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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Barbershop concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 33rd annual show, titled “Barber Pop,” on Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School. It will feature songs from 1958 to 1970, including songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “Blue Velvet.” The guest professional barbershop quartet will be “Wheelhouse” (Brandon Brooks, Rich Gray, Jeff Gray and Mike Kelly-Bass), which was the 2003 Mid-Atlantic District Champion.  Read more

Exotic birds in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Exotic Bird Club will hold its 20th annual Pet Bird Show on Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Liberty Ambulance Corps building. Owners of pet can enter their own birds; the entry fee is $1 a bird. Every type of exotic bird will be judged in its own division. Every entry is checked by a veterinarian before being admitted to the show.  Read more

Something old, something new

It should come as no surprise that I have a great love of the theatre. Although a big fan of the classics, I also find that experiencing new work can be as stimulating as revisiting the tried and true, and this week turned out to be a wonderful example of both.  Read more

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

NARROWSBURG, NY — As a faithful supporter of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), I’m looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary Gala with like-minded folks on Sunday, October 9 (see sidebar). Sifting through the mounds of articles already written about the organization since it’s inception in 1976, I searched for information not readily available.  Read more

Going local

The feeling had been creeping up on me for some time, but it wasn’t until we sat down to brunch recently at a favorite local bistro in our Manhattan neighborhood that I could identify it. I was a tourist in my own home town. The hostess did not recognize us. She sat us at a table for two in the netherlands of the middle dining room.  Read more

“The Glass Menagerie” comes to Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will present three performances of Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” from September 30 to October 2 at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John Street. Performances are scheduled for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students, $15 for seniors and $20 for general admission.  Read more

Wiseman solos in ‘Actionable’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Canadian musical legend Bob Wiseman will give a solo theatre performance, “Actionable,” at NACL Theatre on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m.

Wiseman was a member of popular rock group, Blue Rodeo, and has performed in concert with Wilco, Feist, The Wallflowers, Ron Sexsmith and many others.  Read more

‘Music of Our Time’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 21st annual “Music of Our Time” concert comes to Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. It will feature the world premiere of a new work by Larry Lockwood (Neversink, NY), the “Oboe Concerto,” with Molly Raum performing the solo oboe part, accompanied by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Yaffé.  Read more

Pumpkin Party

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 26th Annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Grahamsville. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, the old-time country fair and autumn festival includes a costume parade, pony rides, a pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live music, hay rides, hay maze, a “Better” Book Sale, handmade crafts, a harvest baking contest, food and more.  Read more

Chili cookoff in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will welcome back its annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday, October 2 during the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods. The competition and tasting will begin at 12 noon and end at 2 p.m. This year’s competitors include Frost Valley YMCA, Sullivan County BOCES Culinary Program and Sullivan County SPCA paired with Dutch’s Tavern. There is a suggested tasting donation of $2 which will benefit participating organizations. The event is sponsored by Jeff Bank.  Read more

Scott Klee Clark exhibit

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of the works of Scott Klee Clark, mixed media artist, “The Weight of Temples Waiting,” will open on Saturday, October 1 at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through November 5.

Clark is a local artist living in the Delaware River Valley in a historical building. He is related to artist Paul Klee, and his life has been surrounded by art, architecture and nature. He has had exhibitions of his works in Australia, Germany, California, and New York.  Read more

FTAC acting classes

MONTICELLO, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center will hold acting classes in the fall at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre in Monticello. Classes will be led by Dana Martin, who began teaching theatre classes at the Playhouse this summer. A formerly Brooklyn-based artist, Martin is an actor, director and teacher who recently moved to Sullivan County. She co-founded Project: Shakespeare, a Las Vegas based theatre which inspires young artists through classical theatre.  Read more

‘Neversink Transmissions’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — A month-long exhibition at the Old Stone House documents “Neversink Transmissions,” a site-specific work located at Denning Town Hall along the east branch of the Neversink River. The art project by Ellie Irons and Dan Phiffer combines a sculpture built of driftwood and a media element the artists call “situated net art” that allows visitors to access an archive of community-generated knowledge about the river. A gala opening with a wine-and-cheese reception to meet the artists will be held on Sunday, October 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Manor author holds book signing

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor author Wayne Hoffman will read from his new book at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street on Saturday, October 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. “Sweet Like Sugar” follows an unexpected friendship between a young gay Jewish man and an elderly Orthodox rabbi. Wayne will also read a brief excerpt from a novel-in-progress that is set in a small town in the Catskills. There will be a reception following the reading and copies of “Sweet Like Sugar” and Wayne’s earlier novel, “Hard,” will be on sale. Twenty percent of the proceeds with benefit CAS.  Read more

Plein air season concludes at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Participating artists in the Come Paint With Me© plein air program, founded and facilitated by Joan Polishook, will present “En Plein Air” at the Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley. The art show and sale runs from October 1 through 29, and features original paintings done during the 2011 season. A gala opening reception celebrating the end of the 14th season of Come Paint With Me© will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 1 at the gallery. Music will be provided by the Natiello sisters.

Chant Realtors is open seven days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.  Read more

Hurleyville fire department holds golf tournament

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Hurleyville Fire Department will host the First Annual Bill Carlson Classic Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 2. The scramble format tournament will be held at the Tarry Brae Golf Course. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost for individual players is $80. The price includes greens fees, carts, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are still available. The entry form can be downloaded at www.hurleyvilleny.com. Call 845/866-6431.

Super spiders

As autumn approaches and temperatures begin to drop, it is increasingly common to see spiders in our homes, where they occasionally seek refuge at this time of year. One of the largest, and therefore potentially alarming, is the fishing spider.

Dolomedes is a genus of spiders of the family Pisauridae. There are over a hundred species of Dolomedes throughout the world, with nine species in North America. Also known as raft spiders, dock spiders or wharf spiders, most are semi-aquatic.  Read more

L’Shanah Tovah — Happy New Year!

As summer gives way to fall, I pause and reflect. Although I do not spend much time in temple these days, the Jewish traditions I grew up with still resonate. Rosh Hashanah is “One of two High Holidays in the Jewish religion, the other being Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days after Rosh Hashanah begins (this year, Thursday, September 29). During the High Holidays, Jews cleanse their soul and get the chance to start fresh with an unburdened conscience and the intention of doing better in the coming year,” (www.howstuff works.com).  Read more

The poster saga

I first came across the poster for Andy Warhol’s film “Woman in Revolt” while doing research for a documentary, “Beautiful Darling,” that I was editing about one of its stars, Candy Darling. The poster is red and black and features Candy with her fist thrown toward the camera. I always thought it was a great poster.

“Beautiful Darling” was the first film that I edited and so as a present to myself after I finished work on it I purchased the poster on eBay. List price, the poster was $700. I got one in very good condition for $350. Not bad, eh?  Read more

Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County: The gift that keeps on giving

jonathanfox@riverreporter.com

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s easy to take basic skills that we learn in school for granted, and I assumed that if I had mastered those skills at an early age, others must have as well. Shortly after moving to the Catskills, I became aware of some startling statistics, including the fact that there are thousands of adults in this country struggling with the ability to read and write. Determined to become a part of the solution, I perused the local papers and discovered the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County (LVSC).  Read more