The Civil War, plays, musicals and pond fish

Upcoming arts and leisure events, May 12-18

Posted 12/31/69

Living history, music, exhibits at Civil War encampment

MILFORD, PA — The Columns Museum will host the 11th annual Civil War encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. This year, …

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The Civil War, plays, musicals and pond fish

Upcoming arts and leisure events, May 12-18


Living history, music, exhibits at Civil War encampment

MILFORD, PA — The Columns Museum will host the 11th annual Civil War encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.
This year, representatives of the 142nd PVI Company G, which was formed in Stroudsburg and recruited men from both Monroe and Pike counties, will attend. They show the lives of soldiers and their families during the Civil War.
Visitors can learn about those lives—what they ate, the arms they used—and the lives of the women at home. There will be toys of the era and a real “granny,” the local woman who what plants and everyday household items could be used for curing, cleaning and so on in everyday life.
Company A 7th Volunteer Infantry Regiment will also be there. It was formed in the spring of 1861 and served in almost every major battle of the war up until General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. The regiment will show a display of military medical supplies and medicines.
The cost of admission for people over 12 is $10; there is no charge for kids under 12.
Live music will be performed by the Bard of the Hills from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit the Pike County Historical Society website at

Spare Parts and history

FOREST CITY, PA — The Forest City Area Historical Society will hold an evening of music featuring the bluegrass band Spare Parts on Saturday, May 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historical society museum, 629 Main St.
Spare Parts is a traditional bluegrass band, formed over 30 years ago by New York State bluegrass legend Gene Clayton. After his passing in 2017, the guys in his band decided to continue to carry on playing traditional bluegrass under the Spare Parts name.
While at the concert, you can see the many historical items and history of the Forest City region.
The Forest City Area Historical Society Museum is handicapped-accessible and air-conditioned.
There is no admission charge for this concert; however, donations will be accepted.
Learn more about the historical society at Forest City Area Historical Society
Learn about Spare Parts on their Facebook page, Spare Parts Bluegrass Band.

Welcome day and open house at Van Scott Nature Reserve

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is hosting a community welcome day and open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Van Scott Nature Reserve, 571 Perkins Pond Rd.
Visitors can learn more about the group’s mission and experience the 144-acre nature reserve, which features more than three miles of publicly accessible walking trails through the forest and wildflower meadows and scenic views.
Guided walks, nature-focused activities and crafts, and light refreshments will be offered throughout the day.
Registration is not required; guests can drop in for the open house. Email or call 570/226-3164 ext. 8 with any questions.
For more information about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, call 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010, or visit

Arm-of-the-Sea, DVAA back with ‘Dirt’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Arm-of-the-Sea, an arts ensemble that fuses visual storytelling with live music in mask and puppet theater, will perform again at the Tusten Theatre.
Their latest production is “Dirt: The Secret Life of Soil.” It will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and is appropriate for all ages.
The show is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Described as “A lively primer for urban bumpkins and upcountry gardeners alike, ‘Dirt’ fuses cutting-edge science and age-old puppetry, taking audiences on an extravagant journey of discovery into the Great Underneath.” That means plants, fungi and the “herculean labors” of microbes.
The theatre is located at 210 Bridge St.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ at HPAC

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The River Rep Theatre will hold its inaugural production of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) Ballroom.
The show dates are 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13; 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
The play, by award-winning author John Patrick Shanley, is a love story about two damaged outcasts who discover redemption in a Bronx dive bar.
It stars Sadie Isseks and Charlie McElveen.
General admission tickets cost $30; student tickets cost $20.
Dinner and drinks are available at the Tango Cafe.
Purchase tickets at
For more information, visit HPAC at

Stock up on pond fish

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is currently holding its annual fish stocking program.
If your pond seems to have excess vegetation, you could consider grass carp to help control some of the plant growth. Grass carp, catfish and minnows will be distributed in June, and bass and trout together in the fall.
If you are interested in stocking your pond with fish, go online to and print out the order form, or you can call the conservation district at 845/292-6552 and request an order form to be mailed to you.
The district will accept orders for grass carp, catfish and minnows until Monday, June 20. It will accept orders for bass, trout and minnows until Monday, September 26.

