As the final days of summer begin to wane, one of my favorite things to do at work is to take an afternoon coffee break. Standing outside my building on 8th Avenue, cup in hand, on any nice day, we call the break the “2 p.m. freak show.” At this time of day, the working world is back in its cubicles, while the streets are taken over by the traveling minstrel show of misfits. It seems the nice weather brings them all out of their closets. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If you haven’t been to a Collabonation Productions show yet then what are you waiting for? The production company made up of Joe Murray and Dylan Smith has been booking shows for over a year, most of them being at The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, a popular bar/concert venue for young people from all over the area. Most of the shows are jam bands from upstate or the city, but Collabonation did something a little different last Friday night. They booked three bands (one being a jam band from Brooklyn), but the other two bands were local (or mostly local). Read more
September is here, and many animals in our area are preparing in some way for the onset of colder weather to come. Some insects and many birds have already started to migrate to warmer climes, and it is this migration behavior that enables researchers to get a “snapshot” of the wellbeing of a particular species and its habitat. Read more
WELCOME LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake and Welcome Lake volunteer fire companies will hold the first ever Firemen’s Field Day and pig roast on Saturday, September 28, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Welcome Lake Fire Pavilion, 99 Cosgrove Rd. The event is rain or shine. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Read more
The students stare back at me blankly. I wonder if they are paying attention.
“Who knows the difference between overwrite and splice in?”
A few of them nod. One yawns long and large but then surprisingly raises his hand and answers the question. I guess you can’t blame them; it is a three-hour class on a Monday night.
It wasn’t too long ago that the tables were turned and I was a student sitting far back in the computer lab in an NYU editing class. I’m sure there were times I yawned, probably much worse. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Liberty Rotary Club will hold its inaugural spirit and beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the club’s scholarship fund on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catskill Distillery at the Dancing Cat Saloon. Three spirits distilled on the premises at distillery will be featured, as well as four unique beers to be tasted, plus Trout Town American Amber Ale presented by the Roscoe Beer Company. The beer tasting will be facilitated by Gasko and Meyer. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100 years in Sullivan County, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) has announced the theme for its fourth annual calendar photo contest is “Sullivan County Over the Past 100 Years.” The public is asked to look through their old photos for special shots of people and places in Sullivan County over the last century. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The first session of a three-part workshop titled “Introduction to Pinterest and Paper Crafting” will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in The Hub at the Port Jervis library. Part I will guide you through setting up and using your own virtual pin board, and help you find an inspiration for the following week’s paper crafting project. In parts II and III, you will convert your inspiration into useable, seasonally themed greeting cards (Hands on classes: October 1 and December 10). Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Denning Day: An Afternoon of History” will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. The Time and the Valleys Museum will share information from its archives on the history of the Town of Denning in Ulster County.
Town of Denning residents will share oral histories from and information about life along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. A newly donated collection of unusual items from the Herbert and Esther George estate in Sundown will be shown. Read more
DAMASCUS, PA — The Harvest Festival, a time to celebrate the joys of rural life, will be held at the Galilee Unity Grange on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Damascus Area United Methodist Churches through the outreach ministries of the PEARLCenter for rural ministry (PEARL stands for Preserving, Enriching and Appreciating Rural Life.) Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Here is a story of a vision that started many years ago, in the mind of a young person, who craved a sacred place where everyone belonged and where everyone felt nurtured. This vision encompassed a sense of seeing each person as a whole and empowering each one through education and peaceful guidance. As time evolved, this young person grew up, the vision became clearer, and the beginnings of such a wonderful place began to form. This is the story of a young woman and how she created The Stoneworks Learning Center (SLC). Read more
Last month I wrote about the difficult effort to find the political “center”—or for that matter, to even define it. For some, this elusive center presents an opportunity, and their search is motivated by a sense that there might be advantage to be gained by formulating an attractive vision of a unifying, centrist politics. They calculate that the right person, with the right set of “non-partisan” positions, could leverage people’s frustrations with business-as-usual and draw a strong following. Read more
When people ask that ubiquitous question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” this year, my husband, John, has to say, “I did a lot of digging—in the cellar.” It’s an answer that always brings a laugh or raises an eyebrow or both. But I assure you, it is meant in the most innocent of ways. Yes, John also took hikes, grew sunflowers and swam in the ocean. And he really did spend a good part of the summer in the cellar of this old house. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Darrell Scott is not a stereotype motivational speaker. Dressed in faded jeans and sea-washed polo, his low-key day-long presentation at Woodloch Pines nightclub on Friday, September 6, to an audience of over 250, including educators, students, school administrators, clergy, business and civic leaders, was one of humility and quiet dignity. Read more
While autumn brings a welcome array of rich colors to the region as the light sharpens and foliage begins to change, it also signals the departure of the brilliant green ruby-throated hummingbirds that enhance our lives throughout spring and summer.
By early fall, hummingbirds begin their long journey south, bound for Central America. Many will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Males may begin migration by early August, with females lingering into mid-September. Read more