After months of planning, the first Readers & Writers Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Milford, Pa., is about to kick off with “Humans Collective,” an innovative group performing a fusion of eclectic dance styles and literature at the historic Milford Theater at 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

The popular piece “Alone-Ology,” was inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, “Alone.” Tickets to the performance are $20 and available by visiting milfordreaderandwriters.com.

Other ticketed events include: “A Conversation with John Berendt,” author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," a Pulitzer Prize finalist and record holder for the longest time on the hardcover best seller list of the New York Times; “A Conversation with M.K. Asante, author of "Buck: A Memoir," as well as a professor, filmmaker, and rapper; “A Conversation with Gloria Steinem,” activist and writer who authored “My Life on the Road, a New York Times best-seller; and a Plenary Panel with Berendt, Asante and Steinem.

A limited number of festival passes, valid for entry to ticketed events, are $150. The festival also will offer participants a host of free programming that will focus on gardening, cooking, “Women Writing for Women,” storytelling, and children’s programs sponsored by the Pike County Public Library, conservation, conversations with local writers, and more.

For a schedule of free and ticketed events, visit milfordreadersandwriters.com.

Coming up

-The Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity in collaboration with Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange is hosting a program, “Four Perfect Pebbles, My Holocaust Story - A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope.” It will be given by Marion Blumenthal Lazan, who spent her formulative years in a concentration camp in Germany. The event is free and will be in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010.

A copy of the speaker’s book will be available for signing.

A reception to open an art exhibit “Friends of a Feather - Bird Paintings” by Joseph Sundwall, will be from 5:30-7:45 p.m. Friday at Orange Hall on the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.

The second Sun-Rise Breakfast Forum at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh will be from 8-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Mount’s Dominican Center, on the college campus, 330 Powell Ave. There is no charge. The focus will be financial technology startups focused on underserved urban markets.

This and that

Rivkie Borenstein, a director of Chabad Jewish Center in Goshen, in preparation for high holidays hosted a wine tasting which was given by Adrienne Butvinik. Borenstein can be reached at chabadoc@aol.com.

 

 Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. Reach her at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.