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December 2018

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FROM THE PUBLISHER... by Barry Plaxen Synchronicities of the Month: Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride arranged for saxophone in Cornwall-on-Hudson and for winds & brass in Bullville, Montgomery, Pine Bush and Newburgh. Deer in Huguenot & Cows in Pine Bush. Vocabulary Lesson: Unwonted: unaccustomed or unusual. Hodie: a Latin adverb meaning “today” or “at the present time”. Pyrography: the art of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. In this issue: Magnificent music in Monroe.

Poetry & Song Lyrics together in Sugar Loaf. Poetry & Art together in Narrowsburg. Book Talk & Art together in Ellenville. Family Fiddlin’ in Hurelyville. Santaland comes to Campbell Hall. Classic Art in Shohola and Printmaking in Warwick. Nutcrackers in Walden, Warwick, Cornwall and Goshen. Chorale concerts in Milford, Warwick, Liberty, Middletown, Blooming Grove, Goshen, Newburgh and Beacon. Clarinet music in Central Valley. Lorna Luft in Milford, Judy Collins in Bethel and Alice Shane in Rock Tavern. A Madrigal Feaste in Monticello.

TO THE EDITOR... I LOVE the Warhol-like cover featuring Dawn! I am so pleased that she was recognized at the Art Council’s Gala this year for all of her outstanding and devoted work perpetuating Orange County artists. Kudos to CANVAS for recognizing her compassionate involvement with the arts; no one is more deserving to be honored. - Karen E. Gersch I just wanted to thank you for your devotion to the arts, and especially for publishing CANVAS. This month’s issue cover illustration of Dawn by Nancy Karp, actually blew me away...Dawn always had such a beautiful / outreaching smile, and she will always be missed by us all. Thank you again for your strong commitment to the arts. - Clayton Buchanan On behalf of everyone at Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) I just wanted to take a moment

to say thank you for your generosity this past summer in publicizing our productions of “An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan” and “The Magic Flute” especially with regard to the large beautiful article with so many of our headshots, which we absolutely loved! You were incredibly helpful in getting the word out about our productions. Your support went a long way toward helping DVO to have one of its best seasons ever, and we are very grateful. - Mary Burkhart Thank you so much - what a great article on Peter Hall and “Do You Love What You Do!?” - I love CANVAS and I am so happy to see Dawn Ansbro on the cover! YAY! - Amy Sweetman Thank you! We posted your article on Facebook and hope that more people can appreciate the work of CANVAS! - Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

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Live in HD in Loch Sheldrake (opera) and in Newburgh (a musical and a play). Audio Art in Livingston Manor. Actors, puppets, clowns and mimes perform A Christmas Carol in Greenwood Lake. Colored pencil drawings in Port Jervis. House Tours in Goshen and Newburgh. Sing-along carols in Maybrook. The beauty of nature in art and photography in Highland Mills and Youngsville. The staff at CANVAS sends warm wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year to our wonderful readers. And a warm thank you to all the area creatives who gave us all pleasure and uplifted us throughout 2018.

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COVER “Snow Surprise” by Kate Hyden See page 20 CALENDARS Art & Photography ��������������������������������� 16 Books ����������������������������������������������������� 16 Category ������������������������������������������������ 13 Children & Teen’s ����������������������������������� 16 December 2018 Calendar ���������������� 14-15 Demos and Lectures ����������������������������� 12 Music - Pop, Folk, Rock, etc., ���������������� 12 COLUMNS May I Have A Word With You ���������������� 18 Meet Me in The Library �������������������������� 26 STORIES Amity Gallery, Warwick �����������������������������8 Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh ��������������� 22 Artists’ Market, Shohola ����������������������������8 Backpack Snack Attack, Warwick ���������� 16 Bethel Woods �����������������������������������������11 CANVAS Holiday Shopping ������������������� 23 CAS Laundry King, Livingston Manor ���� 20 Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor ���� 20 Classic Choral Society ������������������������������9 Cornerstone Theater Arts, Campbell Hall ���8 Country Voices Poetry Group �������������������4 Crawford Arts Association, Pine Bush ��� 10 Deerpark Senior Center, Huguenot ������� 28 Delaware Arts Center, Narrowsburg �� 4, 23 Delaware Valley Choral Society ����������������9 Domesticities, Youngsville ��������������������� 20 Downing Film Center, Newburgh ����� 10, 24 Element Square, Middletown ����������������� 21 Ellenville Public Library & Museum ����������6 Florida Public Library ����������������������������� 20 Goshen Art League �����������������������������������4 Goshen Christmas House Tour �����������������4 Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra � 27 Greenwood Lake Library ����������������� 22, 27 Greenwood Lake Theater ���������������������� 13

Community Arts: News, Views And Schedules Publisher, Barry Plaxen barry@dhcanvas.com Editor, Sophia Krcic editor@dhcanvas.com ads@dhcanvas.com Delaware & Hudson CANVAS 297 Stone Schoolhouse Road Bloomingburg, NY 12721 www.dhcanvas.com 845.926.4646 / 4647 Facebook: D&H CANVAS Please email calendar submissions by the 15th of the prior month to calendar@dhcanvas.com Please email submissions for classifieds to classified@dhcanvas.com Nothing in this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Helena Clare Pittman, author & artist �������6 Highland Mills Library ���������������������������� 28 Hudson Opera Theatre Orch. & Chorus ���7 Hudson Valley Dance Theatre ��������������� 24 Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation ��13 Hurleyville Arts Centre ����������������������� 3, 22 Janet Howard-Fatta, art demo, Warwick ��5 Kindred Spirits Arts, Milford ������������������� 21 Maybrook Wind Ensemble ��������������������� 17 Megaphone Series, Sugar Loaf ������������� 27 Middletown Concert Chorale ��������������������9 Milford Theatre ����������������������������������������11 Monroe Arts Society ������������������������������ 14 Mt. St. Mary College Desmond Campus �� 28 Music in Central Valley �������������������������� 17 Music on Market, Ellenville �������������������� 25 NACL Theatre, Narrowsburg ������������������11 Nesin Cultural Arts, Monticello ��������������� 23 New Rose Theatre, Walden ����������������������7 Newburgh Chorale ������������������������������������9 Newburgh Historical Society ������������������ 25 Pennings Farm Market, Warwick ������� 3, 27 Pine Bush Community Band ���������������������5 Potluck Concerts, Cornwall-on-Hudson � 18 Ritz Theatre, Newburgh ������������������������� 24 River Valley Artists Guild ������������������ 14, 28 Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf �������������� 27 Shadowland Stages, Ellenville �������������� 14 Sullivan County Community Chorus ���������9 Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville �������5 SUNY Orange, Middletown �������������������� 12 SUNY Orange, Newburgh ��������������������� 12 SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake ������������ 10 Unitarian Universalist Cong., Rock Tavern ���11 UpFront Exhibition Space, Port Jervis ��� 14 Wallkill River School, Montgomery �������� 19 Warwick Center for the Performing Arts 19 Warwick Valley Chorale ����������������������������9 Wurtsboro Art Alliance ����������������������� 6, 23

Early Holiday Events in Hurleyville Hurleyville Arts Centre Oscar screenplay nominations presents its third annual for The Thin Man, After the screening of It’s A Wonderful Thin Man, Father of the Life. Over the years, the Bride and Seven Brides for accolades have been rightly Seven Brothers, and they won given to the director and Writers Guild of America actors, many of which are awards for Easter Parade, A. Hackett & F. Goodrich household names. Father’s Little Dividend and Somehow overlooked are The Diary of Anne Frank, as the creators of the screenplay, well as nominations for In the Frances Goodrich and Albert Good Old Summertime and Hackett, who deserve as much The Long, Long Trailer. They credit as the others involved in also won a Pulitzer Prize for this masterpiece. They adapted Drama and the New York their screenplay from the short story, The Drama Critics Circle award for their original Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern play, The Diary of Anne Frank. wrote in 1939. Stern was a historian and Screenings of the film at the Centre, 12 author of some 40 works, best known for Railroad Ave., Hurleyville, are on November his books on the Civil War that a New York 30 & December 1, 7:30pm. 845-707-8047. Times obituary called “authoritative” and “widely respected by scholars.” Santa Comes to Hurleyville Arts Centre Not long after marrying, the couple went Kids: write your list (and check it twice) to Hollywood in the late 1920s to write and letters for Santa! Parents and friends: the screenplay for their stage success, Up bring your camera/phone/tablet and take Pops the Devil for Paramount Pictures. In your child’s photo with Santa! 1933 they signed a contract with MGM All are welcome and it’s free, at the Centre, and remained with them until 1939. Among December 8, Noon-4:00pm and December their earliest assignments was writing the 9, 4:30pm-7:00pm. screenplay for The Thin Man. They received Visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org

Celebrate the Holidays at Pennings! For more than 30 years, Pennings Farm Market has been a steadfast retailer of locally grown produce under the attentive ownership of Steve and Jill Pennings. Maintaining established farm-to-farm relationships is the key ingredient in the recipe that makes Pennings a real signature destination for entrée-tainment. All ages are invited to decorate a preassembled holiday Gingerbread House. Get creative with dozens of candy supplies, icing and graham crackers on December 2, 9 and 16 at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.penningsfarm.eventbrite.com Share your wish list with Santa, capture a keepsake photo and take a holiday hayride on December 16 and 23, 10:00am-2:00pm. Christmas carols and holiday music will be performed by local singers and musicians including the Warwick Valley High School Meistersingers on December 8 and 15 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, and noted keyboardist Michael Purcell will perform a full repertoire of favorite Christmas songs

for all to sing along to on December 22, from 1:00pm-3:00pm (see page 27). Pennings is also having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance Party. Wear your UGLIEST holiday sweater and get lively on the dance floor on December 21, from 8:00pm-11:00pm. A selection of craft beers and hard cider from Pennings Farm Cidery are always on tap. Take your holiday photos at the photo booth area. (Over 21 only after 9:00pm). For New Year’s Eve, Pennings rolls out the red carpet for partygoers at the annual New Year’s Eve Party with music by Crowd Theory (see photo) from 9:00pm-1:00am, with a holiday photo backdrop, midnight keg drop and complimentary champagne toast. Late night snack buffet included. Over 21 only. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.penningsfarm.eventbrite.com Pennings Farm Market is located at 161 Route 94S, Warwick, and Pennings Farm Cidery is at 4 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick. Visit www.penningsfarmmarket.com and www.penningsfarmcidery.com


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Poetry & Art in Narrowsburg: December 1 Goshen Art League: Visions of Sugar Plums Country Voices Poetry during the early Yuan Group has been on the Dynasty. She is credited literary scene in Sullivan with being the most County since 2014. This famous female painter group of poets shares the in Chinese history, fruits of their craft with remembered not only as the community in various a talented woman, but public readings. also as a prominent figure Running With The in the history of bamboo Muse: An Ekphrastic painting. Collaboration is a The sculpture by Rubin bringing together of inspired a poem titled Tin talent where visual and Faces by F. Dale Gass literary arts meet at a for her father who passed crossroads celebrating away recently. creative magic. An This exciting ekphrastic poem is a vivid collaboration with “Canon-Guan Daosheng” by Allan Rubin description of a scene BlueStone Poets, or, more commonly, a recently held in work of art. Through Callicoon, will once the imaginative act of again be presented narrating and reflecting in Narrowsburg, this on the “action” of a time with a Powerpoint painting or sculpture, display of thirteen the poet may amplify artworks while ten and expand its poets read their own meaning. ‘expansions’, at the The work by artist “Reflection of the Mountain” by Nancy Wells Delaware Arts Center, Allan Rubin, titled Canon-Guan Daosheng located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, on (see photo) is a sculpture entirely made of December 1 at 4:00pm. tin cans! Guan Daosheng (1262-1319) was Admission is free. a Chinese poet and painter who was active For further information: 845-252-7576.


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the decorating scheme, “The children were which features edible nestled all snug in their beds, candies, gingerbread, and while visions of sugarplums giant nutcrackers beckoning danced in their heads.” holiday visitors. “Since childhood, I have Visions of Sugar Plums been intrigued by that line will be the final show in Clement Clark Moore’s curated in that space by immortal poem, A Visit Bonelli, who has announced From St. Nicholas,” says she is stepping down from Gloria Bonelli, curator of a leadership and chief the Goshen Art League’s curatorial position on the (GAL) current exhibit. Board of GAL. Year’s end Bonelli suggested Visions of also marks the closing of Sugar Plums as the theme Julissie Saltzberg’s tenure for the holiday exhibit at the as president of the League. Goshen Music Hall. Together, Bonelli and GAL artists, as is their wont, interpreted the title of “Shape Dancer” by Tracy Dentico. Saltzberg developed the Recycled mixed media. system of rotating shows the show in myriad ways, in varying media, and explored the theme both in this Goshen landmark, where they have literally and more loosely as well. On view been hosted by Music Hall owner Gerry through January 30, the 52 works by 31 Hluchan. “We will remain available to artists range from representational paintings, consult with a GAL transition team, and to holiday inspired abstracts, to advent encourage them to continue the tradition we calendars and winter themes. Inspired by established, together with our colleagues, the show’s title are various depictions of the of quality rotating exhibits. We are so very Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and of proud of this program,” says Saltzberg. “Over the course of our tenure, the Music course, a number of stately Nutcrackers. The Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Srteet, Hall lobby became the single full-time art is a destination on the Catholic Charities gallery in Goshen,” states Bonelli. “I look Christmas House Tour, December 1. And forward to attending many upcoming exhibits so the show’s theme was incorporated into here and enjoying them as a civilian.”

