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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

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Casting call

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Casting continues for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Rivoli Theater on Route 42, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli.

Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.

‘Dorflinger and the Canal’

WHITE MILLS, PA — Local historian Kurt Reed will present a lecture, “Dorflinger and the Canal” on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Blough Building on the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary grounds. The presentation will celebrate the sanctuary’s recent receipt of its largest single gift in its history, the Lock Tender’s House in White Mills, built in 1850. It had been purchased and restored by Walter and Marilyn Barbe and transformed into a museum of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, who donated the building and property to the sanctuary in March.  Read more

‘Harvey’ in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “Harvey,” the classic 1950 comedy starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood Dowd, an amiable fellow whose friend, a giant rabbit, may or may not be imaginary, will be the April 17 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema spring series. As a special activity for children, the movie will be preceded by a bunny-drawing session led by local author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George. The drawing lesson starts at 6:30 p.m.and the film at 7 p.m. Call 570/253-6850 or visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Fly Tyers Rendezvous

ROSCOE, NY — The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will host the Fly Tyers Rendezvous on April 16 at the Rockland House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be an opportunity to come and watch, chat and visit with tyers in an intimate setting. You will have the chance to learn some techniques from some of the best professional and amateur tyers, including Robert Patlen, Lee Weil, Bob Mead, Bill Newcomb, Scott Cesari, Jessica Lettich, Mike Nutto, Matt Grobert and many more.

There will also be a raffle; tickets cost $3 each, two for $5.

Easter Bunny hops aboard in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Easter Bunny will hop on board the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions on Saturday, April 16. Departure times are 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. There will be music, singing, a special treat for the kids and visits with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and are free for children 2 and under if lap held. Visit www.waynecountycc.com or call 570/253-1960.

UpFront holds spring opening

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a spring opening reception on Saturday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Talking Machine and complimentary refreshments.

Among the artists featured will be Chelsea Shea Calnan, Theresa Fleck, Pamela Gordon, Larry Hunt, Don Alan Kaplan, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Troy Mack, Joe Petrosi and Greg Zukowski. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, and hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

PEEC holds community fish fry

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its second annual Community Fish Fry on April 16 to celebrate the opening of day of trout season in Pennsylvania. The dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a short canoe paddle on Front Pond. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under.

At 1 p.m. that day, participants can join the PEEC staff as they explore nearby breeding pools for salamander egg masses, for a cost of $5. Nets and collection jars will be provided for up-close study.

Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319

Murder in Swingland

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a dinner theater experience on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. The Hurleyville Museum will be transformed into the nightclub Swingland for the musical murder mystery of the same name by John Fogarty. The suggested donation is $20 per person, $30 per couple. Included in the ticket price is a three-course dinner.

‘The Lamb’ plays in Lake Huntington

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Robert Nicoletti as Nero, Mike Kelly as Jesus, Brian Tegnander as Faustus will be among the more than 50 non-professional community volunteers who will take part in the play “The Lamb,” to be presented at the Sullivan West High School Auditorium. Performances will be on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17 (Palm Sunday) at 2 p.m. The production is a major parish fundraiser.

The suggested donation is $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. The play is not recommended for children under seven years of age.  Read more

Carol Castel returns to the Delaware Valley Opera

NARROWSBURG, NY — It’s been around for 25 years, and will celebrate the event with a new direction and a new director who is a former director.

The Delaware Valley Opera Company will welcome back Carol Castel as artistic director, bringing with her a raft of new ideas that will inject the old company with new life.

Kicking off this renewal, Castel has prepared three concerts this spring that will celebrate the people of the Delaware River valley who all came here from somewhere else.  Read more

Nasrudin’s donkey

You may not be familiar with the Mulla Nasrudin, but he’s a fascinating fellow to get to know. Apparently a real person at one time, he now lives on as a character in folklore, appearing under various names and guises from Bulgaria to Afghanistan and beyond. (Look in Wikipedia under “Nasreddin” to learn more.)  Read more

March

March,

    perceptions as you please,
be bold or deevish — bring

    up crocuses or call
a snowfall down. So

    agile, March can turn
a somersault and land

    squarely on April first.

It’s about time—it’s about space

Being an avid science fiction fan and music lover, I was excited to be one of the first to experience “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers” exhibit, debuting at the Museum at Bethel Woods (bethelwoodscenter.org/museum) this past weekend. Scanning the website, I was intrigued by this unique aspect of artwork created to “reflect the growing interest generated by the space race”  Read more

Lucky ducky: wood duck in the woodstove

On the morning of March 23, I received a phone call from my friend and neighbor, John Keator, who told me that he had a duck in his woodstove. I asked, “You have a what in your woodstove?!” John is an avid and competent birder, and it was quickly determined that there was some sort of waterfowl in his woodstove. I grabbed a few items and left for John’s house.  Read more

Chamber hosts Casino Royale night

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Casino Royale fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 at the Monticello Motor Club. The black tie event will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and include light fare, cash bar, $50,000 in “chamber chips” and entertainment. Advance purchase is required.  Read more

Easter Bunny dog photo shoot

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an Easter Bunny Photo Shoot for your dog at Your Dog’s Place training center, located on Route 191 just 3 miles north of Honesdale, on Sunday, April 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You can have a custom portrait taken of your bunny munchkin by Photo Fox Studios. The cost is $15 for your Sit, Down or Just Wag session and a five-by-seven-inch print, or $20 for the five-by-seven-inch print including a digital image emailed to you.
Call 570/729-8977 or 698-8407.

Beaucoup Blue at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Beaucoup Blue, a Philadelphia-based duo of father and son David and Adrian Mowry that won the 2006 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17 B on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. as part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Savor the Arts fundraising program. There will be complimentary appetizers from Dancing Cat Saloon, 20% off all dinners for attendees prior to the show.  Read more

Spring concert series from DVO

NARROWSBURG, NY and HONESDALE, PA — The Delaware Valley Opera will open its anniversary season with a concert series “Voices of the Valley.” The first concert will be “An Evening of Spanish Zarzuela and Song,” on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg and on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. Admission to each concert costs $15. The next concert will be “An Evening of German Songs” on Friday, April 22 at the Tusten Theatre. Visit www.info@delawarevalleyopera.org.

Sullivan County and the Civil War

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville presents “Sullivan County and the Civil War” on Sunday, April 10. There will be displays and re-enactors from the the New York State 143rd and the 156th Regiments of Volunteers of the Civil War. Eileen Kalter, Richard Chiger and Sally Gladden from the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will share letters written by soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. Also, Nick Ost and Matthew Boswell will present a staged reading of an originial Civil War one-act play entitled “Time Out” written by Sally Gladden.  Read more

GLBT center presents ‘Ladies of the ‘80s’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold a “Ladies of the ‘80s” drag show and dance party, starring Anita Mann, Karyn Thomas and Gio Michaels, on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Black Walnut Inn. There is a $20 cover charge. Visit www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com or call 570/296-6322.