What's going on in arts, leisure and community
ONLINE — The Milford Readers and Writers Festival is presenting a virtual conversation, “From Page to Screen: It’s a Big Deal,” on Thursday, March 11 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Writers and producers of films that made the leap from books and plays to film will compare notes on the triumphs and missteps they encountered along the way.
This, the festival’s second virtual event, will be introduced by Milford Mayor Sean Strub, who is also an author, and moderated by local author and screenwriter Amy Ferris. The panel will feature John Berendt, whose bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” was made into a film directed by Clint Eastwood; Milford resident Richard Morais, author of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” which became a film starring Helen Mirren; and Robert Levine, attorney and producer of the film of the Pulitzer-prize-winning play “That Championship Season,” which starred Robert Mitchum and was filmed in Scranton, PA. David Kirkpatrick, former head of production at Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Studios will add the studio perspective.
The conversation is free and includes a live question-and-answer session. Registration is required at www.milfordreadersandwriters.com. A link will be provided by email the week of the event once registration is completed.
For more information, visit the website above or www.facebook.com/MRWFestival.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) has announced the first exhibition of 2021, “HOME; An artist’s response to self-isolation.”
Artists of all ages have significantly contributed to historic moments of change in the past. Living and surviving in this historic time of a pandemic, WCAA has encouraged the arts community to respond through the visual arts. The exhibit opens on Friday, March 5 at WCAA’s Main Street Gallery, located at 959 Main St. (upstairs from Missing Pieces). Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.
For more information, including on how to become a member of WCAA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.waynecountyartsalliance.org.
ONLINE — A virtual fundraiser for the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) will take place on Friday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets prices start at $10.
“Sex and Consequences” is a 40-minute comical but scientifically accurate show on biodiversity and the multiple ways animals reproduce. It will be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the viewers.
The movie will stream live from Isabella’s Mama Farm on Long Island, where she keeps numerous animals. The show will also include her videos from her award-winning series of shorts, “Green Porno,” “Seduce Me” and “Mammas.”
This showing is recommended for mature audiences.
HPAC is presenting Isabella Rossellini’s “Sex and Consequences” with its conservation partner Wildlife Conservation Society. “Sex and Consequences” kicks off HPAC Connects new 2021 program “Naturecultures,” a series of classes, talks and panels focusing on ecology.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org/sex-and-consequences.
ONLINE — The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) is now accepting registrations for “Business Planning for a New Era,” a free, five-week online business planning workshop series beginning Wednesday, March 10.
This program’s innovative design and content reflect the changing needs of farm and food entrepreneurs in a new era. The curriculum consists of 12 lessons, organized into four modules: introduction to business planning, marketing planning, operations planning and financial planning.
Each week, participants will prepare a key component of their business plan and will have the opportunity to share, learn from peers and receive individual feedback and guidance from the course instructors.
Upon completion of the series, all participants will have completed all of the key components of a business plan appropriate for their needs (e.g., to present to an investor, lender, or for internal benchmarking purposes). In addition, participants will gain access to a network of peers, experts and local resources through their participation in the course.
For more information and to register, visit www.cadefarms.org/new-era, email email@example.com or call 315/272-9529.
ONLINE — The 2021 Wayne County Ag Day has been canceled as a result of the current pandemic. The Wayne County Ag Day is traditionally an opportunity for the local agricultural communities of Wayne County and surrounding areas to come together and learn about new and innovative technologies, services, product lines, machinery and markets available from local area agribusinesses, associations and industry supporters.
In its place, Penn State Extension is offering over 700 online workshops, short courses and by-mail correspondence courses to fulfill the educational needs of the community. One specific example of the many opportunities that Penn State Extension is hosting is the Starting and Improving Farms Conference, designed for both new and beginning farmers and existing farmers. This event offers 50 different workshops over the course of four days: Saturday through Wednesday, March 6, 8, 9 and 10. This conference costs $25, however, many products offered are low-cost or free.
For more information and to register, visit www.extension.psu.edu or call 1-877/345-0691.
ONLINE — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) 2021 Salon Series will debut a series of short-form documentaries spotlighting three local female artists as they create new works of art. Narrowsburg-based filmmaker Oriel Danielson will direct the series. Part documentary, part artist talk and demonstration, the series will be viewable online on DVAA’s website beginning on Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
The first video in the series features a visit to the Swan Lake, NY studio of textile artist Christi Johnson. Johnson was raised in tropical Florida and studied fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After an artist residency at Textile Arts Center in NYC, she moved to the Catskills and founded Mixed Color, a textile studio that produces original garments and creates embroidered pieces on vintage garments.
View the debut episode of “Salon Series | On Location” at www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.
Part two will feature woodworker Alexandra Climent of Narrowsburg, NY and debut Saturday, March 13.
For more information, call 845/252-7576 or visit www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.
ONLINE — On Tuesday, March 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County is offering an informative Zoom presentation that will help gardeners get ready for spring.
Learn how to enhance the beauty and vigor of your shrubs and trees. Pruning is easy when you can identify how a plant grows, understand the purpose of pruning and proven pruning techniques, led by master gardener volunteer Cecelia Lilard.
The workshop costs $10 regular price, $20 sponsor (pay for yourself and someone else) and $0 solidarity pricing (for those who cannot pay at this time)/
For more information and to register, visit www.weblink.donorperfect.com/PRUNING2021.
ONLINE — Last summer through the fall, the Ten Mile River Scout Museum (TMR) created a series of webinars in response to programming needs as traditional activities were shuttered due to COVID-19. Based on the overwhelming success, TMR is continuing the program.
On Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., Glenn Pontier, TMR co-director and long-time Sullivan-Catskills-region resident, former editor of The River Reporter, former executive director of Sullivan Renaissance and former public information officer for Sullivan County will lead a discussion on the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle in the Upper Delaware region.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.tmrmuseum.org.
HONESDALE, PA — Maude and Main, located at 1023 Main St., upgraded and expanded recently. The shop unveiled a newly renovated addition to the existing location that doubled their space.
Maude and Main’s additional space will showcase a variety of bar and entertainment ware, along with tabletop, decorative items, floor mats, rugs, pillows and throws.
Maude and Main, celebrating its third year of operation this April, is owned by the Dinan family of Lake Como.
Maude and Main is open Monday, closed on Tuesday, and Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.