The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable source of information that can enhance our understanding of the non-human species with which we share our lives. Two new opportunities for “citizen scientists” to make a contribution are now available. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents will showcase SwampCandy, a band that plays “whiskey drinkin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and pig eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ride 2 Survive will hold a holiday duck print exhibit and sale at Morgan Outdoors, opening on Saturday, November 21 and continuing through Monday, January 4. This holiday season sale is thanks to the generosity of longtime collectors Hedy and Eric Page. A special print by well-known wildlife artist Robert Bateman will be a highlight of the exhibit and sale. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., co-hosted by Morgan Outdoors and the board members of Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — Thunder 102 and China City of America announce ThunderBlast, celebrating Sommerville’s 20th anniversary, on Friday, November 20 at the Rockland House in Roscoe with performances by Somerville and Iron Cowboy, whose last two CDs featured songs written by Somerville.
The event begins with a private meet and greet at the Roscoe Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thunder 102 listeners have a chance to win passes over the next few weeks. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) Winter Members Show will be held from Saturday, November 28 through December 28. The exhibition celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives, as depicted in all media by CAS member artists. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center. There will be an opening reception on November 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents the Catskill Art Society’s performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” a new play by Ben Power, at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., for one night only, Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved? Playwright Ben Power weaves the text of “Romeo and Juliet” into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice, starring Cass Collins and John Higgins with Racquel Davis. 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 21. Now in its 11th year, “Art in Sixes” has become the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s premier year-end gallery event, featuring more than 100 local and regional artists and over 300 works of art. The artwork covers a wide range of studio mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and photography. All the pieces are for sale and reasonably priced for holiday gift giving. Read more
According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (www.ushistory.org), and he very well may have been right. I tested Franklin’s hypotheses over the summer when my family visited for more than the allotted days, but somehow they managed to stand the test of time. Still, when I venture outside of the Upper Delaware River region (which is very rare) I try not to overstay my welcome, rather than risk emanating effluvia (look it up!) myself. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — If people keep requesting your photographs, it’s only due time until you start your own business. Narrowsburg resident of 30 years Charlie Hoffman did just that. He was supplying CBS News New York Weather with nature photographs for their segments, and people took note. They started to ask him for specific photos to buy from him, and from there he acquired a roster of clients. He calls his new one-year-old venture Catskills Photography. Read more
I have been planting hyacinth and daffodil bulbs during these first unseasonably warm days of November—digging the husked, bulging roots into the dirt beneath the shriveled, crunchy leaves flooding my garden. I work with the image of pungent purple and yellow trumpeting flowers in my mind’s eye.
This fall I have been thinking about and looking for the earliest signs of spring, and I think that I have found some. In fact, we could say spring is already here in the bulbs in the ground, in the velvety bud scales of the magnolia’s autumn buds and in the blooming witch hazel. Read more
One of the little things I find particularly annoying online is when someone posts some dire bit of news and then solemnly intones, “AND SO IT BEGINS…” like some character from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
Usually, the “it” refers to some apocalyptic scenario that the writer has apparently been anticipating for years, with this one story representing the first falling domino leading to the inevitable doom. Read more
The first week of November started out very pleasant with mild days and highs above 70 degrees—a little bit of very late Indian summer. I have seen some small flies flying around, a few small wasps, even a couple of cabbage white butterflies. Even though we have had some pretty good frosts, there is still one species of dragonfly around to see. Read more
Well, even if I could, I’m not sure that I would, but every once in a while, it sure is fun to revisit the past. One such opportunity arose last weekend in the form of the Bethel Theatre Works (BTW) production of “Vaudeville in the Catskills-Swings into the Sixties.” The company’s artistic director, Victoria V. Leighton, has been inviting me to their productions for a few years now, but busy bee that I am, this was my first opportunity to take in one of the shows. Read more
REGION — A billboard designed by local artist Ellen Silberlicht will be part of an ArtPop program that will create billboard images that will travel throughout NEPA over the next year. ArtPop’s mission is to promote the work of local artists, made possible through a partnership of the Pocono Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising’s NEPA division. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Two Americana bands will perform on Saturday, November 21, at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum. Headlining the show will be the folk trio “Moon Dog,” (www.facebook.com/MoonDog2014), a young contemporary group that meshes acoustic and accordion melodies with sweet vocal harmonies. Band members include John Damaio on guitar, Rachel Thompson on the squeezebox and Jenny Foster on the ukulele. Their first CD, titled “Catskills Calling,” was recorded in Sullivan County at the new Outlier Inn Studios (www.outlierinn.com) in Mountaindale. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a collection of works by local artists for “Affordable Originals,” an all-day art and gift expo, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Come browse a hand-picked selection of top local vendors featuring silk scarves, beaded jewelry, block printed cards, finely crafted wood vases, pottery, jams, jellies, sweets and teas. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its second offering of the season with the play “Life is a Dream,” by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, translated and adapted by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Nilo Cruz. Performances will be in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre on Thursday, November 12; Friday, November 13; and Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Read more
|Fri., Jan. 15||New West Guitar Group at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill|
|Sat., Jan. 16||Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Harmony Presents|
|Tue., Jan. 19||Dharma the Wonder Dog @your library|
|Wed., Jan. 20||Country Voices Poetry group reading|