What's going on in arts, leisure and community June 24 to 30
DAMASCUS, PA — On Saturday, June 26, to celebrate Pride Month, Farm Arts Collective is presenting master gardener, theatre scholar and Farm Arts Collective ensemble member Mimi McGurl in a botany and cultural presentation that asks, “Is there such a thing as a queer plant? A queer garden? What does queer mean anyway?”
In this 40-minute presentation, McGurl will answer these questions and more. Beginning with some basic science about the mating habits of flowers, the talk will then consider the range of flowers historically associated with gay and lesbian identity and will end with a re-imagining of the biblical Garden of Eden.
Concurrently, Tannis Kowalchuk and Jess Beveridge of Farm Arts Collective will perform “Flower to the Power,” a multi-media dance theatre performance about the flowers that they grow on Willow Wisp Organic Farm.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Willow Wisp Organic Farm, located at 38 Hickory Ln., with a stroll through the flower field and refreshments will be available. Tickets cost $20.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.farmartscollective.org.
CALLICOON, NY — Rafter’s Tavern presents a series of Saturday afternoon concerts featuring The Hal Galper Trio. Legendary jazz pianist Hal Galper is joined by drummer Billy Mintz and bassist Tony Marino on bass. According to Downbeat Magazine, “The high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience.” Performances are every Saturday beginning June 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., running through early September.
A resident of Cochecton New York, Hal began his performing career with trumpeter Chet Baker. He then moved on to play with Cannonball Adderley, a 10-yeat stint with Phil Woods and numerous other jazz masters. In the early ’70s, he formed his critically acclaimed group, the Hal Galper Quintet, which eventually recorded four albums together. Galper’s 2020 trio release, “The Zone,” received Downbeat’s “Best Album of 2020.” His 2021 release of “Hal Galper Quintet Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977,” garnered a five-star Downbeat review
Galper counts Red Garland Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal as some of his influences. Now in his fifth decade as a major jazz figure, Galper has played on over 107 albums, with 33 of his own releases.
Rafter’s Tavern is located on Upper Main Street, right next to the Callicoon Theater. This is an inside concert; admission is free. A full menu will be available.
For more information, visit www.rafterstavern.com.
ONLINE — July and August are the perfect time to fish for smallmouth bass. Join local professional angler Evan Padua via Zoom on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. for a virtual fishing program that will help you catch that trophy bass.
Padua is the second generation of the Sweetwater Guide Service, a leading guide service in the Upper Delaware River region for the past 27 years. They fly and spin fish for a variety of species in the river, including trout, bass, shad and walleye.
For more information, and to register for the Zoom link, visit the calendar at www.WSPLonline.org, or call 845/252-3360.
HURLEYVILLE, NY — With the help of local historian John Conway, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre will present an exploration of the rich theatrical history of Sullivan County on Thursday, Junw 24 at 6 p.m.
This hybrid event will take place live at the HPAC Cinema with an additional online viewing option for those who wish to attend virtually.
John Conway has been the Sullivan County, NY historian since 1993. He is a founder and president of The Delaware Company, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote and support the history and historic landmarks of the Upper Delaware River Valley and beyond. He is the author of nine books (the most recent being “In Further Retrospect,” released in 2020) and dozens of magazine articles; he has also written nearly 1,700 weekly newspaper columns on local history since 1987.
Conway has discussed the history of the Catskills in a number of documentary films, including “The Sullivan County Catskills: The Next Act,” “Seasons at the Lake” and “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation.”
He appeared on an episode of the Fox Television Network series, “Million Dollar Mysteries in 2000,” discussing bootlegger Dutch Schultz’s lost Catskills treasure, and recently appeared in the Travel Channel series “Code of the Wild,” helping the show’s stars, the Keefer brothers, in their quest to find the Schultz treasure. Other television appearances include two shows on the BBC.
Conway is regularly asked to provide a historical context for Sullivan County news events by The New York Times, among others. He has since devised a six-week long curriculum on Sullivan County history and typically offers the course twice each year. Conway is currently editor-in-chief of the recently revived Hurleyville Sentinel newspaper.
Tickets cost $10 per person and parking is complimentary.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org/barns-to-bard.
EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) will host the program “Plane Spotting during World War II,” presented by educator and historian Helen Adams of Tyler Hill, PA.
During that period, the federal government organized cadres of local individuals who were trained to identify various aircraft and the threat they posed to local safety. Many area patriots participated and left written and oral accounts of their experiences.
This program starts at 1 p.m. Adams invites anyone with family members who took part to bring their memorabilia to the program.
EHS is located at 1972 Pine Mill Rd. in the center of Equinunk, where Pine Mill Rd. intersects with Rte. 191.
For more information, call 570/224-6722.
GLEN EYRE, PA — The Pike County Historical Society is hosting a day filled with music, friends and fun on Saturday, June 26.
“Tunes Along the Towpath” will feature three bands and a special guest.
The festivities start at 1 p.m. with gates opening at 12 noon. Bring a lawn chair. The ticket price of $65 includes three bands, beer, wine, soda and food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and salads will be on the menu.
The Little Big Band, Scott Weis Band and Fred Zepplin Band will provide live music.
In between sets, Jane Mangini will play keyboard.
Tickets cost $50 and are available online via the Facebook page at The Columns Museum.
For more information, call 570/296-8126 or email email@example.com.