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REGION — While meal delivery services are booming in metropolitan areas, the food used in those meals is grown right in our backyard. Amy Miller, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and the founder and owner of Early Bird Cookery who lives in Cochecton, realized she could utilize the proximity to local farms and create meals delivered to people who live here and in the city.

There was plenty of that to go around throughout the Upper Delaware River region last week, and prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote a Broadway musical of that name back in 1977,...

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We are fortunate to have the largest wetland in Southeastern New York in our midst here in the Upper Delaware River region. Its lushness is almost indescribable at this time of year, with many...

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“And you may ask yourself -

Well, how did I get here?”

— David Byrne/Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”

Maybe you don’t know who Grover Norquist is, but some call him “the...

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It is too soon, I think, to imagine the bare trees of December and it is too warm this August to contemplate a steaming oven, but it is time to think of Christmas dinner. It is time to make the “...

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Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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‘A tale as old as time’ is coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Beauty and the Beast” on April 12, 13 and 14 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Vaudeville in the Catskills,” a variety show produced by Bethel Theatre Works, will show on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center.  Read more

Hiroya Tsukamoto at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at 1030 Main St. Tsukamoto is a guitarist and a composer from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly after. Hiroya is a graduate of Berkley College of Music and a recipient of several awards including the Professional Music Achievement Award.  Read more

Photos in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — “Moments,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Ward-Blank, Kathy Lambert and Rob Tuttle will open on April 19, with a reception an artists’ talk the following day, Saturday, April 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 19. The Liberty Museum and Arts Center is located at 46 South Main St. Visit www.libertymuseum.com or contact 845/292-2394.

Pittman’s ‘Tributaries’ opens

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new show featuring recent still life paintings by Helena Clare Pittman will open at Domesticities & The Cutting Garden on April 13 at 3p.m.  Read more

Learn to brew beer at home

PORT JERVIS, NY — Former Port Jervis resident Ryan Jones, now associate director at the Culinary Institute of America and member of the Hudson Valley Home Brewers, will teach a class on how to make beer at home on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hub at Port Jervis Free Library. Jones will give a quick overview of the 7,000-year-old practice of beer making and then he will brew some beer, explaining each step so everyone can try it at home.  Read more

Art film screening continues in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature Francis Ford Coppola’s 1982 musical “One from the Heart” on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

The film stars Teri Garr and Frederic Forest as star-crossed lovers and features a soundtrack by Crystal Gayle and Tom Waits. It runs 107 minutes and is rated R.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested to support the activities of the arts alliance. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or contact 570/390-4420 for information.

Spring in the Catskills is off the hook!

Thank you, Mother Nature, for (finally) coming through. With April showers nowhere in sight, I’ve a spring in my step and have flung open the windows, hung laundry on the line and am preparing for the house cleaning that is always so good for the soul. The change of seasons awakens more than the birds, bees and darling buds of May, and this past week offered events that herald the celebration of life that we all cherish here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

‘Simon Killer’

It’s been over a year since “Simon Killer” premiered last year at Sundance. And even longer since Antonio and I finished editing the film out of his small duplex apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Read more

YEG—the little group that could

LIBERTY, NY — A group of teenagers is crowded around a table full of food, devouring everything edible with an efficiency that would shame a horde of locusts. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from talking animatedly and keeping constant check on their cell phone screens. At first glance there’s nothing remarkable in this scene—until you listen in on the conversation at hand. These young adults are talking about business and ecology and social justice. This is the weekly meeting of the Youth Economics Group (YEG), held in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.  Read more

Noblesse oblige?

It was just another sleepy spring day in sophomore English class, some 40 years ago, when I was tapped for the National Honor Society (NHS). I may still have the little pin in a box somewhere, along with a certificate bearing the NHS motto—two simple French words that at the time made no sense to me whatsoever: “Noblesse oblige.”  Read more

How does your garden grow?

Spring starts in early January at my house when my husband starts planning his Fedco seed order, reading aloud the enticing descriptions of leeks and lettuces from the catalog. By the time spring officially arrives, the seed trays on the back porch are full of tender shoots that will soon be transplanted to the 30-by-30-foot garden he has nurtured for the past 15 years.  Read more

Dressed for the occasion

Spring is here, even if it seems late for a lot of people. Many animals are getting ready for the warm weather to come. Migration and breeding activities are at the top of the list for many birds, and newly born young of various mammal species will shortly make their appearance.  Read more

A photographic tribute to Autism at The Hanson Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery will present a photography exhibit to promote the positives of autism. The open house will be held on April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. The show runs from April 2 to April 15.

Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis. These children have interests, intelligence and love to give.

For more information, visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Open Electric Jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The first Open Electric Jam of 2013 will be held at The Cooperage on Wednesday, April 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Tom Seig. Bring your instruments and your voices. Come early to sign up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. Snacks will be available for purchase. This is a donation-based event, and contributions are appreciated. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Roscoe’s annual Two Headed Trout Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The Two Headed Trout Dinner will be held at the Rockland House on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a six-course meal that also has door prizes, raffles and silent auctions. Tickets cost $45 per person (includes Kiwanis breakfast the following morning). Call 607/498-4139 to reserve your ticket.

Music series presents violin and piano duo

BETHEL, NY — “Sundays With Friends” begins with a performance by Jennifer Koh on violin and Benjamin Hochman on piano on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Admission includes post-concert “Meet the Musicians.”

Sundays with Friends, the Bethel Woods Chamber Music Series, is spearheaded by Zarin Mehta. It features five recital and small ensemble performances presented by curator Eileen Moon, associate principal cello of the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets cost $42.50 in advance; $15 for students. Visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org.

LibertoTrio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m., The Cooperage Project will present an evening of jazz with the LibertoTrio at The Cooperage. This quartet features Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

Bringing together the collective musical experiences of its members, the group creates a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories. It draws inspiration from jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, A.C. Jobim, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk.  Read more

Coryell plays the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Murali Coryell (www.muralicoryell.com), son of the legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, will perform solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon (www.dancingcatsaloon.com) on Saturday, April 6 starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

You’ve come a long way, baby

Preconceived notions are a funny thing—rarely true and often misleading. So, I was not prepared for the reality of how beauty pageants have actually changed over the years. Since Easter and Passover were taking center stage, my schedule was not as full as usual, so I took advantage of the opportunity to immerse myself in the Sullivan County Pageant held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend.  Read more