New season at Birdhouse Gallery

HANCOCK, NY — The Birdhouse Gallery will open its season on Saturday, May 14, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
The show opening will be outdoors on the covered wraparound porch of the Catskills Art Haus.
Subsequently, the show will move indoors and be available for viewing online 24/7 and in person in the Catskills Art Haus by appointment.
The group show consists of 10-inch-by-8-inch works of art about Catskills birds, as interpreted by artists from New York City and beyond.
The Birdhouse Gallery is a tiny gallery of miniature contemporary art located in Hancock, NY.
The artists include Patricia Fabrikant, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Mary Tooley Parker, Carly Haffner, Barbara Laube, Courtney Tramposh, Joanie Flickinger, Ben Seaman, Anki King, Elisa Jensen, Kerry Law, Alison Causer, Sunny Chapman, Marcy Rosewater and John Nowlin.
For more information, visit the Birdhouse website at

Take-out chicken barbecue fundraiser

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The third annual chicken barbecue fundraiser for the Time and the Valleys Museum will take place Saturday, May 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the museum parking lot.
The museum is located at 332 Main St.
You’ll find Murray’s chicken barbecued by the Neversink Fire Department plus sides—baked beans, baked potatoes, cornbread and coleslaw—made by Chef Jaime from the Neversink General Store. Ice cream is provided by Gillette Creamery. You can eat your dinner, support the Museum and never leave your car.
Tickets for the Chicken Barbeque are $15 per meal and are available online at, or send a check to Time and the Valleys Museum, PO Box 254, Grahamsville NY 12740. Call 845/985-7700 or email for more information.

Thank You / I’m Sorry’ at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan theater arts program presents “Thank You / I’m Sorry or The Story of a Spontaneous Mutant and her Supermom,” by Sullivan County residents Brianna Worden and Janna Walter.
The play is the world premiere of a docudrama about neurofibromatosis and the journey of a daughter and mother through diagnosis, treatments, pain, love and changes.
Performances of “Thank You / I’m Sorry” take place Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. Performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The play will be performed in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater, and will also be streamed live on YouTube.
Masks are required for all campus visitors.
Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to the Children’s Tumor Foundation at the door or at
For advance tickets, visit
For further information, contact Jessica López-Barkl at

SUNY Sullivan’s disability/disorder theater season

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The disability community is historically marginalized, said director Jessica López-Barkl in a news release. SUNY Sullivan is located in a county whose largest employer is the healthcare industry that serves people with disabilities. The college wanted to bring a heightened awareness of who’s absent from the room or whose story is not being told. “We will focus on one classical play from the Spanish Golden Age, a new work that is a powerful vehicle for voices from underrepresented communities, and a musical that highlights the possibilities of performance,” she said.
The SUNY Sullivan theater program will be sensitive to the fact that it is not enough to have representation on stage if the stories of marginalized people are not also represented in the work in a thoughtful and authentic manner.
They hope to partner with regional organizations to provide an array of educational opportunities. This will show, she said, that the art that artists with disabilities make and are represented in is enriched and enhanced by the extraordinary circumstances of their lives.
For more information, contact Jessica López-Barkl at

Counting sheep

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Farm Arts Collective will hold a sheep workshop at Apple Pond Farm on Sunday, May 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sonja Hedlund will introduce participants to her sheep and share her knowledge about the pleasures, hassles and benefits of raising sheep, plus what you need to know before you start.
This workshop is designed for anyone who has ever considered raising sheep, or for people who simply want to meet some adorable sheep and lambs and learn more about them.
Apple Pond Farm is owned by Dick Riseling and Sonja Hedlund. In 1973 they started their 80-acre organic farm. And now they grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers and raise animals for meat, wool and eggs.
Wear appropriate footwear for an animal farm tour and experience. Tickets are $20, and there is no charge for children.
The farm is located at 80 Hahn Rd. in Callicoon Center.
Learn more and register at

