LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Mystic Garden, a music, arts and yoga festival that, until now, only took place in Hawaii and on the West Coast, is having the first ever East Coast Mystic Garden Gathering from August 16 to 18 at Shandelee Lake Inn. There will be camping, yoga and a musical lineup with many bands.
The site has acres of land, a swimmable lake, camping and rooms to rent.
Visit www.mysticny.com or call 845/439-4795.
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill welcomes The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, featuring master banjoist Bill Keith and his hometown band from Woodstock, NY. In its current form, the band has been playing together for 14 years. In addition to Keith, the band consists of Brian Hollander, vocals and guitar; Tim Kapeluck, vocals and mandolin; Geoff Harden, vocals and bass; and Guy ‘Fooch’ Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle.
Tickets in advance online cost $16, or $20 at the door. Read more
BETHEL, NY — “Vistas and Visions,” a show featuring the work of Carl Scorza, Nancy Sadler and Herb Janow, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Friday, August 16, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August 28.
Scorza’s fascination with vistas became apparent as early as 1997, in a program he co-developed called “World Views,” in which he and other artists spent a year painting from the top of the World Trade Center, and has continued with an exploration of other dramatic panoramas. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Laugh Tour will be at Cracolici’s On The Green on Friday, August 16 at 9 pm. The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson headlines with host Rich Kiamco and Rich Carucci.
Tickets cost $15 online and $20 at the door.
Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432989. There is no drink minimum. Cocktails and house wine cost $4, Bud Light drafts cost $2.
Dinner costs $13.95 with the choice of eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken francese, served with salad and bread.
EQUINUNK, PA — Equifunk is a three-day funk music festival held lakeside at camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania from August 16 to 18. Guests enjoy lodging or camping, three meals per day, unlimited beer, outdoor pool and waterslide, sports facilities and an array of live entertainment. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present two independent movies for children as part of its new program, the CAS Film Club for Kids. The films will be shown in the newly renovated, air-conditioned galleries at the CAS Arts Center on several dates in August. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An icon of conservation leadership, whose life will positively affect the future of the Upper Delaware Region for perpetuity, is greeting the next stretch of her journey with grace and her characteristic determination to continue making a difference. Read more
As the summer wanes and kids begin to tremble at the thought of back to school, the Upper Delaware Valley thrums with activity in an attempt to squeeze every last drop of entertainment, amusement and culture out of August. Traversing the countryside with the wonder dog in tow, we often hear the comment, “Why does everything seem to happen all in one weekend?” That, of course, isn’t the case, yet we still are forced to make choices as to where and when our leisure time is best spent. Read more
Anyone driving through the village of Hancock, NY (my home town), has undoubtedly noticed the fresh, green grass of the new town square. You’ll see the new bandstand and a new pavilion, too, and as of last week, the newly planted trees and a wrought iron archway, which proclaims “Town Square Hancock New York, Gateway to the Upper Delaware.” Read more
August is upon us, and nature’s clock is letting us know in the form of nightly katydid serenades and blooming cardinal flowers along streams and wetlands. If you have seen cardinal flowers in the wild, you may also have seen many hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies near the brilliant red blooms of the cardinal flower. This striking trait of the cardinal flower is an adaptation of the plant to help attract pollinating fauna; the birds and insects, in turn, exhibit behavioral adaptation when they are attracted by brightly colored plant inflorescence when gathering nectar or pollen. Read more
There I was, sitting in my wading raft a bit below the bridge at Hale Eddy on the West Branch of the Delaware River. There were several trout rising sporadically within 30 feet of my raft. At this point they had disdained the fly that I had been showing them. I had been about to make another cast when I found myself sliding off the raft seat into the river. I went into the water as smoothly as an otter, causing nary a ripple. To my dismay, I found myself sitting on the bottom of the stream in water up to my waist. Read more
The plan was to leave Friday night to meet my mom up at Granddad Stuart and Elaine’s house in Vermont to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
I love traveling by train, and the thought of hurtling smoothly through the Vermont countryside seemed like a good one. I’d take a nice long train ride up from New York City and get some work done along the way. As it sometimes does, however, real life intervened, and it didn’t really make sense—only one train, leaves too early, arrives too late. I would have to rent a car.
“A walk-in?” The Hertz-Rent-A-Car clerk said with an eyebrow raised. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The piano and guitar duo of Roses and Revolutions will perform for Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Alyssa Rose Coco and Matt Merritt on guitar have shared the stage with the likes of headliners Ingrid Michaelson, O.A.R., Sheryl Crow and Ryan Star.
MILFORD, PA— An artists’ reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. follows Friday’s opening day of a month-long, two-artist show at The Artery Gallery, located at 210 Broad St. The show is called “Thoughts and visions of the natural world.” Read more
MILFORD, PA – Free admission and a re-creation of Gifford Pinchot’s community ice cream social will be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free visitor films will be shown throughout the day, including the film showing President John F. Kennedy’s September 24, 1963, dedication of Grey Towers. From 2 to 4 p.m., a free ice cream social, sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association, will be held on the grounds. In lieu of a fee, the GTHA requests the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Town of Neversink and the Time and the Valleys Museum will host the Neversink “Afternoon of History” on Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink will be shared, and local residents are encouraged to bring special history items to share. The Methodist Church is loaning some of its early church records for the afternoon. Call 845/985-2452.
MILFORD, PA — Bear sculptures will be revealed at the 14th Black Bear Film Festival’s Artful Bears Debut Picnic to be held rain or shine on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sculptures will be on display at the festival from October 18 to 20.
The picnic will be held on the lawn of the Pike County Community House. The 13 bears, each created by a local artist, will be distributed to various storefronts of businesses sponsoring them. The event will offer “bear maps” showing the locations of the bears after the festivities. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum and Arts Center on Main Street will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. The evening will include an art and collectibles auction, food and entertainment. In addition to hosting shows and exhibits, the museum is currently partnering with the Liberty Free Theater to make the Liberty Museum home of a fully operational theater in 2014. Email LibertyNYMuseum@yahoo.com, call 845/292-2394, or visit www.libertymuseum.com.
MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photographic Guild (HPG) will present an exhibit of underwater photography by Allen Levine, whose images of marine life from the Asian-Pacific waters showcase creatures of beauty and wonder rarely seen in the western hemisphere. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art after Dark.
The show will continue through September 8. Read more