When the earthquake struck Japan, people in Tokyo were trapped because public transportation was disrupted. On the third day after the quake, people were taking the last remaining food from stores. After four days, severe shortages of food and water spread across the country. Then the nuclear reactor exploded. Read more
Writing last month’s column, I wasn’t sure what I found more disturbing—that hydrofracking giant Halliburton expected us to believe their new fracking system “made up of ingredients sourced entirely from the food industry” was safe, or that the food on supermarket shelves contained additives that could fracture shale. Read more
You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when, in November, 2010, hydro-fracking Halliburton announced the creation of “CleanStim™ Formulation, a fracture fluid system comprised of materials sourced entirely from the food industry,” calling it “an exciting new innovation in the field.” The announcement came, no doubt, as comforting news to millions of people who rely on the purity of the Upper Delaware River drinking water, and to millions whose water is drawn from the aquifer that mingles underground with the Marcellus Shale. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe UpstArts will present “The River and Roads Show,” starting with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1968 Old Route 17. The Rockland-Roscoe Fire District has donated the exhibition space, a temporarily empty automobile showroom. The eclectic group show features local and New York City-based artists inspired by rivers and all they evoke. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — A new documentary by filmmaker David Morris will be screened at Mountain View Manor Resort in Glen Spey on Saturday, April 2. “Frack!” tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling (“fracking”) frenzy sweeping the Marcellus Shale region including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas that provide drinking water for over 15 million people. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a vintage fashion show and tea on the main floor of the Columns Museum on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. The tea will be a “Farmer’s Tea,” consisting of Cornish pasties, sweets and tea. The fashion show will include clothing from the Victorian era up to the ‘60s. The models will be locals. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and include the show and tea. All donations are tax deductable. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — The Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, in cooperation with Big Sky Productions, will present “Shorts and Sweets for April Fools”—an afternoon of short stories with homemade desserts—on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Selections will be read by Big Sky’s artistic director Carol Montana, and will include stories by Robert Fulghum, Neil Gaiman and Thomas Meehan. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — There will be an artists’ reception for “Passion and Art,” an exhibit of the works of Jan Sawka, on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Eft Gallery, 159 Sullivan Street. The show will be on view until May 7. The exhibit will feature a lecture on Sawka on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Utopia Direction at 7 West Street in Warwick, following which there will be champagne reception at the Red Eft. Read more
Eleven. The frigid number of degrees on the thermometer as I left the house and headed to Monticello, NY to catch “Kiss Me Kate” at the high school on Friday. The book, written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack, adds sparkle to the (IMHO) incredibly clever score, penned by the incomparable Cole Porter, who created 15 original songs for this homage to Shakespeare. Read more
HURLEYLVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) has put out a casting call for its summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
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.
With the first sign of spring comes time for year-round resident birds to repair nests or build new ones in preparation for a new breeding season. For our resident eagles, that work has already begun over the course of the winter, and as of the beginning of March, a few pairs have already started to incubate eggs. Once incubation has started, the adults will share this duty until the eggs hatch about 35 days later. Rearing the young takes another 12 weeks or so until they are ready to fledge. Read more
HORTONVILLE, NY — Harp, viola and flute are on the bill as Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) ushers in its 18th season with two unique spring concerts: at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in Hortonville, and at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Brooklyn. Harpist Elaine Christy joins violist Dov Scheindlin and flutist Judith Pearce in both programs, the centerpiece of which is Debussy’s penultimate work, his Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — Spiritual Journeys, a local spiritual gift shop in Milford, will present a Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo on Sunday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jean Work Scholarship Fund for GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a number of courses in spring. Among them are a Kids Wheel-throwing Clay Class, on six Sundays starting April 17; Pots for Tots, on six Sundays starting April 17; Fine Art is Fun, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; Art for Kids, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; and How to Photograph Your Artwork, one session on Saturday, April 2.
Fees start at $45. Classes are held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, with a five student minimum. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Spring Sunday Night Cinema Series presents “Taste of Cherry” on March 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Iranian-born filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, the 1997 film is about a mysterious middle-aged man who drives around the outskirts of a city offering strangers money to help him commit suicide. It raises questions about the morality of suicide and the nature of compassion, and won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a two-day playwriting program at the Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg branches on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. Both days there will be a playwriting seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Jeffersonville branch, led by playwright and workshop mentor Bonnie Culver. Read more