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November 23, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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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

Kids get to make their own movies

NARROWSBURG, NY — Icehouse Arts will bring the 10th season of Kid Flix (ages 8-11) and Kid Flix (ages 12-18) to the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library with two one-week workshops, one starting on August 14 and one on August 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Workshops are limited to 12 participants.  Read more

UpFront opens End of Summer show

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space started its End of Summer 2011 Show on August 4. This show will run through September 30. The public is invited to attend the end-of-summer artists’ reception on Saturday, August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a live drum presentation by Obi Kaye along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Walking tour plaques up in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — New plaques have been mounted on some of the historic buildings on Main Street in Narrowsburg that are included in the just published brochure “Take a Walk into Narrowsburg History.”

Recently published by the Tusten Historical Society, the tour walks you through the history of some of the oldest buildings and sites of buildings in the town. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group added to the impact of the tour by designing plaques for each of the 33 historic sites listed in the brochure.  Read more

‘Chicago’ takes the stage in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theater Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse will present “Chicago” from Tuesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 21.  Read more

Pre-register for Wally fest activities

HAWLEY, PA — The Second Annual Wally Lake Fest event will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. There are several events that require advanced registration for participants.

The 2011 Wally Lake Fest Boat Parade is sponsored by Davis R. Chant Realtors and takes place on Lake Wallenpaupack on August 27 at 4 p.m. Participants decorate their boats, and winners for first, second and third places will be awarded with trophies and prizes. Registration is free. Visit www.chantlw.com/boatparade.php or call 570/226-4518.  Read more

Church hosts local musicians in concert

HONESDALE, PA —A concert titled “Music for Music” will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. The concert, part of Marietta Mendler’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project, will feature local musicians performing a wide variety of music, and will support the establishment of a sheet music exchange at the Wayne County Public Library. “I’ve been studying music since I was seven or so, and I’ve been involved with the library almost as long, so this project was a natural fit,” said Mendler, a local piano student who graduated from Honesdale High School this year.  Read more

Ice Cream Oneg at Beth-El

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Congregation Temple Beth-El will host an “Ice Cream Oneg” immediately following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, August 12, beginning at 8 p.m.

The oneg, translated as “joy” or “pleasure of the Shabbat,” is a small meal or repast after the Friday evening service. Participants in the oneg at Beth-El will have the chance to show off their talents in making their own floats or sundaes with a variety of toppings.  Read more

Water in watercolor

MILFORD, PA — This painting by Linda Barboni, which incorporates pastel with watercolor, is one of those that will be on display at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA starting on Thursday, August 11. It is part of an exhibit called “Fluid by Nature.”

Farmstock attracts the curious

KENOZA LAKE, NY — There are 12 farms listed on the Farmstock Working Farms tour in Sullivan County this year. That’s up from eight last year when the tour was initiated by the newly formed Sullivan County Farm Network.

The goal of the tour is to help support the local farming community while expanding agriculture and local food in the county. Along with that, according to the organization’s website, the aim is “to strengthen communication between those who grow food with those who consume it.”  Read more

Flute and harp duo at Fauchere

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchere will host a concert by the Levin/Stern Flute and Harp Duo on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. The program, “From Famous Classics to Modern Favorites,” ranges from early music by Telemann to Debussy’s “Clair du Lune” and Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte” to 20th-century show songs by the Gershwins and Harold Arlen.  Read more

‘Little Farm Show’ comes to farmers’ markets

BREAKING NOTICE: This weekend's performances of "The Little Farm Show" have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a postponement of the Callicoon show to Sunday, September 4 had not yet been confirmed. We will post the confirmation or any alternate date as soon as we get it.  Read more

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