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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Plein air floral paintings at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will present “Kris Krohn Flower Power” in an exhibit of plein air floral paintings opening on Saturday, May 28 with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Krohn writes of his paintings, “I paint ‘en plein air’ to greater capture light and essence of the gardens. Inspired by 19th century masters, I seek to create canvases that channel a modern aesthetic.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Yard Sale-O-Rama in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Liberty will hold a town-wide yard sale on Memorial Day Weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Other special celebrations will include an Art-in-the-Park Art & Craft Show, a Food Fest and talent show and open mic in LaPolt Park on Main Street from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and duck races at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Rain dates for all events are the same time on Sunday. Maps for the Yard Sale-O-Rama are available at Liberty Fitness, Floyd & Bobos, Village Hall and The Catskill Hudson Bank.

‘Horizon in Disguise: Nellie Bridge & Dave Miko’

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Bridge and Dave Miko will exhibit their paintings at Callicoon Fine Arts, in a show opening on Saturday, May 28 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Titled “Horizon in Disguise,” the exhibition of Bridge’s framed watercolors with Miko’s paintings on aluminum panels evokes the landscape through a rich and varied use of their respective mediums. While the works of Bridge and Miko have been seen together before, most notably at MoMA PS1 as part of “Greater New York,” this is the first time a range of their works is brought together under the rubric of a two-person exhibition.  Read more

‘Made in Brooklyn’

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an artists’ talk by the 13 diverse multi-media artists featured in the Hanson Gallery’s new exhibit, “Made in Brooklyn,” on Saturday, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artists in the show have collaborated together for 20 years. They are Audrey Frank Anastasi, Ana Bianchi, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Susan Fateh, Tami Gold, Robert Golden, Sheila Goloborotko, Kathleen Hayek, Agnes Murray, Pearl Rosen, G.G. Stankiewicz and Harold Wortsman.
The exhibit will be open through May 30. Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Quick & Gritty Video Slam

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will award $500 to a video artist at the Quick & Gritty Video Slam, a competition of three-minute videos, on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Tusten Theatre. All pieces must be one to three minutes in length, must have been created entirely between June 3 and 18. They must have been shot in Sullivan County or the Upper Delaware valley, and must be submitted on a playable DVD to the Tusten Theatre by 12 noon on Saturday, June 18. There is no submission fee. Works will be judged live on-site.  Read more

The Upper Delaware: The wild and winding thread that binds us

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The paddle enters the dark water and the motion is like breathing. Rising and falling, merging with the ceaseless flow, the blades are driven, dropping to either side of my kayak with a rhythm reminiscent of cadenced prayer.

I ply another section of the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi—the Delaware River—this waterway of breathtaking majesty that frames so much of our lives.  Read more

Oh joy! Oh rapture!

Since I own a television, there was no escaping the imminent possibility of what some folks claimed might happen on May 21, 2011. According to the onslaught of information, we were in for quite a ride. Words like “judgment,” “evil” and “sin” kept popping up; therefore I was a bit hesitant to dismiss it out of hand, and made my plans accordingly.  Read more

Hang it up

I still remember a diving catch I made in a baseball game of my youth. It was perhaps my finest defensive play. It was the summer of 1998, I was 15 and I was playing second base for the Tusten Chiefs. It was down on the baseball field in Narrowsburg.

It was kind of an out-of-body experience. The crack of the bat and a jump and the glorious feeling of the ball landing in my glove. I don’t remember thinking much about it, just doing it. In my mind, the crowd went wild. But I’m not sure about that particular detail.  Read more

Here kitty kitty

I love birds. They are the only wild creatures who present themselves so readily to us, singing us awake in the morning, building their nests on outcroppings of our own nests, inviting us to imagine a life that defies the gravity that keeps us rooted. They are signals of the wildness we are part of. And they are oh so beautiful.  Read more

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul: not just fiddlin’ around

Clearly, the folks at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ( www.Bethelwoods.org ) had their thinking caps on when dubbing the “Event Gallery.” My dictionary describes “event” with words like “momentous,” “important” and “exciting.”

