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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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A night with the stars

MILANVILLE, PA — Norm Sullivan and Bill Yeaman will lead a star program at the Butterly Barn at 840 River Road, presented by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Sullivan will provide a telescope, and Yeaman will search for constellations and tell their mythical stories. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for an evening outdoors. There will be light refreshments in the barn.

Wayne County Art Exhibit

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Art Exhibit will be on view at the Wayne County Court House from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit is sponsored by the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
Carleen Faatz, Director of Community Services of Wayne County AAA, said, “Our focus is to encourage and foster creative interactive programs in our community and provide an opportunity for professional and amateur artists of all ages to participate in a conveniently located cultural exchange.” Call 570/253-4262.

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

HONESDALE, PA — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a 2004 production featuring comedian Jim Carrey, will be the May 8 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the movie is a romantic fantasy in which Joel Barish, an introverted office worker (Carrey), and his flighty ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet), have their memories washed of one another after a nasty breakup.  Read more

SkyDog goes Mexican for Cinco de Mayo

NARROWSBURG, NY — The SkyDog Supper Club will celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend with a meeting featuring Mexican cuisine and a showing of the Humphrey Bogart classic, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on Saturday, May 7 at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Go fly a kite

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The 21st annual kite festival will be held at Sullivan County Community College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The first 200 children to arrive will receive a free kite.
The free event is a combination of high-flying recreation and local arts. While participants are invited to fly their own kites, crowds also gather to watch expert kite flying demonstrations. There will be children’s rides and games, craft vendors, fresh food, and music by the Top 40 cover band, Six Pack Joe.

Madcap comedy in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ new comedy, “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Lake-ville Community Hall, Route 590. The Saturday per-formance is at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m.  Read more

Pre-Mother’s Day bake, plant and book sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective is hosting a sale with baked goods, flower and vegetable plants and seedlings, books and tee shirts on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale, which will take place in The Mews courtyard in Narrowsburg next to Narrowsburg Roasters, will offer plenty of specialty and homemade items sure to please your special person on Mother’s Day.  Read more

Springtime walks at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Two special walks that highlight Grey Towers’ landscape and the Pinchot family influence in Milford will be offered in May by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers.
On Saturday, May 7, you can visit the historic gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site and see them as they awaken from their winter slumber. The landscape tour, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot, features the historic Sweet Cherry Tree, seen below, and hundreds of bulbs in bloom.  Read more

New NPS chief ranger outlines goals

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Joe Hinkes isn’t new to the region, having held National Park Service posts here in the past; but the career law enforcement professional recently assumed the position of chief ranger for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UDSSR) and has already begun forming fresh relationships with its various stakeholders.  Read more

Wild leeks

The leeks are up. Patches of our native wild onion have appeared like vast green islands in the moist leaf mat of local woodlands. They are a sure sign of renewal after our long winter and the fits and starts of our cold, wet spring.

Leeks, also known as ramps, grow wild in the woods from Georgia to Quebec and as far west as Minnesota. In fact, Chicago, IL, is said to have derived its name from the Native American “Shikako” or “skunk place” due to the abundance of wild onions in that area. Leeks are known for their potent, garlic-like flavor and their ephemerally brief growing season.  Read more

‘Water: A Love/Hate Relationship:' Paintings by Raul Serrano

NARROWSBURG, NY — “While looking over all of the works I had produced in the last few years, I realized that water—used as a symbol or as a physical manifestation of an emotional state—was an important element in many of them,” said painter Raul Serrano, who will exhibit work in an exhibition titled “Water: A Love/Hate Relationship” opening with a reception on Friday, April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at 37 Main Street.  Read more

Carrot juice on the rocks

The Easter Bunny’s stump on Cotton Tail Lane was thumping until late in the evening on Easter Sunday. Creatures from every walk of life had come to hang out, eat some candy and pay their respect to Tommy “The Easter Bunny.”

Tommy sat in his favorite chair in the corner and looked around the room. The Young Bunny from across the street was there; she was so cute. He really wanted to talk to her, but didn’t have the energy. His feet ached from all the hopping. As usual, things had gone off without a hitch and it had been a long day of hiding eggs and waiting for children to find them.  Read more

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up...

I guess it was bound to happen, but given the fact that my crystal ball is once again in the shop, I didn’t see it coming. For something completely different, Mother Nature gave me some trouble last week, so there were fallen trees, insurance agents and piles of aggravation to occupy me and keep me close to home.  Read more

Port Jervis students exhibit at Up Front

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will sponsor the Port Jervis High School Students Exhibit at Up Front Exhibition Space, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage will be exhibited.  Read more

Foodstock celebrates foods and wines

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill in Jeffersonville and Catskill Harvest Market will present Foodstock, a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort’s tennis building in Callicoon.  Read more

Grey Towers offers special tours

MILFORD, PA — Special pre-season tours of all three floors of the mansion at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 151 Grey Towers Drive, will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from May 1 until Memorial Day weekend, when the site opens for the season seven days a week.
The second and third floors of the mansion are not included in the regular tour because they are used for conferences and meetings, limiting visitor access. Regular fees apply for these special three-floor tours.  Read more

‘Pasta for the Arts’

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Black Bear Conservatory of Music in Hawley will partner with the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Jazz Band for an afternoon of music and food on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Capri Restaurant.

The fundraising event will feature an opening performance by conservatory students. A salad and pasta buffet will follow. The program will conclude with a 45-minute program of classic jazz by the 20-member Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Jazz Band.  Read more

Bucky Covington at ThunderBash

LIBERTY, NY — Bucky Covington, American Idol finalist and country artist, will headline the sixth annual ThunderBash, presented by Thunder 102 and the Town of Thompson at the Monticello Casino and Raceway on May 14. The free event will also feature Nashville recording artists David Adam Byrnes and Tommy Steele, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy and Sullivan County’s own (and Nashville singer/songwriters) Somerville with Alyssa Startup.  Read more

History of New York as a film location

CUDDEBACKVILE, NY — The members and friends of The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host a talk by Kathie Manthorne about the history of New York as a film location on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, just off Route 209.
New York scenery has been the “star” of moving pictures since the 1890s. The talk examines a series of locales, including Fort Lee and the Palisades, the Cuddebackville area and Niagara Falls, by illustrating their appearance in movie clips and still images.  Read more

Clarinetist Drucker plays Mozart at St. Andrew’s

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — A chamber music group featuring clarinetist Stanley Drucker will perform works by Mozart on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 5277 State Route 42.
One of the works, Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, is Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. It remains exceptionally popular today due to its lyrical melodies.  Read more