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Christmas is Bach!
Originally written in E-flat major, Bach later revised his Magnificat and transposed it into D major, leaving out four movements meant for the Christmas Season. The 2013 Delaware Valley Choral Society concert will feature the D-major version, with the four Christmas movements added back in as Bach originally composed the work, accompanied by full orchestra for this “restored” version of Magnificat under the direction of Jeffrey Fornoff. Guest artists include Alejandra Garido (soprano), Jennifer Forte-Flynn (mezzo soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), John Calkins (tenor), Jonathon Fornoff (bass), and Craig Williams, organist for the West Point Cadet Chapel.
The concert will be held at the Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex Street in Port Jervis, on December 1 at 3:00pm. Prior to the performance, tickets may be obtained in Milford at Patina Antiques, 320 Broad Street or at Craft Show, 120 East Harford Street. Tickets will also be available at Drew United Methodist Church. For further information call 570-267-8773 or 845-856-5696.
Guitarist Barry Scheinfeld (photo right) from Rock Hill plays jazz, blues, and pop. His musical influences growing up were “My family...Aunt Libby and Uncle Sam played stride piano, Uncle Archie played sax and Grandma loved it all!” Other musical influences include Ben Sidran, Frank Sinatra, T-Bone Walker, and Bucky Pizzarrelli. Bassist and composer Don Miller has performed, recorded, and traveled throughout the United States and the world with major artists. As a double threat on acoustic bass and an arsenal of various electric basses, he has played virtually
every major venue, from Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Don (photo right) has appeared on networks and national radio and television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America as well as the Latin Grammy Awards, MTV, and as a musical guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR radio. See Barry and Don jazz-jam every Sunday for brunch at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel beginning at 10:00am. For more information call 845-583-3141.
December 1st Events Music - Jazz............Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats ��������������� Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel 10am Music.....................Sunday Brunch with JBs Soul Jazz �����������������The Falcon, Marlboro, 10am-2pm Holiday...............Annual Craft Fair ������������������ Neversink Valley Museum, Cuddebackville, 10am-3pm Opera........................... .“Falstaff” Verdi, Opera de Paris ��������������������������Downing Film Center, 1pm Music........“Too Human” Roger Bruno & Ellen Schwartz ����������������������Newburgh Free Library, 3pm Music - Classical...Delaware Valley Choral Society ������ Drew United Methodist Ch., Port Jervis, 3pm Music - Latin Jazz.....................3D Ritmo De Vida ����������������������������� Warwick Reformed Church, 4pm Poetry..........................................Oliver Gretsch ��������������������������������������� Wurtsboro Art Alliance, 7pm
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Opera at Downing
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The last time a “live” opera-film was shown at the Downing Film Center, it was a private copy of a televised production from Iowa of Lucia Di Lammermoor with the video-owner Claudia Cummings in the title role, benefitting the Opera Company of The Highlands. The Paris Opera is the primary opera company of France. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d’Opéra. Their February 2013 production of Verdi’s Falstaff with an international cast will be shown on December 1 at 1:00pm. Verdi was 80 years old when he wrote Falstaff. Arias, duets, and ensembles join together in a singular, continuous musical movement. The work is an unsurpassed operatic comedy and continues to offer the gift of joyous laughter a century later. The Downing Film Center is at 19 Front Street in Newburgh. For reservations: 845-561-3686.
The Newburgh Free Library opens the holiday season with a free concert featuring Too Human on December 1 at 3:00pm for which Roger Bruno & Ellen Schwartz bring their onstage chemistry and musicianship to the library/ BOE upstairs auditorium for a performance of blues, pop, jazz, R&B and some holiday favorites. Too Human also performs standards from the American Songbook as well as some of their own songs. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library, at 124 Grand Street. For information: 845-563-3619.
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...and another Magnificent Magnificat For Delaware Valley Choral Society’s Bach Magnificat performance, see page 3. Classic Choral Society & Orchestra For the 2013 Holiday Concerts, conductor Janiece Kohler is bringing the music of Mendelsson, Brahms and, of course, Handel to Blooming Grove and Middletown. In addition to all of those above, the music of Schubert will be performed in the form of his Magnificat in C (D.486), with soloists: sopranos, Carolyn Topliff & Aileen Mahoney; altos, Kristine MacMillin & Julie Baxter; tenors, Michael Steup & Mason Yearian and basses, Jeffrey Knight & Robert Pollsen. For one so avowedly skeptical of organized religion, Schubert wrote a large quantity of church music, including seven masses. The Magnificat’s hymn of the Virgin Mary is lavish in its beauty and contains traces of the baroque. The second half of the program is devoted to Mark Hayes’ Gloria, with soloists Baxter, Steup, Knight and soprano Vanessa Finnerty. Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal
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Classic Choral Society photo by John. F. Mancy
catalog totals over 1,000 published works. His unique and distinctive blending of contemporary rhythms and harmonies with more traditional elements is a hallmark of his style, and one of the many qualities that has endeared his choral music to singers of all levels and genres. With his three-movement Gloria for SATB “divisi” choir, solo quartet, and orchestra, Hayes has made yet another important contribution to the serious concert repertoire, and added to his already published Magnificat. (Yes, he wrote one, too.) The concerts are on December l5 at 4:00pm, United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Road, Blooming Grove, and December 21 at 7:00pm, Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street, Middletown. Free admission. Donations accepted.
Sullivan County Community Chorus
The Sullivan County Community Chorus consists of members from Sullivan and Ulster Counties, whose ages range from 16 to over 80 years of age. For its 37th annual winter concert, under the direction of Kevin J. Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, the chorus will present a holiday program featuring The Unknown Treasures of Christmas, including less familiar carols and cantatas, and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata. Pinkham’s enormous output represents a broad cross-section of 20th-century musical trends. He produced work in virtually every genre, from symphonies to art songs, though the most of his music is religious in nature, frequently choral and/or involving organ. Conductor Giroux, also Choral Director at Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville, has chosen some well-known pieces and selections from Russian Orthodox music, Olde English, and French carols, as well as contemporary and revivalist hymns. The program will feature a number of
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chorus soloists, and pieces accompanied by Brass Choir and String Quintet, and is on December 15 at 2:00pm in the Immaculate Conception Church, 6317 New York 42, Woodbourne. Kids are free with parents attending. Immediately following the performance, there will be a reception open to all attending the concert. In case of inclement weather, the snow date will be December 22 at 2:00pm. For further information contact Lucille Horton at 845-794-7869.
Performances of the Sullivan County Community Chorus are made possible in part with funds from the Sullivan County Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Middletown Concert Chorale On November 16 the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra presented Brahms’ A German Requiem with four local chorale groups participating in the exciting, major musical event. If you missed the momentous happening, you can get an inkling of the power and beauty of Brahms’ imaginative work which sought/seeks to comfort the living, when one of the participating groups, the Middletown Concert Chorale, presents four movements from the Requiem at its Brahms for the Holiday concerts, which will also feature some favorite carols. The Chorale’s conductor, Eldred Central School District’s choral and theatre director Justin Glodich had a little help from his friends Lucas Rau and Danielle Cornacchio in preparing the singers for Brahms’ masterwork which they are bringing, in part, to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 391 Mount Hope Road in Middletown on December 7 at 7:00pm, and to First Presbyterian Church, 137 Clinton Street, Montgomery on December 8 at 3:00pm. Tickets are available at the concerts. Warwick Valley Chorale The solo cantata tended, when on a large scale, to become indistinguishable from a scene in an opera, in the same way the church cantata, solo or choral, is indistinguishable from a small oratorio or portion
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of an oratorio. Church Cantatas by Bach & Buxtehude and Holiday Favorites will happen in Middletown, Warwick & Goshen when conductor Stanley Curtis and accompanist Gail Johnson lead the Warwick Valley Chorale, Orange County’s longest running chorus in their 73rd annual holiday concert. Although more than 100 vocal compositions by Buxtehude survive, very few of them were included in important German manuscript collections of the period, and until the early twentieth century, Buxtehude was regarded primarily as a keyboard composer. His surviving church music is praised for its high musical qualities rather than its progressive elements. Unfortunately, many of Buxtehude’s compositions have been lost. The librettos for his oratorios, for example, survive; but none of the scores do, which is particularly unfortunate, because his German oratorios seem to be the model for later
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works by Bach and Telemann. The Warwick Chorale concert locations are as follows: December 6, 7:30pm at the Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown. December 8, 4:00pm at the Warwick Reformed Church. December 13, 7:30pm at the Goshen United Methodist Church. Free admission for all performances. Donations appreciated. Kindred Spirits Milford A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, one of the most successful a cappella vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound with a wide range of sound colors, a joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and varied and imaginative programs. In 2010 the quintet made its debut at Carnegie Hall. They’ll be warbling music by Handel, Des Prez,
and Poulenc, along with traditional holiday music for Kindred Spirits in the Milford Theatre, December 14 at 5:30pm. Tickets in advance at Books and Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street in Milford. For information: 570-409 1269.
Choral AND Variety
WJFF Volunteer Choir This Holiday Season WJFF will resurrect its classic Holiday Variety Show! You’ll see great local performers and musicians, your favorite WJFF volunteers, lots of tasty food and drink, and a silent auction to win some great gifts! The December 14, 4:00pm performance is at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road in Callicoon. For information phone 845-482-4141
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Holiday Music Comes in All Shapes & Sizes! Jazz in Warwick Cabaret in Parksville & Bethel
Parksville USA Festival It’s ‘famous composer time’ at the Parksville 2013 Festival for A Grand Holiday Musical Feast with the Lyric Quartet singing opera, popular, jazz, and a sing-along to popular Christmas songs. Quartet singers Sarah Coffey (soprano), Mariano Vidal (tenor) and Tom Caltabellotta (bass & Festival producer) will be joined by the newcomer to the quartet, Hurleyville accompanist Billy Alber, and two guest artists. Guest saxophonist Larry Ravdin (see photo below) has worked at the illustrious Catskills resorts, and for the last 20 years has been working with bands and stage shows for the Holland America Cruise Lines. He has also done special performances with poets, including Walter Keller and Barry Wallenstein. Other artists he’s accompanied include Sammy Davis Jr., various Motown groups, Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera. . These artists will perform an aria by Charles Gounod for which Ravdin is expected to accompany Coffey on the flute, a song by Broadway composer and Fallsburg’s only
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Oscar winner, Sammy Fain, and a holiday song that Mario Lanza used to sing by Adolph/ Arthur Marx (a/k/a “Harpo”), and lyrics by Port Jervis’ E. Y. “Yip” Harburg. Written in 1930 by Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, the melody of Brother, Can you Spare a Dime is based on a Russian-Jewish lullaby Gorney’s mother had sung to him as a child. Caltabellotta has arranged for a unique presentation of this song which never ceases to move audiences. It will be sung by Vidal and accompanied on banjo by Beaverkill banjoist Steve Levine (see photo right). Refreshments will be served after the performance at the Dead End Cafe, 6 Main Street in Parksville on December 8 at 3:00pm. Phone for tickets 845-747-4247. Bradstan Cabaret Series The Bradstan Cabaret Series curated by Scott Samuelson, co-owner of White Lake’s Bradstan Country Hotel and founder of Inn Cabaret, is collaborating with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to present Karen Mason and her Christmas,
Christmas, Christmas cabaret show. Mason “has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds,” TheatreScene.net. She is a ten time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for “Major Female Vocalist of the Year” for six consecutive years. Mason most recently garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in Wonderland on Broadway. She originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba’s Mamma Mia! and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as “Best Actress.” Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, which she performed on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of Hairspray; Monotony singer, Mazeppa in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Rosalie in Carnival (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway’s Torch Song Trilogy; and Play Me A Country Song. Mason’s cabaret concert is at Bethel Woods on December 14 at 8:00pm. For tickets call 800-745-3000.
The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble led by festival producer Steve Rubin (drums) with John Arbo, bass; Bob Rosen, saxophone; Rick Savage, trumpet; Gabriele Tranchina, voice; and Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano, will perform at Warwick Grove Neighborhood Center, 12 Cropsey Street, on December 8 at 2:00pm. The Jazz Show is free, but space is limited. http://conta.cc/1h3D3XH or call Warwick Grove for reservations: 845-988-5274.
Variety in Hurleyville
Hurleyville’s holiday begins when the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its One World Holiday Show at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street in Hurleyville, from December 6-8. For tickets: 845-807-7212.
Opera for the Entire Family Just Off Broadway, Inc.’s Amahl & The Night Visitors
Written by Gian-Carlo Menotti in 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has the distinction of being the first opera written for television. A Christmas favorite, the story deals with Amahl, a young peasant shepherd boy who can only walk with the aid of a crutch. Amahl has seen a truly strange and wondrous star outside, one with a long tail, the likes of which he has never seen. His Mother, knowing that he likes to make things up, dismisses his news. Soon there is a knock at the door and when the Mother opens it, she is astonished to find three kings! They tell her that they are in search of a very special king! Jeremy Michael Lenuti Produced by Just Off-Broadway, Inc., Amahl stars Jeremy Michael Lanuti (Jo-Jo in Just Off Broadway’s Suessical: The Musical) in the title role and Samantha Gillespie Samantha Gillepsie (Hodel in Just Off Broadway’s Fiddler On The
Roof) as Amahl’s mother. The Three Kings are Nick Butler, Andrew Hankins and Nick Karnavezos. The cast of Shepherds features members of the Just Off Broadway Theatre Ensemble and Youth Ensemble, as well as some of the outstanding vocal talent from the Hudson Valley. Directed by Joyce A. Presutti and Ed Romanoff, with musical direction by Hannah Blair Butler, Amahl runs from December 6-15 at the Theatre at West Shore Station, 27 South Water Street in Newburgh. Tickets are available online now at discount prices at www.justoffbwy.com.
DVO’s Hansel & Gretel Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has received a $3,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation to help expand the reach of Bethel Woods’ Ticket Access Program (TAP), a proven initiative offering underserved groups exposure to the arts through complimentary performance tickets, free performance-related learning experiences and transportation. For free tickets to the Delaware Valley Opera’s Hansel & Gretel December 12 at 2:00pm at Bethel Woods, call 1-800-745-3000.
Newburgh Symphony Strings in Port Jervis
Holiday music comes to Port Jervis when the Greater Newburgh Symphony Strings performs Christmas, Hanukkah and seasonal music for the Port Jervis Council for the Arts’ (PJCA) first annual Holiday Concert. PJCA president Kathi Hylas mused, “we think that tickets to this lovely evening also make a unique gift for that someone on your list who “has everything”. We are indebted to the County for making it possible for PJCA to offer this experience.” Creative Theatre Muddy Water Players actor, Monroe-Woodbury music educator, Newburgh Symphony violinist and vocalist Michele George
(photo) is the featured singing-soloist. The event is at the Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main Street, at 7:00pm on December 14. There is no charge for students. A reception follows the concert. Purchase tickets at Gina’s Hope Chest, 77 Fowler Street, Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, 5 S. Broome Street, and UpFront Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue. Or mail your check, ticket quantity and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Port Jervis Council for the Arts, P.O. Box 17, Port Jervis NY 12771. email: PortJervisArts@aol.com for more information. A portion of concert proceeds will go to PJCA’s scholarship fund.
