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September 17, 2014
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NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments.

When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.

My second thought was that I...

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Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird...

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I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was...

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Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has...

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I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked...

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Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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Antiques appraisal

CALLICOON, NY — The members of the Hold Cross Parish Altar and Rosary Society will hold their first antiques appraisal in St. Joseph’s Hall at Holy Cross Church on Route 97 on Saturday, July 9 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Richart Axtell of Deposit, who brings over 40 years of experience in antiques, will be doing the appraisals. The admission fee of $10 will cover your first appraisal, with a limit of two additional ones at $3 each.

Lou Jawitz photos at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The extraordinary work of local photographer Louis Jawitz will be on display starting July 10th at the Old Stone House in an exhibit titled “The Secular & the Other-Worldly,” opening on Sunday, July 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will last through the end of July.  Read more

A testament to nature at BlueStone

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Gallery will present an exhibit by local artist Koval Grippo, a series of landscapes that Grippo describes as “A Testament to the Wisdom and Power of Nature,” opening on Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m.  Read more

Founder’s Day Street Fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold the Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Veteran’s Park will host live entertainment featuring The Bill Fleck Trio, Midnight Slim and the Strangers, Side F/X, Robert Kopec Trio, The Carl Richards Band and the Third Degree. There will be local vendors selling arts and crafts, rides and events for the children on Fourth Street and a sidewalk sale on Sullivan Street. Danny’s Restaurant will have food and live music and O’Toole’s Harley Davidson is bringing in a Custom Harley for all to view.  Read more

Poetry and jazz at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present An Evening of Poetry and Jazz with vocalist Sharon Paige, poet Tom Lisenbee and guitarist Ethan Mann on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

From Tusten to Vienna and back again

Sitting on the papier-mâché rock in the Tusten Theatre in December of 1990, all I could think was, “Did I have to go?” Uh-oh, I was pretty sure I did. So, I got off my rock, set aside my crutch and walked down the fire escape to use the bathroom one last time. Then I resumed my place on my rock with my flute as the music started for my first opera role, the crippled Amahl in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti for the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO). Two decades later, that very first lesson stays with me—always go one last time before you take the stage.  Read more

Wanted: yarnslingers

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library seeks storytellers to spin personal stories at the library. The program includes expert editing help from Annemarie Schuetz and performance direction by Ramona Jan. Email yarnslingers@yahoo.com or call 570/224-4035.

‘Men in Concert III:Music of the ‘50s’

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Cantor and conductor Charles Osborne will be joined by Johanan Bickhardt, baritone; Eric Sparks, tenor; and Marshall Cooper, tenor at a concert of golden oldies from the ‘50s at the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 570/775-7497.

Destination Sullivan County

At first, it’s slow going and it hardly feels like I’m moving at all.

It’s actually calming to lie on the black inner tube as I pass under the bridge and head toward the rapids. I grin at the growing rush of water in the distance and very gradually start to speed up.

It’s too late to do much of anything except keep my feet forward.  Read more

I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’

Words to live by—and yet, I gave it a pretty good shot during the last week, bitchin’ up a storm. The endless rain worked my nerves, in conjunction with the still-aching rib, and I allowed the weather to make me a bit crazy. The intermittent showers had me a little “scattered” as I rearranged plans constantly and experienced some minor difficulties going with the flow.  Read more

Forestburgh original ‘Three Little Pigs’ returns

FORESTBURGH, NY — This summer, the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will return to the tradition of presenting an original show in its children’s theatre series. “The Three Little Pigs,” debuting on Thursday, July 7 at 11 a.m., is an original adaptation of the children’s tale about three little pigs and a hungry wolf’s pursuit to capture them. The production will run throughout the summer, alternating performances with “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Read more

WCM presents ‘From Classic to Cool’

REGION — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) acclaimed musicians return to the Catskills to perform from July 10 to 24 in “From Classic to Cool,” WCM’s 18th summer music festival. The kickoff event, on Sunday, July 10, is the traditional concert on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church in downtown Jeffersonville. Featuring pieces for wind by American composers from Leonard Bernstein to Scott Joplin, it will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The suggested donation is $10.  Read more

An agricultural haven: Part 2

By SONJA HEDLUND

As summarized in part 1 of this article, a number of interesting and innovative agricultural developments are already taking place in Sullivan County. The next question is, what kind of steps can we take now to systematically encourage, support and plan for this type of development. The goal is to expand all types of farming. The strategy is to create a vibrant results-oriented coalition of new and existing farm producers, agricultural businesses and public servants who work in agriculture and economic development.

Consider these actions:  Read more

A bear of a problem

Spring is the time of year when much baby wildlife can be seen as they forage for food with their parents, making for easy viewing just in time for the summer tourist season. Unfortunately, some of this activity causes undesirable results. Foraging black bears leave their calling cards in the form of knocked-over trash cans and garbage scattered about. A bear recently made entry into a vacant residence via an open window in the Shohola, PA area, resulting in significant damage.  Read more

Shirelles tickets now $30

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tickets to the Shirelles sock hop being held at the Narrowsburg Central School on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m. now cost $30, $25 for students. Tickets are available at the Catskill Hudson Bank, River Gallery - The Art of Living, Roasters, the DVAA and Narrowsburg Fine Wine & Spirits, or can be purchased at the door.

Art in every fiber

NARROWSBURG, NY — “I have always been intrigued by the happenstance of weathered surfaces and organic textures and patterns,” said fiber artist Kathy Grady, whose layered textile work will be featured in the exhibition titled “Stratum,” opening with a reception at Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m..

Grady creates surface designs on fabric using dyes, silkscreen and thermofax screens to print graphic images. She also employs layering and stitching fabric. Grady is inspired as much by nature as by torn posters and dilapidated buildings.  Read more

Focus on our national bird: Eagle photographs in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Fourth of July weekend is an ideal time to honor our national bird, and an exhibit in Wurtsboro will be doing just that. “Bald Eagles of New York State—Photographs by Gene Weinstein” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Primitive landscapes at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by local primitive artist Cheryl Korb is on display at The River Gallery – The Art of Living from now to August 20.

A self-taught artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. Throughout these finely sketched works are people doing their chores, waving hello, sitting for a picnic, flying a kite, riding a bike.  Read more

A Becker retrospective

On Saturday, July 2, The Looking Glass Art Gallery & Studio, Ltd., 229 Main Ave., Hawley, PA will present a retrospective exhibit featuring the art work of Howard D. Becker. Becker is an iconic figure in Wayne County’s rich artistic history who, during the course of his career, produced a range of work from watercolors created during his years in Europe during the Second World War, to oil landscapes later in life.  Read more

Be part of a Great Train Robbery

HONESDALE, PA — Masked marauders on horseback, a sack of loot and a train full of passengers are all part of the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions Great Train Robbery Runs, which depart every Saturday now through September 3 from the Wayne County Visitors Center at 1 p.m.
Reservations are recommended for all rides. For reservations call 866/637-2457. For more information visit www.thes tourbridgeline.com. or call 570/253-1960.

Tue., Sep. 16 Cub Scout Pack 71 Recruitment Event
Wed., Sep. 17 YEL! FEST #6
Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading