'That Which Makes Us Stronger' and more

What's going on in arts and entertainment, April 28-May 4

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Celebrating ‘That Which Makes Us Stronger’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Special needs. Addiction. Divorce. Righteous grandmas and overwhelmed parents. One kid in the closet and another a …

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'That Which Makes Us Stronger' and more

What's going on in arts and entertainment, April 28-May 4

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Celebrating ‘That Which Makes Us Stronger’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Special needs. Addiction. Divorce. Righteous grandmas and overwhelmed parents. One kid in the closet and another a showgirl on the road.
How can that all happen in the same family?
Narrowsburg resident, River Reporter columnist and WJFF host Greg Triggs has produced a “sweet, heartfelt and funny story that will make you laugh until you cry,” said publisher Redhawk.
“This book speaks to diverse communities including—but not limited to—families with challenged members, those coping with addiction or loss and the gay community,” Triggs said.
To purchase the book, visit tinyurl.com/GregTriggs.

Life in a small town, painted by the dead

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Presby Players will perform “Spoon River Anthology,” from the book by Edgar Lee Masters, will return to Marsh Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.
The original book is composed of dramatic monologues in free verse, spoken by small-town residents from their gravesites.
The characters meditate on who they were when they lived. Were those lives good? Bad? Meaningless?
Masters based the characters on people he knew as a child in Lewiston, IL, or in nearby Petersburg, and the book was banned in Lewiston schools and libraries for nearly 60 years.
Tickets cost $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both days.
For more information, visit the Presby Players on Facebook at presbyplayers.

‘Music Way Back Then’ and more at the WCHS spring open house

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society invites all to see the new exhibits and revisit old favorites at its main museum.
The Spring Open House takes place beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
There is no charge and light refreshments will be served.
Gallery tours will showcase the exhibits, including the new “Music Way Back Then,” featuring local bands and early 20th-century instruments.
“Movin’ Energy” describes how coal was transported from northeast PA to the Hudson River on the Gravity Railroad and the D&H Canal.
The museum is located at 810 Main St.
For more information, visit the historical society at waynehistorypa.com.

Diversity and inclusion in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Poets, artists, musicians and vendors will gather at the Callicoon Creek Park on Saturday, May 7, for a day to celebrate diversity and poetry.
The Poetry and Diversity event begins at 11 a.m.
Writers will read their poetry, there will be spoken-word presentations, you can listen to the African drum circle (or participate if you bring a drum and a chair) and Jamaican food will be on hand. Listen to the music, learn about other cultures, and be sure to stop at the vendors’ tables.
It’s not just a poetry event; it’s an opportunity to express the diversity and inclusion of all people. It embraces those not always seen in the area and who come from all walks of life.
The event is produced by Zee Koh Kreations.
For more information, visit facebook.com/PoetzDVendorExtravaganza or email poetzVextravaganza@gmail.com.

Bethel Arts Council exhibit opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Galleries at the Narrowsburg Union will host a group show of paintings, photography and mixed media by members of the Bethel Arts Council (BAC).
The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, June 4.
Featured artists are Eileen Curtis Israel, William Landau, Gail Tuchman, Adrienne Walker, Hassina Brodie, Susan Baus, Cynthia Shechter, Keith Newman, James Hawley, Aaron Lieberman, Caroline Harrow, Nick Clemente and Joanie Nicole.
The exhibit is the BAC’s first major group show in over two years.
Established in 2016 as a nonprofit organization serving the artists of the greater Bethel community, the BAC provides creative support to over 100 artists through exhibition opportunities, by sponsoring community events and much more.
The Galleries at the Narrowsburg Union are located at 7 Erie St. in Narrowsburg. For more information visit narrowsburgunion.com or contact curator@narrowsburgunion.com.
To learn more about the BAC, visit the group on Facebook at bethelart.org.

The guitars that changed the world

HURLEYVILLE, NY — As the music of the American south migrated to the north, across the country to the west, then across the ocean and back again, guitars carried the message.
Join band Little Sparrow and guests from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, for a celebration of the guitar in acoustic, folk, country and rock music.
The featured performer is guitar virtuoso Van Manakas, who plays bluegrass, rock, country swing and jazz guitar.
The concert will be held at the Sullivan County Museum.
The show will focus on the acoustic music that formed the basis for rock and roll. Much of the music is from the early 1970s, but modern examples and golden oldies might appear too.
The museum is located at 265 Main St. in Hurleyville.
There is no charge to attend, but donations will directly support the music.
For more information, call 845/434-8044, or visit the Sullivan County Historical Society on Facebook at scnyhistory.

