Joe Crookston is back and more

What's new in arts, leisure and the community January 6 to 12

Posted 1/5/22

Auditions open for ‘Wait Until Dark’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Auditions will be held for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) production “Wait Until Dark” on two …

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Joe Crookston is back and more

What's new in arts, leisure and the community January 6 to 12

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Auditions open for ‘Wait Until Dark’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Auditions will be held for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) production “Wait Until Dark” on two weekends in January.

The SCDW is looking for six male actors, ages 30-45; one female actor, age 20-35 and one female actor, age 12-17.

The auditions will be held on Saturday, January 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, January 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, January 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

They will take place at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. The show itself opens in May.

For more information, email director Keith Prince at keithprince.scdw@gmail.com.

Memoir writing at the Western Sullivan Public Library

ONLINE — January is an ideal time to begin writing memoirs.

Penelope Ghartey will lead attendees through the process of writing their life stories every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Exercises will help first-time memoirists find the ideal stories for the work. They’ll learn to evaluate and group these stories to find a structure, narrative thread, or a theme. Ultimately, they’ll produce a mini-memoir.

Intermediate memorists will evaluate the pieces they have written to find common characters, time frames, or themes. They can study different ways of integrating the stories, such as flashbacks, alternate chapters, or by using narrative voice, and they’ll begin a trial manuscript incorporating one or more of the ways they plan to structure the memoir.

Penelope Ghartey, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience teaching literature and writing in high schools, colleges, universities and in workshops.

For more information and to register, email cluchsinger@rcls.org or call the Western Sullivan Public Library, 845/252-3360.

Joe Crookston is back

HONESDALE, PA — Joe Crookston returns to RiverVibes Concerts in a show at the Cooperage. The performance begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 16.

Crookston was the first artist in the RiverVibes concert series back in 2009, and has been an annual guest ever since.

He was the Folk Alliance International artist-in-residence in 2016 and recently opened for Gordon Lightfoot. He has performed with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and many more.

He lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend, and masks must be worn. Seating is limited and socially distant.

Food and beverages are not available for sale.

Tickets cost $20 in advance at https://the-cooperage-project.ticketleap.com/joe-crookston/details. Walk-in tickets cost $30.

For more information, call RiverVibes Concerts at 845/252-6783 or 570/647-7091.

The Sullivan County treasurer's office worked for weeks to make the holidays joyful for others.
The Sullivan County treasurer's office worked for weeks to make the holidays joyful for others.

Gifts of needed things

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Treasurer’s office spent weeks collecting 25 bags and boxes of necessities like food, toiletries and clothes—all donated by employees, the Liberty Pet Ranch and the Body, Mind, and Spirit Wellness Center.

Recently, the team loaded up their vehicles and took the gifts over to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless to be distributed to all in need.

The effort proved so successful, a staff member said, that the treasurer’s office is considering repeating it throughout the year, not just during the holidays.

Spreading cheer to those who need it

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sometimes a gift is just a gift. Sometimes, it means that the recipient hasn’t been forgotten.

The Monticello and Woodridge Kiwanis clubs remembered several local organizations and the people they care for.

In December, the Kiwanis members gave gifts and greeting cards to Kathy Kreiter, program administrator for the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless; to Lise-Anne Deoul, director of the county office for the aging; and to nutrition services coordinator Jane Bozan.  

The gifts included an assortment of holiday solar dancers,  play dough, coloring books,  hats, gloves, scarves, puzzles, body lotion, playing cards, stuffed animals and holiday mugs filled with candy.  

The Monticello High School Key Club, Jill Weiner’s Liberty Middle School class and the Aktion Club of Sullivan County gave handmade greeting cards and gifts.

The Aktion Club draws its members from the Arc—Greater Hudson Valley, New Hope Community and the Center for Discovery.

The goal of the project, said Monticello Kiwanian Sheila Lashinsky, was to give back to the community and to reassure the recipients that people were thinking of them and wanted to make their holiday a little more enjoyable.

