Go fly a kite and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, May 5-11

Posted 5/5/22

Go fly a kite at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — It’s been 30 years of kite-related fun. And after a pandemic-related hiatus, the Kite Festival is back.This year, the …

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What's going on in arts and leisure, May 5-11


Due to the poor anticipated weather, the Kite Festival has been postponed. 

Go fly a kite at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — It’s been 30 years of kite-related fun. And after a pandemic-related hiatus, the Kite Festival is back.
This year, the family-friendly event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 on the college grounds.
It’s the first time the event has been held since 2019.
The college invites all to a free event featuring a professional kite festival, a “gigantic active bubble show,” a bouncy house and other kid-focused fun, and much more.
Free kites are promised to the first 200 children who show up.
“Hearing my friends talk about how important kite day was to them growing up and how it ultimately made them decide to come to SUNY Sullivan makes me look forward to its return,” said Liberty resident and student Nicholas Connal ’23.
The 30th SUNY Sullivan Kite Festival is sponsored by the Sullivan County Community College Foundation, Sullivan Catskills and Bold Gold Media Group.
For more information about the Kite Festival, visit SUNYSullivan.edu, email events@sunysullivan.edu, or call 845/730-3182.

‘Wait Until Dark’ at the SCDW

SOUTH FALLSBURG — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present its first show of the 2022 season at the Rivoli Theater. Performances start on Friday, May 13.
“Wait until Dark,” by Fredrick Knotts, is a pulse-racing suspense thriller, a harrowing tale about a newly blind woman, Susy Hendrix, who finds herself in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a sinister con man and two ex-convicts when her husband innocently agrees to bring a doll stuffed with heroin to a little girl in a New York Hospital.
The play, which is directed by Keith Prince, stars Ellie J., Jesse Gambino, Tom Muller and Keith Prince, and introduces Rosalind Grace Shepherd. Technical direction is by Grace Summa and produced by Dawn Perneszi.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, May 13, 14, 20 and 21. They also take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 and 22. General admission costs $15, or $12 for seniors, students and members of the military. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.MYRIVERTICKETS.com.

‘Riding the Rails’ at the Crawford Library

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s the music of the railroad.
On Thursday, May 12, beginning at 6 p.m., Donna and Rick Nestler will lead a musical program that includes train songs, train wrecks and other railroad-related topics.
The husband-and-wife team has been playing together professionally for over 20 years, performing a variety of different traditional genres including jug band, blues, country, early jazz and maritime music.
The program will be presented outside the library on the stage. Registration is required and masking and social distancing are recommended. To register, visit ebcpl.org, hover over Events, and click on Adult Calendar.

Understand your reassessment

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — So you received your tax reassessment. Possibly you have questions.
The Wayne County commissioners have answers.
A series of public information sessions will be held across the county to discuss the property reassessment. The commissioners will address the questions, concerns, myths and facts about the process.
The first session will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Wallenpaupack South Elementary School in Newfoundland.
Others will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Evergreen Elementary School in Lake Ariel, and at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at Damascus Elementary School in Damascus.
If you can’t attend a session, a website is available. One feature is a 30-minute video that covers most of this information and explains in detail why the previous assessments were unbalanced and not fair, and why the commissioners are correcting it. Visit the website at https://bit.ly/3KztjDH.
The direct link to the video is reassessment video.

Mother’s Day concert by the SCCO

HURLEYVILLE/MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) will hold two string quintet concerts by operatic composers on Mothers Day weekend.
The first concert takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre ballroom.
Throughout the performance, there will be a discussion about how phrasing works for the performer and the listener.
The SCCO will be joined by students of the Nesin Cultural Arts Aspiring Young Musicians program in performances of works by Florence Price and Georges Bizet.
Masks are required.
Tickets for adults at the Hurleyville performance cost $25; the student cost is $10. Advance purchase is encouraged, but tickets will be available at the door until capacity is reached.
To purchase tickets, visit hurleyvilleartscentre.org. For questions, call 845/985-4722.
The second performance is on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Monticello. Masks are required.
Tickets for adults cost $25 and there is no charge for students. Advance purchase is encouraged.
Purchase tickets to the Monticello performance at nesinculturalarts.eventbrite.com. Masks are required. For more information, call 845/798-9006.

Discover SUNY Sullivan on May 7

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host a meet-the-college event on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Discover SUNY Sullivan Day will open the community college to prospective students. Visitors can learn more about the college’s programs and take a tour. If you bring a transcript, you can be instantly accepted for summer and fall classes.
It’s a chance to see firsthand “what makes SUNY Sullivan such a great place to learn,” said a college spokesperson.
The college was ranked first in New York state for community colleges by Intelligent.com.
“Discover SUNY Sullivan Day is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in attending SUNY Sullivan to learn more information and meet with our team to complete important steps in the enrollment process,” said Christina Buckler, director of recruiting and admissions.
She added that all of the four key steps to enrollment—completing the admission application, submitting a transcript, applying for financial aid and registering for courses with an advisor—can be completed that day.
For more registration information and a complete schedule of events, visit SUNY Sullivan or email admissions@sunysullivan.edu.

