Nature-inspired art, Honesdale's sidewalk sale and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, July 14-20

Posted 12/31/69

Art inspired by nature

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery’s July exhibit is titled “Inspired by Nature,” and it brings together the works of watercolorist Yeoshin Hwang and …

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Nature-inspired art, Honesdale's sidewalk sale and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, July 14-20


Art inspired by nature

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery’s July exhibit is titled “Inspired by Nature,” and it brings together the works of watercolorist Yeoshin Hwang and potter/crafter/maker Scott Helfand.
These two very different artists are both closely aligned with nature, the ARTery said, whether they use nature’s products as a medium, or as inspiration for their creations.
This show will include two of Hwang’s ink and watercolor paintings on rice paper: “Hoping for Peace” featuring the sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower; and “Blessing Life,” her painting of plum blossoms. Helfand’s stoneware mugs, created with actual tree leaves thrown into the mug wall, will be on display as well as his rustic modern tables with bases welded from steel and tops beautifully fashioned from raw edge wood.
The ARTery Gallery, located in the historic Forest Hall, is cooperatively owned and operated, serving regional artists and art lovers since 1996. The gallery features a wide array of work, ranging from traditional oil, watercolor and photography to sculpture, jewelry, textiles, pottery and collage.
The exhibit will be on display until Monday, August 8.
For more information, visit

Sidewalk sale back in 2022

HONESDALE, PA — It’s time to eat, shop and have fun with your family.
Join the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 14. 15 and 16, for this town-wide tradition. Local merchants and artisans will line Honesdale’s streets with goods and discounted merchandise.
Don’t forget, the GHP says, to eat and drink at the borough’s restaurants, cafes, breweries and bars.
New this year is Fun Friday, on July 15, a town-wide happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Stroll through town to the backdrop of live, local music on Friday and Saturday at multiple locations. Take a free yoga class in Central Park on Friday at 12 noon or on Saturday at 8 a.m. You can listen to live music on Thursday night in Central Park at 7:30 p.m.
At the Stourbridge Project on Saturday, there’s an open house with 3D printing demonstrations, a bocce ball exhibit and free popcorn. Check out the Park Street Complex’s newly completed youth mural.
While in town, stop at the Cooperage Project to start the Wayne County Arts Alliance studio tour, which takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit

The ‘Nature of Art’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Heritage Community Garden (THCG) has received a grant from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to fund “The Nature of Art” installation art project at their community garden. THCG will distribute an artist stipend of $750, with additional funding of $800 toward supplies.
The deadline for applications is Friday, July 22.
The project’s focus should inspire thought about life in the Delaware River Valley, pollinators, native plants, and get people to consider engaging more with environmental ethics.
Email all proposals to
To learn more about THCG, visit it on Facebook at

Rod MacDonald at the LMAC

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Performing Arts will host a special benefit concert by folk artist Rod MacDonald on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
The performance will take place at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (LMAC), 46 South Main St.
MacDonald has been performing since the 1980s, and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival.
A suggested donation of $10 will benefit Radio Catskill.
Reservations are not required.
For more information, visit

The Heroes of Toolik

ROCK VALLEY, NY — Heroes of Toolik is an acoustic, avant-folk inflected new music group. They’ll perform at the Rock Valley Schoolhouse at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.
Guitarist Arad Evans (Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham) and violinist Jennifer Coates anchor the band, composing and sharing vocals. Moppa Elliott (Mostly Other People Do The Killing) joins on stand-up bass and avant-garde musician Rohin Khemani plays percussion. John Speck lends his Latin Grammy-nominated chops on trombone.
Influences range from Steve Reich to Captain Beefheart to Golden Palominos.
For more information, visit

Strolling and rolling with Sullivan Renaissance

ONLINE — Does your community need to be safer for walking and biking? There may be funding to help! Learn more with Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County during the next Renaissance Roundtable on Wednesday, July 20 at 12 noon via Zoom.
An explanation of the funding available will be presented by transportation experts from Sullivan County and beyond. They’re engaged in making streets and public spaces safer for pedestrians, bikers and motorists.
This program will also serve as a preview to a fall 2022 Safe Transportation conference, which will be hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Sullivan Renaissance.
Renaissance Roundtables are informal, discussion-based programs in which a panel shares examples and the audience engages in solutions and conversation.
For more information or to register, visit the Events page at or call 845/295-2445.

Vera Quartet at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The Vera Quartet, winners of the 2018 Astral Foundation’s national auditions and the St. Lawrence Award in England, will perform at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.
The program includes masterpieces by Josef Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, and a contemporary work by American composer Jessie Montgomery.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at
The event is sponsored by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, which brings performing artists to northeast PA.
For more information, visit, email, or call 570/409-1269.

