JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This year’s Jeff Fest, with its centerpiece duck race, will be held on Saturday, September 17. The duck race will occur at 1 p.m., with a total of 1,500 ducks swimming. The first-place duck will win $300, second place $200, and third place $100. A total of 17 merchant “Pokey Duck” gift certificates will be won by the slowest last place 17 ducks. Read more
REGION — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills (GALA Catskills) has two events planned for Labor Day Weekend. It will hold a barn sale on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 6752 Rte. 52 in Lake Huntington, NY, two miles from the intersection of Routes 17B and 52. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The past year has proven to be a positive one for a special non-profit organization that brings together humans, horses and hope, in a program that provides healing for all involved.
Currently located on a farm in Beach Lake that Hope Hill Ministry (HHM) has been leasing, the young organization and its founder, Keely Ehrhardt, have achieved a milestone and will be relocating to a permanent home on a 12-acre farm in Lake Ariel. Read more
When I was younger, I could not wait to get away from Honesdale, PA. Now that I have come and gone a few times, I’m torn about staying around here. I love this region, the land, the trees, the people. It’s my favorite place. As a recent college grad, you might think Northeast Pennsylvania holds little promise for me. I’d have said the same five years ago. But I’ve been employed around here for a few months, thanks to two local non-profits, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and Transition Honesdale. Read more
Sunday concert at Bethel Woods canceled; Wine Festival postponed to October 1
BETHEL, NY (August 25, 2011)-- The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will receive automatic refunds on their credit cards. Cash purchasers need to return tickets to point-of-purchase for refunds or call Ticketmaster customer service at 800/653-8000. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY - A variety of musical entertainment, including performances by musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, was featured at the community event celebrating the newest monument at Luxton Lake's park. The new monument and grounds won the 2011 Sullivan County Democrat Stewardship Award for Historic Preservation granted by the Sullivan Renaissance.
The middle of summer is usually the dry time of year where watering is required to keep lawns and gardens in good condition. This August, however, we have had ample rain; enough to keep things somewhat moist. Rivers and streams are running a bit higher than normal too; it’s been nice to paddle the river without having to “ooch” over the shallower rapids and bars. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor singer/songwriter Kimberly Verderame will perform at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main Street on Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Verderame is an 18-year-old solo artist who performs original songs, and is promoting her first album “On My Way.” The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is by suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Art Society. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheelchair accessible. Visit www.kimvmusic.com.
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at The Forestburgh Playhouse will provide deep discounts for summer subscriptions for 2012 for those who subscribe before September 2. Other potential benefits include priority seating at cabarets.
The season will include “Guys and Dolls,” “Camelot,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “West Side Story,” “Spamalot,” “Murder Among Friends” and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”
There are five different subscription offers, combining different choices of shows, seating and benefits. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) at The Forestburgh Playhouse will presents Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana,” in a special benefit performance to support the FTAC’s theatre in the schools program, on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. The play will be preceded by a gala pre-show cocktail/dinner at The Tavern. Tickets to the show and gala cost $75/person. Season subscribers pay $55. Tickets to the show only cost $40 with a subscriber price of $20. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Layers,” an exhibit of mixed media work by Nancy Palubniak, opens with a reception on Friday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through September 17.
“In my work, internalized experiences rewrite themselves in the physical attributes of the external self and are revealed through gesture, facial expression, demeanor, stance and attitude,” said Palubniak who works across disciplines to produce 2D and 3D pieces to explore issues related to domestic violence toward women. Read more
MOUNTAINDALE, NY — Mountaindale is calling all performers to a Music & Rhyme Open Mic Night on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in a Coffeehouse Jam at 62 Main St. Spoken word, live poetry and music will all be welcome. A $5 cover fee will include admission and refreshments, and will benefit community enhancement efforts by the Mountaindale Community Development Project. Each performer will have five minutes for family oriented material, with the possibility of an encore for talent particularly appreciated by the audience. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The second annual Wally Lake Fest, scheduled for Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, will feature events located throughout the Lake Region including the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Downtown Hawley, area businesses and on the lake. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — In 1926, composer Ray Henderson sat with lyricists Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown to pen what was destined to be a classic: “The Birth of the Blues,” which went on to be a major hit for Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. among others. Read more
BETHEL, NY — This year’s Wine Festival at Bethel Woods, taking place on Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature five new regional wineries. Brimstone Hill, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Inspire Moore and Knapp Winery will join the other 20 regional wineries at the Market Sheds at Bethel Woos Center for the Arts. There will be specialty foods, cheeses, crafts, musical entertainment and wine appreciation seminars as well as the tasting. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Gallery will host a new exhibit, starting August 26, titled “21st Century Multiples,” featuring the work of local artist Yanni Glykokokalos. An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibit will feature original collages and paintings by the artist, along with enlarged Giclee prints of the original works. The high-quality ink jet prints are the 21st century version of the historic printmaking processes. Read more
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse brings to life the ‘20s and ‘30s in the 1978 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” featuring the music of the legendary Fats Waller. The musical will run from Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, September 4, with evening performances presented every Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Read more
It’s yet another expression that floats in and out of my consciousness from time to time. I find myself saying it more and more as I wander the countryside snapping away. Years ago, while working for a different newspaper, I consistently got the same note at staff meetings: “decent copy, lousy pictures.” Outraged, I defended myself by insisting that I am not a photographer, but a writer who is forced to take pictures along the way. Read more