MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit, “Attraction,” running from Friday, February 13 through Thursday, March 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will feature new works by the members that explore the notion of attraction as it applies to love and beyond. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — David Cross’ new dark comedy “Hits,” which was shot in Liberty (see our story in the January 15 issue (www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2015/01/14/youtube-america-liberty-ny) will play for one night only in special pay-what-you-want screening on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. This is a CineArt presentation, a joint project of the Callicoon Theater and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Callicoon Theater is located at 30 Upper Main St. Call 845/887-4460.
HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” will be presented by Big Sky Productions at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. The museum is located at 265 Main St. The theme for this episode of Shorts & Sweets, coming, as it does, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, is “Love or Something Like It.” The program will include stories and jokes, some funny, some poignant, on the theme of love (or not).
Featured performers are Paul Ciliberto, co-host of Ciliberto and Semerano on Thunder 102 radio; actress Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will open on February 21 at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Free and open to the public through March 22, the exhibit hosts student work from around the country, including works by local writer Sarah Mughal from Vestal Senior High School and artist Maxwell Vonderhorst, a graduate of Warwick Valley Middle School. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the artwork of Cynthia Strunsky McLean in “Piece Together Peace,” an exhibition in the new Elevator Gallery, running from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 29, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, February 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tasty tidbits prepared by Bethel Market Café will be served. Read more
The PBS program NYNow created a furor last week with an opinion poll on the Constitution Pipeline that asked: “Should public interest override a private landowner’s control over their property?” As many outraged respondents noted, the premise of the question is seriously biased. Since the pipeline will perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuel and facilitate the export of natural gas for private profit, the assumption that it represents “the public interest” is highly debatable. Read more
I’m writing this near the end of January, and it’s cold out; 9 degrees in Shohola with a 15-mph wind and some higher gusts. There are some hardy souls that are out ice fishing, catching the last part of hunting season, or maybe eagle watching or some other form of birding. If this cold weather is making you feel more like a “snowbird” with a yearning to head south, there is an event just around the corner that won’t give you a case of the chills. Read more
I’ve got it—how ‘bout you? Depending on what Internet source you use, cabin fever has different connotations, with an underlying theme: boredom, laced with anger, tinged with restless paranoia. Not that I needed to look it up. Born and raised in upstate New York, I’ve had the fever once or twice, but there was no worldwide web in my childhood with which to divert and entertain. Still, one can only spend so much time surfing the web, before the walls invariably close in. Read more
BETHANY, PA — The Bethany Collective will host its third Soup-er Sunday on February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library.
“We have another great selection of homemade soups for friends, neighbors, and guests,” said Janet Heinly, one of the event coordinators. “We’re featuring beef barley, Manhattan clam chowder, creamy mushroom, split pea with ham, navy bean, cabbage, potato leek, chicken noodle and more. If you don’t see what you like, just ask if we’ve got it, because we’re getting more selections all the time, so we may have what you’re looking for.” Read more
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of the 29th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools (or who are home-schooled) in New York City and in the east and west of Hudson River watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted on-line until March 1, and a ceremony honoring all student participants will take place in May. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The second annual AuthorFest will be held at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 14. Workshops begin at 9:45 a.m., and the meet-and-greet with the authors will last from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The event is free, and books by each of the authors will be for sale in a special bookstore manned by members of the Hawley Rotary. For more information email email@example.com or call 570/253-5468. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Nashville based singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock on Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m at The Cooperage.
Ed Morris of Billboard Magazine wrote, “Mondlock’s songs are like movies you want to see again. He starts with the same world we all see and hear, but he transforms the sights and sounds into revelations that delight and melodies that linger.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Local businesses will be raffling off goods and services at the next Open Mic Night held at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, February 6. The raffle serves as a fundraiser to off-set medical costs for Barry Butler, who went into cardiac arrest, at the January 2 Open Mic Night. “As CPR was administered to Barry that night, you could hear a pin drop,” says Jason Brian Merrill, frequent host of Cocoon Open Mic Nights. “We are elated that Barry survived and grateful for the actions of all the Open-Mic attendees that night. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of playwright John Backe’s one-act play “A Good Stiff One” opens DVAA’s winter “Creative Conversations,” the third annual series of salon-style gatherings on Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. Set in a bar and grill somewhere in New York, the play features three people with different motives who try to solve a problem that exists in the restroom. After the reading, Backe, the play’s director Wendy Merritt, and the actors will discuss their roles in bringing the play to life. The snow date for this event is Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — On Thursday, February 12, the Monticello High School Music Honor Society (Tri-M) will host “Monti Idol,” a singing competition involving high school students singing their favorite pop songs. Eight finalists were chosen by audition to sing two popular music selections. Tickets cost $3 for students and $5 for the public, and proceeds help support the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium.
MILFORD, PA — James Campistrous, better known at various events around the area as “Sugar,” will discuss how Sugar was born and his life journey on Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite’s (UDGLBT) “Getting to Know Your Neighbors” speaker series at 201 W. Harford St. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase bluegrass duo The Honey Dewdrops on Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m. in the underground theatre of the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. According to Jill Carletti, Harmony Presents managing director, “Performing on stage, their ‘sweet kind of melancholy’ echoes traditional American folk styles while reflecting the more modern sounds of country and rock. Their songs are all well-crafted with powerful imagery of flowers, heaven, the creek in the woods, the wildcat and hawk in the mountains. Read more
Naturalist Ed Wesely has been one of the longest-term associates of The River Reporter, starting in 1983. He writes, “Like many TRR collaborators in the early 1980s, I served as a newspaper handyman: writing, proof-reading, layout, carrying the flats to Port Jervis (it was printed at the Tri-State Gazette), delivering it to all newsstands, and taking pictures.” Read more
They say that change is the only constant in life. Yet it always takes us by surprise. One of the first people I met when I came to Narrowsburg in 1999 was Mary Greene. She was my editor at The River Reporter when I first filled this space as the voice of a part-time resident. I warmed to her instantly. She seemed to be living a life I could imagine myself living, if circumstances were different. We both had young children we were devoted to, craved time spent in nature and shared a love of poetry. Read more