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October 21, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t...

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Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River...

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I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to...

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Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The...

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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a...

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A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Artists around us

By ROCKY PINCIOTTI

I believe that inquisitiveness, creativity and the need to communicate are basic human qualities. They are qualities that separate us from all other forms of life on earth. These are also qualities that truly define the role of an artist in the development of mankind. If you look at history, art is the pivotal marker that defines the centuries of mankind.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?

As much as I delight in sharing my life with Dharma (the wonder dog), as of late I’m beginning to wonder—is it me, or the dog? It was only a month or two ago, that Dharma received an invitation to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new gift shoppe in Jeffersonville, NY (you know who you are.) Since the dog is unable to use a keyboard, I responded for her and asked if I could tag along.  Read more

The singing tree

It was a warm morning in early July when I took a walk to one of the beaches in Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. As I passed a small maple tree on the top of the footpath, I heard what sounded like a small bird calling continuously, except I couldn’t see the bird. A second look at the tree revealed a cavity about 15 feet high, and it was then I realized that I was listening to a begging call of a woodpecker from inside the tree.  Read more

The next generation

The fourth State of New York Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp was held from July 17 through July 22. Fourteen teenagers, 11 boys and three girls, were in attendance. At each of these camps a number of TU men and women have been privileged to instruct these youngsters on the arts and mysteries of fishing with a fly rod. It should be noted that this camp would not exist without the time and energy expended by Kurt Nelson of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. He seems always able to surmount the countless problems that are involved in an operation of this size.  Read more

'Body, Built’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — Photographs of bodybuilders by Brian Moss will be featured in the exhibition titled “Body.Built,” opening with a reception on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through August 20, 2011.

Moss, himself a product of the bodybuilding scene, having founded the gym chain Better Bodies in New York in 1982, documents the journey from gym to hotel room to pump-up room to stage as the ultimate insider.  Read more

Barbecue Bob and Burgan featured ‘Under the Moon’

CALLICOON, NY — Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, a New York City based dance/blues band, will perform at the Under The Moon In Callicoon Concert Series on Saturday, July 30 in the Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive. Opening act and series producer Janet Burgan will open the show at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $12 at the door; children under 12 will be admitted free. Bring lawn chairs  Read more

Dramatic readings in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is currently presenting a three-play reading series featuring the council’s first playwright in residence, Jan Buttram. “PAGE 2 STAGE,” will feature new works by the NYC playwright, actor and artistic director of NYC’s respected Abingdon Theater. The series was kicked off on Saturday, June 11 at the Up-front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue.  Read more

Larry the Cable Guy at Mountain Laurel

BUSHKILL, PA — The Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (www.mtlaurelpac.com) will present Larry the Cable Guy on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a comedy show, the “Crazy Comedy Olympics,” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mountain Laurel has launched a box office at the venue that is open every Saturday throughout the summer. Concert fans looking to purchase tickets to any of the summer shows will be able to get their tickets in hand, and avoid all Ticketmaster charges simply by purchasing tickets at the box office, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Callicoon holds street fair

CALLICOON, NY — The 27th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food. There will be live music by Fiddlin’ Around and the French Woods Jazz Band. Visitors can follow up a day at the fair and in town by attending the 8 p.m. Under the Moon in Callicoon concert (see page 18). Call 845/887-3016.

Osborne talks on ‘So Many Brave Men’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Peter Osborne will discuss the subject of his new book, “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Minisink Ford” at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The new book, co-written by Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners, with Osborne, reveals new material about the battle of Minisink Ford. This presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War.  Read more

Bluestone carving raffle to support library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor artist Dick Kelly has created a stone relief carving to be raffled off for the benefit of the Livingston Manor Library. The native bluestone carving of a great blue heron standing in a pond, near a frog on a lily pad, is 48 inches by 18 inches by 2 inches, and will be engraved to the specifications of the raffle winner. The stone can serve as a bench top, a coffee table top or stood upright to adorn a house entryway or garden.  Read more

Museum holds country auction, Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The second annual fundraising Country Auction will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Route 55. It will benefit Time and the Valleys Museum, located at 332 Main St., and be followed by the annual Old Time Fair.  Read more

‘Frack’ to be presented at Beekman Pavilion

BETHEL, NY — Filmmaker David Morris will present a free showing of his documentary “Frack” on Friday, July 29 at the Beekman Pavilion, 10 Horseshoe Lake Road at 8 p.m. With the possible commencement of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York within the next months, the film provides an introduction to the process and its potential impacts on Bethel and other Sullivan County towns.

The screening will take place at Bethel’s new outdoor venue, the Beekman Pavilion. The pavilion, which is situated behind the recently restored Beekman House, also houses the Java Love and The Bake Shop.  Read more

From the Ground Up! celebrates the local

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden will present its sixth annual festival celebrating anything and everything that is grown, created and produced in Sullivan County on Saturday, August 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Cutting Garden will have the Habitat for Humanity Quilt on display throughout the festival. Raffle tickets are available, with proceeds going to support their new project, a certified “passive house” in South Fallsburg. Passive houses aim to reduce heating energy consumption by 90%. The queen-sized quilt was designed and created by quilt artist Sally Abrams and Lori Nixon.  Read more

Ode to a Blueberry

You bunch up here and create a yin yin of blue amid the greenery.
My fingers pick you quickly into a bucket.

You collect without protest. You are happy to be joined.
Your numbers freeze well in a flat layer in an oblong pan.

Your colors turns to blue-black, a kind of purple, but still blue.
A frosty blue. Bears love you and I see their scat along the trail

where I steal you in high summer, wearing bells to warn the bears.
When it’s time I pour your collected selves into a pie shell to marry

with peaches, lemon, sugar and cinnamon, to create a circle  Read more

Riverfest: art, music, ecology—and a cat that wins a dog contest

NARROWSBURG, NY — Stacy and Friends entertain the crowds at this year’s RiverFest, prior to the commencement of the festival’s centerpiece event, the poster auction. This year, the auction yielded revenues of $9,820 from the 59 posters that had been created and donated by local artists. The poster that attracted the liveliest bidding was “A River Grimoire,” a watercolor by Beau Gostomsky that sold for $520.  Read more

Eldred Little League stars shine

Underdogs no more

ELDRED, NY — What is an underdog? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “one at a disadvantage and expected to lose.” At this year’s Little League softball tournament, an underdog was defined as Eldred. Before this season, if you asked anyone about Eldred Little League, they would respond with what? Who? Where? The Eldred softball team entered this year’s Little League Tournament with no one knowing anything about it. It entered as a severe underdog—until it started to play.  Read more

Potter Greenbaum’s bells net award

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola-based potter David Greenbaum was one of four artists given the Award of Excellence at the 45th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The festival was held from July 14 to 17 and attracted more than 250 nationally renowned artists and craftsmen to show their work to over 125,000 visitors. Greenbaum creates large ceramic garden bells that have a tone designed to resonate a sense of peace. Visit www.ShoholaBells.com.

Fort Delaware gets new logo

NARROWSBURG, NY — Eldred High School student Julian DeLeon, center, an entering sophomore, holds his winning entry in the contest to design a new logo for Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg. Fort Delaware Gift Shop manager Pat Shearer, left, was among the panel of judges that also included Sullivan County Parks and Recreation Director Kristin Porter, Fort Delaware Director Debra Conway and Sullivan County Historian John Conway.  Read more

Diversity on display in WCAA Studio Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — When you look at the artists who are participating in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) Open Studio tour this year, it is their diversity and that of their works that stands out. From an artist who works with forged steel, to anther who lists doll-making as a specialty, as well as painters, potters and photographers, they cover an extraordinary range.  Read more