What To Do This Weekend

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Bellen to read at First Hearings

LIBERTY, NY — Acclaimed poet and novelist, Martine Bellen will read from her new novella, 2X(Squared), in the First Hearings Series at The Liberty Free Theatre  at 109 South Main St. on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Austin will begin the program with “The Virtue of Language.”

Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Ghosts!,” “The Vulnerability of Order,” and “Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,” which won the National Poetry Series Award.

Admission is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. Call 845/292-3788.

Drum-making workshops at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer a drum-making workshop the weekend of July 15 to 17, led by master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor.

The first weekend will begin Friday, July 15 with registration between 3 and 6 p.m., and will continue through Sunday, July 17. Donkor will lead participants through the steps of making their own drums, from selecting the natural materials and soaking the skins to heading the shells. Enjoy introductory drumming lessons, sunrise drumming, historical drumming culture and more. No experience necessary.  Registration costs $325, which includes two nights of lodging and six meals. Visit peec.org or call 570/828-2319 with your information.

A highly unconventional Buddha is featured in Red Rose Productions’ “Buddha and the Rock Star,” to be presented at the NACL Theatre on Sunday, July 17.

‘Buddha and the Rock Star’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present “Buddha and the Rock Star” on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. The show, directed by Rosaruby Kagan, is a sexy, high-energy multi-media performance by an ensemble of young dancers and actors from Montreal, Canada incorporating the raw elements of physical theatre, dance and film.

Red Rose Productions invites you into the rich psychological and emotional texture of Juliette, a thrill-seeking woman thirsty for her own insight and wisdom. The performance is full of provocative text, scored music, erotic physical actions, rocking hip-hop and more. It features Audrée Southière, Anne-Marie Saheb, Adrien Benn, Allison Busner, Ulka Simone Mohanty and Vanessa Kneale.

The piece contains adult content. Childcare will be provided, and there will be a spaghetti dinner to follow in the backyard, by donation. Email nacl@nacl.org or call 845/557-0694.

“The Garden Nymph,” mixed media by Yvonne Parker

Fragments at PaPA

WHITE MILLS, PA — “Yvonne Parker & Friends,” a collaborative art project in which Parker invited contemporary artist-friends to share fragments of their own work, will open at the ArtSpace at PaPA on Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. These fragments are incorporated by Parker into her “Fragmented Beauty” series. The joint exhibition will include the collaborative art and each participating artist’s own work. The artists are Jimmy Clark, Frank Gallo, Angela Klaerner, Ron Parker and Matthew Solomon.

The show will run through August 28.

Register your river dog

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Dogs on Parade, one of the most popular features of RiverFest, a festival celebrating music, art and ecology, is scheduled to take place this year on Sunday, July 24 starting at 9:45 a.m. at the former Narrowsburg school.

The parade, sponsored by Narrowsburg Feed & Grain and Dog Mountain Lodge, welcomes pooches of all sizes and shapes showing off their best finery and is. It will be emceed by TV critic Kevin McDonough. The event features prizes for Most Original, Funniest, and Best in Show. All dogs must be leashed.

This year’s parade will feature animal communicator Brenda Seldin from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (during registration) and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street. Proceeds will be donated to the DVAA.

Registration costs $10 and can be made in advance by stopping in the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, or downloading a form at  ArtsAllianceSite.org or onsite starting at 9 a.m.

‘The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. is currently hosting “The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield: Artist-Educator-Historian-Railroad Buff.”

“Wake” came to Sullivan County in 1953 when he took the position of art instructor at the Tri-Valley School. Before his arrival he was well known for his black and white illustrations of trains. His love of trains took him one step further into model railroading, where his art became three dimensional. In 1953, Wakefield started painting in oil and continued until his death in 1974 at the age of 50.

Other exhibition currently available are “Impact of Water on the Life and the Growth of the Valleys” and “The Rondout and Neversink watersheds: Before, During and After.”

The museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. through October. Adult admission costs $2, $1 for children under 16, and is free for children under six are free. Visit timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

Pianist Tannis Gibson will be one of the performers at this weekend’s Saturday concert by the Weekend of Chamber Music at the Eddie Adams Barn in Jeffersonville, NY.

World premiere and more at WCM

SULLIVAN COUNTY — This weekend, the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer festival “From Classic to Cool” will start with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at the Eddie Adams Farm in Jeffersonville (free). It will be followed by a “Tea Time Concert” at 4 p.m. on July 16 at the farm, with music by Ravel, Hoiby and Stravinsky and a world premiere by Andrew Waggoner, (tickets $25), and “MusicTalks!” a musical tour-de-force at 7:30 p.m. at North Branch Inn on Thursday, July 20 (tickets $15).

Tickets range from free to $30; admission is always free for students 18 and under. Visit WeekendofChamberMusic.org Call 845-887-5803,. Find WCM on Facebook by searching WCMconcerts.

Functional Flow at Tony’s

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On July 16 the band Funktional Flow will perform a free show at Tony’s Place on the Lake from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a pre-Furthur/Bethel Woods show.

Funktional Flow is a band from Buffalo. Starting in the winter/spring of 2009/2010, Funktional Flow has gained a large following in the Northeast, playing an extensive repertoire of original music and covers to a wide variety of fans. It just released its first studio CD, and on August 27 will make its first New York City appearance at Sullivan Hall.

‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Jekyll & Hyde” is the current production at the Forestburgh Playhouse, running through July 24.

The musical, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart, is brought to life with a brilliant musical score unique score that blends classical musical theatre with contemporary rock, highlighted by “This is the Moment.”

This production of Jekyll and Hyde is sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Adam Blumenthal

“Anything Goes with Cole Porter” will be the after-theatre cabaret during the run of “Jekyll & Hyde.” Visit  fbplayhouse.org or call 845/794-1194.

An artisan demonstrates how to hand-craft a broom at the Audubon Festival in Hawley, PA.

Audubon Festival celebrates nature

HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Festival will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack School complex on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thirty of the nation’s finest wildlife and nature artists, as well as several European nature artists and photographers, will present their work. Eighty juried craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their works, as well.

There will be hand-crafted door prizes, a nature film festival, nature center exhibits, and home-made food. The Delaware Valley Raptor Center will have live raptors on site, the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will present live animals, as will the Binghamton Zoo, so people can observe them close up and ask the experts questions. Presentations will be made about our Pennsylvania state parks and forest lands by expert Marcie Mowry, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundations.

Admission costs $5, and children under the age of 12 years admitted free. Visit audubonfestival.com.

Kayak demo at Promised Land

GREELEY, PA — Greeley’s Alice’s Wonderland outdoors shop will host a kayak demonstration at Promised Land State Park on Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demo will feature the store’s selection of one- and two-person kayaks. Attendees will be given the opportunity to test kayaks on the water as well as learn about different features to help those in the market to purchase a kayak decide which model is the best fit for them.

Staff will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions during the interactive demonstration, which will feature sit-in and sit-on-top kayak models from brands like Old Town, Necky, and Ocean. Life jackets will be provided. Visit aliceswonderland.comor call 570/226-4251.

Free fishing derby for kids

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor its annual free childrwen’s fishing derby on Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Hanofee Park. The rain date is July 23

The fishing derby is for children ages three to 14 years old (a parent/guardian must attend). Bring a fishing pole and bait if you have them.  Trophies and prizes will be awarded.  Children must fish from shore. Call 292-7690.

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