Last month, we started exploring the concept of “fascism;” in fact, we barely scratched the surface. It’s a fascinating topic that one could explore for years, but my interest in the topic is more practical and immediate. Does fascism, in all its brutal and vicious glory, stand any chance of taking hold now, here, in America, and if so, is there anything we can do to prevent it?
To address such questions, I think I have found a useful metaphor. Read more
I’ve always had tough feet. It is a distinction garnered from my childhood days of running barefoot around our farm—turning tour jetes through the hard stubble left after the grass had been cut and baled during haying season.
While I mainly wear shoes now, I still have those callouses. Partly from all those years of ballet lessons and feet-warping toe shoes, but also from the summers spent bunching and tossing and stacking hay bales with my family and neighbors.
That was back when all bales were square and tied with bailing twine and not the large, round bales mainly seen today. Read more
A year ago, I received a phone message from a homeowner in reference to an eagle that seemed to be stuck in a bush near his home. I called the homeowner back and, after a few minutes of conversation, it was determined that the eagle was in less peril than was first thought. It turned out to be a fledgling young eagle that just picked the wrong landing spot; it extricated itself to find a more suitable perch. Read more
Here I am in Texas, in the month of June. At a time when Green Drakes and pale Evening Duns are hatching on the Catskill rivers, this is no time for a fly fisher to be in Texas. Then why am I here? First off, my oldest Texas grandson, Matthew Buchanan Brown, graduated from the Westlake Academy high school on June 1. Secondly, my best fishing partner, Barbara Ann, has been battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia for the past five years and this has taken a sudden turn for the worst. Her oncologist wants her to be nearby until he can bring her leukemia back under control. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Somerville Brothers perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Friday, June 14 starting at 8 pm. Their music blends contemporary country with rock and roots, spanning a spectrum of influence from Vince Gill and Restless Heart to the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Ken and Barry are both signed to one of Nashville’s top publishing companies. With several CDs released, they continue to collaborate with hit songwriters on music row and perform at a variety of shows and venues. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.
MILFORD, PA — A free outdoor film screening of an original documentary that explores how the nation’s conservation movement started in Milford, PA will be shown on the lawn of Grey Towers on Saturday, June 15, at dusk (approximately 7:30 p.m.). “Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot,” filmed by the regional PBS station, WVIA, highlights Pinchot’s philosophy of natural resource conservation through sustainable use and how that legacy continues today. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold its 13th annual Secret Garden Tour, a drive-yourself tour of Wayne County gardens, on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a ticket and pick up a copy of the itinerary at the WCHS, 810 Main St. Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance, or on the day of the tour. To reserve tickets with a credit card, call 570/253-3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a check to WCHS, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431.
HAWLEY, PA — Jesse Terry, an award-winning songwriter who tours nationally, will perform on Saturday, June 15 at the Silk Mill. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with concert at 7:30.
Terry has won grand prizes in several international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition. The New Music Seminar recently selected Terry as one of the Top 100 Unsigned Artists on the Verge. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “The Subtle Body,” a play in English and Mandarin (with subtitles) about the transmission of ideas across time and culture, will be performed at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Developed in Shanghai and in New York, this historical comedy tells the story of an 18th-century love rectangle, where everyone must confront a foreign interpretation of the human heart. The play was created and produced by the Brooklyn, NY-based theatre company Gold No Trade. Visit www.nacl.org or call 845/557-0694.
HONESDALE, PA — A day of free, live music awaits on Saturday, June 15 as Honesdale hosts its eighth annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. with local bands performing throughout town. The main stage lights up at 1:30 p.m. in Central Park and “rocks on” until long after dusk.
Other events taking place during the day include the sixth annual Airing of the Quilts. Quilters from the tri-state area will hang their handmade treasures on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Jackie Murphy at A Stitch in Time, 570/253-6864 or email AStitchInTime2@gmail.com. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Hurleyville-Sullivan First, a local beautification group that receives funding from Sullivan Renaissance, will hold a free community concert on Saturday, June 15 outdoors at the Hurleyville firehouse at 166 Main Street from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The concert will feature classic rock and roll music by Side FX NY. Concert-goers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be available. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. will host a double opening reception on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. for photographer Joe Statuto, whose exhibit “Perhaps in a Dream” will be shown in the main gallery, and for Matt Pozorski, whose sculpture and drawings show, “We Few, We Happy Few,” will be shown in the loft gallery. Both shows run through July 6. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space launches its summer season with an exhibit featuring the photography of Lonnie Schlein, who for over 35 years was photo editor for The New York Times while also pursuing his own career as a photographer.
In 2001, Schlein was assigned to handle all photography documenting the September 11 attacks on the U.S. for the paper’s special section, “A Nation Challenged,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He also published a photo book of the same name. Read more
NORTH BRANCH, NY — The Karen Hudson River Band will celebrate the release of her CD “Sonic Bloom” on June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn. The CD is produced by roots rock guitarist and producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Joan Jett, Steve Earle and Del Lords), and was funded with the support of fans and friends, and foundation grants. Hudson is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its fourth annual Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from June 15 to July 14. A free opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
Themes of nature and celebrating the summer shine through this year’s show. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit arts center. For more information, visit www.catskillartsociety.org, or call 845/436-4227.
It is my humble opinion that if Norman Rockwell were alive today, he’d be living in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Rockwell, who was a 20th century American painter and illustrator, enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States for his reflection of American culture, and is most famous for his cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The mural painters have a really big canvas—the side of a brick building at 7th and Main streets in Honesdale, and as the artists work, a rural farm scene emerges—a red barn in the distance under a brilliant blue sky, a contented brown cow in the foreground staring at passersby, a farmhouse surrounded by fields of dazzling green, a bounty of vibrant fruits and vegetables spilling into the foreground, and at the bottom of the canvas, a waving banner where the words “Wayne County Grown” will be painted. (More about that in a minute.) Read more