Once Upon A Time, a new holiday variety show, features music, carols, dancing, singing, and comic vignettes celebrating the best of the holiday season, with lots of new material and many old-time favorites. Producer and playwright Dave McCracken is a theatrical producer for DJM Productions, Inc. and the Tony-Award winning production company The Glines, Inc. (Torch Song Trilogy, 1983). The cast includes Manhattan Off-Broadway and
Cabaret-scene talent, and local faces which you might recognize. Produced in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the shows are on December. 7 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm in the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg. Sorry no children under five years old admitted. Tickets can be purchased by calling 845-2527272 or visiting www.DJMProductions.com
This program is funded, in part, by Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange.
Once Upon A Time in Narrowsburg
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Nutcracker” Straight Up & On the Rocks, From Russia & Salisbury Mills with Love
The Orange County Ballet Theatre (OCBT), a/k/a the Darlene Wilson Institute of Dance, is a 45 year old ballet company. Co-founder Regis Powers, who created the original choreography for The Nutcracker that became a Hudson Valley tradition, was a professional dancer who embraced a philosophy that became a hallmark of the OCBT’s recent Artistic Director, Darlene Wilson: “No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of deep, warm affection towards his pupils... and a genuine desire to impart to them what he himself believes to be of value.” Ms. Wilson, also a professional dancer and choreographer of note - her credits ranging from Broadway roles as a dancer in Cats to associate choreographer for Spamalot - assumed the mantle of Artistic Director of the company in 2005. Beloved by her dancers, she lost a brave battle with cancer in 2007, but not before
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putting her distinctive style on the company during her tenure. Because of her, generous donations were made to insure the perpetuation of the OCBT. The annual Nutcracker is prepared by Co-Artistic Directors Carol Purcell and Alicia Lovely. Ms. Purcell began her association with OCBT in 1975 staging classical repertoire and in 1991 she was appointed Associate Director. Ms. Lovely has been associated with OCBT since 1984, choreographing original works as well as staging works from the classical repertoire. See the full length ballet on December 7, 7:00pm and December 8, 2:30pm in Monroe-Woodbury High School. For tickets call 845-562-6750. Hudson Valley Conservatory
Hudson Valley Conservatory’s The Nutcracker, still “cracked up and nuttier than the traditional tale”, is a whimsical world of winterwhite school kids, popcorn angels, candycane acrobats, and many more hilarious big top
characters, co-choreographed by Dee Wright who has brilliantly combined various dance styles into one cohesive and humorous ballet. It runs from December 12-15 at the New Rose Theatre, 35 East Main Street in Walden. For tickets: 845-778-2478. Snow Day: December 16. Downing Film Center
Youth Ballet (AYB) of Salisbury Mills will take place at the Paramount Theater Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street in Peekskill, with guest Principle Dancers from the New Jersey Ballet Company on December 9 at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at AYB’s website www. AmericanYouthBallet.com.
Holiday Stories & Music
SpectiCast is one of the fastest growing alldigital distribution companies in the world, distributing film and cultural arts events such as The Nutcracker from Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg. See it at Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street in Newburgh, December 14 at 12:30pm and December 21 at 1:30pm. For reservations: 845-561-3686. American Youth Ballet The Nutcracker presented by the American
Carol Montana, De Lois “Cookie” House & Patti Greco Sunshine
Big Sky Productions is presenting Shorts & Sweets, an afternoon of stories, songs & homemade desserts for the holiday season at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 455 Broadway, on December 7 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Proceeds go toward the purchase of a new media and sound system for the church. Plenty of parking in the rear of the church off North Lakewood. Call 845-985-7783 for information.
Bands: Community, Symphonic & Jazz
Pine Bush Community Band The Pine Bush Community Band has a busy schedule of free Monday concerts beginning in Pine Bush, then Bullville and ending in the Montgomery Senior Center. Check the calendar, page 15. The SUNY Orange Band’s Holiday Concert
Kevin Scott, Shelly Kornher, Danielle Parisi & Kevin Coffey
SUNY Orange Band Director Dr. Kevin Scott has announced the 2013 Christmas Hannukah, Kwanzaa & Boxing Day concert. By including “Boxing Day” to the mix, perhaps Dr. Scott wants to add “punch” to the all-inclusive concept. Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box”. Today, Boxing Day is better known as a public holiday that is observed in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed to Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland, the day is
known as St. Stephen’s Day. The SUNY Band concert will open with the first performance of Benjamin Overture by noted Hudson Valley composer Craig Morris. The program will also feature the first official Craig Morris appearance of Kevin Coffey, the band’s resident conductor who is a first-year student at SUNY Orange, and narrator Shelly Kornher of the SUNY Orange Apprentice Players. Danielle Parisi, the band’s flutist and piccolist, is the other featured soloist. They perform at the Paramount Theater, 17 South Street, Middletown, December 14 at 8:00pm. Current SUNY Orange students and active military personnel are admitted free. Call 845-341-4787. West Point Band’s Annual Holiday Show Enjoy an entertaining Holiday performance by the Concert Band, Jazz Knights, and the Hellcats. Vocalists Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger, Staff Sgts. Alexis Cole & Carla Loy Song, and Corporal Jeremy Gaynor will all be featured in songs. As always, Santa will make an appearance at the end of the show! December 6, 7:30pm & December 7, 2:00pm in Eisenhower Hall Theatre. For free tickets: www.westpointband.com.
Sundays with Friends at Bethel Woods
Sundays with Friends, the 2013 Bethel Woods Chamber Music Series, spearheaded by Zarin Mehta, and curated by Warwick resident and NY Philharmonic associate principal cello, Eileen Moon (see photo right), began in April. The series of a half dozen concerts comes to a close when world-class musicians Todd Phillips and Carmit Zori (violins), Catherine Cho and Robert Rinehart (violas), and Ronald Thomas (cello) treat the audience at the Bethel Woods Lincoln Center Family Concert with a Mozart Duo for Violin & Viola, one of Dvorak’s masterworks, his American Quintet Op.97 and a work popularized during the early 1950s in the US by Jascha Heifetz, Ernő Dohnányi’s (see photo) (1877-1960) Serenade for String Trio. Dohnányi wrote his Serenade in 1904, the year Dvorák died. Dohnányi was 26, and already an international star pianist and a major figure at home in Hungary, where his influence was powerful. Because he acquired international stature even as a teenager, Dohnányi’s decision to study at the Budapest Academy of Music instead of going to Vienna or Berlin lent prestige to that young institution, and led younger musicians such as
Bartók and Kodály to study there as well. When Bartók, only three years younger than Dohnányi, gave a recital at the Academy in October 1901, a Budapest critic wrote “Bartók thunders around on the piano like a little Jupiter. No piano student at the Academy today has a greater chance of following in Dohnányi’s footsteps.” Two years later Bartók was a student in Dohnányi’s master class. Dohnányi dominated the Hungarian musical scene to an extent scarcely imaginable. In the 1920s he was so active as a teacher, pianist, and conductor that Bartók said Dohnányi was providing the nation’s entire musical life. Serenade is a progressive work. Dohnányi had a way of developing his themes contrapuntally that brings Brahms to mind, and his music always showed his affinity for Mozart and Schubert, but the shifting chromatic tonality of Serenade is firmly of the 20th century. This was cutting-edge stuff, considering that it was written the same year as Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Hear it on December 8 at 3:00pm, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. For tickets call 1-800-745-3000.
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Country Christmas at the Cat
The Somerville Brothers’ music blends contemporary country with rock and roots, spanning a spectrum of influence from Vince Gill and Restless Heart to the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Ken Somerville contributes lead vocals and plays guitar while brother Barry Somerville sings and plays bass. Jim Santoro is on guitars, lap steel and mandolin, Jeff Miller rocks the keyboards and Freddy Rolff bangs on the drums and sings too. Ken and Barry are both signed to Nashville’s RPM Music Group, one of Nashville’s top
publishing companies. They have several CDs out and they continue to collaborate with hit songwriters and perform with their band at a variety of venues. The Somerville Brothers also work in developing/producing young up and coming talent. See them jam at Dancing Cat Saloon on December 7 (and December 21 in the adjacent Catskill Distilling Company for the Cat Country Holiday Party) 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel, both shows at 8:00pm. Call 845-583-3141 for more information.
Ferry Godmother’s Waterfront Carols
Don’t miss the annual Ferry Godmother Christmas Caroling Series. Producer Aquanetta Wright is bringing The Merry Minstrels, an a cappella Christmas caroling quartet dressed in Victorian attire, to the Ferry Landing in Newburgh to brighten your holiday season. The Merry Minstrels include voices, flutes, percussion and guitar. Their sleigh ride of songs from around the world are innovative vocals combined with instrumental accompaniment, giving you twice the sound of an ordinary holiday quartet. “This open Merry event on December 16
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The Merry Minstrels
from 6:00pm-7:00pm is for all community members to enjoy at the waterfront ,” said Wright the producer of multiple free summer jazz, gospel and doo-wop concerts in Orange County.
Pirates Invade New Windsor with a “The Holidays are not Herb’s favorite time of year even though he’d rather hide out until the festivities are over. He finds himself embroiled in a retail nightmare.” The Air Pirates Radio Theater celebrate the holiday season with one of their trademark comedy mysteries, Herb Marks Freelance: It Ain’t Such a Wonderful Life. As always the audience will be supplying the sound effects for these live radio theater performances. Here’s how it works... The Air Pirates Radio Theater begins with four actors portraying all the characters in original radio scripts and audiences making all the sound effects, crowd noise and any other noise needed. Prior to the performance the audience “is auditioned” and given all the necessary props and a review of what they are to do. Lindsey Graham, the Cue Card Girl, lets the audience know when it’s time to slam a door, make the footsteps and even shoot the guns (props, thank you) during the shows. The audience also supplies sound
effects for the commercials in the broadcast. Listeners can go to the website www. Kate Brannan airpirateradio. com to hear podcasts of the live shows or download the episodes. Lindsey Graham “We are heard in exotic places like England, Turkey Alan Andrews and Texas,” quipped Producer/ Director Paul Ellis. “If you’re looking for something different and are not afraid to be part of the action, The Air Pirates are ready for you to join the show.” On December 7 The Air Pirates are Brian Nieves at Brothers Barbecue on Route 32 in New Windsor, and on December 14 at The Meadows, 270 Schutt Road in Middletown. Both performances are at 8:00pm. For further information and tickets call 845-469-7563 or visit online at Marylee Shorr www.airpirateradio.com/tickets.
Community Building Through the Arts Artisan Markets Nourish Mid-Hudson Valley Culture Building Community through the Arts is an intricate multi-layered process. The foundation of this process is the artists themselves and their abilities to animate communities. Artists are able to bring disparate people together to share common experiences. For example, the experience of attending arts and crafts markets. Where there are artisan markets, communities become stronger. In the Mid-Hudson region of New York State, arts and crafts markets are a way of life. They are colorful, noisy, and buzzing with creativity. You can expect artisans to bring to the tables their high quality handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, body lotions, women’s clothing and menswear. The Mid-Hudson Valley has a long and rich artisan market history. Orange County is the gateway to this history. In Julia D’Angelo’s assessment of the artisans from 1880-1949 (D’Angelo formerly with the Hudson Valley River Institute) she wrote, “The artisans of the Mid-Hudson region preserved and nourished American culture.” While the rest of the nation conformed to the mechanization dehumanizing
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effects of the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts philosophy expounded arguments for social progress and an aesthetic of simplicity, integrity, and practicality. The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley beckoned to those who fit the mold of this new movement. It was the artisans of this period that shaped the MidHudson Valley with human hands and ideas. Artisan markets continue to impact this region. The Americans for the Arts conducted an arts assessment on Orange County resulting in the “Orange County Arts & Economic Prosperity III Report”. This research concluded that approximately 19% of those attending cultural events and markets are non-locals. The non-locals spend an average of 152% more than locals. For communities such as Newburgh, artisan markets could play an essential role in the revitalization of downtown. In other communities, such as Warwick, the arts have shaped their past resulting in a thriving art culture. The arts continue to help shape Warwick’s future. In the Mid-Hudson Valley artisan markets are scheduled throughout the four seasons. During the month of December the area is bustling with these opportunities. Here are two examples. Sullivan: On December 7th and 8th Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers The Holiday Market where forty-five artists, crafters, and
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Small Artworks In addition to local craft markets, remember that art galleries have their special Holiday Exhibits, many of which offer “small” artworks at “affordable” prices. Please check the calendar on page 18 for the arts and crafts exhibits, and the holiday events on page 15. From Narrowsburg - where Delaware Valley Art Alliance’s annual Art in Sixes exhibit has brought in 112 artists and 300 works of art this year, On December 8 in Beacon: The Hudson Valley Etsy to Bethel and the Stray Cat Gallery, Team’s 3rd annual “Holiday Craft Show” will be to the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, held at the Howland Cultural Center. to Montgomery and the Wallkill River School’s specialty food “Handmade for the Holidays to “Keep your vendors gather spending local”, December 7, Noon-7:00pm, together in the to Florida for the Amity Arts Pottery Market Sheds. Workshop’s Holiday Sale December 6 & 7, Orange: On to Bear Mountain for Artists in the Park at the December 14th in Bear Mountain Inn, the historic artisan and many, many more. Hamlet of Sugar Loaf, a thriving crafts center with over thirty independent arts businesses, the community celebrates a traditional holiday event with horse and wagon rides, carolers, and delicious holiday foods. See page 19. In 2013 art created by artisans continue to thrive in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Support your local Artisan Markets!
AND THE GREAT ADVANCE NEWS: IMAGINE: LORETTA SWIT IN MAME! Forestburgh Playhouse has announced its 2014 season and a gift subscription would be appreciated by the theatre lover in your life! See the great roster of musicals and plays in the ad on page 7.
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Newburgh Historical Society Candlelight Tour Honors Don Herron by Naomi Kennedy The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands, is dedicating its major fundraiser, The Annual Candlelight Tour, to the memory of artist Don Herron. The tour, in its third decade, features Don’s artwork and a retrospective of his work, Don’s World, in the Stone Floor Gallery at the Crawford House. Four artist’s books with his illustrations, including oil paintings and silk screens, will be available electronically for perusal by the public. Don, who passed away on Christmas Day, 2012, worked with a variety of media including pen & ink; jewelry; ceramics; sculpture; pottery; fabric; and faux finishing, which he applied to the panels on the doors of his house. “His work is gorgeous,” said Anne Coon, Don’s close friend of 20 years. Coon, a member of the Board of the Historical Society, was Don’s caregiver throughout his illness, along with artist William Noonan. Don left his historic home to William and asked for it to be shared with the community. Don took pride in his “Quality Row” house which was wired by Thomas Edison who stayed there when he arrived in Newburgh in 1883 to set up one of the earliest public electric generating stations. Herron’s house and his studio will be open for a self-guided tour with an exhibit of Noonan’s students’ work. The ceiling and walls of the studio are adorned with Don’s murals, created with Pique Assiette, a style of mosaic
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that incorporates pieces of broken ceramics, including broken dishes such as old china, which are then made into patterns. The tour will also include magnificent homes in different architectural styles, beautifully decorated for the season. “These houses are spectacular!” said Coon. Anne, William, and Russell Lange (former President of the Newburgh Historical Society) will curate the retrospective. “Don was very devoted to the Historical Society,” said Coon. For many years, Don illustrated all the Candlelight Tour booklets with whimsical drawings of the Crawford House and also for the architectural and garden tours that were occasionally held. Don’s work has been collected by the Chrysler Museum, The NYNEX Corporate Collection, the Aldrich Museum, The Walter P. Chrysler collection, and the museums of the Universities of Texas, Louisiana, Toronto, and Bucknell. As a writer, he drew on his childhood in Texas, his Newburgh experiences, his beloved cats, and confronting cancer. His travel experiences, which included residing at a Yoga House in London and a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland,
also influenced his writing. “His writings were reminiscences that were utterly charming. He had a different way of thinking about things which drew people to his stories,” said Coon. Don was a local beloved figure, but also had an international presence.After visiting Europe, he was inspired by medieval figural sculptures set in niches and began photographing people in their bath tubs. A self-taught photographer, his work has been widely published in the United States and Europe, in New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Art Forum and the D&H CANVAS.. He generously provided artwork to benefit local non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity. “Don was a very talented and generous man, always interested in helping people with their artistic endeavors,” said Coon. “Anyone who knew Don adored him. He had a heart of gold.” The December 8, Noon-5:00pm tour begins at the Captain David Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street in Newburgh. Candlelight Tour tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at www.newburghhistorictours.com. For more information call 845-561-2585.
