DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present a garden series beginning on February 24. Participants will learn low-cost, easy ways to start seeds, create a butterfly garden and manage compost. The cost is $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions; pre-registration is requested.
Session 1, “Starting Seeds Inside,” will be held Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Discussion covers garden maps and starting “cold crop” seeds indoors. Other topics will be “Butterfly Gardens” on May 5, and “Composting” on July 27. Call PEEC at 570/828-2319.
BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel will host the award-winning Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Trio (www.ameranouche.com) on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
Featuring two French acoustic gypsy jazz guitars and an upright bass, the group is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards and has appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival.
A mixture of soul, flamenco, and bebop influences give the trio’s hot acoustic jazz a unique sound. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “APH•O•RISMS,” a free group exhibition of 10 local women artists opens on Saturday, February 23, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibition is curated by gallery director Rocky Pinciotti and runs until March 16.
Aphorisms are the use of few words to convey much meaning or information. The creations in this exhibition feature a variety of artists using a variety of mediums to exemplify this principle. Read more
I’ve spent the past week searching for the bright side, keeping one eye on the weather and counting down the days till spring. For some reason, this winter has been tougher for me than years past and it’s been an effort to keep digging myself out and plowing ahead. Waking up this morning to burst and frozen pipes was the icing on the cake, so I turned to others for solace, inspiration, comfort and joy. Fighting the blues, I had to dig deep, and was surprised that 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet resonated, since poets are generally not my thing. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Did you miss your last town board meeting? Now you’ll have another chance to see it, thanks to two local filmmakers Nyssa Calkin, 27, and Isaac Green Diebboll, 24. Read more
We held our annual 4-H sledding party this month in the good fortune of the storm now known as Nemo.
For us, the snow was a stroke of luck, as we had scheduled the event well in advance of a forecast. Not so much for my mother-in-law, who had upwards of 27 inches in Massachusetts, or those shoveling the roofs in Milford, CT, which had a record 38 inches. Nemo will be remembered there—and not as an orange Disney fish.
The recent trend of naming winter snow storms may help make it easier to remember them in the future, but it is a trend that is not without dispute. Read more
The common merganser is a fairly large and attractive duck that is frequently encountered in the Upper Delaware region. Many will recognize the deep green head of the male and tufted cinnamon head of the female. Both sexes sport long narrow bills with serrated edges that aid these diving ducks when hunting the small fish, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates they prefer. Read more
HONESDALE AND BEACH LAKE, PA — Transition Honesdale will host two screenings of the documentary “Fixing the Future.” David Brancaccio, former host of the PBS program NOW, takes us on a trip across America to see how local economies are being restructured to strengthen local incomes, create jobs and promote sustainability. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A special Valentine’s musical performance will take place on Saturday, February 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nutshell Cafe with the world premiere of Balandera, a band with a blend of original songs—dance, rock-reggae and world beat.
This trio currently resides in the Jeffersonville/Wayne County area and consists of singer Barbara Gogan, guitarist Al Freedman and drummer Ed Nocera.
Tickets cost $7 at the door. For further information call Allen Freedman at 917/597-5478 or The Nutshell at 845/423-2905.
HONESDALE, PA — The first “Coffee House” of 2013 will be held at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy coffee and treats available for purchase while listening to the evening’s three performers: Roger Hill and his Loose Ends Blue’s Band, followed by guitarist and vocalist Linus Myers. The nights will wrap up with Black Onion, featuring Steve Faubel on keyboard, Peter Sevcik on guitar and Jason Freethy on drums. Donations gratefully accepted.
For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Residents of the Upper Delaware region interested in the sustainable food movement are invited to a free, day-long party on Saturday, February 16 where a live webcast conference, “Changing the Way We Eat,” will be shown. This local viewing party will be held at the Catskill Art Society on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Potluck lunch contributions are welcome. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) kicks off its winter film series, “Enigmatic Endings,” on Sunday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial St.
The first in the series is the Chinese film, “Postman in the Mountains.” Based on a short story by author Peng Jianming, and directed by Huo Jianqi, the film is a story about a father and son and their faithful dog delivering the mail on a 112-mile route to remote mountain villages in southeastern China’s Hunan province. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “12 Angry Jurors” on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at the Sullivan County Museum in. Twelve jurors—men or women, ages 20 through 80—are needed as well as one courtroom clerk. A stage manager is also needed.
Rehearsals begin in August for production dates September 20 to 22 and September 27 to29 at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
“12 Angry Jurors” is the story of 12 strangers who must decide the fate of an inner-city teen on trial for the murder of his abusive father. Read more
The Weather Channel dubbed it “Nemo” and said that New York City was expecting between three and 30 inches in the fast approaching snowstorm. Seems like a pretty wide swing, I thought, but what do I know about the weather?
I groaned at the “Finding Nemo” jokes that seemed to be made on repeat in the days leading up to the storm. “I found Nemo,” “I am not looking for Nemo,” and dozens of meme’s showing the Disney character barreling toward the coast. Read more
Valentine’s Day is not for the faint of heart. For those of us bravely facing the world alone, the onslaught of romance, hearts and flowers can be a bit much at this time of year, and since my cup doesn’t exactly “runneth” over today, I’ve decided to accentuate the positive. Being single does have certain advantages. I don’t love washing the dishes, and with no one around, I can eat my dinner right out of the frying pan and drink my milk straight from the carton without the slightest twinge of remorse. Jealous? Read more
REGION — If love really does make the world go ‘round, then surely Liberty, NY resident Tim Shera is doing his part. Two years ago, Shera was visiting with a friend who makes homey, hand-crafted wooden signs for friends and customers to decorate their gates and front doors. During that visit, Shera’s pal held up one such sign, gave Tim a wink and declared “You have to have this,” brandishing a small piece of old barn wood painted with three simple words: “I love you.” Read more
After literally decades of struggle and suffering, folks in the LGBT (etc.) community can finally point to some strong, concrete gains in their quest for social recognition, acceptance and respect. The notion of marriage equality is gaining support across the nation, the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is now just a vague memory, and even the Boy Scouts of America have begun reconsidering their homophobic stance. More than at any time in recent history, they can feel the freedom to be exactly who they are, and no longer worry about concealing themselves behind an artificial facade. Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day to all. As of the 12th of February, I have been with my husband for 31 years, only married 23 in September. Love to my husband, mother and all my family, friends and readers.
I write this column with a bad cold and a very congested head. We were lucky that we did not get that much snow with the Nor’easter. My cousin who lives in Port Jeff on Long Island got 32 inches, my sister in Queens got over a foot. My mother is doing great and says she is praying for all of you. Read more
When I was asked to write this column in the summer of 2007, my first reaction was, “Why me?” I felt woefully unqualified. On the other hand, I saw writing as a way to do something, however modest, to influence change that might help preserve the natural world which was increasingly at risk. Read more