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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure...

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Monticello hosts all-county music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District will serve as the host for this year’s Sullivan County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival. The festival takes place over two days, culminating in two concert performances on Saturday, March 7.

Over 500 top young musicians in grades four through 12 from eight school districts in Sullivan County have been selected to participate in this year’s festival. Students will work with notable guest conductors from throughout the United States on Friday, March 6 and during the day on March 7.  Read more

MiZ plays Dylan

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents kicks off March with folk, bluegrass and blues virtuoso guitarist and songwriter MiZ on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. “Michael Mizwinski’s sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of PA. His songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and its cultural heritage,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. “For this show, MiZ will be infusing his performance with tunes by Bob Dylan, a legend whom he’s shared the stage with and admired for years.  Read more

Artist celebrates winter’s beauty

HAWLEY, PA — “Winter’s Symphony,” an exhibit of landscape paintings by artist Greg Pelly of Thompson, can be seen through April 29 at The Cocoon Coffee House, located on Silk Mill Drive. There will be a meet-the-artist reception on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Living in Northeast Pennsylvania, we are surrounded by nature’s beauty. Working on location, I try to speak of this through my art,” Pelly said. “To touch another with the paints is my goal.”  Read more

The Catskill Art Society: The gallery as community center

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.  Read more


Last year I resolved to interrupt relentless winter with a trip to a tropical clime. It was a good resolution. February, although the shortest month, always seems the cruelest to me. This year, I had a ticket to Costa Rica ready and waiting. My friend Kara had found a yoga retreat in a country that was foreign to both of us but promised consistently warm weather and clear skies.  Read more

Learning at Lacawac

As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in Lake Ariel, PA.  Read more

Button up your overcoat

I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure who she is. While I am rarely at a loss for words, most often it’s because I have left my house, ventured out into the world and seen people, taken in a show or attended the most recent art gallery installation.  Read more

‘Arts for Sullivan’ Decentralization Grants awarded

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations have been awarded $20,056 in “Arts for Sullivan” (AFS) Decentralization grant funding for cultural programming in 2015. An awards ceremony will be held later in the year at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg. Allocated by the New York State Council on the Arts, AFS funding is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and judged by a volunteer panel of informed Sullivan County artists, teachers, cultural leaders and business people. Granted organizations and programs are:  Read more

Heyn to sing at Cooperage March 1

HONESDALE, PA — Returning from study and performance in Europe, homegrown opera singer Melanie Henley Heyn will present a recital Sunday evening, March 1 at 7 p.m. at The Coperage. The evening will include tragic opera arias, lilting Viennese waltzes and songs from the French, German and American traditions.  Read more

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present the multicultural South African band Sharon Katz & The Peace Train at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The band helped Nelson Mandela end apartheid, and has continued spreading its message of peace and reconciliation through performances and workshops around the world ever since. The soon-to-be-released documentary film, “When Voices Meet,” chronicles the group’s 20-year musical journey in support of Mandela’s vision.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present NACL Theatre’s production of “Shakespeare’s Will,” by award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen, on March 5 for two performance at 2 and 8 p.m. Tannis Kowalchuk performs the role of Anne Hathaway in a lively song-filled solo performance about the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.  Read more

Comedy night at the Cocoon

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases another comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m, “Our upcoming comedy night, features Alexis Guerreros and Robby Slowik, who host some very popular comedy podcasts and frequently perform across the nation’s top comedy festivals,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Wildlife featured at Chant Realtors show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Photographer Nancy Hopping will be present at an opening reception for a show of her work at the Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Rte. 739 on Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hopping is a photographer, artist, writer and avid fly-fisher who specializes in wildlife photos. The show runs from March 1 to April 28. Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Celtic band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, February 28, RUNA will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. at 7:30 p.m. RUNA is a Celtic roots music band that draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.

Jim Allford of PA Music Scene writes, “The band is going to be reckoned with and I really feel they are Grammy bound within time.”  Read more

White House performer Nakoa in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — White House performer and film scorer for Disney.com, Matt Nakoa, accompanied by a full band, will perform for Harmony Presents in the underground theatre at the Silk Mill on Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. “The lush romanticism of Josh Groban’s music meets the texture and grit present in the most epic of indie and pop tunes in Matt Nakoa’s voice and songwriting,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Nakoa has toured internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and throughout India.  Read more

‘The Art of Becoming’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will conclude its winter “Creative Conversations” series on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with pianist, guitarist and singer Kevin Bents in a program titled “The Art of Becoming—How I Got from There to Here,” at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Time and the Valleys hosts water supply field trips

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum now hosts a new field trip on water and the history of New York City’s water supply system, available to all schools.  Read more

Remembering life at the Allen Farm: An interview with Gerry Allen

[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.  Read more

Gone to potpie

The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays, four-and-twenty blackbirds have been replaced by somewhat more prosaic options, like chicken and beef. If you include enough vegetables, the potpie becomes the perfect one-dish meal to enjoy on a cold winter’s eve.  Read more

Be prepared

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its motto: “Be Prepared!” These two simple words have always stuck with me and have helped me in many ways to always have Plan B in the back of my head, just in case things don’t go as planned—which often they don’t.  Read more

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