What's going on in arts, leisure and community October 8 to 14
HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will host Harvest & Heritage Days.
Harvest and Heritage Days will look a little different this year, but GHP’s events committee introduced some great alternatives to visit Honesdale’s thriving downtown. Shop Main Street’s many locally owned businesses while listening to local street musicians including Jason Merrill, Bob Tellefsen, Brad Commeau (of Sage Clearing), Veronica Daub, Randy Light, Kathy Greary, Owen Walsh and Sammy Alexander. Make sure to catch your favorites performing acoustic sets in front of Finders Keepers, Honesdale National Bank and The Fred Miller Pavilion.
Take the kids for a blacksmith demonstration located at R3 Hardware and a chainsaw woodcarver at Scarfalloto’s Townhouse Diner Restaurant. Hayrides will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hayride tickets will only be sold online and timed for social distancing. The hayride will be available for groups of 5 or 10. All you need is a copy of the ticket on your phone. Tickets can be purchased up to 15 minutes before you ride.
Take a trip on The Stourbridge Line’s Pumpkin Patch Express. The two-hour round trip train excursion departs from Honesdale. There will be free pumpkins for children.
A Honesdale Ghost Tour has been added with four tours per evening starting at 5 p.m. You’ll enjoy a guided 40-minute walking tour with a spooky “tell all” of Honesdale’s horrific untold stories. This is a timed ticket event for groups of 16 or less.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the weekend’s various events, visit www.visithonesdalepa.com.
HONESDALE, PA — Needing to approach fundraising differently this year, Grace Episcopal Church will host a Holiday Outdoor Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. This takes the place of the St. Nicholas Faire that is normally held at the church on Thanksgiving weekend.
The event will be held outdoors along the 200 block of Ninth Street, particularly in front of Grace Episcopal’s St. James House, directly across the street from Honesdale’s Central Park.
Included for purchase will be holiday gift baskets for kids and adults, holiday goods, gifts, and specialty foods.
Tickets for the church’s take-out-only Harvest Home Ham Dinner, set for Tuesday, October 20, will also be available that day.
Proceeds benefit the operation and outreach of Grace Episcopal Church.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAMASCUS, PA — Farm Arts Collective celebrates the harvest and community agri-culture with an afternoon Harvest Benefit party on Sunday, October 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Friends and neighbors are invited to gather at Willow Wisp Organic Farm on the Delaware River for an afternoon of activities in farming, art, food and ecology. The benefit event will feature farm exhibits as well as performance excerpts from “Dream on the Farm” and “Stone Soup Cooking Class” by Farm Arts Collective.
Farm Arts Collective’s mission to bring agri-cultural programs in farming, performance, food and ecology will be on display at the Harvest Benefit with demonstrations and mini-workshops in fermenting, flower arranging, seed-saving, bread making, singing in the field and juggling!.
The courtyard will be filled with live music with the band Beat the Devil and will feature carnival-inspired games and farm-fresh soups from the Willow Wisp Organic Farm kitchen.
Throughout the afternoon, attendees will be invited on guided walking tours of the 30-acre organic farm by characters from “Dream on the Farm.”
The afternoon is a drop-in-style family-friendly event, with a raffle to win a big Willow Wisp Organic Farm harvest food basket. All proceeds from the benefit will enable Farm Arts Collective to continue offering programs in farming, art, food and ecology in 2021.
Tickets are $20 to $50, pay what you can. Children are admitted for free.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.farmartscollective.org.
ONLINE — The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet, a distinguished group of guitar veterans, offers a variety of classical gems—Boccherini, Faure, Mochado and others—along with music specifically written for them by contemporary composers.
Online presentations will take place on Saturday, October 10 and are free to watch on Kindred Spirits Arts Facebook and YouTube.
ONLINE — On Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m., architect Michael Chojnicki and lifelong advocate of energy efficiency Stephen Stuart will discuss the importance of enhancing and maintaining a healthy home in this online workshop, “Winterizing Your Home,” via Zoom.
They will explore the various principles guiding energy efficiency, as well as review approaches to winterizing homes using “no- and low-cost ways” to lower your home’s energy use and save money. Discussions will include home energy audits, the principles of energy efficiency along with simple awareness and understanding of how the occupant’s activities can affect their home energy usage.
This workshop, offered as part of Farm Arts Collective’s “Farm Days” series, is free and donations are greatly appreciated.
Registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.
For more information and to register, visit www.bit.ly/RRwinter41.
MILFORD, PA — The American Readers Theater (ART) is all about promoting literature through the performing arts, and in keeping true to its mission, ART will be presenting “From Books to Broadway” in partnership with the Pike County Public Library, to feature many of the Broadway shows that were based on novels.
The public is invited to enjoy the performances outside on the library’s front lawn at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 10 (rain date Sunday, October 11). There is a suggested donation of $20, but donors are welcome to give as much or as little as they can afford. The American Readers Theatre is a not-for-profit performing arts organization.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and wear a mask as social distancing will be in place.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) children arts-education program CAS Kids will present BRAVE Family Photo Day, inviting children of the local community to have a family portrait professionally taken and printed. The special event will take place on the International Day of the Girl Child, Saturday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laundry King, located at 65 Main St.
