The SCDW Foley artist, decluttering and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, September 15-21

Posted 12/31/69

 The ‘Afterlife Radio Show’ and the Foley artist

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is offering a radio play, “The Edgar Allan Poe Afterlife …

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The SCDW Foley artist, decluttering and more

What's going on in arts and leisure, September 15-21


 The ‘Afterlife Radio Show’ and the Foley artist

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is offering a radio play, “The Edgar Allan Poe Afterlife Radio Show,” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello. It “brings us into the world of Poe, as his spirit is determined to keep his works alive for this new generation obsessed with iPhones and television,” a spokesperson wrote.
Accompanied by his very opinionated feline companion, Poe presents several of his most well-known works in the form of a radio show, complete with live Foley sound effects.
Wondering who or what a Foley artist is?
Foley work is all about the sound. Generally, an audience focuses on the visuals, the spokesperson said, but it is sound that animates and completes the experience. To be a Foley artist requires a knowledge of sound, music and rhythm. At the SCDW, Ethan King, under the tutelage of Jim Schmidt, has created the eerie, spooky and unnerving noises that spark the imagination and trigger emotions.
The Foley artist is considered a cast member, and you can see him in action on the Rivoli’s side stage.
Show dates and times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, September 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.
General admission tickets cost $15, and tickets for students, seniors and the military cost $12. Purchase tickets at the Rivoli box office or at

10-day fall declutter challenge

ONLINE — Got too much stuff? Not enough time to go through it?
If that’s you, consider this online program from the Western Sullivan Public Library on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Professional organizer and author Jamie Novak will inspire attendees to tidy up in just 10 minutes a day. You’ll get a follow-along checklist, resources and lots of tips. She’ll guide you through your first mini-task during the program.
By the end of the 10 days, you could have less clutter and might have made noticeable progress.
To sign up, visit the events calendar at A Zoom link will be sent before the program, so include your email when registering.
For additional information, or for help with Zoom, call 845/482-4350.

Fall fun for free at Frost Valley YMCA

CLARYVILLE, NY — Fall will be here in just a few short weeks and it’s a great time for families to enjoy seasonal activities like going on hayrides, making apple cider or painting pumpkins.
Frost Valley YMCA is holding family events in September and October, and there is no charge to attend.
On Sunday, September 25, a farm day will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Frost Valley’s educational farm, located at 2875 Denning Rd.
The YMCA promises a “fun-filled day of farm activities including making apple cider, picking vegetables, and feeding the animals. Pick out Halloween pumpkins, go on a hayride, meet the animals and enjoy farm-fresh food.”
Frost Valley’s Halloween Community Day takes place on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Families can paint pumpkins and make apple cider until 4:45 p.m. Halloween-themed games and a haunted trail will take place between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Frost Valley YMCA states it is a “values-driven organization with a mission to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through outdoor educational and recreational programs for all.”
Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, call 845/985-2291 ext. 450.

From the U.K. to the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Black Feathers built up a following in the U.K., and are now spreading their wings across the U.S. The band is landing at the Cooperage on Sunday, September 18, beginning at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler are the Black Feathers; they formed the group in 2012.
“The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing,” noted a press release from the Cooperage. “Their music quickly draws the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep” audiences listening.
All ages are welcome.
The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.
Tickets for the concert, which is presented by RiverVibes, cost $20. Purchase tickets at
Learn more about the Black Feathers at

Kiwanis hold fall festival

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Fallsburg Fall Festival, hosted by the Kiwanis of Woodridge, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Rain date is Sunday, September 18.
Alakazam, a magician, will perform and vendors will offer their wares. Kids aged 12 and under can join a scavenger hunt.
The Hula Hoop contest is open to people of all ages, and Pony Express will provide the music.
The Fallsburg parks department café will be open for refreshments.
There’s no charge for parking or admission.
To learn more, call Jill at 845/798-6058 or Diane at 845/866-3204.

