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March 2016

Hortonville Talent Show celebrates 30th year

HORTONVILLE, NY — It’s time to sign up now for the Hortonville Talent Show’s 30th year. This year’s show will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. If you’d like to be included in the acts, dust off your dancing shoes or get out your favorite tune and start practicing for your three minutes of fame. Space is limited, so you should call 845/887 4346 as soon as possible if you wish to perform.  Read more

Shakespeare at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The second installment of “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film” will take place at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, March 24. The film “Twelfth Night” will be shown at 7 p.m. Robert Dugan, PhD curates the series and will lead a discussion after the film.  Read more

Easter Bunny visits Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host its Spring Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at the fireman’s field on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. There will be crafts for children and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. She will be arriving to start the Egg Hunt just after 2 p.m.  Read more

Swampcandy and Goodnight Moonshine

HAWLEY, PA — This weekend, Harmony Presents will showcase two highly praised musical groups in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26: Mississippi Blues duo Swampcandy and Molly Venter of Red Molly’s new project, Goodnight Moonshine.

Swampcandy is “whiskey-drinkin’, foot- stompin’, hand-clappin’ and pig-eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Swampcandy doesn’t just play the blues, they transform the genre, taking one of American music’s oldest forms and rendering it brand new.”  Read more

And the winner is…

There’s been a lot of chatter in recent years about kids being raised in an environment that does not foster excellence, but instead encourages the notion that by simply participating, everyone is a winner. Gone are the days of gold stars on school work, and trophies are given out willy-nilly, often just for showing up.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music recital

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project and the Weekend of Chamber Music will present Weekend of Chamber Music’s spring series, titled “Upstate Equinox,” on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

The program will include Beethoven, String Trio in D Major, Op. 9; J.S. Bach, Chorale Prelude on Nun kom der heiden Heiland; Andrew Waggoner, Down/Up; and James Primosch, Oboe Quartet, Improvisations (free improvisation; centered on violin and cello, performed by Waggoner and Stinson).

The suggested donation is $15 advance, $20 at the door.  Read more

Chant holds reception for deLeeuw

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, is currently featuring Hemlock Farms abstract artist Lauryn deLeeuw. The show, which runs until April 28, will hold a reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. deLeeuw will welcome visitors and talk about her colorful and sensuous art. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, deLeeuw has traveled the world, focusing on studies of ancient cultures and artifacts. Her visits to the Orient as well as the admiration she has for artists like Titian, deKooning, Cezanne and Matisse have had a major influence in her painting.  Read more

“Damn Yankees!” home run

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In our March 10 issue, Sullivan West journalism class students Leif Johansen and Camille Sensiba wrote an article about Sullivan West’s then upcoming production of the classic musical “Damn Yankees!” On March 11, 12 and 13, the cast put on a spirited performance in a stellar show, and the photos of Joan Glase and Rocky Pinciotti, parents of one of the stars, Gabriel Pinciotti, captured the moment.

Green giant

Are you willing to go farther afield to nourish yourself? Foraging is a wonderful way to get outside, connect to the land and discover nature’s abundance. One of the very first wild plants to emerge in spring—and one of the most commonly found in nearby meadows, parks and fields—is the nettle. It’s covered in stingers, as anyone who has ever tried to pick it without wearing gloves well knows. But, like most prickly characters, with a little understanding and the proper care, it reveals its better qualities.  Read more

Looking Back

Thomas Valentine Taft built his Hawley mansion after moving his family from Tafton, which was named for his father, Royal Taft. Born in 1819 in New York City, T. V. Taft was brought to Pennsylvania when he was just nine months old. When his father died, Taft took over the family farm, store and hotel, and in 1866 moved his wife and children to Hawley and built a successful milling business. “Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania” says of T. V.  Read more