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April 23, 2014
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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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The next generation

The fourth State of New York Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp was held from July 17 through July 22. Fourteen teenagers, 11 boys and three girls, were in attendance. At each of these camps a number of TU men and women have been privileged to instruct these youngsters on the arts and mysteries of fishing with a fly rod. It should be noted that this camp would not exist without the time and energy expended by Kurt Nelson of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. He seems always able to surmount the countless problems that are involved in an operation of this size.  Read more

'Body, Built’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — Photographs of bodybuilders by Brian Moss will be featured in the exhibition titled “Body.Built,” opening with a reception on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through August 20, 2011.

Moss, himself a product of the bodybuilding scene, having founded the gym chain Better Bodies in New York in 1982, documents the journey from gym to hotel room to pump-up room to stage as the ultimate insider.  Read more

Barbecue Bob and Burgan featured ‘Under the Moon’

CALLICOON, NY — Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, a New York City based dance/blues band, will perform at the Under The Moon In Callicoon Concert Series on Saturday, July 30 in the Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive. Opening act and series producer Janet Burgan will open the show at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $12 at the door; children under 12 will be admitted free. Bring lawn chairs  Read more

Dramatic readings in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is currently presenting a three-play reading series featuring the council’s first playwright in residence, Jan Buttram. “PAGE 2 STAGE,” will feature new works by the NYC playwright, actor and artistic director of NYC’s respected Abingdon Theater. The series was kicked off on Saturday, June 11 at the Up-front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue.  Read more

Larry the Cable Guy at Mountain Laurel

BUSHKILL, PA — The Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (www.mtlaurelpac.com) will present Larry the Cable Guy on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a comedy show, the “Crazy Comedy Olympics,” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mountain Laurel has launched a box office at the venue that is open every Saturday throughout the summer. Concert fans looking to purchase tickets to any of the summer shows will be able to get their tickets in hand, and avoid all Ticketmaster charges simply by purchasing tickets at the box office, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Callicoon holds street fair

CALLICOON, NY — The 27th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food. There will be live music by Fiddlin’ Around and the French Woods Jazz Band. Visitors can follow up a day at the fair and in town by attending the 8 p.m. Under the Moon in Callicoon concert (see page 18). Call 845/887-3016.

Osborne talks on ‘So Many Brave Men’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Peter Osborne will discuss the subject of his new book, “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Minisink Ford” at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The new book, co-written by Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners, with Osborne, reveals new material about the battle of Minisink Ford. This presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War.  Read more

Bluestone carving raffle to support library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor artist Dick Kelly has created a stone relief carving to be raffled off for the benefit of the Livingston Manor Library. The native bluestone carving of a great blue heron standing in a pond, near a frog on a lily pad, is 48 inches by 18 inches by 2 inches, and will be engraved to the specifications of the raffle winner. The stone can serve as a bench top, a coffee table top or stood upright to adorn a house entryway or garden.  Read more

Museum holds country auction, Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The second annual fundraising Country Auction will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Route 55. It will benefit Time and the Valleys Museum, located at 332 Main St., and be followed by the annual Old Time Fair.  Read more

‘Frack’ to be presented at Beekman Pavilion

BETHEL, NY — Filmmaker David Morris will present a free showing of his documentary “Frack” on Friday, July 29 at the Beekman Pavilion, 10 Horseshoe Lake Road at 8 p.m. With the possible commencement of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York within the next months, the film provides an introduction to the process and its potential impacts on Bethel and other Sullivan County towns.

The screening will take place at Bethel’s new outdoor venue, the Beekman Pavilion. The pavilion, which is situated behind the recently restored Beekman House, also houses the Java Love and The Bake Shop.  Read more

From the Ground Up! celebrates the local

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden will present its sixth annual festival celebrating anything and everything that is grown, created and produced in Sullivan County on Saturday, August 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Cutting Garden will have the Habitat for Humanity Quilt on display throughout the festival. Raffle tickets are available, with proceeds going to support their new project, a certified “passive house” in South Fallsburg. Passive houses aim to reduce heating energy consumption by 90%. The queen-sized quilt was designed and created by quilt artist Sally Abrams and Lori Nixon.  Read more

Ode to a Blueberry

You bunch up here and create a yin yin of blue amid the greenery.
My fingers pick you quickly into a bucket.

You collect without protest. You are happy to be joined.
Your numbers freeze well in a flat layer in an oblong pan.

Your colors turns to blue-black, a kind of purple, but still blue.
A frosty blue. Bears love you and I see their scat along the trail

where I steal you in high summer, wearing bells to warn the bears.
When it’s time I pour your collected selves into a pie shell to marry

with peaches, lemon, sugar and cinnamon, to create a circle  Read more

Riverfest: art, music, ecology—and a cat that wins a dog contest

NARROWSBURG, NY — Stacy and Friends entertain the crowds at this year’s RiverFest, prior to the commencement of the festival’s centerpiece event, the poster auction. This year, the auction yielded revenues of $9,820 from the 59 posters that had been created and donated by local artists. The poster that attracted the liveliest bidding was “A River Grimoire,” a watercolor by Beau Gostomsky that sold for $520.  Read more

Eldred Little League stars shine

Underdogs no more

ELDRED, NY — What is an underdog? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “one at a disadvantage and expected to lose.” At this year’s Little League softball tournament, an underdog was defined as Eldred. Before this season, if you asked anyone about Eldred Little League, they would respond with what? Who? Where? The Eldred softball team entered this year’s Little League Tournament with no one knowing anything about it. It entered as a severe underdog—until it started to play.  Read more

Potter Greenbaum’s bells net award

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola-based potter David Greenbaum was one of four artists given the Award of Excellence at the 45th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The festival was held from July 14 to 17 and attracted more than 250 nationally renowned artists and craftsmen to show their work to over 125,000 visitors. Greenbaum creates large ceramic garden bells that have a tone designed to resonate a sense of peace. Visit www.ShoholaBells.com.

Fort Delaware gets new logo

NARROWSBURG, NY — Eldred High School student Julian DeLeon, center, an entering sophomore, holds his winning entry in the contest to design a new logo for Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg. Fort Delaware Gift Shop manager Pat Shearer, left, was among the panel of judges that also included Sullivan County Parks and Recreation Director Kristin Porter, Fort Delaware Director Debra Conway and Sullivan County Historian John Conway.  Read more

Diversity on display in WCAA Studio Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — When you look at the artists who are participating in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) Open Studio tour this year, it is their diversity and that of their works that stands out. From an artist who works with forged steel, to anther who lists doll-making as a specialty, as well as painters, potters and photographers, they cover an extraordinary range.  Read more

The anatomy of loss

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Split Britches will perform “Lost Lounge” at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center, 48 Main Street on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Live in the city long enough and you’ll inevitably lose something irreplaceable—a favorite dive bar, a beloved park. In “Lost Lounge,” Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver mourn these vanished Gothams while celebrating survival. Recreating their favorite lounge acts and comedy duos, they consider what it means to miss something and contemplate, “who are we?” when the very geography we remember is no longer around to orient us.  Read more

‘Just… Air’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Just… Air,” an exhibition of work by eight artists who chart atmosphere through photography, mixed media, installation and painting—opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg, NY on Friday, July 29, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, curated by Dale Emmart and Karen Bell, will be on view through August 20.  Read more

Daylily days

Daylily days

Once you start to notice them, daylilies are everywhere. They grow thick on roadside banks and in fields. See a few here or there around a mailbox, lining a front porch or around an old gravestone. Their lush, tawny-orange flowers bloom and wither in one day.

So we have arrived at this moment. The sign at the Long Eddy Firehouse on Route 97 says: “Enjoy the summer—it’s short.” It reminds me that I should try to make the most of these daylily days of summer.  Read more