Family Fiddles in Hurleyville on Dec. 2 The Kurpil Family (mandolin & guitar) Fiddlers are bringing and Lester Wilson their history and old(bass), “and sometimes time fiddlin’ to the others” their Facebook Sullivan County page boasts. Museum. Bring your The free concert family to hear this on December 2 at family fiddle! The 2:00pm is part of performance kicks off the Sullivan County the Museum’s new Historical Society’s Theme Tree Exhibit. annual Holiday Open The Kurpils are House and Theme natives of Sullivan Kurpil Family Fiddlers: Christina Jones, Tree Exhibit, which Sam Kurpil and Cindy Gieger. County and operate a runs from 1:00pmfarm in Jeffersonville. 4:00pm. Refreshments Sam Kurpil is in his 90s will be served, and guests and still plays guitar with are also invited to bring the band. He learned to holiday cookies or a snack play from his father; then to share. he taught his daughters, The themed trees will Cindy Gieger and remain on display for the Christina Jones, who both rest of the month. play fiddle and harmonize The Museum is together. located at 265 Main The Sullivan County Street, Hurleyville. For Carol Smith & Aldo Troiani band Little Sparrow will information, call 845-434host the event and will join the Kurpils for 8044 or visit www.scnyhistory.org several special holiday songs at the end of This program is made possible with the performance. Little Sparrow has been funding from a Sullivan County Arts and performing in and around the Western Heritage Grant, funded by the Sullivan Catskills since 2008. Band members include County Legislature and administered by the Carol Smith (guitar & vocals), Aldo Troiani Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Still-Life Demo in Warwick The Warwick Art League will host a demonstration by Janet Howard-Fatta who will paint a contemporary still-life from observation in oils. She will share her checklist of 7 principles for a good painting! The demo is on December 2 at 2:00pm at the Warwick

Senior Center, 132 Kings Highway behind Town Hall. Members and their guests are free of charge. The nonmember fee is $10. Light refreshments will be served. Visitwarwickartleague.com for more information. For info about Janet HowardFatta, visitjhowardstudio.com

PB Community Band’s Holiday Concerts The Pine Bush Community Band, a notfor-profit, tax-exempt organization, travels to nearby communities to preserve the tradition of band music by providing cultural enrichment through performances of many styles of music, including patriotic, classics arranged for band, show music and holiday selections appropriate to the season. For its four 2018 Holiday Concerts, director Robert G. Groth has selected music from the Renaissance to Baroque to Broadway, with stops for Klezmer and Christmas favorites, a march and a waltz, a toboggan ride and, thanks to Leroy Anderson, a Sleigh Ride! It will be interesting to hear Jacob de Haan’s arrangement for winds and brass of Albinoni’s famous Adagio for Strings and Organ, and The Christmas Waltz, by Broadway and Hollywood lyricist and composer Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne, and

Greensleeves arranged for band, in addition to music by Monteverdi, Andrew Lloyd Weber and many others. The free concerts are on November 26, at 7:00pm at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Route 17k, Bullville, on December 2 at 3:00pm at Montgomery Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street, on December 3 at 7:00pm at Graham’s Presbyterian Church, New Street, Pine Bush, and on December 10 at 7:00pm at Leptondale Church, 1771 Route 300, Newburgh. www.pinebushcommunityband.com

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Art Exhibit & Book Talk, Ellenville Library

Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s “Holiday Fair”

“Like all children I drew at the Ellenville Public through childhood,” says Library and Museum, artist, best-selling children’s 40 Center Street, from author and illustrator, December 1 through Helena Clare Pittman. March, 2019. “I painted the “When I drew around my images in this show during father, or showed him my the last three, four and work, I could see the awe on five years. Some have my his face. He admired what two kitties. Others are bird I’d done and encouraged images which I’ve recently me. That’s how I knew my become fascinated by. The work was important. My still lifes are the stream father was talented too, an I’ve followed for many industrial designer. He and “Flowers” by Helena Clare Pittman years. They are about the my mother took up painting late in their lives space between my lined-up objects, and the and said they had gotten it from me. It was a interaction of color. I work on a painting until warm connection between us all. the moment comes when the color suddenly “By the time I was 14, I knew I would takes on an existence of its own. A moment spend my life as a painter. I stood in the of awe when I know the painting is done.” Impressionist room at the Metropolitan In addition to her show, a book talk, Family Museum of Art and looked around me, Storytime with Helena Clare Pittman will be stunned by the beauty. ‘These are my people,’ held on December 1 at 1:30pm at the Library. I thought. I knew that if I didn’t spend my Helena will read and discuss her classic title, life as a painter I’d be very sorry when I’d A Grain of Rice, telling the story of a clever lived my years. My father insisted that I take farmer who outwits the Emperor of China. my education credits in art school. I did, and A Penguin Random House author, Helena’s I’ve always been grateful to him. I’ve taught books will be available for purchase. painting, writing and illustrating books, Immediately following the book talk, take teaching the things I do.” a peek inside the gallery and view Helena’s An exhibit of works by Helena, Cats, Birds artworks! Refreshments served. and Still Life: Recent Paintings, takes place For information: 845-647-5530.

Visit the Wurtsboro Art “We have applied for grants to Alliance’s (WAA) Holiday Fair continue to offer new free classes and find a truly unique gift for and lectures in 2019. Visit www. your holiday list. Items offered waagallery.org for announcements include original canvas art, handor request, via our website, to be dyed scarves and bags, greeting included in our mailing list. cards, ornaments, pottery, framed “We held an open call for local prints and photos, and jewelry. artists who were not members. The Fair will be held weekends This resulted in exposing four December 4-16. Prices range new exciting artists to the area, from $3 to $60. Don’t get malled! three of whom have joined the Support your local artists! Alliance (I am working on the The Alliance’s exhibit, Point fourth!). of View, runs through December “In addition, the Gallery “Janis Joplin” by Kitty Mitchell 16, featuring wood block prints, offered free art projects to young acrylics, mixed media assemblages, fabric and old during the Wurtsboro’s Spring Fling art, photography and much more. and Founders Day celebrations. “This has been a very busy year for the “But it is time to take a rest and get those Alliance,” states president, Kitty Mitchell. creative juices flowing again. The Gallery “We applied for and received 501 (c)(3) non- will be closed from December 17 until profit status from the state. We received two April 2019. The board of directors and grants from Sullivan County in conjunction members would like to thank everyone who with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. supported and visited the Gallery this year, These grants allowed us to offer eight free who attended our opening receptions, who classes that were attended by over 80 local took the time to tweet about us and added and not-so-local citizens. We also offered a us to their Facebook families. Thank you to series of six free lectures attended by over everyone who spread the word that we are 100 guests. The lecture series featured making the local art experience something local artists, photographers and writers who that is available, exciting and enjoyable to explained their artistic process and how they all,” said Kitty. live an artful life during these times. Check out WAA ad below for more info.


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The Glorious Music of Saint-Saëns in Monroe on December 1 & 2 What do Jennifer Russo, Kimberly Lloyd, Justin Scott Randolph, Robert Garner, and James Fitzwilliam have in common? They are the soloists for the Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus and Orchestra’s presentation of glorious music by Camille Saint-Saëns. “You know, one of the things that I really like about the Christmas Oratorio,” explains conductor Ron De Fesi, “well, there are many things that I really like about this much-neglected piece, but the first thing that I think about is that Saint-Saëns was only 23 when he wrote it. Of course, by that age, on the organ, he was a musical genius: a sort of Mozart, Virgil Fox and Cameron Carpenter all rolled into one, or he never would have gotten that job as organist at the most prestigious church in Paris! “But, even at that ridiculously young age (at least from my vantage point), he was able to capture the mood of a clear, chill night on an all-but-deserted hillside, a night that would change the course of the human experience. He shows us the simple songs of the shepherds, the glorious song of the angels, the fervent songs of believers through the ages, and the majestic song of heaven to come. It’s pretty heady stuff for a 23-year old! “Yes, you can see the influence of Bach and Handel and Mozart and...and...and...but, at the same time, it is uniquely his. You can

Jennifer Russo, soprano

Kimberly Lloyd, soprano

Justin Scott Randolph, tenor

already see the seeds of the gems to come. And he wrote it in five days! Oh, and just by the way, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy this piece. Everybody understands passion! “And speaking of passion and of things to come, we have coupled this piece with Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, the “Organ Symphony,” a work written some 30 years later. Don’t be confused, this is not an organ concerto where the organ alternates with the orchestra playing and developing the themes, rather, the organ is used here as just another one of the many innovative and incredibly beautiful orchestral colors of the piece. Of course, the organ is a mighty instrument and easily takes on the whole orchestra every once in a while. “It is an absolutely thrilling symphony by a seasoned composer at the height of his artistic prowess, and it stands as one of the late 19th century’s most significant and

Robert Garner baritone

James Fitzwilliam organ

technically sophisticated orchestral works! It is full of innovation, amazing orchestral

coloration, and dazzlingly beautiful melodic invention. Saint-Saëns himself (and many others) considered it to be his greatest work! So, you’ll have to come and hear it, and tell us what you think!” Feel the passion at the First Presbyterian Church, 142 Stage Road, Monroe, December 1 at 7:00pm and December 2 at 4:00pm. Group rates available at considerable savings. Children under 10 free. Visit www.hotopera.com or call 845-6610544 for tickets and further information.

Swinging “Nutcracker” in Walden Entering it’s 15th season, the New Rose Theatre’s Nutcracker has become a holiday staple for both families and the community. “Our Clara begins her journey at school when a mysterious substitute teacher, Miss Dross, comes to her class and causes chaos to the delight of the students,” writes Hudson Valley Conservatory’s Zachery (Zak) Kiernan. “Soon Clara is swept up in the magic of midnight as she is saved by the Nutcracker gifted to her by Miss Dross and is brought on a swinging stroll on the streets

of New York City.” Meeting many characters along the way, Clara and her Nutcracker end up at Club Sweets to dance the night away! Directed and choreographed by Dee Tabitha Wright, this Nutcracker merges the beloved classic ballet with a swing jazz style all its own! The New Rose Theatre is located at 35 East Main Street, Walden. Performances run December 13-16. For tickets and additional information, phone 845-778-2478.

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Santaland What happens when a laugh-out-loud fifty minute unemployed actors answer an piece of theatrical comedy. ad to become Macy’s Elves in Evelyn Albino directs Santaland during Christmas? actors B.J. Boothe and Mark Hilarity, that’s what! Von Oesen in David Sedaris’ Cornerstone Theatre The Santaland Diaries, a tale Arts has partnered with the of out-of-work actors turned Country Club at Otterkill Macy’s elves during the to present an evening of Christmas shopping season. hilarious theatre coupled with B.J. Boothe & Mark Von Oesen Music and dancing after the a delicious dinner. This one-night-only event play. The Country Club at Otterkill is located takes place on December 8 at 6:00pm. at 100 Otter Road, Campbell Hall. Admission includes beer/wine, appetizers, a Reservations are required - via email only. three course buffet, coffee and dessert, and Email sales@otterkillgolf.com

Printmaking Exhibit in Amity Born and raised in and electro-etching as well Poland, Malgorzata Oakes as relief processes, Chineis a printmaker with an collé, photolithography, MFA in printmaking from embossment and the Academy of Arts & silkscreen. Design in Wroclaw, Poland. She continues to be a She is currently an Assistant part of group and solo Professor at SUNY exhibitions throughout Orange and a technician in Europe and the U.S. Work by Malgorzata Oakes printmaking at SUNY New Paltz. An opening reception for an exhibit with Oakes’ work is inspired by her many travels works by Oakes entitled Journey - The Art of throughout Europe and the U.S. and her Malgorzata Oakes takes place on December close contact with nature, different cultures, 8 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. traditions and people. Her latest works The show is on view December 8-23 at include a mixture of printmaking techniques Amity Gallery, 110 Newport Bridge Road, such as intaglio processes - mezzotint, Warwick. aquatint, etching, drypoint, photo etching For more information, call 845-258-4563.

The Story of Christmas in Classic Art Everyone is invited to a “Those in the market for celebration at the Artists’ gifts will find handmade, Market Community one-of-a-kind creations that Center (AMCC) in Shohola will make anyone on their to share in the joy of the gift list say, Wow!,” says holiday season! AMCC Director Nick Roes. A featured exhibit will tell “You can really feel the love the Story of Christmas in with which each piece was Classic Art, from the angel’s created.” announcement to Mary These include handmade that she would give birth jewelry, hand-carved folk (The Annunciation by Fra art, fabric art, polymer Angelico, c. 1440), through clay sculptures, ceramics, the trip back home, hiding gnomes, Zentangles, hand the Baby from the murderous painted rocks, dream “The Dream of St. Joseph” King Herod (Rest on Flight catchers, original fine art, by Philippe de Champaigne (1643) Through Egypt by Orazio silk scarves infused Gentileschi, c. 1626). with pigment from local This free celebration, leaves and flowers, and taking place on December lots more. Many of the 1 from 4:00pm-6:00pm, creations include rewill provide a chance purposed raw materials to celebrate all holiday such as lamp shades, traditions, as well as fence posts, guitar parts, enjoy hot chocolate, cookware, clothing, and cookies, and other light vinyl records. refreshments. There will A table at the Artists’ Market with some The Artists’ Market also be a huge display gift ideas created by local artisans. Community Center is that more than thirty local artists have been located at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola. working on all year long! For information, call 845-557-8713. 8

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Delaware Valley Choral Society: Dec. 2 Bring the whole family to A Family Christmas concert! The Delaware Valley Choral Society under the direction of Jeffrey Fornoff will be performing with the DingmanDelaware Children’s Choir directed by Jeffrey Fornoff Brian Krauss and the Handbell Choir of the Milford United Methodist Church. The concert features a performance of Anthems for the Season of Christmas by local composer R. Wayne Walters, now serving as adjunct professor of music at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Also, on the program will be a cantata, A Family Christmas performed by singers of all ages R. Wayne Walters including the Dingman-Delaware Children’s Choir. Lots of audience favorites are also on the program. A Family Christmas will be held on December 2 at 3:00pm at the United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann Street, Milford (and December 1 in Sandyston, NJ). For tickets (also available at the door) contact Helen Monisera at 845-856-5696, Diane Fornoff at 570-296-5333, or Jeffrey Fornoff at 570-267-8773. Warwick Valley Chorale, Dec 7, 14 & 16 The Warwick Valley Chorale has prepared three holiday concerts this December. The concerts, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, will feature musical selections ranging from a section of G.F. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to more selections from a brand- Stanley Curtis new (2018) cantata by John Leavitt, A Midnight Clear. December 7, 7:00pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street, Middletown, and G. F. Handel December 14, 7:00pm at Goshen United Methodist Church, 115 Main Street, Goshen, and December 16, 4:00pm at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick. Middletown Concert Chorale: Dec. 8 & 16 Literary insight and musical inspiration

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are fused in Morton Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs. For this cycle, Lauridsen’s voracious reading led him to the poetry of Robert Graves. To select poems for the Mid-Winter Songs, Robert Graves Lauridsen read and re-read the complete corpus of Graves’s verse. The composer has testified that he was ‘much taken with the elegance, richness and extraordinary beauty of Graves’s poetry and his insights regarding the human experience.’ Lauridsen chose verse inspired by the poet’s obsession with his colorful mistress and muse, Laura Riding, as well as poetry that reflected the measure of tranquility that Graves attained with his second wife, Beryl. With the Mid-Winter Songs, Lauridsen boldly reinvented the ‘choral cycle’, imbuing this genre with unwonted emotional depth, formal sophistication and thematic consistency. The Middletown Concert Chorale’s 2018 Mid Winter Evening under the direction of Danielle Cornacchio and accompanied by Boyd Herforth features Lauridsen’s opus along with a variety of other choral selections. Between the two acts there will be a cabaret portion for your enjoyment! Concerts are in Middletown at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, 88 West Main Street on December 8 at 7:00pm and at North Congregational United Church, 96 North Beacon Street on December 16 at 3:00pm. Tickets available at the door. Reception and light fare to follow. For information: Rob Abramson, 845-3864398 or Wendy McNutt, 845-457-2730. Sullivan County Community Chorus, Dec 9 The Sullivan County Community Chorus, under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, will perform its 42nd annual Winter Concert on December 9 at 2:30pm at Liberty High School, 125 Buckley Street. Giroux’s theme for the winter concert is The Reflective Genius of Mozart. He has selected works spanning Mozart’s luminous, but tragically brief career, including the Coronation Mass and sections from the Requiem, as well as other compositions. W. A. Mozart The performance will also feature an orchestra and the Sullivan Chamber Singers. Immediately following the performance, there will be a reception open to all attending


the concert. Snow date: December 16 at 2:30pm. For information www.scchorus.org or contact Diane Foster at 845- 439-4458.

Classic Choral Society: Dec 16 & 23 For its annual Holiday Concert, Classic Choral Society (CCS) will perform Dietrich Buxtehude’s The Little Newborn Child and short gems by composers Gian-Carlo Menotti, Dan Forrest, Michael John Trotta, Kim André Arnesen, Ola Gjeilo, Mark Hayes, Gian-Carlo Menotti Andrea Ramsey, Gilbert Martin, Allan Robert Petker, Donald Fraser, Craig Courtney and by arrangers Michael Barrett, David Chase, John Jacob Niles and Lewis Henry Horton. Andrea Ramsey Soloists featured include sopranos Carolyn Topliff, Barbara Andersen and Nancy Quackenbush, mezzo-sopranos Claire Leonard and Mariella Collinsworth, altos Kristine MacMillin and Julie Baxter, tenors Paul Wasmund and Michael Steup, baritone Will Dickinson and bass Jeff Knight. “This semester I’m thrilled to be collaborating with pianist, Cherwyn Ambuter,” said CCS director Janiece Kohler. “We’ve known of each other for quite a few years now. However, it Cherwyn Ambuter wasn’t until the beginning of summer that we finally had the opportunity to make each other’s acquaintance. Over the summer a working relationship developed, and I learned quickly that Cherwyn is not merely a talented pianist, she is also the consummate Accompanist (yes, a capital ‘A’) with uncanny affinity for choral accompanying which is an art in itself! “Cherwyn listens with the ear of a conductor and that of a singer, and plays for the ears of the audience, yet always respecting the composer. I know from my own accomplishments, that’s not an easy feat. She knows the challenges for folks on either side of the podium having had vast experience from all angles. “And I have to confess I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t mention she is also a bit of a mind-reader, bringing a comforting (to me) kind of telepathy to each rehearsal session, if you will. Needless to say, I hope I have the privilege to work with her for a very long time.”


CCS performs December 16 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen and December 23 at 4:00pm at the United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Road, Blooming Grove. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.

Hudson Valley Strings members: Violists Julie Goodale & Piotr Kargul, and Jeanne Fox, cello

“Classic Choral Society will welcome five players of the Hudson Valley Strings once again. They’re the icing on our Christmas cookies this year!” Newburgh Chorale, Dec 22 & 30 The Newburgh Chorale is presenting Christmas Music From the British Isles in two performances, with music by Holst, Rutter, Malcolm Archer and Elizabeth Poston. MalcolmArcher is one of the world’s leading church musicians, and has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music. His compositions are widely performed, recorded and broadcasted and are greatly enjoyed for their Malcolm Archer approachable nature and singability. Remembered as a composer of hymn tunes, Christmas carols, and music for radio programs and movies, Elizabeth Poston (19051987) was involved in the music field from various angles. She presided over the Society Elizabeth Poston of Women Musicians (1955-1961) and composed scores for dozens of radio shows, often in partnership with leading poets of her day. New director Michael Saunders conducts his second concert for the chorale at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 543 Union Avenue, New Windsor on December 22 at 7:30pm and at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 15 South Michael Saunders Avenue, Beacon, on December 30 at 4:00pm. $10 donation at the door. Visit info@newburghchorale.org

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“The King & I” at Downing - Dec. 3 & 4 Bartlett Sher brings his production of The King and I to the London Palladium and you can see it Live in HD! Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe head the cast as Anna and the King, reprising their performances from the 2015 revival at Lincoln Center Theater which won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles’

(as Lady Thiang) performances, and costume designer Catherine Zuber. See it at Downing Film Center, located at 19 Front Street, Newburgh, on December 3 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm, or on December 4 at 1:30pm. Phone 845-561-3686 for reservations and additional information. www.downingfilmcenter.com

Crawford Arts Association: Cowstravaganza The Crawford Arts Association’s Cowstravaganza began with a search for three local artists to design and implement whimsical creations on three half-scale resin cows. The funds to make this contest possible were provided by the Orange County Arts Council’s grant program. The cow creations will be used as fund-raisers for the United States Marines Toys For Tots program. After an exhaustive search, three cows were chosen, designed by four artists: Bob Scully, Frederic Spione, and a collaborative cow by Lorelei Siegel and Rayna White, both Pine Bush high school juniors. All had over a month to develop their designs and on November 14, the cows came home. Themes ranged from the patriotic by Scully, to Van Gogh’s Starry Night by


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Spione, to a Pine Bush alien cow with glow in the dark stars by Siegel and White. The cows are on display in the lobby of the Town of Crawford Government Center and can be viewed daily from 9:00am-3:00pm. They will be auctioned off at the Toys For Tots dinner in the Crawford Senior Center, December 7 at 5:30pm. The winner will have original art to adorn their home, office or store, but more importantly contribute to the USMC Toys For Tots campaign!

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“La Traviata” by Verdi AND Piave Francesco Maria Piave is most well known as Giuseppe Verdi’s librettist, for whom he was to write ten librettos, including La Traviata. But Piave was not only a librettist: he was a journalist and translator in addition to being the resident poet and stage manager at La Fenice in Venice where he first encountered Verdi. Later, Verdi was helpful in securing him the same position at La Scala in Milan. His expertise as a stage manager and his tact as a negotiator served Verdi very well, but the composer bullied him mercilessly for his pains over many years. Together, they worked on ten operas between 1844 and 1862, and Piave would have also prepared the libretto for Aida in 1870, had he not suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Working with Piave was Verdi’s first opportunity to work with himself. The composer completely dominated and enslaved the librettist, who became scarcely more than an instrument in his hands. Piave’s libretti are in fact those best suited to Verdi’s music simply because, in detail as well as in general shape, Verdi himself ‘composed’

them. The composer began to control the overall dramatic arc of the drama and no longer would he “suffer under” such librettists as those who wrote the libretti for his earlier operas. La Traviata’s sumptuous melodies and timeless depiction of doomed love have made the work a favorite of generations of operagoers. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons (YES! - a new production, not the recent Eurotrash/surreal Met production that made outrageously unforgiveable staging demands on its leading lady Natalie Dessay). Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. The Live from the Met showing at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, is on December 15 at 1:00pm. Pre-concert talk begins at approximately 12:15pm. Tickets at the door. For info: 845-434-5750, ext. 4472.

Lorna Luft’s Merry Milford Concert Lorna Luft, sister Liza Minnelli, and their mother, film legend Judy Garland have always been big supporters/advocates of the LGBTQ community. A part of the host committee, TriVersity will welcome Lorna Luft back to Milford when she brings her own brand of holiday cheer to the Milford Theatre on December 8 at 7:00pm. Expect to hear Lorna’s take on holiday songs and carols...some of them made

famous by mom, Judy. Lorna will also share stories from Hollywood, Broadway and beyond as only she can tell them. It’s a merry way to bring in the yuletide season and to make new holiday memories at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine Street. www.lornasholidayconcert.com for tickets. See ads page 21 for pre and post concert dining options. For information, contact Mark Isom at: markisom@broadwayyounyc.com

Singin’ the Blues in Rock Tavern - Dec. 1 Musician Alice NielsenShane will perform a concert on December 1 at 4:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UUC), located at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern. Alice, who typically tickles the ivories, went through a difficult challenge due to a Lyme diagnosis in 2016 which left her with limited use of her right hand. Picking up her guitar again, she will include material she sang while on the road in Montana, Oregon, and Idaho, singing and playing the blues of Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith and others with a tip of the hat to the world’s oldest profession.

In addition, Alice will also perform a collection of songs including Brother Can You Spare a Dime, which she sang at the request of Chris Farlekas at a concert in his memory at the Paramount Theatre after his passing in 2015. She will close her program with a reading of Robert Service’s The Shooting of Dan McGrew. All proceeds benefit the UUC which supports peace, justice and the needs for those whom have been misplaced and underserved in the Hudson River Valley community and beyond. For information: 845-496-9696.

NACL Honors Kowalchuk in Narrowsburg The Board of Directors of NACL Avenue, Narrowsburg. Theatre invites you to join them Dinner features a whole roast for a dinner-dance to support the pig and fresh turkey from Roman’s future work of NACL and to honor Famous Meats in Honesdale. outgoing Artistic Director and Wine, beer, and a special cocktail: one-woman tractor-beam Tannis the “Tannis Fizz” courtesy of Anna Kowalchuk.” and Alan Li. Dessert by Beach Hear live dance music with Lake Bread and not to mention a Annie Hat and the Vantwistics silent auction, a super-duper raffle, while eating, drinking, and making Tannis Kowalchuk and boundless merriment! as Anne Hathaway merry with friends of the theatre in Vern Thiessen’s Ticket includes admission, one on December 8 from 6:00pm- “Shakespeare’s Will” drink ticket, dinner, dessert, and 10:00pm at the Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie festivities! Visit www.nacl.org for tickets.

Sublime Vocals in Bethel Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Judy Collins, now 76, is as creatively

vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the

heart Hear and see Judy in Judy Collins: Holiday & Hits on December 14 at 8:00pm at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. For tickets: www.BethelWoodsCenter.org

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Lectures - Demos - Talks

sponsored by SUNY Orange and Mount St. Mary College’s Desmond Campus MSM-DC ������������������������������������������������������ Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh PEEC ����������������������������������������������������� Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry Lectures, Master Classes, Demos & Talks are FREE unless otherwise noted: (FEE)

lectures “Martha Washington: A Timeless Woman” Karen Monti ������������������MSM-DC Nov 27, 10am FEE “The Peter Pan Paradox” Joan Monk �����������������������������������������������������MSM-DC Nov 27, 1pm FEE “Eugene Delacroix: A Restless Romantic” Laura Nicholls �������������������MSM-DC Nov 28, 1pm FEE “Direct to Consumer DNA Tests: Hype or Hope?” Evan Merkhofer ������������������������������������������������ Hudson Valley Science Cafe, Flaming Grill & Buffet, Newburgh, Nov 28, 7:15pm FEE “Women Behind the Chador” Susan & Paul Sprachman ������������������MSM-DC Nov 29, 10 am FEE “The Beatles - 50 Years Later” Barry Wiesenfeld �����������������������������Crawford Library, Nov 29, 6pm “Friendly Rivals: Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff” Leon DiMartino ������MSM-DC Nov 30, 10am FEE “Looking Back: The Desmond Estate Before Alice” Vincent Begley ���MSM-DC Nov 30, 1pm FEE “How to Avoid Getting Sick in the Winter” Toni-Jean Kulpinski ����������MSM-DC Dec 3, 1pm FEE “Busting Common Aromatherapy Myths” Shana Sandroff �������������������MSM-DC Dec 3, 3pm FEE “Ancient Travelers in New York” Nathan Rosenblum ����������������������������MSM-DC Dec 4, 2pm FEE “Basic Stargazing” Giles Reimer ��������������������������������������������������������������� MSM-DC Dec 4, 6pm FEE “Track Your Truth-Discover Your Authentic Self” Puja A.J. Thomson �MSM-DC Dec 5, 1pm FEE “Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen Workshop” Kate Kusterbeck ����� MSM-DC Dec 6, 10am FEE “Great American Musicals of the 1950’s: Adler & Ross, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, and Meredith Willson” MSM-DC Dec 6, 1pm FEE Winter Ecology Hike �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Dec 9, 10am “Song Lyrics as Poems” MEGAPHONE series, Janet Hamill, William Seaton ��������������������������������� Seligmann Center, Dec 9, 2pm “Moments of Discovery: The Solving of Mystery in Local History” Marc B. Fried ������������������������� MSM-DC Dec 11, 1pm FEE “Emotional Detox: Dealing with Negative People” Diane Lang ���� MSM-DC Dec 12, 10:30am FEE “Fact and Fiction: A Look at Historical Fiction” John Essick ������ MSM-DC Dec 13, 10:30am FEE “Astronomy”:The Moon” John Kocijanski ������������������ Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 13, 6pm “The Land in Controversy:Indians, Colonists & the Battle for the Hudson Valley in the 1760’s” James Merrill MSM-DC Dec 14, 10am FEE “Disney through the Decades” Joan Monk ���������������������������������������������MSM-DC Dec 20, 1pm FEE DEMOS Janet Howard-Fatta Painting a Contemporary Still-life ������ Warwick Senior Center, Dec 2pm FEE

2018 Human Rights Art Exhibit December 10, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of a momentous statement to the world by the General Assembly of the United Nations: the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One member of the drafting committee of the UN Commission on Human Rights was Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile who wrote, “I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing - which gave rise to the inalienable right to live free from want and oppression and to fully develop one’s personality.” Now in its seventh year of celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through its annual art show, the Orange County Human Rights Commission (OCHRC) presents An Artist’s Response to Human Rights. This exhibit offers juniors and seniors in Orange County high schools the opportunity of expressing their feelings about the importance of human rights in today’s world by depicting artworks and writing poems or essays about topics related to the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 12

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Students participating in this year’s show represent the following schools: Minisink Valley High School, Warwick Valley High School, Washingtonville High School, Storm King School, Newburgh Free Academy, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Pine Bush High School, Cornwall Central High School, and James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls. Thanks to their teachers. Don’t miss their remarkable art and poetry. OCHRC Chairperson Fred Cook states, “This yearly exhibit again reflects the understanding and commitment of many of our Orange County high school students and teachers to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Orange County Human Rights Commission takes much pleasure in the collaborative efforts of the Commission with SUNY Orange and the Orange County Arts Council for providing a platform for students to enhance their appreciation of human rights.” The exhibit can be viewed at Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange Middletown campus (24 Grandview Avenue, corner of Wawayanda Avenue), and the Mindy Ross Gallery, SUNY Orange Newburgh campus (Grand and First Streets - parking entrance: 73 First Street). Receptions at which artists are recognized for their efforts and presented with certificates

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Music - pop, Folk, Country, Blues, rock, etc. sponsored by Steve’s Music Center, Rock Hill and Al’s Music Center, Port Jervis CANVAS cannot be responsible for errors & omissions. Please verify dates and times

Thunderhead Organ Trio jazz-fusion ������� The Wherehouse, Newburgh, 3rd Thursdays, 8pm FREE Music for Humanity folk ������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, 3rd Saturdays, 8pm FREE Alice Shane vocals, pop, blues, jazz ��������������Unitarian Universalist Cong., Rock Tavern, Dec 1, 4pm Jay Collins & The Northern Resistance w/The Midnight Ramble Horns ���������Falcon, Dec 1, 8pm Junket Acoustic & The Whiskey Wailers rock ����� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 1, 8pm The Kurpil Family Fiddlers ���������������������Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 2, 2pm FREE Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis swing, blues ������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 2 & 16, 11am Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators Western swing + �������� The Falcon Underground, Dec 3, 8pm Hudson Valley Swing Band ����� Wallkill Community Center, Middletown, Dec 4, 11, 18, 1pm FREE Common Tongue fusion ���������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 5, 8pm Andy Stack’s American Soup ��������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 6, 8pm Olli Soikkeli & Cesar Garabini Duo Gypsy jazz, choro �������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 6, 8pm Gratefully Yours Grateful Dead ������������������������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 7, 8pm Slam Allen’s Holiday Soul-o-Bration! blues �������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 7, 8pm The Pedrito Martinez Group Afro-Cuban ����������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 8, 8pm Bernstein Bard Quartet acoustic �������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 9, 11am Myles Mancuso Band blues, rock ��������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 12, 19 & 23, 8pm Lee DeWyze neo-folk ������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 13, 8pm Lyn Hardy & The Catskill Corral country ���������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 13, 8pm Scott Sharrard, Adam Masterson ���������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 14, 8pm High Season pop, blues, Rootbrew, world ������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 14, 8pm Bernard Purdie & Friends’ Aretha ������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 15, 8pm Deadgrass Jerry Garcia ������������������������������������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 15, 8pm Deborah Anne Fisher & Paul Kean Irving Berlin Tribute ����������������������������������������������������������������� Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 20, 6pm FREE NRBQ!, Restless Age ������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 20, 8pm Sixth Annual Christmas @The Falcon Benefit ������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 21, 8pm Carmen Pascucci pop/jazz vocals ������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 21, 8pm EPBB “A Very Proggy Christmas” ���������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 22, 8pm Misha Piatigorsky Trio soul ������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 23, 8pm\ Poet Gold’s POELODIES spoken word, hip hop � The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 26, 7pm Tribal Harmony Native American ������������������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 27, 7pm Jamie McLean Band soul, Menza Madison Band blues ����������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 27, 8pm Cuboricua! salsa ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 28, 8pm Matt Mulhare Band country, folk ������������������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 28, 8pm Lindsey Webster r&b ������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 29, 8pm The Hambones �������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 29, 8pm Trio of OZ: Omar Hakim & Rachel Z drum & piano fusion ��� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 30, 8pm Ed Palermo Big Band presents “THE EDDYS” ����������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 31, 9pm Chris O’Leary Band blues ���������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 31, 8pm OPEN Mic & IN-HOUSE MUSIC

Listings below are not included in our centerspread calendar.

