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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Middle School (DVMS) Drama Booster Club will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” taking favorite songs from the Schoolhouse Rock Saturday morning cartoons and educational videos and presenting them live on stage. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered at 570/296-1835. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.  Read more

Forestburgh revamps summer 2012

FORESTBURGH, NY — Producing director Norman Duttweiler announced a number of changes and additions to the previously announced 2012 summer season at the Forestburgh Playhouse. “Although we try to avoid changing a season that we have already announced, sometimes situations arise which cause this to happen.  Read more

Visions of sugarplums

MILFORD, PA — Maura Falli, right, and Larry Utter will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier in The Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 26. There will be a 12 noon and a 7 p.m. performance at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium on Route 6 and 209. Call 845/856-3373.

November kayak ride

The weather turned warm again, so after school recently Becky, Sam and I went for a kayak ride across Nevin’s pond. For Sam and I, it might be the last ride until next spring. My dear friend Becky typically takes her last ride the day after Thanksgiving when she pulls the kayaks out of the water and brings them home for winter storage. It is not your usual “Black Friday” tradition but a tradition nonetheless.  Read more

A cormorant comes calling

This double-crested cormorant was a recent and unusual visitor to Greeley Lake in Pike County, PA, where it lingered for approximately one week in a swampy area of the lake. Normally found in colonies and traveling in flocks, this bird appeared to be alone.

Double-crested cormorants are black, sturdily built birds with long hooked bills, long necks and an orange throat pouch. Their voice is a deep guttural grunt, although they are typically silent in flight. This bird primarily eats fish, which it hunts by swimming and diving to depths of up to 25 feet for between 30 to 70 seconds.  Read more

‘Fur and Feathers’

MILFORD, PA — Karen Kruger (www.KarenKruger.com), a native of New Jersey, has photographed all over the world. Her most recent collection, on display at the ARTery Gallery from November 10 to December 4, showcases unusual animals and birds from Africa and North America.

“If we’ve been lucky enough to observe animals in the wild, we feel a sense of awe at watching, smelling and hearing them. We are the trespassers while they move about freely. We admire their strength and grace, considering some to personify spirits that can guide or protect us.”  Read more

Holiday show in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its annual holiday show from November 19 through December 18.
A wide assortment of original works of art, including: paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and more, as well as prints and note cards, will be available to choose from. The exhibit opens on Saturday, November 19, with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Russell Spitzer on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Site-specific dance theatre at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present the final Deep Space Residency performance, “Where the Light Falls,” a site-specific dance theater piece by Norwegian choreographer/director, Einy Am, on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m.  Read more

High tea in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is hosting the fourth annual winter high tea in Narrowsburg. Enjoy tea and four food courses at “High Tea in the Holiday Spirit” on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. The event, coordinated by Jane Luchsinger, benefits the DVAA and will be held at the Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Button collecting workshop held at Cornell

LIBERTY, NY — The “4-H Connects Kids to Cornell” meeting on Friday, November 11 invites the public, featuring a presentation by Beverly Hesse on what is involved in researching, appraising and showing collections. She will share examples from her state and national award-winning button collection. On display will be one-of-a-kind designs as well as production buttons dating from 1851 to contemporary times. A hands-on activity led by Sandy Cockshutte will show participants how to make their own unique buttons at home.  Read more

Harrow becomes member of NEWS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artist and Livingston Manor resident Caroline Harrow became a Signature Member in the North East Watercolor Society (NEWS) on November 6. This honor is conferred only after a nominee has been accepted by NEWS into three international juried shows, approved by its nembership committee and ratified by its members at the annual meeting in Kent, CT.  Read more

Home processing of meat

HONESDALE, PA — Transition Towns Honesdale and the Upper Delaware Chapter of the Weston-Price Foundation will hold a workshop on home processing of meat and sausage making on Sunday, November 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn basic cuts of the animal, how to pump and prime bacon and ham for smoking , lard rendering and sausage making. There will be samples to taste. The workshop will take place at Mike Hardler’s farm processing room, at 11 Hardler Farm Rd. Hardler will demonstrate on professional equipment as well as a small home kitchen grinder and hand stuffer.  Read more

Tricky tray and raffle

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a tricky tray on November 20 at the new Lake Huntington Fire House Ambulance Building. The corps is in need of a new stretcher, and plans to purchase a hydraulic stretcher, which would greatly enhance the safety of patients and staff. The cost of this item is approximately $15,000. Doors open at 1:30 and calling starts at 3:00 p.m. There will also be a raffle with items valued at $100 each, and tickets costing $1 each. Call 845/932-8226 or 932-8255.

Calling participants for holiday parades

Honesdale Santa Parade
HONESDALE, PA — Participants are wanted for this year’s Santa Parade in Honesdale. The parade is scheduled for Friday, November 25 (rain date Saturday, November 26). Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. in the Top Notch parking area on Fourth Street, and the parade will kick off at 6 p.m. The parade will end in Central Park and be immediately followed by the borough’s traditional tree lighting ceremony.  Read more

Sign up for Thanksgiving feast

CALLICOON, NY — It’s time to sign up for Thanksgiving food boxes. Interfaith Outreach United (IOU) offers the gift of a holiday feast, with turkey and all the fixings, to low-income families living within a 12-mile radius of Callicoon. To receive a food box, a member of the family must register in advance at the Main Street Thrift Shop no later than Saturday, November 19. The Thrift Shop is open every day except Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each box holds a turkey, stuffing mix, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and dessert makings.  Read more

Lucy in the sky (with diamonds!)

As I prepare to write this column each week, I struggle with a title, hoping that I might be clever, while telegraphing information regarding what I’ve seen here in the Catskills. Not wishing to be trite (or corny) is often an exercise in futility, since I’ve been both many times. Usually I have a concept in mind but more often than not, it vanishes as I traipse around the countryside in search of adventure.  Read more

My Uncle Rob

My Uncle Rob died of a heart attack last Wednesday night. My phone buzzed early the next morning. It woke me up but I missed it. When I rolled over to check it, I saw an e-mail subject: “condolences.” The phone call had been from my mother.

In the five seconds it took for me to call her back, I braced for bad news. Her voice was crackled when she told me. “Rob died.”

What?

He wasn’t sick. He was 49 and had a heart attack. He didn’t seem unhealthy. It was a total shock to everyone. A hard punch in the gut. Suddenly nothing was important.  Read more

Books bring community stories to life

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —Although she never knew the grandparents whose legacy she explores in two self-published books, Louise Elizabeth (Austin) Smith manages to bring alive their story and the communities and time in which it transpired, with the help of many who cherish those towns and memories today.  Read more

We have the power

A few weeks ago on WJFF’s broadcast of “Alternative Radio,” I heard Paul Cienfuegos, a community organizer for over 30 years, deliver a speech he titled “We the People.”  Read more