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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Paintings by Ken Bosch at By Delaine

NARROWSBURG, NY — Paintings by Ken Bosch will be exhibited at By Delaine, a gift shop at 44A Main St. from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4. An artist opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bosch grew up in Highland Lake, NY. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from SUNY Oswego and an M.A. from Marywood College. His career as an art teacher began at Narrowsburg Central School, where he taught from 1972 to 1986. He currently teaches in Wilmington, DE, and plans to paint fulltime following retirement this year.  Read more

Long haul flyers

Flocks of high flying geese can be heard and the first hard frost of the season is forecast for tonight as I write this column. Yesterday, on the 11th of October, was a clear day after a frontal passage with northwest to west winds at 10-15 mph, an ideal day to observe migrating hawks and falcons at Sunrise Mtn. in Stokes State Forest in NJ.  Read more

I’ll get back to you on that...

Clearly, none of us are getting any younger. Still smarting from the reality check that was my 40th high school reunion, I’ve been forced to take a good look in the mirror and assess the situation. “I’ve looked better,” I rasped, as I prepared to make my way to the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a Fall Fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97. The flea market and crafters will be there. Refreshments will be available and a bake sale will be held. At 11 a.m. there will be a children’s costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three separate age categories. A free blood pressure screening will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Read more

Watercolors at Manor library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Library announces an exhibit by local watercolorist and former library employee Linda Hare. Hare’s seasonal landscapes, florals and bird paintings will be on display through November.

Over the years, Hare has studied with many local artists including Jack Yelle, Roberta Rosenthal and the late Francis Davis. Her work has been displayed and sold through various galleries in Sullivan and Delaware counties as well as at local shows.  Read more

Filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle to screen short films about architecture

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m., the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., will show several short films by Ultan Guilfoyle, including four that document Frank Gehry buildings. Guilfoyle will also be on hand to discuss the films and answer questions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served. There is no cost to attend.  Read more

Church square dance

HONESDALE, PA — The Grace Episcopal Church at 827 Church St. will hold a square dance on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The cost is $8 per person and $15 per family.

Cooking class for kids

HONESDALE, PA — “Cooking with Kids,” a skill-sharing event sponsored by Transition Honesdale, will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Parents are invited too.

The program includes hands-on lessons in making applesauce and granola. Children will be able to take home portions of each. They also will be invited to decorate their own take-home, kid-size aprons with some guidance from a local artist. This program is designed for children up to 10 years old.

RSVP by October 24. Call 570/253-5711 and leave a message.  Read more

‘The Master’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “The Master” starting Friday, October 19 and running to Tuesday, October 23. “The Master” is rated R and will screen nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $9.50 ($8 admission on Mondays and matinees. $7 for children under 12 at all shows).  Read more

‘Riddle of the Sands’ at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —Wayne County Arts Alliance will screen “Riddle of the Sands” at Cinema 6 on Sunday, October 21 at 8:15 p.m.

The film was produced in the U.S. in 1979 and is rated PG.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the arts alliance. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit or call 570/390-4420.

ShwizZ and Jazzmosis to play at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Friday, October 19 Collabonation Productions and The Nutshell Arts Center will host ShwizZ, a cast of wild, extraordinary characters out of the Northeast from the school of funkadelic rock and progressive jazz featuring twists of improv and spontaneity.

Also playing is Sullivan County’s Jazzmosis, featuring guitarist Steve Schwartz, bassist Tom Volpe, drummer Mike Cervone and saxophonist Gregory Fiske, who play a fusion of energetic rock and jazz.

Admission costs $8 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and drink specials.  Read more

Tri-State Actors Theater presents “Cabaret at the Columns”

MILFORD, PA — Tri-State Actors Theater will present an evening of song and music in the Fountain Room of The Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m. The cabaret-style event stars singer and actress Patricia Durante and guitarist Manny Moreira, who will perform standards, show tunes, pop music from the ‘60s and ‘70s and a mix of Brazilian and jazz melodies.

Tickets cost $30. Refreshments, wine and cheese will be served. Seating at the Columns is limited and advance purchase is recommended. To order tickets, call Tri-State Actors Theater at 973/383-0510.

Two performances of ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’ by W.A. Mozart

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera in collaboration with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will present two performances of W.A. Mozart’s opera, “The Abduction from the Seraglio.”

The first performance is on Sunday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at the Rhinebeck High School Theater, N. Park Rd., Rhinebeck, NY. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets and information are available at or by calling 845/635-0877.  Read more

Fall fun at the library in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a Fall Fun Day on the library lawn at 393 Broadway on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a thank you to the community for their support.

Activities will include a scarecrow-making contest from 1 to 2 p.m. (must pre-register), story-telling and face-painting in the children’s room and a gently used book sale on the front lawn (weather permitting). Admission is free. Scarecrows will go home with their creators once the contest is over. Cider and donuts will be served.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 21 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Fiddlers from the tri-state area will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs in the styles of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available. The fire hall is handicap accessible.  Read more

John Hammond to perform at the Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond will perform at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m.

With a career that spans over three decades, John Hammond is one of a handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-1960s. That revival, energized by a renewed interest in folk music around the U.S., brought about career boosts for many of the great classic blues players.

Tickets cost $30 ($28 advance sales for DVAA members). For reservations call 845/252-7272.

Halloween dance party at the youth center

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Community Center will host its 20th annual Halloween Dance with “Lucky House” on October 27 from 8 to 11 p.m. Bring your own refreshments. There will be prizes for best costumes. Partygoers must be 21 to enter. Admission is a $12 donation/$10 in costume. Call 845/887-5839.

Opening reception at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open a new art show on October 20 with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. More than three dozen artists are featured in the show that will run through November 30. There also will be live music by Walt Edwards. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Call 845/856-2727.

Lori Rubinstein remembered

MONTICELLO, NY — Nearly everyone who spoke agreed that Lori Rubenstein was ubiquitous when it came to community involvement, had unforgettable smiling eyes, had a warped sense of humor and could sometimes use language that would make a sailor blush.

Rubinstein, who was 48, passed away unexpectedly on September 21. More than 150 turned out to Monticello High School on October 11 to honor her memory.  Read more

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