It’s turtle time in the Upper Delaware River region—time to watch out for dark disc-like shapes along area roadways as turtles move about seeking areas of dirt and gravel in which to deposit their eggs.
This common and attractive turtle exhibits a combination of deep green, black, bright red and yellow coloring. It is often seen basking on logs and rocks in ponds, lakes and wetlands to regulate body temperature. Like snakes, turtles are “poikilothermic,” meaning that their body temperature is largely affected by the temperature of their surroundings. Read more
BETHEL, NY — “The Landscape: Emblematic and Abstract,” featuring the works of Daisy de Puthod and Madelon Jones, will open on Friday, June 7 at the Stray Cat Gallery, with a reception on Saturday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.
De Puthod prefers to paint her subjects figuratively with a bold and colorful contemporary style. Jones’ work utilizes mediums such as embossment, painting and encaustic capturing nature’s form and color through the abstraction. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Grab your smartphones or cameras and shoot an image that captures your personal memory at the upcoming Milford Music Festival on June 7, 8 and 9, the kick-off event of the newly formed Milford Art District. You can contribute photos to the Photo Bear Collage project by sending them to publisher@MilfordJournal.com by Sunday, June 30, with the caption Bear Your Milford Soul in the subject line.Every photo emailed will be included on the “Bear Your Milford Soul” that will be displayed at the upcoming Black Bear Film Festival during the weekend of October 17, 18 and 19. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual spring concert, on Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The concert theme chosen by conductor Kevin Giroux is “L’Chaim! Honoring the Jewish Culture.” Read more
MILFORD, PA — Harmony Presents will host the band Gypsophilia at the Milford Theatre on Sunday, June 9 at 5 p.m. Halifax-based Gypsophilia is a group of seven young performers whose instrumental music straddles the jazz and indie-swing worlds. The band started as a Django Reinhardt tribute, but soon found itself mixing and composing gypsy jazz with klezmer, funk, classical music, swing and bebop while sweeping up international music awards and selling out shows all over the US and Canada. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will host a free evening of art, music and food as part of the weekend-long Milford Music Festival (June 7 though 9) on Saturday, June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Contemporary jazz musician Eric Hedick will be playing standards, new standards and improvisation on the piano.
The art of Al Bialos will be on display from June 7 to July 8. His paintings portray musicians and reflect the bold, colorful sounds of jazz. Bialos joined The ARTery in 2004 and has been showing his work ever since. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Molly Durnin (www.mollydurnin.com), the Albany-area songstress who has been racking up awards at regional festivals, will be back at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 Route 17B on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Durnin will give a solo performance of her original compositions, whose offbeat topics range from the freedom of foxes to the existence of extraterrestrials and a mermaid’s dreams of revenge. Call 845/583-3141 or visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.
HONESDALE, PA — Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. From difficult men (and women) to today’s fads, trends and headlines, her songs skewer our lives and foibles. While she can move easily to poignant and reflective songs such as “Roses from the Wrong Man” and “Another New York Afternoon,” audiences come to her concert wanting to laugh.
Lavin invites people to join her in a knitting circle before the show. Read more
DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Two fundraising parties to benefit the Delaware Valley Art Alliance (DVAA) are scheduled for June. Savor the Arts with an Opera and Chamber Music Flair will be hosted by Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin with Meyerson, a mezzo soprano, performing with Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola, on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m., 544 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY. A $25 donation includes a concert, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Shwizz, a prog-rock/funkadelic jazz band out of Nyack will be returning to the Nutshell Arts Center on June 8 along with River Vale, NJ based electro-funk rock group Fikus. Collabonation Productions brings this duo back to the Catskills for another night of live music. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission costs $10. Visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Ben Franklin” visits the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, June 8 to teach visitors how he built his famous “electrifying” kite as a month-long series of Scout Weekends continues throughout the month of June. Historic instructions (with some modern supplies and adaptations) will be provided for the hands-on craft making experience. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Twenty -five artists’ original “Gig Posters,” created to promote Honesdale’s annual Roots & Rhythm Music and Art Festival, will be shown during a weeklong art exhibit that begins with an open house and an opportunity to meet the artists on June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Hanson Gallery. The posters will be on display through June 14 and will be auctioned off on Saturday, June 15 during the music festival. Proceeds will help keep Roots & Rhythm alive in Honesdale. The Hanson Gallery is located at 1037 Main St. Read more
There are some things that, no matter how old I get, make me feel like a kid again. Regardless of how much I might have whined a few months ago, the first snowfall of the season still conjures up memories of racing outside to catch flakes on my tongue and mom stirring cocoa on the stove. Watching the darling buds of May emerge continues to mesmerize, as I attempt to catch their steady progression into full flower with my trusty camera at the ready. Read more
Michele Schuchman is a free spirit who marches to her own drumbeat, as many people in and around the Upper Delaware River Valley can tell you. Perhaps you’ve seen her in full costume, marching in a parade, or at a local event somewhere, or engaging an audience of children in conversation with her ever-present puppets. She is perhaps better known only as “Grandma Michele,” someone that (if you were writing a novel) would be a somewhat odd character who provides “local color.” Grandma Michele definitely provides color. Read more
Are you ready? Cochecton’s fifth annual “Day on the Lake,” co-sponsored by Lake Huntington Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, July 13 this year, rain or shine. We need your support to create this great event with its many activities for the kids and the entire family. We’re asking for your help with donations of funds, products and/or gift certificates to make this event a great success. (Your donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Cochecton Day on the Lake Fund and mail to: Jeff Nober, 15 Olsen Rd., Lake Huntington, NY 12752.) Read more
When he was younger, my son would pepper me with questions about how to do things. “How can I make a one-man flying machine?” was one that piqued his interest early on—enough so that he bypassed Mom’s knowledge base and went straight to the President of the United States (then Bill Clinton). Bill wrote back, telling Conor that NASA was working hard on things like that and that Conor should study hard and stay in school. But Conor was a dreamer. He was a creative kid who could be kept happy and busy with a lump of Sculpey clay or a pencil and a pad of paper. Read more
What a weekend—freezing, windy and raining. Try having a yard sale for four days. We sold some of my mother’s stuff but not much. It is very sad and hard to clean out her house. Speaking of my mom’s house, it is a four-bedroom in the business district of Narrowsburg and it’s for sale. If you’re interested, email me. Read more
People who come to visit the Upper Delaware region frequently want to know where they can see eagles. Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) can be found year round in the region, with winter being the better time due to the influx of migrant eagles from Canada. They can also be seen in the summer, but most of these are resident breeding eagles and their offspring, which fledge in early July. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — “Mardi Gras in June” will be the theme of the pre-season fundraiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to be held on Saturday, June 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Forestburgh Playhouse. The evening will feature previews of the opening productions of “The Odd Couple” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Be Our Guest: Our Favorite Music from Disney.” 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|