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What's happening in arts and leisure, August 11-17

Posted 8/10/22

Professional dance at HITW

HAWLEY, PA — The Neville Dance Theatre, a Manhattan-based contemporary ballet company, will present a full program of dance at Harmony in the Woods (HITW) at 6 …

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What's happening in arts and leisure, August 11-17


Professional dance at HITW

HAWLEY, PA — The Neville Dance Theatre, a Manhattan-based contemporary ballet company, will present a full program of dance at Harmony in the Woods (HITW) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 13.
This is the first time a dance company will appear at HITW. “We’ve always had the goal to bring dance to the Woods, and Neville Dance Theatre’s roster of innovative, contemporary works aligns with Harmony’s mission and vision, giving a platform for artistic discoveries and offering excellent cultural arts programming,” said HITW creative director Jill Carletti.
Hailed as “compelling,” “imaginative” and “pure delight” by both critics and reviewers, Neville Dance Theatre creates innovative work from diverse dance elements.
It was founded in 2005 by Brenda Neville.
There’s more that weekend, though. The music actually starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 12 with the South Side Five. The group plays western swing jazz in the style of Benny Goodman.
Tickets for the Friday concert cost $22 plus a processing fee.
Tickets for the Neville Dance Theatre cost $40 plus a processing fee.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Tour a Civil War-era sawmill

EQUINUNK, PA — On Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, the crew of the water-powered, Civil War-era Joel Hill Sawmill will welcome visitors for tours of the mill—which is operating—and the Cleveland Museum of (mostly) operational antique industrial equipment.
Tours are free and by reservation only, as space is limited. The tours take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The Sunday tour is at 1 p.m.
The sawmill and museum are extensions of the Equinunk Historical Society and are operated by volunteers from that organization.
The mill and museum are accessed from Route 191 in Pennsylvania. Turn onto Creek Road at the T-intersection, and then onto Duck Harbor Road. The sawmill is on your left.
Call Greg at 570/798-2420 for information and to reserve your spot.

Nuanced artistry, virtuoso fireworks at SMF

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The internationally acclaimed violin and piano duo of Nikita Borisevich and Margarita Loukachkina will perform at the Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.
“An Evening of Chamber Music” with the Borisevich Duo will feature the works of Beethoven, Grieg, Paganini, Saint Saëns and others.
Borisevich and Loukachkina are winners of numerous international music competitions and have performed at the Kennedy Center, Moscow Conservatory, California Institute of Technology, Manuel de Falla Auditorium, among many other venues.
In 2019, the award-winning duo performed at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as part of “P.L.A.Y the Classics,” a collaboration of the Shandelee Music Festival and Bethel Woods.
William Riddle, artistic and executive director of the Venetian Arts Society in Florida said, “Nikita and Margarita gave a magical and diverse performance with extraordinarily nuanced artistry, virtuoso fireworks and ensemble collaboration.”
The August 18 concert by the Borisevich Duo will be performed at SMF’s fully accessible, climate-controlled Sunset Concert Pavilion, which is located at 442 J. Young Rd.
Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 for SMF members and $10 for students aged 17 and under. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 845/439-3277 or visit

Bill Kiger and the Arlene Quirk team honored by Greater Pike

MILFORD, PA — The Greater Pike Community Foundation’s seventh annual Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 6, at the Tom Quick Inn. Tickets are on sale now.
Bill Kiger will receive the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award, and the Arlene Quirk team at Keller Williams Real Estate will be recognized with the Richard L. Snyder Business Leadership Award.
The annual dinner, a gathering of business, philanthropic and civic leaders, is the foundation’s primary formal fundraiser. It is returning after a two-year hiatus.
Kiger’s award is given to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and giving back to the community, said a spokeswoman. The Quirk team’s award is given for outstanding corporate philanthropic leadership in the community.
“Gathering means so much more this year than in the past,” said Jenni Hamill, Greater Pike executive director. “It is a chance to not only celebrate all that Greater Pike has accomplished since our last dinner event in 2019, but also a reminder of how much we as a community can accomplish both virtually and in person when we work together.”
The honorees will be asked to each direct a $1,000 grant to a local nonprofit of their choosing, and those recipients will be announced at the dinner event.
Tickets cost $150 per person or $275 per couple. All proceeds benefit the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Previous dinners have sold out quickly, so early purchase of tickets is encouraged.
Tickets for the Greater Pike dinner can be purchased at, at, or by mail at Greater Pike, P.O. Box 992, Milford, PA, 18337.
For sponsorship or program advertising information, call 570/832-4686.
For more information, call Hamill at 570/832-4686 or email her at You can also visit or find the organization on Facebook at GreaterPike.