Grammy-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, who performed to a sold-out crowd at the venue this past Saturday, were (IMHO) above and beyond any musical “event” that I have ever personally attended.  Read more

The ‘snow birds’ are back

The arrival of April and May marks the start of nature’s spring concert with spring peepers and American toads singing near wetlands. Not to be outdone by the amphibians, many warblers and other passerines arrive to contribute to this concert. The melodic call of the wood thrush heralds its arrival from wintering grounds in Central America; this singer is shy and hard to spot, but its song is very distinct as it seeks a mate for the upcoming breeding season.  Read more

Plant Swap & Bake Sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group will hold its annual Plant Swap & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mews on Main Street, between Narrowsburg Roasters and The Nest. If you have more plants than you need, bring them along and swap them for someone else’s extras. If you’d like more plants for your own garden but don’t have anything to swap, make a monetary donation to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group. For those who wish to drop off plants or baked goods on Friday evening, please call the NBG ahead of time to make arrangements.  Read more

Preview an MB ADAPTORS work in progress

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The MB ADAPTORS theatre company will offer local audiences an opportunity to view scenes from their current work in progress, “Pulling Strings” on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Shows on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday will be at 1:30 p.m. The location will be the Highland Lake Yoga and Dance Building at 111 Highland Lake Road. There will be a photo gallery of the company’s repertory productions, appetizers, art for sale and desserts after the show.  Read more

RiverFolk presents Zoe Mulford

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will present Zoe Mulford on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the home of Jeff Moore, 29 Head Rd.

Rich Warren of WFMT, Chicago described Mulford as “a brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with music with warmth and sincerity and a bit of a twinkle.”

There will be a potluck before the show at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/252-6783.

‘The Ruling Class’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — “The Ruling Class,” a biting 1972 comedy satirizing the British aristocracy, will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 22, part of the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. The movie stars Peter O’Toole as Jack Gurney, the nutty son of a recently deceased Earl who has inherited the family estate. Concerned about losing his inheritance, an unscrupulous uncle convinces Jack to marry his own mistress in hopes they’ll produce an heir and his nephew can be institutionalized.  Read more

Summer reading in Wayne

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library will hold a summer reading program from June 20 through August 9. The theme will be “One World, Many Stories.” The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, toddlers through young adult, with programs, story hours, a reading club and more. Children will explore different lands through stories, music and art. Registration begins on May 23. Email blawson@waynelibraries.org or call 570/253-1220.

Honesdale’s farmers’ market opens

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21, and will continue every Saturday through Halloween. This year, a number of new vendors join the market including a farmer licensed to sell raw milk. The Hardler Farm will offer fresh beef and pork, sold frozen due to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food safety requirements. Twin Maples Farm will sell homemade pies and cheesecakes, plus a variety of homegrown vegetables throughout the summer and fall.  Read more

Chamber holds community expo

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo & Car Show will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Delaware Valley School’s grade nine and 10 cafeteria and gym. The event is free.  Read more

Yelle featured at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will host guest watercolor artist Jack Yelle in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, opening with a meet-the-artist reception on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Yelle has an extensive background as an illustrator and advertising art director. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After retiring from the corporate scene, he devotes full time to his watercolors. Yelle operates his gallery and studio Morning Star Creations in Roscoe, NY. His award-winning paintings are of fly fishermen, marine subjects and American barns.  Read more

Come to PaPA

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) is the name of a new exhibition space and cultural center housed in the Silk Mill in White Mills. The inaugural spring opening exhibition of PaPA will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, featuring the highlights of the private art collection of Ronald and Yvonne Parker, exhibited at the newly renovated ArtSpace (shown here). This gorgeous space resembles a Chelsea gallery, with 16-foot ceilings and wooden floors.  Read more