‘The Rise’ with John Shaner and Del Mazza

ONLINE — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will hold an online interview with Del Mazza, one of the unsung greats of fly-tying and Catskills lore.
It takes place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
“Del is a storehouse of information on all types of flies but is best known for his classic Catskill dries,” a CFFCM press release stated. Mazza is also the originator of the top knot method of parachute hackles.
The fee is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
For more information, visit cffcm.com.

‘Linking the Fly Ways’

ONLINE — There’s a connection between stream ecosystems, fly fishers and the birds around us.
The National Park Service is holding a free online program explaining the links. It will take place on Monday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presenter Holly Merker will connect the hatches that match the occurrence of the songs one might hear and share more about the wonders of the birds around us.
Program attendance is limited to 100 people. Use the link at Linking the Fly Ways.

Could you be a medium?

MILFORD, PA — Over the years many people have asked, “Is the Columns haunted? It might take a medium to find out.
The 22-room mansion, built in 1904, is now home to the Pike County Historical Society and is full of exhibits and artifacts.
But is it also full of ghosts? Some have thought so.
If you’d like to explore your mediumship skills, the museum will offer classes to help.
The classes are led by Ann Marie Nitti on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Foundation Room.
“This group is all about connections”, said Nitti. “Practicing techniques and feeling energy, as well as talking about experiences and learning how to connect to your higher self and spirit guides.”
The fee is $20 per person, per week and will begin on Monday, May 16.
For more information or to register, text Nitti at 845/662-6776 or call the museum at 570/296-8126. Walk-ins are also welcome, but class sizes are limited.

This weekend at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The weekend will be busy at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
Birds and Brews will take place from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8. PEEC will hold guided hikes and teach bird identification. Hikers will be provided with lodging and meals.
On Saturday night, beverages from local breweries will be provided.
The cost is $215.
PEEC’s plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PEEC members can attend early, on Friday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be a variety of native and deer-resistant flowers and grasses available for purchase, as well as sun-loving and shade-loving plants.
An edible and medicinal plant walk will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $5.
Hikers will learn about the wild edible and medicinal plants in the area. No plants will be collected or consumed during the program.
For more information, visit PEEC’s website at peec.org.

Old Time Fiddlers concert in memory of Bill Gager

DAMASCUS, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers will mark spring with a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Unity Grange Hall.
The evening is dedicated to the memory of William “Bill” Gager.
The grange is located at 554 Gallilee Rd.
Admission costs $10 per person at the door.
The concert is family-friendly. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and there will be a bake sale on site.
All proceeds benefit the Unity Grange #1710.
Learn more about the Old Time Fiddlers on Facebook at Old Time Fiddlers.
For more information about the grange, visit its Facebook page at UnityGrange1710.

Sullivan arts grant recipients announced

MONTICELLO, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will announce its 2022 grant recipients on Saturday, May 7 at 12 noon at the E.B. Crawford Public Library.
Twenty-five grants, totaling $36,776, were awarded to artists, arts organizations and community nonprofits to support arts programming throughout the region.
The awards will be presented at a public ceremony. The event, held live and in-person, will feature guest speakers and live performances.
Most of the funds are granted through the New York State Council on the Arts’ Statewide Community Regrant program and administered by DVAA. Six grants were awarded through the Restart NY Live Performance Regrant Fund. That initiative, also funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, was established to support the performing artists and return of live performances to New York State following the pandemic.
This year’s projects range from concerts and performances to historical re-enactments,to workshops for young and the young-at-heart.
“Arts and culture are part of what makes our area such a great place to live,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-100), “and DVAA has always been an outstanding partner for artists in our community. This funding will ensure they have the resources they need to continue their great work and to help to usher in the future of the arts in Sullivan County.”

Arts for Sullivan community arts grant recipients 

Bethel Local Development Corporation—Bethel Lakeside Music & Art 2022

Callicoon Center Band—Summer concert series 

The Delaware Company—Living history programs at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History 

Delaware Valley Opera—The Opera Cowgirls 

Frederick Cook Society—The Arctic Photography of Dr. Frederick Cook, fiscally sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical Society 

Greyscale Darkroom and Pro Photo Lab—Analog photography workshop series fiscally sponsored by the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce 

Mamakating Library—Youth art workshops 

Phillipsport Community Center—Music nights at the PCC 

Rock Hill Business and Community Association—Summer concert series

Rock Valley Schoolhouse—Summer events 2022, fiscally sponsored by ENGN CNTR

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop—2022 Main Stage season

Sullivan Public Library Alliance—Sullivan County Poet Laureate project

Town of Lumberland Cultural Series—Concert series 

Tusten Heritage Community Garden—The Nature of Art 

Wurtsboro Art Alliance—Building community through workshops and artists' demonstrations 

Arts for Sullivan individual artist fellowship grant recipients: 

Chelsea Harlan (Literary Arts) 

Laurie McFadden (Visual Arts) 

Anie Stanley (Literary Arts) 

Amy Yoes (Visual Arts) 

Restart NY grant recipients: 

