Those who seek proof that Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful states in America need look no further than photographer Michael Gadomski’s newest book, “Reserves of Strength,” which takes its title from Rachel Carson’s statement: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 23, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present Roosevelt Dime on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill. This jug-band blues, New Orleans soul and neo-folk musical group was called a “perpetual crowd pleaser” by The New York Times. They play banjo, gut-bucket basses, clarinet and saxophone. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Delaware Valley Middle School will perform “HONK: A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling,” the award-winning and critically acclaimed musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The performances will be November 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and November 24 at 2 p.m. in the Delaware Valley High School auditorium. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Come out and see St. Nicholas during the annual St. Nicholas Faire at Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church St. on Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your cameras for opportunities to take photos with St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Visions of sugar plums will be dancing in the heads of many during The Nesin Cultural Arts and BALAM Dance Theatre “Nutcracker Festival.” The production will take place on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. at The Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts at 22 St. John St. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St, from November 23 through December 31. The opening reception is November 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for its new show, “Arabesque,” on Saturday, November 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs from Friday, November 22 to Wednesday, December 4. The show will feature three artists who have a fascination with pattern, which they employ in their works to create diverse interpretations of nature. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Sullivan County Songwriters Circle, aka SC Squared, is resuming its Saturday sessions at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. The next session will be Saturday, November 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. SC Squared is created in the spirit of Nashville’s acclaimed Bluebird Cafe for songwriters to share their songs, craft and influences. It’s a safe place to air out new songs, favorites and works in progress. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, www.dancingcatsaloon.com or call 845/583-3141.
HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Dance Studio will present “The Gift of Dance” on Saturday, November 23 at the Honesdale High School auditorium; doors open at 12 noon and the curtain opens at 1 p.m. Every year for the last 10 years the Honesdale Dance Studio has held this fundraiser for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau, and has raised over $10,000 for the charity to date. Read more
While I may not be going to grandmother’s house, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many have already made plans. Grateful to have options this year, I’m still vacillating, but might make a few stops on that day. Meanwhile, I’ve been traipsing through the woods, putting miles on the truck and hauling the dog from one end of Sullivan County to the other this past week. At times, I manage to cross the Delaware River and experience what Pennsylvania has to offer, but the county I call home (www.scva.net) covers nearly 1,000-square miles, so there was plenty to keep me occupied without crossing the border during the last few days. Read more
The days before the recent elections were filled with interesting, heartfelt, and vociferous debates among my circles of online friends and correspondents—not about any of the candidates, mind you, or any of the particular issues involved, but rather about whether or not we should even bother to vote. Read more
We had a good yield of pumpkins from our garden this year—a grand total of 14 from the few seeds we planted. The plants were lush and twining, woven with the morning glories. They even sought out the branches of the neighboring fir tree for a frolic. Considering our usual lackluster results, this year’s harvest was a bumper crop. Read more
The first few days of November yielded a couple of mild days before a cold front brought some brisk northwest winds and nighttime temperatures that hit the teens in many areas. Some flights of avian harbingers of fall such as the migrating golden eagle and the first flocks of bufflehead had already made their appearance; however, it was the flight of another critter on a couple of local lakes that drew my attention on these first mild days in November. Read more
I’m going to go out on a limb here and write about something I rarely do in this column—me. I know it’s unusual and not at all in character to touch on personal issues in this forum, but I’m hoping, dear Reader, that you’ll indulge me. All kidding aside, a good deal of the past week has revolved around my doing something quite different and risky, pushing boundaries far outside of my comfort zone, and I’m thankful that I managed to escape (for the most part) unscathed. Read more
The dinner was on the books for a few weeks before Emily and I got dressed up and walked the few blocks to the fancy restaurant in the West Village where we were to meet Harris. He had been a good friend of Emily’s father, Carl, before he died, and now controlled his estate.
Needless to say, I wanted to make a good impression. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An artisanal holiday raffle drawing will be held on Friday, November 29 following the “Dworetsky Holiday Parade” in Jeffersonville. All proceeds go to community improvements and beautification by Jems (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer nonprofit group.
First prize is “Meadows in Boom,” a quilt by anonymous valued at $800; second prize is “Custom Portrait” by Brock Lady, valued at $400; third prize is “Hand knit lace shawl” by Barbara Yewchuk, valued at $150. The shawl and quilt are on display at the Jeffersonville library. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County will host a reading of the play “Billy the Boy Queen” by Michael Buchanan, featuring Joseph Fuqua at the Milford Theatre on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the food pantry.
At present, the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County serves approximately 68 families or 245 individuals a week with an average of seven new families or 25 individuals each week. Read more