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December 21, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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Fawns and farm animals

There was a tent at the Wayne County Fair off on a side alley where kids could pet and feed little deer fawns for three dollars. You could purchase a photo of your child with the fawns for $10 or pay extra to go in to take a photo with your own camera. It was a popular tent. Mostly the clientele was toddlers with their mothers. Babies petting babies.  Read more

River talk: choose life

Talk throughout the river corridor lately has been focused on a series of preventable drownings in the Upper Delaware River—three within an eight-day period — and five since the season began. Had the victims been wearing lifejackets, they might be alive today.  Read more

Pollination: an important summer job

The warm days of midsummer bring forth many colorful blooms from ornamental plants and wildflowers alike. The brilliant colors of these flowers serve to attract many different species of critters; they feed or utilize the nectar present at the base of the petals. When animals harvest this nectar, they accidentally perform another important function: pollination.  Read more

Summerfest and the Hardy Brothers Cup

Saturday, August 6 found the Tangler and friends wandering through the various stands of vendors exhibiting their wares at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s Summerfest weekend. Wow, bargains galore. I picked up a number of Mustad hooks at a price of $6 a hundred. They were the old-style Mustad hooks but at that price, a steal of a deal. There were excellent prices on fly-tying materials and hardcover books that are often hard to find. Dennis Menscer, the bamboo rod builder from Hancock, NY, delivered my new eight-foot, five-weight rod.  Read more

Cochecton park is a winner

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — This pirate ship is one of the principal features of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps Park, which won first place in the B category of the Sullivan Renaissance Awards.

There will be an official opening ceremony for the park on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m., with a ceremony followed by a community barbeque.

Lumberland celebrates awards

GLEN SPEY, NY — Eagle Scout candidate Brian Hazen, left, and his grandmother, Kathy Bisland, who is chairman of the Lumberland Parks and Recreation Committee, presented their town board with the Sullivan Renaissance (SR) Award they received for Best Garden Design, Category C, Excellence in Garden Design and Sustainability at the town board meeting on August 11.  Read more

A photographic perspective on the reservoir construction

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A new photo exhibition is currently on view at The Time and the Valleys Museum titled “A Glimpse into the Building of the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs and Connecting Tunnels.” Direct from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Archives in New York City, these rarely seen photos show a unique view of the workers who built the Rondout and Neversink reservoirs and the Delaware and Neversink tunnels.  Read more

‘The Social Network’ at Liberty summer movie series

LIBERTY, NY — The third installment of the 2011 Summer Outdoor Movies series, on Friday, August 19, will be “The Social Network,” the 2010 winner of multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, the movie chronicles the history of Facebook, from the beginnings in 2003 to what has now become a global social network that revolutionized communication.

Showtime is approximately 8 p.m. The Summer Stage is located next to LaPolt Park at 120 North Main Street.

‘Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance from August 20 through September 18, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Bill Leuszler on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Museum hosts ‘wacked-out’ trio

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will hold a concert fundraiser starring Kenny Young and the Eggplants on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park visitor’s center, 58 Hoag Road.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not easily described semi-acoustic trio. The band members, who insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands, are Eddie Logue (percussion of various sorts), Gil Shuster (bass and role model for children) and Kenny Young (acoustic guitar and vocals).  Read more

Rags and blues at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Acclaimed pianist Peter Muir will present a concert titled “Rags, Blues and All That Jazz” as the final event in the college’s Summer of Fun Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

Muir, who holds a Ph.D. in musicology, is an acknowledged authority on American music. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, he has performed all over the world.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. They can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or in advance by calling 845/434-5750, ext. 4472.

Historic schoolhouse open to public

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently partnered with Steve Metzger, proprietor of Apple Valley, to make the old Schocoppee Schoolhouse, located in Apple Valley Village, available for viewing.

The little red schoolhouse originally stood at the intersection of Fire Tower Road and Schocoppee Road, about a mile west of the present day location. It was donated to the Pike County Historical Society in 1976, taken apart plank by plank, and reconstructed at the new site.  Read more

Less known railroads

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host historian and author Michael Kudish, presenting a geographic tour of three historic tributary railroads that connected with the Ontario & Western (O&W) main line, on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. The free public program will include a series of hand-drawn maps from Kudish’s book “Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” just published by Purple Mountain Press.  Read more

‘If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ”If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!,” a one-woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Rose, will be performed at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20, with a $2 discount for advance sales.  Read more

Festival to celebrate Broadway completion

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello will hold the Broadway Craft & Farm Fest on Sunday, August 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The festival will be held at the vacant lot on the corner of Broadway and St. John’s Street. A portion of Broadway (from Bank Street to Liberty Street) will also be closed off for most of the day.  Read more

Liberty Free holds Rent Money Reading

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Liberty Free Theatre will present its last Rent Money Reading of the summer at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake. It will present two comedies, “Waltzing De Niroby” and “Mafia on Prozacby.” The readings are fundraisers to help defray the rental cost of The Liberty Free Theatre’s home base in Liberty. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/292-3788.

Contra dancing at the Grange

GALILEE, PA — The Unity Grange holds contra dances every third Saturday of the month, thorugh December. The next dance will be on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m. with a children’s dance, followed by a family dance with instruction for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Patrons of Husbandry, and callers are Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright and Laurie Brongo.

There will be potluck snacks at break time. Email galileestudios66@yahoo.com or call 570/729-7141.

Volunteers needed at Black Bear

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival, to be held on October 14, 15 and 16, will return to its home in Milford’s own theater, newly refurbished, reopened and under the direction of Jerry Beaver. Volunteers are needed on at least half a dozen committees. Anyone interested in creative, publicity, logistics, fundraising, ticketing, volunteer co-ordination, or events is invited to meet at the Milford Theater, East Catharine St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

‘Expressed Mail’ auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — Artist Shannon Thol designed this mailbox for the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) eighth annual Summer Art Project, “Expressed Mail.” The mailboxes will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, as a benefit for WCAA. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a public preview and the bidding begins at 7 p.m. Visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  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