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August 02, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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‘Cirque Du Soirée’ – A party of circus and cabaret

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents and Ledges Hotel will present “Cirque Du Soirée,” a circus and cabaret performance, on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, the organization that produced talent such as Natalie Portman, Maroon 5 and Cirque Du Soleil performers, will gather at Ledges Hotel with acrobatics, fire dancers, jugglers and actors.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.silkmillharmony.com for $20 and the bar at Ledges Hotel will be open. Audiences may also add dinner to their ticket upon online checkout. Call 570/588-8077.

Songs + Stories

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Singers and story tellers gather together at the Old North Branch Inn on the first and third Sundays of the month. This Sunday, August 18, will be singer Carol Smith and story teller Jonathan Fox, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Karen Hudson.

There will be beer, wine and light fare available. Visit www.theoldnorthbranchinn.com or call 845/482-5925.

Guitar duo to play at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo will present a “Classics New and Old” concert at Grey Towers, the former Pinchot family estate and National Historic Site, on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program includes works by Piazzolla, Albeniz and Giuliani—the 19th-century composer, not the mayor—as well as modern guitar music they have commissioned, including “Raritan Triptych” and “No Feathers on this Frog.”  Read more

NACL presents an adult puppet performance, ‘The Pigeoning’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “The Pigeoning” by Robin Frohardt on Sunday, August 18, at 4 p.m.
“The Pigeoning” is a darkly comedic puppet piece which uses bunraku puppetry, original music and video to examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control. The story follows one man (Frank) and his transformation from a state of order, fastidiousness and hygienic neurosis to the careless dishevelment and mania of a surrendering madness.  Read more

‘Forum’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s production of the classic Sondheim musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes place at the Rivoli Theatre, at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Performances continue August 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and August 25 and September 1 at 2 p.m.

Set in ancient Rome, the play follows the antics, agonies, and wild abandon of a zany cast of characters. Richie Chiger, Richard Topper, Steve Davis, Heather Strauss, Robert Kertsner, Alyssa O’Keefe, Tom DelFavero, Ed Berens and Wayne Kreuscher lead a cast of 18.  Read more

‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera will present Mozart’s opera “Abduction from the Seraglio,” performed throughout the area on various dates, in German with English supertitles, costumed and fully staged with a chamber orchestra.

It will be at the Tusten Theatre on August 16, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and August 25 at 3 p.m.; at SUNY Sullivan on August 17 at 8 p.m.; at Wallenpaupack High School on August 18 at 3 p.m.; and in Montgomery on September 15 at 3 p.m.  Read more

The ART in pARTy

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold “Celebrating the Line- An Art Party” at Basin and Main, lot 21, 564 Main St., (the old Sullums building) on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. It is open to everyone free of charge to celebrate the WCAA and its connection to the community.  Read more

The Laugh Tour comes to Matamoras

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “The Laugh Tour” at the Best Western, featuring the best in LGBT stand-up comedy, on Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m. The headliner is Jessica Kirson, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and more. The show will also feature Frank Liotti, Marc Maietta and host Rich Kiamco. This performance is for adults only.  Read more

Tennessee Williams plays at Liberty Free Theatre

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its Pavilion Series of reading performances with a double bill of two plays by Tennessee Williams on Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café.  Read more

Mystic Garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Mystic Garden, a music, arts and yoga festival that, until now, only took place in Hawaii and on the West Coast, is having the first ever East Coast Mystic Garden Gathering from August 16 to 18 at Shandelee Lake Inn. There will be camping, yoga and a musical lineup with many bands.

The site has acres of land, a swimmable lake, camping and rooms to rent.

Visit www.mysticny.com or call 845/439-4795.

Legendary bluegrass band at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill welcomes The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, featuring master banjoist Bill Keith and his hometown band from Woodstock, NY. In its current form, the band has been playing together for 14 years. In addition to Keith, the band consists of Brian Hollander, vocals and guitar; Tim Kapeluck, vocals and mandolin; Geoff Harden, vocals and bass; and Guy ‘Fooch’ Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle.

Tickets in advance online cost $16, or $20 at the door.  Read more

‘Vistas and Visions’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “Vistas and Visions,” a show featuring the work of Carl Scorza, Nancy Sadler and Herb Janow, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Friday, August 16, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August 28.

Scorza’s fascination with vistas became apparent as early as 1997, in a program he co-developed called “World Views,” in which he and other artists spent a year painting from the top of the World Trade Center, and has continued with an exploration of other dramatic panoramas.  Read more

Live stand-up comedy

LIBERTY, NY — The Laugh Tour will be at Cracolici’s On The Green on Friday, August 16 at 9 pm. The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson headlines with host Rich Kiamco and Rich Carucci.
Tickets cost $15 online and $20 at the door.

Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432989. There is no drink minimum. Cocktails and house wine cost $4, Bud Light drafts cost $2.

Dinner costs $13.95 with the choice of eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken francese, served with salad and bread.

Equifunk: the all inclusive music festival

EQUINUNK, PA — Equifunk is a three-day funk music festival held lakeside at camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania from August 16 to 18. Guests enjoy lodging or camping, three meals per day, unlimited beer, outdoor pool and waterslide, sports facilities and an array of live entertainment.  Read more

CAS launches film club for kids

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present two independent movies for children as part of its new program, the CAS Film Club for Kids. The films will be shown in the newly renovated, air-conditioned galleries at the CAS Arts Center on several dates in August.  Read more

Barbara Yeaman: legacy of a lifetime

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An icon of conservation leadership, whose life will positively affect the future of the Upper Delaware Region for perpetuity, is greeting the next stretch of her journey with grace and her characteristic determination to continue making a difference.  Read more

Stop. Look. Listen.

As the summer wanes and kids begin to tremble at the thought of back to school, the Upper Delaware Valley thrums with activity in an attempt to squeeze every last drop of entertainment, amusement and culture out of August. Traversing the countryside with the wonder dog in tow, we often hear the comment, “Why does everything seem to happen all in one weekend?” That, of course, isn’t the case, yet we still are forced to make choices as to where and when our leisure time is best spent.  Read more

Weigh in on PA Water

The Upper Delaware Region is currently blessed with abundant high quality water resources. Protecting them is critical to future life forms, both human and non-human.  Read more

The new town square

Anyone driving through the village of Hancock, NY (my home town), has undoubtedly noticed the fresh, green grass of the new town square. You’ll see the new bandstand and a new pavilion, too, and as of last week, the newly planted trees and a wrought iron archway, which proclaims “Town Square Hancock New York, Gateway to the Upper Delaware.”  Read more

Survival adaptations in nature

August is upon us, and nature’s clock is letting us know in the form of nightly katydid serenades and blooming cardinal flowers along streams and wetlands. If you have seen cardinal flowers in the wild, you may also have seen many hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies near the brilliant red blooms of the cardinal flower. This striking trait of the cardinal flower is an adaptation of the plant to help attract pollinating fauna; the birds and insects, in turn, exhibit behavioral adaptation when they are attracted by brightly colored plant inflorescence when gathering nectar or pollen.  Read more

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