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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to...

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Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its...

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OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky,...

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From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—...

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SCCC holds golf tournament

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation will hold its 12th annual golf outing to benefit student scholarships. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at Grossinger’s Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 12:30 pm shotgun start.  Read more

J’aime Trio at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The J’aime Trio will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Francaix and Dohnanyi are on the program offered by these young musicians.  Read more

Tunes & Tales at Roots & Rhythm

WHEN: Saturday, June 18

WHERE: The green between the Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches between 10th and 11th streets in Honesdale.

COST: Free

CONTACT: 570/253-6850  Read more

‘Don’t rain on my parade!’

Those memorable lyrics, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne- for the Broadway classic “Funny Girl,” ran through my head during the past week as I made my way through the thunderstorms soaking the region – as always, in search of adventure.  Read more

Wanderlusting

There has always been a wanderlust in me, seeking escape from the known to the unknown. A train whistle in the night excites my senses. I yearn for the freedom of an open road. So it was not a hard sell, this road trip from New York to California with my daughter promising to share the wheel, her newly minted driver’s license in hand. The moment the idea loosened from her lips, I seized it, imagining nights around a campfire and days exploring small towns and grand vistas.  Read more

Frustration

We are in early June, and Barb and I can count on one hand the number of times we have fished. Long periods of rain, often with real downpours, have kept the rivers running high and dirty. In May, when we had a brief period without rain, my best fishing partner suggested we try the lower Beaverkill at the Trout Brook access. She felt the river might be warmer there, possibly bringing on a good hatch of flies. Off we went. We did find a large number of caddis flies in the air indicating there had already been a strong hatch.  Read more

Porcupines on the prowl

Lately, I have been lucky to encounter three different porcupines during walks in the Ten Mile River area. The passive and slow-moving woodland inhabitant is a treat to see, as its inability to flee quickly or to harm the respectful observer allow for close study of its unique characteristics.  Read more

GLBT Night at "Idaho!"

FORESTBURGH, NY - Saturday, June 11 will be GLBT Night at "Idaho!," the new musical in its pre-Broadway run at Forestburgh Playhouse. The show will be at 8 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $21.50. To get tickets, call the box office at 845/794-1194 and mention “Gays of Sullivan County” to get a 10% discount; or visit www.facebook.com/l/a8169gDo3aemHD0T84_KWP52t_w/www.centerstageticketing..... If you choose the online option, )there will be no place to put in the discount code, so tickets bought online cost $23.

Roots & Rhythm weekend approaches

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. at Rusty Palmer’s, 1103 Texas Palmyra Highway.  Read more

D&H Canal history at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation opens its summer season with a new exhibit curated by museum historian Stephen Skye, “The Million Dollar Club: A Partnership of Giants.”  Read more

Swit reprises ‘Shirley Valentine’

FORESTBURGH, NY —Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H fame will reprise her award-winning role in “Shirley Valentine,” a story about an underappreciated woman who finds romance and her own worth at the Forestburgh Playhouse starting on Tuesday, June 14. The play will run through Sunday, June 19. It will be followed by a one-week run of the Neil Simon hit, “Biloxi Blues,” the second part of his autobiographical Eugene trilogy, from June 21 through 26. The World War II coming of age story centers on Eugene’s life when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s summer of free concerts in Central Park will debut with the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13. On Thursday, June 16, Flashback will perform music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Concerts will continue at 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through July. There will also be a special Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3 instead of the on Monday, July 4.  Read more

Stargaze at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will present Music & Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS) on Sunday, June 12, providing families with the opportunity to make telescopic observations while they wait for the Deep Purple performance to begin. Observations of the sun will take place prior to the concert, while the moon, planets, stars and nebulae can be seen after the performance. A concert ticket is required to stargaze from inside the gates.  Read more

‘Mother of All Yard Sales’ for Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host its first annual yard sale on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This extraordinary two-day “Mother of All Yard Sales” event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, and includes goods from dozens of Old Stone House supporters and friends. There’ll be cast-offs, leftovers and odd-lots of every description, from electronic products—some in their original boxes—to clothing, dinner wear, tools and appliances. All proceeds go to the Old Stone House, a community and arts center located near Ellenville, Grahamsville, Monticello and Liberty.  Read more

UpFront holds artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space’s Summer 2011 show is now open, and will run through July 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Something old, something new

I find myself looking backward this week, so the last event I covered is still fresh in my mind, but not necessarily fresh. Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is currently playing at the Rivoli Theatre in S. Fallsburg, NY (www.scdw.net) and having been written in 1939, certainly falls under “something old.”  Read more

‘Swing Era’ sound, community-style, historic setting

GREELEY, PA — You might just see your neighbor, wailing on a saxophone or blowing a brass horn up there, on that time-tested stage saturated with a sense of history. Across the wide wooden dance floor, the powerful sound of nearly 20 musicians and several vocalists will take you back to the days when the Swing Era big band sound was all the rage.  Read more

Chalk walk in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold its Art Experience and Chalk Walk 2011 on Saturday, June 11. The sidewalks will come alive with the artistic stylings of artists of all ages. A variety of local artists will also be showcased. There will also be live music, face painting and food. Free chalk will be available for all the morning of the event at Ted’s Restaurant, The Red Door Shoppe and The Towne Gift Shoppe. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Veronica Mosey headlines Laugh Tour at Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Gays of Sullivan County will sponsor a visit of the Laugh Tour to The Nutshell Arts Center on Saturday, June 11, with a mixer starting at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. The Tonight Show’s Veronica Mosey will headline, with Comedy Central’s Nick Cobb as the feature. Chris Distefano, who just made the Elite 8 at Caroline’s On Broadway, will also be there. The emcee will be Rich Kamco of the Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

Maddy

When Maddy walks down the street, she makes very funny noises. Well, I should clarify. When Maddy does just about anything, she makes very funny noises. But especially when she walks down the street or when she’s “spending time” with the gorilla (more on that later).

Maddy makes a sound that is somewhere between a frog and my grandfather. She breathes with a wheeze/cough/sneeze/growl. I must admit, it’s a little off-putting at first. Some people think that it’s a sound of aggression or distress. But it’s really neither. It’s just Maddy.  Read more