Free tai chi, concerts galore, writers and readers festival and more

What's happening in arts & culture September 19 to September 25

Posted 9/18/19

What's happening in arts & culture September 19 to September 25

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Free tai chi, concerts galore, writers and readers festival and more

What's happening in arts & culture September 19 to September 25


Auction to celebrate Woodstock 50

BETHEL, NY — On Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to join Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s auction house, at Duggan Elementary School. Anyone with their own Woodstock mementos may bring them to be considered for auction, the site of which has yet to be determined. From documents like set lists, contracts, permits, and flyers, to signage and posters (hand-made or official), to musical equipment like microphones and soundboards, to vintage photographs—anything relating to the festival is welcome, as are questions about what kinds of items the auction house is looking for and about the auction itself.
If you cannot make it on Monday evening, call 212/794-2280 or email

Free tai chi demo class

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Lenny Friedland will offer a free tai chi demo and first class for beginners on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Janice Center.
Often described as “meditation in motion,” tai chi—a series of slow, gentle, choreographed movements that are learned in sequence—is a low-impact activity suitable for people of all ages and virtually any physical condition that requires no equipment.
Classes will continue to meet every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per class. Anyone interested can join at any time throughout October.
For more information, visit, email or call 845/887-3056.

‘P.L.A.Y the Classics’ continues

BETHEL, NY — The collaboration between Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues on Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. with a multimedia concert by Axiom Brass. The concert will take place at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery and will be followed by a dessert reception.
Tickets cost $35, $30 for SMF members and $10 for students 17 and under. More information about the SMF, along with an opportunity to become a member, sponsor a concert and purchase tickets is available at www.shan or by calling 845/439-3277.

Blues Hall-of-Famer Slam Allen

FORESTBURGH, NY — On Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m., internationally renowned Slam Allen will perform at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Phillipsport Community Center music night

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — On Saturday, September 21 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Phillipsport Community Center presents artists Marc Von Em and Gitesha’s Jazz Experience. Doors open at 6:30, and admission is a $3 suggested donation. Homemade food and desserts will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 845/313-1772.

Inaugural ‘Port Jervis Fan Fest’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library has announced that it will be collaborating with local comic book shop, Haven for Heroes, to put on its first ever mini comic-con dubbed Port Jervis Fan Fest.
This interactive co-created event will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will include artists, vendors, and panels, in addition to workshops and contests for the whole family. Cosplay is encouraged and awards will be given for the best costume.
For more detailed information please visit or call 845/856-7313 ext. 4.

Barbershop Chorus in Callicoon this Saturday

CALLICOON, NY — The Northeasters Barbershop Chorus will be performing at the Delaware Youth Center (8 Creamery Rd.) Saturday, September 21 at 4 p.m. A free reception will follow the show.
Northeasters Barbershop Chorus is a membership organization of singers who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun. Under the direction of Tammy Ebert, it is now in its 40th season.
The chorus consists of 30 male members trained in rich barbershop harmonies, and their performance includes music by the chorus and quartet.
This program is sponsored by Western Sullivan Public Library and the Delaware Young @ Heart, a subsidiary of the Delaware Youth Center that provides activities for active adults in our community. For more information visit the Delaware Young at Heart Facebook page.
For more information about the show, visit our website, or call 845/887-4040.

Photography with Chip Forelli

BETHEL, NY — Beginning on September 26, Chip Forelli is hosting a photography class every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Conservatory, part of Studio at the Woods and located on the grounds of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The five-class series costs $100. Register and purchase enrollment by visiting

Writers and readers festival

MILFORD, PA — From the large field of authors and writers that it always draws, The Milford Readers and Writers Festival again welcomes a number of big-name participants at this year’s literary weekend, September 20 to 22. There are both ticketed and free events scheduled at multiple venues with speakers, round-table discussions, author readings and more.
Among this year’s big names are master of insult comedy Lisa Lampanelli, historical mystery novelist Anne Perry, Fox News senior legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, Civil Rights icon Mary Francis Berry and other names you would undoubtedly recognize.
For a full schedule and details on the numerous sessions visit www.milfordreader
Registration (Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), book store (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 3 p.m.), all day author readings Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 111 E. High St. with poetry readings beginning at 4 p.m. at The Frisky Goat, 611 Broad St.

Ticketed events at the Milford Theatre

Friday, September 20:

An Evening with Lisa Lampanelli, Master of Insult Comedy: From Queen of Mean to Queen of Meaning, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 21:

Last Boat out of Shanghai: A conversation wtih Helen Zia and Anne A. Cheng, 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Life in the Afterlife with psychic/medium Goerge Anderson & Dr. Eban Alexander, author of “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey in the Afterlife,” 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Telling Secrets: Writing about the CIA with Jack Devine, Tim Weiner and Lucian Truscott IV, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Twenty Million Books Later: A conversation with acclaimed writer of historical mystery novels Anne Perry and her editor Victoria Zackheim, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Ticketed event at St. Patrick’s Hall: Private authors’ reception, 5:45 to 7:15 pm.

Sunday, September 22:

Constitution Under Siege with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior legal analyst, and Jeffrey Rosen, author/law professor, president to the National Constitution Center, 10 to 11:15 a.m.
In the Company of Legends with Joan Kramer and David Heeley, an insiders’ view of Hollywood’s famous and powerful, along with John DiLeo, author of six books about classic movies, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free events

Friday, September 20:

Fun for Kids at the Pike County Public Library with Mison Kim, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Saturday, September 21:

Wide Worlds of Fantasy, Pike County Public Library, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sex Workers Unite: Stonewall to SlutWalk with Melinda Chateurvert, Hotel Fauchere Meeting Center, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Romance — Love is in the Air, with Susana Axelson, Eleanor Wagner Dr. Patrick Suraci and moderator DC Caruso , St. Patrick’s Hall, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Moral Lessons trhough Children’s Books with Angela Parrino, PhD, Pike County Public Library, 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Rhythm and Rhyme in Poetry with Michelle Oram, Umeleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Mike Vreeland and Nancy Dymond and moderator Veronica Coyne, St. Patrick’s Hall, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Hook Line and Sinker: How to Catch and Keep a Reader with Gayle Krause, Pike County Public Library, 3 to 4:15 p.m.
The Man with No Borders: A Novel with journalist/novelist Richard C. Morais, Fauchere Meeting Ctr., 4:14 to 5:30 p.m.
Sci-Fi Readings and Libations, Dimmick Inn, 8 to 10 p.m.
Milford RAW After Dark, an open mic, venue TBD, 8 to 11 p.m.
Triumph over Trauma III: Far Beyond Survival, at TriVerstiy Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, September 22:

The ABCs of Writing for Children with Karen Kaufman Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri, St. Patrick’s Hall, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
History Teachers Us to Resist with Civil Rights icon Mary Frances Berry and U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright, Milford Theatre, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Seeing the Forest through the Trees: Finding Deeper Meaning in the Woods, with John Harvey and Doug Bill, Grey Towers National Historic Site, 1 to 3 p.m.


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