What's going on in arts, leisure and the community January 20 to 26
HONESDALE, PA — The new year will bring major changes to two locations along the Lackawaxen River in Wayne County.
It’s all part of a larger effort to develop a river trail system that will connect Honesdale, White Mills and Hawley alongside the river.
Wayne County will receive two grants, totaling $408,000, from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The funds will be used to develop parks at Industrial Point in Honesdale and in White Mills.
The Honesdale site received $250,000 and the White Mills site received $158,000.
At Industrial Point, a vacant structure—the old ambulance building—will be demolished to make way for a public picnic area next to the river access, as well as improving stormwater management and safety in the area. DCNR and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) funding provides for a boat launch, comfort station, pedestrian walkway, and ADA access as well as landscaping and other improvements. The project will enhance the experience for anglers and nature lovers in downtown Honesdale, according to a news release, and allow for paddlers to easily launch and travel to White Mills and Hawley.
White Mills at the Factory Field site will also see improvements, including a boat launch, fishing pier, composting comfort station and a parking area with ADA access and landscaping, as well as signage. from the DCNR and PFBC funding. A third river access is in place at Bingham Park in Hawley.
The projects will provide construction jobs in the short term, commissioners Brian Smith, Joseph Adams and Jocelyn Cramer said in a statement.
“In the long term, they will have far-reaching impacts to the tourism and hospitality industry and the overall local economy.”
For more information, follow Lackawaxen River Trails on Facebook and Instagram or visit https://lackawaxenrivertrails.org/.
SCRANTON, PA — Local artist Paul Plumadore will launch his solo exhibition, “PaperWorks,” with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at the Mahady Gallery in the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University in Scranton.
“PaperWorks” consists of hand-cut paper montages, shadowboxes, archival giclee prints and books; it’s an exhibition of 90 works in all.
Plumadore, a professional dancer and illustrator, has been creating collage and other art since the late 1970s.
In 2021, his artwork was presented for the fourth time at Art of the State, held at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.
“PaperWorks” will be open to the public until March 4. Marywood University is located at 2300 Adams Ave. in Scranton. More information is available at https://marywood.edu/galleries.
WESTERN SULLIVAN LIBRARY DISTRICT — The weather outside might be frightful, but there is plenty to do at your local library.
At the Western Sullivan Public Library branches, you can color in edible cookies with kits available for contact-less pick-up. This latest installment of the Take & Make projects is available from January 24 to 29. Kits are free for children under 10. Registration is required; see website below.
On January 25, the library will host part four of the online workshop series, “How to Create a Podcast.” Those who have completed the workshop might consider themselves ready for the world of podcasting.
For more information and to register for either the workshop or the Take & Make projects, visit Western Sullivan Public Library’s calendar at https://www.WSPLonline.org. The Zoom link and password will be emailed after registration.
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — A series of free online courses will continue in 2022 with a new offering on photography and mindfulness, as well as the continuing classes in suicide prevention, nutrition and wellness, plus training in preparing legal documents related to medical and estate planning.
Basic Photography as a Mindful Practice begins on Saturday, January 29. It is a four-week class for anyone interested in taking photos. Taught by Margaret Helthaler, the owner of veggieprimer.com, the course portrays photography as a practice that can encourage a moment-to-moment awareness, building mindfulness. By the end, according to a course description, participants will be able to identify opportunities for mindful photographic practice, use manual settings and composition guidelines to create attractive images, and make editing choices to develop their own style.
Basic Photography as a Mindful Practice is presented in partnership with Sullivan 180.
The free class is offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Zoom over four Saturdays: January 29, February 5, February 12 and February 19. For more information about the courses, visit https://www.sunysullivan.edu.
Grant categories include beautification, business assistance, technical assistance, capital improvement, healthy community initiatives and neighborhood revitalization.
Anyone considering a project such as installing new welcome or directional signs, planting street trees, creating a park or adding hanging baskets and containers to storefronts or on Main Streets can meet with Sullivan Renaissance staff. Staff can visit communities and organizations to help with project planning, garden design, and the application process.
Since 2001, Sullivan Renaissance has funded efforts to beautify public spaces and revitalize communities. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have championed hundreds of projects in all 15 towns and six villages in Sullivan County.
A Sullivan Renaissance grant workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2. Anyone who is interested in applying for a grant in 2022 is encouraged to attend. The event is free and registration is required. Visit https://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/.
ONLINE — On Thursday, January 20 at 6 p.m., celebrity chef Johnny Ciao, the Culinary Rocker, will perform “Entertaining Stories and a Delectable Dish,” sharing excerpts and stories from his book “Eating Life.”
Ciao, who worked as a personal manager, concert promoter and entertainment marketing executive, always prepared meals for his celebrity friends and clients, according to his website. As Brooklyn Johnny, he was responsible for compiling the first music video chart, which was published weekly in national publications.
At Thursday’s event, he will tell stories and show viewers how to create fruit boats.
The program is offered by the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library and will be presented on Zoom and YouTube Live. Registration is required and is limited. Visit https://www.ebcpl.org to register.
Learn more about Ciao at https://www.johnnyciao.com.
REGION — Registration is open for the One Bug fly fishing tournament, which benefits the Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR).
The event takes place over the April 29 to May 1 weekend.
The fee for a team of two is $3,300, or $1,650 for a single-person team.
The registration fee includes a dinner on Friday night, two days of drift-boat fishing with a licensed guide, an awards banquet and more.
For more information, visit https://www.fudr.org/one-bug.
MILFORD, PA — It never took Marilyn Monroe long to make a big impression, even before she was famous.
One such impression is explored in “Three Minutes of Marilyn,” a YouTube video featuring Milford author John DiLeo. It examines Marilyn’s three minutes of screen time in “All About Eve,” which went on to win the 1950 Best Picture Oscar.
“Marilyn has inspired more ‘rescue fantasies’ than any other actress,” DiLeo said. “We all wish we could have saved her, and we wonder what she might have accomplished if not for her tragic death.”
Monroe has been the subject of countless songs, plays, documentaries, and essays.
“Three Minutes of Marilyn” is based on just one of 100 profiles in DiLeo’s new book, “There Are No Small Parts,” which looks at 100 outstanding film performances that were on-screen for 10 minutes or less.
ONLINE — A curated auction of 62 works from the Hudson River School is being held until Wednesday, February 16.
The paintings are from the collection of Robert and Susan Doyle of Fishkill, NY. All 62 paintings are original works; nearly all have been professionally cleaned and conserved, according to the auction house.
The auction is being conducted by Absolute Auction & Realty.
The Hudson River School consisted of mid-19th century painters of nature. They sketched and did studies in the field, bringing the work back to their studios to create the finished paintings, according to a press release from Absolute Auctions.
In doing so, these artists celebrated and depicted the pristine magnificence of the American landscape of the period.
For more information or to bid, visit https://www.AARauctions.com.
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