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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

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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.

Fly Tyers Rendezvous

ROSCOE, NY — The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will host the Fly Tyers Rendezvous on April 16 at the Rockland House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be an opportunity to come and watch, chat and visit with tyers in an intimate setting. You will have the chance to learn some techniques from some of the best professional and amateur tyers, including Robert Patlen, Lee Weil, Bob Mead, Bill Newcomb, Scott Cesari, Jessica Lettich, Mike Nutto, Matt Grobert and many more.

There will also be a raffle; tickets cost $3 each, two for $5.

Easter Bunny hops aboard in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Easter Bunny will hop on board the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions on Saturday, April 16. Departure times are 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. There will be music, singing, a special treat for the kids and visits with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and are free for children 2 and under if lap held. Visit www.waynecountycc.com or call 570/253-1960.

UpFront holds spring opening

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a spring opening reception on Saturday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Talking Machine and complimentary refreshments.

Among the artists featured will be Chelsea Shea Calnan, Theresa Fleck, Pamela Gordon, Larry Hunt, Don Alan Kaplan, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Troy Mack, Joe Petrosi and Greg Zukowski. The gallery is located at 31 Jersey Avenue, and hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

PEEC holds community fish fry

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its second annual Community Fish Fry on April 16 to celebrate the opening of day of trout season in Pennsylvania. The dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a short canoe paddle on Front Pond. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under.

At 1 p.m. that day, participants can join the PEEC staff as they explore nearby breeding pools for salamander egg masses, for a cost of $5. Nets and collection jars will be provided for up-close study.

Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319

Murder in Swingland

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a dinner theater experience on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. The Hurleyville Museum will be transformed into the nightclub Swingland for the musical murder mystery of the same name by John Fogarty. The suggested donation is $20 per person, $30 per couple. Included in the ticket price is a three-course dinner.

‘The Lamb’ plays in Lake Huntington

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Robert Nicoletti as Nero, Mike Kelly as Jesus, Brian Tegnander as Faustus will be among the more than 50 non-professional community volunteers who will take part in the play “The Lamb,” to be presented at the Sullivan West High School Auditorium. Performances will be on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 17 (Palm Sunday) at 2 p.m. The production is a major parish fundraiser.

The suggested donation is $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. The play is not recommended for children under seven years of age.  Read more

Thu., Apr. 24 Women's Club of Honesdale meeting
Fri., Apr. 25 Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Fri., Apr. 25 The Laugh Tour
Sat., Apr. 26 Fly Tyers Rendezvous