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September 27, 2016
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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Nico Castel to be commemorated

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Nico Castel, coach for the Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVO) from 2011 until his death in May of 2015 and husband of the company’s artistic director Carol Castel, is to be commemorated in three programs. Prior to his work at the DVO, Castel had a long and distinguished career in opera, including being a supporting tenor and staff diction coach at the Metropolitan Opera. Nico’s wife Carol is coordinating the efforts.  Read more

Bears get ready for primping

MILFORD, PA — Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) Artful Bear coordinator Tim Moreland, left, is seen here with bear wrangler Jay Lozada and Artful Bear artist Joe Petrosi. All were attendees at a “Bear Nekked Brunch,” which took place on Sunday, June 5. At the brunch, the 2016 artists picked up the bear forms that they will be decorating for the film festival’s annual Artful Bears fundraiser. The bears will reappear in Milford in full regalia, and with full fanfare at The Artful Bear Community Picnic, on August 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The festival itself will take place from October 14 to 16.

Harmony Presents comedy and R&B

HAWLEY, PA — Three comedians from New York City will be featured by Harmony Presents on Friday, June 17 at the Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. The comedians are Joe Larson, Greg Cartin and Linette Palladino.  Read more

Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — The streets of Honesdale will resound with music as the Roots & Rhythm festival returns this Saturday, June 18. There will be music at venues all around downtown starting at 10:30 a.m., running to 1 p.m., with Main Stage acts in Central Park from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you’re still not ready to stop partying, you can join the Late Night Ramble at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., with live music from 10 p.m. to midnight.  Read more

Summer solstice shamanic circle

EQUINUNK, PA — There will be a summer solstice shamanic circle and celebration at the blessing of the full moon and the longest day on Sunday, June 19 at Angels and Animals Studio, 24 Shank Rd. The event starts at 12 noon; journeying begins at 2:30 p.m.
Participants are advised to bring a picnic, water shoes and bathing suit. You can also bring drums, rattles and offerings for the ceremony. Beginners are welcome.  Read more

UpFront holds artists’ reception

MILFORD, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its summer artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. On exhibit will be the work of Michael Indorato of Asbury Park, NJ. He is a mostly self-taught painter with a zeal for harnessing his inner emotional states to create deeply personal works of art. He is currently featured as one of the 50 Top Emerging Artists in Art Business News and has work in private collections around the world.  Read more

‘Brides in Art’

ELDRED, NY — The “Brides in Art” exhibit/reception will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center. The program will include a community art project, where attendees are invited to paint and sign a portion of a large canvas—no art experience necessary. The art piece will be donated to the senior center.  Read more

Art & History in the Park

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Tourism, Port Jervis Council for the Arts and Minisink Valley Historical Society invite you to enjoy “Art & History in the Park” on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists will show their works in the park honoring the memory of Dorthea Solomon, who founded Port Jervis Council for the Arts, and the late local artist Matilda Grech.  Read more

See Liu’s work at the Water Gap

DINGMANS FALLS, PA — The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s resident artist for 2015/2016, Marie Liu of Milford, will present a series of free public events between June and August. In celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial, Liu’s work is on display at Kittatinny Point Visitor Center in New Jersey and at Dingmans Falls Visitor Center in PA through the summer.  Read more

Flamenco meets jazz

MILFORD, PA — In late 2014 Rolling Stone magazine named the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio to its short list of top world music albums. Now, 18 months later, the Pascual Trio and singer-dancer Barbara Martinez will perform “Flamenco: Old and New” at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Featuring Pascual on guitar, bassist Brad Barrett and Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantila, the trio colors flamenco with elements of jazz, world music and even rock.  Read more

Native American music in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — Hancock will welcome award-winning Native American flute player Nino Reyos and dance troupe TwoShields for one performance only on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hancock Town Square.  Read more

Ethnic celebrations in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This summer Jeffersonville JEMS will celebrate various cultures of the people of Jeffersonville through four international days. The first, focusing on the culture and foods of Turkey, will be held on Saturday, June 18, with festivities beginning at 10 a.m., when the Western Sullivan Public Library, Jeffersonville Branch, will offer a fun two hours exploring the ancient Turkish game of Mangala. Participants will not only learn about the game, but will also make Mangala game boards.  Read more

Pop-up stilt show with The Carpetbag Brigade

ELDRED, NY — NACL Theatre of Highland Lake will present The Carpetbag Brigade, an international stilt theatre company, in a special pop-up stilt show at The Corner in Eldred on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Inspired by the challenge of climate change, and speaking in transformational metaphors using the craft of acrobatic stilt walking, “Callings” is a poetic homage to the sirens of the sea. The ghost of a sea captain and the primal siren confront the sailors of commerce, seducing them into an awakening realization that the ocean is a living being.  Read more

Ahoy! Trout Parade lands in Livingston Manor

Pirates, puppets and a parrot (yes, a real one!) took over Main Street Livingston Manor on Saturday for the 13th annual Trout Parade. The popular event was pirate-themed this year and parade scallywags, I mean participants, dressed up in boots and hats accessorized with hook hands, eye patches and swords. The parade was led by honorary Grand Marshal John Conway, the Sullivan County Historian, and included Rolling River Café, Cabernet Frank’s, NACL Theatre, local politicians Aileen Gunther and Zephyr Teachout, the Livingston Manor library and school band and others.  Read more

Common bound

The unforeseen support generated by the presidential candidacy of unabashed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, which may or may not be history by the time you read these words, is but the latest in a series of body blows that have rocked our notions of business-as-usual in the past couple of years. (Others have been delivered by such folks as Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis.) Bernie’s campaign demonstrated in no uncertain terms that there is a strong, widespread and undeniable desire for new ways not only of doing business, but of structuring society itself.  Read more

My childhood reading list

The New Yorker’s summer fiction edition arrived in my mail box last week—it is a publication I look forward to all year. Included in this year’s issue is a series of essays about childhood reading and specific books remembered from childhood. It is the kind of personal history memoir that I love to read.  Read more

River ramble

History has shown that rivers, in general, have been used as meeting places and places to settle. Even in pre-European settlement times, Indian tribes used rivers for both living areas and a food source. Locally, Lenape artifacts recovered near the Delaware River have shown that net fishing was greatly utilized and fresh water mussels were a major food source. Sometimes while walking near the river, a flint arrowhead could be found by a woodchuck burrow in the mound of excavated dirt.  Read more

What lure for bass?

Justin is a fine young fellow, soon to graduate from high school and thoughtful enough to visit his grandparents upon the event of “Pop-Pop’s” 95th birthday. The momentous occasion somehow left Justin with just enough time to wet a line on Highland Lake. He caught a good pickerel and wondered if it was a record, as it was the largest pickerel he ever saw.  Read more

All work and no play…

Word on the street (and by “street” I mean Wikipedia) is that it makes Jack (and by “Jack” I mean me) a dull boy, but what does the old proverb really mean? The Internet source informs us: “It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.” Wait… what? First off, I’m hardly a boy, so there’s that. Secondly, how can one be simultaneously both bored and boring? And I’ve been called a lot of things, but dull is not one of them, nor is it a word often applied to life here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

‘Genre-crossing, boundary-bending’ ensemble plays in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Counterclockwise Ensemble will perform its contemporary take on American chamber music at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.  Read more