Go Orange Day and more

What's happening in arts, leisure and the community, October 21 to 27

Posted 10/20/21

Go Orange Day celebrates kindness

HONESDALE, PA — Go Orange Day, on Thursday, October 21, marks nine years since Wayne County first embraced Rachel’s Challenge and launched a …

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Go Orange Day and more

What's happening in arts, leisure and the community, October 21 to 27


Go Orange Day celebrates kindness

HONESDALE, PA — Go Orange Day, on Thursday, October 21, marks nine years since Wayne County first embraced Rachel’s Challenge and launched a campaign of kindness.

The day is a reminder of how small acts of compassion—a smile, a helping hand, a pat on the back or a pay-it-forward in the drive-through—can ripple through a community and brighten everyone’s day, a county spokesperson wrote.

People are encouraged to wear orange and spread a little kindness.

To mark the occasion, the courthouse will be lit with orange lights and bows have been placed around Hawley by Wallenpaupack Area School District students.

The county social and wellness committee and Rachel’s Challenge committee will offer “cups of kindness” to employees in various buildings. Messages created by the consumers at the Psych Rehab program will be shared. Wayne Memorial Hospital staff plan to do the same, according to the statement.

Named for Rachel Scott, 17, who was the first killed in the Columbine High School shooting, Rachel’s Challenge originated in her school and private writings. She thought that one person who goes out of their way to show compassion can start a chain reaction. “People will never know how far a little kindness can go,” Scott wrote.

Run, walk or ride in the Fall Classic

MILFORD, PA — Set your own pace in the first annual Fall Classic on Saturday, October 30. This benefit for the Milford Lions Club and the MS Society offers a choice of a walk, a 5K run or a 16-mile bike ride.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. at Ann  Street Park in Milford. The race starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. The entrance fee costs $20, and the first 50 to register will receive a free T-shirt. The rain date is October 31.

To reserve a spot, call Jim Quinn at 570/493-3223.

A healthy brain and more from Sullivan 180

FERNDALE, NY — Why is early childhood education so important?

Dr. Aleta Lymon from Fallsburg Central School District has the answer.

On Thursday, October 21, at the CVI Auditorium in Liberty, she will explain “The Basics” framework and how it relates to children from birth to age three. Her presentation will be followed by a screening of the film “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.”

The presentation begins at 3:30 p.m.

The Basics workshop is targeted to those who care for children, from family to childcare providers to churches, schools and more. The film explores the research into the effect of stress on health and brain development. A discussion group follows.

This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served, and registration is required with proof of vaccination, to be provided either upon registration or at the event. To register, please visit  https://sullivan180.org.

Zwilich and Trout from the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra

MONTICELLO, NY — Piano quintets abound this weekend in Hurleyville and Monticello.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) will perform a piano quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, “Die Forelle” (Schubert’s Trout Quintet) and a “Trout Remix” by Gity Razaz, at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) in Hurleyville.

The program will be repeated at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Monticello.

Admission for both concerts costs $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets for Saturday’s performance can be purchased at https://hurleyvilleartscentre.org. Call HPAC at 845/985-4722 for more information.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert in Monticello can be purchased at the Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) website, https://nesinculturalarts.org. For more information, visit the NCA website or email marina@nesinculturalarts.org.

Seating capacity will remain limited and safety protocols will be followed as per CDC guidelines at both venues. Masks will be required for all upcoming SCCO and NCA events.

Coat and boot drive helps those in need

 MILFORD, PA — The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Milford is holding a winter coat and boot drive to help people in the tri-state area stay warm this winter.

The drive ends on October 31.

The church is collecting new, gently used, and clean winter coats and boots for all ages and sizes. Donations can be dropped off at the church, 300 Broad St. in Milford. Use the Ann Street entrance by the alley.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call the church at 570/296-4711.

Discover pastry arts at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — It’s an afternoon of dining and discovery for interested students.

SUNY Sullivan’s Catskill Hospitality Institute (CHI) is holding a culinary and pastry arts day on Saturday, October 23. Attendees will be able to tour the campus, including the organic farm, and meet staff and faculty.

