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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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‘Landscapes’ art exhibit opens

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday April 5, the Wayne County Arts Alliance hosted an opening reception to celebrate its current art exhibit, “Landscapes.” The event was held in the alliance’s new gallery, which is tucked away on quaint little Maude Alley located at 1023 Main St. Nine talented local artists are represented, including Joseph Castelli, pictured here, Signe Ballew, Collette Ballew, Jessica Campbell, Ellen Silberlicht, Naomi Teppich, Mark Milroy, Carolyn Santiso and Paul Ludick. The exhibit runs through April 26. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Percussion and groove: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will play soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms.  Read more

Dramatic Workshop announces auditions for a melodrama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Stop Thief!” a musically enhanced and mischievously fun, old- fashioned melodrama. Auditions will be held at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Saturday, May 3 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; and Saturday, May 10 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles.  Read more

The Rowan Lynch Quartet at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, April 13, The Rowan Lynch Quartet will be at The Cooperage Project to celebrate the release of their first recording, “Strange Carp.” The performance begins at 3 p.m.  Read more

Something fishy going on around here

Of course, by “around here” I mean the Upper Delaware River Valley, and by “fishy” I mean that the majority of the last week has been all about trout. Since I know next to nothing about fishing, fly or otherwise, I gave Phil Eggleton (www.trouttownadventuresandguideservices.com) a call. Confused about when the seasons actually begin and end, I was glad to have Eggleton set me straight on a few pertinent facts.  Read more

18th annual women’s conference slated

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The theme of SUNY Sullivan’s 18th annual Women’s Conference to take place on Saturday, April 12 is “Wisdom... Wit... Women.” Comedienne Jane Condon will be the keynote speaker. Condon is a performer whose insights are as sharp as the wit with which they are delivered.  Read more

Nature exhibition by local photographers

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a free exhibition by regional nature photographers selected for their focus on local subjects and the quality of their work on Saturday, April 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ open mic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, April 11, come on down to The Cooperage for the second “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night exclusively for teens from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s a fun evening for musicians and listeners alike. All ages are invited to come, watch and enjoy the evening, but only the area’s youth will step up on stage. So, if you are an aspiring musician, poet, storyteller, juggler, actor, yodeller, dancer, or whatever, jump on stage at The Cooperage. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Pet and nature photography by two friends

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will hold the opening of a new show, “Two Friends and their Photographs” on Saturday, April 12. Nyssa Calkin and Brad Walrod are friends who share a passion for photography, using the lens to explore subjects they care deeply about.  Read more

‘Reflection’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present the opening reception for a members’ show titled “Reflection” on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme of reflection is represented in the artists’ works in a literal sense, as in subjects of water and mirrors, and also subjectively, as in the practice of contemplation. Artists, using contemplation as their source for inspiration, then reflect what is happening personally and in society through their creations, whether conscious or unconscious. The exhibit runs until May 5.  Read more

Folk duo Hannah & Maggie

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host folk, pop and harmony duo Hannah & Maggie on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. The award-winning New York City duo has set out to make the world of singer-songwriters a more cheerful place as they blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy. They’ve been compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls.  Read more

Teen Reading Lounge to discuss ‘Divergent’

HONESDALE, PA — Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive book discussion series created by PA Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12 to 18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through book discussion and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.  Read more

Not just for women; A new day in woodworking

GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.  Read more

A big step backwards

New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to renewable energy generation. The bad news comes in Volume II, which outlines the plan’s specifics in 618 pages of statistics and predictions.  Read more

Spring is trying to spring

After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.  Read more

Sundance film series comes to Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL), partnering with the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), has been honored by being selected to present a series of international film screenings funded by the Sundance Institute and its Film Forward project. The project uses the power of cinema to advance cultural dialog across generations, religions, ethnicity and borders. Pennsylvania was chosen as one of four states for these screenings.  Read more

Free bowling night for teens

CALLICOON, NY — Free bowling for teen and preteen youth at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, is again offered on Saturday, April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Two games, shoe rental and supper are provided by Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch. Rev. Dr. Norm David, the church’s pastor, will be happy to provide transportation for any who need a ride. He may be reached at 845/482-4343.

Salon Series presents ‘Silverstein,’ a new play

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series presents a theatrical reading of “Silverstein,” a new play by Bill Donnelly, on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. The reading will be held in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Lyric Quartet begins Parksville USA festival

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Parksville USA Music Festival kicks off its 2014 concert series with The Lyric Quartet this Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café.  Read more

Monticello school music groups perform in Albany

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, March 14 the Monticello High School Jazz Band, directed by Andrew Verdino, and RJK Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Mike Mingo, performed at the state capitol building in Albany for the annual Music in Our Schools month. The state capitol showcases talented student performing groups during the month of March every year. Pictured are the two performing groups and their directors.