The lives and storytelling of the Original People and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community August 5 to 11

Posted 8/4/21

Nationally known storytellers at Harmony in the Woods

HAWLEY, PA — Nationally known storytellers from the Moth, NPR, the Bucks County Playhouse and more will appear at “FIRELIGHT: …

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The lives and storytelling of the Original People and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community August 5 to 11


Nationally known storytellers at Harmony in the Woods

HAWLEY, PA — Nationally known storytellers from the Moth, NPR, the Bucks County Playhouse and more will appear at “FIRELIGHT: Storytelling at Harmony in the Woods,” a two-day festival that will also test the storytelling abilities of audience members.

On August 6, the theme will be “It’s Getting Hot in Here”: tales of warm weather and other sultry subjects. On August 7 it’s “Unmasked”: stories of identity, perception and misperception.

The lineup includes storytellers James Braly, Michaela Murphy, Neil Genzlinger, Amy Edgar and Chris Harcum.

The shows will also feature an impromptu audience-participation element (no onstage appearance required).

Shows start at 7 p.m. at outdoor venue Harmony in the Woods in Hawley. Single-night tickets cost $25 and $35; tickets for both nights cost $40 to $60. Details at

Farm-to-Plate dinner honors community members and raises funds

LAKE ARIEL, PA — The Lacawac Sanctuary is hosting its annual Farm-to-Plate dinner on Saturday, August 14 at 6 p.m., at the Sanctuary’s Watres Lodge.

The event will honor Bruce Hargreaves, Grimm Construction, Melissa Scartelli and  Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Lacawac’s mission: to preserve the environment and shape the next generation of Earth stewards and scientists, according to their statement.

Ticket sales are limited. No refunds available.

For more information, go to

“Charlie Brown” at the Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be performed Tuesday, August 10 through Sunday, August 15 at the Forestburgh Playhouse in Forestburgh.

Showtimes are 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Matinees are 2 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 845/794-2005 or go online to

Library trustee petitions available       

MONTICELLO, NY — Petitions will be available Monday, August 2, for the October 6 election of trustees at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, NY.  Three board seats are open, each for a three-year term starting January 1, 2022.

Incumbents Constance Keller, Marvin Rappaport and Steven Sharoff are seeking re-election.

Candidates must reside in the library service area (the Town of Forestburgh, and those parts of the towns of Bethel and Thompson within the Monticello Central School District). Return petitions to the library by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 3.

For more information, call the library at 845/794-4660 ext. 6.

Ten Mile River alumni to meet, hike

NARROWSBURG, NY — Registration is open for the 2021 T.M.R. Alumni Reunion, to be held on Saturday, August 7.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Headquarters Camp, Ten Mile River Scout Camps.

The alumni association is also sponsoring a three-mile hike on the Tusten Mountain trail that morning. Hikers should be back at camp in time for the alumni reunion program.

You can register for the hike at the same time you register for the alumni reunion.

Register here: For more information about the Ten Mile River Scout Camps, see

The lives and storytelling of the Original People

NARROWSBURG, NY — Learn more about native American life in our area.  The Ten Mile River Scout Camps Museum is holding a discussion on Tuesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

Stories were used to teach children how to become members of their society and to understand their lives.

To learn more about the discussion, call the museum, 845/252-2063

Cellist Sergey Antonov (left) and pianist Ilya Kazantsev will perform “An Evening of Chamber Music” at the Shandelee Music Festival
Cellist Sergey Antonov (left) and pianist Ilya Kazantsev will perform “An Evening of Chamber Music” at the Shandelee Music Festival

Chamber music at Shandelee

SHANDELEE. NY — The “Evening of Chamber Music” at the Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) premieres on Tuesday, August 10, featuring award-winning musicians Sergey Antonov on cello and Ilya Kazantsev on the piano.

It will be held at the Sunset Concert Pavilion in Livingston Manor. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and are followed by a dessert reception. Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 for SMF members and $10 for students 17 and under. You can also attend virtually for $20.

Reservations are required; call 845/439-3277. Buy tickets and learn more at

Family night in the Town of Thompson Park

MONTICELLO, NY — The Town of Thompson, the Village of Monticello and the YMCA of Middletown have partnered to offer a “Family Fun” night at the Town of Thompson park in Monticello on August 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Supervised activities are offered for kids aged 5-14. Snacks and drinks will be provided. No pre-registration needed. Event will be held indoors if it rains.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Middletown at 845/395-1024 or

Two new exhibitions ‘Meld Nature and Humanity’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will hold an opening reception for its new exhibits on Saturday, August 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Samuelle Green’s “In the Absence of Gravity and Other Constraints” and Kathleen Anderson’s “Tuning Compositional Strategies” will be on display at the DVAA from August 7 to September 19, Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The DVAA is located at 37 Main Street in Narrowsburg. Walk-ins are welcome (no advance registration is required for these shows).

For more information on Samuelle Green, see

For more information on Anderson, go to

And to learn more about the DVAA, visit or call 845/252-7576.

