There’s no time like the present, according to the old adage. While it seems prudent to be in the moment, there’s something to be said for revisiting the past once in a while, and planning for the future often comes in handy. The past week provided opportunities to do all three, and I’m still basking in the glow of reconnecting with old friends, thanks to social networking. For those of you who have chosen to eschew Facebook (and I’m sure you have your reasons) I’m here to testify. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for an evening of true stories titled “Reunions” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Read more
MILFORD, PA — “Godspell” will be performed at the Milford Theatre from October 24 to 27, presented by City Stage Theatre Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
This rock opera was first produced on Broadway in 1971 when it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. It employs theatrical devices including pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Every fall, The Lakeside Players produce a mystery/thriller, and this month, they’re back in Honesdale, presenting “Making a Killing,” by John Nassivera. The play will be performed on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 827 Church St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open its autumn show, featuring the works of over 30 artists, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 31 Jersey Ave. The exhibit runs through November 27.
Among the works of the many artists will be several paintings by the late Joe Splendora of Milford, PA. (UpFront plans a solo exhibition of the “Art of Joe Splendora” during the winter.)
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Contact Gordon Graff or Debbie Raia at 845/856-2727, or visit the “UpFront Exhibition Space” on Facebook.
MILFORD, PA — On Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m., The Pike County Historical Society will host a showing of, and commentary on, “The Vanishing American” (Paramount 1925). The film was adapted from the Zane Grey novel of the same title. Located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, the film will be shown in the Foundation Room of The Columns Museum.
Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand to discuss and introduce the film. Admission is free. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The band Sour Bridges will perform on Friday, October 18, at The Cooperage at 7:30 p.m. Sour Bridges features Honesdale boys Bill and Matt Pucci.
In just three years, Sour Bridges has become a fixture of the Austin, TX music scene. It has nailed a reputation as the region’s premiere indie-bluegrass band. It plays “browngrass”—a mildly crazed offspring of bluegrass—with mandolin, banjo and fiddle at full-throttle, high-lonesome vocal harmonies, and a feverish exuberance that Texas public radio described as “Americana gone wild.” Read more
SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) closes its 2013 Season with “Drop Dead,” a farce by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.
This comedy portrays the final dress rehearsal and opening night of a cast of has-been actors trying to revive their careers. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Adrien Reju will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Drive on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Her melodies bear a similarity to the tradition of Carole King or Carly Simon, but in practice they’re more akin to the Dixie Chicks or indie-darling Feist. Reju has also recently joined A.C.Newman in support of Canadian singer-songwriter Neko Case, a legend to much of Generation Y. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — Fisherwomen and fishermen headed to Roscoe last weekend to partake in many activities at the 2nd annual TroutoberFest. Sponsored by The Beaverkill Angler, Hardy, Orvis, Umpqua, Cortland, Patagonia and others, the event was an opportunity for anglers from as far away as Florida and Maine to gather and learn about new techniques, try out equipment, engage in a sanctioned fishing tournament and learn to fly fish. Read more
I came home from work this morning to find a package left on my doorstep. The box, left by the mail carrier, was stamped with these red lettered instructions: “open immediately.” So, with curiosity, I did—to find three heirloom crown imperial bulbs nestled in the classified section of an Ann Arbor newspaper. Read more
At a recent meeting of the Wayne Conservation District, board members and staff received a sobering update on two factors negatively affecting Pennsylvania’s forests.
John Maza, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources service forester for Wayne and Lackawanna counties noted that the emerald ash borer (EAB), a brilliant green beetle that has decimated ash tree populations in multiple states since first being identified in Michigan in 2002, has now been identified in Luzerne County. Read more
WHITE MILLS, PA — Fall foliage, antiques and local history come together on Columbus Day weekend as White Mills opens the doors to several of the village’s historic attractions along the White Mills Community Trail. The Dorflinger Factory Cutting Shop hosts the 27th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show and Sale from Friday through Sunday. Read more
REGION — Join the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) in celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday with performances of his beloved opera “La Traviata” on October 14 at 8 p.m. at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave. #1600, NYC, and October 20 at 3 p.m. with Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at Rhinebeck High School Theater.
Under the stage direction of Carol Castel and diction coaching of Nico Castel, the cast includes Julie-Anne Hamula as Violetta, John Kaneklides as Alfredo, Wayne Line as Germont, Meredith Hudack as Flora and Annina, and Georgios Papadimitriou as Dottore Grenvil. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Rivers and their piscine inhabitants—especially in the Upper Delaware region—form the theme of the Stray Cat Gallery’s show “A River Runs through It,” opening on Friday, October 11, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will host the fifth annual Liberty Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the museum.
The festival was founded and organized annually by Walter Keller, long-time village store owner and the Village of Liberty’s Poet Laureate, who died this past year.
In honor of Keller, volunteers will read a cross-section of his poems interspersed with stories about Keller and reminiscences of his decades-long very public presence in Sullivan County. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Evan Mack returns to the community for his first concert in Sullivan County since 2007. “My Other Journey Home” is a concert of music composed by Mack, with works for solo piano, opera, violin and choir on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts. The performance will include mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell, violinist Joshua Rodriguez, and the Port Jervis High School Choir under the baton of Ruth Ann Gordon. The choir will sing Evan Mack’s “Langston Hughes’s Dream of Freedom.” Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local author and artist Helena Clare Pittman for a book signing and memoir experience introducing her newest book “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” at the CAS Arts Center, at 48 Main St. on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
Pittman will talk about her experience of writing from her memories of childhood, and the process of putting them together for this episodic novel that crosses over from children’s to adult reading. Books will be available for sale. 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|