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Country music conversation, firefly picnic and more

What's going on in arts and culture August 22 to 29.

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‘Waterboy and the Mighty World’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL Theatre) will present “Waterboy and the Mighty World,” by Justin Hicks and The Hawtplates, the final Theatre Thursday and Salon Supper of its 2019 SUMMERSALT season on Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

Part live concert, part concept album, “Waterboy and the Mighty World” examines the relationship between people of color and law enforcement in America.

There will be a post-show conversation over a meal catered by Café Adella Dori. For more information, visit www.NACL.org.

Talking country music


HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, August 25, The Cooperage is presenting a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary “County Music” in collaboration with VIA Public Media. Special music guest and TRR reporter Owen Walsh will perform several selections and discuss storytelling through song. The eight-part, 16-hour documentary will be broadcast starting Sunday, September 15.

This event is free, but reservations are requested by visiting www.wvia.org/country.

Annual Firefly Picnic


SWAN LAKE, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold its annual Firefly Picnic on Saturday, August 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. This community event at the conservancy’s Sullivan County office includes a catered picnic dinner from the Fat Lady Café, a Live Birds of Prey presentation from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, a guided walk on the property’s nature trail, a kayak raffle, and face-painting, crafts and fun for all ages.

Tickets cost $10 for conservancy members, $25 for non-members, free for children under 12. Prior registration is required at www.delawarehighlands.org, by calling 570/226-3164, or emailing info@delawarehighlands.org.

Opera in the park


MILFORD, PA — “Opera! Pike! Park!” debuts on Sunday, August 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Ann Street Park. Classic arias, duets and songs will be performed by singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by visiting www.bit.ly/2XN1aRq.

Celebrating 40 years with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper


HONESDALE, PA — For its 40th anniversary, the Old Time Fiddlers are hosting the award-winning bluegrass band “Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper” in a free concert at the Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center located at 459 Terrace St. on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Earlier that day, Cleveland will also present a free fiddle workshop at 2 p.m. in the Wesley Room of the Central United Methodist Church, located at 205 11th St.

For more information, call 570/575-7158 or email theoldtimefiddlers@yahoo.com.

The birds and the bees with goats and sheep


CALLICOON CENTER, NY — On Saturday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m., Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center is presenting an adults-only program about the ins and outs of animal breeding. Admission costs $15 and reservations are requested by calling 845/842-4764.

‘Jack of Diamonds’


HAWLEY, PA — The Ritz Company Playhouse is presenting a comedy show by Marcia Kash and Douglas Hughes called “Jack of Diamonds.”

The full production schedule is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m.

The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) will host its last Saturday showing, meaning the Ritz Company Playhouse will donate half of the ticket cost when you purchase tickets from the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program for the Saturday, August 31 production. The WPALP will also supply light refreshments for an after-show mingle.

Tickets cost $15 each. For more information, call 570/253-3221 or email wpalp@ptd.net.

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