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August 20, 2014
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At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.

The tomatoes are late this year, but we just tasted the first sungolds from our garden, a golden cherry variety that bursts with flavor. They make a delicious no-cook pasta sauce, marinated briefly with home grown shallots in lemon juice and olive oil and tossed with cubes of local mozzarella, penne and thinly sliced basil leaves picked just minutes before serving.

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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Three at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Three Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the entire month of April. There will be an opening reception at the Inn with the artists on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Rivers and Roads’ in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe UpstArts will present “The River and Roads Show,” starting with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1968 Old Route 17. The Rockland-Roscoe Fire District has donated the exhibition space, a temporarily empty automobile showroom. The eclectic group show features local and New York City-based artists inspired by rivers and all they evoke.  Read more

‘Frack!’ comes to Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — A new documentary by filmmaker David Morris will be screened at Mountain View Manor Resort in Glen Spey on Saturday, April 2. “Frack!” tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling (“fracking”) frenzy sweeping the Marcellus Shale region including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas that provide drinking water for over 15 million people.  Read more

A fashionable tea at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a vintage fashion show and tea on the main floor of the Columns Museum on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. The tea will be a “Farmer’s Tea,” consisting of Cornish pasties, sweets and tea. The fashion show will include clothing from the Victorian era up to the ‘60s. The models will be locals. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and include the show and tea. All donations are tax deductable.  Read more

‘Top Girls’ at Krause Hall

NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15.  Read more

‘Shorts and Sweets’

HASBROUCK, NY — The Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, in cooperation with Big Sky Productions, will present “Shorts and Sweets for April Fools”—an afternoon of short stories with homemade desserts—on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Selections will be read by Big Sky’s artistic director Carol Montana, and will include stories by Robert Fulghum, Neil Gaiman and Thomas Meehan.  Read more

Sawka at the Red Eft

WURTSBORO, NY — There will be an artists’ reception for “Passion and Art,” an exhibit of the works of Jan Sawka, on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Eft Gallery, 159 Sullivan Street. The show will be on view until May 7. The exhibit will feature a lecture on Sawka on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Utopia Direction at 7 West Street in Warwick, following which there will be champagne reception at the Red Eft.  Read more


The announcers’ voices were steady and excited.

“David’s still got the mistake on one across but he’s making good time with the bottom left corner of the puzzle. Ken’s got one across and he’s got the entire right side of the puzzle.”  Read more

By the numbers

Eleven. The frigid number of degrees on the thermometer as I left the house and headed to Monticello, NY to catch “Kiss Me Kate” at the high school on Friday. The book, written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack, adds sparkle to the (IMHO) incredibly clever score, penned by the incomparable Cole Porter, who created 15 original songs for this homage to Shakespeare.  Read more

Casting call

HURLEYLVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) has put out a casting call for its summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
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 or call 845/701-0142.

Caution: Eagles at work

With the first sign of spring comes time for year-round resident birds to repair nests or build new ones in preparation for a new breeding season. For our resident eagles, that work has already begun over the course of the winter, and as of the beginning of March, a few pairs have already started to incubate eggs. Once incubation has started, the adults will share this duty until the eggs hatch about 35 days later. Rearing the young takes another 12 weeks or so until they are ready to fledge.  Read more

WCM features Debussy in season premiere

HORTONVILLE, NY — Harp, viola and flute are on the bill as Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) ushers in its 18th season with two unique spring concerts: at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in Hortonville, and at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Brooklyn. Harpist Elaine Christy joins violist Dov Scheindlin and flutist Judith Pearce in both programs, the centerpiece of which is Debussy’s penultimate work, his Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.  Read more

Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo

MATAMORAS, PA — Spiritual Journeys, a local spiritual gift shop in Milford, will present a Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo on Sunday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jean Work Scholarship Fund for GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center.  Read more

‘Art classes at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a number of courses in spring. Among them are a Kids Wheel-throwing Clay Class, on six Sundays starting April 17; Pots for Tots, on six Sundays starting April 17; Fine Art is Fun, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; Art for Kids, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; and How to Photograph Your Artwork, one session on Saturday, April 2.

Fees start at $45. Classes are held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, with a five student minimum. Visit or call 845/436-4227.

Taste of Cherry’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Spring Sunday Night Cinema Series presents “Taste of Cherry” on March 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Iranian-born filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, the 1997 film is about a mysterious middle-aged man who drives around the outskirts of a city offering strangers money to help him commit suicide. It raises questions about the morality of suicide and the nature of compassion, and won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.  Read more

Write a play over the weekend

JEFFERSONVILLE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a two-day playwriting program at the Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg branches on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. Both days there will be a playwriting seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Jeffersonville branch, led by playwright and workshop mentor Bonnie Culver.  Read more

Kiss Me Kate’ at Monti high

MONTICELLO, NY— Monticello High School will persent the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium at Monticello High School. A twist on Shakespeare ’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the musical features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, including such memorable numbers as “Another Openin,’ Another Show,” “Why Can’t You Behave.” Tickets are available at the door and through MHS students and cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, with free admission for senior citizens.

An evening of storytelling at Flour Power

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Outsider Studio Collective will present an evening of storytelling and narrative art with guest storyteller Judith Katz at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Flour Power Bakery. Listen to 12 stories pertaining to “baggage,” then view an art exhibit of works that are narrative in style. Treats will be available for purchase. Email or visit

Space out at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will present “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers,” a touring exhibition organized by Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA.

The special exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, and will be on display from Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, June 26. It features 117 space-themed record album covers that were released between 1940 and 1969, the dawn of the space age, when space was a mystery, and space exploration was seen as adventurous and groovy.  Read more

Fundraiser at Dancing Cat to raise money for computer center

BETHEL, NY — Leadership Sullivan Class of 2011 will hold a fundraiser at the Dancing Cat Saloon to benefit the new computer center at Federation for the Homeless in Monticello on Tuesday, March 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. A buffet with cash bar will be available as well as music by Stacy Cohen.
Tickets cost $25. Checks can be made out to The Sullivan County Chamber Foundation. Proceeds from this event will help purchase computer software, desks and chairs that are needed for the completion of this community-based computer center.
Email or call 845/238-4723.