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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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‘Reflections on Light’ art show

YOUNGSVILLE, NY —Domesticities & The Cutting Garden will present a new exhibition of custom lamps by Kathie Fitzgerald, glass sculpture and mobiles by Joan Nicole and photography by Joan Glase beginning Saturday, October 6 with a reception at 2 p.m. at 4055 Rte 52.

View the works on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October. Call 845/482-3333 or visit www.thecuttinggarden.org

Catskill churches celebrate the harvest season

LIBERTY, NY — A concert of music, drama and dance will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. The program will include piano and organ music, instrumental and voice solos, a skit, choral pieces and audience participation (hymn-singing). Light refreshments will be served following the concert. There is no admission charge, but donations of money and non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the needy in the communities of Liberty, Ellenville and Narrowsburg. St. Paul’s is located at 24 Chestnut St.

Call 845/292-4626.

Political songwriter Roy Zimmerman to perform

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Roy Zimmerman, who has driven 25,000 miles this year to fulfill his “campaign promise” of performing his satirical songs in all 50 states, brings his live show to North Branch on Saturday, October 13. His in-house concert, “Hope, Struggle and Change,” will include songs and comic commentary on presidential politics, the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, abstinence, Creationism and same-sex marriage with a dose of Lefty rabble rousing thrown in.  Read more

City Lights Vocal Ensemble to perform

MILFORD, PA — City Lights, a five-piece vocal ensemble, will appear in concert at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m. The group features tight vocal harmonies in the style of the Manhattan Transfer and 50’s Doo-Wop groups. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door.  Read more

Honesdale annual barbershop show

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 34th annual show, “Hollywood,” on Saturday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School. The 24-person chorus of all ages is directed by Bob Mains. The guest professional barbershop quartet will be “Up All Night.” Tickets cost $10.

The chorus is always looking for additional singers. Rehearsal is every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Chapel at 10th and Church Streets in Honesdale.

Call Richard Bionda at 570/685-1554 or email carasso@ltis.net.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant brings show to NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY —A group of theatrical performers who call themselves Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant will present the play, “Irina’s Name Day Party,” at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. For this performance, NACL’s theatre space will be transformed into a banquet hall and guests will be served food and drink.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant is devoted to the ongoing celebration of the work of Conni Convergence, the beloved (and fictional) icon of stage and screen.  Read more

Sunday Night Cinema at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —The Wayne County Arts Alliance Sunday Night Cinema series will feature a Monty-Python-styled comedy this week on Sunday, October 7 beginning at 8:15 p.m. In “Erik the Viking,” an unusually principled young Viking becomes increasingly uncomfortable with all the killing and plundering that goes with his job, and he sets out on a magical journey to bring about world peace.  Read more

Lakeside Players to present thriller ‘Scandal Point’

LAKEVILLE, PA — A scheming Southern belle, a crooked lawyer, a jilted husband, a shrewd police detective and a poisonous snake all take center stage in “Scandal Point,” The Lakeside Players’ fall production. The play is set for October 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and October 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590.

“Scandal Point,” written by John Patrick, stars Kelly Ann Walsh as Joy Desmond, David J. Spitzer as Bruno Capra, Tony Schwartz as Dr. Kerwin Desmond and Frank DeSando as Detective Quinn. Roxan Schwartz is directing.  Read more

Filmmaking workshop for youth

NARROWSBURG, NY — Icehouse Arts filmmaking workshops for kids will be held the weekend of October 13 and 14. Students will write, direct, act, shoot and edit their own collaborative short film. The two-day workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. The program is recommended for ages 12 and up. The cost is $45.  Read more

Stinkhorn: a fly’s delight

The stinkhorn mushroom, aptly named for its offensive fragrance and stalklike form, is a member of a family of fungi known as Phallaceae. Stinkhorns are characterized by very unpleasant-smelling sticky spore masses that occur on the end of a stalk called the receptaculum.

