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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Zany 1930s film comedy in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature the zany 1936 comedy “My Man Godfrey” on Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Gregory La Cava, featuring Carole Lombard and William Powell, this comedy has a Depression-era social commentary at its core. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit or call 570/390-4420.

America’s got talent!

Okay, I admit it. I’m a reality show junkie. On the rare occasion that I find myself at home, rather than traversing the countryside in search of adventure, I can be found on the couch, remote in hand. Thanks to the Gypsy weddings, dance competitions and parades of bachelors seeking brides, I am never let down when seeking a guilty pleasure.  Read more

Overcome obstacles at the Prompton Punisher

PROMPTON, PA — Can you run 10 miles? How about 20? How about 30 miles through streams and over rocks? That’s what some runners will attempt at this year’s Prompton Punisher, a trail runners’ race, to be held June 8 at Prompton State Park.

Participants can choose to be punished in a 10-, 20-, or 30-mile trail run. The course is 10 miles, so those doing 30 miles would circle it three times. The obstacles are natural—rocks, roots, stumps, streams and hills. Race director Paul Maopolski says it’s challenging.  Read more

A memory of James

“Maybe a Root Cellar?” said the note tucked into a book—one in a pile destined to get the heave ho. My husband John had been sorting through his books during spring break, adding to the heap of the kids’ outgrown winter clothes (and a few sacrificial stuffed animals) headed for the Salvation Army.

Really? Was John’s suggestion that this would make a good “column topic” (something of which I am always in quest) for real? What could I write?  Read more

Wood frog whereabouts

The first time I heard wood frogs “quacking” from a forested vernal pool, I thought I was hearing numerous ducklings. As I approached the tangled brush fringing the water, the sound mysteriously stopped. No matter where I looked, not a feather was to be seen. But here and there, the water rippled with the kerplunk of countless wood frogs diving into the shallow depths.  Read more

The quiz

What is that sound I hear? Can it be the “thuck” of a fastball hitting a catcher’s mitt? Is it the crack of a wooden bat hitting that round, white orb with the red stitching? Why indeed it is. A new baseball season is upon us. It is time for me to loosen up my old pitching arm. Hopefully, I will be able to send these woeful batters back to their team bench hitless, their bats silent.

So, play ball! Step up to the plate batter. Here comes my first pitch. This will be a 90-mile-an-hour fastball, just under your chin whiskers. It’s good to put a little fear into a batter’s mind.  Read more

GLBT community to hold an ‘alternative prom’ night

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT organization will host an “alternative prom” night for members of the GLBT community and its supporters. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 27 in the ballroom at Best Western Motel is open to those 14 and older. The group’s newly updated website ( says that this is an opportunity to go to the prom “with the person of your choosing… a chance for him to strut the gown he always wanted to wear or for her to show how a tuxedo should be worn.”  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts present Jay Mankita

HONESDALE, PA — Songwriter/guitarist Jay Mankita will appear at The Cooperage on Saturday, April 20 with a concert of original songs. The show is presented by RiverFolk Concerts, and is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Facets’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Facets,” an exhibit of paintings by Madelon Jones, opens with a reception on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 11.  Read more

Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart at the Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart on Saturday, April 13 in the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Their new tune “Collide with Me” was recently selected as a finalist for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition.  Read more

‘A tale as old as time’ is coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Beauty and the Beast” on April 12, 13 and 14 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Vaudeville in the Catskills,” a variety show produced by Bethel Theatre Works, will show on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center.  Read more

Hiroya Tsukamoto at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at 1030 Main St. Tsukamoto is a guitarist and a composer from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly after. Hiroya is a graduate of Berkley College of Music and a recipient of several awards including the Professional Music Achievement Award.  Read more

Photos in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — “Moments,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Ward-Blank, Kathy Lambert and Rob Tuttle will open on April 19, with a reception an artists’ talk the following day, Saturday, April 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 19. The Liberty Museum and Arts Center is located at 46 South Main St. Visit or contact 845/292-2394.

Pittman’s ‘Tributaries’ opens

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new show featuring recent still life paintings by Helena Clare Pittman will open at Domesticities & The Cutting Garden on April 13 at 3p.m.  Read more

Learn to brew beer at home

PORT JERVIS, NY — Former Port Jervis resident Ryan Jones, now associate director at the Culinary Institute of America and member of the Hudson Valley Home Brewers, will teach a class on how to make beer at home on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hub at Port Jervis Free Library. Jones will give a quick overview of the 7,000-year-old practice of beer making and then he will brew some beer, explaining each step so everyone can try it at home.  Read more

Art film screening continues in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature Francis Ford Coppola’s 1982 musical “One from the Heart” on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

The film stars Teri Garr and Frederic Forest as star-crossed lovers and features a soundtrack by Crystal Gayle and Tom Waits. It runs 107 minutes and is rated R.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested to support the activities of the arts alliance. Visit or contact 570/390-4420 for information.

Spring in the Catskills is off the hook!

Thank you, Mother Nature, for (finally) coming through. With April showers nowhere in sight, I’ve a spring in my step and have flung open the windows, hung laundry on the line and am preparing for the house cleaning that is always so good for the soul. The change of seasons awakens more than the birds, bees and darling buds of May, and this past week offered events that herald the celebration of life that we all cherish here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

‘Simon Killer’

It’s been over a year since “Simon Killer” premiered last year at Sundance. And even longer since Antonio and I finished editing the film out of his small duplex apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Read more

YEG—the little group that could

LIBERTY, NY — A group of teenagers is crowded around a table full of food, devouring everything edible with an efficiency that would shame a horde of locusts. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from talking animatedly and keeping constant check on their cell phone screens. At first glance there’s nothing remarkable in this scene—until you listen in on the conversation at hand. These young adults are talking about business and ecology and social justice. This is the weekly meeting of the Youth Economics Group (YEG), held in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.  Read more

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