Arts and Community


Frida Kahlo, “Self-Portrait, 1940”

September 13, Simple Gifts. The multi-instrument, multi-talented world-folk duo of Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon are returning to the county, this time to lead a ukulele workshop, 3 pm at Sullivan Terrace in Dushore, to be followed by a concert, 7 pm at St. Francis Hall in Mildred. To sign up for the workshop, call Barb Murray at 570-928-8968.

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October 12-13, Art Expo. Now in its Umpteenth year, the Expo has been held every second weekend of October during the Fall Festival at the Forksville Fairgrounds. So we’re inviting artists from across the Northern Tier of PA and the Southern Tier of NY to enter their work for a share of $1,200 in professionally judged prizes, plus a chance at the coveted People’s Choice Award. You can find an application here.

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Events by our friends and compadres:

Friends of the Library murder mystery! No, it’s not, “Who killed reading?” It’s “Pasta, Passion, and Pistols,” Saturday, October 5 at the Eagles Mere County Club, enacted by the North Catty Players, a group from Albright College featuring SCHS graduate Ean Ammerman as Marco Roni. The mystery unfolds as family and friends gather to pay respects to Italian restaurateur Pepi Roni who has been shot in the back with his own pistol.

The country club will be transformed into an Italian eatery with Italian favorites of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, salad bar, garlic bread and dessert. A non-alcoholic drink will be served with the dinner, but a cash bar will be available at 5 pm, with dinner at 6. For tickets ($40), call 570-764-5948. There will be prizes and raffles. Come with your friends for an evening of fun to benefit the Sullivan County Library. This is an invitation you cannot refuse!

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Basic drawing lessons at the Sullivan County Library. Knowing how to draw serves as a good base for working in other visual media as well as being a joy in itself. The instructor, who exhibited at the library this spring, will be Mary Ellen Minnier, September 14, 21, and 28  at the Dushore Library, 10-11 am. There is no charge for this program. Mary Ellen studied painting at the PA Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and in 1969 spent five months studying on a J. H. Scheidt Memorial Traveling Scholarship in Europe. She is proficient in soft sculpture, block printing, stained glass used in residential homes in the county, scrimshaw and woodworking. The program is made possible through a grant to from United Way of Lycoming County. Sign up for the program at the Library or call 570-928-9352.

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Endless Arts in Eagles Mere. The SCCA has provided three scholarships for high school students to attend the workshops at this hands-and-minds-on festival of the arts, October 3-6. We’re very happy to be able to partner with the Eagles Mere Friends of the Arts in this contemporary Chautauqua Experience. Find the full schedule of classes and workshops at

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Terry McKelvey is an artist in residence at the Soaring Gardens Residency in Laceyville, PA during September. He is seeking a figure-drawing group where he may draw from a model, or would be interested in possibly hiring a figure model for private drawing sessions. His figure drawings and paintings can be viewed on his website,

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For a list of all our major programs, look here.

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Local arts and other links:

Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum

Sullivan County Library

Sullivan County general page

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Heading photo by Donna Sherwood