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December 27, 2014
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REGION — Just as fine food has the power to exalt any holiday celebration, so do fine alcoholic beverages (in suitable moderation). And just as we in the Upper Delaware River Valley are blessed with a variety of excellent local food sources, we also have quite a few providers of drink, from spirits to wine to beer and ale. We contacted a number of the local distilleries, breweries and wineries and asked them for their recommendations for your holiday parties. Here’s what they came up with.

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Take me to your leader

Like many of us, I have interest in a myriad of subjects. Gardening, nature, astronomy and ancient history top my list, but there is a subset of fascinating topics that creep into my thoughts on a consistent basis. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Bermuda Triangle are but a few of the themes that attract me. Truth be told, I have given a fair amount of attention to one area of interest over the others: UFOs.  Read more

‘The one that got away’

Every once in a while a story comes along that strikes right at the nerve of the community. It takes on a life of its own. You might guess it’s one of those topics like school merger or gas leasing. Serious issues, yes, but forget those. They will fade away. There is nothing that brings even the most reticent out of the woodwork than the debate over the local existence of the mountain lion.  Read more

It’s a family affair

While we desperately need the rain, wet weather does tend to impact family fun over the weekend here in the Upper Delaware valley. While the folks at Bethel Woods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) have it covered—sponsoring indoor, kid-friendly events in the form of their World Stage Series—the moisture can affect the music, even with a roof overhead.  Read more

Murder mystery benefits Liberty chamber

LIBERTY, NY — "Last Will & Testament," by Lisa Patrick-Wilkinson, a murder mystery dinner theatre event to benefit the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be held on April 29 at the Liberty Fire House, 256 Sprague Ave.  Read more

Katie Reinhardt featured at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Gallery-The Art of Living will open an exhibit of the paintings of Katie Reinhardt with a reception on Saturday, April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will run through June 2. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com or call 845/252-3238.

Photography by Jones at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present a members’ show at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of May. There will be oils, watercolors and photography by the members and the group will give special recognition to photographer Karen Jones. Jones is a native of Liberty, NY. At first, she only took “people pictures.” After purchasing a digital camera, she found many other subjects that make for great photographs. She likes traveling the back roads of the country because, she says, “You never know what you will find.”  Read more

DreamCast helps recruit new anglers

ROSCOE, NY — As of May 1, Roscoe launch an innovative learn-to-fish program called DreamCast, which is designed to help new anglers learn the basic skills of fishing on waters located in the Roscoe area.

The DreamCast program is a structured four-hour learning opportunity where first-time anglers of all ages can spend a half-day with a professional fishing guide. The DreamCast Program will not only teach new anglers how to catch fish, but they’ll also learn about local fishing history, basic fishing techniques and lake and stream ecology.  Read more

Livingston Taylor kicks of Tusten Theatre season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will perform at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Livingston is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes older brother James Taylor. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching.  Read more

DreamCast helps recruit new anglers

ROSCOE, NY — As of May 1, Roscoe launch an innovative learn-to-fish program called DreamCast, which is designed to help new anglers learn the basic skills of fishing on waters located in the Roscoe area.

The DreamCast program is a structured four-hour learning opportunity where first-time anglers of all ages can spend a half-day with a professional fishing guide. The DreamCast Program will not only teach new anglers how to catch fish, but they’ll also learn about local fishing history, basic fishing techniques and lake and stream ecology.  Read more

PEEC holds Earth Day celebration

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its 17th annual Earth Day Family Festival on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be guided nature hikes and recycled crafts and games, family-oriented hands-on learning stations, sustainable living ideas and environmentally friendly products and businesses.  Read more

‘You’ve Got Hate Mail’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a weekend of dinner theatre with three performances of the comedy “You’ve Got Hate Mail” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. in Hurleyville. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m., with the option of a dinner theatre package with Nardi’s Family Restaurant (Frankie and Johnnie’s), also in Hurleyville.  Read more

Singer performs at Nadia’s

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Donna Singer will perform at Nadia’s Restaurant on 222 Main St. on Friday, April 27 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance is part of a tour Singer, a native and resident of Sullivan County, and Doug Richards of Monticello have put together to celebrate the release of their CD, “Take the Day Off: Escape with Jazz.” Recently retired from 17 years as the musical director at The First Baptist Church of Monticello, Singer is the founder of Dr. Donna’s School of Song, and is the lead singer with the Swing Shift Orchestra out of Wurtsboro.  Read more

Foodstock raises funds for WJFF

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill, not-for-profit community radio in Jeffersonville, will host its 3rd annual “FOODSTOCK,” a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building.  Read more

New Hope Community’s Wallace Berkowitz Cup

LIBERTY, NY — New Hope Community (NHC) will host the second annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup Golf Tournament at Grossinger’s Golf Course on Monday, May 21. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a scramble start beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships and ads for a journal are available.  Read more

Can we save the bridge?

A few weeks ago my dad sent me a link to an article about how he had resigned from the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway board. The article said that Glenn Pontier had “resigned over the controversy concerning construction of a new Pond Eddy Bridge.”

I was immediately intrigued and I called him to get the inside scoop. Our conversations all start out the same.

Me: “Hey Dad.”

Him: “Hey Zac.”

Me: “How’s it going?”

Him: (Chuckle) It’s going well.

Me: “What’s going on with the Pond Eddy Bridge?”  Read more

Marketing maple: Tours, training and an unusually warm season

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Anyone who has ever thought that pure maple syrup is too expensive need only visit a local sugar bush to gain a good perspective on what it takes to make the delicious product that sweetens our lives in so many ways.

For starters, producing one gallon of the syrupy stuff requires harvesting 40 gallons of tree sap using a variety of practices involving taps, buckets, tubing and more. Next is the fairly grueling process of boiling that sap down to concentrate the sugars over an intense period of time.  Read more

On the brink

Recently, my husband and I indulged in a spate of Masterpiece Theater and BBC mini-series (I call them high-class soap operas), spurred on by our earlier delight with “Cranford” and “Downton Abbey.” We’ve since hunkered down for marathon sessions of Dickens’ “Bleak House” and “Little Dorrit,” as well as the 2002 version of “The Forsythe Saga.”  Read more

And the answers are...

After a telephone conversation with Mr. Wayne Grauer, I do not think I will be called upon to give away any poorly tied flies this year. Wayne is a purveyor of both new and used bamboo fly rods and knows quite a bit regarding fly fishing history. Mr. Grauer complained that the quiz this year was really tough. Some of you may simply need a few extra hours of batting practice.  Read more

Have you seen a fisher?

HONESDALE, PA — The latest taxidermy mount to be added to an ever-expanding display of animals at the Wayne Conservation District (WCD) is the fisher, a mid-size carnivore characterized by a long darkly-furred body, short legs and a full tail.

Also referred to as tree otter, tree fox and fisher weasel, this mammal sports an appealing triangular face topped with wide rounded ears and oval pupils that produce a green eyeshine at night. Adult males weigh seven to 12 pounds; adult females weigh four to seven pounds.  Read more

“One man’s trash...

...is another man’s treasure.” Taking a peek into my garage, these words speak volumes. According to www.quotecounterquote.com, this common expression has been “a popular proverbial saying in America since the late 20th century. Its basic meaning is that something which seems worthless to one person is often deemed valuable by another.”  Read more

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