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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

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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

John Hammond to perform at the Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond will perform at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

With a career that spans over three decades, John Hammond is one of a handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-1960s. That revival, energized by a renewed interest in folk music around the U.S., brought about career boosts for many of the great classic blues players.

Tickets cost $30 ($28 advance sales for DVAA members). For reservations call 845/252-7272.

Halloween dance party at the youth center

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Community Center will host its 20th annual Halloween Dance with “Lucky House” on October 27 from 8 to 11 p.m. Bring your own refreshments. There will be prizes for best costumes. Partygoers must be 21 to enter. Admission is a $12 donation/$10 in costume. Call 845/887-5839.

Opening reception at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open a new art show on October 20 with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. More than three dozen artists are featured in the show that will run through November 30. There also will be live music by Walt Edwards. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Call 845/856-2727.

Lori Rubinstein remembered

MONTICELLO, NY — Nearly everyone who spoke agreed that Lori Rubenstein was ubiquitous when it came to community involvement, had unforgettable smiling eyes, had a warped sense of humor and could sometimes use language that would make a sailor blush.

Rubinstein, who was 48, passed away unexpectedly on September 21. More than 150 turned out to Monticello High School on October 11 to honor her memory.  Read more

Make me the sea

When I was a kid, in the early ‘70s, the highways were filled with people thumbing a ride. My father, who had a hippie-side all his own, often stopped for hitchhikers and occasionally brought them home for a meal, or to spend the night.

Now, for the most part, hitchhiking is a thing of the past. We are too afraid to catch a ride with strangers or pick one up. But for a time in the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as during the Depression, it was commonplace. “The roads are swarming with kids,” my father liked to say.  Read more

We’ll have to wait

A good friend sent this to me after reading my series of articles on CFLs. The filmmaker did the math, it’s quite thorough in explaining, among other things, why CFLs do NOT live up to the claims.

Disillusioned by my findings concerning the drawbacks of CFLs (documented in my last two columns), I began researching LEDs, or light emitting diodes, which are increasingly being used for residential lighting.  Read more

‘That perfect town’

Milford readies for 13th Black Bear Film Festival
MILFORD, PA — For more than a decade, Milford has proven to be an ideal place for a film festival. That’s what Jerry Beaver, founding president of the 13th annual Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) thought 12 years ago when he dubbed Milford the “perfect town.”  Read more

The nightmare before Christmas

It’s no secret that winter is on the horizon. I don’t know about city folk, but here in the Upper Delaware River valley, we see the telltale signs everywhere. There has already been frost on the pumpkins, and squirrels are madly foraging for the abundance of acorns dotting the landscape this year—a sure sign that we had all better prepare to hunker down. Knowing the answer, I still visited the “country bible” at www.farmersalmanac.com, which did not allay my fears.  Read more

Music video post

A few weeks ago I wrote about my adventures of heading up to Scranton, PA and filming a music video for a friend’s local band, The Great Party. I finished the video yesterday and so this week I wanted to take you behind the scenes on the post-production process. A warning for the faint of heart, this is about to get real nerdy and technical.  Read more

Narrowsburg Music Day: From blues band to chamber music to jazz

NARROWSBURG, NY — Saturday, October 13 is Music Day and the highlight this year is a performance of “Green Sneakers,” written for string quartet and baritone. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon of Wurtsboro and New York City will attend the concert, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg. The Voxare String Quartet performs along with baritone Jesse Blumberg.
Music Day is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the Tusten Historical Society and local businesses with additional support from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant.  Read more

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ comes to Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The classic comic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at the Milford Theater on October 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and October 28 at 2 p.m.

This production is a family affair, with husband and wife Bill and Melissa Thomas of City Stage serving as director and choreographer. Local teacher and performer Noreen Hanson appears as Ronette, with daughter Naomi Hanson in the ensemble cast. Musical director/pianist Sandy Stalter is joined by husband George on the drums, and daughter Kelsey who will appear onstage as Audrey.  Read more