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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

Nothing says summer like firing up the barbeque, though all this rain is threatening to put a crimp in our grilling. But inclement weather could never stop me from making my favorite Thai-style...

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I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure...

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It’s July, and this is the time when young birds of all types are reaching the point where they are leaving their nests and learning to fend for themselves. Among the myriad of species of young...

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Actually, it was more like a midsummer dream of a weekend. While loath to admit that July is already gone, the plethora of events here in the Upper Delaware River region has been staggering of...

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The Upper Delaware River region is riddled with water bodies, ranging from rivers to lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Those who spend time near such waters are likely to encounter the northern...

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Wine seminar with tasting at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host certified specialist of wine, sommelier and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, JoAnn DeGaglia on Thursday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

DeGaglia will present “Wine Lovers’ Journey through the World of Wine,” focused on wines of spring and summer. This is a free 90-minute program informative for everyone, from novice to wine aficionado.  Read more

‘Filling the Void’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Filling the Void,” an exhibition of artwork at the Laundry King at 65 Main St. from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays May 16, May 23, and May 30. There will be an opening reception on May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Water recreation in Sullivan

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Water Recreation in Sullivan County,” a talk by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian, and Debra Conway, executive director of the non-profit historic preservation group, The Delaware Company, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. (State Route 55).  Read more

Train-themed children’s movie in the park

HONESDALE, PA — In conjunction with National Train Days, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will show a train-themed children’s movie outdoors in Central Park, beginning at dusk. Travel to a magical island where diesel locomotives take on steam locomotives. Will the magic gold dust be found in time? Can Thomas save the day?

The movie is brought to you by the GHP with support from Attorney Michael Lehutsky, Music & Video Express and the Wayne County Council on the Arts.  Read more

Dog tired

I know that I’m feeling it, but for something completely different, I’m unsure where the phrase originated, so I looked it up. “An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted [duh], it derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out hunting with his extensive kennel of hunting dogs and blah, blah, blah…” (  Read more

Appalachian roots duo Red Tail Ring

HAWLEY, PA — The Americana Roots duo Red Tail Ring renders traditional Appalachian tunes and original compositions at Harmony Presents, located inside the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill, on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Dine al fresco at WCM benefit

BETHEL, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s annual Music in the Barn benefit will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds of the private country home of the long-time friends of WCM who generously host the benefit, to view the gardens and the pond, and enjoy wine and mingling as the dinner concert evening begins.  Read more

Grand opening for Roscoe Beer

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe NY Beer Co. will celebrate the opening of its newly renovated craft brewery and tasting room with a weekend-long celebration. On Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. there will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, food and tours of the brewery. The celebration will continue Saturday at 12 noon with more live music, outdoor games and giveaways, local artwork, a barbeque and tastings of the Trout Town™ Amber Ale, Rainbow Red, Brown Ale and “Root 206” root beer for the kids.  Read more

Book signing for ‘Yo Miz!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Elizabeth Rose will sign books and read from her memoir “Yo Miz!” on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. “Yo Miz!” covers Rose’s journey substitute teaching in 25 Manhattan public high schools. Just published, “Yo Miz!” has garnered praise from education luminaries like Deborah Meier, who called it “a masterpiece” and author Molly Turner, Ph.D. who wrote, “Yo Miz!  Read more

Crookston comes to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Ithaca NY-based artist Joe Crookston ( will perform a RiverFolk Concert at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.  Read more

Mysteryland 2014: Woodstock 2.0

I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to attend the iconic Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969. Since I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes at that point—and time machines haven’t been invented yet—I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to experience it firsthand. Last year’s Mysteryland wasn’t exactly Woodstock, but from what I experienced, it was about as close as one could get.  Read more

Two Worlds

This is a story of a young man who lives in two worlds. You probably live in one of them and don’t even know there is another conjoined.  Read more

Early spring cold-blooded critters make their appearance

As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone falling overboard would be in real danger of being overcome by the effects of hypothermia if they didn’t exit the water quickly. But the turtles didn’t seem to be affected by the cold water, though they spend a lot of time basking in the sun this time of year in order to regulate their body temperature.  Read more

National Train Days celebrated in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kick off your spring and summer at historic Honesdale’s “National Train Days,” Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

A family affair

I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception. Anticipating a mob to show up for musician and celebrated designer Andy Hilfiger’s highly touted fashion show, “Bellbottoms and Butterfly Wings” (, I pulled into the lot with the Wonder Dog and noticed a blonde parked next to me in a convertible with the top down, applying lipstick and singing at the top of her lungs.  Read more

WJFF to broadcast Indigo Moon live

HONESDALE, PA — WJFF Radio Catskill and The Cooperage Project will team up to present the Indigo Moon Brass Band live from The Cooperage on Thursday, April 30. The performance will take place during WJFF’s radio show Ramble Tamble. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the performance, which will be simulcast live on WJFF Radio Catskill, 90.5 FM,  Read more

‘Spring’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — “Spring,” a new art exhibit, opens at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) on May 2 and runs through the 31st. The show features art works by long-time alliance members as well as that of newer members Kitty Mitchell and Alethea Pape. There will be an artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served along with wine provided by Bashakill Vineyards.  Read more

Kite festival marks 25th year

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host its 25th annual kite festival on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus green. This free festival is sponsored by SUNY Sullivan in conjunction with Jeff Bank, Thunder 102, the Sullivan County Visitors Association and WSUL/WVOS Radio.  Read more

‘SHHH!’ CAS auction

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit,” an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from May 9 through May 24. The exhibit will feature works by local artists that visitors can bid on, win, and take home the day the exhibition closes. The opening reception will be held on May 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Nancy Pitcher featured at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Dr. Nancy Pitcher will bring a touch of spring in May to the Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, with colorful watercolors and oil paintings. Floral and landscape themed, Pitcher adds to her collection many new works depicting ocean scenes and rock formations skillfully done in oils using a palette knife. Educator and awardwinning artist, Pitcher is making a return engagement to the gallery. She will be welcoming visitors at a reception on Saturday, May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information and directions to Lords Valley, call 570/775-7337.

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