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REGION — A parlor game called “Exquisite Corpse” is coming to the Catskills, brought to you by Ellie and Akira Ohiso, the couple behind Green Door Magazine. The Ohisos have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) and are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware counties in New York, Wayne and Pike counties in PA) to participate in this game, turned exhibit. The finished works will be displayed in “Exquisite Corpse of The Catskills” at CAS beginning June 5.

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from...

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Near the end of February, I had a call from Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) out of Milanvile, PA. It seems that during a sunny day when the temperatures...

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Pausing as I step out of the front door, looking up through the barren trees, the cerulean blue of the morning sky peeks at me. The word “cerulean” is derived from the Latin caelum, meaning heaven...

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An egg is quiet perfection. Elegant in form, its smooth shell breaks open to offer the yin-yang of golden yolk and airy white. That yolk serves to thicken and enrich, while the white, when whipped...

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“When it rains, it pours,” I wheezed at the dog as we headed out the door last Saturday night, in search of entertainment. I had three musical notes on my list to check out in Callicoon, NY, along...

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Information is being sought on several matters concerning white-tailed deer in the Upper Delaware River region. In the first, researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Penn State...

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Cubed vs perfect; 27 vs 28

Tonight is the Martha Marcy May Marlene premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. Beginning its journey in Livingston Manor and Roscoe, it’s since been to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. I haven’t seen it since Sundance and never projected on film so I’m excited.

Right now I’m in my editing room on 64th and Madison and I’m wearing a tie, which always makes me feel a little taller and sit up a little straighter. Two good things.  Read more

Meet Linda Wolfe at Books & Prints

MILFORD, PA — Books & Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street will host a book signing by author Linda Wolfe on Saturday, October 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wolfe is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer. She has published 10 books, many of them about famous crimes, both contemporary and historic. Two books will be offered.

Her most recent book, “The Murder of Dr. Chapman: The Legendary Trials of Lucretia Chapman and Her Husband,” is a true-life historical drama that culminates in a courtroom battle that raises haunting questions of racism and sexism.  Read more

Locked room dinner mystery features vampires

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church will host a mystery dinner featuring vampires, a literary convention and tabloid reporter named Vanhelsing on Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m.

At the heart of the mystery, “Undead! In Person,” is the body of Lydia Marston, author of the popular Midnight series of novels, who is found dead in her suite at Callicoon’s Aquarius Bed, Breakfast and Retreat Center—in a locked room with no signs of forced entry. She has suffered puncture wounds to the throat. Theories as to the cause of death range from the common-sense to the supernatural.  Read more

‘A Self Portrait of Alzheimers’

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “A Self Portrait of Alzheimer’s,” featuring the work of Ruth Levine, will be on display at The Nutshell Arts Center on October 15, 16, 22 and 23, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. Described as “one woman’s descent into Alzheimer’s as seen through her art,” the event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimers Association. The Nutshell is located on Route 52.

Black Bear in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) returns this year to the Milford Theatre from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16. It will open on Friday with a red-carpet gala at the Tom Quick Inn starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso” at the Milford Theatre at 9 p.m.  Read more

Giclee prints by Glykokokalos

MILFORD, PA — Master painter and collagist Yanni Glykokokalos has created Giclee prints of some of his best work, which will be featured alongside the originals at a new exhibition at the BlueStone Gallery. Giclee prints are high quality ink jet prints that are the 21st century version of historic printmaking. They are greatly enlarged versions of the originals and many are enhanced through over-painting by the artist. The exhibition began running on August 26 and runs through October 30.  Read more

“real/unreal” at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “real/unreal,” an exhibition of photographic works by Frank Mullaney, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, starting on Saturday, October 15. This exhibition explores the concept of artificiality, and how we use it to represent or reinterpret life and beauty, create utopian worlds, or escape the limitations of our physical existence. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m., followed by the reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

‘Pumpkins in the Park’

SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Park and Recreation Committee will hold its sixth annual Pumpkins in the Park celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at Rohman Park, 120 Twin Lakes Rd. The rain location will be the Shohola Fire Station, Route 434.

The event will feature a pumpkin carving contest at 12 noon. Prizes to be awarded are Most Original, Prettiest, Funniest, Best Super Hero and Scariest. There will also be games, crafts, food, music and a costume parade. The event is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop #76.

A story of two extraordinary women

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “The Baker and Dunham Project” on Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Wrong Window” in South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Wrong Window,” a farce by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmor, at the Rivoli Theatre.

Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock with this comedy whodunit. Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Read more

UpFront holds fall show

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Fall 2011 Artists Reception on October 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., for a show that runs through November 30. There will be live music by Walt Edwards and an assortment of food provided by The Grill at River Bend.

UpFront currently has 27 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit. It is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Call 845/856-2727, 856-6330 or visit the gallery on Facebook.

Candidates join in ‘Jail ‘n Bail’ fundraiser

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Stone Jail opens for business again on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m., when the Wayne County Historical Society will host a “Jail ‘n’ Bail” fundraiser featuring county-wide candidates on the November ballot. A “warrant” has been issued for the candidates, and they will have to “go to jail” for one hour in order to raise $100 bail for the historical society. When the bail is raised, they will be granted “time served” and be free to go.  Read more

Jeff Bank holds reception for calendar

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The First National Bank of Jeffersonville (Jeff Bank) and the Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold a reception on Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 48 Main Street to celebrate the 2012 Jeff Bank calendar, Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes in Sullivan County. Photos for the calendar were taken by local photographers, who will be on hand. Light refreshments will be served. The calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

An old-fashioned pig roast benefits Farmhearts

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An event called “Pig Mountain” will offer up a pig roast celebrating all things local on Saturday, October 15 from 1-6 p.m. at Bridle Hill Farm (190 Hemmer Road). The event will feature four chefs roasting eight hogs provided by Hahn’s Farm, vegetarian sides, New York beer and wine and musical entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Farmhearts, a non-profit helping family farms in the Catskills.  Read more

'Wayne County Grown' set to launch

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — A new network and online hub—Wayne County Grown (WCG)—will soon become available to those interested in seeing sustainable agriculture thrive in the region. The initiative aims to integrate regional farms, markets, businesses and sustainability organizations with individuals, schools and communities in Wayne County and the Northeast region.  Read more

You say you wanna revolution

“Well you know, we all want to change the world...”

—Lennon/McCartney

Google the word “revolution.” Your first result might be the Wikipedia entry, which provides a useful place to begin exploring this wide-ranging concept. The entry opens with a definition: “A fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.”  Read more

DIY clean

A friend sent me an article regarding laundry detergents that claim to be “green” and “natural,” even though these particular products are anything but good for the environment.  Read more

Hawk migration 2011: a broad-winged bonanza

When we think of migration, we usually think of ducks, or the many geese we hear overhead during the fall, but many species of hawks migrate as well. In this region, the migration becomes very evident around mid September with large numbers of broad-winged hawks.  Read more

Hit the road with ‘Around the Bend’

HONESDALE, PA — The next Wayne County Arts Alliance’s autumn Sunday Night Cinema film will be “Around the Bend,” a 2004 production written and directed by Jordan Roberts and starring Michael Caine, Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

The film tells the story of four generations of men in a troubled American family. After the death of the family patriarch (played by Caine), his son, grandson and great grandson take off on a road trip.  Read more

Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will roll out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and scarecrows for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Craft vendors will dot Main Street on both days, and merchants have created scarecrows that can be visited all around town. Old-fashioned hay rides will be offered for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hay rides will depart from the corner of 7th and Main Streets and are sure to be fun for the whole family.  Read more

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