Tshombe Selby at the DV Opera

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Tenor Tshombe Selby will perform at the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
Selby sang his first full opera role, the Count in “Barber of Seville”, at the DVO. He left his home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina to come north to study opera and has made Callicoon a second home.
Selby is currently engaged in the ensemble of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City, and this spring, he sang with the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Join Tshombe as he shares his beautiful tenor voice and his favorite songs and arias.
Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased at https://www.delawarevalleyopera.com/index.php/tickets-for-2022.
For more information, visit delawarevalleyopera.com.

Gathering Time with Mara Levine at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The folk-rock harmony group Gathering Time will perform at the Cooperage on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
The group plays original, classic, 20th-century and traditional music. Members Stuart Markus, Christine Sweeney and Gerry McKaveny “evince deep roots in ‘60s folk rock, with a health dash of traditional folk,” said a Cooperage spokesman.
Singer Mara Levine interprets traditional and contemporary folk songs. She tours nationally and often shares shows with Gathering Time.
Gathering Time and Mara Levine have requested masking with proof of vaccination or a negative test within two days.
Tickets cost $20 each. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit The Cooperage Project.

The winding paths of meditation

GREENTOWN, PA — Pike County has a secret: Labyrinth Garden PA. The garden and its maze can be enjoyed for itself, or the journey can aid in meditation and prayer.
The permanent outdoor labyrinth garden, created by artist Carol Cannon-Nesco, measures 126 feet across and took her five years to build. It is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, by appointment only.
Tickets cost $3 per person; there is no charge for children under 12.
World Labyrinth Day takes place on the first Saturday of May; this year it’s May 7. “Every year…thousands of people around the globe participate in World Labyrinth Day as a moving meditation for world peace and celebration of the labyrinth experience,” according to worldlabyrinthday.org.
To learn more about Labyrinth Garden PA, visit labyrinthgardenpa.com.

‘Songs of New York’ by Blake Friedman

MILFORD, PA — Operatic tenor Blake Friedman will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Milford Theater.
The show is sponsored by the Foundation for Harmony Presents and the Milford Hospitality Group.
Told through the American operatic, bel canto and musical theater repertory, “Songs of New York” is the story of a young man and his dream of going to the big city to become a star.
Ticket prices range from $40 for general admission to $70 VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with Friedman, complimentary wine and light fare after the show.
Friedman will also perform on Friday, July 29 at Harmony In The Woods.
This will be the last spring concert before Harmony In The Woods opens its outdoor amphitheater on Friday, July 1 for its second full season of concerts.
The Milford Theater is located at 114 E. Catharine St. in Milford.
For more information about Harmony In The Woods, the Milford Theater, or to buy tickets, visit harmonyinthewoods.org or themilfordtheater.com.
Learn more about Blake Friedman at www.blakefriedmantenor.com.

Art show raises funds for Ukraine

NEVERSINK, NY — In an event to raise funds for the people of Ukraine, artists and friends Jörg Madlener and Paul Metzger from Claryville will exhibit their recent project “No One Enters the Same River Twice” at the ARTRA Gallery in Neversink.
The show will be open between Saturday, April 30 and Saturday, May 14. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. on April 30 at the gallery, 4 Schumway Rd. in Neversink.
The event is sponsored by the Neversink General Store.
The title is a reference to the quote “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man,” by Greek philosopher Heraclitus.
Seeking peace close to nature, Madlener, who is a painter, and Metzger, a photographer, found inspiration for their work on the banks of the Neversink River.
The project, said Metzger, was born early in the winter, when Madlener, unable to travel upstate from New York City, asked the photographer to capture images of the river’s bank covered in snow, which the painter later used to create some of the work in the show.
Seeing all the suffering caused by the war in Ukraine, Madlner and Metzger decided to use the exhibit as a fundraiser. The money will be donated to the Unicef Children’s Fund.
The April 30 reception will feature hors d’oeuvres by the Neversink General Store’s Chef Jaime and wine. Both artists will be present to talk about their work and the fundraising initiative.
For more information, visit the Neversink General Store on Facebook.

Family movie matinee

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk United Methodist Church will hold a family movie matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
Refreshments will follow.
All are welcome.
The church is located behind the Equinunk General Store.
For more information, call the church at 570/224-4165 or on Facebook at Churches of the Equinunk United Methodist Charge.

