By By Doug Reiser and Robert M. Dufour
Our founding fathers conceived a public education system that would teach reading and writing and some arithmetic. The goal was to provide people with the basic skills to be good citizens so they could actively participate in our electoral process. Most villages and towns did not have schools; those that did had one-room school houses. The school calendar was (and still is) dictated by the planting and harvesting schedule of agrarian America. Students attended school when they could, and often did not get more than a sixth- or eighth-grade education. Read more
If we see a bird or some other creature, and it is close enough, there is something that usually catches our eye early in our observation: the eyes. In nature, there are many adaptations of vision. Earthworms have simple eyes (ocelli) that are able to detect light and dark, while eagles and hawks have single lens eyes with visual acuity five times greater than a human. (An eagle has five times the density of vision cells at the central focus area of the retina than humans do.) Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will again host its annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23. The event will be held at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.
Some of the styles to be represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The fire hall is handicapped accessible. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — Dark Forest Creations returns to Burn Brae Mansion to present Fear Festival, an all-new Haunted Walking Trail and Fright House on the 20-acre grounds behind the historic mansion. It will be open on Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. Tickets will be sold at the gate from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Each show costs $10, and discounted combo tickets are $17 for both shows. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will present “Dom/exia” with a Light Touch, an exhibition of collages by Claire Coleman and custom lamps by Kathie Fitzgerald beginning Saturday, October 22, with a reception at 2 p.m. at 4055 Rte. 52.
Claire Coleman’s collage series “Dom/exia” is domestic yet dreamlike, a little surreal with a sideways nod to Magritte. They are colorful, thought provoking and fun. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 2011 CAS Gallery Grab Benefit, celebrating 40 years of service to the community (1971-2011) will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., with the Gallery Grab beginning at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The movie actor Holter Graham is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Saturday Morning for Kids on October 22 at Cinema 6, Route 6 Mall. The event will start at 9 a.m. with an hour of events for kids like face painting, balloon tying and drawing. At 10 a.m. there will be a showing of “Fly Away Home” (PG), a drama about a young Canadian girl who teaches a gaggle of pet geese to fly south for the winter. Graham played Barry Strickland, a friend of the girl’s father. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will present Wigsticks, a Drag Show Extraordinaire, at the Historic Milford Theatre(114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m., with a dance party to follow. All proceeds are to benefit the center’s work in providing support and empowerment to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) community. Read more
It took a while, but I have finally figured it out. It’s not my popularity that draws so many visitors to the front door, but rather the Upper Delaware valley, and the allure of country life, that keeps my phone ringing year ‘round with visitors, looking to soak up some local color. Read more
BEAVERBROOK, NY — Cold winds and cloudy skies did not deter several dozen people from visiting the home of Hans Kung in Beaverbrook on Sunday, October 16. Some loaded down with apples picked from their own properties, members of the Upper Delaware chapter of Slow Food and other food aficionados came to participate in the process of making homemade cider, and to bring home a few gallons of their own to enjoy. Read more
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
First-grade students at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey, NY recently experienced the miraculous life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Teachers Kelly Robertson and Shari VanHage collected eight caterpillars to kick off the hands-on learning experience. Read more
Within a few days, Barb and I will be packing up to return to Texas. Our time in the Northeast has flown by. It is now time for us to be, as Willy Nelson sings, “on the road again.” For the two of us, this has been a most disappointing fishing season. It was often disrupted by a number of trips downstate for various doctor tests and appointments. Further difficulties were encountered due to frequent high and dirty water in the local streams. There was just too much water running downhill. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller “The Debt” as part of the CineArt film series, from Friday, October 14 through Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Film critic Betsy Sharkley of the Los Angeles Times said, “Bristling with dangers both corporeal and cerebral, ‘The Debt’ is a superbly crafted espionage thriller packed with Israeli-Nazi score settling.” Read more
It’s odd sometimes, how we mark the passage of time. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays—even mourning the death of a loved one can remind us of the swift passage of the days, months and years. With almost a year under my belt since my mother passed away, I often question when it’s going to feel normal to not have her around. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works juried exhibition to be held from November 19 to December 23.
All media will be considered. Each artist may submit up to four works, no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame), professionally finished and ready to hang, and for sale. Artwork can be delivered to Alliance Gallery, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., from Tuesday, October 25 through Saturday, October 29 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Read more