Registration opens for Nesin Cultural Arts and more

What's happening in arts, leisure and community September 17 to 23

Posted 9/16/20

What's happening in arts, leisure and community September 17 to 23

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Registration opens for Nesin Cultural Arts and more

What's happening in arts, leisure and community September 17 to 23


Borisevich Duo performs for Shandelee Music Festival’s fourth virtual concert 

ONLINE — The Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) will offer a fourth online performance to close out its 27th summer season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 on Facebook Live.

“An Afternoon of Chamber Music” with The Borisevich Duo will feature pianist Margarita Loukachkina and violinist Nikita Borisevich, an internationally acclaimed violin and piano duo, frequently performing across the United States and Europe.

Winners of numerous international music competitions, Borisevich and Loukachkina have performed at The Kennedy Center, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Shriver Hall and Manuel de Falla Auditorium, just to name a few. They received the inaugural Young Artist Development Series Award at The El Paso Pro Musica Festival and have been invited to do a residency at El Paso Pro Musica Festival and Sitka Summer Music Festival by Grammy-Award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey.

In October of 2019, The Borisevich Duo performed at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as part of P.L.A.Y. the Classics, a collaboration between the SMF and Bethel Woods.

The SMF virtual concert with The Borisevich Duo at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 will be offered through Facebook Live—a public page open to everyone with no subscription and no admission fee required. SMF is a nonprofit organization and accepts donations at

For more information, visit

Registration opens for Nesin Cultural Arts

MONTICELLO, NY — Online registration for Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) opened on September 10. NCA programs will be operating as a hybrid of virtual and in-person settings to ensure the safety of families and artists. Classes begin Monday, September 21. Courses include chorus, dance, visual arts and theatre, plus honors chorus and handbell choir by invitation only. These classes will have one tuition fee for the semester: $75 for young children classes and $125 for older children classes. Students may register for as many classes as they desire.

There is still availability in NCA’s Aspiring Young Musicians (AYM) program which offers individual instrument/voice lessons, ensembles and music theory education. Program and tuition inquiries for AYM should be sent to marina@nesincul

NCA’s Arts Haven day program will be available to students enrolled in NCA programs. Space is limited. Contact if interested.

NCA has also announced that it has received multiple new grants: the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Community Based Learning, Associated Chamber Music Players Foundation Grant, NYSCA National Endowment for the Arts Coronavirus Aid, Economic Security (CARES) Grant and Episcopal Charities COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

For more information and to register, visit

‘The Stone Soup Cooking Class’

ONLINE — On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m., the Farm Arts Collective will present its show “The Stone Soup Cooking Class.” In this theatrical cooking show and musical performance, farmer, actress and cook Tannis Kowalchuk and assistant Jess Beveridge will explore the origins of cooking, how food is grown, family recipes and demonstrated recipes that focus on the joy of cooking seasonal vegetables and healthy regional foods. 

This is a performance for all ages and is directed by Daniel Lendzian. This virtual program is provided by the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, located in Monticello, NY.

This program is made possible, in part, with funding from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant, funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

For more information and to tune in, visit

Weekend happenings at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a variety of events this weekend.

Two sessions of “Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle” will take place on Saturday, September 19. The first session will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and the second will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a paddle around the ponds. Beginners are welcome and will be taught everything they need to know. Dress appropriately; you may get wet. This is a free event but call in advance to reserve a boat.

On Sunday, September 20, an introduction to tent camping will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn how to build basic shelters, tie common knots and start a fire from scratch.

Later that evening, “Owl Prowl” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A handful of different species live around PEEC; explore and see which you find.

For more information and to register, visit, email or call 570/828-2319.

Theatre-intensive workshop from the Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse (FP) announced its Fall 2020 Theatre Intensive: Acting, Choreography and Vocal Technique Culminating in a Cabaret Presentation for ages 8 through 17. The workshop will take place October 3, 4, 10 and 11—times to be determined. Tuition costs $200 and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to enroll. The estimated number of students will be from 10 to 15 per group.

This day camp is for all young artists who love to sing, dance and perform. Students will receive in-depth, one-on-one professional instruction in acting, choreography and vocal technique. The workshop will culminate with an original production called “Socially Distant But Closer Than Ever” for all of their family and friends to enjoy.

The Forestburgh Playhouse is committed to creating a safe environment for its students and educators.  All educators will have been tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival.  The classes will take place outdoors or in an open-air pavilion, depending on weather. Social distancing and safety guidelines will be in place before, during and after each workshop. Students will have their temperatures taken prior to class and will be asked a series of questions related to COVID-19.  Prior to arrival all parents and students will receive detailed guidelines and procedures to make everyone’s experience safe, productive and comfortable.

For more information and to sign up, visit

Local call for web designers, mappers

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — As the state closure crippled a large-scale food supply system, local and regional farmers and food businesses answered the call for a growing demand. The Cooperage Project and the Pike County Agriculture Land Preservation Program, with help from Canaltown, began working on a map directory that is ready for growth.

The new farms and food guide will be an aggregated website where consumers and buyers can go to search for local producers, food markets and agritourism opportunities. This project is in partnership with the Wayne Tomorrow Agriculture Task Force with partial funding provided by the Pike County Conservation Fund and Hickory Hill Foundation. This project is seeking further funding to support the growing initiative. Contact jenna@thecooperageproj

To jump-start this project, proposals for web design with map integration are being requested. Individuals and companies of diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to submit completed proposals. All proposals will be reviewed. The full request for proposals is available at The question-and-answer period ends Monday, September 28. Proposals are due by Friday, October 16.

Nine-hole golf tournament

SWAN LAKE, NY — The White Sulphur Springs Sullivan First Beautification Committee is having a nine-hole golf tournament on Sunday, September 20 at the Swan Lake Golf Course and Country Club to raise money for the beautification efforts in the hamlet.

Registration takes place at 9 a.m. Participants must pre-register. For more information, contact Kathy at 845/796-8237 or 845/292-7257.


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