What's going on in arts, leisure and the community March 23 to 29
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Ruffed Grouse Gallery presents the opening of Amanda Miehle’s first exhibition, titled “Fashion Passion Magic,” on Saturday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through Monday, May 29.
Amanda Miehle, a 16-year-old artist, began creating at age four with her first drawings of figures in what has become her signature “A” style. As her figures evolved stylistically through the years, she retained the simplicity of the “A” form and began to refer to these as her “fashion.”
In 2017, Miehle expanded her work to include abstractions. Miehle says she creates her artwork to express her fashion and make everybody happy.
Miehle’s work was first seen publicly after being recreated as a mural on the Great Wall of Honesdale in Honesdale, PA. Her work won the People’s Choice award and was featured in several publications. Since then, it has appeared in BrutJournal.
The gallery is located at 144 Main St. For more information, visit www.ruffedgrousegallery.com.
HURLEYVILLE and NARROWSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) is celebrating Women’s History Month through two performances of work by four female composers; the shows take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC), and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).
The performances in “Ladies Weekend: Everlasting Impressions” highlight works by Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Reena Esmail and Lili Boulanger.
HPAC is located at 219 Main St. in Hurleyville; the DVAA is located at 38 Main St. in Narrowsburg.
For ticket pricing and purchasing for the Saturday show, visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org/scco-22-23.
For tickets at the DVAA performance, visit https://dvaa.givecloud.co/buy-tickets.
For more information, visit the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra on Facebook.
ELDRED, NY — Join Sullivan County Poet Laureate Sharon Kennedy-Nolle and former Sullivan County Poet Laureate Eric Baylin for poetry readings followed by an open mic session on Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at the Sunshine Hall Free Library.
New poets are welcome to present their work and established poets are encouraged to try out new material. Light refreshments provided.
The library is located at 14 Proctor Rd.
For more information visit www.sunshinehallfreelibrary.org.
CALLICOON, NY — Farm Arts Collective, a farm-based cultural organization, will host its second annual fundraising event, the April Fool’s Fête, on Saturday, April 1 at the Catskill Provisions Distillery.
The evening will include a buffet of Mexican food, cocktails by the host distillery, local wine, live music, a sneak peak of a scene from the 2023 Dream on the Farm, plus a silent auction featuring art, photography, hand-crafted furniture and pottery by local makers and artists.
The gala committee includes Janus Adams, Bill Jenks and Cindy Lou Adkins, Jim and Ryanne Jennings, Claire Marin and Cathy Leidersdorff. The event is sponsored by Toad Hollow, Farm, the Wayne County Community Foundation, Leo Schmidt and Melissa Bell, Sue Currier and Ace Thomas.
Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased at www.farmartscollective.org.
The distillery is located at 16 Upper Main St.
For more information, call 570/798-9530.
MILFORD, PA — On Saturday, March 25 at 4 p.m., the Pike County Historical Society and the Virginia Kidd Science Fiction Foundation will present two 1950s cult films to area science fiction fans: “It Conquered the World” and “Sorority Girl.”
The films were directed by Roger Corman, who turns 97 on April 5.
“It Conquered the World” is about a creature from the planet Venus that secretly wants to take control of the earth. The creature makes radio contact with a disillusioned human scientist, who agrees to help because the scientist believes that such an alien intervention will bring peace and save doomed humanity from itself.
“Sorority Girl” is a psycho-thriller from 1957 that was completed in five days. It stars Susan Cabor as a rich girl who joins a sorority and causes nothing but trouble.
The museum is located at 608 Broad Street.
Tickets for this event cost $35. Reservations are required; call 570/296-8126 or email email@example.com.
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — “Every Brilliant Thing,” a play about depression and the reasons for living, will be held at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
It is directed and performed by Lori Schneider.
The Liberty Rotary, with Monticello Kiwanis and the Sullivan County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will co-sponsor the performance.
The play is about a young girl who makes a list of everything that makes life worth living, as a way to help her mother, who suffers from depression. As the girl grows up, her entries mature and she learns the deep significance the list has on her own life.
Admission costs $5; reservations can be made by calling Terry Grafmuller at 845/866-6275.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Carter Hodgkin, Nene Humphrey and Jon Kline will exhibit their work at the Catskill Art Space beginning Saturday, March 25; an artist talk will take place that day at 3 p.m. at the art space, and will be followed by an opening reception.
Hodgkin draws on particle physics and forms in nature, creating code-generated particle collisions to inform her painting. Humphrey’s installation, inspired by dreams, goes as far as to offer video of the amygdala filmed through a high-powered microscope at the LeDoux lab at New York University, where she is the artist-in-residence. Kline uses light sensitive paper to capture the sky at different times, closely attuned to place and shifts in light.
The exhibitions will be on view in the ground floor galleries of the Catskill Art Space, 48 Main St., until Saturday, May 6. Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TROY, NY — The Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo will welcome spring at Hudson Valley Community College, on Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event features over 60,000 square feet of themed floral exhibits, fully landscaped gardens, an indoor farmer’s market, retail exhibits, hourly seminars and more.
“Our 2023 theme is ‘Roots,’ because it’s relevant. We are going back to our roots by filling the lower-level arena with flower and garden displays,” said event manager Pennie Gonzalez.
This year’s event has over 200 exhibitors.
Since 1988, the Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo has influenced, educated and motivated gardeners to get a jump start on their spring plantings through an expansive, non-stop schedule of seminars and demonstrations, according to a press release. The 45-minute presentations are given by local and regional experts. All seminars are free with paid admission.
