The Native American wars, Juneteenth and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, June 16-22

Posted 12/31/69

Monument acknowledges Native American wars

MATAMORAS, PA — A new monument, commemorating the Native American wars in the United States, will be dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park and …

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The Native American wars, Juneteenth and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, June 16-22


Monument acknowledges Native American wars

MATAMORAS, PA — A new monument, commemorating the Native American wars in the United States, will be dedicated at Veterans Memorial Park and Education Center.
The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.
The guest speaker will be historian Frank Salvati, who will talk about Gen. Custer, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry.
Everyone is welcome.
The center is located just off Exit 53 from I-84, and can be found behind the football field.
For more information, visit the center on Facebook at Veterans Memorial Park and Education Center.

Juneteenth parade in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — A Juneteenth parade will commemorate the end of slavery on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 12 noon.
The parade begins at the Monticello Police Department on Pleasant St. and will end at the E.B. Crawford Library parking lot.
There will be activities, entertainment, refreshments and vendor tables outdoors on the library lawn until 3 p.m.
For more information, contact the library at 845/794-4660.

Learn to cook vegan soul food

DAMASCUS, PA — Farm Arts Collective presents a workshop on cooking vegan soul food with Adrienne Jensen on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at the Narrowsburg farmers’ market.
Jensen, a human rights activist and Farm Arts Collective performer, will share recipes and knowledge about Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom.
There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
For more information, visit

New exhibit at Ten Mile River Scout Museum

TEN MILE RIVER, NY — The village is gone, but traces still remain.
“The Archeology of Ten Mile River Village/Tusten Village” tells the story of the 1800s settlement on the Ten Mile River property, near the intersection of the Delaware River and the Ten Mile River.
It features 300+ artifacts excavated by a National Park Service archeologist in 2018, including 15 different types of pottery and china, most imported from England. The exhibit also includes period antiques inspired by the artifacts.
Ten Mile River Village was first settled as early as 1757. It was the center of the local bluestone mining and lumbering industries, with a saw mill, grist mill, general store, blacksmith’s shop, church, cemetery, school and a post office. Bluestone was mined on Tusten Mountain above the settlement.
By the late 1800s, the bluestone and the trees were gone and Tusten Village was basically abandoned. The property was acquired as part of the purchase by the Boy Scouts in 1927.
The TMR Scout Museum is open every day from July 2 to August 26 (except Mondays). It is also open by appointment.
For more information,call the museum at 845/252-2063 or send it a message at

Law and leadership for students

MILFORD, PA — The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department and the Delaware Valley School District will host a law and leadership academy for students in grades eight through 11.
It will take place Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Delaware Valley High School.
Students will develop a better understanding of the criminal justice system and their role as citizens.
There is no charge.
The camp is modeled after the police academies that adults attend, and involves physical training such as completing an obstacle course, marching and team-building activities.
Cadets will get a first-hand look at different aspects of policing, including patrol, investigations, K-9, SWAT, aviation and more.
Shirts will be provided the first day, and students will need to wear tan shorts, socks and athletic shoes.
Lunch will be provided.
Any students that are interested can submit an application to Eastern Pike Regional Police, 102 LaBarr Ln., PO Box 309, Matamoras, PA 18336.
For more information, visit

Drive-in concert this weekend

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Musicians Collective will host its first event at the Narrowsburg Union on Saturday, June 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rain date is Sunday June 19.
Four bands will be featured on the rotating stage, which was designed and built by Dan Brinkerhoff.
The TuneKeepers are Steve Jacobi, Dale Teeple, members of the group “The Old Time Fiddlers” and the band “Fiddlin’ Around,” and they showcase fiddling styles from all over the world.
Singer/songwriter Brewster Smith is the force behind Rafter’s Tavern. He will be joined on guitar by Elizabeth Rose.
Cliff Westfall’s western Kentucky roots combined with his love for New York rock and roll “has created music that is witty, relatable and dance-able,” a collective member said. He will be joined by his band.
The Poison Love Band presents a unique mix of Americana, with lead fiddle/guitar/vocal harmonies/percussion and original songwriting.
You can stay in your vehicle and listen on your car radio via FM transmitter, or bring lawn chairs and sit by one of the fire pits.
The collective asks that you support local restaurants by bringing take-out. You can also bring a picnic basket.
The suggested donation at the gate is $5 per person. All donations support local musicians and are tax-deductible.
For more information, visit the Upper Delaware Musicians Collective on Facebook.

