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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Dramatic workshop to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its new 2013 holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Sullivan County Museum on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Hugh Brodie and Little Sammy Davis honored at blues festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Two distinguished senior blues legends were honored at the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival at the Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill by owner Randy Resnick.  Read more

Harmony Presents two holiday infused concerts

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host two holiday concerts in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Starting off on Friday, December 13, world-renowned vocalist and United States Cultural Ambassador and faculty member of some of the finest performing arts schools Dorothy Stone will present “Winter’s Musical Mélange.” It will feature a mix of holiday songs from various cultures, many classic repertoire and Broadway tunes. Tickets are available in advance at $18 a ticket or $22 at the door.  Read more

Second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host its second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be on two floors with over two dozen talented regional artisans.  Read more

A chorus of all ages performs 37th annual winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — Director Kevin Giroux says it will “pep people up for the holiday season.” The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual “Winter Concert” on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42 in Woodbourne. The chorus, under the direction of Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present an exciting holiday program featuring “The Unknown Treasures of Christmas” including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” The performance will also feature pieces accompanied by brass choir and string quintet.  Read more

The season of hope

I want to share some early Christmas gifts in the form of hopeful news on the sustainability front.  Read more

Ted Parker: PA’s legendary conservationist

Twenty years ago, the world lost one of the most renowned ornithologists and one of the greatest field biologists of the 20th century. Ted Parker died at the age of 40 in a plane crash while pursuing what he loved most—the study of South America’s birds. In his honor, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) is offering a free digital download of his recordings from “Voices from the Peruvian Rainforest” (available at tinyurl.com/peruvianrainforest).  Read more

Fowl mood: Hickory’s revenge

[Editor’s note: The Turkey Bandit was first introduced in the Letters Home column in 2010. The saga continues....]

Previously, we heard the account of the Turkey Bandit’s Hickory Farms rescue. The Bandit and his partner, Jack, had outsmarted the watchdog, shut off the alarm and freed 50 birds from their upcoming slaughter; to the Bandit’s delight it had ruined poor Old Farmer Hickory’s Thanksgiving.  Read more

Rock Hill holiday festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business & Community Association for the annual holiday festival on December 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dutch’s Tavern. There will be a holiday market, free pony rides, refreshments, Santa arriving on a fire truck, photos with Santa, Christmas and Chanukah songs and annual Christmas tree lighting.

For more information, email rhbca12775@gmail.com or call 845/807-2034.

Milford church holds annual Christmas tea

MILFORD, PA — Celebrate the season with an authentic Christmas Tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of W. Catherine Street on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last seating at 2:30 p.m.)

Enjoy a selection of breakfast, lunch and dessert options to sample—from scones and clotted cream, to brie and chutney, to cucumber sandwiches and biscotti. Vintage tea sets provide hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with fresh cream and sugar. Children may choose from a separate menu.  Read more

NACL presents the New York premiere of ‘STRUCK’

NEW YORK, NY — NACL held the New York premiere of “STRUCK,” its new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman’s walk on the razor’s-edge between life and death on December 5. “STRUCK” will be presented December 5 to 21, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. at Spring Street, enter at Dominick Street.  Read more

Botanical art to soothe the senses

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender will exhibit her artwork of edible wild plants from the just published “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The display runs through December 30.  Read more

Tri-State Chamber announces 42nd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will hold the 42nd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 8. The lineup on Canal Street begins at 1 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m., continuing on Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge to Pennsylvania Avenue and ends at the Matamoras Firehouse in Airport Park. At the conclusion, there will be a visit from Santa for the kids, a trophy ceremony for parade participants and hot chocolate and donuts for everyone.  Read more

‘Christmas with the Crackers’ benefit for Toys for Tots

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Americana-roots band The Crackers will host its second annual “Christmas with the Crackers” benefit concert to help support Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike counties on Friday, December 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The event also will feature performances by country duo The Stantons, eclectic accordionist Doug Rogers and his band the Hoy Polloy, and rising bluegrass stars, the Coal Town Rounders.  Read more

Holiday craft beer show, topped off with Somerville

BETHEL, NY — You can hoist a few for the holidays at a holiday craft beer show and spirits sale at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, December 7, and then finish the day off at the Dancing Cat Saloon next door with an acoustic performance by the Somerville Brothers.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays’ in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The United Methodist Church of Monticello (UMC) will present Big Sky Productions in “Shorts & Sweets for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.

Performers from Big Sky Productions will read short stories about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. The stories will be interspersed with music and songs featuring UMC’s Jeremy Mills as accompanist.  Read more

CAS opens submissions for 2015 exhibition season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is currently accepting artist proposals for its 2015 exhibition season. All artists can submit proposals from now through the deadline of February 1, 2014.

All proposals are reviewed by an outside jury panel of independent curators that changes each year. All work will be considered for solo and group shows at the recommendation of the jury. CAS will notify all applicants before the end of April 2014. More information and an official application form can be found online at www.catskillartsociety.org/submissions.  Read more

Affordable Works Show

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will host its Affordable Works Show for the holiday season, featuring unique gifts by local artists. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The show runs from December 6 through 22.  Read more

Holiday mansion tours and art show planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Students from the Delaware Valley School District will perform on Saturday, December 7, at 3:30 p.m., and students from Dingman Delaware Middle School will perform on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Both performances will be held outdoors in the Grey Towers Visitor Pavilion.  Read more

It’s beginning to look a lot like nap time

Yes, I’m tired… and it’s only just begun. Before anyone accuses me of being a Grinch, let it be said I’m big a fan of the holidays, but a little bit goes a long way for me, and the older I get, the less I need. There was a time (long ago and far away) when it seemed as if I couldn’t get enough and wanted the festivities to go on forever, but as anyone over 40 knows, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’… and last I looked, it was the Fourth of July.  Read more