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Orange, Pike & Sullivan Counties, Cragsmoor, Ellenville & Marlboro

December 2019

art • cinema • dance • festivals • holistic living • music • opera • poetry • theatre

From The Publisher... by Barry Plaxen Vocabulary Lesson: Melismatic: a style of singing first started in 900 AD and culminating in the Baroque era in which a single syllable of text is sung carried through many notes. This is in contrast to syllabic singing in which each syllable of text gets a single note. Polyphonic: producing many sounds simultaneously; many-voiced. First-person presentation: a narration that presents the narrative through the perspective of a particular character. The reader or audience becomes aware of the events and characters of the story through the narrator’s views and knowledge. Boleodoras: a type of throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords. New this Month: Holiday Readaloud (for kids) in Florida

and Holiday Singalong (for adults) in Monticello. Art in Port Jervis, Huguenot, Highland Mills, Shohola, Rock Tavern and everywhere else! Art and poetry in Middletown. Music in Maybrook, Central Valley and everywhere else! Nutcrackers in Sugar Loaf, Walden and Middletown. East meets West music-wise in Milford and Narrowsburg. Chorales in Bethel, Blooming Grove, Newburgh, Goshen, Warwick, New Windsor, Middletown, and Central Valley. Jazz in Callicoon, Marlboro and Newburgh. Volunteer opportunity in Lackawaxen. Holiday House Tours in Goshen and Newburgh. Holiday events in Bloomingburg, Vails Gate, Cornwall, Liberty, Bethel, Montgomery

To The Editor... The Memorial page in the November 2019 issue of CANVAS for my late husband, Robert Friedman, was a beautiful tribute. Many of our friends read it and commented on it. It was a fitting tribute to his life and art in Sullivan County. Thanking you and your staff, - Peggy Friedman I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely article in the November 2019 issue of CANVAS. You’re the best! - Debbie Raia, UpFront Exhibition Space

Barry, thank you, as always, for all that you do for the arts organizations in the region. We have such a thriving arts scene! You have your hands full in hearing about, and supporting them all, and you do a beautiful job. - Mary Burkart, Delaware Valley Opera

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and everywhere else! Holiday gifts in Port Jervis, Rock Hill, Warwick, Wurtsboro, Forestburgh and everywhere else! Theatre in Ellenville, Loch Sheldrake and Grahamsville. “A Christmas Carol” in Goshen (oneperson show with music), Milford (twoperson adaptation) and Warwick (a ragtag troupe of traveling players made up of actors, puppets, clowns and mimes). Santa in Hurleyville and Montgomery. Happy Holidays and Blessings to all!


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Art & Photography ��������������������������������� 16 Books ����������������������������������������������������� 16 Category ������������������������������������������������ 13 Children & Teen’s ����������������������������������� 16 December 2019 Calendar ���������������� 14-15 Lectures ������������������������������������������������� 12 Music - Pop, Folk, Rock, etc., ���������������� 12


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Artery Gallery, Milford ���������������������������� 12 Artists’ Market, Shohola ������������������������� 21 Bernstein Theatre, Grahamsville ����������� 12 Bethel Woods ������������������������������������ 5, 24 Bloomingburg Restoration Foundation ���11 Candelight Tour 2019, Newburgh ���������� 10 Classic Choral Society ������������������������������5 Crawford Library, Monticello ���������������������8 Delaware Highlands Conservancy �������� 12 Delaware Valley Arts Alliance ���������������� 24 Delaware Valley Choral Society ����������������4 Dickens on the Delaware, Callicoon �������11 Downing Film Center, Newburgh ������� 7, 14 Florida Public Library ����������������������������� 17 Forestburgh Playhouse ��������������������� 7, 24 Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley � 14 Goshen Art League ���������������������������� 8, 14 Goshen House Tour ������������������������������� 10 Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra ��22 Greenwood Lake Theater ���������������������� 21 Grey Towers, Milford ������������������������������ 10 Grit Works, Newburgh ��������������������������� 22 Harness Racing Museum, Goshen ���10, 11

Community Arts: News, Views And Schedules Publisher, Barry Plaxen barry@dhcanvas.com Editor, Sophia Krcic editor@dhcanvas.com ads@dhcanvas.com Delaware & Hudson CANVAS 297 Stone Schoolhouse Road Bloomingburg, NY 12721 www.dhcanvas.com 845.926.4646 / 4647 Facebook: D&H CANVAS Please email calendar submissions by the 15th of the prior month to calendar@dhcanvas.com Please email submissions for classifieds to classified@dhcanvas.com Nothing in this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Highland Mills Library ���������������������������� 28 Holiday in Hurleyville 2019 �������������������� 10 Holiday Gift Shopping Ideas ������������� 24-25 Holland Tunnel Gallery, Newburgh �������� 14 Hudson Highlands Nature Museum ������� 26 Hurleyville Arts Centre ��������������������������� 13 Kindred Spirits Arts, Milford ������������������� 28 Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate ������������11 Liberty Museum & Arts Center ������������������6 Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro ������������� 26 Maybrook Wind Ensemble ��������������������� 27 Middletown Concert Chorale ��������������������4 Montgomery Holiday Weekend �����������������7 Mt. St. Mary Desmond Campus, Newburgh ��9 Music in Central Valley �������������������������� 26 Music on Market, Ellenville �������������������� 20 New Rose Theatre, Walden ������������������� 28 Newburgh Chorale ������������������������������������5 Nesin Cultural Arts, Monticello ����������� 6, 17 Pine Bush Community Band ������������������ 27 Rafter’s Tavern, Callicoon ���������������������� 23 Ritz Theater, Newburgh ������������������������� 19 River Valley Artists Guild ������������������������ 19 Shadowland Stages, Ellenville ���������� 3, 17 Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center ��������11 Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra ��������6 Sullivan County Community Chorus ����� 4,5 Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville �������7 SUNY Orange, Middletown �������������������� 20 SUNY Orange, Newburgh ��������������������� 20 SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake ������������ 27 Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg �������������������9 UUCRT Gallery, Rock Tavern ���������������� 18 Wallkill River School, Montgomery ��� 14,18 Warwick Valley Chorale ����������������������������4 Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh ���9 Wherehouse, Newburgh ���������������������������3 Wurtsboro Art Alliance ��������������������������� 26

Bedford Falls comes to Ellenville - LIVE! “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” “Teacher says, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”” “What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” The beloved American holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen

characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. “All right, George...you’ve got your wish: you’ve never been born.” “George who? I’ve never had a son, named George! Get out of here before I call the police!” “Please, God, let me live again.” The LIVE RADIO PLAY is at Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville from December 6-22. For tickets: 845-647-5511.

4th Saturday Jazz Series Continues For the last 4th Saturday Jazz (4SJ) show of 2019, pianist and host of the series Neil Alexander welcomes bassist Sam Smith and drummer Bryan Kopchak. Recently relocated to Newburgh from Beacon, Sam and Bryan are Neil Alexander Sam Smith Bryan Kopchak young and amazingly versatile musicians well versed in a wide variety of repertoire, the set lists will also feature musical styes such as jazz, funk, electronica, music of Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report, R&B, gospel and pop, giving them a very John Scofield and many others, including open-minded approach to improvising select original compositions. and performing. They are also the heart Join Neil, Sam & Bryan at The of Common Tongue, a phenomenal local Wherehouse, 119 Liberty Street, Newburgh, band of amazing musicians with a monthly on December 28 at 9:00pm as they close residency at The Falcon in Marlboro. out the year with some of the area’s best live In addition to songs from the classic jazz music! No cover!

May I Have A Word With You ... Quips, Quotes & Quiddities with Carol Pozefsky AUGUSTUS JUILLIARD Adam Driver is best known for his role in Girls for which he received three consecutive Emmy nominations. Violinist Itzhak Perlman performed at the Presidential Inauguration of Barak Obama. What do these gifted artists have in common? The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City. Robin Williams trained at Juilliard, so did Kevin Spacey, Christopher Reeve, Viola Davis, Patti LuPone, Marvin Hamlisch, Jessica Chastain, and the list goes on. Augustus Juilliard was the son of an immigrant shoemaker and, early on, a laborer in New York City’s garment district. Eventually, Juilliard formed his own textile business and amassed a fortune. President of the Metropolitan Opera for nearly 30 years until his death in 1919, he bequeathed the bulk of his estate to the advancement of music in the U.S. His foundation’s funds were used to establish The Juilliard School in 1924. At the time, it was the largest such arts bequest in the country’s history, an estimated 13 million dollars. YOUR HAPPIEST DAY? Psychology Today magazine asked

readers to answer the question: What was the happiest day of your life? “The day that I saw my favorite rock band live. They saved my life through their music and I owe them so much. It was a dream come true.” (Female, 18). “Spending a day at the beach by myself and feeling alive, serene, and actually enjoying being alone.” (Female, 55). “June, 2012 I had returned from a 7 month deployment on an aircraft carrier, finally returned home to Pennsylvania and was so happy to be back!” (Male, 22). “When I passed the bar exam.” (Female, 51). “My first date with my first boyfriend. We went to a dog show and then for a walk outside in the fog and drizzle, just holding hands and talking. It’s been nearly 31 years and that day has always been the happiest of my life.” (Female, 45). “I was a passenger in a car hit by a drunk driver and was pronounced dead in March 1968. I was revived by a medic and overheard 2 doctors agreeing that I was unlikely to survive. I recovered, graduated from college, raised 5 kids and was CEO of a small company until I retired. What could be better?” (Male, 60). Your turn...

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Chorale Concerts Delaware Valley Choral Society Port Jervis, Milford: Nov. 30, Dec. 1 Come and celebrate with the Delaware Valley Choral Society for its 10th anniversary concert this Christmas Season! This year’s program features Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake). Because it’s a special celebration, you’ll also hear favorite carols picked by the membership as well as being treated to music performed by the Dingman Delaware Children’s Choir directed by Brian Krauss. Concerts are on November 30 at 3:00pm in the Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Some members of the Dingman Sussex Street, Delaware Children’s Choir Port Jervis, and December 1 at 3:00pm in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann Street. Tickets at the door. For info contact conductor/director Jeffrey Fornoff at Jeffrey.marc.fornoff@gmail.com Warwick Valley Chorale: Dec. 6, 13, 15 Middletown, Goshen, Warwick The 2019 concerts directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson,


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will feature musical selections ranging from Henry Mollicone’s cantata, A Christmas Celebration, to Ed Lojeski’s choral revue, I Love Christmas, featuring many classic holiday favorites. A Christmas Celebration features narrations between each movement. The text comes from the Bible, and tells the traditional Christmas Story. “While some of the music has an almost Renaissance G. Johnson & S. Curtis quality, early chant and contemporary sacred music have also influenced its composition. The texts combine poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries with passages from the Bible”. Henry Mollicone. Performances are on December 6 at 7:00pm in Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street, Middletown; December 13 at 7:00pm in Goshen United Methodist Church, 115 Main Street, Goshen; and December 15 at 4:00pm in St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick. Tickets at the door.

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Middletown Concert Chorale Middletown: Dec. 14 & 15 The Middletown Concert Chorale in its 23rd year, under the direction of Danielle Cornacchio and accompanied by Boyd Herforth, announces its 2019 Winter Concert Series Celebrate In Song, featuring D. Cornacchio Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns along with a variety of other choral selections. Hudson Opera Theatre director/ conductor Ron De Fesi said in 2018: “You know, one of the things that I really like about the Christmas Oratorio, is that Saint-Saëns was only 23 when he wrote it. But, even at that ridiculously young age, he was able to capture the mood of a clear, chill night on an all-but-deserted hillside, a night that would change the course of the human experience. He shows us the simple songs of the shepherds, the glorious songs of the angels, the fervent songs of believers through the ages, and the majestic song of heaven to come. It’s pretty heady stuff for a 23-year old! And he wrote it in five days!” Some interesting and festive a cappella pieces will be performed during the second

portion of the concert. Between the two acts there will be a cabaret portion for your enjoyment! A reception and light fare follow each of the performances on December 14 at 7:00pm in Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, 58 West Main Street, Middletown, and December 15 at 3:00pm in North Congregational United Church, 96 North Beacon Street, Middletown. Tickets available at the door. For info call Rob Abramson at 845-386-4398. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Sullivan County Community Chorus Bethel, Dec. 15

The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present A Colonial Christmas! The chorus will follow the directions of Virgil to “Majora Canamus (Sing of something higher).” Guests will step back in time,

Chorale Concerts as this charming musical celebration will include Colonial American settings, as well as selections from Handel’s Messiah. The performance will feature full mixed chorus, the Chamber Singers, solo performers, and orchestra. The Chorus is thriving as it celebrates its 43rd year (with more than 50 members strong!) on December 15 at 2:30pm in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The snow date is December 22. Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students. Info about the concert may be found at www.scchorus.org, on Facebook, or by contacting Choir Secretary, Diane Foster at 845-439-4458 or Choir Director, Kevin Giroux at 845-594-6786. Classic Choral Society Goshen, Blooming Grove: Dec. 15 & 22

“This year, the Classic Choral Society will once again perform two holiday-themed

concerts, expanding the repertoire of our ensemble as we celebrate 61 seasons of sharing the joy of choral music,” commented Janiece Kohler, Artistic Director of CCS. Janiece Kohler “This holiday season, we are excited to present a program of beautiful choral works that demonstrate the fine musicianship Classic Choral Society has become known for over the last six decades.” Always researching new and innovative pieces to challenge the volunteer chorus and delight its audiences, Ms. Kohler has assembled a program which continues the Society’s ambitious founding vision - to give everyone who wants to the opportunity to sing great music, and to present wonderful concerts to the public without the need for tickets. The singers, from age 19 to 90, mature teens to seasoned seniors, come from within Orange County and beyond. “Through the years, Classic Choral Society’s repertoire has expanded the definition of ‘classic’ to include brand new choral works, those which I believe are destined to become standards of the genre, ones both the chorus and audience have responded to most enthusiastically,”

said Kohler. “This winter, the singers of the Classic Choral Society will perform an eclectic program combining sacred music by Franz Biebl, Mark Hayes, Peter Warlock, Victor C. Johnson, Howard Helvey and Natalie Sleeth.” The program will also include a different take on Silent Night by Peter Anglea. Accompanying the Society will Cherwyn Ambuter. The concerts are on December 15 at 4:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, and December 22 at 4:00pm at United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Road, Blooming Grove. No tickets are required. Free-will donations are welcomed during intermission. For information contact the Society at 845-713-4543 or classicchoral@hvc.rr.com. www.ClassicChoralSociety.org Newburgh Chorale Beacon, New Windsor: Dec. 21 & 29 The Newburgh Chorale, a 20-voice all-volunteer chorale directed by Michael Saunders and accompanied by Cherwyn Ambuter, will present its annual Christmas music celebration, Wonderful Peace. Leave the familiar carols behind and tour foreign lands in song this Christmas season! The program will include a Swedish carol,

Wonderful Peace, whose “English translation underscores the theme of the concerts”, said Artistic Director Michael Saunders. The chorale will also perform carols from the British Isles, Poland, and France. Performances are on December 21 at 7:30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, 15 South Avenue, Beacon, and December 29 at 3:00pm in King of Kings Church, 543 Union Avenue, New Windsor. Both churches are handicapped accessible. Suggested donation: $10. Continuing its commitment to community outreach, the chorale also will lead caroling in Newburgh on December 15 at 3:00pm at Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, and at Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s Cornerstone Residence, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, on December 20 at 6:00pm. For information: info@newburghchorale. org or call 845-568-5995.