Likened to the odor of carrion or dung, the spore mass attracts flies and other insects. While feeding on the slime, the insects’ feet become coated with the spore-laden substance that they then transport to other locations, allowing the stinkhorns to grow elsewhere.  Read more

A Bamboo ferrule?

The annual gathering of the world’s bamboo rod makers has come and gone. In my last column, I wrote that I had no intention of buying yet another bamboo fly rod. Despite having the opportunity to cast several fine rods from various rod builders, I did not weaken. There is no new slender silver tube residing in the rod rack built for me by Tom Brown.  Read more

A Bamboo ferrule?

The annual gathering of the world’s bamboo rod makers has come and gone. In my last column, I wrote that I had no intention of buying yet another bamboo fly rod. Despite having the opportunity to cast several fine rods from various rod builders, I did not weaken. There is no new slender silver tube residing in the rod rack built for me by Tom Brown.  Read more

The social network

As some of you may know, the past few weeks (maybe even months) have been a journey... traveling down the long and winding road of life-altering changes, paying attention to the passage of time, sometimes glancing back from whence I came, while considering what lays ahead, all the while attempting to be in the moment. Sighing, more than breathing, has been the norm as of late, but like a good ice cream cone, sighing comes in all flavors and I’ve sampled several over the last week.  Read more

Embracing community

Today’s world is fast-paced, highly competitive and, some would say, “ethica`lly challenged.” Current mores put profit above principle and often place greater emphasis upon what we do for ourselves than what we do for each other. The political climate is troubling, as well. Our government has been brought to a near standstill by the unyielding adherence by politicians on both sides of the ideological spectrum to extreme and intractable positions. Rigid party allegiance and intransigence have eclipsed a sense of common purpose and have all but eliminated the possibility of civil discourse.  Read more

Farmers’ market potluck and locavore challenge

CALLICOON, NY — Farmers’ market and locavore supporters will gather on Sunday, September 30, 3 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park to share food and conversation.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that incorporates at least one ingredient sold by any of the vendors. Attendees should also bring a plate, utensils, napkin, cup, beverage of choice and a blanket or lawn chair.

There is no cost to participate and all are welcome to attend. For updates, follow the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scfma or call 845/292-6180, ext. 115.  Read more

Statewide potluck celebrates local foods

YOUNGSVILLE, NY —A local business, Domesticities and The Cutting Garden, will host a local potluck this Sunday, joining countless others statewide for a “Potluck Across New York.” This event is part of NOFA-NY’s Locavore Challenge and will be held September 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 4055 State Route 52. A locavore is a person who eats foods grown locally, and so potluck participants are asked to bring a favorite dish made with local ingredients. They are also asked to bring their own eating utensils and a beverage.  Read more

Learn where your food comes from at Family Farm Day

HAWLEY, PA — Get an up-close view of some of the farm animals that help to produce fresh, local food during Mill Market’s Family Farm Day on September 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The event is free and open to the public.

Mill Market is a one-stop source for local food and goods made within 200 miles of the Lake Wallenpaupack region. The market fosters sustainability and a thriving local economy through its support of keeping locally spent dollars “local.”  Read more

Food matters

Consumers and farmers share common ground  Read more

Victoria and the boa

The woman was strange looking, almost cartoonish. She stood a few feet in front of me with an oversized shopping cart, her daughter in a matching purple sweat suit by her side. The line to the register had been overwhelming at the Astor Place K-mart electronics department. It stretched 20 people long, the end reaching into the men’s underwear aisle.

In my hands was my single purchase, a 10-pack of DVD covers to package and send off my editing reel. The woman’s shopping cart was full.  Read more

Reading with author Nina Burleigh at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. She will read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the Black Blanket,” and will answer questions about her writing.

Burleigh also will talk about the six weeks she spent in the Middle East this year, working a short book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring, and share her observations on women, religion and politics in this region.  Read more