Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:33

    Community sing-alongs planned Greenwood Lake — Performance Showcase at the Greenwood Lake Public library will present “Community Sing-Along for Adults of All Ages” with certified music therapist Melinda Burgard on Fridays, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 15,, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burgard invites adults of all ages for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, interactive musical good time where enthusiastic singing is encouraged. This program is all about building a music-sharing community. Registration is required for this free program either in person or by telephone at 477-8377, ext. 10. The library is located at 79 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, New York 10925. Visible Artists Gallery features ‘People of the Bible’ during October WARWICK — The “People of the Bible” exhibit at Vision Community Church in Warwick will be available for viewing every Sunday in October before and after the 10 a.m. services, or anytime during the week with advanced notification. Throughout October, Vision Community Church will exhibit the work of Joyce Ellen Weinstein, a contemporary artist from the New York vicinity whose art is exhibited in museums worldwide. Weinstein’s work features personal interpretations of biblical figures created with a print making technique called linoleum block printing. With this technique, a design is cut into a sheet of linoleum to create a raised or relief surface, and is then inked and pressed into the surface of the paper. For more information, call 661-9883. Two art studios to open doors in Warwick this Sunday Warwick — Artist Susan Hope Fogel and potter Marilyn Dale will open their studios on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will offer mini-tours and there will be a Creative Abundance Sale, with special prices on many selected pieces. Both studios are on the same road in Warwick. Fogel’s studio is The Warwick Atelier at 3 Points of View (off Waterbury Road) and Dale’s studio is at 91 Waterbury Road. Arts Council sponsors training for teaching artists Sugar Loaf — The Orange County Arts Council is presenting a series of workshops focussing on the training of teaching artists, with a free, introductory question-and-answer session scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Arts Council Office, located at 23 White Oak Drive in Sugar Loaf. The first class will begin on Monday, Oct. 25, with John Cimino, president and founder of The Learning Arts and Creative Leaps International, as the guide. The cost for the series is $65 for members and $95 for non-members. This program is sponsored in part through grants from Target and Stewarts Shoppes, and through a grant to Cimino from Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange. Call the arts council at 469-9168 for an application. Green Thumb Gardening Series at library Greenwood Lake — The Green Thumb Gardening Series at the Greenwood Lake Public Library is continuing with the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County’s Master Gardeners. The series will continue with the following presentations: Plant Propagation - Saturday, Oct. 23,, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Master Gardener, Deborah Bell-Leverock, returns to the library for this gardening session.Learn the basic methods of plant propagation, including which methods are best for different types of plants. The Care and Selection of Holiday Gift Plants - Sunday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Holiday Gift Plants come in a variety of shapes and colors, including the ever-so-popular, poinsettia. Bell-Leverock will talk about the popular plants for holiday gift-giving, introduce you to some new varieties, and guide you in their care. Registration is required for these free adult programs either in person or by telephone at 477-8377, ext. 10. The library is located at 79 Waterstone Road, in Greenwood Lake. Church will showcase gospel music Warwick — The Union AME Church will host a Gospel Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Gospel talent from the Hudson Valley will include Rhonda Dimmie, Warwick Valley Chorale, Tony Smith on sax, Helen Bentley, Gospel City Limitless Music, Todd Gooden and Rod Blackstone. A donation of $20 is suggested. For more information call Denise at 986-1618 or Channabel at 914-772-8320. The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Brown is the pastor of the Union AME Church, which is located at 98 McEwen St., in Warwick, Historical Society to host Greek Heritage Program Newburgh — The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands will host a Greek Heritage Program on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 3 p.m. at The Newburgh Heritage Center. Panelists will include Hope Stephano, Marian Apostolou-Baldwin, Penelope Karageorge, Spiros Chumas and other members of the Greek community. They will discuss Newburgh’s rich Greek culture, businesses, neighborhoods, church life and traditions. Visitors should bring photographs and memories to share. Members are free. For non-members there is a suggested donation of $5. The Newburgh Heritage Center is located at 123 Grand St., in Newburgh. Concert will benefit Music for Humanity on Oct. 23 Montgomery — A Music for Humanity concert will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the senior center, located at 36 Bridge St. in Montgomery. A silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 8 p.m. Music will include selections from “Man of La Mancha,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Westside Story” and “La Traviata.” All profits will go to fund music scholarships for children. General admission tickets are $20 for advance purchase or $25 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call Barry Adelman at 469-0900 or e-mail him at To make a donation, send a check to Music for Humanity, PO Box 359, Chester NY 10918. Polonaise Ball set for Oct. 24 at Elk’s Club Middletown — The Hudson Valley Polonaise Society will host its annual Polonaise Ball on Oct. 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Elk’s Club in Middletown. The menu will consist of a prime rib dinner and the music will be provided by The Ablemen. The evening will commence with the stately Polonaise dance. An exhibition of polka dancing will also be part of the evening’s festivities. The society is dedicated to preserving the customs and traditions of Polish Heritage. For ticket information call Barbara at 258-4425. Explore ‘Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley” at GWL library Greenwood Lake — The Learn @ Your Library lecture series will present “Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley” with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Public Library. The Gottlocks will tell the historic story of the five towns along the Hudson River Valley that met their demise almost as quickly as they were established. From the ice quarrying towns of Rockland Lake to the Ashokan Reservoir towns of the brick-making town of Roseton (near Newburgh), only traces of these once vibrant settlements can now be found. Camp Shanks, one of World War II’s most significant military compounds, was erected in 1942 but was quickly abandoned at the war’s end after 3 million troops and POWs had passed through its gates in Rockland County. Camp Shanks gave way to Shanks Village, a settlement for returning veterans. Registration is required for this free adult program either in person or by telephone at 477-8377, ext. 10. ‘Breastless in the City’ lecture rescheduled for Nov. 1 Cornwall — A book lecture with the author of “Breastless in the City” Cathy Bueti has been rescheduled for Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at its medical office pavilion in Cornwall. Beuti is a breast cancer survivor and her book is a memoir in which she shares her experience as a young widow dating while undergoing cancer treatment. Her story has been featured on CNN,, USA Today, and Women’s World. She continues to reach out to people on her Web site and blog at For more information call 568-2232 or e-mail