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November 25, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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Polishook on display at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors will host an exhibit by Joan Polishook, “Inspirational Creations,” from Sunday, April 1 through Saturday, April 29. Meet the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. while viewing the show and enjoying refreshments.

Polishook creates in a variety of art mediums. The exhibit is an eclectic mix showcasing the artist’s interest and expertise in expressing feeling and mood primarily in the interpretation of the local landscape.

The gallery is located at 631 Rte. 739. Call 570/775-7337 or 775-6896.

‘Unearthed’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The inaugural presentation of an oral history titled “Unearthed” will be presented at the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Liberty hosts Easter egg hunt

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department and the Liberty Public Library will be hold its annual Easter egg hunt on March 31.

Starting at 11 a.m., there will be readings and Easter craft projects for the children at the library. Starting at 12 p.m., the Easter egg hunt will be held at the Liberty Elementary ball field on North Main Street. Bring children up to eight years old with a basket to search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, participate in children’s games and have a chance to win a basket full of Easter goodies.  Read more

‘Hello Dolly!’ presented at Monticello High

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School students will present “Hello Dolly!” on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with a Tony Award-winning book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, the musical tells the story of a charming widow, Dolly Levi. “What do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the opening scene. “Some people paint, some sew... I meddle,” replies Dolly.  Read more

Fashion as art

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, March 31, “Clothing for Goddesses” will open at 4 p.m. in the newly remodeled Plunk Shop Barn at 39 Main Street. This fashion-as-art exhibition will highlight regional clothing artists as well as a range of experimental clothing and accessory works from artists/crafters of all media. The artists’ reception starts at 4 p.m., with a runway show at 5 p.m.

Artists represented are Joanna Hartell, Ramona Jan, Heather Jacksy, Tannis Kowalchuk, Leslie Lacika, Elizabeth Ennis, Pat Sprott, Judy DePalma, Claire Coleman and James Karpowicz. Call 212/951-0439.

Easter Bunny hopping into Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Fireman’s Field on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. There will be games and crafts for children of all ages and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be provided and firemen will be on hand to show children the fire trucks and their gear. There will be opportunities for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

In the event of bad weather, the Easter Bunny will visit the Yulan Firehouse. Donations for the event are welcome. Call 845/557-6090.

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. Visit  Read more

Techno Hotel

The thumping bass beats coming from next door rattle the windows of our hotel room in Miami. Though the music isn’t very loud while in the room, you can feel it in the floor.

I’m visiting Emily in South Beach, FL. She’s here producing a fairly big beer commercial. It’s very exciting for her and the director involved. I came down to visit and hang out, but it wasn’t until a day or so before I got here that Emily told me that Ultra, a new music festival, was going on that weekend.

“Hope that’s okay,” she had said sweetly.  Read more

Sullivan County attorney and friends ‘humbled’ by response to new book

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two women—one of them Sullivan County’s senior assistant attorney Cheryl McCausland—have published a book in which they share their personal encounters with the spiritual world. “Intertwined: Humble Journeys on the Pathway to God,” is a heartfelt and candid account of how each arrived at the shared belief that “human souls are predisposed to seek God and, by doing so, journey with the souls of others on the pathway to Him.”  Read more

Beyond befuddlement

Now that spring is upon us and we’re ready to don lightweight fabrics, I researched bamboo as an alternative to environmentally unfriendly cotton. What I discovered reinforced the fact that it’s often really, really befuddling to make sustainable choices.  Read more

Bear awareness

I awoke at 2:30 a.m. earlier this week to the sound of garbage cans being dumped onto their sides. This was followed by 20 minutes of rustling and tearing, as a black bear snacked on my neighbor’s garbage. The bruin then strolled down the road and repeated the activity at another neighbor’s driveway. The next morning was garbage day for residents of our rural road. Morning light revealed the remnants of the raid scattered around.  Read more

Celebrate, celebrate... dance to the music!

Seeking the lyrics on line to the Three Dog Night classic, I was redirected to www.oldielyrics.com. Oldie. If I weren’t so happy to be out and about this past weekend, the reference to my age might have aggravated me. Attempting to abide by doctor’s orders, I resolved to “take it easy” last Saturday, while celebrating in Jeffersonville, NY with thousands of St. Patrick’s Day revelers.  Read more

WCM kicks off the season on April Fools

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music will celebrate April Fools Day with “Fools & Fiddlers,” a concert at Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Hankins Road at 3 p.m. The concert begins WCM’s 19th season in Sullivan County, and is followed by a meet-the-artists reception.  Read more

Sponsors sought for Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Planning has begun for the third annual Wally Lake Fest, which takes place Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The festival was created to help summer last a little longer on the lake and in Hawley and since its inception, the last weekend in August has been one of the busiest weekends of the year as people flock to the Lake Region for the festivities. Wally Lake Fest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and made possible through dedicated and generous sponsors, volunteers, organizers, local businesses and supporters.  Read more

‘Vaudeville in the Catskills’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society and The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Vaudeville in the Catskills” on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at The Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street.  Read more

Flea market opens for the season

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The flea market at the Orange County Fairgrounds large parking area in Middletown will open for its sixth season on Saturday, March 31, weather permitting. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through November, and will be open during the annual Orange County Fair. Admission is free.  Read more

Author to speak at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Author Neela Vaswani will speak and sign copies of her books at a buffet luncheon benefiting the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 12 at 12 noon. It will take place at the Hotel Wayne, 1202 N. Main St. Vaswani is author of the short story collection “Where the Long Grass Bends,” and a memoir, “You Have Given Me a Country.” She and Silas House co-authored the middle grade novel-in-letters, “Same Sun Here,” which was released in February and is currently the number-one selling book for young adults in independent bookstores.  Read more

Quilts celebrate nature

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Sunday, April 1, Morgan Outdoors will unveil its sixth annual “The Great Outdoors—Quilts Celebrating Nature” show at 46 Main Street. The public is invited to the opening reception on April 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. The quilts will be on display from April 1 to 29.  Read more

Before Hollywood there was Cuddebackville

PORT JERVIS, NY — Seth Goldman, executive director of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville will present a free program at The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library on early film making in the area on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum’s mission is to preserve and document the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York’s Catskill region. Goldman is the acknowledged expert on the early film industry and the films made in the tri-state area in the early 20th century.  Read more

‘With Love from Shakespeare’s Women’ to raise funds for DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Act Underground will present “With Love from Shakespeare’s Women” as the first of a series of Arts Alive/Savor the Arts fundraisers this spring benefiting Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

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