MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group holds matinee showings on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Laugh Tour comedy series will be held on September 13, October 11 and November 8 at the Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd. On Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. the headliner is Ophira Eisenberg. She has been seen on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central, VH-1, NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and “The Today Show.” The host is Rich Kiamco, as seen on “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” BRAVO, “Good Day NY,” and WE-TV. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Manhattan Symphonie ensemble is returning to the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on September 13. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Nick Vatterott headlines Comedy Night at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. In 2010, Vatterott was named one of the “break-outs” at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival by the Hollywood Reporter and since then has performed on “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has a half-hour special on Comedy Central. Also performing are comedians Mara Marek and Andrew Collin. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host The Boxcar Lilies in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. The trio plays a mix of folk, country and bluegrass accompanied by clawhammer banjo, ukulele, bass and washboard. Read more
NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments. Read more
I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was the fact that this was not a conventional photovoltaic (PV) array, but rather a solar thermal installation using concentrated solar power (CSP). The plant deploys 300,000 garage door-size mirrors that concentrate sunlight to boil water in three 40-story towers, producing steam for turbines that generate electricity. Read more
Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird nearby, many will not associate it with a red-winged blackbird. It probably is the same species, but is a female. The dull-colored female has none of the contrasting black-and-red plumage of the male. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “Spite-n Dive-l”). Hailing from the Hudson Valley, the band features vocals, traditional jug band energy, slide guitar, incendiary fiddle and Chicago-style blues harp.
Stephen D. Winick of the The Huffington Post described the band as “channeling straight honky-tonk country one minute and drug-addled mystical blues the next... ” Read more
MILFORD PA — A walking tour of downtown Milford that illustrates the many contributions to the community made by the prominent Pinchot family since the 1800s is planned for Saturday, September 13, beginning at 11 a.m. Participants should meet on the lawn of the Milford Community House at the intersection of Broad and Harford streets, rain or shine. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — On two nights next week, Wyndham Baird performs “Another Side of Nashville,” songs from Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and “Nashville Skyline” era. On Tuesday, September 9 he will appear at the Old North Branch Inn (845/482-5925) in North Branch and on Wednesday, September 10 at the Dancing Cat Saloon (845/583-3141) in Bethel. Each performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation.
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library for a five-part series that combines the science of our local flora and fauna and the creativity of local artists to produce original artwork of your own. All participants are invited to display their artwork at the Jeffersonville branch. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host a screening of the film “Musical Chairs” on Thursday, September 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre. Admission to the screening is free, and the film’s producer, Janet Carrus, will be on hand to introduce the film and facilitate a period of question and answer following the screening. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A topographic map of the moon over 10 feet tall will be on display at Morgan Outdoors starting September 6, kicking off a month focused on the moon titled “The Catskills By Moonlight” with Jim McKeegan and Russ Johansen.
In addition to the map, compiled in 1963 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Map Service, two free indoor/outdoor programs will offer a new appreciation for our nearest celestial neighbor, the subject of prose, poetry, art, music, inventions and exploration. Read more
When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.
My second thought was that I had foolishly left the water running in the bathroom. I checked; I had not.
As I walked into the kitchen, the sound got louder, and I realized that something was very wrong; water poured down through a light socket and splashed loudly to the floor. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The annual Harvest Festival, celebrating Sullivan County’s farm-to-table tradition, as well as the beauty and talent of the region, returns to Bethel Woods for its 16th season. The free festival runs every Sunday through September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival grew from a small farmers’ market with a handful of products to a full-scale festival featuring close to 100 local farms; fresh produce and baked goods; artists, vendors, and craftspeople; children’s activities; and live performances with changing themes each Sunday. Read more
Some of us embrace it, others tend to balk. It’s the six-letter word that often strikes fear in the hearts of even the strongest. Change. Whether we like it or not, it’s the only thing that remains constant and that, in itself, aggravates me. One would think that by now, I’d be used to it… but no. As I wend my way through the Upper Delaware River region, I hear whispers of malcontent. “What happened to summer?” folks ask, as if I have the answer. “Where did it go?” I understand that it’s all about perception. In truth, the seasons have the same lifespans that they have always had. Read more
MOUNT PLEASANT, PA — August 8 was National Zucchini Day, also known as “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” If you are a gardener and grow zucchini, this surely will put a knowing smile on your face, because chances are you, too, have grown too many zucchini and have begun giving them away. Or perhaps you’ve been the recipient of some other gardener’s zucchini largesse. Read more