A tractor parade, ten-minute plays and more

What's happening in arts and leisure, June 9-15

Posted 12/31/69

Celebrate agriculture at the Tractor Parade

CALLICOON, NY — The 26th annual Callicoon Tractor Parade rumbles down Lower Main Street starting at 12 noon on Sunday, June 12.Tractors antique …

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A tractor parade, ten-minute plays and more

What's happening in arts and leisure, June 9-15


Celebrate agriculture at the Tractor Parade

CALLICOON, NY — The 26th annual Callicoon Tractor Parade rumbles down Lower Main Street starting at 12 noon on Sunday, June 12.
Tractors antique and modern, large and small,
The parade is all about the importance of agriculture in the region.
There will be a barbecue and snacks after the parade at the Delaware Youth Center. Tractor Parade T-shirts will be sold in town and at the youth center. But buy yours quick; the supply of shirts won’t last.
If you’re planning on being in the parade, registration opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday at the youth center. There’s no fee, but the Delaware Youth Center appreciates any donation you can make to offset the cost of the parade, according to a post on the center’s website.
The youth center asks that parking at Agway be reserved for the garden center’s customers only.
For important information about participating in the parade, visit the Delaware Youth Center at Delaware Youth Center. 

Ten Minute Play festival at Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Two weekends. Sixteen plays. Fifteen playwrights. Nine directors. And much more. There’s something for everyone.
The Ten Minute Play festival will take place on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, on both days at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
A second weekend of performances takes place at the same times on Friday through Sunday, June 17-19.
The festival happens at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St.
Harold Tighe is the director and producer
Tickets cost $15 per adult and $12 for seniors, students and members of the military. For an additional $5 you can have the festival pass and see all 16 10-minute shows. Purchase advance tickets at www.myrivertix.com.

Hungry people wanted

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Dairy Princess and Junior Dairy Promoters laid down the gauntlet and challenged the Wayne County Commissioners to the annual ice cream sundae competition on Thursday, June 16 at 12 noon.
The two teams will go head-to-head, whipping up free sundaes in celebration of National Dairy Month in June and National Ice Cream Month in July.
Who will win? The dairy royal court or the commissioners?
It all takes place on the front lawn of the Courthouse. If it rains, the festivities will move to the county’s Park Street Complex.
During the commissioners’ regular business meeting at 10:30 a.m., the dairy princess will join the board for a proclamation.
The public is encouraged to attend because they will need lots of hungry mouths to keep all that delicious, locally produced ice cream from melting, a press release said.

Tusten Theatre reopens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is reopening the Tusten Theatre with a lineup of performances beginning this weekend.
On Thursday, June 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. is House of Waters, a trio that blends West African, jazz, psychedelic music, indie rock, classical and world music. Max ZT, the “Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer,” will perform with Moto Fukushima and Afro-Latin and klezmer-style drummer Richie Barshay.
On Sunday, June 12, beginning at 2 p.m., the DVAA will host the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra in “Muss es sein?” or “Must it be?” It is a classical program that spotlights the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich.
Performing as a string quartet are Akiko Hosoi and Sasha Margolis on violin, Chiu Chen Liu on viola and Kirsten Jermé on cello. 
The theatre is located at 210 Bridge St.
Advance tickets cost $20 for DVAA members and $25 for non-members; at the door, the cost is $25 and $30 respectively. There is no charge for kids 12 and under.
For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

Celebrating 10 years of serving the community

HONESDALE, PA — Plan to be on Main Street on Saturday, June 11.
June marks 10 years since the Cooperage Project opened its big red doors as a new nonprofit organization. The hope was to create a space where all can celebrate shared experience and create a deeper sense of community.
Throughout the decade, the vision of the Cooperage Project has always been to develop and support a strong, healthy and collaborative local community, a spokesman said. “Through markets, concerts, performances,
after school programs, healthy food access, DIY classes and so much more, we have brought the
community together around the things that we have in common.”
The Cooperage “cannot thank you enough for the 10 years of support, dreaming, creating, hoping and happening that we have shared together,” a news release stated.
To celebrate a full decade of programming, events, and collaborations, the public is invited to the Cooperage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. The 10th anniversary party will feature live music, face painting, community art projects, street performances, kids activities, family yoga and more. Food will be available for purchase from Hop Barons Kitchen.
For more information, call 570/253-2020 or email info@thecooperageproject.org.

SCCO performs ‘Muss es sein?’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Join the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) for a string quartet concert.
The quartet will perform “Muss es sein?” on Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.
Beethoven’s declining health and family trouble made his last years extremely difficult. As the SCCO points out, the
final movement of his op. 135 string quartet bears the inscription “Der schwer gefasste Entschluss,” or “The difficult resolution.” He opened the movement with a three-note motif that asks, “Muss es sein?” or “Must it be?”
Shostakovich’s op. 130 will also be performed. It holds, said the SCCO, “the unbearable weight of… being a closet dissident of the Soviet regime.” It opens with the four-note motif “D-S-C-H,” which represents the composer’s musical signature; it is also inscribed, “In memory of victims of fascism and war.” This was, the group said, later recanted by Shostakovich in face of the overwhelming power of his government.
The performers include Akiko Hosoi and Sasha Margolis on the violin, Chiu Chen Liu on the viola and Kirsten Jermé on the cello.
Masks are required.
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at hurleyvilleartscentre.org or at the door. Call 845/985-4722 with any inquiries.
The second performance is on Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg. See full information in “Tusten Theatre Reopens."

‘Findings’ this season at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — June marks the start of the 25th anniversary programming at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL).
“After these last two years of working and conversing with artists to determine their needs now, we are widening our scope of support to allow space for artists at earlier ‘dreaming’ stages in the creative process,” a press release stated.
The work is called findings, and it will vary depending of the project. “Some will be traditional full-on previews of productions about to debut (as with Donna Costello’s ‘almost’ on June 9)” and others could be readings, excerpts or presentations.
The public is invited to be a part of the experience, to watch the work unfold, the release stated. “We invite your keen eye, sensitive heart and curious spirit to enliven these events, and hope you will stay after for a light snack and lively conversation.”
The interactive performance and installation ‘almost’ will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.
On Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m., Luna Larkinsong and Aurelia Roue will present excerpts from their works in progress. Larkinsong is creating “The Break and the Dawn,” a “strip and pole presentation designed not to seduce but to restore.” The themes focus on “personal darkness and the journey toward light; the breaking of old selves and the dawning of new.”
Roue will perform “Professor Roue’s Guide to Sex, Death and Ecstasy,” which reflects her healing journey through circus work. The theme is mature and “body-centered.”
The evening will also include a formal discussion with the artists along with members of the feminist acrobatic dance company LAVA, Sarah East Johnson and Hilary Melcher Chapman.
For more information, contact NACL at www.nacl.org.

Crafting at the Western Sullivan Public Library

WESTERN SULLIVAN — Calling all crafters: This month, the Western Sullivan Public Library is offering in-person programs at each of their branches.
On Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m., Raina Bowers will teach you how to make mosaic stepping stones. She’s the host of the Craft Lovers program at the Delaware Free branch in Callicoon, NY.
All supplies will be provided. Registration is requested; see link below.
The Cricut Machine Meet-Up will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m., at the Jeffersonville branch in the community room. The group shares tips and tricks of using a Cricut machine. Registration is requested; see link below.
Every Monday, Irma Schilling and the Narrowsburg Knitters meet at the Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Bring your stitching project and join Irma.
To view all the programs and to register, visit their calendar at www.wsplonline.org.

