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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Plein air art program opens season

MILFORD, PA — The Come Paint with Me© plein air artists’ program will celebrate the opening of its 15th season with a special event to be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers and the Grey Towers Heritage Association, program founder/coordinator Joan Polishook of Lords Valley will narrate a power-point program, “All About Plein Air Painting.” The event will include guest speakers, refreshments and souvenirs for each participating artist.  Read more

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.

In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.

Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

A theatrical double-header in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — The Little Victory Players at The Capitol Theatre in Hancock will present the New Reality Players in a double header: “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Foster Daniel Jr., and “A Hot Bowl of Chili.” The plays will be presented on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

CAS issues artists call

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its third annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists appearing throughout the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, from June 16 to July 15. All CAS member artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Ghost Detective takes an encore

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden, The Ghost Detective from the Paranormal Police Headquarters (www.paranormalpolice.com), on Monday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be Worden’s second appearance at the Hub, following a sold-out first performance that left 20 people on the waiting list.

Worden offers a unique perspective as an investigator of both the living and the dead, as a police detective in Port Jervis with over 10 years of law enforcement experience. He has been actively investigating ghosts since 2000.  Read more

Forestburgh holds pre-season gala

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Proud of Our Home: Celebrating 175 Years of the Town of Forestburgh” will be the theme of the pre-season fund raiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center, to be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature previews of the opening production of “Guys and Dolls,” as well as a few tidbits from the opening cabaret “Get Happy: The Music of Harold Arlen.”  Read more

‘Garden of Eden’ kicks off PaPA season

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA’s first exhibit for the season, “The Garden of Eden,” will have an opening reception on June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The arts and cultural center is housed in the century-old 33,000-square-foot historic Welwood Silk Mill building. The show will run through July 21.

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.
In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.
Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

Big D features watercolors by Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present an all-member show in the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. The collection will include oils, watercolors and photography as well as featuring one of its members for the month.

June will feature Livingston Manor, NY watercolor artist Caroline Harrow. Her realistic barns and still life paintings bring back memories of a simpler life. Caroline is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and her paintings are in many corporate and private collections.  Read more

June is bustin’ out all over!

Memorial Day weekend conjures up many images: backyard barbeques, flag-waving parades, garden parties and the requisite boat launches, as the lakes, rivers and ponds begin to swell with visitors swarming to the Upper Delaware valley. Many of us look forward to an extended, three-day siesta as the hammocks go up, and s’mores begin to waft through the night air.  Read more

Sullivan Dairy Court crowned

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The new Sullivan County Dairy Court was crowned on April 27. The 2012-13 court consists of four Dairy Ambassadors: Adeline Bodnaruik, Brandi Burk, Cierra Roth and Amy Sykes; and two Milk Maids; Brittney Burk and Carrie Sykes. June is Dairy Month, and June 4 is National Frozen Yogurt Day. The new court offers the following cooling recipe.

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsps. cornstarch
(12 fluid ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Listen to the nuns

As a college student in the mid-‘80s, I took a class on Virginia Woolf. The professor, a youthful woman with swishy, black hair and a quick humor, liked to tell us that had she been around in past ages she would have been a nun.  Read more

Rats!

In the past two weeks, one thing and another has prevented me from going trout hunting. First, doctors and dentist appointments, then an afternoon spent with Misako Ishimura, which gave Barb and me each the opportunity to say good-bye to Mark Romero by dropping a handful of his ashes into Stewart Brook. Thus, Mark’s remains were started on a slow journey down the Catskill waters that he loved. He was a long time member of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers and served for many years on their conservation committee.  Read more

Another invasive comes to the valley

As if the number of invasive plants and insects becoming established in the Upper Delaware River Valley weren’t already ample enough, a new plant is creeping into the local landscape.

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the discovery of “mile-a-minute vine” (Polygonum perfoliatum), which gets its name from the astonishing growth rate of the annual vine—up to six inches in one day and over 20 feet in one growing season.  Read more

Laughs at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Starting on May 26, the Laugh Tour will bring a show a month to The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, with comedians from shows like The Tonight Show and Letterman. The headliner for the first show will be Kevin Meaney, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Letterman, HBO, Regis, Oprah and Conan O’Brien. Also featured will be Leah Bonnema, who has been featured in The New York Times and Daily News and named one of HuffPost’s 50 Funniest Women. All the events will be hosted by Rich Kamco of The Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

‘Rumblestrips’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “Rumblestrips,” a movie directed and written by John Adams and Toby Poser of Roscoe, will be screened at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The film is a fictional narrative about a foolish but well-meaning mother whose life has drifted off center, and who is led back between the lines by the unwavering devotion of her two young daughters. Broke and emotionally blistered after the death of her husband, Toby has turned to a beloved pastime, growing marijuana, to provide for her family.  Read more

Ice Works in summer

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Natural Ice Harvesting Museum will open on Friday, May 25.

Sculpted Ice Works manufactures ice carving blocks and transforms them into ice sculptures of all sizes. Mark Crouthamel, master carver and founder of Sculpted Ice Works in 1999, has spent several years developing a factory tour of the ice plant and a museum of the history of naturally harvested ice.  Read more

Tour alpaca farms

CALLICOON, NY — Farmstock, a summer-long series of tours of working farms in Sullivan County, starts out on Memorial Day weekend at two alpaca farms in Callicoon. Rosehaven Alpacas (www.rosehavenalpacas.com), at 540 County Road 164, will host tours at 12:30 and 2 p.m. The farm store will be open, there will be a spinning demonstration and craft corner for kids, and a name the cria contest. Call 914/953-2506 or 845/887-6801.

Nature’s Reserve Alpacas (www.naturesreservealpacas.com) at 408 River Rd. will offer tours and spinning demonstrations. Call 845/887-2012.  Read more

Roscoe Farmers Market opens

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Farmers Market is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The market features locally grown produce, baked goods, homemade jams, jellies and fudge, aged cheese, wines, fresh homemade pasta and organic gourmet doggie treats, among other items. You can also find flower baskets, shrubs, herbs, perennials and annuals.

Kindred Spirits opens season with Amram

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits will open its 2012 season of seven musical events on Saturday, June 2 with a screening of the film “Pull My Daisy,” with special guests David Amram and Janet Hamill. There will be a post-show discussion, poetry reading, and performance with Amram (www.davidamram.com) and accompanying artists. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.  Read more