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February 2013 Covering Orange & Sullivan Counties & the neighboring towns of Milford, Dingmans Ferry, Beacon, Marlboro, & Ellenville

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


PUBLISHER’S COLUMN by Barry Plaxen With this issue, the idea that CANVAS is a community paper is really visible. When we began in 2004 we had in mind not just for us to report on what is happening in our area, but to include others in the creation of each issue and to have the paper become THE place where they know they can communicate easily with the public. Thanks again to our wonderful writers, to those who faithfully - and on time - send us their monthly press releases, to our friends who send us monthly calendar information helping to keep our calendars as timely and informative as possible, and to our readers in general, and artists in particular who send us items that enhance our stories. Without the help of people involved in the arts and business communities, and people who appreciate the arts, we would not have been able to include stories such as the paeans to two creative arts community people who passed recently, Walter Keller and Don Herron. Our apologies to a few of those people as we had to shorten some of their written remembrances of those two

gentlemen. Not to mention the support this month from the people from the village of Wurtsboro who helped us create four pages enticing you to attend their exciting Winterfest 2013. At press time, much of the final information for this yearly event was not yet set, so PLEASE do check the Wurtsboro Board of Trade website for updates and additions (see page 5). This issue is chock full of items from Beacon to Ellenville, from West Point to Milford, from Narrowsburg to Warwick, from Pine Bush to Livingston Manor: the world’s largest pipe organ, superb world class musicians, art of every possible genre including a permanent art center dedicated to surrealism, entertaining and inspiring holistic events, our columnists with creative recipes, informing us about local talent, and communities who are aware that the arts benefit their citizens in every way. I have friends who reside in other metropolitan areas who envy us for the plethora of opportunities we have to embrace popular entertainment, the fine arts, the performing arts and self-growth with which we are blessed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR On January 6th, The Hudson River Poets' Epiphanous Poetry at the Fullerton mansion in Newburgh drew an unprecedented crowd of some 40 people in the intimate space of its Victorian Solarium. On behalf of the Hudson River Poets, I would like to thank the CANVAS for our listing in your calendar. We are so grateful for the publicity it attracted to our reading. People came from the four corners of the Hudson Valley to see the Fullerton House as well as to hear the poets. What a way to start

the new year! The attendance we achieved was quite a feat considering that poetry is the most marginalized art form. There were those that come to see the house, those that came to hear the reading, and those intrigued by their coming together. Thank you so much for your coverage. Laura Lamica Public Relations Coordinator The Hudson River Poets

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CANVAS WRITERS’ TIDBITS Visit TheCatskillChronicle.com for J.A. Di Bello’s and Barry Plaxen’s opera reviews, in addition to many other articles and Sullivan County news. Poet Robert Milby reads his poems at Noble Coffee Roaters in Campbell Hall on February 7 at 7:00pm.

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INSIDE... DESTINATIONS CHESTER / SUGAR LOAF ......................32-33 CORNWALL-WOODBURY ..............................36 GOSHEN ....................................................37 LIVINGSTON MANOR ..................................34 MIDDLETOWN ........................................10-11 MILFORD-DINGMAN’S FERRY ......................23 MONTGOMERY ......................................13-15 NARROWSBURG..........................................30 NEWBURGH ..............................................8-9 PINE BUSH ................................................35 WALDEN ..............................................25-27 WARWICK-GREENWOOD LAKE ....................38 WURTSBORO ............................................4-7 CALENDARS MUSIC ......................................................18 CATEGORY CALENDAR ..........................19, 22 FEBRUARY 2013 CALENDAR ..................20-21 ART & PHOTOGRAPHY CALENDAR ..............22 CHILDREN & TEEN’S CALENDAR ..................22 COLUMNS CANVAS BEAT ........................................18 GREEN ROOM ......................................26-27 HOLISTIC HAPPENINGS ................................40 MEET ME IN THE LIBRARY ..........................25 COMMUNITY BUILDING THROUGH THE ARTS ..17 WHISPERING PINES CORNER ......................16

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STORIES AMERICAN STRING QUARTET ......................10 BEACON FILM FESTIVAL ............................31 BIG SKY PRODUCTIONS ..............................31 CASTLE FUN CENTER ................................32 CATSKILL ARTS SOCIETY ............................34 CORNERSTONE ARTS ALLIANCE ..................37 CORNWALL PSYCHIC FAIRE ........................40 CYNTHIA HARRIS PAGANO, ARTIST ..............29 ELEX VANN ..........................................9, 14 GRAND MONTGOMERY CHAMBER MUSIC 14, 15 GREENWOOD FOREST FARMS ASSOC ..........38 HEALING ARTS GALLERY ............................29 HOWLAND’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES ........39 IN MEMORIAM: DONALD LEE HERRON ..........8 IN MEMORIAM: WALTER KELLER ................24 JENNY LIN, PIANIST ..................................39 JESTER’S COMEDY CLUB............................32 JUDITH MACCALLA, ARTIST ........................37 LIVE FROM THE MET IN HD ........................28 KALIKA STERN, ARTIST ..............................34 NESIN CULTURAL ARTS ..............................28 NEW WINDSOR CANTONMENT ....................16 NORTH EAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY ..........12 POTLUCK CONCERTS..................................36 RIVER VALLEY ARTISTS GUILD ....................29 STEVE RUBIN, MUSICIAN ............................38 SUGAR LOAF PAC ....................................32 SUNY ORANGE MIDDLETOWN ..........3, 10, 12 WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL ..........................13 WARWICK ARTISTS GROUP ........................33 WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS ................16 WEST POINT ......................................31, 39 WOODSONGS COFFEEHOUSE ......................16 WURTSBORO ART ALLIANCE ........................6


Two Cutting Edge Programs in Orange Hall Theatre: Jazz & Film by Anna Lillian Moser This coming season SUNY Orange will be presenting the community with two first-ever programs, showcasing distinctive area talents from the worlds of filmmaking and jazz. February 1 sets off the college's Women in Jazz Series with Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile women. Bandleader Sherrie Maricle, a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, has been playing since she was a little girl, starting out on clarinet after she was told the instrument she really wanted to play, the trumpet, was off limits to girls. She went on to play the cello before finally finding her musical voice on the drums. The concert series is being coordinated by SUNY Orange Professor Christopher Parker, who has presented a number of weekend jazz festivals at the Middletown campus in the past. Parker said that a Women in Jazz Series happened organically and wasn't necessarily a case of booking women in particular, but instead great acts in general, although Parker admits that women tend to be under-represented in the jazz community. "One of the reasons, too, is that my daughter is in high school and plays alto saxophone and she's got some female friends that play and I just thought it would be neat to have some female role models instead of seeing the typical maledominated bands," Parker said. The series continues on February 22 with Cindy Blackman Santana. Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose music spans the realms of jazz and rock. In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group - known as Another Lifetime - she has toured and recorded with a number of artists, including greats such as Pharaoh Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. She was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz's band from 1993-2007, but most recently, Blackman has been sitting in with her husband, Carlos

Cindy Blackman Santana

Santana, on the road. In addition to performing, Santana will be running a drum clinic with SUNY Orange students the day of her concert. "She's fabulous. She's a great speaker and a great drummer. She has a very engaging personality," Parker said. The Women in Jazz Series concludes on March 9 with a performance by Elaine Elias and her quartet. Elias is a Brazilian jazz pianist, arranger, vocalist, and songwriter. In 1988 she was elected as Best New Talent by the JAZZIZ magazine poll of jazz critics. Elias has recorded 25 albums, including one featuring duets with Herbie Hancock titled Solos and Duets, which was nominated for a Grammy. Her album Shades of Jade, which Elias produced with her husband, bassist Marc Johnson, was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the five best fall releases in 2005. All concerts, which open to the public, take place in Orange Hall Theatre at 8:00pm, and are free to all current students, SUNY Orange alumni, faculty and staff. February also marks the premiere of SUNY Orange's Short Film Festival Segments, which will also take place in Orange Hall Theatre on February 23 at 7:00pm. The film festival is the brainchild of Max Schaefer, a theatre professor at SUNY Orange and coordinator of the festival. "I work in the theatre predominately, but there are a lot of film students here at the college, and

Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra perform at SUNY Orange on February 1

I know a lot of my theatre cohorts work in film as well," Schaefer said. "We would always talk about the films and they kind of get distributed among a small circle of friends. We just said, 'You know there's probably enough people out there that the people should know about these.' In this day and age there are a lot of real good, bright minds out there working on film, and we just thought it was time to show the public what might be available in our area.� The short films were selected by a fourperson committee and represent a number of different genres, styles and subjects, from dance films to experimental films, animated films and several unconventional narratives, each one original and unique. "I don't know that they're not getting exposure, but they're not getting any exposure locally," Schaefer said, adding that the festival is grassroots, and he has no pretentions to be Sundance. "We're just interested in promoting film. We're all artists of one stripe or another." More than anything the festival is about bringing the filmmakers together. "We also know that one of the best ways to promote any art is to get the artists together so we thought we would make that part of the program, so that the artists could talk to one another, exchange ideas, phone numbers and maybe work together, whatever, just to help

foster the network," Schaefer said. Both programs are being presented through the college's Cultural Affairs Department. According to SUNY Orange's Cultural Affair Coordinator Dorothy Szefc, the department's role was simply that of facilitating the series. "Cultural Affairs presents events and does so for the benefit of the college community and the community-at-large. Therefore, it is logical for Cultural Affairs to present the film festival," Szefc said in a recent e-mail. For information phone: 845-341-4891 or visit www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs, or contact Dorothy Szefc at cultural@sunyorange.edu.

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Winterfest is...Community!

Winterfest is...Ice Sculptures!

Wurtsboro Board of Trade (BOT) member Maryann Karpinski (see photo far right) said, “In the past, this Winterfest was amazing and so much fun, especially for the children. To see them laugh and go from business to business with their treasure map is so special. I also do believe during this time in our crazy world, it is the children that need to be children. “They need to look forward to a wrinkled up treasure map, and running freely into the many

business’s that participate. I observed the clusters of laughing children last year. A lot of the time the businesses give out a little surprise for them and...WOW. It was like gold!” The Wurtsboro Winterfest is back again! On February 9 from 11:00am - 3:00pm, all shops will be open, there will be children’s activities galore, a treasure hunt, chili contest and free hayrides for all! The amazing Ice Carving Competition

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Winterfest is...Kid’s Crafts!

Winterfest is...A Treasure Hunt!

(11:00am, Judging at 2:00pm) is back again along with the annual Bryan Stanton Memorial Chili Cook-Off in the Fire House. The Basha Kill Area Association is hosting a live Bird of Prey show which will be free in the Community Church at 1:00pm. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance is having their first opening of the season called, Snow with refreshments being served. (see page 6.) The Crystal Connection will offer popping and music

psychic/intuitive readings from 11:00am- 4:00pm with Dr. Bill, the Wizard (see photo) and a special Valentine’s Day sale. Mamakating Rotary will have soups, baked goods and hot beverages. Kettle Corn will be playing, all in Veteran’s


One of the 50 BEST Things About Sullivan

Winterfest is...Friends coming together and meeting up behind O’Toole’s!

Winterfest is...volunteers in the firehouse helping just before the chili contest!

Park and this year, come sit in The Penguin King’s Throne, a massive 300lb sculpture! Sudsy Paws will host Face Painting, and the Community Church will also have children’s activities. There will also be the popular Treasure Hunt (Drawing at 3:00pm) and maps will be given out to guide the day’s activities. Is shopping your thing? If so, then one pass down Sullivan Street is all you’ll need to whet

your appetite! You’ll find many cozy shops tucked into the buildings along the main street containing a wide range of items such as antiques, pets, gifts, gardening needs, toys, and a myriad of other things. What a great way to spend the day as all shops and food establishments will be open! For information and updated planned activities, visit www.wurtsboro.org.

Named one of the 50 BEST things about Sullivan County, you can end your WinterFest day and hear what the excitement is about! It’s Broadway Concerts Direct, for which producer John Hiller brings the finest talents from Broadway and Opera to perform for Wurtsboro audiences every month. Isn’t It Romantic? Songs to Keep Our Love Alive is the Valentine theme and some of NYC’s finest cabaret performers, Celia Berk, Rich Flanders, Joanna Morton Gary, Janice Meyerson, and Mark Planner join with host Sarah Rice and pianist Eric Sedgwick to bring those great old tunes with fabulous lyrics to the Community Church of Wurtsboro, 134 Sullivan Street. Church elders participate too, offering homemade tasties at intermission. For reservations: 845-888-5567

Sarah Rice, Rich Flanders, Celia Burk, Janice Meyerson, Eric Sedgwick & Joanna Morton Gary

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Think “Snow” at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Snow is the theme of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery's (WAA) 2013 season premier exhibit which opens during the Winterfest celebration on February 9. Everyone is invited to stop in the gallery during Winterfest to warm up, enjoy free refreshments and view original works of art made by local area artists. There will be an ice-carver set up in front of the gallery, and also a kid's treasure hunt. Snow runs from February 9 - March 3, featuring the work of: Michael Piotrowski, Roberta Rosenthal, Sandy Spitzer, WAA President, David Munford and others. David Munford, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School (WRS) and the Catskill Art Society, paints on location, en plein air, using oils. Originally from Colorado, Munford lives and works in Grahamsville, and maintains a painting studio in the historic Old Stone House, in Hasbrouck. Michael Piotrowski is another painter who

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“From Anne’s Kitchen” by Michael Piotrowski

often works "en plein air." Piotrowski says this about his art: “I work from life, drawing a value study directly on the canvas with a brush and a dark neutral paint. I then work on an underpainting covering the canvas with color notes. “If I can return another day to the site I will continue painting from life. Otherwise, I paint in my studio using photographs I always take to use as reference. Sandy Spitzer, a native of Brooklyn, lived

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“Snow Scene” by Sandy Spitzer

and painted in Europe, and now has her studio at the WRS, where she is also a represented artist. According to Spitzer, she “can often be found painting to classical music, working on several pieces at a time.” She will be having a solo art exhibit at the Town of Wallkill Government Center during February and March (see pg 11). Roberta Rosenthal, one of the founding members of the WAA, instructs botanical art at the New York Botanical Gardens. She

“Mountain Lion” by Roberta Rosenthal

combines her skill in botanical art, landscapes and Chinese or Hebrew calligraphy on silk scrolls or real parchment vellum. Her prints are currently on view at the Montgomery Village Luncheonette and at the WAA gallery. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street. For information email: info@waagallery.org.


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Destination...................................................................................................... In Memoriam: Donald Lee Herron 9-8-41 ~ 12-25-12

The Crawford House, Newburgh

Donald Lee Herron of Newburgh, a well known artist and writer, died on December 25, 2012 at Castle Point Veterans Administration Hospital surrounded by some of his many friends. Don was born in Brenham, Texas on September 8, 1941. He received a B.A. and an M.F.A. in 1972 from the University of Texas at Austin where he later taught studio courses. Moving to San Francisco later that year, Don began photographing people in their bath tubs, having been inspired by medieval sculptures set in niches. Largely self-taught in photography, his work has been widely published in the United States and Europe in publications such as New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Art Forum. After moving to New York City in 1978, Don became part of the vibrant East Village art scene, and continued his bathtub series expanding his subject matter from the original visual artists to the performing artists. After moving to Newburgh in the mid-1980’s, Don became an active member and volunteer at the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands, a natural outgrowth of his love for the magnificent architecture of that City and his proud ownership of an exquisite 1836 Federal townhouse designed by Thornton McNess Niven. Since 1994, Don’s whimsical but accurate drawings of the houses and other buildings on the Historical Society’s house tours have illustrated the tour booklets and made them

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treasured keepsakes. expressed itself through After moving to several mediums - the Newburgh, Don visual arts, writing, discovered two passions: storytelling and maintaining and photography. Don furnishing his historic possessed a limitless house, and writing. Don amount of curiosity for was very proud that his most things; especially house was wired by beautiful things. He Thomas A. Edison who surrounded himself with stayed there when he beauty, grace and, most came to Newburgh in importantly, style - some 1883 to set up one of the collected and some earliest public electric created by his own generating stations. talented hand. Having Don’s articles were been a guest at Don’s published in the Times table on frequent Herald Record, CANVAS occasions, I witnessed and the Mid-Hudson the essence of who he Don Herron and Little Pearl Times and he delighted in reading them at the was and how well he was loved by his friends. Newburgh Free Library, The Wherehouse He was the consummate host. It was just one of restaurant, Café 88 Liberté’ and on WWLE, the ways he showed his love. Don was loving, 1170 am. His writing drew on his childhood in caring, compassionate, sincere, witty, friendly Texas, his Newburgh experiences, travel, and giving. The only thing Don wouldn’t give confronting cancer, and his beloved cats. He you was his dessert! published a spoken word CD of his stories. I miss you Don. Until we meet again. John Kramer, Musician Messages from Friends... I searched to find one word that would identify Don Herron based on the many dinners I shared in his home during the past decade. The word I chose for Don is “Classic”. His interest in Newburgh's historic architecture, his own brilliantly beautiful home, his charming writings about cats and his Texas family members, his service in the US Air Force plus his drawings and photography all made DON HERRON a CLASSIC. We will miss him. Claudia Cummings Aranson, Opera Company of the Highlands To My Friend, Don What first struck me about Don was his boyish enthusiasm for life. This attribute fully

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Purdy-Carver-Kneiser house, Newburgh

Dear Don, Thank you for your contributions to the Arts Community and the Greater Newburgh Community, for your sharing your growing-up stories, written and verbal, and your visual artworks and historic newspaper articles. You were (are) indicative of the love that permeates our County and your energy shall live on in all the beautiful things we see around us that we know you loved. The art, the buildings, the parks, the music, and the people. Barry Plaxen (These messages and Don’s “Bio” were taken from his Memorial Service program, created by (mostly) Jonathan Dobin, Anne M. Coon and William Noonan.)


