Fire Prevention Week will be observed throughout the country beginning Sunday. There will be an assortment of activities. In Middletown at Central Firehouse, 81 E. Main St., there will be an open house from noon-3 p.m. There will be a smoke house trailer and everyone visiting will be shown what should be done in case of an emergency. The firefighters will show their skills. The Middletown Police whose chief is John Ewanciw and the Middletown Kiwanis, which is led by Gef Chumard, president, will be there. So will Mayor Joe DeStefano.
As part of the fun, there will be a bounce house, pictures with Sparky, the Fire Prevention Dog, the Texas Roadhouse mascot, refreshments and more.
Members of the volunteer fire police have put on the exhibit and open house. Assistant Chief Gil Flores is chairman of the committee, assisted by Wayne Tiffany.
• The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 140 will have a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-noon Sunday at the American Legion Lodge 141 on Wawayanda Avenue. Tickets are $8, $7 for senior residents and veterans, and $5 for children 6-12. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. It’s a good group of men and women who put on the breakfast. On a clear day motorcyclists and others riding by stop by. They’re always welcome, and the kitchen staff is always prepared. For information, call 343-6542.
• The Mount Hope Historical Society will have its Harvest Festival from noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eleazer Harding Farm, 183 Old Mountain Road in Otisville. A 1940 Lionel train set will be on display and Otisville veterans will be honored with a photo and uniform exhibit. Attending will be farm animals, including the Ketcham family alpacas. The event has so much to see, including the Navasang Long Rifles, Revolutionary War reenactors, cider-making by the Goldsmiths, and apple fritters cooked on an open fire. Homemade lunch items will be available for sale and the popular Otisville Brass will be playing throughout the festival. Admission is free.
Music, music, music
• "Passion at the Piano" is the title of the solo recital given by Ilya Yakushev at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Middletown SUNY Orange campus in the William & Helen Theatre at Orange Hall. Tickets will go on sale in the box office at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert. The price is $12 for adults and $10 for senior residents, faculty, staff and alumni. The artist will play works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt.
• Kairos: A Consort of Singers under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan will open its 2018-19 Bach Cantata Series at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Route 9W in West Park. Featured will be Cantata 76, Die Himmel Erzahlen die Ehre Cantata Series. Even song is always free to the public and all are welcome. A $10 donation is suggested to help with costs. It is suggested that people arrive at least 20 minutes before the performance to secure seating. For information, call 256-9114.
• A free organ concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the West Point Cadet Chapel will be presented by Andrew Scanlon, East Carolina University organist. The concert is sponsored by the Class of 1936 Distinguished Organists Recital Series. The chapel organ contains more than 23,500 pipes. The concert will be one hour in length. Leave home early enough to not be late for the concert due to vehicle security checks at the gates.
• The ensemble PLAY (Peace, Love, Art, You) the Classics has teamed with the Shandelee Music Festival and will sponsor a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Featured will be the talented Aletheia Piano Trio playing work by Mozart, Faure and Shostakovich. Tickets, which are required, are $35 for adults, $30 for festival members, and $10 for students 17 and younger. They are available by calling 845-439-3277.
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