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SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.

I met Charles, the shoe man, under slightly peculiar circumstances. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was going to lunch at the new restaurant around the corner from my office. After three years...

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The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place...

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I’m preoccupied lately with trying to reduce plastic in my life, beyond obvious things like avoiding single-serve containers, carrying drinking water in a glass bottle, shopping with reusable bags...

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It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (...

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My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a...

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One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Eight-week workshop on one-person shows

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Everyone has a story. You can learn how to interpret your story through a one-person show at an eight-week workshop at Victoria Lesser’s The Old North Branch Inn. The workshop started on Wednesday, October 26, but you can start at any time. It will continue on consecutive Wednesdays.  Read more

A New Orleans-style celebration at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — New Orleans party music, secular gospel, soul, R&B and roots rock will be combined into a feel-good gumbo of music at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., when Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra take the stage. As a part of the Event Gallery’s World Stage Series, BroJo is more than just a band. The group will be dressed in its finest whites, dancing parasols and throwing out tons of Mardi Gras beads.  Read more

There’s no place like home

Where on earth can one weekend encompass an art show featuring collages and lighting design, followed by an intimate evening of original music, topped off by a Brazilian adventure at a world class entertainment venue? Welcome to the Catskills!  Read more

Can public schools still be all things to all people?

By By Doug Reiser and Robert M. Dufour

Our founding fathers conceived a public education system that would teach reading and writing and some arithmetic. The goal was to provide people with the basic skills to be good citizens so they could actively participate in our electoral process. Most villages and towns did not have schools; those that did had one-room school houses. The school calendar was (and still is) dictated by the planting and harvesting schedule of agrarian America. Students attended school when they could, and often did not get more than a sixth- or eighth-grade education.  Read more

Nature’s vision: the ‘eyes’ have it

If we see a bird or some other creature, and it is close enough, there is something that usually catches our eye early in our observation: the eyes. In nature, there are many adaptations of vision. Earthworms have simple eyes (ocelli) that are able to detect light and dark, while eagles and hawks have single lens eyes with visual acuity five times greater than a human. (An eagle has five times the density of vision cells at the central focus area of the retina than humans do.)  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will again host its annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23. The event will be held at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Some of the styles to be represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The fire hall is handicapped accessible.  Read more

Dark Forest Fear Festival in Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — Dark Forest Creations returns to Burn Brae Mansion to present Fear Festival, an all-new Haunted Walking Trail and Fright House on the 20-acre grounds behind the historic mansion. It will be open on Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Tickets will be sold at the gate from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Each show costs $10, and discounted combo tickets are $17 for both shows.  Read more

Collages and light at Domesticities

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will present “Dom/exia” with a Light Touch, an exhibition of collages by Claire Coleman and custom lamps by Kathie Fitzgerald beginning Saturday, October 22, with a reception at 2 p.m. at 4055 Rte. 52.

Claire Coleman’s collage series “Dom/exia” is domestic yet dreamlike, a little surreal with a sideways nod to Magritte. They are colorful, thought provoking and fun.  Read more

‘Manescapes’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Manescapes,” an exhibit of photography by LaVerne Black, opens with a reception on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through November 12.  Read more

Gallery Grab benefit for CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 2011 CAS Gallery Grab Benefit, celebrating 40 years of service to the community (1971-2011) will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., with the Gallery Grab beginning at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.  Read more

St. Andrew’s presents Brahms, Bath and more

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s will offer a free program of Music For Winds and Strings at the church located at 5277 Rte. 42 on Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Reservations are required; email pcfriedman27@gmail.com or call 845/292-8967.  Read more

Graham to make appearance at ‘Fly Away Home’ showing

HONESDALE, PA — The movie actor Holter Graham is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Saturday Morning for Kids on October 22 at Cinema 6, Route 6 Mall. The event will start at 9 a.m. with an hour of events for kids like face painting, balloon tying and drawing. At 10 a.m. there will be a showing of “Fly Away Home” (PG), a drama about a young Canadian girl who teaches a gaggle of pet geese to fly south for the winter. Graham played Barry Strickland, a friend of the girl’s father.  Read more

Wigsticks returns to Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will present Wigsticks, a Drag Show Extraordinaire, at the Historic Milford Theatre(114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m., with a dance party to follow. All proceeds are to benefit the center’s work in providing support and empowerment to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) community.  Read more

The hunt for red October

It took a while, but I have finally figured it out. It’s not my popularity that draws so many visitors to the front door, but rather the Upper Delaware valley, and the allure of country life, that keeps my phone ringing year ‘round with visitors, looking to soak up some local color.  Read more

Slow Food: One apple at a time

BEAVERBROOK, NY — Cold winds and cloudy skies did not deter several dozen people from visiting the home of Hans Kung in Beaverbrook on Sunday, October 16. Some loaded down with apples picked from their own properties, members of the Upper Delaware chapter of Slow Food and other food aficionados came to participate in the process of making homemade cider, and to bring home a few gallons of their own to enjoy.  Read more

Say ‘cheese’

Last week I made mozzarella cheese. It put a new spin on the old nursery rhyme. Now I know what “curds and whey” really are.  Read more

Cubed vs perfect; 27 vs 28

Tonight is the Martha Marcy May Marlene premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. Beginning its journey in Livingston Manor and Roscoe, it’s since been to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. I haven’t seen it since Sundance and never projected on film so I’m excited.

Right now I’m in my editing room on 64th and Madison and I’m wearing a tie, which always makes me feel a little taller and sit up a little straighter. Two good things.  Read more

Miraculous monarchs

First-grade students at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey, NY recently experienced the miraculous life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Teachers Kelly Robertson and Shari VanHage collected eight caterpillars to kick off the hands-on learning experience.  Read more

The rainiest season

Within a few days, Barb and I will be packing up to return to Texas. Our time in the Northeast has flown by. It is now time for us to be, as Willy Nelson sings, “on the road again.” For the two of us, this has been a most disappointing fishing season. It was often disrupted by a number of trips downstate for various doctor tests and appointments. Further difficulties were encountered due to frequent high and dirty water in the local streams. There was just too much water running downhill.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘The Debt’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller “The Debt” as part of the CineArt film series, from Friday, October 14 through Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Film critic Betsy Sharkley of the Los Angeles Times said, “Bristling with dangers both corporeal and cerebral, ‘The Debt’ is a superbly crafted espionage thriller packed with Israeli-Nazi score settling.”  Read more

Tue., Jul. 1 Handbag sale
Tue., Jul. 1 Pajama Rama Story Time
Wed., Jul. 2 Tastes of Wayne
Thu., Jul. 3 Meet and greet with Nick Troiano