Broadway tunes to delight and inspire

PORT JERVIS, NY — The fifth “Broadway Babies” show is about to open at Marsh Hall. For the uninitiated, it’s an evening of the best songs from musical theater, performed by members of the Presby Players, Orange County’s longest-running community theater.
Show dates are 7 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.
All the songs are drawn from Broadway shows.
Musical director Sandy Statler said the audience can expect to hear works from Steven Sondheim, Alanis Morissette, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lloyd Weber and others.
“One of the most exciting things about it is these actors of various ages are getting the opportunity to sing some of Broadway’s greatest hits,” said artistic director Jeffrey Stocker.
Sixteen-year-old Roxy Cauchi is a veteran of musical theater. She’s been in four of the “Broadway Babies” productions. This year, she will perform two solos and a trio, in addition to the whole-cast songs. “I think it will be really great,” she said. “I’m really excited; everyone [in the cast] brings a lot of joy to it.”
The cast has been asked to perform at the Milford Music Festival on Saturday, September 24.
Tickets cost $10 at the door. Doors open a half hour before curtain.
For more information, visit Presby Players on Facebook.

Sit around the map table at Morgan Outdoors

HURLEYVILLE, NY — On Friday, September 16, at 6 p.m., Morgan Outdoors will hold its first monthly gathering, titled “Sit around the Map Table,” at its new location. Participants will brush up on the meaning of topographic contour lines and gain a valuable and enjoyable skill, according to a press release.
If your topo map-reading skills are rusty, or you would like to learn what all those curvy lines mean, this session is for you. Reading topo maps is an old-school skill that is a blend of the fun, the nerdy, the hip and the super-useful, especially when electronics aren’t available. There is a fee of $5. Register in advance to guarantee a place at the table.
Email or call 845/ 693-4181 to register.
Morgan Outdoors is located at 234 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 845/693-4181.

CODES + SEEDS at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — Artists Claudine Luchsinger and Alexis Siroc have created CODES + SEEDS, an immersive art experience open until Friday, September 30 at the Narrowsburg Union Digital Gallery.
Siroc and Luchsinger “have set out to create a piece that expresses the melding of humanity, spirituality, technology and the natural world in this digital setting,” according to a press release.
The goal is to prompt dialogue about rural life in America.
“We are all seeds. We are all codes,” the artists wrote. “We are all seeds beginning in darkness. We are all codes starting with a single thought… We are all seeds, needing light and connection to flourish. We are all codes, sending signals for our future.”
A reception will be held at the Union’s gallery at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.
For more information, visit

New release highlights Catskill music

REGION — Enjoy the work of 22 musicians in the first installment of the Catskill Music Scene series.
The recording, available at the link below, features voices young and old, faces familiar and unfamiliar, a variety of genres and styles, “and a Borscht Belt-y showbiz flair like none other,” according to a press release.
The featured artists have a connection to the area and are “inspired by the same natural beauty and wonder which all beings experience in these mountains.”
It’s all about the great human dramas, playing out on Catskills stages.
Listen to volume one of the Catskill Scene Music Compilation at

Mushroom walk at Lacawac Sanctuary

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join mushroom expert Nathaniel Whitmore at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 17 for a guided walk at Lacawac Sanctuary. Learn about the mushrooms around us. Whitmore will discuss identification and where to look for many interesting species, as well as conservation and the ethics of picking and eating mushrooms.
The cost is $5 per person and registration is required.
Meet at the environmental education center. Register at

Women ‘STAND UP!’ at HPAC comedy night

HURLEYVILLE, NY — A special all-women comedy night will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the HPAC Cinema.
Performers include Ophira Eisenburg, Sarey Ruden, Abby Feldman and Maysoon Zayid.
The show includes music, a TEDx-style presentation and art you can take home.
If you’ve wanted to try comedy, you can go to the show, meet the performers and join the conversation about women in comedy.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Drinks are available for purchase prior to the curtain and during a 20-minute intermission.
The HPAC Cinema is located at 219 Main St.
Parking is available in two municipal lots on Main Street and Railroad Avenue.
Tickets cost $25. Purchase them at
For more information and to read about the performers, visit or call 845/985-4722.

