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September 01, 2014
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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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Easter celebrations


Easter Bunny visits Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — In spite of chilly weather and an overcast sky, 35 children and their parents came to Rohman Park in Shohola on Saturday, April 16 to hunt for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. The event was sponsored by the township’s Park and Recreation Committee.  Read more

Celebrating Easter

Native son’s opera to be performed in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — The opera “Angel of the Amazon,” by Evan Mack, will be performed from May 6 to May 22 in the Jerome Robbins Theater at the
Baryshnikov Arts Center,
450 W. 37th Street (www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ANG18). Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh and is a 1999 graduate of Port Jervis High School.  Read more

DIGit calls for submissions

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is calling for video and audio works for the DIGit Media Exposition, to be held from June 3 to 25. Both amateur and professional media artists are welcome to submit. Works will be presented in several venues throughout Narrowsburg, including the Delaware Arts Center and the Tusten Theatre. A panel of professional videographers, filmmakers and sound artists jury the works.  Read more

When it rains, it pours

There must be a better way. As I perused my calendar of events this past week, I became a little overwhelmed. I know the weather is improving and that everyone wants to get out and do something, rather than sitting by the fire waiting for the (seemingly) endless winter to draw to a close, but does it all have to happen at once?  Read more

Earth awareness

New programs launch at Stourbridge
HONESDALE, PA — Lucky students at Stourbridge Primary Center in Honesdale are having real-life learning experiences that allow them to explore the natural world and their relationship to it, thanks to new programming developed by John José of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services.

José has begun offering “Schoolyard Habitat Evaluations,” which are followed by the establishment of on-site environmental education programs based on his findings.  Read more

An Earth Day column

Everyone wants me to celebrate Earth Day. My inbox is full of green mail—no trees were harmed in the making—urging me to buy shoes and cosmetics, go to a yoga retreat and help Robert Redford rally the American people. Of all these, I’m most likely to buy shoes, but I’m not deluded that it will help the earth.  Read more

Frogs afloat

Amphibians are appearing throughout the Upper Delaware Region with the return of spring. These wood frogs basked in a vernal pool in Pike County last weekend, emitting their characteristic “quacking” call in hopes of attracting mates.
Another frog sounding off from local lakes, ponds and wetlands right now is the tiny spring peeper, whose “eeping” call sounds much like its name.  Read more

Another season

By the time you read this article, another Northeast trout season will have begun. Also the cry of “Play ball!” and the “POP” of a fastball entering a catcher’s mitt will have echoed throughout the land. Therefore it is time for another “Clem’s Quiz.”

My fastball has lost a bit of its hop, but I shall try to fool some of you young batters with some off speed junk. So step into the batter’s box while I go into my windup.  Read more

Candy lives on

Every screening of “Beautiful Darling” that I’ve attended since it premiered at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, I was fairly certain would be the last. I have been (happily) wrong each time.

“Well, I should definitely go, because it might be the last time I see it on the big screen,” I would think. And I would go, and I would usually be surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I started work on it five years ago. It was my first real editing job.  Read more

The hills are alive

It wasn’t only the sound of music that I experienced this week, but there was plenty of that along the way. I stopped by the Nugget in Monticello and heard singer/songwriter Tony Penn belt out a tune or two as I belted back a shot (or two) while sampling their new menu, which was delish. Penn was performing solo that night, but he and new singing partner Sara Hulse have formed a partnership, “The Haunted” (facebook.com/hauntedofficial#!/pages), and (IMHO) they are off to a swell start.  Read more

Photography at Philip Hone

HONESDALE, PA — This photograph of Jeanne Esposito, taken by Andrea Killam, will be on display as part of a group photography exhibit opening at the Philip Hone Gallery on Saturday, April 16. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the photography there will be the work of over 20 local artisans, from jewelry to hand-blown glass. Visit www.philiphonegallery.com.

Mary Todd Lincoln speaks

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a “dinner and a soliloquy” with Ruth Randone playing Mary Todd Lincoln in “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Woman on the Edge,” written by Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) Executive Director Lori Strelecki. The 30-minute presentation will be performed on Friday, April 15, in the newly renovated Foundation Room of the Pike County Historical Society. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show to follow. The staff will be serving up Chicken Fricassee, which was one of Lincoln’s favorite dishes.  Read more

‘Made in Brooklyn’ opens at Hanson

HONESDALE, PA — “Still Connected,” by Sheila Goloborotko, will be one of the multi-media works on exhibit at the Hanson Gallery’s new show, titled “Made In Brooklyn: 13 Artists_Twenty Years,” opening on Saturday, April 15 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through May 30. Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

The Literary Gazette accepting submissions

REGION — The Literary Gazette, published annually by The River Reporter, is looking for submissions to its 2011 issue. This issue will explore dreams and dreamwork as material for writers and artists, and is inviting writers to submit poems, stories and essays born out of or inspired by dreams (i.e. sleep dreams as opposed to daydreams or “goals”). The Gazette accepts all styles and formats. Poems are limited to 50 lines and stories and essays no longer than 700 words. Please include a short (limit 50 words) bio with your submission.  Read more

Hepper and Baga at Callicoon Fine Arts

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Fine Arts at 27 Lower Main Street will hold an opening reception for an exhibit of the works of Carol Hepper and a single-channel video projection by Trisha Baga on Saturday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Casting call

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Casting continues for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Rivoli Theater on Route 42, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli.

Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.

‘Dorflinger and the Canal’

WHITE MILLS, PA — Local historian Kurt Reed will present a lecture, “Dorflinger and the Canal” on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Blough Building on the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary grounds. The presentation will celebrate the sanctuary’s recent receipt of its largest single gift in its history, the Lock Tender’s House in White Mills, built in 1850. It had been purchased and restored by Walter and Marilyn Barbe and transformed into a museum of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, who donated the building and property to the sanctuary in March.  Read more

‘Harvey’ in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “Harvey,” the classic 1950 comedy starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood Dowd, an amiable fellow whose friend, a giant rabbit, may or may not be imaginary, will be the April 17 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema spring series. As a special activity for children, the movie will be preceded by a bunny-drawing session led by local author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George. The drawing lesson starts at 6:30 p.m.and the film at 7 p.m. Call 570/253-6850 or visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Fly Tyers Rendezvous

ROSCOE, NY — The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild will host the Fly Tyers Rendezvous on April 16 at the Rockland House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be an opportunity to come and watch, chat and visit with tyers in an intimate setting. You will have the chance to learn some techniques from some of the best professional and amateur tyers, including Robert Patlen, Lee Weil, Bob Mead, Bill Newcomb, Scott Cesari, Jessica Lettich, Mike Nutto, Matt Grobert and many more.

There will also be a raffle; tickets cost $3 each, two for $5.

Easter Bunny hops aboard in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Easter Bunny will hop on board the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions on Saturday, April 16. Departure times are 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. There will be music, singing, a special treat for the kids and visits with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and are free for children 2 and under if lap held. Visit www.waynecountycc.com or call 570/253-1960.