‘What really matters’ from the Yarnslingers, and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community January 13 to 19

Posted 1/12/22

‘What really matters’ from the Yarnslingers

CALLICOON, NY — The Yarnslingers, a group of storytellers, will perform on Sunday, January 23, beginning at 2 p.m. The event will take …

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‘What really matters’ from the Yarnslingers, and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community January 13 to 19

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‘What really matters’ from the Yarnslingers

CALLICOON, NY — The Yarnslingers, a group of storytellers, will perform on Sunday, January 23, beginning at 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Seminary Hill Cidery on Wagner Lane in Callicoon.

The topic is “What Really Matters.” Stories will be told by Eric Baylin, Isabel Braverman, Leah Casner, Cass Collins, Mark Dunau, Nancy Dymond, Ramona Jan, Kazzrie Jaxen and Dawn McIntyre.

For more information, contact the cidery at 845/887-4056.

Because reading is fundamental, book clubs rule

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Winter weather got you stuck at home? Pick up a book and join the challenge.

The Wayne County Public Library is challenging readers in January, February and March to read:

  • A classic
  • A book about a person you would like to meet or would like to have met
  • A book about animals

You must complete a sentence about the book and whether you liked it in order to receive a prize. The review can be entered online or dropped off at the library.

With each challenge met, you can choose one book from the library’s book sale.

Each book review received will be entered in the bin for a grand prize drawing at the end of March.

Book reviews will be posted at the library until the end of March.

For more information, contact Elizabeth at 570/253-1220 or ewilson@waynelibraries.org.

 

The Poor People's March on Washington was organized by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968, but King was assassinated two months before the march took place. .
The Poor People's March on Washington was organized by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968, but King was assassinated …

 

Oliver King performs ‘I have a dream’ speech

MONTICELLO, NY — On Thursday, January 13, respected actor Oliver King will perform the powerful and iconic “I have a dream” speech, originally delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place on Zoom and YouTube Live. It is sponsored by the E.B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello.

Registration is required and is limited. Visit https://www.ebcpl.org, go to Events and click on Adult Calendar to register.

Farm Arts Collective receives PA humanities funding

DAMASCUS, PA — Farm Arts Collective has received a $6,000 grant from PA Humanities as part of a $1.4 million recovery and growth program. Called PA SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan), the initiative provides flexible funding to strengthen and grow the humanities across the state.

Grantees join the new PASHARP Learning Network; the funds from the network aim to help address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector by supporting creative programming, capacity building, and general operations.

In addition to funding, the PA SHARP Learning Network hopes to build a statewide community of people who create inclusive, engaged communities that are ready to lead the statewide recovery alongside PA Humanities, according to a press release.

“There has never been a better time to address the human condition, and we are grateful for the support and recognition from PA Humanities that Farm Arts Collective can respond creatively to our community through agri-cultural humanities programs,” said Tannis Kowalchuk, Farm Arts Collective artistic director.

Funding for PA SHARP comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Learn more at https://pahumanities.org/.

Learn more about the Farm Arts Collective at https://farmartscollective.org/.

Grants available at Sullivan Renaissance

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance has opened its 2022 grant program as of January 1.  

Grant categories include beautification, business assistance, technical assistance, capital improvement, healthy community initiatives and neighborhood revitalization.

Anyone considering a project, such as installing new welcome or directional signs, planting street trees, creating a park or adding hanging baskets and containers to storefronts or Main Streets can meet with Sullivan Renaissance staff about their ideas.

Staff are available to visit communities and organizations to help with project planning, garden design, and the application process.

Applications are available at https://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/ or call 845/295-2445.

Bored? Things are happening at the Western Sullivan Public Library

WESTERN SULLIVAN LIBRARY DISTRICT — The three libraries that make up the Western Sullivan Public Library district are holding a number of events and projects this month.

Start with the January crafts. January means snowmen. Kids will engineer snowman slingshot games, grow snowman crystals and more. The packets are meant for children age seven and up. Register on the library’s website below.

