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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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Big D features Jones, Cuellar and Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature artists Karen Jones, Dorlene Cuellar and Caroline Harrow at their May show at the Starlight Inn. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., and the show will be there for the month of May.
Jones lives in Liberty, NY, and says that digital photography has opened up a whole new world for her. She has found that there is more out there than just taking photos of people. She most enjoys taking photos of local spots as well as popular vacation sites.  Read more

Earth Day celebrations

Earth Day Festival at Monti high

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Eco Club will host an Arbor-Earth Day Festival on April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Monticello High School by the auditorium.

There will be school clubs, environmentally friendly exhibitors, and activities and crafts for children. The club will present awards to the winners of the elementary school poster contest and middle and high school essay contests, as well as its second Eco Hero Award, at the festival.  Read more

Easter celebrations


Easter Bunny visits Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — In spite of chilly weather and an overcast sky, 35 children and their parents came to Rohman Park in Shohola on Saturday, April 16 to hunt for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. The event was sponsored by the township’s Park and Recreation Committee.  Read more

Celebrating Easter

Native son’s opera to be performed in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — The opera “Angel of the Amazon,” by Evan Mack, will be performed from May 6 to May 22 in the Jerome Robbins Theater at the
Baryshnikov Arts Center,
450 W. 37th Street (www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ANG18). Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh and is a 1999 graduate of Port Jervis High School.  Read more

DIGit calls for submissions

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is calling for video and audio works for the DIGit Media Exposition, to be held from June 3 to 25. Both amateur and professional media artists are welcome to submit. Works will be presented in several venues throughout Narrowsburg, including the Delaware Arts Center and the Tusten Theatre. A panel of professional videographers, filmmakers and sound artists jury the works.  Read more

When it rains, it pours

There must be a better way. As I perused my calendar of events this past week, I became a little overwhelmed. I know the weather is improving and that everyone wants to get out and do something, rather than sitting by the fire waiting for the (seemingly) endless winter to draw to a close, but does it all have to happen at once?  Read more

Earth awareness

New programs launch at Stourbridge
HONESDALE, PA — Lucky students at Stourbridge Primary Center in Honesdale are having real-life learning experiences that allow them to explore the natural world and their relationship to it, thanks to new programming developed by John José of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services.

José has begun offering “Schoolyard Habitat Evaluations,” which are followed by the establishment of on-site environmental education programs based on his findings.  Read more

An Earth Day column

Everyone wants me to celebrate Earth Day. My inbox is full of green mail—no trees were harmed in the making—urging me to buy shoes and cosmetics, go to a yoga retreat and help Robert Redford rally the American people. Of all these, I’m most likely to buy shoes, but I’m not deluded that it will help the earth.  Read more

Frogs afloat

Amphibians are appearing throughout the Upper Delaware Region with the return of spring. These wood frogs basked in a vernal pool in Pike County last weekend, emitting their characteristic “quacking” call in hopes of attracting mates.
Another frog sounding off from local lakes, ponds and wetlands right now is the tiny spring peeper, whose “eeping” call sounds much like its name.  Read more

Another season

By the time you read this article, another Northeast trout season will have begun. Also the cry of “Play ball!” and the “POP” of a fastball entering a catcher’s mitt will have echoed throughout the land. Therefore it is time for another “Clem’s Quiz.”

My fastball has lost a bit of its hop, but I shall try to fool some of you young batters with some off speed junk. So step into the batter’s box while I go into my windup.  Read more

Candy lives on

Every screening of “Beautiful Darling” that I’ve attended since it premiered at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, I was fairly certain would be the last. I have been (happily) wrong each time.

“Well, I should definitely go, because it might be the last time I see it on the big screen,” I would think. And I would go, and I would usually be surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I started work on it five years ago. It was my first real editing job.  Read more

The hills are alive

It wasn’t only the sound of music that I experienced this week, but there was plenty of that along the way. I stopped by the Nugget in Monticello and heard singer/songwriter Tony Penn belt out a tune or two as I belted back a shot (or two) while sampling their new menu, which was delish. Penn was performing solo that night, but he and new singing partner Sara Hulse have formed a partnership, “The Haunted” (facebook.com/hauntedofficial#!/pages), and (IMHO) they are off to a swell start.  Read more

Photography at Philip Hone

HONESDALE, PA — This photograph of Jeanne Esposito, taken by Andrea Killam, will be on display as part of a group photography exhibit opening at the Philip Hone Gallery on Saturday, April 16. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the photography there will be the work of over 20 local artisans, from jewelry to hand-blown glass. Visit www.philiphonegallery.com.

Mary Todd Lincoln speaks

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a “dinner and a soliloquy” with Ruth Randone playing Mary Todd Lincoln in “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Woman on the Edge,” written by Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) Executive Director Lori Strelecki. The 30-minute presentation will be performed on Friday, April 15, in the newly renovated Foundation Room of the Pike County Historical Society. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show to follow. The staff will be serving up Chicken Fricassee, which was one of Lincoln’s favorite dishes.  Read more

‘Made in Brooklyn’ opens at Hanson

HONESDALE, PA — “Still Connected,” by Sheila Goloborotko, will be one of the multi-media works on exhibit at the Hanson Gallery’s new show, titled “Made In Brooklyn: 13 Artists_Twenty Years,” opening on Saturday, April 15 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through May 30. Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

The Literary Gazette accepting submissions

REGION — The Literary Gazette, published annually by The River Reporter, is looking for submissions to its 2011 issue. This issue will explore dreams and dreamwork as material for writers and artists, and is inviting writers to submit poems, stories and essays born out of or inspired by dreams (i.e. sleep dreams as opposed to daydreams or “goals”). The Gazette accepts all styles and formats. Poems are limited to 50 lines and stories and essays no longer than 700 words. Please include a short (limit 50 words) bio with your submission.  Read more

Hepper and Baga at Callicoon Fine Arts

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Fine Arts at 27 Lower Main Street will hold an opening reception for an exhibit of the works of Carol Hepper and a single-channel video projection by Trisha Baga on Saturday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Casting call

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Casting continues for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Rivoli Theater on Route 42, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli.

Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.

‘Dorflinger and the Canal’

WHITE MILLS, PA — Local historian Kurt Reed will present a lecture, “Dorflinger and the Canal” on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Blough Building on the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary grounds. The presentation will celebrate the sanctuary’s recent receipt of its largest single gift in its history, the Lock Tender’s House in White Mills, built in 1850. It had been purchased and restored by Walter and Marilyn Barbe and transformed into a museum of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, who donated the building and property to the sanctuary in March.  Read more

‘Harvey’ in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “Harvey,” the classic 1950 comedy starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood Dowd, an amiable fellow whose friend, a giant rabbit, may or may not be imaginary, will be the April 17 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema spring series. As a special activity for children, the movie will be preceded by a bunny-drawing session led by local author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George. The drawing lesson starts at 6:30 p.m.and the film at 7 p.m. Call 570/253-6850 or visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.