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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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The Spirit Of Woodstock Lives On

BETHEL, NY — Forty-four years after the last chords echoed in the air, the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair still lingers over Sullivan County. The original festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, where 32 acts performed outdoors for more than 400,000 hippies and is “widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.” (www.wikipedia.com) Rolling Stone magazine listed the event as one of the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”  Read more

The book slayer

People find many ways to pass time on the train. One of the most common is reading. I am a printer by trade; naturally I love the look and feel of ink on paper. I can read the New York Post on my iPad, but I still buy the paper from the guy on the street in front of Penn Station every night. I can’t say I deplore the new digital reading devices, but I find them cold and unfriendly, so it always warms my heart to see people reading books. One of the frequent flyers of my morning commute is a strange duck to say the least.  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 1)

One of the things I appreciate about social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is that they expose me to many things that I might otherwise miss. Usually, these items are posted by the people and organizations I follow, but every once in a great while I actually see a relevant and interesting advertisement. The other day, for example, my eye was caught by an ad on Facebook.

“Click ‘Like’ if you are tired of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.” it said.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 15

The family of Pete and Anita Toscano are having an estate sale. If you never sold your parent’s life, it is the hardest thing ever. I knew I had to stop by and get a little something so I could always have a bit of them in my life. My husband is now the owner of the original Pete’s Pub sign: “The Working Man’s Country Club.” When I was at the sale, I ran into some of the workers who used to work in Pete’s. Great memories....  Read more

Drawings on display at Willow River Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Drawings by Elizabeth Major Stark are now on display at the Willow River Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until September 28. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment. Call 570/253-3013.

Music in the Park season ends with a bang

MILFORD, PA — The Music in the Park season ends on Sunday, August 18 at 1 p.m. in Ann Street Memorial park with performances by the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Milford Praise Team, Walt Edwards and Marc Von Em.

The final summer concert of the Milford in the Park music season has something for everyone, whether it’s the inspirational sounds of the FPC of Milford Praise Team, the entertaining performances Walt Edwards or the energizing songs from Marc Von Em.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic.

‘Cirque Du Soirée’ – A party of circus and cabaret

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents and Ledges Hotel will present “Cirque Du Soirée,” a circus and cabaret performance, on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, the organization that produced talent such as Natalie Portman, Maroon 5 and Cirque Du Soleil performers, will gather at Ledges Hotel with acrobatics, fire dancers, jugglers and actors.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.silkmillharmony.com for $20 and the bar at Ledges Hotel will be open. Audiences may also add dinner to their ticket upon online checkout. Call 570/588-8077.

Songs + Stories

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Singers and story tellers gather together at the Old North Branch Inn on the first and third Sundays of the month. This Sunday, August 18, will be singer Carol Smith and story teller Jonathan Fox, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Karen Hudson.

There will be beer, wine and light fare available. Visit www.theoldnorthbranchinn.com or call 845/482-5925.

Guitar duo to play at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo will present a “Classics New and Old” concert at Grey Towers, the former Pinchot family estate and National Historic Site, on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program includes works by Piazzolla, Albeniz and Giuliani—the 19th-century composer, not the mayor—as well as modern guitar music they have commissioned, including “Raritan Triptych” and “No Feathers on this Frog.”  Read more

NACL presents an adult puppet performance, ‘The Pigeoning’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “The Pigeoning” by Robin Frohardt on Sunday, August 18, at 4 p.m.
“The Pigeoning” is a darkly comedic puppet piece which uses bunraku puppetry, original music and video to examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control. The story follows one man (Frank) and his transformation from a state of order, fastidiousness and hygienic neurosis to the careless dishevelment and mania of a surrendering madness.  Read more

‘Forum’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s production of the classic Sondheim musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes place at the Rivoli Theatre, at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Performances continue August 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and August 25 and September 1 at 2 p.m.

Set in ancient Rome, the play follows the antics, agonies, and wild abandon of a zany cast of characters. Richie Chiger, Richard Topper, Steve Davis, Heather Strauss, Robert Kertsner, Alyssa O’Keefe, Tom DelFavero, Ed Berens and Wayne Kreuscher lead a cast of 18.  Read more

‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera will present Mozart’s opera “Abduction from the Seraglio,” performed throughout the area on various dates, in German with English supertitles, costumed and fully staged with a chamber orchestra.

It will be at the Tusten Theatre on August 16, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and August 25 at 3 p.m.; at SUNY Sullivan on August 17 at 8 p.m.; at Wallenpaupack High School on August 18 at 3 p.m.; and in Montgomery on September 15 at 3 p.m.  Read more

The ART in pARTy

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold “Celebrating the Line- An Art Party” at Basin and Main, lot 21, 564 Main St., (the old Sullums building) on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. It is open to everyone free of charge to celebrate the WCAA and its connection to the community.  Read more

The Laugh Tour comes to Matamoras

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “The Laugh Tour” at the Best Western, featuring the best in LGBT stand-up comedy, on Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m. The headliner is Jessica Kirson, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and more. The show will also feature Frank Liotti, Marc Maietta and host Rich Kiamco. This performance is for adults only.  Read more

Tennessee Williams plays at Liberty Free Theatre

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its Pavilion Series of reading performances with a double bill of two plays by Tennessee Williams on Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café.  Read more

Mystic Garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Mystic Garden, a music, arts and yoga festival that, until now, only took place in Hawaii and on the West Coast, is having the first ever East Coast Mystic Garden Gathering from August 16 to 18 at Shandelee Lake Inn. There will be camping, yoga and a musical lineup with many bands.

The site has acres of land, a swimmable lake, camping and rooms to rent.

Visit www.mysticny.com or call 845/439-4795.

Legendary bluegrass band at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill welcomes The Saturday Night Bluegrass Band on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, featuring master banjoist Bill Keith and his hometown band from Woodstock, NY. In its current form, the band has been playing together for 14 years. In addition to Keith, the band consists of Brian Hollander, vocals and guitar; Tim Kapeluck, vocals and mandolin; Geoff Harden, vocals and bass; and Guy ‘Fooch’ Fischetti on pedal steel and fiddle.

Tickets in advance online cost $16, or $20 at the door.  Read more

‘Vistas and Visions’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “Vistas and Visions,” a show featuring the work of Carl Scorza, Nancy Sadler and Herb Janow, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Friday, August 16, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August 28.

Scorza’s fascination with vistas became apparent as early as 1997, in a program he co-developed called “World Views,” in which he and other artists spent a year painting from the top of the World Trade Center, and has continued with an exploration of other dramatic panoramas.  Read more

Live stand-up comedy

LIBERTY, NY — The Laugh Tour will be at Cracolici’s On The Green on Friday, August 16 at 9 pm. The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson headlines with host Rich Kiamco and Rich Carucci.
Tickets cost $15 online and $20 at the door.

Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432989. There is no drink minimum. Cocktails and house wine cost $4, Bud Light drafts cost $2.

Dinner costs $13.95 with the choice of eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken francese, served with salad and bread.

Equifunk: the all inclusive music festival

EQUINUNK, PA — Equifunk is a three-day funk music festival held lakeside at camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in the hills of Northeast Pennsylvania from August 16 to 18. Guests enjoy lodging or camping, three meals per day, unlimited beer, outdoor pool and waterslide, sports facilities and an array of live entertainment.  Read more