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April 30, 2016
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If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on....

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Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance...

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Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the...

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The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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Liberty Free Theatre’s play reading of ‘Red’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the Liberty Free Theatre in a performance reading of the play “Red” by John Logan at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature Paul Austin, artistic director of the Liberty Free Theatre, in the role of acclaimed abstract painter Mark Rothko and Bradley Diuguid in the role of his assistant.  Read more

Historical Society to resume card parties

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, will resume hosting canasta on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September.

The doors of the Foundation Room will open at 6:30 p.m., cards and score sheets will be available, along with light refreshments. A $5 donation is suggested.

Bring your own group or come solo and join another. Anyone needing instruction on how to play is welcomed as well. Call 570/296-8126 or email pikemuse@ptd.net.

Duck Race in the Callicoon Creek following tractor parade

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Callicoon Creek will be the scene for 1,200 to 1,500 yellow, blue and pink ducks racing on Jeff Fest Day, to be held on Saturday, September 14 from the Mill Pond to the finish line at the Schadt Memorial Bridge. They will be set off at 1 p.m. and will be followed by “youth duck herders” and cheered on by hundreds of race fans. Also during Jeff Fest, there will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m.  Read more

Send in the clowns

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone when it comes to a fear of clowns. From a very early age, they have made me nervous, skittish and (once in a while) downright freaked out. It still amazes me that clowns are often associated with glee, joy and happiness, since that is not my experience, but as usual, I am reminded that everyone has their own humble opinion. Scanning The River Reporter last week (yes, I read the paper) I came across a blurb about an art exhibit taking place at the River Market in Barryville, NY, titled “Through the Eyes of Wendell M.  Read more

Livingston Manor celebrates Labor Day

The former DeBruce Labor Day Parade transitioned seamlessly to Livingston Manor on Sunday, September 1, featuring the parade lineup, vendors and entertainment that have made this end-of-summer event a popular area attraction for over 20 years.  Read more

Hawaiian adventure

I sit writing this under the stars on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii. We have set up a small compound of three tents surrounding a small fire. The waves crash loud and soothing in the distance.

There are six of us, old college friends, visiting Hawaii because two of us (Emily and Andrew) are running the 26.2 miles of the grueling Kauai Marathon. (I use “us” loosely as I am part of the support team.) They have both been training for months and counting down the days to this end-of-summer Hawaiian adventure.  Read more

Survivor

Sometimes you have to go back to go forward. Forty-five years is a long way back though. When I was a young teenager there was a lanky English lad who was new to our high school. Somehow I nabbed him for my boyfriend. He had rosy cheeks and dark hair and an easy laugh. He also had a ripe body odor—unaccustomed as he was to the use of American deodorants. He liked science-fiction and the BeeGees and Phil Ochs. He took me to see “Hair” on Broadway. We didn’t talk about ourselves much, but then, what was there to know? We had hardly begun to live. Or so I thought.  Read more

The future of the Upper Delaware River depends on all of us

People who are fortunate enough to live in the Upper Delaware River region are blessed with a natural resource that is relatively clean despite the looming and enormous pressures that the crowded East Coast of the United States can often bring to bear. This is a testament to the resource managers, landowners, local governments and citizens who recognize the ecological and economic value of healthy watersheds. Decades of public education about the value of clean water is paying off.  Read more

Dyer’s polypore: a visual delight

A spectacular specimen of Phaeolus schweinitzii has grown at the base of a dying hemlock tree in my yard over the past month. Commonly known as dyer’s polypore or velvet-top fungus, this attractive mushroom is a pathogen of conifers that causes the roots and base of the tree to rot. While it is not edible, it can be used for making dyes of green, yellow, brown and gold. The fungus is named after Lewis David de Schweinitz, an important early American mycologist born in Bethlehem, PA.  Read more

‘Quantum States of Light’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit, “Quantum States of Light,” featuring the work of Joan Nicole and Nick Clemente, on Saturday, August 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show opens on Friday, August 30 and runs through Wednesday, September 11.