The Bloomingburg Restoration Foundation Inc. Presents:

A Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 15, from 2pm-4pm at the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Bloomingburg Suggested Donation: $5 Adults Children under 14 Free!

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Nesin Cultural Arts: “Messiah” Sing-Along in Monticello

You may have seen these hands before in Monticello, Liberty, Grahamsville, White Lake, Callicoon and Narrowsburg, plucking away and fingering up and down on a double bass. They belong to Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) Music Director Andrew Trombley. Now’s your chance to watch them conducting four professional guest artists AND YOU, THE PUBLIC for a Messiah Sing-Along. Volunteer singers from both the Sullivan County Community Chorus and Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus will be joining in for the sing-along. “This performance will have a conductor and it will be ME! This will be my conducting debut!,” exclaimed Trombley. SCCO will perform Part I and excerpts from Part II concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus.” Soprano Savannah Greene is known for her “velvety”, “powerful” and “beautifully emotive” singing.


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Alto Ema Mitrovic has thrilled local audiences with her singing and acting for Hudson Opera Theatre as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (2019), Mercedes in Carmen (2019), Alisa in Lucia Di Lammermoor (2018), Annina in La Traviata (2018), Larina in Eugene Onegin (2016), and Siebel in Faust (2013). Handel’s music is not new to tenor Jared Goldstein who sang Handel arias for his 2010 junior recital at Ithaca College. Ellenville baritone Daniel Im is a recent graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music (and is also a familiar face to Shadowland theatre-goers). Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742 at Easter time. In fact, Messiah was always intended for Lent. It was the Victorians who moved it to Christmas, to revive interest in the then-neglected holiday. The first London performance was a disaster. The fact that a religious work was being performed in a theatre, not a church, scandalized London audiences. Handel rewrote parts of the oratorio to better meet the abilities of soloists

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and the available instruments with each of the original 13 performances. Historically, Messiah has continued to change with the ensembles that perform it. Mozart re-orchestrated Messiah in 1789 and gave it a more modern sound by Classical orchestra standards. He humbly wrote that any alterations he made should not be seen as an effort at improvement. Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) Dance Company, Honors Chorus and Honors Orchestra students will perform Mozart’s Ave verum corpus as a prelude to Messiah. So, dust off your Messiah score and join them at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John Street, Monticello, on December 7 at 4:00pm. A festive party will follow, and a craft fair will be held to fund the NCA Arts Haven located in St. John’s Rectory. Tickets include a souvenir SCCO glass. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite or via Facebook @ sccoplayers, by phone: 845-7989006 or at the door. Contact: Marina Lombardi at: marina@nesinculturalarts.org

LMAC: Gingerbread!

The Liberty Museum and Arts Center, (LMAC) has a dual mission of presenting creative arts as well as programs of local and regional history. The museum has been honored statewide for some of its productions of local and state historic themes. From its tentative beginnings, the Museum has anchored community efforts to restore and renovate Main Street. The large front exhibition space is frequently used for concerts, lectures, conferences, social gatherings and celebrations. For the holiday season, LMAC presents The Gingerbread Experience where you can enjoy a craft show, bake sale, and the debut of the Holiday Museum Store. All of that plus the Gingerbread House exhibition! The event will be held on November 30, December 7 & 14, from Noon-4:00pm, at LMAC, 46 South Main Street, Liberty. Free admission. Call 845-292-2394. See ad on page 11 for more information.

Screening: “The Pollinators” at Downing Our complex food system rests on the wings of the honey bee and the commercial beekeepers that move them from farm to orchard pollinating the crops that produce the food we eat. The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The film includes talks with farmers, scientists,

chefs, economists and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees and what it means to our food security. The December 16, 7:00pm screening of The Pollinators will be followed by a Q&A with Director, Peter Nelson and Producer, Sally Roy, at the Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street, Newburgh. Tickets are available at the box office or on the website: www.downingfilmcenter.com.

Music & Open House in Hurleyville: Dec 1 The Country Travelers are a classic country/bluegrass dance band whose repertoire includes square and round dance tunes, and longtime dance caller Patty Legg will actually call a dance during their show at the Sullivan County Museum on December 1 at 2:00pm. Wear your dancing shoes! Members of The Country Travelers come from Ulster and Sullivan counties. They include Patty Legg, guitar and lead vocals; Bob Hunt, banjo, guitar and vocals; Paul Lounsbury, fiddle, guitar and vocals; Dave Trestyn, bass and vocals; and Bill Angell, autoharp and hammered dulcimer. The Americana band Little Sparrow will host the event, and the concert is part of the Sullivan County Historical Society’s annual Open House and Theme Tree Exhibit. The Historical Society Board will be on hand to welcome members, perspective

Country and bluegrass band The Country Travelers will perform live in concert at the Sullivan County Museum on December 1 at 2:00pm!

members, and anyone who would like to join in on the fun. Both events are free (donations gratefully accepted!). Music starts at 2:00pm, but the Open House runs from 1:00pm4:00pm. Refreshments will be served at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. Call 845-434-8044 for more information, or visit www.scnyhistory.org.

Where Are They Now? by J. A. Di Bello The well-noted ResCo (Resident Company) of the Forestburgh Playhouse flourishes under the diligent leadership of Franklin Trapp, himself a product of this esteemed group. As a theatrical training facility, the ResCo program is one of the most respected instructional venues in the nation. Patrons of the Miracle of the Forest become acquainted with individual members as they perform on the main stage and in the Tavern’s everpopular Cabaret. As might be expected, many wonder: “Where are they now?” An individual to be noted is Lauren Chapman, an alumna of Emerson College in Boston. Lauren is vividly remembered as a ResCo member of the summers of 2012 and 2013, and without question her extraordinary portrayal of Anybody’s in the

2012 production of West Side Story became something to talk about. An excerpt from The Catskill Chronicle’s stunning review reads: “...a rough and tumble character brought to life by a most competent Lauren Chapman. Amidst the turmoil and confusion of “The Street” scene she quietly moves to the warmest spot on stage and sings what seemed like an a cappella version of the heart wrenching, passionate lament Somewhere.” Impressive to say the least! After two summers at Forestburgh, Lauren went directly to Broadway and the first National Tour of Kinky Boots. In select regional theatre, Lauren performed in A Sign of the Times (Goodspeed), and Legally Blond (Sacramento Music Circus). Currently Lauren can be seen on Broadway performing in the new Disney production of Frozen, the Musical. See Forestburgh Playhouse ad on pg. 24. December 2019

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Goshen Art League: “Toy Land” ~ Art Inspired by Toys & Games

Steve & Antoine

“Every adult has their shortage of toy images in her own fond memories of what world. One of Pierson’s bold being a child meant to them. offerings is a paper collage Toys have an amazing way grid of super balls painted in of being the star of those bright acrylic swirls. memories. The importance of “I went through an art spurt toys in a child’s life are just inspired by the Toy Land as important as anything else prompt that GAL sent out. I that shape their personalities was painting paper for some and imaginations,” declares collages even as I was talking Goshen Art League (GAL) on the phone,” wrote Sarah. “Doll and Slipper” by Cynthia Harris-Pagano president, Robb Gomulka. While Toy Land seems Toy Land, GAL’s 2019 a deceptively simple and theme. Losee tells us, “The idea for the Toy holiday exhibit, will feature straightforward theme, some Land tree was to create something whimsical “Toys for Kitts” by Jo Ann Johnson and fun. I designed it so that art by members depicting, artists chose to the toy figures look like based on, or inspired by, toys and games. interpret it more abstractly. they are working together to As expected, there are some very jolly Also, photographers’ images decorate the tree.” works to be seen in this show, such as Laura lend added dimension and In addition to the usual Bolle’s colorful acrylic painting of a perky diversity to the exhibit. hours at the Goshen Music little dog surrounded by its own toys, Joan “It is this wide variety of Hall, 223 Main Street, the L. Mester’s deeply expressive Raggedy ideas and interpretations by Toy Land exhibit (running Ann is depicted with HER very own toy, our member artists, all unified through January 13) and a small rocking horse. Meanwhile, elegant by the given theme, that Music Hall tree will be collectable dolls in rich pastels by Cynthia makes the League art shows on view to the public on Harris-Pagano evoke warm, yet distant so compelling,” says artist December 7 from noon to memories. member and past president, 4:00pm during the Goshen Sometimes, as in Sarah Fortner Pierson’s Julie Saltzberg. Holiday Experience. case, toys and games are a more immediate As a seasonal offering, “Superball Grid” by Sarah Fortner Pierson An artists’ reception will and ongoing daily experience rather than Rachel Losee was charged just a distant memory. Sarah is the mother with designing the decorations for the Goshen be held that same evening from 5:00pmof seven-year-old David and there is no Music Hall’s holiday tree in keeping with the 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Their repertoire ranges through a variety of genres including jazz, folk, blues, swing, rock and country music. Some are familiar and some are off the beaten track. They are Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano, and they have been playing together for over a dozen years. Steve (pictured left) of Steve’s Music Center in Rock Hill is a virtuoso guitarist, and Antoine, host of the Monday night open mic at Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill, sings and plays guitar and dobro, an acoustic type of steel guitar. See them perform at the Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello, for Steve and Antoine: Two Acoustic Guitars on December 12 at 6:00pm. Free. For info, call 845 794-4660.


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Electronic Sound Art in Narrowsburg Rounding out the Fall acerbic gothic roots. Cultural Series for the Sunwatchers blurs the Delaware Valley Arts lines between avant-jazz, Alliance will be a doublepunk, psychedelia, Ethnobill concert by musical jazz, and desert blues, to artists Slippery Stairs and create joyous, chaotic, visual artist Macro Dose mystical elegies with a followed by indie band modern sound. Sunwatchers. The concert takes place Stacy Wakefield & Nick Forte a/k/a/ “Slippery Stairs” Slippery Stairs is a live on December 14 at 8:00pm electronic project of Nick Forte and Stacy in the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street, Wakefield that marries the innocent joy of Narrowsburg. New Age melodies to the driving beats of For tickets, call 845-252-7576 or visit techno with an element of grit from their www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org

Warm up at Washington’s Headquarters On December 8, from Noon-4:00pm, Historic interpreters in each seasonally decorated room at Washington’s Headquarters will greet visitors and offer insight into what took place when the Washingtons occupied the Hasbrouck farmhouse during the last winter of the Revolutionary War The Salmagundi Consort (pictured) will perform while cookies and warm cider will be served near an outdoor fire! The Consort combines music with reenactment, interspersing it with accounts of musical performance of the period. Their

repertoire includes popular English, Irish and Scottish music of the 18th century, as well as classics by Bach, Handel, O’Carolan, Corelli, and many other contemporary composers. “We particularly relish bringing to life more obscure popular music of the period, especially works from the rare 1760 songbook!” Washington’s Headquarters is located at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh. Admission is free for the day, compliments of the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. For more information: 845-562-1195.

Desmond Campus: Instructors’ Art Show

“Pansies” by Esther McHenry

“Persimmon” by Robert Trondsen

The Art Instructors of Susan Minier, Roberta Mount Saint Mary College Rosenthal, James Murray, Desmond Campus will be Michele Dixler, Christina displaying their beautiful DiMarco, Teresa Genovese, creations for their annual and Robert Trondsen. Small Works Art Show. The Small Works Art Meet the artist-instructors Show, running through the at the opening reception on month of February, will December 8 from 1:00pmalso include a display of 3:00pm, and while you’re jewelry and is a great way at it, enjoy seeing the to support local artists and Desmond House decked out purchase lovely gifts for the festively for the holidays! holidays! Exhibiting artists include Desmond Campus for David Nicholls, Len Adult Enrichment is located DeVirgilio, Jodi Yeaple “Still-life with Checkered Cloth” at 6 Albany Post Road in by Cynthia Harris-Pagano King, Gayle Clark Fedigan, Newburgh. Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Esther McHenry, For more information, call 845-565-2076. December 2019

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TIS’ THE SEASON! HOLIDAY EVENTS Dear readers - the following are just a tad of the many holiday related events happening locally this December! Be sure to check out this entire issue along with our calendars for more holiday events! Christmas House Tour, Goshen Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster will kick-off the holiday season on December 7 with the 5th annual Goshen Christmas House Tour. The Tour provides an inside look at the beautiful Christmas décor and festive finery of a selection of private homes in the greater Goshen area. Homes will be open to ticketed visitors from 1:00pm-5:00pm for self-guided tours. All proceeds from the Tour support Catholic Charities’ social safety net programs, which aid the neediest residents of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Check-in and day-of ticket sales for the Tour will open at noon at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen. At check-in, guests will receive their map, guidebook, and guest pass. Live Christmas music, refreshments, and restroom facilities will also be available at check-in. In the event of inclement weather, the Tour will be held December 8. For tickets, visit www.cccsos.org. To


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purchase by phone: 845-294-5124, ext. 308. Candlelight Tour, Newburgh Visitors to Newburgh’s Historic District are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. For the past three decades, supporters from all over have joined the Newburgh Historical Society in celebrating a treasured architectural history during the annual Candlelight Tour. The self-guided tour will take place on December 8, from Noon-5:00pm. The Society’s headquarters at the 1830 Captain David Crawford House (pictured) located at 189 Montgomery Street, is the starting place for the Tour. The house tour features a diverse assortment of public and private spaces within and beyond the City of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. These include city and suburban houses, homes in the rehabilitation process and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks. The Crawford House will be decked out in natural greens and floral arrangements, with

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wreaths and trees, and period decorations typical of the 19th century. “It is a labor of love by the volunteers of the Historical Society to create such a splendid exhibition of natural beauty with garlands and bows, decorative fruits and candies that dazzle the eyes of visitors year after year,” said planning committee member Warren Cahill. Tickets can be purchased online at newburghhistoricalsociety.com or by calling 845-561-2585. An illustrated guide booklet and map will be provided. See ad this page. Holiday Reading & House Tour, Milford Professional actors Joe and Therese Plummer of New York City stepped in to perform the 39th annual dramatization of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Grey Towers following more than three decades of performances by their father, Joe Plummer, Sr. No costumes or scenery are used, leaving much to one’s imagination, just as stories were told or read in the 19th century. The 1886 mansion, formerly the home

of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the US Forest Service, will once again be decorated by members of the Milford Garden Club. In addition to the guided Holiday Tours to all three floors of the mansion, visitors can enjoy a Holiday photography exhibit featuring works by members of the Pike Imaging Council, all creatively depicting Grey Towers, the landscape, and forests or trees. The readings will be held on December 7 & 8 at 11:00am & 2:00pm. For tickets: www.greytowers.org or 570-296-9625. Holiday in Hurleyville 2019 Hurleyville’s town-wide holiday activities take place on December 7, from 11:00am-6:00pm and they include: Visit with Santa, Yoga sampler class, essential oil demonstration, film screening of Frozen II, Main Street dance performance, “Alpaca pop-up”: sweaters, socks, yarn and gifts, a holiday pop-up shop featuring local artists’ works, holiday train displays and theme trees, a performance: Santa’s Cookie

