As much as I delight in sharing my life with Dharma (the wonder dog), as of late I’m beginning to wonder—is it me, or the dog? It was only a month or two ago, that Dharma received an invitation to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new gift shoppe in Jeffersonville, NY (you know who you are.) Since the dog is unable to use a keyboard, I responded for her and asked if I could tag along. Read more
It was a warm morning in early July when I took a walk to one of the beaches in Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. As I passed a small maple tree on the top of the footpath, I heard what sounded like a small bird calling continuously, except I couldn’t see the bird. A second look at the tree revealed a cavity about 15 feet high, and it was then I realized that I was listening to a begging call of a woodpecker from inside the tree. Read more
The fourth State of New York Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp was held from July 17 through July 22. Fourteen teenagers, 11 boys and three girls, were in attendance. At each of these camps a number of TU men and women have been privileged to instruct these youngsters on the arts and mysteries of fishing with a fly rod. It should be noted that this camp would not exist without the time and energy expended by Kurt Nelson of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. He seems always able to surmount the countless problems that are involved in an operation of this size. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Photographs of bodybuilders by Brian Moss will be featured in the exhibition titled “Body.Built,” opening with a reception on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through August 20, 2011.
Moss, himself a product of the bodybuilding scene, having founded the gym chain Better Bodies in New York in 1982, documents the journey from gym to hotel room to pump-up room to stage as the ultimate insider. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, a New York City based dance/blues band, will perform at the Under The Moon In Callicoon Concert Series on Saturday, July 30 in the Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive. Opening act and series producer Janet Burgan will open the show at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $12 at the door; children under 12 will be admitted free. Bring lawn chairs Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is currently presenting a three-play reading series featuring the council’s first playwright in residence, Jan Buttram. “PAGE 2 STAGE,” will feature new works by the NYC playwright, actor and artistic director of NYC’s respected Abingdon Theater. The series was kicked off on Saturday, June 11 at the Up-front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — The Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (www.mtlaurelpac.com) will present Larry the Cable Guy on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a comedy show, the “Crazy Comedy Olympics,” from 5 to 7 p.m.
Mountain Laurel has launched a box office at the venue that is open every Saturday throughout the summer. Concert fans looking to purchase tickets to any of the summer shows will be able to get their tickets in hand, and avoid all Ticketmaster charges simply by purchasing tickets at the box office, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The 27th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food. There will be live music by Fiddlin’ Around and the French Woods Jazz Band. Visitors can follow up a day at the fair and in town by attending the 8 p.m. Under the Moon in Callicoon concert (see page 18). Call 845/887-3016.
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Peter Osborne will discuss the subject of his new book, “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Minisink Ford” at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The new book, co-written by Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners, with Osborne, reveals new material about the battle of Minisink Ford. This presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor artist Dick Kelly has created a stone relief carving to be raffled off for the benefit of the Livingston Manor Library. The native bluestone carving of a great blue heron standing in a pond, near a frog on a lily pad, is 48 inches by 18 inches by 2 inches, and will be engraved to the specifications of the raffle winner. The stone can serve as a bench top, a coffee table top or stood upright to adorn a house entryway or garden. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The second annual fundraising Country Auction will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Route 55. It will benefit Time and the Valleys Museum, located at 332 Main St., and be followed by the annual Old Time Fair. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Filmmaker David Morris will present a free showing of his documentary “Frack” on Friday, July 29 at the Beekman Pavilion, 10 Horseshoe Lake Road at 8 p.m. With the possible commencement of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York within the next months, the film provides an introduction to the process and its potential impacts on Bethel and other Sullivan County towns.
The screening will take place at Bethel’s new outdoor venue, the Beekman Pavilion. The pavilion, which is situated behind the recently restored Beekman House, also houses the Java Love and The Bake Shop. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden will present its sixth annual festival celebrating anything and everything that is grown, created and produced in Sullivan County on Saturday, August 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Cutting Garden will have the Habitat for Humanity Quilt on display throughout the festival. Raffle tickets are available, with proceeds going to support their new project, a certified “passive house” in South Fallsburg. Passive houses aim to reduce heating energy consumption by 90%. The queen-sized quilt was designed and created by quilt artist Sally Abrams and Lori Nixon. Read more
You bunch up here and create a yin yin of blue amid the greenery.
My fingers pick you quickly into a bucket.
You collect without protest. You are happy to be joined.
Your numbers freeze well in a flat layer in an oblong pan.
Your colors turns to blue-black, a kind of purple, but still blue.
A frosty blue. Bears love you and I see their scat along the trail
where I steal you in high summer, wearing bells to warn the bears.
When it’s time I pour your collected selves into a pie shell to marry
with peaches, lemon, sugar and cinnamon, to create a circle Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Stacy and Friends entertain the crowds at this year’s RiverFest, prior to the commencement of the festival’s centerpiece event, the poster auction. This year, the auction yielded revenues of $9,820 from the 59 posters that had been created and donated by local artists. The poster that attracted the liveliest bidding was “A River Grimoire,” a watercolor by Beau Gostomsky that sold for $520. Read more
Underdogs no more
ELDRED, NY — What is an underdog? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “one at a disadvantage and expected to lose.” At this year’s Little League softball tournament, an underdog was defined as Eldred. Before this season, if you asked anyone about Eldred Little League, they would respond with what? Who? Where? The Eldred softball team entered this year’s Little League Tournament with no one knowing anything about it. It entered as a severe underdog—until it started to play. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola-based potter David Greenbaum was one of four artists given the Award of Excellence at the 45th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The festival was held from July 14 to 17 and attracted more than 250 nationally renowned artists and craftsmen to show their work to over 125,000 visitors. Greenbaum creates large ceramic garden bells that have a tone designed to resonate a sense of peace. Visit www.ShoholaBells.com.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Eldred High School student Julian DeLeon, center, an entering sophomore, holds his winning entry in the contest to design a new logo for Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg. Fort Delaware Gift Shop manager Pat Shearer, left, was among the panel of judges that also included Sullivan County Parks and Recreation Director Kristin Porter, Fort Delaware Director Debra Conway and Sullivan County Historian John Conway. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — When you look at the artists who are participating in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) Open Studio tour this year, it is their diversity and that of their works that stands out. From an artist who works with forged steel, to anther who lists doll-making as a specialty, as well as painters, potters and photographers, they cover an extraordinary range. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Split Britches will perform “Lost Lounge” at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center, 48 Main Street on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Live in the city long enough and you’ll inevitably lose something irreplaceable—a favorite dive bar, a beloved park. In “Lost Lounge,” Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver mourn these vanished Gothams while celebrating survival. Recreating their favorite lounge acts and comedy duos, they consider what it means to miss something and contemplate, “who are we?” when the very geography we remember is no longer around to orient us. Read more