A real slam dunk

A real slam dunk

The annual Woodstock Fringe Play Slam is happening today at the Byrdcliffe Theatre from 2 to 6 p.m.

A Play Slam is a veritable orgy of unleashed theatricality and creativity.

Playwrights, directors, actors and theatre lovers will assemble at the historic old theater on Upper Byrdcliffe Road.

Playwrights, bring your 10-minute scripts! Directors, bring your director's fedora. Actors bring your panache. The rest of you, bring your ears. Plays will be cast from whoever turns up.

Everyone who wants to read will read.

Plays are sometimes briefly rehearsed. Sometimes they are read completely cold. They're read for the assembled combination of listeners, other actors, directors and folks who wander in from their walking tours of the beautiful surrounding Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.

All are welcome, pros and non.

The Play Slam is free and part of Woodstock Arts Day, which also features open galleries, free music and art sales. For complete listing, visit www.woodstockartsconsortium.org.

Animal farm revisited

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, a 100-acre haven for rescued farm animals, is offering tours of its grounds and the 150 horses, goats, pigs, cows, chickens and sheep who have found a new home there.

Tours are up close and personal and begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

For directions and details, visit www.casanctuary.org or call 336-8447.

Fair & flea

There will be a Spring Fair on the Great Lawn on the west side of Route 97 in Callicoon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Expect a flea market, bake sale, teens' clothing stall, live music and more.

Call 887-5454 for further information.