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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Organ recital honors Korb

HONESDALE, PA — The Rev. Edward K. Erb, rector of Grace Church and an organist, will perform at a recital at Grace Church on Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. held in honor of Phyllis A. Korb, who died in March. Korb trained several generations of area musicians, and served many local towns’ churches as an organist in her 80-plus years. When Korb was forced to formally retire in 2008, an annual organ recital was established in her honor.  Read more

Open rehearsal for NYC-bound play

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an open rehearsal for Richard Sheinmel’s new play, “Lost on Staten Island – More Tales of Modern Living” on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Krause Recital Hall of the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

Cast members, under the direction of Jason Jacobs and stage management of Heather Olmstead, will be Wendy Merritt Kaufman of Narrowsburg, New York City actor/musician Chris Orbach and playwright Sheinmel who is playing the role of Mitch.  Read more

Breakneck Annie headlines Neversink museum concert

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the spring benefit concert on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the Neversink Valley Museum. It will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.  Read more

Roots & Rhythm date set

HONESDALE, PA — Roots & Rhythm, Honesdale’s free one-day music and arts event, now in its seventh consecutive year, will take place on Saturday, June 16. The festival showcases talent in every genre of music, as well as arts and crafts, from mid-morning until late at night. The headlining act (TBA) takes the Central Park main stage at approximately 7:40 p.m.  Read more

Art Experience & Chalk Walk

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be an Art Experience & Chalk Walk on Jeffersonville’s Main Street on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stroll Main Street to view the works of painters, sculptors, quilters and more. Chalk drawings will fill the sidewalks. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories.

There will be face painting, live music, art demonstrations, food and more. Call 845/482-2194.

Dean to lead Nashville stars at ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102’s annual ThunderBash is coming up on Saturday, May 19, headlined by Ira Dean, formerly of Trick Pony, at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on May 19. The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele, David Bradley, David Adam Byrnes, Amber Hayes, Darren Warren and Sherry Lynn, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy and Nashville singer/songwriters Somerville, featuring Eldred High School senior Alyssa Startup.  Read more

Vendors wanted

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for local businesses to participate in its outdoor Jeffersonville Jamboree. The event date is August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email JeffGiftShop@yahoo.com for an application. The deadline to apply is May 25.

A Milford history tour

MILFORD, PA — The Grey Towers National Historic Site will hold a walking tour of Milford on Saturday, May 19 starting at 11 a.m., providing information about the many contributions made by the prominent Pinchot family to conservation in America and the Milford community since the 1800s.  Read more

Local composer’s opera now on CD

NATION — Albany Records has released Evan Mack’s American opera “Angel of the Amazon” for worldwide distribution. The two-CD set can be purchased online at Albany Records, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh, NY.  Read more

Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News, will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Mays at the Movies in Milford

MILFORD, PA —Black Bear Film Festival will present a live jazz concert by the Bill Mays Trio and three films showcasing the talents of Bill Mays at the Milford Theatre on May 11 through 13. The Pike County resident, whose eclectic, prolific career as a pianist, composer and arranger has spanned five decades, will be joined by Tim Horner on drums and Martin Wind on bass for Mays at the Movies.  Read more

The Liberty Free Theatre celebrates life

As I read through my e-mails last week, a press release from the Liberty Free Theatre (LFT) caught my attention. “We’re gearing up for our eighth season,” it began, “with a special event production of Constance Alexander’s ‘The Way Home’ as a fundraiser for CROC (Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer).” Some of the words leaped off the page, shouting at me, causing me to pause. CROC. Cancer. Home.  Read more

‘Where do I go?’

Good question. While actively in the throes of an existential crisis, I continue to wade through life, searching for an answer that might never reveal itself. Less than thrilled with the results of an Internet search, I pressed on and discovered a disquieting website (www.existentialcrises.com) that simply presented a black page with the words “you are alone.” Lovely. Undaunted, I persevered and wallowed briefly in the not-so-uplifting lyrics penned by James Rado and Gerome Ragni for the “great American tribal love rock musical”—“Hair.”  Read more

Ups and downs

I have been waiting to find out if I was going to get this amazing editing mentorship with Walter Murch for the past five months. I found out that I was nominated in late 2011 for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. There was a very extensive application process that included multiple essays, a video, numerous copies of my work and assorted references.

I’m not sure how many people were nominated but I found out in March that I was one of four finalists. It was an amazing honor and also meant that I would be meeting Mr. Murch himself as he would make the final decision.  Read more

The future of farming?

By Sean Zigmund

Since the dawn of agriculture, feeding ourselves has driven an increase in a myriad of other highly consumptive processes that boil down to a single equation: food = energy. Energy use will only increase as our population does, yet our primary source of energy, fossil fuel, is steadily decreasing. While renewable energy use in the U.S. is on the rise, its use is a fraction of what we use to live. Perhaps a neighborhood farming model is just what we need to move to a more sustainable future.  Read more

Farmers markets open for the season

CALLICOON, NY - The Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets open for the 2012 summer season beginning Sunday, May 6 in Callicoon. The Callicoon market operates Sundays, from May 6 through November 25, 11 am to 2 pm, and is located at the Callicoon Creek Park on A. Dorrer Drive.

The Liberty Market is every Friday, May 11 through October 5, 3 pm to 6 pm, in the Municipal Parking Lot located on Darbee Lane. Jeffersonville kicks off July 5 and runs every Thursday through August 30, 3 pm to 6 pm, Main Street, Route 52 (parking lot). All markets are rain or shine.  Read more

First Fridays kicks off season May 4

NARROWSBURG, NY - First Fridays Contemporary Author Series continues its 7th season on May 4 at Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There will be open mic sign-up at 7 p.m., the open mic itself at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors will read starting at 8 p.m.

Featured this month are Lori Anderson Moseman and Jon Sands.  Read more

Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Amphibian drama: prey and predator in a pond

Along the Delaware River, there are many small ponds fed by springs or streams, or left over from floods. Also present are remnants of the D&H Canal, with many sections still holding some water. All these ponds play a role in the diversity of the riparian habitat along the shore of the river. A variety of fauna and flora are present in or near these ponds that would not otherwise be present on the river shore.  Read more

Join a memoir-writing group

HONESDALE, PA — The memoir-writing group held at the Honesdale Senior Center for the past six months is ready to expand its membership and increase its meetings to twice monthly. If you have memories and stories, enjoy reading and writing and like to get to know other people in a secure, open and friendly environment, consider joining the group. Membership is open to Wayne County residents. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required. Meetings are at 323 10th St. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the game room on the main floor. Call 570/937-3148.

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