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August 2016

Have I stayed too long at the fair?

Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (, the one referred to in the header of this column is a metaphor. The sentiment was brought on by (of all things) the production of “Rock of Ages” ( that I caught last Thursday in Forestburgh—their “swan song” musical of the summer season. Before I get down to brass tacks (I mean weepy, morose, end-of-summer blues), let’s address my day at the real fair, which to be fair, was… fair.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley and the environs come alive with music, boating, bicycling and a whole raft of lake-related activities at Wally Lake Fest from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28.

The party gets started on Friday with a variety of live music at the local restaurants and pubs as well as a comedic play at the local playhouse. The live entertainment continues throughout the weekend.  Read more

Bluegrass duo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — David Cavage and Josh Sudigala will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Cavage (banjo, vocals), who resides in Carbondale, ranks among the finest banjo players and songwriters in bluegrass music today. Sudigala (guitar/vocals) began attending bluegrass festivals even before he was old enough to play, taken by his grandfather, an accomplished banjo player. At age 14, Josh began playing electric guitar and rock ‘n roll. But within a few years, he was back into bluegrass, and more importantly, flatpicking.  Read more

‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

HONESDALE, PA — The film “All’s Well that Ends Well,” a version of Shakespeare’s play, will be screened at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Robert Dugan will introduce the play with a brief background and orientation. “Shakespeare is fun,” he says, “and profound because the plays are so resilient and adaptable.”  Read more

Recital at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — Faculty members of the Nesin Summer Music Academy will be joined by their students for a faculty/student ensemble recital on Friday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Students of all ages have been working at the Summer Academy to create original compositions that will be performed by the faculty at this recital. The students that attended the Summer Music Academy Boot Camp developed their performance skills and technique on various instruments.  Read more

Judy Collins’ collaborator at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Ari Hest, a consummate performer in the folk world, on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. Hest is one of Judy Collins’ favorite singer-songwriters, and has recently released an album, “Silver Skies Blue,” as a collaboration with Collins, the first of its kind in Collins’ career. He is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music-inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.  Read more

‘Eat, Drink & Collage’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Explore the fine art of mixed-media collage using a treasure trove of found objects collected over 30 years, Friday, August 26 at an event titled “Eat, Drink & Collage.” It will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, downstairs at the Heron, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Poetry reading at Black and Brass

HONESDALE, PA — Black and Brass Coffee Roasters Cafe, 520 Main St., will host Karen Morris and John Tomlinson in a poetry reading and book signing event for their book, “RAGE: The Misery of Men :: HOPE: The Dawning of Men,” on Friday, August 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be wine, snacks and coffee drinks.

Art critic/curator Dominique Nahas, in a review of the book, wrote that it “brings together... a remarkable duo of artistic poet and poetic artist.  Read more

‘Rising folk sensation’ Seth Glier

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Seth Glier on Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. The New York Times called him “a rising folk sensation,” and USA Today wrote that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”

The show takes place in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. Cocoon Catering Company caters wine, beer and light snacks on site. Tickets cost $19 to $22. They can be purchased online at or in person at AMSkier Insurance Agency located at 209 Main Ave. For more information call 570/588-8077.

Jupiter Chamber Players provide Sunset finale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The finale of the Shandelee Music Festival’s Sunset Concert Series will be an out-of-this-world experience as the Jupiter Chamber Players take the stage with “An Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in the Shandelee Music Festival Concert Pavilion, 442 J. Young Rd. The evening will feature the music of Haydn, Rabi and Brahms.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are violinist Asi Matathias, violist Cong Wu, cellist Zlatomir Fung, clarinetist Vadim Lando and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.  Read more