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February 2019

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FROM THE PUBLISHER... by Barry Plaxen Synchronicities of the Month: A Warwick educator sings in Cornwallon-Hudson and a Warwick educator lectures in Florida. An Ellenville educator performs and a Loch Sheldrake educator lectures in Monticello. Valentine stories by our esteemed columnists Carol Pozeksfy and J.A. Di Bello. Vocabulary Lesson: Water Boatmen, a/k/a/ Backswimmers: aquatic bugs that have their hind legs adapted as paddles for swimming. Diatomaceous: Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Commonly used in swimming pool filters. Cajón: A box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru. Demimondian: Adjective for Demi-monde (noun), people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner. In this issue: A trio of artists exhibiting in Livingston Manor and a duo of artists exhibiting in Narrowsburg. Folk music in Rock Tavern and Middletown. World Class Jazz in Middletown, West Point, and Newburgh. Library events in Wurtsboro, Newburgh, Greenwood Lake and Florida. Outstandingly dramatic theatrical monologues in Narrowsburg (prose) and Monticello (one-act play). Demos galore in Montgomery, Middletown and Dingmans Ferry. Elvis in Greenwood Lake and Ray Charles in Newburgh.


Carmen in Loch Sheldrake and Rigoletto in Monroe. Gable and Lombard in Milford (not together). Birthday parties for George in Newburgh, New Windsor and Vails Gate. A memorial to an Otisville sculptor. Kids’ art in Highland Mills. Opportunities galore: singing, stilt walking, painting, exhibiting, volunteering, obtaining grants, photography for adults, and acting. An architect turned artist in Middletown and an engineer turned artist in Greenwood Lake. Art about water in Goshen and Warwick. Poetry in Sugar Loaf, Pine Bush and Florida. Auditions for kids and photography classes for teens in Bethel. The first of the many forthcoming 2019 celebrations of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday in Middletown. Black History Month events in Shohola, Newburgh, Monticello, Narrowsburg and Florida. Singing the blues in Callicoon. A grant enabling students to visit Grahamsville’s museum. A Damascus Farm Arts Collective teaching street theatre in Narrowsburg. Master Classes in Middletown (Art and Drumming) and Newburgh (Art). And listed in our page 12 calendar, an Eagle Watch Bus Tour in various locales, and artist talks in Livingston Manor and Narrowsburg. See?! Even in the height of the winter there are arts events happening throughout the area. Kudos to the artists who decided to move here and to those born here for their creativity and its incredible variety, and for their willingness to share it with us.

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In Memoriam: Najim H. Chechen�������������9 Joe Sweda, artist����������������������������������� 28 Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate����������� 18 Leo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Cornwall�����4 Live from the Met in HD����������������������������6 Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro������������� 25 Middletown Concert Chorale����������������� 27 Middletown Men Of Note����������������������� 27 Milkweed, Sugar Loaf���������������������������� 14 Mt. St. Mary College Desmond Campus13, 19 Music in Central Valley�������������������������� 18 Neil Alexander, musician����������������������� 19 New Windsor Cantonment��������������������� 18 Newburgh Free Library�������������������������� 17 Newburgh Chorale��������������������������������� 27 Nita Klein, artist����������������������������������������4 North East Watercolor Society��������������� 20 Oliver King, actor����������������������������������� 23 Orange County Arts Council������������������ 26 PEEC, Dingmans Ferry������������������������� 10 Pine Bush Library���������������������������������� 12 Potluck Concerts, Cornwall-on-Hudson����7 Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf�������� 12, 17 Sullivan County Community Chorus������ 27 Sullivan County Government Center����� 26 SUNY Orange, Middletown���������� 4, 20, 24 SUNY Orange, Newburgh��������������� 10, 23 SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake���������������6 Time & the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville��27 Triversity, Milford������������������������������ 17, 26 Unitarian Universalist Cong., Rock Tavern�13 Wallkill River School, Montgomery�����������5 Warwick Valley Chorale������������������������� 27 Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh 18 WaterWheel Cafe, Milford�������������������������5 West Point Band������������������������������������ 13 Wherehouse, Newburgh������������������������ 19 Wisner Library, Warwick������������������������ 20 Wurtsboro Art Alliance��������������������������� 25

“Pretty Fire” Lit Once Again, Monticello The New York Times said Pretty Fire is “Exhilarating and unflaggingly entertaining...One of the most positive pictures of the Black-American experience I’ve ever seen on stage...” Newsday called it “Inspiring, illuminating Delois House and engrossing,” and the L.A. Times called it “A remarkable feat of writing and performing - a rare autobiographical tour de force so lustrous it seems to reinvent the whole solo-acting genre.” CANVAS publisher Barry Plaxen’s review stated Pretty Fire is “A brilliant tour de force...highly dramatic and very moving... well-constructed, well-written, real theatre drama, much humor. A universal story really, full of love.” On February 21 at 6:00pm, the Ethelbert B. Crawford Library will host Big Sky Productions for its eighth performance of Charlayne Woodard’s play, Pretty Fire. In this entertaining and captivating one-woman show, playwright Charlayne Woodard traces her life from premature birth to 11 years old. With lyrical, lifting words, Woodard weaves stories of two

young sisters in Albany and of three generations of family love, struggle and triumph. The stage is filled with the authentic, mesmerizing experience of contemporary AfricanAmerican life. Pretty Fire features DeLois House of Carol Montana Ellenville as Charlayne Woodard. In Pretty Fire, House, who has performed in many shows for Big Sky Productions, portrays an astounding 25 characters. Her first performance of Pretty Fire was at Sullivan County Community College. The play is directed by Carol Montana of Grahamsville. Her directing credits, which number over 50, include On Golden Pond, Driving Miss Daisy, Having Our Say, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Sunshine Boys, and The Exonerated. Due to certain subject matter, Pretty Fire is recommended for 12 years of age and above. Parental guidance is suggested. The play will be performed in the Crawford Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello. Admission is free. For information, call 845-794-4660. Pretty Fire is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

May I Have A Word With You ... Quips, Quotes & Quiddities with Carol Pozefsky ♥ NOW ♥ letters, all burning with desire, continued Is there such until Keats died of tuberculosis a thing as an in1821 at age 25, just 3 years after enduring celebrity first meeting Fanny Brawne. marriage? Oh, yes. Marriage late in life is Anne and Kirk Opsigamy; marriage for the second Douglas have been time, Digamy or Deuterogamy. married for 65 years. Regis and Marriage within one’s clan or Joy Philbin, 45 years and Samuel tribe is Endogamy; outside one’s Anne & Kirk Douglas Jackson and his wife, LaTanya, community, Exogamy. 45 years as well. An entrenched practice in Johnny Cash and June Carter seventeenth/eighteenth century Cash were married 35 years Italy, was for a woman to have until his death in 2003. Cash a Ciscisbeo, a male companion poured out his heart in a letter who would escort the lady to June on her 65th birthday. to church, social events and, “You still fascinate and according to sources, have inspire me. You’re the object of ‘privileged access’ to the my desire, the #1 Earthly reason woman WITH the full approval for my existence.” of her husband!. ♥ AND THEN ♥ ♥ LOVE RULES ♥ “Il Cicisbeo” Struggling and penniless Let there be spaces in your by A. Induno poet John Keats moved to togetherness, and let the winds Hampstead, England in 1818 and soon of heaven dance between you. Love one thereafter fell deeply in love with next door another but make not a bond of love: Let it neighbor, Fanny Brawne. be rather a moving sea between the shores of “I cannot exist without you. I am forgetful your souls. - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. of every thing but seeing you life Who, being loved, is poor? - Oscar seems to stop there...I could die for you.” The Wilde.

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Line Up for the January 31 Master Class! Throughout the is a dot that went for a academic year, Cultural walk.” Then, Rosier will Affairs presents many lead the group through master classes in various a drawing, employing disciplines. Most art various types of line. master classes relate She will continue by directly to the show on giving a demonstration exhibit. The first master about line, followed by class of 2019 is entitled attendees working on Contemporary Drawing their drawings while in Abstraction. It is she instructs them being given by Meredith individually. Rosier Rosier who has been wants the “class to reflect honored with awards the focus of diversity in from Woodstock Artists the mesmerizing world Meredith Rosier Association and Museum, of line.” Whistler House Museum of Art, Arts Supplies will be furnished. However, Society of Kingston, and most significantly people may bring their own graphite and The National Association of Women Artists charcoal pencils, pastels and erasers, and presenting her the Medal of Honor Genius watercolors and brushes if they prefer. Award. Come to this participatory class and Rosier is an active working artist finish the evening by staying for the closing producing a sizeable body of works per year, reception which follows at approximately some of which are on exhibit in Orange 6:30pm. The master class, exhibit, and Hall Gallery in her solo show Perseverance reception are all free and open to the public. of Mystery. She is a serious instructor at the Orange Hall is located at the corner of Woodstock School of Art. Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, The master class that she will teach begins (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.), Middletown. at 4:00pm on January 31 in Orange Hall For questions: or Gallery. She will open with an explanation phone 845-341-4891. about line in abstract work, referring to SwissVisit German artist Paul Klee’s expression: “A line for more information.

Leo’s Restaurant, Cornwall: Nita Klein A resident of Cornwall-onHudson since 1970, artist Nita Klein says she used to “work with acrylic, but I now prefer watercolors. Watercolors allow you to get your paws right in there and move the painting around.” Nita’s work has been exhibited in both local and national venues including Palisades Interstate Park, the Hudson River Valley Association, Museum of the Hudson Highlands, and Marymount College, among others. “One of my greatest achievements in the art world was being chosen to exhibit at the Sibley Gallery in Nantucket. They would have art collectors from New York City come in by shuttlebus. I sold every single one of my paintings! An added bonus, the daughter of one of my favorite artists, Milton Avery, was there as well, exhibiting her father’s work.” Nita loves painting nature - directly from her kitchen window. “It starts with me making a sketch, and then eventually painting in watercolors. I like to grow plants, and even sunflowers in season and then bring them inside my home and paint them.” An awardwinning artist, Nita’s painting of a pear appeared on the cover of Valley

Watercolor works by Nita Klein

Table magazine. In 2013 she was awarded “Best Watercolor Artist of 2012” by the Times Herald-Record. Her work is included in institutional and private collections in the United States, South America and Australia. Nita’s works are on view at Leo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 23 Quaker Avenue, Cornwall, where they will be displayed throughout the month of February. “I am showing my nature works...a lot of florals, a barn, a little bit of everything,” said Nita. Any advice for budding artists? “Keep going! Believe in yourself. Go after those colors and shapes, sketch them and continue on. Head where your hands take you!” For more about Nita, and to see more of her beautiful work, visit

“More Art Upstairs” The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the documentary More Art Upstairs on February 9 at 2:00pm. The film follows four artists who venture outside Manhattan’s art world to Grand Rapids, Michigan where they vie for critical recognition and to win over the public, who vote on which art wins half of the $500,000 prize money. ArtPrize, the most highly attended art show in the world, awards cash prizes larger than all other competitions combined. Free admission, donations appreciated. Seating is limited and on a first-come, firstserve basis. Schedule is subject to change due to weather. Call ahead: 845-252-7576. Enjoy viewing paintings by Nita Klein at Leo’s Cornwall location through the month of February!


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Wallkill River School: Teachers Demonstrate & Exhibit Teaching artists from the nonprofit artist’s cooperative the Wallkill River School (WRS) in Montgomery are inviting the public to live demonstrations every Saturday in February. The teachers’ demonstrations offer a rare glimpse into the creative process used by the School’s instructors while showcasing the diversity of the classes that are offered through the School. These artists will be giving you a taste of what they teach by demonstrating their craft utilizing techniques from their classes. There will be a wide range of demonstrations to be seen, such as traditional realism in oil, impressionism in pastel, romantic landscapes in acrylic, classical drawing in charcoal, scratch board painting, anime illustration, and more! The public is welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuvres while mingling with working artists. If you’re curious about the creative process, considering an art class, or just want to meet the artists in your community, come to the WRS any Saturday in February! “I have seen the Wallkill River School take so many budding artists from a beginner level of skill to an advanced level of skill, where they are now teaching their own classes! I started here as a student, and through

Mike Jaroszko demonstrates at the WRS

the mentorship and education that I have received here, I can now confidently make a living as an artist and teacher, something I never thought would be possible when I started! Wether you are looking for a new hobby to fill your time, a new technique for your artistic repertoire, or looking to truly develop a professional level of artistic skill, the Wallkill River School is the place to be for developing artists!” says WRS Gallery Director, Liam Vogel. The drawing, contemporary painting and traditional painting demos include: William Noonan: Drawing Still Life Subjects, Liam Vogel: Gestural Drawing, Nancy Reed Jones: Acrylic Painting, Susan Wilson: Scratch Board, Laura Bolle: Painting Animals in Acrylic, Lana Privitera:

Feb 1: 3’s a Crowd

A student working on portraiture.

Watercolor Techniques, Dennis Fanton: Pastel Impressionism, and Mike Jaroszko: Oil Painting. Children’s instructor demos include: Liam Vogel: Drawing for Kids, Cathy DeMaio: Watercolor Collage, Nicole Asendorf: Children’s Painting, and Ayanna Terry: Anime Illustration. See ad page 28 and calendar page 12 for dates and times of the Saturday demos. A Teaching Artists’ Exhibit, featuring works by the demonstrating teachers and other teachers, runs February 1-28. A reception will be held on February 2, from 5:00pm-7:00pm (with demos) at the Wallkill River School, 232 Ward Street, Montgomery. For information, call 845-457-2787.

Nancy, Mare, & Ron have been friends and musical partners going back to the early 70’s in Brooklyn. Known together as 3’s a Crowd, they are an acoustic trio playing 60’s and 70’s rock with an emphasis on strong 3-part harmonies. One of Northeast PA’s finest acoustic electric rock bands, Nancy, Mare & Ron are known for playing the best of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Beatles, Ronstadt, Neil Young, and more! Each member of the trio sings and also plays guitar and bass. Join them for Triversity’s First Friday. Some highlights of the show include great renditions of Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meatloaf), Suite for Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills, & Nash), White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane) and much more, at the WaterWheel Cafe, 150 Water Street, Milford, on February 1 at 8:00pm. (Dinner service begins at 5:00pm. See ad page 3. For reservations: 1-570-296-2383.)


