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September 17, 2014
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NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments.

When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.

My second thought was that I...

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Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird...

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I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was...

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Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has...

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I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked...

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Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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Liberty Free holds Rent Money Reading

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Liberty Free Theatre will present its last Rent Money Reading of the summer at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake. It will present two comedies, “Waltzing De Niroby” and “Mafia on Prozacby.” The readings are fundraisers to help defray the rental cost of The Liberty Free Theatre’s home base in Liberty. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/292-3788.

Contra dancing at the Grange

GALILEE, PA — The Unity Grange holds contra dances every third Saturday of the month, thorugh December. The next dance will be on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m. with a children’s dance, followed by a family dance with instruction for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Patrons of Husbandry, and callers are Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright and Laurie Brongo.

There will be potluck snacks at break time. Email galileestudios66@yahoo.com or call 570/729-7141.

Volunteers needed at Black Bear

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival, to be held on October 14, 15 and 16, will return to its home in Milford’s own theater, newly refurbished, reopened and under the direction of Jerry Beaver. Volunteers are needed on at least half a dozen committees. Anyone interested in creative, publicity, logistics, fundraising, ticketing, volunteer co-ordination, or events is invited to meet at the Milford Theater, East Catharine St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

‘Expressed Mail’ auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — Artist Shannon Thol designed this mailbox for the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) eighth annual Summer Art Project, “Expressed Mail.” The mailboxes will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, as a benefit for WCAA. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a public preview and the bidding begins at 7 p.m. Visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  Read more

A summer mystery - Part 3: The investigation

Detective Brown stood in the dimly lit squad room. It had been three days since he had received the call about the body in the basement of the apartment building and the investigation was now in full swing. Brown or his partner had spoken to literally everyone who was in the building that day. All 32 people.

They had painstakingly searched the Johnson apartment, the stairwell, the basement, and the empty, recently purchased, shared apartment between the Johnsons and their neighbor Tom.  Read more

Woodstock, legends and all that jazz

I’ve often heard it said that “age is just a number” but have no clue who coined the phrase. Undoubtedly, it was some octogenarian—loath to admit that time was passing more quickly than had been anticipated. This past week, my event calendar was filled with time travel and I found myself doing the math a little too often.  Read more

Going forward to the past

Last month I promised that in this month’s column I would write on update on my No Car Week experience.

I began my driving moratorium in the middle of July’s alarming, record-breaking heat wave, a perfect time to stay put in our tree-sheltered house, which is at least 10 degrees cooler than life on the road. Between cool showers, running cold water over my wrists and lying under the ceiling fan, I write, read and try to muster energy to make iced tea.  Read more

'Little Farm Show' performances postponed

BARRYVILLE AND CALLICOON, NY — The performances of "The Little Farm Show" originally scheduled for this week's Barryville and Callicoon farmers' markets have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon.

As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a new date for the Callicoon show on Sunday, September 4 was tentative but not confirmed. We will post the confirmation or an alternate date as soon as it is available.

Come back, little diva

Oh my gosh, what a week! As I made plans to visit friends and family in the Finger Lakes, I checked my schedule and realized that I had better make hay while the sun shines, since if there is one thing that the summer knows, it’s that time is fleeting and before we know it, we’ll see the wintry snows.  Read more

Divas in concert

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms will hold the fourth concert in its summer concert series. “Delicious Divas from the Met,” on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Jennifer Hines and Tonna Miller singing arias, show music and popular music.  Read more

Electric Junkyard Gamelan at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — For the third consecutive season, Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan will perform at the Catskill Arts Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Electric Junkyard Gamelan plays the original music of composer Terry Dame on musical instruments of her invention.  Read more

Painted chairs to be auctioned

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will auction off chairs painted by local artists as a fundraiser on Saturday, August 13 during the library’s celebration of its 75th anniversary, at 3 p.m.  Read more

‘Midnight in Paris’ at CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Woody Allen’s time travel comedy “Midnight in Paris,” starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Callicoon Theatre.  Read more

Kids get to make their own movies

NARROWSBURG, NY — Icehouse Arts will bring the 10th season of Kid Flix (ages 8-11) and Kid Flix (ages 12-18) to the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library with two one-week workshops, one starting on August 14 and one on August 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Workshops are limited to 12 participants.  Read more

UpFront opens End of Summer show

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space started its End of Summer 2011 Show on August 4. This show will run through September 30. The public is invited to attend the end-of-summer artists’ reception on Saturday, August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a live drum presentation by Obi Kaye along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Walking tour plaques up in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — New plaques have been mounted on some of the historic buildings on Main Street in Narrowsburg that are included in the just published brochure “Take a Walk into Narrowsburg History.”

Recently published by the Tusten Historical Society, the tour walks you through the history of some of the oldest buildings and sites of buildings in the town. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group added to the impact of the tour by designing plaques for each of the 33 historic sites listed in the brochure.  Read more

‘Chicago’ takes the stage in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theater Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse will present “Chicago” from Tuesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 21.  Read more

Pre-register for Wally fest activities

HAWLEY, PA — The Second Annual Wally Lake Fest event will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. There are several events that require advanced registration for participants.

The 2011 Wally Lake Fest Boat Parade is sponsored by Davis R. Chant Realtors and takes place on Lake Wallenpaupack on August 27 at 4 p.m. Participants decorate their boats, and winners for first, second and third places will be awarded with trophies and prizes. Registration is free. Visit www.chantlw.com/boatparade.php or call 570/226-4518.  Read more

Church hosts local musicians in concert

HONESDALE, PA —A concert titled “Music for Music” will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. The concert, part of Marietta Mendler’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project, will feature local musicians performing a wide variety of music, and will support the establishment of a sheet music exchange at the Wayne County Public Library. “I’ve been studying music since I was seven or so, and I’ve been involved with the library almost as long, so this project was a natural fit,” said Mendler, a local piano student who graduated from Honesdale High School this year.  Read more

Tue., Sep. 16 Cub Scout Pack 71 Recruitment Event
Wed., Sep. 17 YEL! FEST #6
Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading