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July 04, 2015
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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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The good egg

An egg is quiet perfection. Elegant in form, its smooth shell breaks open to offer the yin-yang of golden yolk and airy white. That yolk serves to thicken and enrich, while the white, when whipped, adds volume and lightness. Together and separated, these allied elements lend themselves to a seemingly infinite array of preparations, from lofty drifts of shining meringue to velvety dollops of lemon curd, from the crisp, lacy edges of an egg fried in olive oil to the cool, spongy sweetness of a Japanese omelet.  Read more

Dancing snow devils

Pausing as I step out of the front door, looking up through the barren trees, the cerulean blue of the morning sky peeks at me. The word “cerulean” is derived from the Latin caelum, meaning heaven. Upon crisp mornings like this, it is heaven I am viewing for sure. The long, harsh winter is slowly losing its grip on us. Patches of the promise of spring can be seen through the snow as the earth awakens from its slumber. There is no doubt that the spring in my morning step these days is due to the earlier dawning of the morning light.  Read more

The coming of spring

Near the end of February, I had a call from Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) out of Milanvile, PA. It seems that during a sunny day when the temperatures approached the 30s, he was observing a stonefly hatch from Calkins Creek, which runs along the edge of the NPS property in Milanville. Not only were there stoneflies, but there were also some eastern bluebirds observed making a meal of these emerging stoneflies.  Read more

Testament of a fisherman revisited*

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from my own real world every day. I am tired of “BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!” And I am weary of being worked up, jerked around and riled-up in a media-driven alter-world fraught with exaggeration and distortion. These unceasing stimuli raise our blood pressure, heart rates and overall feeling of dis-ease.  Read more

A rainy St. Patrick’s

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Despite persistent rain, spirits were not dampened during the shorter-than-usual annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville last weekend. Junior photographer Eric Breihof was one of those who braved the weather, and he took these photographs.

Talk on ancient settlers

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its first installment of its History Talk Series on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 pm, featuring Dr. Eugene J. Boesch, who will give a talk titled, “Understanding Past Native American Cultures in the Hudson Valley Through Archaeology.” It will be held at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills’

REGION — Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) to launch an interactive exhibition this summer titled “Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills.” The original Exquisite Corpse was started at the turn of the 20th Century among Surrealist history’s most famous artistic names, such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray (to name a few.) Originally constructed as a parlor game to help artists break from reason, its popularity grew as a way to bring diverse artists and ideas together.  Read more

Sullivan West’s ‘Secret Garden’ is abloom with talent

If I had to do it all over again, I would work with kids in school, planting the seeds and nurturing their appreciation of the performing arts, hoping to instill a love of the theatre in our young folks. Thankfully, the Upper Delaware River region is filled with educators and parents who do just that, and my visit to Sullivan West last Sunday served as a shining example of the talent, dedication and spirit that putting together a high school production embodies.  Read more

Folk rock in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — A favored ethereal folk-rock duo among music lovers of all ages, Barnaby Bright, returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. The duo features haunting vocals, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass and thumb pianos. Barnaby Bright’s EP Gravity was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, and has garnered comparisons to the Indigo Girls, The Civil Wars and The Weepies.  Read more

Agresti at Café Devine

CALLICOON, NY — Armand Agresti will present nine photographs at Café Devine, Callicoon, NY starting March 20. There will be an opening reception on March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The show, titled, “The Rich and the Poor,” will continue until April 27. The nine large color photographs are from a series addressing the struggles and richness of life. Café Devine hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday from 9 to 5 p.m.

‘Planet Earth’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, March 21, The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. will present a screening of two episodes of the acclaimed nature series “Planet Earth.” The event will begin at 5 p.m. and wrap up by 7 p.m.  Read more

Jazzmosis and Yasgur in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) celebrates the arrival of spring by kicking off the spring concert series with the instrumental group Jazzmosis, playing with Yasgur, at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Sullivan County-based Jazzmosis, founded in 2011, features drummer Mike Cervone, guitarist Steve Schwartz, bassist Tom Volpe and saxophonist Greg Fiske. The group traces its musical roots to the jazz rock/jazz fusion movement of the 1960s, continuing that tradition during their shows with extended solo and group jams.  Read more

Maple sugar tour and sugarbush walk

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The public is invited to a Maple Weekend Tour at the Catskill Mountain Sugar House on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The tour will be followed by a short hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, around the mountaintop farm.  Read more

Student artwork on display at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, April 19 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be an opening reception on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This exhibition, appearing throughout the gallery, will present the work of high school students from all eight of the county’s districts (Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley) plus student work from BOCES.  Read more

Women’s wellness weekend

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA invites women to relax their spirit, mind and body; connect with old and new friends and enjoy a weekend from March 27 to 29.  Read more

Historic costumes on display

MILFORD, PA — The Vintage Clothing Committee of the Pike County Historical Society has assembled a special exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. Members of the committee are seen here with the stage costumes that belonged to Jennie Gourlay, an actress in the play being performed at Ford’s Theater the night of the President’s assassination. The costumes, currently on display at the Columns Museum, are being featured to help raise funds to have them stabilized and prepared for permanent display.  Read more

Combining art and science: Documentary being made about The Weather Project

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — If you missed the NACL Theatre performance of “The Weather Project” last summer, don’t fret; a production company from New York City is now in the process of creating a documentary film about the show. Frank Kuzler, the executive director of DecadesOut, said, “The documentary goes perfectly with the mission of our company DecadesOut. The mission is to foster the dialog between science and the arts as they relate to current issues. ‘The Weather Project’ fits perfectly into that.”  Read more

Where the rubber meets the road

It was a fair enough question, really.

I had just posted some well-reasoned and salient comments (or so I thought) to Facebook about some miscellaneous, transient political thing of little actual import or impact—oh yeah, those emails of Hillary’s—and one of my correspondents called me on it, to wit:

“Why don’t you put this much thought into making your LOCAL politics better and stop the distraction of the big media?”  Read more

Spring hope

Winter boredom reached a crescendo in my house when my kids started playing tennis in the living room. You know it has been a long winter when the kids start practicing swings indoors and bouncing balls off the wall. My son walks restlessly from room to room cradling his new racket as if it were a teddy bear. He is impatient for the start of the school’s spring tennis season.  Read more

Spring into spring

With winter’s waning comes the promise of spring. While the calendar heralds its arrival on March 20, however, the Upper Delaware River region will still seem very winter-like for weeks to come. Meanwhile, here are a few suggestions to help reduce our impatience with this seemingly endless winter season with its ample supply of snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  Read more

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