Adult ballet at the Delaware Youth Center

CALLICOON, NY — Have you ever wanted to dance? Have you dreamed of embodying the grace and elegance of your inner ballerina?
An eight-week adult ballet program will be held at the Delaware Youth Center on Tuesdays, beginning at 6 p.m. on June 21.
The course runs through August 16, and skips July 5.
It is open for ages 18 and up, and will teach the basics of ballet vocabulary and placement through barre and center floor exercises.
The cost is $180 for the eight weeks.
For more information, or to sign up, email

Honesdale Rotary beer garden returns

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale Rotary will once again offer a beer—and wine—garden at the Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 18. Both events are back after a COVID-pandemic hiatus.
And, once again, the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the courtyard of the Episcopal Church at 9th and Church Streets.
This year, the event will feature beers from Hopping Eagle, Wallenpaupack Brewery and Here & Now for $7 a glass. Wine, bratwurst from the Alpine Restaurant and pretzels from Woodloch Resort will also be on the menu, along with popcorn and water.
The Honesdale Rotary counts close to 40 members. Its
projects at home include donating to the restoration of the Honesdale Borough pool, helping the Emergency Food Pantry and sponsoring signage for the Wayne and Pike Trails & Waterways Alliance/Lackawaxen River Trails.
Globally, often in conjunction with Honesdale High School’s junior Rotary Club, Honesdale Rotary has raised money for Ukrainian refugees, the international fight to end polio and the Rotary’s International Student Exchange Program.
Patrons must be 21 to enter the beer garden. An ID is required.
For more information, visit Honesdale Rotary on Facebook.

Fossils, fishing and more at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — There’s plenty to do this weekend at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
On Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m., take a hike on the fossil trail with Dr. Dinosaur, aka Paul Kovalski.
There is no charge for PEEC members; the cost is $5 for non-members.
At 8 p.m., spend some time outside in “Nature at Night.” It’s a chance to walk in the woods, listen for owls and look at the stars.
The cost is $5. PEEC recommends that you bring a flashlight.
On Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m. paddle the pond at PEEC; the staff will teach beginners what to do. Dress appropriately, since you could get wet.
Call in advance to reserve a boat.
There is no charge.
At 1 p.m., you can learn to fish in the PEEC ponds. All equipment is provided, and it is strictly catch and release. Call ahead to reserve a spot. Participants over 16 must have a valid fishing license.
For more information, visit

Becoming ‘Fully Committed’ at the Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse is offering a comedy on the mainstage.
“Fully Committed,” by Becky Mode, follows a day in the life of an actor handling the “red-hot reservation line” at New York City’s top restaurant. “Patrons,” a press release said, “will stop at nothing to secure a restaurant reservation.”
The show begins its run on Tuesday, June 21 and ends on Sunday, June 26. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
“Fully Committed” is directed by Michael Jablonski.
Mainstage single tickets cost $45, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 845/794-1194.
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, including box office hours, visit

First summer show from Kindred Spirits

MILFORD, PA — “Beasts of God and Man,” 1930s jazz, a prize-winning string quartet, Ukrainian music and dance—the Kindred Spirits Arts Programs this summer offer something for everyone, organizers say.
All performances but one (the “Celebration of Ukrainian Music, Song, and Dance”) will take place under an open-air canopy at Grey Towers National Historic Site.
All events scheduled for Grey Towers begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and tickets cost $25 via Eventbrite. Seating is limited, so reserve tickets as soon as possible.
The first performance takes place on Saturday, June 18 at Grey Towers. “Beasts of God and Man,” performed by Duo Custos and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart, showcases music and songs from the 13th and 14th centuries about various beasts. The works are performed on authentic wind and string instruments.
Kindred Spirits brings performing artists to northeast PA and arranges educational enrichment workshops for high school students.
To learn more and donate, visit, email, or call 570/409-1269.

Dyeing with local plants

DAMASCUS, PA — The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild (WWSG) will meet on Saturday, June 18 at the Damascus Community Center.
This month, the program will be “Dyeing With Locally Foraged Plants,” led by Annie Cadden.
The program begins at 1 p.m., but the spinning study group meets at 9 a.m., followed by a social hour at 10 a.m. The business meeting starts at 11 a.m., and will be followed by a bring-your-own-lunch meal.
Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided.
All are welcome.
The WWSG is a teaching guild servicing Sullivan and Wayne counties. Its purpose is to share the knowledge of spinning and weaving all kinds of fiber. The programs at each meeting teach these skills, as well as other types of fiber arts such as natural dyeing, felting and the care and use of spinning and weaving appliances.
Dues for the guild cost $20 for the year, and $30 for a family membership. Membership is open to all ages and skill levels, for anyone who wants to learn these fiber arts, and the guild has some materials—such as a spinning wheel and several types of weaving looms and other adjunct pieces—available for members to borrow while they learn.
Study groups focus on spinning, weaving and knitting, and those meetings are held separately from the general meetings.
Meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month, April through November.
For more information or directions, contact Lisa Rose at 845/866-4354.

A summer of lakeside music

BETHEL, NY — The summer concert series by Bethel Lakeside Music will return this year with 11 performances and speakers.
The events take place at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening starting June 23, and are held at the gazebo at Kauneonga Community Park. Performances are held rain or shine.
There is no charge.
The musicians represent a broad range of genres, including Americana, bluegrass, classical, country, blues, folk, funk, jazz and rock.
The series will kick off on June 23 with Keith Newman and Lynn Reno, and Rachel Berkman and Liam Leary.
For more information, visit Bethel Lakeside Music on Facebook.

