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February 08, 2016
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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

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Kidzstock in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kidzstock, a day to enjoy family, faith and friends with the community, will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Honesdale High School Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 per child and $3 per adult (children one and under are admitted free). There will be a rock wall, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tractor rides, sensory tent, live entertainment, Army vehicles and more.  Read more

A Narrowsburg Night Out

NARROWSBURG, NY — David Driver will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre as part of Narrowsburg Night Out. Before the concert, prix fixe dinners will be offered starting at 6 p.m. at local restaurants Gerard’s River Grill (845/252-6562) and The Heron (845/252-3333).

Performing material originated by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson, as well as lesser-known artists like Scott Walker and Judee Sill, Driver will be joined by Blythe Gruda, Peter Kiesewalter, Ian Pai and a few surprise guests.  Read more

Pike Arts and Crafts presents pottery demo

MILFORD, PA — Potter and Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) member Dana Drake will be demonstrating wheel thrown pottery on Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall. She will explain the process of pottery making and allow people to try their hand at it. She will also be bringing many of her finished pieces to show and sell for the afternoon.  Read more

Mixed media paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mixed media paintings by French artist Ishwar Malleret will be on exhibit at the River Gallery, The Art of Living at 8 Main St., through July 10.

Mallerett says of his work, “When I start painting, I often have no preconceived idea of what is about to be painted… My technique consists of stepping out of my comfort zone and diving into the inner worlds… I like to be surprised by the extraordinary wonders of these new unexplored territories.”

Call 845/252-3238 or visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

‘Down the Garden Path’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Down the Garden Path,” an exhibit heralding the coming season of cultivation, featuring original works of art by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, will be presented at The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from June 1 through the 30.

There will be an artists’ opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Abstract/surrealist art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — A collection of works titled “Coloration” by abstract/surrealist artist Doug Gilbert, will be exhibited at The Gallery at Chant Realtors during June. Gilbert’s abstract and surrealist paintings are done on paper, canvas or wood. The opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through June 29, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Milford Music in the Park concert series begins

Milford, PA — Milford’s Music in the Park summer concert series begins with performances by the Mike Lawlor Banned from 1 to 2 p.m. and MiZ from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 in the Ann Street Park at Anne and Catherine streets. The event is free.  Read more

Let freedom ring

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Bog walk

For an otherworldly experience within a manageable drive of the Upper Delaware region, a visit to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA is in order. Designated a National Natural Landmark because it is the southernmost low-altitude boreal bog on the eastern seaboard, this bog resembles those found at much higher elevations such as New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Read more

Remember

On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

Taxidermy and reclaimed wood art

BARRYVILLE, NY — Artwork incorporating taxidermy and reclaimed wood will be on exhibit in an unusual art show titled “Mounted: Wood Meets Fur” which opens with an artist’s reception on Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The River Market, State Rte. 97. Assemblage artist Gordon Graff, owner of the UpFront Gallery in Port Jervis, NY, will show his works at the Barryville Gallery through September 9.

‘Mist & Mystery’ in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture.  Read more

WCM begins 20th anniversary with Music at the Mill

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill.  Read more

Singer-songwriter Matt Simons at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Matt Simon performs with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. He is signed with Sony Music and his songwriting has gained attention jumping into the top 10 charts abroad.

Often compared to Jamie Cullum, John Mayer and Adam Levine, Simons also infuses his piano-based pop-rock with hints of jazz and R&B.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Sullivan

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour returns on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. at a new venue, Henning’s Local, a new restaurant at 1040 State Rte. 55 in The Eldred Preserve. Comic Moody McCarthey, who has appeared on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, headlines. Dinner is available starting at 5 p.m. and during the show. Also appearing is Rich Carucci, Mr. Langham. Rich Kiamco serves as host and MC.

Tickets cost $20 online, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383605, or $25 at the door. Future shows include Jessica Kirson on July 6 and Dan Soder of September 1.

GLBT Center presents ‘Girl Talk’

MILFORD, PA — Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold the performance “Girl Talk” on Saturday, May 25 at the historic Milford Theatre at 9 p.m. The evening will be accentuated by a pre-show and auction for everyone at 8:15 p.m., with an after party at the Patisserie for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission (adult 18 yrs+ only), and VIP tickets cost $60 and have a limited availability (VIP ticket includes reserved seating and after party). Visit www.wigsticks.org or www.udglbt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cunningham Family Farms reopens for the summer

SWAN LAKE, NY — The 2013 opening of Cunningham Farms, Hurd Park Rd., is Saturday, May 25. The farm will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 4. General admission includes all activities except gem mining, among which are hayride, hay bale maze, rope maze, labyrinth, barnyard play area and hay bale pyramid.  Read more