We receive lots of positive feedback from readers about the photography that appears in the “River Talk” columns. Many of our fans are themselves photographers and very devoted to nature and outdoor recreation. Two upcoming photo contests may interest those who enjoy photographing their experiences in the natural world.
For those who like rambling with their favorite canine companion, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) announces its second annual statewide “Dogs in the Outdoors Photo Contest.” Read more
All it takes is one minor disaster to remind me of how dependent I have become on technology. Even though the hurricane could have been much worse, we still took a hit here in the mountains and I couldn’t help but think of Gilligan, his island... and how the song might have gone, were it today: “No phones, no lights, no Internet... ” Read more
Detective Brown wanted them all there by 3:30 p.m. sharp. Some had grumbled that they would have to get out of work early. But they all said they would be there.
Brown arrived last but had sent his partner ahead to secure some evidence and keep the peace. He suspected that tensions could be running high. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature old-time activities and seasonal exhibits, including candle making, arts and crafts, and food preservation.
There will also be interpretive hikes, hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, beverages and a live animal presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pre-registration is not required and the admission costs $5 per car. Visit www.peec.org.
LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Jazz Festival will come to town this weekend, sponsored by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department, the Liberty Community Development Corporation, Gitlin & Associates, Jeff Bank, Thunder 102 and other community businesses. On September 2 at 7 p.m., the festival will feature “Friday Night Jazz,” with Galen Pittman on the piano, at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center at 46 South Main Street.
Admission is free. Call 845/292-2394.
The performance of the Dust Poets at Catskill Distilling has been canceled.
BETHEL, NY — The eclectic chamber folk ensemble Dust Poets, will perform at the Catskill Distilling Company on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. The group draws on folk, bluegrass, gritty alt-country and ‘60s soul, while tackling topics such as homelessness, loss, life on the road, and the pitfalls of an oil-crazed culture. Tickets cost $16 in advance, or $18 at the door. Call 845/252-6783 or 583-3141.
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This year’s Jeff Fest, with its centerpiece duck race, will be held on Saturday, September 17. The duck race will occur at 1 p.m., with a total of 1,500 ducks swimming. The first-place duck will win $300, second place $200, and third place $100. A total of 17 merchant “Pokey Duck” gift certificates will be won by the slowest last place 17 ducks. Read more
REGION — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills (GALA Catskills) has two events planned for Labor Day Weekend. It will hold a barn sale on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 6752 Rte. 52 in Lake Huntington, NY, two miles from the intersection of Routes 17B and 52. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The past year has proven to be a positive one for a special non-profit organization that brings together humans, horses and hope, in a program that provides healing for all involved.
Currently located on a farm in Beach Lake that Hope Hill Ministry (HHM) has been leasing, the young organization and its founder, Keely Ehrhardt, have achieved a milestone and will be relocating to a permanent home on a 12-acre farm in Lake Ariel. Read more
When I was younger, I could not wait to get away from Honesdale, PA. Now that I have come and gone a few times, I’m torn about staying around here. I love this region, the land, the trees, the people. It’s my favorite place. As a recent college grad, you might think Northeast Pennsylvania holds little promise for me. I’d have said the same five years ago. But I’ve been employed around here for a few months, thanks to two local non-profits, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and Transition Honesdale. Read more
Sunday concert at Bethel Woods canceled; Wine Festival postponed to October 1
BETHEL, NY (August 25, 2011)-- The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will receive automatic refunds on their credit cards. Cash purchasers need to return tickets to point-of-purchase for refunds or call Ticketmaster customer service at 800/653-8000. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY - A variety of musical entertainment, including performances by musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, was featured at the community event celebrating the newest monument at Luxton Lake's park. The new monument and grounds won the 2011 Sullivan County Democrat Stewardship Award for Historic Preservation granted by the Sullivan Renaissance.
The middle of summer is usually the dry time of year where watering is required to keep lawns and gardens in good condition. This August, however, we have had ample rain; enough to keep things somewhat moist. Rivers and streams are running a bit higher than normal too; it’s been nice to paddle the river without having to “ooch” over the shallower rapids and bars. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor singer/songwriter Kimberly Verderame will perform at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main Street on Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Verderame is an 18-year-old solo artist who performs original songs, and is promoting her first album “On My Way.” The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is by suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Art Society. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheelchair accessible. Visit www.kimvmusic.com.
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at The Forestburgh Playhouse will provide deep discounts for summer subscriptions for 2012 for those who subscribe before September 2. Other potential benefits include priority seating at cabarets.
The season will include “Guys and Dolls,” “Camelot,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “West Side Story,” “Spamalot,” “Murder Among Friends” and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”
There are five different subscription offers, combining different choices of shows, seating and benefits. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.
FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) at The Forestburgh Playhouse will presents Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana,” in a special benefit performance to support the FTAC’s theatre in the schools program, on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. The play will be preceded by a gala pre-show cocktail/dinner at The Tavern. Tickets to the show and gala cost $75/person. Season subscribers pay $55. Tickets to the show only cost $40 with a subscriber price of $20. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Layers,” an exhibit of mixed media work by Nancy Palubniak, opens with a reception on Friday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through September 17.
“In my work, internalized experiences rewrite themselves in the physical attributes of the external self and are revealed through gesture, facial expression, demeanor, stance and attitude,” said Palubniak who works across disciplines to produce 2D and 3D pieces to explore issues related to domestic violence toward women. Read more
MOUNTAINDALE, NY — Mountaindale is calling all performers to a Music & Rhyme Open Mic Night on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in a Coffeehouse Jam at 62 Main St. Spoken word, live poetry and music will all be welcome. A $5 cover fee will include admission and refreshments, and will benefit community enhancement efforts by the Mountaindale Community Development Project. Each performer will have five minutes for family oriented material, with the possibility of an encore for talent particularly appreciated by the audience. Read more