Eleven. The frigid number of degrees on the thermometer as I left the house and headed to Monticello, NY to catch “Kiss Me Kate” at the high school on Friday. The book, written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack, adds sparkle to the (IMHO) incredibly clever score, penned by the incomparable Cole Porter, who created 15 original songs for this homage to Shakespeare. Read more
HURLEYLVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) has put out a casting call for its summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.
With the first sign of spring comes time for year-round resident birds to repair nests or build new ones in preparation for a new breeding season. For our resident eagles, that work has already begun over the course of the winter, and as of the beginning of March, a few pairs have already started to incubate eggs. Once incubation has started, the adults will share this duty until the eggs hatch about 35 days later. Rearing the young takes another 12 weeks or so until they are ready to fledge. Read more
HORTONVILLE, NY — Harp, viola and flute are on the bill as Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) ushers in its 18th season with two unique spring concerts: at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in Hortonville, and at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Brooklyn. Harpist Elaine Christy joins violist Dov Scheindlin and flutist Judith Pearce in both programs, the centerpiece of which is Debussy’s penultimate work, his Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — Spiritual Journeys, a local spiritual gift shop in Milford, will present a Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo on Sunday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jean Work Scholarship Fund for GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a number of courses in spring. Among them are a Kids Wheel-throwing Clay Class, on six Sundays starting April 17; Pots for Tots, on six Sundays starting April 17; Fine Art is Fun, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; Art for Kids, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; and How to Photograph Your Artwork, one session on Saturday, April 2.
Fees start at $45. Classes are held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, with a five student minimum. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Spring Sunday Night Cinema Series presents “Taste of Cherry” on March 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Iranian-born filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, the 1997 film is about a mysterious middle-aged man who drives around the outskirts of a city offering strangers money to help him commit suicide. It raises questions about the morality of suicide and the nature of compassion, and won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a two-day playwriting program at the Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg branches on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. Both days there will be a playwriting seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Jeffersonville branch, led by playwright and workshop mentor Bonnie Culver. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY— Monticello High School will persent the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium at Monticello High School. A twist on Shakespeare ’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the musical features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, including such memorable numbers as “Another Openin,’ Another Show,” “Why Can’t You Behave.” Tickets are available at the door and through MHS students and cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, with free admission for senior citizens.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Outsider Studio Collective will present an evening of storytelling and narrative art with guest storyteller Judith Katz at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Flour Power Bakery. Listen to 12 stories pertaining to “baggage,” then view an art exhibit of works that are narrative in style. Treats will be available for purchase. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theoutsidersstudio.com.
BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will present “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers,” a touring exhibition organized by Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA.
The special exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, and will be on display from Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, June 26. It features 117 space-themed record album covers that were released between 1940 and 1969, the dawn of the space age, when space was a mystery, and space exploration was seen as adventurous and groovy. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Leadership Sullivan Class of 2011 will hold a fundraiser at the Dancing Cat Saloon to benefit the new computer center at Federation for the Homeless in Monticello on Tuesday, March 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. A buffet with cash bar will be available as well as music by Stacy Cohen.
Tickets cost $25. Checks can be made out to The Sullivan County Chamber Foundation. Proceeds from this event will help purchase computer software, desks and chairs that are needed for the completion of this community-based computer center.
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The “circle of life” was in full swing this week, as I augmented my schedule minute by minute. Sullivan County lost one of its local treasures on Wednesday, March 16th when Blanche Masters, the irascible, tenacious, one-of-a-kind pit bull (with a heart of gold) owner of Blanche’s Diner on Rt. 17B in Mongaup Valley passed away peacefully at home. Read more
Barryville Artisan Fair
BARRYVILLE, NY — The Barryville Artisan Fair will take place along Austin Road located at the intersection of the Route 97 Scenic Byway & NYS Route 55 and adjacent to the BrookHouse Gallery, on one Saturday a month from May through October.
The fair is seeking participants who produce high-quality hand-made crafts, fine art, outdoor garden sculpture and hand crafted furniture. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Children ages five through 12 can test their building skills at the 5th Annual Children’s Lego Contest during the free Wayne County Builders Association Home and Garden Festival. The contest will be held Saturday, April 30 during the two-day WCBA Home and Garden Festival, at Ladore Camp & Conference Center, in Waymart. Contestant sign-in begins Saturday at 1 p.m.; the contest runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Two age groups are eligible: five-to eight-year-olds and nine-to-12-year-olds. Pre-registration is required. Prizes will be awarded in each age category. Read more
Before we know it, our parkas will be put away, we’ll be relaxing at our favorite swimmin’ holes and the lawnmowers will be humming. I’m already humming a different tune, having attended the annual Roots & Rhythm Arts and Music Festival kick-off party (and fund raiser) last week at the Narrowsburg Inn.
A nice crowd was on hand to lend their support and dig into their pockets while several great acts performed, whetting my appetite for the sixth annual music and arts festival, slated for June 18 in Honesdale, PA. Read more
How well do you keep a secret? When your best friend tells you something in confidence, do you tell your husband and no-one else? Do you tell a small circle of friends and hope they’ll keep it in the circle? In my experience, keeping a secret that doesn’t involve our personal safety is rare and difficult. Read more
Several friends contacted me in February to say that Richard Talleur had passed away. Next, the newsletter of the Pike-Wayne chapter of Trout Unlimited arrived with the news that Fredrick Eck had died. Mr. Eck had operated fly fishing shops in the Honesdale, Scranton and Starlight areas. His then wife, Patti, had been an excellent ambassador of good will at his stores. She had an uncanny knack of remembering the names of even those who were only sometimes customers. Rick also gave freely of his time to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. Read more
Years ago I used to fish a beautiful little trout stream, the West Branch of the Croton, where it flows between West Branch Reservoir and Croton Falls Reservoir. Being self employed, I was able to steal away at times for a long lunch hour and do a little fishing. I would park my car up at the property of the Putnam County Fish & Game Association. From there it was a short walk down a steep ridge to the brook and some of my favorite pools. The club caretaker owned two dogs. One was a large brown mutt, the other a spaniel type breed. Read more