A concurrent event will take place in Cape Town, South Africa with youth from BRAVE, a non-profit that inspires and empowers girls to be leaders. A subsequent family photo exhibition and storytelling gathering will take place on Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m., at the Laundry King, allowing children to share interpretations behind their family’s portrait.
Our participating youth are encouraged to share stories, poems and remarks on this pivotal moment in their lives. In today’s world, most of us rarely take the time to print a photo of our family together, choosing instead to store them on our phones, where they often get deleted or lost over time. By encouraging kids to take and examine family photos from the past and the present, they become connected to their own stories.
Using storytelling, young people will have the opportunity to explore the tensions and opportunities that the last six months have had on their lives and on their families’ lives and help provide an insider perspective on how their families and communities are perceived. At the public exhibition, families will have the opportunity to come together to be celebrated and photographed, to share these portraits with other community members and outsiders, and to take these portraits home to be displayed, building family unity and self-esteem. Young people from two diverse communities, separated by thousands of miles, will have the opportunity to learn more about one another, and to explore their similarities and their differences, creating a better picture of the impact of the pandemic on their families and lives, and breaking down cultural misperceptions.
New procedures and protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of our visitors, artists and staff. To that end masks are required for entry, social distancing of six feet is encouraged and capacity is limited.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) Fall 2020 Fundraiser, an online auction of its 13 skeletons, began October 1. The WCAA invites you to bid on one-of-a-kind decorated skeletons to charm your Halloween displays and help support WCAA.
The auction will last for two weeks, ending on Thursday, October 15 at staggered times between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Online registration for bidding is easy on the Bidding Owl website: www.bit.ly/wcaaskeletons.
The skeletons have been on display at 13 Honesdale businesses during September and are now hanging “Outa da Closet” as part of WCAA’s “Haunted Mezzanine” exhibit at the WCAA Main Street Gallery, upstairs at Missing Pieces, located at 959 Main St. The exhibit is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The WCAA artists responsible for these skeletons are Jerry DeCrotie, Jeff George, Pauline Glykokokalos, Sean Harrington, Heather Hogan-Spencer, David Justice, Katalin Justice, Liz Kedrick, Linda Krause, Brandi Merolla, Paul Plumadore, Debby Pollak and Jess Repa.
More information, including photos and detailed descriptions of skeletons, are on the bidding website and at www.waynecountyartsalliance.org.
ONLINE — The final Catskill Talks of the season will feature three local writers—Lisa Caloro, Sarah Clark, Abigail Allen—and will include readings from each writer and insight on their process.
Lisa Caloro is Poet Laureate of Sullivan County, and her poems have been published in The Carolina Quarterly, Madcap Review, The Evening Street Review and elsewhere. She is an English professor at Sullivan County Community College and lives in Hurleyville with her partner and two children.
Sarah Clark is a journalist, poet, and performer. In 2018, she was a semi-finalist for the NYC Teen Poetry Slam and had performed poems at open mics in New York City, Albany and in the Hudson Valley.
Abigail Allen has had a number of poems and short stories published over the years, including a magical realism story in The Gateway Review. Currently, she is working on publishing her magical realism novel and finishing her Wonderland-esque poetry chapbook.
Tune in to Wurtsboro Art Alliance Facebook page on October 10 at 5 p.m. to hear all three writers live via Facebook Live on Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s Facebook page.
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan is proud to present “And The Violins Stopped Playing,” a staged reading of Alexander Ramati’s harrowing biographical novel set during the dark days of World War II. The play chronicles the true story of Roman Mirga of the Polska Roma and his tribe’s desperate attempt to evade the Nazis, or, failing that, to survive the war. Adapted by Jessica López-Barkl, Associate Professor of Theater and Speech, the premiere performance will stream live from a Zoom Meeting Room on YouTube. The play will be performed by an international cast of actors participating from New York, Maryland, New Mexico, Washington, California and Oregon, as well as locations in Canada, Switzerland, Germany and South Korea.
Act One will be performed on Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. and Act Two will follow on Saturday, October 10, at 8 p.m. For those unable to stream the performances via YouTube, contact Jessica López-Barkl at email@example.com for Zoom registration details and any further information. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to the SUNY Sullivan Theater Program/Performing Arts Club.
For more information, visit www.sunysullivan.edu.
ONLINE —Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) announces “Conservation Conversations,” a virtual gathering and happy hour on Thursday, October 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.
Join the Conservancy’s Land Protection Coordinators Trey Talley and Kaylan Hubbard to learn about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and how we can help you protect your land. Attendees will learn about conservation values and what a conservation easement is, the steps and costs associated with protecting a piece of land with a conservation easement and potential financial benefits for landowners.
Following a brief presentation, attendees will be invited to join the conversation and have their questions answered. Bring your favorite beverage for happy hour.
The event is free, but prior registration is required. Registered attendees will be sent details to connect to the Zoom gathering
For more information and to register, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org/events or call 570/226-3164 ext. 3.