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What's going on in arts, leisure and the community February 24 to March 2

Posted 2/23/22

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community February 24 to March 2

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What's going on in arts, leisure and the community February 24 to March 2


Tanning and the Palen family in Sullivan County

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Dr. David Rotenstein will recount the history of the Palen family and its connection to the Sullivan County tanning industry on Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m. on Zoom.  

From 1832, Rufus Palen bought land along the Neversink River in Fallsburg and began building a tannery and sawmill. Over the next generation, the family built and bought additional Sullivan County tanneries, including ones in Neversink and Rockland. Between the end of the 18th century and the turn of the 20th century, several dozen Palens and their extended kin owned, built, and operated leather tanneries in New York and PA.

“This family tale,” according to a release from Time and the Valleys Museum, “has its roots in Sullivan County and is punctuated by great wealth and even greater tragedy.”

There is no charge for members to attend the Zoom talk, and non-members are charged a fee of $5. Registration is required. To register and receive a program link, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org and put “Tannery Talk Registration” in the subject line, or call 845/985-7700.

SUNY Sullivan job fair

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Wednesday, March 2, beginning at 11 a.m., SUNY Sullivan will host a job fair for those interested in working at the college.

Staff will be available to talk about the college and prospective applicants can tour the campus.

Masks are required.

Registration is requested. Register and learn more at https://suny-sullivan.com/job-fair/.

‘Green Book’ at the E.B. Crawford Public Library

MONTICELLO, NY — Facsimile editions of the famous “Green Book,” which was published from 1936 to 1966, are available at the E.B. Crawford Library.  The book listed places where Black travelers could eat and sleep safely—not a guaranteed situation in Jim Crow America.

“By the early 1940s,” according to a post on the History.com website, “the ‘Green Book’ boasted thousands of establishments from across the country, all of them either black-owned or verified to be nondiscriminatory.”

The library received the facsimiles courtesy of a generous donation.

The annual publication, the library notes, inspired the 2018 film “Green Book,” starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini.

Learn more about the “Green Book” at https://www.history.com/news/the-green-book-the-black-travelers-guide-to-jim-crow-america.

See the facsimiles at the E.B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, in Monticello.

The history of enslaved people and their enslavers in Delaware County, NY

ONLINE — The Mountain Top Historical Society will present “Enslaved: People as Property in Delaware County, 1790-1830,” Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. on Zoom.

The talk will be led by historian Diane Galusha.

She will examine what slavery looked like in rural New York, who enslaved people and, as much as possible, describe who the enslaved people were and what they did.

Citing personal documents, official records, memoirs, newspaper accounts and other period sources, Galusha will bring this little-known aspect of local history out of the shadows.

The event is free of charge, but registration is required to obtain the Zoom link.

Register at https://bit.ly/3LNXY1W.

To learn more about the Mountain Top Historical Society, visit https://www.mths.org/.

Energizing Black-owned businesses

LAKE KATRINE, NY — Nonprofit group Seasoned Gives will host the third annual Circulation of Our Dollar Black business expo on Saturday, February 26, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. It takes place at the Seasoned Evolution Center, 11 Lohmaier Lane in Lake Katrine.

Economic inequality, the organization notes, is a pervasive and persistent issue in the United States. Though small businesses don’t get the tax breaks and government bailouts that massive corporations do, a spokesperson for Seasoned Gives points out that inequality isn’t predicated solely on business size. Black-owned businesses are at a distinct disadvantage compared to their white-owned counterparts.

Tamika Dunkley and her husband Martin are the co-founders of Seasoned Gives. They are also, respectively, the CEO and the marketing/producing manager of Seasoned Delicious Foods in Saugerties, NY, and are members of Black Farmers United NYS.

Circulation of Our Dollar is free of charge to attend. It provides the Black-owned business community an opportunity to display their products, market their brands and services, and receive a wealth of knowledge through network building and keynote addresses from leaders in the industry.

Tony Gaddy and Tatianna Cunningham will be among the speakers. Gaddy is the regional executive director for the Black Chamber of Commerce, and Cunningham organizes and hosts the Albany Black Expo.

Additional keynote speakers include Keyvious Avery from THRIVE ON! Kingston, and a speaker from Black Farmers United.

As of 2019, New York State has an African American population of just over three million people; and as recently as 2012, these Black-owned businesses generated $150.2 billion in gross revenue, Seasoned Gives notes.

Of these owners, 35 percent are Black women who earn significantly less than businesses run by their white counterparts, despite their companies’ contributions to the economy. The expo will also celebrate Black future, culture, and history with traditional African drumming, a fashion show and a stellar cast of performers in the lineup.

