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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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All Nighter

Today is still yesterday and tomorrow didn’t happen yet. It’s true. See, I got to work about 24 hours ago. I’ve been up all night, working on a video presentation that my boss is going to give in a few hours.  Read more

The livin’ is easy (-ish)

Just in time for summer sun, Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 Sunscreen Report. It’s thorough, and it challenges the notion that if we just lather on gobs of the stuff, we’re safe. For starters, there’s no clear evidence that sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer; in fact, the FDA admits that it is “not aware of any studies examining the effect of sunscreen use on the development of melanoma.” In addition, using sunscreen may give people an unwarranted sense of security, making them more apt to stay out too long in the sun’s harmful rays.  Read more

Mildred’s Lane hosts curator’s talk at Narrowsburg Mews

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mildred’s Lane, a storefront, office, studio, program extension, and additional site for exchange on Narrowsburg’s Main Street behind Coffee Creations, will run “The Mildred Complex(ity)” this summer, Friday afternoon-into-evening workshops, talks and musical events, free of charge, in downtown Narrowsburg.  Read more

Choralaires in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will welcome the Wayne Choralaires back into Honesdale’s Central Park on Monday, June 25 with a new conductor, Betsy Black.  Read more

The bird whisperer

Plunk! Something had just struck one of the windows that look out on our back porch. Being curious, I went out onto the porch to see what had caused the noise. To my chagrin, I found one of our little wrens lying unconscious on the deck.  Read more

Caution: fawn crossing

A couple of years ago in June, there was a motorcycle ride in New Jersey to benefit a children’s foundation, and I was riding with our local chapter of the Red Knights. We were on a rural road in Sussex County, when I spotted a doe and her fawn come out to the shoulder of the road maybe six bikes ahead of me. A split second later, the fawn shot across the road right between two riders. The fawn disappeared in the brush unscathed and the riders likely breathed a sigh of relief.  Read more

Big Eddy Farmstand opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Farmstand, part of the Tusten Heritage Garden project, will open at the Narrowsburg Mews, off Main Street, on Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It will continue on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The farm stand will sell produce from the community garden as well as other regional and local products.

Dancin’ in the streets in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The seventh annual Roots & Rhythm festival will have Honesdale hopping this weekend, starting at 10:30 p.m., when bands will start playing at locations around town, like Teddy Young and the Aces at Dave’s Super Duper, the Gypsy Jazz Quartet at REMAX Wayne, and Peter Florance and the New Kings at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street.  Read more

Free environmental film series

MILFORD, PA — Free environmental films that feature key conservationists who each had a significant impact on natural resources will be offered this summer at Grey Towers National Historic Site, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Each film will include a secondary component, such as a walk or a talk. The films are free.  Read more

Garden Party to benefit arts alliance

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden on Route 52 in Youngsville will host its second annual Garden Party on Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the Arts Alive Drive for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA). Enter the contest (with prizes) for the Best Garden Hat, the Most Unusual Hat, or the Most Artistic Hat.  Read more

Greenthal watercolors at Willow and Brown

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be an exhibit of watercolors by Donna Greenthal, “Watercolors 2012,” at Willow and Brown at 2 Pearl from Saturday, June 16 through July 15. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring light refreshments in the garden, and live entertainment by the Raddyos. Willow and Brown is wheelchair accessible.  Read more

‘Coppelia’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Chelsea Gessner, a senior at Port Jervis High School, and Laurence Utter Jr., a nursing student at Orange County Community College, perform in the Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “Coppelia.” There will be a performance at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, June 16 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. Call 845/856-3373.

Dorosh’s ‘Chairs’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — Daria Dorosh’s “Chairs 1982-2010” opens with a reception on Friday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 7.  Read more

CAG reopening exhibit themed ‘Patterns’

LIBERTY, NY — The members of the newly re-formed Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will exhibit recent work at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main St., from June 15 through July 8. The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an artists’ reception with refreshments on Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the “Patterns” show, guests can view the museum’s permanent display of Sullivan County history, and hear about the museum’s plans for the future.  Read more

Fantastic ‘Fantasticks’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, is coming to the stage at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for six performances, courtesy of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW), under the direction of Sally Gladden of Woodridge and the musical direction of Leon Hilfstein of Hurleyville. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Try-City holds auditions

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for the Try-City-Stage season will be held on Sunday, June 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St. Three productions are currently set for the upcoming season. “Little Shop of Horrors” (October 25 to 28) has a cast of eight main characters, four male and four female, plus a small ensemble. “Holiday Spectacular” (December 21 and 22) will use singers, dancers—especially girls interested in Rockette-style dancing—actors and musicians for a cabaret production.  Read more

Strawberry breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, at the D & H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Rd. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be all-you-can-eat strawberry pancakes and French toast with fresh, homemade strawberry sauce, among other items.  Read more

‘Waiting for You’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Sojourn Theatre and The TEAM will present “Waiting for You” on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Garden tour tickets on sale

ROSCOE, NY — Garden lovers are invited to view 10 private gardens in the Roscoe area during the fourth annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23. The bus tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club and returns for a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m.

The tour benefits the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. The cost is $35 per person for the bus tour, which includes travel on a coach bus provided by Rolling V, guide, prize drawings and snacks. Bus riders will also tour a special “secret garden.” The tour will stop for lunch in Roscoe.  Read more

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