Those tireless pollsters at the Pew Research Center’s “People and the Press” project (www.people-press.org) recently released the results of their latest study—results that really should come as a surprise to no one. The Pew researchers say that, in terms of values and basic beliefs, Americans have become increasingly polarized along partisan lines over the last couple of decades. In fact, according to the study, political divisions have become the most significant in our society—exceeding the divisions that you might expect to find along gender, age, race, or even class lines. Read more
An interesting collection of exotic and domestic animals were featured at a recent Open Farm Day at Country Ark Farm (CAF) near Milford, PA. Run by the Ciancitto family and a group of volunteers for the past 23 years, the non-profit foundation provides recreational, pet and art therapy experiences for mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults. CAF is housed on a 26-acre property which is home to an assortment of well-socialized animals that have been hand-raised for the various programs offered. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A photographic essay by Eldred photographer George Haas, “The Drop,” will be on display at the Highlands Photographic Guild from June 9 through July 8. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Milford’s Art after Dark evening. Read more
TAMIMENT, PA — The Mount Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (The Mount) will host a lawn party to kick off each of its 10 Music On The Mount Summer Concerts beginning Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The lawn parties will feature local bands, a discount barbeque, special tastings from sponsors, giveaways, beer and wine bars, picnic and party space and more. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Experience the intimacy of chamber music surrounded by beautiful art and a babbling brook at the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) early summer benefit at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Light gourmet supper with wine and dessert will follow music by Bach, Vivaldi and Honnegger for flute, harpsichord and cello. The event takes place at a private home; make reservations to get location and directions. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring the exhibit “It’s All About the Hats” for the month of June, with paintings that explore the character of hats and the characters that wear them by three of the gallery’s long-time favorite members: Madeline Tully, Alvin Rosser and Al Bialos. These are three distinctive styles of painting with one common thread—hats. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark. Read more
STERLING, PA — Antique tables, chairs, dishes and items from the old Sterling School are just some of the many things being auctioned off on June 9 at 9 a.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church at 567 Sterling Road. It will be the first of a series of auctions to benefit projects at the church. It will benefit the renovations that were recently completed on the bell tower.
The church was founded in 1848 in Sterling Township. On the church grounds sits the church hall, which has had previous incarnations as the Sterling Grange Hall, the municipal building and the local school. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — “An American Salute” is the theme of the annual spring concert of Sullivan County Community Chorus, which will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. Under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, the music’s themes will include our homegrown talents; our love of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; our armed services; and a medley from “Les Miserables.” Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY—The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Eight Days of Blues at a summer benefit concert “Blues in the Back Yard” on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m.
Eight Days of Blues performs original and classic American roots blues infused with rock, funk, R&B and a dash of Latin. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to the lawn behind the Leura Murray Center (the main building for the museum, 26 Hoag Rd.) The Friends of the Neversink Museum will provide cookout fare: hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks for a fee. Proceeds will benefit the museum. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present a second weekend of Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances will be on Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10. Showtime on Thursday through Saturday is 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. show on Sunday. Call 845/292-3788. (See also Jonathan Fox’s column.)
HAWLEY, PA — Hawley’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair will take place in Bingham Park on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and crafters will be on hand from as close as Hawley, and as far away as New Jersey and New England. Items will include wood jewelry, furniture, paintings, knitted and crocheted goods and more. Visit www.lakeregioncc.com.
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum’s third annual fundraising Country Auction will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55. It will be held rain or shine, starting at 11 a.m. (viewing starts at 10 a.m.). There will be many donated items auctioned off to raise funds for the museum, including antiques such as furniture, equipment, household items, collectibles and local history books; and like-new items including gift items, glassware and artwork. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — For the first time in its seven-year history, a scavenger hunt will be held at the Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 16. Derek Williams, a Roots volunteer, conceived the idea and mapped out the rules and details. Northeast Wilderness Experience/Sawmill Cycles in Honesdale is donating the top prize, a kayak. “ Read more
“Words can hurt,” my mother used to say, “choose them wisely.” It’s true, of course, and I have tried to abide by her advice through the years, with limited success. These days, I bite my tongue fairly often, but it’s not a bad way to live. Since words can also be empowering, I do my best to put my vocabulary to good use and err on the side of caution. Read more
By Dr. Kenneth Hilton
Vision statements should be ambitious. Ours certainly is. Sullivan West envisions “a learning community committed to the continuous pursuit of excellence and equity, and dedicated to enriching the lives of all students.” “Excellence and equity… enriching the lives of all students”—those are tall orders, especially in light of the challenges and obstacles we face. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The ninth annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 9. Starting at 11:30 a.m. there will be an arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, specialty foods from local vendors and entertainment. Activities will include balloon making, face painting, music, dancing and stilt walking. The parade will step-off at 1 p.m., led by the 2012 Grand Marshals Dr. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Human Lard Dog and his 10-piece Band of Shy, featuring a stand-up horn section and the atomic-powered vocal cords of the glorious gospel-singing La’Delles will come to the NACL Theatre on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
The Human Lard Dog is the alter ego of North Branch resident Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical and comedic sensibilities. Lard Dog sings his super catchy original songs with a voice hailed by critics as a cross between Chet Baker, Hank Williams and a wood chipper. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — As noted in our editorial this week, one of summer’s great attractions in our area is its street fairs and celebrations. Callicoon’s annual tractor parade, scheduled for this Sunday, June 10, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., is one of the first of the season. The firemen will kick off the day with their pancake breakfast at their building on Route 97, from 7 to 11 a.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will host an exhibit by renowned local artist James McGinley titled “Scenes Along the Delaware,” opening with a reception on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through July 7. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.
LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Free Theatre will present Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances are May 31 to June 3, June 7 to 10, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Admission for the performance is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty. Read more