Open Mic w/Steve Schwartz & Antoine Magliano ������ Dutch’s Tavern, Rock Hill, Mondays, 7:30pm Joanna Gass and the Search & Rescue Orchestra �������Brew, Rock Hill, Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm Robert Kopec & Solo Bajo jazz + ������������������������������������ Dos Amigos, Fair Oaks, Wednesdays, 7pm Open Mic �������������������������������������������������������Heartbeat Music Hall, Grahamsville, Wednesdays, 7pm The Parting Glass Band Celtic ��������������������Loughran’s Pub, Salisbury Mills, Thursdays, 7pm-10pm Marc Von Em soul, blues, funk �������������������������WaterWheel Cafe, Milford, Last Fridays, 8pm-11pm Jake Lentz piano & Marilyn Kennedy vocals Giovanni’s Inn, Wurtsboro, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm-9pm Ray Longchamp ������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 1, 2pm-5pm Hurley Mountain Highway ���������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 1, 7:30pm Run for Cover 90s ������������������������������������������������������ Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 7, 7;30pm Floyd Pink tribute band ����������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 8, 7:30pm Jack Higgins & Friends �������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 14, 7:30pm Bruce Perone ���������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 15, 2pm-5pm The Connected ����������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 15, 7:30pm Ray Longchamp ����������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 16, 2pm-5pm Roots & Blues Sessions host: Petey Hop ��������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 19, 7pm Acoustic Sludge ��������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 21, 7:30pm Gary Adamson ������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 22, 2pm-5pm Stone Flower Santana tribute ����������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 22, 7:30pm Kevin Finnan ���������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 23, 2pm-5pm Crowd Theory 80s-90s ���������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 28, 7:30pm Jim & Michelle Iannucci ��������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 29, 2pm-5pm Tonebenders �������������������������������������������������������������� Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 29, 7:30pm Evan and Alan ����������������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, 2pm-5pm are on December 2, 1:00pm-3:00pm in Orange Hall Gallery, December 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer. The exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. The exhibits are on view November 30 through December 14. Questions may be

directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and 845-341-4891/9386. Visit the Cultural Affairs website at www. sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs Additional information can be obtained from OCHRC Executive Director Inaudy Esposito at 845-615-3680.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” film ��������������������������������� Hurleyville Arts Centre, Nov 30 & Dec 1, 7:30pm


Comedy Night Festivus Theme ���������������������������������������The Arnold, Livingston Manor, Dec 15, 8pm


“Nutcracker” Hudson Valley Conservatory ���������������������������New Rose Theatre, Walden, Dec 13-16 “The Nutcracker Tea” dance & tea � Warwick Center for the Performing Arts, Dec 8 & 9, Noon & 2pm “Nutcracker” Hudson Valley Dance Theatre ������������������� Cornwall High School, Dec 8, 2pm & 6pm & Goshen Middle School, Dec 15, 2pm & 6pm


Unitarian Universalist Congregation Alice Shane, pop vocals ��������� UUC Rock Tavern, Dec 1, 4pm Backpack Snack Attack Evening of Musical Celebration ���Warwick Reformed Church, Dec 2, 5pm Nesin Cultural Arts “A Madrigal Feaste” � St. John’s Episcopal Ch., Monticello, Dec 8, 4pm & 7pm NACL Theatre “Get Your Dance On with Tannis” dinner-dance �� Narrowsburg Union, Dec 8, 6pm Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Holiday Social w/Santa � Newburgh Brewery, Dec 9, 1pm-4pm

Holiday Events

“It’s a Wonderful Life” film & A Visit from Santa! ������������ Hurleyville Arts Centre, Dec 1, 7:30pm Goshen Christmas House Tour ������������ Begins: Harness Racing Museum, Goshen, Dec 1, 1pm-5pm Museum Holiday Party ���������������������������������������������������Liberty Museum & Arts Center, Dec 1, 5pm Holiday Market �������������������������������������������������������������������������� Bethel Woods, Dec 1 & 2, 11am-4pm Candlelight Tour Newburgh Historical Society ���������Crawford House Newburgh, Dec 9, Noon-5pm

Holistic - Spiritual not Listed in Centerspread

Journey Into Self-Awareness self-inquiry, meditation ����� Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, Sundays, 10:30am “An Evening of Spirit” Ellen Devine, psychic medium � Crystal Connection, Wurtsboro, Dec 1, 7pm

Museums not Listed in Centerspread

“Christmas with the Ellisons” ����������������Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate, Dec 15, 5pm-8pm FREE “Wassail, Wassail all over the Town” ����Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate, Dec 22, 5pm-8pm FREE Open House Tours ������������������������ Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate, Dec 27 & 28, 10am-3pm FREE

Music - Classical

Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus & Orch. ���First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Dec 1, 7pm & Dec 2, 4pm Enid Blount Press clarinet Laurel Larsen piano, ���� Central Valley United Methodist Church, 3pm FREE Potluck Concerts mid-Holidays Rest ��������Cornwall Presbyterian Ch., Cornwall-on-Hudson, Dec 7, 7:30pm Middletown Concert Chorale “Mid Winter Evening” Saint Paul’s Meth. Ch., Middletown, Dec 8, 7pm & North Congregational United Church, Middletown, Dec 16, 3pm Sullivan County Community Chorus Mozart ����������������������������� Liberty High School Dec 9, 2:30pm Classic Choral Society ��������������������������������������� First Presbysterian Church, Goshen, Dec 16, 7:30pm & United Church of Chirst, Blooming Grove, Dec 23, 4pm SUNY Ulster & MISU Community Ensembles & Guests Music on Market series Holiday Concert St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville, Dec 20, 7:30pm Newburgh Chorale “Christmas Music from the British Isles” ������������������������������������������������������������� King of Kings Lutheran Church, New Windsor, Dec 22. 7:30pm & St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Beacon, Dec 30, 4pm

Music - Holiday pop-jazz-classical

Pine Bush Community Band Holiday Concert �������St. Paul’s Church, Bullville, Nov 26, 7pm FREE & Montgomery Senior Center, Dec 2, 3pm FREE & Grahamsville Presbyterian Church, Pine Bush, Dec 3, 7pm FREE Leptondale Bible Church, Newburgh, Dec 10, 7pm FREE West Point Band “A West Point Holiday” ���Eisenhower Hall, West Point, Dec 1 & 2, 1:30pm FREE Jimmy Sturr Holiday show “The Magic of Christmas” �������Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 1, 3pm, NY Philharmonic Low Brass trombones & tuba ���������������������Mulder Chapel, Warwick, Dec 2, 2pm Delaware Valley Choral Society & Dingman-Delaware Children’s Choir “A Family Christmas” ����������� United Methodist Church, Milford, Dec 2, 3pm Warwick Valley Chorale ���������������������������������������Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown, Dec 7, 7pm & United Methodist Church, Gishen, Dec 14, 7pm & St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, Warwick, Dec 16, 4pm Christmas Caroling & Holiday Music ������ Pennings Farm Market, Warwick, Dec 8 & 15, 1pm-3pm Maybrook Wind Ensemble �Valley View Rehab & Nursing Care Center, Goshen, Dec 8, 3pm FREE & Maybrook Senior Center, Dec 14, 7:30pm FREE Lorna Luft Holiday Concert ���������������������������������������������������������������������Milford Theatre, Dec 8, 7pm SUNY Orange Symphonic Band ����������������������������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 8, 7:30pm Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble Warwick Grove Holiday Show Warwick Grove, Warwick, Dec 9, 4pm Eric Lipper “A Rockin’Holiday Concert” ���������������������� Greenwood Lake Library, Dec 13, 7pm FREE Judy Collins “Holiday and Hits” ����������������������������������������������������������������Bethel Woods Dec 14, 8pm Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert ����������Aquinas Hall, Newburgh, Dec 15, 4pm Avalon Jazz Band “Joyeux Noël”, Kindred Spirits Arts ������������������Milford Theatre, Dec 15, 5:30pm Mike Purcell Holiday Music, pop, jazz ���������������Pennings Farm Market, Warwick, Dec 22, 1pm-3pm

Music - jazz

Thunderhead Organ Trio jazz-fusion ��������The Wherehouse, Newburgh, 3rd Thursdays, 8pm FREE

Eric Person Band �����������������������������������������������������The Wherehouse, Newburgh, 3rd Saturdays, 9pm Chris Pasin’s “Ornettiquette” Ornette Coleman �������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 2, 8pm Skye Jazz Trio ���������������������������������������������������������������������������Iron Forge Inn, Warwick, Dec 9, Noon & Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester, Dec 29, 7pm Will Bernard Band fusion guitar ��������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 9, 8pm Jazz Sessions Host: Doug Weiss �����������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 12, 7pm David Amram’s 88th Birthday & Global Holiday Salute ��������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 16, 8pm Saints of Swing swing, klezmer, + ����������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 30, 11am


“La Traviata” Verdi, Live from the Met ���������������������SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, Dec 15, 1pm

Poetry & PRose Readings

Milkweed Poetry ����������������������������������������������������������������� Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, Wednesdays, 7pm Fall Poetry Reading” �����������������������������������������������������������������Pine Bush Library, Nov 8, 7pm FREE Hudson River Poets ������������������������������������������������ Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, Dec 1, 1pm FREE “Country Voices Poetry & Art ����������Delware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, Dec 1, 4pm FREE Margaret Fox �������������������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 6, 7pm Terence Chiesa Creatyve Pencraft Poetry Series �������������� Elsie’s Luncheonette, Goshen, Dec 7, 7pm Phil Talbot �������������������������������������������������������������� Montgomery Book Exchange, Dec 11, 7pm FREE Hudson River Poets �����������������������������������������������������������������Newburgh Library, Dec 27, 7pm FREE Christopher Wheeling ����������������������������������������������� Goshen Methodist Church, Dec 31, 7pm FREE


Salsa Dancing ������������������������������������������������������������������������Hurleyville Arts Centre, Fridays, 7:30pm Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance Party ����������������������������� Pennings Farm Market, Dec 21, 8pm-11pm


PechaKucha Night w/Marji Zintz, Harvey Greenwald, Christine Rolando, Judy Duboff, ������������������ David Horton, & Vanessa Greeley Amity Gallery, Warwick, Dec 8, 8pm Holiday Read Aloud prose readings ����������������������������������������������Florida Library, Dec 9, 1pm FREE Barbara Martinez DYLWYD series ����������������������������Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick, Dec 12, 6pm Black Dirt Storytelling Guild “Cats & Dogs ” �����������������������Florida Library, Dec 13, 6:30pm FREE

Theatre - Musical & Variety

“Winter Wonderettes” ����������������������������������������������������� Shadowland Stages, Ellenville, thru Dec 16 “The King & I” Live from London in HD �������������������� Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 3 & 4 “Home for the Holidays: A Holiday Journey” �����������������������������Hurleyville Arts Centre, Dec 8 & 9 “RITZ BITZ” w.RitzKidz, acrobatics, juggling, comedy, dance ��� Ritz Lobby, Newburgh, Dec 8 & 9

Theatre - Play

“Holidays Are Murder!” The Killing Kompany, dinner-theatre �������� West Point Club, Nov 30, 7pm “A Christmas Carol” Greenwood Lake Theater, play reading ������������������������������������������������������������ New Teen Center, Greenwood Lake, Dec 8, 2pm & 7pm “The Santaland Diaries” Cornerstone Theatre Arts, dinner-theatre, music & dancing ��������������������� The Country Club at Otterkill, Campbell Hall, Dec 8, 6pm “Allelujah!” Live from National Theatre, London Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 17, 1:30pm & 7pm

Greenwood Lake Theater: A Christmas Carol Bring your whole family to enjoy an entertaining and highly energetic staged reading of A Christmas Carol, told by a ragtag troupe of traveling players made up of actors, puppets, clowns and mimes. Each actor plays several roles, and all of their props and costume pieces miraculously

appear from a trunk on the stage. Doris Baizley’s new adaptation will be performed December 8, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at New Teen Center, 51 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake. For tickets, visit: www.greenwoodlaketheater.org

HVPAF’s Chamber Music Series - Dec. 2

The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation Chamber Music Series kicks off the 2018/2019 season of world class music Joseph Alessi, Colin Williams, David Finlayson, George Curran, Alan Baer, with the Low Brass principal trombone assoc. principal trombone trombone bass trombone principal tuba Section of the New York Philharmonic. the perfect intimate setting to experience this This first program in a series of three chamber exquisite music performed by world renowned music concerts will feature both classical and musicians on December 2 at 2:00pm. For jazz inspired favorites along with a wonderful tickets, call the HVPAF box office at 1-844464-8723 or visit www.hvpaf.org selection of holiday classics. Following the concert, meet the artists at a The Mulder Chapel at the Warwick Conference Center, 62 Warwick Center Post Concert Gala Reception with cocktails Road, Warwick, with its spectacular view, is and hors d’oeuvres, for a $50 donation. December 2018 Delaware & Hudson CANVAS 13

AMITY ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Amity Gallery, Warwick BW �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Bethel Woods Center for the Arts CAS-LK ������������������������������������������������������������������������������Catskill Art Society, Laundry King, Livingston Manor CCS Classic Choral Society ���������������������������������������������������������������United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove DOWN ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Downing Film Center, Newburgh DVAA Delaware Valley Arts Alliance �������������������������������������������������� Elaine Giguere Arts Center, Narrowsburg FAL & FAL-U ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon & The Falcon Underground, Marlboro




GMCM Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series ��������������������Montgomery Senior Center GWL �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library HAC ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Hurleyville Arts Centre HOT Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus & Orch. ������������������First Presbyterian Church, Monroe HVPAF Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation ������������������������Mulder Chapel, Warwick IKE �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point JOKER ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Joker’s Comedy Club, Chester



LMAC �������������������������������������������������� M-LIB ��������������������������������������������������� MICV Music in Central Valley ����������� MoM Music on Market Series ����������� MONTBK ��������������������������������������������� MSM-AQ ���������������������������������������������� MSM-DC ����������������������������������������Mou

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Theatre - Live in HD “The King & I” DOWN 1:30pm & 7pm

Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band Grahamsville Presbyterian Church, Pine Bush, 7pm Music - Western Swing Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators FAL-U 8pm

10 Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band Leptondale Bible Church, Newburgh, 7pm


Theatre - Play “Allelujah!” DOWN 1:30pm & 7pm

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4 Theatre - Live in HD “The King & I” DOWN 1:30pm

Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm Music - Fusion Common Tongue FAL 8pm

Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm



Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm Poetry Phil Talbot MONTBK, 7pm


Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm

Music Ed Palermo Big Band FAL 9pm Chris O’Leary Band FAL-U 9pm

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Storytelling Barbara Martinez Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick 6pm Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm

Music Myles Mancuso Unplugged FAL 8pm


Music - Jazz Jazz Sessions FAL-U 7pm

Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm Music Myles Mancuso Band FAL 8pm

The Winter Wondrettes perform weekends at Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville, November 30 through December 16. Box Office: 845-647-5511.


