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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY —Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a fall fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97.  Read more

Church fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Drew United Methodist Church will hold a church fair on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables will have jewelry, handmade gifts, crocheted gifts, candles, napkins, greeting cards, homemade soup, Rada knives and Christmas decorations.

There will be a bake sale, a coffee break from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sandwiches, hot dogs, soup and apple crisp.

Call 845/845-3423.

‘Extreme/Outside the Box’ new art exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Extreme/Outside the Box” will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 27 through November 11. This exhibit is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery, located at 73 Sullivan St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit www.waagallery.org or e-mail info@waagallery.org.

Paintings by Ken Bosch at By Delaine

NARROWSBURG, NY — Paintings by Ken Bosch will be exhibited at By Delaine, a gift shop at 44A Main St. from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4. An artist opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bosch grew up in Highland Lake, NY. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from SUNY Oswego and an M.A. from Marywood College. His career as an art teacher began at Narrowsburg Central School, where he taught from 1972 to 1986. He currently teaches in Wilmington, DE, and plans to paint fulltime following retirement this year.  Read more

Long haul flyers

Flocks of high flying geese can be heard and the first hard frost of the season is forecast for tonight as I write this column. Yesterday, on the 11th of October, was a clear day after a frontal passage with northwest to west winds at 10-15 mph, an ideal day to observe migrating hawks and falcons at Sunrise Mtn. in Stokes State Forest in NJ.  Read more

I’ll get back to you on that...

Clearly, none of us are getting any younger. Still smarting from the reality check that was my 40th high school reunion, I’ve been forced to take a good look in the mirror and assess the situation. “I’ve looked better,” I rasped, as I prepared to make my way to the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a Fall Fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97. The flea market and crafters will be there. Refreshments will be available and a bake sale will be held. At 11 a.m. there will be a children’s costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three separate age categories. A free blood pressure screening will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Read more

Watercolors at Manor library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Library announces an exhibit by local watercolorist and former library employee Linda Hare. Hare’s seasonal landscapes, florals and bird paintings will be on display through November.

Over the years, Hare has studied with many local artists including Jack Yelle, Roberta Rosenthal and the late Francis Davis. Her work has been displayed and sold through various galleries in Sullivan and Delaware counties as well as at local shows.  Read more

Filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle to screen short films about architecture

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m., the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., will show several short films by Ultan Guilfoyle, including four that document Frank Gehry buildings. Guilfoyle will also be on hand to discuss the films and answer questions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served. There is no cost to attend.  Read more

Church square dance

HONESDALE, PA — The Grace Episcopal Church at 827 Church St. will hold a square dance on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The cost is $8 per person and $15 per family.

Cooking class for kids

HONESDALE, PA — “Cooking with Kids,” a skill-sharing event sponsored by Transition Honesdale, will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Parents are invited too.

The program includes hands-on lessons in making applesauce and granola. Children will be able to take home portions of each. They also will be invited to decorate their own take-home, kid-size aprons with some guidance from a local artist. This program is designed for children up to 10 years old.

RSVP by October 24. Call 570/253-5711 and leave a message.  Read more

‘The Master’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “The Master” starting Friday, October 19 and running to Tuesday, October 23. “The Master” is rated R and will screen nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $9.50 ($8 admission on Mondays and matinees. $7 for children under 12 at all shows).  Read more

‘Riddle of the Sands’ at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —Wayne County Arts Alliance will screen “Riddle of the Sands” at Cinema 6 on Sunday, October 21 at 8:15 p.m.

The film was produced in the U.S. in 1979 and is rated PG.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the arts alliance. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

ShwizZ and Jazzmosis to play at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Friday, October 19 Collabonation Productions and The Nutshell Arts Center will host ShwizZ, a cast of wild, extraordinary characters out of the Northeast from the school of funkadelic rock and progressive jazz featuring twists of improv and spontaneity.

Also playing is Sullivan County’s Jazzmosis, featuring guitarist Steve Schwartz, bassist Tom Volpe, drummer Mike Cervone and saxophonist Gregory Fiske, who play a fusion of energetic rock and jazz.

Admission costs $8 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and drink specials.  Read more

Tri-State Actors Theater presents “Cabaret at the Columns”

MILFORD, PA — Tri-State Actors Theater will present an evening of song and music in the Fountain Room of The Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m. The cabaret-style event stars singer and actress Patricia Durante and guitarist Manny Moreira, who will perform standards, show tunes, pop music from the ‘60s and ‘70s and a mix of Brazilian and jazz melodies.

Tickets cost $30. Refreshments, wine and cheese will be served. Seating at the Columns is limited and advance purchase is recommended. To order tickets, call Tri-State Actors Theater at 973/383-0510.

Two performances of ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’ by W.A. Mozart

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera in collaboration with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will present two performances of W.A. Mozart’s opera, “The Abduction from the Seraglio.”

The first performance is on Sunday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at the Rhinebeck High School Theater, N. Park Rd., Rhinebeck, NY. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets and information are available at www.ndsorchestra.org or by calling 845/635-0877.  Read more

Fall fun at the library in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a Fall Fun Day on the library lawn at 393 Broadway on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a thank you to the community for their support.

Activities will include a scarecrow-making contest from 1 to 2 p.m. (must pre-register), story-telling and face-painting in the children’s room and a gently used book sale on the front lawn (weather permitting). Admission is free. Scarecrows will go home with their creators once the contest is over. Cider and donuts will be served.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 21 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Fiddlers from the tri-state area will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs in the styles of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available. The fire hall is handicap accessible.  Read more