landscape of America’s most misunderstood city. Her work also appears in the books “Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood” and “Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected Portraits of Grief” from The New York Times. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Council for the Arts holds a spring concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday May 17, at Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St. The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s String Ensemble performs popular favorites, show tunes and classical pieces. A reception follows. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Eldred Junior/Senior High School holds the second annual Community Pride Day on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school. The day kicks off with a 5K run/walk, a fundraiser for the Sheila Birkett Gift of Life Scholarship Fund (birkettgiftoflife.org). Sign up for the race for $25 at eldredfaculty.wix.com/eldred2014using. Participants receive a T-shirt, food and water following the race. A carnival with vendors from the school and community runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PARKSVILLE, NY — The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival holds its second concert with The Coyote Anderson Quartet on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café. This new modern-jazz group performs primarily original compositions of guitarist and Sullivan County native Coyote Anderson, who won Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Awards and is a regular member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor hosts Garden Day on Saturday, May 17 (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Celebrate spring with Livingston Manor’s library, chamber of commerce, Renaissance team, the Garden LARCS and Sullivan County Audubon in this community-wide event. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Documentary producer Nancy Burnett presents her audio documentary, “The Battle for Water: One Big City and Many Little Towns,” at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Sunday, May 18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. It tells the story of homes lost and communities destroyed for the creation of New York City’s upstate reservoirs, and the hatred that resulted. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Chuck,” an art installation about a whole lot of stuff, opens at the Plunk Shop at 39 Main St. on Saturday, May 17, between 4 and 7 p.m. At 5 p.m. Karen Hudson, local country-western star, will premiere the music video to her hit song “Mama Was a Train Wreck.”
The show is a multi-media, multi-layered collage featuring the detritus of a family’s life, found many years after the fact. Featured local artists are Robyn Almquist, Claire Coleman, Joanna Hartell, James Karpowicz, Eustacia Marsales, Catherine Skalda and visiting artist Sam Gurry. Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7, $5 for museum members.
Mike, a founding member of the bluegrass bands Tin Roof, Oxford Depot and the Jersey Mountain Boys, has performed throughout the Northeast for the past 20 years, making numerous appearances at Bodles Opera House and the Warwick Valley Winery. Read more
HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Milford-grown violinist/composer Eugene Feygelson and pianist Bobby Mitchell perform at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m., and at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. While Feygelson and Mitchell will present Romantic-era chamber music by Brahms, Strauss, Chopin and contemporary South African composer Martin Scherzinger, they like to leave things to chance and take risks during performances. The result is a combination of classical music’s complexity with the excitement of a live jazz performance. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes Americana Cajun jazz musicians The Amigos Band to the underground theater of the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. This act delivers its own takes on American standards and plays original songs arranged for the group’s mix of alto saxophone, accordion and acoustic guitar. They have appeared in performances with Pete Seeger, David Amram, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band and bluegrass legend Tony Rice. Read more