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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Rent Money Readings return

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — On Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., the Liberty Free Theatre will kick off its second year of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café with two comedies.

Chet Carlin and Valerie Mansi will read “Post-Its,” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. The play traces the history of a marriage from young love to mature love by looking at the Post-Its the couple have left for each other over the years. In “The Rental,” by Mark Harvey Levine, Rebecca Robbins is taken aback by a surprise birthday present brought to her by Ben Hudson.  Read more


LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artists and thinkers in residence at the School of Making Thinking (SMT) will present artwork and performances in a Make-Think-athon in the galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Based in the Catskills, the School of Making Thinking residents explore interdisciplinary projects collaboratively and experientially. The Make-Think-athon will be open to the public and is free.  Read more

SUNY pool opens for season

Loch Sheldrake, NY - The pool at SUNY Sullivan will open on Sunday, June 24 and remain open through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning on June 24, the pool will be open 7 days a week, from Noon until 7:00 pm. A lifeguard will be on duty during operating hours. The pool will close for the fall after September 3 (Labor Day 2012).

The college is offering a variety of individual and family pricing options for use of the pool this season. Pricing is as follows:

. $100.00 for a family of four
. $10.00 for each additional dependent child (under 16)  Read more

Busy busy busy!

One would think that I’d know better by now. Once Memorial Day hits, and the summer visitors begin their annual migration to the Upper Delaware valley, the always active world of arts and entertainment here in the Catskills amps up big time... and I hit the ground running. This past week, I found myself busily trying to do it all, with limited success. Thankfully, my community support is firmly in place, and a few kind souls assisted me in my efforts to cover the endless array of events spanning two states and four counties, over the river and through the woods.  Read more

All Nighter

Today is still yesterday and tomorrow didn’t happen yet. It’s true. See, I got to work about 24 hours ago. I’ve been up all night, working on a video presentation that my boss is going to give in a few hours.  Read more

The livin’ is easy (-ish)

Just in time for summer sun, Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 Sunscreen Report. It’s thorough, and it challenges the notion that if we just lather on gobs of the stuff, we’re safe. For starters, there’s no clear evidence that sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer; in fact, the FDA admits that it is “not aware of any studies examining the effect of sunscreen use on the development of melanoma.” In addition, using sunscreen may give people an unwarranted sense of security, making them more apt to stay out too long in the sun’s harmful rays.  Read more

Mildred’s Lane hosts curator’s talk at Narrowsburg Mews

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mildred’s Lane, a storefront, office, studio, program extension, and additional site for exchange on Narrowsburg’s Main Street behind Coffee Creations, will run “The Mildred Complex(ity)” this summer, Friday afternoon-into-evening workshops, talks and musical events, free of charge, in downtown Narrowsburg.  Read more

Choralaires in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will welcome the Wayne Choralaires back into Honesdale’s Central Park on Monday, June 25 with a new conductor, Betsy Black.  Read more

The bird whisperer

Plunk! Something had just struck one of the windows that look out on our back porch. Being curious, I went out onto the porch to see what had caused the noise. To my chagrin, I found one of our little wrens lying unconscious on the deck.  Read more

Caution: fawn crossing

A couple of years ago in June, there was a motorcycle ride in New Jersey to benefit a children’s foundation, and I was riding with our local chapter of the Red Knights. We were on a rural road in Sussex County, when I spotted a doe and her fawn come out to the shoulder of the road maybe six bikes ahead of me. A split second later, the fawn shot across the road right between two riders. The fawn disappeared in the brush unscathed and the riders likely breathed a sigh of relief.  Read more

Big Eddy Farmstand opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Farmstand, part of the Tusten Heritage Garden project, will open at the Narrowsburg Mews, off Main Street, on Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It will continue on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The farm stand will sell produce from the community garden as well as other regional and local products.

Dancin’ in the streets in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The seventh annual Roots & Rhythm festival will have Honesdale hopping this weekend, starting at 10:30 p.m., when bands will start playing at locations around town, like Teddy Young and the Aces at Dave’s Super Duper, the Gypsy Jazz Quartet at REMAX Wayne, and Peter Florance and the New Kings at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street.  Read more

Free environmental film series

MILFORD, PA — Free environmental films that feature key conservationists who each had a significant impact on natural resources will be offered this summer at Grey Towers National Historic Site, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Each film will include a secondary component, such as a walk or a talk. The films are free.  Read more

Garden Party to benefit arts alliance

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden on Route 52 in Youngsville will host its second annual Garden Party on Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the Arts Alive Drive for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA). Enter the contest (with prizes) for the Best Garden Hat, the Most Unusual Hat, or the Most Artistic Hat.  Read more

Greenthal watercolors at Willow and Brown

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be an exhibit of watercolors by Donna Greenthal, “Watercolors 2012,” at Willow and Brown at 2 Pearl from Saturday, June 16 through July 15. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring light refreshments in the garden, and live entertainment by the Raddyos. Willow and Brown is wheelchair accessible.  Read more

‘Coppelia’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Chelsea Gessner, a senior at Port Jervis High School, and Laurence Utter Jr., a nursing student at Orange County Community College, perform in the Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “Coppelia.” There will be a performance at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, June 16 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. Call 845/856-3373.

Dorosh’s ‘Chairs’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — Daria Dorosh’s “Chairs 1982-2010” opens with a reception on Friday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 7.  Read more

CAG reopening exhibit themed ‘Patterns’

LIBERTY, NY — The members of the newly re-formed Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will exhibit recent work at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main St., from June 15 through July 8. The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an artists’ reception with refreshments on Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the “Patterns” show, guests can view the museum’s permanent display of Sullivan County history, and hear about the museum’s plans for the future.  Read more

Fantastic ‘Fantasticks’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, is coming to the stage at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for six performances, courtesy of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW), under the direction of Sally Gladden of Woodridge and the musical direction of Leon Hilfstein of Hurleyville. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m.  Read more

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