For more information about Kiwanis, contact Monticello Kiwanis president Marvin Rappaport at 845/701-1655 or Woodridge Kiwanis president Diane Garritt at  845/434-7023. 

Hope blooms for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan counties (CFOS). Pictured, back row: Stacey Muller, left, and Nicole Feller Lee. Front row: Megan Martini, left, Elizabeth Rowley, Lisa Mitchell.
Hope blooms for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan counties (CFOS). Pictured, back row: Stacey Muller, left, and Nicole Feller Lee. …

Hope in Bloom raises money for community foundation

MONTGOMERY, NY — Hope didn’t just bloom, it flowered profusely.

The Hope in Bloom event in December netted $135,000 for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS).

It featured a walk-through of the holiday lights at the Orange County Arboretum, with more than 200 donors gathered safely outdoors.

The Newburgh Chorale performed.

The Hope in Bloom annual appeal is the only fundraiser that supports the community foundation’s operating budget.

“Before the pandemic, the community foundation hosted an indoor reception which drew 400-plus people,” said Nicole Feller Lee, CFOS director of development and communications. “We pivoted to a safer option for our guests this year, and I’m pleased to announce that our corporate sponsors and donors were as generous as ever before.”

“Without our annual appeal, we couldn’t continue our critical work,” said CFOS president and CEO Elizabeth Rowley. The organization manages 369 charitable funds that disburse grants, which in turn support education, health, veterans, human services, the environment and more, she said.

Established in 1999, the foundation helps philanthropic individuals, businesses and organizations establish charitable funds that will award grants and scholarships forever. According to a statement, it has significantly increased the region’s charitable capital and has empowered donors to make a profound difference in the quality of life in our region.

For more information or to donate, visit https://cfosny.org. Click the Hope in Bloom box on the main page to give.

Library board to meet

ONLINE — The Western Sullivan Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom.

If you are interested in attending, email wspldirector@rcls.org for the link.

Sally Hendee is showing her work at the gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley.
Sally Hendee is showing her work at the gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley.

Sally Hendee’s art at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Artist Sally Hendee brings her collection of artwork to the office/gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley, 631 Rte. 739.

A meet-the-artist reception is planned for Saturday, January 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. All are welcome.

The show and sale runs from January 1 through February 24.

Hendee’s art encompasses oil painting, watercolors, alcohol inks, collage, mosaics, photos and print processing compositions. In addition as a published writer, her short stories, novels, children’s books and poems add depth to her interests and talents, a press release noted.

Hendee retired to Pennsylvania after working in the medical community.

The Chant Gallery is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 570/775-7337.

‘Intersections’ at Western Sullivan Public Library

ONLINE — It’s a podcast by our community for people who love and support that community.

“Intersections,” from the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) and produced by Dale Blagrove, introduces listeners to the many fascinating people who live here.

In the first episode, Delaware Free branch manager Laura Moran interviews Wendy Townsend, the recipient of the Literary Fellowship for Sullivan County in 2021.

You can listen in online at the WSPL website, https://www.wsplonline.org or wherever you listen to podcasts.

If you are interested in being a guest on “Intersections,” email Dale at the Western Sullivan Public Library at pcc@rcls.org.

For more information, or to see all the podcasts, visit https://www.wsplonline.org and click on the Programs tab.

See the results of the Sketchbook Parti

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold its annual Sketchbook Parti art show on Saturday, January 15 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

It will take place at the WCAA Main Street Gallery, 959 Main St. in Honesdale. The gallery is located above Missing Pieces.

In 2021, the group called on “sketchers, doodlers, scrawlers, scribblers, and anyone else who draws to communicate their ideas through the use of pictures” to participate, and the book is finally complete.

The book, and the original sketches that went into it, will be on display at the show.

The WCAA credits the work of Dave Justice and his committee for the book.

Face masks are required in the gallery.

For more information, visit https://www.waynecountyartsalliance.org.

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