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September 01, 2014
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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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A July 4 weekend sock hop with the Shirelles

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Gemini International will present The Shirelles, the 1960s vocal group famous for “Soldier Boy” and “Mama Said,” among many other hits, at a 1950s-style Sock Hop on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., at the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street.

The Shirelles’ appearance at the Sock Hop is a special event of “Narrowsburg Celebrates America,” a three-day festival which will be held from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 throughout Narrowsburg. Visit www.narrowsburg.org or call 845/252-7234.

Jewelry trunk show

MILFORD, PA — The Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry (VFCJ) Club NJ/METRO Chapter will host a vintage costume jewelry trunk show this summer on Friday, June 24 at Mt. Haven Resort, 123 Log Tavern Road. Club members will display desirable jewelry designs from the famous jewelry houses of the 1900s. Top name manufacturers like Miriam Haskell, Hobe and Weiss will offer necklaces, brooches, bracelets, rings and earrings for sale. Open to the public at no fee.  Read more

Quilt show in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild will present A Perfect 10th Quilt Show on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School.  Read more

Summer reading program opens

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Public Library’s summer reading program will have the theme “One World, Many Stories.” Children will explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities. The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawing, story hours, a reading club and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program.

Registration is now open. Visit waynelibraries.org/hawley or call 570/226-4620.

SCCC holds golf tournament

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation will hold its 12th annual golf outing to benefit student scholarships. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at Grossinger’s Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 12:30 pm shotgun start.  Read more

J’aime Trio at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The J’aime Trio will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Francaix and Dohnanyi are on the program offered by these young musicians.  Read more

Tunes & Tales at Roots & Rhythm

WHEN: Saturday, June 18

WHERE: The green between the Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches between 10th and 11th streets in Honesdale.

COST: Free

CONTACT: 570/253-6850  Read more

‘Don’t rain on my parade!’

Those memorable lyrics, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne- for the Broadway classic “Funny Girl,” ran through my head during the past week as I made my way through the thunderstorms soaking the region – as always, in search of adventure.  Read more

Wanderlusting

There has always been a wanderlust in me, seeking escape from the known to the unknown. A train whistle in the night excites my senses. I yearn for the freedom of an open road. So it was not a hard sell, this road trip from New York to California with my daughter promising to share the wheel, her newly minted driver’s license in hand. The moment the idea loosened from her lips, I seized it, imagining nights around a campfire and days exploring small towns and grand vistas.  Read more

Frustration

We are in early June, and Barb and I can count on one hand the number of times we have fished. Long periods of rain, often with real downpours, have kept the rivers running high and dirty. In May, when we had a brief period without rain, my best fishing partner suggested we try the lower Beaverkill at the Trout Brook access. She felt the river might be warmer there, possibly bringing on a good hatch of flies. Off we went. We did find a large number of caddis flies in the air indicating there had already been a strong hatch.  Read more

Porcupines on the prowl

Lately, I have been lucky to encounter three different porcupines during walks in the Ten Mile River area. The passive and slow-moving woodland inhabitant is a treat to see, as its inability to flee quickly or to harm the respectful observer allow for close study of its unique characteristics.  Read more

GLBT Night at "Idaho!"

FORESTBURGH, NY - Saturday, June 11 will be GLBT Night at "Idaho!," the new musical in its pre-Broadway run at Forestburgh Playhouse. The show will be at 8 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $21.50. To get tickets, call the box office at 845/794-1194 and mention “Gays of Sullivan County” to get a 10% discount; or visit www.facebook.com/l/a8169gDo3aemHD0T84_KWP52t_w/www.centerstageticketing..... If you choose the online option, )there will be no place to put in the discount code, so tickets bought online cost $23.

Roots & Rhythm weekend approaches

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. at Rusty Palmer’s, 1103 Texas Palmyra Highway.  Read more

D&H Canal history at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation opens its summer season with a new exhibit curated by museum historian Stephen Skye, “The Million Dollar Club: A Partnership of Giants.”  Read more

Swit reprises ‘Shirley Valentine’

FORESTBURGH, NY —Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H fame will reprise her award-winning role in “Shirley Valentine,” a story about an underappreciated woman who finds romance and her own worth at the Forestburgh Playhouse starting on Tuesday, June 14. The play will run through Sunday, June 19. It will be followed by a one-week run of the Neil Simon hit, “Biloxi Blues,” the second part of his autobiographical Eugene trilogy, from June 21 through 26. The World War II coming of age story centers on Eugene’s life when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s summer of free concerts in Central Park will debut with the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13. On Thursday, June 16, Flashback will perform music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Concerts will continue at 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through July. There will also be a special Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3 instead of the on Monday, July 4.  Read more

Stargaze at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will present Music & Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS) on Sunday, June 12, providing families with the opportunity to make telescopic observations while they wait for the Deep Purple performance to begin. Observations of the sun will take place prior to the concert, while the moon, planets, stars and nebulae can be seen after the performance. A concert ticket is required to stargaze from inside the gates.  Read more

‘Mother of All Yard Sales’ for Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host its first annual yard sale on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This extraordinary two-day “Mother of All Yard Sales” event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, and includes goods from dozens of Old Stone House supporters and friends. There’ll be cast-offs, leftovers and odd-lots of every description, from electronic products—some in their original boxes—to clothing, dinner wear, tools and appliances. All proceeds go to the Old Stone House, a community and arts center located near Ellenville, Grahamsville, Monticello and Liberty.  Read more

UpFront holds artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space’s Summer 2011 show is now open, and will run through July 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Something old, something new

I find myself looking backward this week, so the last event I covered is still fresh in my mind, but not necessarily fresh. Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is currently playing at the Rivoli Theatre in S. Fallsburg, NY (www.scdw.net) and having been written in 1939, certainly falls under “something old.”  Read more