.................................................................................................Newburgh Park Gets Grant to Grow Food!

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The Downing Park Planning Committee has been awarded a CDBG grant and volunteers will be working this spring preparing the Park’s “local” food. The committee will be helped in two greenhouses for summer planting, enabling this project by Newburgh Rotary Club. members of the community to grow their own For more information: 845-565-5559.

Vann Sings Hughes and Bramwell

Bass-baritone Elex Lee Vann of Newburgh will perform Songs Celebrating Peace and Freedom at a free concert at the Newburgh Free Library in honor of Black History Month. At this concert Vann is perfomring the poetry of Langston Hughes and Delrose Bramwell (Patterson) arranged to music. (See page 14 for a detailed account of the concert, Vann’s history and Hughes.) Known for her passion for social justice, Bramwell is the author of Cry Freedom and other poems, and Notorious Women of the Bible: Women of Influence. She has written many children stories. With a passion for life and as a promoter of character building, she has touched hundreds of lives over her many years of teaching public speaking. Vann’s highly emotional singing in operas, oratorios, musicals and spirituals, nationally and internationally, has moved many people. He has performed with Houston Grand Opera, Virginia Opera; Opera Company of the Highlands (OCH) (“Colline” in La Boheme, “Figaro” in The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and various featured solos); Encompass New Opera Theatre in New York City (Angel of the Amazon); Sight and Sound Ministries; Jubilee Singers; Golden Gospel Singers and New York City Master Chorale. Vann has performed at La Scala, Opera Bastille in Paris, Teatro Real in Spain, in Japan, South America, Romania, Germany,

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Art & Photography Exhibits

Museum Exhibit

Kelly Patton Caffe Macchiato, ongoing

“Unpacked & Rediscovered” Washington’s Headquarters, ongoing

F.T. Mitchell “Up Close and Personal”” Karpeles Museum, thru Feb 28

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini “Spiritualism” Karpeles Manuscript Museum, thru Apr 30

“Living in the Material World” Kaplan Hall, thru Mar 29

Music - Classical

“Abstractions: New Modernism” Ann Street Gallery, Mar 2-Apr 3 Mar 2, 6:30pm

Music

Book Discussions

Science Reads Feb 12, 6:30pm Great Books Discussion Feb 22, 11:30am Book Talk Cafe Feb 23, 2pm Newburgh Free Library

Cinema Monday Night Movie Newburgh Free Library, Feb 4, 6:30pm Delrose Bramwell (Patterson)

A young Langston Hughes

Greece and Russia and twice locally for cummings and goings by Newburgh composer Ada Margoshes. Local audiences will also remember his moving performances for OCH in Show Boat, and as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for composer Steve Margoshes’ “cantata” I Have A Dream, bringing down the house at the Newburgh Free Academy. As a mentor, Vann supports emerging vocalists within the inner city of Newburgh and throughout Orange County, giving private voice lessons to all ages in addition to giving beginner’s piano lessons. For information on Vann’s instruction for adults and children at Sing From the Heart Vocal Studio, call 845-234-8473. The free concert is on February 17 at 3:00pm, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh. For further information, phone the Library at 845-563-3600.

Elex Vann, bass-baritone “Songs Celebrating Peace & Freedom” Newburgh Free Library, Feb 17, 3pm

The Reggaelution Band SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Feb 22, 7pm

Poetry & Prose Readings Hudson River Poets Newburgh Free Library, Feb 7, 7pm Romance Writers of America Feb 9, 2pm Newburgh Library Branch, Newburgh Mall

Recreation

Lectures “The Black Migration: Agent of Change” SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Feb 5, 4pm

Hudson River Poets Continental Army Winter Encampment New Windsor Cantonment, Feb 16-18

“Armchair Tour of the Galapagos Islands” Newburgh Library, Feb 20, 6:30pm

Theatre - Children’s Musical “The Luckiest Penny” SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Feb 3, 1:30pm

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Destination...................................................................................................... Double Your Pleasure: Two American String Quartets by Derek Leet

American String Quartet The Ensemble Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost string quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 37th season in 2012–2013. Critics and colleagues (and this writer) hold the Quartet in high esteem, and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations. Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the world class American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. Critically acclaimed for its presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart, the American also champions contemporary music, and its innovative programming and creative approach to education have resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Introduced to the Hudson Valley by Newburgh Chamber Music, this world class

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American String Quartet: Wolfram Koessel, cello; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Peter Winograd, violin, Laurie Carney, violin Quartet will be making its third consecutive yearly appearance for SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs in Middletown, playing Bach: Preludes & Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier; Janácek: Quartet No. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’; and Dvorák: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, ‘American’. This is the second time the Quartet will play Bach in Middletown. Violist Daniel Avshalomov explained in 2012: “We study Bach, we teach Bach, we revere Bach, but as quartet players we don't often get to play his music, so this is a pleasure

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for us - and perhaps an advantage for the listener in that when counterpoint is played by four different instruments (rather than the harpsichord), it is easier to track the four independent parts than it would be when played by a (single) keyboard instrument.” Avshalomov’s quote is an understatement. Not only is it an advantage to hear the four voices distinctly separated by the four instruments, but it also enhances Bach’s music in some fascinatingly mystical manner (at least ti did for me), with a timbre one does not normally associate with Bach.

American String Quartet The Masterpiece "As for my new F major String Quartet, I should never have written these works 'just so' if I hadn't seen America," wrote Dvorák in 1893. "As to my opinion, I think that the influence of this country (it means the folk songs that are Negro, Indian, Irish, etc.) is to be seen, and that this and all other works written in America differ very much from my earlier works, as much in color as in character." Some musicologists deny the existence of a pre-Copland American identity in the Quartet, but the impact of Dvorák's Quartet on later American compositions is clear to me. The use of folk songs and hymns in 20th century American music and the 'wide-open-spaces' atmosphere of Western film scores has at least some of their origins in Dvorák's ‘New WorldAmerican’ style. One has only to listen to the second movement of this quartet to hear all the future ‘American’ music that it suggests. This exquisite movement makes the work even more of a masterpiece than it is with just the other three movements, thanks to its depth and power. The concert takes place in Orange Hall Theatre on February 17 at 3:00pm. (See SEGMENTS Film Festival ad this page for more location and contact information.)


.............................middletown Sandy Spitzer Exhibit, February & March

Artist Sandy Spitzer will be showing her art at the Town of Wallkill Town Hall (99 Tower skyscapes. She has exhibited throughout the Drive # A) during February and March. A cancer survivor, Sandy was diagnosed a Hudson Valley. Art is where she finds her peace and she few years ago with Macular Degeneration. In spite of her diagnosis, she paints beautiful shares that peace and beauty through her art. For more information, call 845-692-7826. landscapes, some with farm animals and

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Cinema Reel Eclectic Movie Feb 7, 7pm Afternoon Movie Feb 20, 2pm Thrall Library “Norma Rae” Intro by SUNYO Professor Daryl Goldberg Gilman Center Library, Feb 20, 3pm SEGMENTS: The Orange County Short Film Festival Orange Hall Theatre, Feb 23, 7pm

“Science-Based Medicine & Critical Thinking” Steven Novella Orange Hall Theatre, Feb 28, 7pm

Master Classes Greg Miller Photography Feb 4, 6pm Orange Hall Gallery Megan Campisi Feb 6, 1pm Lecoq Technique & Physical Theatre Cindy Blackman Santana drums Feb 22, 11am Orange Hall Theatre

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Pat Billeci “Portrait” Orange Hall Gallery, Feb 24, 2:30pm

Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra Feb 1, 8pm American String Quartet Feb 17, 3pm Cindy Blackman Santana & Trio Feb 22, 8pm Orange Hall Theatre

Exhibits Sandy Spitzer paintings Wallkill Town Hall, Feb 1-Mar 31 Greg Miller Photography thru Feb 8 North East Watercolor Society Feb 11-Mar 22 Reception: Feb 24, 1pm-4:15pm Orange Hall Gallery

Lecture “Reducing Your Garden’s Carbon Footprint” Susan Poll Gilman Center Library, Feb 21, 7pm

Ronan Tynan Irish Tenor Paramount Theater, Feb 24, 3pm

Theatre - Play “How the Pinkerton Detectives defeat the Lincoln Assassins and foil the Wild Rose of the Confederacy, No. 1” Gold No Trade Theatre Company Orange Hall Theatre, Mar 1, 8pm

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The NorthEast Watercolor Society’s Members Show 2013

“Hunters” by Janet Campbell

The North East Watercolor Society (NEWS) returns to SUNY Orange for six weeks for its 2013 Members’ Show. Over 100 paintings will grace the walls of Orange Hall Gallery and Loft, located on the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, February 11 through March 22. Works include still lifes, florals, land and seascapes, portraits, and semi-abstracts. Artists from all over the United States and Canada comprise the membership of this society which has its roots in the Orange County Watercolor Society. The reception for this superb exhibit is February 24 from 1:00pm to 4:15pm with music provided by pianist Geoff Hamburg and flutist/saxophonist Tom DeCelle who will play jazz and popular standards. Pat Billeci (see photo) is this year’s featured artist and exhibit judge. Although she paints landscapes, florals, and still lifes, portraits are her specialty, and it is that subject on which she will present a demonstration from 2:30pm to 3:45pm entitled Foundations of a Water Color Portrait at the reception on February 24. While many artists and art appreciators may

consider watercolor to be the least likely medium to be used in portraits, Pat Billeci’s portraits and the technique by which she creates them should convert any onlooker. Her subjects seem to engage their viewers with eye contact, and with her choices of color and the perception of light, the subjects seemly are brought to life. Billeci is a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and NEWS as well as an elected artist member of the Kent Art Association, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She has received national and regional awards. She is most interested in figurative work. Ethnic subjects, children, and the elderly (see cover) engaged in common place activities are prominent in her recent paintings. The awards ceremony will immediately follow the art demonstration at 3:45pm. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-4891 by emailing cultural@sunyorange.edu or by visiting www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.

"Across the Street" by Dorrie Rifkin

"Fresh Picked Apples" by Jane Koeck

"Valley Road, October" by Ann Higgins

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"Neptune Dawn" by Richard Price


Destination.....................................Montgomery The Work of WRS Instructors & Emerging Artist Troy Mack

The Wallkill River School of Art, is featuring the works of Troy Mack in the Emerging Artist gallery, and the works of the WRS teaching artists in the Main Galleries. Mack is a passionate painter who started his own faux finishing business, taught himself to paint, and finally became a fine artist because love led him to it. He is endlessly inspired by nature, the human form, and the inner spiritual landscape. His art was recently exhibited to a packed house in Pennsylvania, where it struck a chord with youthful, disenfranchised viewers who identified with the emotions in Mack’s paintings. Mack won’t settle for making pretty pictures; his paintings evoke heartbreak, defeat, and the ultimate triumph of the spirit. In 1998, he was diagnosed with Lyme, and lost his eyesight. His health took a downturn, and his priorities shifted. Mack’s artwork expressing his melancholy, hope and then his eventual return to health, are all chronicled in his large-scale Acrylic canvases. "Painting brings me inner peace," notes Mack, “I feel like my soul is at play.” The exhibits run from February 1-28. The reception is on February 9, from 5:00pm7:00pm. The School and Galleries are on Route 17K, 232 Ward Street. For more information, call 845-457-ARTS.

Troy with his work, “Defeated Angel”

A Movie & Art at Wolfgang Gallery Laina Mason and Olivia Merchant are having a photography exhibit at Wolfgang Gallery, 40 Railroad Avenue, entitled Mutual Reflect: Personal Reflex from February 1 thru March 2, with an opening reception on February 2 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Each month the Wolfgang Gallery offers a Movie Night, and Airplane! (1980) will be featured on February 8 at 7:00pm. $10 donation for popcorn and soda. For more information call 845-769-7446.

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Destination...................................................................................................... Langston Hughes’ Dream of Freedom Vocal Suite: GMCM February 10 by Philip Ehrensaft Still Here been scared and battered. My hopes the wind done scattered. Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me, Looks like between 'em they done Tried to make me Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'-But I don't care! I'm still here! Langston Hughes (1902-1967) Still Here, in nine potent compact lines, encompasses all the aesthetic and social strands that animated Langston Hughes’ brilliant poetry and fiction. Hughes was simultaneously a leading light of the Harlem Renaissance and one of America's finest twentieth century writers, period. Lines one through seven give us the evident miseries of American slavery, Reconstruction's new bondage, and the

to music as Hughes’ Dream of North's urban ghettos. Lines eight Freedom Suite by the and nine give us the joyful Cuddebackville-raised composer language, music and storytelling and pianist Evan Mack. The other that African-Americans created in poems are Feet O' Jesus, the face of all that was imposed. Lonesome Corner, Silence, The vernacular culture of common Wisdom, and Words Like Freedom. African-American men and Mack is best known as the women made Hughes' heart sing. composer of Angel of the Amazon, Via fashioning that vernacular an opera about the murder of Sister culture into great poetry, Hughes Elex Lee Vann Dorothy Stang, who was shot to became an original architect of death during her campaign to save Brazil's Black Pride. Like Duke Ellington, on the musical side of Amazon Forest and its inhabitants from the the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes' poetry predations of mining and forestry works on two inseparable levels: both men corporations. Bass-Baritone Elex Lee Vann embraced common, everyday African- will perform a solo voice and piano version American culture as a vehicle for celebrating of Mack's Dream of Freedom Suite for their own people, and getting their own Grand Montgomery Chamber Music. Vann, a professional opera singer and people to celebrate themselves. Simultaneously, both Hughes and Ellington music teacher (see page 9) based in fashioned their own popular culture into great Newburgh, performed in the original New art that could and did travel across the planet. York City performance of Mack's Angel of the Both saw the struggle of their people as a Amazon. Vann also appears on Albany universal message of the human need for Records' recent CD release of Mack's opera. As a high school student at the Newburgh freedom and dignity. Still Here is one of six Hughes’ poems set Free Academy, Vann envisaged a career in

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computer science. When his music teacher Elaine Simpson suggested that his real vocation was in music, it took, Vann indicated, about ten seconds to realize that she was right. He also followed her advice to enroll at the SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music, rather than his original goal of Juilliard and the like. After graduation, Vann's trajectory took him first to Virginia and then to Houston and L.A., with three years touring in Europe and South America. Then there was a stint singing and dancing on Broadway, via the musical Smoky Joe's Café. And then a decision to return to his home base, Newburgh. Vann composed the music for the second component of the Montgomery concert, with orchestration by pianist Jacob Colon: musical settings of poems by Delrose Bramwell (see page 9). Third in line are selections from Roger Miller's Big River, a bluegrass-tinged musical based on Huckleberry Finn. The free concert is at 3:00pm on February 10 in the Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street. For info: 845-457-9867.


