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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

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Rhodes legacy lives on

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Danilo Carvajal, 59, is the latest person in a long string of those who can thank Richard “Dick” Rhodes for their very life. While not directly rescued by Rhodes, Carvajal was saved by Erika Poston on her first day of service as a trained volunteer of the National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP), the organization Rhodes co-founded 30 years ago, and was passionate about, up until the day he died on April 17.  Read more

Bethel Woods opening salvo explodes with excitement

Even though Donny and Marie were nowhere to be seen, I couldn’t help but conjure up their image as Bethel Woods' first trio of concerts was a little bit country... and a little bit rock and roll. Opening night attracted a sold-out crowd, anxious to catch headliners Lady Antebellum, who were waiting in the wings as husband and wife country duo Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson, (AKA Thompson Square) warmed up the crowd.  Read more

Theatre Beat: “Guys and Dolls” and “The Fantasticks”

Summertime provides entertainment opportunities throughout the Upper Delaware valley, and there are live stage shows popping up all over. Among them, both the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) opened their doors for the season this past week.

The first show on the bill for the FBP is Frank Loesser’s “musical fable,” “Guys and Dolls.” Based on stories and characters written by Damon Runyon, with the show’s book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, “Guys” takes a peek into the world of gamblers, sinners, showgirls and saviors in the late 1940s.  Read more

SullivanArc Garden Tour to focus on Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — There are a couple of big changes in the Sullivan Arc Garden Tour this year, the fourth year of its existence. One change is that participants can choose to take a seat on a 55 passenger bus and have a guided tour of the selected gardens on display, or they can embark on a self-guided tour of the gardens.  Read more

Fun and games at Bethel School

HONESDALE, PA — This summer, for the 14th season, the Wayne County Historical society will host open houses at the Bethel School celebrating “The Way It Was,” the life and times of students attending the one-room schools in times past, times when students of all eight grades gathered in one room with one teacher who taught all subjects.  Read more

Kindred Spirits kicks off with Genticorum

MILFORD, PA — Genticorum, a Quebec band that has become a fixture in the traditional, folk and Celtic music scenes, will perform at the Milford Theatre on June 24 at 4 p.m.

Composed of Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand and Yann Falquet, Genticorum performs music that evokes Celtic reels, French chansons and Cajun hijinks.  Read more

Neversink Farm dinner benefits Mountainkeeper

CLARYVILLE, NY — There will be an intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper. Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills, all prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly. There will be food stations by the river, a cut flower field, barn, pasture and vegetable field. For the kids, there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet.

All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Visit tinyurl.com/cbay6dp to register.

Tour Honesdale’s secret gardens

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year’s event promises a tour of seven gorgeous Wayne County gardens. Tickets cost $15 per person, available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., or call 570/253-3240. The society is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

RiverFolk presents MacDonald

CALLICOON, NY — “Politics, passion, and a sense of humor,” The Village Voice says of singer-songwriter Rod MacDonald, who will perform with bassist Mark Dann at an intimate house concert on Sunday, June 24 in Callicoon. Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs. He co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival and is perhaps best known for his songs “American Jerusalem,” about the “contrast between the rich and the poor in Manhattan,” “Coming of the Snow” and “My Neighbors in Delray,” a description of the 9/11 hijackers’ last days in Delray Beach, FL.  Read more

Opening gala at BlueStone Studio

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Studio will hold a grand opening “Blue Party” on Friday, June 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists David Greenbaum and Joann Wells Greenbaum, an award-winning potter and painter duo, are proprietors of the new pottery studio and gallery space at 206 Broad St. Guests are encouraged to join in with the theme by dressing in blue attire. There will be blues music, complimentary blue appetizers and beverages, blue gifts and other creative surprises.  Read more

UDGLBT holds Pride Weekend

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its first Pride Weekend in Milford on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. To kick off the new event, the UDGLBT community will march, for the first time, in the NYC Heritage of Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. To participate, email event@udglbt.org.  Read more

Rent Money Readings return

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — On Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., the Liberty Free Theatre will kick off its second year of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café with two comedies.

Chet Carlin and Valerie Mansi will read “Post-Its,” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. The play traces the history of a marriage from young love to mature love by looking at the Post-Its the couple have left for each other over the years. In “The Rental,” by Mark Harvey Levine, Rebecca Robbins is taken aback by a surprise birthday present brought to her by Ben Hudson.  Read more

Make-Think-athon

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artists and thinkers in residence at the School of Making Thinking (SMT) will present artwork and performances in a Make-Think-athon in the galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Based in the Catskills, the School of Making Thinking residents explore interdisciplinary projects collaboratively and experientially. The Make-Think-athon will be open to the public and is free.  Read more

SUNY pool opens for season

Loch Sheldrake, NY - The pool at SUNY Sullivan will open on Sunday, June 24 and remain open through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning on June 24, the pool will be open 7 days a week, from Noon until 7:00 pm. A lifeguard will be on duty during operating hours. The pool will close for the fall after September 3 (Labor Day 2012).

The college is offering a variety of individual and family pricing options for use of the pool this season. Pricing is as follows:

FULL SEASON FAMILY PASS
. $100.00 for a family of four
. $10.00 for each additional dependent child (under 16)  Read more

Busy busy busy!

One would think that I’d know better by now. Once Memorial Day hits, and the summer visitors begin their annual migration to the Upper Delaware valley, the always active world of arts and entertainment here in the Catskills amps up big time... and I hit the ground running. This past week, I found myself busily trying to do it all, with limited success. Thankfully, my community support is firmly in place, and a few kind souls assisted me in my efforts to cover the endless array of events spanning two states and four counties, over the river and through the woods.  Read more

All Nighter

Today is still yesterday and tomorrow didn’t happen yet. It’s true. See, I got to work about 24 hours ago. I’ve been up all night, working on a video presentation that my boss is going to give in a few hours.  Read more

The livin’ is easy (-ish)

Just in time for summer sun, Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 Sunscreen Report. It’s thorough, and it challenges the notion that if we just lather on gobs of the stuff, we’re safe. For starters, there’s no clear evidence that sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer; in fact, the FDA admits that it is “not aware of any studies examining the effect of sunscreen use on the development of melanoma.” In addition, using sunscreen may give people an unwarranted sense of security, making them more apt to stay out too long in the sun’s harmful rays.  Read more

Mildred’s Lane hosts curator’s talk at Narrowsburg Mews

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mildred’s Lane, a storefront, office, studio, program extension, and additional site for exchange on Narrowsburg’s Main Street behind Coffee Creations, will run “The Mildred Complex(ity)” this summer, Friday afternoon-into-evening workshops, talks and musical events, free of charge, in downtown Narrowsburg.  Read more

Choralaires in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will welcome the Wayne Choralaires back into Honesdale’s Central Park on Monday, June 25 with a new conductor, Betsy Black.  Read more

The bird whisperer

Plunk! Something had just struck one of the windows that look out on our back porch. Being curious, I went out onto the porch to see what had caused the noise. To my chagrin, I found one of our little wrens lying unconscious on the deck.  Read more

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