Delaware Valley Opera—"The Gift of the Magi"

Phillipsport Community Center—Music nights at the PCC 

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop—"Wait Until Dark"

Sullivan 180’s Blueprint for Life—"Marching to the Beat of Your Internal Drummer"

Sullivan Public Library Alliance—Sullivan County Youth Book Festival, fiscally sponsored by the Mamakating Library

Upper Delaware Musicians Collective—Drive-in music series with singer/songwriters of the Upper Delaware 

For more information, call Signe Ballew, gallery/grants manager, at 845/252-7576, or email grants@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

Sullivan Renaissance awards beautification grants

LIBERTY, NY — The county is about to become garden-rich.
Sullivan Renaissance has announced the recipients of its 2022 garden beautification grants.
The projects include sign gardens, building landscaping, park creation and the care of public spaces.
Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 were awarded along with “flower dollars” for the purchase of annuals.
“We believe our gardens beautify our neighborhood and create a space where our neighbors and visitors are able to relax,” said Pamela Rice from the Mamakating Library. The library received a grant for its Beatrix Potter garden for children.
“We are building beautiful communities, one location at a time,” said Carmela Hugel, Sullivan Renaissance beautification program manager. “In addition to beautification, volunteers are continuing their countywide fight against litter.”
For more information about Sullivan Renaissance, call them at 845/295-2445 or email info@sullivanrenaissance.org.

The following received beautification grants:

Callicoon Business Association—Callicoon Depot 

Callicoon Kiwanis—Beautifying the hamlet of Callicoon

Daniel Pierce Library—Library landscape update

Dynamite Youth Center—Wild Things project

Great Barryville Chamber of Commerce—Enhancing Barryville project

Hurleyville Sullivan First—Maintenance on Main

Jeffersonville JEMS—Jazzy JEMS project

Livingston Manor Renaissance—Bloom On! program

Mamakating Environmental Education Center—Native pollinator garden

Mamakating Library—The Beatrix Potter garden for children

Phillipsport Community Center—Hamlet gardens improvement

Smallwood Civic Association—Lodge entrance garden

St. John Street Cemetery—Sign garden

The Club at Smallwood—Side garden

Time and the Valleys Museum—Lost Farm landscaping and herb garden

White Sulphur Springs Sullivan First—It’s Bloomin’ Time! program

Ribbon-cuttings at Healthy Kids child care centers

MONTICELLO, NY — Healthy Kids is still opening childcare centers; the next two are in Monticello.
On Tuesday, May 10, the group will hold an open house for their new preschool program, which is located at 21 Liberty St.
The ribbon-cutting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Parents or grandparents can see the new space, meet the director and learn more about what Healthy Kids offers.
The new program is for children three to five years of age.
The second ribbon-cutting takes place at 5:45 p.m. at the Healthy Kids Early Learning Center at 518 Broadway. The early learning center will offer infant and toddler programs for children aged six weeks to three years old.
Both centers focus on early childhood learning and kindergarten readiness.
For more information email Heather Lynn, marketing and registration director, at heather@healthykidsprograms.com.

Spring Series launches at Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse will kick off its 2022 season with a series of performances at the Tavern this spring.
Every Friday and Saturday starting May 13, the Playhouse will offer bands, drag, karaoke, dancing and more.
The first show is “Far Beyond Gone,” taking place on Friday, May 13. The doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks; the show starts at 8 p.m.
The series is dedicated to local organizations, and each event will “highlight, promote and raise funds for their cause,” according to a press release. “Far Beyond Gone” will benefit the Forestburgh Fire Company William Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.
On Saturday, May 14, Paige Turner will return in “The Marvelous Paige Turner.” Turner’s show will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Orange and Sullivan Counties.
On both nights, doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
On Friday, tickets cost $15 per person; on Saturday, the cost is $25.
For tickets and more information on the charities the Playhouse is supporting, visit Forestburgh Playhouse or call 845/794-1194.

Concert in honor of Chris Parker

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Cultural Affairs is presenting a performance of The Chris Parker Septet on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in person at William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall.
Professor/composer/pianist Chris Parker is retiring from teaching music and leading the jazz studies program at SUNY Orange.
Parker has composed some new pieces for this concert. And all of the selections for the evening are original compositions by him. Over the years his bands have been trios, quartets and quintets. The septet introduces a unique combination of instruments, making possible a variety of interesting tone color combinations. Instrumentation includes piano, acoustic and electric basses, various saxophones, trombone, five-string violin and drums and percussion.
This unusual mix of instruments goes hand in hand with Parkerʼs eclectic mix of compositions which range from jazz to mambos and tangos to funk.
Jazz in the Gallery will start at 7:10 p.m. Former students, who had been mentored by Parker, will perform.
Now that he will have more unscheduled time, Parker will be able to compose and perform on a more regular basis. In addition to composing in jazz, he has musical sketches of 21st-century classical works that he intends to complete for future non-jazz concerts, according to a press release.
SUNY Orange’s Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues.
For more information, call Cultural Affairs at 845/341-4891 or email cultural@sunyorange.edu
Information is available through the college website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.


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