The 2013 Candlelight Tour booklet will be illustrated by Richard Arnold of Glen Wild Studios. The Crawford House will be decorated as it would have been Crawford House by Don Herron when the Crawfords lived there in 1840. The Noon-5:00pm at-your-leisure Tour will include sixteen sites, eleven of which are private homes, some very grand and some modest, but all of interest for their architecture or history. A Habitat for Humanity home will be featured. Several fine examples of adaptive reuse will be open, including an apartment at the Foundry, the former Brewster Hook and Ladder Firehouse (now the home of Healing Arts Studios, see page 28), Newburgh Brewing Company, the Christian Science Church, and the Desmond Campus of Mt. St. Mary College. The Christian Science Church is being restored to become a residence/performance space. Tours of the Brewing Company will be available all afternoon. There will be an exhibition of small works by the art students at Desmond Campus called Holiday Class Act. All are invited to “Warm up with the Washington’s,” at Washington’s Headquarters which lends its Colonial atmosphere to the Tour. Visit email@example.com.
SUNY Orange Exhibit: International Human Rights Day
Orange County 11th and 12th grade high school students are once again working on art and literary pieces that will be hung for an exhibition in this year’s An Artist’s Response to Human Rights staged in galleries on the SUNY Orange campuses in Middletown and Newburgh. This annual exhibit is held in recognition of International Human Rights Day in December. Students will be expressing themselves artistically on the importance of human rights in today’s world by depicting topics related to the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration was the first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms. It was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations December 10, 1948. “On this 65th anniversary of the ratification on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I am so pleased that [the exhibit] will, for the third year, provide a platform for our students to express themselves through their literary and visual artwork while enhancing their appreciation of human rights,” said Orange County Human Rights Commission (OCHRC) Chair Fred Cook. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of the importance of human rights and freedoms. “Art is the one form of expression that bridges all communication barriers...in a sense, it is a universal language. So when the Human Rights Commission first came to talk to us about co-creating an exhibit that gave students
Daniel M. Collins, a senior at Florida Union Free School District, is working on his painting in art teacher Lucy Duquette’s class for this year’s Human Rights art exhibit.
an opportunity to use the arts to express their thoughts and ideas about the Declaration of Human Rights, we immediately agreed to participate. It is one thing to read about the fundamental aspects of Human Rights, but quite another to see a visual interpretation. In this case, the phrase ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is incredibly accurate. “Personally, I think this exhibit is more of an education for the viewer than it is for the creator because when you see this artwork exhibited all in one space, it becomes a very powerful commentary on how our young people see the world and how they hope to change it,” said Dawn Ansbro, Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council (OCAC). “The works are intense, as each visually interprets one of the 30 articles of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights,” said Dorothy Szefc, SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs Coordinator, “and also connects the viewer with the artist and to the concept. Since this is an educational institution, the college is a good venue for such an exhibit, as it is a responsibility of the college to offer events that supplement and broaden the opportunities of the college community and the community-at-large. “This is not an easy exhibit. It insists that viewers think. And, it is particularly poignant this time of the year when decorations and gifts override daily life. The exhibit hits the reality of plights of many oppressed peoples of the world whose existence is not changed during the holiday season.,” Szefc concluded. The exhibit, presented each year by the OCHRC in collaboration with SUNY Orange and the OCAC, can be viewed from December 6-18 in Orange Hall Gallery, corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown campus and at the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, First Street, Newburgh campus. Exhibit openings and a reception for all exhibiting artists will be held on December 8 at 1:00pm in Middletown and December 10 at 6:00pm in Newburgh. The public is invited to see the artwork and meet the artists. For more information about the exhibit or the OCHRC, visit www.orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3680. For gallery information contact SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs at 845-341-4891.
New Afterlife Novel for Young Adults
Touching the Surface is about a young girl named Elliot and her experience in the afterlife. “When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right. Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed and people she’s killed.” Author Kimberly Sabatini will speak about her debut young adult novel on December 5 at 6:30pm in the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library to share her inspiration for the novel, and to talk about the writing and publishing processes. Sabatini will also sell and sign copies of the book. Touching the Surface is available to check out at the Library, 393 Broadway, Monticello. For further information or directions, call the Library at 845-794-4660 ext. 8.
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Music - blues / country/ folk / pop / rock/ Latin
Lectures / demos
sponsored by Steve’s Music Center, Rock Hill
MSM-DC ����������������������������������� Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh PEEC ���������������������������������� Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry
concerts Sunday Brunch with JB’s Soul Jazz ��������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 1, 10am-2pm Roger Bruno & Ellen Schwartz “Too Human” �������������������� Newburgh Library, Dec 1, 3pm FREE Sleeping Bee folk, jazz, Celtic ������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 4, 7pm Anne McCue ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 5, 7pm Allstar Tribute to Roy Buchanan w/Jim Weider, Arlen Roth, Danny Kortchmar r&r ����������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 6, 7pm The Sara Hulse Band, Little Sparrow Woodsongs Coffeehouse ������������������������������������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 7, 6pm Racines avec Steve Riley cajun, zydeco, blues ���������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 7, 7pm The Compact ���������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 8, 10am-2pm Jazzmosis, Keith Prey ������������������������������������������������������������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 8, 6pm Poor/Rende/Vu: The Blues (Delta and Otherwise) ����������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 10, 7pm The New West Guitar Group ���������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 11, 8pm Marco Benevento Band ������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 13, 7pm Chris Bergson Band, The Flaming Meatballs ������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 14, 7pm Saints of Swing big band, latin, r&b, motown, gospel ���� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 15, 10am-2pm Club d’Elf w/John Medeski jazz, hiphop, dub ������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 15, 7pm Christmas @ The Falcon w/Brian Collazo & a dozen other stars ���������� The Falcon, Dec 18, 7pm Rhett Miller r&r ������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 19, 7pm Ed Palermo Big Band w/ Napoleon Murphy Brock swing plus ���� Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 21, 7pm Mala Waldron �������������������������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 22, 10am-2pm Dayna Kurtz Group ������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 27, 7pm The Slide Brothers blues, rock, soul ����������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 28, 7pm Erik Lawrence Quartet ���������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 29, 10am-2pm New Year’s Eve w/Alexis P. Suter Band, Aubrey Haddard ���� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 31, 7pm Louis Setzer & Appalachian Mountain Boys, Little Sparrow Woodsongs Coffeehouse ���������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Jan 4, 6pm
Open Mic & in-house music
Some listings below are not included in our centerspread calendar due to space limitations.
Open Mic w/Bryan & Erin Keegan ������������ Brian’s Backyard Barbecue, Middletown, Tues & Weds Open Mic w/Joe Frazita or Steve Wells ������������������������� Blarney Stone, Warwick, Wednesdays, 8pm Open Mic w/Bob Keegan ������������������������������������������ Brothers Barbecue, New Windsor, Wednesdays Open Mic w/Eric Callari ��������������������������������������������������Eddie’s Restaurant, Warwick, Wednesdays Open Mic ������������������������������������������������ Rolling River Cafe, Parksville, Wednesdays, 7pm-10:30pm Open Mic ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Mountaindale Inn, Wednesdays, 8pm Open Mic w/Jack Higgins ��������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 5, 7pm-11pm Open Mic ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Noble Coffee Roasters, Dec 19, 6pm Karaoke w/Bill Braine ����������������������������������������� 2Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson, 3rd Saturday, 8pm Musician’s Gathering w/Stacy Cohen ������������������ Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Thursdays, 7:30pm The Parting Glass Band Celtic ������������������Loughran’s Pub, Salisbury Mills, Thursdays, 7pm-10pm Marilyn Kennedy vocal & Jake Lentz piano ��������Giovanni’s Inn, Wurtsboro, Fri & Sat, 6pm-9pm Songwriter’s Circle ��������������������������������� Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel, Saturdays, 3pm-5pm Henderson & Osinski ������������������������������ Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 1, 2:30pm-5:30pm 3D Ritmo De Vida Latin Jazz ���������������������������������� Warwick Reformed Church, Dec 1, 4pm FREE Steve Wells ������������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 6, 6pm-9pm Curtis & Carla ��������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 6, 7pm-10pm Nick Morrizo ��������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 7, 6pm-9pm Painted Betty! ���������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 7, 7pm-10pm The Somerville Brothers �����������������������������������������������������Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Dec 7, 8pm Steve Wells ����������������������������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 8, 2:30pm-5:30pm Jason Casterlin Band ���������������������������������������������������������������� Ramada Inn, Newburgh, Dec.8, 3pm Chris Roade ��������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 13, 6pm-9pm Mark Weston ��������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 13, 7pm-10pm Jason Casterlin Band �����������������������������������������������������Christopher’s Bistro, Chester, Dec. 13, 9pm Sojourn ����������������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 14, 6pm-9pm Acoustic Dirt ���������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 14, 7pm-10pm Erol Ogut ����������������������������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 15, 2:30pm-5:30pm Piet Koster ����������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 20, 6pm-9pm Al Westphal �����������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 20, 7pm-10pm Music for Humanity �������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 21, 6pm-9pm Hurley Mountain Highway ���������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 21, 7pm-10pm The Cat/Country Holiday Party with the Somerville Brothers ������������������������������������������������������� Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Dec 21, 8pm Leo B. solo ���������������������������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 22, 2:30pm-5:30pm Debbie Major & Steve Raleigh �������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 27, 6pm-9pm T.W.D. with Ken Nicastro ������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 27, 7pm-10pm Joe Frazita ����������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 28, 6pm-9pm Groovy Tuesday ����������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 28, 7pm-10pm Alec Phillips ������������������������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 29, 2:30pm-5:30pm Peter Florance & the New Kings NEW YEAR’S BASH ������������������������������������������������������������������ dinner Dancing Cat Saloon, party Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel, Dec 31 Rob Schiff ����������������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Jan 3, 7pm-10pm McMule! �������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Jan 4, 7pm-10pm
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“Write and Self-Publish Your Non-Fiction Book Now!” ����������������������������MSM-DC Dec 5, 10am “An Effort of Genius: David Bushnell’s Turtle and His Underwater Mines” Mike Kochan ������� Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Dec 5, 7pm “Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands” Mike Dennis ����������������������������������������������PEEC Dec 7, 1pm “Introduction to Astronomy” outdoor event ��������������������������������������������������������PEEC Dec 7, 6pm “Susan and Anna Warner of Constitution Island” �������������������������������������� MSM-DC Dec 9, 1pm “The Importance of Bees” ���������������������������������������������������������������������������MSM-DC Dec 10, 10am “December Wine & Cheese: The Essentials” JoAnn DeGaglia ������������������������������������������������������ Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Dec 12, 7pm “Gospel Music in Black Churches” ������������������������������������������������������������MSM-DC Dec 17, 10am SCIENCE CAFE “Update on Health Effects of First Responders at World Trade Center Site” Mitchell Cohen, Diana’s Restaurant, Dec 18, 7pm
Glass Blowing ������������������������������������������������������������ Gillinder Glass, Port Jervis, Dec 7, 10am-3pm
T h e C A N VA S B e a t ! with Tina Piaquadio
Catch Some Country in Orange County Country guitarist and songwriter Jason Casterlin presents his CD, Old Stone Church, a collection of songs that runs the gamut from windows-down Americana rock to Sun Studios-era country. His band, The Tall Boys, is a talented 5-piece outfit that complements Jason’s lyrics and voice the way a hand-picked band should. A 22 year seasoned musician, Casterlin plays acoustic and electric guitar, as well as the mandolin and harmonica. He has been on the local music scene for over a decade - first in cover band Maria’s Basement, and then as a founding member of The Woodcocks. With his solo career now taking off, Jason has shared the stage with the likes of James Otto, Jimmy Wayne, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Blackberry Smoke, and Ryan Bingham, to name a few. Newburgh’s John Repko is on keys, with 30 years of experience. Inspired by a variety of influences including Phish, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pink Floyd, and Metallica, Repko credits much of his musicianship to mentors from his youth, such as his NFA music teacher, Daryl Winslow, and a fellow student, Paul Jones. He has played in many local bands including Hee-Say, Catch 22, The Woodcocks, and Blues Inc. Drummer Jason Miller appears throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City performing on both trombone and drums with various artists such as the Dan Brother Band, the Funk Junkies, and the West Point Jazz Knights, among others. Formally trained and highly accomplished in his music education, he also is a commissioned composer and arranger for high school and college jazz ensembles. Jay Ganz from Sullivan County is Casterlin’s pedal steel guitarist. He has 35 years of experience, and first worked as a recording artist with an original band in 1975 at Pyramid Studios in Ithaca. Since then he has
The Jason Casterlin Band
continued working on projects in Woodstock, Pennsylvania, New York City, and northern New Jersey. Most recently, Jay’s pedal steel and drum tracks have been pulled via internet to Virginia, Louisiana, and Missouri. On bass is Paul Walter from Newburgh. During the course of his career Paul has been a member of various bands, playing a multitude of musical styles. In college, he studied classical and jazz bass performance. He was a student of Rufus Reed and seven string jazz guitarist Ed Decker. His influences include a variety of genres such as Geddy Lee, Percy Jones, Victor Wooten, Leon Wilkeson, and James Jamerson. Paul had turned his focus to session work, song writing, and instruction when a chance meeting with Casterlin led him to joining the band. Lead/rhythm guitarist Shane Scarazinni burst on the scene in 2011 when he performed with Rusty Paul, son of the legendary Les Paul. He then went on to share the stage with acts such as Richie Cannata of Billy Joel’s band, Jon Paris, Julio Fernandez, and blues Hall of Famer Dave Keyes. A ritualistic passing of the Les Paul torch has inspired him, further developing his distinctive clean sounds and stinging lead tones. Shane continues to perform with the Rusty Paul Band today and runs an electric guitar program at Talento Music Academy in Blooming Grove. You can catch their upcoming performances on December 8 at 3:00pm for the St. Jude’s Benefit at The Ramada Inn, 1289 New York 300, Newburgh, and on December 13 at 9:00pm at Christopher’s Bistro, 69 Brookside Avenue in Chester.
