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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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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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History of New York as a film location

CUDDEBACKVILE, NY — The members and friends of The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host a talk by Kathie Manthorne about the history of New York as a film location on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, just off Route 209.
New York scenery has been the “star” of moving pictures since the 1890s. The talk examines a series of locales, including Fort Lee and the Palisades, the Cuddebackville area and Niagara Falls, by illustrating their appearance in movie clips and still images.  Read more

Clarinetist Drucker plays Mozart at St. Andrew’s

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — A chamber music group featuring clarinetist Stanley Drucker will perform works by Mozart on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 5277 State Route 42.
One of the works, Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, is Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. It remains exceptionally popular today due to its lyrical melodies.  Read more

Noriella featured at Wayne Bank

HONESDALE AND WAYMART, PA — Art by Lucille Norella, like “Magniloquent,” shown here, is being featured at the Wayne Bank Art Wall in Honesdale and at the Wayne Bank in Waymart for the months of April and May. The exhibits are sponsored by the Wayne County Arts Alliance. Noriella’s work, made from locally grown flowers, can be viewed during regular business hours. Visit www.artbynorella.50megs.com.

Glass blowing demonstrations

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. will hold a series of glass blowing demonstrations and glass factory tours this season. The first event, including guest artists Al Hough, Bill Happel, Professor Bernard and Charlie Gillinder, will be given on Saturday, May 7 at Gillinder Glass, located at the corners of Erie & Liberty Streets. Guided tours are given between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tour rates are $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and children. Groups welcome. Call 845/ 856-5375.

New poetry series opens with Michael Sean Collins

MILFORD, PA — The Patisserie will open its doors to a new Poetry & Open Mic Series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. With the closing of the 7th Street Coffee Shop, Patisserie owners Mark Edmonds and Christian Garcia and Claudine DiNapoli, host of the Up Front Exhibition Space Poetry/Music Series, feel this is an opportunity to start a new poetry series with a new venue.

The guest artist will be Canadian actor, poet and performance artist Michael Sean Collins. There will be an open mic following the feature reader. The cafe will be open for business during the series.  Read more

Puppet show at the library

HONESDALE, PA — Master puppeteer Steve Abrams will introduce children ages three and up to the world of puppet theatre with his performance of “Raven’s Feast” on May 5 at 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main St. Abrams will entertain the audience with stories and myths from the Native American culture of the Northwest Coast, using a tabletop, props and puppets to introduce the Raven in three tales. The free program is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Registration is required.  Read more

Lake Superior passes available

BETHEL, NY — 2011 Lake Superior State Park Season Passes are available for Sullivan County residents at the Division of Public Works (DPW) office, 100 North St., Monticello, for $15. To purchase a pass, bring proof of residency or property ownership to the DPW office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 2010 season pass holders can download the renewal form from www.co.sullivan.ny.us and apply for their 2011 season pass by mail. One-time admission fees are $5 per person; children under three years old are free. Senior citizens get free admission to the park on weekdays only.  Read more

Submit sketches for a painted bear

MILFORD, PA —The Black Bear Film Festival is inviting submissions of artists’ sketches for its painted bear sculptures. The bears will grace the streets of Milford for several months before the festival begins, which this year will be the weekend of October 14 to 16. The deadline for submission is May 6. Concept sketches will be voted on by a design committee, and the unpainted bears will be provided to each selected artist. Send sketches to BBFF,115 MillStreet Ste 3 #186 Milford, PA, 18337. Call 570/409-0909.

Foods of the Delaware supports land protection

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala will be held on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction led by Sean Strub.

Water walk awakens love of place

NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA — Looking for inspiration lately? Some good news to balance the bad? How about this: six women from New York and Pennsylvania walking 90 miles in one week, battling blisters, dealing with darkness, rising with the sun and taking to the road again—all to raise awareness of the sacredness of water and land.  Read more

Road toads

Amphibians of all varieties make a habit of migrating across the road where I live, prompting my annual pilgrimages to the ribbon of pavement that runs in front of my home. The journeys begin after nightfall on rainy evenings, necessitating the donning of headlamp and reflective clothing for me.

I search for salamanders, frogs and toads, depending on the time of year. When I come upon a creature that has not yet fallen victim to a vehicle, I gently relocate it to safety.  Read more

Body and soul

A series of events recently led me to River Brook Farm, the organic farm closest to my home. In my attempt to conserve gasoline, I had never taken the 17-mile drive, since I don’t generally head up Route 97. But I had an engagement in Milanville, PA one Saturday in February, so I made a short detour to C. Meyer Road on the New York side, after hearing raves about Alice and Neil Fitzgerald, proprietors of the farm, and the certified organic crops they grow.  Read more

The painted turtles of spring

After what seemed to be an endless winter, signs of spring are appearing in the woods and on the shores of rivers and lakes, and the singers such as the wood thrush and the spring peeper hail spring’s arrival. On the 9th of April, during a kayak trip on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA, I spotted some more signs of milder weather: many painted turtles basking on the shore.  Read more

Winners of CAS High School Art Show announced

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Winners of the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show, currently on display at the CAS Center, have been announced. First and second prize winners were selected by an outside jury panel of artists and experts. Students were invited to the Arts Center to select a Student Prize award in each category as well.

Black & White Drawing
1st place Alana Simetaniuk, Eldred
2nd place Tyler Shaver, Livingston Manor
Student Prize Molly Stahl, Livingston Manor

Color Drawing
1st place Christian Turner, SC BOCES  Read more

Barryville’s artisan fair seeks vendors

BARRYVILLE, NY — BrookHouse Gallery is still accepting applications for vendors for its artisan fair this summer. It is looking for quality hand-made crafts, fine art, outdoor garden sculpture and hand-crafted furniture. The deadline for vendor application is May 1.
Acceptance will be on first-come, first-served basis. Email kim@kimlustpottery.com.

Scout exhibit opens in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — As Honesdale’s Troop 1 celebrates its 100th anniversary, a flag and bugle ceremony on the steps of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., will open a special exhibit at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, followed by an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., with refreshments and free museum admission.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware supports land protection

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala will be held on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by live auction led by Sean Strub.  Read more

Local band to play NYC contest

NEW YORK CITY — The Livingston Manor band MAZMYTH has taken first prize in the Break Contest, a battle of the bands sponsored by the organizers of Bamboozle. The contest was held at the Chance in Poughkeepsie starting in February. As first-prize winners, MAZMYTH will play in the championship round on April 23 at Gramercy Theater in NYC. Four members of the band—Matt Smith, Steven Freitas, Dan Smith and Jordan Dumond—attended Livingston Manor Central School.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ at DVHS

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Bye Bye Birdie” in the DVHS auditorium. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
The performances will also feature the Sweet Apple Cafe. The café will be open for one hour before and after each performance, and during intermission. Come early to see the student art show presented by the DVHS art department.
The story of “Bye Bye Birdie” was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.  Read more

‘Man vs. Mother Nature”

NARROWSBURG, NY— “Man vs. (Mother) Nature,” an exhibition curated by Karen Hudson and featuring a group of 20 local and regional artists, opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg on Friday, April 29, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through May 28.  Read more