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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Concert is ‘An American Salute’

WOODBOURNE, NY — “An American Salute” is the theme of the annual spring concert of Sullivan County Community Chorus, which will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. Under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, the music’s themes will include our homegrown talents; our love of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; our armed services; and a medley from “Les Miserables.”  Read more

Blues in Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY—The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Eight Days of Blues at a summer benefit concert “Blues in the Back Yard” on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m.

Eight Days of Blues performs original and classic American roots blues infused with rock, funk, R&B and a dash of Latin. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to the lawn behind the Leura Murray Center (the main building for the museum, 26 Hoag Rd.) The Friends of the Neversink Museum will provide cookout fare: hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks for a fee. Proceeds will benefit the museum.  Read more

Liberty Free presents ‘Shel’s Shorts’

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present a second weekend of Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances will be on Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10. Showtime on Thursday through Saturday is 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. show on Sunday. Call 845/292-3788. (See also Jonathan Fox’s column.)

Arts & Crafts Fair

HAWLEY, PA — Hawley’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair will take place in Bingham Park on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and crafters will be on hand from as close as Hawley, and as far away as New Jersey and New England. Items will include wood jewelry, furniture, paintings, knitted and crocheted goods and more. Visit

Time and the Valleys holds fundraising auction

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum’s third annual fundraising Country Auction will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55. It will be held rain or shine, starting at 11 a.m. (viewing starts at 10 a.m.). There will be many donated items auctioned off to raise funds for the museum, including antiques such as furniture, equipment, household items, collectibles and local history books; and like-new items including gift items, glassware and artwork.  Read more

New at Roots & Rhythm: scavenger hunt

HONESDALE, PA — For the first time in its seven-year history, a scavenger hunt will be held at the Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 16. Derek Williams, a Roots volunteer, conceived the idea and mapped out the rules and details. Northeast Wilderness Experience/Sawmill Cycles in Honesdale is donating the top prize, a kayak. “  Read more

Play on words

“Words can hurt,” my mother used to say, “choose them wisely.” It’s true, of course, and I have tried to abide by her advice through the years, with limited success. These days, I bite my tongue fairly often, but it’s not a bad way to live. Since words can also be empowering, I do my best to put my vocabulary to good use and err on the side of caution.  Read more

A vision for rural education

By Dr. Kenneth Hilton
Vision statements should be ambitious. Ours certainly is. Sullivan West envisions “a learning community committed to the continuous pursuit of excellence and equity, and dedicated to enriching the lives of all students.” “Excellence and equity… enriching the lives of all students”—those are tall orders, especially in light of the challenges and obstacles we face.  Read more

Festive, fishy fun in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The ninth annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 9. Starting at 11:30 a.m. there will be an arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, specialty foods from local vendors and entertainment. Activities will include balloon making, face painting, music, dancing and stilt walking. The parade will step-off at 1 p.m., led by the 2012 Grand Marshals Dr.  Read more

‘Human Lard Dog’ kicks up some larks at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Human Lard Dog and his 10-piece Band of Shy, featuring a stand-up horn section and the atomic-powered vocal cords of the glorious gospel-singing La’Delles will come to the NACL Theatre on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
The Human Lard Dog is the alter ego of North Branch resident Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical and comedic sensibilities. Lard Dog sings his super catchy original songs with a voice hailed by critics as a cross between Chet Baker, Hank Williams and a wood chipper.  Read more

Tractors on parade in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — As noted in our editorial this week, one of summer’s great attractions in our area is its street fairs and celebrations. Callicoon’s annual tractor parade, scheduled for this Sunday, June 10, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., is one of the first of the season. The firemen will kick off the day with their pancake breakfast at their building on Route 97, from 7 to 11 a.m.  Read more

‘Scenes Along the Delaware’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will host an exhibit by renowned local artist James McGinley titled “Scenes Along the Delaware,” opening with a reception on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through July 7. Visit

Liberty Free presents 'Shel's Shorts"

LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Free Theatre will present Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances are May 31 to June 3, June 7 to 10, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Admission for the performance is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty.  Read more

Carpenter bees: Unwanted home improvements

In May, a friend had quite a few bees flying around his barn; they appeared like bumblebees and frequently could be seen chasing each other around, occasionally meeting in a mid-air grapple. I looked around the upper part of the structure and found a few round holes about the size that a .38 caliber bullet would make. These were not bullet holes; the bees chasing each other were male carpenter bees defending their territory.  Read more

Red Molly plays Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Red Molly will perform at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge St. on Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. The female Americana trio plays roots/Americana/bluegrass music featuring three-part harmonies with banjo, Dobro and guitar. There will be two 45-minute sets.  Read more

Manescapes in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host a photography exhibit by local photographer LaVerne Black title “Manescapes” from June 3 to July 8, with an opening artist’s reception on June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The black and white photographs in Manescapes portray horses’ manes. By eliminating extraneous elements from the frame, parts become a complete image.  Read more

Charlie Lang at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will open the summer with a show featuring the work of Charlie Lang on June 1, running through July 29. The public is invited to attend the summer artist’s reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.
UpFront currently has over 30 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit, including Alyta Adams, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Alan Kaplan, Wendell M. Upchurch and Greg Zukowski.  Read more

Plein air art program opens season

MILFORD, PA — The Come Paint with Me© plein air artists’ program will celebrate the opening of its 15th season with a special event to be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers and the Grey Towers Heritage Association, program founder/coordinator Joan Polishook of Lords Valley will narrate a power-point program, “All About Plein Air Painting.” The event will include guest speakers, refreshments and souvenirs for each participating artist.  Read more

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.

In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.

Visit or call 845/932-8923.

A theatrical double-header in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — The Little Victory Players at The Capitol Theatre in Hancock will present the New Reality Players in a double header: “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Foster Daniel Jr., and “A Hot Bowl of Chili.” The plays will be presented on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

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