TIS’ THE SEASON! HOLIDAY EVENTS Problem & Auntie Scrooge, rock painting, wreath workshop, ornament craft, hot apple cider, live music provided throughout the day by local musicians at various locales, and a Hurleyville History Hike Westbound Odyssey w/ Sullivan County Historian, John Conway. Visit www.hurleyvilleartscentre.org for a complete and detailed schedule. Harness Racing Museum Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on December 12 at 4:00pm & 6:30pm to bring to life Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In top hat and frock coat, Kruk, best known for solo performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol, will showcase his imaginative retelling of Scrooge and his special visitors, giving voice to thirty different characters in this tale of redemption and hope. Composer Jim Keyes collaborates on Jonathan’s solo performance with original music complete with melodies, atmospheric effects, character motifs and

special pipe organ effects. There is limited seating so reservations are strongly suggested. Call 845-294-6330. Dickens on the Delaware in Callicoon Dickens on the Delaware showcases the retail community in Callicoon just in time for holiday shopping. Retailers, galleries and restaurants will highlight their holiday goods and dazzle visitors with their holiday spirit! Shopkeepers will be dressed in Victorian garb, with stores, restaurants and the surrounding environs decorated to create the days of yore! Holiday markets, seasonal treats, a holiday photo studio, caroling, live music, children’s activities, free horse & buggy rides, free theater and dance performances, hot chocolate and eggnog and spiced wine all on December 14, from Noon-6:00pm. For info: events.callicoon@gmail.com “Nutcracker” in Sugar Loaf M’Lanie Hunter Dance launches its 17th season with its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker. The beloved Christmas tradition features principal choreography by Dara Jenel, with Caitlin Noonan, Patti Pitiger, and studio owner M’Lanie Hunter. The holiday classic will also highlight Les

Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo principal dancer Philip MartinNielson (see photo) on December 15 at 1:00pm at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, 1351 Kings Highway. For tickets, call 845469-4556 or email mhd@dance678.com. A Christmas Festival in Bloomingburg Join the Bloomingburg Restoration Foundation for a Christmas Carol singalong, historical talk on how Christmas was or was not celebrated by the Settlers, ornament crafts, and some delicious holiday treats on December 15 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at 112 Main Street, Bloomingburg at The Bloomingburg Cultural Center housed in The Old Dutch Reformed Church (enter on High Street). Bring your bells! See ad on page 5 for more info. Knox’s Wassailing Join rowdy and binging locals and Continental artillerymen as they celebrate Christmas. They are wonderful people, but be sure to keep your hand on your purse at

all times! Christmas was a time for roving bands of unemployed youths and workers to menace households for food and drink. George Washington allowed his gardener enough money to get rip-roaring drunk for four days of the Christmas holiday and additional funds for more drinking on two other occasions during the year. It was customary for employers to release their workers to enjoy days of leisure time, spent mostly in a state of intoxication. Heaven help the neighbors when the alcohol ran out. On December 21 from 5:00-8:00pm, assist the Ellison family to not only deal with the local rowdies but over 300 Continental artillerymen in search of liquid refreshment in this first-person presentation set during the winter of 1780-81 at Knox’s Headquarters. The program is outside on the grounds and inside the beautifully decorated 1754 stone Ellison house, 289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate. For info: 845-561-1765 ext. 22.

Wonderful Peace

Join The Newburgh Chorale in a celebration of the Christmas season!

Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Church, 15 South Ave., Beacon & Sunday, December 29, 3:00 p.m. King of Kings Church, 453 Union Ave., New Windsor Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Information: email info@newburghchorale.org or call 845-568-5995.

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The chorale will also lead caroling December 15 at 3:00pm at Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, and Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s Cornerstone Residence, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, on December 20 at 6:00pm. December 2019

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Lectures - Master Classes - Demos - Talks sponsored by SUNY Orange and Mount St. Mary College’s Desmond Campus

CAS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor HHNM ����������������������������Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall MSM-DC ������������������������������������������������������ Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh PEEC ����������������������������������������������������� Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry SUNYO-KH ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh Lectures, Master Classes, Demos & Talks are FREE unless otherwise noted: (FEE) (Events Not lncluded in Centerspread Calendar)

lectures “John D. Rockefeller: The Richest American Who Ever Lived” ������������������������������������������������������� Rick Feingold MSM-DC Dec 3, 2pm FEE “Pearl Harbor” Matt Soltis �������������������������������������������������������������������� Cornwall Library, Dec 3, 3pm “War of Words with Iran: What They Say in Persian (farsi) and How it Enters English Media” Susan & Paul Sprachman MSM-DC Dec 4, 10:30am FEE “The 2020 Census-Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters to You!” ������������������������������������������� Mario Garcia & Mary Lou Carolan MSM-DC Dec 5, 1pm “Stop Taking it Personally & Whose Opinions Should Matter” �������������������������������������������������������� Diane Lang MSM-DC Dec 4, 10:30am FEE “Mexico: The Indigenous Past In the Present” Kathleen Wright �����������MSM-DC Dec 4, 1pm FEE “Choosing the right Supplement for Your Health” Dr. Richard Huntoon ���� MSM-DC Dec 4, 1pm Nature in Winter Hike ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ HHNM Dec 7, 10am Winter Ecology Hike ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Dec 8, 10am FEE Informational Tour ������������������������������������������� Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh, Dec 10, 9am “Common Sense”, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: Thomas Paine” ���������������������������� Leon DiMartino MSM-DC Dec 10, 10am FEE “Spiritual Secrets of Cathedrals” Nathan Rosenblum ���������������������������MSM-DC Dec 11, 2pm FEE “The Relevance of Herbs for Aging Gracefully in Today’s World” �������������������������������������������������� Nancy B. MacNamara MSM-DC Dec 12, 1:30pm FEE “The D & H Canal from Birth to Death” David H. Lawrence ��������������MSM-DC Dec 16, 1pm FEE “A Few Secrets From ‘Manhattan’s Little Secrets’” John Tauranac � MSM-DC, Dec 17, 1pm FEE

Artist Opportunity Celebrating the Arts The ARTery Gallery in Milford is hosting a juried open show in February for emerging and evolving artists. Open to all forms of art and fine craft, including jewelry, both two and three-dimensional work are being considered for exhibition and sale. Prospectus and entry forms with details can be found at arterygallerymilford.com

and on their Facebook page. Awards will be given for First, Second & Third place at an opening reception on February 8. People’s Choice award will be awarded at the show’s conclusion. Winners will be invited to exhibit their work at the gallery through the month of March. Submissions will be judged by a committee of gallery members. Deadline is January 11.

Eagle Volunteer Opportunity Take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our magnificent national bird, help protect eagles in their habitat, and assist in educating the public about sharing our region with eagles. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces an Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on December 7, from 9:00am-1:00pm in Lackawaxen. New volunteers will meet at the Inn at Lackawaxen at 9:00am. Then, both new and returning volunteers will gather

from 10:30am-Noon. From Noon-1:00pm, attendees will visit the eagle observation areas. Binoculars, spotting scopes, training manuals, data forms, and hand warmers are provided by the Conservancy. Advance registration for the Training Day is required. Register online at www. DelawareHighlands.org, send an email to kate@delawarehighlands.org, or call 570226-3164 ext. 8 or 845-583-1010 ext. 8.

1985 Cult Film “Clue” Hits the Stage Based on the Paramount film and the Hasbro board game, the stage show Clue is described as a “murder-mystery comedy thriller” that follows six guests at a mysterious dinner party where they find themselves implicated as murder suspects when their host turns up dead. Wadsworth, the butler, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, and other guests attempt to find the killer as the body count builds. Following in the footsteps of the film, the project bills itself as a “comedy whodunit. 12

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“This show is so cleverly written. Each line means something. Each character has motive. It’s sure to be a great night out even if you’ve never seen the movie or played the game.” - Juliette Eddings a/k/a Mrs. White. Clue: On Stage is presented by Tri-Valley Secondary School at the Bernstein Theatre in Grahamsville, December 6 & 7. Rated: PG-13. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Regina Hartman at reginahartman@ trivalleycsd.org or 845-985-2296 x4154.

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

Albi Beluli �����������������������������������������������������������������������Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Thursdays, 7pm Music for Humanity folk ����������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, 3rd Saturday, 7:30pm FREE Hudson Valley Swing Band ������ Wallkill Community Center, Middletown, Dec 3, & 10, & 17, 1pm FREE Catharsis Trio folk, indie rock, jazz ��������������������������������Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg, Nov 30, 8pm Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis blues �����������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 1 & 15, 11am The Country Travelers bluegrass �������������Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 1, 2pm FREE Lex Grey & Guests blues, rock �������������� Holland Tunnel Gallery, Newburgh, Dec 1, 2pm & 3:30pm Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators, Texas swing, jazz, rockabilly �����Falcon Underground, Dec 2, 8pm Chris O’Leary Band w/The Jimmys ���������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 5, & Dec 28, 7pm The Balkun Brothers, Jake Kulak & The Lowdown ��� Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 6, 7pm First Friday Music Series ��������������������������������������������������������������� WaterWheel, Milford, Dec 6, 8pm Slam Allen’s Holiday Soul-o-Bration! ������������������������������������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 6, 8pm Alexis P. Suter Band blues ������������������������������������������������������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 7, 8pm Deadgrass Garcia ����������������������������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 7, 8pm Lyn Hardy & The Catskill Corral country ���������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 8, 11am Club d’Elf w/John Medeski ���������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 9, 8pm Lisa’s Pieces Klezmer violin ��������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 11, 8pm Steve Schwartz & Antoine Magliano guitars ������Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 12, 6pm FREE Telepathic Moon Dance funk ������������������������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Dec 12, 8pm Cuboricua! salsa ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 13, 8pm Vito Petroccitto & Little Rock, blues, Americana ������ Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 13, 8pm Adam Silvestri �������������������������������������������������������������Emerald Ballroom, Narrowsburg, Dec 13, 9pm Slippery Stairs, Macro Dose & Sunwatchers new age, electronic, punk, blues, psychedelia ����������� Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg, Dec 14, 8pm Abbey Road: A Tribute ��������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 14, 8pm Rick Springfield & Richard Marx ��������������������������������������Resorts World, Monticello, Dec 14, 8pm Caroline Verdi & Friends ������������������������������������������Emerald Ballroom, Narrowsburg, Dec 13, 9pm Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions �������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 18, 7pm Common Tongue �������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 18, 8pm The Last Minute Soulmates rock, folk ����������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 19, 8pm 7th Annual Christmas@The Falcon Benefit ����������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 20, 8pm Hurley Mountain Highway pop, rock, 60s, 70s ���� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 20, 8pm Ed Palermo Big Band “A Very Proggy Christmas” ����������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 21, 7pm Annie & the Hedonists swing, blues, roots ��������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 22, 11am Kung Fu, w/The New Motiff funk, rock, fusion ��������������������������������������Bethel Woods, Dec 22, 8pm O’ Holy Night w/Lexi Lawson ���������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 23, 7pm Circus of Wolves, w/Slick Aguilar folk, jazz, fink, rock ������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 26, 8pm SoulShine Allman Brothers ���������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 27, 8pm Fred Zepplin rock ��������������������������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 28, 8pm Saints of Swing swing, Motown, r&b, Klezmer ��������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 29, 11am Ed Palermo Big Band, Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet ������� The Falcon, Dec 31, 8:30pm Deadgrass Garcia ����������������������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 31, 8:30pm OPEN Mic & IN-HOUSE MUSIC Listings below are not included in our centerspread calendar

Open Mic ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Rafter’s Tavern, Callicoon, Sundays, 3pm Open Mic w/Steve Schwartz & Antoine Magliano ����������� Dutch’s Tavern, Rock Hill, Mondays, 7pm Joanna Gass and the Search & Rescue Orchestra ������ Brew, Rock Hill, Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm Open Mic ������������������������������������������������������ Heartbeat Music Hall, Grahamsville, Wednesdays, 7pm The Parting Glass Band Celtic ������������������� Loughran’s Pub, Salisbury Mills, Thursdays, 7pm-10pm Marc Von Em soul, blues, funk ������������������������ WaterWheel Cafe, Milford, Last Fridays, 8pm-11pm Jake Lentz piano & Marilyn Kennedy vocals ����Giovanni’s Inn, Wurtsboro, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm-9pm Jennie’s Jazz Trio ����������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 1, 2pm-5pm Acoustic Open Mic Sessions ������������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. Dec 4, 7pm Bruce Perone & Jim Iannucci birthday bash ������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 6, 7:30pm Gary Adamson ���������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 7, 2pm-5pm Say 80-Thing ����������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 7, 7:30pm Jack Higgins & Friends ��������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 13, 7:30pm Jennie Jazz Trio �����������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 14, 2pm-5pm Hurley Mountain Highway ��������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 14, 7:30pm NASH 90’S rock ��������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 20, 7:30pm Stone Flower Santana & more ����������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills. Dec 21, 7:30pm Jim & Michelle Iannucci ���������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 21, 2pm-5pm Erol Ogut ����������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 22, 2pm-5pm Kevin Finnan & Friends �������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 27, 7:30pm Jack Higgins & Friends �����������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 28, 2pm-5pm Floyd Pink ������������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 28, 7;30pm Evan Teatum & Alan Battiatto �����������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Dec 29, 2pm-5pm

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Monday Afternoon at the Movies ���������������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Mondays, 1pm, FREE “Leonardo: The Works” documentary ����������Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 2, 1:15pm & 7:00pm “How Horses Help Humans Recover from Trauma “ documentary & discussion ������������������������������������������ Wisner Library, Warwick, Dec 4, 6:30pm FREE “The Pollinators” documentary, Q&A w/Peter Nelson �������� Downing Film Center, Newburgh, Dec 16, 7pm


New York Dance Center Christmas Spectacular �������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 8, 3pm “The Nutcracker: Sweets Sixteen” choreog: Dee Tabitha Wright, Hudson Valley Conservatory ���� New Rose Theatre, Walden, Dec 12-15 “The Nutcracker” M’Lanie Hunter Dance ������������Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Dec 15, 1pm “The Nutcracker” Hudson Valley Dance Center ������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 15, 2pm

FAIRS & FestivalS

Love Local Maker’s Market �������������������������������������������� Warwick Community Center, Nov 29 & 30 Holiday in Hurleyville Santa, art, music, vendors, crafts, displays, + � Hurleyville, Dec 7, 11am-6pm “Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend” ������������������������������� Downtown Montgomery, Dec 7, Noon-4pm Dickens on the Delaware theatre, dance, market ���������������Downtown Callicoon, Dec 14, Noon-6pm “A Christmas Festival” ������������������������������������������Bloomingburg Cultural Center, Dec 15, 2pm-4pm


Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library Cookie Bake Off ���Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 10, 5:30pm


Holiday Market Wurtsboro Art Alliance ���������������������John Neilson Gallery, Wurtsboro, thru Dec 21 “The Gingerbread Experience”­crafts, baked goods, & exhibit ����������������������������������������������������������� Liberty Museum & Arts Center, Nov 30, Dec 7 & 14, Noon-4pm Holiday Pop-Up Market ��������������������������������������153 Clinton Street, Montgomery, Dec 7, 10am-5pm Holiday in Hurleyville Santa, art, music, vendors, crafts, displays, + � Hurleyville, Dec 7, 11am-6pm 5th annual Goshen Christmas House Tour Catholic Charities ������������������Goshen, Dec 7, 1pm-5pm 10th Annual Holiday Market ���������������������������������������������������� Bethel Woods, Dec 7 & 8, 11am-4pm Newburgh Candlelight Tour ��������������������������������������Crawford House, Newburgh, Dec 8, Noon-5pm “A Christmas Festival” ������������������������������������������Bloomingburg Cultural Center, Dec 15, 2pm-4pm Winter Solstice Celebration ���������������HHNM Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall, Dec 21, 3:30pm “It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year: Wassailing ” ����������������������������������������������������������������� Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate, Dec 21, 5pm-8pm

Museums Not listed in centerspread

Themed Holiday Trees ���������������������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 1-Jan 5 “Stomping Grounds: Habitats of the Hudson Valley” interactive exhibit ����������������������������������������� HHNM Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Dec 7-29 “Warm Up at the Washingtons’” ������������Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, Dec 8, Noon-4pm “Celebrate Christmas” House Tours �����������������Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate, Dec 14, 5pm-8pm

Music - Chorales

Delaware Valley Choral Society ��������������� Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis, Nov 30, 3pm & United Methodist Church, Milford, Dec 1, 3pm Warwick Valley Chorale ���������������������������������������Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown, Dec 6, 7pm & United Methodist Church, Goshen, Dec 13, 7pm & St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Warwick, Dec 15. 4pm Middletown Concert Chorale �������������������Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, Middletown, Dec 14, 7pm & North Congregational United Church, Middletown, Dec 15, 3pm Sullivan County Community Chorus “A Colonial Christmas” �������� Bethel Woods, Dec 15, 2:30pm Classic Choral Society Concerts at Christmastime: Choral Music for the Holiday Season” ������������� First Presbyterian Church, Goshen, Dec 15, 4pm FREE & United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove, Dec 22, 4pm FREE Newburgh Chorale “Wonderful Peace” �������������������� St. Andrew’s Church, Beacon, Dec 21, 7:30pm & King of Kings Church, New Windsor, Dec 29, 3pm

Music - Classical

Pine Bush Community Band Holiday Concert ����������Montgomery Senior Center, Dec 1, 2pm FREE & Crawford Senior & Community Center, Pine Bush, Dec 8, 2pm FREE & Leptondale Bible Church, Newburgh, Dec 9, 7pm FREE SUNY New Paltz Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Music in Central Valley ����������������������������� Central Valley United Methodist Church, Dec 8, 3pm FREE SUNY Orange Symphonic Band �������������������������������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 14, 3pm

Music - HOliday

Jimmy Sturr Christmas Show �������������������������������������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown, Dec 7, 3pm Messiah Sing-a-long Sullivan County Community Chorus, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra ���� St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello, Dec 7, 4pm “Peter & the Wolf”, “Carnival of the Animals”, “Nutcracker” � Wisner Library, Dec 8, 2pm FREE Maybrook Wind Ensemble 6th Annual Holiday Concert ��Maybrook Senior Center, Dec 13, 7:30pm FREE Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra “And Glory Shone Around” ��������������������������������������������� Aquinas Hall, Newburgh, Dec 14, 4pm Astrid Kuljanic & Transatlantic Exploration Company “Holidays Around the Globe” ����������������� Kindred Spirits Arts Milford Theatre, Dec 14, 5:30pm Caroling open to all �������������������������������������������������� Crawford House, Newburgh, Dec 15, 3pm FREE & Safe Harbors Cornerstone Residence, Newburgh, Dec 20, 6pm FREE

SUNY Ulster & MISU ensembles Music on Market series ����������������������������������������������������������������� St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville, Dec 19, 7:30pm

Music - jazz in restAURANTS “FREE” Means “No Cover ChaRGE”

Eric Person Band ����������������������������������������������������The Wherehouse, Newburgh, 3rd Saturdays, 9pm Hal Galper Trio ���������������������������������������������������Rafter’s Tavern, Callicoon, Sundays, 6:30pm FREE Common Tongue �������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Nov 20, 8pm Dayna Stephens Trio ��������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 1, 8pm Gerry Weil w/Luis Perdomo Venezuelan Jazz ���������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 4, 8pm Guitar Summit Collective w/Joel Harrison & Co. ����������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 8, 8pm Jazz Sessions Tony Jefferson, host ������������������������ The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 11, 7pm David Amram Quintet ����������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 15, 8pm Matt Finck’s “Fat Mink” jazz, funk �������������������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Dec 21, 8pm Jeremy Baum Trio: Charlie “Baum” Christmas � The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Dec 22, 8pm 4th Saturday Jazz Neil Alexander, Sam Smith, Bryan Kopcha ���������������������������������������������������������� The Wherehouse, Newburgh, Dec 28, 9pm FREE Kevin Hays Trio ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Dec 29, 8pm

Poetry Readings

Robert Milby “Poetry for the Winter Landscape…” �����������Cornwall Library, Dec 2, 6:30pm FREE David Messineo ����������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Dec 5, 7pm Poetry at the Karpeles Host: Hayden Wayne ��������Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, Dec 7, 1pm FREE Mona Toscano ��������������������������������������������������������Montgomery Book Exchange, Dec 10, 7pm FREE Robert Milby ����������������������������������������������������������������� Meadow Blues Coffee, Chester, Dec 17, 7pm Hudson River Poets ���������������������������������������������������������������� Newburgh Library, Dec 26, 7pm FREE Margaret Fox Poetry at the Church ��������������������������Goshen Methodist Church, Dec 30, 7pm FREE


Black Dirt Storytelling Guild “Endings” ������������������������������ Florida Library, Dec 12, 6:30pm FREE

Theatre - Musical & Variety

“A Cowboy From the Bronx” ���������������������������������������� Ritz Theatre Lobby, Newburgh, Dec 6, 7pm “A Christmas Carol” w/Jonathan Truk, music effects by Jim Keyes ������������������������������������������������� Harness Racing Museum, Goshen, Dec 12, 4pm & 6:30pm

Theatre - Play

“The Yuletide Murders!” w/dinner, The Killing Kompany ������������������ West Point Club, Dec 6, 7pm “Lorca Eats Bullets” by Nick López, staged reading ��� SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, Dec 6 & 7 “It’s A Wonderful Life” live radio play �������������������������������Shadowland Stages, Ellenville, Dec 6-22 “A Christmas Carol” 39th annual dramatization �������������������������� Grey Towers, Milford, Dec 7 & 8 “A Christmas Carol” Greenwood Lake Theater ��� Old Baptist Meeting House, Warwick, Dec 7 & 8

School & COnservatory Performances

“Clue: On Stage” Tri-Valley Secondary School students ���Bernstein Theatre, Grahamsville, Dec 6 & 7 Liberty Middle School Jazz Band ������������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 10, Noon FREE Monticello High School Chamber Ensemble � Government Center, Monticello, Dec 11, Noon FREE Liberty High School Honors Band �����������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 12, Noon FREE Center for Discovery Ensemble ����������������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 13, Noon FREE Nesin Cultural Arts Performers �����������������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 13, 4pm FREE Roscoe Central School Ensemble �������������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 16, Noon FREE Fallsburg Elementary School Chorus ������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 17, Noon FREE Liberty High School Honors Chorus �������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 18, Noon FREE Livingston Manor Concert Band & High School Chorus ������������������������������������������������������������������ Government Center, Monticello, Dec 19, Noon FREE “Celebration of the Seasons” Nesin Cultural Arts’ music & dance students ������������������������������������� Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 19, 6pm FREE Liberty High School Orchestra ����������������������Government Center, Monticello, Dec 20, Noon FREE

Free Dance: No Experience Necessary On December 4, the Hurleyville Arts Centre (HAC) will be hosting a one hour class that explores pedestrian movement as a catalyst for dance and imagination training. “We will play with time, space and sound. Starting with a simple walk as our “home base” we will then add visualizations and imagination exercises to deconstruct familiar movement patterns. The aim is to move, release stress, have fun, meet our bodies where they are, release insecurities that inhibit physical freedom of expression, dance, and PLAY!,” explained Play Guide Erin Dudley. Dudley has been a member of the New

York dance community since 1993 and is currently HAC’s Program Director. “I make dance as a practice in noticing the energetic world as created by images without possession, social logic, boundaries or definitions...I am interested in the body melting into nature and in inviting the viewer to let the consciousness rest in the moment and float in the emotionless multitude of opposites somewhere between dream and reality. I hope to share a dream with you soon.” The HAC is located at 219 Main Street, Hurleyville. Phone: 845-707-8047. Just show up!

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decemb BLOOM Bloomingburg Restoration Foundation ������������Bloomingburg Cultural Center BERN ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Bernstein Theatre, Grahamsville BW ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Bethel Woods Center for the Arts CAPT ��������������������������������������������������������������Captain David Crawford House, Newburgh CCS Classic Choral Society ��������������������������United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove FAL & FAL-U �������������������������������������� The Falcon & The Falcon Underground, Marlboro



Please see the schedule for Art & Photography Exhibit Receptions, pg. 16



Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm

GREY ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Grey Towers. Milford HARNESS ��������������������������������������� Harness Racing Museum& Hall of Fame, Goshen HHNM ����������������������Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Discovery Center, Cornwall HOLL ������������������������������������������������������������������������Holland Tunnel Gallery, Newburgh KING ��������������������������������������������������������������������� King of Kings Church, New Windsor KNOX ��������������������������������������������������������������������������Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate



Music - Venezuelan Jazz Gerry Weil w/Luis Perdomo FAL 8pm


LMAC ������������������������������������������������������������������ Liberty Museum & A MAYSC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������Maybrook Sen MEADOW ������������������������������������������������������������Meadow Blues Coffe METH ������������������������������������������������������������� United Methodist Chur MICV Music in Central Valley �����������United Methodist Church, Cen MoM Music on Market ����������� MISU & St. John’s Episcopal Church


Poetry.............................David Messineo.......................... NOBL 7pm Music .............Chris O’Leary Band w/The Jimmys..............FAL 7pm

Music ...Warwick Va

Dinner-Theatre...... Theatre - Radio Pla Theatre - Play......... Theatre - Variety.... Music .The Balkun Theatre - Staged R Music..................... Music ........... Slam

Cinema - Documentary “Leonardo:The Works Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 1:15pm & 7pm Poetry Robert Milby Cornwall Library, 6:30pm

Work by Tom Bolger, on view through December 29 at the Gallery at Sam’s Point, Cragsmoor for “The Hudson Valley From An Artist’s View” exhibition.



Fundraiser Friends of Crawford Library Holiday Cookie Bake Off MONTLIB 5:30pm

Music Club d’Elf w/John Medeski FAL 8pm


Cinema Monday Afternoon Movie Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm



Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm Poetry Robert Milby MEADOW 7pm

Music - Klezmer-Violin Lisa’s Pieces FAL 8pm

Theatre - Play w/Music..“A Christmas Carol”..HARNESS 4pm & 6:30pm Music..Steve Schwartz, Antoine Magliano, 2 Acoustic Guitars.MONTLIB 6pm

Storytelling....Black Dirt Storytelling Guild.... Florida Library, 6:30pm Dance............ “The Nutcracker” HV Conservatory..........ROSE 7pm Music - Funk ........... Telepathic Moon Dance....................FAL-U 8pm


Music Petey Hop’s Roots & Blues Sessions FAL-U 7pm


Music ..Warwick V Theatre - Radio Pla Dance............ “The Music - Holiday...... Music - Salsa ......... Music - Roots-Blue Music..........Adam

Music Common Tongue FAL 8pm



Music - Caroling..... Music & Dance............Nesin Cultural Arts Students......MONTLIB 6pm Theatre - Radio Pla Music - Holiday.......SUNY Ulster & MISU Ensembles.... MoM 7:30pm Music .............Seve Music - Rock-Folk ......The Last Minute Soulmates...........FAL-U 8pm Music -Pop-Rock ..

Merry 26 Christmas!

Cinema Monday Afternoon Movie Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm


Poetry......................... Hudson River Poets.......................... NFL 7pm Music -Allman Brot Music - Funk-Jazz-Folk ......O’ Holy Night w/Lexi Lawson ...FAL 8pm

Music O’ Holy Night w/Lexi Lawson FAL 8pm

Work by Kate Hyden


Poetry Margaret Fox Goshen Methodist Church, 7pm


Music Jazz Sessions FAL-U 7pm


“Raggedy Andy & Ann” by Michael Tobin. View the Goshen Art League’s “Toy Land” exhibit at the Goshen Music Hall. See page 8.



Cinema Monday Afternoon Movie Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm


“Verona, NJ Historical Building” by Mike Jaroszko. Learn high realism & luminist light techniques with Mike, Saturdays in December at the Wallkill River School.

