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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

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UpFront holds spring opening

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a spring opening reception on Saturday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Talking Machine and complimentary refreshments.

Among the artists featured will be Chelsea Shea Calnan, Theresa Fleck, Pamela Gordon, Larry Hunt, Don Alan Kaplan, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Troy Mack, Joe Petrosi and Greg Zukowski. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, and hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

PEEC holds community fish fry

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its second annual Community Fish Fry on April 16 to celebrate the opening of day of trout season in Pennsylvania. The dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a short canoe paddle on Front Pond. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under.

At 1 p.m. that day, participants can join the PEEC staff as they explore nearby breeding pools for salamander egg masses, for a cost of $5. Nets and collection jars will be provided for up-close study.

Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319

Murder in Swingland

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a dinner theater experience on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. The Hurleyville Museum will be transformed into the nightclub Swingland for the musical murder mystery of the same name by John Fogarty. The suggested donation is $20 per person, $30 per couple. Included in the ticket price is a three-course dinner.

‘The Lamb’ plays in Lake Huntington

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Robert Nicoletti as Nero, Mike Kelly as Jesus, Brian Tegnander as Faustus will be among the more than 50 non-professional community volunteers who will take part in the play “The Lamb,” to be presented at the Sullivan West High School Auditorium. Performances will be on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17 (Palm Sunday) at 2 p.m. The production is a major parish fundraiser.

The suggested donation is $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. The play is not recommended for children under seven years of age.  Read more

Carol Castel returns to the Delaware Valley Opera

NARROWSBURG, NY — It’s been around for 25 years, and will celebrate the event with a new direction and a new director who is a former director.

The Delaware Valley Opera Company will welcome back Carol Castel as artistic director, bringing with her a raft of new ideas that will inject the old company with new life.

Kicking off this renewal, Castel has prepared three concerts this spring that will celebrate the people of the Delaware River valley who all came here from somewhere else.  Read more

Nasrudin’s donkey

You may not be familiar with the Mulla Nasrudin, but he’s a fascinating fellow to get to know. Apparently a real person at one time, he now lives on as a character in folklore, appearing under various names and guises from Bulgaria to Afghanistan and beyond. (Look in Wikipedia under “Nasreddin” to learn more.)  Read more

March

March,

    perceptions as you please,
be bold or deevish — bring

    up crocuses or call
a snowfall down. So

    agile, March can turn
a somersault and land

    squarely on April first.

It’s about time—it’s about space

Being an avid science fiction fan and music lover, I was excited to be one of the first to experience “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers” exhibit, debuting at the Museum at Bethel Woods (bethelwoodscenter.org/museum) this past weekend. Scanning the website, I was intrigued by this unique aspect of artwork created to “reflect the growing interest generated by the space race”  Read more

Lucky ducky: wood duck in the woodstove

On the morning of March 23, I received a phone call from my friend and neighbor, John Keator, who told me that he had a duck in his woodstove. I asked, “You have a what in your woodstove?!” John is an avid and competent birder, and it was quickly determined that there was some sort of waterfowl in his woodstove. I grabbed a few items and left for John’s house.  Read more

Chamber hosts Casino Royale night

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Casino Royale fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 at the Monticello Motor Club. The black tie event will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and include light fare, cash bar, $50,000 in “chamber chips” and entertainment. Advance purchase is required.  Read more

Easter Bunny dog photo shoot

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an Easter Bunny Photo Shoot for your dog at Your Dog’s Place training center, located on Route 191 just 3 miles north of Honesdale, on Sunday, April 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You can have a custom portrait taken of your bunny munchkin by Photo Fox Studios. The cost is $15 for your Sit, Down or Just Wag session and a five-by-seven-inch print, or $20 for the five-by-seven-inch print including a digital image emailed to you.
Call 570/729-8977 or 698-8407.

Beaucoup Blue at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Beaucoup Blue, a Philadelphia-based duo of father and son David and Adrian Mowry that won the 2006 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17 B on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. as part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Savor the Arts fundraising program. There will be complimentary appetizers from Dancing Cat Saloon, 20% off all dinners for attendees prior to the show.  Read more

Spring concert series from DVO

NARROWSBURG, NY and HONESDALE, PA — The Delaware Valley Opera will open its anniversary season with a concert series “Voices of the Valley.” The first concert will be “An Evening of Spanish Zarzuela and Song,” on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg and on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. Admission to each concert costs $15. The next concert will be “An Evening of German Songs” on Friday, April 22 at the Tusten Theatre. Visit www.info@delawarevalleyopera.org.

Sullivan County and the Civil War

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville presents “Sullivan County and the Civil War” on Sunday, April 10. There will be displays and re-enactors from the the New York State 143rd and the 156th Regiments of Volunteers of the Civil War. Eileen Kalter, Richard Chiger and Sally Gladden from the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will share letters written by soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. Also, Nick Ost and Matthew Boswell will present a staged reading of an originial Civil War one-act play entitled “Time Out” written by Sally Gladden.  Read more

GLBT center presents ‘Ladies of the ‘80s’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold a “Ladies of the ‘80s” drag show and dance party, starring Anita Mann, Karyn Thomas and Gio Michaels, on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Black Walnut Inn. There is a $20 cover charge. Visit www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com or call 570/296-6322.

Book sale and antiques appraisal

SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society (SRHS) will hold a book sale and antiques appraisal fair on Saturday, April 9 at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, at 108 Glen Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A wide assortment of new and gently used books has been donated, and is available at bargain prices. There are books for all ages and all interests, including mysteries, cookbooks, children’s stories, how-tos, autobiographies, romance and more.  Read more

Gene Wilder film at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema will present the Gene Wilder film “Haunted Honeymoon” on April 10. Showings of the film series are at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial Street. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the Arts Alliance. The film will be preceded with a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.wayne countyartsalliance.org or call 570/253-6850.

Africa and the Middle East at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host two free, interactive performances that pay tribute to different cultures and performing arts. These family-friendly performances will educate the audience, incorporating the legacy and future of Arabic and African drum music. Kofi and Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 10, followed by internationally acclaimed Arab musician Simon Shaheen on Saturday, May 7. Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Event Gallery.  Read more

Laugh Tour returns to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to the Nutshell on Saturday, April 9, with Dan Naturman and Rich Kiamco. A cash bar will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/164725 or call the ticket hotline at 800/838-3006.

Spring musical church service in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — William Samford, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, is currently working with local musicians on a service to be held at 10 a.m. on April 10, the sermon/musical, “Who I Was Born to Be.” The musical depicts the life of Jesus. Many of the arrangements have been written by local musicians. All are welcome to attend this special service, and are invited to stay for coffee and fellowship, and to meet and greet the musicians.