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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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Green Heron contest winners announced

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective announces the following winners for its third annual Green Heron poetry contest, open to poets from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey:  Read more

I’m a little bit country...

And just prior to becoming “a little bit Rock & Roll,” I was a teeny bit Doo Wop as well. This week the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) became my second home as I returned to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival—repeatedly!  Read more

Lessons of the open road

An astronaut recently returned from space travel with the observation that “everything seems smaller now.” I know what he means. It was precisely my experience returning home from a 9,000 mile road trip across America. “Smaller” as in more achievable, less daunting rather than insignificant. Imagination often has its own agenda. When I imagined this journey, as I did many times over decades, I worried about the long flat stretches of the Great Plains, the heat and desolation of the deserts, the rough inclines of the mountains.  Read more

The circus comes to town

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars rolled into Monticello in the wee hours Tuesday morning, and it is already on the road again. It will tour the entire eastern seaboard before heading south for the winter.
Jumping at the opportunity to feel like a kid again, I joined a sold-out crowd last night and ran into friends and neighbors from all over the region.

‘Art on the Edge’ draws crowd to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Last weekend marked the inauguration of a new 5,000-foot space on the first floor of the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. The space hosted a large art exhibit sponsored by the Wayne County Arts Alliance and curated by Rocky Pinciotti, curator of the Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Green herons gather

While one often encounters the majestic great blue heron along the banks of the Delaware River, the smaller and stockier, but quite beautiful, green heron is showing up with greater frequency in the region. Green herons present at this time of year are considered to be breeding residents.  Read more

Rockabilly music in Lake Ariel

LAKE ARIEL, PA — PocoNotes will bring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s rockabilly band, RockABilly & the 45’s, to The Lodge at The Hideout on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Rockabilly music has been described as a twangy fusion of country-western with rhythm and blues. It launched the legendary careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, whose Sun Records sessions in December 1956 earned them the nickname “million dollar quartet.” It is also the seed from which rock ‘n’ roll was created.  Read more

‘Fields and Streams’ exhibit opens in Wurtsboro

“Fields and Streams,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s (WAA) second invitational juried salon exhibition, will run from July 9 to August 7 at the WAA Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. It will coincide with the Wurtsboro Founders Day (see above). Refreshments will be served, featuring local wines from the Basha Kill Vineyard. Music will be provided by Russell Spitzer on guitar.  Read more

Callicoon ‘Under the Moon’ concerts are back

CALLICOON, NY —The Callicoon Creek Park Association will open the “Under the Moon in Callicoon” concert series on Friday, July 8 with Basket Landing, a folk music and dance ensemble based in Hankins. They will be followed on Saturday, July 16 by award-winning MazMyth from Livingston Manor, which won the Break Contest this spring and played on the main stage at Bamboozle at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, along with opening act AventeGorz.  Read more

‘It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu’ contest

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership will run a “It’s Not Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Honesdale’s Central Park as part of Aloha Honesdale Sidewalk Sales. Get out your favorite muumuu or—even better—your patterns, scissors, Hawaiian material and your imagination and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest muumuu, the craziest muumuu and the most creative muumuu.  Read more

Food, Fun and Fiddlin’ Around

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s major fundraiser for 2011, Food, Fun and Fiddlin’ Around, will be held at 6 p.m. on July 9 in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church.
Steve Jacobi and Fiddlin’ Around will provide the music for listening and dancing and chef Alan Kehoe has announced a menu of simple summer fare to fuel the dancing. So far, Kehoe is promising Texas smoked beef brisket, barbeque sauce, balsamic roast chicken, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and Caesar salad, topped off with brownies and vanilla ice cream.  Read more

‘Expanding Questions, Frozen Light’

MILFORD, PA — “Expanding Questions, Frozen Light” will open at the ART-ery Gallery on Thursday, July 7, with new works by Tom Holmes and Richard Weber. There will be a reception on July 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Antiques appraisal

CALLICOON, NY — The members of the Hold Cross Parish Altar and Rosary Society will hold their first antiques appraisal in St. Joseph’s Hall at Holy Cross Church on Route 97 on Saturday, July 9 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Richart Axtell of Deposit, who brings over 40 years of experience in antiques, will be doing the appraisals. The admission fee of $10 will cover your first appraisal, with a limit of two additional ones at $3 each.

Lou Jawitz photos at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The extraordinary work of local photographer Louis Jawitz will be on display starting July 10th at the Old Stone House in an exhibit titled “The Secular & the Other-Worldly,” opening on Sunday, July 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will last through the end of July.  Read more

A testament to nature at BlueStone

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Gallery will present an exhibit by local artist Koval Grippo, a series of landscapes that Grippo describes as “A Testament to the Wisdom and Power of Nature,” opening on Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m.  Read more

Founder’s Day Street Fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold the Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Veteran’s Park will host live entertainment featuring The Bill Fleck Trio, Midnight Slim and the Strangers, Side F/X, Robert Kopec Trio, The Carl Richards Band and the Third Degree. There will be local vendors selling arts and crafts, rides and events for the children on Fourth Street and a sidewalk sale on Sullivan Street. Danny’s Restaurant will have food and live music and O’Toole’s Harley Davidson is bringing in a Custom Harley for all to view.  Read more

Poetry and jazz at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present An Evening of Poetry and Jazz with vocalist Sharon Paige, poet Tom Lisenbee and guitarist Ethan Mann on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

From Tusten to Vienna and back again

Sitting on the papier-mâché rock in the Tusten Theatre in December of 1990, all I could think was, “Did I have to go?” Uh-oh, I was pretty sure I did. So, I got off my rock, set aside my crutch and walked down the fire escape to use the bathroom one last time. Then I resumed my place on my rock with my flute as the music started for my first opera role, the crippled Amahl in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti for the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO). Two decades later, that very first lesson stays with me—always go one last time before you take the stage.  Read more

Wanted: yarnslingers

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library seeks storytellers to spin personal stories at the library. The program includes expert editing help from Annemarie Schuetz and performance direction by Ramona Jan. Email yarnslingers@yahoo.com or call 570/224-4035.

‘Men in Concert III:Music of the ‘50s’

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Cantor and conductor Charles Osborne will be joined by Johanan Bickhardt, baritone; Eric Sparks, tenor; and Marshall Cooper, tenor at a concert of golden oldies from the ‘50s at the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 570/775-7497.