Mona Toscano

Cinema & Discussion “The Pollinators” Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 7pm


The Holland Tunnel Gallery in Newburgh will present an old school blues and classic rock concert performed by “Lex Grey & Guests”on December 1, from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Music Hudson Valley Swing Band WCC 1pm

Cinema Monday Afternoon Movie Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm Music - Holiday Pine Bush Community Band Leptondale Bible Church, 7pm


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Music Ed Palermo Big Band, Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet FAL 8:30pm Music - Jerry Garcia Deadgrass FAL-U 8:30pm

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Work by Mary Mugele Sealfon

“Ginevra de’ Benci” 1474–1478 by Leonardo Da Vinci. The film “Leonardo: The Works”, presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen. See it at Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street, Newburgh, December 2, at 1:15pm & 7:00pm

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MONTBK �����������������������������������������������������������������������Montgomery Book Exchange MONTLIB ������������������������������������������������������ Ethelbert Crawford Library, Monticello MONTSEN ����������������������������������������������������������������������� Senior Center, Montgomery MSM-AQ �������������������������������������� Mount St. Mary College, Aquinas Hall, Newburgh NOBL �������������������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall OBAP ���������������������������������������������������������������Old Baptist Meeting House, Warwick



PARA ������������������������������������������������� Paramount Theatre, Middletown PBSEN ����������������������������������������� Crawford Senior Center, Pine Bush RAFT ������������������������������������������������������������Rafter’s Tavern, Callicoon RITZ ������������������������������������������������������ Ritz Theatre Lobby, Newburgh ROSE Hudson Valley Conservatory ������� New Rose Theatre, Walden RW ��������������������������������������������������������������� Resorts World, Monticello


Holiday..Holiday Pop-Up Market..153 Clinton Street, Montgomery 10am-5pm

Holiday..................10th Annual Holiday Market ......... BW 11am-4pm Holiday...................Holiday in Hurleyville........Hurleyville, 11am-6pm Theatre.......................“A Christmas Carol”.........GREY 11am & 2pm alley Chorale....Grace Episcopal Ch. Middletown 7pm Holiday.“Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend”..Montgomery, Noon-4pm ...“The Yuletide Murders!”.. West Point Club, 7pm Holiday............... “The Gingerbread Experience”... LMAC Noon-4pm ay.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 7pm Poetry.....Hudson River Poets......Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, 1pm ........“Clue: On Stage”......................... BERN 7pm Cinema.....................Saturday Family Movie.............. MONTLIB 1pm ....“A Cowboy From the Bronx”............. RITZ 7pm Holiday.......5th annual Goshen Christmas House Tour......1pm-5pm Brothers, Jake Kulak & The Lowdown..FAL-U 7pm Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”.....SHAD 2pm & 7pm Reading.......“Lorca Eats Bullets”..........SCCC 8pm Music - Holiday.......Jimmy Sturr Christmas Show.............PARA 3pm ............First Friday........ WaterWheel, Milford 8pm Music....“Messiah Singalong”..St. John’s Epis. Ch., Monticello, 4pm m Allen’s Holiday Soul-o-Bration!.............FAL 8pm Theatre - Play................“Clue: On Stage”......................... BERN 7pm Theatre - Play.............“A Christmas Carol”...................... OBAP 7pm Theatre - Staged Reading.......“Lorca Eats Bullets”..........SCCC 8pm Music - Blues ............. Alexis P. Suter Band..........................FAL 8pm Music - Jerry Garcia .......... Deadgrass...............................FAL-U 8pm


Holiday............... “The Gingerbread Experience”... LMAC Noon-4pm Holiday................Dickens on the Delaware...... Callicoon, Noon-6pm Cinema.....................Saturday Family Movie.............. MONTLIB 1pm Valley Chorale...United Methodist Ch. Goshen, 6pm Dance......“The Nutcracker” HV Conservatory.... ROSE 2pm & 7pm ay.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 7pm Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”.....SHAD 2pm & 7pm e Nutcracker” HV Conservatory..........ROSE 7pm Music - Classical.......SUNY Orange Symphonic Band.......PARA 3pm ..Maybrook Wind Ensemble........ MAYSC, 7:30pm Music - Holiday..Greater Newburgh Symphony Orch..MSM-AQ 4pm .............Cuboricua!..................................FAL 8pm Music..........“Holidays Around the Globe”...Milford Theatre, 5:30pm es ......Vito Petroccitto & Little Rock.....FAL-U 8pm Music..Middletown Concert Chorale..Saint Paul’s Meth. Ch., Middletown, 7pm Silvestri........Emerald Ballroon, Narrowsburg, 9pm Music - Electronic-Psychedelic.Slippery Stairs, Macro Dose, Sunwatchers.TUST 8pm

Music - Pop.......Rick Springfield & Richard Marx ............... RW 8pm Music ....................... Abbey Road: A Tribute........................FAL 8pm Music...Caroline Verdi & Friends..Emerald Ballroon, Narrowsburg, 9pm


Cinema.....................Saturday Family Movie.............. MONTLIB 1pm Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”.....SHAD 2pm & 7pm ....Caroling For All....Safe Harbors, Newburgh, 6pm Holiday - Museum............ “Wassailing”.....................KNOX 5pm-8pm ay.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 7pm Holiday.................. Winter Solstice Celebration ......... HHNM 3:30pm enth Annual Christmas Benefit..............FAL 8pm Music -Holiday..Newburgh Chorale.. St. Andrew’s Church, Beacon 7:30pm .....Hurley Mountain Highway...............FAL-U 8pm Music - Folk.................Music for Humanity.................. NOBL 7:30pm Music -Prog-Rock ......Ed Palermo Big Band.........................FAL 7pm Music -Jazz-Funk ......Matt Finck’s “Fat Mink”..................FAL-U 8pm


SCCC ������������������������������������������������������������ SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake SCM ������������������������������������������������������Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville SHAD �������������������������������������������������������������� Shadowland Stages, Ellenville SLPAC ����������������������������������������������������� Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center TUST �����������������������������������������������������������������Tusten Theatre, Narrowsburg WHERE �������������������������������������������������������������� The Wherehouse, Newburgh


Music - Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis ................... FAL 11am Music - Bluegrass.......The Country Travelers................. SCM 2pm Music - Holiday.......Pine Bush Community Band...... MONTSEN 2pm Music - Blues-Rock......Lex Grey & Guests........ HOLL 2pm & 3:30pm Music - Holiday.......Delaware Valley Choral Society.........METH 3pm Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm Music - Jazz................Dayna Stephens Trio..........................FAL 8pm


Music - Country.......Lyn Hardy & The Catskill Corral..... FAL 11am Theatre.......................“A Christmas Carol”.........GREY 11am & 2pm Holiday..................10th Annual Holiday Market ......... BW 11am-4pm Holiday..................Newburgh Candlelight Tour.......CAPT Noon-5pm Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 2pm Music................“Peter & the Wolf”........Wisner Library, Warwick 2pm Music - Holiday.......Pine Bush Community Band............PBSEN 2pm Music - Classical.......SUNY New Paltz Concert Choir........ MICV 3pm Dance........NY Dance Center Christmas Spectacular......PARA 3pm Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm Theatre - Play.............“A Christmas Carol”...................... OBAP 7pm Music - Jazz..Guitar Summit Collective w/Joel Harrison....FAL 8pm


Music - Blues..........Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis ................... FAL 11am Dance........ “The Nutcracker” M’Lanie Hunter Dance .. SLPAC 1pm Dance............ “The Nutcracker” HV Conservatory..........ROSE 2pm Dance............ “The Nutcracker” HV Dance Center...........PARA 2pm Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 2pm Holiday......................“A Christmas Festival”.........BLOOM 2pm-4pm Music.............Sullivan County Community Chorus.........BW 2:30pm

Music..Middletown Concert Chorale..N. Congreg. United Ch., Middletown, 3pm

Music - Caroling................Caroling For All............................CAPT 3pm Music......Classic Choral Society.......First Presby. Ch., Goshen 4pm Music ...Warwick Valley Chorale....St. Stephen RC Church, Warwick 4pm

Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm Music - Jazz............... David Amram Quintet.........................FAL 8pm


Music - Blues-Swing-Roots.......Annie & the Hedonists ...... FAL 11am Theatre - Radio Play.......“It’s a Wonderful Life”................ SHAD 2pm Music...........................Classic Choral Society................... CCS 4pm Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm Music - Jazz.Jeremy Baum Trio: Charlie “Baum” Christmas.FAL 8pm Music - Funk-Rock-Fusion.......Kung Fu w/The New Motiff.... BW 8pm

Music - Jazz..................... Eric Person Band......................... WHERE 9pm


thers ......SoulShine...................................FAL 8pm

Cinema.....................Saturday Family Movie.............. MONTLIB 1pm Music ..........................Chris O’Leary Band...........................FAL 8pm Music - Rock .....................Fred Zepplin.............................FAL-U 8pm

Music - Jazz..................... 4th Saturday Jazz........................ WHERE 9pm


“Poinsettia” by Diane Kallesser is on view at The Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, through December 27. Cinema.....................Saturday Family Movie.............. MONTLIB 1pm An Artist’s Reception will be held on December 7, from 4:00pm-5:00pm.


Music - Swing +.............. Saints of Swing ...........................FAL 11am Music - Holiday............ Newburgh Chorale......................... KING 3pm Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm Music - Jazz....................Kevin Hays Trio..............................FAL 8pm


Music - Jazz.....................Hal Galper Trio.......................RAFT 6:30pm

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Art exhibits CAS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor DVAA �������������������������������Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Elaine Giguere Arts Center, Narrowsburg SUNYO-KH ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ SUNY Orange Newburgh, Kaplan Hall SUNYO-OH ����������������������������������������������������������������������������SUNY Orange Middletown, Orange Hall UUCRT ���������������������������������������������������������������� Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern WRS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Wallkill River School, Montgomery

Group Show ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, ongoing Georgia Chambers etchings, paintings ����������������Georgia Chambers Art Gallery, Callicoon, ongoing Catharine De Maio paintings �����������������������������������������������������Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester, ongoing T.A. Clearwater paintings, pastels, prints �������� Clearwater Gallery at Jones Farm, Cornwall, ongoing June Ponte paintings, stained & painted glass �����������������������Poe & Raven Gallery, Milford, ongoing Karen E. Gersch, Gabrielle Dearborn, Josiah Dearborn drawings, paintings, silverwork ��������������� Gersch Home Gallery, Montgomery, by appt, ongoing Carolyn Duke pottery �������������������������������������������������Duke Pottery, Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, ongoing Inscribed Tibetan Prayer Stones �����������������Tibetan & Himalayan Cultural Center, Walden, ongoing Wurtsboro Art Alliance “Winter” group show ������������ Mamakating Town Hall, Wurtsboro, ongoing “Opposites Attract” Goshen Art League ���������������������������������������������Goshen Music Hall, thru Dec 2 “Less is More: Simple Beauty Calming a Restless Mind” Goshen Art League ��������������������������������� Orange County Emergency Services Center, Goshen, thru Dec 4 “Figures” ����������������������������������������������������������������������Holland Tunnel Gallery, Newburgh, thru Dec 8 Alexis Tellefson “Life, Still” functional pottery & larger scale works ���������� SUNYO-KH thru Dec 9 Sarah Fortner Pierson “Bold Botanicals and Song Birds of New York” �������������������������������������������� Griffith Olivero Realtors, Goshen, thru Dec 10 Norman Magnusson “kuh-myoo-nih-kay-shun” ���������������������Aquinas Hall, Newburgh, thru Dec 13 “Miniatures” group show ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ WRS thru Dec 14 “Art in Sixes” ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� DVAA thru Dec 22 Donna Kallesser oils & pastels �������������������������� Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, thru Dec 27 Juried Small Works Exhibition ���������������������������������������������� Bertoni Gallery, Warwick, thru Dec 29 “The Hudson Valley From An Artist’s View” � Sam’s Point Welcome Center, Cragsmoor, thru Dec 31 Nita Klein paintings ���������������������������������������������Leo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Cornwall, thru Dec 31 We Are Golden - Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future Museum at Bethel Woods, thru Dec 31 “The Art of Food” group show �������������������������������Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall-on-Hudson, thru Jan 7 “ANIMALIA” group show ������������������������������������������������Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, thru Jan 11


“Water’s Edge” Deborah Dresser, Deborah Greco, Jacqueline O’Malley Satz, Mary Mugele Sealfon ������ plein air paintings Grit Works, Newburgh, Nov 22-Jan 29 Holiday Pop Up Shop Local Artists Exhibit & Sale ����������������������Gallery 222, Hurleyville, Dec 1-7 “Big & Small”, “Unique Multiples: Exploring Printmaking” group exhibits ���������� WRS Dec 1-30 Mid Hudson Woodcarvers Guild ���������������������������������Woodbury Library, Highland Mills, Dec 1-31 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival paintings ����������������� UUCRT Gallery, Rock Tavern, Dec 1-Jan 31 “Winter Spirits” Art About Town, River Valley Artists Guild ��������������������������������������� Dec 3-Feb 21 Susan Miiller oils Bon Secours Hospital, Port Jervis & Rena Hottinger paintings, photography Port Jervis Library & Joan Kehlenbeck oils & pastels Deerpark Town Hall, Huguenot & Daniela Cooney, Joan Kehlenbeck, Judith Cramer oils, pastel, acrylics, pencil, etc. ������������������������ Gios Gelato Café, Port Jervis “An Artist’s Response to Human Rights” Orange County HS students �������� SUNYO-OH Dec 4-12 “Toy Land” Goshen Art League ������������������������������������������������������Goshen Music Hall, Dec 4-Jan 13 “The Story of Christmas in Classic Art” & one-of-a-kind craft items by local artists �������������������� Barryville Area Arts Association Artists’ Market, Shohola, Dec 7-27 CAS 2019 Members’ Show ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� CAS Dec 7-28 Desmond Campus Instructors’ Small Works Art Show ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh, Dec 8-Feb Natasha Kogan colorful abstract paintings ����������������� Griffith Olivero Realtors, Goshen, Dec 10-Feb “Ice and Pine” WRS members’ group show ��������������������������������������������������������� WRS Dec 15-Jan 14

Photography exhibits

“Along the Towpath: The D&H Canal in Mamakating, 1828-1898” ���Wurtsboro Library, ongoing Woodstock Memorabilia & Photos �������������������������������������� Stray Cat White House, Bethel, ongoing Hudson Highlands Photo Workshop “Orange County: A Celebration of Its Culture, Land and People” � SUNYO-KH thru Dec 9 Delaware Highlands Conservancy “Confluence: Land, Water, and Wildlife” ����������������������������������� ARTery Gallery, Milford, thru Dec 9 “Focus on Ceramics” ���������������������������������������������������� 7 Gallery @ Narrowsburg Union, thru Dec 14 David Soete “Wildlife videos & aerial photos ����� Digital Gallery @ Narrowsburg Union, thru Dec 21 John Kocjinski ����������������������������������������������������������������Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, thru Dec 31 Pat Peters ����������������������������������������������Healing Arts Gallery, Ellenville Regional Hospital, thru Jan 6

ART & Photography receptions

Themed Holiday Trees ��������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Dec 1, 1pm-4:30pm “Water’s Edge” plein air paintings ������������������������������������������Grit Works, Newburgh, Dec 6, 6pm-8pm Mid Hudson Woodcarvers Guild �������������������Woodbury Library, Highland Mills, Dec 7, Noon-2pm CAS 2019 Members’ Show ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� CAS Dec 7, 4pm-5pm 16

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Donna Kallesser oils & pastels ����������������� Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, Dec 7, 4pm-5pm “The Story of Christmas in Classic Art” & one-of-a-kind craft items by local artists ������������������� Barryville Area Arts Association Artists’ Market, Shohola, Dec 7, 4pm-6pm Holiday Pop Up Shop Local Artists Exhibit & Sale �������Gallery 222, Hurleyville, Dec 7, 4pm-6pm “Big & Small”, “Unique Multiples: Exploring PrintMaking” group exhibits WRS Dec 7, 5pm-7pm “Toy Land” Goshen Art League ����������������������������������������������� Goshen Music Hall, Dec 7, 5pm-7pm Desmond Campus Instructors’ Small Works Art Show �������������������������������������������������������������������� Mount St. Mary College, Desmond Campus, Newburgh, Dec 8. 1pm-3pm “An Artist’s Response to Human Rights” Orange HS students �������� SUNYO-OH Dec 8, 1pm-3pm

Children & Teens Calendar

HHNM ����������������������������������Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall HHNM-CoH ����� Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson PEEC ������������������������������������������������������������ Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry


Listings not included in our centerspread calendar.