Nicole uses the medium of glass to play with light in the literal sense, employing its properties of reflectivity and translucency as well as color and texture. Using glass as a painter uses a palette, she creates mercurial designs of uncommon vibrancy and lucency.  Read more

Saddle up for the rodeo

MILFORD, PA — The rodeo at Malibu Ranch is held every Saturday through the Labor Day holiday weekend and is co-approved by the American Professional Rodeo Association. Participants from across the United States compete in categories of bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rodeos begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine.  Read more

‘Something for Everyone’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — “Something for Everyone,” an exhibit of original art and crafts made by local area artists, will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from September 7 through the 29. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and the public is invited to meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.  Read more

A night at the opera in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Dorothy Stone, a world-class opera and concert singer, in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. A highly regarded and acclaimed opera singer, Stone’s achievements include receiving the Paris Opera AROP career grant, coaching the operatic repertoire with legendary soprano Regine Crespin in Paris, singing in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall as the American representative of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and singing for the late French President Francois Mitterand.  Read more

Watercolors at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — Una Evers, a watercolorist, will be the featured artist of the Big D Arts and Crafts League for the month of September at the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Evers divides her time between Walton, NY and Cape May, NJ. She says it is the shore that inspires her seascape and lighthouse paintings. It is the country that inspires her favorite subject, roosters. The vibrant colors of the roosters are perfect for the colorful style of her watercolors.  Read more

Reflections on the rise, ruin, and rebirth of the Catskills

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will hold an artist talk for “Ghosts of the Catskills,” a group show curated by Elizabeth Ennis and Andrea Brown of the Outsider’s Studio Collective, at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, August 31 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is on display until October 6.  Read more

96th annual Greene Dreher Sterling Fair

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — The Greene Dreher Sterling Community Fair, which started on August 26, will run through Setpember 2 this year. It was created 96 yearsago in a school room by the teacher Miss Ella Nevin as a place for her students to exhibit their handiwork The fair was held at an old community hall in Newfoundland. Later it moved to the Newfoundland school, and later yet to the Newfoundland Fairgrounds.

The first few fairs were then open to residents of Greene, Dreher, Lehigh and Sterling townships. Later it was opened to all residents of Pennsylvania.  Read more

Rosehaven Alpaca Festival

BETHEL, NY — Alpacas will be featured the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival, which is coming to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as part of its 15th annual Harvest Festival series on Sunday, September 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will also showcase spinners and weavers, the people who turn loose fiber into clothing. A boutique will also offer a range of alpaca-made goods.  Read more

Old Stone Jail tours September 7

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s historic Old Stone Jail will be open to the public for tours on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The Old Stone Jail is located between the courthouse and 10th streets.

Built in 1859, the jail was used until 1935. The squat, one-story structure is constructed almost completely of rough stone, including the interior walls and the floor. A heavy iron door will greet visitors, and inside they will see five dungeon-like cells, each measuring about 12 feet by nine or 10 feet.  Read more

The Beach Party Boys

MONTICELLO, NY — The Beach Party Boys will perform in the Monticello Casino and Raceway Lava Lounge on Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public age 18 or above, no reservations or advance tickets required.

Beach Party Boys reproduce the authentic look, vocal harmony and instrumentals of the Beach Boys themselves, in an interactive show where audience members will find themselves singing along to songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Barbara Ann,” “Fun Fun Fun” and “Good Vibrations.” Visit www.monticellocasinoandraceway.com.

Music for ministry

HONESDALE, PA — A number of area bands and musicians will perform to raise money for the work of the Honesdale Area Ministerium on Saturday, September 7 in Central Park. Music will be playing on the stage from 12 noon to 7 p.m., interrupted at 5 p.m. for an ecumenical service of Holy Communion. Pastor Rob Kazinski from Central United Methodist Church will be the guest preacher, with Leanna and JR Stanton of Damascus United Methodist leading the music and Father Ed Erb worship leader.  Read more