Frank Sinatra tribute in ‘My Kind of Town’

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville JEMS will host the return of Frank Sinatra tribute singer Al Russo on Saturday, June 18. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Bill Gulino.
“Last year’s show was amazing,” said Jeffersonville resident Nancy Hirsch. “It was such an enjoyable evening. My group of friends had a great time.”
This year’s Sinatra theme is “My Kind of Town,” a Sinatra favorite and a nod to the friendly and blossoming village of Jeffersonville, a JEMS spokesperson said.
The performance will be held on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lulu’s Social Club, above the Jeff Bake Shop.
Sinatra favorites such as “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York New York” will be performed.
From a young age Russo loved Sinatra—the humility of the man, his work ethic, the way he could shape a song, the honesty in performance, the spokesperson said.
“Russo’s first recording was mistaken for the voice of Frank Sinatra. He was then inspired to take his singing career further and develop his own unique tribute to Frank Sinatra.”
Pianist Bill Gulino has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He composes music for film and television and has worked with Phoebe Snow, Doris Day.
CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for gatherings at the time of the event will be followed.
Lulu’s Social Club is located at 4906 State Rte. 52.
Tickets to “My Kind of Town” are limited and cost $45 each. The ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, the performance and dancing. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased at the Secret Garden in Jeffersonville or by calling Sue at 845/482-5354 or Lucette at 914/799-1897.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at the Delaware Valley Opera

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Alas, poor Frederic! He was supposed to be a pilot, but wound up apprenticed to a pirate, and he might not get out of it as easily as he thinks he will.
Mayhem ensues in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” at the Delaware Valley Opera.
Performances take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. The show is back at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.
The show is stage-directed by Nicholas Wuehrmann and the music director is Matthew Rupcich.
The musical includes such famous songs as “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” and “Poor Wandering One.”
The musical will be performed at the DVO’s new theater at 6692 State Rte. 52.
Tickets cost $35 each, with discounts for group purchases; children 14 and under are admitted free. Purchase tickets at http://www.delawarevalleyopera.com/index.php/tickets-for-2022.
For more information, email info@delawarevalleyopera.org, call 845/887-3083 or visit delawarevalleyopera.com.

Odigie, Tellefsen at Music Night

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — Music Night at the Phillipsport Community Center will take place on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 7 p.m.
The first set is from Ellenville resident Denitia Odigie. She is a singer-songwriter, born and raised outside Houston, TX. Odigie’s southern heritage is a significant part of her work; as a child, she performed in church choirs, and taught herself to play piano and guitar from her family’s trailer in the woods. Now she performs melodic stories based in country, folk and rock music.
The second set showcases Robert Tellefsen. His music evokes Richie Havens, who taught him to tune his guitar to “open D” and form chords in the musician’s unique way. Since Havens’ passing in 2013, Tellefsen honors the music of his friend and mentor, the sounds of Greenwich Village and the spirit of the original Woodstock, a press release stated. “I’m trying to bring it back home, the beauty of somebody sitting on a stage singing to a crowd,” bringing us all “back to the garden,” he said.
The Phillipsport Community Center is located at 657 Red Hill Rd.
Music will be outdoors, weather permitting. Masks worn indoors would be greatly appreciated. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 at the door, and includes music, homemade pie and a non-alcoholic drink.
For more information, call 845/313-1772.

Paddle the Delaware at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — This weekend at the Pennsylvania Environmental Education Center (PEEC), take a trip down the Delaware on Saturday, June 11.
The event begins at 9 a.m. and paddlers should meet PEEC, located at 538 Emery Rd.
The cost is $10.
You can choose between a canoe or a kayak.
Bring a lunch, a water bottle and dress for the water. Extra water and snacks will be provided.
Registration is required.
For more information and to register, visit peec.org or call 570/828-2319.

Sudsy fun with Act Underground

ONLINE — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library and the Act Underground Theatre for the first installment of “As the River Turns.”
The drama, which can be listened to at the website below, takes place in the hamlet of Narrowsburg in the 1930s. A press release calls it a sudser, a soap opera, one of those shows meant to sell soap and entertain at the same time.
Written and directed by Greg Triggs, the premiere episode is a chance to get to know some of the townsfolk of the time. “A primer, if you will,” the release solemnly declares. Sound and graphics are by Alan Kehoe, original music is by Heidi Mollenhauer and it is produced by Western Sullivan Public Library’s techwizard, Dale Blagrove.
As the release explains, it is set in Callicoon, Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg. (“Simple. Not rural. Small town.”) The community is full of people you can trust in …with a few notable exceptions. “Time moves a little slower here but it doesn’t stop the humanity all around us.”
The play is performed by the Act Underground Theatre’s podcast players: Warren Anschutz, Janet Burgan, Thomas Cambridge, Tina Gordon, Naomi Holoch, Kyoshin Lohr, Wendy Merritt, Heidi Mollenhauer, Greg Triggs and Charlie Trowbridge.
The first episode is available at the Western Sullivan Public Library’s website, www.wsplonline.org, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

