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HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.

I’ve hung the new, 2015 calendars in all our rooms. Each one has a different theme and set of glossy photos. There’s the one with shots of wildlife and another with glorious beachfronts. Then...

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I notice the tip jar on the counter of a deli where I get my coffee before I head into the office and most days just give it a glance and walk away. Today I stopped, looked at the girl behind the...

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A few months ago, yet another large and important study was released with irrefutable evidence that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease could be prevented if high-risk...

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Well, that’s not entirely true. I did fall on the driveway yesterday and it wasn’t easy getting up, but I managed—old bones intact. Having written (extensively) about the ice last week, I thought...

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One factor in being a successful angler is being in the right place at the right time. We have all heard the old saw, “You should have been here yesterday,” once or twice too often. These are not...

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Find a high-quality cold water stream that supports a brook trout habitat, and chances are that the stream is shaded by many eastern hemlock trees. In shading the stream, the hemlock trees are...

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Hope for home

When I was younger, I could not wait to get away from Honesdale, PA. Now that I have come and gone a few times, I’m torn about staying around here. I love this region, the land, the trees, the people. It’s my favorite place. As a recent college grad, you might think Northeast Pennsylvania holds little promise for me. I’d have said the same five years ago. But I’ve been employed around here for a few months, thanks to two local non-profits, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and Transition Honesdale.  Read more

Hurricane postponements/cancellations

Sunday concert at Bethel Woods canceled; Wine Festival postponed to October 1

BETHEL, NY (August 25, 2011)-- The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will receive automatic refunds on their credit cards. Cash purchasers need to return tickets to point-of-purchase for refunds or call Ticketmaster customer service at 800/653-8000.  Read more

Music and more celebrate Luxton monument

NARROWSBURG, NY - A variety of musical entertainment, including performances by musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, was featured at the community event celebrating the newest monument at Luxton Lake's park. The new monument and grounds won the 2011 Sullivan County Democrat Stewardship Award for Historic Preservation granted by the Sullivan Renaissance.

An astonished deer

On August 8, after the meeting of the “Bamboo Gang,” I fished at one of my favorite spots on the East Branch of the Delaware. As I walked past where a small tributary runs under Route 30, I was surprised to hear the sounds of running water.  Read more

March of the amphibians

The middle of summer is usually the dry time of year where watering is required to keep lawns and gardens in good condition. This August, however, we have had ample rain; enough to keep things somewhat moist. Rivers and streams are running a bit higher than normal too; it’s been nice to paddle the river without having to “ooch” over the shallower rapids and bars.  Read more

Local singer Verderame performs at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor singer/songwriter Kimberly Verderame will perform at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main Street on Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Verderame is an 18-year-old solo artist who performs original songs, and is promoting her first album “On My Way.” The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is by suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Art Society. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheelchair accessible. Visit www.kimvmusic.com.

Early birds get benefits for Forestburgh 2012

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at The Forestburgh Playhouse will provide deep discounts for summer subscriptions for 2012 for those who subscribe before September 2. Other potential benefits include priority seating at cabarets.

The season will include “Guys and Dolls,” “Camelot,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “West Side Story,” “Spamalot,” “Murder Among Friends” and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”

There are five different subscription offers, combining different choices of shows, seating and benefits. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

‘Night of the Iguana’ benefit helps theatre in the schools

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) at The Forestburgh Playhouse will presents Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana,” in a special benefit performance to support the FTAC’s theatre in the schools program, on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. The play will be preceded by a gala pre-show cocktail/dinner at The Tavern. Tickets to the show and gala cost $75/person. Season subscribers pay $55. Tickets to the show only cost $40 with a subscriber price of $20.  Read more

Big D holds member show at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present the work of three of its members, Caroline Harrow, Karen Jones and Eleanor Curran, in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. The show can be seen during the month of September.  Read more

‘Layers’ explores domestic violence

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Layers,” an exhibit of mixed media work by Nancy Palubniak, opens with a reception on Friday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through September 17.

“In my work, internalized experiences rewrite themselves in the physical attributes of the external self and are revealed through gesture, facial expression, demeanor, stance and attitude,” said Palubniak who works across disciplines to produce 2D and 3D pieces to explore issues related to domestic violence toward women.  Read more

Calling all talent for an open mic in Mountaindale

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — Mountaindale is calling all performers to a Music & Rhyme Open Mic Night on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in a Coffeehouse Jam at 62 Main St. Spoken word, live poetry and music will all be welcome. A $5 cover fee will include admission and refreshments, and will benefit community enhancement efforts by the Mountaindale Community Development Project. Each performer will have five minutes for family oriented material, with the possibility of an encore for talent particularly appreciated by the audience.  Read more

Outdoor adventure at Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — The second annual Wally Lake Fest, scheduled for Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, will feature events located throughout the Lake Region including the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Downtown Hawley, area businesses and on the lake.  Read more

Monticello’s Slam Allen: Soulworking Man

MONTICELLO, NY — In 1926, composer Ray Henderson sat with lyricists Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown to pen what was destined to be a classic: “The Birth of the Blues,” which went on to be a major hit for Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.  Read more

Wine Fest plus five at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — This year’s Wine Festival at Bethel Woods, taking place on Sunday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature five new regional wineries. Brimstone Hill, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Inspire Moore and Knapp Winery will join the other 20 regional wineries at the Market Sheds at Bethel Woos Center for the Arts. There will be specialty foods, cheeses, crafts, musical entertainment and wine appreciation seminars as well as the tasting.  Read more

Glykokokalos at Bluestone

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Gallery will host a new exhibit, starting August 26, titled “21st Century Multiples,” featuring the work of local artist Yanni Glykokokalos. An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit will feature original collages and paintings by the artist, along with enlarged Giclee prints of the original works. The high-quality ink jet prints are the 21st century version of the historic printmaking processes.  Read more

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ is Forestburgh finale

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse brings to life the ‘20s and ‘30s in the 1978 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” featuring the music of the legendary Fats Waller. The musical will run from Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, September 4, with evening performances presented every Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Read more

I am a camera…

It’s yet another expression that floats in and out of my consciousness from time to time. I find myself saying it more and more as I wander the countryside snapping away. Years ago, while working for a different newspaper, I consistently got the same note at staff meetings: “decent copy, lousy pictures.” Outraged, I defended myself by insisting that I am not a photographer, but a writer who is forced to take pictures along the way.  Read more

DVO celebrates silver with gala concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will celebrate its Silver Anniversary with a gala concert, “Singers of the Valley,” to be held at the company’s longtime home in the Tusten Theater on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Celebrating 25 years as a major contributor to the artistic life of the area, the DVO has organized a group of DVO artists from the past and current seasons to regale the audience, singing a program of popular and operatic favorites.  Read more

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

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