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SUNY Sullivan: “Carmen” Live in HD “The first production of Carmen took place at the Opera Comique, Paris, in 1875. There was a crowded attendance on the occasion, including “all of Paris that assumes to have any voice in the creation of public opinion.” But nobody seems to have thought much of the opera then - this opera which has now become the property of every amateur throughout the civilized world, and which though often presented, never wears out its welcome. “It is not very difficult to understand why. French audiences are essentially conservative, and Carmen came upon them like a shock. “Its passionate force,” says one authority, “was miscalled brutality, and the suspicion of German influence due to Bizet’s clever use of guiding themes, was in itself enough to alienate the sympathies of the average Frenchman in the early seventies.” Bizet, in short, had broken loose from the classical French style. His music displayed some startling, novel features, and for these the polite tastes of the French public were not prepared.” - Music with Ease. Librettist Henri Meilhac would subsequently provide the libretto for Massenet’s Manon. His collaborator on


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Carmen was Ludovic Halévy, the nephew of composer Jacques Fromental Halévy (creator of the opera La Juive and Bizet’s father-inlaw). The libretto is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with tenor Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sings Micaela, and baritone Alexander Vinogradov is Escamillo for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. Carmen will begin at 1:00pm on February 2 at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake. Pre-concert talk starts approximately 12:15pm. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 845434-5750, ext. 4472, between 9:00am and 4:00pm weekdays. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Opportunity: Street Theatre Skills Farm Arts Collective is a farmbased cultural organization where art and performance intersect with agrarian and ecological ideas. The Farm Arts Collective Ensemble is focused on creating original and highly artistic performances that address urgent contemporary issues such as ecology, climate science, social justice, science, health, farming, and issues that affect everyday people. “Farm Arts Collective”, explains Tannis Kowalchuk (theatre artist, and owner-farmer of Willow Wisp Organic Farm), “gives us a place to bring together self taught experts, professionals and those interested in learning in a collaborative way. The intersection of sustainable living practices center around farming, food and ecology - and for me art is a necessary part of the mix.” The Collective is developing performances and street theatre processions to appear at regional festivals, parades, and cultural events, as well as Shakespeare on the Farm to be presented in August 2019 at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, PA, across the Delaware River from Callicoon. Open to all members of the community, FREE weekly performance creation workshops will be led by artistic director,

The ensemble in rehearsal of “El Viento” at Hurleyville Arts Center, performed in co-production with NACL Theatre. Photo by Michael Coney.

Kowalchuk. Each Thursday night the company will focus on skill building for acting, singing, stilt-walking, music, and drumming, as well as production and design elements such as costume, props, puppets, set, and technical audio and visual contributions. Guest artists will also lead special skills studies over the course of the workshop season. Farm Arts Collective welcomes all interested residents, aged 13 and older to drop in or come by Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm at The Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg. For information: info@farmartscollective. org or visit

Celebration of Black History, Shohola “Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” This quote from Shakespeare’s As You Like It sums up the spirit of the Celebration of Black History event and exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association. Featured artist Hassina Brodie has overcome much adversity, and is a shining example that all things are possible through a strong spirit and a supportive community. Hassina’s artwork reflects her history of struggles and triumphs. During the event, she will speak about her journey as an artist and woman of color. Other local artists celebrating Black History Month and displaying work include returning artists Malinda Ware, Shanita Artson, and Teddy Williams, as well as

Brodie with her latest creation

“Extra Virgin” by H. Brodie

Carolyn Holmes Hood. The event also includes a historical exhibit tracing the history of black artists in America such as CanadianAmerican tonalist painter Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901) who was the first African-American to win a national art award, and the work of other contemporary artists. During the event, enjoy complimentary refreshments and live Haitian folk music courtesy of Carmella Marsh. “The reception is a very short drive from Barryville”, says Event Coordinator Ari Mir-Pontier, “at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, on February 2, from 4:00pm-6:00pm.” This event is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Richard L Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

“Home Sweet Home” in Newburgh Newburgh, reflects all Home Sweet Home is an facets of domestic spaces. exhibition that explores Viewers will find images of domesticity and perspectives people who occupy these on the domestication spaces; the possession or of the contemporary material objects of the home. The concept of home which are functional home is a loaded topic or decorative; paintings, invested with meanings, emotions, experiences and “People I Love” quilt by Greg Climer sculptures, and installations relationships. It is also a universal subject to that reflect domestic life and the issues concerning the idea of a home. which most individuals can relate. The show is on view through March 23. The exhibition, curated by Virginia Walsh For information: 845-784-1146. at the Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street,

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art Exhibition The featured February artists at the Rushmore Memorial Library Branch are the students of Smith Clove Elementary School in Woodbury. The Kindergarten artists created paper collage while learning about Henri Matisse, and the work of Joan Miro inspired some line experimentation with watercolors. The First Grade projects include Native American style Bandolier bags in fabric, feathers, and applique and the artists observed the changing of seasons when creating some beautiful tree silhouettes.

These ambitious works are conducted under the guidance of Ms. Rebecca Walker, art teacher at Smith Clove. The mediums, emulating great techniques, and learning how to “think like an artist”, are all part of the wonderful art instruction provided by Ms. Walker. A reception takes place at the Library, 16 Route 105, Highland Mills, on February 7, from 7:00pm-8:00pm. The public is welcome to attend or to visit the Library any time during February to view the students’ work! For information: 845-928-6162.

Faure for February’s Potluck Mary Lee Farris has been honored as a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, and received the Artist of the Year Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has Mary Lee Farris performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout the country, with the San Francisco Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and others, including the New York City Opera. Potluck Concerts welcomes Mary Lee who will be singing songs by Gabriel Faure in February, performing along with regulars Ruthanne Schempf and Margaret Small (pianos), Emily Faxon (violin), Joel Evans (oboe) and (‘perhaps, at presstime’) baritone Jonathan Mildner. Evans writes: “Weber’s Sonata op.10 #1/J. 99 (a violin work, enjoyed and performed by oboists) comes from his early years and was written around the time of his two symphonies and his wonderful little Concertino for Oboe and Wind Band. Weber wrote well for all the wind instruments. His two little symphonies include lyric solo writing for flute and oboe, and his three great operas, Der Freischutz, Euryanthe and Oberon are

Margaret Small

J. Evans, E. Faxon &

R. Schempf filled with colorful, descriptive ensemble writing for clarinet, bassoon and horn, creating a shadowy tonal world reminiscent of the Black Forest!” Faxon and Schempf will perform Schubert’s G Minor Sonatina for violin and piano. Although until quite lately they were always listed and printed as ‘sonatinas’, this is no true mystery at all; Schubert never called them anything but ‘sonatas’, but like so much of his music they did not reach printed form until several years after his death, when the publisher put them out as ‘sonatinas’ in 1836 in order to entice amateurs who might have felt dubious about their technical skill. An ice cream and cake reception follows the February 22, 7:30pm concert at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Tickets at the door.

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Hudson Opera Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Monroe Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. It is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle-tolate career. “One of my earliest memories of seeing an opera singer,” writes maestro Ron De Fesi, “was a performance of “Caro nome,” Gilda’s unbelievably poignant expression of what amounts to being one of the most profound teenage crushes in history! This show-stopper from Verdi’s Rigoletto was being sung by the great Roberta Peters on the old Ed Sullivan Show way back when I was about seven or eight years old (oops, I’ve given away my age!). My brother started me chuckling by imitating Ms. Peters, but my mother quickly quashed any thoughts of going down that path by saying that she wanted to hear it, and I should listen because Peters was one of the best sopranos around. “Now, I have to tell you that I loved classical music from the moment I was born, but I thought opera was kind of silly - except that night, when I actually listened and watched a real singer really sing! I think it was at that moment that I first fell in love with the human voice. Funnily enough, not long afterwards, we were at a friend’s pool enjoying a swim and there was a radio at

Robert Garner “Rigoletto”

Jennifer Gliere “Gilda”

Gerardo Gaytán “The Duke”

poolside (yes, it was a long time ago) playing none other than a Met broadcast of Rigoletto. Between splashes, I was intoxicated! Two reasons, really: one was the great music, and the other was that that was the first time I found out about the Met broadcasts, which would become the focus of my Saturday afternoons for the next umpty-five years! “Verdi is widely known to have imbued many of his operas with significant parentchild relationships. In the three great operas of his operatic “turning-point,” (more about that in a moment) there’s the relationship between the teenager, Gilda, and her sort of twisted, but loving papa, Rigoletto, who will literally stop at nothing to protect her from the world; then there’s Il Trovatore’s Azucena, the old gypsy woman who has “adopted” (stolen) and raised as her own, Manrico, the child of the Count after her child had been burned on the pyre which had consumed her mother (Oi); and then there’s the fathersurrogate-daughter relationship of Giorgio

Andrew Martens “Sparafucile”

Kathleen Reveille “Maddalena”

Germont and Violetta [La Traviata] who has demanded that she give up happiness with his son, and then gives her fatherly assurance that she can return to her old, demimondian life of late nights and tuberculosis and, somehow, thrive - but, if not, she’ll feel good because of her “sacrifice”! Of all of these, I think we can count Rigoletto’s relationship with Gilda as the most “normal.” But damn Verdi if he doesn’t make them, not only plausible, but endearing and heart-wrenching - the power of music to make the silly sublime! “Back to the turning point: Verdi, who had grown up in the shadows of the greats - Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti - and whose earlier works reflected the rules and fashions he had learned from them, had a break-away moment in writing Rigoletto. Believing that there was greater dramatic intensity to be gained in more through-composed works, he began, in this period, to move away from the aria-applause-aria-applause style of composition which had held sway for well over two hundred years (since the beginnings of opera, really) and endeavored to keep the action moving by giving fewer stops, fewer chances for the audience to lose the thread of the action, fewer chances for the audience to talk and to keep them riveted to the action. “Sure, we’re still going to stop and applaud for “La donna è mobile”, but, when it really counts, he manages to keep us focused on the action and not the “performance” per se. Furthermore, he has taken an incredibly dark story with some totally immoral characters and no hero to speak of, and imbue it with love, warmth, wit and beauty. It is an

“The beautiful and rich sounding color of baritone Robert Garner in the title role [at Amore Opera in NYC, 2016] showed an appropriate sympathy and vulnerability which is vital to Rigoletto’s mindset, especially during his aria “Cortigiani vil razza” when Rigoletto angrily scoffs at the Duke’s henchmen for abducting his daughter Gilda, but then breaks down and begs the men to bring her back to him. Garner’s moving performance made it the highlight of the whole evening.” - Charles Coleman, Meet Me at the Opera, 2016.

exciting and gritty opera, set in the grubby world of the Duke of Mantua, a man with few morals and a great deal of power. The action plumbs the depths of nastiness and the bad guy doesn’t get his comeuppance! Yet it is one of Verdi’s most tuneful tales. “Love, deceit, murder, corruption and self-sacrifice are the tools of the trade in this amazing dark masterpiece.” Ron De Fesi conducts and directs Rigoletto, with the Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus and Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church, 142 Stage Road, Monroe, February 23 at 7:00pm and February 24 at 4:00pm. Snow date: March 3 at 4:00pm. Tickets online at and at the door. Children under 10 free.

“New Perspectives” in Milford The ARTery Fine Art and Fine Craft Gallery is showing New Perspectives, a regional juried exhibit and sale for February, which includes all forms of art and craft, including jewelry. This special exhibit will showcase the best fine arts and fine crafts that the region has to offer. A cooperative, member-owned and operated gallery which proudly boasts over 19 years in the heart of charming downtown Milford, the ARTery will also be opening its space to non-members for the month of February for a juried show of local emerging artists, selected by a committee of artist members. New Perspectives runs February 8 to March 1. The reception is on February 9, 8

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from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The ARTery is located at 210 Broad Street, Milford, in the historic Forest Hall Building. And - don’t miss Summer in January, a group show ending on February 3.

In Memoriam: Najim H. Chechen July 1, 1946 ~ December 21, 2018

Najim H. Chechen, an Iraqi-born Turkmen sculptor was sculpting, creating and developing his masterful style continuously for the past 43 years since the mid-60’s when he was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. Founder of the Fine Art Studios sculpture center in Otisville and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Sculptors Society, Najim exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. He was awarded numerous awards, scholarships and honors.

“Najim’s death came as a shock to me as I’m sure it has to many others. In spite of Najim’s failing health, I somehow convinced myself that he would go on forever. In some ways he will because of his devotion to art-making and the artworks he created and because of his wish to make an art community here in the Hudson Valley. “I first met Najim and his wife Caroline many years ago when they were organizing what was to become the Hudson Valley Sculpture Society. I became a member and together with many of the area’s sculptors exhibited together throughout the Hudson Valley. “Najim valued friendships and had an enthusiasm for bringing people together to share experiences and to get to know one another. His warmth, generosity and wholehearted love of people was contagious. Many friendships and connections were made through his gatherings, exhibits, discussions and support of other artists. “Najim told me last summer that “After

all is said, it comes down to having good friends and the peace that can provide.” - Bill Graziano “I’m glad I knew Najim, he was so talented, caring, full of magic, eternally hopeful. Najim was a great storyteller and my favorites were about his companionship with artists like Isamu Noguchi. Years ago they worked together in Astoria, Queens, which today is an important and lively haven for young artists, especially sculptors. “Sadly, Najim seemed destined to lead a complicated and chaotic life. It was hard to imagine the difficulties he confronted, managing it all with such grace, humor and his art. He and Caroline were tirelessly dedicated to sculpture and the arts community. I’ll always be grateful for having known them.” - Terry Mollo

for peace. They were his visual voice that represented his Iraqi heritage while expressing his compassion through the beauty of the human form or the anguish of human suffering.” Dorothy D. Szefc

“Najim Chechen’s sculpture studio where he created much of his work was near my studio in Otisville. After emigrating and meeting his wife Caroline at Pratt Art Institute, he revealed a great and varied body of work. Among the ones that meant the most to me were his smaller sculpture series of Iraqi mothers. “They consisted of abstract-like sheets of clay “wrap arounds” of mother and wrapped baby (see photo below right) and gave a sense of pathos as well as strength and beauty. Najim could even do these blindfolded “Rumi Dancing” and actually did that at his “In a social environment with so many demonstration at SUNY Orange. artists, a few stand out. Among them, “I treasure the two sculptures like this Najim Chechen was the real thing. He was that I own as well as the friendship that my dedicated to an inner vision and driven to see husband Angelo and I had with Najim and the images of that vision fully expressed in Caroline.” - Cynthia Harris Pagano his sculpture. The creative life was his life. Najim was also a passionate and engaging “Najim Chechen had an unparalleled individual. It was particularly interesting to ability to transform the negative into hear him speak of life in Iraq, both before something positive. The war in Iraq, Najim’s and after the U.S. invasion. birth country, inspired him to create his - Flavia Bacarella & Keith Stewart installation Bridge of Peace Between the U.S. and Iraq. The figurative art sculpted in “Najim Chechen was a gentle man. His terra-cotta was an intimate representation of artworks included drawings and pastels, but family and friends in Iraq during wartime. his sculptures defined him. They pleaded “The figures were spiritual and expressive

“Ney Player”

“Sleeping Beauty”

revealing the fragility of life itself. His later free-pour bronze forms showed a transformation from the fragile nature of terra-cotta to a newfound strength born from fire. “Najim literally forged on in spite of losing his partner in “Iraqi Mother” life, Caroline Prieur Schulz. He was a dedicated artist who was kind, gentle, and generous. We will miss his smiling presence. - Barbara Bonham

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Art in Another Dimension: The Big Reveal paper, modgepodge, pencil, Accompanying her solo and lots of craft materials show, Thinking Inside the Box and magazine images. With ~ collages and assemblages a provided example they in the Mindy Ross Gallery, will be invited to structure a artist Monica Ostrow is collage using paper and color presenting a master class on to reveal a hidden element. February 19 from 4:15pmThis class should stretch 6:15pm in the gallery and the one’s imagination while OBTC Great Room 101 in gaining a better understanding Kaplan Hall. Art in Another Monica Ostrow of the time and thought Dimension: The Big Reveal will be an exploration into the use of non- process that goes into original art. Monica Ostrow holds a BA cum laude traditional art materials and methods to from Wilkes University. She took extensive make a unique, personal statement. The class, which is free and open to the graduate courses at Scranton University. She public, will begin with a tour of the exhibit also attended the School of Visual Art in New during which the artist will talk about her York City where she studied graphic design, conceptualization of the artworks and how oil painting, and television production. The Mindy Ross Gallery and OBTC Great they evolve while also taking questions from Room are situated in the eastern section of attendees. Then, Ostrow will give examples of how the first floor of Kaplan Hall which is located materials were used by twentieth century at the corner of Grand and First Streets on artists Marcel Du Champs, Joseph Cornell, the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in the Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgoise, Robert Rauschenberg, David Chase, and Joseph parking garage entered at 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Chamberlin in the progression of the modern Affairs at 845-341-4891/9386 or by artistic idiom. Attendees will be offered the opportunity of emailing: Visit creating their own works using watercolors,

Eat Insects in Dingmans Ferry In many parts of the world, entomophagy, or eating bugs, is commonplace. Many cultures and people across the world use insects as ingredients on a regular basis. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast dense concentrations of nutrients like omega 3s. If two billion people can invite insects to the dinner table, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for you to include edible bugs in your diet. Several insect farms have recently been set up in the U.S., South Africa and the Netherlands, using organic side streams. Crickets, and 2,000 species of their insect friends, are currently being consumed around the world, making a very good contribution to sustainable food security. What insects are edible? •Beetles. The most commonly eaten beetles are the long-horned, june, dung, and rhinoceros varieties. •Butterflies and Moths. •Bees and Wasps. •Ants. •Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts.

•Flies and Mosquitoes. •Water Boatmen and Backswimmers. •Termites. •Grubs. •Woodlice. •Earthworms. •Stinkbugs. •Scorpions... ...and others, possibly too gross to mention to first-timers! Cockroach: Yes, you can eat cockroaches! Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches can actually be very clean and tasty insects, especially if they are fed on fresh fruits and vegetables. They can be eaten toasted, fried, sauteed, or boiled. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches have a taste and texture like greasy chicken. For a modest fee, try your own hand at making a tasty dessert with insect based ingredients, while learning how beneficial they can be, on February 24 from 1:00pm3:00pm at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. To register: 570-828-2319. *This program is unsuitable for those allergic to shellfish*



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Tell Me Why To the Poet, the Dreamer and the diehard Romantic, the third month of winter is a cherished occasion. It’s the shortest and perhaps coldest of the dazzling dozen, hardly a characteristic one would associate with matters of the heart. But there it is, remaining faithful. One February after the other, the alluring trio insures its permanence. In this case, as causal relationships are examined, there is the oft’ celebrated memory of the acclaimed Saint of the Church: Saint Valentine, the holy figure enthusiastically associated with matters of the heart, especially the celebrated tradition of courtly love. A quick-witted romantic will quickly defeat the darkness and shadows of a lingering winter, knowing in fact that the ideal accompaniment of courtly love is just across the footlights. Nothing could be finer than to have at the finger tips the love songs of the Broadway Stage. Indulging one’s mind, body and soul in the sounds of Broadway’s greatest is a healthy activity, in theory and practice. Memories are likely to abound, combating with unwavering vigor the funk of a lingering winter. But oh, where to begin? Start with a

sound system on a solitary afternoon, accompanied by the medium of personal preference, or as necessity might demand, a combination of CDs, vinyl and 78s. And there’s always the internet. But the experience is best when involvement is personal and physical. Little surpasses starting up a reliable turntable, removing a treasured vinyl from its dust jacket and carefully placing it in position to receive the almighty stylus. It’s really a seriously sensuous act and thus rewarding when given thought. An introductory selection for this writer on the afternoon of a damp, dark and totally dreary February is found in the resurrection of Ezio Pinza from the original cast recording of South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. At the time, 1949, Pinza was a distinguished bass, recently retired from the Metropolitan Opera. Pinza’s rich, resonant delivery of Some Enchanted Evening remains somewhere beyond memorable. The French planter with the Italian accent had his answer for the attraction of courtly love, delivering crafty caveat, “Fools give you reasons, wise

men never try.” Follow those Pacific islands with the sweetest of love songs: Try to Remember the Kind of September from the longest running Broadway musical, The Fantastics (technically Off-Broadway) in the history of musical theatre. A play that ran for over fifty years is so silly, simple and yet unabashedly romantic, it remains unforgettable! Exposure to this universal love story simply doesn’t fade. Based on an obscure play written by the French playwright, Edmond Rostand, it was transformed into a hit by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in 1960. The opening night’s cast featured Jerry Orbach as The Narrator, El Gallo. Yes, the same Jerry Orbach (1935 -2004) who continues to represent NYPD’s Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order reruns. So many thoughts and memories both real and imagined are conveyed through those lyrics. The clever little bromides, hauntingly delivered by El Gallo, linger long after a shiny vinyl has been returned to its protective cover. For additional insight, give this a try: Read aloud to one’s self these lyrics: “Try to

remember when life was so tender, that no one wept except the willow,” Then with the eyes closed, visualize. Yes, love in all its forms and practices is just across the footlights, and on occasion realized under some of the oddest of circumstances. It’s what makes life beautiful. Listen carefully to Zero Mostel as Tevye, a Jewish milkman with 5 daughters and a lame horse. He’s the dominant character in Fiddler on the Roof (1964), a record-setting musical by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein. Fresh ideas and invention shatter his life, his family, and the closely-held practices of his religion. On the surface, when this production appears to have reached its conclusion, Tevye confronts Golde, his wife of 25 years, with a simple unprovoked question, “Do You Love Me?” What follows is a humble, unassuming duet, one that reflects the turmoil in Tevye’s life and the shtetl of Anatevka. But listen closely. Mostel delivers lyrics that offer no surprises; they are warm, bubbly, corny and so beautifully realistic. “...I love you too! It doesn’t change a thing, but even so, After twenty-five years, it’s nice to know.” Love is just across the footlights!

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lectures Eagle Watch BUS TOURS Delaware Highlands Conservancy����������� Jan 26, Feb 2, 10am-1pm FEE Winter Ecology HIKE��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Jan 27, 1pm FEE “The Circular Letter: Washington’s Legacy” Lynette Scherer����������� MSM-DC Jan 31, 11am FEE “Being Mortal” Dr. Danielle Belser����������������������������������������������������������� MSM-DC Feb 1, 1pm FEE “Animal Tracking”��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Feb 3, 1pm FEE “Spiritual Energies” Nathan Rosenblum�������������������������������������������������� MSM-DC Feb 5, 2pm FEE “Dementia Conversations” Donna Davies�������������������������������������������������������MSM-DC Feb 6, 11am “Immigrant Ocean Crossing: The Great Age of the Ocean Liners” Jeffrey Dosik�������������������������� MSM-DC Feb 6, 1pm FEE “Forgotten Newburghers Remembered” Mary McTamaney������������Newburgh Library, Feb 6, 7pm “Happiness” Diane Lang����������������������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Feb 7, 6pm “Letting Go of “Perfect”” Diane Lang����������������������������������������������MSM-DC Feb 11, 10:30am FEE “Palatine Germans and French Huguenots” Steve Skye����������������������MSM-DC Feb 11, 11am FEE “The World War I Homefront-How Newburgh Supported the Colors” Mary McTamaney����������� MSM-DC Feb 11, 1pm FEE “First Aid Fundamentals: Learn to Treat Burns, Bites, & Traumas” Ann Marie Silvani�������������� MSM-DC Feb 13, 10am FEE “Bladder Health vs. Heart Health!” Dr. Richard Huntoon����������������������������MSM-DC Feb 13, 1pm “Cities of Beauty: Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Barcelona” Barry Kass�������������������������������� MSM-DC Feb 18, 1pm FEE “The Movies of Alfred Hitchcock” Leon DiMartino�����������������������������MSM-DC Feb 19, 10am FEE “Centering Prayer” Sr. Peggy Murphy��������������������������������������������������MSM-DC Feb 20, 10am FEE “Justice Food and Urban Gardening” Lorrie Clevenger����������������������SUNYO-KH Feb 20, 6:30pm “The 3 R’s-Resilience/Redemption/Reflection” Joan Monk����������������� MSM-DC Feb 21, 1pm FEE “Afrofuturism & the history of Black Science Fiction” Eve Dunbar��Newburgh Library, Feb 21, 6:30pm Eagle Watch TOUR���������������������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Feb 22, 9am-3pm FEE “Creating Your Own Reality: Use the Laws of Manifestation” George Toth & Diana Underwood MSM-DC Feb 22, 10am FEE “Staging Tips for Selling Your Home” Claudia Jacobs������������������������� MSM-DC Feb 22, 1pm FEE “How to Get Better Mileage from Your Late Model Bod” Mary Mulrooney������������������������������������ MSM-DC Feb 27, 1pm FEE “The Underground Railroad; An Outgrowth of An American Business Enterprise” Erroyl Rolle.� Crawford Library, Monticello, Feb 28, 6pm Master Classes Contemporary Drawing in Abstraction Meredith Rosier ��������������������������SUNYO-OH Jan 31, 4pm Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus! David Silliman�������������������������������� SUNYO-OH Feb 15, 11am Art in Another Dimension: The Big Reveal Monica Ostrow����������������SUNYO-KH Feb 19, 4:15pm DEMOS Drawing Still Life William Noonan������������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 2, 5pm Gestural Drawing Liam Vogel���������������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 2, 5:30pm Romanticism in Acrylic Nancy Reed Jones������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 9, 5pm Scratch Board Susan Wilson������������������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 9, 5:30pm Painting Animals in Acrylic Laura Bolle���������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 9, 6pm Watercolor Realism Lana Privitera����������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 16, 5pm Pastel Impressionism Dennis Fanton��������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 16, 5:30pm Oil Landscape Painting Mike Jaroszko����������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 16, 6pm Cooking with Insects make it, sample it�����������������������������������������������������������PEEC Feb 24,1pm FEE “Bringing the Third Dimension To Life” photorealistic watercolor, Lynn D. Pratt�������������������������� SUNYO-OH Mar 3, 2:30pm Artist Talks Mermer Blakeslee, Dale Emmart, Theresa Hackett, Margot McLean�������������������CAS Feb 2, 3pm DVAA’s 2019 Fellowship Recipients in Painting and Literature-Fiction����������DVAA Mar 2, 2pm

Pop-Up Show at Seligmann, Sugar Loaf Born in 1994, Brittany Glasscock was raised in Orange County. She pursued educational endeavors at Purchase College where she studied Photography and Art History, graduating in 2016 with a BFA in Fine Art. After graduating, she worked with EC Media Group LLC, and in NYC as a photographer and editor. One of her biggest passions is being able 12

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to facilitate an environment of collaboration, and this is currently her aim as she presents and curates her first show - a Pop-Up show! A one-day event, with “snacks and good tunes, too” the Pop-Up Show takes place on February 9, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Seligmann Center, 23-26 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf. For information: 845-469-9459.

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

Music for Humanity folk������������� Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, 3rd Saturdays, 8pm FREE 3’s a Crowd 60’s &70’s rock���������������������������������������������������WaterWheel Cafe, Milford, Feb 1, 8pm Deadgrass Garcia������������������������������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 2, 8pm The THE BAND Band��������������������������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 2, 8pm Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis swing, blues����������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 3 & Feb 17, 11am Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators western swing +Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 4, 8pm Jason Gisser Band soul, rock���������������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 7, 8pm Hurley Mountain Highway 70s��������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 8, 8pm The Big Takeover, Paul River-Bailey & The Forefathers neo reggae & ska�� Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 8, 8pm Carolann Solebello folk��������������������������������������� UUC Meeting House, Rock Tavern, Feb 9, 7:30pm BSKi Jamiroquai neo-soul����������������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 9, 8pm “Forever Ray”���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Newburgh Library, Feb 10, 3pm Free Aztec Two Step Simon & Garfunkel������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 14, 8pm Lucky Peterson! w/Tamara Tramell blues, soul������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 15, 8pm The Reveries rock����������������������������������������������������The Falcon Underground. Marlboro, Feb 15, 8pm Ed Palermo Big Band������������������������������������������������������������������ The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 16, 8pm Junket Acoustic rock�����������������������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 16, 8pm Common Tongue rock, fusion������������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 20, 8pm Myles Mancuso Band blues, rock�������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 21, 8pm Shana Falana & Overhand Sam psych pop guitarist���Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 21, 8pm Alexis P. Suter Band’s gospel, blues������������������������������������������� The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 22, 8pm Dylan Doyle Band funk, rock���������������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 22, 8pm Slam Allen blues���������������������������������������������������������������������� Western Hotel, Callicoon, Feb 23, 7pm Gabriel Butterfield & Friends Paul Butterfield��������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 23, 8pm Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover funk-rock-soul�������Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 23, 8pm Nate Wood’s “fOUR” jazz, rock���������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 24, 8pm Pocket Vinyl music & improv painting���������������������������������������Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, Feb 25, 7pm Poet Gold’s POELODIES spoken word, hip hop��The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 27, 7pm Tribal Harmony Native American�������������������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 28, 7pm The Hums indie, funk,punk���������������������������������������������������������� Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, Mar 2, 7pm OPEN Mic & IN-HOUSE MUSIC

Listings below are not included in our centerspread calendar.

Open Mic w/Steve Schwartz & Antoine Magliano������ Dutch’s Tavern, Rock Hill, Mondays, 7:30pm Joanna Gass and the Search & Rescue Orchestra�������Brew, Rock Hill, Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm Robert Kopec & Solo Bajo jazz +������������������������������������ Dos Amigos, Fair Oaks, Wednesdays, 7pm Open Mic�������������������������������������������������������Heartbeat Music Hall, Grahamsville, Wednesdays, 7pm The Parting Glass Band Celtic��������������������Loughran’s Pub, Salisbury Mills, Thursdays, 7pm-10pm Marc Von Em soul, blues, funk�������������������������WaterWheel Cafe, Milford, Last Fridays, 8pm-11pm Jake Lentz piano & Marilyn Kennedy vocalsGiovanni’s Inn, Wurtsboro, Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm-9pm Gregg Van Gelder Band����������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 1, 7:30pm Rob Schiff������������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 2, 2pm-5pm Say 80 Thing�����������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 2, 7:30pm Connor McCarty�������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 3, 2pm-5pm Acoustic Open Mic Session host, Jason Gisser������������������������The Falcon Underground, Feb 6, 7pm Crowd Theory��������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 8, 7:30pm Johnny Scarecrow Tull������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 9, 7:30pm Kevin Finnan������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 9, 2pm-5pm Erol Ogut�����������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 10, 2pm-5pm Swamp Fox�����������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 15, 7:30pm Devin Daversa���������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 16, 2pm-5pm Hurley Mountain Highway���������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 16, 7:30pm Big Time Tomato����������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 17, 2pm-5pm Roots & Blues Sessions host: Petey Hop����������������The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 20, 7pm Run for Cover 90s������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 22, 7;30pm Jim & Michelle Iannucci����������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 23, 2pm-5pm TWD band������������������������������������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 23, 7:30pm Jack Higgins and Friends���������������������������������������Palaia Winery, Highland Mills, Feb 24, 2pm-5pm

Milby & Winter Host “Winter”

Go to Florida for Winter If April is National Poetry Month, it seems appropriate for February to be Winter Poetry Month! Robert Milby & Gloria Winter (!) are hosting winter-themed poetry readings. Milby, currently Poet Laureate of Orange County, is hosting an open reading session with Richard Martin, Ariana Den Bleyker and himself as featured poets for the Winter Poetry Cafe at the Florida Library, 4 Cohen Circle, on February 15 at 7:00pm. “Richard Martin is the chronicler of the empty dynamism of this culture, but he

knows its joys too. In the fast-paced world of his verse there beats a fierce and oddly tonic heart.” - Andrei Codrescu, poet and National Public Radio commentator. Free admission. Phone: 845-651-7659 Go to Pine Bush for Winter’s Winter Local poet Gloria Winter hosts seasonal open readings in Pine Bush. Her next event is the Winter Poetry Reading (named for the season, not the curator/host!) in the Pine Bush Library Community Center, 227 Maple Avenue, Pine Bush on February 28 at 7:00pm. Free. Call 845-744-3375.

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Cinema Classics & Documentaries

“Born Yesterday” Judy Holliday, Broderick CrawfordTriversity Center, Milford, Jan 30, 7pm FREE “Something the Lord Made” Alan Rickman, Mos Def�� Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 4, 1pm FREE “The Old Maid” Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins������������ Triversity Center, Milford, Feb 6, 7pm FREE “Royal Wedding” Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, film & dinner����Hotel Fauchere, Milford, Feb 7, 6pm “More Art Upstairs” documentary, salon series����������������� DVAA, Narrowsburg, Feb 9, 2pm FREE “Adrift”��������������������������������������������������������������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 11, 1pm FREE “It Happened One Night” Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert��Triversity Center, Milford, Feb 13, 7pm FREE Surprise Movie������������������������������������������������������������� Triversity Center, Milford, Feb 20, 7pm FREE “My Man Godfrey” Carole Lombard, William Powell, film & dinner������������������������������������������������ Hotel Fauchere, Milford, Feb 21, 6pm “Three Identical Strangers” documentary������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 25, 1pm FREE


Comedy Night������������������������������������������������������������������ The Arnold, Livingston Manor, Feb 16, 8pm


“Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and Dance” Vanaver Caravan ����������������� SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, Feb 23, 7pm


Pike County Ecumenical Food Pantry Triversity’s Got Talent competition��������������������������������������� WaterWheel Cafe, Milford, Feb 23, 8pm

Museums not Listed in Centerspread

Washington’s Birthday CelebrationWashington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, Feb 16-18, Noon-4pm Washington’s Birthday Celebration�����������������New Windsor Cantonment, Feb 16 & 18, 10am-4pm Washington’s Birthday Celebration���������������������������������� Knox’s Headquarters, Feb 17, 10am-4pm

Music - Classical - Band

Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra����������������������������������� Nesin Theatre, Monticello, Jan 26, 7pm & Grahamsville Reformed Church, Jan 27, 3pm American String Quartet w/Vadim Serebryany piano����SUNY Orange Hall, Middletown, Jan 27, 3pm Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra�������������������������Aquinas Hall, Newburgh, Feb 16, 7:30pm Potluck Concerts Love & Presidents���� Cornwall Presby. Ch., Cornwall-on-Hudson, Feb 22, 7:30pm West Point Band ““Short Ride Fast Machine””����������������������� Eisenhower Hall, Feb 23, 2pm FREE Music in Central Valley Janice Nimetz & Victoria Von Arx, pianos��������������������������������������������������� Central Valley United Methodist Church, Feb 24, 3pm FREE Jay & Lee Hochman Spanish guitar duo, Grand Montgomery Chamber Music���������������������������������� Montgomery, Senior Center, Mar 3, 3pm FREE

Music - jazz

Eric Person Band�����������������������������������������������������The Wherehouse, Newburgh, 3rd Saturdays, 9pm West Point Jazz Ensemble w/Ralph Peterson Art Blakey Centennial������������������������������������������������ Eisenhower Hall Cafe, West Point, Feb 6, 7:30pm Eliot Zigmund Quartet������������������������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 10, 8pm Jazz Sessions Host: Doug Weiss����������������������������� The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, Feb 13, 7pm David Silliman & Friends Jazz Quintet��SUNY Orange, Orange Hall, Middletown, Feb 15, 7:30pm 4th Saturday Jazz Neil Alexander, Steve Rust, Harvey Sorgen������������������������������������������������������������ The Wherehouse, Newburgh, Feb 23, 9pm FREE Saints of Swing swing, klezmer, +������������������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Feb 24, 11am


“Carmen” Bizet, Live from the Met������������������������������� SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, Feb 2, 1pm “Rigoletto” Verdi, Hudson Opera Theatre���������������First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Feb 23 & 24 “La Fille du Régiment” Donizetti”, Live from the Met��SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, Mar 2, 1pm

Poetry Readings

Milkweed Poetry����������������������������������������������������������������� Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, Wednesdays, 7pm Hudson River Poets ��������������������������������� Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, Feb 2 & Mar 2, 1pm FREE Ted Gill������������������������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall, Feb 7, 7pm Host: Walter Pahucki��������������������������������������������Montgomery Book Exchange, Feb 12, 7pm FREE Winter Poetry Cafe Richard Martin, Ariana Den Bleyker, Robert Milby������������������������������������������� Florida Library, Feb 15, 7pm FREE Michael Sean Collins, George Wallace MEGAPHONE seriesSeligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, Feb 16, 3pm Poetry Sunday, Host: Karen Morris���������������Forage Space Art Gallery, Narrowsburg, Feb 17, 3pm Christopher Wheeling����������������������������������������������������Meadow Blues Coffee, Chester, Feb 19, 7pm Beverly Braxton “Poems of A People” poetic narrative�������� Florida Library, Feb 21, 6:30pm FREE Ted Gill ������������������������������������������������������������������������Goshen Methodist Church, Feb 25, 7pm FREE Hudson River Poets, Host: Hayden Wayne�������������������������� Newburgh Library, Feb 28, 7pm FREE Winter Poetry Reading, Host Gloria Winter�������������������������Pine Bush Library, Feb 28, 7pm FREE


Salsa Dancing������������������������������������������������������������������������Hurleyville Arts Centre, Fridays, 7:30pm


Black Dirt Storytelling Guild “Love and Romance”������������� Florida Library, Feb 14, 6:30pm FREE

Theatre - Musical & Variety

“Elvis is in the House!!!” w/Bob James McArthur�����Greenwood Lake Library, Feb 16, 2pm FREE “Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and Dance” Vanaver Caravan ���������������� SUNY Orange, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, Feb 23, 7pm

Theatre - Play

“Pretty Fire” w/De Lois House, Big Sky Productions��� Crawford Library, Monticello, Feb 21, 6pm FREE “What to the American Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass’ w/G. Oliver King�� DVAA Salon Series Delaware Arts Center, Narrowsburg, Feb 23, 2pm FREE

Two Talks at Desmond Campus Join Giovanna Sidoti to learn about her organization: Flowers Bring Smiles. FBS is a network of good-hearted people in our community looking to put smiles on many faces by delivering donated flowers from local businesses to facilities such as group homes, nursing homes, shut-ins from churches, and patients seen by visiting nurses including cancer patients. Learn more on February 15 at 11:00am. Free, but must register: 845-565-2076.

Carry On - A Story of Resilience, Redemption and an Unlikely Family by Lisa Fenn is a touching tale of a chosen family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. Come discuss this powerful memoir about grit, love, hope and faith - and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances. February 21 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Snow date February 22. To register: 845-565-2076.

Solebello Sings & Strums in Rock Tavern Carolann Solebello is a Songwriters’ Exchange, Carolann has won many performing songwriter born songwriting awards and and bred in New York City. released her fifth solo album, Best known to folk audiences Shiver, in February 2018. as a founding member of the The Rock Tavern Chapter of Americana trio Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with the Hudson Valley Folk Guild the modern folk quartet No will be featuring Carolann Solebello at the Unitarian Fuss and Feathers. Universalist Congregation, 9 Carolann’s smooth, Vance Road, Rock Tavern in compelling voice and warm the town of New Windsor, on acoustic guitar style surely nod February 9 at 7:30pm. to rural folk traditions, yet her Carolann Solebello. Open mic performances will decidedly urban sense of rhythm Photo by Amy J. Putnam and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those be available to all. Tickets at the door. For information call Keith Jordan, traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. President, Rock Tavern Chapter of the A proud member of the Jack Hardy Hudson Valley Folk Guild at 845-978-5620.

“Short Ride, Fast Machine” The West Point Band is presenting its Masterworks Concert Series now through May 2019. The band is highlighting spectacular works written for wind band, as well as popular orchestral transcriptions by composers such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, and John Adams. Short Ride Fast Machine is the title for the February 23, 2:00pm concert. The artistry of the West Point Band is on full display in this sophisticated and virtuosic The concert concludes with a vocal program featuring seminal works for tribute to great American songwriter symphonic winds, including Felix Irving Berlin, followed by a heartfelt Mendelssohn’s Overture for Winds, salute to all who have served in the Op. 24, and Stravinsky’s Concerto U.S. Armed Forces. for Piano and Wind Instruments. These concerts are free. Reserve The driving energy and excitement your free tickets in advance by of this work, featuring Sgt. 1st visiting or Class Yalin Chi (see photo) on at piano, propels us into John Adams’ joyfully (Snow date: February 24, 2:00pm.) exuberant Short Ride in a Fast Machine. February 2019 Delaware & Hudson CANVAS 13

februar BW�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Bethel Woods Center for the Arts CAS-LK������������������������������������������������������������������������������Catskill Art Society, Laundry King, Livingston Manor DOWN������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Downing Film Center, Newburgh DVAA�����������������������������������������������Delaware Valley Arts Alliance & Elaine Giguere Arts Center, Narrowsburg FAL & FAL-U��������������������������������������������������������������������������� The Falcon & The Falcon Underground, Marlboro




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Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm Cinema “Born Yesterday” TRI 7pm



Cinema “Something the Lord Made” Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm

Cinema “Adrift” Wisner Library, Warwick, 1pm

Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm Cinema “The Old Maid” TRI 7pm

Music - Western Swing Cindy Cashdollar & The Syncopators FAL-U 8pm


FAU�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Hotel Fauchere, Milford FOR����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Forage Space Art Gallery, Narrowsburg GMCM Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series��������������������Montgomery Senior Center GWL�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library HOT Hudson Opera Theatre���������������������������������������������First Presbyterian Church, Monroe

...a beloved blues guitarist who will jam at the Western Hotel, 22 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, February 23 at 7:00pm




Cinema “It Happened One Night” TRI 7pm Music - Jazz Jazz Sessions FAL-U 7pm

19 ...a one man piano band performing originals while a painter creates a “masterpiece” on stage, (which is then auctioned off after the show), will perform at Milkweed in Romer’s Alley, Sugar Loaf, on February 25, from 7:00pm-10:00pm.


Cinema “Three Identical Strangers” Wisner Library, Warwick 1pm

Poetry Christopher Wheeling Meadow Blues Coffee, Chester, 7pm


Music - 60s/70s roc Music........................ Leni Stern African Trio........................FAL 8pm Music...................... Music - Rock...........



Cinema & Dinner...........“Royal Wedding”............................ FAU 6pm Music.......The Big Tak Poetry....................................Ted Gill................................. NOBL 7pm Music - 70s............ Music - Soul - Rock.......Jason Gisser Band...........................FAL 8pm


Poetry..................... Storytelling.....Black Dirt Storytelling Guild.... Florida Library, 6:30pm Music - Jazz....David Music - Simon & Garfunkel.......Aztec Two Step ....................FAL 8pm Music - Blues - Soul Music - Rock...........




Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm

Theatre - Play.........“Pretty Fire”.....Crawford Library, Monticello, 6pm Cinema & Dinner..........“My Man Godfrey”........................... FAU 6pm Cinema Surprise Movie TRI 7pm Poetry.Beverly Braxton “Poems of a People”.Florida Library, 6:30pm Music - Blues............. Myles Mancuso Band.........................FAL 8pm Music.................Shana Falana & Overhand Sam.............FAL-U 8pm Music - Rock-Fusion


Poetry.........Gary Si Music - Classical.... Music - Gospel-Blu Music - Funk-Roots

Common Tongue FAL 8pm


Spoken Word Hip Hop POELODIES FAL-U 7pm

Music & Art Pocket Vinyl Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm

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Poetry Ted Gill Goshen Methodist Church, 7pm



Music - Jazz - Art Blakey West Point Jazz Ensemble IKE 7:30pm

Poetry Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm

Poetry MONTBK, 7pm


IKE������������������������������������������������������ MICV Music in Central Valley����������� MONTBK��������������������������������������������� MSM-AQ���������������������������������������������� NFL������������������������������������������������������

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Poetry..................Winter Poetry Reading.......Pine Bush Library, 7pm Poetry......................... Hudson River Poets.......................... NFL 7pm Music................ Fir Music - Native American.......Tribal Harmony.....................FAL-U 7pm

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������������������������������������� Eisenhower Hall, West Point ������������������ Central Valley United Methodist Church ������������������������������������ Montgomery Book Exchange ���Mount St. Mary College, Aquinas Hall, Newburgh ���������������������������������������������� Newburgh Free Library

NOBL���������������������������������������������������������������������������Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall SCCC Sullivan County Community College�����������������������SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake SCM������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville SLGMNN�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf SHAD��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Shadowland Stages, Ellenville


ck......... 3’s a Crowd .......................... WWMIL 8pm ........ Arlen Roth Band..............................FAL 8pm ............Fred Zepplin.............................FAL-U 8pm

keover, Paul River-Bailey & The Forefathers....FAL 8pm Hurley Mountain Highway..................FAL-U 8pm

...... Winter Poetry Cafe........... Florida Library 7pm

d Silliman & Friends quintet .... SUNYO-OH 7:30pm

l.......Lucky Peterson! w/ Tamara Tramell....FAL 8pm ........... The Reveries.............................FAL-U 8pm

iegel.....Jones Farm Country Store, Cornwall, 7pm .Potluck Concerts..Cornwall Presby. Ch., 7:30pm ues.......Alexis P. Suter Band ....................FAL 8pm s-Rock.......Dylan Doyle Band...............FAL-U 8pm

rst Fridays at the WaterWheel.......... WWMIL 8pm


SUNYO-KH����������������������������������������������������������������������� SUNYO Orange, Kaplan Hall. Newburgh SUNYO-OH����������������������������������������������������������������������� SUNY Orange, Orange Hall, Middletown TRI���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Triversity Center, Milford UUC������������������������������������������������������������������ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern WWMIL�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������WaterWheel Cafe, Milford




Opera............................. “Carmen” Bizet..........................SCCC 1pm Poetry.......Hudson River Poets...Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, 1pm Music - Swing-Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis................FAL11am Music......................... The THE BAND Band..........................FAL 8pm Music - Garcia.................... Deadgrass...............................FAL-U 8pm

9 Cinema - Documentary.......“More Art Upstairs”.................DVAA 2pm Music - Folk................. Carolann Solebello ................... UUC 7:30pm Music - Neo-soul..................... BSKi...................................FAL-U 8pm


Theatre - Music.......“Elvis is in the House!!!”.....................GWL 2pm Poetry.......... Michael Sean Collins, George Wallace..SLGMNN 3pm Music - Classical..Greater Newburgh Sym. Orch...MSM-AQ 7:30pm Music - Folk..................Music for Humanity.................NOBL 7:30pm Comedy............Comedy Night.....The Arnold, Livingston Manor, 8pm Music......................... Ed Palermo Big Band ........................FAL 8pm Music - Rock.................. Junket Acoustic .........................FAL-U 8pm Music - Jazz........Eric Person Band....Wherehouse, Newburgh, 9pm


10 Music - Ray Charles...........“Forever Ray” ............................ NFL 3pm Music - Jazz.............. Eliot Zigmund Quartet ........................FAL 8pm

17 Music - Swing-Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis................FAL11am Poetry................................Poetry Sunday........................... FOR 3pm


Theatre - Prose.......Oliver King as Frederick Douglass....DVAA 2pm Music - Classical............ West Point Band ............................ IKE 2pm Opera............................“Rigoletto” Verdi........................... HOT 7pm

Music - Swing +........... ....Saints of Swing .........................FAL 11am Music - Classical.Janice Nimetz & Victoria Von Arx pianos.MICV 3pm Music - Blues...................... Slam Allen..........Western, Callicoon, 7pm Opera............................“Rigoletto” Verdi........................... HOT 4pm Fundraiser - Talent Show..Pike Ecumenical Food Pantry..WWMIL 8pm Music - Jazz-Rock...........Nate Wood’s “fOUR” .....................FAL 8pm Music - Paul Butterfield.......Gabriel Butterfield & Friends....FAL 8pm Music - Funk,Rock-Soul.......Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover...FAL-U 8pm Music - Jazz.............4SJ - 4th Saturday Jazz.....Wherehouse, Newburgh, 9pm Dance & Music.....“Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger”..SUNYO-KH 7pm



Opera...............“La Fille du Régiment” Donizetti............SCCC 1pm Music - Swing-Blues.....Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis................FAL11am Poetry.......Hudson River Poets...Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, 1pm Music - Classical...........Jay & Lee Hochman guitars ......GMCM 3pm Music - Indie-Funk-Punk.....The Hums..... Milkweed, Sugar Loaf, 7pm

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

Group Show������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, ongoing Georgia Chambers etchings, paintings����������������Georgia Chambers Art Gallery, Callicoon, ongoing Catharine De Maio paintings “Winter Scenes”�������������������������Rustic Wheelhouse, Chester, ongoing T.A. Clearwater paintings, pastels, prints�������� Clearwater Gallery at Jones Farm, Cornwall, ongoing June Ponte paintings, stained & painted glass�����������������������Poe & Raven Gallery, Milford, ongoing Karen E. Gersch, Gabrielle Dearborn, Josiah Dearborn drawings, paintings, silverwork��������������� Gersch Home Gallery, Montgomery, by appt, ongoing Carolyn Duke pottery�������������������������������������������������Duke Pottery, Tennanah Lake, Roscoe, ongoing Inscribed Tibetan Prayer Stones�����������������Tibetan & Himalayan Cultural Center, Walden, ongoing Wurtsboro Art Alliance “Winter” group show������������ Mamakating Town Hall, Wurtsboro, ongoing “Visions of Sugarplums” Goshen Art League������������������������������������Goshen Music Hall, thru Jan 30 Janet Howard-Fatta paintings���������������������������������������������������� Jolly Onion, Pine Island, thru Jan 31 Bill Winters���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ellenville Library, thru Jan “Summer in January” group show����������������������������������������������������������ARTery, Milford, thru Feb 3 “Color!” members show����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������WRS thru Feb 14 “Winter Spirits ” Art About Town, River Valley Artists Guild������������������������������������������ thru Feb 21 Patty Koch winter-themed work Port Jervis Library & Susan Miiller expressionistic oils Port Jervis City Hall & Derek Vittum abstract & spiritual works Bon Secours Hospital & Joan Kehlenbeck winter-themed work Deerpark Town Hall, Huguenot Rick Weber paintings������������������������������������������Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, thru Feb 26 Nita Klein paintings��������������������������������������������� Leo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Cornwall, thru Feb 28 Monica Ostrow “Thinking Inside the Box” collages & assemblages�����������SUNYO-KH thru Feb 28 Instructors’ Small Works Art Show���� Desmond Campus, Mount St. Mary College, Balmville, thru Feb 28 Flavia Bacarella, Janet Howard Fatta, Stephanie J. Roth����������The Grange, Warwick, thru Feb 28 Mark Darnobid paintings���������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, thru Feb 28 Bruce Young colored pen & ink drawings������������������������������� Caffe Ala Mode, Warwick, thru Mar 8 Vaune Sherin paintings���������������������������������������������������������������Berkshire Bank, Goshen, thru Mar 26 Helena Clare Pittman “Cats, Birds and Still Life” recent paintings������� Ellenville Library, thru Mar “Bear Mountain & Harriman Parks” Book Exhibit�����Exposures Gallery, Sugar Loaf, thru May19


Home Sweet Home” group show��������������������������������� Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, Jan 26-Mar 23 Teaching Artists’ Exhibit�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������WRS Feb 1-28 Smith Clove Elementary Students��������������������������������������������������� Highland Mills Library, Feb 1-28 Joe Sweda����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library, Feb 1-28 “Bridges: Spanning Space, Time and Ideas” Goshen Art League��Goshen Music Hall, Feb 1-Mar 27 Celebration of Black History Barryville Area Arts Assn.�������������Artists’ Market, Shohola, Feb 2-24 “Water: The Master of Disguise” Goshen Art League��������������� Wisner Library, Warwick, Feb 2-27 Mermer Blakeslee, Dale Emmart, Theresa Hackett, Margot McLean����������������� CAS Feb 2-Mar 9 “2019 North East Watercolor Society Members Exhibition &������������������������������������������������������������� Lynn D. Pratt “It’s All in the Details: Dynamic Watercolor SUNYO-OH Feb 4-Mar 18 “New Perspectives” group show����������������������������������������������������������� ARTery, Milford, Feb 8-Mar 1 Pop-Up Show��������������������������������������������������� Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, Feb 9, 5:30pm-8:30pm wm landau, Maureen Neville, Patricio Robayo, Kevin Graham� Narrowsburg Union, Feb 9=Mar 10 “Portrait of a Tree” members show��������������������������������������������������������������������� WRS Feb 15-Mar 14 Catharine Chesters & Eva Drizhal paintings, collage, mixed media������������� DVAA Feb 16-Mar 23 Orange County Arts Council Members Exhibit paintings�����Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, Mar 1-23 Rena Hottinger, Joan Polishook. paintings���Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, Mar 1-Apr 27 Michael Tobin portraits, Janet Howard-Fatta drawings��������������������������������������������� WRS Mar 1-30 “Capturing Humanity” group show����������������������������������������������������������������������������� WRS Mar 1-30

Photography exhibits

Catharine Bale����������������������������������������������������� Green Light Gallery, Cornwall-on-Hudson, ongoing “Along the Towpath: the D&H Canal in Mamakating, 1828-1898”�������������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, ongoing

New Photography exhibits

Orange County Arts Council Members Exhibit photography��������Gritworks, Newburgh, Mar 1-23

ART & Photography receptions

“Home Sweet Home” group show�����������������Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, Jan 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm Monica Ostrow “Thinking Inside the Box” collages & assemblages� SUNYO-KH Jan 26, 7pm-9pm Meredith Rosier “Perseverance of Mystery” abstract drawings������������ SUNYO-OH Jan 31, 6:30pm “Bridges-Spanning Space, Time and Ideas” Goshen Art League���������������Goshen Music Hall, TBA Mermer Blakeslee, Dale Emmart, Theresa Hackett, Margot McLean�����������CAS Feb 2, 4pm-5pm Celebration of Black History Barryville Area Arts Assn.�Artists’ Market, Shohola, Feb 2, 4pm-6pm 16

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Teaching Artists’ Exhibit����������������������������������������������������������������������������������WRS Feb 2, 5pm-7pm Smith Clove Elementary Students�������������������������������������� Highland Mills Library, Feb 7, 7pm-8pm wm landau, Maureen Neville, Patricio Robayo, Kevin Graham����������Narrowsburg Union, Feb 9, 5pm-7:30pm Pop-Up Show���������������������������������������������������Seligmann Center, Sugar Loaf, Feb 9, 5:30pm-8:30pm “New Perspectives” group show���������������������������������������������������� ARTery, Milford, Feb 9, 6pm-9pm “Water: The Master of Disguise” Goshen Art LeagueWisner Library, Warwick, Feb 16, 2pm-4pm Catharine Chesters & Eva Drizhal paintings, collage, mixed media�������� DVAA Feb 16, 3pm-5pm Orange County Arts Council Members Exhibit paintings��Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, Mar 1, 6pm-9pm Orange County Arts Council Members Exhibit photography���� Gritworks, Newburgh, Mar 1, 6pm-9pm Rena Hottinger, Joan Polishook. paintings�������Gallery at Chant Realtors, Lords Valley, Mar 2, 5pm-7pm Michael Tobin, Janet Howard-Fatta, & “Capturing Humanity”���������������� WRS Mar 2, 5pm-7pm 2019 North East Watercolor Society Members & Lynn D. Pratt��������SUNYO-OH Mar 3, 1pm-4:15pm

Children & Teens Calendar

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


Listings not included in our centerspread calendar.

Book Hipsters Book Club teens���������������������������������������Wisner Library, Warwick, Fridays, 3:30pm Cinema

Teen Movie Night 11-17yrs�������������������������������������� Greenwood Lake Library, Tuesdays, 6pm FREE Teen Movie Matinee������������������������������������ Crawford Library, Monticello, 1st Saturday, 1pm FREE Saturday Family Movie������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Saturdays, 1pm FREE “Spider-Man: Homecoming” teens & adults����������������������������������������� Florida Library, Jan 20, 1pm Demos

Drawing for Kids Liam Vogel������������������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 23, 5pm Watercolor Collage Cathy DeMaio�����������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 23, 5:30pm Children’s Painting Nicole Asendorf�������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 23, 6pm Anime Illustration Ayanna Troy���������������������������������������������Wallkill River School, Feb 23, 6:30pm EntertainmenT & Lectures

Storytime 3-5yrs������������������������������������������������Crawford Library, Monticello, Mondays 10am FREE “StarLab: Indoor Planetarium”�������������������������������������������� HHNM Jan 26, 10am, 11:30am & 1pm Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra����������������������������������������The Falcon, Marlboro, Jan 26, Noon Annual Winter Classics Fairy Tales�������������������������������������������� Florida Library, Jan 26, 2pm FREE “Telltale Tracks!”������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������HHNM Jan 27, 10am Smith Clove Elementary Students Art Exhibit����������������������������� Highland Mills Library, Feb 1-28 Winter Fun Day stories, crafts, refreshments���������Crawford Library, Monticello, Feb 2, Noon-1pm Museums

Meet the Animals “Birds on the Wing”������������� HHNM-CoH Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm & 2:30pm Hiking Trails����������������������������������������������������������������������� HHNM Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-4pm Eco-Zone Discovery Room��������������������������������������������������������������������PEEC Feb 10 & 19, 1pm-4pm Washington’s Birthday CelebrationWashington’s Headquarters, Newburgh, Feb 16-18, Noon-4pm Washington’s Birthday Celebration����������������New Windsor Cantonment, Feb 16 & 18, 10am-4pm Washington’s Birthday Celebration����������������������������������Knox’s Headquarters, Feb 17, 10am-4pm

Books: discussions / readings / Signings Book Lover’s Club����������������������������������������������������������Greenwood Lake Library, 4th Tuesday, 7pm Mystery Thriller & Crime Book Group������������������Jeffersonville Library, 2nd Wednesday, 6:30pm Books & Tea��������������������������������������������������� Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 4th Wednesday, 4pm Urban Book Club������������������������ Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, 4th Wednesday, 7pm Fiction & Foodies����������������������������������������������Mamakating Library, Wurtsboro, 2nd Thursday, 6pm Book Discussion Group������������������������������������1st Friday, Daniel Pierce Library, Grahamsville, 1pm Book Discussion Group����������������������������������������������������������� Narrowsburg Library, 3rd Friday, 4pm “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles, w/Patty Sussman���������������������������������������������������������� Newburgh Library Town Branch, Jan 29, 2pm “The Music Shop” by Rachel Joyce��������������������������������������������������� Florida Library, Jan 31, 6:30pm “A Fatal Grace” by Louise Penny�������������������������������������������������������������Florida Library, Feb 1, 1pm “The Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende������������������������������������������Florida Library, Feb 28, 6:30pm

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Two Poets for Megaphone, Sugar Loaf Canadian born Michael Sean Collins is a New York actor, poet and performance artist. His written work has been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. He has performed on radio, Michael Sean Collins television and film in addition to acting in OffBroadway and regional theater productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 2018 recipient of the Orpheus Prize (Bulgaria) and Alexander Gold Medal (Greece), George Wallace is the author of 34 poetry chapbooks, the writer-in-residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and coeditor of Poetrybay and Great Weather for

Media. Based in NYC, he performs regularly in the Hudson Valley and internationally. The Megaphone Language Arts series at the Seligmann Center, 23 White Oak Drive, George Wallace Sugar Loaf, will present Collins and Wallace as feature poets on February 16, from 3:00pm-5:00pm. As the Megaphone series begins its third season at the homestead of Swiss-American Surrealist painter, Kurt Seligmann, events will occur on a new day and time of the week: Saturdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Megaphone is open to all and requests a small donation of $5. Call 845-469-9459.

Three Films for Triversity, Milford Film historian, author and Milford icon John DiLeo (see page 28) hosts an annual free winter classic film series in Milford. “Bundle up, it’s that time again for the winter of free classic movies at Triversity (Milford’s old schoolhouse). Our mission is to make winter fly by, while in the company of Hollywood’s most charismatic stars!” DiLeo’s Feburary choices also showcase the talents of some of filmdom’s great eclectic directors, Edmund Goulding and Frank

“The Old Maid” Bette Davis & Miriam Hopkins, February 6, at 7pm

“It Happened One Night” Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, February 13, at 7pm

Capra, along with great screenwriters and authors Casey Robinson, Robert Riskin and Edith Wharton. All films begin at 7:00pm at Triversity, 201 W. Harford Street, Milford. February 20 was reserved as a snow date. If none of the January or February showings were canceled due to snow, a special “unnannounced” film will be shown on that date. For information, call 570-832-4955. For dining options, see ads on page 3.

NFL Celebrates Black History Month Forever Ray has been performing covers of Ray Charles classics to sell-out audiences throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Their repertoire includes a wonderful mixture of different musical styles from jazz and blues to country and R&B that is sure to have you dancing in your seat. The Newburgh Free Library will host a free concert with Forever Ray on February 10 at 3:00pm. The library will also a host a lecture, Forgotten Newburghers Remembered with City Historian Mary McTamaney on February 6 at 7:00pm. Mary will present on the lives and accomplishments of

several notable African Americans from Newburgh including author Harriet Jacobs and labor leader Ellsworth Potter. Vassar Professor Eve Dunbar will be giving a lecture on Afrofuturism, a literary and artistic movement that explores the future while incorporating black history and culture. Learn aboutAfrofuturism and the history of Black Science Fiction on February 21 at 6:30pm. Registration is not required. No registration is required for Forever Ray. Seating is limited to 150 people. Light refreshments provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library. Registration is required for Mary’s lecture. To register, call 845-563-3618. For more information: 845-563-3619. February 2019

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Passion, Fantasy & Memory in Central Valley Victoria von Arx is a member of the music faculty at the University at Albany, where she is a frequent piano soloist and chamber musician. With advanced degrees in both piano performance and musicology, she has performed and taught in New York City, New Jersey, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and has served on both the faculty and the executive committee of the Adamant Music School in Vermont. She is the author of several scholarly articles and her book, Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau: A Guide to His Techniques and Philosophy, draws on her extensive studies with two protégés of Claudio Arrau and is available from Oxford University Press. Janice Nimetz performs as soloist and chamber musician in the Hudson Valley. She has also appeared the Capital District in both capacities, and as soloist at Weill Recital Hall and in venues throughout New England. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in piano performance and of Columbia University Teachers College with an advanced degree in History of Education. After an extended and fulfilling tenure on

three famous the piano faculty piano sonatas of Emma Willard of his middle School in Troy, period. The Janice is now the “Appassionata” piano mentor at was not named Songcatchers, Inc. during the in New Rochelle, Beethoven Schumann Barber composer’s which offers a lifetime, but was so labeled music and arts program to in 1838 by the publisher of students of limited socioa four-hand arrangement of economic resources and the work. It was considered which is committed to by Beethoven to be his community building. She most tempestuous piano is also on the piano faculty sonata. of Rockland Conservatory V. Von Arx J. Nimetz Widely regarded as in Pearl River, is Director of Music at Central Valley United Methodist one of the greatest masters of musical Church, and maintains a private piano studio construction, Beethoven sometimes sketched in Harriman. the architecture of a movement before he had For the next concert in the Music in actually decided upon the subject matter. Central Valley series, von Arx and Nimetz Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. will perform Passion, Fantasy, and Memory 12, is a set of eight pieces for piano, inspired for Piano Solo and Duo with music by by the 1814-15 collection of novellas, Beethoven, Schumann and Barber. essays, treatises, letters, and writings about Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in music, by one of his favorite authors, E. T. F minor, Op. 57 (No.23) is among the A. Hoffmann.

Schumann composed the pieces with the characters Florestan and Eusebius in mind, representing the duality of his personality. Eusebius depicts the dreamer in Schumann while Florestan represents his passionate side. These two characters parlay with one another throughout the collection. Samuel Barber’s ballet score, Souvenirs, began in 1952 as a bit of private musical entertainment for piano - the instrument for which Barber had first tried his hand at composing. Lincoln Kirstein, the co-founder of New York City Ballet, commissioned Barber to orchestrate the pieces for a ballet (1955). Souvenirs stylishly surveys the following dance types: the waltz, schottische, pas de deux, two-step, “hesitation tango” (Barber’s phrase), and ‘galop’. Pianists Victoria Von Arx and Janice Nimetz perform at handicapped-accessible Central Valley United Methodist Church, 12 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley, on February 24 at 3:00pm. The program is free of charge with a suggested donation at the door. All are welcome. For information call 845-928-6570.

Celebrate George’s Birthday at the Museums Newburgh, February 16-18 When someone like General George Washington has a birthday, one day to celebrate just isn’t enough. At least that’s why Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is having three days of fun and festivities in honor of him. Each day the General will greet visitors in his headquarters (joined by Martha on Sunday & Monday). Balladeer Thad McGregor will offer musical entertainment, and reenactors will perform military drills culminating at day’s end with a review of the troops by the General. Join in singing “Happy Birthday” to the General, who will start the festivities each day by cutting into his birthday cake. Then explore all that each day offers - music, military demonstrations, topical talks, and a take-home craft - something for everyone!


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As a special treat, The Washington Project: History Comes Alive! will take place each afternoon. Newburgh Enlarged City School District Students will present their own individually created theatrical and musical performance pieces featuring interpretations of historic events that took place while Washington was at his Newburgh Headquarters. February 16-18, Noon-4:00pm at 84 Liberty Street. Call 845-562-1195 for further information. New Windsor, February 16 & 18 At the New Windsor Cantonment

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State Historic Site, soldiers will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment with musket and cannon firings, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life. On Saturday and Monday at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm, 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. The Cantonment, along with the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, is located at 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor. Admission is free.

Vails Gate, February 17 Celebrate Washington’s Birthday at Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site. At this headquarters: over the winter of 1780-81 General Henry Knox organized the artillery for the projected attack on New York City; soldiers planned and directed the gathering of the artillery that was used to win the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia in 1781; and in 1783 Major John Armstrong wrote the letters sparking the Newburgh Conspiracy, calling for the army to menace the government with military force. Tours of the house will be hourly on February 17 from 10:00am-3:00pm and a small cannon fired at 11:45am, 1:45pm & 3:45pm. Knox’s Headquarters is located at 289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate. Call 845-561-1765 ext. 22 for more information on the Cantonment & Knox’s.

Neil Alexander’s “4SJ” in Newburgh “The lineup for February’s fourth Saturday jazz (4SJ) offering is myself with Steve Rust (bass) and Harvey Sorgen (drums),” announced keyboardist/composer/producer Neil Alexander. “Both musicians represent the upper echelon of improvisational Steve Rust Harvey Sorgen music and the avant garde, Neil Alexander having played with a veritable who’s who David Sancious, Mark Feldman, Karl Berger, of musical artists. Steve’s credits include Julius Hemphill, Pete Levin, Zakir Hussain, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Hudson Neil Rolnick, Bruce Hornsby, Todd Reynolds, Valley Philharmonic, Hubert Laws, Vanaver Derrick Trucks, Phil Lesh, David Torn, Levon Caravan, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Sir Helm, Hot Tuna and many, many more. Sorgen is, “eternally grateful to have created James Galway, Karl Berger, Baird Hersey’s Prana, and the Memphis Pilgrims. He was honest music with some of the greatest artists a long term member of NAIL,” continued of our time. It’s almost like I have to pinch Neil. (NAIL is Neil’s jazz crossover project, myself sometimes to not forget how fortunate I am to have the love of my family, and the now celebrating their 20th year!) Rust grew up in a musical household where spirit to be open to what may appear to be eclecticism and diversity were encouraged. right in front of me! One aspect of my joy has This upbringing is evident in the range he been in the workshops I give around the world exhibits, both as a composer and performer. in jazz ensembles, improvisation, percussion Equally at home on stage, in the pit, or in the master classes and audio production.” The 4SJ series pairs Neil up with some of studio, Steve’s talent, skill, dedication, and professionalism are evident in his familiarity the area’s finest musicians, “stellar players with, and confidence in playing any genre exploring this uniquely American art form and style, and in the ability to fit seamlessly called Jazz,” concluded Neil. The trio performs on February 23 at into any situation. Sorgen’s credits include Ahmad Jamal, 9:00pm at The Wherehouse, 119 Liberty Paul Simon, Dewey Redman, Dave Douglas, Street, Newburgh. Admission is FREE.

Hitchcock Talk & Laws of Manifestation The Movies of Alfred Hitchcock Leon DiMartino holds a master’s degree from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Pace University. With a love and passion for history, regional studies, and folktales, he has taught regional Hudson Valley history and folktales courses for the last eight years, and he is a former member of the Kent Historical Society. Leon will present The Movies of Alfred Hitchcock, a lively discussion about this complex and gifted man and his career, on February 19 from 10:00am-Noon. One of the most prolific and talented movie makers and television show producers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock has had an unmistakable impact on the entertainment history of Hollywood. Creating Your Own Reality George Toth, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist and hypnotist. He is an awardwinning author of three self-help books: Marble Mindfulness, How to Hypnotize your Grandchildren and Seashell Therapy. Cofounder of Alternative Counseling, he has taught several adult enrichment classes

at Mount St. Mary College’s Desmond Campus and globally. Diana Underwood, LMSW is a psychotherapist and hypnotist. Her specialized training includes the Mandala Assessment George Toth Research Instrument (MARI), Reiki, and Hawaiian Healing Arts. Co-founder of Alternative Counseling, she has taught several adult enrichment classes at the Desmond Campus and globally. George and Diana will Diana Underwood present Creating Your Own Reality: Use the Laws of Manifestation on February 22 from 10:00am-Noon. The workshop will help attendees create the life they want by using the Laws of Manifestation - finding love, a successful business, or an automobile by applying these techniques. “You can make life happen for you, instead of to you. It is simple, easy, and fun.” Snow date: March 1. Both programs take place at Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh. To register: call 845-565-2076.

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North East Watercolor Society’s “Members’ Exhibition 2019” Over 120 paintings will grace the walls of Orange Hall Gallery at SUNY Orange Community College for the North East Watercolor Society’s (NEWS) 43rd annual Members’ Exhibition, running February 4 through March 18. Enjoy music and refreshments during the reception on March 3 from 1:00pm4:15pm. In addition, a special watercolor demonstration by Lynn D. Pratt entitled Bringing the Third Dimension To Life takes place at 2:30pm. Lynn, who will have a solo exhibit, It’s All In the Details: Dynamic Watercolor in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe, is an architect who started watercolor painting as a hobby and completely fell in love with it. She is now Lynn D. Pratt a full time professional artist and a signature member in the Vermont Watercolor Society and NEWS. Lynn likes every detail of her paintings to be realistic and authentic. She wants to give viewers a different perspective of the things they see in their daily lives, something that they might pass by every day and never truly notice. She focuses on small everyday objects and paints them large so you can see

“Tough Break” by Lynn D. Pratt

and appreciate every detail. An awardwinning artist, Lynn displays her work at many exhibitions nationally as well as internationally. She teaches watercolor classes for children and adults at all levels. NEWS offers watercolor artists in the Northeast area a forum to exhibit every year at the Members’ Exhibition, where they can gather to exchange what and where they have been painting. This year marks the first digital addition of their NEWSletter for members to chime in with comments and events.

“The Parkway” by Richard Price

NEWS also offers a workshop each year. The October 2019 workshop focuses on portrait painting with artist Ken Call (visit the NEWS website under “Events” for additional information). And of course, the NEWS International Show is, as always, the highlight of the year! For further information about Lynn D. Pratt or NEWS, visit: For hours and more information, visit the “Reflections” by Diana Aliberti website: www.sunyorange. edu/culturalaffairs or call 845-341-4891.

Elvis is in the House! Bob James McArthur has been a professional Elvis Presley impersonator for many years, performing all over North America. Donned in outfits that are exact replicas of Elvis’ stage wear, including the famous fringe and eagle jumpsuits, Bob performs songs from the 1950’s-70’s. In addition, Bob has also appeared as Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra, Englebert Humperdinck, a “Blues Brother” and Neil Diamond. In 2011, he played a Neil Diamond impersonator for the Mickey Rooney film, Bamboo Shark. Bob has portrayed Elvis for the History Channel and Japanese Television. A member of the Elvis Entertainers Network and Professional Elvis Impersonators Association, he has performed for Debra Messing, Michael J. Fox, Vincent Pastore, Chubby Checker, and Kelly Ripa. The Greenwood Lake Public Library, located at 79 Waterstone Road, will present Bob in a concert, Elvis is in the House! on February 16 at 2:00pm. For info: 845-477-8377 ext. 107

Goshen Art League: Bridges and Water Bridges and water are often seen in tandem. And as it happens, three Goshen Art League (GAL) curators have chosen those coordinating themes for exhibits in two separate venues. Both shows will be coordinated by first-time curators. Bridges: Spanning Space, Time, and Ideas was chosen by Robb Gomulka of Goshen for his maiden curating voyage with GAL. “The theme of bridges offers us myriad options and creative possibilities,” explained Gomulka. “In addition to the obvious architectural applications, some artists will interpret the metaphorical aspects, such as the connections between ideas, worlds, and great and small divides.” Gomulka’s co-curator is long-time GAL member, Vaune Sherin. “I have assisted with the installation of various shows for the League at the Goshen Music Hall,” says Sherin. “And now I am excited to have more of a hand in shaping the vision of this exhibit. I look forward to seeing how my fellow artists interpret the theme and how we can best display those works.” The exhibit runs February 1-March 27, at the Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Street. The reception date will be announced in early February on GAL’s Facebook page. Vaune Sherin also has a solo exhibit of her paintings in the Berkshire Bank, 2 South Church Street, Goshen, running through 20

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“Wavefield” by Eileen MacAvery Kane

“Ward’s Bridge” by Vaune Sherin March 26. Meanwhile, at the 45 works by 22 League Wisner Library in members in various Warwick, photographer/ media, revealing just how curator Renelle Lorray masterful this natural brings her creative vision resource is at disguising to her personally chosen its more obvious basic theme, Water: The Master nature, are on exhibit of Disguise. February 2-27 at “I wanted to examine the the Wisner Library, various forms water takes 1 McFarland Drive, when in its less obvious Warwick. The reception state,” says Lorray. “It is on February 16, conceals itself in its non2:00pm-4:00pm. liquid forms, in clouds, For more information dense fog, icebergs, about exhibits, league icicles, frozen bubbles, activities, and how “Blue Iceberg” by Robb Gamulka ice covered rivers, and to apply to become snowy landscapes. Water can even appear a member and exhibit with the league, to become lost as it reflects abstract and visit or e-mail painterly patterns and mirror images.”

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra: Strings Only! In its third year of Maestro Russell Ger’s leadership, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) set new attendance records at its season-opening concert in October and second annual Holiday concert in December. For its winter offering, the GNSO Arvo Pärt will perform a strings-only concert James Stephenson Percy Grainger entitled Threading Strands, featuring the offset Shostakovich’s sobering 8th quartet, I decided to compose Printemps. Since then, works of six international composers. “The GNSO has never before presented a L’hiver has been added, with hopes that strings-only concert,” Ger noted, “but that’s eventually a “Saisons” may be completed. precisely what this unique performance will The music is upbeat, carrying with it the be. It enables the orchestra and audience sense that it is a playful time, with harbingers to explore some different repertoire that of sunny days and awakening life to come.” George Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882everyone will find both mutually enriching 1961) was an Australian-born composer, and deeply alluring.” The compositions include Stephenson’s arranger and pianist. In the course of a Printemps, Grainger’s Irish Tune from long and innovative career, he played a County Derry, Pärt’s Cantus in memoriam prominent role in the revival of interest in Benjamin Britten, Vaughan-Williams’ British folk music in the early years of the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, 20th century. Although much of his work Rautavaara’s String Suite, and ends with was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated Grieg’s Holberg Suite. James Stephenson’s Printemps premiered is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance in 2004 in Naples with the composer tune, Country Gardens. In 1914, Grainger conducting. “I was asked to conduct a string moved to the U.S., where he lived for the concert at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal rest of his life. Arvo Pärt’s cantus was composed as an Church in Naples, FL. Because the concert was to be held in the springtime, and because elegy to mourn the death of the English we needed something a little upbeat to composer Benjamin Britten. Pärt described

Einojuhani Rautavaara (19282016) was a Finnish composer of classical music, among the most notable of Finnish composers since Sibelius. His String Suite is a reworking of his String Quartet No.1 with a double-bass part. Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, R. Vaughan-Williams E. Rautavaara Edvard Greig performed last month by the Sullivan Britten as possessing the “unusual purity” County Chamber Orchestra, is, as that he himself sought as a composer. It is described by musicologist Philip Ehrensaft, a short canon in A minor, written in 1977 ‘drop-dead gorgeous’. It premiered in 1884, for string orchestra and bell. The work is an celebrating the 200th birthday anniversary early example of Pärt’s tintinnabuli style, of Scandinavia’s seminal Moliere, Ludwig which he based on his reactions to early Holberg. It’s ‘olden style’ is in the form of chant music. Its appeal is often ascribed to 18th century dance forms melded into late its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif Romantic composition. The public loved it dominates and it both begins and ends with in 1884; 21st century publics still love it.” scored silence. However, as the critic Ivan Threading Strands will be presented on Hewett observes, while it “may be simple February 16 at 7:30pm at Mount Saint in concept...the concept produces a tangle Mary College’s Aquinas Hall (arrive at of lines which is hard for the ear to unravel. 6:30pm for the concert preview by Gordon And even where the music really is simple in Shacklett). Tickets can be purchased online its audible features, the expressive import of or at the door. Call 845-913-7157 or visit those features is anything but.” Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia takes Snow date: February 17 at 4:00pm. its name from the original composer of the Children under age 18 and college students melody, Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585). Many with proper ID are admitted free to open of Vaughan-Williams’ works are associated seating area only. Children under 5 are not with or inspired by the music of the English permitted in balcony seats. Renaissance. It is one of the most often CANVAS wishes the GNSO’s wind, brass performed works for string orchestra. and percussion sections a happy vacation!

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Drawings, Poetry, & Paintings in L. Manor

Paintings & Mixed Media in Narrowsburg

Mermer Blakeslee Theresa Hackett and Margot McLean’s thinks of her paintings as Negotiating the Gnarly is a problems constructed for collaboration of McLean’s herself and to try to solve ink drawings beside through exploration and Blakeslee’s poetry, from experimentation. The artist’s which the drawings’ title is formal decisions bounce derived. Poems, paintings, back and forth, the past prose excerpts, drawings, and present are analyzed; “Your Rooster Crows Again” by McLean letters, sculptural word this process creates a visual creatures each inhabit the space, recording and evidence of landing where the verbal and decision making. She mixes her visual meet. In doing so, the own paint with diatomaceous words and the image were both earth, actual fossilized remains transformed by the force field of of diatoms - a type of hardthe other. shelled algae. Within a diverse Dale Emmart’s Nocturne for body of work, on each, the 17-18 series has been informed surface becomes a form of by observations of plumes of “Nocturne of 17 #27” by Emmart weathering an articulation of industrial smoke, exhaust, and memory. the tendrils of smoke rising from Catskill Art Society (CAS) rural burn barrels. Her smallwill present the above artists scale paintings are a collision in a group exhibition from of plein air landscape work and February 2-March 9 at the CAS painterly abstraction. The series Art Center, 48 Main Street, is a prolonged meditation on Livingston Manor. CAS will environmental risk and political host an Artists Talk at 3:00pm, dismay with such evocative followed immediately by a free imagery. Smoke obliterates, opening reception from 4:00pmsmothers, cleanses, carries 5:00pm on February 2. portent and metaphor, pollutes, For more information, visit “A Moth, A Cloud, and 5 and transforms. Boxes of Color” by Hackett

Drawing heavily from pop “Nature is my major art influences, Catherine inspiration,” says Eva Chesters immerses herself Drizhal, who has worked in mediums including in fiber art, paintings, photography, collage, neon, illustrations and 3D objects. and digital manipulations. She “I am working with paper, creates works imbued with clay, and other organic beauty and irony from mixed material, using all kinds of media, natural elements, “Wait 06 Digi” by C. Chesters acrylic colors to evoke in and screen printing techniques. viewers not only visual aspects Duality is a predominant theme but also a touch.” in her work, which combines A resident of Callicoon, the influence of rural landscapes Drizhal was born in Prague, and with decades of city living. studied at the School of Industrial “I live in Brooklyn, and I also Design there, specializing in live in rural Narrowsburg,” she lace-making and weaving. says. “I explore the intersection “Rooted in the European of conflicting emotions set culture, my earlier works focused within conflicting environments, on weaving, then illustrations the isolation and anonymity “Grows” by E. Drizhal and paintings,” she explains. of being in a city while surrounded by After emigrating to the U.S. in the late thousands, set against the communion with 1970s, she showed her work in galleries in nature in rural landscapes.” NY and NJ. She had a solo show of fiber Born in County Durham and growing up art at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in England in the 1970s and 80s, Chesters (DVAA) in 1993. She has shown her work witnessed a dynamic and shifting contrast: throughout Sullivan County. a society that was struggling economically, Fools Gold, paintings by Chesters and a violent and aggressive culture, both set Enigma, mixed media by Drizhal open at against a beautiful natural backdrop. DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg on This is Chesters’ first solo show exhibition. February 16 with a reception from 3:00pmShe has exhibited in group shows in and 5:00pm. Both shows run through March 23. around New York City. For information, call 845-252-7576.


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Vanaver Caravan Celebrates Pete Seeger’s 100th at SUNY Orange The performance will The center of the include wonderfully Hudson River Valley talented musicians and National Heritage Area dancers singing and is the river itself. It is dancing, a trademark of indeed a treasure. But for a the Vanavers, plus time long time the river and its for the audience to interact wildlife and environs were with the cast in singing not respected and pollutants and dancing as well. Pete’s from various sources were beloved timeless songs, pushing it to ruination. that hold his enduring One man is synonymous message, from children’s with the environmental Livia & Bill Vanaver. tunes to activist anthems, movement to save this Photo by Lois Greenfield. will inspire and treasured river...Pete enrapture the Seeger. atmosphere. A His 100th birthday variety of dance would have been styles from clogging May 3rd. However, at to swing and Zulu SUNY Orange, the gumboot dancing celebration is starting will keep the early. On February show “a-movin.” 23 at 7:00pm, the Historical photos Vanaver Caravan and recordings is coming to perform will round out the the company’s latest Vanaver Caravan musicians. presentation. show, Turn, Turn, Photo by Lois Greenfield. Come and celebrate Pete Seeger and leave Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Music and the hall on a high note humming his tunes. Dance. The box office opens at 6pm the evening The venue is the intimate setting of the OBTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall which of the performance or buy tickets online offers dynamic views of the Hudson River anytime: ticketing.shtml (plus a $2.50 online service through its huge wall of glass windows.

charge for each ticket). Students are free. The Vanaver Caravan is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program. Partial funding for this performance is provided by the Evelyn & John Morrison Fund. Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets on the Newburgh

campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in parking garage entered at 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at 845-341-4891/9386 or Further information is available through the website at:

King Celebrates Douglass at DVAA The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance continues its winter 2019 Salon Series with noted actor Oliver King bringing to life the words of the renowned abolitionist, poet, and statesman Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass was a catalyst. He had a prophetic nature about him, always questioning his state of being, ‘Why am I a slave in this country? Why are we chained and treated like animals?’” says King. “He was determined to escape bondage and never die a slave. He knew that one day he would be free. If not for him, we would not have Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, or President Barak and Michelle Obama.” “Performed for local audiences in 2017 at the New Rose Theatre in Walden and subsequently in venues in Sullivan County, King’s stirring and dramatic presentation is on its way to becoming a favorite for local theatre-goers and for the general public. I highly recommend it.” - Barry Plaxen.

Oliver King as Frederick Douglass. Photo by Ted Waddell, The River Reporter.

King will perform his acclaimed performance of Douglass’ legendary speech What to the American Slave is the Fourth of July?, which Douglass first presented in Rochester on July 5, 1852 more than a decade before Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, on February 23 at 2:00pm. Admission is free. Phone: 845-252-7576.

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Jazz at SUNY Orange, Middletown: David Silliman and Friends Described by Daily News writer Greg Thomas as “...the man with four hands,” percussionist David Silliman moves from the cajon, to drum set to a huge array of percussive instruments surrounding him in creating his signature sound. He is bringing his “friends” including his wife on February 15 to play at a 7:30pm concert on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange. Each musician of the David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet brings his/her expertise in playing while together creating a cohesive sound that allows the individuals to shine. An appreciation of each other’s talents fuels the energy within the group. David Silliman is known for his versatility as his career has found him accompanying song stylists Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie as well as being the rhythmic force when playing with electric harpist Edmar Castañeda. He also is comfortable playing with the New Jersey Symphony or in the pit of a Broadway show. Likewise, Marshall Gilkes plays his trombone with diverse musical ensembles such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda chamber jazz ensembles, Latin jazz as well as big bands, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Pianist George Dulin has played in several genres of music including free jazz,


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classical, rock and film music, in trios and big bands, as well as playing concertos with orchestras in music festivals plus Birdland, The Bluenote, Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Dizzy’s Club CocaDavid Silliman Cola. Even though the main focus of bassist Morrie Louven’s musical life is jazz, he toured the world for many years with pop icons Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka. In addition, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He plays his beloved Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713. The vocals for this versatile group are provided by Saundra Silliman who works with her husband, but more often with Tony Cimorosi’s NY International band. She has performed in musical theatre at BAM and Ford’s Theatre. Her sound has been influenced by R&B, funk and gospel music. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times states, “Saundra Silliman may be the best-kept secret in jazz.” Come for a concert seasoned with the sounds of many cultures, performed by five

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Marshall Gilkes

George Dulin

musicians at the top of their games. Tickets will be available in the box office starting at 6:15pm the evening of the concert. Online purchase with a $2.50 service charge for each ticket is available at www. Students are admitted free. Master Class with David Silliman In addition to performing with his jazz quintet on February 15, David Silliman will give a free and open-to-the-public master class on the same day from 11:00am12:30pm in Orange Hall. Watching Silliman set-up his percussion instruments is captivating as so many different sizes and shapes comprise the set. Then, realizing that he perches himself in the middle of them in order that he can touch each piece is intriguing. Finally, seeing the master at work and listening to the myriad of rhythmic sounds he produces is fascinating

Morrie Louven

Saundra Silliman

Photo by Seymour Pond and inspiring. Attendees will get the opportunity of being as close to his instruments as he is when playing. During his presentation, David Silliman ~ Drumset, Cajon & Percussion Plus! he will demonstrate each piece and explain its origin, sound, and purpose. His instruments include a standard American drumset augmented with a South American cajon, plus drums from the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean along with many other percussion pieces - some of which he created. Silliman will also share his experiences in studying various types of music from classical to Latin Jazz as well as the nuances and styles needed to accompany the diverse musicians with whom he plays. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown. Visit or call 845-341-4891 for information.

Centennial Tribute to Art Blakey TheWest Point Jazz Ensemble, for over 30 years, he has played comprised of members of the a significant role in launching West Point Band, will present a the careers of Sean Jones, Tia centennial tribute to percussion Fuller, Justin Faulkner, and Orrin master and bandleader Art Blakey Evans, among many others. Since on February 6 at 7:30pm at 2002, he has taught drums and Ike’s Riverside Café inside ensembles at Berklee College of Eisenhower Hall at West Point. Music. In 2010, Peterson founded The West Point Jazz Ensemble Onyx Productions Music Label Art Blakey (1919-1990) welcomes consummate and has released his own drummer, bandleader, and music on the label ever educator Ralph Peterson since. as a distinguished guest for Established in 1817, the this performance, which West Point Band is the honors both the Art Blakey Army’s oldest musical Centennial, as well as organization and continues African American History to provide world-class Month. music to educate, train, and Ralph Peterson’s prolific inspire the Corps of Cadets recording career began in and to serve as ambassadors 1985 with the fabled Blue of the United States Military Note label, with whose Academy and the Army house band, OTB (Out of to local, national, and Ralph Peterson the Blue) he performed as a drummer. He international communities. released six Blue Note albums as a leader In the event of inclement weather, the of different combos, including the Fo’tet, performance will move to February 7 at a quartet whose members have at various 7:30pm. This event is free and open to all. times included clarinetist Don Bryson, Reserve your free tickets in advance by saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Belden visiting Bullock and vibraphonist Bryan Carrott. For concert information, cancellations To date, Peterson has released over 20 and updates, call 845-938-2617 or visit the albums as a leader. A bandleader and educator website:

Magical & Mythical in Mamakating The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) has coordinated with The Mamakating Library on Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro for the use of their display case to the Alliance during the Alliance’s closed months. The featured artist for the month of February is Mark Darnobid. What started with a simple tube of WindsorNewton lamp black watercolor paint evolved into Mark’s unique style incorporating ink and watercolor. A self-taught artist, he is drawn to the legends of the sea, inspired by nature, the words of Jules Verne (especially the visuals of Disney’s movie, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), early tattoo flash art by Norman Keith Collins, and the classic illustrations of Gustave Dore and Albrecht Durer. Mark combines myth and legend to create a magical world of his own vision. “Mark’s artwork reminds me of the wonderful seafaring maps of the 1600’s, where it is often illustrated ‘serpents be there’ or ‘mermaids sing here’ for unknown areas. His nature art is so very detailed as to make me wonder how many hairs are in his brush!” exclaimed Alliance member and former president, Kitty Mitchell. Mark lives in Rock Hill with his wife and son and teaches in the Middletown School District. His work has been displayed in several galleries in the Hudson Valley. His work will be on display at the Mamakating

“Sea Serpent Ship Battle” by Mark Darnobid

Library, 100 Sullivan Street, Wurstboro, through the end of February. The Alliance is proud to have Mark as a new member. The Alliance’s John Neilson Gallery may be closed for the season, but their artists are still creating and exhibiting. Members are currently exhibiting art work with a winter theme at the Mamakating Town Hall, Route 209, Wurtsboro.

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OPPORTUNITIES! Volunteering at Bethel Woods Looking for a way to positively contribute to your community? Become a volunteer at Bethel Woods! Learn about the 501c3 nonprofit cultural organization at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and the ways YOU can get involved! A Volunteer Open House will be held on February 2 from 9:00am-Noon in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods. The Open House will include museum tours as well as talks with volunteers and staff about the pivotal role volunteers have during concerts, festivals, museum education, creative programming and in the museum. Exhibiting Art in Narrowsburg Would you like to exhibit your work in one of the Upper Delaware River region’s most respected art galleries? The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is now accepting applications for exhibition opportunities in 2020, including solo, two-person, group, and curated exhibitions. In addition, DVAA produces pop-up exhibitions, hosts artist talks and related programs throughout the year. The exhibition program features highquality work by emerging and professional artists with an emphasis on, but not limited to, those who live and work full or part-time in the Catskills, Upper Delaware River, and Mid-Hudson regions. All media and styles are welcome as are installations and proposals by curators. Submission deadline is February 2. Grants for Orange County The Orange County Arts Council’s 2019 Community Arts Grant application is here! These grants are designed to encourage new and more abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County. The Community Arts Grants will be administered by the Council and funded through individual donations from donors and sponsors, including a generous gift from the WesleyKrueger Family Foundation. Grant applications and budget forms must be completed and submitted online by March 10 at 11:59pm. For full guidelines, eligibility details or to apply, visit All applicants are invited to discuss an opportunity before submitting an application. For technical assistance or questions regarding the grant itself, call 845469-9168 or e-mail Jamie Sanin at: jsanin@ TriVersity’s Got Talent. Yours? Join in for the 8th annual Share Your 26

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Heart fundraiser: the first ever TriVersity’s Got Talent competition! Unlike past events, this Share Your Heart is NOT a dance, but a talent contest. Performers will share their hearts, and you help select the winner! We will fight to end hunger and have a blast while we’re at it! This event is in honor of Linda Troise (1950-2011). Linda was employed at Montague School in PA as a substitute teacher and finally as secretary at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Milford. Linda sang in the Pike County Choral Society, served as president of the Greenwood Hill Homeowner Association, volunteered at Prison Ministry, Hospice, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Clifton. Linda also helped organize and run the Milford Walkathon. She helped with the Food Pantry and was a Rainbow Youth counselor, too. Join in the fight against hunger, share your heart, and help crown the winner of TriVersity’s Got Talent competition. Bring at least one grocery bag of non-perishable items, food or personal care, for humans or pets. All proceeds go to the Ecumenical Food Pantry at the Good Shepard Episcopal Church, Milford. This year’s event will be held at the WaterWheel Café, Milford, on February 23 at 8:00pm. Tickets at the door. Triversity is seeking performers! For information send a message to Triversity’s Facebook page or send an email to Steven at Kids Got Talent, Auditions in Bethel Bethel Woods’ I Have A Dream talent show audition takes place on February 23 from 11:00am-5:00pm at the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods. Presented by Dream Tank, the 2nd annual I Have a Dream talent show hosted by Bethel Woods is designed to showcase the skills, talents and interests of Sullivan County’s youth. Each school district has a specific audition time slot. For the application and information, visit BethelWoodsCenter.Org. Teens Digital Photography in Bethel A free digital photography intensive for high school teens runs Tuesdays & Sundays, from February 26-May 21. The program, entitled Project: Identity Photography at the Conservatory at Bethel Woods, is a unique 12-week program that provides an opportunity to learn the basics of photography, composition, historical photo processing and Adobe Photoshop, culminating in a public exhibition. For the application and information, visit BethelWoodsCenter.Org. Develop Photographic Skills in Chester The Hudson Highlands Photography

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Club And Workshop’s Monthly Meetings and New Member Invitation is here! Whether you are a skilled amateur, semi-professional or professional photographer, you are welcome to join the club and share your skills and views on photography. Members photograph with film or digital cameras of all makes and models. The main objective of the Hudson Highlands Photography Art on display for the “Sullivan County Homegrown Artists Exhibition Program” at the Sullivan County Gov’t Center. Club And Workshop is to encourage and develop a high level of performances will be from May 3-19. Cast photographic skills, and an appreciation of size is seven men and four women. Auditions for the July production of Ken the art form for all of its members. Ludwig’s comedy, The Fox on the Fairway, The Club holds regular monthly meetings will be from 3:00pm-5:00pm on the same on the second Monday of each month at days. The production is under the direction 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00) at St. Paul’s of Terri Weiss and performances will be Episcopal Church, 101 Main St., Chester. from July 6-21. Cast size is three men and three women. Sullivan Artists in Monticello Prepared materials are not necessary. More The Sullivan County Government Center’s information can be found on the website: hallways are awash in colorful figures beyond the workers, visitors and taxpayers Interested participants may call 845walking through! 294-9465 for information and should call The Sullivan County Homegrown Artists that number on the days of the auditions to Exhibition Program has mounted more than confirm the place and time. two dozen pieces of art in those hallways, from paintings and photographs to collages and sculptures. But with only two of the eight main hallways decorated thus far, the independent committee overseeing the program is seeking more artwork by Sullivan County artists to display. “We are seeking to hang flatworks in any medium, created and submitted by Sullivan County residents,” noted Gene Iovine and Mark Pilipski, members of the Exhibition Program’s committee. “Take this opportunity to show your artistic ability to a wide audience!” They will consider all submissions, but they reserve the right to determine which will ultimately be displayed. Any works containing or expressing political, religious, racist, vulgar or sexual content may not be approved for installation. Complete details are available at www. Artists and lovers of art can also follow the Exhibition Program’s Facebook page at SullivanCountyNYHomegrownArtists. Acting in Monroe Auditions will be held on February 2 & 3 from Noon-2:30pm on both days. for Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players’ May production of Getting Away With Murder, a mystery suspense by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim. The production is under the direction of Steve Davis and

SINGER OPPORTUNITIES! Orange, Sullivan and Pike County chorales have begun rehearsals for their spring concerts. New singers (for all voice parts - soprano, alto, tenor and bass) are always encouraged to join. Singers of all levels, from amateur to “trained” are welcomed. Each chorale has different guidelines and requirements. Some require auditions, some do not. Some require chorus members to read music, some do not. There is usually a small fee for membership. Singing in Milford Beginning Sunday afternoons in January, the Delaware Valley Choral Society will be in rehearsal preparing for a June concert featuring Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers with texts from Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank, and Mother Teresa set to inspiring music. Also included in the program will be Beethoven’s Cantata Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage). Accompanying the singers will be a full symphony orchestra. Rehearsals take place on Sundays at 2:00pm at the Milford United Methodist Church. For information, contact Jeffrey Fornoff at Singing in Blooming Grove The Classic Choral Society celebrates in 60th Anniversary this Spring 2019. Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7:30pm at the United Church of Christ in Blooming Grove. New singers are always welcome. Music by Mårten Jansson, Michael John Trotta and Grant Cochran will be performed in May, venues to be announced. No audition required. Each singer is responsible for dues, music, concert dress.

Singing in Sugar Loaf Ron De Fesi’s Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus is comprised of trained singers. For auditions, applicants must sing one operatic aria from the Italian, French, German or Russian repertoire. They must also demonstrate an ability to sight-sing a typical classical or romantic operatic chorus part. The upcoming season includes fully staged productions of Rigoletto, Carmen and Madama Butterfly, performed with orchestra, in Monroe. Rehearsals are Fridays from 7:30pm10:00pm in Sugar Loaf. There are also sectionals on occasional evenings. Call Zoey at 845-661-0544 to set up an audition. Visit Visit or call 845-713-4543. Singing in New Windsor The Newburgh Chorale, under the direction of Michael Saunders, holds rehearsals on Tuesdays in New Windsor, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. No auditions. Email: Singing in Middletown The Middletown Concert Chorale, directed by Danielle Cornacchio, rehearses on Mondays at 7:00pm in Middletown. Call 845-457-2730 or 845-386-4398. Singing in Liberty The Sullivan County Community Chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux, rehearses on Thursday evenings in the Orchestra Room of the Liberty Middle School, 145 Buckley Street, Liberty. Each prospective new member is required to meet with Conductor Giroux for a short

Puppets, Popcorn & Lectures, Oh My! The Friends of Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library are sponsoring the 4th annual Winter Fun Day. This year, the event takes place on national Take Your Child to the Diane Lang Library Day - a perfect time to join in for a great time. Winter Fun Day is a family event where kids can make ground hog puppets and masks, enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn, and hear stories about animals. The event is free and open to all ages on February 2 from Noon-1:00pm at the Crawford Library, 479 Broadway, Monticello. Diane Lang, an acclaimed therapist, author and educator (and frequent lecturer at Mount St. Mary College’s Desmond

Campus), returns to the Library to teach new ways of thinking and behaving that will make your life happier! We all want to be happy, but what truthfully makes us Erroyl D. Rolle happy? Learn the steps you can take toward happiness on February 7 at 6:00pm. Also at the Library, on February 28 at 6:00pm, Professor in the division of Social Sciences, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at SUNY Sullivan, Erroyl D. Rolle will present a free lecture: The Underground Railroad; An Outgrowth of an American Business Enterprise, a topic about which we know so little. For information: 845-794-4660.

series of vocal warm-ups designed to determine vocal range for placement in the appropriate section of the chorus, as well as to ensure an ability to match pitch. Visit and Facebook, or call 845-439-4458. Singing in Warwick The Warwick Valley Chorale, under the direction of Stanley Curtis, rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:30pm in Warwick. No auditions required. Visit www.warwickvalleychorale. org or contact

Singing Barbershop Harmony Want to sing barbershop harmony? The Middletown Men of Note welcome all men interested in singing 4-part harmony “a capella”. Sit in and sing along! Rehearsals take place every Thursday at 7:00pm at Promenade Senior Care Facility, 70 Fulton Street at Academy Avenue, Middletown. Contact Stan Spencer at 845-355-1678, Fred Cosh at 845-344-5530 or Jack Austin at 845-649-8720.

Grant Helps Students A Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan $2,000 Make a Difference Grant helps fund field trips for qualified schools in Sullivan County to visit the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville. “We are so thrilled to offer our interactive and fun field trips at absolutely no cost to qualifying schools in Sullivan County, thanks to the grant,” says Museum Director, Donna Steffens. “Plus, schools from anywhere can have free bus transportation, thanks to a grant from the Rondout Neversink Stream Program, so it is very cost effective for all schools to visit the Museum.” The Museum currently offers two interactive and engaging field trip programs which fit into the global water unit, water cycle and other standards in the NYS Common Core curriculum: Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: Upstate Water and NYC and Water Through History. Both of these programs include a visit to the onsite 1930s Lost Catskill Farm with a farmhouse, 1880s barn, milk house, electric plant, outhouse, and workshop with working waterwheel. Available year round, the cost of each program is $5 per student, with teachers and chaperones free, and free for all students from qualifying Sullivan County Schools. Call 845-985-7700 or email info@ timeandthevalleysmuseum. The Museum is located at 332 Main Street, Grahamsville. February 2019

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“Poems of a People” in Florida In celebration of Black History Month, Beverly Braxton returns to the Florida Public Library, 104 Cohen Circle, to share Poems of a People on February 21 at 6:30pm. This poetic narrative will summarize the span of African American history - a journey through time focusing on famous men and women, ordinary folks and legendary heroes. Braxton is an educational leader who throughout her 28 years at the Warwick Valley Central School District worked at all

levels of the educational system: teacher, PTA officer, school/district committees, and staff development. Since her retirement in 2010, she has been teaching parenting workshops and in 2014 founded Family Central, a non-profit parenting support network in Warwick. She is a recipient of many teaching awards and continues to work as an education consultant, trained facilitator, adjunct professor and published writer. To register: or call the Library at 845-651-7659.

Dinner and a Movie in Milford In addition to John DiLeo’s Wednesday classic-film series at Triversity, he has added a Thursday series in the Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchère. “It’ll be a dinner and a movie series, with different movies than the ones I’ll be showing at Triversity.” DiLeo is the author of six books about classic movies. He has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival, conducting onstage interviews with Farley Granger (2005), Arlene Dahl (2006), Marge Champion (2010), Keir Dullea (2013), Jane Powell, (2015), Rex Reed (2016), Tab Hunter (2017), Lorna Luft (2018), and Jane Alexander (2018). February 7, 6:00pm: Inspired by Fred Astaire’s real-life partnership with his sister

Adele, Astaire and Jane Powell star in Royal Wedding as a renowned brother-and-sister songand-dance team. It’s the musical in which he memorably dances on the ceiling! (Ms. Powell stayed at the Hotel Fauchère when she was the Black Bear Film Festival’s honored guest in 2015.) February 21, 6:00pm: Another marvelous example of screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey tells an irresistible Depression-era tale of a wacky heiress (Carole Lombard) and her infatuation with the new butler (William Powell). Divorced in real life, Lombard and Powell make a terrific team, both netting Oscar nominations. Email or call 570-409-1212 to reserve your seat.

Engineer Exhibits Work, Greenwood Lake time Joe had shown his work Joe Sweda considers himself publically. self-taught, influenced by life Working as the house experience, and an education engineer for the Guggenheim in art and engineering. He Museum exposed him to a great attended Brooklyn Tech High deal of artists and architects, as School, where he was taught well as religious and political by American painter William leaders from around the world. Beckman. Beckman, known Joe eventually became one for his figurative painting and of the house engineers for landscapes, taught his students the Schubert Organization, to “think big.” The idea that where he maintained up to 17 the size of your art matters Broadway shows at a time. resonated with Joe and his work Joe’s work will be on view universally reflects that idea. Work by Joe Sweda throughout the month of After spending time in the Merchant Marines, Joe embarked on a career February at the Greenwood Lake Public in engineering, working behind the scenes Library, 79 Waterstone Road. Since retiring in January of 2018, he now in a variety of venues that housed great and important art. While being an engineer in the devotes all of his time to art. Working in two CUNY system, he was a part of the Fashion different styles, he refers to the first as “line Museum at FIT and maintained mayoral and color at play”, a hard edge look, which archives for LaGuardia College. When the will be on display at the Library. The second College found out Joe was an artist, they is entitled “space” and can be exemplified asked him to display some of his work. in Joe’s star paintings. Joe has also written Impressed, they then asked him to display poetry to accompany some of his work. his art in the school lobby. This was the first For information: 845-477-8377 ext. 107. 28 Delaware & Hudson CANVAS February 2019

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