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
It’s no secret that I love what I do for a living. Whether it’s catching a new show in town, checking out the latest art installation, or attending local events in any number of charming hamlets and villages scattered across this gorgeous playground we call home, there is always something stimulating and picturesque calling to me. Read more
Honesdale, PA — Honesdale High School’s Keep On Rockin’ Club showcases its talent at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. This annual event welcomes returning and rookie musicians alike to demonstrate their skills. Students in this club have a set time during the school day to work on advancing their musical interests by learning new instruments, forming bands, or simply jamming. These opportunities have allowed great talent and musical collaboration to emerge from local kids. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.
MONTICELLO, NY — The youth committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council hosts an ongoing series of free PG and PG-13 movies with screenings on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons every month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks are available for 50 cents.
“Gravity,” a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat science fiction thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts facing the destruction of their space shuttle, will be shown on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Rated PG-13. Read more
REGION — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival is coming to Honesdale, PA, on Saturday, November 1. Submit your original short movie with a spooky theme (horror, psychological, thriller, campy, creepy, eerie). Movies must have a running time of five minutes or less and should not include excessive violence or explicit sexual content. All entries are due by October 4. For more information or for the submission form, visit www.canaltown552.com or contact Canaltown at email@example.com.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, from those offering the traditional experience (recreation, arts and crafts, games and activities) to specialized camps focused on a particular interest (the performing arts, or science education, or instruction in a sport, etc.). Read more
I spent my adolescence in North Carolina, during the storied reign of Dean Smith as basketball coach for the UNC “Tar Heels.” An important part of UNC’s strategy during those years was the “Four Corners Offense.” Having established a lead, four Tar Heel players would stake out the corners of the offensive court and use up as much time as possible just passing the ball back and forth. Read more
The state of Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan. Every five years, states must update their plans in order to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds. Part of that process includes an online survey in which residents can weigh in on the recreational activities and conservation goals that are most important to them. The deadline to complete the survey is May 16. Read more
Our Upper Delaware fishery has a rich and fascinating history. We have an abundance of fishing opportunities in our backyard that are all too easy to take for granted. Threats to our fisheries are never far around the bend. Yet there always seems to be a “river champion” who rises to the occasion, or goes quietly about her everyday efforts to improve the river or angling opportunities. I use the word “her” advisedly, for our fishery has had an abundant share of woman protectors and activists. This column is far too short to mention more than just a sampling. Read more