Barbara de Vries to read at BetterWorld

MILFORD, PA — Local resident, designer, author and plastic-pollution activist Barbara de Vries will read from and sign her new book, “Coming Home: Modern Rustic, Creative Living in Dutch Interiors” at the BetterWorld Store. The reading takes place at 12 noon on Sunday, September 18, during the Milford Readers and Writers Festival.
The book is a “thoughtfully curated collection of spaces belonging to interior designers, product designers, architects and artists,” according to a press release. The properties show typical Dutch style and sensibility, brought into the 21st century.
De Vries’ background includes modeling, fashion design, work at Calvin Klein and development of her own label. She has since become an author, focusing on design and lifestyle.
After spending two years photographing the houses for “Coming Home,” she said that she realized that her own farmhouse in Milford, also a mix of old and new, strongly resembled the homes featured in the book.
BetterWorld is both a healthy-living store and an organic coffee shop on Milford’s historic Broad Street, across from the Hotel Fauchere. Its mission, according to a press release, is to “respect humanity and the earth, while going to great lengths to find products that genuinely do no harm.” The goal is to offer education experiences that will help enrich local communities, with a goal of a sustainable future for all.
The store is located at 322 Broad St., Ste. 2. Learn more at, or call 570/832-8555.

Drag bingo at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will host an evening of drag and bingo at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.
The event will feature music, entertainment, and humor. Participants will have five rounds of chances to win prizes.
Drag bingo follows the same rules as regular bingo, but features a fabulous drag queen with a big personality as caller and hostess of the evening, a Cooperage spokesperson said. Miss Belle Pepper of Milford will do the honors, with Polly Vinylchloryde as co-host.
Belle has been performing in the tri-state region and online for over four years. She won the title of Miss Stanhope in 2021, and raised over $40,000 for nonprofits, political candidates and more.
The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.
There is no fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. All ages are welcome.
Learn more at

Weekend fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host three events on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.
A geology hike will take place at 1 p.m. It’s a hike on the fossil trail with Paul Kovalski, aka Dr. Dinosaur, and will include a discussion of local geology and what makes the park at PEEC unique. The hike is free for PEEC members, and costs $5 for non-members.
That night, starting at 8 p.m., visitors can take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars, and enjoy the music of the night. Activities will let you test your night vision. Bring your own flashlight. There is a $5 cost.
On Sunday, a river paddle launches at 9 a.m. It’s a paddle down the Delaware; bring lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather. You can choose between a canoe and a kayak. The cost is $10. Pre-registration is required, and begins at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, visit

Healey Brothers golf tournament benefits Garnet Health

TUXEDO PARK AND MONROE, NY — The Garnet Health Foundation will hold the 31st annual Healey Brothers Golf Classic on Monday, September 26.
It takes place at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park and at the Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe. Both tournaments begin at 11 a.m.
The event benefits the Every Minute Counts campaign to renovate and expand the Garnet Health Medical Center emergency department.
The renovation will nearly double the size of the emergency department, according to the health center, and increase the capacity to 85,000 patient visits annually.
Dinner begins at 5 p.m. for all golfers and additional guests, at the Tuxedo Club.
“The Every Minute Counts campaign will help us transform emergency care and ensure that the Garnet Health Medical Center emergency department will always be prepared to help those who need us the most,” said William Dauster, president of Garnet Health Foundation.
To participate or sponsor the tournament, or for more information, visit or call the foundation office at 845/333-2333.
Learn more about the foundation at

SCDW, Frost Valley, Cooperage, Black Feathers, Kiwanis, Presby Players, Broadway Babies, Morgan Outdoors, CODES + SEEDS, Narrowsburg Union, Claudine Luchsinger, Alexis Siroc, Catskill Music Scene, Lacawac Sanctuary, HPAC, Barbara DeVries, PEEC, Garnet Health


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