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September 26, 2016
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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Piano Passions and more, Shandelee marks 20 years

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) marks its 20th year partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for two concerts this season, plus seven concerts at SMF’s own Sunset Concert Pavilion on the festival grounds.

The Bethel Woods Event Gallery concerts begin on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with “Piano Passions,” a solo piano performance by Allen Yueh, and continue on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. with “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” featuring pianists Doris Lee, Claudia Hu and Helen Shen.  Read more

Landscape paintings at the River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The new exhibit, “Seasons of Change,” primitive landscape paintings and animal boards by Cheryl Korb, will open at the River Gallery-The Art of Living with an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

All pieces are oil on panel, linen and found objects. The show runs through September 10.

For more information, visit www.rivergalleryny.com, or call 845/252-3238.

‘Green Door’ opens gallery and art exhibit

LIBERTY, NY — Green Door, a quarterly magazine read throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley in upstate New York, announces the opening of an art gallery and exhibition titled “Change: A World in Motion.” The opening event will be held on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. and will include a musical performance by the Human Lard Dog.  Read more

Summer concert series kicks off

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Creek Park Concert Series will begin on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Performers include Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith, and Doug Rogers and Hoy Polloy.

Elizabeth Rose (www.elizabethrosemusic.com) is well known to Callicoon audiences, having performed on WJFF, at the Tusten Theatre, last year’s Farmstock and for many fundraisers and parties over the years. Her one-woman musical comedy “Relative Pitch” was selected for the Obie-award-winning Mentor Project.  Read more

NYC variety show comes to local theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, New York City’s renowned palace of variety, brings its show to NACL for one special night of cabaret, burlesque, magic and contortion. The late night burlesque variety show, “Mr. Choade’s Wild Ride,” will be at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, July 20; doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Hosted by Borscht Belt legend, Mel Frye, the evening features burlesque legend Gal Friday, magic man Mat Holzclaw, go-go sensation Camillicious, acrobatic Madman Topher, and contortionist Ekatarina.  Read more

Vendors line the streets at Sidewalk Sales

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will hold The Honesdale “500” 53rd annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, artists, and area non-profits. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up a brochure, complete with a map, list of events and historic walking tour.  Read more

Author readings at the Sanctuary of Oils

HONESDALE, PA — The Sanctuary of Oils will be hosting a reading with Mermer Blakeslee and Tom Lisenbee on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Blakeslee will be reading from her most recent novel, “When You Live by a River,” a fictional story of a 1931 Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City.  Read more

‘Out of Place’ exhibition opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host an artist talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 for a new exhibition called “Out of Place.” This is a two-person exhibition featuring large paintings and small watercolor/collages by Lisa Samalin and found objects and stained images by Charles Wilkin. The show runs through Sunday, August 25.  Read more

Photo guild hosts exhibition

MILFORD, PA — The public is invited to an opening reception of Frank Zimmermann’s “Tri-State Photos, Dingmans to New York City,” on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highlands Photographic Guild at 224 Broad St. in the Wells Fargo Bank Building.

Zimmermann, a noted New York City architectural photographer, will showcase his latest body of work, some of the well-known landmarks and other images shot closer to home in northwestern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 4.

Visit www.highlandsphotoguild.com, or call 570/296-2440.

Moonlight paddles on the lake

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary. There will be two paddles: Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. These programs are free to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Only sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem.

Call Lacawac Sanctuary to reserve your spot, 570/689-9494, or email joann@lacawac.org.

Kayak paddle for military and veterans

GREENTOWN, PA — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the PA Bureau of State Parks and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have partnered to present a beginner’s kayaking program at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All active duty, retired, prior service members and their families are invited to join the park’s naturalist on a paddle throughout Promised Land Lake.  Read more

845 Local Hip Hop Night

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions presents its first hip hop showcase on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell.

The show features Made Memberz of Monticello, Ice and Guelz B from BSPG of North Branch, Cats-Kill of Monticello, Rio Grand of Brooklyn, NY/Damascus, PA, Reflex Space Deck of Purchase, and R.l. Traviss of Callicoon. Closing the night will be DJ Noah Barker spinning old and new music and chilled out electronic R&B-infused dance music.

Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

Wayne County antiques show

HONESDALE, PA — Fifty dealers from all over the east coast bring all kinds of antiques and collectibles to the Women’s Club of Honesdale’s 51st annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.  Read more

Blues singer at popular pizza place

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Blues guitarist Eli Cook will perform at Benji and Jakes on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m.

The musician’s live performance includes both original tunes and vintage blues from all his albums. Cook covers classics like Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die” and Skip James’ “Catfish Blues.”

He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Read more

Young opera singers take the stage

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two shows this weekend. Both are held at the Sullivan County Community College Seelig Theatre and are under the direction of music director Violetta Zabbi.  Read more

Family fun planned for Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 9th annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure.  Read more

Creating Community

Two new local projects illustrate the extraordinary dedication and creativity of my fellow citizens.  Read more

River rescuers: Making the Delaware a safer place

UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC AND RECREATIONAL RIVER — After only one year into her job, Katherine Szupillo of the National Park Service was on patrol at the Shohola rapids. The spot is one that is hidden from the road and has very few houses nearby; if one were to need help on the river, very few people would be able to see. Luckily for one boater, Szupillo was on hand to witness his boat capsizing in the rapids and come to the rescue.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s ‘9 to 5, the Musical' What a way to make a living!

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not a huge fan of musical adaptations to begin with. While there are exceptions to every rule, (think “La Cage Aux Folles” or “The Producers”) there is an endless lists of Broadway shows with a hit song attached (think “Fame” or “Footloose”) that struggle. Each year, the management at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) asks the audience to suggest what shows they would like to see in the future and “9 to 5” received an overwhelming response. In an effort to please (give the people what they want) “9 to 5” is now playing.  Read more