‘Lady Days: the Best of Billie & Me’ and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and community February 11 to 17

Posted 2/10/21

What's going on in arts, leisure and community February 11 to 17

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‘Lady Days: the Best of Billie & Me’ and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and community February 11 to 17


‘Lady Days: the Best of Billie & Me’

ONLINE — On Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m., Minnesota jazz icon Thomasina Petrus will perform via Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. for the patrons of several regional libraries. This special piece of historical musical cabaret celebrates the life and influence of Billie Holiday. Thomasina will take listeners on a scintillating audible history that eventually ends with the discovery of her own incredibly unique and powerful voice.

Through a musical timeline of artists influenced by Billie Holiday including Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and more, Thomasina celebrates each of these beautiful black women and men who inspired and influenced jazz and its origins, exploring the impact and influence they had in every part of American history.

Pearl River Public Library is collaborating with the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, the Josephine-Louise Public Library, the Field Library, Goshen Public Library and the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library (EBCPL) for this virtual Black History Month event.  

This program is thanks to a collaboration of multiple area libraries. Registration for this program is required and can be done at the EBCPL website (click on “Calendar of Events”). A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants on the day of the program. Petrus will be available after the concert to answer questions from participants. 

For more information and to register, call 845/794-4660 etx. 7 or ext. 9, or visit www.ebcpl.org.

Catskills Food Hub is growing

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Catskills Food Hub announced a new retail pick-up location has opened at Catskills Curated in the Narrowsburg Union, bringing its total number of locations to five. Catskills Curated is an online plus bricks and mortar retail store at The Union, specializing in the products of regional artists, artisans, makers and craftsmen. The Catskills Food Hub is a non-profit organization working to strengthen local agriculture, increase access to fresh food and participate in improving health outcomes for Sullivan County and the region.

The Catskills Curated pick-up takes place on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. This latest location is in response to a growing interest in the regional products available through the Food Hub. 

In addition to the Narrowsburg location, the Catskills Food Hub offers pick-ups in Liberty, Livingston Manor, Margaretville and Mamakating, NY. The Catskills Food Hub online marketplace is open 8 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Monday at www.catskillsfoodhub.localfoodmarketplace.com.

James Baldwin’s ‘The Fire Next Time,’ read by Oliver King

ONLINE — The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre is presenting writer/actor Oliver King reading James Baldwin’s 1963 book, “The Fire Next Time.” Readings will be aired over six days in February to celebrate Black History Month. This event is free.

The dates are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, February 17, 19 and 20, and 24, 26 and 27.

The readings will air at 11 a.m. at www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org/fire-next-time and will remain available as the book and readings progress.

The Committee for Equity and Justice will host a post-production community discussion with dates to be announced.

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, “The Fire Next Time” galvanized the nation and gave a passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.

For more information, visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org.

Seeking the next Sullivan County Poet Laureate

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan Public Library Alliance is seeking the next Sullivan County Poet Laureate, a writer who would help increase public appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry for all ages and promote the “spirit of Sullivan County.” This is a one-year appointment with a modest honorarium. This will be the third time a county poet laureate will be selected, following Mark Blackford (2019-20) and Lisa Caloro (2020-21).

To be eligible, applicants must reside in Sullivan County (full or part-time), have a body of literary work and be available for year-round engagements for the duration of a one-year appointment, from May 1 to April 30, 2022. Engagements will be remote and/or in-person, with respect to health and safety.

Beginning Monday, February 15, application information will be available at www.mamakatinglibrary.org and at each of the public libraries in Sullivan County. The deadline for applications is 12 midnight on Wednesday, March 31.

Ten Mile River Scout Museum to host live local history and ice fishing webinars

ONLINE — Last summer through the fall, in response to programming needs as traditional activities were shuttered due to COVID-19, the Ten Mile River Scout Museum (TMR) created a series of webinars.  Based on the overwhelming success, TMR will continue this program.

TMR Museum Chairman Michael Drilinger will moderate. A question-and-answer session will be held.

On Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m., Glenn Pontier—museum co-director, long-time resident Sullivan-Catskills region resident, former editor of The River Reporter, former executive director of Sullivan Renaissance and former public information officer for Sullivan County—will lead a discussion on the 108-mile Delaware and Hudson Canal

 that connected Honesdale, PA with Rondout in Kingston, NY in “The Roebling Delaware Aqueduct and the D&H Canal.”

The next webinar is planned for Thursday, March 11.

For more information and to tune in, visit www.tmrmuseum.org.

Local students create valentines to thank veterans

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency will once again mount a “Valentines for Vets” exhibit in the lobby of the Sullivan County Government Center, located at 100 North St. 

The Valentine’s Day cards will be on display from Wednesday, February 10 through Monday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program is part of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.

For more information, contact the Veterans Office at 845/807-0233.

Two new exhibits at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Love in the Time of Covid-19,” a group exhibit, and “Threadbare,” textiles and prints by Sariah Park, open at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), located at 37 Main St., on Saturday, February 13. The shows will be on view through Saturday, March 27 and are free and open to the public. The first two weeks of the show, visit the DVAA website to register for a time slot prior to visiting DVAA.

The curated group show “Love in the Time of Covid-19” explores the question, “How does love exist during the Covid-19 pandemic?” Featuring over two dozen artists working in mediums including photography, painting, video and poetry.

Can printmaking and weaving be used as tools to unmake waste? This is the central question in Sariah Park’s most recent body of work “Threadbare.”

Register for a time slot prior to visiting DVAA. Time slots of 20 minutes will be made available and capacity will be limited to 15 guests per period.

For more information and to schedule a time slot, visit www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call 845/252-7576.

Thomasina Petrus, Catskills Food Hub, James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time, Sullivan County,


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