canvas category calendar sponsored by Hudson Valley Planning & Preservation, Monroe
Midday Movies ���������������������������������������������� Fallsburg Library, Tuesdays & Thursday, Noon FREE “I Am Divine” ��������������������������������������Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 2, 5:30pm & 7:30pm Afternoon Matinee �����������������������������������������������������������������������Florida Library, Dec 7, 2pm FREE “Brunswick” ��������������������������������������������������������� Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 9, 7:30pm “The Nutcracker” Mariinsky Theatre � Downing Film Center, Dec 14, 12:30pm & Dec 21, 1:30pm “Bless Me, Ultima” �������������������������������������������������������������������������� Newburgh Library, Dec 14, 2pm “The Little Freedom Church” film & discussion ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ St. James AME Zion Church, Beacon, Dec 14, 6:30pm FREE Festive Holiday Silent Classics dinner & film ��������������������������� Arrow Park, Monroe, Dec 19, 6pm ”A Christmas Carol” (1938) ������������������������������������������������������ Newburgh Library, Dec 23, 6:45pm Surreal Films ��������������������������������������������� Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, Dec 27, 7pm
Open Mic ��������������������������������������������������������������������������Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester. 2nd Friday Joey Kola, Tommy Gooch ��������������������������������������������Jester’s Comedy Club,. Chester, Dec 7, 8pm Sandy Marks, Mick Thomas ���������������������������������������Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Dec 14, 8pm
see Schools & Conservatories, page 18
holiday Events - Fairs - festivals - Recreation
Craft Show ������Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Rock Tavern, Sundays, Noon-5pm, thru Dec 22 “Holiday Lights in Bloom” light show & holiday boutique �������������������������������������������������������������� Orange County Arboretum, Fri-Sun, Dec 1-22 & Dec 23-29, 5pm-8pm Annual Holiday Craft Fair ������������� Neversink Valley Museum, Cuddebackville, Dec 1, 10am-3pm Light Spectacular 15 minute display ����������Castle Fun Center, Chester, Dec 1-Jan 5, 6pm-10:30pm Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend various events �������������������� Downtown Montgomery, Dec 7 & 8 Handmade for the Holidays Bazaar ���������� Wallkill River School, Montgomery, Dec 7, Noon-7pm Open House ��������������������������������� SUNYO Morrison Hall, Middletown, Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 1pm-5pm Open House Student Exhibition ������������������William Noonan Studio, Newburgh, Dec 8, 11am-1pm Open House �����������������������������������������Mt. Hope Historical Society, Otisville, Dec 8, Noon-3:30pm Christmas Weekend �������������������� Museum Village, Monroe, Dec 7, 2pm-7pm & Dec 8, Noon-5pm “Trains on Main” Party �������������������������������������������������������������� CAS Arts Center, Dec 7, 2pm-4pm 17th Annual Holiday Party ������������������������������������������Liberty Museum & Arts Center, Dec 7, 6pm Candlelight Tour of Homes Newburgh Historical Society ���� Crawford House, Dec 8, begins Noon Christmas Tea Open House ��������������������������������Jacob E. Walden House, Walden, Dec 8, 1pm-4pm 4th Annual Cookie Walk & Craft Show ������������������������������ Cragsmoor Library, Dec 14, 9am-3pm Sugar Loaf Holiday Festival ������������������������������������������������������ Sugar Loaf, Dec 14, 12:30pm-5pm Liberty Bell Drop Sullivan Performing Arts �����������Liberty Museum & Arts Center, Dec 31, 10pm
holiday - music, Variety, dance, cabaret
Pine Bush Community Band ����������� Graham’s Presbyterian Church, Pine Bush, Dec 2, 7pm FREE & St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Bullville, Dec 9, 7pm FREE & Montgomery Senior Center, Dec 16, 8pm FREE Carol Beaugard & Blue Express “Carols from the 17th & 18th Century” ������������������������������������� Greenwoodl Lake Library, Dec 3, 6:30pm FREE Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop “One World Holiday Show” ����������������������������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 6-8 West Point Holiday Show Concert Band, Jazz Knights, Hellcats, vocal soloists ����������������������������� Eisenhower Hall Theatre, Dec 6, 7:30pm & Dec 7, 2pm FREE “Shorts and Sweets for The Holiday Season” Big Sky Productions, stories songs, desserts ���������� Monticello United Methodist Church, Dec 7, 2pm Warwick Valley Chorale Stanley Curtis, cond Grace Episcpl. Ch., Mddltwn, Dec 6, 7:30pm FREE & Warwick Reformed Church, Dec 8, 4pm FREE & Goshen United Methodist Church, Dec 13, 7:30pm FREE DVAA Holiday Show “Once Upon a Time” ��������Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg, Dec 7, 2pm & 7pm “The Nutcracker” Orange County Ballet Theatre ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� MonroeWoodbury HS, Dec 7, 7pm & Dec 8, 2:30pm Handel’s “Messiah” Protestant Cadet Chapel Choir �� West Point Cadet Chapel, Dec 8, 3pm FREE Greater Newburgh Symphony Strings Port Jervis Council for the Arts ����������������������������������������� Deerpark Reformed Church, Port Jervis, Dec 14, 7pm WJFF Holiday Variety Show ������������������������Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon, Dec 14, 4pm-7pm Calmus Ensemble Leipzig Kindred Spirits Arts ��������������������������� Milford Theater, Dec 14, 5:30pm Karen Mason “Christmas, Christmas, Christmas” cabaret ����������������� Bethel Woods, Dec 14, 8pm Sullivan County Community Chorus “The Unknown Treasures of Christmas” ���������������������������� Immaculate Conception Church, Woodbourne, Dec 15, 2pm Merry Minstrels Ferry Godmother Caroling Series ����������� Ferry Landing, Newburgh Dec 16, 6pm
Fly Fishing Exhibit ������������������������������ Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, Livingston Manor, thru Dec 9 Nursery Rhymes �������������������������������������������Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Newburgh, thru Dec 22 “Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein - The Unused Archive of Columbia Records” � Museum at Bethel Woods, thru Dec 31 Warm Up At The Washingtons’ ������������ Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, Dec 8, Noon-4pm Historical House Tour �������������������������������������������������������������� Montgomery Village Museum, Dec 8 Christmas with the Ellisons candlelight tours �Knox’s Headquarters, Dec 14, 15, 21, 22, 4pm-8pm Open House ��������������Ellison Mansion, Knox’s Headquarters, New Windsor, Dec 26-29. 10am-3pm Winter Welcome Days ���������������������Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, Dec 26-28, 10am-3pm
music - Broadway - opera - tin pan alley - cabaret
The Lyric Quartet “Holiday Musical Feast” opera, pop ����Dead End Cafe, Parksville, Dec 8, 3pm
music - Classical - see also holiday music
Delaware Valley Choral Society “Christmas is Bach” Jeffrey Fornoff, dir. ����������������������������������� Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis, Dec 1, 3pm Potluck Concerts ”Not Quite Winter” ������ Cornwall Presby. Ch., Cornwall-on-Hudson Dec 6, 7:30pm Middletown Concert Chorale Justin Glodich, cond. St. John’s Lutheran Ch, Middletown, Dec 7, 7pm & First Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, Dec 8, 3pm “Lincoln Center Family” Holiday Concert String Chamber Works �����Bethel Woods, Dec 8, 3pm Metropolitan Four flute ensemble, Music in Cetnral Valley �������������������������������������������������������������� Central Valley United Methodist Church, Dec 8, 3pm FREE SUNY Orange Symphonic Band ������������������������������ Paramount Theater, Middletown, Dec 14, 8pm Classic Choral Society & Orchestra Janiece Kohler, cond. �������������������������������������������������������������� & United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove, Dec 15, 4pm FREE & Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown, Dec 21, 7pm FREE Jonathan Biss piano ��������������������������������������������������� Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Jan 5, 4pm
music - jazz
Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats �����������������������������Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Sundays 10am Joe Lovano at 60! With Friends & Family ������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Nov 29, 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble Holiday Jazz Show ������������������� Warwick Grove, Dec 8, 2pm FREE The Organik Vibe Trio Plus One ���������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 12, 7pm Mark Soskin Trio ������������������������������������������������������������������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 20 7pm Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O ��������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Dec 22, 7pm
“Falstaff” Verdi, Opera de Paris (video) ������������������� Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 1, 1pm “Amahl & The Night Visitors” Menotti, Just Off Broadway, Inc. ���������������������������������������������������� Theatre at West Shore Station, Newburgh, Dec 6-15 “Falstaff” Verdi, Live from the Met in HD �����������Seelig Auditorium, SUNY Sullivan, Dec 14, 1pm ”Manon Lescaut” Puccini (video) ������������������������������������������Cornwall Library, Dec 15, 1pm FREE “Hansel & Gretel” Humperdinck, Delaware Valley Opera �������� Bethel Woods, Dec 15, 2pm FREE
poetry & prose readings
Oliver Gretch Poetry in the Gallery ������������������������������������������Wurtsboro Art Alliance, Dec 1, 7pm Glenn Werner Host: Robert Milby ������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 5, 7pm Hudson River Poets �����������������������������������������������������������������Newburgh Library, Dec 5, 7pm FREE Michael Sean Collins, George Wallace �������������������� Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Dec 6, 8pm Susanna Rich ������������������������������� Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, Dec 7, 3:30pm FREE Wendy Townsend Young Author Reading Series ������������������ Callicoon Library, Dec 14, 3pm FREE Patricia Eakins, Bertha Rogers prose, poetry CAS Arts Center, Livingston Manor, Dec 14, 3pm FREE “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Dylan Thomas w/Tom Gale � Cragsmoor Stone Church, Dec 22, 3pm Poetry at the Church ���������������������������������������������������������� Goshen Methodist Church, Dec 30, 7pm
Line Dancing ������������������������������������������������������������Jester’s Restaurant, Chester, Thursdays 7:30pm Moonlight Hayride in the Vineyard �������������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Dec 14
Black Dirt Storytelling Guild “Food, Glorious Food” ������� Florida Library, Dec 12, 7:30pm FREE
theatre - play
“It’s Ain’t Such a Wonderful Life” Air Pirates Radio Theatre ��������������������������������������������������������� Brother’s Barbecue, New Windsor, Dec 7, 8pm & The Meadows, Middletown, Dec 14, 8pm
Psychic Fair ���������������������������������������������������������Crystal Connection, Wurtsboro, Dec 8, Noon-5pm
Sculpture Exhibit ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Dia: Beacon, ongoing Terwilliger House Museum ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ellenville, ongoing Sullivan County History Exhibits �������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, ongoing 19th Century Rural Living ��������������������������������������������������������� Museum Village, Monroe, ongoing
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decemb BW �������������������������������������������������������������������������Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel CAS �������������������������������������������� CAS Arts Center, Catskill Arts Society, Livingston Manor DCAT ������������������������������������������������������������������������Dancing Cat Saloon & Distillery, Bethel EHT ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point, FAL ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro
Cinema “I Am Divine” Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 5:30pm & 7:30pm
Please check the schedule for Gallery Art & Photography Opening Receptions see page 18
Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band Graham’s Presbyterian Church, Pine Bush, 7pm
Cinema Midday Movie Fallsburg Library, Noon
Music Poor/Rende/Vu: The Blues FAL 7pm
Cinema “Brunswick” Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 7:30pm Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Bullville, 7pm
Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band Montgomery Senior Center, 7pm
Cinema Midday Movie Fallsburg Library, Noon
Cinema “A Christmas Carol” (1938) NFL 6:45pm
Poetry Poetry at the Church Goshen Methodist Church, 7pm
Music - folk-jazz-Celtic Sleeping Bee FAL 7pm
11 Music The New West Guitar Group FAL 8pm
Please check the schedule for Gallery Art & Photography Opening Receptions see page 18
17 Cinema Midday Movie Fallsburg Library, Noon
Music - Holiday Merry Minstrels Ferry Landing, Newburgh, 6pm
GMCM Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series, Senior Center, Montgomery HCC ���������������������������������������������������������������������Howland Cultural Center, Beacon JCC ������������ Jester’s Restaurant and Comedy Club, Castle Fun Center, Chester NACL �������������������������������������������������������������������������NACL Theatre, Highland Lake NCR ������������������������������������������������������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall
Cinema Midday Movie Fallsburg Library, Noon
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Music & Dinner New Year’s Bash DCAT
Holiday Liberty Bell Drop Liberty Museum, 10pm
Music Alexis P. Suter Band, Aubrey Haddard FAL 7pm
Music Brian Collazo of Live Society & a dozen others FAL 7pm
NFL ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� PEEC ����������������������������������������������������������������������Pocono Environme PT ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ SCCC ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Seelig Audit SCDW �����������������������������������������Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop
Cinema..........Midday Movie..... So. Fallsburg Library, Noon Poetry................... Hudson River Poets.................NFL 7pm Poetry.........................Glenn Werner..................... NCR 7pm Music...........................Anne McCue........................ FAL 7pm Recreation.................. Line Dancing................. JCC 7:30pm
12 Cinema..........Midday Movie..... So. Fallsburg Library, Noon Dance.“The Nutcracker”..New Rose Theatre, Walden, 7pm Music - Jazz.....The Organik Vibe Trio Plus One... FAL 7pm Recreation.................. Line Dancing................. JCC 7:30pm
19 Cinema..........Midday Movie..... So. Fallsburg Library, Noon Open Mic........................Open Mic.................NCR 6pm-9pm
Cinema & Dinner..Holiday Silent Classics.... Arrow Park, Monroe, 6pm
Music - r&r....................Rhett Miller......................... FAL 7pm Recreation.................. Line Dancing................. JCC 7:30pm
26 Recreation.................. Line Dancing................. JCC 7:30pm
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“Henry O. at Salmagundi Library, NYC” by Mary Mugele Sealfon won 2nd place in the Orange County Arts Federation’s Cinema..........Midday Movie..... So. Fallsburg Library, Noon Recreation.................. Line Dancing................. JCC 7:30pm 2013 show at the Brotherhood Winery
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SLGMN ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf ST ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville TWSS ���������������������������������������Just Off Broadway, Inc., Theatre at West Shore Station, Newburgh SUNYO-KH ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, Newburgh WAA ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Wurtsboro Art Alliance SUNYO-OH ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Orange Hall, SUNY Orange, Middletown WRS ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Wallkill River School, Montgomery TT ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg
ve Wells................... NCR 6pm-9pm e to Roy Buchanan..........FAL 7pm erts....Cornwall Presby. Ch. 7:30pm e Night Visitors”..... TWSS 7:30pm
race Episcopal Ch., Middletown, 7:30pm
Holiday Show........... EHT 7:30pm llins, George Walker......HCC 8pm
Holiday..................Handmade for the Holidays Bazaar............WRS Noon-7pm Holiday................................Holiday Variety Show.......................TT 2pm & 7pm Holiday.....................Holiday Weekend..............Museum Village, Monroe, 2pm-7pm Opera...“Amahl & The Night Visitors” Just Off Broadway...TWSS 2pm & 7:30pm Music - Holiday.....................West Point Holiday Show.............................EHT, 2pm Poetry.............................................. Susanna Rich...........................SLGMN 3:30pm Holiday........17th Annual Holiday Party............Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 6pm Music................................................ Nick Morrizo............................. NCR 6pm-9pm Music...The Sara Hulse Band, Little Sparrow.Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, 6pm
Dance......”The Nutcracker” Orange County Ballet....Monroe-Woodbury HS, 7pm Music - Holiday....Middletown Concert Chorale...St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7pm Music - cajun, zydeco, blues...Racines avec Steve Riley...........................FAL 7pm Comedy................................. Joey Kola, Tommy Gooch........................... JCC 8pm Music...................................... The Somerville Brothers..........................DCAT 8pm Theatre........Air Pirates Radio Theater.......Brother’s Barbecue, New Windsor, 8pm
s Roade.................. NCR 6pm-9pm nevento Band................... FAL 7pm ....New Rose Theatre, Walden, 7pm e Night Visitors”..... TWSS 7:30pm
....Goshen United Methodist Ch., 7:30pm
Holiday Show”........... SCDW 8pm
Koster................... NCR 6pm-9pm Soskin Trio......................... FAL 7pm
& Steve Raleigh.... NCR 6pm-9pm Films......................... SLGMN 7pm tz Group...........................FAL 7pm
Holiday......... 4th Annual Cookie Walk & Craft Show...... Cragsmoor Library, 9am-3pm Holiday - Festival........................ Sugar Loaf Festival...... Sugar Loaf, 12:30pm-5pm Cinema...................“The Nutcracker”.....Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 12:30pm Opera - Livecast.............................“Falstaff” Verdi................................. SCCC 1pm Dance...................“The Nutcracker”..........New Rose Theatre, Walden, 2pm & 7pm Opera...“Amahl & The Night Visitors” Just Off Broadway...TWSS 2pm & 7:30pm Cinema........................................“Bless Me, Ultima”..................................NFL 2pm Prose & Poetry................ Patricia Eakins & Bertha Rogers......................CAS 3pm Holiday..WJFF Holiday Variety Show.Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon, 4pm-7pm Music - Holiday......................Calmus Ensemble Leipzig.... Milford Theater, 5:30pm Music.................................................... Sojourn................................. NCR 6pm-9pm Music..................... Chris Bergson Band, The Flaming Meatballs............ FAL 7pm Holiday Cabaret.......Karen Mason “Christmas, Christmas, Christmas”....BW 8pm Holiday - Variety...................“One World Holiday Show”...................... SCDW 8pm Music - Holiday................. SUNY Orange Symphonic Band.........................PT 8pm Comedy............................... Sandy Marks, Mick Thomas.......................... JCC 8pm Theatre...................Air Pirates Radio Theater.......The Meadows, Middletown, 8pm
