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December 21, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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Giclee prints by Glykokokalos

MILFORD, PA — Master painter and collagist Yanni Glykokokalos has created Giclee prints of some of his best work, which will be featured alongside the originals at a new exhibition at the BlueStone Gallery. Giclee prints are high quality ink jet prints that are the 21st century version of historic printmaking. They are greatly enlarged versions of the originals and many are enhanced through over-painting by the artist. The exhibition began running on August 26 and runs through October 30.  Read more

“real/unreal” at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “real/unreal,” an exhibition of photographic works by Frank Mullaney, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, starting on Saturday, October 15. This exhibition explores the concept of artificiality, and how we use it to represent or reinterpret life and beauty, create utopian worlds, or escape the limitations of our physical existence. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m., followed by the reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

‘Pumpkins in the Park’

SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Park and Recreation Committee will hold its sixth annual Pumpkins in the Park celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at Rohman Park, 120 Twin Lakes Rd. The rain location will be the Shohola Fire Station, Route 434.

The event will feature a pumpkin carving contest at 12 noon. Prizes to be awarded are Most Original, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Super Hero and Scariest. There will also be games, crafts, food, music and a costume parade. The event is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #76.

A story of two extraordinary women

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “The Baker and Dunham Project” on Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Wrong Window” in South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Wrong Window,” a farce by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmor, at the Rivoli Theatre.

Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock with this comedy whodunit. Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Read more

UpFront holds fall show

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Fall 2011 Artists Reception on October 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., for a show that runs through November 30. There will be live music by Walt Edwards and an assortment of food provided by The Grill at River Bend.

UpFront currently has 27 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit. It is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Call 845/856-2727, 856-6330 or visit the gallery on Facebook.

Candidates join in ‘Jail ‘n Bail’ fundraiser

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Stone Jail opens for business again on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m., when the Wayne County Historical Society will host a “Jail ‘n’ Bail” fundraiser featuring county-wide candidates on the November ballot. A “warrant” has been issued for the candidates, and they will have to “go to jail” for one hour in order to raise $100 bail for the historical society. When the bail is raised, they will be granted “time served” and be free to go.  Read more

Jeff Bank holds reception for calendar

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The First National Bank of Jeffersonville (Jeff Bank) and the Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold a reception on Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 48 Main Street to celebrate the 2012 Jeff Bank calendar, Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes in Sullivan County. Photos for the calendar were taken by local photographers, who will be on hand. Light refreshments will be served. The calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

An old-fashioned pig roast benefits Farmhearts

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An event called “Pig Mountain” will offer up a pig roast celebrating all things local on Saturday, October 15 from 1-6 p.m. at Bridle Hill Farm (190 Hemmer Road). The event will feature four chefs roasting eight hogs provided by Hahn’s Farm, vegetarian sides, New York beer and wine and musical entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Farmhearts, a non-profit helping family farms in the Catskills.  Read more

'Wayne County Grown' set to launch

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — A new network and online hub—Wayne County Grown (WCG)—will soon become available to those interested in seeing sustainable agriculture thrive in the region. The initiative aims to integrate regional farms, markets, businesses and sustainability organizations with individuals, schools and communities in Wayne County and the Northeast region.  Read more

You say you wanna revolution

“Well you know, we all want to change the world...”

—Lennon/McCartney

Google the word “revolution.” Your first result might be the Wikipedia entry, which provides a useful place to begin exploring this wide-ranging concept. The entry opens with a definition: “A fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.”  Read more

DIY clean

A friend sent me an article regarding laundry detergents that claim to be “green” and “natural,” even though these particular products are anything but good for the environment.  Read more

Hawk migration 2011: a broad-winged bonanza

When we think of migration, we usually think of ducks, or the many geese we hear overhead during the fall, but many species of hawks migrate as well. In this region, the migration becomes very evident around mid September with large numbers of broad-winged hawks.  Read more

Hit the road with ‘Around the Bend’

HONESDALE, PA — The next Wayne County Arts Alliance’s autumn Sunday Night Cinema film will be “Around the Bend,” a 2004 production written and directed by Jordan Roberts and starring Michael Caine, Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

The film tells the story of four generations of men in a troubled American family. After the death of the family patriarch (played by Caine), his son, grandson and great grandson take off on a road trip.  Read more

Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will roll out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and scarecrows for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft vendors will dot Main Street on both days, and merchants have created scarecrows that can be visited all around town. Old-fashioned hay rides will be offered for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hay rides will depart from the corner of 7th and Main Streets and are sure to be fun for the whole family.  Read more

Campion at The Riverview

HONESDALE, PA — Kevin Campion will debut at the bar of The Riverview Restaurant at Rusty’s bar on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Riverview is dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent in-house and in the community at large, and Campion is a veteran entertainer with regular appearances throughout Wayne County. Email RiverviewBuzz@gmail.com or call 570/253-8800.

Barbershop concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 33rd annual show, titled “Barber Pop,” on Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School. It will feature songs from 1958 to 1970, including songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “Blue Velvet.” The guest professional barbershop quartet will be “Wheelhouse” (Brandon Brooks, Rich Gray, Jeff Gray and Mike Kelly-Bass), which was the 2003 Mid-Atlantic District Champion.  Read more

Exotic birds in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 20th annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Liberty Ambulance Corps building. Owners of pet can enter their own birds; the entry fee is $1 a bird. Every type of exotic bird will be judged in its own division. Every entry is checked by a veterinarian before being admitted to the show.  Read more

Something old, something new

It should come as no surprise that I have a great love of the theatre. Although a big fan of the classics, I also find that experiencing new work can be as stimulating as revisiting the tried and true, and this week turned out to be a wonderful example of both.  Read more

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

NARROWSBURG, NY — As a faithful supporter of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), I’m looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary Gala with like-minded folks on Sunday, October 9 (see sidebar). Sifting through the mounds of articles already written about the organization since it’s inception in 1976, I searched for information not readily available.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance