Participating in the Catskill Distilling Company’s new Sullivan County Songwriters Circle (SCSC, or “SC squared”) on a recent week were Stacy Cohen, guitar; Brian Smith, drums; founder Elizabeth Rose, guitar; and Lucas Rotman, harmonica. The songwriters meet every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Dancing Cat’s Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. Songwriters share their own songs, and each week at least one song from the “Great American Songbook” is also featured. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, or call 845/583-3141.
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Symmetries,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Ellen Cibula, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will run through April 13. In “Symmetries,” most of the artist’s paintings and drawings are shown in pairs, with the two parts forming a dance. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents musicians Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.
Schmidt is best known for his poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And Elkin is best known for her soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or call 845/252-6783.
BUSHKILL, PA — The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM), a non-profit rescue organization, will hold its annual fundraiser on March 16 at the Fernwood Resort. Local Milford celebrity “Sugar” will host. Doors open at 5 p.m. Announcement of prizes starts at 7 p.m. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a party at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., featuring the Somerville Brothers, whose music is a blend of contemporary country with rock and roots.
Handcrafted spirits by the distillery, local craft beers and other St. Patrick’s Day tipples will be available for purchase in the Tasting Room overlooking the copper still. Next door, The Dancing Cat Saloon will offer meal specials including corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie all weekend. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Molly Durnin, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the Albany area, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Her style won her top awards at Albany’s Exit Factor competition and the Capital Area Indie Fest last year (www.mollydurnin.com).
Durnin started composing music around age 14, creating soundtracks for her brother’s movies on piano and synthesizer. Later, she picked up the guitar, which has become her performance staple. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The annual American Girl’s Tea Party will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Wayne County Public Library. Girls ages six to 12 will mark Women’s History Month and will hear about strong, smart girls from America’s past who served as models of American Girl dolls.
The date also features a “proper tea” with refreshments from various times in history. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 570/253-1220 or email email@example.com.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Leslie Pintchik Jazz Trio will be the featured performers on Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Salon Series.” Pintchik will be joined by bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Michael Sarin.
Recently, the trio has been playing primarily in New York City at jazz venues. Pintchik’s latest CD, “We’re Here To Listen,” was reviewed by Jazziz Magazine’s Ross Boissoneau, who called it “an outstanding example of the [piano-trio genre].... Pintchik and her outstanding band take listeners on a lovely excursion.” Read more
Oh, my aching feet! If ever I wondered whether I had missed my calling to work in food service, the answer is now crystal clear. A few months ago, I accepted an invitation to represent The River Reporter and take part in the 5th annual Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner (www.bgorange.org) held this past weekend in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com). Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Forty local celebrities put on a really big show last Friday at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, waiting on tables and providing entertainment to more than 350 paying guests at the annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County. This year’s theme was “Music from Your Youth.” Read more
You never know what life is going to throw at you. On Sunday, January 24 my mother was having the time of her life at a cousin’s party, dancing and singing Irish songs. On Sunday, March 3 she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She is as yellow as a banana, and has a blockade in her bile duck, congestive heart failure and a urinary tract infection along with a blood infection. Read more
With spring around the corner, migrant birds of all types are preparing to make their move north. Eagles that are over-wintering in our area are returning to their Canadian breeding grounds, and the first returning turkey vultures should be arriving in our region right around the start of March. A few raptors suffered various mishaps during fall and winter, however, and they spent the winter healing up at the avian equivalent of a hospital. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present an art exhibit with the theme “Light/Dark” from March 9 to 30 featuring the work of WAA members. There will be an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Featured artists include Nelson Pantoja, Roberta Rosenthal, Janet Campbell, Michael Piotrowski, Sandy Spitzer, Cynthia Hall, David Munford, Gene Weinstein and others. Read more
STERLING, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group and visit Journey’s End Farm on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Journey’s End is a local working farm with an operational sugarbush. Learn about the sugaring operation, the farm and the protection of the land. Light refreshments available. Participants are asked to be prepared for walking through muddy conditions. This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Call 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010 or visit www.DelawareHighlands.org.
MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photography Guild will host a photography exhibit titled “Through Their Eyes” by the students of Delaware Valley High School. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 224 Broad St., and students will be available to talk with visitors about their work. The exhibit will run through April 7. The exhibit will also feature work by members of the school’s Digital Photo Club. The Highlands Photographic Guild is open Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Sunday). Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Senior citizens in the Port Jervis School District are invited to a special free performance of musical selections from the comedy “The Little Shop of Horrors” on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Port Jervis High School. Afterwards, tea will be served to the audience and cast members. The refreshments will be made by culinary students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program. The performance is free. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Musical Production Club will present the musical classic “Peter Pan” on Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10 at the Sullivan West High School Auditorium.
The production stars Madison Breslin in the title role. Alongside Breslin are Josiah Bailey as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, Melissa Goggin as Liza and Tiger Lily, Dana Borowski as Wendy and Leif Johansen as Smee. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Ken DeAngelis and Julie Ziavras will be the featured performers on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Salon Series” at the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St..
The acoustic duo will present a program of well-known and original folk music (www.KenandJulie.com). Proceeds from the concert will benefit Delaware Valley Opera, a Sullivan-County-based opera company with whom Julie has sung many leading roles. Admission costs $10. Call 845/252-7576.
HAWLEY, PA — Marc Von Em will play at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Harmony Presents this guitarist in its new home—the newly renovated Boiler Room.
Von Em has toured with Matchbox 20 and has been on television programs such as “The Today Show” and “The Tonight Show.” Von Em recently released the album “Crash Boom Pow” of 10 original songs. Read more