Don’t drive drunk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Operation Prom Night was launched recently, warning teens about the dangers of driving drunk.
The Livingston Manor Fire Department, EMS agencies, deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney Meagan Galligan worked with teens in the Livingston Manor School District.
On Operation Prom Night, following a discussion with DA Galligan, the teen audience witnessed a simulated fatal drunk driving crash. As Galligan narrated, the deputies put one student through simulated field sobriety tests and ultimately simulated his arrest on the scene. Multiple agencies responded to the simulation, extracting teen actors from the wreckage of two crashed vehicles, using the Jaws of Life and other emergency equipment.
Involved in Operation Prom Night were the Livingston Manor Fire Department, the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Roscoe-Rockland Fire Department, Mobile Medic, the Sullivan County Emergency Operations Center, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies and district attorney Meagan K. Galligan.
“The numbers are clear,” Galligan said. “Every day, 300,000 people drive drunk in our country, killing one person every 50 minutes as a result. As I heard so many of my partners say… one person’s decision to stay put or call a sober ride could be the difference between life and death for the driver, a passenger or an innocent parent, friend or child. I am grateful that our local schools are committed to educating our kids on the high price tag that can be attached to a single bad decision.”

Spring exhibitions at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will exhibit paintings by Brian Madonna, “Sophisters, Economists and Calculations,” and “The Shape of Paper,” organized by Jamie Sherzer.
The exhibits run from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, June 19.
There will be an opening reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 14.
There is no charge, and masks are required.
The DVAA is located at 37 Main St.
In exhuming his family’s experience of abuse at the hands of cult leaders, Brian Madonna’s work recognizes a familiar fragmentation of reality that occurred in their experience and is comparable with the contemporary experience of alienation, stated a DVAA release.
The Shape of Paper is a group show featuring a collective of interdisciplinary artists working in paper, pulp and fiber. The works on view range from installation, sculpture, fiber and metal, to more seemingly traditional works on paper.
Artists in the collective include Xuewu Zheng, Maggie Oakes, Hayoon Jay Lee, Emilie Houssart, Jamie Sherzer and Sariah Park.
For more information, visit or call (845) 252-7576.

Know anything about Sullivan’s EMS history?

HURLEYVILLE, NY — In celebration of EMS Week, May 15 to 21, the Sullivan County Museum will have an exhibit on the history of emergency medical services and pre-hospital care.
It will include videos, artifacts, photos, books, magazines, newspaper articles and more to show this aspect of history. The Red Cross’ role will also be recognized.
An opening event will kick off the exhibit at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at the museum, which is located at 265 Main St. in Hurleyville.
If you have items to share or just want more information, email Myron Gittell, or call 845/794-3772 or 845/434-8044.

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Sleeping Beauty” on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium.
The school is located at Routes 6 and 209.
Tickets are available at the door.
For more information, call the Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Wayne pantry system supports families in need

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Food Pantry Program conducts monthly distributions of supplemental food items, including fresh local foods, at each of its locations during the month of May.
Damascus Pantry, township building, Conklin Hill Road. Provides groceries from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.
Lakeville Pantry, 25 Daniels Rd. Holds a food distribution from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.
Lakewood Food Pantry, at the Northern Wayne Health Center, 412 Como Rd. in Lake Como. Distributes food from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.
Newfoundland Area Pantry, at the Dreher township building, 899 Main St. Distributes groceries from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
To receive food assistance from the Wayne County Food Pantry, call the Area Agency on Aging office at
570/253-4262 to register. Due to COVID-19, there are special protocols in place regarding social
distancing and other mitigation measures. The details are available at
The Wayne County Transportation System serves the citizens of Wayne County. To learn about transportation options, visit the Wayne County Transportation website or call 570/253-4280.