Whether you are a flower novice, an expert or simply someone who wants a break from March weather, the Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo will lift you up, inspire you, and give you a glimpse of spring.
It will offer an all-new ecological landscape exhibit featuring a native garden designed to protect pollinators, regenerate biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and promote natural beauty for future generations.
You’ll find an outdoor kitchen and water feature displays, a marketplace and garden centers and floral shops featuring popular and unique houseplants, succulents, seeds, bulbs and pussy willow.
Tickets to the expo cost $15 at the door; children under 10 are free with a paid adult. A three-day admission pass costs $33. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Wildwood, a group that supports people and families living with autism and developmental disabilities.
The college is located at 80 Vandenburgh Ave.
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Delaware & Hudson Transportation Heritage Council (DHTHC) plans to host a bus tour from Port Jervis to Phillipsport on Saturday, May 20; reservations are due on Saturday, April 1.
The tour will start at 10 a.m. and make multiple stops along the way to Phillipsport, exploring locks, abutments, a telegraph house and other canal-era features. The return to Port Jervis is expected at 3 p.m.
The cost is $55 per person, and includes the bus tour, guided narration and lunch. At the end of the tour, a DVD produced by the DHTHC about this section of the 1828-1898 canal will be available for purchase at $10.
To reserve seats on the bus, provide an email address, phone number and the number of people in each party to DHTHC secretary Laurie Ramie at 845/252-3022 or email@example.com by Saturday, April 1. For more information, visit www.dhthc.org.
MONTICELLO, NY — Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County will hold a new English as a Second Language class starting on Wednesday, March 29.
The class will run every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Literacy Center, located at 63 North St. Preregistration is not required.
For more information call 845/794-0017.
WHITE LAKE, NY — The Kauneonga Lake Farmers and Makers Market will open on three Saturdays: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 25, April 29 and May 27.
The market offers everything from local lettuce and tomatoes to pickles to freshly baked bread. Vendors include JR Beef, Be Kind Bakery, Pickle Heaven, Monteleone Hydrofarm, A & Z Flower Farm and more.
The market is located at the Duggan School, 3460 Rte. 55. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit Kauneonga Lake Farmers Market on Facebook.
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum offers a volunteer open house on Sunday, March 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, located on State Route 55.
Attendees can learn about the museum and all they do, as well as about the opportunities for volunteers.
Benefits to being a museum volunteer include a 10 percent discount in the museum shop, an invitation to an annual recognition event. Volunteers can meet new people and make new friends, and can help as much as they wish to give.
By also joining Sullivan County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) they can receive mileage reimbursement, too.
For more information on the volunteer open house, the many different volunteer positions, benefits and training, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum at 845/985-7700.
ONLINE — How do you teach children to love gardening? Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an event on Zoom on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m.
It’s hosted by Katie Gasior, the coordinator of Sullivan County’s Horticulture Program.
Learn how to encourage kids to engage in gardening and the natural environment through plants that have interesting smells, tastes, looks or textures. Participants will learn about 16 different plants that encourage exploration of the outdoors and gardening in children. They’ll discuss why kids love these plants, how to take care of them and in which environment the plants thrive.
There is no fee, but preregistration is required to participate. Visit sullivancce.org/events and select the “Sensory Garden for Kids” event to register. Those with related questions can email email@example.com or call 845/292-6180.
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Two training sessions will show how planning and zoning can shape communities; they take place on Thursday, March 30 beginning at 4 p.m. at SUNY Sullivan.
Local planning, zoning and municipal officials are invited, as well as interested community members.
The first session, Creating Walkable Communities, runs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; the second, Using Your Community’s Comprehensive Plan, runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light fare will be provided between the sessions.
SUNY Sullivan is located at 112 College Rd.
This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot, or for further information, call Kassondra Johnstone at 845/807-0533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MILFORD, PA — PAWS of the Hudson Valley, Inc and the Pike County Fund offer a chance for kids to get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Tractor Supply, located on Route 209.
The cost is $10. Kids and pets are welcome, though all dogs must be on a leash and all other animals must be in a carrier.
HYDE PARK, NY AND ONLINE — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents a Women’s History Month conversation and book signing with Christopher Gorham, author of “The Confidante,” on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in person at the Henry Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, and streamed live on the library’s social media sites.
The book covers Rosenberg’s life and career. She was Roosevelt’s special envoy to Europe during the war, and was among the first Allied women to enter a liberated concentration camp. She stood in the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat, days after its capture, and guided the direction of the G.I. Bill of Rights and the Manhattan Project.
“Equipped with only a high school education, she was the real power behind national policies, critical to America winning the war and prospering afterward,” noted the library in a press release.
By 1950, she was tapped to become the assistant secretary of defense—the highest position ever held by a woman in the U.S. military—which prompted Sen. Joe McCarthy to wage an unsuccessful smear campaign against her, the library said.
Register for the in-person session at fdrlibrary.org.
For more information, call Cliff Laube at 845/486-7745, or visit fdrlibrary.org.
PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Tick Borne Diseases task force has asked for entries for its “Safe Steps” children’s art contest; submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5.
Submissions must depict where ticks live or how people can protect themselves from tick bites.
The art contest is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The contest is broken into four groups: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth and sixth grade.
One winner from each group will be chosen.
Entries can be hand-delivered to the Pike County Commissioners Office or mailed to Pike County Commissioners Office Attn: Pike County TBD Task Force, 506 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.
Winners will be notified by mail by Wednesday, April 19. Awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 3. All winners will receive a certificate of participation.
Contest guidelines can be found at www.pikepa.org/tick.
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