Memories of Silver Lake

HONESDALE, PA — Julia Sweet will talk about her years at Silver Lake House in Tyler Hill, both as a visitor and an employee, on Wednesday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library.
Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call Miles at 570/253-1220 or email

Mural project kicks off in Scranton

SCRANTON, PA — The Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement will bring “The Good of the Hive,” a global mural project by artist Matt Willey that raises awareness about the importance of pollinators, to downtown Scranton as part of Scranton Tomorrow’s Mural Arts Program.
The month-long project is scheduled to begin the week of Sunday, August 14.
The mural is located on the side of the Civic Theater Building, 234 Mifflin Ave.
Learn more about the project at
Learn more about the Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement at

The Fader-Gendron-Haas Trio debuts at the SMF

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 29th season of the Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) continues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 with “An Evening of Chamber Music,” featuring the Fader-Gendron-Haas Trio.
The concert will showcase compositions by Franz Josef Haydn, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn.
Melody Fader (piano), Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin) and Michael Haas (cello) formed the New York City-based trio after the inaugural concert of the Melody and Company chamber music series seven years ago. All three members were born and raised in Connecticut, but it wasn’t until they met in New York City and after they graduated from the Juilliard School, that they began making music together.
Their repertoire includes standard classical and romantic trio works alongside newly commissioned music.
The New York Times lauded Emilie-Anne Gendron as a “brilliant soloist,” and called Melody Fader’s work “sumptuous and stirring,” commenting that she “plays with elegance.” The Washington Post hailed Michael Haas as a “sterling musician.”
The concert will be performed at SMF’s fully accessible, climate-controlled Sunset Concert Pavilion, located at 442 J. Young Road, Livingston Manor.
Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 for SMF members and $10 for students aged 17 and under. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. To learn more or reserve tickets, call 845/439-3277 or visit

The Crusty Gentlemen at Music Night in Phillipsport

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — “They ain’t broke, but they’re badly bent,” the press release began.
The Crusty Gentlemen are back and crustier than ever, playing bluegrass as the group has done for decades.
The concert takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. It’s located at the Phillipsport Community Center, 657 Red Hill Rd., and will be held outside, weather permitting.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A $10 fee includes music, homemade pie and a non-alcoholic drink.
“Once they get started, they can’t remember to stop,” a spokesperson wrote. Calling the group entertaining, even when it isn’t playing, the release concluded, “Just look at them and laugh. Critics say, ‘They’re a lot better than they sound.’”
For more information call 845/313-1772.


HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Playwright and director Lindsey Hope Pearlman specializes in new plays and musicals. She will be workshopping her new play, “ROAR!” at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.
Involved as well are her collaborators from BREAD Arts Collective. The August 18 event, to be held at NACL, will include a work-in-progress presentation, followed by conversation and a light meal.
“ROAR!” is a comedy with music; it tells the true story of the making of a movie starring 100 lions, tigers and other untrained big cats.
Written and directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman and featuring the BREAD Arts Collective ensemble, “ROAR!” is about 1970’s Hollywood, mental illness and the bond between mother and daughter.
NACL is located at 110 Highland Lake Rd.
Tickets cost $20.
For more information about BREAD Arts Collective, visit
For more information about NACL or to purchase tickets, visit

