What's going on in arts, leisure and community April 29 to May 5
WAYNE AND PIKE COUNTIES, PA — The Honesdale High School team, The Earthlings, are the overall winners of the 2021 Pike/Wayne Envirothon. Second place went to The Bad Birches of Wallenpaupack Area High School. The 34th annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon was held virtually on April 15 through Zoom.
The Earthlings will be representing Wayne County at the State Envirothon Competition, which will be held virtually over several days in May. The highest-scoring team for Pike County, The Bad Birches, will also be participating in the state competition, representing Pike County.
Envirothon is a one-day educational competition designed to test the knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities of high school students regarding our earth’s natural resources. This year’s event included teams from Honesdale, Wallenpaupack and Western Wayne high schools.
The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts. For more information, contact the Pike County Conservation District office at 570/226-8220 or the Wayne Conservation District at 570/253-0930.
BARRYVILLE, NY — On Saturday, May 1, Nonneta and Friends will host an opening reception for its new exhibit, “Female Power in Art,” from 3 to 6 p.m. The show will be on display through the end of the month.
From a statement describing the exhibit, “Artists in this show present their vision of the world through subject, color, medium and form. Female power, especially artistic female power, is not necessarily strong or weak, feminine or masculine. It does not represent gender itself—it is what’s behind the skin, under the surface.”
The show features works from Christi Johnson, Maria Vud, Karen Flood, Ekaterina Turner and Nonna Hall.
Nonneta and Friends is located at 16 Old Brook Rd. For more information, visit www.nonnetaandfriends.com or call 845/456-0320.
ONLINE — On Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. the E.B. Crawford Library will provide a virtual program, Painting With Royal Icing on Fondant, presented by Kim M. Simons.
In this demonstration, award-winning artist, food artist and cake artist, Simons will teach you how to paint beautiful designs on fondant with royal icing.
Kim was named one of the top 10 cake artists by Dessert Professional magazine. She took lessons by local artist and teacher C. Leland Parks, of Liberty High School, to heart. In 2010, Kim watched a TV show featuring food art—specifically cakes. Simons then began creating detailed and unique pieces with food. She entered one of her first pieces in a major cake show and won the top prize, followed by more victories in shows and appearances on The Food Network and demonstrations at venues throughout the country. Locally, she is responsible for painting four-and-a-half doves along the Sullivan County Dove Trail.
Registration is limited to 100. For more information and to register, visit www.ebcpl.org and then click on “May 2021 Adult Calendar.”
ONLINE — On Saturday, May 1, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its annual Raise-the-Rent fundraiser auction virtually on the BiddingOwl platform. Some of the gifts that have been donated to the auction so far include “Beam of Hope,” an oil painting by Juan H. Espino; a small farm share from Fertile Valley Farm and Wolfe Springs Farm; an herbal gift basket from Mount Pleasant Herbary; and more.
This new virtual format of the auction will offer bidders time and opportunity to peruse the available items from home. Bidders get to be anonymous, just as in the silent auctions SEEDS organized in the past.
To participate, create an account on BiddingOwl and visit www.biddingowl.com/SEEDSofNEPA.
SEEDS is still seeking donations for this event. If you have an item, service, gift card you would like to donate to the SEEDS fundraiser, contact Jenna Wayne Mauder at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570/245-1256.
NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, May 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Narrowsburg Union, Forestburgh Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp will interview “Broadway Baby” author Russell Miller. This event will take place in person (50 people max) and via Zoom.
As a theatre operator and producer, Miller has more than 25 years professional experience running commercial theatres, sports and entertainment venues. “‘Broadway Baby’ celebrates the importance of theatre and creativity, encourages children and theatre lovers of all ages to create and be whatever you want to be… and reminds readers that even the loftiest of dreams can come true,” Miller said.
For more information and to register, visit www.narrowsburgunion.com/new-products/broadwaybaby.
HAWLEY, PA — Three Hammers Winery has announced that “Say it with Flowers,” an exhibition of floral paintings and photographs by Rena Hottinger, will be on display in the Barrel Room beginning Saturday, May 1 until the end of the month. It is free and open to the public.
Three Hammers Winery is located at 877 Welcome Lake Rd. For more information, call 570/949-4688 or visit www.threehammerswinery.com.
CALLICOON, NY — Caswyn Moon kicks off a month of music at Rafter’s Tavern on Saturday, May 1.
“Caswyn Moon is a songwriter who has captured the hearts of his many fans throughout the region,” says singer/songwriter and WJFF DJ Kathy Geary. “He is a man who lives outside of time where the spirits of the muses and the ancestors dwell. His soulful voice, beautiful melodies and poetic lyrics evoke the melancholy of bittersweet memories.”
Moon’s show will take place at The Nest behind Rafter’s Tavern from 6 to 9:30 p.m. As the night unfolds, he will be joined by fellow musicians Richard Traviss, Poison Love, Kathy Geary and special guests SoulCake.
Rafter’s Tavern is located on Upper Main St, Callicoon NY, next to the Callicoon Theater. Full menu will be available. If it is a chilly night, one can warm up by the fire pit or bring a blanket. Admission is free and donations are graciously accepted. Contact Rafter’s at 845/887-9882 or like them on Facebook.
ONLINE — On Saturday, May 1, Celebrating Spring Saturdays continues with Ilya Yakushev performing Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.
This free virtual concert starts at 7 p.m. via your electronic device. Registration is required at www.bit.ly/2PunGk0.
This concert is dedicated to Stanley Curtis, a SUNY Orange professor and vocalist who was well-known for being the director of the Warwick Valley Chorale for nearly 35 years. He was one of the earliest Orange County victims of COVID-19.
Two favorites by Ludwig van Beethoven lead off the concert, “Pathetique” and “Moonlight Sonata.”
Ilya Yakushev attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia and subsequently came to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he received BM and MM degrees. He studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman.
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REGION — To support hometown heroes in commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day on Tuesday, May 4, light the town red. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is asking residents, communities, businesses and fire departments from coast to coast to celebrate firefighters.
Change the lightbulb on your front porch, or change the color filter shining on your business, to highlight the great work firefighters do every day. Then take a photo and share on social media with the hashtag #Shine4Firefighters. If you need red lightbulbs, you can support the NFFF and buy online at www.amzn.to/2XWm5oE.
Post a picture on your social media platforms of a firefighter who is important to you with the hashtag #ThisIsMyFirefighter.
For those who want to go the extra mile to show our firefighters gratitude, the NFFF invites you to draw, color and share your thank-you by emailing a photo of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org and using on social media with the hashtag #WeThankFFs. NFFF will share your works of art on its website and social media on International Firefighters’ Day to raise spirits and celebrate firefighters everywhere.
International Firefighters’ Day was established in 1999 to honor the lives of five firefighters who died in a wildfire in Victoria, Australia, and to recognize the service and sacrifice that firefighters around the world make daily. This day of recognition is at the core of what the NFFF does: to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, to assist their families in rebuilding their lives and to prevent firefighter line-of-duty injuries and deaths.
For more information, visit www.firehero.org/firefighters-day.
LUMBERLAND, NY — The Lumberland Town Board recently approved a project to display banners honoring town residents who are actively serving or have served in the military.
The town hopes to have the banners up for Memorial Day 2021. The project honors veterans both living or deceased and will be on display on both Forestburgh and Proctor Roads in the Town of Lumberland. The cost for a banner and brackets is $150. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, May 12.
For more information or an application to order a banner, contact town clerk Laurie Terry at 845/856-8600 ext. 7, or by email at email@example.com.