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July 25, 2014
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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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CAS members’ show opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society Center (CAS) will present its second annual Summer Members Show, running from Saturday, June 18 to July 17. The show will exhibit over 75 works by members of CAS. The opening reception will be on June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the opening, the gallery will be open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CAS Arts Center is located at 48 Main Street and is wheelchair accessible. Call 845/436-4227.

Yard sale supports food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Pharm and Irish Balladeers free in the park

HONESDALE, PA — Pharm will perform on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. for this next week’s Monday concert in Central Park. A family group, they have been performing a mixture of blue grass, classic rock, folk music and country tunes for over nine years at local events and fairs. On Thursday, June 23, the Irish Balladeers will be back for the third time in the Central Park series, starting at 7:30 p.m. A group that has been together for over 41 years, they have traveled the eastern seaboard on the Irish Festival circuit.  Read more

Father’s Day strawberry breakfast

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast and flea market on Sunday, June 19, at the D&H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Road, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Now in its 23rd year, the breakfast includes strawberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, French toast with homemade strawberry sauce, coffee, tea and juice. The pancakes and French toast are all-you-can-eat. The event is a fundraiser for the museum, which will be open for extended hours that day.  Read more

Crookston returns to RiverFolk

DAMASCUS, PA — RiverFolk concerts will welcome Joe Crookston on Thursday, June 16 at a potluck performance at the home of Frank and Pat Salt, 17 Mountain Lion Dr. (off River Road). There will be a pot luck at 6:30 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m. BYOB. Crookston, a favorite at RiverFolk, has just released a new CD, “Darkling & the Bluebird Jubilee.”

The suggested donation is $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Checks should be made out to Joe Crookston, and should be sent to Jill Padua, 78 Kirks Rd. Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested at 845/252-6783.  Read more

CD release party at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Jazz in the Living Room,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will be on Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Dancing Cat Saloon. There will be no cover charge. There will be a cash bar, and dinner, though not included is available. Reservations are requested. Call 845/583-3141.  Read more

Yard sale supports St. Andrew’s food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Antique cars and tractors, street rods and buses in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — For the 12th year, owners of antique cars, classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, antique tractors, double-decker British buses and, if last year is anything to go by, Mack trucks will converge on a meadow by the Equinunk Creek for the Equinunk Historical Society Car Show, on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are no admission charges, either for the vehicles or people. Owners compete for donated prizes—dash plaques and plenty of door prizes are awarded.  Read more

Works by Sigunik at Red Eft Gallery in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Red Eft Gallery at 159 Sullivan St. will feature a solo show of works by Phil Sigunick for its final 2011 exhibit, running from June 18 to July 16 with a reception on Saturday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

A July 4 weekend sock hop with the Shirelles

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Gemini International will present The Shirelles, the 1960s vocal group famous for “Soldier Boy” and “Mama Said,” among many other hits, at a 1950s-style Sock Hop on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., at the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street.

The Shirelles’ appearance at the Sock Hop is a special event of “Narrowsburg Celebrates America,” a three-day festival which will be held from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 throughout Narrowsburg. Visit www.narrowsburg.org or call 845/252-7234.

Jewelry trunk show

MILFORD, PA — The Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry (VFCJ) Club NJ/METRO Chapter will host a vintage costume jewelry trunk show this summer on Friday, June 24 at Mt. Haven Resort, 123 Log Tavern Road. Club members will display desirable jewelry designs from the famous jewelry houses of the 1900s. Top name manufacturers like Miriam Haskell, Hobe and Weiss will offer necklaces, brooches, bracelets, rings and earrings for sale. Open to the public at no fee.  Read more

Quilt show in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild will present A Perfect 10th Quilt Show on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School.  Read more

Summer reading program opens

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Public Library’s summer reading program will have the theme “One World, Many Stories.” Children will explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities. The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawing, story hours, a reading club and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program.

Registration is now open. Visit waynelibraries.org/hawley or call 570/226-4620.

SCCC holds golf tournament

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation will hold its 12th annual golf outing to benefit student scholarships. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at Grossinger’s Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 12:30 pm shotgun start.  Read more

J’aime Trio at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The J’aime Trio will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Francaix and Dohnanyi are on the program offered by these young musicians.  Read more

Tunes & Tales at Roots & Rhythm

WHEN: Saturday, June 18

WHERE: The green between the Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches between 10th and 11th streets in Honesdale.

COST: Free

CONTACT: 570/253-6850  Read more

‘Don’t rain on my parade!’

Those memorable lyrics, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne- for the Broadway classic “Funny Girl,” ran through my head during the past week as I made my way through the thunderstorms soaking the region – as always, in search of adventure.  Read more

Wanderlusting

There has always been a wanderlust in me, seeking escape from the known to the unknown. A train whistle in the night excites my senses. I yearn for the freedom of an open road. So it was not a hard sell, this road trip from New York to California with my daughter promising to share the wheel, her newly minted driver’s license in hand. The moment the idea loosened from her lips, I seized it, imagining nights around a campfire and days exploring small towns and grand vistas.  Read more

Frustration

We are in early June, and Barb and I can count on one hand the number of times we have fished. Long periods of rain, often with real downpours, have kept the rivers running high and dirty. In May, when we had a brief period without rain, my best fishing partner suggested we try the lower Beaverkill at the Trout Brook access. She felt the river might be warmer there, possibly bringing on a good hatch of flies. Off we went. We did find a large number of caddis flies in the air indicating there had already been a strong hatch.  Read more

Porcupines on the prowl

Lately, I have been lucky to encounter three different porcupines during walks in the Ten Mile River area. The passive and slow-moving woodland inhabitant is a treat to see, as its inability to flee quickly or to harm the respectful observer allow for close study of its unique characteristics.  Read more