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December 17, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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Flowers, Broadway, landscapes, oh my!

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three exhibits opened this past weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. They were “Art in Bloom” curated by Jane Luchsinger, “Broadway” by Glenn Lieberman, and “You Are Here” by Kit Sailer. The “Art in Bloom” show featured a work by an artist accompanied by a floral arrangement. In the first photo above, Carol Vandenberg stands with her flower arrangement and Buff McAllister stands in front of her artwork. The photographs in “Broadway” were black and white representations of the everyday lives of the people on Broadway in Manhattan.  Read more

DVAA presents pop-up gallery in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will present its first Pop-Up Gallery, “Radius 12748” in Jeffersonville from June 27 to 29. This group show will celebrate the work of over 30 artists who live and work within a five mile radius of the gallery, located at 4920 State Rte. 52. The opening reception is Friday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery event continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Getting ahead in business: It’s no game

MONTICELLO, NY — June 30 is a big day for Laurette Pitts. She is a senior vice president and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Empire Resorts, which owns Monticello Casino & Raceway. Monday marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Monticello “racino,” but also the culmination of many months of long days working to complete the company’s application to operate one of four new casinos coming to New York State.  Read more

Showing our colors

One of the joys in my commute is listening to a segment called “The Pledge” on Steve Andrew’s morning drive show on WSUS radio. Each day of the week a group of either first or second graders from local schools repeats the Pledge of Allegiance as it is recorded in their classroom. Personally, this brings me back to my own school upbringing where this was a daily occurrence for my first years of school.  Read more

Forestburgh’s My Fair Lady is loverly

Lerner and Lowe’s musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalian” is many things. Entertaining, funny and charming to be sure, but beneath the flowery exterior lies Shaw’s caustic, scathing indictment of English society and the class struggles that provide fodder for political satire, examining the outmoded social system that still somehow exists across the pond to this day.  Read more

Bioblitz bonanza

Opportunities to experience a BioBlitz abound in our region these days, offering a wonderful chance to learn about the natural diversity of a given site. A BioBlitz is an event where scientists and other volunteers gather to collect, identify, and catalogue every living thing on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. The results are typically made available to the public following the collection period, along with various workshops and talks.  Read more

UpFront Summer 2014 Artist’s Reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold it summer artist’s reception on Saturday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. This show will run through July 27.

UpFront currently has over 40 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including the miniature oil paintings of Guillermo Caraveo. Some are as small as 1.3 by 1.8 inches.  Read more

‘You Are Here’ landscape paintings by Kit Sailer

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Are Here,” landscape paintings by Kit Sailer, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

After a decade painting and making prints of seahorses, octopuses, and other sea animals, artist and teacher Sailer began painting landscapes in 2007.  Read more

‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for its partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

“Yarnslingers: Memoirs” is a year-long collaboration with the Catskill Art Society, featuring storytellers from all walks of life who share pieces of their biographies in monthly performances. From the surprising and heartfelt to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.  Read more

Broadway photographs by Glenn Lieberman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Broadway,” a series of street photographs by Glenn Lieberman, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

In this exhibition, Glenn Lieberman’s black and white photographs depict life traversing the 13-mile length of Broadway within the borough of Manhattan, from Bowling Green to Inwood. They are digitally generated in color and then transformed into black and white.  Read more

Students win art scholarships from Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Four area high school seniors have been awarded scholarships under two programs administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

The Dr. Barry & Jane Bodenstein Music Scholarship award was open to seniors at Sullivan West High School who are planning to pursue advanced music studies. Students were required to give a live audition in voice or a musical instrument.  Read more

Exhibit of fresh flowers and art at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fragrance of freshly cut flowers lures you in to this exhibit, which couples the talents of fine artists and floral designers. “Art in Bloom,” curated by Jane Luchsinger of the Narrowsburg Beautification Group, returns to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for a third year. The exhibit features live floral arrangements composed by local garden clubs, Master Gardeners and florists, paired alongside paintings and sculptures. Each floral arrangement is a visual interpretation of a local artist’s work, which is also on display.  Read more

Pinot on the Patio wine dinner

MILFORD, PA — The River Rock Inn will toast the beginning of the summer season with a five-course “Pinot on the Patio” Wine Dinner on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mark DeAntonio of Southern Wines and Spirits, who will present and discuss each selection.

“We’ll be featuring wines that are perfect complements to summer grilling recipes,” said manager Janice Halsted. “Chef/owner Ken and chef Carl have collaborated to create a menu that will offer our guests an appetizing array of summer recipes.”  Read more

Folk, bluegrass and rock songsters

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host pre-WWII folk and Americana band Tumbling Bones On Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill. They play a mix of original and traditional material infused with the energy of the rock ‘n’ roll using acoustic instruments, tap shoes and voices.  Read more

Free outdoor family film and activity at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The animated film “EPIC” will be shown on a large screen in the historic amphitheater on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, June 21. A related craft activity for youngsters begins at 7 p.m. The film will start at dusk. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic dinner; popcorn will be available.  Read more

Late Night Ramble hosted by The Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project, located at 1030 Main St., will host the Late Night Ramble 2014 on Saturday, June 21. This year’s ramble will feature Big Leg Emma. Doors will open at 9 p.m., and the show will start at 10 p.m. and will keep you dancing until midnight.

The Late Night Ramble takes place after the ninth annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. The festival itself is a great day of music and fun taking place (rain or shine) in Honesdale’s Central Park, located between 9th and 10th streets on Church Street.  Read more

Santana and the Trout Parade One of these things is different from the other

With two such disparate events on my schedule last weekend, I was stymied on how to draw them together here. “What’s the hook?” I whispered to the pup (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog) “What could the Livingston Manor Trout Parade and a world-class musical ensemble (www.santana.com) possibly have in common?” The fishy cavalcade, (www.facebook.com/troutparade) now in its 11th year, has snowballed into an event that is not to be missed, and judging by the huge crowd it attracted last Saturday, the word has spread.  Read more

The farmhand

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Nadine Fattaleh is no shrinking violet. At 18, she left the security and familiarity of her home in Jordan to pursue an economics degree at Columbia University, decided when she got there to tack on a second major in sustainable development and now hopes to add a minor in visual arts as well. Knowing that there is a real-world gap between economic theory and practice, she signed on for an 18-day internship as a WWOOFer under the international program Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).  Read more

Flag washing

It was a beautiful August day as we gathered in the town square. Two large tubs, one with soapy water and one with clean water, had been set up in front of the speakers’ podium. A good-sized flag hung from a clothesline behind it, its stars and stripes bright in the sunlight. Two more clotheslines hung on either side, plentifully supplied with clothespins. A table held the dishes that had been brought for what I guessed was a potluck to follow.

Everyone had flags. Small ones, large ones, flags hanging from flagpoles, flags stapled to sticks, flags draped across shoulders.  Read more

Reading aloud

Reading stories aloud to my children has been one of the most enjoyable perks of being a mother. Now that they are older, I miss the time spent with them reading—and rereading over and over—stories like “Flat Stanley” or picture books like “The Tomten,” or “A Chair for My Mother” (by our own river valley resident Vera Williams). All these books hold an esteemed and permanent place on our shelves.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance