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September 2013

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

Publisher’s Column by Barry Plaxen Did you know: President John F. Kennedy dedicated the opening of Grey Towers 50 years ago? That great actor, Steve Brady, is back in Ellenville “disguised” as the Doctor who created Alcoholics Anonymous? Who, two hundred years after his death, is everywhere in the culture, yet still represents its summit? Live opera is coming to Montgomery? Highland Falls has a new Art Gallery? The new president of the Orange County Arts Council is giving her first lecture at SUNY Orange? There’s a new sit-down dinner restaurant in Livingston Manor? Lackawaxen is a hotbed of ScandinavianAmerican crafters? Rosemaling is a Norwegian decorative painting? Dolly Parton is a/k/a/ “The Book Lady”? Goshen has a new Art Gallery?

There is an “h” at the end of Newburgh, Hamptonburgh and Forestburgh, but none after Fallsburg or Narrowsburg? (An “h” after Bloomingburg can be found on historic markers in the village)? Middletown / Greenville has a new Art Gallery? Ho’oponopono emptied out a psychiatric ward in a hospital for the criminally insane? The future of the Avant-Garde is questionable? You can perform an O’Neill play without his dialogue? Duo Parnas is now a trio? If you are in a Barn located on Elm Lake you are on Decker Drive and in Greenville and Middletown at the same time? Downing Park & Central Park were designed by the same two men? We are about to get a world class string quartet performing all of Beethoven’s Quartets over a two year period? It’s all explained within our 40 pages. Read on! Enjoy!

Letters to the Editor Living as I do in Manhattan, I don’t know a lot of people upstate, but I could swear I’ve seen that character who was wearing a Grumpy shirt on page 30 of your August issue. Whoever he is, he looks like he has a kind heart. Did he by any chance write that lovely essay about Mozart (Jack and Master of All Trades)? It’s an elegant survey of 18th century opera, with a hilarious picture. And thank you, J. A. DiBello for another fine article, this one about Zane Grey. My husband and I have been to the house, and to the Roebling Bridge, and I’d say both of them are well worth a visit. Two other nearby points of interest: Grey and his wife

are buried in the little cemetery just down the street; and a short ride away is the Minisink Battlefield, site of a Revolutionary War battle between Colonial militia and loyalist Indians led by Joseph Brant. The Indians won. Among the casualties was Colonel Benjamin Tusten, after whom the nearby town of Tusten is named. CANVAS does a fine job of covering the history of the area as well as its modern-day culture. That’s one of many reasons why I enjoy it. Cheers! Judith Wink, New York City

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Community Building Through the Arts�� 32 Meet Me at the Library����������������������������5 Meet Our Advertisers����������������������������15 Spotlight on Sugar Loaf Guild:��������������28 Whispering Pines with Chef Frey����������29



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Community Arts: News Views And Schedules Managing Editor, Barry Plaxen Co-Publisher, Marc E. Gerson Editor, Sophia Krcic Delaware & Hudson CANVAS 297 Stone Schoolhouse Road Bloomingburg, NY 12721 845.926.4646 phone 845.926.4002 fax Please email calendar submissions by the 15th of the prior month to Please email submissions for classifieds, opportunities & auditions to: Nothing in this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Hudson Opera Theatre���������������������������7 Jester’s Comedy Club���������������������������15 Karpeles Mansuscript Museum������������35 Kindred Spirits Arts���������������������������������4 Liberty Free Theater�����������������������������27 Liberty Museum & Arts Center��������������27 Livingston Manor Library����������������������14 Madera Vox�������������������������������������������17 Mind, Body & Spirit Connection EXPO�40 NACL Theatre���������������������������������������30 Neversink Valley Museum���������������������39 Newburgh Chamber Music�������������������16 Newburgh Free Library�������������������������39 O.C. Arboretum�������������������������������������28 Pacem in Terris���������������������������������������3 Palaia Vineyards�����������������������������������40 Parksville USA Festival���������������������������3 Ritz Lobby���������������������������������������������39 Scandanavian Craft Fair�����������������������12 Seligmann Center for the Arts���18, 23, 38 Serenade Orchestra�������������������������������3 Shadowland Theatre�����������������������������34 Stray Cat Gallery����������������������������������10 Sugar Loaf Music: Salon Series�����������12 Sullivan Dramatic Workshop�����������������29 SUNY Orange���������������������������18, 32, 33 Sullivan County Museum����������������������39 Sycamore Farms�����������������������������������37 The Barn: Art at Elm Lake���������������������10 Town of Deerpark Museum�������������������13 Tuxedo Performing Arts Group�������������38 UpFront Exhibition Space���������������������25 Viktor Prizgintas������������������������������������38 Wallkill River School����������������������������� 11 Washington’s Headquarters������������������27 William Seaton: Dada Poetry����������������23 Willie “The Lion” Smith Jazz Festival������ 6 WJFF Radio������������������������������������������30 Wurtsboro Art Alliance���������������������������31

Events on Sunday, September 1st The Serenade Orchestra

Stories on most of the events listed in the September 1 calendar at the right of this page were included in our August issue. The Serenade Orchestra was not. Now’s your chance to hear Haydn’s “Hunting” Quartet, Opus 1, No.1. Yes, his (we assume) very first string quartet. BUT - not with the instrumentation one would expect. “Yes the Opus 1 (1762-64) and Opus 9 (1769) quartets are scored basso in Haydn’s manuscript,” writes bassist John Feeney, “though most editions state violoncello for the sake of homogeneity - wouldn’t want to offer the chamber music world something different - would we? “Haydn wrote his early string quartets for double bass as the bottom voice, the Opus 2 quartets are scored for cello and for all quartets after the Opus 9 quartets. Haydn scored violoncello specifically as the bass instrument and the writing of the bass lines is clearly more cellistic. “Haydn composed at least 10 symphonies before 1762 and of those ten, 3 have double bass solos, which, similarly, editors changed to say “violoncello”- but have since, albeit it tacitly, restored the solos to the double bass. In fact the only bass solo that they never took away from us was the solo in Symphony no. 45 - The Farewell Symphony - and the only reason

this was never stolen from we bassists is that there was a cello and a bass solo which has to be played on the bass as the cellist could not leave the stage twice!!!” (In the farewell symphony, several of the musicians are given solos, after which they snuff out the candle on their music stand and take their leave. The cellist cannot play the bass solo and its own - and leave twice.) “Haydn also composed a double bass concerto some 20 years before his 1st cello concerto - sadly this work has been lost - but may still surface (the C major cello concerto wasn’t found until the 1960’s.),” Feeney concluded. Interestingly, the Hunting quartet does not include music for “hunting horns”, but the orchestra (Krista Bennion-Feeney, violin; Keats Dieffenbach, violin; David Cerutti, viola; and John Feeney) will be joined by RJ Kelley and Alexandra Cook playing “natural horns” (without valves) for horn concertos by Telemann. Music by Bartok and Brahms are also included in the program. The concert is on September 1 at 5:00pm at Pacem in Terris, 96 Covered Bridge Road in Warwick. Arrive early and visit the Frederick Franck Museum & Sculpture Garden to see his art and sculpture or just to meditate. Visit

September 1st Calendar Music - Blues................Willa McCarthy...............................The Falcon, Marlboro, 10am-2pm Holistic....................Psychic Fest������������������������������ Crystal Connection, Wurtsboro, 10am-5pm Festival.........25th Annual International Festival����Newburgh Armory Unity Ctr., Noon-11pm Music - Jazz............................Liberty Jazz Festival����������������������������������������� LaPolt Park, 6pm Parade................................. .Livingston Manor Labor Day Parade���������������Main Street, 11am Theatre - Musical..........“The Marvelous Wonderettes”����Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, 2pm Theatre - Musical.................“A Funny Thing...Forum”��������Rivoli Theatre, So. Fallsburg, 2pm Theatre - Play................................ “The 39 Steps”�������������������������� Forestburgh Playhouse, 3pm Music - Klezmer..................Ljova & the Kontraband���������������Dead End Cafe, Parksville, 3pm Music - Classical................The Serenade Orchestra�����������������Pacem in Terris, Warwick, 5pm Music - Band........West Point Band Labor Day Celebration�� Trophy Point Amphitheatre, 6pm Poetry..............................................Sonia Lynch������������������������������Wurtsboro Art Alliance, 7pm

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” are graduating High School at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, thru September 8

The stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, “The 39 Steps” with a cast of 4 actors playing over 140 characters at Forestburgh Playhouse ends on September 1

Hitchcock painting by L. Teague

“Ljova & the Kontraband” will perform Klezmer music September 1 at 3:00pm at the Parksville USA Music Festival

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Polka King Jimmy Sturr will perform on Labor Day, Sept. 2 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center for the City’s 25th Annual International Festival, August 30September 2

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“Follies” at The Playhouse

After the failure of Do I Hear A Waltz? in 1965, for which he had written the lyrics to music by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim decided that he would henceforth work only on projects where he could write both the music and lyrics himself. He asked author and playwright James Goldman to join him as bookwriter for a new musical. Inspired by a New York Times article about a gathering of former showgirls from the Ziegfeld Follies, they decided upon a story about ex-showgirls. Originally titled The Girls Upstairs, Harold Prince, who had worked previously with Sondheim, eventually became the producer and director. It was Prince who changed the title to Follies; he was “intrigued by the psychology of a reunion of old chorus dancers and loved the play on the word ‘follies’”. The concept behind Follies is theater nostalgia, representing the rose-colored glasses through which we face the fact of age...the show is conceived in ghostliness. Similarly, ghosts of twenties shows slip through the evening as the characters try desperately to regain their youth through re-creations of their performances and inane theater sentiments of their past. Follies is in part an affectionate look at the American musical theater between the two World Wars and provides Sondheim with an opportunity to use the traditional conventions


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Happy 50th Birthday Grey Towers! The Manhattan Symphonie (photo below) was founded in the year 2005 by Gregory Singer. The members are young virtuoso musicians as well as seasoned veterans of the three Lincoln Center orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Sunday, Noon - 4pm: Dan Brinkerhoff’s Bicycle-powered popcorn machine with organic popcorn.

Director Cynthia Topps on the set of CTMW’s 2008 production of “Prisoner of Second Avenue” along with her husband David Topps, who plays Mr. Weismann in “Follies”.

of the genre to reveal the hollowness and falsity of his characters’ dreams and illusions. The emotional high generated by the reunion of the Follies girls ultimately gives way to anger, disappointment, and a weary resignation to reality. Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players continues its 18th season with Follies, September 13-29. The production is directed by Cynthia Topps with musical direction by Brian Flint and choreography by David Mossey. Performances are at The Playhouse at Museum Village, Route 17M, in Monroe. Tickets include dessert at intermission consisting of apple pie, ice cream, iced tea and coffee. For information, visit or call the Box Office at 845-294-9465.

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grey Towers National Historic Site, they will perform Nature in Music for Kindred Spirits Arts, with works by Vivaldi, Dvorak, J. Strauss and Copland on September 21 at 7:30pm in the Milford Theater, 114 East Catharine Street. For info: 570-409-1269. Other events at Grey Towers National Historic Site for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend include a commemoration of 50 years since President John F. Kennedy dedicated Grey Towers as a public asset for conservation of our natural resources and the home of the Pinchot

Institute for Conservation, beginning on September 19 at 6:00pm. Then on September 21 and 22 there will be indoor and outdoor activities for the public. See a film of President Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Grey Towers. And on Sunday, at 1:00pm, John Carlson’s Magic & Puppet Show. There will be FREE Mansion Open House tours both days. The address is 151 Grey Towers, Milford. See or 570-296-9630.

Meet Dolly Parton: Music Artist & Founder of the “Imagination Library” “A house without books is a room without windows.” This origin-unknown phrase serves as a clever and brief bromide designed to illustrate the importance of literacy. Fortunately for the future and conveniently for the present, individuals of “celebrity” status have also recognized the obvious. Dolly Parton, a country music artist, who has released 42 top-ten country albums and earned 25 number-one singles, is one such individual. Nominated for a Grammy award 42 time, she has also received 7 awards from theAcademy of Country Music and 10 Country Music Association (CMA) awards. She is also the proud recipient of CMA’s highest honor, “Entertainer of the Year.” Unknown to most, including this writer until recently when completing a review of her 9 to 5, The Musical at Forestburgh Playhouse, is her literacy program, the Dolly Parton “Imagination Library.” On August 20, The PBS NewsHour’s special correspondent for education, John Merrow, aired the story of the Imagination Library, its origin, phenomenal success, and the nickname children in several countries have bestowed Dolly Parton. She’s known as “The Book Lady.” The “Imagination Library” began quite modestly at the hospital in Sevier County, Tennessee. Sevier County is home for Dolly Parton and in the

beginning her mission was quite personal. It was a reflection on her early childhood home and the overwhelming admiration and respect she had for her father. There were no books in that house and her father could not read or write! Although she knew him to be a “brilliant man,” she believed him crippled by those conditions. Today, every child born in the Sevier County Hospital gets a free book. The gift-of-a-book pattern continues, with each child receiving a free book, once a month, twelve times a year up to a total of 60 books. That takes the child to his/her fifth birthday. Books are sent to the youngsters with their individual names on the package. The premise is that when little children receive books in the mail they tend to become curious and on the next level recognize the concept of ownership. Ownership operates as a motivating factor and children so motivated will get someone to read to them or get someone to teach them how to read. Although on the surface a gross oversimplification of motivational theory and practice, the bottom line is that it works! What began in 1996 has now spread to 1,400 communities throughout this country, Canada and

England. Each participating organization secures the cost of the books and mailing, an unbelievable total of $2 each. The remainder or difference is contributed by service organizations and additional interested parties. David Dotson, president of the Dollywood Foundation, recently stated that, “Oftentimes, the most powerful things are the most simple things.” The foundation is an international organization, with an annual budget in excess of 20 million dollars, and is responsible for the distribution of over 700,000 books a month. Well documented in the study of early childhood education is the fact that young children who are read to on a regular basis are “more likely to succeed in school.” Speak with any veteran elementary school teacher and the tale is always the same or similar, “We can definitely tell if a child’s been read to at home. Their vocabularies are so much larger.” As for Ms. Parton’s comments: “I think if you see that literacy is a big deal at their house, then they’re going to really...they just kind of embrace that more when they come to school. And they’re ready for it. The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the book lady title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I have done something good with my life and with my success.” “The woman is one of our national treasures, so let’s cherish her for as long as we’ve got her.” Jac Chebatoris, Newsweek 2008.

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Goshen: An Exciting Addition to the Arts Community & Willie’s Festival by Naomi Kennedy The Goshen Music Hall Art Gallery, which opened on May 31, is the newest outreach to the community and extension of the Cornerstone Arts Alliance (CAA) at 223 Main Street in Goshen. The Alliance, which brings theatre, music, and art to the community, is run by volunteers. Maureen Quatrini, curator and director of the gallery, hopes to share and promote the arts within the community. “We’d like to get everyone involved and encourage local people to participate. Our goal is to grow and do it with quality,” said Quatrini. Maureen has lived in Goshen and has done community volunteer work since 1974. She is President of Goshen Restoration Unlimited, Inc., a group devoted to historic preservation of the village, and has been on the Board of Directors of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years. When Donna Silver-McCormack, president of the CAA, asked Maureen at the inception of the group to become involved with the gallery, she could not refuse. “Although I don’t have a background in the arts, because of my love for it, I would do anything to promote it,” said Quatrini.

Goshen Public Library & Historical Society by Sheila St. Lawrence

The gallery is in a beautiful lobby area in a historic building and the CAA is constantly searching for new local talent to showcase their work. Maureen hopes to expand and bring in textiles, pottery, and photography, so there’s constant movement and diversity. “There is so much local talent,” said Quatrini. At the initial opening, over 100 people passed through. “The response has been so positive; I was delighted and overwhelmed,” said Quatrini. Renditions in Watercolor, an exhibit by Sheila St. Lawrence, (see photo), will be on view until September 30 in the Goshen Music Hall Art Gallery. Sheila has combined both her love of history and historic architecture

in this show in which she has already sold five artworks. Since 2002, Sheila St. Lawrence has exhibited publicly and is represented in both public and private collections. She has been featured in Hudson Valley Magazine. As a Goshen resident, she loves to paint landscape watercolors of recognizable sights that people enjoy, such as local firehouses, public office buildings and many local residential homes. And mark your calendars! On September 14 from 1:00pm-7:00pm, CAA will present the 10th Annual Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith Jazz Festival. William Henry Joseph Berthol Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, born in 1897 in Goshen, was part of a musical family. He started playing the piano at 8 years old and performed professionally as a teenager. In the 1920’s, he made the emerging Harlem stride piano his distinct style. Legend suggests that Smith earned the title “The Lion” for heroism while serving in World War I. He became a mentor for

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younger musicians such as Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Artie Shaw, and the Dorsey Brothers. In 1972, he recorded his final album in Paris and performed up until his death in 1973. Today his spirit and legacy live on Painting courtesy of through his music. BRUNI Gallery Orange County Executive Edward Diana declared long ago, the second Saturday of each September in Goshen to be Willie “The Lion” Smith Day. The festival will feature performances by: Pharr Out, Anita Casanova Trio, Otisville Brass, and bass artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan throughout the day. Additional venues throughout Goshen will offer free music. A list of the performances will be available in the lobby of 223 Main Street on September 14. The event is free. For info call 347-729-9997, box office: 845294-4188, or the gallery: 845-294-7232.

Opera News

Sponsored by Di Bello Gallery, Montgomery

Heaven and Hell...War and Peace The most popular opera in the world at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, Faust sadly no longer retains that distinction in this post-Puccinian world. Goethe’s Faust was to the Germanspeaking world, what Hamlet was to the English-speaking world. Transformed into a lyrical drama of enormous appeal for an entire world, Gounod captured the supernatural elements of Goethe’s original, and also the mystique of the Romantic period. Complete with choirs of men, of demons and of angels, ballets of humans, witches and the denizens of Hell, it is a veritable war of emotions, of good and evil, of the medieval versus the modern worlds, and of innocence and corruption. Hudson Opera Theatre director Ron De Fesi has chosen Gounod’s masterwork to open the Company’s 2013-2014 season. Conducted and staged by De Fesi, it will feature the full ballet, with choreography by Rose-Marie Menes. Menes began her ballet training at the age of seven in Florida with George Milenoff of the Imperial Ballet School in Russia. Her distinguished performing career would later include Principal Dancer with the Ballet

Justin Scott Randolph, Charlotte Detrick, C. David Morrow, Gustavo Morales and Maestro Ron De Fesi in action!

Russe de Monte Carlo, Chicago Opera Ballet, New York City Opera and the Radio City Ballet Company. For ten years, Menes was the ballerina with Dance Olympics, under whose Statler Record label, she made thirty recordings on dance education that are currently on file at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library. After beginning her teaching career at the Neubert Children’s Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall, she opened her own school in 1978, the Westchester Ballet Center, (now the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts) and the following year, founded Dance Theatre In Westchester, a regional company where she serves as Artistic Director.

The cast will be headed by Orange County native (and wunderkind) Justin Scott Randolph in the title role, with Charlotte Detrick of the New York City Opera as Marguerite. C. David Morrow will portray the devil and baritone Gustavo Morales, also of Orange County, will sing Valentin. Sets will be designed by Renato Cesarino, with costumes by C. Clara George, and according to De Fesi, “with pyrotechnics by Tony Esplosione!” Members of the Ballet Theatre of Westchester will join the Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus and Orchestra for performances September 28 thru October 6 at the United Presbyterian Church

of Middletown, 25 Orchard Street in Middletown. Individual tickets are available at the door. But you can also assure yourself a seat to the season of Heaven and Hell, War and Peace that includes Bellini’s Norma, with Eileen Macintosh (see page 24) in the title role, the Verdi Requiem, Titanic Revisited and a New Year’s Eve Gala. Between now and October 6, you can purchase a subscription for the entire season and save 10% off the ticket price. For tickets and information, call the Hudson Opera Theatre box office at 845661-0544, or visit

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CANVAS 9th Anniversary.............

Renown artist Caroline Harrow participated, and in this photo poses proudly next to her stunning artworks.

Artist-friends Midge Monat and Paula Baldinger hard at work plein air painting!

A close-up of artist Midge Monat touching up one of her lovely watercolors.

Spray paint artist Jennifer Cerniglia gets creative! Amazing to watch!

Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht. Gloria has an exhibit at the Livingston Manor Library this month. See page 14.

Artist Mitchell Saler capturing the stream on the CFFCM property.

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Amazing artist Kevin Storms in action, creating a usual!

“Stream in the Catskills” by Mitchell Saler

“All American” by Gene Weinstein

...................And Upcoming Exhibit! by Sophia Krcic

For our 9th anniversary, CANVAS sponsored a paint-out and arts & crafts fair on August 3 & 4 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum in Livingston Manor. Visual artists, photographers, craftsmen, even a spray paint artist, all participated and joined in on the fun. Artists painted en plein air in beautiful weather at a beautiful location. Special thanks to Midge Monat, Paula Baldinger, Kevin Storms, Mitchell Saler, Gloria Wagenknecht, Jennifer Cerniglia, Gene Weinstein, Caroline Harrow, David Munford, Danielle Barbour, Beti Horvath, Tom Naples, Michael Piotrowski, Lisa O’Gorman-Hofsommer, Lynn Garrett and Carol Horton. And if I missed anyone, THANK YOU TOO! by Marc Gerson Works painted that happy weekend, plus

Thank you all for celebrating with us!

paintings, photographs, pottery and ceramic birdhouses by participants and other artists, are now on exhibit at the Museum’s beautiful new Wulff Gallery through December 9. An opening reception for the exhibit is on September 20, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. We’d love to see you there. by Barry Plaxen The Museum and Gallery are at 1031 Old Route 17, Livingston Manor. 845-439-4810. Be there...or else!

Mount Katadin & Sandy Springs Pond by Lisa O’Gorman Hofsommer

Artwork (lithograph) by John Gould

“Fishing the Neversink” by David Munford

Artwork by Kalika Stern

“The Bashakill” by Michael Piotrowski, photo courtesy of Karen Mettern

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A New Space for New Art: The Barn in September

Stray Cat Gallery

Photography by Jerry Cohen

Artwork by Joan Kehlenbeck

“Wondering” by Daniela Cooney

The Barn: Art at Elm Lake will have it’s first exhibit this September when a trio of artists, Daniela Cooney, George Centamore and Joan Kehlenbeck, display their work in this beautiful new art venue. Award winning artist Daniela Cooney was born in Switzerland and moved to New York at an early age. She studied illustration at the Pratt Institute and takes her inspiration from around her home in the Hudson Valley, painting in water soluble oils and acrylics. Her love of animals and natural landscapes is prevalent in


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her vibrant paintings. Milford artist George Centamore grew up in Middletown and went through the Middletown school system where he took art classes. “After school, I would doodle every once and awhile. Jump forward about 20 years and I had a very successful massage therapy business.” One day while heading back to his office, he had a life changing car accident. “I didn’t know what to do with my life after the accident and decided to start drawing again. After two months, I picked up the airbrush and the rest is history.” George says his inspiration “comes from my family and from deep within.” Local artist Joan Kehlenbeck, a resident of Cuddebackville and a native of Forestburgh, earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a major in Art from Orange County Community College.

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“Robert Downey Jr.” by G. Centamore

She is President of the River Valley Artists Guild. In addition to her Guild responsibilities, Joan has shown her oil paintings and pastel drawings regionally and is well-known in the area for her demonstrations and workshops. Her work is in many important collections. The exhibit runs throughout the month of September with opening receptions on September 21 & 22, from 2:00pm-7:00pm at The Barn, 2 Decker Drive, Middletown. For more information, check out the website: or call 845-697-4291.

Jerry Cohen, an artist in residence at the Stray Cat Gallery, 2032 Route 17B, Bethel, states: “Whether it is the majestic nature of an eagle in flight or the haunting secrets held within an abandoned structure, there is beauty and intrigue everywhere I look.” From J.G. Riley: “Observing the passage between light and shadow in the world around us is engaging in the language of beauty. The colors and contours are phrases in a visual melody with which my eyes would like to sing out. Photography allows me to capture the song and share it with others.” “Four Visions”, an exhibit of work by artists Jerry Cohen, J.G. Riley, Greg Fiske and Charlie Dill, will be on view at the Stray Cat Gallery from September 13 - September 25. An opening reception will be held on September 14 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. For information call 845-423-8850.

New Paintings, New Charcoal Drawing at the Wallkill River School of Art

Dennis Fanton is a Middletown artist whose life took a drastic turn when he enlisted in the Navy as a medical corpsman. He continued his training in the medical field after discharge, and has worked as a critical care Registered Nurse ever since. Fanton is strongly influenced by the impressionists, with a focus on color relationships and interesting, varied brushwork. The balance of light and shadow are a frequent theme, and his personal relationship with the changing seasonal landscapes of the Hudson Valley is reflected in his work. “My medium and style also fluctuates between pastel and oil. Art will always be a major focus of who I am as I try to discover new approaches in my creativity.” Debbe Cushman Femiak is a Newburgh artist that grew up in Vermont. She is an instructor of children’s art and adult fiber art classes at WRS. She is a versatile artist, equally comfortable in drawing, acrylics, pastels, pen & ink, as well as fiber arts. She has always had an interest in art, but through the loss of her job in the corporate world of IBM, she has rediscovered her passion. Passion for Color is a exhibit of paintings by Fanton and Cushman Femiak in the Wallkill River School’s (WRS) Devitt Wing. WRS members’ Summer is in the Hallway Gallery, and Emerging Artist Marilyn Bové has her first solo exhibit in the Workshop Room, Marilyn grew up surrounded by artists. Her

Debbe Cushman Femiak, Dennis Fanton, and Marilyn Bovè holding their artworks for the WRS September exhibit

aunts and her mom were talented painters and illustrators. When she married artist Gene Bové and saw that he also had great art talents, she encouraged him to start painting again. She has been with the WRS for 10 years, the only non-artist on campus. “I had been with the school since its inception and thought about trying to paint,” she confessed. “Once in a while I would try to paint - and decided it was easier to read a library book, not as frustrating as trying all those various mediums. Then one day in 2010,

I found a piece of charcoal in Gene’s studio, went to a tutorial of drawing online, and instantly fell in love with charcoal. “Like many don’t do when taking driving lessons, I did not want to ask my spouse to teach me. When we were in the storefront before we moved here and I was at the reception desk, I saw how the teachers taught. From all the great instructors in the school I was drawn (no pun intended) to the style of Billy Noonan’s way of teaching. I bugged him until he finally caved, and it has been three years. I only do

charcoal and only black and white. Gene and I do exchange comments. I take corrective criticism from him, and I return the same to him; for us, it is a two-way street. “It is such fun,” she concluded. “I am so enjoying this new-found talent. I step back and say “WOW”. I seldom do a drawing I don’t like. It is the joy. I am having so much fun.” The exhibits run from September 1-30, with a reception on September 7, from 5:00pm7:00pm at 232 Ward Street in Montgomery. For information call: 845-457-2787.

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Sunday with Friends at Bethel Woods

Glenn Dicterow, Cynthia Phelps, viola; Rebecca Young, viola; Carter Brey, cello; Philip Myers, French horn

On April 13, 2013 New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto # 1 in g minor with the Shanghai Philharmonic. Boarding a slow boat from China after the concert, he will arrive at Bethel Woods in time for his Farewell Concert, a major event in classical music circles. Dicterow’s extraordinary musical gifts became apparent at the age of 11 when he made his solo debut playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years. He is a graduate of Juilliard, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian, teacher to many other great violinists of the second half of the 20th Century, notably Michael Rabin. His other teachers have included violin superstars Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng. In 1967 Dicterow appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic (NYP) under the baton of Andre Kostelanetz in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He was


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then 18 years old. In 1980 he joined the Philharmonic as Concertmaster and has since performed as a soloist every year. Presently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the Chairman of the Orchestral Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music in New York, he will continue his duties as concertmaster with the New York Philharmonic through the 2013-14 season before retiring. Celebrating his 33 year tenure with and retirement from the NYP, he is joined by four NYP principals. They will perform music by Beethoven and Mozart, including Mozart’s unique Horn Quintet for Violin, 2 Violas, Cello and French Horn. Mozart was a violist and composed a half dozen superb string quintets that include 2 violas, but only one Horn Quintet with the above configuration. See them perform on September 29 at 3:00pm at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. For tickets visit or call 866-781-2922.

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Sugar Loaf Music Series Returns

After a three-year hiatus, Sugar Loaf Music Series has returned as the new Sugar Loaf Music Salon Series. The Series commenced on the lawn of the old Sugar Loaf Inn during the summer of 1984. Its first concert featured jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person and the late diva, Etta Jones. Through its 27-year history, Sugar Loaf Music Series has hosted a myriad of extraordinary jazz and folk music personalities: Paquito D’Rivera, Albert Collins, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Kenny Barron, Ray Barretto and Larry Harlow to name a few. This fall the Series will make its triumphant return presenting some of the best jazz and folk guitarists on the contemporary music scene. Having been invited to produce the series by the Seligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf Music could not have found a more resplendent campus on which to present its intimate programs. The new series is specifically conceived to fit the ambiance of the arts center.

The magnificent jazz guitar duo of Vic Juris and Bob Devos kicks off the series on September 29. Juris, presently guitar teacher to noted singer-songwriter Paul Simon, has been a first call accompanist to such noted artists as Mel Tormé and organist Jimmy Smith. DeVos has been the backbone of jazz groups lead by Sonny Stitt and Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes. All concerts take place in the gallery at 23 White Oak Lane in Sugar Loaf, Sunday afternoons at 3:00pm. Seating is limited. For info: or call 845-986-6463.

The Scandinavian Craft Fair is original Scandinavian and American arts and crafts, rosemaling (Norwegian for “decorative painting”) needle and wood crafts, demonstrations, decorative and household items; baked goods from the new Leske’s Bakery in Brooklyn, imported cheeses and food items. Lunch and snacks consist of

open-faced sandwiches, pea soup, lapskaus, pannekaker, coffee, tea and cold drinks. Hosted by Bernt Balchen Lodge, Sons of Norway, it will be held at the Central Volunteer Fire House, 574 Westcolang Road in Bohemia (Lackawaxen) PA, on September 7 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. For information, call 570-685-1477.

Vic Juris and Bob Devos

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Strolling Through The Park...

Good Things Are Happening In Downing Park Downing Park, a “landscape jewel” in Newburgh, is flourishing with many wonderful events and activities. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Olmstead, the thirty-seven acre park boasts its other name of “Mini Central Park.” (They designed NYC’s Central Park.) The larger events began on June 22 when the Park hosted the inaugural Newburgh Illuminated Festival which honored Newburgh’s heritage as one of the first cities in the world to be lit up by, what was at the time, the new invention of incandescent lighting. Thomas Edison himself oversaw the installation of electric lighting in Newburgh. This celebration featured a vast array of entertainment, many vendors and committed community groups as well as the Newburgh Rowing Club, (photos top and right) which offered rides to

NFA Junior ROTC Cadets helped to beautify Downing Park

the public. The crew boats, to the public’s delight, circled the pond that is the focal point of Downing Park. In mid-July the Major General Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen presented a family day which offered a free barbecue dinner and “make your own ice cream sundaes” as well as a diverse array of musical entertainment and activities for children. The end of July saw a movie night and a daytime concert by the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra at the amphitheater. All of these events brought people from far and wide to the park attesting to the park’s vitality and charm. Newburgh Rotary has offered assistance so that the park is always available for familyfriendly community events. It is certainly one of the gems of the Hudson Valley and offers an unsurpassed panoramic vista of the Hudson River and the surrounding highlands, with the river resembling a Norwegian fjord. Visit Downing Park for one of the most spectacular views anywhere.

Strolling Down Memory Lane... The 1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse is a renovated one-room brick school, complete with original desks, period schoolhouse memorabilia, seventeen historical timeline paintings by artist Susan Miiller, and local history photos. . The Town of Deerpark Museum will be celebrating the Huguenot Schoolhouse Sesquicentennial with an Open House. For this special occasion the Town Museum will feature a collection of World War II posters, complete with the background stories of the artists who produced the posters. The Neversink Valley Grange Building, adjacent to the 1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse, will also be open. Take a walk “Down Memory Lane”, as a The Parting Glass show of period wedding gowns, dresses and accessories is presented. There will be a “Men’s Corner”, featuring antique tools, razors, and many interesting male-related items. Everyone is invited into a parlor for a taste of “Christmas Past”. Spend some time watching a wool carding and spinning demonstration. Enjoy free cider and other

Huguenot Schoolhouse

goodies! As an added attraction there will be World War II music in the Schoolhouse. Also enjoy Irish music performed at 1:00pm on September 22 by The Parting Glass in the Grange building. Vintage dress Save the dates for “How it used to be” on September 21, Noon-5:00pm, and on September 22 1:00pm-5:00pm, 25 Grange Road, Huguenot, . For further information about this event, phone 845-754-8070 or 845-856-2182.

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The Rise, Ruin, & Rebirth of the Catskills

Photography Exhibit at Manor Library

Ghosts of the Catskills, a group show curated by Elizabeth Ennis and Andrea Brown of the Outsider’s Studio Collective features multimedia works that contemplate the rise, ruin, and rebirth of the Catskills, whose legacy as a popular resort destination is evidenced today by the abandoned landscapes and crumbling structures strewn across Sullivan County. The artists, each with a direct connection to the Catskills, respond to this haunted environment in very personal and provocative ways with paintings, installations, video pieces, short films, sculpture, and mixed-media two-dimensional works. The Outsider’s Studio Collective’s concept is to “bring the arts to other places and spaces” in and around the Catskills. The Collective is a mobile gallery doing arts events which showcase the talents of artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians

working outside the fringes of traditional art. For information about The Outsider’s Studio Collective, visit: The exhibit is on view at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, through October 6. For more information call 845-436-4227.

Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht is a free-lance photographer and poet. She began studying photography in 1996, attending classes in black and white photography when she lived in the Antelope Valley in California. Gloria’s passion is wildlife and birds. Her greatest joy is being outdoors with the camera, attempting to capture the extraordinary beauty that she observes in her subjects and the magnificent terrain of Sullivan County. While Gloria once worked in a darkroom, she has given up film photography for digital and she finds this medium to be extremely rewarding. An exhibit of her work is at the Livingston Manor Library, 92 Main Street, thru September. For information call 845-439-5440.

Uncle Murray is coming over for dinner, but there’s no food in sight! A young man’s search for a family recipe ends up bringing folk tales to his kitchen! The Magic Soup and Other Stories teaches that it is those with wit, humor and imagination who have the best chance of filling their bellies - and fulfilling their dreams. Brad Shur is sure to delight with his collection of shadow, tabletop, and hand puppets in this hilarious romp. Inspired by a collection of Yiddish folk tales, the show was created by Shur, Artistin-Residence of the Puppet Showplace Theatre.

At Puppet Showplace, Brad performs regularly for both family and adult audiences, and teaches puppetry to students of all ages, pre-K to adults. Brad began his career as a performer with the Providence puppet and mask company Big Nazo while studying film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked in various capacities with Wood & Strings Theatre (in Tennessee), and Vermont PuppetTree, and has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and other clients from Texas to Massachusetts.

All of the puppets Brad uses in his performances come from his workshop, where he builds them by hand from wood, paper, plastic, foam and fabric. The Magic Soup and Other Stories has toured throughout the Northeast, was a Boston Globe “critic’s pick,” and was featured at the National Puppetry Festival 2013. The Catskill Art Society will present The Magic Soup and Other Stories at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, on September 7 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. The show is 50 minutes in length and recommended for ages 5 and up.

“Peace Palace Theater” Woodbourne. Oil on canvas by Michael Staats

“Eagle Soaring” by Gloria Wagenknecht

“The Magic Soup and Other Stories” with Brad Shur’s Puppets


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For reservations, call 845-436-4227 or email Grab some ice cream next door at Madison’s!

Meet Our Advertisers! The Manor’s New Sit-Down Restaurant

Are you off to see the art exhibit at the Catskill Art Society? How about a visit to the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum? On your way from Roscoe to the Parksville USA Music Festival? Or next August when you go to a Shandelee Music Festival concert? With the closing of The Lazy Beagle, Main Street in Livingston Manor was left without a sitdown dinner restaurant, other than the Chinese Restaurant. Sarah and Kirk Madison have remedied that. Madison’s Main Street Stand opened five years ago as a pizza and lunch take-out establishment with a window through which Sarah sells ice cream, drinks, lunch items and salads for take out, oversees all that goes on on Main Street, hands out copies of Manor Ink and CANVAS, and holds court and sway over the down-home thoroughfare. “We saw a need for a sit-down restaurant. I did the layout,” said Kirk, “and then we hired a contractor for our new 60-seat dining room. We re-opened August 16 with a new, basically rotating, menu. Dinner begins at 4:00pm and runs until 9:00pm.” The new dinner menu includes Soup of the

Day, a half dozen or so appetizers and just under a dozen entrees - Braised Short Rib Ravioli w/ mushroom cream sauce, Pacific Cod with Lobster and Crab Risotto - to give you two examples, and pastas, fish, chicken, veal, and a 12 ounce NY Strip Steak w/sauteed Vegetables and Mushroom Risotta. And for the kids, 12 years and under, there’s a child’s portion of spaghetti and meatballs. “Nothing is changed at the window or the pizzeria, which are presently open from 11:00am to 9:00pm, Tuesday thru Sunday. The picnic table is still provided adjacent to the building for take-out convenience. We have yet to determine our winter hours,” he concluded. Madison’s is located at 46 Main Street. Phone: 845-439-4368. Take note: the Bruschetta is changed daily!

Jester’s is Back in Chester (& Peekskill)

Jester’s Comedy Club (NY) opened its doors in the fall of 2011. From day one, Jester’s producers were devoted to finding the hottest new comedic talents. They pack the room every Saturday night from Jimmy Failla & Steve Loftus, Sept. 14. Kris & Berman Sept. 21 However you know him, you’ll know September to June, with comedians that he’s brutally honest and funny as hell. This have appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, cabbie-turned-comic even has a guide to NBC, ABC, CBS, The Late Show with David being a better taxi passenger. Letterman, Conan O’Brien, America’s Got See them at Jester’s, 109 Brookside Talent, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Avenue, Chester. Doors open at 7:00pm more. “Come by for a few laughs!” and hilarity begins at 8:00pm. Reservations This year on August 24, for the first time, online at Jester’s brought comedy to The Paramount For more information: 845-345-1039. Theatre in Peekskill, with Kevin Meaney, Mike Gaffney and Gene Trifilo, prior to its home-based Chester seasonal opening which takes place on September 14 with headliner Jimmy Failla and Steve Loftus, who officially started doing comedy towards the middle of 2006 and has not stopped doing it ever since. You may know Failla from his awesome standup on AXS Television. You may know him from his recent brouhaha with the producers of America’s Got Talent. You may know him from his talks at one of Gotham Comedy Club’s legendary standup comedy seminars. Or you may know him from that time you laughed hysterically through your entire cab ride to LaGuardia. September 2013

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NCM’s Beloved Beethoven Bonanza Begins at Downing Coup: a brilliant and successful stroke or action. Here’s news of a great coup from Carole Cowan (photo left), Artistic Director of Newburgh Chamber Music (NCM). “I am excited to announce a real “first” for Newburgh Chamber Music! The world acclaimed American String Quartet (ASQ) will perform all of the Beethoven String Quartets over the next two seasons right here in Newburgh! Each program will feature string quartets from contrasting periods of Beethoven’s life, so we can follow his creative development. Violist Daniel Avshalomov will give insightful and humorous guidance about “What Beethoven Knew” at each concert. “NCM is planning special events around these concerts, the first being the showing of the movie Immortal Beloved at the Downing Film Center, 19 Front Street, Newburgh. In addition to the ASQ, the Newburgh Chamber Ensemble and flutist Marcia Gates will perform a concert of music by Beethoven and his Viennese contemporaries later in the season. “I, like you, have been moved by the timeless genius of Beethoven. We are


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fortunate that the ASQ is including Newburgh in their world-wide tour performing these great works. Help us spread the word about our “Ode to Beethoven” series - extraordinary chamber music in the beautiful acoustics of St. George’s Church.” Immortal Beloved is “a symphonic love Gary Oldman as story of Beethoven.” The Ludwig von B. filmography builds its narrative around an actual letter found after his death, addressed only to the composer’s “immortal beloved.” The responsibility of discovering this mysterious person’s identity falls to Beethoven’s friend and secretary (Jeroen Krabbé), who sets out on an investigation that soon becomes an exploration of the composer’s life. Through recollections and scattered hints, we receive glimpses

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of Beethoven’s relationships with women, particularly his close interaction with a pair of very different Countesses. The film also pays prominent attention to the composer’s oddly obsessive relationship with the young nephew whom he attempted to mold in his own image, and Beethoven’s eventual hearing loss and descent into emotional instability. “Our relationship to Beethoven is a deep and paradoxical one. For many musicians, he represents a kind of holy grail: His music has an intensity, rigor, and profundity which keep us in its thrall, and it is perhaps unequalled in the interpretive, technical, and even spiritual challenges it poses to performers. At the same time, Beethoven’s music is casually familiar to millions of people who do not attend concerts or consider themselves musically inclined. Two hundred years after his death, he is everywhere in the culture, yet still represents its summit.” Jonathan Biss, Curtis Institute of Music The September 11 showing at 7:30pm will be followed by a panel discussion with musicologist-oboist Dr Joel Evans, NCM violist Valentina Charlap-Evans (Joel’s own Beloved Countess), and Peter Sipple, conductor of the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale. Having the panel after the film, with perspectives by the audience and the panelists, adds excitement to the Downing

Margaret & Peter Sipple Valentina Charlap-Evans & Dr. Joel Evans

collaboration. Speaking to both Margaret Sipple, who is on the NCM Board of Directors, and Peter Sipple, we learned that “Peter had been chosen because of his musical AND theological backgrounds, since Beethoven’s music can be considered highly spiritual.” “Beethoven was a tremendously misunderstood personality in the early 19th century,” Joel Evans writes. “He was a Janus figure in music history...a composer whose foundation looked back to the classic tradition of late Haydn and Mozart but whose strong personality looked to the future with powerful and passionate romanticism.” NCM’s 2013-2014 Beethoven String Quartet concerts begin on October 6 at 3:00pm in St. George’s Church 105 Grand Street. Parking across the street. Series subscriptions are available only until October 4 at www.NewburghChamberMusic. org or call 800-838-3006 and request Event #439731.

At Home with The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Conductor Woomyung Choe and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) open their nineteenth season with a mix of music designed to make you feel completely at home. The varied program is a parade of spirited songs, star-crossed lovers, a delightful miniature and Spanish flair. The concert begins with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80. It was composed during the summer of 1880 as a musical “thank you” to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate the previous year. Brahms himself referred to the overture as “a very jolly potpourri of students’ songs á la Suppé,” Franz von Suppé being an Austrian composer of light operettas. Some regarded this comic impulse as a grave lapse from dignity, but the work sparkles with some of the finest virtues of Brahms’ orchestral technique. He manages to evoke ravishing euphoria without sacrificing his commitment to classical balance. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet OvertureFantasy is one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire. Shakespeare’s tragedy and Tchaikovsky’s tortured personal life collided to produce the first true expression of his genius as a composer, boiling Shakespeare’s narrative down to its essentials - music that is thunderingly dramatic and achingly beautiful.

Dr. Woomyung Choe

The passionate immediacy of the OvertureFantasy was stimulated in part by a personal experience of a love affair gone bad. Recent research by Alexander Poznansky proposes that the amour was Eduard Zak, fifteen years old (about the same age as the title characters) at the time Romeo and Juliet was composed. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a young man whose music scandalized the audiences he delighted in alienating. Such a background makes the creation of his Symphony No. 1, Opus 25 “Classical” all the more remarkable. But what makes this symphony so remarkable - and so charming - is that this young firebrand chose as his model the classical symphony of the eighteenth century. The symphony, only twelve minutes long, does indeed have a classical order and style, enlivened at some points by Prokofiev’s characteristically pungent harmonies. The

turmoil of Prokofiev’s country is nowhere depicted in these works. The evening concludes with a showpiece for the accomplished GNSO musicians. Capriccio Espagnol, Opus 34 began when Rimsky-Korsakov sketched out a Spanish-flavored fantasy for solo violin before completely revising it for the entire orchestra. The piece is often lauded for its many special techniques and articulations. Despite the critical praise, Rimsky-Korsakov was annoyed that the other aspects, like the “brilliant composition,” of the piece were being ignored. While the Capriccio has long been an audience favorite, it is also a very satisfying piece to play. Every section in the orchestra has a chance to shine, and there are many virtuoso solo passages. The GNSO concert is on September 7, 7:30pm at Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. The Shacklett Preview at 6:30pm is a preconcert introduction to the evening’s music by Gordon Shacklett. (see photo.) Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 845-913-7157 or www. Students are admitted free of charge.

Madera at Falcon

Oboe, bassoon, piano, percussion and voice, an unusual configuration, is what makes Madera Vox unique, versatile and engaging. Venturing off into uncharted territory, the quintet has a distinctive sound, one which comes from unexpected and often playful combinations of instruments and voice, coupled with an intelligent and highly entertaining mix of superb original compositions and arrangements. A most unique quintet, Madera Vox consists of oboist Allison Rubin Blitz, bassoonist Cornelia McGiver and pianist Sylvia Bucelli, a notso-surprising trio arrangement that becomes a bit of a surprising quartet with the addition of percussionist Dave Gluck and a very surprising configuration of a quintet with the addition of soprano Kelly Ellenwood. The addition of soprano Ellenwood in this chamber group expands it into more musical genres than just jazz and classical: an “uncategorizable” genre. They perform at their CD release concert for their new CD: Insomniac Moonlight, at The Falcon, 1348 Route 9w in Marlboro on September 25 at 7:00pm. For information, call 845-236-7970.

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Dada Poetry: An Introduction by William Seaton by James F. Cotter Dada Poetry: An Introduction by William Seaton Forward by Timothy Shipe, Curator National Dada Archive, Nirala Series

In his book on Dada poetry, William Seaton goes back to the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1915 to trace the Big Bang that began Dada, the revolutionary movement that rocked the 20th century. A group of artists - World War I draft dodgers, discontents, and revolutionaries - joined Hugo Ball, an army deserter, and his wife Emma Henning, a singer-performer, in neutral Switzerland to protest the war, attack bourgeoisie attitudes and values in art, religion, and politics, and to be free spirits in song, dance and poetry. Throughout the capitals of Europe and to New York City the reverberations resounded. Seaton offers an informative Introduction to Dada and translates 21 poems from the German by Henning, Richard Huelsenbeck, Hans (Jean) Arp, and Ball. He also includes an illuminating essay on translation and an afterword, Lament for the Loss of the AvantGarde. For Seaton, the original impact of the Big Bang in its powerful protest and creativity led to a true revolution in the arts, but eventually petered out into the status quo. Museums, once the object of Dada’s scorn, absorbed the works and their creators, while government grants and wealthy foundations ended up supporting the cultural anarchists.

Ironically, the Cabaret Voltaire itself is now a museum of Dada nostalgia. A typical evening at the Zurich cabaret is described by Ball: “I wanted a new species of verse, ‘verse without words,’ or sound poems, in which the balancing of the vowels is gauged and distributed only to the value of the initial line” (p. 17). Ball performed this sound poem while wearing a blue cardboard costume to make him look like an obelisk. Seaton includes one of Ball’s untranslatable sound poems, Caravan, which begins: “jolifanto bambla o falli bambla” (p. 101). Recited aloud this nonsense verse takes on a life of its own. Seaton performs sound poems in his own poetry readings. Abstract poetry like abstract painting and sculpture inspired Arp to see it as an expression of the inner mind. “The law of chance as the highest and deepest of laws.” He employed the method in his own poems; for example, Opus Null (p. 85) begins: I am the great great Thisthatthey a rig or ous re gime the stem of ozone prima qua the nameless one-percenter. The poet pictures himself as a verbal magician pulling hats out of hats: “the hats are all included / they screw the top from his ego.”

In Roses Stroll the Streets of Porcelain, Arp creates a collage of repeated words: “the tangle of things resolves into / storks, fruits, pharaohs, and harps” (p. 88). Baobab (p. 93) tells a mythic tale of a hero who grows so tall people bury him until after a hundred years he vanishes. Death is a constant theme for all four poets. In Dancer Henning writes: “To you it’s like I’m marked, my name / just one on the list of the dead” (p. 51). She concludes: The angel of death now stands inside. I dance until I’m out of breath I’ll soon be in my grave I know I’ll have no lover then so kiss me until death. Arp fashions wordplay in Roses Stroll the Streets: “death eats one year after another / and pharaohs eat storks” (p. 89). The Swallow Testicle employs the refrain: “good Kaspar’s dead,” and concludes this satiric elegy for the pious bimbam: “that’s no comfort...for a deadhead skull” (pp. 90-91). Huelsenbeck’s Death declares: “Death is greater than a porterhouse / he’s on our shoulders and necks before we suspect anything” (p. 62). Soldiers sent to war singing: “That’s how we die, that’s how we die, / We die every day” (p. 102). They continue: “So we murder, so we kill,” and conclude with ironic thanks to the Kaiser “for

your grace / in deciding to lie down and die.” Seaton has written a first-class history of the almost forgotten origins of the avant-garde a century ago with excellent examples of its poetry. His translations are fluid, rhythmic, imaginative and readable. As he demonstrates in his reflections on translating, he balances the literal and the interpretive in the original text. Here is a final illustration of his mastery from Huelsenbeck’s Streams: “From spotty tubes spout streams in the shadows of living trees / parrots and carrion vultures are always tumbling from the twigs to the ground / futons are the walls of heaven and from the clouds come parachuting magicians” (p. 72). Seaton himself is a magician with words that parachute to the ground. Seaton is the author of three collections of poetry: Spoor of Desire: Selected Poems, Tourist Snapshots, and Cold Water, as well as scholarly and critical articles. He directs the Poetry on the Loose Series and teaches at the College of Poetry. Signed copies of DADA Poetry will be available for purchase on September 14 at 2:00pm in the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf, when Seaton presents What’s New? The Meaning of the Avant-Garde, “in which I’ll give a bit of history while defining the term, commenting on its use, and considering whether the avant-garde has a future.” For further information call 845-469-9459.

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From Armenia to Montgomery by Philip Ehrensaft Some people run early and run both fast and beautifully. The exceptionally accomplished young pianist Kariné Poghosyan is just such a person. Poghosyan made her professional debut in her native Armenia when she was fourteen, moved to the USA to do her B.A. in California, went on to do her doctorate at the eminent Manhattan School of Music, and then joined the MSM’s faculty. And, by the way, Poghosyan completed her doctorate in only two years, a feat last accomplished at that rigorous conservatory twenty years previously. And that was accomplished while she traversed the demanding first career steps of a concert pianist. Those first career steps included performances at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall. If you did not hear Poghosyan perform Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra or at her previous solo Montgomery concert, introduce yourself to the intensity and precision of her playing by going to YouTube. Enter “Kariné Poghosyan” in the search box, and you get a nice list of live videos of Poghosyan performances. The videos also demonstrate why Poghosyan has become a pride and joy for ArmenianAmerican communities. Hers is a classic

immigrant success story: arrive, work very hard and very smart, and work your way up. New York City and London are the two global classical music capitals that attract top talent from all over the world. These musicians become New Yorkers or Londoners, but globalization also means that they maintain active performance ties with their countries of origin. So Poghosyan is also a pride and joy in Armenia, the promising youngster who went to America and became a Manhattan School professor and Carnegie Hall performer in record time. Poghosyan is making her second appearance for the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series. “I hired her again because she was absolutely sensational. She is an amazing pianist,” said series producer Howard Garrett. The free concert is on September 29 at 3:00pm in the Montgomery Senior Center, 36 Bridge Street.

GMCM Abducts DVO Cast & Crew

The Delaware Valley Opera’s (DVO) production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, directed by DVO’s General Manager Carol Castel and conducted by Kathleen Beckmann of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, is coming to the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series. In August, Eileen Macintosh (photo above) sang the role of Konstanze for DVO. The music for the “singspiel” was sung in German, with English supertitles, and the dialogue was in English. “The dialogue has been pared down for this version, and unlike some of the other characters, I have only a few lines,” Macintosh explained. “Performing in the two languages is rewarding because German is the original language for the music. Speaking in English enables emotions to be more natural.” Mackintosh is a lifelong multi-faceted musician. She began her musical studies at the age of four with piano lessons. Prior to pursuing her opera career, she was the creator and conductor of the Middletown Chorale from 1996 to 2006. She has appeared with the DVO in The Merry Widow (2009), Otello and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012), and has appeared in many other venues including 24

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Eileen Macintosh (second from left) with male supers and female chorus

Thrall Library in Middletown, and with the Oswego and the Empire Opera Companies. Mackintosh, currently maintains a fulltime private voice studio, is the chorus master for DVO, and holds the position of music director at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Middletown. Future engagements include singing the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah in the West Point Chapel this December, making a debut with Hudson Opera Theatre in the title role in Bellini’s Norma (see page 7), and in 2015, performing Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the SUNY Orange Symphonic Ensemble. “Singing Konstanze is great preparation for beginning to learn the role of Norma because the same vocal techniques are involved legato lines, long phrases, facile and dramatic coloratura,” she concluded. DVO’s Abduction is at the Montgomery Senior Center on September 15 at 3:00pm. For tickets ($15 each) call 845-252-3136 or visit

UpFront Exhibition Space News

UpFront Exhibition Space currently has over 35 artists of all mediums in their September exhibit including the work of Dorothy Foster, and Michael Fish Fisher, who has shipped his Boots with Soul exhibit from California. Fisher states, “My artistic approach is simple - the collision of reality and abstraction. The boots are the anchor point. There is no Photoshop. I take a moment in time and flatten three dimensional space into pure shape, color and composition.”

Who was Dorothy Foster? (Edited from a story by Jill Wojtaszek) Dorothy Foster was born April 13, 1903 in Jersey City, NJ. She was one of three daughters born to Frederic and Mary Elizabeth Foster. Before Dorothy was 5, her father died and the mother moved the family to Manhattan. Dorothy graduated Wadleigh High School (for the performing arts) and went on to graduate from Cooper Union in 1927 with a diploma awarded for Decorative Design and Interior Decoration. She was awarded a silver medal for “rendering in oils” in Decorative Design in her third year. Dorothy was a textile designer in Manhattan. She loved to travel and in A Noisesome Day and a Stilly Night, an autobiography, she describes her life in New York City, from lunches at Stouffers to art galleries on 57th Street. She was a young woman during the depression, prohibition, World War II,

“Clay-Pipe & Spirit Kin” by Dorothy Foster

and the roaring 20’s. In the early 1970’s Dorothy and her sister Mary moved to Port Jervis to be near their sister, Muriel. It was while living in Port Jervis, in a senior housing complex, that she published two books. The second of those books is Soliloquy. Her books can be found in the libraries of several Universities, among them Princeton, Baylor and Harvard. Dorothy Foster died in 1986 in Port Jervis at the age of 83. She was followed shortly after by her sister Mary and they share a grave in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Upon her death, her art was placed in a trunk and taken to Muriel’s home to remain untouched for 25 years. Last August this artwork was released for sale. It is extremely detailed, done on everything from newsprint and magazines to paper plates. It is predominately colored pen and pencil. And it is very whimsical, fanciful, and each is titled and signed. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, Port Jervis. The show runs through September 22. For information, call 845-856-2727.

“Color” at Alliance Gallery

Raku Pottery by Carolyn Duke

Raku means “enjoyment”, “comfort” or “ease”, and is derived from Jurakudai, the name of a palace, in Kyoto, that was built in the 16th century. Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand shaped rather than thrown, wtih fairly porous vessels, lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air or in a container filled with combustible material. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide. Tennanah Lake potter Carolyn Duke fires in a variety of ways including, horsehair, pit firing, smoking, and high-fired stoneware. She enjoys the Raku process very much. “From the start I really liked Raku because you are working with fire instead of heat. It’s really fun, and it’s very exciting to pull the pots out of the kiln when they are hot, and leave them to cool off. And it’s also fun working with fire, smoke and water! “The results are very satisfying, and it’s different

Hand-painted, silk scarves by Jane Blake

in that you use Raku clay to handle the quick change from hot to cold, and you also use Raku glazes.” “I love the feeling of the silk,” says Jane Blake, “the flow of the dyes, the way the color works. I grew up in the English countryside where we always had a beautiful garden. I moved to New York City and for twenty-five years painted fabric for theater, film and fashion, and I found myself wanting to bring color and life into the urban context. “That was when I began to conceptualize color and dyes on cloth as painting. The luminosity of silk and its rich interaction with the dyes reproduce the peaks of color saturation and the counterpoints of earth greens of the gardens of my childhood.” Blake’s paintings on silk and Duke’s raku pottery will be shown in an exhibit titled Color at Alliance Gallery from September 6 thru 28. An opening reception will be held on September 6 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Alliance Gallery is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg in the Delaware Arts Center. Forfurther information,visitwww.artsalliancesite. org or call the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance at 845-252-7576. September 2013

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Celebrating Bloomingburg-Pine Bush-Wurtsboro Arts

“Falling Leaf” by Roberta Rosenthal

Pleasure your five senses at the Bloomingburgh Restoration Foundation’s Celebration of the Arts. “We have something for all the senses,” said Foundation president Linda Helms: visual art for the eye, hand made soaps for the nose, music for the ear, quiches, chili, soups, pies and cakes for the taste buds, woodcarving, pottery, and flowers from Flowers by Lynn, for our sense of touch.” (And for your sixth intuitive sense, crystals from Crystal Connection!) “This is the Foundation’s first arts celebration. We have a beautiful venue... an 18th Century Dutch Reformed Church at the top of a hill overlooking beautiful downtown Bloomingburg,” she added, smiling. For live entertainment we have pianist Catharine Owens-Hermann,


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First Place, photo by Ron Weathers

folk music artists Rick Nester, Sarah Hulse & Paul, and broom-maker Dave Appleton.” At the 2013 Orange County Fair, Bloomingburg photographer Ron Weathers’ three submissions were awarded three blue ribbons: a landscape in color (“Best of Show”), a black and white landscape, “and a portrait of an old lady I titled Sullivan County Mona Lisa,” he said, “because she smiled like Mona Lisa.” This was Weather’s first time entering the Fair contest and his prize photos will be on display. “We will also feature visual art works by Roberta Rosenthal, Nancy Navikas, Midge Monat, Cynthia Hall (see page 20), Pine Bush High School Students, and other artists. We have so many local artists of all genres in Mamakating, and

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Artwork by Midge Monat

“Sullivan County Mona Lisa” by R. Weathers

in Pine Bush, too, “ Helms proudly added, “and this is a great showcase for them to get recognized in Bloomingburg.” The event is on October 5 from 11:00am-4:00pm, indoors if the weather dictates. There is plenty of parking at the Foundation location, 112 Main Street, (enter at High Street). For information: 845-733-2755.

Play Reading at CAS Mark Rothko, is generally called an Abstract Expressionist. He himself rejected this label and even resisted Bradley Paul Austin classification as an Diuguid “abstract painter.” John Logan’s play Red, the winner of the 2010 Tony Award, is about Rothko (Paul Austin) creating a group of murals in his New York studio for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his assistant Ken (Bradley Diuguid), as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, brashly questions Rothko’s theories of art and his “selling out” to work on such a lavish commercial project. Smart and eloquent, yet roaring with an electrifying clash of ideas, Red is a must-see experience that lays bare a truthful portrait of a visionary artist. The Catskill Art Society presents a reading of Red featuring at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor on September 12 at 7:30pm. A fundraising event, proceeds will benefit CAS and the Liberty Free Theatre. Suggested Donation is $25. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. The performance will be followed by a free reception with refreshments. E-mail info@ or call 845-436-4227.

Kauneonga Lake & Liberty Jazz, Poetry & Prose “These past eight years at 109 South Main Street have been a rewarding and a fulfilling first step toward creating a unique theatre that enhances the life of the community while it entertains the people of the community. It goes without saying, we could not have taken this first joyful ride without your support. We hope you will join us as we step forward into an even greater opportunity to continue our work.” So said Paul Austin of Liberty Free Theatre in April, prior to recent Paul Austin performances and readings leading up to September events. Eventually, the Liberty Museum & Arts Center will be the new home of Austin’s company. For now, Austin’s Pavilion Series events are being held in Kauneonga Lake. The next in the series will be poet Barry Wallenstein and the jazz trio of Tony DeCicco, Mario Marchisella and Larry Ravdin. They will perform on September 7 at 7:30pm in the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. The audience is invited to gather at the Fat Lady Café after the performances for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Reservations are recommended. Call 845 798-1527 or email libertyfree1@verizon. net for reservations and information. Barry Wallenstein is the author of seven collections of poetry. His special interest is the presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz. Tony DeCicco, bassist, has been featured internationally in concerts and Barry Wallenstein recordings since 1972 as a Jazz soloist and side man. Mario Marchisella, drums, who lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland, is making his firsttime visit to Larry Ravdin Sullivan County. Larry Ravdin, sax, has worked at the

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illustrious Catskills resorts, and for the last 20 years has been working with bands and stage shows for the Holland America Cruise Lines. Other artists he’s accompanied include Sammy Davis Jr., various Motown groups and such Broadway performers as Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera. Ravdin has also done special performances with poets, including Walter Keller. After the 9th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival ends on September 1, at 6:00pm at the Music & Arts Pavilion, in LaPolt Park, Sullivan Performing Arts will present the Liberty Poetry Festival in the Museum on September 28 from Noon-4:00pm. This year it is dedicated to Walter Keller Walter Keller, Liberty’s Poet Laureate, and WJFF disc jockey, who recently passed. The Poetry Festival will be followed by a Writers Festival on September 29 with a book fair from Noon-4:00pm and signings from Noon-2:00pm. The Liberty Museum is located at 46 South Main Street. For information call 845-292-2394.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site will be holding their annual Kites Over The Hudson event this year during the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble on September 21 at 2:00pm. The event was held for over thirty years at the historic Headquarters and Museum every August. However, this year the event will coincide with the Ramble, which is held during the four weekends in September. With autumn winds approaching, it is hoped kites will be airborne longer and higher. As in the past, the first 150 children under the age of 15 will receive a free kite and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Museum admission and admission to the headquarters used by General and Mrs. Washington during the last days of the Revolutionary War is free, thanks to the support of Central Hudson and the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands. Come fly a kite and add some color to the majestic Hudson River’s breathtaking view. For information call 845-562-1195

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Orange County’s Secret Garden by Barry Plaxen

Thanks to Ferry Godmother Productions, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Parks Commissioner Richard L. Rose, after my living in Orange County for 32 years I finally visited the Arboretum in 2012 for the Newburgh Jazz Series and the Orange County Pop-Rock-DooWop Series. “The Arboretum is one of the best assets of our Parks Department,” says Diana. I wholeheartedly concur! On my most recent visit last month, I was taken aback once again by the incredible profusion of flowers, so well-tended, so carefully landscaped and so sweet-smelling. Most impressive is the small “traffic circle” in the entrance area with cannas towering as high as 7 feet (see photo). Though both free outdoor music series are over for the year, you can always visit this local treasure on your own AND, more importantly, for the Friends of the O.C. Arboretum fundraiser. The Friends are hosting the Annual Garden Tea at the Arboretum in Thomas Bull Memorial Park on September 8 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The spectacular gardens at the Arboretum offer a magnificent setting for this fundraiser. Volunteer hostesses pay attention to every detail to offer guests a delightful afternoon, sipping tea and nibbling on finger sandwiches and cookies at beautifully appointed, themed tables set with fine china and gorgeous centerpieces. Everyone is sure to enjoy the wonderful assortment of delectable sweet and savory treats, accompanied


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Spotlight On: Sugar Loaf Guild J. Hengen Studio: Jewelry & Clay

by hot and iced teas. “I encourage residents to make some time and attend this wonderful event,” said Diana. This year The Friends are pleased to announce that there will be live musical performances by talented local artists from Just Off Broadway, Inc. under the direction of Joyce Presutti. Other highlights of the day will include a Silent Auction featuring a variety of fantastic items, a 50/50 Raffle and chances throughout the event to win fun door prizes. Tickets to attend the Garden Tea are $30 per person and advanced reservations and prepayment are required. All proceeds benefit the O.C. Arboretum. The Arboretum is open to the public, free of charge, daily from dawn until dusk. It is easily accessible from the Grove Street entrance to the Park, off of State Route 416 in Montgomery. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Tamara Moson at 845-615-3828, or visit www.

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Manna: A word meaning divine or spiritual food as gifts from God. Jewelry and clay artist Jessica Hengen states, “This collection [manna] focuses on my interest in gemology. I am exploring the color, cuts and clarities in both faceted and cabochon gems combined with apricot, green and white golds.” The Sugar Loaf studio of J. Hengen blends retail with working space. A bright area full of wares, sculptures and distressed jewelry cases greet visitors, while a fully stocked ceramic studio and rows of jewelry benches offer students a wonderful environment to explore their creativity in both jewelry and clay. A place outfitted with tools, metal and ethnic details. Hengen’s jewelry is made from rich metals and lustrous, raw-looking gems and pieces of artifact beads from around the world. The pieces merge an antique feel with a modern sensibility. Her handmade pottery is equally raw, unique and worldly. After a random night class at FIT taken solely for pleasure, Hengen was hooked on the jewelry arts and began a quest to learn the full spectrum of the trade. The key to this self-

education were various apprenticeships in tiny rooms along New York City’s diamond district (packed with chain smoking Russians) to making models for large manufacturing firms as well as the occasional jewelry related workshop under various inspiring individuals. She began a wholesale business attending trade shows, producing her own line of jewelry and making high end commissioned pieces. After 17 years she was ready to give up the ease of subways and supply exchanges for the space and beauty of Orange County. Here she found a light-filled studio in Sugar Loaf which serves as both a modest storefront featuring both her work and that of a few other hand selected local artists. She also offers jewelry classes which are attracting students both near and far. The largest area of growth fostered by this move has been her reconnection to clay, a medium that had always held a special place for Jessica. Now equipped with a kiln, her pottery and sculpture have become an important conduit for her artistic expression. J. Hengen Studio is located at 1371 Kings Highway, Romers Alley Building #2. Visit or call 845-784-5007.

SCDW: Twelve Angry “Jurors”

Starting life as the 1954 teleplay Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose and morphing into a “Best Picture” Oscar nominee for the 1957 film, brilliantly directed by Sidney Lumet, with a Sydney Lumet screenplay by Rose, the Director film won “Best Foreign Film” in many countries in the world that had that award in 1957, beating out The Bridge in the River Kwai which had won the Oscar for “Best Picture” over Lumet’s film. The printed version states that the play can also be performed as Twelve Angry Women or Twelve Angry Jurors. This is because the theme is truly universal, as proven by the film’s deeply profound “American” message being accepted and honored by countries in which English is not the national language. “Yes, there are two genders in my production,” states Constance Slater who is directing the play for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW). “We don’t really change the dialogue - just a word here and there - like ‘him’ or ‘her’ - nothing significant.” Slater first directed The Miracle Worker...“right after I moved up here,” followed by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Barefoot in the Park and Bent, “which won the Times Herald-Record poll for Best

Drama in the Hudson Valley,” she said. For the SCDW production, the leading role, Juror #8, (Henry Fonda in the film) is being played by Carol McAdam. In a minor Constance Slater role, the Judge is being Director photo by Garrwald played by Town of Fallsburg real-life judge Ivan Kalter. Coincidentally speaking, Slater’s acting teacher at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City was Sidney Lumet. When asked how she felt about directing a play that is now a classic world famous film that was directed by her High School Acting teacher she said, “Very positive,” and then added with a smile in her voice, “He hasn’t come through to me yet. I am hoping he will. Of course, directing a play is so different than what he did; in a film the camera can focus in on an actor, while staging a play is completely different visually.” The production is being produced by Eileen Slater as a memorial to her husband Arthur A. Slater, who was also Constance’s brother. Eileen produced Bent and directed Crossing Delancey for SCDW. Twelve Angry Jurors runs from September 20-29 at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main Street, South Fallsburg. For information: or phone: 845-436-5336.

Whispering Pines Corner Labor Day

Labor Day is a national legal holiday that is over 100 years old. Over the years, it has evolved from a purely labor union celebration into a general “last fling of summer” festival. It grew out of a celebration and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York. In 1884, the Knights held a large parade in NYC celebrating the working class. The first Labor Day parade in NYC was held in September 1982. Two men are credited with playing an important role not only in bringing about the parade but the holiday as well. Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, N.J., and Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter who helped found the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, are said to have suggested a holiday to honor working people in the United States. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday, and in 1894, President Cleveland signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday. Today, Labor Day is observed not only in the U.S. but also in Canada, and in other industrialized nations. While it is a general holiday in the United States, its roots in the working class remain clearer in European countries. Here is a delicious recipe for your Labor

with Douglas P. Frey, Executive Chef

Day holiday. As always, for all of your culinary questions, personal chef services or catering needs, I can be reached at Whispering Pines Caterers 845-647-1428 or by email:

Chef Frey’s Plumlicious Pork Tenderloin • • • • • • •

2 pork tenderloins, cleaned of silver-skin 6 oz black cherry soda ½ cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup plum jam 1 t fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, pressed

1. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and jam in saucepan over low heat; cook until well combined. 2. Set aside 1/4 cup of mixture to use as a base. 3. Add more jam to thicken, place remaining sauce in a zippered plastic bag with the soda and pork tenderloin. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. 4. Prepare grill, medium heat. Oil grate, and place tenderloin on grill. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until caramelized, basting with the reserved sauce. 5. Let meat rest for 5 minutes and then slice into 1/4 inch thick medallions and serve!

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O’Neill at NACL: Sans Dialogue

Now a Broadway mainstay, Eugene O’Neill was once considered an experimental, downtown playwright. His plays defied the melodramatic conventions of the day. Much of his early work premiered with the Provincetown Players on MacDougal Street. The New York Neo-Futurists return O’Neill to his experimental roots with The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill. Volume 1 included his early plays and lost plays. The Complete & Condensed O’Neill, Volume 2 continues the adventure into the subconscious of a theater legend by removing his dialogue and condensing his plays down to pure action. This is the second installment of what will eventually be a cycle of O’Neill’s complete plays condensed down to the stage directions and only the stage directions. Volume 2 focuses on another collection of his earliest and unknown works, carrying forward and provoking the experiment that


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began with Volume 1. “O’Neill was a copious writer of stage directions, sometimes giving long, meticulous descriptions of his characters as they are introduced and precise indications of both actions and their emotional inflection. These, suitably condensed, as the show’s title indicates, are read by a narrator as the cast performs the behaviors indicated (“Jack shrugs his shoulders”) and strikes the dramatic poses described (“The Older Man controls his rage with a mighty effort and sits down again”).” NY Times. Much like another popular entertainment, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, the O’Neill condensation is intended for laughs. The Neo-Futurists perform at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Road, Highland Lake, on September 14 at 7:30pm. For information on this and two other September presentations, visit www.nacl. org or call 845-557-0694.

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2nd Annual Big Eddy Film Festival

Like the pool of water in the Delaware River that inspired it’s name, the Big Eddy Film Festival (BEFF) flows against the main current, providing a thoughtful and entertaining viewing experience for the Catskills, Delaware and Hudson River Valleys, and beyond, produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the arts council for Sullivan County. The 2nd annual BEFF aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard. “We are excited to build on the success of last year’s festival,” says BEFF Program Director Tina Spangler, who is worked with a screening committee to select the new independent features, shorts, and documentaries to be shown at the second annual event. In September of last year, the first annual BEFF brought 18 new independent films to the historic Tusten Theatre. The Times HeraldRecord said “Cheers to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and its supporters for enhancing the cultural opportunities in the region and elevating

the profile of Narrowsburg by launching the inaugural Big Eddy Film Festival.” Built in the 1930s as a single screen movie house, the art-deco style Tusten Theatre serves as the venue for film screenings, located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg. The festival will be held September 20-22 in Narrowsburg and the films can be found on the website. For information, visit or call 845-252-7576.

Garages are overflowing. Basements are cluttered. People are up to their ears in stuff they just don’t need. WJFF has friends and listeners who are holding yard sales throughout the WJFF listening area during Labor Day Weekend. They have kindly donated a portion of their

sales to the station. WJFF will list the hours and location of the local yard sales on their “Tour Map” for listeners to find out about all the locations holding sales. Check out to find out about the sales and for a copy of the tour map. For information call 845-482-4141.

The World Around Us – Documentary Shorts: The wonders of nature, from the fish in the river to the sun in the sky, are explored in this collection of new short documentaries. Family friendly. September 21 at 10:00am

Local Yard Sales to Benefit WJFF

“Something For Everyone” at WAA

Photograph by Linda J. Wilkinson

Linda J. Wilkinson, who is one of the founding members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, works in photography. According to Wilkinson: “Since I can remember, even as a child I saw the world a little differently than most. I shared my father’s love of the outdoors and found a special peace and tranquility which I aspire to elicit in my photographs. Encouraged by my husband to pursue it further, I began showing my work at the Wurtsboro Street Fairs. Having no formal photographic education, I constantly strive to keep up with the latest changes. I have gone to Digital and am thrilled at the freedom it affords me. My goal is to capture a moment in time, a color, a shadow, a look which gives the viewer a sense of wonder and perhaps a moment of pleasure.” As a sculptor, Cynthia Hall (see also pages 20 and 26) enjoys working with a wide range of

Cynthia Hall stands next to her artwork

materials including wood, clay, stone and various metals. Her paintings are predominantly acrylic on canvas. Hall primarily paints from nature and depicts people engaged in a variety of activities. Her work, though quiet, is often colorful and large with the goal of capturing the feeling of movement. As a teacher, Cynthia enjoys the opportunity to work with children. Their works are featured in “Something For Everyone,” a group exhibit of art, photography and crafts on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from September 7 through September 29. An opening reception will be held on September 7 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The reception is free and the public is invited to meet the artists. Refreshments will be served. The WAA Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro. For information, email:

Ho’oponopono in Wurtsboro More than thirty years ago at the Hawaii State Hospital, there was a ward for mentally ill criminals, people who had committed murder, rape, kidnapping or other such crimes. According to a nurse that worked there in those years, the place was so bleak that not even the paint could stick to the walls. Everything was decaying, terrifying, repulsive. No day would pass without a patient-inmate attacking another inmate or a member of the staff. One day, a newly appointed clinical psychologist, Dr. Stanley Hew Len, arrived at the ward. He didn’t seem to be doing anything in particular, except just coming in and being always cheerful and smiling in a very natural, relaxed way. From time to time he would ask for the files of the inmates. He never tried to see them personally, though. Apparently he just sat in an office, looked at their files, and to members of the staff who showed an interest, he would tell them about a weird thing called Ho’oponopono. Little by little things started to change in the hospital. One day somebody again tried to paint those walls and they actually stayed painted, making the environment more palatable. The gardens started being taken care of, tennis courts were repaired and some prisoners, that up until then would never be allowed to go outside, started playing tennis with the staff. In the end, the atmosphere changed so much that the staff was not on sick leave any more and prisoners started gradually to be released.

Dr. Hew Len worked there close to four years. In the end, there remained only a couple of inmates that were relocated somewhere else, enabling the clinic for the mentally insane criminals to close permanently. Carolyn Ford was made a keeper of the ancient Hawaiian Ho’oponopono prayer by her Kahuna teacher Morrnah Simeona. She has performed this prayer almost daily since the 80s, sharing its great Carolyn Ford clearing, cleansing and freeing properties with thousands. “The idea of Ho’oponopono is that we are meant to be free with no attachments on this earth walk,” she writes. Yes, we experience love, but in its pure form it is freeing and not attached. Releasing the low vibration of attachment is one of the many gifts offered through the divine prayer. It is also about forgiving and being forgiven. This is another aspect to our freedom.” Ford is coming to Wurtsboro September 27-29 for a weekend that includes a 2-hour evening revealing the story of EINSTEIN, the ancient Crystal Skull of Consciousness, private interactive sessions, with the ancient Hawaiian prayer Ho’oponopono on September 28 at 7:00pm. Crystal Connection is at 116 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. Call 845-888-2547.

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Community Building Through the Arts with Susan Handler

In the 21st century there has been a push to build community through the arts. Why? Because the arts have the capability to naturally serve as a development tool. However, there is minimal national infrastructure for this movement, and the dynamics of community cultural ecosystems are not well understood. Research has shown that effective community development requires sustained engagement, which requires commitment by the public and private sectors, as well as the education and government institutions. The residents of Orange County, New York are fortunate that the SUNY Orange Community College Cultural Affairs has demonstrated this commitment to build community through the arts on its campuses in Middletown and Newburgh. Dorothy Szefc,
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs, shared that the mission of The Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange Community College supports the mission of the school, which is to “offer events to the college and

the community as a means of complementing our knowledge and understanding of the diversity of human experience, the arts and creative achievement. The programs represent the highest professional standards of presentation and performance and, in so doing, maintain the profile of SUNY Orange as the dynamic center of the arts and learning in Orange County.” The college has made an effort to deeply connect to the community by developing a diverse advisory board to select the programming. The board consists of faculty and staff of the college plus interested people from the community. In this way, Ms. Szefc makes sure that all opinions are heard and that the college is serving all of its students and the community-at-large. This fall the Cultural Affairs programming being offered will include exhibits, performances, lectures, special events, master classes, poetry, prose, music and film. Overseeing both campuses, Dorothy Szefc is hoping to bring together a more unified program series where by the events on both campuses compliment each other and will also draw people from both sides of the

campuses and the boundaries. The college funds all of the events and they are free and open to the public. To see a complete program listing, visit or email Ms. Szefc: cultural@sunyorange. edu. Waheeda Soomro will read excerpts from her novel “Unspoken” September 12 at 7pm in Kaplan Hall, Newburgh “From Inspiration to Metal, the Creation of a Bronze Sculpture” is a master class with Roger Martin September 26 at Noon in Orange Hall Gallery, Middletown.

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Orange County Arts Council’s new president Tiombe Tallie Carter, Esq. lectures on “The 13th Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk to Freedom” on September 26 at 7pm in the Gilman Center Library, Middletown James Coll lectures on September 19 at 2pm on “The Opinion of the Court: Understanding Miranda v. Arizona” in Kaplan Hall, Newburgh.

Musicians of The Organik Vibe Trio+ 1, Orange Hall Theatre will give a Master Class “Percussion and Acoustic Instruments in a Live Performance Setting” October 4 at 11am in Orange Hall Theatre, Middletown

On & Off The Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions at SUNY Orange Beware of an alligator lurking in the lily pads, a dragon in flight in the branches, a hippopotamus emerging from a pool of marble, a steam engine spuming huge curls of wired smoke, a matriarch of parts, and many more pieces of art. SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs is hosting a major sculpture show entitled On & Off the Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions. The exhibition is comprised of 56 sculptures by 29 sculptors in sizes 6 inches to 9 feet, in various media including wood, iron, marble, ceramic, bronze, copper, textile, clay, stoneware, plaster, terracotta, and found objects. The on-view sculptures are their creators’ realistic or abstract interpretations in three dimensions. The variety stretches the viewers’ scope and becomes an educational and enjoyable experience. Sculptor Roger Martin states, “I have been creating wildlife sculpture in one form or another for over 30 years. At around twelve years old, I taught myself how to do taxidermy. That, along with an insatiable desire to learn about wildlife, I drove my family crazy with pets ranging from raccoons to rattlesnakes and the occasional unmentionable lump in the freezer in the basement. “I started my professional career at the Schiele Museum of Natural History as an assistant curator. I quickly grew tired of making leaves for dioramas and retired at the age of 20. I was intent on becoming a

12 foot alligator, by Natalie Surving

sculptor, so, I started sculpting mannequins for the taxidermy industry. Over the course of twenty years, I sculpted approximately 300 animal mannequins ranging from deer mice to Cape buffalo. As a sculptor, it was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to study animals around the world in the wild, then, come home and sculpt life-size anatomical portraits. “After twenty years I had to try my hands at bronze. I really wanted to sculpt hair and feathers. The understanding of anatomy and motion I learned through my taxidermy sculpture is essential to my work. “I am a lifetime resident of North Carolina. My studio and gallery are located in historic downtown Albemarle near the Uwharrie National Forest.” Sculptor Bill Graziano states, “I’ve recently retired from teaching art for 40 years. I am now able to devote my time and energy to creating art. Sculpture has always been my greatest interest. I enjoy working with a variety of materials

Roger Martin working on a sculpture of an orangutan as he is sitting next to a window with the orangutan watching him!

and examining an object in relation to light, the object dissected, the object constructed on geometric principles and finally the object and the subconscious. My latest sculptural work, metal forged iron, employs traditional artist/ blacksmith techniques attempting to express ideas about nature.” Natalie Surving sculpts eclectic animal designs of reptiles, amphibians, bugs, and fish. She is showing a sculpture of a 12 foot alligator for this exhibit. She only works with nature themes partly because of her background. Her family owned lots of animals and took many nature trips. She was brought up in upstate New York with parents who appreciated nature. The deciding factor for Natalie was when a customer once told her that the people on her mugs looked angry, but the animals on her mugs looked happy. “This is when I realized I was happiest, when working with animal themes. I often become overwhelmed by bugs,

Missing Ma, terracotta by Caroline Schulz

flowers, or watching the deer come down to the pond in the morning.” The exhibition is on view in Orange Hall Gallery through October 26. The reception will be held on September 8 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm during which pianist Beverly Poyerd will play contemporary and classical music. In addition, three master classes on bronze, art metal forging, and found objects by participating sculptors, Roger Martin, Fay Wood, and Bill Graziano will take place, respectively, on September 26, October 2, and October 21 in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe. The exhibit, reception, and master classes are free and open to the public. Orange Hall is located on the campus of Orange County Community College at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown. For information call 845-341-4891.

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Multi-FACEted Actor Returns to Shadowland by Barry Plaxen “In the September 17, 2010 opening presentation (Yankee Tavern) at the Shadowland Theatre, a compelling Steve Brady as Ray

turned in a commanding performance...the veteran actor pushes all his character’s arguments with unfettered passion.” Marcus Kalipolites Times Herald-Record, 2010. This was my first time seeing Mr. Brady perform. And I was spellbound watching him, as described above, command attention from his first line to his last, delivered with, as described above, unfettered passion. Little did I know that Mr. Brady was not type-cast or playing himself. And I was not aware of what my future encounters with this actor would entail. “The opening scene of The Seafarer has an inebriated Richard (delightfully played by Steve Brady) popping up from the cluttered floor, full of personality, discussing his terrible case of dysentery.”...“Richard says a line at the end of the play, that is a backhanded statement of hope to his brother, and tears welled up in my eyes.” Sharlene Hartman, The Catskill Chronicle, 2011.


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Well-said! This (Richard) low-life, this unsavory, very old drunk made me laugh while loathing him as a person. And then, at the curtain call I was taken aback because I believed the actor (Brady), who could hardly move or walk or breathe throughout the last scene, was really dying and had actually died on stage at the end. “Steve Brady as Dr. Molineaux (The Ladies

Man, a French farce), is delightfully confused and achingly naive in thinking that he won’t be found out. And he gets funnier and funnier as he embellishes his little fib till it becomes a whopper the size of the tallest summit of the French Alps.” Carol Montana, The Catskill Chronicle, 2012. “In the lead role of Dr. Molineaux, Steve Brady captures all the anxiety of a man running around to quell the issue of his whereabouts the night before.” Marcus Kalipolites Times HeraldRecord, 2012. I did NOT recognize Mr. Brady when he entered. Having last seen him as an old man dying on stage, unable to move or breathe, here was this bewigged middle-aged man (I need to quote TWO reviewers for this great performance)

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being monumentally anxious, getting funnier and funnier, and traipsing, running and cavorting around the stage like a lithe gazelle, most energetically and with perfect comic timing. “Steve Brady’s (George) Westinghouse (The Dangers of Electric Lighting) is the consummate businessman, sharp and definitive and, doubling as Benjamin Franklin, he is wise and fatherly. And Brady has some lightning-fast costume changes that left me breathless.” Carol Montana, The Catskill Chronicle, 2012. Besides those costume changes, his Westinghouse-Franklin character changes were (forgive me) awesome! Some of my friends did not know the two roles were played by the same actor EVEN THOUGH THEY READ THE PROGRAM! Brady lives in NYC with a rabbit-eared television and life size poster of John Wayne. Why does a masterful character actor, who never seems to be the same twice, have a life size poster in his home of John Wayne, an actor very much noted for playing himself? Curious! Thanks to Shadowland artistic Director, Brendan Burke, Brady will be seen this month in “Bill W and Dr. Bob” (since I included many

quotes - here’s another), “The miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure.” Martin Sheen The play is the amazing and often humorous story of the two Dr. Bob Smith? men, Dr. Bob Smith (Brady) or is it Steve Brady as Dr. & Bill Wilson, who pioneered Bob? Find out Alcoholics Anonymous, and their at Shadowland! wives, who founded Al Anon. New to Shadowland, Galway McCullough (photo right), costars as Bill W. Galway moved to NYC from Minneapolis in the fall of ‘03, and hit the ground running. Less than 24 hours after his arrival he began his first fight-choreography gig in the city. He began his study of stage combat in 1992. In 1993 he The REAL was awarded the Best Male Actor Steve Brady Combatant Award at the National Stage Combat Workshop. He is also a director. Lori Wilner, Jen Burry, David Smilow and Brenny Rabine round out the professional cast, directed by Burke and co-produced by Jim Gebhard and Bob & Margaret McDowell. Bill W. and Dr. Bob runs from September 13-29, ending the 2013 summer season at Shadowland, 157 Canal Street, Ellenville. For tickets: visit or phone 845-647-5511 for tickets.

New Gallery in Highland Falls

“Warrior Peasant” by Herman Rogemann

A new Gallery opened on July 27 with Love, Happiness and War, an exhibit of paintings, photography and sculptures by Martha Zola, Carol Flaitz, Elia Gurna, Herman Roggemann and James Luciana, in addition to 100% wool-felted bowls, hand knit by Kathryn Luciana. Sculptures by James Thomson will be added soon. Dr. Nicole Shea, Director of Program and Training at Eisenhower Leadership Center (ELC), is the curator. She is currently developing programs which bring arts into the Center’s curriculum. The ELC Gallery is an adjunct to the ELC programs which help meet the growing needs of leadership training for business

Artwork by Martha Zola

professionals, students, and other groups. “I wanted to create an arts space,” Shea explained, “preferably with a touch of military themes, since our instructors and programs are connected to West Point. And also to be a arts venue within the community. Profits from artwork sales are donated to Highland Falls non-profit organizations.” The ELC Gallery is located at 297 Main Street in Highland Falls, opposite the library. It is open weekdays from 8:00am-4:00pm. Note that the Gallery can be unavailable during training sessions, so if you are not local, call first before coming: 845-446-2101. Visit www.

The Diverse Art of Estrellita I. De Couto Philippine-born artist Estrellita De Couto taught English and history at the Colegio de Santa Rosa for a number of years before coming to the United States and studying at several art schools. Captivated by subjects in nature, history, and her own domestic and spiritual life, her striking canvases hold local landscapes and scenes from the many countries she has visited (a Bermuda seascape, a Spanish matador, etc.), religious figures (the Holy Family, Madonna and Child, etc.), dramatic world history (the Titanic, etc.), and her patriotic sentiments (the American eagle), as well as serene domestic still lifes and portraits of elegant floral arrangements (she is also a trained and certified florist.) Widely exhibited in juried art shows in the Hudson Valley, Ms. De Couto’s dynamic canvases are in many private and public collections in the region and internationally. Several of her paintings are on permanent

Still Life by Estrellita I. De Couto

display Town of Shawangunk Town Hall. Her works are on display from September 5-October The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 94 Broadway, Newburgh. The reception is September 15, Noon3:00pm. For information, visit the website: or call 845-569-4997.

The Sublime Revisited on Ann Street

The Ann Street Gallery’s newest exhibition, The Sublime Revisited, examines how contemporary artists explore the diverse and sometimes conflicting ideas of the sublime, with themes in relation to the awesome, the beautiful, terror, nature, technology, transcendence, and altered states. On view through October 26, the opening reception is on September 14 from 6:30pm8:30pm. For information call 845-784-1146.

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“ Bear City” by Jaeman Shin

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Susie Giordano & The Art Cottage by J. A. Di Bello The corner of Stony Ford Road and Route 207 in Campbell Hall is quickly becoming a location of acclaim, celeb if preferred. Known to most as the rendezvous for Orange County’s coffee devotees and aficionados of fine pastries, aka dolci, it now celebrates the addition of The Art Cottage. The Art Cottage is a school, a studio and a location where the spirit and process of art is celebrated. Owner and teacher Susie Giordano is a gregarious, enthusiastic and imaginative individual with a vision. She is more than a noted artist; she is a certified New York State teacher, a graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute, with a major in art and architecture, as well as a Master’s degree in teaching. Her vision is to encompass each student as an individual, an individual with unique talents and achievable goals. These lofty visions are obtainable for one whose professional training is not limited to multiple sets of one dimensional techniques. Ms. Giordano has developed a curriculum that identifies various age levels and divergent degrees of talent, from the beginning to the budding up to and including classes designed specifically for adolescents and adult crafts. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays through Saturday, with Mondays reserved for ceramics and plaster crafts. Art parties can also be arranged. Earlier mentioned was the spirit and process of


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art. In this area, The Art Cottage offers a unique opportunity to utilize the creative appreciation that accompanies art and to explore art as a vehicle for creative socialization. In simpler terms to join the process of art with the spirit of art translates to, “Let’s have a BYOB Spirits of Art party”! Bringyour-own-beverage parties have traditionally been accepted occasions for enjoying friends and expanding the area of one’s social interests. The process or gearing up for the party involves the following. Gather or invite a couple of friends and inform them of the party. Find and carry a wine or pick up coffee next door at Noble Coffee Roasters Caffé. The sessions (party) will last about two to two and one-half hours. And when the socialization portion of the evening has ended, each participant will have an original piece of art. For information about the exciting adventures planned for the Art Cottage, call Susan at 845496-CRE8, or visit

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Montgomery Day, September 7

Performing Arts Musical Productions (PAM) and the Hudson Valley Conservatory (HVC) are a major portion of the musical entertainment scheduled for this Montgomery Day, September 7. On September 7, the villages that join together and form the Town of Montgomery celebrate their respective pasts and hopes for the future in various but similar ways. In addition to hosting one of the largest, diversified parades in the area, music remains a key attraction at the village’s festivities. Heading up the representatives from Walden this year are Pam Murphy of PAM Productions and the HVC along with Luftnell Productions, also based in Walden. Events will be held at the performing arts stage on Bridge Street, adjacent to the Montgomery Senior Center and Veterans’ Memorial Park. Kicking off the show will be the HVC Dance Company at noon, performing a piece entitled The Last Unicorn, directed by Amanda Wright.

Snow White and the 7 Breakers is a part of the HVC Dance Department and is directed by Keely Wright. Appropriately, the next group of vocals is brought to the stage by Luftnell Productions and Amelia Fissora of Walden. At or about the hour of 1:00pm, two titles lifted directly from the Broadway stage, The Lion King and Wicked will be performed. Featured in that cast are three individuals with solo performances: Matthew Gillespie, Miranda Calarco and Lorelei Clark. Wicked is also presented by HVC’s Broadway Bound and directed by Giovanna Melita, Terita Arthur and Dee Wright. To be featured from 2:00pm through 3:30pm are Katie Gallagher (vocals) from Luftnell Productions, Miranda Calargo (HVC Artist) and Brian Stabner with vocals, guitar and keyboard presentations. The afternoon performances will conclude with Pam Murphy and the Danger Band featuring the HVC Pipers from PAM Productions.

Jazz at in Warwick & Montgomery

Now that drummer-producer Steve Rubin’s (see photo) August Hudson Valley Jazz Festival is over, Rubin is once again appearing locally with his ensembles. After Electric Skye’s

September 21, 2:00pm gig at Pennings Market in Warwick, Rubin’s Skye Jazz Trio performs at Wildfire Grill on September 27 at 7:00pm, 74 Clinton Street, Montgomery. For info: 845-457-3770.

It’s Never Too Late at Sycamore Farms by J.A. Di Bello As a sultry, simmering summer fades into a predictable scenario of shorter days and cooler nights, activities at Sycamore Farms, Montgomery remain vibrant and vigilant. Although the traditional Extension Bureau’s warning of first frost by September 15th has faded into history, the warming reality is that September killing frosts are an event of the past. At Sycamore Farms, the fall is anticipated with the harvest of the favorite seasonal vegetables that may include healthy samples of brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and a complete assortment of winter squashes. A new dimension to the nutritious crop offerings from Sycamore Farms is a green vegetable known as Broccoli Romanesco. It...“is surprisingly sweet and mild when cooked tender, more like its close cousin the cauliflower but with a denser texture that holds up well to different cooking methods. The chill of the autumn market brings broccoli romanesco front and center, both here in Orange County as well as in its native Rome. A native of Lazio, this vegetable has a noble past, dating back to the days of Julius Caesar.” Boiled or steamed until tender, this vegetable coupled with pasta al dente and a generous addition of infused (rosemary and garlic) extra virgin olive

oil (EVOO), pepperoncini and topped with finely grated pecorino romano is a star attraction in anybody’s neighborhood. It is also utilized in the making of a unique, scrumptious pesto sauce. The Sycamore Farm is located on NYS Route 211, midway between the City of Middletown and the Historic Village of Montgomery on the property once owned by the Evanick family. The Evanicks, as recalled locally, ran a prosperous and efficient dairy by Orange County standards, and were especially known for keeping their barns coated with fresh red paint and their assortment of John Deere equipment well maintained. A farming neighbor, reminisces seeing ol’ Stevie, as the senior Evanick was often called, working from dawn to dusk, but occasionally he was seen on his front porch smoking a pipe. The Route 211 highway, once referred to simply as the State Road was, during an earlier period, known as the Minisink Turnpike, a major thoroughfare stretching from the New Jersey border to the Village of Montgomery where it intersects with the famous Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike and Albany Post Road. Today the dairy is gone, replaced by an

expansive vegetable farm, owned and operated by Kevin Smith, a veteran of NYC’s Green Markets. He is a youthful, energetic and articulate young man familiar with the concept and reality of the family farm. His grandfather had one, his father had one and now he has one. It’s somehow in the blood and it flooded his veins. His dad and grandfather encouraged him to go to college and secure a marketable skill. As a dutiful son, Kevin went off to college, earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, secured a respectable, rewarding position then promptly left and returned to the life he grew up with and loved: life on the farm. As is often said, “First loves are hard to leave.” This spring Sycamore Farms opened its spacious retail area, consisting of approximately 1,000 square feet dedicated to the display of produce and additional products. The building (colored red, as is the tradition) is roomy and attractive with an additional 3,000 square feet provided for the on-the-premises bakery, farm office, breakroom and two lavatory facilities! (Two heads are better than one.) There are tables and chairs providing space for customers to sit and ponder the wide selection of produce available and nibble perhaps on a sample of

tempting baked goods. Warning: the fresh baked semolina bread and blueberry muffins can be habit forming... Needless to say, a family farm needs a family and Kevin and his charming wife Kristen are off to a productive and gallant beginning with two verbal and adorable youngsters, Ethan at two years of age and Emma with four years of learning how to manipulate her environment. As a surprise to no one, farming is a labor intensive business and requires more hands than currently possessed by the Smith family. There are six men gainfully employed here, each is fully aware that a working, profitable farm frequently requires more labor than can be provided in a ten hour day. Farm pay is one factor when overtime is required, but Kevin Smith is a bright young man who knows from experience that respect and collegial relationships are the ingredients that build trusting workers and a successful business. Under any condition, a ride on the Minisink Turnpike is rewarding. When approaching the area once widely know as Franklin Square, stop at Sycamore Farms and discover the concept of “Farm to Table.” Sycamore Farms hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00am-7:00pm. For more information, call 845-692-2684.

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And the Seligmann Award Goes To...

The Orange County Citizens Foundation (OCCF) has named Central Valley resident Viktor Prizgintas as the 2013 Seligmann Award recipient. Prizgintas, founder and director of the Allegro Youth Orchestra, has been educating and conducting students for over 10 years. He has taken the Orchestra on local and international tours, even to the White House. They perform the classics, rock, pop, Broadway, and folk music. Besides giving their own concerts, wellknown artists they have performed with include violinists Krista Bennion-Feeney and Owen Dalby at Warwick’s Pacem in Terris, and with NBC’s “The Voice” Jermaine Paul (see photo top right). Videos of Allegro’s Bach collaboration with Bennion-Feeney and a number of songs with Paul are easily found on YouTube. The Seligmann Award is named for Kurt and Arlette Seligmann, on whose former estate the Citizens Foundation makes its home. The Foundation presents the Seligmann Award on an annual basis to recognize commitment to arts and


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culture in Orange County. “Viktor’s dedication to the arts, to his students, and to our community made him a perfect candidate for this year’s Seligmann Award recipient,” said Nancy Proyect, President of the OCCF. “His work with the Allegro Youth Orchestra has enriched the lives of countless Orange County residents.” Previous winners include local Arts icon Chris Farlekas, SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs Coordinator Dorothy Szefc, artists Daniel Mack and Shawn Dell Joyce, Pacem in Terris and the Newburgh Historical Society. Prizgintas will be honored at the OCCF’s 42nd Annual Meeting & Open House on September 10 at 5:00pm at the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf. The evening will feature a dinner, an open house at the Seligmann Center, and live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $100 for OCCF members and $110 for non-members. For reservations, contact Bonnie Neucall at 845-469-9459.

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“Duo Parnas” Now a Trio for Tuxedo Most Hudson Valley concertgoers have witnessed the talents of Madalyn and Cicely Parnas for quite a few years, as the sisters have been performing since they were very young. Most recently, they have been concertizing throughout Europe and the United States. For an upcoming concert, they are returning to Tuxedo and will be joined by pianist Vincent Adragna (photo below). Born in Strasbourg, France, Adragna is a student of the distinguished world renown pianist and co-founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler. Adragna began studying music at the age of three in his native city and received various awards in piano, chamber music and harpsichord, including a first prize in the international competition for young pianists in Sarrebourg. At the age of 17, he entered the Paris Conservatoire where he also studied chamber music and vocal accompanying. He is a recipient of

Madalyn & Cecily Parnas

the prestigious Fullbright scholarship, fully funding his studies at the Jacobs School of Music. The Parnas-Adragno Trio will perform sonatas by Prokofiev (for Violin and Piano), Brahms (for Cello and Piano) and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major, for the Tuxedo Performing Arts Group on September 8 at 4:00pm in St. Mary’s Church, 10 Fox Hill Road in Tuxedo. For information: 845-351-3473.

“Underneath the Lintel” at The Ritz

As part of the centennial year of performances in the historic Ritz Theater, Underneath the Lintel by Hudson Valley resident and playwright Glen Berger will be performed by local Glen Berger actor and co-founder of Hatmaker’s Attic Productions, Edward Gibbons-Brown. Berger has won two Emmys (and twelve Emmy nominations) for over 100 episodes for children’s television. Gibbons-Brown has performed in the play bi-annually since

Dinner & A Movie

Cuddebackville’s Neversink Valley Museum (NVM) has teamed up with Arrow Park for a new series: Dinner and a Movie, for which the folks at Arrow Park cook up a 3-course meal and pair it with silent movie classics from NVM’s archives. A three-course dinner begins at 6:00pm, the films begin at 7:00pm. The evening ends at approximately 9:15pm. On September 19: International Silents. Arrow Park is at 1061 Orange Turnpike, Monroe. For reservations, call 845-783-2044. For film information, contact NVM at 845-754-8870.

2007. It tells the story of a small-town Dutch librarian who finds a book anonymously returned 113 years overdue. In his efforts to track down the miscreant and collect the Edward Gibbons-Brown hefty fine, the librarian stumbles across a trail of clues spanning the globe and the ages, and a mystery of cosmic significance...or is he just losing his mind? Underneath the Lintel is in the Ritz Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh, September 6-8. Call 845-784-1199 for tickets.

Woodstock in Hurleyville

Yes. It’s the air-conditioned Woodstock Theater in the Sullivan County Museum, where the Sullivan County Historical Society presents Sunday Matinee at the Museum. Each Sunday has a different film continuously running from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. September offerings: Sullivan hotels (Sept. 1), White Lake in the early 20th Century (Sept. 8), the Neversink Dam (Sept. 15), Stephen Crane (Sept. 22), area Murders & Tragedies (Sept. 29). Self-guided tours of the Museum’s exhibits are encouraged. There is always someone on-hand to answer questions. Admission is free at the Museum, 265 Main Street, Hurleyville. Phone: 845-434-8044..

Newburgh Free Library: Women Composers She Wrote the Song highlights songs written or co-written by women, many of whom in the early decades of popular song had to struggle for recognition and acceptance in their field. Ann Ronell and Dorothy Fields were just two of the first successful Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley female composers or librettists. Non-legendary Ronell (top photo) wrote the classic Willow Weep For Me and co-wrote Disney’s first hit song, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? for The Three Little Pigs (1933). She wrote lyrics and music for Broadway musicals and movies, including “additional songs by” for the film of the Kurt Weill/ Ogden Nash Broadway hit One Touch Of Venus. Oscar winner (photo right) Dorothy Fields, (The Way You Look Tonight) on the other hand, is one of the most legendary of American lyricists, having written lyrics for over 400 songs with, most notably, Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Arthur Schwartz and Cy Coleman. Her bountiful and successful career spanned over 45 years, from a few years before Blackbirds of 1928 to Seesaw (1973), some of which she spent as a co-librettist writing the books for Annie Get Your Gun, three

Cole Porter 40’s musicals, and a number of other musicals. Vocalist Perley Rousseau and her husband, Sonny Daye (see photo center) have performed several concerts at the Newburgh Free Library and are known for their warm personalities and smooth jazz sounds. They have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret. Recently, they were invited to participate in a collaborative effort of original compositions involving 13 other outstanding artists of the Capital District of NY which resulted in Saratoga Pie, a CD produced by the venerable Joel Moss, producer of Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Bill Charlap and many other notables. The duo will present songs by Ronell, Fields, Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf and other significant writers, at the Library, 124 Grand Street, on September 22 at 3:00pm. Admission is free. Plenty of parking available. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library. No registration is required. For information: 845-563-3600.

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... Holistic Happenings ...

Mind, Body, & Spirit in Newburgh

The Mind, Body & Spirit Connection Expo, presented by Tina Vesely, “covers the three major aspects of your life: Mind, Body & Spirit! It is designed to bring awareness in these areas,” explained Vesely. The Expo features everything from a variety of vendors, demonstrators from various modalities, aura photography, psychic readers, healers, messages from the other side (with psychic Tina, see photo right), numerous raffles and free workshops, to organic care and aromatherapy products, crystal and gem dealers, and handcrafted drums by Primal Percussions. Multidimensional Transformation is a result of Masha Levina’s journey to understand the principles governing human health. She studied and practiced many health-related modalities. As she learned the primary role of consciousness in everything, she began to apply her knowledge directly through consciousness (the Mind) without the use of physical contact. The techniques and modalities were applied based on what was appropriate in the moment for the particular individual. The results were impressive. As Masha gained confidence with this work, she proceeded to establish a healing system now called Multidimensional Transformation. Visit For Shari L. Riley, the journey toward really understanding her life began in 2000 when, as a trained life coach, she started inspiring women to live their dreams. In 2002 she received her

certification in Integrated Energy Therapy and began to truly explore and embrace her identity as a healer. sharis-story/. Dr. K. Drew Skonberg is a volunteer with The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, an association of professional healthcare and motivational keynote speakers. Skonberg Family Chiropractic offers help with many issues that have newly been researched, with documented studies of chiropractic help for pregnant women with low back pain, returning normal menstrual cycles after years of irregular and painful cycles, fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder, and sleep problems. Watercolor artist Frank Passaretti and photographer Becky Lyn Tegze offer completely original and “faie” magical artwork. Maria Blon helps people to do what sparks their interest through Meditation, Movement and Motivation! “My curious nature lead me to study Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Reiki Energy Healing. Combining all of my experience and intuition, I started creating inspirational classes to help people learn about themselves and live a life that brings them joy.” Brenda Seldin of Pets Communicate has worked as an Animal Rehabilitator in New York City for many years, rehabilitating over 5,000 animals. She also teaches Animal Communication Workshops and Natural Pet Health. Brenda has helped pet owners solve emotional, physical and behavioral dilemmas and helped many people to better understand and resolve the passing of a beloved animal companion. The EXPO is on September 29 from 11:00am to 6:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 15 Crossroads Court, Newburgh. Admission: $10 per person. Call Tina Vesely at 570-832-2120.

Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp! Palaia Vineyards is teaming up with Brid’s Closet in Cornwall for a day of Harvest Festivities, with vendors of all kinds “all over the lawn”, plus food and music, including the band Sister Monk, and other musicians. There is a “dog costume” contest and parade, tarot card readings, belly dancers, drum circles, hay rides, apple bobbing, and even more! see the readings more as a way of offering advice to Get your best apple pie recipe ready and enter people,” Montana says. “It’s not what I would call the “Apple Pie Bake Off” with prizes and celebrity fortune-telling.” The readings are done by appointment, so call guest judges. Local craft beer tastings, awardwinning wine all day long, and don’t miss the grape 845-458-8726 if you are interested. You can also stop by Brid’s Closet at 296 Main Street in Cornwall stomp at 4:00pm to top off the afternoon! Spiritualist and channeler Bernadette Montana to make an appointment. The festival is on September 21 from 10:00amof Brid’s Closet has a great deal of experience as a tarot reader - she has been doing readings for over 5:00pm. Palaia Vineyards is located at 10 Sweet 25 years. She stresses that the readings should not be Clover Road, Highland Mills. Visit or call 845-928seen as “fortune-telling,” rather as something more like a kind of therapy. “I’m a strong Jungian, so I 5384 for more information. 40 Delaware & Hudson CANVAS September 2013

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