In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather and his sister left Ireland and landed in England—he being Thomas Fox and his sister Ann Fox. Soon, Thomas came over to America, and Ann stayed in England. Thomas married and started a family here; he is my grandmother Maryanne’s father. In England, Ann had a daughter Ann, who became good, long-distance friends with my grandmother. Read more
You never know what you can do until you do it. This was reinforced for me recently on a cycling trip in southern France. My friend Kara had suggested this trip as a way to see part of Europe in an intimate way on a budget. We have been cycling since childhood, often together, but neither of us had pedaled farther than the length of Manhattan in many years. We picked a tour company that offered “easy” itineraries on relatively flat terrain. Still, it was an ambitious plan. Read more
Halloween is associated with many things; today it’s mostly trick-or-treating or costume parties. If you go back in history, however, it can be observed that there was much more of a supernatural element in people’s beliefs. Many of these supernatural beliefs had to do with nature and natural events. A lot of superstition over various creatures got started in the Middle Ages, when we didn’t understand them or their interaction with the environment. In many cases when people didn’t understand animals or their adaptations back then, they were to be feared. Read more
Emily and I are on the chairlift heading towards the Great Wall of China. It’s beautifully quiet, with nothing to hear save for the whirr of the lift and the occasional bird chirp. Eventually, the trees part and the wall appears over the horizon. It is breathtaking and stretches as far as the eye can see. Suddenly, the camera shakes and the image freezes. Rewinds. The trees part and the wall appears over the horizon again and this time the image FREEZES before the camera shakes. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — International theatre company Theater Mitu will bring “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology” to NACL Theatre on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a theatrical exploration of a place in conflict and its mythology, created from a series of interviews, experiences and research in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico over the past two years. The play is created by Theater Mitu in collaboration with citizens of Cd. Juárez/El Paso, and led by Juárez-born and raised director Rubén Polendo. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Under the auspices of a new board of directors, The Wayne County Art Alliance (WCAA) has moved to a new space at the end of Maude Alley, located at 1023 Main Street. The space will be home to an art gallery and a small office. (For more on the gallery’s grand opening, see p. 24.)
In June, WCAA seated a totally new 10-member board, and by October 1 had moved out of its previous location in the Torrey Building next to the Wayne County Historical Society. Former executive director Tamara Murray stepped down from her post. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Claudia Nygaard (www.claudianygaard.com/) will play at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Wednesday, November 6, starting at 7 p.m.
Nygaard is a strong guitarist with a powerful voice that D.J. Rich Warren of Chicago has compared to “amber honey”, and Bob Oerman of Music Row Magazine praised for its “power and resonance.”
To make a reservation for dinner before or during the show, call 845/583-3141. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.
HASBROUCK, NY — The wide range of Peter Sheehan’s art will be on display starting November 3 at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, a community-based gallery. The exhibit begins with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 3, including all the makings for a pleasant luncheon.
“It’s my love affair with the land that inspires my art,” says Sheehan, noting that his latest works all bear signs of “the fields, mist, light, trees and stone all around me.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents Dorothy Stone in “A Musical Mélange,” comprised of popular Broadway tunes and classics. A United States Cultural Ambassador, having appeared in concert, opera and recital on three continents, Stone has also served on the faculty of New York University, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is currently on the faculty of the Wiener Musikseminar in Vienna. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Sloan Wainwright will perform at The Cooperage on November 2 at 8 p.m. as part of the RiverFolk Concert series. Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of singer-songwriters. Her family tree includes brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, and nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery November Featured Artist is Ben vanSteenburgh III, whose work will be on display from November 8 to December 9. The public is invited to the artist’s reception and Milford’s “Art After Dark” celebration on Saturday, November 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.
VanSteenburgh III majored in art as an undergrad and attended New York’s School of Visual Arts. His body of work includes book illustrations for nationally known authors, portraits (including one of Bill Clinton and Chelsea, which hangs in Bill’s Harlem office) and fine art, much of which centers on the human form. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Port Jervis High School graduate, and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Evan Mack performed “My Other Journey Home,” a collection of his musical compositions at Bethel Woods on October 20. The collection, which included parts of his acclaimed compositions, marked Mack’s first local performance in five years. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Can you play Bach on a marimba? Probably not, but marimba star Naoko Takada sure can. On Saturday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. she will appear at the Milford Theatre, courtesy of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Takada will perform music ranging from Bach to modern composers—perhaps a tango, maybe something by Paul McCartney. Her program will include pieces by Chopin and Liszt that are normally played on a piano. Read more
MILFORD, PA — On Friday, November 8, the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) will serve chow, followed by the showing of the 1967 prison drama “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy in his Oscar-winning role. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the society’s Foundation Room.
Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand for the intro, commentary and discussion regarding the classic film. Read more
HAWLEY, PA —Wade Preston of “Movin’ Out!” the Broadway show and Billy Joel’s back-up delivers a show with favorite tunes and original compositions on November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s not often a man can sit in front of a piano and command full attention but Mr. Preston can drop a stadium full of jaws. Read more
Halloween—people either love it or hate it, but the holiday is not the only excuse to dress up. This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the Boys and Girls Clubs serving Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to thank the supporting communities and sponsors, the organization (www.bgcorange.org) hosted “Celebrating 20 years of Building Great Futures,” a fundraiser extraordinaire held in Middletown, NY (www.westhillscountryclub.com). Read more
By Greg Sandor
As a California native, I am struck daily by the abundance of water surrounding us from our brooks, creeks and rivers to our estuaries, lakes and reservoirs. I am fascinated by the flow of water through our woodlands, across our farmlands and ultimately supplying thousands upon thousands of people with drinking water in our nearby metropolitan areas. I know the majority of the waters in Sullivan County flow westerly to drain into the Delaware River Basin where they join with the waters that flow easterly into it from Pennsylvania. Read more
Late one recent afternoon, while I was driving slowly down a dirt road in Pike County, a large bird suddenly swooped just in front of my car’s windshield. I braked and watched as it perched in a tree just overhead. Turning off the motor, I slowly exited with camera in tow, certain that the bird would immediately fly off.
Surprisingly, it remained where it had landed, then proceeded to quietly observe me as I snapped away. The encounter was thrilling, as the bird turned out to be a barred owl, a personal favorite of mine and one I have never encountered in the wild before. Read more