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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown, sponsored by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. with a wide variety of traditional games, activities, craft vendors and entertainment. While much of the hoedown action will be centrally located on Main, Keystone, and Church streets, many businesses, including galleries, specialty retailers and eateries, will also be offering special activities and promotions to mark autumn harvest time at this annual event.  Read more

Crosswinds Quintet blows into Milford

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will host The Crosswinds Quintet at the Milford Theatre on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a follow-up to a historic first: the September 21 standing-room-only performance of a full symphony orchestra in Milford, also produced by Kindred Spirits.

This woodwind quintet mixes traditional classical music with contemporary pieces. The program at the Milford Theatre will run the gamut from Matthew Arnold to Jacques Ibert to Pacquito D’Rivera.  Read more

A great job for daydreamers

HAWLEY, PA — It’s a rare workday in glass cutter Kathy LaTournous’ studio when the air isn’t filled with the sound of big band music or an audio book in the telling. LaTournous says that listening to music or a good story provides a distraction from the physical hardships of her painstaking and repetitive precision work. Her father, Raymond, told her early on during her seven-year apprenticeship with him that glass cutting was a great job for daydreamers—the mind is free to wander while the hands do their work.  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 3

I just got off the plane after a great couple of days in Florida at a cousin’s wedding. I really enjoyed hanging out at the pool but not getting all the freckles. The flight home was amazing. What a sight, flying over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge with all the beautiful fall colors on the trees.

My husband stayed home, and he played secretary for me.

I have to make a correction: Etta Pierce never went to a one-room schoolhouse. (Oops, sorry Etta), and it was Jim Cavanaugh who lost his dad and then his mom.  Read more

They paved paradise

During the 20 summers we spent at our little bungalow near Monticello, we would occasionally wake to the sound of Bobby Somer’s tractor revving up to mow the communal property. If it was a weekend, when the 11 families that comprised our co-op were likely to be in residence, I would make a mental note to ask Bobby to hold off on mowing until the weekdays. But then, in less time than it took to put on a pot of tea and shower, the tractor would be back on its trailer and peace would once again reign in our little patch of paradise in the Catskills.  Read more

Upper Delaware photo contest announced

In June 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place in Northern Wayne County, PA, during which teams of scientists and volunteers documented 1,024 distinct species of plants, animals and insects during a 24-hour period (learn more at upperdelawarebioblitz.com).

The effort provides a snapshot of the biodiversity of life on the Starlight, PA property, and has since led to the first “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed” contest.  Read more

Big Sky on the road with ‘Women on Fire’

GARDINER, NY — An afternoon of 12 monologues will be presented by Big Sky Productions, one of Sullivan County’s resident theatre troupes, at the Gardiner Library Community Room on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival a success

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people gathered last Friday night on the upper floor of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for the opening night gala of the Big Eddy Film Festival. The festival screened 28 independent films over the weekend. The opening night feature was “The Truth About Emmanuel” and the two features on Saturday night were “Hide your Smiling Faces” and “Knuckle Jack.”

Other films included “Tiny,” a documentary about the tiny house movement, and many short films that were shot in the area, like “Skin” and “This Park Is Mine.”  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party set for October 5

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 28th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, it’s a family day out in the country with a costume parade, pony rides, giant-pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements.  Read more

Field to Main, a fundraiser for the Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its inaugural farm-to-table fundraising event, Field to Main, on Saturday, October 5. Tables will be set at The Cooperage for a five-course, family style dinner. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow at 7 p.m.

This feast will be expertly prepared using only the freshest local ingredients by culinary artists Benjamin Cooper and Derrick Braun, both graduates of the renowned College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  Read more

‘En Plein Air’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “En Plein Air” is the French term for painting in the open air, a tradition that goes back to the Barbizon School. It finds different interpretations in each of the three artists at the Stray Cat Gallery’s show that runs from Friday, September 27 to Wednesday, October 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

History comes alive in Lackawaxen

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Zane Grey Museum was home to Zane Grey and his family from 1912 to 1918. Today the museum, which is preserved by the National Park Service, features many items from Grey’s life such as dental and baseball equipment, photos of his fishing adventures and his novels.

New hours will be in effect during the fall. During September, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October, the museum’s hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close for the season on Sunday, October 20. Admission is free.  Read more

Smoky Joe, here we go... again

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society announced that the annual “23 for History” marathon softball game, in honor of Shohola’s own Smoky Joe Wood, will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown will commence the game by throwing the first pitch.  Read more

Jeff Bank calendar reception

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the fifth annual photo contest, “Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes” in Sullivan County, earlier this year, and selected 12 entries to be featured in the 2014 Jeff Bank Calendar. On Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., to display the winning photographs. The photographers will be on hand, light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. The 2014 Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

Vintage rockabilly folk Saturday

HAWLEY, PA — Rebecca Pronsky will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Stevie Nicks, Pronsky blends country, blues, rock, folk and vintage jazz elements. Pronsky and guitarist Richard Bennett’s musicianship and lyrics straddle the boundaries of rockabilly and roots.  Read more

NACL presents ‘Insomnia’

Highland Lake, NY — Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of “Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves” will be performed at NACL Theatre for one night only on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. “Insomnia” delves into one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Attempting to unify the different parts of herself during one sleepless night in the attic, she faces the pleasures and terrors of haunting internal voices, ultimately confronting what it means to leave yourself behind in your own life.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, September 28 there will be a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

“Contra dancing is easy to do, great exercise and a heck of a lot more fun than sitting home watching TV,” said Laurie Brongo, the caller for the dances at The Cooperage. “The live music is exciting and upbeat.”  Read more

‘Extreme/Outside The Box’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Extreme/Outside The Box,” an art exhibit featuring works by local area artists, as well as artwork by Port Jervis artist Wayne Lyons (1936-2012), will be on view at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 5 to 27. There will be an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.  Read more

Conway on ‘Working at Play’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a talk and slideshow titled “Working At Play: The Evolution of Entertainment at the Sullivan County Resorts” from Sullivan County Historian John Conway at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Grey, green, and black and white: New at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently announced that its museum, The Columns, will head into the fall season with three new glimpses into Pike County’s history.

Pike County’s most published writer and fisherman extraordinaire, Zane Grey, is featured in a new exhibit. Many of Grey’s novels were made into movies, and the PCHS, in cooperation with film critic and Zane Grey West Society member Robert Lentz, plan on bringing these to you in the fall.

Stop in and take a look at what money looked like upon first issue through the First National Bank of Milford.  Read more