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April 23, 2014
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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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Pollination: an important summer job

The warm days of midsummer bring forth many colorful blooms from ornamental plants and wildflowers alike. The brilliant colors of these flowers serve to attract many different species of critters; they feed or utilize the nectar present at the base of the petals. When animals harvest this nectar, they accidentally perform another important function: pollination.  Read more

Summerfest and the Hardy Brothers Cup

Saturday, August 6 found the Tangler and friends wandering through the various stands of vendors exhibiting their wares at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s Summerfest weekend. Wow, bargains galore. I picked up a number of Mustad hooks at a price of $6 a hundred. They were the old-style Mustad hooks but at that price, a steal of a deal. There were excellent prices on fly-tying materials and hardcover books that are often hard to find. Dennis Menscer, the bamboo rod builder from Hancock, NY, delivered my new eight-foot, five-weight rod.  Read more

Cochecton park is a winner

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — This pirate ship is one of the principal features of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps Park, which won first place in the B category of the Sullivan Renaissance Awards.

There will be an official opening ceremony for the park on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m., with a ceremony followed by a community barbeque.

Lumberland celebrates awards

GLEN SPEY, NY — Eagle Scout candidate Brian Hazen, left, and his grandmother, Kathy Bisland, who is chairman of the Lumberland Parks and Recreation Committee, presented their town board with the Sullivan Renaissance (SR) Award they received for Best Garden Design, Category C, Excellence in Garden Design and Sustainability at the town board meeting on August 11.  Read more

A photographic perspective on the reservoir construction

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A new photo exhibition is currently on view at The Time and the Valleys Museum titled “A Glimpse into the Building of the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs and Connecting Tunnels.” Direct from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Archives in New York City, these rarely seen photos show a unique view of the workers who built the Rondout and Neversink reservoirs and the Delaware and Neversink tunnels.  Read more

‘The Social Network’ at Liberty summer movie series

LIBERTY, NY — The third installment of the 2011 Summer Outdoor Movies series, on Friday, August 19, will be “The Social Network,” the 2010 winner of multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, the movie chronicles the history of Facebook, from the beginnings in 2003 to what has now become a global social network that revolutionized communication.

Showtime is approximately 8 p.m. The Summer Stage is located next to LaPolt Park at 120 North Main Street.

‘Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance from August 20 through September 18, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Bill Leuszler on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Museum hosts ‘wacked-out’ trio

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will hold a concert fundraiser starring Kenny Young and the Eggplants on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park visitor’s center, 58 Hoag Road.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not easily described semi-acoustic trio. The band members, who insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands, are Eddie Logue (percussion of various sorts), Gil Shuster (bass and role model for children) and Kenny Young (acoustic guitar and vocals).  Read more

Rags and blues at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Acclaimed pianist Peter Muir will present a concert titled “Rags, Blues and All That Jazz” as the final event in the college’s Summer of Fun Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

Muir, who holds a Ph.D. in musicology, is an acknowledged authority on American music. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, he has performed all over the world.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. They can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or in advance by calling 845/434-5750, ext. 4472.

Historic schoolhouse open to public

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently partnered with Steve Metzger, proprietor of Apple Valley, to make the old Schocoppee Schoolhouse, located in Apple Valley Village, available for viewing.

The little red schoolhouse originally stood at the intersection of Fire Tower Road and Schocoppee Road, about a mile west of the present day location. It was donated to the Pike County Historical Society in 1976, taken apart plank by plank, and reconstructed at the new site.  Read more

Less known railroads

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host historian and author Michael Kudish, presenting a geographic tour of three historic tributary railroads that connected with the Ontario & Western (O&W) main line, on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. The free public program will include a series of hand-drawn maps from Kudish’s book “Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” just published by Purple Mountain Press.  Read more

‘If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ”If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!,” a one-woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Rose, will be performed at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20, with a $2 discount for advance sales.  Read more

Festival to celebrate Broadway completion

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello will hold the Broadway Craft & Farm Fest on Sunday, August 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The festival will be held at the vacant lot on the corner of Broadway and St. John’s Street. A portion of Broadway (from Bank Street to Liberty Street) will also be closed off for most of the day.  Read more

Liberty Free holds Rent Money Reading

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Liberty Free Theatre will present its last Rent Money Reading of the summer at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake. It will present two comedies, “Waltzing De Niroby” and “Mafia on Prozacby.” The readings are fundraisers to help defray the rental cost of The Liberty Free Theatre’s home base in Liberty. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/292-3788.

Contra dancing at the Grange

GALILEE, PA — The Unity Grange holds contra dances every third Saturday of the month, thorugh December. The next dance will be on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m. with a children’s dance, followed by a family dance with instruction for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Patrons of Husbandry, and callers are Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright and Laurie Brongo.

There will be potluck snacks at break time. Email galileestudios66@yahoo.com or call 570/729-7141.

Volunteers needed at Black Bear

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival, to be held on October 14, 15 and 16, will return to its home in Milford’s own theater, newly refurbished, reopened and under the direction of Jerry Beaver. Volunteers are needed on at least half a dozen committees. Anyone interested in creative, publicity, logistics, fundraising, ticketing, volunteer co-ordination, or events is invited to meet at the Milford Theater, East Catharine St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

‘Expressed Mail’ auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — Artist Shannon Thol designed this mailbox for the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) eighth annual Summer Art Project, “Expressed Mail.” The mailboxes will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, as a benefit for WCAA. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a public preview and the bidding begins at 7 p.m. Visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  Read more

A summer mystery - Part 3: The investigation

Detective Brown stood in the dimly lit squad room. It had been three days since he had received the call about the body in the basement of the apartment building and the investigation was now in full swing. Brown or his partner had spoken to literally everyone who was in the building that day. All 32 people.

They had painstakingly searched the Johnson apartment, the stairwell, the basement, and the empty, recently purchased, shared apartment between the Johnsons and their neighbor Tom.  Read more

Woodstock, legends and all that jazz

I’ve often heard it said that “age is just a number” but have no clue who coined the phrase. Undoubtedly, it was some octogenarian—loath to admit that time was passing more quickly than had been anticipated. This past week, my event calendar was filled with time travel and I found myself doing the math a little too often.  Read more