..........................................................................................Montgomery Chiara String Quartet Returns

montgomery aREA calendar sponsored by Di Bello Gallery

Art & Photography Exhibits

Mike Jaroszko luminist James Hiller photography James Douglas Gallery, ongoing

Laina Mason & Olivia Merchant "Mutual Reflect : Personal Reflex" Wolfgang Gallery, Feb 1-Mar 2 Reception Feb 2, 6pm-9pm

Roberta Rosenthal “A Piece of Cake” Village Luncheonette, thru Feb 28

Eva Worley Noble Coffee Roasters, Feb 1-28

Museum

30 Artists Group Show Jan 1-30

Boy & Girl Scouting Display Village Museum, Feb 16, 1pm-4pm

“Holiday” thru Jan 14, “Winter” Jan 15-Feb 14

Wallkill River School Jacqueline Schwab, Mikey Teutul, Nat Baines ongoing,

As with the American String Quartet’s introduction to the Hudson Valley (see page 10), the Chiara String Quartet was also introduced to local concertgoers by Newburgh Chamber Music, and now these world class musicians are returning, this time for the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series. Chiara (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning "clear, pure, or light." Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins;

Gregory Beaver, cello, Jonah Sirota, viola) has established itself as among America’s most respected ensembles. The Chiara's recent honors include the nomination of its recording of Jefferson Friedman’s String Quartet No. 3 for a Grammy Award in 2011 and the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming for the 2010-2011 season. The free concert will take place on March 3 at 3:00pm in the Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street. Check the March CANVAS next month for the Chiara Quartet’s program. For information, call 845-457-9867.

Music

Steve Wells Feb 1, 7pm-10:30pm Ken McNally Feb 2, 7pm-10:30pm Joe Frazita Feb 8, 7pm-10:30pm Pauly DiDio Feb 9, 7pm-10:30pm Piet Koster Trio, jazz Feb 15, 7pm-10:30pm Music for Humanity Feb 16, 7pm-10:30pm Open Mic Feb 21, 7pm-9pm Nick Morrizo Feb 22, 7pm-10:30pm Sojourn Feb 23, 7pm-10:30pm Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall

Music - Classical

Elex Lee Vann bass-baritone Feb 10, 3pm Chiara String Quartet Mar 3, 3pm Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series Senior Center,

Poetry Reading

John Douglas Noble Coffee Roasters, Feb 7, 7pm

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Celebrating Washington’s Birthday

During the winter of 1782-83, the soldiers of the northern Continental Army anxiously waited in New Windsor for news of the peace treaty. Though peace might be announced, Washington still ordered his soldiers to train for battle. On Presidents’ Weekend, soldiers will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment with musket and cannon firings, blacksmithing, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life. See muskets and a cannon fired. Following these firings, children enlist in the Continental Army, drill with wooden muskets and get paid in Continental currency for their service. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is co-located with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Route 300, 374 Temple Hill Road, in New Windsor. For information call 845-561-1765 ext. 22. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Nearby, Washington’s Headquarters, at 84 Liberty Street in Newburgh, has a full schedule of activities for the Presidents’ weekend honoring our nation’s founding fathers and the soldiers who fought for our independence.

Each day, February 16, 17, & 18, from Noon until 4:00pm, General Washington, our first President, will be honored with a birthday cake. Everything each day – cake, presentations, entertainment, open house, regimental programs and drills – all for free! All three days, at 12:15pm, General Washington, portrayed by John Koopman, will cut the first piece of his birthday cake, inviting visitors to have cake, too. Every day, Revolutionary War re-enactors will regale guests with stories about their regiments and demonstrations of their military prowess. On Saturday, storyteller Lorraine HartinGelardi will entertain with tales of imagination and inspiration. There will be a presentation about 18th Century attire entitled From Petticoats to Breeches: Unveiling 18th Century Clothing. On Sunday, the multitalented Melody Newcombe, will perform magic acts and feats of great illusion, and a program about medicine and medical practices will be given. On Monday, three different presentations will be offered. Each afternoon, children can dip candles and Thaddeus MacGregor entertains musically. Call 845-562-1195.for details.

Honoring The Four Chaplains

Four Chaplain’s Day: 70th Anniversary Commemoration Program will take place at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor on February 3 at 2:00pm. The Hall of Honor will pay tribute to the Four Chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save others when their ship, the Dorchester, sank off the coast of Greenland seventy years ago. The ceremony will include presentations on each of the four chaplains, read by the clergy of the respective denomination of those men.

The Four Chaplains: A Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, a Methodist minister and a Reformed Church minister are remembered for their selfless sacrifice 70 years after their deaths. Admission is free, seating is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. To make a reservation call 845-561-1765. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and New Windsor Cantonment are co-located at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) in the town of New Windsor.

February 2: Coffeehouse Concert

and the host band Little Woodsongs Coffeehouse at Sparrow. the Sullivan County Museum It all happens at the Sullivan is presenting Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain County Museum in Hurleyville on February 2, Boys. 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Setzer is known throughout Also, in conjunction with the Eastern Pennsylvania as one of Great Sullivan County the greatest traditional bluegrass Foodraiser sponsored by the singers around. His style has Dancing Cat Saloon, donations been compared to musicians like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy and canned goods will be accepted in support Martin and the Stanley Brothers. The evening of the local food pantries. Check out the Foodraiser event at: will also feature performances by the Orange County duo Mike Baglione and Anne Loeb, http://www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Whispering Pines Corner Cooking with Douglas P. Frey, Executive Chef February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine's Day celebrations. I've put together a little sweetness you can make for your special Valentine. Enjoy! Chocolate Crepes • 2 eggs • 1/2 c milk • 1/2 c water • 3/4 c flour • 6 t sugar • 1/3 T butter •1 oz cognac • 1 box chocolate pudding • 1 t instant coffee • 3 c cream • 4 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate • 1/2 c butter • 1 1/4 c evaporated milk • 2 1/2 c confectioners' sugar.

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Crepe batter: in a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, water, flour, sugar, 1 t butter, and cognac. Filling: beat pudding, coffee and cream together with a mixer until the mixture is thick. Sauce: In a pan, melt chocolate, butter, milk, and confectioners' sugar together until the mixture is a little thick. Crepes: Heat a small crepe pan to high. Place a small amount of batter into the skillet and swirl it until the batter covers the bottom of the pan. When the crepe is slightly browned flip it over and let brown for a few seconds. Stack the crepes and let cool before filling. Spoon the filling into the center of each crepe and roll up. Spoon

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the sauce over the crepes and serve! Valentine's Day Chocolate Mousse • 1/4 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips • 1/2 t shortening • 1/3 c sugar • 3 t cornstarch • 1 c milk • 1/2 c water • 4 egg yolks • 1 3/4 (12 ounce) packages Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips • 1 t vanilla 3/4 c cream • 1/2 c cream • 8 strawberries. Mousse: Stir together sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add milk and water. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Stir half of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return to saucepan. Boil 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and vanilla; stir until chocolate is melted. Pour into a bowl. Set bowl inside a bowl filled with ice water. Beat on high speed

until cooled. Fold in the whipped 3/4 cup cream. Spoon into martini glasses. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Before serving, top each with whipped cream and a strawberry. Peel chocolate hearts from wax paper; place one on each dessert. Chocolate Hearts: Place 1/4 cup SemiSweet Chocolate Chips and 1/2 t shortening in small bowl. Microwave on high 45 seconds. Pour into small plastic bag, cut off a corner of the bag. Bag mixture into heart shapes on wax paper. Refrigerate until firm. For any questions or catering needs I can be reached at Whispering Pines Caterers, 845-647-1428 or by email: dfrey@sunysullivan.edu.


Community Building Through The Arts with Susan Handler

Art Binds Neighbor to Neighor: Art Culture on the Streets of Newburgh Over the past decade many Orange County artists and arts organizations have committed their time and energies to bring about social change in the City of Newburgh, a community plagued far too long by violence and graffiti. The ripple affect of their efforts can now be seen in the multiple public art murals that are being installed throughout this city’s urban spaces. The public/private partnership for the Life in Colors Newburgh Mural Project series has brought together residents Decora Sandiford and Jenny Loeb, The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, The Ford Foundation, The Greater Newburgh Partnership (GNP), Institute for International Education, the Ritz Theater, and the Safe Harbors of the Hudson. The project is a public art and education program with a mission to inspire the growth of arts and culture in the community by transforming public spaces into public works of art celebrating the City of Newburgh’s spirit and vibrancy in an effort to bring balance back to this historic city. Sue Sullivan of the GNP stated what every resident and business owner of this city knows, “There have been lots of revitalization attempts, lots of dreams, and lots of developers.” This time the approach begins on the streets with the residents. “The more people we have on the streets, the healthier the community.” The partnership team studied other well-documented troubled cities, such as the formerly graffiti plagued city of Philadelphia, and they found that making art culture visible on the streets is a tool for community engagement, blight remediation, a beautification strategy, and demonstrates civic pride, resulting in a positive impact on the local economies. The muralist for the Life in Colors series is Dasic Fernández, an award-winning

Chilean-born graffiti artist. His commissioned murals can be seen in cities all over the world, including Austin, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Toronto, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Although he maintains that “everything I paint and everything I know how to do in art is rooted in graffiti,” he also cites nineteenth and twentieth century artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky and Roberto Matta as his idols. Fernández prefers the medium of street art because it contains the “essential” quality of providing a

space in which to connect with the public directly. Three of the five murals were completed the Summer of 2012. Transcendence captures the human spirit and is located on the South Wall of the Ritz Theater on the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street. Roots fuses the past and the present and is located on Chambers Street between Broadway and 1st Street. Transformation encompasses the connection between the material and the individual and is located on South Street

Photos: “Transformation” by Dasic Fernandez between 9W and Dubois on the underpass at Downing Park. In the Summer of 2013 the Life In Colors series will be completed. Karen Mejia of GNP shared that her dream for the project is to “bind neighbor to neighbor” through urban street activities. For additional information visit www.greaternewburghpartnership.org or call 845-568-2558.

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Music - blues / country/ folk / pop / rock sponsored by Steve’s Music Center, Rock Hill

Could Local’s Vocals be “The Voice?”

Lifelong Hudson Valley resident Jillian Turner has been singing locally for several years. She found her gift at the age of six when she broke into song for her mother in their kitchen. With generations of family musicians preceding her, it is no surprise that Jillian's talent has been selftaught. As a child she learned from the radio until joining the school chorus. She became a fixture in the all-county and all-state choirs. It wasn't until 2006 that she received her first and only formal vocal lesson after landing a lead role that she felt was too high for her. She went for training, and in just one lesson, came to realize she could reach notes far higher than she thought. It was then that Jillian was told by the teacher, a professional opera singer, that she has a four-octave range. Jillian is an accomplished studio vocalist and live performer. She was featured in an opening act for Brooks and Dunn in Nashville, and has made television appearances such as on Dick Clark's Your Big Break. She has also competed at Amateur Night at the Apollo, and was recently selected for one of only six slots to return. On a local level, Jillian was named Grand Champion of the Hudson Valley in a Radio Star competition. Kate Pierson from the B52's, along with the head of A&R from Columbia Records granted Jillian the opportunity to record an original single. Together with Peter Moshay, Movin' On was laid down and later featured on Mark Boulder's radio broadcast. She has also performed in several musical productions with the County Players Theater. HBO's The Sopranos’ Tony Darrow had hand-picked Jillian to win the 2005 New York

State American Idol early in the competition, and despite a terrible car accident, she performed, coming in third place. Later, he joined her and her family at dinner, expressing adamantly that she was by far the most talented contestant, and encouraged her to persevere. For about ten years, Jillian has sung with the wedding band Common Ground, formerly called The Ed Michaels All Star Orchestra. She currently does lead vocals and emcees. On February 16 and 17 NBC's The Voice will be holding auditions in New York and Jillian has decided to go for it. She will be bringing her A-Game with hopes to reflect her greatest influences, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Reba McIntyre. Watch for her - and when she gets through the battle rounds, be sure to cast your vote! In the meantime, look for Jillian with Common Ground. They will be the headlining dance band at the Monticello Raceway Casino on February 2 from 9:00pm-1:00am!

Meg Braun is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter known for her fearless writing, her dynamic vocal style and performances that have charmed audiences from California to Texas and throughout the Northeast. Meg got her start while living in Manhattan’s East Village, hosting the Tuesday evening open mic at the legendary C-Note. It became a weekly salon of sorts, welcoming a distinctive collection of songwriters. At the same time that she was releasing her debut CD, Tomboy Princess, she co-founded the Christopher Street Coffeehouse.

The Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, at the U n i t a r i a n Universalist Congregation (UUC) will be featuring Meg Braun on February 9 at 7:30pm. Open mic performances will be available to all. The UUC is located at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern. For information call 845-978-5620.

Concerts UUC......................................................................................Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern

Meg Braun to be featured in Coffeehouse

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Charlie Hunter jazz , Marc von Em blues, folk, rock ........The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 1, 7pm Louie Setzer & the Appalachian Mt. Boys ..Sullivan Museum, Hurleyville, Feb 2, 6pm-9pm Ed Palermo Bog Band & Napoleon Murphy Brock..........The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 2, 7pm Kazi Oliver drumming ..........................................................Florida Library, Feb 3, 1pm FREE The Trapps Americana, folk, rock........................................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 7, 7pm The Dirty Dozen Brass Band New Orleans, funk, bebop ..........Bethel Woods, Feb 7, 7:30pm Kat Edmonson Group pop ..................................................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 8, 7pm Jermaine Paul................................................................Castle Fun Center, Chester, Feb 8, 8pm Jay Collins & The Kings County Band, The Tres Amogi ................The Falcon, ,Feb 9, 7pm Meg Braun Hudson Valley Folk Guild ......................................................UUC Feb 9, 7:30pm The Compact with Erin Hobson & Steve Ross ......The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 10, 10am-2pm Alexis P. Suter Band, Casey Erdmann rock, blues, soul ........Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 14, 7pm Tisziji Munoz Quartet w/ John Medeski ..........................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 15, 7pm Akie B & The Falcons soul-jazz ........................................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 16, 7pm Gustafer Yellowgold & Rachel Loshak ..................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 17, 10am-2pm The Funk Junkies ..............................................................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 17, 7pm The Reggaelution Band ..................................................Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, Feb 22, 7pm CKS: Randy Ciarlante, Bruce Katz, Scott Sharrad blues-soul-rock ....Falcon, Feb 22, 7pm Cindy Blackman Santana & Trio “Another Lifetime” drums - jazz, rock .............................. Orange Hall Theatre, Middletown, Feb 22, 8pm Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens gospel-soul ..........The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 23, 7pm Bruce Cockburn folk rock ..............................................................Bethel Woods, Feb 23, 8pm Nadia Ackerman, The Hipstones jazz-soul ......................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 27, 7pm Jim Campilongo Power Trio blues, country, jazz, rock ....The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 28, 7pm

Open Mic & In-house music BBQ.......................................................................................................Brian’s Backyard Barbecue, Middletown

Open Mic w/Bob Keegan ..........................................................BBQ Tuesdays & Wednesdays Open Mic w/Eric Callari........................................Eddie’s Roadhouse, Warwick, Wednesdays Open Mic ........................................................................Mountaindale Inn, Wednesdays, 8pm Musicians Gathering Stacy & Friends ..........Dancing Cat, Saloon, Thursdays, 7pm-11:30pm Chris Chernak ..............................................Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Feb 1, 6pm-7:30pm Steve Wells ..................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 1, 7pm-10:30pm Great Sullivan County Food Raiser ..Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel, Feb 2 & 3, all day Ken McNally guitar ....................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 2, 7pm-10:30pm Karaoke Night ..............................................Two Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Feb 2, 7:30pm Joe Frazita ..................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 8, 7pm-10:30pm Pauly DiDio blues, rock ..............Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 9, 7pm-10:30pm Dan Brother acoustic ................................................Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Feb 15, 8pm Music for Humanity ................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 16, 7pm-10:30pm Peter Florance & the New Kings ............................Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Feb 16, 8pm Open Mic ..........................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 21, 7pm-9pm Nick Morrizo guitar..................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 22, 7pm-10:30pm Ameranouche ............................................................Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Feb 22, 7pm Sojourn ......................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 23, 7pm-10:30pm Karaoke Night ....................................................2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Jan 5, 7:30pm


