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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Beginning again after 75 years; Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts to all comers: celebration planned for July 14

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief. “It is a way of life,” Ed explained.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.

“My work is abstract with a hint of a place,” said visual artist and writer Fran Cox of her collage work. “They look three-dimensional but are flat, insisting on the realm of the imagination. There is a tension between inside and outside not unlike the tension felt while watching someone opening an envelope.”  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

Beginning again after 75 years: Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief.

“It is a way of life,” Ed explained.

Not only is it a way of life, it’s an extended family, said Cochecton Ambulance Captain Herb Sawall.  Read more

Turkey vultures: a feathered fascination

While few would contend that the turkey vulture is attractive, most would probably admit that in flight, it is indeed beautiful and that it most definitely has some unique—and somewhat offensive—characteristics.  Read more

The Johnny Darling Frolic: a local legend lives on in Livingston Manor

The Johnny Darling Frolic, spearheaded by local historian Mia Koerner, began in 2009—the 200th anniversary of storyteller Darling’s birth. Johnny Caesar Cicero Darling’s reputation is a story in itself, rich in legend, based on fact. Famous for his “tall tales,” Darling’s love of folk stories and his passion for children and keeping the spoken word a living tradition has become a part of the landscape in these here parts, and Koerner’s commitment to keeping his spirit alive is a big part of the picture.  Read more

ArtWalk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, July 7, (rain date Sunday, July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor will host an ArtWalk with 30 artists ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography.

Ann Higgins, Elise Hornbeck, Gary Tempel, Caroline Harrow, Linda Hare, Una Evers, Kate Hyden and Scott Woods will be at WaterWheel Junction with more Art on display inside of Wildlife Gift. Jeff Bank will entertain some of the Jeff Bank calender photographers: Stephen Davis, Virginia Sanborn and James Carney.  Read more

Weekend presents ‘A Great Conversation’

SULLIVAN COUNTY — For a couple of weeks every summer, the hills of the Upper Delaware Valley ring with world-class classical music brought here by the Weekend of Chamber Music. In its 19th outing, the group will hold “The Great Conversation.” A new twist for this festival will be classical improvisation sprinkled into the concerts under the leadership of guest co-directors composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner and cellist Caroline Stinson, who have a reputation for cutting-edge performances in this genre, in which they have forged new ground with their chamber music quartet Open End.  Read more

Senior picnics with a ‘60s and ‘70s theme

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Senior Centers of Wayne County will host summer picnics during the month of July. Honesdale’s picnic will be Friday, July 13 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Hamlin Center will meet on July 20 at Lake Genero and Hawley’s event will be at the Robert J. Drake Center in Bingham Park on July 27. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, and there will be entertainment by the Polka Jets II, bingo and prizes. The theme this year will be the ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets cost $5 and are available to those 60 years of age and over.  Read more

Debra Winger hosts Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger, fracking activist and public health advocate, will host Barnfest 2012 at The Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission and drinks including beer at Barnfest are free. Local food will be available for purchase, and there will be an art auction, penny social and other fun activities for the entire family including live performances. The event will be held rain or shine. Last year, in torrential downpours, more than 500 enjoyed the event.

Tickets go on sale for Judy Collins

BETHEL, NY — Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 9 at 10 a.m for Grammy®Award Winner and folk icon Judy Collins, with special guest Rachel Sage, in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets cost $69.50 in advance, and can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org, Ticketmaster or by phone at 800/745-3000. Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

First Fridays hosts McNiece, Rogers

NARROWSBURG, NY — Perennial favorite Ray McNiece, from Cleveland, OH will return to First Fridays Contemporary Author Series in Narrowsburg, along with Doug Rogers from Long Eddy.

The First Fridays series is held at the Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There is an open mic sign-up, limited to 10 readers, at 7 p.m., followed by the open mic, hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors at 8 p.m.

Earlier in the day, McNiece will participate in the Summer Reading Program for kids at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, at 12 noon.

Have fun—and do good—at Holiday Mountain

MONTICELLO, NY — United Way of Sullivan County will join with Holiday Mountain Fun Park to offer fun-seekers an evening of games and attractions on Tuesday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants can enjoy go-kart rides, bumper boats, bumper cars, rock wall climbing, potato sack slide, mini-golf, bungy trampoline and Spider Mountain for $19.95. A ticket provides participants with unlimited use of the rides and attractions with exception of go-kart rides, which are limited to two rides per person.  Read more

Premiere at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. the Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere reading of Paul Austin’s new comedy, “The Harvey White Chronicles.” The reading will take place at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center as a prologue to the museum’s official celebration of its 15th anniversary on July 28. The play is a series of five inter-related one-acts (much like a collection of short stories) that chronicle the ups and downs of a young man as he tries to live, love and work—when possible—in today’s America.  Read more

Ciliberto to star in ‘Rocky Horror’

FORESTBURGH, NY — Paul Ciliberto, host of the morning Thunder 102 radio show Ciliberto & Friends, will appear at all performances of the upcoming “Rocky Horror Show” at the Forestburgh Playhouse. A portion of ticket sales will benefit seven different local charities.

Although fans of the classic rock musical about a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, may be disappointed to learn that Ciliberto will not be appearing in heels and fishnets, in his role as the Narrator he will introduce the signature dance number in the show, “Time Warp.”  Read more

Wurtsboro holds Founder’s Day fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold its Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 7 in Veteran’s Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment featuring Obsidian, Variety, Inc., Keith Newman, Carl Richards Band, Donna Singer & Doug Richards Trio and Third Degree. Local vendors will sell arts and crafts, and there will be rides and children’s events on Sullivan Street.  Read more

‘DIGit: An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will host DIGit, a visual arts event, from Friday, July 6 to Sunday the July 8. Titled “An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms,” the show will include a variety of art—performance, poetry, photography, drawing, fiber, ceramics, music, video and sculpture—created by a grand collection of artists, presented on dozens of iPads, iPods, LED-HD monitors or projected by miniature projectors. Curated by Pat Carullo, all the art will be offered for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NACL.  Read more

Opera in HD at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s Summer Encore Series presents HD broadcasts of operas performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the Seelig Theatre. The next presentation will be “Les Contes d’Hoffman” (“Tales of Hoffman”), by Jacques Offenbach, on July 11. It will be presented at 6:30 p.m., and has a run time of three hours.  Read more

‘The Sensuous & the Beautiful’

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art), an art and cultural center located four miles west of Hawley at 75 Main St. in White Mills, will open its exhibit “The Sensuous & the Beautiful” on July 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Imperial Brands, Inc. The exhibition will showcase more than 20 international and six national artists, including over 70 paintings, sculptures and objects of art. The show will run through August 11.  Read more

Moonlit drumming

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a “Moonlit Drumming” program on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor will lead the event.

Participants in Moonlit Drumming will enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. No experience is necessary. Prices are $30/adult and $15/child. Call 570/828-2319 for registration. Visit www.peec.org/events-date.html.

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