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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Valentine’s dance and food drive

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold a “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s dance and food drive on Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. at the Tom Quick Inn at 411 Broad St. The event is sponsored by J-Angelo Event Planning and will feature “Sugar” with music provided by Mark Krebs of Remarkable Sound. All are welcome.  Read more

Potluck dinner and seed exchange

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Slow Food UPDEriva, the local chapter of Slow Food, will hold a potluck and seed exchange on Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Channery Hill Farm, 77 Keller Road in Callicoon Center. Bring a dish to share and any seeds you may have in surplus. If you don’t have any seeds, no problem: you’ll be walking away with some heirloom tomato and lettuce seeds anyway.
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An ice slide is a popular recurring feature of the annual Crystal Cabin Fever event, held at Sculpted Ice Works in Lakeville, PA.

‘Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At!’

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present the Franco-British comedy, “Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At,” as the latest entry in its winter film series on Sunday, February 19 at 8:15 p.m. This 1966 production, among the top grossing movies in French history, tells the tale of a hapless Royal Air Force bomber crew shot down over Paris during World War II and rescued by French civilians, who attempt to escort the airmen through the Nazi-occupied city so they can make their way back to England.  Read more

Fundraiser for ‘Journeys’ kicks off

MILFORD, PA — A program has been initiated to raise non-investor funds for “Journeys,” an independent feature currently in development and slated to shoot in Milford in September 2012.  Read more

Storytellers wanted

CALLICOON, NY — Yarnslingers seeks storytellers on the theme “The Nature of Youth” for a session at the Café Devine on Main St. on Sunday, March 25. True stories written in the first person only are sought, with a word limit of 850. The tentative time is 4 p.m.
By partcipating, you agree to be photographed and video taped by Cafe Devine and Yarnslingers. Photographs and videos will be used in perpetuity for promotional purposes only. Cafe Devine and Yarnslingers do not own any rights to your written material.  Read more

Back at NYU

It’s an odd thing to stand in front of a group of students and not know what to say. It’s a feeling that I have not experienced since I was a student myself and had never experienced from the perspective of a teacher. Until last week.

I always thought that I would like teaching and I knew I wanted to try it someday. The opportunity presented itself last month when the new chair of the film program at NYU contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing six weeks about the post-production process. I accepted. They gave me back my same NYU ID number: zsp200 is back in circulation.  Read more

All about butter, for Dairy Day

HONESDALE, PA — The 2012 Wayne County, PA/Sullivan County, NY Dairy Day/Ag Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday, February 20, at the Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace St. A 12 noon lunch, supported by exhibitors, supporters and participants, will be available to the two counties’ farming community members. Registration is requested by Friday, February 17.  Read more

Spinning straw into gold

By Julie Courtney and Jennie Shanker  Read more

Romance with Bogey and Bacall

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will screen the classic 1944 movie “To Have and Have Not,” a steamy romance starring Humphrey Bogart and 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in her first movie role, on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 8:15 p.m. at the Cinema 6 theater in the Route 6 Mall.  Read more

Valentine’s brunch and jewelry sale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Flour Power Bakery will hold a Valentine’s Day Celebration Brunch, with a jewelry sale and fundraiser, on Saturday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of Sullivan County. The bakery is located at 87 DeBruce Road. Call for reservations at 845 439-1210. Visit www.flourpowerbakery.net.

Valentine movie at the Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — Parents and children are invited to the Bethany Public Library on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for to snuggle in with their favorite blanket and wear your pajamas while watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and juice. Suggested for children two to six years old (accompanied by an adult). Donations to the library are appreciated.

Reservations are required. Call 570/253-4349 or stop by the Bethany Public Library.

‘Isn’t it Romantic?’

WURTSBORO, NY — Broadway Direct will present an evening of Broadway music with the theme of romance, with songs by Cole Porter, Lehar, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Romberg, Jerry Herman and many more, at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, 134 Sullivan St. on Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Performers will include Broadway performers such as Frank Basile, Celeste Holm, Sarah Rice, Edd Clark, Rich Flanders, Joanna Morton Gary, Mark Planner and David Vernon (the cast is subject to change—sometimes Broadway calls.)  Read more

‘Compassion: A loving experience’

BEACH LAKE, PA — On the Sunday before Valentines Day, February 12 at 10:15 a.m., there will be a service of shared readings at the Berlin Township Community Center sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Compassion is defined as empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity or charity. Bring your favorite poem, short essay or quote relating to compassion and love to share. The one-hour service will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Visit www.uduuf.org or call 854/252-6626.  Read more

Valentine concert for TeamSkate

LIBERTY, NY — “A Valentine to Rock your Mind” is the motto for a concert and party on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Liberty’s Elementary School Gym, 201 North Main Street. The concert is organized and hosted by TeamSkate Liberty and will feature a bevy of local talent: The Up & Coming, Gassito’s Revenge, Greg Castro, Justin Sutherland, Mikey Criggz, Julian Giaimo and DJ Sierra Thomas.  Read more

A cure for cabin fever: The Great Backyard Bird Count

About this time during the winter, many people yearn for spring; it’s cold, the holidays have passed, and trout and spring gobbler seasons are many weeks away. Fortunately, there is an event coming up real soon that the whole family can participate in, and in doing so, can also provide scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of which birds are where. The event is the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Read more

Glass tours at Gillinder Brothers

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. glass manufacturers will hold special events on Saturday, February 11, March 10 and April 21, with special glass blowing demonstrations and factory tours featuring guest glass artists Al Hough and friends. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gillinder Glass Factory at 39 Erie St.

Tour rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Groups of 20 or more should call for group rates and reservations. Weekday production demonstrations and factory tours feature pressed glass at 10:15, 1:30 and 2:30, at the same tour rates.  Read more

Wurtsboro Winterfest

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board will present Wurtsboro Winterfest 2012 on Saturday, February 11 starting at 11 a.m. There will be an ice carving contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its show “Love is Everything,” and the Crystal Connection will offer psychic/intuitive readings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Dr. Bill, the Wizard. The fee of $5 per reading will be given to charity.  Read more

Home of Lincoln Flag to host birthday luncheon

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and the Columns Museum will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Sunday, February 12, with a luncheon in his honor. The Columns Museum is home to the Lincoln Flag, which adorned the Presidential box at Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, and is stained with his blood. The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes a serving of the society’s director’s Chicken and Stars soup, assorted sandwiches and, of course, a slice of birthday cake.  Read more

Broadway cabaret at the museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a Broadway cabaret on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Homemade desserts will be served.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan screens ‘Rumblestrips’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There will be a free screening of “Rumblestrips,” a film that has not yet been released, in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by and featuring John Adams, “Rumblestrips” stars Toby Poser (Adams), who has appeared on stage, screen and on television, and the Adams’ daughters LuLu and Zelda.  Read more