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On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.

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‘Just… Air’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Just… Air,” an exhibition of work by eight artists who chart atmosphere through photography, mixed media, installation and painting—opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg, NY on Friday, July 29, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, curated by Dale Emmart and Karen Bell, will be on view through August 20.  Read more

Daylily days

Daylily days

Once you start to notice them, daylilies are everywhere. They grow thick on roadside banks and in fields. See a few here or there around a mailbox, lining a front porch or around an old gravestone. Their lush, tawny-orange flowers bloom and wither in one day.

So we have arrived at this moment. The sign at the Long Eddy Firehouse on Route 97 says: “Enjoy the summer—it’s short.” It reminds me that I should try to make the most of these daylily days of summer.  Read more

Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve

Well worth the scenic drive through the northwest reaches of rural Wayne County is a 357-acre Nature Conservancy Property known as the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve. This unique property boasts fields, woodlands, two wetlands, barrens, riparian forest, vernal pools, rock outcroppings, a stream and a glacial pond surrounded by a floating bog.  Read more

Slow down, you move too fast

Years ago, my husband concocted the notion of instituting a weekly, day-long moratorium on driving. He called it a “No-Car Day.” We would do all our chores and errands on weekdays, after work. Then, on either Saturday or Sunday, we religiously refrained from driving, taking a kind of automotive Sabbath we honored and kept holy.  Read more

‘Narcoonah’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Narcoonah,” a two-person show featuring the work of Joni Wehrli and Dana Duke, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, from Saturday, July 23 to August 28. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. on July 23.  Read more

Great Beer Expo in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Fire Department’s Great Beer Expo will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 for a beer tasting and fundraising event. It will feature more than 25 international breweries from across the globe presenting more than 50 of their finest brews for sampling. The event will help raise funds for the Rock Hill Fire Department.  Read more

Mad Hatter’s Bash

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Green Market Foundation will hold the second annual Mad Hatter’s Summer Bash on Saturday, July 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Stone Farm. This year will be a massive festive party with appetizers made from locally grown ingredients and plenty of spirits. Guests are asked to create a hat to wear. The winner of the best hat will get a week-long stay at Blue Stone Farm ($3,000 value). There will be live musical guests, cooking demos, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party gone awry and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Barryville Green Market.  Read more

Finn’s Fury comes to Seelig

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Finn’s Fury, a New York Celtic rock group combining blues, punk and lyrical vocals to create “Urban Celtic Fusion Rock” will come to the Seelig Theatre of SUNY Sullivan on Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. Visit www.sunysullivan.edu/fun.

Open house for Art on the Edge

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold an open house at Art on The Edge at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. A $10 donation to benefit WCAA community art programs is suggested.

Art on The Edge is an exhibition featuring contemporary collective works by local and regional artists, curated by Rocky Pinciotti and hosted by the WCAA, a grassroots non-profit arts organization whose vision is “to enrich our community through the arts.”  Read more

Reunion planned at Bethel School

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — A reunion gathering is planned for the July 24 open house at the Bethel School. All Bethel School alumni are invited. Attempts are being made to contact everyone who attended the school. Former students are invited to bring their mementos as well as their memories.

All Bethel School open houses are held from 1 to 4 p.m. with the special presentations at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge and everyone, especially children, is invited to attend.

The Bethel School is located on Bethel School Road off Route 652. Call 570/253-3240.

Jeffersonville Lions Club holds charity horse show

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Stone Wall Farms on Saturday, July 23. Hunt seat classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule and Marshall & Sterling classes are offered. The farm is on Callicoon Center Road outside Jeffersonville, and spectators are welcome. Email diehlmein09@yahoo.com or call 845/482-5568.

Cooper Boone at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Cooper Boone, a benefit concert on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Singer, songwriter, performer, chef, online video star, clinical psychologist and Hollywood Music Award winner Cooper Boone has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Bucky Covingoton and more, and has co-written two albums worth of award-winning songs. Boone’s music includes upbeat crowd-pleasers like “She’s All That” and personal, heartfelt fare like “Celia’s Hands,” Boone’s homage to his grandmother.  Read more

Sidewalk sales, Hawaiian style

HONESDALE, PA — The “Aloha Honesdale” annual sidewalk sales will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21, 22 and 23, sponsored by The Dime Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by local stores, area vendors and artists and area non-profits, all with a Hawaiian theme. Visitors can view the 2011 Wayne County Arts Alliance project, “Express Mail,” with mailboxes decorated by local artists at businesses all around Honesdale, and participate in the “It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Book sale at Callicoon Street Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will hold a book fairduring the annual Callicoon Street Fair on Saturday, July 30 at the Delaware Free Branch. During the last hour books will be available to take home at $2 a bag. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Also available will be information about the library’s Public Computer Center, which offers free one-on-one computer assistance and classes. Call 845/887-4040.

Jewish film festival in Bethel

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY— The Catskill Film Festival will present its first annual Jewish Film Festival on Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the the newly constructed pavilion across the street from the Fat Lady Café. The festival will start on July 23 and run weekly through August 27.

The series entry for July 23 will by the Woody Allen comedy “Radio Days,” a 1987 film set in 1940s Rockaway Beach, Queens. The film presents an affectionate look at the heyday of radio, marriage, celebrities, the war in Europe and secret decoder rings. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.  Read more

‘Classic to Cool’ concludes with gala finale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) “Classic to Cool” festival will conclude this weekend, starting on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes,” a free open rehearsal at the Eddie Adams Farm. The Saturday concert, at 8 p.m., will feature music by Brahms, Reger and Respighi in the “Gala Grand Finale,” followed by an artists’ reception on the barn porch under the stars, also at the farm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Friday and Saturday’s events will be at the Eddie Adams barn.  Read more

DVO begins 25th season: It ain’t over ‘till (somebody) sings

NARROWSBURG, NY — I was exposed to the world of opera at an early age. Inspired by the grandeur and incredible music, I became a fan quickly, and remain so to this day. So I was delighted to discover, after moving to the region, that the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and a company of talented, driven professionals is dedicated to presenting quality productions right here in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

A summer mystery: Part I: The setup

Eddie had washed the windows and polished the door handle. He had futzed with the flowers and dusted his desk. It was getting to be time to head down to the basement, and he was sort of dreading it. The low hum of the AC kept the lobby cool. The basement would be sweltering.

The Met game was just starting and he decided to give it a few innings. If he got lucky, maybe the heat would let up.

“Sorry about the cardboard,” Santiago, the daytime doorman, had said while he was leaving. And Eddie had said it was fine, even though it had annoyed him a little bit.  Read more

Are the grateful dead? Nothing could be “furthur” from the truth

Somewhere in the dark recesses of my sick and twisted mind, everything makes sense. To me. Sadly, the rest of the world is often clueless when it comes to my thought processes, but the kind folks at TRR allow my eccentricities to flourish, and this week I whirled a bit.  Read more

Celebrating the river in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — RiverFest will celebrate its 21st annual summer with live music, original art, local craft vendors, information about the ecosystem and more on Sunday, July 24 in Narrowsburg. The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with River Dogs on Parade, at which pooches and their owners parade from the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street in Narrowsburg to the Main Street bandstand.  Read more

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