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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Bluegrass with the Coal Town Rounders

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s favorite bluegrass bands, the Coal Town Rounders, on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. This hard-driving four-piece traditional bluegrass band is made up of mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and tight harmonies. The band draws influence from all types of old-time string bands, bluegrass standards and some modern tunes.  Read more

Announcing this year’s Milford Music Festival dates

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Festival Committee announces the dates for this year’s event. This year’s three-day borough-wide music festival will begin Friday evening on June 27 and continue through Sunday afternoon June 29. The majority of the bands play on Saturday, June 28. Saturday is when the Jorgenson’s Dimmick Inn will once again have its famous Block Party. The bands will be announced soon on www.milfordmusicfest.org.  Read more

New chamber music season begins

REGION — Under the new artistic direction of two celebrated artists, composer Andrew Waggoner and his wife, cellist Caroline Stinson, the 2014 Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) season is well underway, beginning with “Carrie’s Teas,” free, private in-home events in April and May, hosted by enthusiastic fans who want to introduce WCM to their friends.  Read more

It’s a dog’s life

Well, it finally happened. After getting an iPawd and my own social networking page (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog), the fine folks at The River Reporter have finally wised up and decided to let me take over from you-know-who and write a decent column for a change. Since I have my paws firmly on the ground, I’m thinking of calling it “The Waggin’ Train,” but we’ll have to see how HE handles the news before the fur flies.  Read more

Aliens land in Pine Bush, NY!

Once again, the streets of Pine Bush, NY were lined with folks scanning the skies for evidence of extraterrestrial life, as the 2014 Pine Bush UFO Fair unfolded on Saturday, April 26. Showcasing an “Out of This World Car Show” and scores of street vendors, food booths and performers, the event drew more than 5,000 people who showed up to participate in the schedule of events that included live music in the gazebo, performance artists, a “Martian Art Show and Reception” and guest speakers and lectures held throughout the day.  Read more

Forty years and a bar

Six large crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the lobby of Le Pavillion Hotel in New Orleans. Two oak-leaf gilt mirrors rise above marble consoles on either end of the room adding infinite repetitions of the highly decorated scene. At 10 a.m. on the last Monday morning in April, Jazz Festers slowly tumble from the elevators looking for some chicory-laced coffee to rouse them. Most have imbibed more liquid cheer in a weekend than a bartender pours on New Year’s Eve.  Read more

A-watching we will go…at home

From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—without disturbing them one bit.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, increasing numbers of webcams are revealing much about the lives of birds and providing a fascinating front-row view of their nest-building practices, reproduction and offspring-raising activities. ‘Tis the season to tune in, with nesting underway, eggs incubating and chicks hatching or soon to do so.  Read more

Buried treasure/hidden gems

OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky, soak up some much needed rays and kick back. It seemed like the perfect time to rest up and conserve energy for the good times are about to seriously roll through come “high season” in the Upper Delaware River Valley, so I called the office claiming to be “sick” and begged off making an appearance.  Read more

‘Scrambled Realities’ mixed media paintings

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Scrambled Realities,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Jane Dell, opens with a reception on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 17.  Read more

‘Art Naïf’ at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — A major exhibit highlighting the parallel lives of two international artists of the “Art Naïf” school will open on Saturday, April 26 at the Looking Glass Gallery at the Hawley Silk Mill. Juan H. Espino, a native of Mexico, has lived in Hawley since 1998 and paints colorful scenes of his adopted home. Merle Reivich of Philadelphia moved to Mexico many years ago, and has become an award-winning interpreter of her new home as well.  Read more

Holy Ghost Tent Revival at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Holy Ghost Tent Revival will be at The Cooperage on Friday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been heralded since 2007 for delivering a fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll experience. The show is part of the Concerts in the Coop series.  Read more

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” starring an ensemble cast of actors including Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton, starting Friday, April 25.  Read more

Harp & folk songs with Jean Rohe and Maeve Gilchrist

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host songwriter Jean Rohe and one of Scotland’s most accomplished harpists, Maeve Gilchrist, on Saturday, April 26 at the Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. For this show, on the occasion of Hawley Earth Fest and the return of spring, they present songs full of nature imagery, culled from their own writing, traditional repertoire, and the collections of some of their favorite songwriters.  Read more

Culture and heritage grants available

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg. The application deadline is Friday, June 6. Sullivan Arts & Heritage grants fund quality programs, projects, or services that focus on visual, performing, literary, media or folk arts; local or ethnic culture; architecture; or environmental arts.  Read more

Chris McNulty performs in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Award-winning vocalist and composer Chris McNulty, along with guitar giant Paul Bollenbock and bassist Steve Warner, will give a performance at the Milford Theatre on April 25 at 8 p.m. This event is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, a nonprofit 501(3)(c) directed by cellist Yosif Feigelson, an internationally renowned artist himself.  Read more

Sublime spring music for clarinet and strings

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s offers a musical celebration featuring clarinetist Steven D. Hartman.  Read more

Comedy Night during Hawley Earth Fest weekend

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, April 25 during Hawley Earth Fest weekend, Harmony Presents will host another Final Fridays Comedy Night in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill featuring Jared Freid, a writer for the Huffington Post and creator and star of “Frat Dude Goes To” series. Other comedians including Anthony DeVito, Greg Stone and Brendan Eyre will join Jared on stage. Full bios are available at www.harmonypresents.com under the Comedy tab. Also, check out all upcoming Hawley Earth Fest events at www.hawleyearthfest.com.  Read more

Gamers paradise

HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.  Read more

Wild things

Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its bounty. In the garden, rhubarb, angelica, sorrel and mint rouse us from our root vegetable slumber and, out in the wild, tender tips of ramps, Japanese knotweed and field garlic present the first vivid glimpses of green. If you’ve never tried eating directly from nature’s pantry, perhaps this is the year you’ll venture into new terrain.  Read more

Puppy love

A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to Hoboken, NJ, causing us to take the PATH train from Hoboken in order to get to midtown 34th Street. Not the end of the world, only a slight inconvenience for me, but not everyone shares my optimism. It is obvious from the look on the faces of the two men seated across from me on the PATH train that this has ruined their day.  Read more