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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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Quote, unquote, Part 2

First, let’s check our quiz answers from last month, shall we?

Here’s the actual quote from President George H. W. Bush, from his State of the Union Address for 1992: “The opponents of this measure [cutting the capital gains tax] and those who’ve authored various so-called soak-the-rich bills that are floating around this chamber should be reminded of something: When they aim at the big guy, they usually hit the little guy. And maybe it’s time that stopped.”  Read more

Summer food

The joys of weeding have eluded me this summer. I’ve been tending the algae growing in my pool instead. I treated it with chemicals, vacuumed, brushed, said daily novenas to the Virgin. Did you know there are different algaes? Green, of course, but also mustard and black. It was some small consolation when the pool clerk said “everybody’s growin’ it this summer.” It must have been a July thing. When August came, it went.  Read more

SlowFloat in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — SlowFloat, a day of activity combining art, outdoor recreation, music, local food and discussions about our water and food sheds, will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. As part of the event, this month's Skydog Supper Club meeting will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall.  Read more

Snow goose on the loose

For the past several weeks, a lone snow goose has joined a local flock of Canada geese in the Town of Tusten, NY. While the flock initially resisted the presence of the intruder, the mostly white goose persisted and has successfully been integrated into the flock.
According to the property owner, the snow goose has not yet attempted to fly. “It is funny to see it join the pre-flight practice stampede with the adult geese flapping their wings at a pitch run towards the pond, and there in the middle are all the gosling geese and one adult snow goose running for all they are worth,” she said.  Read more

Hanson opens ‘The Art of Sports & Games’

HONESDALE, PA — The Hanson Gallery, 1037 Main St., will open its new exhibit, “The Art of Sports & Games,” on Saturday, August 6. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Among the featured artists in the show will be Bea Creations, Anthony Chickillo, Mark Chuck, Evgeni Gordiets, Richard Lichtenstein, Jean-Luc Rieutort, John Rocklin, Marina Stavitskaya and Charles G. Woods. The exhibit will run through October 1.

Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — A variety of free music is planned throughout the weekend for the seventh annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

MAD Magazine photographer at Hawley library

HAWLEY, PA — Irving Schild of MAD Magazine will speak about his work and experiences at Hawley Public Library on Thursday, August 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. He will also donate a variety of MAD publications to the library.  Read more

Jeff library holds book sale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library will hold its annual Firehouse Book Sale at the firehouse in Jeffersonville from Thursday, August 11 through Saturday August 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The last day of the sale is bag day. Call 845/482-4350.

Dance Y’rself Green

CALLICOON, NY — Dance Y’rself Green, a mid-summer night’s dance party, will be held on Saturday, August 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Callicoon Creek Park. The NACL stilters will be there, presenting stilt workshops for all ages. A DJ will provide entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to NACL Theatre. The suggested donation is $10.

Worth Tasting: culinary driving tour

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Join food writer Stephen Fries on August 12 for a tour of nine of Sullivan County’s locally owned food markets and restaurants. The tour will begin in Kauneonga Lake at 9:15 a.m. at the newly opened Java Love Coffee Roasting Co., where participants will learn about the process of coffee roasting while sipping on a sampling of the local brew.

The tour will then circle Sullivan County making stops in Morsston, Livingston Manor, Parksville, Liberty, Jeffersonville, and Bethel, before returning to Kauneonga Lake at 2:30 p.m. The other stops are kept secret.  Read more

Movie nights return to Liberty with ‘Ironman 2’

LIBERTY, NY — From August 5 to September 9, Friday Nights will be Open Air Movie Nights on the North Main Street Stage in Liberty. First up will be “Ironman 2” on Friday, August 5, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. Other shows in the schedule will be “Secretariat” (August 12), “The Social Network” (August 19), “Country Strong” (August 26), and “Cars” (September 9).  Read more

‘Hairspray’ hits the boards in Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will stage the musical comedy “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, August 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7, 14 at 2 p.m. in the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main Street (Route 42). The TONY award-winning musical features 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.  Read more

Donizetti’s ‘L’elisir d’amore’ premieres in Lake Huntington

REGION — The Delaware Valley Opera Company’s production of “The Elixir of Love” (“L’elisir d’amore”), by the 19th-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, will premiere for the season at Sullivan West Central High School in Lake Huntington, NY on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, at 8 p.m.

The opera is a story of class differences, rumor, tricks and true love, full of fun, humor and romance, with vocal flourishes to match. It will be performed with orchestra, sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets cost $25.  Read more

‘Fluid by Nature’

MILFORD, PA — The waterfalls of Pike County have inspired the works of Marie Liu, on display this month at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. The exhibit will open on August 11, titled “Fluid by Nature.” Paintings by Linda Barboni will also be on display. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild

35 years of education in the art of fiber mastery

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Practitioners of the fiber arts have many potential friends and supportive teachers in the Upper Delaware River Valley, where a quiet but purposeful organization has been weaving its peaceful influence for 35 years.  Read more

Join and sing the Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. at the Milford Bible Church. If you have sung the Messiah before, or have ever wanted to sing the Messiah, this is your chance to become part of a special performance complete with symphony orchestra and professional soloists.  Read more

Crowd pleasers

As much as I love doling out my opinion on the various events happening throughout the Hudson Valley, there are times (believe it or not) that I look to the audience for inspiration. This past week offered a perfect opportunity to keep my mouth shut (yes, it’s possible) and tune in to conversations heard ‘round every corner. I managed to get my two cents in from time to time, but felt it prudent to hear what others had to say.  Read more

A summer mystery—Part 2: the victim

It was a little after one in the morning, and detective Brown stood holding a fresh iced coffee in the basement of an apartment building. He stared down at a white chalk outline where a dead body had been found a few hours earlier. “Sprawled” was the only way he could think to describe the position.

“ID?” Brown asked.

“Mr. Peter Johnson of 5C. Worked as a stockbroker. Married, two kids, wife is home, kids are not,” his partner read out of his notebook. Brown focused on a spot of blood on a pipe above the body.  Read more

Fly fishing festivities in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will hold its Summerfest/Angler’s Market and Jubilee Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. It features the largest flea market and fishing collectible two-day show in the USA, with over 100 tables loaded with fishing collectibles and treasures. In addition to fishing and outdoors-related items, local craft and gift vendors will have something for non-fishing companions and families to peruse.  Read more

Farm museum at the fair

HONESDALE, PA — One of the more interesting perennial attractions at the Wayne County Fair, which runs this year from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 13, is the J. B. Park Farm Museum. Operated by the Wayne County Historical Society, the museum’s goal is to preserve the history of agriculture in Wayne County. It will provide narrated tours, an old-fashioned Homecoming Day and the presentation of the annual award “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture,” which this year goes to Peter (“Peddler Pete”) Wilken.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance