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August 30, 2014
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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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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

Outdoor adventure at Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — The second annual Wally Lake Fest, scheduled for Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, will feature events located throughout the Lake Region including the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Downtown Hawley, area businesses and on the lake.  Read more

Monticello’s Slam Allen: Soulworking Man

MONTICELLO, NY — In 1926, composer Ray Henderson sat with lyricists Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown to pen what was destined to be a classic: “The Birth of the Blues,” which went on to be a major hit for Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.  Read more

Wine Fest plus five at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — This year’s Wine Festival at Bethel Woods, taking place on Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature five new regional wineries. Brimstone Hill, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Inspire Moore and Knapp Winery will join the other 20 regional wineries at the Market Sheds at Bethel Woos Center for the Arts. There will be specialty foods, cheeses, crafts, musical entertainment and wine appreciation seminars as well as the tasting.  Read more

Glykokokalos at Bluestone

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Gallery will host a new exhibit, starting August 26, titled “21st Century Multiples,” featuring the work of local artist Yanni Glykokokalos. An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit will feature original collages and paintings by the artist, along with enlarged Giclee prints of the original works. The high-quality ink jet prints are the 21st century version of the historic printmaking processes.  Read more

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ is Forestburgh finale

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse brings to life the ‘20s and ‘30s in the 1978 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” featuring the music of the legendary Fats Waller. The musical will run from Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, September 4, with evening performances presented every Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Read more

I am a camera…

It’s yet another expression that floats in and out of my consciousness from time to time. I find myself saying it more and more as I wander the countryside snapping away. Years ago, while working for a different newspaper, I consistently got the same note at staff meetings: “decent copy, lousy pictures.” Outraged, I defended myself by insisting that I am not a photographer, but a writer who is forced to take pictures along the way.  Read more

DVO celebrates silver with gala concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will celebrate its Silver Anniversary with a gala concert, “Singers of the Valley,” to be held at the company’s longtime home in the Tusten Theater on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Celebrating 25 years as a major contributor to the artistic life of the area, the DVO has organized a group of DVO artists from the past and current seasons to regale the audience, singing a program of popular and operatic favorites.  Read more

Fawns and farm animals

There was a tent at the Wayne County Fair off on a side alley where kids could pet and feed little deer fawns for three dollars. You could purchase a photo of your child with the fawns for $10 or pay extra to go in to take a photo with your own camera. It was a popular tent. Mostly the clientele was toddlers with their mothers. Babies petting babies.  Read more

River talk: choose life

Talk throughout the river corridor lately has been focused on a series of preventable drownings in the Upper Delaware River—three within an eight-day period — and five since the season began. Had the victims been wearing lifejackets, they might be alive today.  Read more

Pollination: an important summer job

The warm days of midsummer bring forth many colorful blooms from ornamental plants and wildflowers alike. The brilliant colors of these flowers serve to attract many different species of critters; they feed or utilize the nectar present at the base of the petals. When animals harvest this nectar, they accidentally perform another important function: pollination.  Read more

Summerfest and the Hardy Brothers Cup

Saturday, August 6 found the Tangler and friends wandering through the various stands of vendors exhibiting their wares at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s Summerfest weekend. Wow, bargains galore. I picked up a number of Mustad hooks at a price of $6 a hundred. They were the old-style Mustad hooks but at that price, a steal of a deal. There were excellent prices on fly-tying materials and hardcover books that are often hard to find. Dennis Menscer, the bamboo rod builder from Hancock, NY, delivered my new eight-foot, five-weight rod.  Read more

Cochecton park is a winner

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — This pirate ship is one of the principal features of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps Park, which won first place in the B category of the Sullivan Renaissance Awards.

There will be an official opening ceremony for the park on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m., with a ceremony followed by a community barbeque.