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November 27, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (www.ushistory.org), and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Wally Lake Fest celebrates Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest will take place this year from August 24 through 26, with activities and events all around the Lake Region.

Returning events will include the open market fair; the boat, watercraft and Seadoo show; live music; tours of the dam; free sailboat rides; the boat parade; and the tour de towpath bike ride among others.  Read more

Pianist Soheil Nasseri at Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — Internationally acclaimed pianist Soheil Nasseri will be featured at the next performance in the Town of Lumberland Cultural Series, presented at Lumberland Town Hall, 1054 Proctor Rd. on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. Hailed by The New York Times as “consistently interesting… consistently thoughtful… a vivid imagination,” Nasseri will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Hersch.  Read more

Family nature weekend at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a “Migrate to PEEC” Family Nature Getaway Weekend from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. There will be interpretive hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. The fee of $205 per adult ncludes three nights’ lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Child, commuter and day rates are also available. Pre-registration is requested. Call 570/828-2319 or visit www.peec.org, peec@peec.org.

Art auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold its annual benefit art auction on Saturday, August 25 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center near Hawley.

Part of this year’s Wally Fest (see page 13), the auction features works of art by over 30 local artists. This year’s theme is “Crate Expectations,” and the artists have created colorful “containers” of all kinds.  Read more

Jewish film festival

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Second Annual Catskill Jewish Film Festival takes place on Thursday, August 23 and Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe, behind Java Love.  Read more

Caesar Rodney’s ride for the Declaration

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History continues its program of historical presentations at 1 p.m. on August 26, when noted children’s author Jan Cheripko elaborates on the dramatic, not-so-famous story he tells in “Caesar Rodney’s Ride: The Story of an American Patriot,” an award-winning book for young adults describing Rodney’s ride to Philadelphia to cast a crucial vote on the Declaration of Independence.  Read more

Contra Dance at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the United States. A live band will play traditional jigs and reels, while a live caller will lead participants through various traditional dances.

There is no need to bring a partner, or to have experience. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, free for kids under 15. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

The times, they are a changin’

It’s impossible to visit, much less live in this neck of the woods, without acknowledging the region’s history. The resorts—and talent that appeared in and around them—are legendary. Books have been written and movies have been made. During simpler times, comic Red Skelton starred in the 1938 romp “Having Wonderful Time,” set in a Catskills hotel. Roman Polanski’s creepy “Knife in the Water” takes place here in the mountains, focusing on a hitchhiker and a couple’s weekend outing in 1962.  Read more

Go take a hike— for the NPS

TUSTEN, NY — The National Park Service will celebrate its 96th birthday on August 25. It invites the public to celebrate by joining the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Park Rangers for a guided hike of the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain trailhead, located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Rd.  Read more

Architecture tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA – There will be a one-hour architecture tour at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m.

The tour will focus on the unique architectural details of the mansion, built by James Pinchot in 1886. The French-chateauesque stone mansion features more than 40 rooms and three distinctive turrets, or towers, like the Northeast Tower shown here, and served as the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot. Participants will learn about many of the distinctive features of the mansion, including what the Milford estate and the iconic Statue of Liberty have in common.  Read more

Burleigh introduces books at CAS

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to a date TBA. CAS apologizes for the inconvenience, and will announce the new date and time as soon as possible.  Read more

Trials and tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more

Katydid, Katy didn’t

If you live near a hardwood, or deciduous, forest, you would have heard these by now; in fact, they may even be keeping you awake at night if you have a bedroom window open. The evening chorus is courtesy of the common true katydid (Pterophyla camellifolia).

True katydids are a key phenology species. Phenology is the study of timing of periodic events occurring in nature. I usually hear calls starting right around the last week in July to the first week in August; this year, I first heard katydid calls in Pike County around the second week in July.  Read more

Trials & tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more

Fair week

It is fair week again. It feels like the summer has whirled away like the interchanging swings of the midway’s merry mixer. It has brought us to this moment.

We have spent the week at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY. Yesterday I watched my kids and their fellow 4-Hers give their public presentation speeches for fairgoers on subjects as varied as Arcadia National Park, remote control trucks, banana cream pie and my son Sam’s topic: the life and writing of Stephen King.  Read more

Green Eggs and Coffee: Fair Trade or Direct Trade?

HAWLEY, PA—Mary Tellie of Electric City Roasting Company, based in Scranton, PA will discuss the distinctions between fair trade and direct trade coffee this Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 am at Mill Market in the Hawley Silk Mill. Tellie will also provide samples of her award-winning brews.  Read more

PA places 15th in national competition

Guest column by Jamie Knecht, Watershed specialist, Wayne Conservation District

The Canon Envirothon celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and we were very pleased and excited to host it here in Pennsylvania. The team that represented PA in the Nationals was from MMI Preparatory School in Luzerne County. PA placed 15th overall at the national level, an accomplishment that few high school students experience.  Read more

Scout camp celebrates 85th

TUSTEN, NY — For the 85th year of operation of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps (TMR), and the 15th year of the Ten Mile River Scout Camp Museum, the general public is invited to visit and explore the camp’s history.  Read more


HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present an afternoon of family theatre, music, workshops, demonstrations and displays that celebrate art, ecology and sustainability on Sunday, August 19 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The day features the work of many community groups, environmental organizations, farmers and individuals working to develop sustainable and ecologically progressive communities and projects.  Read more

Lots of winners at livestock sale

HONESDALE, PA — At the 2012 Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale, which took place at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 11, $264,373 worth of market animals crossed the auction block for a sale of 223 hogs, 50 lambs, 55 goats and 40 steers. Over 200 buyers supported 4-H members from start to finish. Since 1998, the sale has supported scholarships for local 4-H members. Scholarship funds are provided largely by “buy backs,” when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund.  Read more

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