Book Hipsters Book Club teens ���������������������������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Fridays, 3:30pm Holiday Readaloud grade K & up ������������������������������������������������� Florida Library, Dec 8, 1pm FREE Cinema

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

Storytime 3-5yrs ������������������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Mondays 10am FREE “Clue: On Stage” Tri-Valley Secondary School students �� Bernstein Theatre, Grahamsville, Dec 6 & 7 Holiday in Hurleyville Santa, art, music, vendors, crafts, displays, + Hurleyville, Dec 7, 11am-6pm “Celebration of the Season” Nesin Cultural Arts’ music & dance students ��������������������������������������� Crawford Library, Monticello, Dec 19, 6pm FREE Museums

Meet the Animals “Habitats of the Hudson Valley” HHNM-CoH Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm & 2:30pm Hiking Trails ����������������������������������������������������������������������� HHNM Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-4pm Eco-Zone Discovery Room ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ PEEC Dec 7, 1pm-4pm Winter Solstice Celebration ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� HHNM Dec 21, 3:30pm

Books: discussions / readings / Signings Book Lover’s Club ����������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library, 4th Tuesday, 7pm Mystery Thriller & Crime Book Group ������������������Jeffersonville Library, 2nd Wednesday, 6:30pm Books & Tea ��������������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 4th Wednesday, 4pm Urban Book Club ������������������������ Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, 4th Wednesday, 7pm Fiction & Foodies ����������������������������������������������Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 2nd Thursday, 6pm Book Discussion Group ������������������������������������1st Friday, Daniel Pierce Library, Grahamsville, 1pm Book Discussion Group ����������������������������������������������������������� Narrowsburg Library, 3rd Friday, 4pm “Alignment and the Sacred Core” by/w/ Zena Cohen ����� Wisner Library, Warwick, Dec 3, 6:30pm “A Curious Beginning” by Deanna Raybourn, Mystery Book Club ������ Florida Library, Dec 6, 1pm “The Blooding” by Joseph Wambaugh �����������������������������������Jeffersonville Library, Dec 11, 4:30pm “Persuasion” by Jane Austen ���������������������������������������������������� Wool Worth, Callicoon, Dec 19, 6pm

Nesin’s “Celebration of the Season” Nesin Cultural Arts will present performances by their Children’s Choir, Treble Makers’ Choir, Honors’ Choir, Aspiring Young Musicians and Dance Company. The evening will be filled with fabulous

music and dance performances, concluding with a community sing-a-long on December 19 at 6:00pm in the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello Free admission. For additional information, call 845-794-4660.

Black Dirt: For Kids, Teens & Adults Holiday Readaloud Attentive listeners grades K and up are invited to hear favorite seasonal stories read aloud by members of the board of trustees, staff and the Florida Library’s Black Dirt Storytelling Guild. Seasonal refreshments will be served on December 8 at 1:00pm. Black Dirt Storytelling Guild Meeting It’s the end of the year, so let’s tell stories of Endings from folklore, legends, history and true life adventures! How did the story come out? Was it resolved in happily ever after fashion or did it lead to a new story?

Tellers are invited to take part in a special challenge. Pick a stranger’s obituary and tell the story of that person’s life. Choose someone you just missed and wish you had known. Free homemade desserts, coffee and tea are served after the meeting on December 12 at 6:30pm. Free admission. Adults, age 16 and over welcome. Register for either event or both events online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org or call 845-651-7659. The Library is located at 4 Cohen Circle in Florida.

The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear by J. A. Di Bello

It may have been in the late fall or perhaps even early winter; my memories of those days handicapped by time. There is, though, the thought of a warm, improbable glow that lingers. It seemed the only light in the whole living room of our cozy Cape Cod bungalow. Because of the continuing, invasive darkness of evening, the glow became appealing and honestly quite homeish. It was the center of attention for my mom and her mother, my grandma. That radiance was so important at the time, one didn’t dare but utter even the softest of whispers. And so it was each evening: a snug, reassuring glow brought news of the war into our home. Attentive, we listened with religious intensity to our Philco console radio. It was Communion at high mass. Yes, that miracle was radio; Edison’s vacuum tube delivered the world indoors, into our home, samples of variety, music, adventure, and drama, a multi-package deal. The family, again whole, moved from that petite Cape Cod to a larger domain, one capable of accommodating four additional children and a grandma. Then, one shiny, simmering summer morning, absent notice or fanfare, a teeny, tiny, bitty 12-inch television set arrived. It sat dwarfed, next to our faithful mahogany Philco console. Its arrival was by

a not-so-curious circumstance, the direct, unadulterated result of the Gillette Safety Razor Company’s Cavalcade of Sports and its accompanying ritual of Fridaynight fights from the Garden. The event instantly transformed our center-of-attention console radio into a relic, an unworthy, mahogany antique. To the contrary for this writer. The outcome became a gift from the Almighty, as the mighty console was unceremoniously moved from its commanding location to the third floor of an unheated attic in a spacious house securely positioned atop a modest hill. That faithful, “relic” now the glow that would bring a far-away world into the bedroom of this writer. It was the early to mid-fifties of an everlasting decade. The loyal Philco was capable of multiple wonders, including foreign broadcasts, shortwave and on late summer nights, AM broadcast from remote areas of the world and even English language broadcasts from Radio Moscow, as the volume was discreetly lowered for without doubt the reception was subversive and likely illegal. AM radio on late summer nights was crowded with the sizzle and snap of distant lightning. Nevertheless, crackling through a 12-inch mahogany enclosed speaker, came

the unique sounds of an innovative R&B, Harlem-based DJ: Jocko “on the scene with the record machine.” 1280 at the top of the AM dial. Yes, but there was also insomnia or early-to-rise summer employment, during those pre-air times, that delivered a whole, previously unknown dimension. The Milkman’s Matinee, midnight to 5 a.m., WNEW-AM with Jack Lazare cultivated, quite effectively, a fresh appreciation with guests and music that included Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Frank Sinatra, et al. Most memorable, too, were the early comedies, mystery theatres and variety shows, where personalities governed. Arthur Godfrey, CBS, was once called “the Huck Finn of radio,” with his ukulele, boyish charm and the unforgettable Hawaiian charmer Haleloke and of course Julius LaRosa, controversy included. Further along that list is Art Linkletter’s House Party, also of CBS, with his Kids Say the Darndest Things. Unforgettable too, on those hot and humid summer nights, was the voice of Vin Scully and the flavor of Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, 1955. But to engage further in the initial invitation, “The Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear - Via the Internet.” Radio drama, mystery, variety, dated and new are thriving and expanding as we read. Archives of dated productions exist in a myriad of collections on the internet. See CBS Mystery Theatre, or Prairie Home Companion, (1980 through 2017) with Garrison Keillor, a collection numbering in the hundreds of 2-hour variety and entertainment. Accompanying the nostalgia associated with the above is new drama, commentary

and essential storytelling. One need only to Google around a bit to discover a wealth of dedicated internet sites, delivering “podcasts.” One of particular interest and quite unique is a WQXR podcast, Aria Code. It is of special interest to opera fans and especially those at the introductory level. It begins a new season in conjunction with The Metropolitan Opera with a series of programs linked by “the nature of Desire,” as found in arias from the Met’s current season. And how’s this for starters: Dame Judi Dench and soprano Anna Netrebko discuss their roles as Lady Macbeth. For a tinge of reality mingled with thoughts of nostalgia, nearby adventures are to be found at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, where those thrilling days of yesterday are. In November, Shadowland hosted a legendary evening of live radio, enthusiastically presented by Ray Faiola of Chelsea Rialto. It was a double-bill evening with 2 vintage radio edge-of-yourseat thrillers, performed on stage, Valse Triste and Execution. For those with a lingering thirst, few will neglect an evening of Americana with George Bailey and his familiar community of Bedford Falls. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - adapted by Joe Landry is on stage at Shadowland Stages, 155 Canal Street, Ellenville, from December 6-22. For tickets: 845-647-5511. Following an extenuated absence from the house on the hill, the faithful glow of the mahogany Philco radio was no longer to be found. In recent years, however, a reliable substitute became available. A distant craftsman had meticulously restored a 1942 Zenith console radio to show-room condition (albeit without vacuum tubes). Not one to take disappointment easily, a series of Bose bluetooth speakers were inserted, with designed acoustical advantage in the restored cabinet. By early the next evening, with visitors remarking on the superior sound quality of ancient mahogany radios, it was once again the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Via the Internet.

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Two Group Shows for the Wallkill River School: “Unique Multiples” & “Big and Small” This December, the Wallkill River School (WRS) will be presenting two stunning group exhibits. An exhibit of printmaking works juried by the Orange County Arts Council titled, Unique Multiples will be on display, highlighting a wide range of various “Floral Fantasy” Scratchboard by Susan Wilson printmaking techniques. “Nyack, New York” Additionally there will made its way to Europe in the Linocut by Debby Davis be a new juried exhibit, 15th century, enjoying art was no Big and Small which is a collection of longer an exotic privilege for the wealthy. artworks produced in dramatically different Since then, countless printmaking sizes. Lastly, the WRS will be holding techniques have been created and used to their annual benefit exhibit of miniature quickly reproduce beautiful works of art. masterpieces just in time for holiday This mass production was further innovated shopping. All artworks will be donated by by Andy Warhol and his “factory” approach local artists and the proceeds help support to making art. This exhibit is intended to WRS free art programs and children’s highlight the many innovative and complex scholarships. techniques used in printmaking; whether Printmaking has been an incredibly vital it be screenprinting, etching into metal tool in spreading many art forms to the plates, or carving wood and linoleum, masses. Prior to the dawn of relief printing, the various techniques are unique in their art and literature were solely meant for own way, and provide a beautiful range of the wealthier populace. The arrival of effects. Participating artists such as Mary woodblock printing in China around 100 Mugele Sealfon, Pat MacDonald, Michael AD revolutionized the distribution of art Piotrowski, Debby Davis, and Gary Blake among classes. By the time printmaking will showcase their individual approaches.


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Big and Small will feature a collection of artworks that contrast in size. The intention of this exhibit is to highlight “Pop-Up” Oil on canvas by John Slivjak the impact of scale and how it can affect our visual perception of an artwork. An intricately complex drawing of a scaled fish is very impressive when drawn on a small scale, perhaps an 8 inch piece of paper, but that

complex detail becomes less stunning if its drawn at a size of six feet! Alternatively, a simple subject may appear mundane in a small artwork, but that same simplistic subject can have a profound visual impact at a large scale. This exhibit was juried by the arts outreach committee of the Orange County Arts Council. The Council’s many committees are vital to the community, and are dedicated to serving different types of artists with a wide range of assistance and opportunities. A reception for both exhibits will be held on December 7 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the WRS, 232 Ward Street, Montgomery. Visit Wallkill.art to learn more.

HV Plein Air Fest Works Head to Rock Tavern The plein air painting method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look. Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon School, Hudson River School, and Impressionists. The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival is the brainchild of the Wallkill River School.

“Passing Weather” by Olena Babak

A selection of plein air works painted by the twenty-seven artists that participated in this year’s Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival will be on display in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (UUCRT). The work can be viewed Friday evenings and weekend afternoons during December and January at the UUCRT, 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern. For info: 845-851-6024.

Boleoderas Artistry at The Ritz With so many wonderful cultural opportunities in the Hudson Valley, it is often a challenge for arts organizations to set themselves apart. Safe Harbors of the Hudson has done just that, with a wide variety of dance, music, theater and participatory arts for people of all ages! Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery hosts five inspired exhibitions each year with accompanying gallery talks, special events, and community programming. Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, an intimate performance space, presents a wide variety of local, regional and national performing artists, an acclaimed literary festival, and space for innovative works, student performances, rehearsals and workshopping. And, Safe Harbors Green, a half-acre urban park, has become a lively open air venue for circus arts, dance, live music arts and large scale art installations. In addition to nourishing your cultural soul, Safe Harbors offers Zumba, Yoga and Tai Chi, GED classes, a 5K, a weekly (seasonal) farmers market and community gathering circles The civic minded will find Safe Harbors home to political debates, community information sessions, town hall meetings and a city wide clean up. If cupcakes are your thing, they’ve got those too, at the annual

Cup-cake-a-Palooza. Bells on Broadway, Safe Harbors holiday market brings music, food, crafts for the kids and dozens of local artisans to downtown Newburgh. Fresh from his sold-out run at Dixon Place Theater in New York City, Angelo Iodice (a.k.a. AJ SILVER!) brings his Western Variety Arts to The Lobby At The Ritz, 107 Broadway, for one night only: December 6 at 7:00pm. Once a trick rider and rodeo performer (he was a featured act at Madison Square Garden) Angelo has travelled the U.S. and the world with his whip cracking, trick roping and boleodoras artistry. The show will feature all three, as well as offer audience members a chance to learn how to spin a lasso! So mosey on down and get ready to help make the west wild again! Tickets at the door. 845-784-1199. www.safe-harbors.org

“Winter Spirits” in Port Jervis & Huguenot

“Winter Garden” by Susan Miiller

Art About Town sponsored by River Valley Artists Guild (RVAG) will present Winter Spirits December 3 to February 21. Included are works that celebrate the beauty of winter and cold wintry days when snow fills the air and icicles glisten in the sun! Gio’s Gelato Cafe will feature winter themed works by three artists: Daniela Cooney paints in water soluble oils and acrylics, Judith Cramer works in acrylics, pastel and pencil, and RVAG president Joan Kehlenbeck paints in oils and pastels. Kehlenbeck will also be displaying her winter themed works at Deerpark Town Hall. Joan has shown her oil paintings and pastel drawings regionally and includes local, historic buildings and scenes in her work.

“Winter Sunset” by Rena Hottinger

Rena Hottinger will display her paintings and photography on canvas at the Port Jervis Free Library. Rena utilizes multiple mediums for free-style self-expression including watercolor, acrylic, soft pastel, charcoal, clay, collage and floral design. Art About Town curator Susan Miiller will show her winter-themed oils on canvas in the first floor cafeteria of Bon Secours Hospital. Susan’s oils are included in many public and private collections. The exhibits can be seen at: Gio’s Gelato Café, 30-32 Front Street, Port Jervis Library, Community Room, 138 Pike Street, and Bon Secours Hospital, 160 E Main Street - all in Port Jervis. Deerpark Town Hall is located at 420 Route 209, Huguenot. Email susanmiiller@yahoo.com for info.

