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August 28, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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‘Narcoonah’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Narcoonah,” a two-person show featuring the work of Joni Wehrli and Dana Duke, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, from Saturday, July 23 to August 28. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. on July 23.  Read more

Great Beer Expo in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Fire Department’s Great Beer Expo will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 for a beer tasting and fundraising event. It will feature more than 25 international breweries from across the globe presenting more than 50 of their finest brews for sampling. The event will help raise funds for the Rock Hill Fire Department.  Read more

Mad Hatter’s Bash

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Green Market Foundation will hold the second annual Mad Hatter’s Summer Bash on Saturday, July 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Stone Farm. This year will be a massive festive party with appetizers made from locally grown ingredients and plenty of spirits. Guests are asked to create a hat to wear. The winner of the best hat will get a week-long stay at Blue Stone Farm ($3,000 value). There will be live musical guests, cooking demos, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party gone awry and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Barryville Green Market.  Read more

Finn’s Fury comes to Seelig

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Finn’s Fury, a New York Celtic rock group combining blues, punk and lyrical vocals to create “Urban Celtic Fusion Rock” will come to the Seelig Theatre of SUNY Sullivan on Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. Visit www.sunysullivan.edu/fun.

Open house for Art on the Edge

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold an open house at Art on The Edge at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. A $10 donation to benefit WCAA community art programs is suggested.

Art on The Edge is an exhibition featuring contemporary collective works by local and regional artists, curated by Rocky Pinciotti and hosted by the WCAA, a grassroots non-profit arts organization whose vision is “to enrich our community through the arts.”  Read more

Reunion planned at Bethel School

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — A reunion gathering is planned for the July 24 open house at the Bethel School. All Bethel School alumni are invited. Attempts are being made to contact everyone who attended the school. Former students are invited to bring their mementos as well as their memories.

All Bethel School open houses are held from 1 to 4 p.m. with the special presentations at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge and everyone, especially children, is invited to attend.

The Bethel School is located on Bethel School Road off Route 652. Call 570/253-3240.

Jeffersonville Lions Club holds charity horse show

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Stone Wall Farms on Saturday, July 23. Hunt seat classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule and Marshall & Sterling classes are offered. The farm is on Callicoon Center Road outside Jeffersonville, and spectators are welcome. Email diehlmein09@yahoo.com or call 845/482-5568.

Cooper Boone at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Cooper Boone, a benefit concert on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Singer, songwriter, performer, chef, online video star, clinical psychologist and Hollywood Music Award winner Cooper Boone has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Bucky Covingoton and more, and has co-written two albums worth of award-winning songs. Boone’s music includes upbeat crowd-pleasers like “She’s All That” and personal, heartfelt fare like “Celia’s Hands,” Boone’s homage to his grandmother.  Read more

Sidewalk sales, Hawaiian style

HONESDALE, PA — The “Aloha Honesdale” annual sidewalk sales will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21, 22 and 23, sponsored by The Dime Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by local stores, area vendors and artists and area non-profits, all with a Hawaiian theme. Visitors can view the 2011 Wayne County Arts Alliance project, “Express Mail,” with mailboxes decorated by local artists at businesses all around Honesdale, and participate in the “It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Book sale at Callicoon Street Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will hold a book fairduring the annual Callicoon Street Fair on Saturday, July 30 at the Delaware Free Branch. During the last hour books will be available to take home at $2 a bag. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Also available will be information about the library’s Public Computer Center, which offers free one-on-one computer assistance and classes. Call 845/887-4040.

Jewish film festival in Bethel

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY— The Catskill Film Festival will present its first annual Jewish Film Festival on Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the the newly constructed pavilion across the street from the Fat Lady Café. The festival will start on July 23 and run weekly through August 27.

The series entry for July 23 will by the Woody Allen comedy “Radio Days,” a 1987 film set in 1940s Rockaway Beach, Queens. The film presents an affectionate look at the heyday of radio, marriage, celebrities, the war in Europe and secret decoder rings. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.  Read more

‘Classic to Cool’ concludes with gala finale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) “Classic to Cool” festival will conclude this weekend, starting on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes,” a free open rehearsal at the Eddie Adams Farm. The Saturday concert, at 8 p.m., will feature music by Brahms, Reger and Respighi in the “Gala Grand Finale,” followed by an artists’ reception on the barn porch under the stars, also at the farm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Friday and Saturday’s events will be at the Eddie Adams barn.  Read more

DVO begins 25th season: It ain’t over ‘till (somebody) sings

NARROWSBURG, NY — I was exposed to the world of opera at an early age. Inspired by the grandeur and incredible music, I became a fan quickly, and remain so to this day. So I was delighted to discover, after moving to the region, that the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and a company of talented, driven professionals is dedicated to presenting quality productions right here in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

A summer mystery: Part I: The setup

Eddie had washed the windows and polished the door handle. He had futzed with the flowers and dusted his desk. It was getting to be time to head down to the basement, and he was sort of dreading it. The low hum of the AC kept the lobby cool. The basement would be sweltering.

The Met game was just starting and he decided to give it a few innings. If he got lucky, maybe the heat would let up.

“Sorry about the cardboard,” Santiago, the daytime doorman, had said while he was leaving. And Eddie had said it was fine, even though it had annoyed him a little bit.  Read more

Are the grateful dead? Nothing could be “furthur” from the truth

Somewhere in the dark recesses of my sick and twisted mind, everything makes sense. To me. Sadly, the rest of the world is often clueless when it comes to my thought processes, but the kind folks at TRR allow my eccentricities to flourish, and this week I whirled a bit.  Read more

Celebrating the river in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — RiverFest will celebrate its 21st annual summer with live music, original art, local craft vendors, information about the ecosystem and more on Sunday, July 24 in Narrowsburg. The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with River Dogs on Parade, at which pooches and their owners parade from the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street in Narrowsburg to the Main Street bandstand.  Read more

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere of “Strange Business,” a new play by award-winning novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, on Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31 and August 4 through 7. The play was adapted for the stage by the author from the title story in her short story collection. Author Askew is featured in the cast.  Read more

The day of the dragonfly

Pass near any lake, pond, or stream shore and it is not hard to spot dragonfly or damselfly activity. They are both members of the Odonata family, characterized by their dual set of large wings and their voracious appetite for mosquitoes and other flying insects. Different species of odonates emerge at different times of the summer, so there is always variety to be seen. For some people, dragonfly watching rivals bird watching.  Read more

Difficult times

In baseball when a batter fails to hit well over a period of time, it is said the batter is in a hitting slump. As a fly fisher I have been in a season-long fish-catching slump. While those that I usually fish with have not exactly been wearing out the trout, my results have been very disappointing. Of course, my time on the streams has been greatly curtailed. Heavy and frequent rains have turned the rivers into raging chocolate-colored rapids. On those days when I have been able to go fishing, I return home without even a tale of the big one that eluded me.  Read more

Celebrating Zane Grey and the Delaware River

LACKAWAXEN, NY — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the seventh annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. This year, the festival will also celebrate the Delaware River, which is the 2011 Pennsylvania River of the Year. The Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers, which fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors,are what initially drew Grey to the area. Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and call the area home. left  Read more