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October 23, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Museum hosts ‘wacked-out’ trio

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will hold a concert fundraiser starring Kenny Young and the Eggplants on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park visitor’s center, 58 Hoag Road.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not easily described semi-acoustic trio. The band members, who insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands, are Eddie Logue (percussion of various sorts), Gil Shuster (bass and role model for children) and Kenny Young (acoustic guitar and vocals).  Read more

Rags and blues at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Acclaimed pianist Peter Muir will present a concert titled “Rags, Blues and All That Jazz” as the final event in the college’s Summer of Fun Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

Muir, who holds a Ph.D. in musicology, is an acknowledged authority on American music. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, he has performed all over the world.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. They can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or in advance by calling 845/434-5750, ext. 4472.

Historic schoolhouse open to public

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently partnered with Steve Metzger, proprietor of Apple Valley, to make the old Schocoppee Schoolhouse, located in Apple Valley Village, available for viewing.

The little red schoolhouse originally stood at the intersection of Fire Tower Road and Schocoppee Road, about a mile west of the present day location. It was donated to the Pike County Historical Society in 1976, taken apart plank by plank, and reconstructed at the new site.  Read more

Less known railroads

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host historian and author Michael Kudish, presenting a geographic tour of three historic tributary railroads that connected with the Ontario & Western (O&W) main line, on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. The free public program will include a series of hand-drawn maps from Kudish’s book “Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” just published by Purple Mountain Press.  Read more

‘If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ”If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!,” a one-woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Rose, will be performed at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20, with a $2 discount for advance sales.  Read more

Festival to celebrate Broadway completion

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello will hold the Broadway Craft & Farm Fest on Sunday, August 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The festival will be held at the vacant lot on the corner of Broadway and St. John’s Street. A portion of Broadway (from Bank Street to Liberty Street) will also be closed off for most of the day.  Read more

Liberty Free holds Rent Money Reading

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Liberty Free Theatre will present its last Rent Money Reading of the summer at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake. It will present two comedies, “Waltzing De Niroby” and “Mafia on Prozacby.” The readings are fundraisers to help defray the rental cost of The Liberty Free Theatre’s home base in Liberty. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/292-3788.

Contra dancing at the Grange

GALILEE, PA — The Unity Grange holds contra dances every third Saturday of the month, thorugh December. The next dance will be on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m. with a children’s dance, followed by a family dance with instruction for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Patrons of Husbandry, and callers are Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright and Laurie Brongo.

There will be potluck snacks at break time. Email galileestudios66@yahoo.com or call 570/729-7141.

Volunteers needed at Black Bear

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival, to be held on October 14, 15 and 16, will return to its home in Milford’s own theater, newly refurbished, reopened and under the direction of Jerry Beaver. Volunteers are needed on at least half a dozen committees. Anyone interested in creative, publicity, logistics, fundraising, ticketing, volunteer co-ordination, or events is invited to meet at the Milford Theater, East Catharine St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

‘Expressed Mail’ auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — Artist Shannon Thol designed this mailbox for the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) eighth annual Summer Art Project, “Expressed Mail.” The mailboxes will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, as a benefit for WCAA. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a public preview and the bidding begins at 7 p.m. Visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  Read more

A summer mystery - Part 3: The investigation

Detective Brown stood in the dimly lit squad room. It had been three days since he had received the call about the body in the basement of the apartment building and the investigation was now in full swing. Brown or his partner had spoken to literally everyone who was in the building that day. All 32 people.

They had painstakingly searched the Johnson apartment, the stairwell, the basement, and the empty, recently purchased, shared apartment between the Johnsons and their neighbor Tom.  Read more

Woodstock, legends and all that jazz

I’ve often heard it said that “age is just a number” but have no clue who coined the phrase. Undoubtedly, it was some octogenarian—loath to admit that time was passing more quickly than had been anticipated. This past week, my event calendar was filled with time travel and I found myself doing the math a little too often.  Read more

Going forward to the past

Last month I promised that in this month’s column I would write on update on my No Car Week experience.

I began my driving moratorium in the middle of July’s alarming, record-breaking heat wave, a perfect time to stay put in our tree-sheltered house, which is at least 10 degrees cooler than life on the road. Between cool showers, running cold water over my wrists and lying under the ceiling fan, I write, read and try to muster energy to make iced tea.  Read more

'Little Farm Show' performances postponed

BARRYVILLE AND CALLICOON, NY — The performances of "The Little Farm Show" originally scheduled for this week's Barryville and Callicoon farmers' markets have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon.

As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a new date for the Callicoon show on Sunday, September 4 was tentative but not confirmed. We will post the confirmation or an alternate date as soon as it is available.

Come back, little diva

Oh my gosh, what a week! As I made plans to visit friends and family in the Finger Lakes, I checked my schedule and realized that I had better make hay while the sun shines, since if there is one thing that the summer knows, it’s that time is fleeting and before we know it, we’ll see the wintry snows.  Read more

Divas in concert

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms will hold the fourth concert in its summer concert series. “Delicious Divas from the Met,” on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Jennifer Hines and Tonna Miller singing arias, show music and popular music.  Read more

Electric Junkyard Gamelan at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — For the third consecutive season, Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan will perform at the Catskill Arts Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Electric Junkyard Gamelan plays the original music of composer Terry Dame on musical instruments of her invention.  Read more

Painted chairs to be auctioned

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will auction off chairs painted by local artists as a fundraiser on Saturday, August 13 during the library’s celebration of its 75th anniversary, at 3 p.m.  Read more

‘Midnight in Paris’ at CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Woody Allen’s time travel comedy “Midnight in Paris,” starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Callicoon Theatre.  Read more