Cinema........................“The Nutcracker”.......Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 1pm Music - Classical....Classical Choral Society....Grace Episcopal Ch., Middletown 7pm Music.......................................... Music for Humanity....................... NCR 6pm-9pm Music................. Ed Palermo Big Band w/Napoleon Murphy Brock.......... FAL7pm Music.............. The Country Christmas with the Somerville Brothers..DCAT 8pm
Music - Jazz..Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats............... .DCAT 10am Music......................................The Compact................ ......FAL 10am-2pm Holiday.....................Holiday Weekend..................Museum Village, Noon-5pm Holiday..................Newburgh Candlelight Tour...Crawford House, Noon-5pm Holiday...Christmas Tea Open House........Jacob T. Walden House 1pm-4pm Holistic..................Psychic Fair................Crystal Connection, Wurtsboro 2pm Opera...“Amahl & The Night Visitors” Just Off Broadway..........TWSS 2pm Music - Jazz...Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble................Warwick Grove, 2pm Music - Prose..”Shorts & Sweets”..Monticello United Methodist Church, 2pm Dance.”The Nutcracker” Orange Cty Ballet.. Monroe-Woodbury HS 2:30pm Music - Classical........“Lincoln Center Family” string music........... BW 3pm Music - Classical.....Handel’s “Messiah”.........West Point Cadet Chapel. 3pm Music - Holiday..The Lyric Quartet................Dead End Cafe, Parksville, 3pm Music - Holiday..Middletown Concert Chorale..Montgomery Presby Ch, 3pm Music - Holiday.....Warwick Valley Chorale.........Warwick Reformed Ch., 4pm Music....................................Jazzmosis, Keith Prey..........................FAL 6pm
Music - Jazz....Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats........DCAT 10am Music...............Saints of Swing w/Marty Elkins.........FAL 10am-2pm Opera............ “Hansel & Gretel” Delaware Valley Opera.....BW 2pm Opera - Video....“Manon Lescaut” Puccini.......Cornwall Library, 1pm
Dance..................“The Nutcracker”.....New Rose Theatre, Walden, 2pm, Opera...“Amahl & The Night Visitors” Just Off Broadway.. TWSS 2pm, Holiday..Sullivan Cty Comm. Chorus.....Immac.Conception Ch. Woodbourne 2pm
Holiday - Variety........... “One World Holiday Show”..............SCDW 3pm
Music - Classical..Classic Choral Society..United Ch of Christ, Blooming Grove, 4pm
Music......................... Club d’Elf w/John Medeski................ FAL 7pm
22 Music - Jazz....Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats........DCAT 10am Music.................................... Mala Waldron.................FAL 10am-2pm Music - Jazz........... Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O............ FAL 7pm Prose.”A Child’s Christmas in Wales”.Cragsmoor Stone Church 3pm
Music..................................................Joe Frazita............................... NCR 6pm-9pm Music...........................................The Slide Brothers.................................. FAL 7pm
Poetry.........................................Poetry on the Loose......................SLGMN 3:30pm
Music.Appalachian Mountain Boys, Little Sparrow.Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, 6pm
Music - Jazz....Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats........DCAT 10am Music............................. Erik Lawrence Quartet..........FAL 10am-2pm
Music - Jazz....Sunday Brunch with The Jazz Cats........DCAT 10am Music - Classical..............Jonathan Biss piano....................HCC 4pm Poetry..............................Poetry in the Gallery................... WAA 7pm
by Lita Thorne ear Mountain Inn thru January 31
Delaware & Hudson CANVAS
canvas category calendar sponsored by Wurtsboro Art Alliance & Wallkill River School
CAS ������������������������������������������ Catskill Art Society, CAS Arts Center, Livingston Manor DAC ����������������������������������������������������������������������������Delaware Arts Center, Narrowsburg MSM-DC ������������������������������������ Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh SUNYO-KH �������������������������������������������������������������SUNY Orange Newburgh, Kaplan Hall SUNYO-OH ����������������������������������������������������������SUNY Orange Middletown, Orange Hall WRS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Wallkill River School, Montgomery Group Show ������������������������������������������������������������������������������Back Room Gallery, Beacon, ongoing Carolyn Duke Pottery ����������������������������������������������� Duke Pottery, Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, ongoing Lisa & John Strazza paintings & photography ���������������������������Strazza Gallery, Warwick, ongoing David & Joanne Wells Greenbaum pottery, painting ���������������BlueStone Studio, Milford, ongoing T.A. Clearwater paintings, pastels, prints ������Clearwater Gallery at Jones Farm, Cornwall, ongoing Jules Medwin outdoor sculpture ����������������������� Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, ongoing Group Show �������������������������������������������������������������� UpFront Exhibition Space, Port Jervis, ongoing “Illuminated Dreams: Hidden in Plain Sight” & “Numina: Masks of the Elements” ������������������ Healing Arts Gallery, Newburgh, thru TBA Collin Resch “Celestial Glances” �������������������������������������Healing Art Studios, Newburgh, thru TBA “Metal Logic” Beacon Artist Union (bau) ����������������������������������������������������SUNYO-KH thru Dec 2 Joan Lesikin, Hana Marritz, Linda Bastian ��������������������������� Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, thru Dec 4 Grey Zeien, Gary Jacketti, Alex Uribe “Stuff & Nonsense” �������� Beacon Artists Union thru Dec 8 CANVAS 9th Anniversary Exhibit group show, art, photography, crafts, sculpture ����������������������� Wulff Gallery, Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, Livingston Manor, thru Dec 9 Ben vanSteenburgh III & Group Show �����������������������������������������The ARTery, Milford, thru Dec 9 “Holiday” WRS members group show ��������������������������������������������������������������������WRS thru Dec 14 Annual Holiday Members Group Show ���������������������������������� Wurtsboro Art Alliance, thru Dec 22 Janet Howard-Fatta “Local Landscape Paintings” �������������Caffe Ala Mode, Warwick, thru Dec 22 “Art In Sixes” group show ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� DAC thru Dec 22 River Valley Artists Guild “Autumnal Equinox” �������� Deerpark Town Hall, Huguenot, thru Dec 23 Debbe Cushman Femiak “A Passion for Art” ����������������Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, thru Dec 29 CAS Winter Members Show & Holiday Fair ���������������������������������������������������������CAS thru Dec 31 “Buone Feste” ���������������������������������������������������������������������RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, thru Dec 31 Holiday Invitational arts, crafts ������������������������������������������The ARTery Gallery, Milford, thru Jan 5 Gayle Clark Fedigan & Robert Trondsen Enlightened Views ���������������������������������������������������������� Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, thru Jan 17 “Small Works in a Big Way” Artists in the Parks group show �������� Bear Mountain Inn, thru Jan 31 “Wonder & Mystery” group show �������Unitarian Universalist Gallery, Rock Tavern, thru Aug 2014
NEW ART EXHIBITS
Joanne Kelly �����������������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 1-31 Diane Ivanich watercolors, acrylics ������������������������������� Creative Impluse Gallery, Liberty, Dec 1-31 Washingtonville Art Society group show �������������������������Weathervane Clubhouse, Dec 6, 5pm-8pm Gloria Detore-Mackie & Christina Pahucki, Taylor Doce ��������������������������������������� WRS Dec 1-31 “Celebrations” Hemlock Farms 50th Anniversary ��Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley Dec 1-Jan 29
Group Show ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Elant at Goshen, Dec 2-Jan 5 “An Artist’s Response to Human Rights - Jr. & Sr. HS Students of Orange County” ������������������ SUNYO-KH & SUNYO-OH, Dec 6-18 Small/Affordable Works Holiday Group Show ������������������������ Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, Dec 6-22 Holiday Pottery Exhibit ���������������������������������������������Amity Arts Pottery, Florida, Dec 7, 10am-4pm Holiday Bazaar Exhibit ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������CAS Dec 7-22 Holiday Artists Group Show & Sale 30 artists ��������������������� UpFront Gallery, Port Jervis, Dec 7-29 Annual Student Exhibition ��������������������������William Noonan Studio, Newburgh, Dec 8, 11am-1pm Desmond Campus Art Instructors Group Show ����������������������������������������� MSM-DC Dec 8-Jan 31 Holiday Invitational arts, crafts ������������������������������������� The ARTery Gallery, Milford, Dec 13-TBA
Edna-Gonzalez-Rotherberg ������������������������������ Highlands Photographic Guild, Milford, thru Dec 8 David Brandt ������������������������������������������������������������������� Rolling River Cafe, Parksville, thru Dec 22 Meredith Heuer “A Visual Map of Community” ������������������� Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, thru Jan 5
NEW photography EXHIBITS
Seasonal Members Show ������������������������������� Highlands Photographic Guild, Milford, Dec 1-Jan 31
ART & Photography receptions
Washingtonville Art Society group show �������������������������Weathervane Clubhouse, Dec 6, 5pm-8pm Holiday Pottery Exhibit �����������������������������������������������Amity Arts Pottery, Florida, Dec 6, 7pm-9pm Small/Affordable Works Holiday Group Show ������������ Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, Dec 7, 4pm-7pm Gloria Detore-Mackie & Christina Pahucki, Taylor Doce ���������������������������WRS Dec 7, 5pm-7pm “Celebrations” Hemlock Farms Artists ��� Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley Dec 7, 5pm-7pm Holiday Artists Group Show & Sale 30 artists ��������� UpFront Gallery, Port Jervis, Dec 7, 5pm-8pm Diane Ivanich watercolors, acrylics �������������������Creative Impluse Gallery, Liberty, Dec 7, 6pm-8pm Annual Student Exhibition ��������������������������William Noonan Studio, Newburgh, Dec 8, 11am-1pm Desmond Campus Art Instructors Group Show ����������������������������������� MSM-DC Dec 8, 1pm-3pm “An Artist’s Response to Human Rights - Jr. & Sr. HS Students of Orange County” ������������������ SUNYO-OH, Dec 8, 1pm-4pm & SUNYO-KH Dec 10, 6pm-8pm Holiday Invitational arts, crafts �����������������������������The ARTery Gallery, Milford, Dec 14, 6pm-9pm Seasonal Members Show ����������������������� Highlands Photographic Guild, Milford, Dec 14, 6pm-9pm
Delaware & Hudson CANVAS
books - Discussions & readings
Book Lover’s Club ��������������������������������������������������� Greenwood Lake Library, Fourth Tuesday, 7pm 1st Wednesday Book Group “The Doctor & The Diva” �������������������� Cornwall Library, Dec 4, 7pm “The Christmas Kid & other Brooklyn Stories” by Pete Hamill ������������������������������������������������������ Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Dec 5, 6:30pm Kimberly Sabatini “Touching the Surface” �������������� Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 5, 6:30pm Book Chat & Chocolate “The Bride’s House” by Sandra Dallas ����� Cornwall Library, Dec 5, 7pm Mother-Daughter Book Discussion ���������������������������������������������������Newburgh Library, Dec 5, 7pm Wendy Townsend Young Author Reading Series �����������������������������Callicoon Library, Dec 14, 3pm,
Chess Club ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ellenville Library, Wednesdays, 4pm Friday Night Chess ������������������������������������������������������������������������ Narrowsburg Library, Friday 6pm Knit and Stitch ��������������������������������������������������������������������������Narrowsburg Library, Mondays, 6pm Knitting Group ������������������������������������������������Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Tuesdays, 6:30pm Knitting “Chain Gang Knitting Club” ���������������Mamakating Town Hall, Wurtsboro, Tuesdays 9pm Knitting & Crocheting “Crochety Knitters” ������������������������������� Liberty Library, Tuesdays 10:15am Knitting Club ��������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Wednesdays, 2:30pm Knitting “Stitch and Bitch” ����������������������������� Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, Wednesdays, 7pm Knit/Crochet Club ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Wallkill Library, Thursdays, 6:30pm Knimble Knitters �������������������������������������������������������������������������Ellenville Library, Saturdays, 10am Knitting Club �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Newburgh Library, Dec 10, 7pm Knitting Circle ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Florida Library, Dec 16, 6pm Laurel & Hardy Sons of the Desert Int’l Org. ������� Last Sunday, Ellenville, ray@themtharhills,org The Music Lovers Group classical ������������������ 3rd Thursdays, 7:30pm Montgomery, 845-457-9867 Calico Geese Quilters Guild ����������������Cornwall Cooperative Extension, Liberty, 2nd Monday, 7pm Hudson Highlands Photo Workshop ����St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chester, 2nd Monday, 7:30pm Scrabble Mania ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Ellenville Library, Tuesdays, 6pm Trivia Night ����������������������������������������������������������Two Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Thursdays, 8pm Woodcarving Guild �������������������������������������������������������Museum Village, Monroe, Wednesdays, 7pm
schools & Conservatories
Resident Holiday Cards Exhibit ������������������������������������������������������������� Elant at Goshen, thru Dec 2 Theatre Improvisations SUNY Orange Apprentice Players ����������������������� SUNYO-OH Dec 4, 8pm “Alice in Wonderland” NFA Dance Department Newburgh Free Academy, Dec 6, 7pm & Dec 7, 2pm Acting Class Performance SUNY Orange Apprentice Players ����������������� SUNYO-OH, Dec 6, 8pm “An Artist’s Response to Human Rights - Jr. & Sr. HS Students of Orange County” ������������������� SUNYO-KH & SUNYO-OH, Dec 6-18 “A Thousand Cranes” Young Actors Academy Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, Dec 7, 1pm & 3pm Nesin Children’s Chorus &Aspiring Young Musicians ������ Nesin Theatre, Monticello, Dec 7, 3pm SUNY Orange Madrigal Singers ������������������������� SUNYO Morrison Hall, Middletown, Dec 7, 3pm SUNY Orange Chamber Ensemble ��������������������� SUNYO Morrison Hall, Middletown, Dec 7, 6pm “The Nutcracker” Orange County Ballet Theatre ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Monroe-Woodbury HS, Central Valley, Dec 7, 7pm & Dec 8, 2:30pm SUNY Orange Choir Concert ��������������������������������������������������������������������� SUNYO-OH Dec 8, 3pm “The Nutcracker” Hudson Valley Conservatory ������������������ New Rose Theatre, Walden, Dec 12-15
children & Teens Calendar
HHNM ������������������������������Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall HHNM-CoH �������������� Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Kimberly Sabatini “Touching the Surface” �������������� Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 5, 6:30pm
Family Movie: “The Polar Express” ������������������������������������������� Fallsburg Library, Dec 16, 5:30pm
Meet the Animals ��������������������������� HHNM-CoH Saturdays & Sundays, & Dec 26 & 27, Noon-4pm, Eco-Zone ������������� Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, Dec 7 & 8, 1pm-4pm
“Amahl & The Night Visitors” Just Off Broadway �� Theatre at West Shore Station, Newburgh, Dec 6-15
“Hansel & Gretel” Delaware Valley Opera ����������������������������������Bethel Woods, Dec 15, 2pm FREE
“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” ������������������������������� Montgomery Senior Center, Dec 7, 3:30pm FREE “The Three Little Pigs” (1pm) and “Scrooge: A Christmas Carol” (4pm) �������������������������������������� No Strings Marionettes Howland Cultural Center, Bacon Dec 22,
recreation & Lectures
Nature Strollers ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������HHNM Thursdays 10am Common Winter Birds and Winter Feeding w/Megan Hoffman �������������������� HHNM Dec 7, 10am Mammals in Winter ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� HHNM-CoH Dec 14, 10am
“Into the Light” Vanaver Caravan, The Caravan Kids in Ellenville, Arm of the Sea Theatre ��������� Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, Dec 8, 3pm
Spotlight On: Sugar Loaf Guild
Sugar Loaf Celebrates the Holidays
On December 14, the hamlet of Sugar Loaf will celebrate the holiday spirit with its annual tree lighting and holiday celebration. This Sugar Loaf tradition includes carolers, horse and wagon rides with Santa and refreshments all reminiscent of an old fashioned holiday befitting the historic village. Sponsored by the Sugar Loaf Community Foundation (SLCF) the activities begin at 12:30pm and continue until the tree lighting in front of the Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church at 4:45pm. Sugar Loaf is preparing for the Holidays. A horse drawn wagon from KV Enjoy a horse and wagon ride this year! Carriage of Hackettstown, NJ along Power and Chester ShopRite. with Santa and Santa’s helper Puppa At 4:00pm Santa will meet and greet the dog will take passengers for a tour of the Craft Village where shops and galleries will children on the porch of the Church. The SLCF and the Church are asking be decked out in holiday cheer. Carolers from the Warwick Valley Chorale (12:30pm) and participants to bring packaged food to donate Warwick Valley Middle School (3:00pm) to the food pantry. For updates, be sure to visit www. are scheduled to perform while strolling Sugarloafnewyork.com, and for some through the town. The Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church interesting information about Sugar Loaf’s will serve refreshments all day long in the many businesses that create one of a kind Fellowship Hall, including cider donated by gifts, (get your holiday shopping done!), Roe Orchards, hot chocolate and cookies. visit www.sugarloafguild.com and be sure This project is sponsored in part by Fabco to tell them CANVAS sent you!
