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"Murder and Mayhem” is the theme of a Halloween celebration that includes artwork, deep conversation, complimentary refreshments, and readings from the latest works of two local authors.  Both books being featured cover dark topics and have been called “cringe worthy”, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Killing Time in the Catskills by Kevin Owen is the carefully researched, real-life story of Lizzie Halliday, whose crimes ranged from bigamy to multiple murders.  She was the first woman ever sentenced to death by electric chair.  Kevin will provide details on many of Lizzie's favorite pastimes, which included horse theft, arson, insurance fraud, and killing her husbands.

Anomalies: an offbeat alphabet by Paul Plumadore is a fantastical collection, with prints of original collages and dark poetry matched to each letter of the alphabet.  You’ll meet Sister Mary Jean Marie (who’s not the nun she’s supposed to be) and Doctor Proctor (who doesn’t do/ what other doctors do to you).  As explained in the preface:

“Each letter gets spent, as the reading embraces

The facts, the events, the acts and the spaces

Where darkness defines the light it encases.

The gist of this alphabet rests in those places.”

Both Paul and Kevin have agreed stay around after the Q & A for less formal conversation at our after party.  This free event is taking place at Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2 PM.

The event sponsor, Barryville Area Arts Association, is grateful to the authors for participating in this event, to the local artists who have donated pieces to the “Macabre Art” exhibit, and to the John L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation, for their financial support.



Indigenous communities, peoples and nations are the ones that flourished in any particular area before an invasion or colonization.   One tribe from our neck of the woods—what anthropologists call the Northeastern Woodlands—is the Lenape.  And like other native Americans, the Lenape still carry an identity distinct from the culture that currently predominates in the Delaware River Valley. 

"Indigenous" is a celebration of indigenous people of the Northeast.  It includes two presentations and a display of artifacts, as well as classic prints and contemporary art related to this theme.

Glenn Pontier will be sharing original stories of the "original" (Lenape) people.   We can learn a lot from how they used stories to build community.

Bill Leiser will present on the Zimmerman archeological dig, which discovered prehistoric tools and residential structures.  Two of the recovered artifacts will be on display.

The event also includes art created by originals and transplants, music, and poetry, all related to the indigenous theme.  The reception is on November 2, 2019, from 4 – 6 PM, at the AMCC, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.

This event is coordinated by Ari Mir-Pontier, sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and made possible through a grant from the Robert L. Snyder Foundation, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

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