BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.
Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Matt Simon performs with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. He is signed with Sony Music and his songwriting has gained attention jumping into the top 10 charts abroad.
Often compared to Jamie Cullum, John Mayer and Adam Levine, Simons also infuses his piano-based pop-rock with hints of jazz and R&B. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour returns on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. at a new venue, Henning’s Local, a new restaurant at 1040 State Rte. 55 in The Eldred Preserve. Comic Moody McCarthey, who has appeared on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, headlines. Dinner is available starting at 5 p.m. and during the show. Also appearing is Rich Carucci, Mr. Langham. Rich Kiamco serves as host and MC.
Tickets cost $20 online, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383605, or $25 at the door. Future shows include Jessica Kirson on July 6 and Dan Soder of September 1.
MILFORD, PA — Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold the performance “Girl Talk” on Saturday, May 25 at the historic Milford Theatre at 9 p.m. The evening will be accentuated by a pre-show and auction for everyone at 8:15 p.m., with an after party at the Patisserie for VIP ticket holders.
Tickets cost $25 for general admission (adult 18 yrs+ only), and VIP tickets cost $60 and have a limited availability (VIP ticket includes reserved seating and after party). Visit www.wigsticks.org or www.udglbt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
SWAN LAKE, NY — The 2013 opening of Cunningham Farms, Hurd Park Rd., is Saturday, May 25. The farm will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 4. General admission includes all activities except gem mining, among which are hayride, hay bale maze, rope maze, labyrinth, barnyard play area and hay bale pyramid. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold the Tri-State Beer Tasting Showcase on Sunday, May 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring craft beers from breweries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is a fundraising event for CAS and will be held at the art center at 48 Main St. The event also offers food, music, and art presented by Sullivan County-based purveyors as well as a last chance to bid on artwork in the SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit. The auction closes at 7 p.m. Read more
The 2013 season at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) theatre in Highland Lake, NY will open this weekend with a very personal story. The company’s cofounder and artistic director, Tannis Kowalchuk, describes the new play, “struck,” as a multi-media journey into the mind, soul and altered dimensions of a woman’s brain. It shares Kowalchuk’s own experience of suffering a stroke.
Kowalchuk has created and performed in over 16 NACL productions and has toured to Canada, England, Italy and Balkan Europe, but the story of “struck” began right here in her own backyard. Read more
I was down in Queens last weekend and went out to Long Island to my mother’s grave. It used to be my father’s grave; I have to remember he is still in there. She is on the back of my father’s stone military style, and we had a saying put on her side of the stone—“Open doors, open arms and open heart.” That was how my parents lived their lives and raised us. I truly was blessed with great parents. I also visited Marie Smith, who is Jean Kerrigan’s sister. She says hello to all; she is doing well. Read more
We are all creatures of habit. My morning routine, in order to make the train at the crack of dawn, depends on a number of things happening. One, my clothing must be laid out the night before (if my tie is going to match); two, my lunch must be packed and in the fridge; and three, the pups have to come in after being let out for their morning romp. (Dexter and Toby, please don’t chase the deer today.). Finally, the car must be gassed up and ready to go, and I need to leave 10 minutes early in case there are any problems driving through Hawk’s Nest. Read more
It’s been a couple of weeks now that I have heard a lot of trilling from nearby lakes and wetlands. The first thought from someone not familiar with the local habitat may be that there is a swarm of crickets or other insects that frequent waterways during spring. This is not the case however; the trilling is the courtship call of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus). This is a recent scientific name change as the old genus name was “Bufo”. Calling toads can be heard here: http://www.twcwc.com/toadsong.html. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Owner Stacy Cohen, at right of sign, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Stray Cat Gallery in Bethe on Friday, May 3. The gallery, which features fine art by local artists, is the latest addition to the Catskill Distilling Company family. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.
WHITE MILLS, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold a benefit yard sale on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lock 31 House, Rt. 6. All proceeds go to benefit the WCHS and its programs.
They are looking for donations of clean and lightly used household items. Drop- off times for items are May 18 from 10 to 2 p.m., May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., and May 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, or need to schedule a drop off time, call 570/614-8791.
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is sponsoring the Port Jervis High School (PJHS) student art show and sale at Upfront Exhibition Space on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.
PJHS art teachers Bess Moran, Eleanor Horst, Ashley Kaufmann, and tech teachers Kyle Hyziak and Tracy West-Barnes, have inspired and challenged students to explore and create new forms of self-expressive art through a variety of mediums and techniques. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will inaugurate its ninth season with a free reading and book signing of “Kind of Kin” by author Rilla Askew at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center on May 24 at 7 p.m. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink and a book signing. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the theatre. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Above and Beyond,” an exhibit of mixed media works by Erica Hart, opens with a reception on Friday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 8. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Coal Town Rounders, four young bluegrass players from Scranton, PA, will take the stage in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
The group is comprised of Jason Zarnowski on upright string bass, Ian O’Hara on banjo, Matthew Hiller on mandolin and Chris Kearney on guitar. Tickets cost $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Reserving tickets in advance online gets ticket holders 20% off their bill at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro in the Silk Mill after the show. Contact 570/588-8077 or visit www.silkmillharmony.com.