Clowns in the cave

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Actor, clown and opera singer Emily Windler will join SUNY Sullivan theater professor Jessica López-Barkl for a performance of “The Cave Play” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.
It will take place at NACL’s theatre at 110 Highland Lake Rd.
Described as an absurdist work, the play is based on the true story of a family that moved into a Central Park cave during the Great Depression.
NACL technical associate Beau Brazfield also worked on the production.
Tickets cost $20 each and include refreshments after the presentation.
For more information, call 845/557-0694 or visit

Tour artists’ studios this weekend

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Artists throughout Wayne County will throw open their doors and let the public visit their workspaces.
It’s all part of the 2022 Artist’s Studio Tour, courtesy of the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA). It takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday, July 15, 16 and 17, at studios in Wayne County and at the WCAA headquarters at the Cooperage Project.
There is no charge.
The WCAA promises something for everyone—paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, collage, photography and more. At the arts alliance, visitors will see a sample of art from each artist on the tour. Docents will help plan a route.
The tour artists are Larry Wildenstein, Bill Westmoreland, Sally Talaga, Kevin Storms, James Spencer, Pam Sloan, Ellen Silberlicht, Andrea Jasmine Schwenk, Trix Render, Matt Povse, Paul Plumadore, Nancy Palubniak, Sue Mickley, Bozena Janiszewski, David Harvey, Lisa Glover, Stephen Geldman, Sue Stephan Foster, Denis Folz, Elaine Flynn, Jerry DeCrotie, Thomas Colbert, Phyllis Chekenian, Elizabeth Castellano, Barbara Carpenito, Berton Bullis and Susan Cottle Alberto.
The WCAA is located at 1030 Main St. in Honesdale.
Information and a map are available at area businesses and online at

Honoring the victims of the Civil War train wreck

SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Railroad & Historical Society (SRHS) invites all to join them in honoring those fallen in the 1864 Civil War train wreck, which occurred a mile north of Shohola.
The ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 at Rohman’s Pub, 103 Rohman Rd.
Of the approximately 800 persons on board the train, 48 Confederate prisoners and 17 guards were killed.
Rohman’s Pub is where many of the injured were taken and cared for by local residents from both sides of the river.
For more information, visit the SRHS on Facebook at Shohola Railroad & Historical Society.

‘Rigoletto’ at the Delaware Valley Opera

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Rigoletto, the court jester of the duke of Mantua, makes a living out of humiliating the court. No personal tragedy is too painful or humiliating to serve as fodder for Rigoletto’s cruel merriment.
But his dark deeds will come back to haunt him.
Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” will be performed at the Delaware Valley Opera’s new theater on Saturday, July 16 and 23, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, July 17 and 24, at 2 p.m.
The story has been famous since the opera was first performed in 1851. When the duke, aided by Rigoletto, seduces the daughter of the stately and dignified Count Monterone, the elderly gentleman places a curse on both the duke and Rigoletto. They brush it aside as the heartbroken rantings of a grieving father.
That was a mistake.
The count’s curse sets off a cataclysmic chain of events that forms the storyline of one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous operas, with well-known, sumptuous arias, duets, trios and quartets that are among the most beautiful of the operatic literature.
The Delaware Valley Opera presents a cast headed by tenor Tshombe Selby (Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Opera chorus) as the duke of Mantua; and baritone Mark Cotton (Opera West in Santa Fe, Opera Classica Europa, Miami Lyric Opera) as Rigoletto. The performance also stars Kelsey Watts (Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera) and Jonathan Stinson (Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Cincinnati Opera).
Carol Castel is the stage director, and music direction is by Matthew Rupcich.
The production will be performed in English.
Tickets cost $35.
For further information and to buy tickets, visit or call 845/887-3083.

Find history at the Columns Museum and the Red Schoolhouse

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Museum will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., coinciding with the popular Milford Farmers Market.
The Schocopee schoolhouse, located in Apple Valley Village, will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in July and August.
The school originally stood 1.5 miles further west, at the intersection of Fire Tower and Schocopee Roads. Some sources suggest the school was in operation as early as 1830, though the only deed ever located for the property is dated 1866.
The building was moved to its current location in 1977-78 and was donated to the Pike County Historical Society by Kenneth and Carol Greening. The building holds memories and the pot-bellied stove, the desks, teacher’s desk and blackboards.
In its original location, it was electrified in 1907 for use as a town hall and voting place. The late Gov. Pinchot and his family voted there for years.
Dean Watkins recently took on the task of painting and replacing a good percentage of the lumber on the building’s exterior. It was his Eagle Scout project and the society says it’s delighted with the results.
Through the years other Boy Scout troops have donated their time and talents to stabilize and repair the building.
Behind the schoolhouse, you will find the original outhouse. There were originally two, one for the girls and one for the boys, but only one survived.
For more information, email

