Some three years ago the Sullivan Public Library Alliance (SUPLA) had a wonderful idea to establish a Poet Laureate for Sullivan County. The steering committee of SUPLA selects the Poet …
Some three years ago the Sullivan Public Library Alliance (SUPLA) had a wonderful idea to establish a Poet Laureate for Sullivan County. The steering committee of SUPLA selects the Poet Laureate.
The Poet Laureate receives a small stipend and an honorarium and spends a year traveling around the County as the Library’s Ambassador for the appreciation for reading and encouraging the writing of poetry.
The theme is always the Spirit of Sullivan County. The first Sullivan County Poet Laureate was Mark Blackford, followed last year by Lisa Caloro. The current Poet Laureate was selected out of a pool of ten applicants for the County is Eric Baylin from who, in addition to being a poet, is an accomplished sculpture and lyricist.
Eric attended Duke University and graduated with a master’s in Fine Art from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. For thirty-three years he taught Art at Packer Collegiate Institute before retiring to Sullivan County. As a poet Mr. Baylin says, he “loves poking through the matter of factness of everyday words and discovering the rich possibilities of newfound connections and hearing words as if for the first time.”
With his extensive experience in education and his love for the arts Mr. Baylin wants to help all of us write poetry. With the able assistance of the Sunshine Hall Free Library Mr. Baylin will be holding a workshop “Poetry Word Play”. This is for everyone young and old who want a primer on how to start to write a poem or for those who may have written for years.
Please join this free workshop and ignite your creativity and imagination and have some fun. The Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 6th starting at 11 a.m. The site for the workshop is the Highland Senior Center which is located at 725 Route 55.
To get more information and register for the workshop contact the library at (845) 557-6258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that all COVID protocols will be followed including wearing masks and social distancing.
As promised, I’m providing more details about the Halloween event happening on Saturday, October 23rd that is being sponsored by the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce during the final seasonal market for the Barryville Farmers Market.
The cars participating in the Trunk and Treat will gather at the Cul-de-Sac next to the Shohola Bridge at 10 a.m. This will leave about an hour to set up and decorate the trunks before the kiddos parade down River Road to the Trunk and Treats.
Any children and their canine companions should be at the Farmers Market by the Methodist Church between 10:30-11 p.m. After the kiddos score as much candy as they can haul away and the dogs score their treats, the parade will march back to the Farmers Market where the costume prizes and other scary events will be happening.
If anyone would like to participate in the Trunk and Treat (and maybe win a bottle of wine), donate prizes or need more information, please contact Mary from the Chamber at (917) 593-0307. See you there!
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