‘El Otro Oz’ at the Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — Bilingual musical “El Otro Oz” will be performed at the Forestburgh Playhouse’s main stage on Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19.
Developed last summer at the “In the Works—In the Woods” festival, “El Otro Oz” features a book by Mando Alvarad and Tommy Newman, and music and lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Tommy Newman.
It is directed by Elean Araoz (from Barrington Stage’s “Anna in the Tropics”) and is choreographed by Andrea Guajardo. Music direction is by James Osorio.
“We are thrilled that the In the Works-In the Woods Festival provided time and resources to further develop El Otro Oz,” said producing artistic director Franklin Trapp. “After a magical week rehearsing, writing and revising, ‘El Otro Oz’ came to life for our festival audiences. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with TheatreWorks USA and couldn’t be prouder to be part of this next step for such an important and meaningful show.”
Based on “The Wizard of Oz,” the show is about Dora, 14, who will soon celebrate her quinceañera. But she’s suddenly swept away to a new land, where she learns to celebrate her own rhythm and embrace her cultural identity.
“El Otro Oz” will be presented for three performances: Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at 11a.m. and Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
The Forestburgh Playhouse is located at 39 Forestburgh Rd.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and young people over age 13. Tickets for children 12 and under cost $10. A special family packaged costs $40.
To purchase tickets, call 845/794-1194 or buy them online at https://bit.ly/3x4YeTL.

‘Cocktails for Conservation’ at Lacawac Sanctuary

LAKE ARIEL, PA — The Lacawac Sanctuary is holding a fundraiser for its preservation and education mission on Thursday, June 16, beginning at 6 p.m.
The event will take place at the carriage house on the property. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Mustard Seed Cafe, and there will be an open bar. Dress is smart casual.
Tickets cost $45 per person, and can be purchased at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/icj2pe/event/847191/.
Learn more at www.lacawac.org.

Summer gathering, expo at the Catskill Center

MOUNT TREMPER, NY — The Summer Gathering and Great Outdoor Expo return to the Catskill Center after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center is hosting the gathering beginning at 5 p.m. at its Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center on Friday, June 10. The expo is being held the following day, also at the visitor center.
New York State Sen. Michelle Hinchey is among the panelists for a “State of the Catskills” discussion at the gathering. Jeffrey Rider, assistant director of the division of lands and forests; Heather Bagshaw, tourism director for Greene County; Jeff Senterman, executive director of the Catskill Center; artist and community organizer Christina Hunt Wood; and Liz Callahan, former executive director of the Hanford Mills Museum will also be there.
The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11. It spotlights Catskills hiking, paddling, bicycling and other outdoor recreation activities. Exhibitors from the outdoor tourism industry and nonprofits in the Catskills will be there. There will be activities for all ages, food, presentations and the Catskills Great Outdoor Gear Sale, the proceeds of which benefit the center’s work.
For more information, call the Catskill Center at 845/586-2611 or email cccd@catskillcenter.org.

Musician reflects on changed life in new song 'Shandelee'

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Like so many, singer/songwriter Todd Lewis Kramer stepped away from New York City during the pandemic. He says he found solace and peace in the Sullivan County woods.
The experience has resulted in his newest single, “Shandelee.”
His time in Sullivan County began in Livingston Manor in February 2021, finding peace “in the silence and a welcome reprieve from city life in the form of a winter in the woods.”
He was, he writes in a press release, able to see the town shift from winter to spring from his rented cabin, to watch townsfolk emerge “with a renewed spirit for the new season.”
Kramer says it changed his life.
“Shandelee” is out on all streaming services. Learn more on Facebook at toddlewiskramer.

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