CANvas category calendar sponsored by Hudson Valley Planning and Preservation, Monroe Broadway Concerts Direct “Isn’t It Romantic?” Wurtsboro Community Church, Feb 9, 8pm An Evening of Broadway Cabaret ............Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, Feb 22-24 ART TOURS / walks Second Saturday in Beacon Beacon Galleries........Downtown Beacon, Feb 9, all day to 9pm Music - Classical Art After Dark ....................................................................Milford Galleries, Feb 9, 6pm-9pm Craig S. Williams Grand Organ Symphonies ....West Point Cadet Chapel, Feb 3, 3pm FREE Elex Lee Vann bass-baritone, Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series ............................ Cinema Montgomery Senior Center, Feb 10, 3pm, FREE Monday Night Movie ................................................Newburgh Library, Feb 4, 6:30pm FREE & Newburgh Library, Feb 17, 3pm, FREE Reel Eclectic Film Series..................................Thrall Library, Middletown, Feb 7, 7pm FREE The Greater NY Wind Symphony ............................................Sugar Loaf PAC, Feb 10, 3pm Beacon Film Festival ........................................................................Beacon Theatre, Feb 7-10 Jenny Lin piano ..............................................Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Feb 10, 4pm “The American President” Michael Douglas ............Cornwall Library, Feb 13, Noon FREE American String Quartet ..................SUNY Orange Hall Theatre, Middletown, Feb 17, 3pm Afternoon Movie ................................................................Florida Library, Feb 16, 2pm FREE Kuok-Wai Lin piano ......................................Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Feb 24, 4pm Afternoon Movie ............................................Thrall Library, Middletown, Feb 20, 2pm FREE Potluck Concerts “Romance” ........................Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Feb 22, 7:30pm “Norma Rae” ................................SUNYO Middletown, Gilman Center Library, Feb 20, 3pm Chiara String Quartet Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series ........................................ ”Monsieur Lahzar” ........................................................Cornwall Library, Feb 21, 6pm FREE Montgomery Senior Center, Mar 3, 3pm, FREE “The Economics of Happiness” documentary & discussion .................................................... West Point Brass Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman ......Jewish Chapel, Mar 3, 3pm FREE Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Rock Tavern, Feb 22, 7pm FREE Films of Jack Smith ......................Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, Feb 22, 7:30pm

SEGMENTS: The Orange County Short Film Festival .......................................................... SUNYO Middletown, Orange Hall Theatre, Feb 23, 7pm

Comedy Kevin Downey, Jr. ..................................................Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Feb 2, 8pm Open Mic ..........................................................Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Second Friday Kevin Meaney, Chipps Cooney ............................Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Feb 9, 8pm Corey Rodrigues ..................................................Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Feb 23, 8pm Don Jamieson ........................................................Jester’s Comedy Club, Chester, Mar 2, 8pm

drumming & dance Bernard Woma & Saakumu Dance Troupe ..........Nesin Theatre, Monticello, Feb 8, 7:30pm

holistic UFO Support Group ..................................Walker Valley Schoolhouse, 1st Wednesdays, 7pm Brid’s Closet’s Psychic Faire & Bake Sale ....Brid’s Closet, Cornwall, Feb 16, 10am-closing Message Circle ..........................................Spiritquest Healing Center, Slate Hill, Feb 22, 7pm

lectures - DEMOS - master classes HHNM....................................Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall PEEC ............................................................ Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry

Eagle Watch Trips ......................................................PEEC Feb 2 & 9, 9am, Feb 3 & 10, 1pm MASTER CLASS Greg Miller Photography Orange Hall Gallery, Middletown, Feb 4, 6pm “The Black Migration: Agent of Change”......................Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, Feb 5, 4pm “Hidden Treasure of the Hudson Valley”........Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Feb 5, 7:30pm MASTER CLASS Megan Campisi Lecoq Techniques & Physical Theater ............................ Orange Hall Theatre, Middletown, Feb 6, 1pm DEMO Glass Blowing..........................Gillander Glass Factory, Port Jervis, Feb 9, 10am-3pm Animal Tracking ..........................................................................................PEEC Feb 9, 10am “Flambe Foods for Your Flame” Sara Cox, Jennifer Fiero ..Greenwood Lake Library, Feb 17, 1pm “Armchair Tour of the Galapagos Islands” Bill Fiero ..Newburgh Library,. Feb 20, 6:30pm “Reducing Your Garden’s Footprint” Susan PellGilman Library, Middletown, Feb 21, 7pm MASTER CLASS Cindy Blackman Santana on Drums Orange Hall Theatre, Feb 22, 11am “Tuskegee Airmen: African Americans in Aviation” Glendon Fraser.................................... Greenwood Lake Library, Feb 23, Noon “Tuskegee Airmen: African Americans in Aviation” Derek Green ........................................ Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 23, 3:30pm “Starting Seeds Inside” Garden Series......................................................PEEC Feb 24, 10am DEMO Pat Pilleci “Portrait” ....................Orange Hall Gallery, Middletown, Feb 24, 2:30pm “Science-based Medicine and Critical Thinking” Steven Novella .......................................... Orange Hall Theatre, Feb 28, 7pm

museums Sculpture Exhibits Imi Knoebel, Walter De Maria ..................................Dia:Beacon, ongoing “Unpacked and Rediscovered” ....................Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, ongoing Conan Doyle & Houdini “Spiritualism” ................Karpeles Manuscript Museum, thru Apr 3 Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery ..Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Geology Fair ..................Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall, Feb 9, 10am-2pm Boy & Girl Scouting Display ......................Montgomery Village Museum, Feb 16, 1pm-4pm

Music - Ethnic “Kingdom Now” gospel choir ................................St. James Episcopal Church, Goshen, TBA Ronan Tynan “America’s Irish Tenor” ............Paramount Theater, Middletown, Feb 24, 3pm Irish Day ..............................................Greenwood Lake American Legion, Mar 3, Noon-6pm

Music - jazz Sunday Brunch with the Jazz Cats ....................Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, Sundays, 11am Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz OrchestraOrange Hall Theatre, Middletown, Feb 1, 8pm Erik Lawrence Trio ..................................................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 3, 10am-2pm West Point Jazz Knights “From ‘A’ Train to Soul Train” ..Cullum Hall, Feb 10, 3pm FREE Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry, Perry Beekman ..............The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 10, 7pm Fat Tuesday Dixieland Tribute ..........................................The falcon, Marlboro, Feb 12, 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Birthday Concert ..............The Dautaj, Warwick, Feb 15, 8pm Piet Koster Trio........................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 15, 7pm-10:30pm Rebecca Martin & Larry Grenadier Duo........................The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 20, 7pm JB’s Soul Jazz Brunch, Myles Mancuso & Lee Falco ..........Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 24, 7pm

opera - livecast “Rigoletto” Verdi........................................Sullivan County Community College, Feb 16, 1pm “Parsifal” Wagner ....................................Sullivan County Community College, Mar 2, Noon

opera - video “La Traviata” Verdi ........................................................Cornwall Library, Feb 17, 1pm FREE

poetry & PRose reading “Be Mine Forever” poetry & photography ..........Delaware Arts Center, Narrowsburg, thru Feb 16 Frank Boyer & Pauline Uchmanowicz ..................Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Feb 1, 8pm Anne Gorrick Poetry on the Loose ..........Seligmann Estate, Sugar Loaf, Feb , 3:30pm FREE John Douglas host, Robert Milby..............Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 7, 7pm Hudson River Poets ........................................................Newburgh Library, Feb 7, 7pm FREE Romance Writers of America prose ..........Newburgh Library in Newburgh Mall, Feb 9, 2pm “Shorts & Sweets for Sweethearts” prose reading w/dinner, Big Sky Productions .............. United Methodist Church of Monticello, Feb 9, 6pm Poetry Cafe ........................................................................Florida Library, Feb 15, 7pm FREE Poetry Night ..................................................Bank Square Coffeehouse, Beacon, Feb 20, 7pm Poetry at the Church ..................................................Goshen Methodist Church, Feb 25, 7pm

recreation Country Western Line Dancing ..........................Jesters Restaurant, Chester, Thursdays, 7pm Four Chaplain’s Day: 70th Anniversary ....................New Windsor Cantonment, Feb 3, 2pm Continental Army Winter Encampment......................New Windsor Cantonment, Feb 16-18

Storytelling Black Dirt Storytelling Guild “The Ex Files” ............Florida Library, Feb 14, 7:30pm FREE

Theatre - Play “One Man Talking” w/Billy Hipkins ..............Columns Museum, Feb 9, 7pm, & Feb 10, 3pm “Chinese Coffee” Cornerstone Arts Alliance ......................Goshen Music Hall, Feb 23-Mar 9 “How the Pinkerton Detectives defeat the Lincoln Assassins and foil the Wild Rose of the Confederacy, No. 1” Gold No Trade Theatre Co. Orange Hall Theatre, Middletown, Mar 1, 8pm

Music - broadway - tin pan alley - light classics - Irish

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= Bethel Woods, Event Gallery = Downing Film Center, Newburgh, 845-561-3686 = Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point = The Falcon, Marlboro = Grand Montgomery Chamber Music, Montgomery Senior Center

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= Howland Cultural Center, Beacon = Aquinas Hall, Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh = Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall = NesinTheatre, Monticello = Newburgh Free Library

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Prose Reading......First Friday Contempor

Poetry Reading ........Frank Boyer & Paulin

“Transformation” by Dasic Fernandez

Music............Blue Friday Blues Jam ..

Music - Jazz..Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA

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Cinema Monday Night Movie NFL 6:30pm

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Open Mic..Musicians Gathering ..Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, 7pm

Music Fat Tuesday Dixieland Tribute FAL 7pm

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Cinema Afternoon Movie Thrall Library, Middletown 2pm “Norma Rae” SUNYO Middletown Gilman Center Library, 3pm Poetry Reading Bank Square Coffeehouse, Beacon, 7pm Music-Jazz Rebecca Martin & Larry Grenadier Duo FAL 7pm

by Mariana Russo On view at The Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Route 739 Lords Valley, PA. February 1-28. For info: 570-775-7337.

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Music............Alexis P. Suter Band, Casey Erdmann ........FAL 7pm Recreation ..............Country Western Line Dancing ........JCC 7pm Music - Jazz...Jazz Trio ..Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville, 8pm-11pm

Recreation Continental Army Winter Encampment New Windsor Cantonment, 10am-4pm

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Cinema.......................Beacon Film Festival ............BeaconTheatre Poetry Reading ....................Hudson River Poets ....................NFL 7pm Poetry Reading ........................John Douglas ........................NCR 7pm Open Mic...Musicians Gathering Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, 7pm Recreation ..............Country Western Line Dancing ........JCC 7pm Cinema..............................Reel Eclectic Movie ....................TL 7pm Music - Folk, Rock, Americana........The Trapps ..................FAL 7pm Music ............................The Dirty Dozen Brass Band ........BW 7:30pm Music - Jazz...Jazz Trio ..Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville, 8pm-11pm

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Music Nadia Ackerman, The Hipstones FAL 7pm

Cinema.......................Beacon Film Festi Music ..............................Kat Edmonso

Music ........................................Joe Fra

Drumming & Dance.....Bernard Soma & Sa

Music....................Jermaine Paul .......

Music - Jazz ........................Piet Koste

Music ................Tisziji Munoz Quartet

Poetry Reading ........................Poetry C

Music - Jazz.Hudson Valley Jazz Fest

Music...........Dan Brother acoustic......

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Music ................The Reggaelu

Cinema....................“Monsieur Lahzar” ........Cornwall Library, 6pm Cinema ..................“The Economics o

Recreation ..............Country Western Line Dancing ........JCC 7pm Music...CKS w/ Randy Ciarlante, Bruc

Open Mic..Musicians Gathering ..Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, 7pm Cinema..........................The Films of J Open Mic....................Open Mic Night................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Music - Classical...Potluck Concerts ..

Music - Jazz...Jazz Trio ..Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville, 8pm-11pm Music - Jazz-Rock..Cindy Blackman S Music - Broadway.........An Evening of

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Open Mic..Musicians Gathering ..Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, 7pm Music..........................Jim Campilongo Power Trio ..........FAL 7pm Music - Jazz..Jazz Trio ..Aroma Thyme Bistro, Ellenville, 8pm-11pm

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= Thrall Library, Middletown = Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Rock Tavern = Wurtsboro Art Alliance = WEst Point Cadet Chapel = West Point Jewish Chapel

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Music - Jazz................Erik Lawrence Trio ................FAL 10am-2pm Poetry Reading..............Anne Gorrick Poetry on the Loose ..........SCA 3:30pm Music..Great Sullivan Food Raiser ..Catskill Distilling Co., Bethel, all day .......Dancing Cat Saloon, 6pm-8pm Music...Great Sullivan County Food Raiser ........Catskill Distilling Co., Bethel, 6pm Music - Jazz...........The Jazz Cats........Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel 11am Wells ................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Music - Blues.........Louie Setzer & Appalachian Mountain Boys......SCM 6pm-9pm Drumming ................................Kazi Oliver ................Florida Library 1pm

c von Em blues, rock ............FAL 7pm

rary Writers ..Narrowsburg Lib. 7:30pm

ne Uchmanowicz ................HCC 8pm

.....Dancing Cat Saloon, 8pm-11pm

A Jazz Orchestra ..SUNYO-OH 8pm

Music ..........Ed Palermo Big Band w/Napoleon Murphy Brock ........................FAL 7pm Recreation........Four Chaplain’s Day ....New Windsor Cantonment, 2pm

Music ......................................Ken McNally..................................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Theatre - Musical ............“The Luckiest Penny” ......SUNYO-KH 1:30pm Comedy ..............................Kevin Downey, Jr. ............................................JCC 8pm Music - Classical ....Craig S. Williams Grand Organ............WPCC 3pm ___________________________________________________________________ Poetry Reading ................Poetry in the Gallery ........................WAA 8pm Art Walk ......................Second Saturday ..................Downtown Beacon, all day Cinema.................................Beacon Film Festival............................BeaconTheatre .............Cinema.......................Beacon Film Festival ............BeaconTheatre Prose Reading..Romance Writers of America Nwbrgh Library in Nwbrgh Mall, 2pm Music........The Compact w/Erin Hobson & Steve Ross ........FAL 10am-2pm

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Prose Reading...“Shorts & Sweets for Sweethearts” ..United Methodist Ch. Monticello, 6pm Music - Jazz...........The Jazz Cats........Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel 11am ival............................BeaconTheatre Art Walk ................................Art After Dark..................Downtown Milford, 6pm-9pm Music - Classical ......Elex Lee Vann bass-baritone..............GMCM 3pm on Group ........................FAL 7pm Music.......Jay Collins & The Kongs County Band, The Tres Amogis ......FAL 7pm Music - Classical ...........Greater NY Wind Symphony ..........SLPAC 3pm azita ..................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Theatre - Play ....................“One Man Talking ........Columns Museum, Milford, 7pm Music - Swing................West Point Jazz Knights ........Cullum Hall, 3pm aakumu Dance Troupe ....NES 7:30pm Music - Folk ..............................Meg Braun ............................................UUC 7:30pm Theatre - Play........“One Man Talking ....Columns Museum, Milford, 3pm ...Castle Fun Center, Chester, 8pm Music ......................................Pauly DiDio ..................................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Music - Classical ..................Jenny Lin piano............................HCC 4pm Comedy ..................Kevin Meaney, Chipps Cooney . ................................JCC 8pm Music - Jazz..Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry, Perry Beekman ..FAL 7pm

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Recreation...Continental Army Winter Encampment ....New Windsor Cantonment, 10am-4pm

er Trio ..............NCR 7pm-10:30pm Holistic.......Brid’s Closet’s Psychic Faire & Bake Sale ....Cornwall, 10am to closing

t w/John Medeski............FAL 7pm Opera - Livecast..................“Rigoletto” Verdi ..........................................SCCC 1pm

Cafe ................Florida Library, 7pm Music ................................Music For Humanity ..........................NCR 7pm-10:30pm

t B’day Party ..Dautaj, Warwick 8pm Music ..............................Akie B. & The Falcons ..........................................FAL 7pm

.....Dancing Cat Saloon, 8pm-11pm Music....Peter Florance & the New Kings ..Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel, 8pm-11pm

Music - Jazz...........The Jazz Cats........Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel 11am Opera - Video ....................“La Traviata” Verdi ......Cornwall Library 1pm Recreation...Continental Army Winter Encampment ....New Windsor Cantonment, 1pm-4pm

Cinema ................................Afternoon Movie ............Florida Library 2pm Music - Classical ..........American String Quartet ........SUNYO-OH 3pm Music - Gospel....Kingdom Now ..St. James Episcopal Ch., Goshen TBA Music - Classical ......Elex Lee Vann bass-baritone ..................NFL 3pm Music ..................................The Funk Junkies............................FAL 7pm

rrizo ................NCR 7pm-10:30pm

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of Happiness”................UUC 7pm Cinema...“SEGMENTS: The Orange County Short Film Festival SUNYO-OH 7pm Music - Jazz ..............Myles Mancuso & Lee Falco ........FAL 10am-2pm

ce Katz, Scott Sharrad....FAL 7pm Theatre - Play ....................“Chinese Coffee” ....................Goshen Music Hall, 7pm Music - Jazz...........The Jazz Cats........Dancing Cat Saloon, Bethel 11am

Jack SMith..................SCA 7:30pm Music ..........................................Sojourn ....................................NCR 7pm-10:30pm Theatre - Play...............“Chinese Coffee” ..........Goshen Music Hall, 2pm

Cornwall Presbyterian Ch., 7:30pm Music ................Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens ............................FAL 7pm Music - Broadway.........An Evening of Broadway Cabaret ......SCM 2pm

Santana drums ..SUNYO-OH 8pm Music ..........................Bruce Cockburn folk,rock ......................................BW 8pm Music - Irish ....................Ronan Tynan Irish Tenor ..........................PT 3pm Broadway Cabaret ......SCM 8pm Music - Broadway.........An Evening of Broadway Cabaret ........................SCM 8pm Music - Classical ................Kuok-QWai Lio piano ..........................HCC 4pm

.....Dancing Cat Saloon, 8pm-11pm Comedy ..............................Corey Rodrigues. ............................................JCC 8pm

Coffee” ....Goshen Music Hall, 7pm

eatre Company ..SUNYO-OH 8pm

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Theatre - Play ....................“Chinese Coffee” ..Goshen Music Hall, 2pm Music - Classical ................West Point Brass ........................WPJC 3pm Music - Classical..............Chiara String Quartet....................GMCM 3pm February 2013

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ART exhibits CAS..........................................................................................Catskill Art Society Arts Center, Livingston Manor DAC............................................................Alliance Gallery & Loft Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, Narrowsburg KMM ......................................................................................................Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Newburgh SUNYO-KH ..................................................................................................SUNY Orange Newburgh, Kaplan Hall SUNYO-OH ......................................................................SUNY Orange Middletown, Orange Hall Gallery & Loft WRS....................................................................................................................Wallkill River School, Montgomery

Carolyn Duke pottery ..............................................Duke Pottery, Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, ongoing Mike Jarozsko luminist paintings ............................James Douglas Gallery, Montgomery, ongoing Lisa Strazza paintings............................................................Strazza Art Gallery, Warwick, ongoing David & Joann Wells Greenbaum potter, paintings ..............BlueStone Studio, Milford, ongoing Jacqueline Schwab, Mikey Teutul ..................................Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery, ongoing Kelly Patton ............................................................................Caffe Macchiato, Newburgh, ongoing Jules Medwin outdoor sculpture ......................Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, ongoing “Beacon Teen Reflections” Beacon HS students ..............RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, thru Feb 3 Nancy Reed Jones ....................................................................................Elant at Goshen, thru Feb 4 “A Winter Gathering of Artists” Pine Bush Area Arts Council ...................................................... Town of Crawford Government Center, thru Feb 8 “Winter” members group show ..............................................................................WRS thru Feb 14 Emily Wisniewski “Les Yeux” ....................Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, thru Feb 16 F.T. Mitchell “Diverse Work in Two and Three Dimensions” ..............................KMM thru Feb 28 Roberta Rosenthal “A Piece of Cake” ..................Village Luncheonette, Montgomery, thru Feb 28 Phyllis Lehman “Go Figure” ......................................................Café ala Mode, Warwick, thru Feb “Living in the Material World” Chinese-American art , photos, etc. ....SUNYO-KH thru Mar 29 “The Neversink River in Winter” River Valley Artists Guild ........Deerpark Town Hall, thru Apr 1

New art Exhibits Sabrina Leviton & Rachel Spear........Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville, Feb 1, 5pm-8pm Instructors Group Show ............................................................................................WRS Feb 1-15 Eva Worley ......................................................................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Feb 1-28 Mariana Russo collage & paintings ............The Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, Feb 1-28 Bill Leonardi “Expressions of Grace” ......................................Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 1-28 Sandy Spitzer paintings ..........................................Wallkill Town Hall, Middletown, Feb 1-Mar 31 Warwick Drawing Group ..............................Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, Feb 3-27 Judith MacCalla ..................................................................................Elant at Goshen, Feb 4-Mar 3 “Snow” art & photography ......................................................Wurtsboro Art Alliance, Feb 9-Mar 3 North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2013 Show........................SUNYO-OH Feb 11-Mar 22 Seniors Paint!, Troy Mack ........................................................................................WRS Feb 16-28 “Love” members group show ............................................................................WRS Feb 16-Mar 14 “Aph-o-risms” mixed media ..............................................................................DAC Feb 23-Mar 16 “Abstractions: New Modernism”..............................Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, Mar 2-Apr 13 “Near and Far” Judith Meyerowitz, Gordon Gilbert, James Carbney, Kalika Stern....CAS Mar 2-Apr 7

Instructors Group Show ........................................................................................WRS Feb 9, 5pm-7pm “February Dreams” members show ........................................................................HPG Feb 9, 6pm-9pm Seniors Paint!, Troy Mack ....................................................................................WRS Feb 16, 5pm-7pm North East Watercolor Society Members’ 2013 Show ......................SUNYO-OH Feb 24, 1pm-4:15pm “Aph-o-risms” mixed media ..................................................................................DAC Feb 23, 2pm-4pm WAS Group Show ........................................Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville, Mar1, 5pm-8pm “Near and Far” Judith Meyerowitz, Gordon Gilbert, James Carbney, Kalika Stern......CAS Mar 2, 3pm-5pm

“Abstractions: New Modernism” ......................Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, Mar 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm

books Book Lover’s Club ..........................................Greenwood Lake Library, Fourth Tuesday, 7pm Discussion “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms” ....................Cornwall Library, Feb 6, 7pm Reading “Crone Age” by Marcia Nehemiah ........Catskill Art Society, L. Manor, Feb 10, 1pm Science Reads Book Discussion “Your Inner Fish”..........Newburgh Library, Feb 12, 6:30pm Discussion “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen ..Crawford Library, Monticello, Feb 12, 7:30pm

Great Books Discussion ............................................................Newburgh Library, Feb 22, 11:30am Book Talk Cafe ................................................................................Newburgh Library, Feb 23, 2pm Discussion “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson .................................................... Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Feb 27, 7pm Discussion “The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott ..........................Cornwall Library, Feb 28, 7pm

clubs Walden Chess Club all ages, all levels Josephine-Louise Library, Saturdays 10am, Mondays, 6pm Friday Night Chess ....................................................................Narrowsburg Library, Fridays, 6pm Knit and Stitch ........................................................................Narrowsburg Library, Mondays, 6pm Knitters & Crocheters “Crochety Knitters” ............................Liberty Library, Tuesdays, 10:15am Knitting Club ..................................Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Wednesdays 2pm-4pm Knitting Group ............................................Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Thursdays, 6:30pm Knit/Crochet Club ....................................................................Wallkill Library, Thursdays, 6:30pm Knimble Knitters ..................................................................Ellenville Library, Saturdays, 10:15am Knitting Club ..................................................................................Newburgh Library. Feb 28, 7pm Knitting Circle ......................................................................................Florida Library, Feb 25, 6pm Laurel & Hardy Sons of the Desert Int’l Org......Last Sundays, Ellenville, ray@themtharhills.org The Music Lovers Guild ..............................3rd Thurs, 7:30pm FREE, Montgomery 845-457-9867 Photography Club Hudson Highlands Photo Workshop .................................................................. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chester, 2nd Monday, 7:30pm Country Quilters Guild “Stitch & Bitch” ..............Mondays, all day, Walker Valley School House Scrabble Players................................................Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Thursdays, 6pm Scrabble Players ............................................................................Ellenville Library, Tuesdays, 6pm Trivia Night ............................................................2 Alices, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Thursdays, 8pm UFO Support Group ....................................Walker Valley Schoolhouse, First Wednesday, 7:30pm Woodcarving Guild....................................................Valley Cabinets, Harriman, Wednesdays, 7pm

Group Show Washingtonville Art Society ......................Weathervane Clubhouse, Mar 1, 5pm-8pm

photography exhibits

School & Conservatory “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” The Acting Out Playhouse ........................Sugar Loaf PAC, Feb 15-17

FOV ..................................................................................................................................Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon HPG ............................................................................................................Highlands Photographic Guild, Milford

“Early to Rise: Working Farms in Orange County” Cornell Cooperative Extension, Middletown James Hiller ..............................................................James Douglas Gallery, Montgomery, ongoing John Strazza ..........................................................................Strazza Art Gallery, Warwick, ongoing Nat Baines ”Photography Around the World”..................Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery, ongoing ”Peace on Earth”........................................................................................................HPG thru Feb 3 Greg Miller “Scenes of the Hudson Valley” ................................................SUNYO-OH thru Feb 8 “Be Mine Forever” poetry & photography ............................................................DAC thru Feb 16 Kit Jones, Glenn Lieberman “Look Twice” ....Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, thru Feb 24 Francois Deschamps “Studio Mali” ..........................................................................FOV thru Apr 7

New Photography Exhibits Laina Mason, Olivia Merchant “Mutual Reflect - Personal reflex” ................................................ Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery, Feb 1-Mar 2 “February Dreams” members show ......................................................................HPG Feb 9-Mar 3

Art & photography receptions Sabrina Leviton & Rachel Spear ................Weathervane Clubhouse, Washingtonville, Feb 1, 5pm-8pm Mariana Russo collage & paintings ........The Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, Feb 2, 5pm-7pm Laina Mason, Olivia Merchant ..................................Wolfgang Gallery, Montgomery, Feb 2, 6pm-9pm Warwick Drawing Group ..........................Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, Feb 3, 1pm-3pm Sandy Spitzer paintings ............................................Wallkill Town Hall, Middletown, Feb 7, 11am-1pm “Snow” art & photography ......................................................Wurtsboro Art Alliance, Feb 9, Noon-4pm

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Children and teens calendar Festivals, Lectures & Recreation - adults & children, see page 19 HHNM ........................................Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall HHNM-CoH ..............................Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson PEEC ...................................................................... Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry

BOoks “Happy Birthday Mo Willems” stories, crafts Josephine-Louise Library, Walden, Feb 13, 4:30pm

museums Meet the Animals .. ........................................................HHNM CoH Saturdays & Sundays 2:30pm World of Bees and Brook Trout Exhibits ........................HHNM CoH, Fri, Sat & Sun, Noon-4pm Eco-Zone!..............................................................................................PEEC Feb 3, 9, 24, 1pm-4pm

Recreation Groundhog Day Celebration w/Chuckie the Groundhog ....................HHNM Feb 2, 9:30am Groundhog Day Celebration w/Trailside Jack................Bear Mt. State Park, Feb 2, 11:30am “Children Enlist & Drill with Continental Army” ......New Windsor Cantonment Feb 16-18

Theatre -Musical “The Luckiest Penny” ............Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, Newburgh, Feb 3, 1:30pm FREE


Destination.......................................milford/Dingmans ferry “For the Benefit of Ms. Jennie Gourlay: One Man Talking”

The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) is starting a funding drive to raise money to have three historical stage costumes stabilized and displayed in the Columns Museum. The costumes belonged to Jeannie Gourlay. Gourlay was an actress in the play being performed the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Jeannie was in the wings waiting to come on stage at Ford’s Theatre when the fateful shot was fired. Jeannie is known for bringing the blood stained Lincoln Flag to Milford. Her father, Thomas Gourlay, also in the theater, took it from the President’s Box the night Lincoln was killed. Gourlay married and moved to Milford in 1888 and lived on Water Street, upon the Sawkill Creek, until she died in 1928. The Lincoln Flag, three of Jeannie’s stage costumes, her stage shoes, and several other personal items were donated to the PCHS in 1954 by Jeannie’s son. One of the costumes is known as “the gown that was never worn for the song that was never sung”. This title was given to the Stars and Stripes gown, as it was to be worn by Jeannie for a special tribute, in song, to the President. Another of the costumes could very well be the very dress Jeannie wore that evening for her part as Mary Meredith, the poor milkmaid, in the

"Billy tells the story of Jeannie Gourlay with such passion and enthusiasm that you can't help but find yourself rooting for an actress from another time period," says actor and Tony nominee Rory O'Malley. "He weaves in stories from his own life, making it anything but a dull history lesson. Billy is the funniest, sassiest and

most honest teacher you'll ever have." Performances will be held on February 9 at 7:00pm and February 10 at 3:00pm in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street. All proceeds benefit the Costume Preservation Fund. For reservations call 570-296-8126.

Pike county calendar sponsored by Irene’s Tailoring and Prime Time Meats

production of Our American Cousin being performed that evening. The third costume, a gold gown, may have been worn by Laura Keene, star of the play and reported to have held Lincoln’s head in her lap before his death. For the Benefit of Ms. Jennie Gourlay: One Man Talking, written by and starring Broadway actor and costumer Billy Hipkins, is an original one-man production that takes a fresh and surprisingly touching look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln - really, it does. He focuses on the life of Jeannie Gourlay.

Art & Photography Exhibits

Lectures

David Greenbaum pottery Joann Wells Greenbaum paintings BlueStone Studio, ongoing

Eagle Watch Tours Feb 2 & 9, 9am, Feb 3 & 10, 1pm

Animal Tracking Feb 9, 10am “Starting Seeds Inside” Feb 24, 10am Pocono Environmental Education Center

“Mariana Russo collage & paintings Feb 1-28 The Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley “Peace on Earth” thru Feb 3 “February Dreams” Feb 9-Mar 3 Highlands Photographic Guild “Art After Dark Receptions Feb 9 The Forge, 6pm-8pm The ARTery, 6pm-9pm Highlands Photographic Guild, 6pm-8pm

Museum Exhibits “Witness to History” Forestry ongoing Grey Towers

Theatre - Play “One Man Talking” w/Billy Hipkins Columns Museum, Feb 9 & 10

Children's Activities EcoZone! Feb 3, 9, 24, 1pm-4pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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In Memoriam: Walter Keller I first met Walter Keller in 1976, when he and others opened the Great Liberty Craft and Trading Company, on South Main Street in Liberty. I was just 15 years old, and the store was a revelation, and a revolutionary idea for Liberty: "the finest hand made crafts from the Americas". I remained a loyal customer for all of the store’s 25 years in business. Along the way in the early 1990's I joined the Chamber of Commerce and joined their effort to revitalize Liberty. The main revitalization idea or theme was to build a economy for the village based largely on culture and the arts; in short a village of shops that would complement Walter's wonderful store. Over the last 20 years we have strived to accomplish that, and Walter helped steer the rudder. He became the Village's poet laureate in 1994, and during his time in that position created approximately 20 poems about Liberty, that were performed at 19 Liberty Festivals, and at dozens of other events. Walter was an important part of Radio Catskill, WJFF; both on air and off for over 20 years. He hosted the popular talk show The People Talk Back for over 15 years, and the music program First Class Classicals for almost as long. He was a college professor, a teacher, and a mentor, who will never be replaced! He will be missed. Robert Dadras About 6 years ago Walter asked on his WJFF radio show if anyone knew what happened to the great baroque musicologist radio host, DeKoven. I called him to tell him I was DeKoven's volunteer assistant for the 8 years prior to his death in 1984. Walter invited me on his show and we had a few hours discussing that unusual, eccentric music lover. Walter was one of a kind - probably the only classical music radio host that just played LPs. He was a true gentleman, a true music lover, and a very nice guy. He will be missed. Howard Garrett

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Walter was the first person we met while home shopping here in Liberty in 1979. He was a one-man chamber of commerce, squiring us through all the shops downtown and talking up the community. Little did we realize that we'd remain close friends for the next 34 years. Walter was the quintessential curmudgeon, with a bad word for nearly everyone, excluding, perhaps, Fidel Castro (who Walter came to resemble more and more), Che Guevara, Amy Goodman and Howard Zinn. His studied surliness chased away more customers from his gift and craft shop than most retailers ever see. Walter was an excellent poet and his poetry was always performed with superb improvisatory musicians. As the Poet Laureate of the Village of Liberty (the only municipal poet laureate in the Country), his belt was emblazoned with "POET LAUREATE" and he wore it exclusively and with pride. Despite his almost universal misanthropy, Walter was a fiercely loyal and generous friend who would literally offer you the shirt off his back (except, perhaps, his Guatemalan wedding shirt, reserved for the few weddings he deigned to attend). Finally, he was a rabid baseball fan whose loyalty switched from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Mets when the Dodgers abandoned New York. His recall of players old and new was phenomenal. We spent many summer days in nosebleed seats at Shea stadium, rooting fruitlessly for the Amazin's, Walter with his transistor radio glued to his ear, recounting to us each play we had just seen. For a poet, he was remarkably conservative in his use of language. I'll miss his nearly daily phone calls decrying the latest gerund. He hated

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of dedication to a public radio station that he remained loyal to for many years. I will always remember Walter for his unwavering insistence on broadcasting only music recorded on vinyl records. I envied him his commitment to his decision because I know very well how difficult it is to manipulate vinyl while one is broadcasting. Walter, however, was intrepid. His knowledge of classical music was boundless, and his taste was legendary. I learned a great deal from Walter during our shared tenure. Always a gentleman, Walter was sui generis, and I will miss him very much indeed. Thank you for all you did for us, Walter. Requiescat in pace. Walter Keller, he just Gandalf loved to argue. He would fix you with his one eye and tell you all the stuff that he knew about Walter and I met during the time he was why you were wrong, then you would tell him all that you knew about why you were right, and proprietor of the Great Liberty Craft and Trading, Co. in the 1970's. He taught English then you'd both laugh and have at it again. Once he called me a shiksa...I laughed, it and creative writing in the Corrections System for many years. At one time, I participated in seemed like an endearment. Walter Keller, I miss you. Keep on wrangling. performances of his poetry, improvising music Mary Hall at various venues in the area. His passion for human rights and the dignity Walter was a loyal WJFF music host who set of the everyday person will long well be a very high standard for excellence in remembered. May he rest in peace. Larry Ravdin broadcasting and provided an excellent model them. He'd hear a new one on NPR and go ballistic: "JOURNALING!?!" I'll even miss driving him to Syracuse to the only hairstylist in the country he allowed to cut his curls. And, at the end, accompanying him to his doctors and setting up his pill caddy for the week. He was my friend and I'll miss him. Matthew B Frumess


Destination..................................................................................Walden Meet Isabel Wilkerson: Teacher, New York Times journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of: “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration” Migration and immigration are words that transport the conscious back to that day in elementary school when the difference between the two was initially brought to light. Firmly secured to impressionable minds are potent images of tattered yet hopeful Eastern and Southern European immigrants bound for Ellis Island, and as courageously depicted in Elia Kazan's America, America. From Steinbeck, contemplate the image of the Joad family, as it represents American migrants pursuing a dream, an escape from poverty and misery. But the stories of migrants and immigrants are twisted and bound together by shattered dreams, acclaimed achievements and once unimaginable accomplishments that demonstrate the true existence of a "Promised Land." The story yearning to be told is not about dust bowl Okies or sun-drenched Greeks or,

for that matter, any of the other Southern Europeans. It's about the Great Migration (1915-1970) when 6 million American blacks escaped the rural South and set course for the industrialized cities of the North, forever altering the image of the United States. The circumstances of the black migrations are not altogether different than those found elsewhere. Attempt, while reading the short passage that follows, to determine the country or location that is the author's subject. "Every day more migrants are coming into the cities to seek a better life for their children. The scale of this massive migration from the poor countryside to the burgeoning city is unprecedented in modern history. The migrants provide a constant and cheap source of labor for this Country's booming cities. And the thriving economy is built on the backs of those citizens." The above is a passage distributed by an organization called the Migrant Children and used as preparatory material for the 2009 award winning docudrama The Last Train Home. Not surprisingly to some, it's the story of China and its people, especially the children, as they struggle with the growing

pains of modern industrialization. Isabel Wilkerson is a scholar. Her award winning The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, is a tale that needs to be told. So much of the history of the black migration is either misunderstood or simply unknown. At the time before the First World War, there existed in the South a feudal system supported by agribusiness and constitutionally protected Jim Crow Laws. But it was more than a series of anti-black laws. It was a way of life, a manner of living that existed not just south of the MasonDixon Line. Fortunately significant portions of the industrialized North were not bound tightly by the traditions of a defeated Confederacy. But make no mistake. Jim Crow was there, in the Wallkill Valley to the Champlain Valley

and all the way to the Valley of the St. Lawrence. As it was during an earlier European immigration, (1880-1920) when millions of Europeans flooded American shores, it was the children that reaped the benefits of their parents' struggles and dreams. According to Ms. Wilkerson, it was the children of Virginia's tobacco croppers, Mississippi cotton pickers and rice planters from the Carolinas that became better educated, more socially stable and consequently more employable than the native black population of the industrialized North. To present these concepts in a format designed to develop an awareness of this important event in American history, Director Ginny Neidermier of the Josephine-Louise Public Library will host and monitor a discussion of Wilkerson's great untold story of American history on February 27 at 7:00pm, at the Josephine-Louise Public Library. Copies of the book are available at the library's circulation desk. Additional information is available at the Library: 845-778-7621 or by visiting the Library’s website at: www.waldenlibrary.org.

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Destination....................................................................... Meet February: A Short Play in 28 Acts Waiting for the lights to dim and the audience to settle is the shortest play of the year: February. With an abundant 28 acts, it stands numerically as the shortest month of the year. As theatrics go, it should be noted that Dionysus and the muses have a way of distracting the weary and forlorn. This twenty-eight day event is overloaded with plots, subplots and a dose of dramatic irony fierce enough to cripple the fiercest of critics. Only the impaired remain bored. The curtain rises on the 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the whole US and Canada react to genius level marketing to observe the behavior of a fat woodchuck, known as Punxsutawney Phil. It's Ground Hog Day. For this once little known crossroads in the wilderness, it's become a multimillion dollar side show. Pure genius! Consider next the sad but true: February 3, The Day the Music Died, a metaphor made famous by Poughkeepsie native Don McLean's lament, American Pie, a tribute to the three rock-n-roll stars who perished in a plane crash on a snowy night, in Clear Lake, Iowa, 1958.

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They were Buddy Holly, as in Peggy Sue; Ritchie Valens (see photo) as in La Bamba; and who could ever forget The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace. Remember, “That wiggle in the walk and giggle in the talk...�? If it's spectacle one craves, look no further than Football Sunday, February 3rd and discover the greatest show on earth: the NFL's Super Bowl. Celebrity performers with superior athletic abilities are assigned to entertain audiences from New Orleans, Louisiana to Kabul. There's no need to question; this contest contains the characteristics of great theatre. It's pure. It's unadulterated. Its show business, disguised as a sporting event, saturated with glitter, hyperbole and some of the most creative advertising imaginable. February 12th, of course, is the celebrated

birthday of this country's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, a great orator and war time president. As noted in Jim Bishop's noted history, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, the President was assassinated while attending a performance at Ford's Theatre by a noted thespian and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth. It is interesting to note Jim Bishop claims the press of Middletown, NY reported the assassination of Lincoln a day prior to the actual event. In addition to recognizing one of this nation's most noted presidents, prepare yourself for the Mardi Gras celebrations. Tuesday the 12th, is also the last day of Carnevale, one of the better past times of the winter season. If the plan is to attend a masked ball, Un ballo in maschera and celebrate in Venice (Carnevale di Venezia), leave early for the festivities are in full force by Friday the 8th. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is of course, the last day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Following quickly, February 14th is the celebration of the martyr Saint Valentine, the continued on page 39


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Book Discussion

Meet February: A Short Play in 28 Acts patron of love, young people and marriage. The following week, Monday, February 18th is the observance of President Washington's birthday. For a program note reflecting an additional tidbit of dramatic irony explore the Monday Holiday Legislation and the legitimacy of Presidents' Weekend as opposed to President's Weekend. Photography as a medium was never so appreciated and fully utilized as it recorded the events of February 23rd, 1945 on a remote island in the Western Pacific. On this day, Joe Rosenthal, the American son of Russian immigrants, captured on film the raising of the American Flag on Mount Suribachi. The iconic image, five Marines and a sailor were frozen for a moment in the searing beam of the free world's follow spot. The Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima was immediately published throughout the world, as it signaled the beginning of an end. A young American mother was reported to have held the photo in front of her infant son. "Daddy will be home soon." she said. Then she cried. The 55th running of The Great American Race, NASCAR's Daytona 500 is scheduled for

Sunday the 24th of February, a spectacle beyond compare. Interestingly, NASCAR begins it series of road shows with its most extravagant, excessive act, The Daytona 500. The National Football League, NFL and Major League Baseball MLB end their series of road shows with the climactic Super Bowl and World Series, respectively. NASCAR starts its season with the big one. For those who find significance in coincidence note that as the big race concludes, under the lights on the evening of the 24th, a full moon will rise off the coast of Florida, in the eastern sky. There might be a message here. Also, scheduled for the 24th of February is the Walden Rotary Club's 8th annual Irish Show, Echoes of Ireland, with Ronan Tynan (see photo above). This event is a major fundraiser for the club and it will feature Irish Step Dancers and others performing at the

“The Warmth of Other Suns” Isabel Wilkerson

Paramount Theatre in Middletown. The Rotary Club, as is well known, functions as a major contributor to several organizations located in and around the Wallkill Valley. The diversity of the organizations receiving aid is readily apparent and includes the Food Pantry, the little league, libraries, ambulance corps and the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series. The Irish fun, laughter and entertainment will commence at 3:00pm, Sunday, February 24th at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown. For information, call the Box office at 845-346-4195 or visit the theatre's website: www.middletownparamount.com. Once every four years, (not this year) an extra day is added to the February calendar. It's as though there were not enough events to keep poor souls occupied, especially if the weather is, as is frequently the case, frightful. Mention "frightful" and the 29th of February and immediately images associated with the concept of Leap Year appear. Leap Year is associated with the syndicated cartoonist and satirist Alfred Capand, better known as Al Capp, another son of Russian immigrants and an amputee at age

Josephine-Louise Library, Feb 27, 7pm

Recreation Chess Club Mondays, 6pm-8pm Chess Club Mondays, 6pm & Saturdays, 10am Scrabble Club Thursdays 6pm Knitting Group Thursdays, 6pm Josephine-Louise Library

Children’s Recreation Story Time 2 & 3 yr olds Tuesdays, 10:30am Story Time 4 & 5 yr olds Wednesdays, 1pm Happy Birthday Mo Willems Feb 13, 4:30pm Josephine-Louise Library

nine. His satire, much of it labeled sardonic and his development as a cartoonist is considered by many to have been therapeutic. It was Al Capp who bestowed on the village of Dogpatch the concept of Sadie Hawkins Day, a time when the unmarried gals pursued the town's bachelors, with matrimony the consequence.

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Ghana Drums & Dance in Monticello

Bernard Woma is from the Gbanne Clan of the Dagara people. When he was born, his father noticed that his hands were clenched in fists, as if he was clutching xylophone mallets. So his father consulted with a village elder who informed him that Bernard's hands indicated that he was destined to become a xylophone player. His father then purchased a pair of xylophones for his infant son. Consequently, Bernard began playing the “gyil” when he was two years old. Woma is the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana and the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe. Saakumu means traditions,

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and as the name implies, the company derives its repertoire from both traditional and contemporary cultures. Woma has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez and has performed for Nelson Mandela, the Obama family and Queen Elizabeth II. The performance of his composition Gyil Nyog Me Na took place in the spring of 2006 in Carnegie Hall. Nesin Cultural Arts is presenting Woma and the Saakumu Troupe in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, St. John Street in Monticello on February 8 at 7:30pm. For information: 845-794-6013.

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The Met’s “Rigoletto” at SCCC

SUNY Sullivan is once again bringing The Met: Live in HD to Sullivan County for its 2012-2013 season. This season continues with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Michael Mayer. His re-imagining takes the action out of 16th-century Italy and moves it to the Las Vegas of the 1960's! "I've tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke's palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty. Las Vegas in the '60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad. It's the epitome of the kinds of events that happen in Rigoletto."

The cast includes Željko Lucic in the title role, Diana Damrau as his daughter, Gilda, Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, Štefan Kocán as the assassin Sparafucile, and Oksana Volkova in her Met debut as Sparafucile's seductive sister, Maddalena. The series is shown in SUNY Sullivan's state of the art Seelig Theater. To order tickets for Rigoletto on February 16 at 1:00pm, or any of the other inspiring cultural events presented to the public by SUNY Sullivan, please call the college box office at (845) 434-5750, extension 4472, between 9:00am and 4:00pm on weekdays.


by Derek Leet

Cynthia Harris-Pagano: In The Beginning steeped in the symbolism of ancient mythology, biology and embryology. One does not need to be aware of the sources utilized by the artist, but can draw upon one’s own private imagery.” (Joan Michel, Times Herald-Record, 1971). Originally shown in Sugar Loaf (1971), then later in Port Jervis (1996) and more recently at SUNY Orange in Middletown

As we know, many artists often begin their careers creating representational art and (hopefully) add their own “voice” and / or new ideas to the existing historic works that preceded theirs. Then, later in life, some find their bent for conceptual art. Not so with Otisville resident Cynthia Harris-Pagano, who is well known today for her portraits in oil and pastel that are in public and private collections in the USA, Canada, England, Sweden, and Italy. After receiving an impressive art education and somewhat during the beginning of her career, Harris-Pagano created a series of conceptual paintings that evolved from a discussion group for young mothers on child care and bible study at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Otisville. The series comes from the early period in her life when she was focused on the abstract, unlike her subsequent realistic portrait paintings. “The paintings in this series were originals, my own vision, out of the clouds, so to speak, a gift that was given to me, and I painted them,” she explains. “I was always deeply moved by the Genesis Bible story, and this piece signifies my spiritual beginning." Genesis: Creation and Flood, is based on the standard revised edition of the King James Bible, “fourteen statements from the creation story in Genesis,” she explains. According to the artist, the series could be considered more original than portrait

paintings “because portraits are after old master techniques and they did it better than most can do it today.” The Genesis series comes to life (pun intended) through various “shapes”, from the first: a white formlessness, a milky way, depicting the embryonic stage of the universe, through the introduction of water, to Let There be Light where color is first seen, to land appearing, to non-individuated creatures (fish), animals, humans, Eden and to the subsequent expulsion from the Garden. “The titles are important,” she says, “and the fact that they are a series is also important because one needs to see them all and see the shapes evolving.” “These highly abstract works, seemingly so simple and with a minimum of form, are

Originally from Long Island, Mernie Baker began to study painting and drawing in 1992. Her inspiration is intrinsic and comes from her drive to express herself. She appreciates other artists and styles as they can be very inspirational, and uses the word “colorful” to describe her art. Stylistically, she describes her work as realism infused with abstract impressionism. Picasso influences her art, seeing his work as creative and courageous, touching many people through his different styles. Baker enjoys depicting images that inspire us to stay hopeful each day. Through her art, she expresses her empathy and love for others. She has shown in solo exhibits in New York City and San Jose, California, in varied spaces and retail stores in Brooklyn. Since moving to the Hudson Valley, she has shown her work in

assorted venues as well. Bakers paintings will be on solo exhibition at the Healing Arts Gallery at Ellenville Regional Hospital from February 4 through March 15. The show is free and open to the public. Ellenville Regional Hospital is located at 10 Healthy Way in Ellenville. For more information, call 845-210-3043.

(2011), Harris-Pagano has now packed up her opus and is taking it across the river. “Vassar likes cutting edge - so it fits,” Harris-Pagano said with a twinkle in her voice (see ad page 28) But don’t expect to hear Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as you stroll through the exhibit and savor the uniquely creative expression of her inspired vision(s). www.portraitartist.com/pagano/bio.asp.

“The Neversink River in Winter”

“Firmament” “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it separate the waters from the waters”

Jurors Susan Miiller and Joan Kehlenbeck, in cooperation with the River Valley Artists Guild, have coordinated a Winter-themed show: The Neversink River in Winter. The show highlights artists who celebrate the visual beauty of Winter on the Neversink River in the Town of Deerpark. Susan Miiller received an Orange Arts Grant in 2009 for Deerest Deerpark: an invitational show of the area’s finest artists and their decorations of fiberglass deer. Susan received an M.F.A. in 1992 and has been teaching faculty at SUNY since 1999. Joan Kehlenbeck is the President of the River Valley Artists Guild. In addition to her numerous responsibilities with the Guild, Joan has shown her oil paintings and pastel drawings regionally and is

“Frozen Neversink” by Joan Kehlenbeck

well-known in the area for her demonstrations and workshops. The Neversink River in Winter, can be seen at Deerpark Town Hall, Supervisor’s office at 420 Route 209 in Huguenot thru April 1. Call 845-856-3764 for information.

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Destination..................................................................narrowsburg Just in Time for Valentine’s Day...

“Written in the Sand” by Norma Bernstock

“Embrace”, archival pigment print by Margaret McCarthy,

The Be Mine Forever exhibit showcases poems and photographs expressing stages of romance, heartbreak, marriage, and lasting love. As in other years, the poetry will be transformed and displayed as a "poem object," a physical rendition of the poem's central image or images. These "poem objects," along with the written poem, are displayed in the Alliance Gallery through February 16, mingled with photographs on the theme of romantic love. Mary Greene curated the poetry selections and Alliance Gallery director Rocky Pinciotti curated the photographs. Over the past four years these two curators have perfected this unique mixed-media cross-platform exhibition. Greene, a journalist, owner and caretaker of Beaverbrook Cottage, is also the Founder and Director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective, which has been conducting writing workshops and special events, with an emphasis on poetry, since 1993. The Collective has presented creative performances at Narrowsburg's RiverFest, the DigIt Film Festival, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Harvest Festivals, and other venues. “Each year, the poets, photographers and gallery goers all share the warmth and love this show brings to our town” says Pinciotti

“It is a unique event and a very moving exhibition.” Greene adds, "Be Mine Forever is the perfect antidote to the snowy chill of midwinter. The photos, poems and poem objects are inspirational, heart-felt and a lot of fun - sure to wrap a smile around your heart.” The exhibition includes presentations by photographers describing their images, and includes the popular magnetic poetry wall. New this year is the opening night romance photo wall where photos of gallery goers who had their photos taken for a photo slide show are being played on a monitor in the Gallery for the full run of the exhibition. Artists include Ellen Bay, Norma Bernstock, Barbara Heitz, Margaret Helthaler, Peter Kolesar, Lisa Lander, Marc Levy, Glenn Lieberman, Margaret McCarthy, Brandi Merolla, Jane Rapp, Joanne Ross, David Soete, and Lisa Strier. Poets include B.B. Adams, David Breitkopf, Carole Bugge, Lisa Caloro, Thomas Cherwin, Sharon Israel, Cucinotta, Kirpal Gordon, Josepha Gutelius, Loren Kleinman, Lyn Lifshin, Tamara Murray, Karen Neuberg, Irene O’Garden, and Donna Spector. Alliance Gallery is located in the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street. For information, call 845-252-7576.

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Chocolate: Facts and Fiction!

Chocolate: Facts and Fiction! Sarah and Errol Flynn from Brandenburg Bakery will lead you through the history and nuance, the facts and fiction of the world's most coveted delight! Yes-O-Yes-O-Yes-O-Yes...there will be samples! Sign up at Jeffersonville Library before the event. This is a presentation geared toward adults more than children; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. February 12, 7:00pm, 19 Center St, Jeffersonville. Pre-registration is required at Jeff. branch. Love Letters of the Upper Delaware A special event created by Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) and the Tusten Historical Society, Love Letters of the Upper Delaware celebrates not only past romances of times gone by, but also romances present here and now. It combines historical archives for sweet endearments, letters which celebrate a slower pace, the luxury, passion, and determination of

the handwritten word. Grace Johansen, Penelope Morgan-Lohr, and John Roth are be a few of the many readers bringing the voices of long-silent local lovers to life. WSPL also invites attendees to share short excerpts from their own letters or sweet artifacts from their families' previous generations. If you have any historical love letters you'd like us to consider, please email Laura Moran at lmoran@rcls.org!) Free admission: February 15, at 7:00pm Narrowsburg Branch, 198 Bridge Street.

“APH•O•RISMS” at Alliance Gallery

Aphoristic creations are marked by the use of few words to convey much meaning or information. APH•O•RISMS, a group exhibition of ten local women artists opens on February 23 with a reception from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Alliance Gallery, 37 Main Street. The exhibition is curated by Alliance Gallery director Rocky Pinciotti. The exhibition features a variety of artists and a variety of mediums that exemplify this principle, either overtly or subconsciously. Many works have a succinct, simple and stark beauty. The economy of form, brush strokes or imagery highlights the artists personal “Cleo”, glazed stoneware by Ellen Wilkinson, 2011 vision. The ten artists in the exhibition include Morrow, Lisa Strier, Ellen Wilkinson, and Phyllis Bilick, Miriam Hernandez, Ellen Mary Grace Yanashot. Kantro, Jessica Kinney, Hisako For information, call 845-252-7576 or visit Kobayashi, Marjorie Morrow, Tiffanie www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.


Dance to Jazz Knights: FREE From ‘A’Train to Soul Train features dance music from the swing era through today with the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights and guest vocalist Bobby Harden (see photo) in the newly renovated ballroom of West Point’s Cullum Hall. Harden, New York City’s finest Soul singing sensation, is the lead singer of the world-famous Original Blues Brothers Band. He is as compelling performing at Lincoln Center or headlining the Calgary Stampede in front of 16,000 people as he is in intimate nightclubs. Dance to the music on February 10 at

3:00pm. There will be free hors d’oeuvres. This performance is free and open to the public, and please also note that this event is accessible only by stairs. For concert information, cancellations and updates, call 845938-2617.

Beacon Film Festival

The Beacon Film Festival, Freeze Frame, offers a wide variety of Hudson Valley films, from animation, feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, local student films, stills of film production, to Q&A director panels and a reception with live music. Featured films are the award winning documentary, The Linguists, presented by Ironbound Films. Three music videos filmed by local director, Jarek Zabczynski, and Collar (Feb. 9), produced by Nan A. Gill and written and directed by David Patrick Wilson, both from Goshen-based Willy Gilly Productions, and filmed in Middletown. Collar stars Tom Sizemore, Rebecca DeMornay, Richard

Voted 2013’s favorite film actress in the Times HeraldRecord’s annual poll, Warwick resident Bettina Skye can be seen as Dainty Daisy in the Williamsburg Film Festival winner for Best Short, “Girl Clown”, and also as Tom Sizemore’s wife in “Collar”.

Roundtree, and Wilson. The festival runs from February 7 - 10. Saturday morning is family friendly and will include the animated family movie The Land of Point, narrated by Ringo Starr and other animated family favorites. Visit www.thebeacontheatre.org.

Shorts & Sweets for Sweethearts! The United Methodist Church (UMC) of Monticello is cooking up something special for a Valentine's fundraiser. Shorts & Sweets for Sweethearts is a dinner theatre experience that includes short stories and perhaps even some silly jokes about love and romance read by Carol Montana of Big Sky Productions (see photo) and editor of The Catskill Chronicle. Guests will be served salad, bread, lasagna, ice tea, and coffee or hot tea. Following dinner, the entertainment will begin while guests are enjoying homemade desserts. Tickets are available in advance or at the

door. The UMC of Monticello is located at 445 Broadway. Plenty of parking will be available in the church parking lot, the driveway for which is accessible from N. Lakewood Avenue in Monticello. Just follow the signs. There will be one seating only on February 9 at 6:00pm. For information, call 845-262-2376.

“The Economics of Happiness”

The Economics of Happiness is a documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization with voices from six continents. It will be shown on February 22 at 7:00pm in the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, (9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern) and will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. No admission charge. A good will collection will be taken to defray expenses. If able, please bring finger food to be shared and a can of food for animal shelter or food pantry. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee For information, call Verne M. Bell, 845of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 569-8965, or email at verneMB@aol.com.

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Destination...................................................................................................... Playhouse Takes Main Stage Under the Sea

Chester/Sugar Loaf Calendar sponsored by Orange County Citizens Foundation and Air Pirates Radio Theater

The Acting Out Playhouse of Warwick Cinema will be presenting The Little Mermaid Jr. at The Films of Jack Smith the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center’s Seligmann Center for the Arts, Feb 22, 7:30pm. (SLPAC) main stage on February 15-17. “This is our seventh year and we are going Comedy all out with this production,” said Director Kevin Downey, Jr. Feb 2 Kevin Meaney, Chipps Cooney Feb 9 Terry Odell, who also choreographs the Corey Rodrigues Feb 23 production. “We have elaborate, magnificent Don Jamieson Mar 2 sets with colorful, custom-made costumes Jesters Comedy Club, 8pm and it was imperative to have a location big enough to showcase this production. We are Exhibits Micro Gallery Exhibit thrilled to be bringing it to the SLPAC. The Utopian Direction, ongoing students are working so hard and have already Warwick Drawing Group Feb 3-27 exceeded expectations. I am confident it is Reception: Feb 3, 1pm-3pm theactingoutplayhouse.net or emailing going to be a phenomenal production." Emily Wisniewski “Les Yeux” thru Feb 16 SLPAC is located at 1351 Kings Highway. actingouttickets@gmail.com. Discounts are Seligmann Center for the Arts Tickets are available by visiting available for groups of ten or more.

Rodrigues Returns to Jester’s

For the past few years, Corey Rodrigues has been racking up comedy competition victories around New England. Once you see him on stage you'll see why. Corey's conversational storytelling tone puts audience members at ease and then, when their guard is down, he pummels them with punch lines.

Rodrigues combines comedy from his own life and the lives of those around him. Mix that with a hilarious point of view and he's able to talk about just about anything. Rodrigues headlines again at Jester’s Comedy Club on February 23 at 8:00pm. For reservations call Jester’s Comedy Club at 845-345-1039.

2012 “The Voice” Winner Comes to Chester The Castle Fun Center’s Event Room features an exciting 5,000 square feet of space, equipped with a concert stage and state-of-the-art A/V technology. ! On Friday, February 8, at 8:00pm, The Castle Fun Center will host an all ages concert in their Event Center featuring Jermaine Paul, 2012 winner of the hit NBC show The Voice. Paul is currently preparing for an upcoming tour with vocalist Alicia Keys. The doors will open at 7:00pm. For information, contact Susan Berntsen at 845-469-2116 ext. 7000.

Jermaine Paul comes back to the Castle Fun Center Feb. 8!

Surreal Cinema

Jack Smith was a pioneer of underground cinema, is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American performance art and was one of the first proponents of the aesthetics which came to be known as 'camp' and 'trash'. As part of its ongoing celebration of Kurt Seligmann and Surreal Art, the Orange County Citizens Foundation is presenting The Films of Jack Smith on February 22 at 7:30pm. (see ad page 33). 32

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Music

Jermaine Paul Feb 8, 8pm Peach Project & Rob Cannillo Feb 23, 7pm Castle Fun Center

Music - Classical

The Greater New York Wind Symphony Sugar Loaf PAC, Feb 10, 3pm

Poetry & Prose Reading

Anne Gorrick Feb 2, 3:30pm Poetry on the Loose Seligmann Center for the Arts

School & Conservatory

“The Little Mermaid, Jr.” The Acting Out Playhouse SLPAC Feb 15-17

NYWS & Washingtonville Kids

The Greater New York Wind Symphony, (NYWS) is comprised of dedicated music educators and professional musicians who deliver performances of the finest repertoire, and whose steadfast mission is to inspire the young musicians of the Hudson Valley region with ongoing outreach programs. Thanks to those outreach programs, Washingtonville’s young student musicians are Playing with the Pros for the NYWS

forthcoming concert’s opening selection, followed by guest artists Keisuke Ikuma, principal English Horn of the New York Philharmonic and Robert Sullivan, principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphny. Under the direction of Richard F. Regan they are performing works by Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland and Ryan George at SLPAC on February 10 at 3:00pm. For ticket information call 845-610-5335.


...........................................................................Chester/Sugar Loaf Warwick Drawing Group: A Salon-Style Drawing Exhibit

Portrait Sketch by Heidi Lanino Bilezikian

Sonatina Sarah by Janet Howard Fatta

The Dancer by Diane Ouzoonian

Sketch by Karen Segboer

The Warwick Artists Group is a group of Orange County artists who work with a nude model at their meetings once a week. On February 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Seligmann Homestead, the Group is hosting its opening reception for their salon style drawing exhibit. The exhibit begins February 1 and

remains on display through February 27. The artwork on display was created during the drawing sessions that took place Wednesday mornings at the Seligmann Studio in Sugar Loaf. The exhibit celebrates this experience. The artists work in a variety of wet and dry mediums, including, pencil, watercolor,

charcoal, oils and pastels. These sessions are non-instructional. This drawing group was created over 13 years ago at the Doc Fry Warwick Valley Community Center by a group of artists, including Frederick Franck (1909-2006), co-founder of Pacem in Terris, Warwick’s world famous

museum and concert venue. “Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world.” (Frederick Franck). Most artwork will be for sale. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Seligmann Homestead is located at 23 White Oak Drive. For information call Janet at 845-544-2606.

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Destination.......................................................livingston Manor Artist Kalika Stern and Her “Visual Journal”

by Tod Westlake As any expert will tell you, doing something very well requires one's daily attention. For artist Kalika Stern this idea has been translated into a unique ongoing artistic project. Throughout the past three-plus decades, Stern has kept what she refers to as a “visual journal.” Simply put, each day Stern produces a drawing that is based upon, or influenced by, the day's events. A selection of these works will be on display at the Catskill Art Society along with artworks by Judith Meyerowitz, Gordon Gilbert and James Carney (see March CANVAS for more on these three artists). “In this show I wanted to present some of the many visual journals I do,” Stern says. “I've been doing a daily visual journal for 35 years.” The lengthy nature of Stern's endeavor has led her to travel to distant lands as she goes about this unique documentation of her life. “I was even sent to India to do a daily visual journal, which was one of the greatest jobs I have ever had,” she says. Stern, who received formal training at the Pratt Institute and the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, has continued to do this daily exercise, as it has become for her spiritual

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human culture. “That's what my work is about, in a sense, the interconnectedness of things...In India they call it the ‘stirring of the cosmic soup,’” Stern says. “And everything falls into place.” The opening for Near and Far is on March 2 with an Artist Talk at 2:00pm and reception from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Look Twice, with photographs by Kit Jones and Glenn Liebermann, continues thru February 24 (see CAS ad below).

CAS Book Reading

New York Harbor, sketching by Kalika Stern journey. She even says that the drawings often predict the future for her. “I jot down some of the things that happen to me during the day,” she says. “And then I try to get an overview, just a line of text that gives the idea of what happened that day, and then I draw a picture.” And it is over the period of several days, when taken in context, that patterns start to emerge. “If we look at what's happening, and we

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become aware of what's happening around us, there hints to what will happen,” she says. “We're not living in a vacuum.” The images she creates are not complex drawings, to use her words, though many people have said that they feel these are among her best works. Stern's scrolls have been compared to the Japanese Nanga, or literati, style of painting, reflecting the influence Asian art has had on her over the years - and the fact that all art seems to tap into the same archetypes in virtually every

Unnerved by the prospect of aging in a society with deep-rooted, negative stereotypes of old women, Marcia Nehemiah met with eight octogenarians including potter Cecily Fortescue. They spoke of the challenges and joys of growing older, of love in the third age, of creativity, health, illness, and coping with loss. Their stories of finding meaning and purpose in their lives, chronicled by Nehemiah in “Crone Age,” reveal the many reasons to celebrate the promises and riches of aging. Nehemiah reads from her book at CAS on February 10 at 1:00 p.m.


Destination..............................................................................Pine Bush A New Art Gallery Opens in Crawford: Welcome “Gallery in the Gunks!” by Naomi Kennedy Ray Zwart, a lifelong Crawford resident, is a Marketing and Retail Business graduate of Alfred University. Ray considers himself a “Renaissance Man”, and for good reason! Over the past thirty years he was owner of an ice cream parlor, an antique dealer, an assistant in store operations at Filenes Department Store, the Town of Crawford Supervisor, and for the last 7 years he has been an Associate Broker at Sassone Realty in Walden. On November 18, 2012, Ray opened Gallery in the Gunks, at 90 Main Street, Pine Bush, in the hope to help artists exhibit and sell their works. The gallery has sold several artworks and pieces of jewelry. "My artists are extremely happy with the exposure they are getting and the sales they are making," said Zwart. Many artists don't have an ongoing showcase for their work. Gallery in the Gunks gives the artist an opportunity to exhibit their creations. Ray is adding a new artist each week, and as he adds them, he will promote them. "I think most of the artists that I represent are extremely brilliant," said Zwart. Twenty artists are currently featured including: Mickie MacMillan, (local barn watercolorist); Denise Aumick, (acyrlics, pottery, textiles); Ruth

Ray Zwart poses next to some of Joan Lesikin’s artworks from her “Bodyscapes” series.

Annahs, (jewelry); Jill Ziccard, (acrylic on upholstery fabric); Artur Charukhchyan, (photography); Felipe, (sketch artist); Joan Lesikin, (oil on canvas); Paul Misko, (woodworking), and Curt Meier, (re-claimed materials). Facebook is Zwart’s biggest outreach (www.facebook.com/thegalleryinthegunks). Jewelry begins at $20, and the artwork can go as high as $3,000. "I want the artwork to be affordable, and people to come in and experience the work. This is not just a place to

view. It's a showroom gallery to purchase artwork," said Zwart. Since 1983, Ray has been involved in the community. He has co-chaired the American Heart Association, served on several not-forprofits, and became active with the Relay for Life. "I always believed in giving back to the community. That how my dad brought me up," said Zwart. In May, artists who are cancer survivors, those who have passed on, or current patients and their families, all who have used some form

of art as therapy during their treatment and their struggles, will be featured in the exhibits: Outsider Art, Spring in the Gunks, Art for Cancer. A portion of every sale will go to Relay for Life. In June, Art for Aids will be presented, supporting the Aids Walk over the Hudson River Walkway. On February 9 - February 24, Gallery in the Gunks will exhibit Eros, Erotica, and the Human Form, a show to benefit the American Heart Association. The gallery will give 5% of every sale, and if the participating artists want to contribute, they can match Ray's contribution. The opening reception will take place on February 9, from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Artists are represented from the Gunks area and Upper Hudson Valley, most of whom live within 10 miles of Pine Bush; however, Ray is open to artists from other areas. "I am very lucky and feel blessed that I represent a lot of local artists who are talented and use a variety of materials and media," said Zwart. Adult workshops will be available, as well as workshops for children. Both will be offered in multiple mediums. Events such as Performance Art Nights including music, poetry readings, and comedy, will be scheduled. For more information, call 845-699-9378.

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Destination................................................Cornwall-woodbury Hear Brahms Like Never Before

cornwall - Woodbury calendar sponsored by Hudson Valley Society for Music, Potluck Concerts & Peggi’s Place

Art & Photography Exhibits

John Parette

Carol Lundergan

Chris Eberle

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Brid’s Closet’s Psychic Faire & Bake Sale Brid’s Closet, Feb 16, 10am to closing

Emily Waterfield photography Gary Hoff & Terri Clearwater paintings Clearwater Gallery, ongoing

“Hidden Treasure of the Hudson Valley” Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Feb 5, 7:30pm

Barbara Hardgrave Ruthanne Schempf

According to Wikipedia, the Potluck Concerts producers, clarinet in this Trio can be pianist Ruthanne Schempf and substituted by a viola. Well, violinist Emily Faxon have chosen clarinetist John Parrette will have Romance for the theme of their none of that! - so he and Schempf February chamber music concert. will be joined by principal As many local music lovers know, bassoonist of the West Point Band, “Potluck” refers to the musicians and Chris Eberle, playing the cello part the program, not food, though there is always ice cream and cake served Emily Faxon on the bassoon instead, once again following the wonderful music in her Mozart wig proving the oft-made point that our performed by Hudson Valley musicians, local chamber music programs are often many of them members and former members highly innovative and offer many musical of various West Point Military Academy experiences not available on a general scale (pun intended). music ensembles. Also scheduled to be performed is a Two sich instrumentalists are joining Schempf in a performance of the Trio for humorous duet for two cats, a very popular clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114, performance piece for two sopranos. While one of four works featuring clarinet the piece is attributed to Rossini, it is actually composed by Brahms after emerging from a compilation which draws principally on Rossini’s opera, Otello, by English composer retirement toward the end of his life.

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Paul Gould Hudson Valley Gallery, ongoing

Book Discussion “Street of a Thousand Blossoms” Feb 6 “The Dressmaker” Feb 28 Cornwall Library, 7pm

Cinema “The American President” Feb 13, Noon “Monsieur Lahzar” Feb 21, 6pm Cornwall Library

Lecture

“Owl Prowl” HHNM Wildlife Education Center, Feb 1, 7pm HHNM Outdoor Discovery Center, Feb 2, 7pm “Bobcat Facts” HHNM Outdoor Discovery Ctr, Feb 3, 10am

Museum Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery World of Bees & Brook Trout Exhibits Sat & Sun, Noon-4pm Meet the Animal of the Week Sat & Sun, 2:30pm

HHNM Wildlife Education Center Robert Lucas de Pearsall, who for this purpose used the pseudonym G. Berthold. Music Though Gabriel Fauré frequently Karaoke 2 Alices Style incorporated vocal duets into his sacred 2 Alices, Feb 2, 7:30pm works, few duets are to be found among the Music-Classical composer's chansons. One rare example is the Potluck Concerts “Romance” Two Duets, Op. 10. Cornwall Presbyterian Church, Feb 22, 7:30pm Carol Lundergan and Barbara Opera - Video Hardgrave will perform these vocal works “La Traviata” Verdi on February 22 at 7:30pm. Cornwall Library, Feb 17, 1pm See the joyful ad below for location!


Destination...................................................................................Goshen Judith MacCalla to Exhibit at Elant

Judith MacCalla began drawing cartoons at the age of eight and had remarkable eye for detail. Her friends and family would ask her to draw characters for them. MacCalla's professional life took her through a long

career in Corrections, and away from her passion for art. Years later, in a chance encounter, MacCalla was encouraged to pursue her art through classes at the Wallkill River School.

Cornerstone Stages “Chinese Coffee” Chinese Coffee is a play by Ira Lewis which was made into an independent film and released in New York as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach. “Our guys are better...”, says the Cornerstone Arts Ira Lewis Alliance producers. “Chinese Coffee is the perfect blend for the winter doldrums,” they went on to say. “It is a comedy/drama centered on the lives of a couple of NYC writers/friends. It is fast, funny, furious, and we see ourselves in their struggles.” B.J. Boothe

Ken Tschan & Les Ferguson

B.J. Boothe and Ken Tschan are featured in the performances and the Artistic Consultants are John Mirabella and Les Ferguson. Lighting and sound is prepared by Jackie Dion. The performances run from February 23 thru March 3 in the The Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Street. Adult content. For tickets call 845-294-4188.

At 65 years, she rekindled her passion for art peace. I am so grateful." MacCalla will have her work on display at and began attending weekly classes. MacCalla feels blessed to have the gift of Elant at Goshen, 46 Harriman Drive, from art in her life and says: "Drawing and painting February 4 through March 3. For information, call 800-501-3936. has provided me with a great deal of inner

Celebrating Black History Month in Goshen In conjunction with St. James Episcopal Church in Goshen, David Patrick Wilson of Willy Gilly Productions, Chris Sullivan of Cornerstone Arts Alliance, and Caroline Tippin are forming a Chris Sullivan non-denominational gospel choir in celebration of “Black History Month” and the “Sesquicentennial” (150 year) of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. The repertoire will include many of the traditional pieces such as Go Tell it on the Mountain, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Amen Amen, Amazing Grace, and All God’s

David Patrick Wilson and Nan Gill (Willy Gilly Productions)

Children along with some more modern fare including Edwin Starr’s Oh Happy Day, and songs by James Taylor, Billy Joel, Paul Simon. A February performance is planned. For information on the first performance at St James Episcopal Church, 1 St James Place, call 845-294-7500.

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Destination....................................warwick/Greenwood Lake Celebrating 41 Years in Jazz: Steve Rubin's 60th Birthday Gig by Philip Ehrensaft

The musicians who made the 2012 edition of the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival a big success will reunite in Warwick on February 15, instruments in hand, to celebrate festival organizer Steve Rubin's 60th birthday. The venue is The Dautaj in Warwick, and the jam session begins, with Rubin on his drums, at 7:00pm. The general public is heartily invited to join in the festivities. At the same time, Rubin will formally announce the expanded scope of the upcoming 2013 edition of the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival in August. This expanded scope has three elements. First, Warwick will no longer be the singular location for festival events; concerts will also take place in other Hudson Valley towns Second, the festival's educational component will expand from jazz workshops to a jazz camp directed by Bob Rosen, a music educator at the Friends School in Manhattan, and the director of the Meeting House Orchestra. Third, Rubin indicates, wisely, that he does not want to be the judge of what is or is not jazz. If an ensemble plays what it relates to jazz, it's in as long as it reflects Duke Ellington's dictum, “if it sounds good, it IS good.” Back to Rubin's 60th birthday party and his 41 years in jazz: As a teenager, Rubin was involved in other kinds of music until chance elements drew him into jazz. That included an older brother who organized jazz concerts at Queens College. One of these concerts introduced him to the force-of-nature drummer Elvin Jones, who invited Rubin to come hear him at a gig in Manhattan. It's hard to imagine a better route for an aspirant teenaged drummer to get hooked on jazz. So, at the age of 19, Rubin started his jazz education at the very top of the hierarchy, with the legendary drummer Mel Lewis. He also began studying at Queens Community College, where his real major was being the music critic

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for the college newspaper. After two and a half years at QCC, Rubin headed for, in my view, the most effective schooling for an aspirant young jazz musician: playing as many gigs as he could get in the Big Apple's dense network of clubs, not only in jazz but in other genres as well. And getting mentored, in the process, by more experienced musicians. Reflecting on the pluses and minuses of getting mentored on stage vs today's college jazz departments, Rubin commented on the more difficult route facing young musicians, compared to his experiences in the 1970's, who want to get their education on stage. Quite simply, there are a lot more musicians vying for gigs in fewer venues. That supply and demand situation makes it much harder for a young musician to earn his or her bread while learning the trade. It's much harder, as well, for the senior musicians doing the mentoring to bring in good incomes. Rubin also commented on jazz producing nothing ground-breaking during the last three decades. That compares with the experiences of musicians and fans in his age cohort: when you went to the Village Vanguard to hear McCoy Tyner or Herby Hancock, there was the raw excitement of knowing that you were going to hear music that had never been heard before. I wonder whether the formalization of jazz education in conservatories and college departments, for all the technical prowess and

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employment of jazz musicians that it provides, might play a role in the routinization. Jazz has truly become America's classical music in the sense that it's now primarily a music based on interpretations of a standard repertoire. Rubin's on-stage musical education also included playing in a wide variety of popular music genres. That not only helped pay the rent, but also widened his musical ear, even playing disco. To Rubin, if a genre is played skillfully and seriously, it's a valid experience. But home base was jazz, especially hearing Weather Report for the first time at a concert organized by a friend at Stony Brook. Weather Report's fusion of composition and improvisation, and electric and acoustic, to use the most current expression of the times, blew Rubin's mind. Subsequent years saw Rubin moving in and

out of jazz in order to pay that rent. That included stints like owning a health food store and, later, a lighting business. But, Rubin underlines, his ears, mind, and heart were always in jazz. In 2005, Rubin was very pleasantly surprised to discover that a bucolic, beautiful town like Warwick could exist an hour's drive away from Manhattan, rather than way upstate. He and his actress wife Bettina Skye left the Big Apple that they knew so well for Warwick. So Rubin will celebrate his 60th birthday in a place he wants to be, and doing what he most wants to do on February 15 with fellow jazz musicians like John Arbo, Bob Rosen, Rick Savage, Dave Smith, Gabriele Tranchina, and Joe Vincent Tranchina. The Dautaj is located at 36 Oakland Avenue in Warwick. Phone 845-986-3666.

Greenwood Forest Farms Association, New York State’s first African-American resort community, offers a variety of events throughout the year, and this month it is offering two lectures on: Tuskegee Airmen: African Americans in Aviation, the US Army Air Corps program to train AfricanAmericans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The free programs will be presented on February 23 at the Greenwood Lake

Library (Noon with Lt. Col. Glendon Fraser) and at the Albert Wisner Library at (3:30pm with Derek Green). The guest speakers were commercial and government pilots. The Greenwood Lake Library is at 79 Waterstone Road. The Albert Wisner Library is at 1 McFarland Drive, Warwick. Reservations for both events can be made by calling 845-544-7264 or emailing wamj@aol.com. Photo courtesy of James G. Johnson

African Americans in Aviation


Lin is Back & Beacon’s Got Her

The 24 Preludes and Fugues, by Johann Sebastian Bach is a set of 24 pieces for solo piano, one in each of the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. It is considered one of the greatest examples of music written in all 24 major and minor keys. The first pair is in C major, the second in C minor, the third in C-sharp major, the fourth in C-sharp minor, and so on. The rising chromatic pattern continues until every key has been represented, finishing with a Bminor fugue. The 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a set of 24 pieces for solo piano, one in each of the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. As its popularity grows, it could become considered as another of the greatest examples of music written in all 24 major and minor keys. J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, an earlier set of 48 preludes and fugues, is widely held to be the direct inspiration for Shostakovich's cycle, References to and quotations from Bach's cycle appear throughout Shostakovich’s work. For example, Shostakovich begins his C major prelude, the first piece in the cycle, with exactly the same notes that Bach uses in his own C major prelude, BWV 846, which likewise begins The Well-Tempered Clavier. In November 2010, world class pianist

World’s Largest Pipe Organ

Pianist Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin played Bach, Shostakovich and Chopin, thrilling the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series audience with her remarkable skill and charisma. "Miss Jenny Lin is a very gifted young musician and a brilliant pianist." (Martha Argerich).: This month she is back in the Valley, this time for the Howlands Chamber Music Circle’s Piano Festival 2013, playing selected Bach and Shostakovich preludes, ballades by Brahms, Barber, Chopin and George Perle on February 10 at 4:00pm. Noted for its fine acoustics, Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main Street. For tickets and information on this engagement and the subsequent February 24 concert by pianist Kuok-Wai Lio, phone 845-297-9243.

West Point’s Cadet Chapel has the world’s largest church pipe organ numbering over 23,500 pipes in a splendid cathedral sanctuary measuring over 200 feet long. The organ pipes fill the space from the massive six-tier galleries in the front to the horizontal trumpets in the back. This organ is heard by literally thousands of visitors every year including heads of state, members of Congress, cabinet members and foreign dignitaries. Craig S. Williams, the fourth USMA Organist/Choirmaster to serve at the West Point Cadet Chapel in the building’s 100 year history, is performing a recital consisting of two of the most popular

French organ symphonies from the great Parisian organists, Charles-Marie Widor and Louis Vierne. Mr. Williams will play Widor’s Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Opus 42 No. 2 and Vierne’s Symphony No. 3 in F# minor, Opus 28. This organ recital on February 3 at 3:00pm is free and open to the public. Please allow extra travel time for the 100% vehicle and photo I.D. inspection at Stony Lonesome and Thayer gates. A freewill offering will be accepted. Due to changing security requirements at West Point, please check www.westpoint.edu/special before leaving for the recital.

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Psychic Faire in Cornwall

Brid's Closet in Cornwall is a place where you can come to relax, have a cup of tea, have a tarot reading done, get a message, have a reiki session, take a class, and of course shop for books, herbs, belly dancing outfits, candles, organic soap, perfumed oils, bath salts, tons of jewelry, tarot decks, incense, art and more! And that “more” includes a Psychic Faire & Bake Sale on February 16 from 10am until “it’s over”. Besides the baked goods for sale, owner Bernadette and her magickal associates are offering Dream Interpretation, Crystal Readings and: Tarot: The tarot is a pack of playing cards used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has also found use by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. Rune Readings: Runes were first used over 1500 years ago by the East Goths, and later appeared throughout England and Scandinavia. As Christianity took hold, the use of runic alphabets in divination became

reviled as a pagan practice. The word “rune” itself comes from an early Anglo-Saxon word meaning “secret” or “mystery”, and they remain an enigma to the world at large. Runes were initially most popular among Wiccans and modern pagans, but have enjoyed unprecedented mainstream adoption in the past 30 years. Chakra Balancing: In keeping with the Holistic approach to wellness, Chakra balancing addresses both the body and spirit. At one level, clearing the chakras heal the physical body by releasing stored blocks accumulated through a lifetime of traumas and negative experiences. Brid’s Closet is located at 296 Main Street in Cornwall. For information call 845-458-8726.

Fertility & Mandala The highly trained professional staff at Alternative Counseling in Cornwall-onHudson offers discussions on “Infertility/Fertility Mindset Regarding Pregnancy and Its Place in Your Life” that enhance achieving prenatal goals: In common use, Mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically. Through use of drawings, circles, colors and symbols you can access your intuition via Mandala Insights. For more information, see ad on right.

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