The event will take place at 12 noon; attendees should meet in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater.

Hors d’oeuvres prepared by the college’s culinary students will be served. Culinary Arts faculty and admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions about the CHI, the certificate and degree programs and the college in general. Financial aid information will be available.

Visitors who bring their official high school transcripts could be eligible for instant acceptance to the college.

Reservations are requested. Visit https://suny-sullivan.com/culinary-day to make a reservation.

For more information, contact admissions@sunysullivan.edu, or call 845/434-5750 x4287.

Explore natural history in the Discovery Room

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is opening its Ecozone Discovery Room on Sunday, October 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge and dig in a fossil pit. Hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment offer fun for the whole family.

No registration is required. Entrance is limited to 15 people at a time. The cost is $2 per person.  

For more information, see https://www.peec.org.

GodStock at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The Woodstock festival brought together hundreds of thousands of people back in 1969.

Perhaps GodStock won’t draw that many people. But it could be an “awakening that transforms lives and communities,” organizers say.

Churches and Christian ministries will gather at the site of the original Woodstock festival on Saturday, October 23, for worship during Sullivan County’s first GodStock. The event will last from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and take place at 200 Hurd Rd. in Bethel.

“Responding to a mandate that the Lord gave us in the 1980s to proclaim, declare and decree that ‘Jesus is Lord over Sullivan County,’ we have planned a ground-shaking event to lift up Jesus Christ,” wrote Pastors Rich and Kathie Ienuso from Lighthouse Ministries in Liberty. “Being that this is the first of its kind in the area, we believe that the Holy Spirit will be poured out and Jesus will be glorified.”

Attendance is free of charge. For more information, contact Pastors Rich and Kathie Ienuso at 845/707-1791.

Learn about root cellars

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Once, a good root cellar could make the difference between hunger and comfort during wintertime.

An illustrated talk on the history and construction of the root cellar will be held on Sunday, October 24 on Zoom and in person at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville.  

David Forshay of Willowemoc, NY, a museum trustee, will explain the importance of root cellars in the past as a place to store the winter food supply, including vegetables, fruits, nuts or other foods. He will also discuss how to build a root cellar in a basement. This is a detailed class with everything you need to know about the history of root cellars in the northeast part of the country and how to build your own.  

Admission is free of charge to members; non-members are charged $5 for adults and $2 for children. In-person attendance is limited to 30 people and registration is required.

To register, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org with your name and the number of attendees, and put “In-Person Registration” in the subject line.

To attend the program virtually on Zoom, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org for the link, and put “Zoom Program Registration” in the subject line.

For more information or to register by phone, call the museum at 845/985-7700.

Genzlinger, Rutherford and Hoff honored by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos

HONESDALE, PA — The Chamber of the Northern Poconos will hold its annual Community Awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at Woodloch Pines.

Justin Genzlinger, owner and CEO of Settlers Hospitality, Inc. has been named Business Person of the Year. Jamie Rutherford has been chosen for the Community Achievement Award and Wayne Memorial Hospital CEO David Hoff will receive the Lifetime Leadership Award.

Tickets cost $80 per individual and a table for 10 costs $750. There will be a sit-down meal this year; menu choices are requested in advance. For everyone’s safety, this year there will be no social hour, but bar beverages will be available at the tables.

Tickets are limited. Register online and learn more about the honorees at www.northernpoconoschamber.com, contact the Chamber of the Northern Poconos at 570/253-1960 or email chamber@northernpoconoschamber.com for more information.   

Peace, love and pumpkins at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The Halloween celebration at Bethel Woods is drawing to a close.

The last day of the “Peace, Love and Pumpkins” event is October 31.

This family-friendly, walk-through experience features hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, glowing art and displays featuring Woodstock icons and other pop culture imagery. Though the event is open nightly throughout the last half of the month, during Halloween weekend, visitors can shop the Night Market with 50 specialty food and craft vendors, fire dancers and more.  

The event is open nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the final entry is at 9 p.m. Advance tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. Ticket prices may cost more at the gate.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest from Bethel Woods, please visit bethelwoodscenter.org.

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