People who are fortunate enough to live in the Upper Delaware River region are blessed with a natural resource that is relatively clean despite the looming and enormous pressures that the crowded East Coast of the United States can often bring to bear. This is a testament to the resource managers, landowners, local governments and citizens who recognize the ecological and economic value of healthy watersheds. Decades of public education about the value of clean water is paying off. Read more
A spectacular specimen of Phaeolus schweinitzii has grown at the base of a dying hemlock tree in my yard over the past month. Commonly known as dyer’s polypore or velvet-top fungus, this attractive mushroom is a pathogen of conifers that causes the roots and base of the tree to rot. While it is not edible, it can be used for making dyes of green, yellow, brown and gold. The fungus is named after Lewis David de Schweinitz, an important early American mycologist born in Bethlehem, PA. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit, “Quantum States of Light,” featuring the work of Joan Nicole and Nick Clemente, on Saturday, August 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show opens on Friday, August 30 and runs through Wednesday, September 11.
Nicole uses the medium of glass to play with light in the literal sense, employing its properties of reflectivity and translucency as well as color and texture. Using glass as a painter uses a palette, she creates mercurial designs of uncommon vibrancy and lucency. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The rodeo at Malibu Ranch is held every Saturday through the Labor Day holiday weekend and is co-approved by the American Professional Rodeo Association. Participants from across the United States compete in categories of bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rodeos begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — “Something for Everyone,” an exhibit of original art and crafts made by local area artists, will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from September 7 through the 29. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and the public is invited to meet the artists. Refreshments will be served. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Dorothy Stone, a world-class opera and concert singer, in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. A highly regarded and acclaimed opera singer, Stone’s achievements include receiving the Paris Opera AROP career grant, coaching the operatic repertoire with legendary soprano Regine Crespin in Paris, singing in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall as the American representative of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and singing for the late French President Francois Mitterand. Read more
STARLIGHT, PA — Una Evers, a watercolorist, will be the featured artist of the Big D Arts and Crafts League for the month of September at the Inn at Starlight Lake.
Evers divides her time between Walton, NY and Cape May, NJ. She says it is the shore that inspires her seascape and lighthouse paintings. It is the country that inspires her favorite subject, roosters. The vibrant colors of the roosters are perfect for the colorful style of her watercolors. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will hold an artist talk for “Ghosts of the Catskills,” a group show curated by Elizabeth Ennis and Andrea Brown of the Outsider’s Studio Collective, at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, August 31 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is on display until October 6. Read more
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — The Greene Dreher Sterling Community Fair, which started on August 26, will run through Setpember 2 this year. It was created 96 yearsago in a school room by the teacher Miss Ella Nevin as a place for her students to exhibit their handiwork The fair was held at an old community hall in Newfoundland. Later it moved to the Newfoundland school, and later yet to the Newfoundland Fairgrounds.
The first few fairs were then open to residents of Greene, Dreher, Lehigh and Sterling townships. Later it was opened to all residents of Pennsylvania. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Alpacas will be featured the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival, which is coming to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as part of its 15th annual Harvest Festival series on Sunday, September 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival will also showcase spinners and weavers, the people who turn loose fiber into clothing. A boutique will also offer a range of alpaca-made goods. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s historic Old Stone Jail will be open to the public for tours on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The Old Stone Jail is located between the courthouse and 10th streets.
Built in 1859, the jail was used until 1935. The squat, one-story structure is constructed almost completely of rough stone, including the interior walls and the floor. A heavy iron door will greet visitors, and inside they will see five dungeon-like cells, each measuring about 12 feet by nine or 10 feet. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Beach Party Boys will perform in the Monticello Casino and Raceway Lava Lounge on Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public age 18 or above, no reservations or advance tickets required.
Beach Party Boys reproduce the authentic look, vocal harmony and instrumentals of the Beach Boys themselves, in an interactive show where audience members will find themselves singing along to songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Barbara Ann,” “Fun Fun Fun” and “Good Vibrations.” Visit www.monticellocasinoandraceway.com.
HONESDALE, PA — A number of area bands and musicians will perform to raise money for the work of the Honesdale Area Ministerium on Saturday, September 7 in Central Park. Music will be playing on the stage from 12 noon to 7 p.m., interrupted at 5 p.m. for an ecumenical service of Holy Communion. Pastor Rob Kazinski from Central United Methodist Church will be the guest preacher, with Leanna and JR Stanton of Damascus United Methodist leading the music and Father Ed Erb worship leader. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The First Fridays Contemporary Author Series will be held at the Narrowsburg Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library with Rachel McKibbens and Jacob Rakovan on Friday, September 6. At 7 p.m. is the open mic sign-up (10 spots only, three minutes or less); 7:30 p.m. is open mic and 8 p.m. are readings by the visiting authors.
Rakovan is an Appalachian writer in Diaspora. He is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry. His work has appeared in numerous journals. He is co-curator of the Poetry & Pie Night reading series in Rochester. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Guitarist Randall Williams, a classically trained musician who left the world of classical music to travel with his guitar, sing and play on street corners and in cafés and pubs, as well as at the Fine Arts Palace in Brussels, Belgium and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, will perform at a house concert in Callicoon on Saturday, August 31 at 7 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — An art exhibition, “Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch,” will be on view on Saturday, August 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the River Market, 3385 Rte. 97. This event is the fourth in a series of collaborations between the market and UpFront Exhibition Space of Port Jervis, which owns the rights to much of Upchurch’s collection of paintings. Upchurch died 13 years ago. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Labor Day Parade (formerly of DeBruce) will be held on Sunday, September 1, with the parade on Main Street, and entertainment and more at Renaissance Park, located at the intersection of Main and Pearl streets (at the traffic light). The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the old-fashioned country-style parade starting at 12 noon. Read more
Labor Day is upon us and summer is almost gone. While in no hurry, I’m a big fan of fall and looking forward to the harvest festivals, pumpkin parties, costume parades and of course, Halloween. Not wanting to get ahead of myself, I did my best to stay in the moment during the past week, which turned out to be all music all the time. As the season winds down, so does the hoopla at Bethel Woods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) and in the past few days, I attended, met with and photographed Philip Phillips, John Mayer, Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square and Luke Bryan. Read more
You could smell it before you could see it. The tantalizing aroma of fresh-cooked food, filled with flavor and promises of a soon-to-be feast, permeated the air. It was Pig Mountain, and it had arrived on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY to 2,500 hungry people. Read more