Poetry Christopher Wheeling Goshen Methodist Church, 7pm




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Poetry.................Ter Poetry............................... Margaret Fox............................ NOBL 7pm Music - Classical.... Music -Jazz-Brazil.......Olli Soikkeli & Cesar Garabini Duo...FAL 8pm Theatre - Musical... Music.................. Andy Stack’s American Soup...............FAL-U 8pm Music - Blues.......Sl Music - Grateful De

13 Storytelling.........Black Dirt Storytelling Guild.Florida Library, 6:30pm Dance............................... “Nutcracker”.............................ROSE 7pm Music -Holiday-Rock.......... Eric Lipper................................GWL 7pm Music - Neo-Folk...............Lee DeWyze.................................FAL 8pm Music - Country.......Lyn Hardy & The Catskill Corral........FAL-U 8pm



Music - Holiday.....May

Theatre - Musical... Music - Holiday...... Music............... Sco Music - World-Pop-





Music.......................“A Tribute to Irving Berlin”............... M-LIB 6pm Music.......Sixth Ann Music - Holiday.......SUNY Ulster & MISU Ensembles.... MoM 7:30pm Music - Pop-Jazz... Music - Jazz Fusion.Thunderhead Organ Trio.Wherehouse, Newburgh, 8pm Recreation.......Ugly Music......................... NRBQ!, Restless Age..........................FAL 8pm

Poetry......................... Hudson River Poets.......................... NFL 7pm Music - Salsa.......... Music - Native American.......Tribal Harmony.....................FAL-U 7pm Music - Country-Fo Music.......Jamie McLean Band, Menza Madison Band.......FAL 8pm

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���������������������������������� Liberty Museum & Arts Center ������������������������������������� Crawford Library, Monticello ������������������ Central Valley United Methodist Church ������������������� St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville ������������������������������������ Montgomery Book Exchange ���Mount St. Mary College, Aquinas Hall, Newburgh unt St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Balmville


NESIN ����������������������������������������������������������������������St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello NOBL ���������������������������������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall PARA ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown PENN ����������������������������������������������������������������Pennings Farm & Pennings Cidery, Warwick RITZ ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Ritz Theatre Lobby, Newburgh ROSE ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� New Rose Theatre, Walden SCCC Sullivan County Community College �����������������������SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake

ait of the Artist Painting a Portrait of the Artist” photo by Peter Kopher

Dell Joyce painting en plein air at one of the onroe Arts Society paint-outs this year.

The art created at these events, along th other artwork, will be displayed at the nroe Village Hall, 7 Stage Road, Monroe, December 15 and 16 from 10:00am-4:00pm. An opening reception will be held on December 15 at 10:00am.

rence Chiesa...Elsie’s Luncheonette, Goshen, 7pm .Potluck Concerts..Cornwall Presby. Ch., 7:30pm .....“Winter Wonderettes”..................... SHAD 8pm lam Allen’s Holiday Soul-o-Bration!.......FAL 8pm ead.......Gratefully Yours........................FAL-U 8pm



SCCO Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra ���������������� St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello SCM ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville SHAD ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Shadowland Stages, Ellenville TEEN ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� New Teen Center, Greenwood Lake UUC ������������������������������������������������������������������ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern WCC �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Wallkill Community Center, Middletown WCPA ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Warwick Center for the Performing Arts

Holiday.............................Holiday Market..................... BW 11am-4pm Poetry.......Hudson River Poets...Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, 1pm Holiday...Goshen Christmas House Tour...Harness Museum 1pm-5pm Music - Holiday.............. West Point Band........................ IKE 1:30pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..........SHAD 2pm & 8pm Music - Holiday.......Jimmy Sturr Holiday Show..................PARA 3pm Poetry & Art........ Country Voices Poetry Group................DVAA 4pm Music - Pop-Blues-Jazz......Alice Shane vocals................... UUC 4pm Holiday...................... Museum Holiday Party.................... LMAC 5pm Music - Classical....Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus & Orch.... HOT 7pm Cinema......................“It’s A Wonderful Life”................. HAC 7:30pm Music - Funk......Jay Collins & The Northern Resistance ....FAL 8pm Music - Rock.......Junket Acoustic & Whiskey Wailers.....FAL-U 8pm


Dance & Tea.............“Nutcracker Tea”............WCPA Noon & 2pm Music - Holiday.............. Christmas Music.................PENN 1pm-3pm Dance...................“Nutcracker”....Cornwall High School, 2pm & 6pm Theatre - Play Reading.......“A Christmas Carol”... TEEN 2pm & 7pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..........SHAD 2pm & 8pm Music - Holiday..Maybrook Wind Ensemble..Valley View, Goshen, 3pm Fundraiser.Nesin Cultural Arts.St. John’s Epis. Ch., Monticello, 4pm & 7pm

Fundraiser....................NACL Theatre.........Narrowsburg Union, 6pm

Dinner-Theatre..“The Santaland Diaries”.Otterkill Country Club, Campbell Hall, 6pm

Holiday..............Lorna Luft Holiday Concert.....Milford Theatre, 7pm Music - Classical....Middletown Concert Chorale..St. Paul’s Methodist. Ch. 7pm

Theatre - Variety.......... RitzKidz “RitzBitz”.......................... RITZ 7pm Theatre - Musical..“Home for the Holidays: A Musical Journey”..HAC 7:30pm

Music...............SUNY Orange Symphonic Band..........PARA 7:30pm Storytelling................... PechaKucha Night....................... AMITY 8pm Music - Afro-Cuban.......Pedrito Martinez Group....................FAL 8pm


Opera.......................... “La Traviata” Verdi........................SCCC 1pm Music - Holiday.............. Christmas Music.................PENN 1pm-3pm Dance..................“Nutcracker”...Goshen Middle School, 2pm & 6pm ........... “Nutcracker”.............................ROSE 7pm Dance............................... “Nutcracker”................. ROSE 2pm & 7pm ybrook Wind Ensemble..Senior Center, Maybrook, 7:30pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..........SHAD 2pm & 8pm .....“Winter Wonderettes”..................... SHAD 8pm Music - Holiday.......Greater Newburgh Symph. Orch.. MSM-AQ 4pm ..Judy Collins “Holiday & Hits”............... BW 8pm Music - Holiday............Avalon Jazz Band.....Milford Theatre, 5:30pm ott Sharrard, Adam Masterson................FAL 8pm Music - Folk..................Music for Humanity.................NOBL 7:30pm -Blues.......High Season, Rootbrew......FAL-U 8pm Comedy............Comedy Night.....The Arnold, Livingston Manor, 8pm Music - Jazz........Eric Person Band....Wherehouse, Newburgh, 9pm Music.......Bernard Purdie & Friends’ Tribute to Aretha ......FAL 8pm Music - Jerry Garcia........... Deadgrass...............................FAL-U 8pm

nual Christmas@The Falcon Benefit.....FAL 8pm .....Carmen Pascucci vocals.................FAL-U 8pm y Christmas Sweater Dance Party...... PENN 8pm

............. Cuboricua...................................FAL 8pm olk.......Matt Mulhare Band.....................FAL-U 8pm


Music - Holiday..................Mike Purcell ....................PENN 1pm-3pm Music - Newburgh Chorale.King of Kings Lutheran Ch.,New Windsor, 7:30pm

Music.............. EPBB “A Very Proggy Christmas”...............FAL 8pm


Music - Jazz......Skye Jazz Trio.....Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester, 7pm Music - R&B................... Lindsey Webster.............................FAL 8pm Music - Country-Soul.......The Hambones...........................FAL-U 8pm



Music - Swing-Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis................FAL11am Holiday.............................Holiday Market..................... BW 11am-4pm Music - Holiday.............. West Point Band........................ IKE 1:30pm Music - Holiday...........NY Philharmonic Brass ............... HVPAF 2pm Music.....................The Kurpil Family Fiddlers ................. SCM 2pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..................... SHAD 2pm

Music - Classical..Enid Blount Press clarinet Laurel Larsen piano .MICV 3pm

Music - Holiday...........Pine Bush Community Band ........GMCM 3pm

Music - Holiday...Delaware Valley Choral Society...United Meth. Ch., Milford 3pm

Music - Classical...Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus & Orch.... HOT 4pm Variety...............RitzKidz: Newburgh’s Got Talent ............. RITZ 4pm

Fundraiser - Music..Backpack Snack Attack.Warwick Reformed Church, 5pm

Music - Jazz...........Chris Pasin’s “Ornettiquette” ................FAL 8pm


Music - Acoustic.........Bernstein Bard Quartet.....................FAL11am Music - Jazz...........Skye Jazz Trio........Iron Forge Inn, Warwick, Noon Dance & Tea..................“Nutcracker Tea”............WCPA Noon & 2pm

Holiday........Candlelight Tour............Crawford House, Newburgh, Noon-5pm

Storytelling......................Holiday Read Aloud.....Florida Library, 1pm Theatre - Variety.......... RitzKidz “RitzBitz”.......................... RITZ 2pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..................... SHAD 2pm Music -Classical..Sullivan County Community Chorus..Liberty HS, 2:30pm

Theatre - Musical..“Home for the Holidays: A Musical Journey”..HAC 3pm Music - Jazz..Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble..Warwick Grove, Warwick 4pm

Music -Jazz-Fusion...........Will Bernard Band .......................FAL 8pm

16 Music - Swing-Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis................FAL11am Dance............................... “Nutcracker”.............................ROSE 2pm Theatre - Musical.......“Winter Wonderettes”..................... SHAD 2pm

Music - Classical....Middletown Concert Chorale....North Cong. United Ch.. 3pm Music - Classical...Classic Choral Society..First Presby. Ch., Goshen, 7:30pm

Music - Jazz...........David Amram’s 88th Birthday Jam........FAL 8pm


Music.............................Myles Mancuso..............................FAL 11am Music - Classical.........Classic Choral Society...............CCS 7:30pm Music - Soul.............. Misha Piatigorsky Trio ........................FAL 8pm


Music - Swing +........... ....Saints of Swing .........................FAL 11am Music - Newburgh Chorale.St. Andrew’s Episcopal Ch., Beacon, 4pm Music - Fusion...........Trio of OZ: Omar Hakim & Rachel Z ....FAL 8pm

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Art exhibits CAS ������������������������������������������������������������Catskill Art Society, CAS Arts Center, Livingston Manor DVAA �������������������������������Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Elaine Giguere Arts Center, Narrowsburg MSM-DC �������������������������������������������������������� Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Balmville SUNYO-KH ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ SUNY Orange Newburgh, Kaplan Hall SUNYO-OH ����������������������������������������������������������������������������SUNY Orange Middletown, Orange Hall WRS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Wallkill River School, Montgomery

Group Show ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, ongoing Georgia Chambers etchings, paintings ����������������Georgia Chambers Art Gallery, Callicoon, ongoing Catharine De Maio paintings “Beginnings of Fall” �����������������Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester, ongoing T.A. Clearwater paintings, pastels, prints �������� Clearwater Gallery at Jones Farm, Cornwall, ongoing June Ponte paintings, stained & painted glass �����������������������Poe & Raven Gallery, Milford, ongoing Karen E. Gersch, Gabrielle Dearborn, Josiah Dearborn drawings, paintings, silverwork ��������������� Gersch Home Gallery, Montgomery, by appt, ongoing Carolyn Duke pottery �������������������������������������������������Duke Pottery, Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, ongoing Inscribed Tibetan Prayer Stones �����������������Tibetan & Himalayan Cultural Center, Walden, ongoing Wurtsboro Art Alliance group show ���������������������������� Mamakating Town Hall, Wurtsboro, ongoing “Doorways to Originality” outdoor art installation ����������������������������������Bethel Woods, thru Nov 30 Ancestral Origins Cultural Arts Exhibit ����������������������������Element Square, Middletown, thru Dec 1 A Gathering of Artwork: Goshen Art League Members’ Exhibit 2018 �������������������������������������������� 911 Emergency Services Center, Goshen, thru Dec 6 “Cowstravangza” Crawford Arts Association ����������� Crawford Gov’t Center, Pine Bush, thru Dec 7 “Portraiture” group show ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ WRS thru Dec 14 Jackie Skrzynski, Marieken Cochius “Complex Ecologies” ��Aquinas Hall, Newburgh, thru Dec 14 “The World War I Home Front - How Newburgh Supported the Colors” �������SUNYO-KH thru Dec 14 “Point Of View” Wurtsboro Art Alliance ����������������������John Neilson Gallery, Wurtsboro, thru Dec 16 Catskill Artist Friends “For the Love of Painting” ������������� Domesticities, Youngsville, thru Dec 16 “Art in Sixes” ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� DVAA thru Dec 23 Janet Campbell watercolors �������������������������������������������������������Berkshire Bank, Goshen, thru Dec 26 Jason Strapec “Cacophony in Color” ��������������� Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, thru Dec 27 Juried Small Works Exhibition ���������������������������������������������� Bertoni Gallery, Warwick, thru Dec 30 Rena Hottinger, Yolanda Ramirez-Goldsack “Beautiful Spaces” ������������������������������������������������������ Shakespeare & Assocs. Gallery, Milford, thru Dec 30 Peter Max “Early Paintings” ��������������������������������������������������� Museum at Bethel Woods, thru Dec 31 “Streams – art in motion” group show ����������������� Morgan Outdoors, Livingston Manor, thru Dec 31 Robin Dintiman, Mary Sweeney �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� CAS thru Dec 31 “Forget Me Not” Veteran Artists Group Show ��������������������������������������Ann Street Gallery, thru Jan 5 “Winter” Crawford Art Association ����������������������������� Crawford Gov’t Center, Pine Bush, thru Jan 8 Linda Fay Berger ������������������������������������������������������������ Griffith Olivero Realtors, Goshen, thru Jan 9 “Visions of Sugarplums” Goshen Art League ������������������������������������Goshen Music Hall, thru Jan 30 Bill Winters ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ellenville Library, thru Jan “Bear Mountain & Harriman Parks” Book Exhibit �����Exposures Gallery, Sugar Loaf, thru May19


An Artist’s Response to Human Rights. ���������������������� SUNYO-OH & SUNYO-KH Nov 30-Dec 14 Brittany Dreyhaupt paintings ������������������������������������������������������ Greenwood Lake Library, Dec 1-30 “Story of Christmas in Classic Art” ��������������������������������������������� Artists’ Market, Shohola, Dec 1-30 “Good Things Come In Small Packages” Warwick Art League Wisner Library, Warwick, Dec 1-30 “Miniature Masterpieces” & “Handmade for the Holidays” ������������������������������������ WRS Dec 1-31 Marcie Weisberg paintings ���������������������������������������������������������������Highland Mills Library, Dec 1-31 “Winter Spirits ” Art About Town, River Valley Artists Guild ��������������������������������������� Dec 3-Feb 21 Patty Koch winter-themed work Port Jervis Library & Susan Miiller expressionistic oils Port Jervis City Hall & Derek Vittum abstract & spiritual works Bon Secours Hospital & Joan Kehlenback winter-themed work Deerpark Town Hall, Huguenot “Point Of View” & Holiday Fair Wurtsboro Art Alliance ��������John Neilson Gallery, Wurtsboro, Dec 4-16 Holiday Arts Pop-Up Shoppe ������������������������������������������������� Element Square, Middletown, Dec 6-22 Matthew Ostrowski “Summerland” Audio Art ���CAS Laundry King, Livingston Manor, Dec 8 & 9 “Journey – the Art of Malgorzata Oakes” printmaking ������������� Amity Gallery, Warwick, Dec 8-23 December group show ���������������������������������������������� UpFront Exhibition Space, Port Jervis, Dec 8-30 Instructors’ Small Works Art Show �Desmond Campus, Mount St. Mary College, Balmville, Dec 9-Feb 28 Monroe Arts Society plein air paintings ������������������������ Monroe Village Hall, Dec 15-16, 10am-4pm “Winter” group show ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� WRS Dec 15-Jan 14 Helena Clare Pittman “Cats, Birds and Still Life” recent paintings ����Ellenville Library, Dec 1-Mar

