What's going on in arts, leisure and community from September 10 to 16
HONESDALE, PA —Artisan-decorated skeletons are being showcased at 13 Main Street businesses in downtown Honesdale as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA). These skeletons have been a planned project for many years to coincide with the annual WCAA Halloween Bash and now, for a limited time, they are hanging out on Main Street.
The artists are Jerry DeCrotie, Jeff George, Pauline Glykokokalos, Sean Harrington, Heather Hogan-Spencer, Katalin Justice, Liz Kedrick, Linda Krause, Bronco, Brandi Merolla, Paul Plumadore, Debby Pollak and Jess Repa. Find their work at the following businesses: Art’s for Him & Her Too, Aura Tie-Dye, Be Kind Bake House, Bottles & Brushes, Dagawom, Harvey Agency, Hotel Wayne, Irving Cliff Brewery, Missing Pieces, Nature’s Grace, Paulies Hot Dogs, R-3 Hardware and WeJo.
This WCAA fundraiser will be done online as a virtual auction. Bidding will take place from October 1 to 15
For more information about the event please visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org.
HAWLEY, PA — Phase one of Hawley’s Riverside Dog Park—a fenced, off-leash dog park in Riverside Park—opened on September 5. The almost one-acre fenced park includes a separate area for small dogs and a gated entrance area to take your dog off leash before entering the play area.
The park’s rules remind all dog handlers that they are responsible for their dog’s actions: everything from ensuring their dogs are healthy to picking up poop to being financially responsible for any damage caused. For safety, all users of the park are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Phase two is underway and will include installation of engraved pavers in the entrance area and benches in the park. Phase three will follow with more play structures and a shade pavilion.
Donations are still being sought to complete the work. Contributions can be made through the Lake Region Community Dock Foundation (www.lrcdf.org) or by mailing a check payable to Lake Region Community Dock Foundation to Riverside Dog Park, P.O. Box 320, Hawley, PA 18428.
Volunteers are also needed to help keep the park operational. To become a volunteer, contact the committee at RiversideDogPark19@gmail.com or by phone at 570-478-1239. To follow the progress, visit Riverside Dog Park 19 on Facebook.
The park is open dawn to dusk.
ONLINE — Due to the coronavirus, the Milford Readers and Writers Festival will be broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube instead of in person from Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13. Join us for “Doing it Write,” four special conversations to celebrate the fifth year of the festival.
Each session will run for 75 minutes, including feedback and questions from viewers. It is free to all.
Gloria Steinem, who appeared at the first festival, will return to talk about “How the Women’s Vote Can Shape the Election” on September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Two-time festival star Bob Eckstein will interview fellow cartoonists Roz Chast and Matt Diffee exploring “Humor in Trying Times” on September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, September 13, there will be two programs. At 1 p.m., Nebula- and Hugo-award-winning science fiction editor Gordon Van Gelder will be in conversation with legendary author Samuel R. Delany, also a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner. In addition to exploring the ways science fiction has anticipated the current pandemic experience, they will highlight Milford’s role in the history of science fiction—the famed “Milford Method,” which originated here in the 1950s.
At 7:30 p.m., George M. Johnson, activist and magazine writer, will talk about and debut their autobiography “All Boys Aren’t Blue.” Directed at a young adult audience, it tells their story of growing up black and gay. They will be in conversation with Mark S. King, also an activist and award-winning journalist and blogger, who has been writing about living with HIV since 1985.
The conversations are free and will include a live Q & A session. The “Doing It Write” conversations can be accessed on the Milford Readers and Writers Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages at the scheduled times. For more information, visit www.milfordreadersandwriters.com, or the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MRWFestival or Instagram page at www.instagram.com/mrwfestival.
ONLINE — On Sunday, September 13, the Time and the Valleys Museum is hosting a virtual program, Tri-Valley Area One Room Schools.” The program includes several short presentations: Town of Neversink Historian Carol Smythe and archives assistant Wanda Terwilliger will share their experiences going to a one room school. Lynn Priebe, retired teacher and museum trustee, will present a program on the development of the “common school” in NYS and the evolution of teacher education. Phyllis (Penny) Coombe, retired Tri Valley Teacher, will discuss the development of the Tri-Valley District from a union free district to a modern K-12 school.
Admission is free. To attend, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and you will receive a reply email invitation with information on how to log in for the talk. For more information, call 845/985-7700 or email email@example.com.
ONLINE — On Saturday, September 12 at 5 p.m., the Wurtsboro Art Alliance will host an installment of Catskill Talks on Facebook Live with guest Jonathan Charles Fox.
Jonathan Charles Fox lives in Sullivan County, where he spends his time snapping photographs and writing about the world of arts and leisure for the River Reporter in his weekly column “In My Humble Opinion.”
For many years, Jonathan worked as a professional actor on stage and screen and his storied career eventually led him to the Catskills, which he now calls home.
The monthly artist talks take place on the second Saturday of each month through October at 5 p.m. via Facebook Live on Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s Facebook page.
ONLINE — On Tuesday, September 15, Judy Wicks will present “Resilient Regional Economies” as part of SEEDS’ (Sustainable Energy and Education Development Support) annual membership meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. It will be open to the public on the SEEDS Facebook page and on YouTube. An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Wicks is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices.
Admission is free; donations are welcome.
For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net, email Olga@SeedsGroup.net or call 570/245–1256.
NEW YORK — Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) recently announced this year’s Congressional App Challenge and called for submissions from high school and middle school students across New York’s 19th Congressional District. Last year’s winning app was PaniChat by Cameron Johnson and Matthew Sweet, two students from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park.
The challenge is open to all middle school and high school students who live in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that explains and demonstrates their app and what they learned through the competition process.
The final deadline for submissions to this year’s competition is Monday, October 19. Students are encouraged to register and begin work on their projects as soon as possible. The winning individual or team will be featured on www.Delgado.house.gov and www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us, and the winning app will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from across the country.
More details on registering, submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition and helpful programming resources can be found at www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
NEW YORK — Now through Friday, September 18, all artists from New York State are eligible to apply for a design proposal of an art piece to be printed in a large format and installed in five giant light boxes on the Main Street side of the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC). The winning artist will receive a $2,000 commission fee.
Any New York State resident is eligible to apply, regardless of background or experience. Collaborations and collectives are also eligible, so long as at least one member is a New York State resident.
This is a juried open call, meaning that your work will be reviewed by a committee that will select only one winning proposal. You will be asked to submit your contact details, links to your website and/or social media handles, previous work samples, a brief written description of your proposal, and concept art (from rough sketch to close-to-final visualization) of the five images making up your proposal.
For more information, including guidelines and the application form, visit www.bit.ly/hpacdesignproposal. Email any questions to Ellyane Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org with “poster project” in the subject line.
MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Fire Department cordially invites Fire Service, EMS agencies, law enforcement, veterans and the general public to the annual 9/11 Memorial Service at 7 p.m. at 23 Richardson Ave. Roland “Boomer” Bojo of Garnet Health Systems will be a guest speaker.
For more information, call 845/794-6330.
HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County residents are asked to remember September 11 by visiting one of the several memorials in the county or by silently observing the day at 9 a.m. wherever you might be.
Honesdale’s 9/11 Memorial is located at 925 Court St. in front of the Dimmock Building. All are invited.