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"If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal." — John Lennon

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Jekyll & Hyde” is the current production at the Forestburgh Playhouse, running through July 24.

The musical, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart, is brought to life with a brilliant musical unique score that blends classical musical theatre with contemporary rock, highlighted by “This is the Moment.”

This production of “Jekyll and Hyde” is sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Adam Blumenthal  Read more

More Rent Money Reading at Liberty Free

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its Rent Money Readings series on Thursday, July 14 with three daring comedies by Shel Silverstein, starting at 7 p.m. at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake.

Shel Silverstein is famous for his children’s stories such as “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” But he was equally well-known and justly praised as an essayist, playwright and illustrator. Many consider him to be in the top rank of American humorists alongside Mark Twain and Will Rogers.  Read more

Audubon Festival celebrates nature

HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Festival will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack School complex on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thirty of the nation’s finest wildlife and nature artists, as well as several European nature artists and photographers, will present their work. Eighty juried craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their works, as well.  Read more

‘The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. is currently hosting “The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield: Artist-Educator-Historian-Railroad Buff.”

“Wake” came to Sullivan County in 1953 when he took the position of art instructor at the Tri-Valley School. Before his arrival he was well known for his black and white illustrations of trains. His love of trains took him one step further into model railroading, where his art became three dimensional. In 1953, Wakefield started painting in oil and continued until his death in 1974 at the age of 50.  Read more

Bellen to read at First Hearings

LIBERTY, NY — Acclaimed poet and novelist Martine Bellen will read from her new novella, “2X(Squared),” in the First Hearings Series at The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Austin will begin the program with “The Virtue of Language.”

Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Ghosts!,” “The Vulnerability of Order,” and “Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,” which won the National Poetry Series Award.  Read more

‘Buddha and the Rock Star’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present “Buddha and the Rock Star” on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. The show, directed by Rosaruby Kagan, is a sexy, high-energy multi-media performance by an ensemble of young dancers and actors from Montreal, Canada, incorporating the raw elements of physical theatre, dance and film.  Read more

World premiere and more at WCM

SULLIVAN COUNTY — This weekend, the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer festival “From Classic to Cool” will start with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at the Eddie Adams Farm in Jeffersonville (free). It will be followed by a “Tea Time Concert” at 4 p.m. on July 16 at the farm, with music by Ravel, Hoiby and Stravinsky and a world premiere by Andrew Waggoner (tickets $25), and “MusicTalks!” a musical tour-de-force at 7:30 p.m. at North Branch Inn on Thursday, July 20 (tickets $15).  Read more

Funktional Flow at Tony’s

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On July 16, the band Funktional Flow will perform a free show at Tony’s Place on the Lake from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a pre-Furthur/Bethel Woods show.

Funktional Flow is a band from Buffalo. Starting in the winter/spring of 2009/2010, Funktional Flow has gained a large following in the Northeast, playing an extensive repertoire of original music and covers to a wide variety of fans. It just released its first studio CD, and on August 27 will make its first New York City appearance at Sullivan Hall.

Bird walks in downtown Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Lance Verderame, a member of Sullivan County Audubon and Livingston Manor resident, will lead a bird walk for children ages six and up in downtown Livingston Manor on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.  Read more

Green Heron contest winners announced

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective announces the following winners for its third annual Green Heron poetry contest, open to poets from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey:  Read more

I’m a little bit country...

And just prior to becoming “a little bit Rock & Roll,” I was a teeny bit Doo Wop as well. This week the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) became my second home as I returned to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival—repeatedly!  Read more

Lessons of the open road

An astronaut recently returned from space travel with the observation that “everything seems smaller now.” I know what he means. It was precisely my experience returning home from a 9,000 mile road trip across America. “Smaller” as in more achievable, less daunting rather than insignificant. Imagination often has its own agenda. When I imagined this journey, as I did many times over decades, I worried about the long flat stretches of the Great Plains, the heat and desolation of the deserts, the rough inclines of the mountains.  Read more

The circus comes to town

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars rolled into Monticello in the wee hours Tuesday morning, and it is already on the road again. It will tour the entire eastern seaboard before heading south for the winter.
Jumping at the opportunity to feel like a kid again, I joined a sold-out crowd last night and ran into friends and neighbors from all over the region.

‘Art on the Edge’ draws crowd to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Last weekend marked the inauguration of a new 5,000-foot space on the first floor of the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. The space hosted a large art exhibit sponsored by the Wayne County Arts Alliance and curated by Rocky Pinciotti, curator of the Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Green herons gather

While one often encounters the majestic great blue heron along the banks of the Delaware River, the smaller and stockier, but quite beautiful, green heron is showing up with greater frequency in the region. Green herons present at this time of year are considered to be breeding residents.  Read more

Rockabilly music in Lake Ariel

LAKE ARIEL, PA — PocoNotes will bring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s rockabilly band, RockABilly & the 45’s, to The Lodge at The Hideout on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Rockabilly music has been described as a twangy fusion of country-western with rhythm and blues. It launched the legendary careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, whose Sun Records sessions in December 1956 earned them the nickname “million dollar quartet.” It is also the seed from which rock ‘n’ roll was created.  Read more

‘Fields and Streams’ exhibit opens in Wurtsboro

“Fields and Streams,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s (WAA) second invitational juried salon exhibition, will run from July 9 to August 7 at the WAA Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. It will coincide with the Wurtsboro Founders Day (see above). Refreshments will be served, featuring local wines from the Basha Kill Vineyard. Music will be provided by Russell Spitzer on guitar.  Read more

Callicoon ‘Under the Moon’ concerts are back

CALLICOON, NY —The Callicoon Creek Park Association will open the “Under the Moon in Callicoon” concert series on Friday, July 8 with Basket Landing, a folk music and dance ensemble based in Hankins. They will be followed on Saturday, July 16 by award-winning MazMyth from Livingston Manor, which won the Break Contest this spring and played on the main stage at Bamboozle at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, along with opening act AventeGorz.  Read more

‘It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu’ contest

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership will run a “It’s Not Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Honesdale’s Central Park as part of Aloha Honesdale Sidewalk Sales. Get out your favorite muumuu or—even better—your patterns, scissors, Hawaiian material and your imagination and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest muumuu, the craziest muumuu and the most creative muumuu.  Read more

Food, Fun and Fiddlin’ Around

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s major fundraiser for 2011, Food, Fun and Fiddlin’ Around, will be held at 6 p.m. on July 9 in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church.
Steve Jacobi and Fiddlin’ Around will provide the music for listening and dancing and chef Alan Kehoe has announced a menu of simple summer fare to fuel the dancing. So far, Kehoe is promising Texas smoked beef brisket, barbeque sauce, balsamic roast chicken, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and Caesar salad, topped off with brownies and vanilla ice cream.  Read more