The Mountain Winds Woodwind Quintet, chamber ensemble
The Mountain Winds Woodwind Quintet, chamber ensemble

Classical music celebration in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The historic district will host its fifth annual classical music celebration on Saturday, August 7. Most of the performances will be outdoors and there is no admission charge.

The event is produced by the Kindred Spirits Arts Program (KSAP).

For more information, see

The schedule is as follows:

2 p.m. — Mountain Winds woodwind quintet

At the Ann Street Park Gazebo. The chamber ensemble performs music by Beethoven, Ewazen, Rota, and Reicha. Its members include Donna Predmore, flute; Molly Malone, oboe; Marta Oberlin, clarinet; Jenny Galunic, horn; Travis Williams, bassoon.  

3 p.m. — Organ and harpsichord recital by Jane MacAlla-Livingston

At the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. A musician and scholar, Livingston will perform half of her selection on each of two instruments. Music by Bach, Purcell, Couperin, Charpentier, Liszt, and Brahms.  

4 p.m. — All-American music by Brass Quintessence    

At the Dimmick Inn. The brass quintet from Orange County, NY, returns with an array of American compositions by Ives, Gershwin, Bernstein, and Copland. The musicians are Stephen Austin, Keith Riddick, Craig Fryer, Sam Shackleton and Pam Dunleavy.  

5 p.m. — Duets for strings by Yuris Gute and Palak Oza

At Ambience Furniture and Fine Gifts. Yuris Gute, the principal violist of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra and up-and-coming musician Palak Oza will perform duos by Handel, Telemann, Valensin, and Pleyel.   

6 p.m. — Marimba Magic: Greg Giannascoli

On the Delmonico Cottage Green. Marimba and percussion artist Greg Giannascoli has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the U.S. and abroad. Pianist Ron Stabinsky will be an accompanist. The program includes works by Bach, Popper, Kreisler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gershwin, and Bernstein. 

Children & Youth Back to School Event

MILFORD, PA  ― The Pike County Office of Children and Youth Services will be holding a Back to School Event on Thursday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Ann Street Park in Milford. The first 100 attendees will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Additional donations of backpacks and other school supplies are welcomed.

For more information, contact Pike County Children and Youth Services: 570/296-3446.

Teddy Swims at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Atlanta singer/songwriter Teddy Swims will perform at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Friday, August 6 at 7 p.m., supporting the Zac Brown Band.

For tickets, go to

Learn more about Teddy at

Wintoon in the early 20th century
Wintoon in the early 20th century

History of Wintoon estate at Time and the Valleys Museum

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum will hold a dual in-person and virtual program on the history of Wintoon. It takes place on Sunday, August 8 at 2 p.m. on Zoom and at the museum.

Summer resident Laura Brock will speak about Wintoon, an estate built by her great-grandfather Clarence Roof in 1882. An avid fly fisherman, he purchased miles of land along the Neversink River in Claryville. Roof’s adopted daughter, Jenny Franklin Hovey Roof, married surgeon and inventor Karl Connell, who developed the first all-American gas mask used in World War I. They raised their family at Wintoon in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Members attend free, and non-members pay $5. In-person attendance is limited to 30 and registration is required. To register, email  with your name and number of attendees, and put “in-person registration” in the subject line. You can also call 845/985-7700.  To attend the program virtually on Zoom, email for the link, and put “Zoom program registration” in the subject line.  

For more information, call 845/985-7700, email or visit

Beatles and Beach Boys tribute shows at Dorflinger-Suydam

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Wildflower Music Festival presents two tribute shows this weekend.

Paperback Writer, a Beatles tribute band, performs this Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills. On Sunday, August 8, Catch a Wave, a Beach Boys tribute band, will appear in a matinee at 3 p.m.

Saturday night, the amphitheater opens about an hour before the show. On Sunday, the amphitheater opens at approximately 2 p.m.

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics and beverages of choice are allowed at the outdoor amphitheater. Picnics are allowed on the sanctuary grounds only on concert days. In the event of inclement weather, call 570/253-5500 after 12 noon to determine whether the concert has been moved to the air-conditioned Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley. Start times would remain the same.

For information on tickets visit General admission tickets can be purchased on the night of a concert, on the website, and in the Museum gift shop on the sanctuary grounds. The shop and glass museum are closed Monday and Tuesday. They are open Wednesday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

For more information, visit

Plant walk and nature photography at Pocono Environmental Education Center

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Join a hike and learn about wild edible and medicinal plants on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry. There is a $5 fee.

No collecting or consumption will be done during the program.

Also on August 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., learn beginner-level nature photography tips. Then you can practice at the PEEC campus. Kids are welcome. Bring a camera. $5 fee.     

On August 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, go hiking with a PEEC staff member and learn about the forests. This program is free.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day, explore the center’s indoor discovery room. No registration required; discovery room is limited to 15 people at a time and there is a $2 fee.       

For more information, contact the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at


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