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September 04, 2015
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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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Kindred Spirits kicks off with Genticorum

MILFORD, PA — Genticorum, a Quebec band that has become a fixture in the traditional, folk and Celtic music scenes, will perform at the Milford Theatre on June 24 at 4 p.m.

Composed of Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand and Yann Falquet, Genticorum performs music that evokes Celtic reels, French chansons and Cajun hijinks.  Read more

Neversink Farm dinner benefits Mountainkeeper

CLARYVILLE, NY — There will be an intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper. Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills, all prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly. There will be food stations by the river, a cut flower field, barn, pasture and vegetable field. For the kids, there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet.

All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Visit tinyurl.com/cbay6dp to register.

Tour Honesdale’s secret gardens

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year’s event promises a tour of seven gorgeous Wayne County gardens. Tickets cost $15 per person, available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., or call 570/253-3240. The society is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

RiverFolk presents MacDonald

CALLICOON, NY — “Politics, passion, and a sense of humor,” The Village Voice says of singer-songwriter Rod MacDonald, who will perform with bassist Mark Dann at an intimate house concert on Sunday, June 24 in Callicoon. Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs. He co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival and is perhaps best known for his songs “American Jerusalem,” about the “contrast between the rich and the poor in Manhattan,” “Coming of the Snow” and “My Neighbors in Delray,” a description of the 9/11 hijackers’ last days in Delray Beach, FL.  Read more

Opening gala at BlueStone Studio

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Studio will hold a grand opening “Blue Party” on Friday, June 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists David Greenbaum and Joann Wells Greenbaum, an award-winning potter and painter duo, are proprietors of the new pottery studio and gallery space at 206 Broad St. Guests are encouraged to join in with the theme by dressing in blue attire. There will be blues music, complimentary blue appetizers and beverages, blue gifts and other creative surprises.  Read more

UDGLBT holds Pride Weekend

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its first Pride Weekend in Milford on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. To kick off the new event, the UDGLBT community will march, for the first time, in the NYC Heritage of Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. To participate, email event@udglbt.org.  Read more

Rent Money Readings return

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — On Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., the Liberty Free Theatre will kick off its second year of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café with two comedies.

Chet Carlin and Valerie Mansi will read “Post-Its,” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. The play traces the history of a marriage from young love to mature love by looking at the Post-Its the couple have left for each other over the years. In “The Rental,” by Mark Harvey Levine, Rebecca Robbins is taken aback by a surprise birthday present brought to her by Ben Hudson.  Read more

Make-Think-athon

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artists and thinkers in residence at the School of Making Thinking (SMT) will present artwork and performances in a Make-Think-athon in the galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Based in the Catskills, the School of Making Thinking residents explore interdisciplinary projects collaboratively and experientially. The Make-Think-athon will be open to the public and is free.  Read more

SUNY pool opens for season

Loch Sheldrake, NY - The pool at SUNY Sullivan will open on Sunday, June 24 and remain open through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning on June 24, the pool will be open 7 days a week, from Noon until 7:00 pm. A lifeguard will be on duty during operating hours. The pool will close for the fall after September 3 (Labor Day 2012).

The college is offering a variety of individual and family pricing options for use of the pool this season. Pricing is as follows:

FULL SEASON FAMILY PASS
. $100.00 for a family of four
. $10.00 for each additional dependent child (under 16)  Read more

Busy busy busy!

One would think that I’d know better by now. Once Memorial Day hits, and the summer visitors begin their annual migration to the Upper Delaware valley, the always active world of arts and entertainment here in the Catskills amps up big time... and I hit the ground running. This past week, I found myself busily trying to do it all, with limited success. Thankfully, my community support is firmly in place, and a few kind souls assisted me in my efforts to cover the endless array of events spanning two states and four counties, over the river and through the woods.  Read more

All Nighter

Today is still yesterday and tomorrow didn’t happen yet. It’s true. See, I got to work about 24 hours ago. I’ve been up all night, working on a video presentation that my boss is going to give in a few hours.  Read more

The livin’ is easy (-ish)

Just in time for summer sun, Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 Sunscreen Report. It’s thorough, and it challenges the notion that if we just lather on gobs of the stuff, we’re safe. For starters, there’s no clear evidence that sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer; in fact, the FDA admits that it is “not aware of any studies examining the effect of sunscreen use on the development of melanoma.” In addition, using sunscreen may give people an unwarranted sense of security, making them more apt to stay out too long in the sun’s harmful rays.  Read more

Mildred’s Lane hosts curator’s talk at Narrowsburg Mews

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mildred’s Lane, a storefront, office, studio, program extension, and additional site for exchange on Narrowsburg’s Main Street behind Coffee Creations, will run “The Mildred Complex(ity)” this summer, Friday afternoon-into-evening workshops, talks and musical events, free of charge, in downtown Narrowsburg.  Read more

Choralaires in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will welcome the Wayne Choralaires back into Honesdale’s Central Park on Monday, June 25 with a new conductor, Betsy Black.  Read more

The bird whisperer

Plunk! Something had just struck one of the windows that look out on our back porch. Being curious, I went out onto the porch to see what had caused the noise. To my chagrin, I found one of our little wrens lying unconscious on the deck.  Read more

Caution: fawn crossing

A couple of years ago in June, there was a motorcycle ride in New Jersey to benefit a children’s foundation, and I was riding with our local chapter of the Red Knights. We were on a rural road in Sussex County, when I spotted a doe and her fawn come out to the shoulder of the road maybe six bikes ahead of me. A split second later, the fawn shot across the road right between two riders. The fawn disappeared in the brush unscathed and the riders likely breathed a sigh of relief.  Read more

Big Eddy Farmstand opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Farmstand, part of the Tusten Heritage Garden project, will open at the Narrowsburg Mews, off Main Street, on Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It will continue on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The farm stand will sell produce from the community garden as well as other regional and local products.

Dancin’ in the streets in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The seventh annual Roots & Rhythm festival will have Honesdale hopping this weekend, starting at 10:30 p.m., when bands will start playing at locations around town, like Teddy Young and the Aces at Dave’s Super Duper, the Gypsy Jazz Quartet at REMAX Wayne, and Peter Florance and the New Kings at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street.  Read more

Free environmental film series

MILFORD, PA — Free environmental films that feature key conservationists who each had a significant impact on natural resources will be offered this summer at Grey Towers National Historic Site, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Each film will include a secondary component, such as a walk or a talk. The films are free.  Read more

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