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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Halloween in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Halloween Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, with a lineup in front of the library. Costume judging will begin in the Jeffersonville firehouse at 7 p.m. with doughnuts and cider. The event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Lions Club, Jeffersonville Fire Company No. 1, Jeff Bank and the Sullivan West Faculty Association.

Bluegrass in Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the fall benefit concert for the Neversink Valley Museum on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.

Loeb plays guitar, bass, concertina, accordion, performing throughout the Hudson Valley, solo and as part of the band “Breakneck Annie.” Baglione is a founding member of the bluegrass bands “Tin Roof,” “Oxford Depot” and the “Jersey Mountain Boys.”  Read more

Kimberly and Evers at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Two Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the month of November. There will be an opening reception at the inn with the artists on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Wine tasting benefits ambulance

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There will be a wine tasting event to benefit the Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Summit Restaurant at Masthope Mountain, 196 Karl Hope Blvd. Sommelier Rory O’Fee will present three white and three red wines, while executive chef John Hunt will offer a pairing to complement each wine. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. There will also be a silent auction. Call 570/685-5432 or 685-2633.

Dressing up

I was Spider Man when I was growing up. My costume was made by my mother, who took a red and blue sweatshirt, cut them up and stitched them together. A few years later, I was Batman, the costume stretchy and elaborate, with a cape, cowl and belt. I was the Rocketeer, with a helmet made out of a Friday the 13th hockey mask, a bit of cardboard and an empty milk jug. I was Sherlock Holmes with an over-sized magnifying glass and two cheap hats stitched on top of each other and spray painted brown.  Read more

Jazz Trio in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Nancy & Spencer Reed Jazz Trio will perform at Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.  Read more

A wolf in Pike County

MILFORD, PA – WQXR announcer Bob Sherman, flutist Allison Kiger and Ensemble Tremblay will perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other pieces at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults; children under 12—for whom Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in the first place—are admitted free.  Read more

Preserve the harvest with lacto-fermentation

GALILEE, PA — There will be a workshop on lacto-fermentation, sponsored by the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Transition Honesdale, on Sunday, October 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Read more

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