Tall-Beige-Handsome & Celtic
Sandy Marks (photo right) broke into the standup scene in the early ’90s, “after two years spent mining Neil Simon monologues for humor left me desperate to pen my own jokes. No offense, Neil.” He’s got a knack for spinning facts and stats into fast-paced, streamof-consciousness-style humor that doesn’t just inspire ebullient mirth but also hits home some rather startling truths about humanity. When asked, Marks describes himself as vapid, soulless, empty, and paranoid, (and tall, beige and handsome.) But this serially self-deprecating (sic) Rolling Stone-approved comedian who, according to Time Out New York, “may be appearing at several clubs this week, is a true charmer with enough energy to make any audience member sufficiently nauseous - or maybe that’s just his outfit (we’re not quite sure).” ‘Mick’is a derogatory term for IrishAmerican immigrants. Of that lot, “Mick Thomas is the funniest,” (source sort-of unknown.) Mick entertains audiences regularly all across Long Island and Manhattan, and “is swiftly becoming one of the most sought after acts in Clubs and Casinos up and down the East Coast.” Born and raised in Ireland, it wasn’t until moving to New York that Mick’s
stand-up comedy career was born. “A natural performer and insightful writer, in a few short years Mick (photo right) has blown away one club owner after the next with his honest and genuinely original takes on American society and life as a young and dedicated family man.” See Marks and Thomas at Jester’s Comedy Club, 109 Brookside Avenue in Chester on December 14 at 8:00pm. For more information, call 845-345-1039
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Meet Robi Josephson: Writer of Local History
It could have been the towering grayish-white cliffs, the treacherous thrill of a defying hairpin turn on US 44/55 or even an inviting pass through a mountain range known as the Shawangunks. Whatever the lure, the Shawangunk mountain range bellowed a seductive invitation to Robi Josephson, then (late 60’s) a freshman college student at the State University of New York, New Paltz. She was from the City, as in New York City, Queens and was absorbing the sensuous thrills of her first climb through the Labyrinth to Sky Top. “The Labyrinth was then part of freshman orientation at the State University of New York, New Paltz,” recalls Robbi. As an aside, the pronunciation of the Shawangunk Range is of interest to both residents and visitors. The documented and accepted pronunciation of Shawangunk is “shon-gum” and sometimes “shawn-gum.” Visitors and the uninformed who mispronounce “Shawangunk” are frequently mistaken as guests from far, far away. Currently in vogue is “The Gunks” to reference that portion of the Range in the vicinity of Minnewaska to Mohonk. The Range stretches from Port Jervis on the Delaware in Orange County to Rosendale in the north, containing regional legends and stories as diverse and fascinating as the skull of Claudius Smith at
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the Goshen court house to Tom and steadfastness to carve out a Quick, sadly known as a sadistic subsistence way of life in a small slayer of Indians. hamlet known as the Trapps. Robi’s discovery at the Sky Top As a seasoned writer of local destination was a breathtaking, history and a published author panoramicviewofsixneighboring (see Mohonk Mountain House states. Fully and undeniably a picture history) Robi’s alliance inspired, Robi proceeded to with historian Bob Larsen was earn a bachelor’s degree in a collaborative connection journalism and a master’s in inspired by a shared attraction English. As time moved forward, to the beauty and history of the Shawangunks. The enlightening, Robi was spinning her wheels Robi Josephson fascinating result is their new book, while exploring journalism and An Unforgiving Land, a detailed, documented teaching. Fortunately, her passions worked their way to description of a “Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, the surface and Robi began work as a grant writer a vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet.” The episodes of local history accurately and exhibit assistant for the Hudson Highlands Museum in Cornwall-on-Hudson and then came brought to life by this publication of An the big hit. She was employed by the Mohonk Unforgiving Land are unknown to a significant number of natives and current residents of the Preserve as its publications editor. “Big hit” is a tad on the mild side, and this areas that graciously surround the Gunks. The writer is inclined to label the Mohonk connection Trapps as a hamlet was “...a unique community a Home Run. It was here that Robi’s path crossed isolated by its ridgetop location.” The families that of ranger Bob Larsen, who was not only the that inhabited this land of defiance were tough Preserve’s ranger but its cultural historian. In that and dedicated to the concept of survival. In winter position Bob Larsen had completed extensive they cut ice from the lakes, in summer they grew and unprecedented research on a small group crops and engaged in other occupations, e.g., of settlers who were able through raw courage hoop cutting and hoop shavers and working the
canal, D&H. Wooden barrels were the container of the day, as most products were shipped in wooden barrels. The most intriguing industry of this isolated mountain community is the cutting and shaping of millstones. The stonecutters of the Trapps shipped their sought after millstones via the Wallkill Valley Railroad and the D&H to destinations as remote as Australia. On October 16, Robi Josephson was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Historical Society of Walden and the Wallkill Valley. The meeting held at the Jacob T. Walden House featured Robi’s presentation of slides and displays and a book signing and sale of her recent publications Mohonk House and Preserve, 2002, and just released that week with co-author Bob Larsen, An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet. In attendance and commenting on the presentation was the Rev. Margaret Sullivan, Vicar of the Walden Episcopal Church: “Robi’s talk was fascinating. I can’t put the book down!” On December 8, at 4:00pm the Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church Street in New Paltz, will present Robi Josephson and co-author Bob Larsen, Mohonk Preserve Cultural Historian as they present their new long-awaited book. For more information, call 845-255-8300.
Walk the Walk of Historic Montgomery Homes by Joan Buck Smith
historic buildings for the Association’s tour. Village Historian Marion Mohr Wild researches 2013 is the 20th anniversary of the Historic all the histories for the brochure. Montgomery Association’s famed Walking Tour This year’s tour includes: The Montgomery of Historic Montgomery homes, churches and Vilalge Museum and Orange County Firefighters buildings. Museum on Clinton Street, the Each is decorated for this Noorlander, Davis, Guido/ holiday season and each site Regis and Amanna residences offers a unique look atAmerica’s on Union Street, the Comeau past, since most have been in Residence: Bodine’s Tavern continuous use for more than near the Bodine Bridge on Route 175 years without significant 211, and the Crabtree Patchett change. The emphasis has House (Robert Williams) on been on preservation of the Factory Street. most desirable features of the The Crabtree Patchett House The tour of designated on Factory Street village’s architectural heritage locations will be held on without sacrificing the practical necessities of December 8 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. A brunch modern life. These are not museum pieces; rather will be served before the tour at Ward’s Bridge they are living examples of early architecture Inn at 11:00am. Advanced reservations are serving the needs of the current occupants as required for the brunch. The village’s quaint faithfully as they did in earlier times. stores and antique shops will be open. The village was originally called Ward’s All are welcome to visit this picturesque Bridge for the miller who put up the first bridge village. Tickets are available at Montgomery across the Wallkill, James Ward. The name Village Hall, the Village Sampler, or at the was changed to Montgomery to honor General Montgomery Museum. By mail: Joan Buck Richard Montgomery. Many local men fought Smith, 364 Goodwill Road, Montgomery, NY under him and he was killed at the Battle of 12549. Advance tickets are $12 for tour or $34 Quebec during the Revolutionary War. for brunch and tour. On the tour day, tickets will Over the past 20 years many home owners, be available starting at noon at the Montgomery churches and businesses have opened their Museum for $15. Call Joan at 845-457-3457.
Art Cottage: BYOB
by J. A. Di Bello
Let’s have a BYOB “Spirits of Art party”! Bring-your-own-beverage parties have traditionally been accepted occasions for enjoying friends and expanding the area of one’s social interests. At the Art Cottage the process or gearing up for the party involves the following. Gather or invite a couple of friends and inform them of the party. Find and carry a wine or pick up coffee next door at Noble Coffee Roasters Café. The sessions (party) will last about two to two and one-half hours. And when the socialization portion of the evening has ended, each participant
will have an original piece of art. For information about the exciting adventures planned for the Art Cottage, call Susan at 845496-CRE8 or see www.TheArt CottageNY.com.
Those Gentle People Will Never Let You Down by J. A. Di Bello
To hold close the spirit of the Holiday Season requires an informed look at our friends, neighbors, and those who live and work in neighboring villages and towns. In the Town of Montgomery, there exists an organization that exemplifies that Holiday Spirit. It’s a seasonal spirit that should be promoted through each week and month. The Town of Montgomery Senior Independence Project (TOMSIP) is the personification of that ideal. It is quite simply neighbor helping neighbor with some of the simplest of chores: get the mail, go to the bank, pick up a book at the library, or
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bring in the garbage cans. Further, consider, the possibility of stopping at a neighbor’s to ask, “Is it coffee time?” or “Need anything from the store?” To this writer, the project’s purpose is reflected by the Bing-Crosby/Dinah-Shore-sung lyrics: I love those dear hearts and gentle people Who live in my home town Because those dear hearts and gentle people Will never ever let you down To find out more about TOMSIP (which includes Maybrook, Montgomery and Walden) and how to catch the spirit, call 845-457-4138.
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Alice Neilsen-Shane: Composer, Vocalist and Performer Alice Neilsen-Shane’s ability to summon and preserve those distinguishable and fond moments of music and social history causes her just released CD, Feelin’Alright to be a sought after lyrical visitation to a lingering era of unadulterated Americana. She has imbued her memories with a sound that is both mournful and celebratory. There’s the lure of night-time ladies, decked to the nines with ribbons and bows. There’s soul too, of course, born of Gospel and R&B and reminiscent of Billie Holiday’s pioneering spirit and the sentimentality of Sophie Tucker. Memorable too, of course, is Alice’s rendition of a Bessie Smith favorite: Give Me a Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer. Alice Nielsen-Shane’s performance training began when she was celebrating her youth and vitality. “I spent my most of my summers singing and dancing the Can-Can at the Palace Saloon. This is where I first learned to perform. It was the summer of 1975 when Fairbanks (Alaska) was booming with the oil rush in Prudhoe Bay.” For an additional glimpse into the cultural tugs and pulls that influenced Alice NielsenShane’s music and delivery, digest if you will the images summoned by her performance
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venues. How does the Buckaroo Bar in Anchorage, Alaska sound? Add to that an unassuming performance of the Can-Can on the floor of the Faribanks’ Palace Saloo. “Later in my 20s I played in the house band at the Buckeroo Bar in Anchorage. On my breaks I sat in a corner and wept to the music of the country jukebox because my lover had gone back to his wife...The neon lights were hot and washy through my tears.” To add a dynamic accent to these distinct fragments, further investigation into Alice Neilsen-Shane’s formative years reveal her country roots. Her list of inspirational and favorite performers was dominated by such traditional country greats as Kitty Wells, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. If it’s the seductive sound of a honkytonk piano, or the scent of whiskey, cheap perfume and the mournful, nostalgic wail of a midnight saloon dancer that causes the imagination to ponder the “what-if’s,” Alice’s new recording, Feelin’ Alright will provide
powerful reinforcement. Give careful attention to the CD’s final selection. Written by Alice, it is reasonably autobiographical and stands as a representation of a different time, “Take Me Back to the Palace Saloon.” To sample Feelin’ Alright Alice Nielsen-Shane will take and hold center stage at Camillos at the Crossroads, 2215 New York 208 (junction of routes 17K and 208), Tuesday evening, December 10, between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm. It’s billed as a new-release reception and sale promoting Alice’s Feelin’ Alright. Expect a seductive performance of selected pieces from the CD by Alice and vibrant accompaniment and solos by the accomplished stride pianist, Mark Shane and others. So for the evening, consider Chris Camillo in the kitchen, Mark Shane at the ivories and Alice Nielsen-Shane downstage right. An event not to be missed. Information available from Camillos at the Crossroads Restaurant: 845-457-5482.
