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December 22, 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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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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From Tusten to Vienna and back again

Sitting on the papier-mâché rock in the Tusten Theatre in December of 1990, all I could think was, “Did I have to go?” Uh-oh, I was pretty sure I did. So, I got off my rock, set aside my crutch and walked down the fire escape to use the bathroom one last time. Then I resumed my place on my rock with my flute as the music started for my first opera role, the crippled Amahl in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti for the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO). Two decades later, that very first lesson stays with me—always go one last time before you take the stage.  Read more

Wanted: yarnslingers

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library seeks storytellers to spin personal stories at the library. The program includes expert editing help from Annemarie Schuetz and performance direction by Ramona Jan. Email yarnslingers@yahoo.com or call 570/224-4035.

‘Men in Concert III:Music of the ‘50s’

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Cantor and conductor Charles Osborne will be joined by Johanan Bickhardt, baritone; Eric Sparks, tenor; and Marshall Cooper, tenor at a concert of golden oldies from the ‘50s at the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 570/775-7497.

Destination Sullivan County

At first, it’s slow going and it hardly feels like I’m moving at all.

It’s actually calming to lie on the black inner tube as I pass under the bridge and head toward the rapids. I grin at the growing rush of water in the distance and very gradually start to speed up.

It’s too late to do much of anything except keep my feet forward.  Read more

I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’

Words to live by—and yet, I gave it a pretty good shot during the last week, bitchin’ up a storm. The endless rain worked my nerves, in conjunction with the still-aching rib, and I allowed the weather to make me a bit crazy. The intermittent showers had me a little “scattered” as I rearranged plans constantly and experienced some minor difficulties going with the flow.  Read more

Forestburgh original ‘Three Little Pigs’ returns

FORESTBURGH, NY — This summer, the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will return to the tradition of presenting an original show in its children’s theatre series. “The Three Little Pigs,” debuting on Thursday, July 7 at 11 a.m., is an original adaptation of the children’s tale about three little pigs and a hungry wolf’s pursuit to capture them. The production will run throughout the summer, alternating performances with “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Read more

WCM presents ‘From Classic to Cool’

REGION — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) acclaimed musicians return to the Catskills to perform from July 10 to 24 in “From Classic to Cool,” WCM’s 18th summer music festival. The kickoff event, on Sunday, July 10, is the traditional concert on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church in downtown Jeffersonville. Featuring pieces for wind by American composers from Leonard Bernstein to Scott Joplin, it will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The suggested donation is $10.  Read more

An agricultural haven: Part 2

By SONJA HEDLUND

As summarized in part 1 of this article, a number of interesting and innovative agricultural developments are already taking place in Sullivan County. The next question is, what kind of steps can we take now to systematically encourage, support and plan for this type of development. The goal is to expand all types of farming. The strategy is to create a vibrant results-oriented coalition of new and existing farm producers, agricultural businesses and public servants who work in agriculture and economic development.

Consider these actions:  Read more

A bear of a problem

Spring is the time of year when much baby wildlife can be seen as they forage for food with their parents, making for easy viewing just in time for the summer tourist season. Unfortunately, some of this activity causes undesirable results. Foraging black bears leave their calling cards in the form of knocked-over trash cans and garbage scattered about. A bear recently made entry into a vacant residence via an open window in the Shohola, PA area, resulting in significant damage.  Read more

Shirelles tickets now $30

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tickets to the Shirelles sock hop being held at the Narrowsburg Central School on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m. now cost $30, $25 for students. Tickets are available at the Catskill Hudson Bank, River Gallery - The Art of Living, Roasters, the DVAA and Narrowsburg Fine Wine & Spirits, or can be purchased at the door.

Art in every fiber

NARROWSBURG, NY — “I have always been intrigued by the happenstance of weathered surfaces and organic textures and patterns,” said fiber artist Kathy Grady, whose layered textile work will be featured in the exhibition titled “Stratum,” opening with a reception at Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m..

Grady creates surface designs on fabric using dyes, silkscreen and thermofax screens to print graphic images. She also employs layering and stitching fabric. Grady is inspired as much by nature as by torn posters and dilapidated buildings.  Read more

Focus on our national bird: Eagle photographs in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Fourth of July weekend is an ideal time to honor our national bird, and an exhibit in Wurtsboro will be doing just that. “Bald Eagles of New York State—Photographs by Gene Weinstein” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Primitive landscapes at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by local primitive artist Cheryl Korb is on display at The River Gallery – The Art of Living from now to August 20.

A self-taught artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. Throughout these finely sketched works are people doing their chores, waving hello, sitting for a picnic, flying a kite, riding a bike.  Read more

A Becker retrospective

On Saturday, July 2, The Looking Glass Art Gallery & Studio, Ltd., 229 Main Ave., Hawley, PA will present a retrospective exhibit featuring the art work of Howard D. Becker. Becker is an iconic figure in Wayne County’s rich artistic history who, during the course of his career, produced a range of work from watercolors created during his years in Europe during the Second World War, to oil landscapes later in life.  Read more

Be part of a Great Train Robbery

HONESDALE, PA — Masked marauders on horseback, a sack of loot and a train full of passengers are all part of the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions Great Train Robbery Runs, which depart every Saturday now through September 3 from the Wayne County Visitors Center at 1 p.m.
Reservations are recommended for all rides. For reservations call 866/637-2457. For more information visit www.thes tourbridgeline.com. or call 570/253-1960.

The impossible dream in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — The musical classic “Man of La Mancha” is the current show at the Forestburgh Playhouse. It will run through July 10, with showings from Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Wednesday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The show is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote,” the story of the “mad” knight and his quest to rid the world of injustice and teach those around him the code of chivalry.  Read more

Artisan fair in Barryville

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Brookhouse Gallery Artisan Fair will be held on July 2 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. along Austin Road. The fair will feature artworks by over 15 regional artist in a wide range of media. Email kim@kimlustpottery.com.

Philharmonic and fireworks in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will welcome back the New York Philharmonic for Fourth of July weekend. The performance, which starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey, with special guest pianist Kirill Gerstein and the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and will conclude with a fireworks display.  Read more

‘Peaceable Kingdom’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Peaceable Kingdom,” an exhibition about the world of animals curated by the Outsider’s Studio Collective, opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Friday, July 1, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through July 23.  Read more

‘Little Farm Show’ in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — “The greatest show on dirt,” NACL Theatre’s “The Little Farm Show” will come to Liberty’s Main Street stage on North Main Street on Friday, July 1, at 4 p.m. This is an all-ages musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment.  Read more

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