For more information or details regarding this event, call Tamika Dunley at 845/802-3317 or email her tamikad@seasonedgives.org.

For more information about Seasoned Gives, visit https://www.seasonedgives.org.

Fireside chat on finance for Black Americans

ONLINE — Isabella Casillas Guzman, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will host an online talk about financial health, generational wealth and small-business equity for Black Americans.

It takes place on Thursday, February 24 at 1 p.m. and will be recorded.

Casillas Guzman will talk to Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. They will focus on the importance of financial stability and increasing equity and access to opportunities that will help uplift and support Black-owned small businesses.  

A question-and-answer period will follow. Chavis will be joined by Antwaun Griffin, chief of staff at the SBA, and Maureen Brinkley, SBA St. Louis district director. They will discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support existing small businesses and new startups.

The event will be moderated by Kendall Corley, the SBA’s deputy chief of staff of external engagement.

Registration is required. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3LMWipu or go to https://sbabhm.eventbrite.com.

Exchange your new craft supplies for something different at the Hawley Library.
Exchange your new craft supplies for something different at the Hawley Library.

Swap craft supplies at Hawley Public Library

HAWLEY, PA — Attention crafters: here’s a chance to trade your left-over or never-used craft supplies for something new. The Friends of the Hawley Public Library is holding a craft-supply exchange on Saturday, March 5.

Items should be new.

The exchange will be in the Hawley library’s computer room. Those who bring an item or items will receive a ticket for early entry to the event and can stop by between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Then the doors open to the public and the event lasts until 12 noon.

The Friends suggest bringing fabric, sewing and embroidery thread, jewelry-making beads and parts, yarn, sewing notions, craft kits, craft instruction books, scrapbooking and stamping supplies, crafting tools and clay.

If you bring a craft kit, make sure it is fully contained.

All items must be dropped off before March 5. Bring items to the library’s circulation desk between Tuesday, March 1 through 12 noon on Friday, March 4. Nothing will be accepted on the day of the swap.

Hawley Public Library tote bags are available at a cost of $5 each.

There is a snow date of Saturday, March 12.

The Friends of the Hawley Library is dedicated to raising money and public awareness in the community to support the services and programs of the library. New members are welcomed.

The Hawley Public Library is located at 103 Main Ave., Hawley, PA.

For more information about the library, visit https://www.hawleylibrary.org.

Sullivan County’s all-star ‘Opry’ band performs February 27

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Ever wonder what happens when you put a legendary rock-a-billy and country singer, a twangy steel guitar player, a world-class jazz and bluegrass guitarist, an R&B bass player, a seasoned keyboardist, a folk singer/conga player, and an Americana duo together on stage?

Well, now you can find out.

The Sullivan County Historical Society concerts are back. On Sunday, February 27 at the historical society, a group of local musicians will perform a selection of Americana songs, from Elvis and Hank to Jerry and Bob.

The performers include Jay Ganz, the pedal steel guitar; Mickey Barnett, vocals; Gary Barnett on keyboards; Van Manakas, electric guitar; Ellen Iovino, vocals and congas; and Jeff Anderson on bass. The music is hosted by Carol and Aldo of Little Sparrow.

The doors open at 1 p.m., and the music starts at 2 p.m. The snow date is Sunday, March 6. The performance is free of charge, but donations are encouraged, and all proceeds will go directly to the musicians.

The program is sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical Society, located in the Sullivan County Museum at 265 Main St., Hurleyville, NY. Call 845/434-8044 for more information, or visit https://www.scnyhistory.org for directions.

‘Dream on the Farm’ in Scranton

DAMASCUS, PA — The Farm Arts Collective, an ensemble of performers and farmers based in Damascus, PA, will hold the first performance of “Dream on the Farm” at the Scranton Cultural Center on Saturday, February 26 at 11 a.m.

The performance is appropriate for all ages.

Directed by farmer and artistic director Tannis Kowalchuk, the performance is part of a 10-year cycle of climate change plays that the collective is presenting from 2020 to 2030.

Many performances are at the greenhouse theatre on Willow Wisp Organic Farm. Regional tours will follow.

The play is about the afterlife of astronomer Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis. The scientists are sent out to collect information that will save the planet.

The music was composed by Doug Rogers and Rima Fand and is played live at the performance.

After the production, NASA climate scientist Elaine Matthews will lead a discussion with the audience.

Tickets cost $7.50 each, and tickets for the workshop cost an additional $4. To purchase tickets, visit


To learn more about “Dream on the Farm” or the Farm Arts Collective, visit  https://farmartscollective.org/.

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