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September 01, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into...

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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Ramp tramp includes recipes, harvesting and tastings

CALLICOON, NY — Slow Food UpDeRiVa will celebrate the ramp, one of this region’s most wonderful wild delicacies, on Sunday, May 6 at the Callicoon Farmer’s Market. There will be demonstrations, recipes and tastings, starting at 11 a.m., with how to make ramp butter and ramp pickles; followed at 12 noon by Bob Eckert of Northern Farmhouse Pasta, with samples of items like ramp ravioli and demonstrations.  Read more

Family farm the focus at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Family Farm: 1920 to 1950 will be the opening exhibit at Time and the Valleys Museum this season, starting on Saturday, May 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will see the tools and equipment used on the farm, learn about the types of activities, including planting and harvesting crops, caring for and milking cows, butter churning and food preservation; and experience a recreated “farmhouse kitchen” with coal stove, International Harvester Refrigerator and old fashioned wringer washing machine.  Read more

Mozart Requiem to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mozart Requiem in a Mostly Mozart concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Drew United Methodist Church located at 49-51 Sussex Street. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Kirk Dougherty (tenor), Wayne Walters (baritone) and Craig Williams on pipe organ. Also being performed is Mozart’s popular Exsultate, Jubilate peformed by Delaware Valley Choral Society’s professional soprano soloist, Jocelyn Lieberfarb.  Read more

Museum sponsors showing of de Mille’s ‘Chicago’

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will sponsor a showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic “Chicago” on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute of Early Film Studies, at the historical Paramount Theater in Middletown. Ben Model, silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art for the last 28 years, will provide the live soundtrack for the film on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ.  Read more

Local bat researchers shed ultraviolet light on white nose syndrome

SHOHOLA, PA — Bat researchers based in Shohola are employing an unconventional tool—ultraviolet light—in efforts to unlock another piece of the puzzle that is white nose syndrome (WNS), the mysterious disease that started in the Albany, NY area in 2005-06 that has killed millions of bats and continues to spread. One potential outcome of the research could be clues to a precursor condition that sets the stage for further development of the fungal phase that typically leads to a bat’s death.  Read more

Take me to your leader

Like many of us, I have interest in a myriad of subjects. Gardening, nature, astronomy and ancient history top my list, but there is a subset of fascinating topics that creep into my thoughts on a consistent basis. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Bermuda Triangle are but a few of the themes that attract me. Truth be told, I have given a fair amount of attention to one area of interest over the others: UFOs.  Read more

‘The one that got away’

Every once in a while a story comes along that strikes right at the nerve of the community. It takes on a life of its own. You might guess it’s one of those topics like school merger or gas leasing. Serious issues, yes, but forget those. They will fade away. There is nothing that brings even the most reticent out of the woodwork than the debate over the local existence of the mountain lion.  Read more

It’s a family affair

While we desperately need the rain, wet weather does tend to impact family fun over the weekend here in the Upper Delaware valley. While the folks at Bethel Woods (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) have it covered—sponsoring indoor, kid-friendly events in the form of their World Stage Series—the moisture can affect the music, even with a roof overhead.  Read more

Murder mystery benefits Liberty chamber

LIBERTY, NY — "Last Will & Testament," by Lisa Patrick-Wilkinson, a murder mystery dinner theatre event to benefit the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be held on April 29 at the Liberty Fire House, 256 Sprague Ave.  Read more

Katie Reinhardt featured at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Gallery-The Art of Living will open an exhibit of the paintings of Katie Reinhardt with a reception on Saturday, April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will run through June 2. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com or call 845/252-3238.

Photography by Jones at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present a members’ show at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of May. There will be oils, watercolors and photography by the members and the group will give special recognition to photographer Karen Jones. Jones is a native of Liberty, NY. At first, she only took “people pictures.” After purchasing a digital camera, she found many other subjects that make for great photographs. She likes traveling the back roads of the country because, she says, “You never know what you will find.”  Read more

DreamCast helps recruit new anglers

ROSCOE, NY — As of May 1, Roscoe launch an innovative learn-to-fish program called DreamCast, which is designed to help new anglers learn the basic skills of fishing on waters located in the Roscoe area.

The DreamCast program is a structured four-hour learning opportunity where first-time anglers of all ages can spend a half-day with a professional fishing guide. The DreamCast Program will not only teach new anglers how to catch fish, but they’ll also learn about local fishing history, basic fishing techniques and lake and stream ecology.  Read more

Livingston Taylor kicks of Tusten Theatre season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor will perform at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Livingston is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes older brother James Taylor. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching.  Read more

DreamCast helps recruit new anglers

ROSCOE, NY — As of May 1, Roscoe launch an innovative learn-to-fish program called DreamCast, which is designed to help new anglers learn the basic skills of fishing on waters located in the Roscoe area.

The DreamCast program is a structured four-hour learning opportunity where first-time anglers of all ages can spend a half-day with a professional fishing guide. The DreamCast Program will not only teach new anglers how to catch fish, but they’ll also learn about local fishing history, basic fishing techniques and lake and stream ecology.  Read more

PEEC holds Earth Day celebration

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its 17th annual Earth Day Family Festival on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be guided nature hikes and recycled crafts and games, family-oriented hands-on learning stations, sustainable living ideas and environmentally friendly products and businesses.  Read more

‘You’ve Got Hate Mail’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a weekend of dinner theatre with three performances of the comedy “You’ve Got Hate Mail” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. in Hurleyville. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m., with the option of a dinner theatre package with Nardi’s Family Restaurant (Frankie and Johnnie’s), also in Hurleyville.  Read more

Singer performs at Nadia’s

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Donna Singer will perform at Nadia’s Restaurant on 222 Main St. on Friday, April 27 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance is part of a tour Singer, a native and resident of Sullivan County, and Doug Richards of Monticello have put together to celebrate the release of their CD, “Take the Day Off: Escape with Jazz.” Recently retired from 17 years as the musical director at The First Baptist Church of Monticello, Singer is the founder of Dr. Donna’s School of Song, and is the lead singer with the Swing Shift Orchestra out of Wurtsboro.  Read more

Foodstock raises funds for WJFF

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill, not-for-profit community radio in Jeffersonville, will host its 3rd annual “FOODSTOCK,” a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building.  Read more

New Hope Community’s Wallace Berkowitz Cup

LIBERTY, NY — New Hope Community (NHC) will host the second annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup Golf Tournament at Grossinger’s Golf Course on Monday, May 21. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a scramble start beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships and ads for a journal are available.  Read more

Can we save the bridge?

A few weeks ago my dad sent me a link to an article about how he had resigned from the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway board. The article said that Glenn Pontier had “resigned over the controversy concerning construction of a new Pond Eddy Bridge.”

I was immediately intrigued and I called him to get the inside scoop. Our conversations all start out the same.

Me: “Hey Dad.”

Him: “Hey Zac.”

Me: “How’s it going?”

Him: (Chuckle) It’s going well.

Me: “What’s going on with the Pond Eddy Bridge?”  Read more

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