‘As the River Turns’ returns

ONLINE — The second episode of the Western Sullivan Public Library/Act Underground production “As the River Turns” has just arrived.
This month, listeners get Constance’s take on Narrowsburg. What is it like when you only see the best in people?
Act Underground’s players are Warren Anschutz, Janet Burgan, Thomas Cambridge, Tina Gordon, Naomi Holoch, Kyoshin Lohr, Wendy Merritt, Heidi Mollenhauer, Greg Triggs and Charlie Trowbridge. It is directed by Triggs and produced by Dale Blagrove.
All episodes are archived and can be listened to at or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Bluegrass in Forest City

FOREST CITY, PA — The Forest City Area Historical Society will hold an evening of music featuring Cavage and Sudigala on Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historical society’s museum on 629 Main St.
The guitar/banjo bluegrass duo, are a combination of traditional bluegrass sounds with elements of jazz, swing and new grass.
Josh Sudigala performs on guitar and vocals. David Cavage plays banjo and sings.
The concert is free to the public, but donations will be accepted.
While at the concert, view the many historical items and history of the Forest City Regional Area. The Forest City Area Historical Society’s museum is handicapped-accessible and air-conditioned.
For more information, visit

Russ Rentler at the Bethany Bandshell

BETHANY, PA — At 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, Russ Rentler will perform at the Bethany Public Library’s bandshell.
Shawn Caden and Dave Brown will open the show.
Rentler is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter based in northeast PA. Most of his songs are original, the library said, and are played on traditional acoustic American instruments, hammered and mountain dulcimers,banjo, dobro, mandolin, autoharp, ukulele and so on. His style is folk, Americana, blues and a bit of Celtic music as well.
There is no charge for admission.
Call the library at 570/253-4349 for more information
The Bethany Public Library is located at 8 Court St.

Learn about CBD, more at Anthill Farm

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m., farmers Sky Ballentine and Monique Milleson, co-owners of Anthill Farm Agroforestry, will give a tour of their agroforestry cultivation. The discussion will cover their diverse fruit crops as well as their work and knowledge in producing and marketing CBD. The farm’s hemp flowers are certified organic and grown in harmony with nature.
Tickets cost $20 each.
For more information about the tour, visit

Rock ‘n’ roll with the WCCAC

HONESDALE, PA — The 54th season of summer concerts is still going on in Central Park, courtesy of the Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC).
This year’s lineup features some familiar faces and some new talent. The shows are a great time for catching up with neighbors, enjoying the evening, and listening to some great music, the WCCAC said.
Concerts are held Mondays and Thursdays, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with a rain location announced by 12 noon on the day of the show.
The concerts are free with a free-will donation collected at intermission. Bring a chair or blanket.
Here is the condensed July schedule:
Thursday, July 14—Gypsy Jazz Quintet
Monday, July 18—The Fabulous 45s
Thursday, July 21—Teddy Young Blues Band
Monday, July 25—Moss Henry and the Brophytes
Thursday, July 28—The Old Time Fiddlers (rain date is Monday, August 1)
The WCCAC is a pass-through fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation. You can support it online at

Ghost stories and county history

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Ten Mile River Scout Museum’s Tuesday evening history talks are back.
All discussions take place at 7 p.m. in the open air at the Cayuga/Kotohke cabin on the museum property.
The next two talks take place on:
Tuesday, July 19—“Local Ghost Stories.” From murder on the Stone Arch Bridge to tales by Stephen Crane, legends abound here.
Tuesday, July 26—“Sullivan County History.” From Woodstock to the Battle of Minisink to the D&H Canal—a lot has happened over the centuries.
The talks are open to scouts and to the public.
The museum is located at 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.
For more information, call 845/252-2063 or email

Learn about lakes at Lacawac

HONESDALE, PA — The Lacawac Sanctuary is holding a series of hands-on activities focused on exploring, learning about and enjoying lakes.
All events will be held at the sanctuary and will be led by lake scientists.
Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m.: Learn about harmful algal blooms. Discover what they are, how to spot them, and what to do when you find them.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: Learn about lake insects, the bugs that share the lakes with us. Insects are a key part of lake food webs.
Sunday, July 17 at 9 a.m.: Study the ecology of aquatic plants. They are some of the most visible organisms in the lake. Learn what makes them unique and how to spot an invasive species.
Sunday, 12 noon: Have lunch with a scientist. What would you ask a lake scientist? Ask your lake-related questions. Registration is required.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: Enjoy a quiet afternoon paddling on Lake Lacawac, a pristine glacial lake and national natural landmark. Registration is required.
To learn more, register and get directions, visit\

Return of the book sale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The dates are set for the annual Firehouse book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Western Sullivan Public Library.
The sale will take place at the Jeffersonville firehouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6.
Want books by the bag? Saturday is bag day; fill up a bag for $2.
Thousands of gently used books are begging for new homes. So are CDs, DVDs and more. Prices go as low as $0.25.
If you are interested in volunteering at this community event, there is a sign-up sheet at the Jeffersonville branch, or you can call 845/482-4350. Help is needed setting up before the sale, working during the sale, and cleaning up whatever is left over at the end.
For more information, call 845/482-4350.

