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September 01, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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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

‘Inside Job’ in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A screening of “Inside Job” will be presented by MoveOnSullivanNY on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film examines the inner workings and questionable practices of the banking industry, which precipitated the disastrous housing crisis of 2008. Millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and in Sullivan County alone, 7.7% of all mortgages have failed. This film attempts to look at what happened, and why, and who is responsible. Visit moveonsullivanny.wordpress.com.

Philharmonic, Doo Wop at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Tickets for two of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ most iconic performances are now on sale: the New York Philharmonic concert, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 7 featuring soloist Tracy Dahl; and the NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III, on Saturday, July 14. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone at 800/745-3000.

Dahl will perform selections by Gershwin and Bernstein. Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Philharmonic in a performance that will also include pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”  Read more

I love the Catskills!

With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see.  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part II

So, Verotchka, how was Russia?

“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”

“Russia was maddening!”

After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child  Read more

Utopia or oblivion

“Ameritopia.”

That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.”  Read more

Easy winter living

I have a terrarium of moss and ferns that we planted in a glass domed cake plate—the type of plate you see upon a diner counter with a carrot cake inside. My terrarium sits in the middle of my kitchen table like a green island of spring. I like to lift the lid off the pedestal and breathe in its moist, pungent woodland smell. It is a world unto itself. We planted it so as to have some green in the winter months, but without the contrast of winter whiteness it doesn’t have quite the same effect.  Read more

Kids who care

Readers of this column will not be surprised to learn I’m a big fan of the Lorax, the miniature mustachioed character created by Dr. Seuss and beloved for his impassioned environmental messages as put forth in the book of the same name.  Read more

Great Sullivan Foodraiser

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will present the Fourth annual Great Sullivan Foodraiser, a musicians’ gathering that takes place at venues around the county, on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5. The event benefits the Federation for the Homeless and 15 local food pantries.  Read more

Cooking demo at the farm market

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a farm market tour and cooking demonstration by NaturalContents.com at the Callicoon indoor farmers’ market on Sunday, February 5 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.. The farmers' market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cooking demo starts at 12 noon.  Read more