What's going on in arts, leisure and community December 17 to 23
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Fire Department and Auxiliary held its annual toy drive to benefit local families. The organizations supported by this toy drive were First Way Life Center and Fearless of Orange and Sullivan County; both are nonprofits that support families in Sullivan County.
The toy drive provided approximately 250 gifts to 29 families with a total of 53 children. Donations were made by the Monticello Fire Department and Auxiliary, individual members and local businesses.
ONLINE — Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is collaborating with Rockland and Livingston counties on a new project that will be offered on a platform called Flipgrid.
“Intro to Vet Science” is a class for youth ages 8 through 19 that will include seven sessions beginning Tuesday, December 22 through Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
This program will introduce youth to the importance of animal health in a wide variety of species. They will hear from experts in the veterinary science field as well as engage in some hands-on activities and learning.
For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/orangeccevet.
ONLINE — The American Readers Theatre, in collaboration with The Presby Players Community Theater, will present its first-ever online Christmas show, a ticketed event, Friday, December 18 through Sunday, December 20.
The production is different from any other year. Musical director Sandy Stalter will be one of the singers in the cast of 15 in addition to providing the piano accompaniment. She explained, “We recorded all of the songs individually; each singer had an hour-long time slot to do their performance. I accompanied each singer on the piano, except for the two songs that I sing, for which I pre-recorded the piano accompaniment,” Statler explained. She added that most of the songs will be classic Christmas songs that should be familiar to the audience.
The show, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” was videotaped in Port Jervis at Marsh Hall, the home of The Presby Players Community Theater. Artistic Director Jeffrey Stocker said, “It was like filming a movie… Sandy and I feel like we entered a new way to present our very talented performers.”
The online event will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 20. Tickets cost $20 and are good for the entire household.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.our.show/ARTXmas.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) has announced its annual holiday art sale, Art Under 100. This year, the organization has expanded the sale by featuring two different shopping opportunities: one online and another at the organization’s WCAA Main Street Gallery, located at 959 Main St. Both shopping opportunities will end on Saturday, December 19. Different artwork will be available online and in-store.
Art Under 100 showcases artworks by Wayne County Arts Alliance’s member artists and is priced at $99 and under, offering shoppers an opportunity to choose original and unique artwork for holiday gift-giving. At the Main Street Gallery, along with artwork priced at $99, there will be a number of works priced at over $100. Choosing art for your holiday gifts this year is a win-win-win: selecting unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, shopping local, supporting talented artists and the Wayne County Arts Alliance.
Art Under 100 features the artwork of more than 30 WCAA artists and includes a wide variety of choices in painting, ceramics, collage, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more.
Hours at the gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information and to shop online, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org.