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November 27, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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Fair day in downtown Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The 28th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors from around Sullivan County will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food, with something for everyone’s taste. There will be live music throughout the day by Little Sparrow and the French Woods Band will perform at 12 noon.  Read more

Sky lantern festival

HAWLEY, PA — On July 28 at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center, 2512 Rte. 6, there will be a lantern festival as a benefit for Marley’s Mission, a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children who have experienced trauma. Lantern pick-up and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with a lantern lighting time of approximately 9 p.m.

Participants will purchase an eco-friendly sky lantern with no wire or wax. When lit, these lanterns will lift into the air, rising miles and continuing for about 10 minutes. They land and decompose quickly.  Read more

Learn about the Lenape Nation

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Shelley DePaul, Assistant Chief of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, will present “The Past and Present of the Lenape People in Pennsylvania” at the Zane Grey Museum on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. The Lenape have called the Delaware River home for generations. Her talk will utilize primary history regarding the Lenape in Pennsylvania and how they remain active today as caretakers of their homeland and the Delaware River. The program will explore the culture and traditions of the Lenape people who still revere the Delaware River today.  Read more

Port opens its doors for home tour

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present its first tour of local historic homes and gardens, “Three Painted Ladies and a Southern Belle,” on Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the four sites in any order during the three-hour period while enjoying live music and refreshments.  Read more

Classic films screened in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Two classic films, “Rules of the Game” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” will be screened at the Callicoon Theater on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free for the special event, made possible by a generous patron.

“Rules of the Game,” directed by the French great Jean Renoir, is a light comedy satirizing and skewering the bourgeoisie on the verge of World War I. “The Earrings of Madame de…” is a 1953 classic directed by Max Ophuls, detailing events that unravel after a woman pawns the earrings presented by her husband.  Read more

Call for storytellers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The story telling group Yarnslingers seeks 10 storytellers for its next session, scheduled for Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 11. The theme is your pet’s eye view of you, written in first person from the perspective of your pet (dead, alive, future or otherwise). In the story, all I’s are the pet’s voice, so use your first name as the person your pet is talking about.

Word count is a minimum of 350, maximum of 850, not including title. The sign-up deadline is Friday, July 27, and the story due date is August 3 by 5 p.m. Email

Festivals and battles and tours—oh my!

This past week turned out to be educational, informative and entertaining as I careened through the Upper Delaware valley discovering something old and something new (thankfully, borrowed and blue were nowhere to be seen).  Read more

The blueberry trail

This year, the birds alerted me to the wild blueberries. We arrived home from a vacation at the beach to find the front steps littered with the blue splotches of cast-off berries. It was as good an announcement as any of the ripening bushes in our old fields.  Read more

Life is but a dream

What a week! The entire Upper Delaware valley is thrumming with activity and for every event that I attended, it seems there were two or three that I missed! My first stop last Wednesday was the Forestburgh Playhouse ( and its smashing production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” There’s a full-scale review at in Arts & Leisure, but here’s a preview: it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  Read more

Battle of Minisink Commemorated in Ceremonies on July 21 and 22

MINISINK FORD, NY — The 233rd anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Minisink will be commemorated with a July 21 observance at Sullivan County’s Minisink Battleground Park in Minisink Ford, NY, and a July 22 ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Lackawaxen, PA.

Starting Friday evening, July 20, members of the Navasing Long Rifles and Third Ulster Militia will set up an 18th century encampment at the Battlefield Park located on County Rt. 168. The public is welcome to visit through Sunday morning, July 22.  Read more

A sunning snake

Northern water snakes are our neighbors here in Narrowsburg, where we enjoy observing the heavy-bodied Nerodia sipedon living along the banks and in the waters of Little Lake Erie.

This aquatic snake can grow to more than 50 inches in length and swims easily across water, submerging itself to escape harm if threatened. Although it is not venomous, if provoked or cornered, it may defend itself by flattening its body and striking repeatedly. Not surprisingly, such bites can be extremely painful and can become infected.  Read more

‘Shape of the Woods’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society will present “Shape of the Woods,” a two person exhibition featuring the work of Eric Baylin and Kathleen Hayek, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. There will be an artists’ talk from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Celebrating our river

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art and the environment are the primary themes of Narrowsburg’s 22nd annual RiverFest, held this year on Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, the 22nd annual RiverFest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists who live and work here.  Read more

Under the Moon in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Enjoy an al fresco concert in Callicoon Park with local musicians Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith on Saturday, July 21, starting at 8 p.m. Also featured will be the music of the Raddyos.

Bring a blanket or chair. Suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. All proceeds benefit The Callicoon Creek Park Association.

Upper Delaware primitive at The River Gallery

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Painting by Cheryl Korb

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Animals & Farms,” an exhibit of the work of Cheryl Korb, will be on display at The River Gallery - The Art of Living on Main Street starting on July 21. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through September 8.

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 has had time to pursue her dream of painting the subject she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Open studio tour in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Arts Alliance will present on open studio tour on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Tour artists, studios and galleries around Milford during this weekend event. Get to meet with and witness each artist in their creative environment and process.

Maps will be provided to guide to each of the artists’ studios and galleries as well as describe each of the participating artists and their discipline. Visit

Acoustic guitar at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk concerts has a new home at The Cooperage on Main Strett in Honesdale. The premier concert in the new venue will be held on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. It will feature Karen Savõca with Pete Heitzman.

Savoca ( possesses a supple alto and a wide range of expression. Savoca’s “In the Dirt” was nominated in the category of Best Song by a Female Singer Songwriter by the grassroots music organization Just Plain Folks.  Read more

Horowitz and Eakins in ‘First Hearings’

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will continue its “First Hearings” series with readings by Mikhail Horowitz and Patricia Eakins on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Read more

‘The Maids’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL at 110 Highland Lake Rd. will present a production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” by Kicking Mule Theatre Company, directed by Francine Roussel, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

In “The Maids,” a dark 1947 play written by French playwright Jean Genet, two maids, resentful of their low social status “play” at destroying their employer. Inspired by Genet’s multiple incarcerations, French director, Francine Roussel has set the play in a prison environment, and cast men in the roles of the three women characters.  Read more

Christmas in July benefit concert

BEACH LAKE, PA — and Joe’s Ranch House will host the sixth annual “Rock For Tots” Holiday Benefit Concert featuring Mr. Echo, Walt Prez & The Awesome, SideTracked, Joe Roche of MoJo Music and DJ Elektrix on Saturday, July 21. The evening starts at 4 p.m. to closing on July 21 at Joe’s Ranch House on Rte. 652.  Read more

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