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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

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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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A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to...

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Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its...

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OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky,...

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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

Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve

Well worth the scenic drive through the northwest reaches of rural Wayne County is a 357-acre Nature Conservancy Property known as the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve. This unique property boasts fields, woodlands, two wetlands, barrens, riparian forest, vernal pools, rock outcroppings, a stream and a glacial pond surrounded by a floating bog.  Read more

Slow down, you move too fast

Years ago, my husband concocted the notion of instituting a weekly, day-long moratorium on driving. He called it a “No-Car Day.” We would do all our chores and errands on weekdays, after work. Then, on either Saturday or Sunday, we religiously refrained from driving, taking a kind of automotive Sabbath we honored and kept holy.  Read more

‘Narcoonah’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Narcoonah,” a two-person show featuring the work of Joni Wehrli and Dana Duke, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, from Saturday, July 23 to August 28. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. on July 23.  Read more

Great Beer Expo in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Fire Department’s Great Beer Expo will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 for a beer tasting and fundraising event. It will feature more than 25 international breweries from across the globe presenting more than 50 of their finest brews for sampling. The event will help raise funds for the Rock Hill Fire Department.  Read more

Mad Hatter’s Bash

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Green Market Foundation will hold the second annual Mad Hatter’s Summer Bash on Saturday, July 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Stone Farm. This year will be a massive festive party with appetizers made from locally grown ingredients and plenty of spirits. Guests are asked to create a hat to wear. The winner of the best hat will get a week-long stay at Blue Stone Farm ($3,000 value). There will be live musical guests, cooking demos, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party gone awry and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Barryville Green Market.  Read more

Finn’s Fury comes to Seelig

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Finn’s Fury, a New York Celtic rock group combining blues, punk and lyrical vocals to create “Urban Celtic Fusion Rock” will come to the Seelig Theatre of SUNY Sullivan on Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. Visit www.sunysullivan.edu/fun.

Thu., Apr. 24 Women's Club of Honesdale meeting
Fri., Apr. 25 Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Fri., Apr. 25 The Laugh Tour
Sat., Apr. 26 Fly Tyers Rendezvous