FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”
Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way. Read more
As I prepare to set out on a journey of 10,000 miles with my 20-year-old daughter, I am also being swept back in time by a group of people I have not seen in 40 years. As a result, I am dangling in a kind of suspended animation between the past and the future. It may be that we all live this way every day without awareness; but right now I am aware. Read more
Friday, May 6 will be the first day of fishing for the Tangler. My silk line has been dressed with Red Label Mucilin, the ferrules on the bamboo rod checked, various fly boxes have been stowed away in my fishing shirt. My reel has been cleaned and greased. I am set to go. The Graham brothers and I will be heading for the Willowemoc right after lunch. We are all hoping to find the Hendrickson mayfly hatching. This is the insect that usually causes the trout to lose their winter sluggishness and go on the feed voraciously. Read more
As the Upper Delaware region moves swiftly into spring, some of the earliest plants to appear are Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. These invasive plants are bad news as they out-compete native plants for resources such as sunlight, nutrients and space, resulting in the decline or elimination of food sources for some of the region’s birds, rodents and insects.
Native wildflowers that share the same habitat as garlic mustard—such as trilliums, spring beauty, wild ginger and hepatica—are severely threatened by the aggressive growth of this plant. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, 19 Center St., is showing photographs of mountains in Alaska by J. Kreznar through mid June. Krezner is an artist living in Callicoon Center whose usual medium is painting, but who has expanded to photography over the last three years. Kreznar said, “I chose black and white because it is closer to capturing the essence of the landscape. I wanted the mountains to look big.”
WURTSBORO, NY — The Red Eft Gallery will present an exhibit of the work of Ed Smith in a show opening on Saturday, May 14 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through June 11.
Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. His work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner and many other publications. Read more
NORTH BRANCH, NY — You can take a walk with noted herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore to forage for their lunch in Slow Food UpDeRiva’s lunch event, Salad Days of Spring, to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will return from their walk to the Old North Branch Inn and prepare a lunch made with found ingredients and sourced by visiting chef and innkeeper Mona Jess Coade-Wingate. The cost is $25 for Slow Food members and $35 for non members. This is a child free event. Enrollment is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845/866-1484.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold an opening reception for its annual “SHHH!” silent auction benefit show on Saturday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. The benefit is an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. It will feature works by artists that visitors can bid on, win and take home the day the exhibition closes. Participating artists at press time include Eric Baylin, Jane Biron, Elizabeth Ennis, Chip Forelli, Kathleen Hayek, Ramona Jan, Jane Sokolow, Sugar Blossom Flowers and Matthew Zappala. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will hold auditions on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this summer’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road.
As part of its educational theatre outreach, FTAC will cast local students interested in participating in the production as Munchkins. Children ages 8 to 14 will have the opportunity to share the stage with the professional resident company of actors who come to Forestburgh from all over the country. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Penn State Master Gardeners in Wayne County will hold a spring plant sale at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main St. on May 14, starting at 10 a.m. There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and possibly house plants. There will also be a help desk to answer questions. Call 570/253-5970, ext. 4110.
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. will present Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill’s play, “Hughie,” the story of a lonely small-time gambler and his touching, revealing and often humorous attempts to hold on to his life-long delusion of a happy-go-lucky winner. The play features Michael Frizalone and James Heisel. It was directed by Chet Carlin. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., May 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, and one matinee on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Bluestone Gallery will feature the “Triple Vision” of three artists in an exhibit opening on Friday, May 13, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The three featured artists share a vision characterized by spirit, simplicity and sophistication. John Tilton and Marsha Silverman are ceramicists who create art pottery in porcelain with vibrant crystal matte glazes. Oi’s large acrylic paintings, based upon the “Four Seasons,” capture the essence of serenity itself. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Burnham’s Tea Room will make its annual appearance at St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B, across from Roche’s Garage, on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s an authentic cream tea, just like you would find at many a parish hall in England. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — As part of the Water Snapshot program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior-National Park Service, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Roscoe Central School walked to Riverside Park in Roscoe to perform water quality tests on samples from the Willowemoc River. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Participants are sought for the eighth annual Trout Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 11 on Main Street in Livingston Manor. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be activities including an arts and crafts fair, specialty foods from local vendors and children’s activities, and discounts and special offers from participating merchants. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day still lingering in our memories, a unique project that recognizes the many contributions made by beloved women in the region is underway. “Apron Strings” is a living history project sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL).
Coordinator Laura Moran invites the Upper Delaware community to show and share memories of any female family member or mentor—whether alive or no longer with us—who helped to make them who they are today. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Painting with Jennie Brownscombe, a watercolor class for beginners age 10 and up, will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) museum. It is one of several events the WCHS will offer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Honesdale-born artist Brownescombe.
The course will be led by instructor Dottie Kerber, who has years of art experience exhibiting and teaching locally. Reservations cost $15 and must be made by May 14. The fee will cover all supplies, which participants can keep at the end of the class. Read more
Last night I was standing on the corner of Madison and 62nd Street waiting for the light to change, when a cab slowly drove by. It crept out of the shadows as if from a dream.
As it drove by, I saw, propped up on the passenger seat, a mask: an oddly shaped white plastic carnival mask. It surprised me. It was a mask I recognized. Read more