Photography exhibits

Catharine Bale ����������������������������������������������������� Green Light Gallery, Cornwall-on-Hudson, ongoing “The World War I Home Front - How Newburgh Supported the Colors”. � SUNYO-KH thru Dec 14 Mary Cathryn Roth “On Time: Surface Series” ��� Leo’s Restaurant & Pizza, Cornwall, thru Dec 31 “Along the Towpath: the D&H Canal in Mamakating, 1828-1898” �������������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, ongoing

ART & Photography receptions

Marcie Weisberg paintings ������������������������������������������������Highland Mills Library, Dec 1, Noon-2pm Helena Clare Pittman “Cats, Birds and Still Life” recent paintings �������Ellenville Library, Dec 1, 1:30pmr Ancestral Origins Cultural Arts Exhibit ������������������Element Square, Middletown, Dec 1, 2pm-5pm 16

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“Story of Christmas in Classic Art” ���������������������������������Artists’ Market, Shohola, Dec 1, 4pm-6pm An Artist’s Response to Human Rights. ����������������������������������������������SUNYO-OH Dec 2, 1pm-3pm “Good Things Come In Small Packages” Warwick Art League ���Wisner Library, Warwick, Dec 7, 4:30pm-7:30pm

Holiday Arts Pop-Up Shoppe �������������������� Element Square, Middletown, Dec 8, 15, & 22, 2pm-5pm Matthew Ostrowski “Summerland” Audio Art � CAS Laundry King, Livingston Manor, Dec 8, 4pm-6pm “Journey – the Art of Malgorzata Oakes” printmaking �Amity Gallery, Warwick, Dec 8, 5pm-6pm “Miniature Masterpieces” & “Handmade for the Holidays” ������������������������WRS Dec 8, 5pm-7pm December group show ��������������������������������� UpFront Exhibition Space, Port Jervis, Dec 8, 6pm-9pm Instructors’ Small Works Art Show ��Desmond Campus, Mount. St. Mary College, Balmville, Dec 9, 1pm-3pm An Artist’s Response to Human Rights. ��������������������������������������������SUNYO-KH Dec 10, 6pm-8pm Monroe Arts Society plein air paintings ��������������������������������������Monroe Village Hall, Dec 15, 10am

Children & Teens Calendar

HHNM ���������������������������������� Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall HHNM-CoH ������Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson PEEC ������������������������������������������������������������ Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry Listings not included in our centerspread calendar.


Book Hipsters Book Club teens ���������������������������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Fridays, 3:30pm “A Grain of Rice” by/w/Helena Pittmen ����������������������������������������� Ellenville Library, Dec 1, 1:30pm Cinema

Teen Movie Night 11-17yrs ���������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library, Tuesdays, 6pm FREE Teen Movie Matinee �������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, 1st Saturday, 1pm FREE Saturday Family Movie ������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Saturdays, 1pm FREE EntertainmenT & Lectures see also Fairs & Festivals page 13

Storytime 3-5yrs ������������������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Mondays 10am FREE West Point Band w/Santa ���������������������������� Eisenhower Hall, West Point, Dec 1 & 2, 1:30pm FREE “It’s a Wonderful Life” film & A Visit from Santa! ������������Hurleyville Arts Centre, Dec 1, 7:30pm RitzKidz: Newburgh’s Got Talent ���������������������������������Ritz Theatre Lobby, Newburgh, Dec 2, 4pm A Visit From Santa �����������������������Hurleyville Arts Centre, Dec 8, Noon-4pm & Dec 9, 4:30pm-7pm “RITZ BITZ” w.RitzKidz, acrobatics, juggling, comedy, dance ���Ritz Lobby, Newburgh, Dec 8 & 9 Holiday Social w/Santa HHNM Fundraiser �����������������������������Newburgh Brewery, Dec 9, 1pm-4pm Museums

Meet the Animals “Birds on the Wing” ������������� HHNM-CoH Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm & 2:30pm Hiking Trails ����������������������������������������������������������������������� HHNM Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-4pm Eco-Zone Discovery Room �������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Dec 8, 1pm-4pm

Books: discussions / readings / Signings Book Lover’s Club �����������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library, 4th Tuesday, 7pm Mystery Thriller & Crime Book Group ������������������ Jeffersonville Library, 2nd Wednesday, 6:30pm Books & Tea ����������������������������������������������������Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 4th Wednesday, 4pm Urban Book Club ������������������������� Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, 4th Wednesday, 7pm Fiction & Foodies ���������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 2nd Thursday, 6pm Book Discussion Group �������������������������������������1st Friday, Daniel Pierce Library, Grahamsville, 1pm Book Discussion Group ������������������������������������������������������������ Narrowsburg Library, 3rd Friday, 4pm “A Grain of Rice” by/w/Helena Clare Pittman ��������������������������������Ellenville Library, Dec 1, 1:30pm “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz ����������������������������������������������Florida Library, Dec 14, 1pm “Unthinkable” by/w/Paul Plumadore ���������DVAA Signature Gifts, Narrowsburg, Dec 16, 1pm-2pm “Winter Garden” by Kristen Hannah ������������������������������������������������Florida Library, Dec 27, 6:30pm

Musical Celebration in Warwick Backpack Snack for a community benefit Attack is an outreach concert of seasonal and program of the Warwick pop music on December 2 Reformed Church that at 5:00pm at the Church. feeds nearly 300 school It is free, and honors the children in Warwick sponsors and volunteers Township. The church of the Backpack Snack started this program in Attack. 3D Rhythm of Life 2009 to provide food for This annual concert hungry school children to in Warwick features a eat at home every weekend, collection of uplifting when school meals are not rhythmic tunes just right available. to start your holiday The popular 3D Rhythm season. of Life bilingual dance The Church is located band returns for its 7th at 16 Maple Avenue, E’lissa Jones annual performance joining with E’lissa Warwick. For information, call 845-986Jones and the Hudson Valley Ebony Strings 4517 or visit www.backpacksnackattack.org

American Music in Central Valley: Dec. 2 Music in Central Valley opens its 2018-2019 season with Music for Clarinet and Piano performed by Enid Blount Press and Laurel Larsen. Their program will include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue arranged E. Blount Press by Frédéric Cellier, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and In Slow Blues Tempo from Excursions, Op. 20, by Samuel Barber. In 1947 Benny Goodman commissioned Copland to write a concerto for clarinet. “I made no demands on what Copland should write. He had completely free rein, except that I should have a two-year exclusivity on playing the work. At the time there were not too many American composers to pick from. Aaron and I played the concerto quite a few times with him conducting, and we made two recordings.” Excursions, Op. 20 is the first published solo piano piece by Barber, who explained, “These are ‘Excursions’ in small classical forms into regional American idioms. Their rhythmic characteristics, as well as their source in folk material and their scoring, reminiscent of local instruments are easily recognized.” As Susan Carter explains: “Neo-Romantic composers returned to a style characterized

by broad lyricism and dramatic expression. Traditional structures of form from the 18th and 19th centuries were conserved while drawing upon a “contemporary technical vocabulary”. L. Larsen From a boogie-woogie style of a five-part rondo to a theme and variations of a well known cowboy ballad, and even to a barn-yard dance with a fiddler, Barber uses each style effectively and accurately, according to the neo-Romantic ideas.” Enid Blount Press has appeared at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, and is a founding member and clarinetist/bass clarinetist of a progressive rock group. Currently she mentors the clarinet program at Songcatchers in New Rochelle. Laurel Larsen is Assistant Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University. She has served as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin, where she and Enid first performed together. The concert takes place in the United Methodist Church, 12 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley, on December 2 at 3:00pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation at the door. The church is handicapped accessible. For information: 845-928-6570.

Music & Merriment in Maybrook & Goshen The Maybrook Wind Ensemble’s 5th annual holiday concerts, led by Kevin Scott, music director, will feature selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker along with highlighting such holiday favorites S. Feldstein L. Anderson K. Scott P. Yon as Pietro Yon’s Gesu Bambino and of Arthur Fiedler. John Williams described Sandy Feldstein’s Chanukah Celebration. Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886-1943) was him as “one of the great American masters an Italian-born organist and composer who of light orchestral music.” He composed the made his career in the U.S. In 1922 Yon was underrated score for the musical Goldilocks, appointed ‘Titular Organist’ of the Vatican, which was the legendary Elaine Strich’s first a singular and unprecedented honor. The starring role on Broadway. A famous work by Anderson, A Christmas appointment put pressure on New York church authorities to promote Yon to a more- Festival, against which all other Christmas prestigious position. In 1926, he became the medleys are judged, includes Joy To the World; Deck the Halls; God Rest Ye Merry assistant organist of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Gesù bambino was written in 1917. Gentlemen; Good King Wenceslas; Hark! The melody and lyrics of the chorus are The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; Jingle derived from Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Bells and Adeste Fideles in a sparkling arrangement. Everyone is invited to sing Faithful). Sandy Feldstein (1940-2007) was a along and to bring their favorite holiday highly respected performer, composer, decoration to vie for a prize in their “Most arranger, conductor and educator of national Creative Decoration” contest at their prominence who played an important role in culminating concert on December 14. The concerts take place on December 8 at the publishing of music and method books on percussion. As a composer, he is well 3:00pm at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Care Center, 2 Glenmere Cove Road, known for clever and memorable works. Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was an Goshen, and December 14 at 7:30pm at American composer of short, light concert the Maybrook Senior Center, 111 Schipps pieces, many of which were introduced by the Lane, Maybrook. For information, call 845-475-8046. Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction

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Classical Sax in Cornwall-on-Hudson Jean-Baptiste Singelée (1812-1875) was a Belgian classical composer of the romantic period. He was one of the first composers to treat the saxophone as a serious classical instrument, evidenced by his composing over 30 Solos de Concours for his students at the Paris Conservatory. Emily Faxon As a longtime friend of Adolphe Lois Hicks-Wozniak Ruthanne Schempf Sax, the inventor of the saxophone (they met Schempf will perform one of Singelee’s as students at the Royal School of Music), Solo de concours for alto saxophone and he encouraged Sax to develop the four piano for a Potluck Concert, and Schempf principal members of the saxophone family, will share the piano with Margaret Small and composed what is very likely the first for a four-hand piano duet, and then share work ever written for saxophone quartet. In the stage with violinist Emily Faxon for addition to his saxophone works, Singelée is Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78. For his “Regensonate” (“Rain Sonata”), credited with composing 12 concertos, many solo works for violin and other instruments Brahms reused his own art song titled “Regenlied” (“Rain Song”) for the third as well as music for ballet. Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert movement. The song text is by Klaus Groth: saxophonist in the New York Metropolitan “Pour, rain, pour down. Awaken again in and Hudson Valley regions. Among her me those dreams that I dreamt in childhood many awards is the Special Presentation when the wetness foamed in the sand!” Potluck Concerts are held in the Cornwall Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations. As her prize, she Presbyterian Church, 222 Hudson Street, performed her New York Recital Debut at Cornwall-on-Hudson. An ice cream and cake reception follows the December 7, 7:30pm Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. From 1996-2004 she served active duty concert. Tickets at the door. BONUS: Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, let’s in the U.S. Army as a saxophonist with the United States Military Academy Band and go. Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, it’s grand. Let’s hear Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, with the West Point Saxophone Quartet. Hicks-Wozniak and pianist Ruthanne arranged for saxophone and piano!


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May I Have A Word With You ... Quips, Quotes & Quiddities with Carol Pozefsky REGENERATION Not all graybeards roll their eyes at the younger generation. In his memoirs, comedian/talk show veteran Dick Cavett writes this about Stephen Colbert: Among his other virtues, Colbert is endowed with a first-rate mind, a great ad-lib wit, skilled comic movement and gesture, fine education, seemingly unlimited knowledge of affairs and events and on top Dick Cavett of that, good looks. On the other side of the coin (another clichê circling the drain) Cavett abhors what he calls the brain numbing Academy Award “I’d like to thank” speeches. His parody Stephen Colbert version, in part: “Of course, Alvira Winkle, and the girls in the Huppman office, darling “Chummy” you know who you are...and Cheech Bolander, my neighbor who never fails to water my plants, oh, and Floyd for, well, just for being Floyd...and Dearest Dad, who I know is looking down on us right now...and, oh, don’t play me off, I’ve got another list here somewhere...”

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS Brian Burrell, an Amherst math professor, has neatly gathered into one book, The Words We Live By, a rich collection of the various creeds, mottoes, pledges, codes of conduct and such which we encounter throughout our lives; Murphy’s Law, loyalty oaths, wedding vows, and much more. Here is the pledge taken by The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union: I hereby solemnly promise, God helping me, to abstain from all distilled fermented and malt liquors including wine, beer and cider, and to employ all proper means to discourage the use and traffic in the same. Here, in part, is the Official Creed of, believe it or not, the Elvis Presley Impersonators Association: I have an obligation as an Elvis performer, through all my personal, business and social contacts, to be conscious of my image and what I represent and to conduct myself accordingly. I will provide leadership and direction in continuing the music and style of Elvis, while lending strength and direction to the growth of the activity as a great world-class entertainment medium.

Wallkill River School: Miniature Paintings & New Memberships As the holidays approach, there’s lots of big things (and small paintings!) on the way for the Wallkill River School (WRS). A miniature artwork exhibit, titled Miniature Masterpieces will be on display throughout the month of December featuring artworks that are six inches or smaller. In addition to the miniatures, the WRS will also be selling 8x10 paintings as well as handpainted mini canvas/easel ornaments to raise money for the School’s free senior programs and kids’ summer art programs. An opening reception for Miniature Masterpieces will be held December 8 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. In an attempt to show the community what is offered at the WRS, Liam Vogel, Gallery Director, will be offering a free winter landscape painting class on December 8 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. This is a great opportunity for curious creatives to visit the School and see what makes it such a special place! In addition to the exhibit, this month, the WRS has announced their new membership levels. Basic membership will remain available for $30 to anyone interested in joining this artistic community, and will provide a discount on classes, as well as participation in the members’ exhibit. The

“Gold Finch” by Sarah Fortner Pierson

$100 artist level membership has received new exhibiting opportunities for artists looking to get their work promoted. Artistmembers can participate in the School’s thematic exhibits every month, and will receive ten waived hanging fees for the year, making it easier than ever to participate in the exhibits. The wildly successful joint membership to the WRS, Goshen Art League, and Orange County Arts Council only costs $25 more than the artist level, and includes all of the previously mentioned benefits, as well as membership to three incredible local arts organizations. In addition to these memberships, the WRS has also reduced the cost of a represented artist membership

“Winter Light” by Mike Jaroszko

down to $200 from the previous $600. “Once an artist is represented with the Wallkill River School, they can sell prints and cards in our gallery, as well as feature work for display/sale on our website,” informs Vogel. If represented artists wish to have a solo exhibit, they may do so for a $300 exhibit fee. “We are also continuing our Emerging Artist program, which provides mentorship and guidance in helping an artist in framing, promotion, pricing, and a solo exhibit to launch their professional career,” added Vogel. The WRS is located at 232 Ward Street, Montgomery. For info: 845-457-2787. Visit www.wallkillriverschool.com

“Nutcracker” + Tea

The Warwick Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) presents a unique version of The Nutcracker, Act II, to include an afternoon tea: The Nutcracker Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy. WCPA artistic director, Melissa Padham-Maass, maintains fond memories of when she herself performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy as a student at The Dancer’s Studio within the same walls as WCPA. Guests ages 14 and under can choose to begin their interactive Nutcracker experience with a hair and make-up session meant to transform the guest into the glimmering and enchanting world of the Nutcracker ballet with makeup complete with glitter and a ballerina bun including a keepsake hairpiece. By appointment only 845-986-2466. It will be performed at the WCPA, 63 Wheeler Avenue, Warwick on December 8 and 9, at Noon & 2:00pm. All purchases must be made in advance at warwickperformingarts.eventbrite.com


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“For The Love of Painting” in Youngsville Take a pot of tea, add with landscapes, her subject cookies, palettes and paint, matter includes local flora some good friends getting and fauna. together and more than just a LaVerne Black has explored dash of love, and you have the watercolor for many years, Catskill Artist Friends! This and eventually developed group of professional artists a love for photography. is comprised of LaVerne Exhibiting her photographic Black, Ann Higgins, Valerie work in the past in many “Blue Jay” by L. Black Taggart, Elise Hornbeck, communal exhibitions, she and Kate Hyden. has now returned with her Retired art teacher Ann friends to a past love of Higgins has exhibited painting, drawing upon those locally, nationally and many photographic images internationally. Her subject for inspiration. matter often focuses on the Kate Hyden has had beautiful, rugged mountain exhibitions in the area since landscapes that surround “Stark Tree, Golden Sky” by A. Higgins retiring. A member of the her. Ann’s preferred media are Sullivan County Audubon watercolor and pen-and-ink. Society, her love of birds is Awardwinning artist Elise reflected in her work. She Hornbeck has exhibited in created and was a participant numerous art shows. She in the three Audubon and calls on her long historical Friends Too exhibits in connections and deep Sullivan County. “Lily” by V. Taggart aesthetic connections with The Catskill Artist the Catskills in her subject matter. Friends’ vibrant watercolors and drawings of Retired art teacher Valerie Taggart’s landscapes, wildlife, flowers and faces will work consists of representational drawings, grace the exhibition room at Domesticities, paintings, and prints inspired in the most part 4055 Route 52, Youngsville, through by the natural beauty of the Catskills. Along December 16. For info: 845-482-3333.

