Flying trapeze lessons

NEWBURGH - Folks are looking up in Newburgh. And with good reason. Newburgh Trapeze on Safe Harbors Green, 107 Broadway, offers people who want to "fly" do just that.

Come to the Learn to Fly kickoff event, 5:30 p.m. July 7, to find out more. There'll be a performance by professional trapeze artists, plus circus treats and cool drinks. Not only that, but people who want to try out the flying trapeze may get the chance that evening.

It's all designed to give visitors a sense of what will be offered in workshops that run July 8-20. Anyone who's ever wanted to fly through the air on the trapeze, under the guidance of trained instructors, of course, can sign up for the workshops. Proceeds from these classes will benefit the upcoming Ritz Kidz Zip-Zap Circus program.

Classes cost $45-$60. Find info on classes, schedules and registration at

Workshop with Broadway conductor

JEFFERSONVILLE - Broadway conductor Angela Jamieson is returning to her native Jeffersonville July 19 to give a day-long musical theater workshop to students age 8 and older at the Janice Center, 4286 Rt. 52. Jamieson will offer a day of instruction, insight and inspiration in which participants will act out scenes from select Broadway shows and  sing popular songs from those shows.

Jamieson, a 1991 Jeff-Youngsville graduate, is the conductor and pianist for "The Lion King" on Broadway. She has also toured worldwide with "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Peter Pan." She has been heavily involved in teaching theater through such organizations as New York City Center, Young Audiences, Inside Broadway, Summer Arts Institute and Disney Worldwide.

The workshop will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee is $100. A $10 discount applies if a participant is also taking one of the Janice Center's other summer workshops  - Rock Band, Hip Hop or Ballet. For more information or to register, call 482-3324 or visit

Art about town

WARWICK - The upcoming Warwick Summer Arts Festival expands the popular event to encompass a range of arts event, performances, concerts and interactive activities to run over the course of five weeks - From July 12-Aug. 16. This townwide celebration of art, now in its 18th year, is open to everyone.

Here are some highlights: 10-Minute Play Festival, 7-10 p.m. July 12, featuring original plays, screenplays or scenes. Wonder, Wander Warwick Art Experience Tour, 11 am.-4 p.m. July 14. Collaborative groupings of artists will be located in six off-the-beaten-path studio spaces, public businesses and community spaces all within walking distance of each other in the Village of Warwick. Visitors can experiment with art, see artists creating their works and join in the process. Everyone will make a Wonder Wander Wand as a keepsake. Poery Slam & Jam with live music, 6-9 p. m. July 18 at Pennings Farm Beer Garden.

Get all the details at

Mystery writer publishes new book

HANKINS - Local author Gray Basnight's new political thriller "Flight of the Fox" will be released July 23 and he will be making visits to area bookstores and events to meet with readers. 

The book tells the story of an innocent math professor who tries to decode a mystery file that lands in his in-box while a team of hitmen chase him from the Catskills and New York City down the East Coast. Their goal is to suppress dark government crimes from decades past. His goal is for the truth to be told.

Basnight will be at: AuthorFest PA in Honesdale July 21, at The Cooperage 2-4 p.m.;  Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St., New York City, 6:30 p.m. July 25.

Alan Alda in Milford

MILFORD, PA. - Alda Alda, the actor perhaps best known for his iconic role in the TV show M*A*S*H as Hawkeye Pierce, is coming to the Milford Readers & Writers Festival Sept. 29. Alda is also an award-winning writer and he will be talking about his new passion: helping people  communicate with each other. 

He'll be in conversation at the festival with writer and editor Suzanne Braun Levine about his new book “If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Communicating."

The festival runs Sept. 28-30. Find out more at