A Great Honor for James Cotter
by Barry Plaxen If you attended/attend Mount St. Mary College, you know Dr. James Cotter, Professor of English, AB, MA, PhD. If you are a theatre-goer or serious music-lover, you might have seen Dr. Cotter in the audience with his note-pad in hand. Dr. Cotter has been a reviewer with the Times Herald-Record for about 38 years. If you participate in the local poetry community, you have seen Dr. Cotter reading his poetry. Or perhaps you have read one of his books, either his poetry or his prose, such as A New Life: Learning the Way of Omega which he read at the College and other Newburgh venues in 2009. Cotter has been an invaluable resource at Mount Saint Mary College since 1963. He has taught in or chaired the Divisions of Humanities, Arts and Letters, and Religious Studies and Philosophy over the course of his 50 years at the College. This month, the Mount (an affectionate sobriquet for the College) will dedicate the Villa Library to him. It will become The James Finn Cotter Library. “We are doing it [dedicating it] because Jim is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a professor here, he is a true bibliophile, he has his own literary collection at his home, and we thought it appropriate to recognize him,” stated Father Kevin E. Mackin, College president. “Professional, tweed jackets, wry and witty, author and poet and translator, publisher of many
books, periodicals and critical essays, world traveler, devotee of Dante’s Divine Comedy which he translated and of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He recently celebrated his 81st birthday as he flew to Spokane, Washington to preside over the International Hopkins Association conference. He then traveled to Los Angeles to meet his new grandson. He is just a delightful human being,” Father Mackin concluded. The renaming is totally apt and fitting, as the Library is home to lectures, social gatherings, readings by authors, conferences, discussions, and other types of historical and arts events that parallel Dr. Cotter’s psyche. What a wonderful joy it will be for him and for us to go by the Library and see his name on the edifice. The website already states: Lecture by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti, February 18, 2014 - 7:00 PM: Cotter Library
WAA’s Gifts of Art
Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s Annual Holiday Show has a wide assortment of original works of art enabling shoppers to “give the gift of art this holiday season”. See ad on pg. 10 for gift ideas. Sandra Faland Spitzer’s artistic ability was noticed at an early age. She continued her studies with notable artists at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. Her works have been exhibited in multiple group shows throughout the tri-state region. (See work by Sandy on right). Don’t forget to check out her beautiful note cards and those by other Alliance members. The Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street, and
is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm4:00pm, or by appointment.
Manhattan artist Alan Kaplan creates effective, successful, and award-winning campaigns for a broad range of international clients. Emotional authenticity pairs with a keen graphic sensibility that clears away the clutter and communicates the central idea. Alan and his wife Wendy live in Manhattan, but reside on weekends in Milford UpFront Exhibition Space will be exhibiting the artwork of over 30 artists, including Alan Kaplan, (see photo) in all mediums through December 29. UpFront will hold its Holiday Artists Reception
on December 7 from 5:00pm8:00pm. Special reduced pricing on a lot of artwork for holiday shoppers! The public is invited to attend.There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. This is the last group show until UpFront reopens for their 7th season in April. There will be a few selected solo shows during the winter months which will be announced at a later date. UpFront is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, Port Jervis. For more information call 845-856-2727.
Christmas at Upfront Exhibition Space
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New Shop & Gallery: Creative Impulse
Liberty is fast becoming a growing community of specialty shops, restaurants and businesses. Italian, Mexican and Chinese restaurants, a beautiful park, a senior center, the library, post office, bagel and coffee café, sculpture and artists in residence. Delis, a taxi service, a health food store, bakeries, diners, a boxing school, a cyber café, ethnic food markets, second hand shops, gift stores, the Museum & Arts Center, and now, meet the new business in town. Bonnie Schlottmann opened her first gift store, Katelyn’s Kreations, several years ago in a strip mall in Liberty selling her signature candles, scrubs and soaps. Sumari (Sue) Petry started selling her work through Bonnie’s store. Sue has over 25 years experience as a teacher, potter, jeweler, painter and shop owner. The more Bonnie and Sue got to know each other, the more sense partnering up and combining their talents made. After months of searching for the perfect location, they discovered the old stone professional building on Main Street in Liberty. After extensive renovations, they opened Creative Impulse, a gift shop which showcases both their work, as well as reasonable priced gifts and collectables. They offer classes, a café, a gallery and even psychic readings! The gallery showcases area artists’ work with monthly exhibits. Classes are in several different disciplines for children, adults and senior citizens in both beginner and intermediate levels. Most classes run for 4 weeks while project-specific classes may run only once,
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Artwork by Diane Ivancich
and will be taught primarily by Sue and Bonnie. Their first exhibit will showcase watercolor and acrylic work (see artwork above) with some felted items by Diane Ivancich throughout the month of December with an opening reception on December 7 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Art has always been Diane’s passion. Design and embellishment of wedding gowns, table runners and event cakes led to her pursuing painting classes. She studied with Jack Yelle at Sullivan County Community College. Since moving to White Sulphur Springs with her husband, they have acquired several alpacas and Diane has added needle felting to her repertoire. Bonnie and Sue are looking for artists to exhibit in their gallery for 2014, so give them a call at 845-292-7027! Creative Impulse is located at 126 North Main Street, Liberty. Be sure to visit the website at: www.Creativeimpulsestore.com
Savor the Arts - Restaurant Style
When you dine out this winter, you can support the arts at the same time. The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and local restaurants and bakeries are partnering in Savor the Arts - Restaurant Style, a fundraising campaign to support cultural programs and services in Sullivan County and Upper Delaware Valley regions. Restaurants will donate a percentage of each bill to the DVAA. The next participating restaurant is Gerard’s River Grill, 251 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg on December 7. For information call 845-252-6562.
Kids’ “Illumination” Art at St. Mary’s
This past June the City of Newburgh held a remarkable two-day event, Newburgh Illuminated, which included over 3 dozen arts, science and history events in celebration of Edison’s 1884 power plant, bringing three days of culture, food and fun to the City, celebrating Newburgh’s rich history and cultural diversity Students from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District participated in Downing Park where, under the “mentorial eye” of Pamela Krizek, secretary of Trestle Inc., they created art expressing/envisioning their impressions of the Illumination Festival Weekend. Now Trestle, Inc. will present the children’s artworks for a one-day exhibit in Mannix Hall at St. Mary’s Church, 180 South Street, Newburgh, on December 8 from Noon4:00pm. Trestle Inc.’s new state of the art website will soon be in place. www.trestle.org.
Annual Art in Sixes at Alliance Gallery CAS Show Dedicated to Ellen Singer
Art in Sixes, an exhibition of small art works by local artists, is on view at the Delaware Arts Center’s (DAC) Alliance Gallery through December 22. Celebrating its ninth year, Art in Sixes is the DAC’s premier year-end art event. It features artwork in a wide range of studio mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, and photography from artists in Sullivan County and the upper Delaware River region. This exhibition which showcases art no larger than six inches in any direction has become the largest of it’s kind in Sullivan County. Last year’s show included 82 artists and 275 works of art. All works of art are for sale and priced reasonably for holiday gift giving. Running simultaneously next door at Signature Gifts at the DAC is Valley Artists Holiday Show and Sale, where arts and crafts by over 60 artists, specializing in wood, photography, painting, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and sculpture are available for purchase. Also featured are books
Trains on Main
Trains on Main is pulling into Livingston Manor! CAS will host a Grand Opening party on December 7, 2:00pm-4:00pm. See the miniature trains, talk to the model builders, listen to live music, and get your photo taken with Santa! Trains on Main will be on display at the CAS Arts Center and other businesses around Livingston Manor through December 31. Bring the kids and enjoy this spectacular holiday treat.
by local authors, holiday cards, gift wrap, as well as selected antiques. Gifts for children include a great assortment of wood toys, art-and natureinspired stickers, books, games, and art supplies. Gifts for adults include clocks, books, bowls, wood boxes, vases, silk scarves, journals, and jewelry. Alliance Gallery and Signature Gifts are located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg. For information, call 845-252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.
“Night Truck” by John Adams
The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor through December 31. This year the show is dedicated to the late Ellen Singer of Youngsville. Rose B. Brown, longtime CAS member and friend of Ellen’s said, “There is so much to say about Ellen. She was gentle and wise, but strong and generous. She was a best friend, sensitive and present. And she was committed to our community, to making it strong. As someone once said, a friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently, allows you to grow.” The show celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives. The unique natural beauty of the season, the joy of the holidays, and the various (often humorous) ways we cope with the cold are
“December Woods” by Kate Hyden
depicted in all media. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center. And don’t forget the Holiday Sale: local merchants and artists will sell their wares including jewelry, clothing, drawings, and more at the Arts Center during regular hours on Saturdays and Sundays, from December 7-December 22.
Prose & Poetry at CAS
Animal Avatars: Real and Imagined Beasts is a fiction and poetry reading featuring local author Patricia Eakins who will read from her collection of stories, and Bertha Rogers director of the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, NY who will share a series of “riddle poems” as well as other poems on the theme of humanity’s treatment of animals and nature. The reading is on December 14 at 3:00pm. The event is free and small donations will be accepted at the door. See ad below.
The Nesin Theatre will be bursting with the jubilant sounds featuring the newly formed Children’s Chorus and the Aspiring Young Musicians. This newly formed chorus is open to all children in grades 4-9 in Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties. The Aspiring Young Musicians are under the direction of Andrew Trombley and Akiko Hosoi. This first concert will include holiday and seasonal music. The concert will take place on December 7 at 3:00pm at The Eugene D. Nesin Theater, 22 St. John Street, Monticello. For information call 845-794-8840.
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Music, Dessert, Good Company
Joining co-producers Ruthanne Schempf and Emily Faxon for Not Quite Winter, the December Potluck Concerts theme, are John Parrette from West Point, soprano Suzanne Clune of Marist College, and Dr. Margaret Small, who will join Schempf for a four-hand excursion on the piano. John Parette, Suzanne Clune, and Dr. Margaret Small Brahms and Milhaud will be featured moving rendering of O Holy Night. as Schempf and Faxon perform a Brahms The concert is on December 6 at 7:30pm violin/piano sonata, and Parrette joins them Cornwall Presbyterian Church, 222 Hudson for one of Milhaud’s works for clarinet, violin Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson. & piano. Clune is noted for her emtionally Ice cream & homemade cakes included!
Woodsongs Coffeehouse New Season
The Woodsongs Coffeehouse is back for another exciting season! The Coffeehouse is an annual winter concert series, happening on the first Saturday of each month at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville. The first concert will be held December 7 at 6:00pm and features the Sara Hulse Band. Sara Hulse (photo right) is a 24 year old singer and songwriter. She plays guitar and ukulele and is influenced by old traditional, folk, and bluegrass genres as well as rock and reggae rhythms. Her band includes Paul Mutzek, Derek Leventritt, Kevin McDaniels and Greg Castro. The show will open with a performance by Little Sparrow, featuring Carol Smith, vocals
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Little Sparrow performing in Livingston Manor
and guitar; Aldo Troiani, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Kurt Knuth, guitar and vocals; Lynn Reno, fiddle and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. “Special thanks to Steve’s Music of Rock Hill for additional support!” (See ad page 3.) The Sullivan County Museum is located at 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. For information call 845 434-8044.
This event is presented by the Sullivan County Historical Society and made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.
Desmond Campus: Small Works Show
The Desmond Campus of Mount Saint Mary College was a gift of the late Alice Curtis Desmond, a wealthy author and photographer who lived in the mansion until her death in October 1990. Mrs. Desmond was the widow of a former state senator, Thomas C. Desmond. His interest in botany prompted him to cultivate a wide variety of trees and shrubs, making the Alice and Thomas Desmond arboretum a well-known local feature. The programs offered through the Desmond Campus support the goals of Mount Saint Mary College in providing learning opportunities and enrichment for residents of the greater Hudson Valley. These are non-credit educational programs, and art instruction is offered by Hudson Valley art educators. To honor these fine artists, the Desmond Instructor’s Small Works Art Show is a great way to support local artists and purchase lovely gifts for the holidays. The show, which includes
“Storm the Human” by Jeffrey Fina
artwork by Sandy Brandman, Len DeVirgilio, Pattie Eakin, Gayle Clark Fedigan (see page 32), Jeffrey Fina, Sunwha Gil, Jodi Yeaple King, Esther McHenry, Susan Minier and Diane Kominick Ouzoonian runs through January 31. The artist’s reception with refreshments will be held on December 8, from 1:00pm-3:00pm, at 6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh. Please note, this is the same day as the Newburgh Historical Society’s Candelight Tour (see page 12). Why not add the Desmond exhibit and reception to your tour itinerary? For further information call 845-565-2076.
50: Hemlock & Chant “Celebrations” “Celebrations”, an exhibit and sale of art work commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Hemlock Farms, will run through January 29. Gallery curator, Joan Polishook, who has been curator at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley since the early 80s, (artwork by Joan shown on right) said, “The nice thing about it is that they [Chant Realtors] have always been open to supporting local artists by allowing us to use the gallery space and they still continue to do so. It’s been a grand opportunity for artists to sell and display their work.” A gala opening is scheduled for December 7 at 5:00pm hosted by Chant Realtors (who are also celebrating their 50th birthday), the Hemlock Farms Cultural Arts and the 50th Anniversary Committee. The opening will be held at the Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Route 739 in Lords Valley, PA. For information: 570-775-7337.
Highlands Photo Guild in December
The Highlands Photo Guild will feature a members’ show for the month of December with a seasonal theme. A reception will be held during Milford’s Art After Dark on December 14 6:00pm9:00pm. The Highlands Photo Guild is located at 224 Broad Street in Milford. For more information visit their website at www.highlandsphotoguild.com or call 570-296-2440.
