PARKSVILLE, NY — Although it’s no longer a restaurant, the Dead End Café will reopen as a performance space on Sunday, July 7 welcoming (U)nity, an American Cuban jazz ensemble, performing as part of Sullivan County’s newest summer music festival, Parksville USA Music Festival. The music series launched in the spring at the Parksville Methodist Church, but is now moving to this new location. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Second Saturday Craft program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County 4-H is offering two craft class opportunities for children at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on Saturday, July 13.
A perler bead class will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for youth five years of age and older. Participants of this option will be challenged to explore original color designs within the templates provided. The cost of the perler bead craft is $3 per child and includes supplies. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance helps celebrate this year’s Founders Day with the opening of the new art exhibit “We Call It Art.” The gallery will be open all day on Saturday, July 6, during Wurtsboro’s Founders Day Street Fair.
Visitors to the gallery that day will enjoy an exhibit and sale of original works of art made by local area artists, art demonstrations, raffle drawings and vendor booths.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, NY — Root n’ Roost Farm will hold its second annual BBQ Party and Art and Music Splash on Saturday, July 6 from 1 p.m. until late night. There will be farm fresh food, live music, painting around the farm, farm tours, a hot-tub and swimming. Read more
MILFORD, PA — With the 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival approaching, volunteers are being sought to participate in the festival. Volunteer activities are not limited to the festival, and include several pre-game events. The first will be the debut of the Artful Bear Sculptures on August 10 at the Milford Community Building. Read more
I’m no hoarder, but I’m not keen on throwing things away either. As a result, I am completely on board with recycling, reusing and (my new personal favorite) repurposing. Wiktionary.org defines repurpose as “to reuse for a different purpose on a long-term basis,” which includes altering the original, e.g. “the church was repurposed as a nightclub by removing the pews.” Repurposing is big here in the Upper Delaware River Valley and I often stop to admire the clever projects that my friends and neighbors have produced. Read more
HANCOCK, NY — From noon on June 28 to noon on June 29, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on a 63.5 acre tract, the “Gales Property” just downstream of the Delaware River West Branch confluence in Wayne County, PA. This property is owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and executive director Karen Outlaw, explained that this was the first bioblitz ever held in Wayne County or anywhere else in the Upper Delaware Region. Read more
On Sunday, the Cochecton Youth Group had its car wash and bake sale. The kids worked very hard washing cars and selling baked goods. It was a very profitable day, and we have to thank Gasko and Meyers for letting us use their driveway and water. We would not have been able to pull it off without the bakers who donated the yummy baked goods, and Ed Grund, who is the liaison to the youth group from the town board. He did all the schlepping and setting up for us and also made the big chunks of ice, so we had ice-cold water to drink. Read more
Why do I do it? I asked myself this question many times during the last few months while rehearsing a new play for a decidedly short run in Milford, PA. The play, “Four Score and Seven,” was written by a theatre buddy of mine, John Klemeyer. We once played opposite each other as the murderous brother/sister, husband/wife team in Ira Levin’s thriller “Veronica’s Room” on another way-off-Broadway stage in the Catskills. So that was one reason in favor of the dozens of car trips between Narrowsburg, NY and Milford and New York City to rehearsals and finally, performances. Read more
It was an early June day, one of those perfect sunny days with temperatures in the high 70s; I decided I could no longer sit at the computer and work on whatever report I happened to be working on, so I took a break in the form of a late morning walk. I walked to a nearby lakeshore and thought in hindsight that I should have packed a lunch. When I arrived at the lake, I observed that I wasn’t the only hungry one there. Read more
Have you read any of the books written by John Voelker? This gentleman was once a Supreme Court Justice of the State of Michigan. If not his book, perhaps you are familiar with his short essay, “Testament of Fisherman.” In all of his writings, he used the pen name Robert Traver. He burst onto the national scene when in 1958 he wrote the novel “Anatomy of a Murder.” The book attracted the attention of Hollywood. It was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick. The financial success of the book allowed Judge Voelker, late in life, to devote himself to writing and fly fishing. Read more
I’m in the middle of a field surrounded by a dozen or so drunk extras in Day of the Dead face paint. The sun is setting fast. I’ve stood by my choice to have a dolly shot to open the party scene of the music video I’m directing, and we are taking the time to get it. But it means we will get far fewer other shots. Now I’m second guessing myself.
The set is beautiful with a makeshift altar stretching 20 feet up in the air. The band will place a coffin at the foot of it and the lead singer will emerge at a strange party and perform the end of the song. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Bethel School’s summer open houses resume on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a special presentation at 2 p.m. by the Master Penman, Thomas M. Wasylyk. Wasylyk is a nationally recognized authority on handwriting and the author of numerous books and articles about handwriting. He will demonstrate the art and technique of beautiful penmanship and explain its importance in learning. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — “The Little Farm Show” will be at Callicoon Farmers Market on June 30. Created by Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, with original text and story by Jane Wells, “The Little Farm Show” celebrates sustainable small farming to delight the entire family.
Using shadow puppet dinosaurs, a clothesline, flamboyant hats, hip-hop beats, banners, songs and instruments including guitar, kazoo, accordion and spoons, Kowalchuk and Keyser present a brief history of the universe and farming, or “the greatest show on dirt.”
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in collaboration with the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present a reading of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s rarely performed comic play, “A Slight Ache,” kicking off a fundraising campaign to create a new state-of-the-art theatre. Featured performers are Paul Austin and Karen Young. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, June 29, Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill features folk, rock and pop award-winning songwriter Chris Ayer, followed on Sunday by a performance of “Violet,” a musical about a disfigured young women’s search for healing, performed by the youth of French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg. The event will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Rothenberg has spent the last few years studying and playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles. Now, in “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise,” he explores the rhythm and noise of insects and their influence on human music, rhythm and dance. Read more
HAWLEY, PA—“Jazz on the Deck,” an every Wednesday feature during July and August at The Settler’s Inn, kicks off the summer series on July 3 with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet. There is no cover charge. The music begins at 6 p.m.
The Settler’s Inn is located on Hawley’s Main Avenue, and thanks to a covered deck the performances can be held rain or shine. The “Jazz on the Deck” line-up also includes Robert Kopec Quartet on July 10 and Thos Shipley Trio on July 17 and many more. Read more