More library news

WESTERN SULLIVAN PUBLIC LIBRARY — The Western Sullivan Public Library’s book club meets the fourth Thursday of each month to discuss the latest selection.
On Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m., the group will meet to discuss “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante.
Next month’s book is “The Tender Bar: A Memoir,” by J.R. Moehringer.
For more information and a location, email

And more library news!

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library’s Delaware Free branch is holding its Delaware Free Watershed Readings, an open-mic event, on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
It’s a chance to spend the evening at the library for a midsummer moment, sharing new poems and songs.
Registration is required, especially if you plan on presenting, since seats and slots are limited.
The event is recommended for ages 12 and up.
For additional information, email Visit the library’s events calendar to register at

Journey to a colder place

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Now on display at the Sullivan County Cultural Center is a historic collection of photographs taken by North Pole explorer and Sullivan County native Dr. Frederick Cook.
Those photos will be the subject of a Thursday, July 21 talk at the center, presented by the Frederick Cook Society. The talk will begin at 6 p.m.
The collection includes over 60 never-before-seen photographs taken by Cook between 1896 and 1908 in Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic.
Cook, born in Hortonville, was the first explorer to claim to have reached the North Pole. He was also an extraordinary photographer, a press release noted.
Carol Smith, director of the Frederick Cook Society and curator of the exhibition, will present the talk. Smith’s background as an artist led to her interest in Cook’s photography.
The Cook Society owns a collection of more than 200 vintage photographs, as well as a large collection of photographs in digital format, acquired from the Byrd Polar Center and the Library of Congress.
The presentation will be part of the Hurleyville Summer Festival series, sponsored by the Hurleyville Hub. The festival runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on Thursday, July 21.
During festival hours, the cultural center will have live music and refreshments, and will be open for tours. There will be food trucks, vendors, bounce houses, a scavenger hunt, live music, yoga and more.
The center, home to the Frederick Cook Society, is located close to the festivities, at 265 Main St.
For more information, call 845/434-8044, or visit www.frederick cook

Carving art

HONESDALE, PA — The 20th annual Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 to Thursday, July 21.
The roundup is sponsored and organized by the Cherry Ridge Carvers. It will be held at Cherry Ridge Campsites, 147 Camp Rd.
If you’re already a woodcarver, or you want to learn how to carve, the roundup can teach you what you need to know. It will offer over 20 workshops on woodcarving and other crafts. There are 20 different instructors available during the event.
The roundup attracts woodcarvers—or those that are interested in woodcarving—from all over the East Coast. Hundreds attend.
Registration for the event starts July 17 at 3 p.m. Sign-ups for classes start at 7 p.m. The instructional classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday. You can attend one day or attend all four days of instruction. There is no charge for the instruction or registration; attendees pay for the costs of material, which depends on the workshop.
There will be classes on many different styles of carving: caricature, human figure, chip carving, whimsical bark houses, spirit faces, relief carving and others. There is also a beginner’s class on Monday.
For more information, visit On Facebook, look for NEWR.
For questions, call Bob Muller at 570/470-2736.

Cannabis talk

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Learn more about cannabis and its effect on law, medicine and business.
A cannabis forum will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater.
A panel of experts will be on hand.
There is no charge to attend.
For more information, call 845/791-4200.

There’s still time to see ‘Pageant’

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Pageant” will come to an end on the Forestburgh Playhouse’s main stage on Sunday, July 17.
The show is directed by Roque Berlanga, choreographed by Deb Leamy, and the music direction is by Spencer Stern.
The cast of “Pageant” features Andrew Cuccaro, John Ryan Del Bosque, Anthony DaSilva, Caleb Funk, Anthony Mejia, Lee Price and Edward Staudenmayer.
It’s like no beauty pageant you’ve ever seen before, the playhouse promises: six contestants—all played by men—who are vying for the title. They compete in swimsuit, talent, evening gown and spokesmodel categories. The audience picks the winner.
Tickets cost $45, and can be found online at or call the box office at 845/794-1194.
Next up is “Mamma Mia!” from Tuesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 31.
The Forestburgh Playhouse will ensure the health and well-being of its patrons by complying with state and federal guidelines as applicable. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for all patrons.
For more information, visit

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