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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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‘The Art of Becoming’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will conclude its winter “Creative Conversations” series on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with pianist, guitarist and singer Kevin Bents in a program titled “The Art of Becoming—How I Got from There to Here,” at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Time and the Valleys hosts water supply field trips

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum now hosts a new field trip on water and the history of New York City’s water supply system, available to all schools.  Read more

Remembering life at the Allen Farm: An interview with Gerry Allen

[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.  Read more

Gone to potpie

The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays, four-and-twenty blackbirds have been replaced by somewhat more prosaic options, like chicken and beef. If you include enough vegetables, the potpie becomes the perfect one-dish meal to enjoy on a cold winter’s eve.  Read more

Be prepared

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its motto: “Be Prepared!” These two simple words have always stuck with me and have helped me in many ways to always have Plan B in the back of my head, just in case things don’t go as planned—which often they don’t.  Read more

An alternative citizenship test

It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they’ve recently introduced a new requirement: to graduate from high school, all students must pass a civics test similar to the one given those seeking naturalized citizenship.
At first glance, I like the concept very much. Americans’ general ignorance of the way their system works is legendary, and anything that encourages greater civic awareness is a good thing in my book.  Read more

Water off a duck’s back

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to the water is the key. Open water enables them to feed on plants or fish, depending on the species. Herbivores, such as Canada geese, can feed on grass in fields and golf courses, but the snow cover of winter usually shuts off that food source. The geese must then forage shallow river bottom for aquatic plant growth.  Read more

The American eel

As near as I can tell, fishing is not central to world peace or the next big discovery, medical or otherwise. Fishing may or may not lead to bliss or to enlightenment, but at a minimum fishing is just plain fun. Certainly, any form of fishing can be fun, and it doesn’t have to involve leaping Atlantic salmon, bruiser bass or elusive permit, tarpon or bonefish. Even the “lowly” eel can be fun.  Read more

The big chill

I’ve run out of adjectives and my list of synonyms has frozen up. Words like arctic, frigid, icy, polar, raw, frosty and nippy just aren’t cutting it anymore, and our refrigerated landscape has been making the national news with wind chills dipping to minus 35 here in the Upper Delaware River region. Lately, I’ve taken to flipping through photos of spring, summer and fall to remind myself of why we do it, save for the brave few who adore shivering on the slopes or braving the glacial temps to sit on a barrel and fish through a hole they have painstakingly bored into the lake.  Read more

‘Divide in Concord’ screened at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the new documentary “Divide in Concord” on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. as part of its winter “Creative Conversations” series. The feature-length film follows the events leading up to a vote on banning the sale of plastic water bottles in a town known for being the birthplace of the revolutionary war: Concord, MA.  Read more

Magic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Professor Bob Friedhoffer, professional magician and educator (a.k.a. the “Madman of Science”), will return to The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, February 21. In “The Magic of Science,” Freidhoffer demonstrates how science creates the illusions that make magical tricks possible, as he performs one amazing feat after another, proving that the human senses can truly be fooled.  Read more

Three bands at Sidetracks

CALLICOON, NY — Yesah will present Silver Tongues, Richard Traviss, and the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman—three bands from Brooklyn, Equinunk and in between—showcasing their sounds, ranging from shoegaze to folk on Saturday, February 21 at Sidetracks in Callicoon, NY. There is a $5 cover charge. Sidetracks is located at 62 School St.

Yesah is an independent label started by Jeffersonville native and Brooklyn resident Noah Barker.

Honky tonk at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host honky-tonk, Western-swing trio, No Good Sister, in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. “This lipstick-stained bluesy band’s tight three-part harmonies and femme fatale prowess breaks hearts and pieces them back together… These ladies were selected by World Café Live at the Queen as the Unsung Hearo standout performer of 2013 and won a slot in Hearo.FM’s 2014 SXSW showcase,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Benefit concert for the DVRC

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Harmony Presents and RiverFolk Concerts will sponsor a benefit concert for the The Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The DVRC was damaged by a fire earlier this year, and the benefit is an effort to help the center get back on its feet.  Read more

New cooking show highlights Catskill food and the farmers who grow it

WOODRIDGE, NY — Cat Wilson is self-proclaimed “mildly obsessed” with food. She has worked at restaurants and farms, so when her friends who are in the film and TV business suggested she make a TV cooking show, she jumped at the chance.  Read more

Coin a neologism

“That’s not a word.” It seems that I am always saying this to my kids, in disapproving tones.

Most often it is because they are mispronouncing something. Then I tell them: we are not entitled to pronounce words incorrectly just because we think it sounds better. This is the argument that my son, with his musical ear, likes to try. The main idea, I reply, is to talk so people understand what you’re telling them.  Read more

The value of nature play

A lifelong love of the natural world, and a willingness to act on its behalf, is believed to originate in childhood, as youngsters explore the wild world around them through the simple activity of play. The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) recently published a 40-page booklet that explores this important relationship and offers an array of actions targeted to restoring nature play to children’s lives.  Read more

Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting

ELDRED, NY — The Delaware Company will host a Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting at Henning’s Local on Saturday, February 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a snow date of Sunday, February 22. The celebration will feature tastings from several local breweries; hardy 18th century tavern fare and birthday cake. A historical trivia contest—with prizes—titled “American Walks Into a Bar: The Role of Beer in the American Revolution” will be led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway. General Washington, in the person of talented re-enactor Paul Brennan, will be the guest of honor.  Read more

Chocolate Dessert Social at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — All of your chocolate wishes can come true at the Neversink Valley Museum’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Social on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Many varieties of chocolate and other desserts will be offered. Choose three desserts for $5; beverages are free. Takeout is available. The social will be at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.  Read more

Valentine’s Day at the library

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Zombie Valentine Party for teens on Friday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. There will be zombie-themed games, cookie decorating, Valentine making and more. The event is for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.  Read more

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