For teens and tweens, the theme is snowflakes. Make paper snowflakes, 3-D stars and paper lanterns. Meant for kids 10 and up, the kits may require adult supervision.

All kits are only available while supplies last.

Friday, January 14, at 10 a.m.: Raina Bowers leads a virtual class, available on the library’s social media channels or their website, on making winter napkin luminaries. The craft materials can be picked up at any of the three branches.

Tuesday, January 18, 6 p.m.: Learn how to create a podcast. Part three of a four-part series. Dale explains the world of podcasts. What are they? How are they different? The series will teach you how to create your own podcast. Register on the library’s website below; Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after registration.

Wednesday, January 19: Cricut meetup at the Jeffersonville branch, 5:30 p.m. Share your ideas with Sara Diehl and the other Cricut Crafters. Space is limited, therefore registration is required. Safety protocols will be in place. Masks must be worn indoors at all times.

To register for programs and for more information visit the library’s website at https://www.WSPLonline.org, and click on the calendar tab.

Deadline extended for pandemic support applications

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for agricultural producers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP).

This program provides pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses.

The deadline to apply for 2020 and 2021 eligible expenses is now February 4.  

Signup for OTECP, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency, began November 8, 2021.

NEAR cash is now available at the Main Street Farmers Market.
NEAR cash is now available at the Main Street Farmers Market.

Main Street Farmers Market offers Near Cash

HONESDALE, PA — Farmers markets are a trusted place to buy fresh and local produce, meats, eggs, dairy, bakery and more.

The Main Street Farmers Market in Honesdale now welcomes SNAP/EBT customers and offers vouchers.

It’s all part of NEAR Cash, a program created by the farmers market and the Wayne County Food Pantry, and funded with support from William E. Chatlos Foundation and community donations.

NEAR Cash provides nutrition education and awareness, with a focus on the local food system. Vouchers are given to eligible customers to spend at the market each week.

NEAR Cash is redeemable for fruits and vegetables, poultry and eggs, dairy products, baked goods, frozen meals, meats, and nuts and seeds. NEAR Cash can not be converted into cash, and no cash back can be given.

Purchases will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar, or customers may be asked to pay the difference. NEAR Cash is only redeemable at the Main Street Farmers Market, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program lasts through April.

For more information, call 570/253-2020 or email info@thecooperageproject.org.

Jennifer Kreisberg was a featured artist at last year's Indigenous Women's Voices summit at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.
Jennifer Kreisberg was a featured artist at last year's Indigenous Women's Voices summit at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.

HPAC nets arts council grant

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) has been awarded $49,500 per year for two years from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

The grant supports the arts organization’s recovery from pandemic-related closures and economic downturns.

NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021.

“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can to help this industry thrive once again,” said New York governor Kathy Hochul.

Despite the financial impacts of the pandemic, HPAC continued its work in the local community and its support of artists and staff, a statement from HPAC noted.  

The funds awarded to HPAC  will support new work by performing and visual artists, plus work that is part of the annual  Indigenous Women’s Voices summit. Funds will also help HPAC acquire lighting equipment and services in engineering, digital and promotional support.

For more information about HPAC and its work, visit https://hurleyvilleartscentre.org/.

 

The eagle in winter. Learn more about them on one of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy's bus tours.
The eagle in winter. Learn more about them on one of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy's bus tours.

 

Watch eagles from a nice, warm bus

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is offering opportunities for eagle-watching all winter, and a great way to do it is on an Eagle Watch bus tour.

The next one is scheduled for Saturday, January 15.

The bus tours are guided by an expert, and you’ll travel through the Upper Delaware River Region, learning about bald eagles and their habitat.

The trips begin at 10 a.m. at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Van Scott Nature Reserve in Beach Lake, PA. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, a camera, and snacks.

All current COVID safety guidelines will be followed and masks will be required while riding on the bus.

Seats on trips are limited and advance reservations are required.

Trips are scheduled for January 15, February 5 and February 12. The cost is $15 for Conservancy members and $25 for non-members.

To learn more, to reserve a space and to buy tickets, visit https://www.DelawareHighlands.org/events or call either 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010.

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