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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Extension to hold golf tournament

SWAN LAKE, NY —Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will hold its fifth annual CCE Golf Classic on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club. The rain date is Sunday, July 10 at 12 noon.

This day includes a dinner after the round and some chances at prizes donated by local businesses. There will be hole-in-one prizes donated by M & M Auto Group. There will also be a putting and longest drive contest.  Read more

Jazz at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will present an evening of jazz and blues with vocalist Ellen Kaye and guitarist Ethan Fein on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. That evening, the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s center will be turned into a New York City jazz club.  Read more

Summertime, when the livin’ was easy

The summer blockbuster that just came out in movie theaters about the kids and the aliens doesn’t make much sense. I went to a matinee last Sunday. It was playing every hour, the way those big movies do. I left feeling a little let down and overall disappointed.

It just wasn’t... believable.

Don’t you find that the “Summer blockbuster that just came out in theaters” can’t quite live up to it’s own hype? You’ve seen the posters everywhere; you’ve caught those vague TV spots. The pull quotes. That buzz. Spoilers.  Read more

Haystock 2011 to benefit Farmhearts

CALLICOON, NY — Haystock, a fundraiser for Farmhearts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping our regional farmers, will be held at the Delaware Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road on Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. The event will also serve as the July meeting of Tusten Concerned Citizens.  Read more

Pain management? Don’t make me laugh.

Last week, after participating in Prayers for World Peace at the Kadampa Meditation Center ( www.kadampanewyork.org ), I was approached by one of the nuns for a favor. Knowing that I drive a pickup, she asked if I could spare some time and help the Temple out with a dump-run, since they had a lot of refuse to dispose of responsibly.  Read more

Learning about local food

Barryville Greenmarket Foundation expands market with new series

BARRYVILLE, NY — This year, folks can get even more than the fabulous locally produced goods already available at the Barryville Farmers Market. The 2011 weekly market has expanded to offer additional vendors and an ongoing educational and demonstration series entitled, “Farmers Teach,” presented by the Barryville Greenmarket Foundation with funding from the Pratt-Heins Foundation.  Read more

A moon moth stops in for coffee

I stopped in the Windy Dog Restaurant in Shohola one morning in late May when Mo, the cook there, showed me a huge moth that he spotted resting on one of the window screens. This moth had large eyespots on each wing, and each of the lime-green wings was lined with a maroon-red border. On each hind wing was a long tail. Mo had spotted a luna moth.  Read more

'3 Designing Women'

BARRYVILLE, NY — The BrookHouse Gallery will present “3 Designing Women,” an exhibit featuring the mixed media work of Yvonne Parker, fiber design by Laurie Stuart and rug design by Liza Phillips, opening on Saturday, June 18. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Also on exhibit at the gallery are ceramics by Kim Lust, sculpture by Janet Rutkowski, Walter Kenul and Tom Holmes, and paintings by David Lee Bush.

The gallery is located at 5 Austin Road, off Route 97. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — Dave Alvin will headline a full day of musical talent in downtown Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festvial on Saturday, June 18, with a performance at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage in Central Park.  Read more

Milford Music Festival

MILFORD, PA — The recently renovated historic Milford Theatre will open the weekend of the Milford Music Festival on Friday, June 17 with “So in Love with Broadway” starring Milford’s Carolann Page. A Broadway and opera star, Page will present a cabaret evening of songs from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim. In addition, the newly renovated Broad Street Coffee will offer Obi Kaye, global percussionist, in the first of a series of performances it will sponsor throughout the weekend.  Read more

Local art teacher exhibits at library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Valerie Taggart is currently displaying her watercolors and botanical drawings at the Livingston Manor Free Library on upper Main Street, across from the firehouse.

Taggart received a BA in Art Education from Elmira College and a MA in Painting/Printmaking from SUNY Oswego. She is employed as an elementary art teacher at Livingston Manor Central School. Painting almost exclusively in watercolors for the past 20 years, she has studied with artists Jack Yelle, Fred Sklenar and Roberta Rosenthal. The exhibit will run through the summer. Call 845/439-5440.

CAS members’ show opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society Center (CAS) will present its second annual Summer Members Show, running from Saturday, June 18 to July 17. The show will exhibit over 75 works by members of CAS. The opening reception will be on June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the opening, the gallery will be open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CAS Arts Center is located at 48 Main Street and is wheelchair accessible. Call 845/436-4227.

Yard sale supports food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Pharm and Irish Balladeers free in the park

HONESDALE, PA — Pharm will perform on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. for this next week’s Monday concert in Central Park. A family group, they have been performing a mixture of blue grass, classic rock, folk music and country tunes for over nine years at local events and fairs. On Thursday, June 23, the Irish Balladeers will be back for the third time in the Central Park series, starting at 7:30 p.m. A group that has been together for over 41 years, they have traveled the eastern seaboard on the Irish Festival circuit.  Read more

Father’s Day strawberry breakfast

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast and flea market on Sunday, June 19, at the D&H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Road, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Now in its 23rd year, the breakfast includes strawberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, French toast with homemade strawberry sauce, coffee, tea and juice. The pancakes and French toast are all-you-can-eat. The event is a fundraiser for the museum, which will be open for extended hours that day.  Read more

Crookston returns to RiverFolk

DAMASCUS, PA — RiverFolk concerts will welcome Joe Crookston on Thursday, June 16 at a potluck performance at the home of Frank and Pat Salt, 17 Mountain Lion Dr. (off River Road). There will be a pot luck at 6:30 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m. BYOB. Crookston, a favorite at RiverFolk, has just released a new CD, “Darkling & the Bluebird Jubilee.”

The suggested donation is $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Checks should be made out to Joe Crookston, and should be sent to Jill Padua, 78 Kirks Rd. Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested at 845/252-6783.  Read more

CD release party at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Jazz in the Living Room,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will be on Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Dancing Cat Saloon. There will be no cover charge. There will be a cash bar, and dinner, though not included is available. Reservations are requested. Call 845/583-3141.  Read more

Yard sale supports St. Andrew’s food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Antique cars and tractors, street rods and buses in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — For the 12th year, owners of antique cars, classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, antique tractors, double-decker British buses and, if last year is anything to go by, Mack trucks will converge on a meadow by the Equinunk Creek for the Equinunk Historical Society Car Show, on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are no admission charges, either for the vehicles or people. Owners compete for donated prizes—dash plaques and plenty of door prizes are awarded.  Read more

Works by Sigunik at Red Eft Gallery in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Red Eft Gallery at 159 Sullivan St. will feature a solo show of works by Phil Sigunick for its final 2011 exhibit, running from June 18 to July 16 with a reception on Saturday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more