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Students Respond to Human Rights

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Hall Gallery, December An Artist’s Response to 4-12. The reception is a Human Rights exhibit of gathering of the students and visual and literary arts by their families and friends. juniors and seniors in high Help congratulate the many school is a presentation of participating students by the Orange County Human coming to the reception on Rights Commission. It is December 8, from 1:00pmproduced in cooperation 3:00pm. Music provided by with the Orange County Tyler Z. Chen. Arts Council and SUNY All are welcome. Orange. Orange Hall is located The exhibit offers the at 24 Grandview Avenue, students a public opportunity Middletown. For more of expressing their feelings Yourself” by Autumn Romano, information, email cultural@ about the importance of “Be senior, Monroe-Woodbury HS. human rights in today’s Art Teacher: Kathleen McGuckin. sunyorange.edu or call 845This mixed-media work, a 341-4891. world by depicting artworks marionette, is based on #19 of and writing poems or essays the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kaplan Hall, Newburgh about topics related to the The two exhibits Life, 30 Articles of the Universal Still ~ functional pottery Declaration of Human and larger scale original Rights. works by Alexis Tellefson Participating schools are: and Orange County: A Minisink Valley High School, Celebration of Its Culture, Cornwall Central High Land and People by Hudson School, Washingtonville Highlands Photography High School, MonroePottery by Alexis Tellefson Club & Workshop have Woodbury High School, Pine Bush High School, James I. O’Neill High been extended through December 9 on School in Highland Falls, and Storm King the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange in Kaplan Hall. School in Cornwall. www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs. The works are being displayed in Orange

Music On Market’s (MoM) holiday concert will feature the MISU and SUNY Ulster community string ensembles performing selections from the classical and popular repertoire, with guest artists David Fiedler (violin), James Fitzwilliam (organ), and Susan D. Fiedler J. Fitzwilliam S. Seligman A. Solberg a continuing scholarly debate about whether Seligman (cello). Fiedler’s first violin teacher was his artist- the alleged fragment was real, or a musical father, who was also an amateur violinist hoax perpetrated by Giazotto, but there is and devoted music lover. David attended the no doubt about Giazotto’s authorship of the High School of Music and Art and Juilliard, remainder of the work. Susan Seligman has been the Principal where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. He plays with a number of Hudson Valley Cellist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic ensembles, and currently teaches violin at the since 1984. She is a member of the HVP Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in Middletown String Quartet, Innisfree Piano Trio, and the Pone Ensemble. and Cuddebackville. MoM and MISU Music Director and Fitzwilliam is frequently seen throughout the Hudson Valley area as a pianist, organist violist, Anastasia Solberg joins forces with and composer. He is a dedicated year-round the musicians for another beloved classic, barefooter, which during performances Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G provides the benefit of increased sensitivity minor, Op.6, No.8, a/k/a Christmas Concerto. A concerto grosso (a piece for orchestra to the instrument and better pedal control. The Adagio in g minor for organ and and several soloists) must have a Pastorale strings by Tomaso Albinoni is a neo- movement. Corelli saves his Pastorale for Baroque composition commonly attributed the final movement, a glittering jewel that to Albinoni, but actually composed by sets off the rest of the piece. Enjoy the beautiful music at St. John’s 20th-century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto (1910-1998), Episcopal Church, 40 Market Street, purportedly based on the discovery of a Ellenville, on December 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door. manuscript fragment by Albinoni. There is


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“A Christmas Carol” in Warwick Looking for something different this holiday season? Here’s an opportunity to bring your whole family to enjoy an entertaining and highly energetic holiday classic! Doris Baizley’s inventive stage adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is told by a ragtag troupe of traveling players made up of actors, puppets, clowns and mimes. The magical world of make-believe comes to life as the troupe’s trunk of supplies mystically opens and reveals the transformative life of Ebenezer Scrooge, from parsimonious miser to generous benefactor, thanks to the intervention of three wise ghosts. Directed by Mary McKinley and Katherine Weatherford, Greenwood Lake Theater (GLT), in partnership with Warwick Historical Society will present A Christmas Carol on December 7 & 8 at 7:00pm at the Old Baptist Meeting House, Church Street & Forester Avenue, Warwick. “We wanted to do something a little different for a Christmas show,” says McKinley, GLT co-artistic director. “So we chose this interesting take on the traditional presentation of A Christmas Carol. It’s really a clever reimagining of the story. Each actor plays several roles, and all of their props and costume pieces miraculously appear from a trunk on the stage. It is also our privilege to partner with Warwick Historical Society this

Aaron Keller a/k/a “Marley”, “Director” “Christmas Future”

Brandon Patterson a/k/a “Scrooge” “Stage Manager”

year, and to perform this work in the same beautiful church where the movie, In and Out was filmed.” The cast includes Brandon Patterson, Landon Cross, Aaron Keller, Brendan Sokler, Samantha Livingston, Dean Mahoney, Courtney Silber, Janet Droll, and Keith Dougherty. “We really enjoyed working on this show, too,” says Weatherford, GLT co-artistic director. “It’s a little crazy with each of the actors switching back and forth between roles, making this show a bit of a challenge but a whole lot of fun to do. It’s not your typical Christmas Carol. Anyone who comes will have a great time.” Tickets can be purchased through the Warwick Historical Society. Box office contact is 845-986-3236, ext. 101. Visit www.greenwoodlaketheater.org.

“The Story of Christmas in Classic Art” Everyone is invited to share in a free holiday celebration that includes refreshments, art, music, and hot chocolate! The Barryville Area Arts Association is celebrating all holiday traditions with two themed displays of classic art and a show of work by local artists. The Story of Christmas in Classic Art includes ten classic prints, from the angel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth (The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, c. 1440), through the trip back home and hiding the Baby from the murderous King Herod (Rest on Flight Through Egypt by Orazio Gentileschi, 1626). Creation Stories from Around the World includes art representations of ten different creation stories associated with major, obscure, and extinct religions. “According to some Chinese creation stories,” explains event coordinator Nick Roes, “the universe began as a big, black, cosmic egg. Inside this egg was Pangu, who slept for 18,000 years while the Yin and the Yang came into balance. Our classic illustrations show what he did after he awoke.” Also on display is a large selection of one-of-a-kind items created by local artists and suitable for gifts. These include painted rocks by Ray Corriher, stone necklaces by Stephanie McClure, framed photography by Eija Friedlander, knitted “Shohola

In this illustration of a Chinese creation story, a turtle, qilin, phoenix, and dragon help Pangu create the universe.

Chapeaus” by Rene Pedlock, bracelets and fabric art by Mef Gannon, crystal pendants by Rebecca Bryant, photos on canvas by Erika Vidal, re-purposed jewelry by Rose Chateau, alcohol ink designs on tiles by Jane Brennan, watercolors by Audrey Lanham, bottle openers made from salvaged Erie Railroad spikes by Jerry Keller, pencil drawings by Robert Bradley, polymer clay sculptures by Laura Gagliardi, pottery by Kelly Ryan, original t-shirts, hand-painted holiday ornaments, hand carved holiday decorations, and much more. The free reception is on December 7 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola. All displays are on view through December 27.

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And Glory Shines in Newburgh! The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions of the Hudson River Valley. It was founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe and its first president, George Handler, who was followed as president after 10 years by the late Fred McCurdy. In addition to its regular concerts, the Orchestra performs special engagements, such as the Moxart concert this The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s December 2018 year in March and the Boscobel Holiday Concert, “First Noel”, had over 1000 in attendance! performance in July. Now in his fourth season of GNSO For its third annual Holiday Concert, leadership, Mr. Ger has led the orchestra to Music Director Russell Ger said, “The new attendance records and artistic heights, concert is named And Glory Shone Around most recently at the season-opening concert and begins with selections from Handel’s in September. There are six subscription beloved Messiah. In an audience survey last concerts scheduled for the season, with the year, this was a much repeated request and it high likelihood of repeats of last season’s will be a very special addition to the seasonal successful Moxart and Boscobel concerts. celebration. I myself first performed it as And Glory Shone Around will be performed a chorus member in my freshman year of on December 14 at 4:00pm at Aquinas Hall college in Australia and have loved it ever on the Mount Saint Mary College campus, since. 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh. “The program also features lush Tickets can be purchased online or at the orchestration of Holiday favorites, including door. Visit www.newburghsymphony.org or Let it Snow, O Holy Night and Hanukkah call 845-913-7157 for further information. songs. We will conclude with our tradition Students are admitted free to Open Seating. of audience participation in the Finale Snow date: December 15 at 4:00pm at the medley.” same location.

“Waters Edge” Exhibition in Newburgh

“Fog, Schoodic, Maine” by Mary Mugele Sealfon

“Beacon Looking Toward Newburgh” by D. Dresser

While a graphic artist, Deborah Dresser has been focusing on her painting for the past five years since retiring from parish ministry. Studying with Gayle Clark Fedigan and Cynthia Harris-Pagano, she now studies oils with Andrew Lattimore. Deborah Greco works in oil and pastel. “As a landscape artist, my intent is to share how I experience the environment I live in. The shoreline is my muse. Often my inspiration comes from my early evening walks along the beach just before the sun sets. Twilight is my most favorite and contemplative time of day and is a recurring subject in many of my paintings.” Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz states, “As a plein air artist, I have often found the subject of water to be inspiring. To find the visual for a ‘trickle’ of the waters at low tide, a wind storm gusting up the vapors to be laid over a field or to sense the strength of the

surf by the colors and shapes that form the beach...these are the views I have sought in a variety of locations.” Mary Mugele Sealfon states, “Though I grew up amidst the beauty of the San Francisco bay area and the Sierra Mountains of California, I find the Hudson Valley equally inspiring. Whether landscape or portrait, I prefer to work from life. Painting outside in nature, I experience an element of meditation which creates a deep connection with the place I am trying to capture on canvas.” Waters Edge, an exhibition of plein air paintings from the Hudson River to the shores of Maine, from Western Ireland to the Connecticut Shore, is currently on display at Grit Works, 115 Broadway, Newburgh, through January 29. An opening reception will be held on December 6, from 6:00pm8:00pm. For more info, see ad on page 23.

Attention Art (and food!) Lovers: Leo’s Cornwall location has an ongoing exhibition of lovely acrylics and watercolors created by Cornwall-on-Hudson artist, Nita Klein.


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A Tale of Two Neighbors: When Two Music Masters Meet at Home by Lisa Gonsalves I work at Rafter’s Tavern in Callicoon, which opened early this year with a focus on music, something more than cover-tunes. A few months past we were fortunate to host, for the first time, The Hal Galper Trio. The legendary Hal Galper happens to be a resident of the neighboring town of Cochecton. Co-founder of the New School of Contemporary Jazz in NYC, where he still teaches today, we were honored that our humble venue was suitable for his regular booking, now weekly on Sundays. Aware the owners had no advertising budget to speak of at this fledgling venue, I designed a networking strategy of all the jazz friends I could think of to promote this musical delicacy. Thurman Barker and his wife Lucette Barker came to mind, as I had worked at the local diner in Jeffersonville where they had been my customers. I had seen Thurman perform before, instantly a fan of this extraordinary percussionist and drummer, but now I was simply collecting neighbors I knew would appreciate the show. No sooner had I put this on my list, did Lucette show up with friends to see the trio. When I encouraged her to bring Thurman next time, she promised she’d try, but Sunday evenings were difficult being a “school

night” for him. His two-hour commute Monday mornings to Bard College where he taught, was as early as it was long. The following Sunday Thurman joined Lucette as typical patrons. At the end of the evening I noticed Lucette and Lillian, lovely wife of Hal Galper, chatting together. Overhearing one say, “Oh! He would love that!”, I couldn’t help consider, “Could something musically magical be taking place here? Or, are they just making dinner plans?” Hal had not been satisfied with his rhythm section, and I had served dinner to a different drummer each week. Although the next Sunday seemed typical, when I approached the band to take their orders, behind the drums sat Thurman Barker! “No way!” I exclaimed and we both laughed as he said, “You started this!” Feeling both honored and humble, I share due credit with Lucette, who brought him in. Here we have two master musicians with plenty in common. Both world-renowned, both professors of music for over 25 years at respected regional New York colleges, and both have lived in close proximity for over 30 years, separated by a single village between them. What’s curious is they were not musical peers or friends moving in the same circles, as one might imagine in a relatively small jazz world, or a place where

three villages count as a single neighborhood. Not until now. Never too late for a happy happenstance. A few weeks in, and the trio is outstanding! They are sincerely more than the sum of parts. Hal seems more comfortable than ever with a percussionist that perhaps just “gets” him, but it works well whatever the connection Pictured left to right: Thurman Barker, Tony Marino & Hal Galper. Photo by Dana Duke Photography, Roscoe. is. Thurman appears to be having too much fun frolicking in his He was included in the trio on the same day rhythms - looking like freedom maybe not Barker first joined, and the three have played afforded him headlining his own gigs, that together “harmoniously” since. inherently come with expectations. I saw this like a miracle for Rafter’s Tavern, Hal is sharing the stage graciously and but it must be a bit of a miracle for Hal and they both seem to shine more brightly than Thurman too. In the life of a professional before. I see much more than melody-making musician, I can’t imagine it gets better than here. Beautiful music is the manifestation, this, when you’ve come this far for this long. but this is also another kind of sharing. It’s The best part is it’s available to share and about neighbors with common priorities that everyone’s invited. ultimately come together to do what they I look forward to new friends who will join love most, where they love most, right here us for this magic in the making at Rafter’s at home, to an audience of friends. Tavern, 28 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, Greater is this yet, the creative and versatile Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm. bassist Tony Marino, himself a global No cover, donations appreciated. player, completes the set with a perfect fit. For info: 845-887-9882.

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SHOP LOCAL: HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS Montgomery Shop Local: November 30 The Wallkill River School is participating in Shop Local Saturday and will have a small craft gallery open and truly tiny paintings for sale on November 30. See story on page 18 and check out the ad on page 9 for further info! Holiday Craft & Art Sale, Montgomery Clinton Street in Montgomery has the distinction of not only being the heart of the village’s historic district; it is home to a small collective of artists who are also neighbors. On December 7 from 10:00am-5:00pm, the collective will hold a Holiday Craft and Art Sale at 153 Clinton Street. Woven mittens, hats, bags, paintings and drawings, “Everything Bagel w/ Shmear” cutting board by K. E. Gersch jewelry, bowls, utensils, cutting boards, holiday decorations, sculptures, greeting cards, and other handmade items will be available. Cider and snacks will be provided. Participating artists and artisans include: Jim & Nancy Rathbun, Karen E. Gersch,


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Josiah Dearborn, Terry Murray, Gabrielle A. Dearborn and Dianne Kull. Art in Sixes, Narrowsburg The Delaware Valley Art Alliance 15th annual Art in Sixes small works exhibition provides something for everyone, whether you’re an art connoisseur, a browser, a collector, or someone in need of that perfect gift. Established artists and those just starting out submit works that are 6-inches or less “Lola on her Lover’s Stationary” by Tina Hazarian in any direction. In what has become a bustling year-end event, Art in Sixes runs through December 22 at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg. Fun Fact: The number of works has grown every year since its first exhibit in 2005 with 98 works. In 2018, there were 629! The 2019 exhibit features over 650 works by more than 200 local and regional artists. Forestburgh Playhouse A fabulous gift for your theatre-loving family and friends, the Forestburgh

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Playhouse is once again offering Holiday Gift Certificates and 2020 Gift Subscriptions. Their 2020 season includes Ragtime, The Full Monty, Kinky Boots, and more! See ad page below for more details! Al’s Music Shop, Port Jervis For the musician on your holiday list...accordions, banjos, brass, guitars, woodwind, strings and so much more, Al’s Music Shop, 41 Fowler Street, Port Jervis, is a locally owned shop including a full line of instruments, accessories and other musical items such as reeds, valve oil, books, mutes, picks, microphones, amps, and cables! See Al’s ad on page 24 for more info. Holiday Market at Bethel Woods Artists, crafters, and specialty food vendors will gather in the Market Sheds and Event Gallery at Bethel Woods for the 10th annual Holiday Market, providing guests the opportunity to shop a wide selection of unique holiday gifts on December 7 & 8 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Agrisculpture Holiday Shop Shop an exclusive selection of Agrisculpture Candlestick Collections straight from the farm studio where they are

handcrafted by Amy Lewis Sweetman. Heirloom metal works, these pieces are created from antique farm equipment sourced in New York State. Candlesticks are sold as single pieces, always accompanied by a complimentary candle and gift wrap. Holiday Tripods with lights and seasonal greenery will also be for sale. Free hot cider and donuts all day. Browsing is encouraged! December 7 from 9:00am-6:00pm at Agrisculpture Studios, 17 County Route 1A, Warwick. Call 914-213-1598 for more info. Steve’s Music Center, Rock Hill Give the gift of music! Steve’s Music Center is a full-service musical instruments shop. They feature new and used acoustic guitars, electric guitars, guitar effects, amps, bass guitars, drums, pro audio equipment, guitar pickups, school band instruments, and guitar accessories.

SHOP LOCAL: HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS Steve’s will try to match any authorized dealer’s best advertised price in stock merchandise. The center also offers plenty of music books for all instruments and skill levels, and gift certificates! See ad page 19 for more info! Support our Local Artists! Sugar Loaf artist Mary Endico specializes in bold and vivid watercolors that are “haute conduite” - or created with “intense control.” A professional artist for nearly half a century, Mary has sold over 21,000 paintings. Art enthusiasts are always welcomed at her home studio/gallery in Sugar Loaf. Visit endico.com for more. For the music and art lover in your family, take a peek at Judi Silvano’s one-stopshop website: www. judisilvano.com. An accomplished jazz vocalist with several album releases to date, Judi is also an accomplished artist who, going against the norm, paints in an eclectic variety of “Blue & White Dance” styles. by Judi Silvano See Judi’s ad on page 24 for more info.

Known for her north light paintings, Cynthia Harris-Pagano specializes in portraits, landscapes and still life in pastels and oils. Traveling to a client’s home to sketch and photograph, or working from a photograph sent to her, she concentrates inwardly on the intonation of color, light, and how personality is expressed. See Cynthia’s ad on page 19. Sohns Appliance Center, Walden Sohns was founded in 1907 by J.A.A. Sohns as a music store selling instruments and sheet music. Charles E. Sohns, son of J.A.A., entered the business after his graduation from Walden High School at the young age of 15. Under Charles, the business grew steadily adding televisions and appliances along the way. Charles’ son Jeffrey entered the business full time in 1962, and John Sohns, fourth generation, entered the business in 1989. Today, Sohns is one of the Hudson Valley’s largest independent appliance outlets, offering everything from dishwashers to washing machines, grills to refrigerators! See their ad on page 26 for more info. Recycled Style, Montgomery Recycled Style is a classic women’s

clothing boutique featuring the finest vintage and recycled apparel and & accessories from gowns & party dresses, to shoes, coats, handbags, hats, costume jewelry, furs and vintage lingerie & scarves! Arguably, the only place in the lower Hudson Valley where you can find clothes of all eras and the personal styling expertise to create flattering outfits that fit the bill for workdays and any occasions! See ad pg. 27. Chakra Spirit Chakra Spirit is dedicated to helping individuals find health and wellness by balancing their chakras physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Eileen MacAvery Kane is the author of Chakra Spirit. A photographer, graphic designer, and educator, Chakra Spirit is inspired by her love of yoga, meditation, and the chakras. Shop for products “Lam Root Chakra (clothing such as mantra Mantra” t-shirt t-shirts and leggings, too!) that will help you in your meditation and practice. Visit chakraspirit.com for more. See ad this page for more info.

Holiday Cheer / Spirits Need a nice bottle of wine for the holidays? Look no further. The following liquor stores offer everything from bourbon to whiskey, gin to vodka at great prices and to top it off, the staffs are super friendly and support CANVAS by being distribution locations! We thank them kindly! Scott’s Corners Liquors & Wines is located at 1023 Route 17K, Montgomery. See ad on pg. 27. High Withers Wine & Spirits is located at 83 West Main Street, Goshen. See ad pg. 3. Valley Supreme Liquors is located at 2412 Route 52, Pine Bush. See ad pg. 19. A friendly reminder from CANVAS Our generous advertisers keep CANVAS free. Please take a look at all of the ads in this issue - you will not only get a great gift Happy Holidays! ♥ CANVAS idea, but it will also allow you to keep your holiday spending local. Do take a peek at this issue’s stories as well, and take advantage of the many art exhibitions (for a gift!) and the many holiday-related musical events!

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New Paltz Singers in Central Valley choral music. His pieces are very For the first concert of its threepolyphonic, free, and frequently concert 2019-2020 series, Music melismatic (see page 2). in Central Valley is presenting the Brazilian composer, choral SUNY New Paltz Concert Choir conductor, and musicologist Ernani and Chamber Singers under the Henrique Chaves Aguiar (b. 1950) direction of Edward Lundergan. The ensembles will be accompanied Hugo Distler has written a number of instrumental pieces, but his most famous works by pianist Susan Brown. are his choral pieces, such as the Director of Choral Activities at fiery Salmo 150 (1993), which SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Lundergan features rhythmic backgrounds with has been Artistic Director of Kairos, very rapid articulations. A Consort of Singers since 1996, Robert Baksa (b. 1938) has written a choral ensemble that is active and highly regarded in the Hudson Robert Baksa more than 500 pieces of music. Critics have noted his melodic gifts, Valley for its artistic programming the structural clarity and harmonious and musical interpretations. For several summers he has been guest nature of his music. He makes his conductor of the Hudson Valley home in Columbia County where he Philharmonic. serves as New Music Coordinator The program covers music from Ernani Aguiar and Composer in Residence for the the Renaissance to the present, and Pleshakov Music Center. includes English, French, and Italian The program is on December 8 Madrigals along with works by at 3:00pm in the Central Valley Palestrina, Bach, Brahms, Barber, United Methodist Church, 12 Hugo Distler, Ernani Aguiar, and Smith Clove Road. Admission is Hudson Valley composer Robert free with a suggested donation at the Baksa. Edward Lundergan door. The church is handicapped Hugo Distler (1908-1942) was a German accessible. The second and third concerts in composer, known mostly for his church the series will be on February 16 and May 3.

HHNM: “Winter Solstice Celebration” The Winter Solstice has long been observed in many cultures around the world. The longest night of the year symbolizes winter, but also the returning of the light as the days begin to lengthen. All are invited to celebrate the longest night of the year at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery

WAA: Holiday Market & Season Farewell December 22 until Visit the Wurtsboro April 2020, that does Art Alliance (WAA) not stop the WAA from for their third annual creating and exhibiting! Holiday Market and find View their work at the a truly unique gift for Mamakating Library, your holiday list! Browse 128 Sullivan Street, through original canvas during the winter. John art, hand-dyed scarves Kocjinski is currently and bags, greeting cards, displaying work ornaments, jewelry, pottery, framed prints “Coming From PA” by John Kocjinski through December. The WAA would like to thank everyone and photos, at the WAA’s John Neilson who supported the Alliance this year by Gallery, 73 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro. The Holiday Market will be held weekends visiting the gallery and attending opening through December 21. Prices range from $3 receptions and classes. “Thank you to to $60. Don’t get malled - support your local everyone who spread the word that we are artists! (Master Card / Visa and American making the local art experience something that is available, exciting, and enjoyable to Express are now accepted!). Although the Gallery will be closed from all,” said WAA President, Kitty Mitchell.



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Center on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road in Cornwall, on December 21 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. A family event, visitors can enjoy a scavenger hunt for the hidden Yule Log and then cheer on the lengthening days with a bonfire, snacks and warm beverages! For information: 845-534-5506, ext. 212.

Music & Merriment in Maybrook The Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s 6th annual holiday concert, Music and Merriment, will highlight the Dance of the Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev composed most of his music for Romeo and Juliet during the summer of 1935, and Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) the ballet premiered in Brno, Czechoslovakia, on December 30, 1938. The Dance of the Knights has whimsical yet ominous strains that portend the illfated love of Romeo and Juliet. Along with holiday Steve Reisteter classics like Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival and Albert Hague’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the program will feature a Hanukkah tribute, Eighth Candle arranged by Steve Reisteter. A Christmas Festival is made up of eight traditional Christmas carols arranged in a very attractive medley by renown composer Leroy Anderson. Albert Hague was a successful Broadway

composer (Plain and Fancy with Barbara Cook: 1955, Redhead with Gwen Verdon & Richard Kiley: 1959), who spent his later years as a film and TV actor (Benjamin Shorofsky in Fame). Steve Reisteter is a bearded, blue-eyed clarinetist who is often singled out Albert Hague for a solo bow during (1920-2001) concerts of the Allentown, PA Band. Even though he is a virtuoso performer on his instrument and a frequent soloist, Reisteter is also often recognized for his arrangements and orchestrations. Roy Coates, Sr. A variety of festive selections will round out the evening of music and merriment conducted by Roy Coates, Sr., music director, on December 13 at 7:30pm in the Maybrook Senior Center, Schipps Lane/Veterans’ Memorial Park, Maybrook. Admission is free. Free will donations are gratefully accepted. Snow date: December 20. For information call 845-475-8046 or email maybrookwindesemble@gmail.com.

Music & Merriment in Montgomery &... For its 2019 Holiday Concert, the Pine Bush Community Band, Robert Groth, Director, will perform an eclectic mix of music: Christmas songs (including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride), Bach’s Bouree arranged for clarinet ensemble (directed by Lauren Bernard), Shalom! (a suite of Israeli folk songs), O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam sung by Casey Hulick (arranged by Joe Martellaro), other classical works by Bach (Bist Du Bei Mir), Gustav Holst (Old Brenton Carol) and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ English Folk Song Suite directed by Casey Hulick. And the merriment continues with Minor Alterations: Christmas Through the Looking

Glass by David Lovrien, a medley of favorite Christmas tunes, transposed from major to minor keys then disguised, layered and morphed even more. From the ominous Deck the Halls at the start to the final, frenzied Nutcracker Suite finale, each tune is lovingly twisted into something new and inventive. FUN! Concerts are on December 1 at 2:00pm in the Montgomery Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street, December 8 at 2:00pm at the Crawford Senior Center, 115 Route 302, Pine Bush, and December 9 at 7:00pm in Leptondale Bible Church, 1771 Route 300, Newburgh. Admission is free at all concerts.

“Lorca Eats Bullets” at SUNY Sullivan Lorca Eats Bullets by Nick López is a mad-cap new play juxtaposing the trials of war through the lens of the young adults conscripted to fight the Battle of Stalingrad and the Vietnam War. The play deals with antiwar themes and focuses on a team of Russian female snipers as they journey through battles with the Wehrmacht, giant Hitler and Stalin monsters and Baby Messerschmitts.

Adjunct Professor of Theater and Speech at SUNY Sullivan, Nick López is an actor, director, designer, and cartoonist, and has performed and directed in New York, New Mexico, Washington State, & West Virginia. The staged readings of Lorca Eats Bullets will take place December 6 & 7 at 8:00pm in the Seelig Theatre at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake. Tickets at the door.


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Balkan, Brazilian, Jazz & Holiday, Milford “Everything about this band represents the symbolic path I’ve taken from Croatia to New York, to explore the music of the world while staying connected to the place from which I embarked,” says Astrid Kuljanic. “It’s such an honor to share Croatian culture and the many other sounds I’ve made my own along the way.” Kuljanic grew up in Rijeka, in what was then Yugoslavia, listening to her family sing and play music. Her native region had switched empires and then countries several times, though its seafaring folk remained staunchly committed to their mixed identity and dialect. Astrid and her band, the Transatlantic Exploration Company, will perform a concert, Holidays Around the Globe for Kindred Spirits Arts Programs on

December 14 at 5:30pm. The band will delight the audience with an array of music and song of the Balkan region and Western Europe, American jazz standards, Brazilian sambas, including a holiday-related repertoire at the Milford Theatre, 114 East Catherine Street. For tickets: www.kindredspiritsarts.org or at the door.

HV Conservatory’s 16th “Sweets Sixteen” Find out during the Started by Samuel E. Wright, performances of Nutcracker Amanda A. Wright and Pamela Sweets Sixteen, December 12A. Murphy in 1994, Hudson 15 at the New Rose Theatre, 35 Valley Conservatory has become East Main Street, Walden. a place for children to learn and This year’s candy-coated grow in the arts. The New Rose performances are sure to be a Theatre will produce their 16th real treat! season of their very own version Choreographer Dee Tabitha of The Nutcracker. Wright is known for her “In celebrating this milestone, innovative, humorous and clever our Clara’s journey begins at school preparing for her Sophia Baker as “Clara” adaptations of classic works, own sweet sixteen, which is quickly over modern interpretations of familiar tales with shadowed by the most popular girl, Lemon a mix of jazz and traditional ballet. “Cracked Sweets, and her big party. When a substitute up and Nuttier” than the original! The cast includes Sophia Baker as Clara, teacher, Miss Dross, comes in and shakes up the classroom, Clara is whisked away on a Maeve Harkin as Miss Dross, and Paris magical candy coated adventure to get her Robinson as Lemon Sweets. For tickets, phone 845-778-2478 or email: birthday wish! Will she succeed in getting hudsonvalleyconservatory@gmail.com. the party and the prince?”

Woodcarvers’ Exhibit in Highland Mills showcase these craftsmen The purpose of the Mid keeping the traditions of Hudson Woodcarvers centuries alive!,” says Guild is to encourage Anita Baumann, Adult and advance the Services. “The Guild interest, knowledge, creates works for both and performance of decorative and functional woodcarving, and its purposes, and encourages closely allied forms of beginners as well as artistic expression with advanced wood carvers wood. to join them. Meet the The Guild actively invites participation in artists and learn about the tools and skill involved in the continuation of these “Driftwood Bust” by Bob Breur woodcarving and how you historic skills among can become a part of their group!” members of our communities. A reception with light refreshments will be Meetings are held in the Woodcarvers House at Museum Village in Monroe on held at the Library, 16 Route 105, Highland Mills, on December 7 from Noon-2:00pm. Thursdays from 10:00am-Noon. Members of the Guild are the featured Visit any time during the month of December artists for the month of December at the to view the photographs of their beautiful Rushmore Memorial Branch of Woodbury and detailed carvings. For information: 845-928-6162, ext. 102. Public Library. “We are so pleased to 28

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