REGION — The River Reporter is nearly ready to launch its Literary Gazette, an annual publication showcasing regional writers and photographers. This year’s theme is dreams as inspiration and material for creating art. The featured photographer is Norma Bernstock of Milford, PA, who has worked with Polaroid film to create an enhanced, almost painterly affect. Here is a sampling of what readers will find in the Gazette, to be published on July 21.
By ROBERT CARNEVALE
I was walking along with my thoughts
in a wood where sassafras thrive. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — What is family-friendly, free of charge and features some of the finest classic cars in the region? It’s the Coasters Car Club of Northeast PA’s monthly gathering in Hawley’s Bingham Park. Vintage motorcars are on display from 5 p.m. until dusk on the first Friday of the month, with the next meetup scheduled for August 5. Antique auto enthusiasts roll into town and arrange between 50 to 100 classic cars near the park’s bandstand. The public is invited to cruise the collection, view the vehicles and talk to their passionate owners. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — River Dogs on Parade, one of the most popular features of RiverFest, a festival celebrating music, art and ecology, is scheduled to take place this year on Sunday, July 24 starting at 9:45 a.m. at the former Narrowsburg school.
The parade, sponsored by Narrowsburg Feed & Grain and Dog Mountain Lodge, welcomes pooches of all sizes and shapes showing off their best finery. It will be emceed by TV critic Kevin McDonough. The event features prizes for Most Original, Funniest and Best in Show. All dogs must be leashed. Read more
GREELEY, PA — Greeley’s Alice’s Wonderland outdoors shop will host a kayak demonstration at Promised Land State Park on Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demo will feature the store’s selection of one- and two-person kayaks. Attendees will be given the opportunity to test kayaks on the water as well as learn about different features to help those in the market to purchase a kayak decide which model is the best fit for them. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor its annual free children’s fishing derby on Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Hanofee Park. The rain date is July 23.
The fishing derby is for children ages three to 14 years old (a parent/guardian must attend). Bring a fishing pole and bait if you have them. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Children must fish from shore. Call 845/292-7690.
WHITE MILLS, PA — “Yvonne Parker & Friends,” a collaborative art project in which Parker invited contemporary artist-friends to share fragments of their own work, will open at the ArtSpace at PaPA on Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. These fragments are incorporated by Parker into her “Fragmented Beauty” series. The joint exhibition will include the collaborative art and each participating artist’s own work. The artists are Jimmy Clark, Frank Gallo, Angela Klaerner, Ron Parker and Matthew Solomon.
The show will run through August 28.
FORESTBURGH, NY — “Jekyll & Hyde” is the current production at the Forestburgh Playhouse, running through July 24.
The musical, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart, is brought to life with a brilliant musical unique score that blends classical musical theatre with contemporary rock, highlighted by “This is the Moment.”
This production of “Jekyll and Hyde” is sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Adam Blumenthal Read more
KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its Rent Money Readings series on Thursday, July 14 with three daring comedies by Shel Silverstein, starting at 7 p.m. at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake.
Shel Silverstein is famous for his children’s stories such as “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” But he was equally well-known and justly praised as an essayist, playwright and illustrator. Many consider him to be in the top rank of American humorists alongside Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Festival will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack School complex on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thirty of the nation’s finest wildlife and nature artists, as well as several European nature artists and photographers, will present their work. Eighty juried craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their works, as well. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. is currently hosting “The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield: Artist-Educator-Historian-Railroad Buff.”
“Wake” came to Sullivan County in 1953 when he took the position of art instructor at the Tri-Valley School. Before his arrival he was well known for his black and white illustrations of trains. His love of trains took him one step further into model railroading, where his art became three dimensional. In 1953, Wakefield started painting in oil and continued until his death in 1974 at the age of 50. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Acclaimed poet and novelist Martine Bellen will read from her new novella, “2X(Squared),” in the First Hearings Series at The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Austin will begin the program with “The Virtue of Language.”
Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Ghosts!,” “The Vulnerability of Order,” and “Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,” which won the National Poetry Series Award. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present “Buddha and the Rock Star” on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. The show, directed by Rosaruby Kagan, is a sexy, high-energy multi-media performance by an ensemble of young dancers and actors from Montreal, Canada, incorporating the raw elements of physical theatre, dance and film. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY — This weekend, the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer festival “From Classic to Cool” will start with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at the Eddie Adams Farm in Jeffersonville (free). It will be followed by a “Tea Time Concert” at 4 p.m. on July 16 at the farm, with music by Ravel, Hoiby and Stravinsky and a world premiere by Andrew Waggoner (tickets $25), and “MusicTalks!” a musical tour-de-force at 7:30 p.m. at North Branch Inn on Thursday, July 20 (tickets $15). Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On July 16, the band Funktional Flow will perform a free show at Tony’s Place on the Lake from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a pre-Furthur/Bethel Woods show.
Funktional Flow is a band from Buffalo. Starting in the winter/spring of 2009/2010, Funktional Flow has gained a large following in the Northeast, playing an extensive repertoire of original music and covers to a wide variety of fans. It just released its first studio CD, and on August 27 will make its first New York City appearance at Sullivan Hall.
An astronaut recently returned from space travel with the observation that “everything seems smaller now.” I know what he means. It was precisely my experience returning home from a 9,000 mile road trip across America. “Smaller” as in more achievable, less daunting rather than insignificant. Imagination often has its own agenda. When I imagined this journey, as I did many times over decades, I worried about the long flat stretches of the Great Plains, the heat and desolation of the deserts, the rough inclines of the mountains. Read more
The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars rolled into Monticello in the wee hours Tuesday morning, and it is already on the road again. It will tour the entire eastern seaboard before heading south for the winter.
Jumping at the opportunity to feel like a kid again, I joined a sold-out crowd last night and ran into friends and neighbors from all over the region.