River Rep Theatre at Rock Valley Schoolhouse

ROCK VALLEY, NY — The River Rep Theatre will perform a directed reading of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Rock Valley Schoolhouse.
The play is described as “a ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting that follows a playground altercation between two 11-year-old boys, bringing together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter.”
The reading features actors Donna Jean Fogel, Christopher Peditto, Myra Thibault and Greg Thomas. The play is directed by Nora Gair.
For more information, visit

Blueberry pancakes by Blooming Grove

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department (BGVFD) is holding a blueberry pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
It will be held at the Blooming Grove Volunteer Firehouse, 484 Rte. 739, one mile north of I-84; take exit 34.
The charge for the breakfast is $9 for adults and $5 for children aged 10 and under. There is no charge for children aged three and under.
The menu consists of blueberry or plain pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, coffee or tea and orange juice. You can eat in or take out.
For more information, call 570/775-7355 and leave a message. Consider joining the fire department or auxiliary. Learn more about the BGVFD at BGVFD on Facebook.

‘Tunes Along the Towpath’ returns

GLEN EYRE, PA — The Pike County Historical Society presents “Tunes Along the Towpath 2,” an outdoor concert that will be held behind Canal House 16. It will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.
The rain date is Sunday, June 19.
Gates open at 2 p.m. Bring your own refreshments, coolers and a lawn chair and listen to the music of local favorite Dan Engvaldsen. A musician, composer and songwriter, he has donated his time and talents to many local causes, a news release said.
His performance will be followed by Feast of Friends, playing the music of the Doors, their own music and more.
Advance tickets to this outdoor event cost $25 each and are available at the Columns Museum in Milford, by calling 570/296-8126, or by emailing You can also use the ticket link on the Columns Museum Facebook page.
Tickets will also be available at the gate at 2 p.m. on the day of the event.
The concert site is located at 495 Towpath Rd. There is parking in the fields behind Canal House 16, adjacent to the concert site with easy access.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Pike County Historical Society and the Care Cabin Food Pantry of Lackawaxen Township.
For more information, email

Comedy night at Eldred Preserve

ELDRED, NY — Two New York City comedians, Steven Scott and Chris Monty, will perform at the Eldred Preserve’s comedy night, Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m.
Scott, whose TV appearances include Comedy Central and “America’s Got Talent,” is described as a perfect mix of Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey.
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy and television under his belt, Monty continues to perform worldwide. His stand-up comedy specials “Just Be Happy” and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” is “reminiscent of the 1960’s cool funnyman mixed with a modern chic that spans generations,” according to a press release.
“We’re delighted to bring some much-needed comedic relief to our community after these challenging times,” said Scott Samuelson, the COO at the Eldred Preserve. “The Eldred Preserve is proud to provide a respite in nature, and Comedy Night will be an extension of that haven.”
Tickets cost $65 for premium seats and $55 for general admission.
Purchase tickets at
For more information, visit or call 845/557-8316.

Lotta fun at Apple Pond Farm

CALLICOON, NY — Apple Pond Farm continues this year’s calendar of events and education programs.
This weekend starts with “Farming with Kids and Adults” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Topics include growing vegetables; producing meat and eggs; generating wind and solar energy; raising sheep and goats for milk, meat, and fiber; and working with border collies.
For more information or to learn more about Apple Pond Farm, visit

 Take a whack at knotweed

BALLS EDDY, PA — The Shehawken chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Friends of the Upper Delaware River invite the public to learn more about curbing the knotweed problem on the Upper Delaware River.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the PA Fish & Boat Commission boat ramp on the West Branch.
Presenters will explain why this highly invasive plant is such a significant ecological threat to the river and offer practical solutions to help control its spread.
Participants will also have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by removing knotweed along the riverbank. If you plan on helping, you should bring a pair of gloves, and wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
For more information, call Shell Dufton at 516/551-3205 or email

‘Ek-phrasis’ at WCAA

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) has opened its newest exhibit, “Ek-phrasis: Words Inspire Art” at the WCAA Main Street Gallery.
Regional writers were invited to submit poems, and the artists of the WCAA then interpreted the work as visual art.
On display are poems rendered in photography, sculptures and acrylic paintings.
The exhibit runs through Saturday, August 6.
Artists included in the exhibition are D.C. Anderson, Jane Biron, Barbara Briden, Elizabeth Castellano, Phyllis Chekenian, Tom Colbert, Susan Cottle, Stephen Geldman, Erica Hart, Jay Hostetler, Rena Hottinger, Rachel Jones, Robert Kafes, Barbara Morcerf, Lindsay Orlando, Debby Pollak, Joan Polishook, Katherine Rosenberger, Tina Rosinski, Cynthia Shaw, Connor Simon and Edwin Vera.
Poets who contributed to the exhibition are Eric Baylin, Norma Bernstock, Cass Collins, Nick Dekker, Nancy Dymond, Brian Fanelli, Daryl Fanelli, Ben Felker-Quinn, Mary Greene, Chelsea Harlan, Dorothy Hartz, Dawn Leas, Jane Luchsinger and Patricia Markert.
The exhibit was made possible by Happy Tattoo.
The Main Street Gallery is located at 959 Main St., upstairs from Missing Pieces.
For more information, visit

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