Holiday Read Aloud The Florida Public Library will host its third annual Holiday Read Aloud on December 9 at 1:00pm. Readers from the board of trustees, staff and the Library’s Black Dirt Storytelling Guild will share favorite seasonal stories from such authors as Truman Capote, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Cynthia Rylant and Hans Christian Andersen. Free homemade desserts and hot drinks will be served. Attentive listeners of all ages, kindergarten and up, are invited to attend. To register, visit floridapubliclibrary.org or call 845-651-7659. The Library is located at 4 Cohen Circle, Florida.


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Catskill Art Society: 2-Day Audio Work The Laundry King, a project of the Catskill Art Society (CAS), is a former storefront at 65 Main Street in Livingston Manor repurposed as a DIY art and performance space for creators. The space is outfitted with state-of-the-art sound equipment, and is used to expand offerings in theater, film, music, and other performances while bringing more diversity and spontaneity to the art forms presented by CAS. Next up at the Laundry King: Matthew Ostrowski will present Summerland, an audio work for 24 computer-controlled telegraph sounders on December 8 & 9, from 11:00am-6:00pm. Samuel F. B. Morse’s electromagnetic telegraph, commercially available in 1844, was history’s first readily available system of instantaneous communication over great distances. The achievement of mastery over the invisible force of electricity stirred great interest in the potential existence of other forces which might offer means of communicating with points even farther removed: the realms inhabited by departed spirits. Adolescent sisters Kate and Maggie Fox reported mysterious tapping sounds in their house near Rochester, which they attributed to the ghost of a murdered man buried in the basement.

Telegraphs by Matthew Ostrowski

In the context of contemporary magical thinking about media, Summerland looks back at the archaeology of communications, seizing from the ether the dead voices of two individuals at the tangled nexus of 19thcentury information technology: Samuel Morse and Kate Fox. Attempting to reproduce their words through taps and clicks, texts from Morse’s articles on immigration and Fox’s automatic writing encounters with the inhabitants of the Summer Land are materialized in an electromagnetic séance of digitized speech. An opening reception for the two-day audio exhibition takes place on December 8, from 4:00pm-6:00pm. While visiting Livingston Manor, stop by the Catskill Art Center, 48 Main Street, to see work by Robin Dintiman and Mary Sweeney, on view through December 31. For more information: 845-436-4227.

Hot Parisian Jazz in Milford The zazous, or “swing kids” of Paris, were a subculture in France in the 1930s and 40s. They were obsessed with American swing: their way of expressing their nonconformity and rebelling against the war was through dance and jazz (a forbidden music during the German occupation), displaying a very insolent kind of joy, which caused them to be marginalized. They wore big eccentric clothing, checkered and colorful, had long hair and always carried an umbrella when it didn’t rain, to underline the irony of their time. When the yellow star was forced on Jews, the Zazous began to wear yellow stars with ‘Swing’ written on them. They became persecuted and gathered in the medieval cellars in the Latin Quarter, the heart of jazz culture in Paris. The musical style presented by Avalon Jazz Band is inspired by jazz played in Paris in the 1930s and 40s, especially by the Hot Club de France, founded by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. This French style of hot jazz then became what we now know as “Gypsy jazz” or “Jazz Manouche”, with its technical bravadoes and virtuoso skills, embodied by the quick fingers of Avalon’s violinist Adrien Chevalier. The delicate voice and swing phrasing of Tatiana Eva-

Marie bring the zazou element to the mix: an ingenuous and mischievous joie-de-vivre, which she incarnates to perfection. In addition to these classics, the Avalon Jazz Band also performs original music, offering their own vision of what contemporary swing can be, blending their francophone culture into their American experience. Celebrate the holidays French style when the Avalon Jazz Band presents Joyeux Noël, a concert featuring music and song from the 1930s plus seasonal favorites on December 15 at 5:30pm at the Milford Theatre, 114 East Catherine Street, Milford, for the Kindred Spirits Arts Program series. Visit www.kindredspiritsarts.org for tickets. Children under 15 are admitted free. See Apple Valley and Waterwheel ads below for dining options.

New Art Gallery in Middletown Element Square Inc. Art Gallery and Media Centre, with space for workshops, conferences, seminars, and much more, opened in May 2018. In addition to holding open mics on Thursday nights, owners/partners Lisette Izaguirre and Matthew R. Alvarez presented their first art exhibit Pyrography by Chris Rodriguez in September. Their November show, for sale, and for those who Ancestral Origins Cultural value the arts to enjoy a Arts Exhibit, runs through unique shopping experience December 1 with a closing for original works, and reception from 2:00pmpotentially be able to have 5:00pm. All are invited to items custom-made for attend. them, or as gifts for others “Leading up to our first this holiday season. exhibit, and still since then, “The Holiday Pop-Up we also host our own art/ Ocean scene by Jose “Cheito” Guerrido Jr. Shoppe runs December music based workshops and 6-22 and on the Saturdays classes, and offer the space of the month (Dec. 8, 15 & for others to use as well,” 22), there will be more of writes Matt. “Our upcoming an event for our patrons to Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe is enjoy. Light foods, drink, going to be a combination of live entertainment, and the arts, music, clothing, and the ability to deal directly other crafts. with the artists who will be “Incorporated within a present during these times.” single setting with a number Cartoon-style art by Vanessa Granobles Element Square is of highly talented artists and designers, it is located at 21 North Street, Middletown. For an opportunity for those who are skilled in information, visit them on Facebook or call their craft to display and offer their works 718-734-7167.

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“Home for The Holidays” in Hurleyville Co-sponsored by the Forestburgh Playhouse, Home for the Holidays: A Holiday Journey is a brand new musical featuring all new songs to celebrate the holiday season. A young soldier finishing her tour of duty is caught between enemy fire while on video chat with her father on her way home for the holidays. Unaware of the potential danger, her family celebrates the season hoping for her safe return. Home for the Holidays is a touching, heartwarming story of love, family, friendship and joy for all ages. Performances of Home For The Holidays: A Holiday Journey take place December 8

at 7:30pm and December 9 at 3:00pm at the Hurleyville Arts Centre, 12 Railroad Avenue, Hurleyville. Visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org for tickets. For more details, see ad on page 8.

Veteran-Artists Exhibit in Newburgh The works in the Forget Me Not exhibition at the Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, explore the personal narratives of 21 veteran-artists, focusing on their unique perspectives and practices. Mediums include photography, ceramics, printmaking, illustration, paintings, sculpture and a site-specific installation, with diverse themes that span the controversial gamut of war related subjects to stridently anti-war reflections. “Kuwaiti Landscape” by Jonathan Gavin-Patterson The exhibit is designed to give an in-depth of art as a platform for bringing a fresh look into the way these artists decided to utilize perspective to who they are as individuals the art-making processes to attain various and the development of a personal creative personal goals. These range from choosing practice unrelated to military culture. art for its ability to heal by expressing what The Gallery wishes to honor these veterans words cannot, thus providing a positive outlet for their sacrifices and military service by for those dealing with PTSD; the chronicling showcasing their talents. Curated by Gallery and communicating of complex veteran Director Virginia Walsh, the exhibit is on experiences that encourages conversations view through January 5. with a larger public audience; to the usage For information, call 845-784-1146.

Orange County Beauty in Greenwood Lake Born in 1986, Brittany fundraisers. She has also Dreyhaupt grew up in branched out into the Venice Beach, California, community to host “Paint a town with art at the heart and Sips” for local charity of its culture. Without any fundraisers. formal training, she learned Currently, most of by doing and creating. At Brittany’s art is inspired 22 years of age, she began by the beauty of Orange painting, hosting her first County. “I was always art show with four local taught when you are given Venice artists. At 24, she Brittany and one of her artworks a talent it was meant to began a career as an early childhood educator benefit others. It is my joy to give back to at a Montessori in Manhattan Beach, CA. An the community with my talent and love of advocate of STEAM (Science, Technology, art. I don’t know how I lived most of my Engineering, Art and Math), she was an art life without the change of seasons being so teacher for ages 2-5. bold and brilliant. I can’t imagine a winter Brittany met her husband Philip Andre without snow. I love the rolling hills, deep Dreyhaupt, a physical therapist assistant and woods, and the charm of farm animals. They a Greenwood Lake native, at one of her art have been my muse. From coast to coast, I shows in downtown Los Angeles. The couple am happy and grateful to share my art with eventually moved to Greenwood Lake. you!” says Brittany. Brittany furthered her education through Brittany is the featured artist for the month the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program of December at the Greenwood Lake Public at SUNY Orange in Middletown. She has Library, 79 Waterstone Road, Greenwood hosted several “Paint and Sips” for college Lake. For info: 845-477-8377, ext. 104. 22

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE, C HRIS TMAS SHOPPERS! Tis’ the Season to Spend Your Holiday Dollars Wisely: SHOP LOCAL! Holiday Shopping: CANVAS style! Welcome to CANVAS’ annual holiday shopping page where we urge readers (yet again!) to keep their holiday shopping dollars local (Amazon does not need any money!). Purchase original and affordable gifts while supporting local theatres, artists, galleries, studios, frame shops, music stores and more. There truly is an abundance of talent around our neck o’ the woods, so grab a friend or three, and shop local this holiday season! FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE A fabulous gift for your theatre-loving family and friends, the Forestburgh Playhouse is once again offering Holiday Gift Certificates and 2019 Gift Subscriptions. Their 2019 season includes favorites such as The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Me and My Girl, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Hair, and more! See ad this page for more details!

something back to life that has sentimental value. Whether it’s a 1959 Ampeg brought in by the original owner who had purchased it on his last day of high school or a 40’s era table top radio that belonged to a friend’s mom, I love that those items can still be used and enjoyed. Keeping gear going is not only fun, it is sustainable,” says Pat. www.patrickkauffmanelectronics.com Check out Pat’s ad on page 20. DELAWARE VALLEY ARTS ALLIANCE


A portrait creates a timeless moment, holding freshness and vivacity as the years go by and life brings its changes. Siblings hugging, a boy and his dog, a little girl proudly showing off in her ballet shoes and gown, a child sitting in a quiet reflective moment with her favorite doll... A portrait of a child, friend, family, couple, or a wedding is a remembrance that lasts from generation to generation. The ultimate in gift-giving, why not have a loved one immortalized in a beautiful portrait painted by artist Cynthia Harris-Pagano? For information, see her ad on page 6. PATRICK KAUFFMAN ELECTRONICS From Brooklyn to Bethel, Patrick Kauffman of Patrick Kauffman Electronics has been repairing tube amplifiers for the last twenty years. “It has been a non-stop repair ride of fixing loads and loads of tube gear 60+ hours a week. Some of my favorite repairs are bringing

The Art in Sixes exhibit provides something for everyone, whether you’re an art connoisseur, a browser, a collector, or someone in need of that perfect gift (207 artists submitted an amazing 667 works of art: there will certainly be something for everyone!). Established artists and those just starting out have submitted original art from mini canvases to little sculptures to small books. Every piece is 6-inches or less in any direction. In what has become a bustling year-end event for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Art in Sixes small works exhibition runs through December 23 at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg.

Street, Wurtsboro, will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring tables filled with various art, pottery, jewelry and more that will make the perfect gifts for your loved ones during their annual Holiday Fair, running weekends through December 16. See page 6 for more details. NESIN CULTURAL ARTS The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra and students from Nesin Cultural Arts will present two performances of A Madrigal Feaste on December 8 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John Street, Monticello. Dinner is included! In addition, there will be a craft fair hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church for guests to view and purchase items by local vendors. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting www.nesinculturalarts. org or by phoning 845-798-9006. Children’s tickets available by phone only. MAINFRAME GALLERY Okay, so you’ve supported your local artists and local galleries by purchasing original art to give out as gifts this holiday

season...you may be interested in purchasing a custom frame from a local frame shop, too, making the gift a truly local buy! Mainframe Gallery specializes in custom picture framing and is Orange County’s choice for expertly designed and crafted quality picture framing. Owners, Jean and Rob Warren, will assist you in choosing from their vast array of mats and frame mouldings to come up with a design that best suits the artwork, your personal taste, and your budget. Rush orders gladly accepted at Mainframe, 513 E. Main Street, Middletown. For info: 845-342-5335. See ad pg 17. A friendly reminder from CANVAS Our generous and loyal advertisers keep this publication free - and allow for us to keep on truckin’! Please take a look at all of the advertisements in this issue - they are all local businesses and perhaps you will not only get a great gift idea, but it will also allow you to keep your holiday spending local. Do take a peek at this issue’s stories as well, and take advantage of the many art exhibitions (for a gift!) and the many holiday-related musical events! Happy Holidays! ♥

AL’S MUSIC SHOP For the musician on your holiday list... accordions, banjos, brass, guitars, woodwind, strings and so much more, Al’s Music Shop, 41 Fowler Street, Port Jervis, is a locally owned music store including a full line of instruments, accessories and other musical items such as reeds, valve oil, books, mutes, picks, microphones, amps, and cables! “Here at Al’s Music Shop, we do our best to provide you with hard to find instruments at the best possible prices, while also maintaining our small, family owned business,” state owners Al & Patti Gessner. Check out the ad on page 20 for more! WURTSBORO ART ALLIANCE The Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s John Neilson Gallery located at 73 Sullivan December 2018

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“Ritz Bitz” Variety Show in Newburgh A native of Colombia, The founder of ZOÍ Yudy Gomez is an Productions, Roger actress, dancer and Acevedo, a native of producer. She has Colombia, is an actor participated in different and producer. He projects in popular and studied theater and film community theaters, acting, improvisation, making art accessible to and theatrical clown vulnerable communities work in Argentina, in Colombia, Mexico, Colombia and Mexico. and now in the U.S. She Roger has participated is enthusiastic about in different fascinating the kind of theater that projects in popular and focuses on social change. community theaters. Yudy is a producer in Directed by Karen ZOÍ Productions, a E. Gersch, Ritz Bitz, RITZKIDZ and acrobatic madness! company founded by a variety show with her husband aiming to acrobatics, balancing, bring theater and artistic juggling, comedy, events anywhere in the dance and much more world. In addition to featuring RITZKIDZ theater acting, Yudy also and Columbian clown studied musical theater, couple Yudy Gomez and improvisation, film Roger Acevedo, takes acting and theatrical place on December clown work. She is 8 at 7:00pm, and passionate, structured December 9 at 2:00pm and devoted to her in the Lobby at The career. “If you work Ritz Theater, 111 hard and devote time to Broadway, Newburgh. what you love, you will Clown couple Roger Acevedo & Yudy Gomez Tickets at the door. most likely live in a world of colors.” For more info: keg37@frontier.com


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Hudson Valley Dance Theatre: Nutcracker A family oriented rendition of The Nutcracker performed by the Hudson Valley Dance Theatre under the direction of Aggie Kimple and Annie Cerone, featuring the choreography of Helen McLennan, Cerone and Kimple, featuring dancers from Orange County, including Aria Kimple and Isabella Willkomm as Clara; Anna Liba and Anna Uhl as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen; Katy Rolon and Katie Yankovich as Dew Drop, and Evan Schaffer as Drosselmeyer. The Nutcracker will be performed by a

company of committed ballet students, engaging narration written by Anastasia Edson and spoken by Beth Maurer, and with costumes that will delight every guest at 2:00pm and 6:00pm on both December 8 at Cornwall High School, 10 Dragon Drive, New Windsor and December 15 at Goshen Middle School, 41 Lincoln Avenue, Goshen. For audiences ages 3 and older. Tickets at the door. Advance tickets available at Dance & Music Design School, Clinton St., Cornwall. Call 845-534-9671.

