LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present author Laurie Graff reading her essay from the new anthology “No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood” at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. After the reading, CAS will also host a discussion of the essay’s ideas in light of its current exhibition “Out of Place,” exploring themes of parenthood, humor and anxiety. Read more
MILFORD AND HAWLEY, PA — The New York-based flamenco trio Segue will present “Ritmo, Color, y Pasion” on Saturday, July 27, at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at the Hawley Silk Mill at 2 p.m.
Segue offers flamenco music with a twist: in addition to having a guitarist (Jared Newman) and dancer (Eva Conti Algeria), this trio features a violinist, Sarah E. Geller. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will host guest speaker Linus Myers, who will present a talk about a local forgotten hero, Jeremiah Gunn of Honesdale, and his involvement in the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. Gunn, who died in 1889, is buried in the Glen Dyberry Cemetery in Honesdale.
WCHS welcomes the public to a talk every Sunday this summer throughout July and August at its museum, located at 810 Main St. Visit www.waynehistorypa.org or call 570/253-3940 for a schedule of speakers. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — There will be an opening reception for a Studio Monday art exhibit in the lower level gallery and community room of the new Daniel Pierce Library on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs through August 25. The exhibit will include acrylics, watercolors and oil paintings by various artists including artworks by founder Evelyn Porter.
Studio Monday represents a group of local area artists who meet regularly to support and encourage each others' different art forms. For more information, call 845/985-7233.
BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for “Earth Tones,” an exhibit featuring the works of Dale Emmart, Glenn Lieberman and Naomi Teppich, on Saturday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County artists will open their studios to the public free of charge for three days in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) 2013 Artists’ Studio Tour on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition, several galleries, most of them in Honesdale, will exhibit numerous local artists’ works. Several new artists have been added this year. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located in Milford, PA, is home to a blood-stained flag that cradled the head of mortally wounded President Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Simply called “The Lincoln Flag,” this blood relic made its way to Milford in 1888 at the hand of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the production of “Our American Cousin,” the play being performed on that fateful night. Read more
According to numerous public health studies, just washing your hands on a regular basis—a simple, mundane activity if ever there was one—actually provides one of the most effective measures for preventing the spread of many diseases. Preventing the spread of the “social disease” called fascism is a bit more complex, but many of the preventive measures that are available to each and every one of us are similarly simple and mundane. Read more
My husband Tommy had a big birthday coming and I did not know what to get the man who has everything (including the best wife ever). When Tommy was 20 and in Vietnam, he said he should have zigged when he zagged, and he stepped on a land mine. He was awarded a Purple Heart. With the 4th of July just passing, it got me to thinking about war and all who fought to keep us free. Tommy was the first person I thought of, and that is when it came to me—you have to get Tommy registered in the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. So we took a little mini vacation, and down to New Windsor, NY we went. Read more
Lucy Ann Lobdell is among us again.
This woman, known as “The Hunter” to my family and old time neighbors, is the subject of a new historical novel, “The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell,” by Fremont Center, NY resident William Klaber (Greenleaf Book Group Press, June 18, 2013).
A fictionalized memoir, the book traces Lucy’s life as she made her way in the world after she changed into her brother John’s clothes, bound her chest, and left home to live her life as a man named Joseph. Read more
We were blessed with great weather for the 4th of July and the weekend to follow. I had a fun time riding my husband’s scooter in the Narrowsburg parade. My mother lived on the parade route and she always made us get chairs out on the road early to save the spaces so you could watch the parade. This year a lady came over and asked if she could sit with us. When she was sitting there, she told me she reads my column and knew that that was my mother’s house and just wanted to say she was sorry that my mom passed away. I have amazing people reading my column. Read more
Anyone who learned how to fly remembers their first solo flight. In a light, primary training aircraft without 170 pounds of instructor (“official” weight, mileage may vary), the aircraft seemingly leaped into the air. For most people, it was an exhilarating experience, and maybe you left the traditional shirt tail with your name and solo date on the flight school office wall.
For young bald eagles that are now as large as an adult, their first solo is imminent, and with a bit more risk factor than a first-time pilot who follows a simple square traffic pattern around the runway. Read more
You might recall how I mentioned in my column of May 10 that while fishing in Lordville, NY on the West Branch of the Delaware River, I had taken an involuntary swim. I had not been wading for 10 minutes when my hips and legs went numb and down I went. This caused me to write that I needed to figure out a way to avoid this sort of problem in the future. Sooner or later, one of these frequent spills (12 in the last three years) would result in injuring myself, or my bamboo fly rod. I spent time looking through fishing catalogs for an answer to my problem. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Three new exhibits will open at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.
One is "Amusing the Muse," drawings by Richard Gubernick. Born, raised, and educated in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, artist Gubernick attended youth classes at The Museum of Modern Art, obtained a BS degree from Buffalo State, and earned an MFA from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He subsequently taught painting for over 25 years at Buffalo State. In recent years he has concentrated on drawing with ink on acrylic backgrounds. Read more
The first time I said goodbye I felt like Dodger knew what was going on. My mom told me on the phone that he might die soon. I expected the news eventually, but the words caught me off guard. It’s sad to think about losing anything, but a childhood dog packs a special emotional wallop.
A week or so later I came home and spent some time with him. He was still himself, but he was hobbling more, seeing and hearing less. He barked outside at something no one else noticed. Late one night I sat with him while he slept and reminisced about old times. He listened. He was always good at that. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston will deliver a special show with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m., in the Boiler Room.
Preston is a musician and performer and is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway show “Movin’ Out.” He is an original cast member who did the full run on Broadway and often played guest roles on tours. When rehearsals of the Billy Joel band are required, Joel hires Wade as his stand in. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. artist Tom Bosket and writer Laura E.J. Moran will explore creating a safe space where internal wonderings can bring out an artistic place in the world with the program “Artending: Make a Place for Art in Your Life” at the Zane Grey Museum. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) marks its 20th year partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for two concerts this season, plus seven concerts at SMF’s own Sunset Concert Pavilion on the festival grounds.
The Bethel Woods Event Gallery concerts begin on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with “Piano Passions,” a solo piano performance by Allen Yueh, and continue on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. with “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” featuring pianists Doris Lee, Claudia Hu and Helen Shen. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The new exhibit, “Seasons of Change,” primitive landscape paintings and animal boards by Cheryl Korb, will open at the River Gallery-The Art of Living with an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
All pieces are oil on panel, linen and found objects. The show runs through September 10.
For more information, visit www.rivergalleryny.com, or call 845/252-3238.
LIBERTY, NY — Green Door, a quarterly magazine read throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley in upstate New York, announces the opening of an art gallery and exhibition titled “Change: A World in Motion.” The opening event will be held on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. and will include a musical performance by the Human Lard Dog. Read more