Welcome to the first community column on Honesdale. We’ve added the borough to our repertoire of roundups and have enlisted some pretty involved folks to contribute—but for now, you get me.
Honesdale has been fairly busy lately. The well-loved art installation, Paper Caves at Basin and Main on Main Street, is taking a bow this weekend. You have one last chance to see the undulating books-gone-wild affair Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Also, a limited number of pieces will be up for auction at the send-off reception on Sunday. The exhibit, by artist Samuelle Green, has been up since August 2017. “I’m always interested in the details we pass by every day and often do not give a second thought to: a bird’s nest, a beehive, mud wasps’ intricately made homes, spider webs, dandelions, a piece of dust, a blade of grass,” Green told TRR in April 2017 about her inspiration for the project.
Preparation has been underway for the next installment of the Roots and Rhythm Music Festival, which will be June 15 this year in the park. Last weekend, the festival’s organizers held a fundraising event at Here & Now Brewing Co. on Main Street. Attendees were invited to bet on horse races and purchase raffle tickets for a Yeti cooler filled with swag, a stay at Honesdale’s Loft and $200 to spend at the American House tattoo shop in Hawley. After the virtual stables closed, the R & R Board raised enough money to help substantially with the budget, according to organizer Ryan Williams. I’ve seen the hashtag #festivaltown floating around in reference to the Dale—maybe we’re on our way?
In business/fashion news, The Velvet Maple, which has a sister store on Main Street in Narrowsburg, re-opened last week on the ever-changing Main Street. You can find it as well as the new home-decor shop Gather, in the space that was previously Milkweed.
My mother made her acting debut in a dinner theatre production at The Waterfront at Silver Birches over the weekend, presented by the always-entertaining Ritz Company Players. A lot of effort goes into their performances, and to the credit of local actors the likes of Sandy Gabrielson and Caroline Lehman, it always shows. Congrats to the small cast on another production in the books.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If you’re in the know in Honesdale and want to contribute some tips on what’s happening there, send them my way at email@example.com.