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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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Contests for outdoor enthusiasts

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

Good night, Irene!

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

A Summer Mystery Part 4: The conclusion

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

PEEC holds Harvest Festival

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.

‘Friday Night Jazz’ leads off jazz festival

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.

Dust Poets play at Catskill Distilling

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.

Jeff Fest’s duck race approaches

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

GALA events

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

Healing, hope and horses heading to Lake Ariel

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

Hope for home

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

Hurricane postponements/cancellations

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

Music and more celebrate Luxton monument

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.

An astonished deer

On August 8, after the meeting of the “Bamboo Gang,” I fished at one of my favorite spots on the East Branch of the Delaware. As I walked past where a small tributary runs under Route 30, I was surprised to hear the sounds of running water.  Read more

March of the amphibians

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

Local singer Verderame performs at CAS

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.

Early birds get benefits for Forestburgh 2012

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.

‘Night of the Iguana’ benefit helps theatre in the schools

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

Big D holds member show at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present the work of three of its members, Caroline Harrow, Karen Jones and Eleanor Curran, in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. The show can be seen during the month of September.  Read more

‘Layers’ explores domestic violence

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

Calling all talent for an open mic in Mountaindale

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

Fri., Jul. 11 Artist's Studio Tour
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Sat., Jul. 12 CAS Summer Members Show
Sat., Jul. 12 Artist's Studio Tour
Sun., Jul. 13 Damascus Forest hike
Sun., Jul. 13 Artist's Studio Tour