“Evergreens” by Norma Bernstock
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Holistic Happenings Crystal Connection’s Psychic Fair Cephora Grundman of Crystal Connection, 116 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, will be hosting a Psychic Fair on December 8 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. A variety of readers will be on hand to give visitors insight for the coming year. Meet with anyone for $1 a minute. Meet Bill “The Wizard” Wiand for intuitive readings. Bill has an excellent track record of being accurate in his predictions. Jennifer has been doing Tarot Readings for over twenty years and is also a Crystal Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, Archangel Reiki Crystal Healing Practitioner and Magnified Healing Master Teacher. She uses the Golden Rider Tarot deck and does a ten card Celtic Cross spread. Your reading is like a snapshot of where you are, where you are coming from and where you are headed based on your current approach to situations. If something in the reading comes up that you wish to avoid, the guidance will offer clues on how to do that. Nothing is “written in stone”. If you have a burning question or are just curious...the cards will tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know. Zoey will be available for Palmistry. Zoey says your hands and body tell your story; her gift gives
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information about your past lives, as well as your future, love and life choices. Sharon will be available for Astrology readings and connections with your higher self (there is a 30 minute minimum required). Learn about connecting to your inner guidance and how to be a beacon of change for yourself and others. Reconnect with loved ones that have passed on, by meeting with Brenda, the “Happy Medium” who has been helping hundreds of people over the past 30 years. Brenda calls herself a “happy medium” because she helps bring comfort in letting people know that loved ones do continue on the other side. There is a 30 minute minimum, 45 minutes recommended. Paula Lady Gnosis lends spirit communication through Intuitive Tarot. Spirit communication readings require the person to bring a photograph of a person or an object of a person they wish to contact. Paula has been a reader and psychic that has worked in New York City with the police department and private investigators. Crystal Connection is THE source for all crystals, healing stones, gemstones, carved crystals, jewelry and unique gifts. For information or directions visit www. crystalconnectioncenter.com or 845-888-2547.
Free Srivasana Srivasana a/k/a/ Shavasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice. Lying on the back, the arms and legs are spread at about 45 degrees, the eyes are closed and the breath deep, using deergha (long) pranayama (breaths). The whole body is relaxed onto the floor with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. All parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension of any kind, which is consciously released as it is found, optionally with a small repetitive movement of the area. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is then released for the duration of the asana (body position), typically 20-30 minutes, although often less in Western yoga classes. Holistic Practitioner Patricia Quinn (see photo) of Unionville offers a free Deeksha (a Sanskrit word for benediction or gift) Meditation session on the last Sunday of the month at the Warwick Yoga Center. “We can accommodate up to 15 easily since everyone lies down in srivasana,” says Quinn who is also an Art Therapist by occupation. The Yoga Center is at 54 Main Street, Warwick. For information: 845-987-2076. Quinn’s Therapy Office is at 35 Main Street. For information: 845-649-0953.
Candlelight Tour at Healing Art Studios
Several examples of “adaptive reuse” are on the self-guided Newburgh Candelight Tour (see page 12), including the former Brewster Hook and Ladder Firehouse, now the home of Healing Arts Studios. If you are taking the tour (or even if you are not), stop by the Studio on December 8, Noon5:00pm and speak with owner, Lisa Gervais who said, “my business is inside the beautiful, old firehouse. We’re on the candlelight tour, and I will be taking the opportunity to really connect with people and speak with them personally and entice them to ask me questions about what we’re doing. “We have unusual things here for sale, skincare products, mineral makeup, books, crystals, vibrational jewelry, stone essences, crystal bowls, boji stones, healing cards, and we have all this beautiful art. “Also, someone from the Newburgh Historical Society will be on hand to speak about the history of the Firehouse.” The building will also be decorated for the holidays. See ad below for location and phone
The Wallkill River School in December: “Orange County Bounty” Orange County Bounty, an exhibit at the Wallkill River School (WRS) features new paintings by Gloria Detore-Mackie and Chrissy Pahucki. December also introduces emerging artist Taylor Doce in her first solo exhibit in Orange County. Originally from the mid-West; Gloria DetoreMackie grew up watching both her mother and grandmother paint. However, she did not start painting until she took a class in pastel work with Shawn Dell Joyce through the WRS in 2005. She has long been a proponent of environmental conservation so the school’s mission fits in with her personal striving. She is delighted to join WRS in their efforts around the Hudson Valley in recognizing and saving open spaces and farm land through art activism. Detore-Mackie is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara in Theatre Arts. She migrated to New York City to study modern dance at the Martha Graham School of contemporary dance. Being naturally attracted to the process of building compositions while working with shapes and colors from her dance background, she is now passionate about landscape painting. “Being a Plein air landscape painter gives me a chance to be close to the beauty of nature. I feel like I slip into a meditative state while I am studying the light, shadows and colors of the natural world...it is practically a healing experience.” Chrissy Pahucki was born in Goshen, and grew
Work by Chrissy Pahucki
Work by Gloria Detore-Mackie
up next door to her grandparent’s dairy farm. As a kid, she loved nature and would wander the farm, which bordered the Wallkill River. In school, she’d purposely sit near the windows so she could watch the birds hop around in the maples, or the clouds rolling by, while keeping one ear on teachers. Every summer she went camping in the Adirondacks with her family. As a result, the farms and the woods have never left her artwork. Since her Kindergarten teacher remarked on her artistic talent, Pahucki has been hooked on art. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College and a Masters Degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. She’s been teaching art for eleven years, the last eight of those at Goshen Middle School. She shares her energy and artistic talent with her students, pushing them hard to compete and succeed in many art competitions. Pahucki has been painting en plein air with the
WRS for four seasons. Painting outside is the perfect blend of nature and art for her. She paints landscapes and nature studies in both acrylics and watercolors. Pahucki’s paintings are found in numerous local homes, and beyond. Taylor Doce is a Montgomery-based artist with a degree in Math. While some may consider that a contradiction, Doce considers it inspiration. “My interest in art really stems from my interest in mathematics,” she says, adding, “To me, painting is an exercise in problem solving.” Doce doesn’t back away from a challenge, and sees art, particularly portraiture, as a way of solving challenging problems. Converting a three dimensional world into a flat two dimensional painting requires creative problem solving. Her primary subject matter is polo players and jockeys. She is challenged by equestrian sports figures because of her interest in portraiture. The creative side of her brain enjoys the vibrancy and colorful costumes, while the mathematical side
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“Pink Jockey” by Taylor Doce
enjoys the proportion of human figure to horse. Doce uses art as a way of balancing her life since she spends most of her time in the realm of numbers. The works are on view throughout the month of December. There will be a wine and cheese reception on December 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, with local wines and appetizers provided by Wildfire Grill. The WRS is located at 232 Ward Street, Montgomery. Call 845 457-2787.
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“Brunswick” in Newburgh
Continuing its commitment to collaborate with community associations and arts venues, the Downing Film Center is joining with the Orange County Land Trust to present the film Brunswick. Brunswick is a film about landscape change, told through the personal story of a farmer’s lifelong connection to his now-threatened land. The film weaves together the plight of Sanford Bonesteel, an aging farmer in his 90s, with the dynamics of small-town politics as a residential development is planned on Sanford’s former land. Downing’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director, Nate Simms, Orange County Land Trust representatives and members of the community on December 9 at 7:30pm.
Director & photographer Nate Simms
Downing is at 19 Front Street, Newburgh. For reservations: 845-561-3686. Orange County Land Trust: 845-
“Informance” in Central Valley
Music in Central Valley opens its series with the Metropolitan Four flute ensemble presenting music by Haydn, Mike Mower (Fictions for Four), Daniel Dorff (It Takes Four to Tango), and a holiday medley by Catherine McMichael. The group will also offer an ‘informance’ - a behind-the-scenes glimpse into ensemble rehearsing and practicing techniques to ‘get difficult music together.’ Flutists are Cain-Oscar Bergeron, Megan Szymanski Cardone (flutist in the West Point Band), Julian Rose, and Felipe Tristan. The program is at Central Valley United
Methodist Church, 12 Smith Clove Road on December 8 at 3:00pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation at the door. For information, phone 845-928-6570.
New Year’s Eve in Bethel
The New Kings is a 3 piece combo with Peter Florance on guitar, Don Knothe on upright bass, and Josh Florance on drums. This new line-up has created a raw and upbeat band sound! On special occasions the band uses some very talented sidemen to expand on the sound...it is a very exciting Rockabilly music show! Peter Florance (see photo) & the New Kings will rule at the Dancing Cat Saloon & Catskill Distilling Company’s New Year’s bash on December 31. There will be a prix-fixe dinner at the Saloon with early and late seatings, followed by partying at the Distillery. (“Safe Home!”). Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com or call 845583-3141 for more information.
Art, Food & Toys in Pine Bush
The Crawford Arts Association’s Wintertime Art Exhibit will coordinate with the Town of Crawford as it hosts the United States Marine Corps’ 7th annual Toys for Tots event. There will be great food, beautiful art, live music, fun, and seasonal good cheer! To complete the pleasures of an enjoyable evening of local art and a scrumptious dinner, representatives from the Corps will be in attendance and an everjolly Santa will be present for a free photo-op. The dinner is available at no cost to prudent and generous participants who kindly donate new, unwrapped toys to the cause. Others aged 12 and above will be asked to donate
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$10, and for those aged 5 to 11 the donation is $5. For those under 5 years there is no cost. This year’s special occasion double header is scheduled for December 14 at the Government Center, 121 Route 302 in Pine Bush between the hours of 4:00pm and 7:30pm.
W h i s p e r i n g P i n e s . . . with Executive Chef, Douglas P. Frey The Italian Christmas Eve In Italy, Christmas Eve supper is both a feast and a fast. A fast because no meat is eaten; a feast because of the sheer number of fish dishes. At night there would be a great feast of fish. It would start with soup or pasta that might have three or five different varieties including a baked fish, and there was always panettone and nougat for dessert. Some of the most delicious traditions come from Italian homes during the holidays. Although Italians always seem to take an interest in food, particularly during the numerous holidays throughout the year, at Christmas, food becomes a priority. This is the time each year, when traditional family celebration foods are prepared. One famous tradition followed each Christmas is the one for La Vigilia, or the Feast of Seven Fishes which is celebrated on Christmas Eve. Some feel there must be seven different types of seafood served, while others traditionally serve ten or thirteen fish dishes. It is thought that the seven fishes represent the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, while the number ten is used for the ten Stations of the Cross. Thirteen dishes are said to represent the twelve apostles plus Jesus. Whatever your beliefs are, plan a wonderful seafood feast this year, gather your friends and family and enjoy the season. Here are
my suggestions for a few seafood dishes for your Christmas Eve menu. Add a few vegetable side dishes, and a tasty dessert. Antipasti di Mare 3 Cups White Wine 5 Bay Leaves 2 Cloves Garlic, Crushed 2 Lemons 1 Pound Calamari, Cleaned and Cut into Rings 1 Pound Medium Shrimp, Cleaned and De-veined 1 Pound Scallops (or 2 Pound Octopus) 1 1/2 Cup Chopped Celery 1 Cup Black Olives Dressing 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice 3 Large Garlic Cloves, Thinly Sliced 1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley Dash Red Pepper Flakes Salt & Pepper to Taste In stockpot, combine 3 quarts water, wine, bay leaves, and crushed garlic. Slice lemons in half and squeeze juice into mixture. Drop lemons into the pot. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low. Cook shrimp for cook 2 minutes, remove from pot. Cook calamari 1 1/2 minutes, remove from pot. If cooking scallops, cook in the same manner for 2 minutes. Mix seafood together and set aside. If cooking octopus, add it to pot and cook for
45 minutes or until tender. Remove from the pot and let cool. Remove skin and suckers, cut into bite sized pieces. Mix octopus with other ingredients. Place seafood in bowl and add chopped celery. Add dressing ingredients and mix well. Cover and let marinade a minimum of 12 hours. Just before serving, adjust seasoning, add black olives.
Seafood Soup - Trieste Style
1 cup dry white wine 2 cups clam juice or fish stock salt & pepper, dash of red pepper flakes 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley A lot of crusty garlic bread!
In large stockpot, heat oil and add onion and celery. Cook until onion is translucent, add garlic. Cook for another minute, add white wine, stock, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to medium low. Taste & season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Add white fish and clams, cook for 1 minute. Add mussels and shrimp, cook another minute, or until shellfish have opened. Just before serving, stir in parsley. Divide seafood mixture equally in bowls with broth. Serve garlic bread on the side to sop up the tasty juices. Enjoy!
1lb white fish cut into 1 inch chunks (Sea Bass or Grouper are good choices!) 1lb baby calamari, cleaned & cut into bite sized pieces 1/2lb medium shrimp, cleaned and de-veined 12 mussels, scrubbed and de-beared 12 clams 1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil
As always, for all of your culinary questions, catering needs or personal chef services, I may be reached at Whispering Pines Caterers 845-6471428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ORMC Presents “Enlightened Views”
Gayle Clark Fedigan of Newburgh and Robert Trondsen of Goshen create art in the genres of landscape and still life painting. Fedigan’s works are included in collections throughout the United States and abroad. She teaches pastel painting at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh and at the Burren School of Art in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland. Robert Trondsen began his career as a still life painter. His current works include landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson Valley School. Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) has announced Enlightened Views, an exhibition of the works of both artists. The exhibit will run until January 17 in The Gallery at the ORMC located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown on the ground floor adjacent to the conference center and cafeteria. ORMC exhibits emerging, mid-career and
Ratatouille by Gayle Clark Fedigan
Yew Tree by Robert Trondsen
professional artists from the Hudson Valley, with a special focus on healing art. Call curator Sarah Johnson at 845-333-2385 for more information.
Mongaup’s Gift to the World
by Derek Leet
her superior singing was equaled by her entrenched immersion into At certain times in musical history, the dramatic elements of the role “low-down” women have had, as the guardian of wedlock, angrily arguably, the greatest voices of their demanding the punishment of time, i.e.: Siegmund and Sieglinde, who (albeit 19th century history suggests mezzo unknowingly) committed adultery Maria Malibran (who died at age 28) and incest. Unforgiving! Relentless! and her younger sister, mezzo Pauline Powerful! Viardot. 20th century history brings Also in 2011 Blythe sang the role of to mind contraltos Marian Anderson a sister-to-a-king, again sumptuously, and Kathleen Ferrier, who reigned to Handel’s music for Rodelinda, supreme between the world wars and offering us perfection in the baroque just after. style. In my view, the same holds true in And in 2012 we saw her as Ulrica the present time. With all due respect in Un Ballo In Maschera. This time, to Renee Fleming and other superb, while hearing her singing Italianate super-star sopranos, I believe the music with perfection, she also thrilled greatest female voice of our time audiences by incorporating intuitive (meaning, the most “perfect”) belongs body movements linked to Verdi’s to Mongaup Valley’s gift to the world, dramatic and melodic vocal lines, and mezzo Stephanie Blythe. inspired stage business linked to his The Live from the Met in HD series Orfeo, Fricka theatrical orchestration and its vibrant & Ulrica has enabled us to see Blythe in action rhythms. in a variety of roles that showcase her multiple Classical - Wagner - Baroque - Verdi! abilities. Male - Mean-spirited - Monarchial - Mad! Perfection was evident in 2009 with her What’s left? Comedy! sumptuous classical singing in Gluck’s Orfeo Ed Blythe will appear as Mistress Quickly in Euridice, causing people to say “not since Ferrier the Met’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff on over 60 years ago, etc.” December 14 at 1:00pm at Sullivan County In 2010 Blythe appeared as Fricka in Das Community College in Loch Sheldrake. Rheingold. In 2011 as Fricka in Die Walküre, Phone 845-434-5750, ext. 4472. 32
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