“Allelujah! Live in HD at Downing The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-tograve hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with awardwinning director Nicholas Hytner. The National Theatre Live’s production

filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, will be screened at Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street, Newburgh, on December 17 at 1:30pm & 7:00pm. Phone 845-561-3686 or visit www. downingfilmcenter.com Production contains strong language.

Newburgh Historical Society Tour Visitors to Newburgh’s Historic District are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. For the past three decades, supporters from all over have joined the Newburgh Historical Society in celebrating a treasured architectural history during the annual Candlelight Tour. The house tour features a diverse assortment of public and private spaces within and beyond the City of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. These include city and suburban houses and homes in the rehabilitation process and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks. The 1830 Captain David Crawford House (see photo) will be decked out in natural greens and floral arrangements, with wreaths and trees, and period decorations typical of the 19th century. “It is a labor of love by the volunteers of the Historical Society to create such a splendid exhibition of natural beauty with garlands and bows, decorative fruits and candies that dazzle the eyes of visitors year after year,” said Planning Committee member Warren Cahill. This tour is the Historical Society’s major fundraiser. The money raised is applied towards the preservation of the Crawford House that is undergoing some extensive renovations, including a recently

completed top-to-bottom painting of the house’s exterior. Neighbors will open their fascinating houses, showcasing their historic significance or their modern take on holiday expression. The self-guided Tour will take place on December 9, between Noon and 5:00pm. The Captain David Crawford House, the Society’s headquarters located at 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, is the starting place for the Tour. Tickets can be purchased online at newburghhistoricalsociety.com or by calling 845-561-2585. Visitors will save $5 off the regular price by purchasing tickets in advance. An illustrated guide booklet and a custom map will be provided to add historical context and enrich the visitor experience. See ad page 24 for more details.

MoM: G Minor Greats & Guests SUNY Ulster and been important in the MISU Community rise of independent Ensembles and instrumental guests will perform a classical music, and Holiday Celebration in the development for the final 2018 of violin technique. concert of the new The concert and exciting annual concludes with Music on Market the tradition of (MoM) series, which performing the has brought a wide popular Christmas The 2016 MISU and SUNY Ulster range of music, Concerto (Concerto Community String Ensemble ethnically, stylistically, grosso in G minor, and spanning five Op. 6, No. 8) by centuries, to Ellenville, Corelli, and the supported by local and beloved Adagio in G nearby businesses & minor for organ and and private citizens. strings by Albinoni, Four ensembles, featuring guest artists SUNY Ulster String Susan Seligman Anastasia Solberg James Fitzwilliam Susan Seligman and Vocal Ensembles, and MISU String cello, David Fiedler (not pictured) violin, and Vocal Ensembles, ranging in age from Anastasia Solberg violin and James 8-adult, will perform separately and together Fitzwilliam organ. with tidbits from classical and popular The concert is on December 20 at 7:30pm literature. in handicapped-accessible St. John’s A new addition to the program is the SUNY Episcopal Church, 40 Market Street, Ulster Vocal Ensemble which will join the Ellenville. Tickets at the door. SUNY Ulster String Ensemble and perform The holiday program will conclude with a piece by Marco Uccellini (1603 or 1610- MoM’s new annual tradition of audience 1680) who was an Italian Baroque violinist participation in the finale medley: Let it Snow!, and composer. His output of mainly secular White Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. music for solo violin is considered to have For information: 845-647-7084.

Enjoy viewing work by photographer Mary Roth at Leo’s Cornwall location thru Dec. 30!

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Meet Me in The Library: The Gifts of the Magi by J. A. Di Bello It’s the holiday season, a time for Christmas, Hanukkah, The Epiphany, The Feast of the Three Kings and just to spark interest, throw in the Winter Solstice. It’s all quite wondrous. As far as seasonal groupings are concerned, the sources of these miraculous events are many-sided and more complex than one might initially consider. To simplify allows appreciation of the unified origins of this season of holy days. Look to the major contributor: the JudeoChristian heritage. Western Europe and America have long described their unified culture as a concept of common values shared by two beliefs: Judaism and Christianity. It’s a heritage rich and mutually rewarding. Each shares, to an extent, the same Torah, i.e., the first five books of the Christian Old Testament (OT) are the five books of Moses. The rich and sustaining harmonies of the literature are often oppositional and yet there’s more agreement than one might originally suspect. A convenient literary catalyst used to explore roots of these phenomena is the Gospel of Matthew; as a narrative it describes three mysterious visitors from the East, the Three Kings, Magi, or a.k.a. the Three Wise Men. Following a star, the Magi


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arrive in Jerusalem and then travel on to Bethlehem, to discover the son of a Jewish couple, Jesus, described as the Messiah, of OT prophecy. The three Magi kneel, praise Him, and deliver the celebrated gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Magi leave Bethlehem, never to be seen or heard from again. How exotic! How mysterious! It’s no wonder, this is the beginning of what has become known as the Miracle of Christmas and The Epiphany. As practicing Jews, it reasonably follows the recipients of Matthew’s Gospels were also fortunate enough to enjoy the traditional celebration of Hanukkah, the festival commemorating the victory over the Seleucid Empire and recognizing the miraculous supply of oil used for lighting the menorah. Participants gather, exchange gifts, recite prayers and reflect on the word Hanukkah, which means “dedication or commitment,” and quite emphatically in context “dedication” to the principles of one’s faith. As suggested, simplicity permits appreciation. And it was one dollar and eighty-seven cents that inspired this article.

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That was the total amount Della had saved to buy her husband’s Christmas present. “That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.” The reference here, of course, is to O. Henry’s classic, The Gift of the Magi, 1905. It beautifully caresses the dedication of a young and financially struggling couple to grasp the significance of commitment. But unbounded dedication is not confined to the yule-time streets of an American city. Another gift of the generous Magi is found in the form of a young girl. Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfort, Germany 1929. As a diarist, her family’s escape to Amsterdam and secret existence in an annex (1942-’44) is now miraculously known to the world. She and her family gained notoriety with the posthumous publication of Diary of a Young Girl, 1947. Discovered there, under the most horrid of conditions, is Anne’s brilliant insightfulness. Standing strong alongside Anne’s account is the Frank family’s unflinching dedication to Judaism, its observance of Hanukkah in the annex. Annelies Marie Frank was murdered in February/March of 1945 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany.

On the other hand, when it’s Christmas time, it is the legendary words of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-’53) that call attention to the gifts of the season. A die-hard romantic, Thomas is most well-known at holiday time for his reminiscent, nostalgic view of his own Christmas as a young boy. A Child’s Christmas in Wales stands as a reminder of Thomas’ commitment to the beauty of language and his gift to those who cherish its potential. To double the impact of Thomas, his reading of the piece is available on the internet; hear the sound of the words as they roll off his tongue (Harper Audio Presents). The list of worthy literature stemming from or developing as a result of a rich and vibrant heritage knows few limits. Include in that list Chaim Potok’s (1929-’02) novel The Chosen, 1967. It details emphatically and with didactic purposes what appears, at first glance, to be a simplistic title. A must read, the novel features two adolescents, one is Hasidic the other Modern Orthodox growing up in Brooklyn. Through the centuries it’s been the glow of a holiday season that illuminates the pages of literature. And as families and groups gather around a Christmas tree, a menorah or a yule-time fire place, the message remains: The Holy season is one to be treasured and with the gifts of the Magi, there’s a greater appreciation of what lies beyond.

Christmas Jam with Mike Purcell Keyboardist, composer and educator Michael Purcell (aka Mike) performs regularly throughout the Hudson Valley leading his own jazz piano trio. Often duetting with bassist Robert Kopec, he has also been a featured performer with The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival and was twice voted “Best Jazz Musician in the Hudson Valley” by Times Herald-Record readers.

Pennings Farm Market offers FREE live holiday music by Mike on December 22 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, to fill all guests and the farm with the spirit of the season. Come in for lunch and some holiday cheer with a side of music! Pennings Farm Market is located at 161 Route 94 S, Warwick. For more details and information, check out Pennings’ ad on page 7.

GNSO: “A Thrill of Hope” Holiday Concert The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (GNSO) second annual holiday concert, A Thrill of Hope, will feature lush orchestrations of holiday favorites and an incredible team of soloists. The program will feature Schubert’s Ave Maria, as well as Greensleeves, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, music of Hanukkah, plus more secular songs like Let it Snow!, White Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. It will conclude with the GNSO’s new annual tradition of audience participation in their finale medley. Enjoy conductor Russell Ger’s program on December 15 at 4:00pm in Aquinas

Hall at Mount Saint Mary College, 332 Powell Avenue, Newburgh. Snow date: December 16, 4:00pm. Students with college ID are admitted free of charge to open seating area. Note: children under 5 are not permitted in balcony seats. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Visit www.newburghysmphony.org or phone 845-913-7157.

MEGAPHONE: Music Lyrics as Poems The Megaphone literary series, produced by Janet Hamill and William Seaton, will present a program on song lyrics as poetry at the Seligmann Center, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, on Patti Smith December 9 at 2:00pm. Hamill will speak on the modern day troubadour, taking off from those of medieval Provence, and discussing such poets as Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Patti Smith. Seaton will approach the topic from both

theoretical and practical perspectives. He will first speak on the generic differences between song lyrics and poetry on the page, and then will present a detailed explication of a classic Delta blues song Son House by Son House as poetry, noting the performance aspects. The program will conclude with a participatory workshop exercise. For information, call 845-469-6459. This event is made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

Rockin’ Holiday Concert, Greenwood Lake Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Eric Lipper started his musical journey playing with a toy piano that he got for his 2nd birthday. Throughout school, he learned trumpet and piano and used every free study hall period to grab a nylon guitar from the music room closet and get acquainted. After fronting his own original rock bands in high school and at SUNY Purchase, he played keyboards with The Platters. Eric’s own songs and music range from very melodic to quite experimental. Fascinated by the ghostly 1920’s recordings of The Carter Family, Eric started The Tweedlers, a folk group that spent five summers entertaining at county fairs throughout the Northeast. He has

performed with The Drifters, The Chiffons, Lou Christie, Bobby Lewis and Danny and The Juniors. As a solo act, or as part of a band, Eric has played in theatres across the country, as well as Sardi’s Restaurant and The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. A special rock-n-roll holiday music concert by Eric Lipper takes place at the Greenwood Lake Public Library, 79 Waterstone Road, on December 13, from 7:00pm-8:00pm. For more info: 845-477-8377, ext. 104.

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Desmond’s Instructors’ Small Works Enjoy viewing the and Robert Trondsen. artworks of Mount Saint The Small Works Art Show, Mary College’s Desmond running through February Campus art class instructors 2019, includes jewelry, too, when they open their annual and is a great way to support Small Works Art Show with your local artists while a reception on December 9 purchasing original gifts. from 1:00pm-3:00pm. While there, be sure to Instructors participating “Purple Tea Cup” by C. Harris-Pagano check out the Desmond include Len DeVirgilio, House all gussied up and Gayle Clark Fedigan, decorated for the holidays! Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Desmond Campus for Jodie Yeaple King, Adult Enrichment is located Roberta Rosenthal, Esther at 6 Albany Post Road in McHenry, Susan Minier, Newburgh. Sunwha Gil, Christina For information and hours, Artwork by G. Clark Fedigan DiMarco, Michele Dixler call 845-565-2076.

Architect Exhibits Work in Highland Mills necessary art supplies in “I have always tried to a canoe. Camping opened take some time from my up the beauty of nature in work as an architect for a new way for me. The drawing and painting,” focus of my work is the says Marcie Weisberg. expressiveness of line, “In my student and early color, light and spatial professional life, I often relationships found in chose figurative subjects, nature,” said Weisberg. mainly women.” A free reception for Two examples of these, an oil painting and an oil “Forked Lake Island” by M. Weisberg Weisberg’s show takes pastel drawing are included at Weisberg’s place at the Library, 16 Route 105, Highland show at the Rushmore Memorial Branch of Mills, on December 1, from 12:00-2:00pm. “Now, along with running my own local Woodbury Public Library in Highland Mills where she is the featured artist in December. architecture firm, I explore the Hudson “After taking a watercolor class, I became Valley and continue making art inspired by more interested in that medium. When my living here,” she concluded. If you can’t attend the reception for her husband introduced me to camping and hiking, I started to make small plein-air show, visit the Library any time during the watercolor landscapes of the Adirondacks, month of December to view her work! mostly because it was easier to bring the For information: 845-928-6162.

Dedication of “Deerest Deerpark III” In 2009, an Orange entitled Unforgettable, Arts Grant was given to includes local Deerpark Susan Miiller of Deerpark scenes including the D&H to complete a series of Canal, the Neversink fiberglass deerforms for Valley Area Museum, a unique, public project the Deerpark Museum entitled: Deerest Deerpark. and 1863 Huguenot Orange County artists were Schoolhouse, local farms, invited to design these ecosystems, and other deerforms depicting local historic aspects of the Town scenes such as ecosystems of Deerpark. In 2016, this Joan working on “Unforgettable” and the visual history of grant was given yet again the Town of Deerpark, or spiritual works. with more funding for Deerest Deerpark III, The results were a major artistic achievement a permanent enclosure for Unforgettable. and a cultural lift for the western part of A dedication for the permanent enclosure Orange County. of Unforgettable will take place on In 2014, the grant was given a new December 3 at 6:00pm at the Deerpark cultural lift with additional funding for Senior Center, 420 Route 209, Huguenot. Deerest Deerpark II. The new grant funded Visit www.townofdeerpark.org for info. This project is made possible, in part, with funds a life-sized fiberglass deerform designed from Orange County Tourism and the County by Cuddebackville artist and River Valley of Orange, funds in memory of Lois Simpson, Artist Guild president, Joan Kehlenbeck. donation of labor by Kehlenbeck Brothers Joan’s design for the life-size deerform, Construction, LLC and the Town of Deerpark. 28

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