Birding walk at the Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — John Harvey, author of “The Stillness of the Living Forest,” will lead a birding walk on Saturday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m.
The walk will begin at the Bethany Library and progress down Court Street to the pond and dam.
This walk is appropriate for birders of all levels, both beginners and those who are more experienced. The walk will be held rain or shine.
There is no cost to attend the walk. Attendees should bring binoculars, if they own them.
To register for the walk, call the Bethany Public Library at 570/253-4349. The library is located at 8 Court St. in Bethany.

Grants from the Youth Bureau

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Youth Bureau is accepting grant applications from organizations that serve children and youth within the county.
Eligible applicants include private nonprofits, schools and municipalities.
Applications can be found at Sullivan County Youth Bureau.
Applications are due by Monday, May 23. All applications must be submitted electronically to
For more information, call the Sullivan County Youth Bureau at 845/807-0396.

Stronger Together women’s support group rebooted

HONESDALE, PA — The peer support group, Stronger Together, which initially launched in January 2020, is rebooting.
A kickoff meeting to reacquaint former members and welcome new participants will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m.
Stronger Together provides a forum for women to share personal experiences, coping strategies and firsthand information on a variety of health topics.
Meetings will now be held at the Women’s Health Center in Honesdale at 110 Park St. There is no charge to attend.
“Women have been reaching out to me asking when we can make Stronger Together a reality again,” said facilitator Christina MacDowell. “Now is the time.”
No prior registration or membership is needed to attend meetings. For information about Stronger Together, call the Women’s Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, at 570/253-3005.

WCAA celebrates student creativity

WHITE MILLS, PA — This past weekend, after two years of waiting, the Wayne County Arts Alliance once again held the annual in-person show “Celebrating Students’ Creativity” at the Dorflinger Factory Museum. The show was sponsored by AM Skier Insurance, which provided cash awards for the winning artworks.
It takes a great deal of time, focus and passion to gain the skills for students to be able to express themselves in art, a news release noted. It takes time at school, independent time at home, and dedication from their teachers and support from their family members.
For more information about the Wayne County Arts Alliance, call 570/729-5740.

Winning awards were:

Best of Show

Neima Smith-Horst, grade 9, “Lillard’s Premeir.” Neima’s art teacher is Dorisa Ferraro from Western Wayne. 

McKenna McShane, grade 12, from Wallenpaupack, “Red Lined.” David Hamill is her art teacher. 

Angelina Salvatore, grade 11, “The Heat of Anger.” she is from Western Wayne and Justin Hayden is her art teacher. 

Middle school, grades 6-8; two-dimensional works

Kody Hanoon, grade 7, “Pastel Expression.” Tiffany Guzzo is Kody’s art teacher from Wallenpaupack. 

Mia Gifford, grade 8, from Western Wayne, “The Naughty Squirrel.” Devon Farley is her teacher. 

Hannah DeVrieze, from Wayne Highlands, “Colorful Chaos.” Her art teacher is Kat Beisel.

Middle school: three-dimensional works

Brian Carastro, grade 7, from Wallenpaupack, “Empty Spring Lock Head.” Heather Bannon is his art teacher.

Elle Hensel, grade 7, from Wallenpaupack, “Yarn Tree.”  Heather Bannon is her art teacher.  

High school; two-dimensional works

Amanda Kuta, grade 10, from Wayne Highlands, “Spring Virtues.” Amanda’s art teacher is Stacy Roerig. Adelaide Treibley, grade 12, from Western Wayne, “Madness Returns.” Justin Hayden is Adelaide’s teacher. 

Sophia Letki, grade 10, from Wallenpaupack, “Rotating Dimension.” Her art teacher is Lisa Peet.

High school; three-dimensional works 

The winning pieces were all done by students from Wallenpaupack, taught by David Hamill. 

Julia Jones, grade 12, “Self Portrait.”

Sara Katz, grade 12, “A Moose of Many Meese.”

Caitlyn Posdon, grade 12, “Angelic.”

The Viewer’s Choice award

Caitlyn Posdon from Wallenpaupack.


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