First annual Forest City Trail Trot 5K

FOREST CITY, PA — After a long winter, a 5K might be just the thing to make you feel warmer.
The first annual Forest City Trail Trot 5K and Community Walk will be held on Saturday, May 7 on the D&H Trail.
The trailhead starts on Commerce Boulevard in Forest City and the race itself starts at 10 a.m.
A one-mile community walk will follow at about 10:45 a.m.
The race/walk honors Donny Teague, who passed away in January at the age of 91. “For all who knew Don,” a press release stated, “he was always running. He was known and will be remembered for his true love of the sport, his boundless energy and his colorful and attention-grabbing outfits” when he ran.
Funds raised from the race will be used to support projects connecting local businesses to the region’s outdoor experiences. Forest City received a grant that allowed it to participate in “Outdoor Towns,” a program that helps the city take a close look at its natural resources and assets and help spread the word about everything the city has to offer.
Race fees for the 5K are $35. Fees for the community walk are $20.
Help is also welcome. Sponsors are needed, as are donations, gift certificates and race-day items.
You can register and/or donate on the race page at visitforestcitypa.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the 5K link.
For more information, to donate a gift certificate or volunteer at the race, email the Greater Forest City Business Alliance at gfcba13@gmail.com.

Booklovers’ Bash is back

HAWLEY, PA — Join the Hawley Public Library and friends for a casual evening of fun and food at the Booklovers’ Bash at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
The event will be held at the Hawley Hub, 318 Main Ave. and is one of the library’s major fundraisers.
The night will include appetizers, sandwiches, and wraps from The Mustard Seed Cafe in Waymart. A cash bar will have ale from Hopping Eagle Brewing and wine from Three Hammers Winery, both in Hawley. Alan Cooper provides the music with some karaoke thrown in.
Tickets cost $45 per person or $80 per couple, and can be purchased online at hawleylibrary.orf/booklovers-bash.html or at the library.
Sponsors are also needed.
For more information about the fine-free Hawley Public Library or the Booklovers’ Bash, visit www.hawleylibrary.org.

Start a health career at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host Health and Social Sciences Day beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the college.
Learn more about its health and social sciences programs, meet the faculty and discuss how to get into a high-demand and rewarding career.
Health and social science programs and courses at SUNY Sullivan include nursing, respiratory care, medical assistant, emergency medical technician, certified nursing assistant, alcoholism and drug abuse counseling, physical education, sports management and more.
The college offers childcare options for students with kids.
The event lasts until 2:45 p.m.
To learn more or to register for Health and Social Sciences Day, visit SUNY Sullivan.

SCVA holds brochure-exchange event

FORESTBURGH, NY — National Travel and Tourism Week is almost here and so the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA) will hold its 21st annual Brochure Exchange at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at the Forestburgh Playhouse.
It’s a chance to meet and network with other local businesses, a spokeswoman said. Food will be catered by Mr. Willy’s.
There is no charge for an SCVA member and guest, and a fee of $20 per additional person per business. A ticket for a non-member business costs $30.
National Travel and Tourism Week marks the contributions of the U.S. travel industry. It is held from May 1 through 7.
The playhouse is located at 39 Forestburgh Rd. in Forestburgh.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit Sullivan Catskills Tailgate Event, email lmh@scva.net or call 845/747-4449.

Upcoming shows, auditions from SCDW

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will perform “Wait Until Dark” at the Rivoli Theater beginning Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 22.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. on May 13, 14, 20 and 21. On May 15 and 22 the show starts at 2 p.m.
It is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and veterans.
The SCDW is also holding auditions for “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)” on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Rivoli Theater.
The show dates are Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 17.
For information about “Wait Until Dark” or the auditions, call the SCDW at 845/436-5336.

Painting the spring landscape

HURLEYVILLE, NY/ONLINE — Paint along with artist Cynthia Rosen, who will share her kaleidoscopic palette knife-painting technique in a two-hour livestream, courtesy of Gallery 222.
The materials list is available online.
The livestream costs $30, which includes a video recording.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Karen Meneghin, founder of Zane Grey Plein Air, will hold a live studio at Gallery 222. The cost is $30.
You can bundle the livestream and live studio for $55.
Gallery 222 is located at 222 Main St. in Hurleyville.
For more information, visit Zane Grey Plein Air at zanegreypleinair.com or email info@ZaneGreyPleinAir.com.

 

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