From realism to surrealism at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — “Reflections of Summer’’ is the August theme for the ARTery Gallery. The exhibit features works by Madeline Tully and Reggie Cheong-Leen.
The show runs from Thursday, August 11 to Monday, September 5.
A reception for Tully and Cheong-Leen will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; this includes refreshments.
The show celebrates light touches and subtle nuances, both in Tully’s renderings of flowers and women, and in Cheong-Leen’s depictions of tranquil lakes and rivers from the area.
Tully’s work is reminiscent of the Old Masters, an ARTery spokesperson said, offering a soft old-world charm through her loose, soft, transparent application of oil paint. She is a longstanding member of the Pike County Arts and Crafts and a member of the ARTery Cooperative since its beginning in 1996.
For many years, while pursuing a career in New York City, Reggie Cheong-Leen found little time or space to pursue his infatuation with surrealism. Now in Milford, he paints regularly, inspired by the beauty here and centered around the presence of water. He’s particularly attracted to the Delaware River’s seasonal color changes, the spokesperson said, often including surrealistic elements to his landscapes. This is his first featured exhibit at the gallery.
The ARTery Gallery, located in the historic Forest Hall, is a cooperatively owned and operated fine art gallery, serving the regional artists and art lovers since 1996.
Learn more at

Cellist Borislav Strulev at Shandelee Music Festival

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — World-renowned cellist Borislav Strulev will perform “An Evening of Cello” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 at the Shandelee Music Festival.
Pianist Yelena Grinberg accompanies him.
The program will include works by Bach, Puccini, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
Strulev has a reputation as a musician of exceptional temperament, charismatic personality and virtuoso technique. Born in Moscow to a family of professional musicians, he graduated from the Central Music School at the State Moscow Conservatory, and in 1992 won the All-Russia competition of young performers of the Assemblies of Music in Moscow.
In 1993 he debuted at the Kennedy Center, and accepted a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. He’s been living in the U.S. since 1994, participating in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo-Ma and many others. Strulev has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, and in concert halls in Chicago, Spain, Italy, Vienna, Paris and other halls worldwide.
The Belgorod Daily News called him, “the only cellist on the planet who can sing on his instrument like Pavarotti.”
Pianist Yelena Grinberg is highly regarded for her intellectual depth, keen musical insight and passionate performances as both a solo lecture-performer and a chamber musician.
The August 16 concert by Strulev and Grinberg will be performed at SMF’s fully accessible, climate-controlled Sunset Concert Pavilion, located at 442 J. Young Rd.
Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 for SMF members and $10 for students aged 17 and under. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. To purchase tickets or get more information, call 845/439-3277 or visit

Forest City Area Historical Society meets

FOREST CITY, PA — The Forest City Area Historical Society (FCAHS) will meet on Sunday, August 14 at 6 p.m.
The meeting takes place at the society’s headquarters at the corner of Dundaff and Main Streets, Forest City.
The FCAHS is now accepting applications for 2022 membership and membership renewals.
The group encompasses Browndale, Forest City, Richmondale, Vandling and the surrounding areas.
Memberships are for one year. Individual memberships cost $25, family memberships cost $50. A lifetime membership costs $150, and student memberships cost $10.
Join the historical society at, call membership chair Julianne Doyle at 570/499-4908, or email her at

‘Into the Night’ at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — A group exhibition, “Into the Night,” will open on Saturday, August 13 at 5 p.m.
Artists were asked to share their unique vision of what happens when the sun sets. Some took a literal approach, finding beauty in the natural world after dark. Others examined what happened as night fell. Still more found a connection with the ethereal, energetic and surreal as they worked in the darkened hours.
All perspectives were valid, inspiring and individual to the artist. The show, organizers said, captures the essence of what it means to go “Into the Night.”
For more information, visit

The Opera Cowgirls are back

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — By popular request, the Opera Cowgirls—founder Caitlin McKechney and her cohorts Sarah Beckham-Turner, Mila Henry, Maria Lindsey, Jessica Sandidge, with guest artist and violinist Andie Tanning—will return to the Delaware Valley Opera on Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.
It takes place at the Delaware Valley Opera Center.
The house opens an hour before showtime.
The Delaware Valley Opera Center is located at 6692 State Rte. 52. Parking is on the other side of the laundromat.
Tickets cost $35—children aged 14 and under are admitted free—and can be reserved at or by calling 845/887-3083. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
For more information, visit

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