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On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.

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‘Manescapes’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Manescapes,” an exhibit of photography by LaVerne Black, opens with a reception on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through November 12.  Read more

Gallery Grab benefit for CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 2011 CAS Gallery Grab Benefit, celebrating 40 years of service to the community (1971-2011) will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., with the Gallery Grab beginning at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.  Read more

St. Andrew’s presents Brahms, Bath and more

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s will offer a free program of Music For Winds and Strings at the church located at 5277 Rte. 42 on Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Reservations are required; email pcfriedman27@gmail.com or call 845/292-8967.  Read more

Graham to make appearance at ‘Fly Away Home’ showing

HONESDALE, PA — The movie actor Holter Graham is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Saturday Morning for Kids on October 22 at Cinema 6, Route 6 Mall. The event will start at 9 a.m. with an hour of events for kids like face painting, balloon tying and drawing. At 10 a.m. there will be a showing of “Fly Away Home” (PG), a drama about a young Canadian girl who teaches a gaggle of pet geese to fly south for the winter. Graham played Barry Strickland, a friend of the girl’s father.  Read more

Wigsticks returns to Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will present Wigsticks, a Drag Show Extraordinaire, at the Historic Milford Theatre(114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m., with a dance party to follow. All proceeds are to benefit the center’s work in providing support and empowerment to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) community.  Read more

The hunt for red October

It took a while, but I have finally figured it out. It’s not my popularity that draws so many visitors to the front door, but rather the Upper Delaware valley, and the allure of country life, that keeps my phone ringing year ‘round with visitors, looking to soak up some local color.  Read more

Slow Food: One apple at a time

BEAVERBROOK, NY — Cold winds and cloudy skies did not deter several dozen people from visiting the home of Hans Kung in Beaverbrook on Sunday, October 16. Some loaded down with apples picked from their own properties, members of the Upper Delaware chapter of Slow Food and other food aficionados came to participate in the process of making homemade cider, and to bring home a few gallons of their own to enjoy.  Read more

Say ‘cheese’

Last week I made mozzarella cheese. It put a new spin on the old nursery rhyme. Now I know what “curds and whey” really are.  Read more

Cubed vs perfect; 27 vs 28

Tonight is the Martha Marcy May Marlene premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. Beginning its journey in Livingston Manor and Roscoe, it’s since been to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. I haven’t seen it since Sundance and never projected on film so I’m excited.

Right now I’m in my editing room on 64th and Madison and I’m wearing a tie, which always makes me feel a little taller and sit up a little straighter. Two good things.  Read more

Miraculous monarchs

First-grade students at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey, NY recently experienced the miraculous life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Teachers Kelly Robertson and Shari VanHage collected eight caterpillars to kick off the hands-on learning experience.  Read more

The rainiest season

Within a few days, Barb and I will be packing up to return to Texas. Our time in the Northeast has flown by. It is now time for us to be, as Willy Nelson sings, “on the road again.” For the two of us, this has been a most disappointing fishing season. It was often disrupted by a number of trips downstate for various doctor tests and appointments. Further difficulties were encountered due to frequent high and dirty water in the local streams. There was just too much water running downhill.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘The Debt’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller “The Debt” as part of the CineArt film series, from Friday, October 14 through Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Film critic Betsy Sharkley of the Los Angeles Times said, “Bristling with dangers both corporeal and cerebral, ‘The Debt’ is a superbly crafted espionage thriller packed with Israeli-Nazi score settling.”  Read more

Death takes a holiday

It’s odd sometimes, how we mark the passage of time. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays—even mourning the death of a loved one can remind us of the swift passage of the days, months and years. With almost a year under my belt since my mother passed away, I often question when it’s going to feel normal to not have her around.  Read more

Call for ‘Art in Sixes’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works juried exhibition to be held from November 19 to December 23.
All media will be considered. Each artist may submit up to four works, no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame), professionally finished and ready to hang, and for sale. Artwork can be delivered to Alliance Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., from Tuesday, October 25 through Saturday, October 29 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Read more

Cubed vs perfect; 27 vs 28

Tonight is the Martha Marcy May Marlene premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. Beginning its journey in Livingston Manor and Roscoe, it’s since been to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. I haven’t seen it since Sundance and never projected on film so I’m excited.

Right now I’m in my editing room on 64th and Madison and I’m wearing a tie, which always makes me feel a little taller and sit up a little straighter. Two good things.  Read more

Meet Linda Wolfe at Books & Prints

MILFORD, PA — Books & Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street will host a book signing by author Linda Wolfe on Saturday, October 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wolfe is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer. She has published 10 books, many of them about famous crimes, both contemporary and historic. Two books will be offered.

Her most recent book, “The Murder of Dr. Chapman: The Legendary Trials of Lucretia Chapman and Her Husband,” is a true-life historical drama that culminates in a courtroom battle that raises haunting questions of racism and sexism.  Read more

Locked room dinner mystery features vampires

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church will host a mystery dinner featuring vampires, a literary convention and tabloid reporter named Vanhelsing on Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m.

At the heart of the mystery, “Undead! In Person,” is the body of Lydia Marston, author of the popular Midnight series of novels, who is found dead in her suite at Callicoon’s Aquarius Bed, Breakfast and Retreat Center—in a locked room with no signs of forced entry. She has suffered puncture wounds to the throat. Theories as to the cause of death range from the common-sense to the supernatural.  Read more

‘A Self Portrait of Alzheimers’

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “A Self Portrait of Alzheimer’s,” featuring the work of Ruth Levine, will be on display at The Nutshell Arts Center on October 15, 16, 22 and 23, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. Described as “one woman’s descent into Alzheimer’s as seen through her art,” the event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimers Association. The Nutshell is located on Route 52.

Black Bear in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) returns this year to the Milford Theatre from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16. It will open on Friday with a red-carpet gala at the Tom Quick Inn starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso” at the Milford Theatre at 9 p.m.  Read more

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

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