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December 20, 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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Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s summer of free concerts in Central Park will debut with the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13. On Thursday, June 16, Flashback will perform music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Concerts will continue at 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through July. There will also be a special Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3 instead of the on Monday, July 4.  Read more

Stargaze at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will present Music & Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS) on Sunday, June 12, providing families with the opportunity to make telescopic observations while they wait for the Deep Purple performance to begin. Observations of the sun will take place prior to the concert, while the moon, planets, stars and nebulae can be seen after the performance. A concert ticket is required to stargaze from inside the gates.  Read more

‘Mother of All Yard Sales’ for Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host its first annual yard sale on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This extraordinary two-day “Mother of All Yard Sales” event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, and includes goods from dozens of Old Stone House supporters and friends. There’ll be cast-offs, leftovers and odd-lots of every description, from electronic products—some in their original boxes—to clothing, dinner wear, tools and appliances. All proceeds go to the Old Stone House, a community and arts center located near Ellenville, Grahamsville, Monticello and Liberty.  Read more

UpFront holds artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space’s Summer 2011 show is now open, and will run through July 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Something old, something new

I find myself looking backward this week, so the last event I covered is still fresh in my mind, but not necessarily fresh. Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is currently playing at the Rivoli Theatre in S. Fallsburg, NY (www.scdw.net) and having been written in 1939, certainly falls under “something old.”  Read more

‘Swing Era’ sound, community-style, historic setting

GREELEY, PA — You might just see your neighbor, wailing on a saxophone or blowing a brass horn up there, on that time-tested stage saturated with a sense of history. Across the wide wooden dance floor, the powerful sound of nearly 20 musicians and several vocalists will take you back to the days when the Swing Era big band sound was all the rage.  Read more

Chalk walk in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold its Art Experience and Chalk Walk 2011 on Saturday, June 11. The sidewalks will come alive with the artistic stylings of artists of all ages. A variety of local artists will also be showcased. There will also be live music, face painting and food. Free chalk will be available for all the morning of the event at Ted’s Restaurant, The Red Door Shoppe and The Towne Gift Shoppe. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Veronica Mosey headlines Laugh Tour at Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Gays of Sullivan County will sponsor a visit of the Laugh Tour to The Nutshell Arts Center on Saturday, June 11, with a mixer starting at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. The Tonight Show’s Veronica Mosey will headline, with Comedy Central’s Nick Cobb as the feature. Chris Distefano, who just made the Elite 8 at Caroline’s On Broadway, will also be there. The emcee will be Rich Kamco of the Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

Maddy

When Maddy walks down the street, she makes very funny noises. Well, I should clarify. When Maddy does just about anything, she makes very funny noises. But especially when she walks down the street or when she’s “spending time” with the gorilla (more on that later).

Maddy makes a sound that is somewhere between a frog and my grandfather. She breathes with a wheeze/cough/sneeze/growl. I must admit, it’s a little off-putting at first. Some people think that it’s a sound of aggression or distress. But it’s really neither. It’s just Maddy.  Read more

An agricultural haven: Part 1

By SONJA HEDLUND

Consumer demand for local food is strong and growing steadily. It is evident here in Sullivan County as well as in New York City. The opportunity to meet this demand brings the possibility of development in a county seeking to create a sustainable local economy.  Read more

Going organic: Roger Hill helps O’Neill’s Orchard make the transition

HONESDALE, PA — Weaning an apple orchard away from the synthetic products used to manage pests and disease is neither a fast nor an easy process. It’s more like a labor of love and a work in progress. But orchardist Roger Hill is up to the task; orchard owner Dolores O’Neill has taken the necessary leap of faith, and they’ve spent the past four years working to prove it can be done.  Read more

Concert at St. James celebrates ‘this fragile earth’

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B will present an evening of music and praise on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Kevin Vertrees, organist and musical director, has assembled a group of local musicians to present a program consisting of a series of “musical meditations” themed on a line from the Book of Common Prayer: “this fragile earth, our island home.”  Read more

Sullivan’s longest running antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 5 to show off to the public their antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. The Rock Hill firemen will provide food, there will be merchandise at a flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show will provide entertainment. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Call 845/292-3849 or 932-8923.  Read more

‘Frack’ on the Delaware, with potluck

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy will present an evening on the Delaware featuring a potluck of homemade desserts and a special screening of the movie “Frack,” with music by Marc Black, on Saturday, June 4 at the Delaware Valley Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road. Participants are invited to come early and picnic in the park and BYOB. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Frack director David Morris and others will be on hand to answer questions. Win a homemade pie in the raffle. Donations accepted at the door.

Free watercolor classes with Jack Yelle

ROSCOE, NY — Renowned artist Jack Yelle of Morning Star Creations will offer a series of free watercolor workshops this summer for adults and youth 14 years and older at the Roscoe Free Library. There will be nine classes given on Saturdays starting June 4 and ending August 20. The two-hour sessions will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and all materials will be supplied. Each class will consist of a demonstration and a hand-out on the subject, presenting the step-by-step procedure for completing the watercolor painting.  Read more

Run, walk, stroll for the arts

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There will be a 5K walk for the arts, supporting the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), around Lake Huntington on Sunday, June 5. It begins at 10 a.m. at Gasko & Meyer Distributors, 436 State Route 52.  Read more

Hikes, tours and music at Grey Towers

MILFORD PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will offer a series of weekend programs in June. On Saturday, June 11, visitors can watch as the Lost Art Lacers of North New Jersey demonstrate their craft of lacemaking on the grounds of Grey Towers. On Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m., the J’aime Trio string ensemble will perform in the tented terrace area. It is presented by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the Kindred Spirits Arts Program. Tickets are available on line at www.kindredspiritsprograms.org or at Grey Towers.  Read more

Gallery show complements Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — In anticipation of Honesdale’s annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 18, the Hanson Gallery will present a Roots & Rhythm Music Art Collection Tribute with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4. Refreshments will be served.  Read more

Celebrating the history of the iron industry

SCRANTON, PA — The second annual Arts on Fire will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the historic iron furnaces in Scranton. The event will feature an all-day iron pour, fine craft vendors, food, live music, historical displays and tours of the furnaces. Events will start at 11 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m.

Arts on Fire is free and open to the public thanks to the support of local funders, including Arts ENGAGE! Keystone Iron Works Grant, Lackawanna County, LHVA, Keystone College, General Dynamics, RJ Walker, PennStar, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, IBEW and Penn Security Bank.  Read more

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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
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