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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

The issue of drilling for natural gas in the Upper Delaware region is changing life drastically, physically in terms of economy, land, water and air, and relationally in the way people treat each other. Comments in editorials, Delaware River Basin Commission hearings and the like indicate that this industry is causing us to be a divided community. We all seem to want economic and environmental health and a strong community characterized by respect and kindness. What perspective might we gain by considering another nearby fossil fuel industry from a previous generation?  Read more

A mystery goose from the north

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were paddling on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA when we spotted a migrant flock of Canada geese on the far shore. About a dozen or so geese were foraging and resting; they seemed like the typical small flock that stops over during this time of year during their migration south. One individual, however, caught my eye; even from afar, it seemed to have more white plumage than a normal Canada goose.   Read more

Back to back to Bethel: Let the good times roll

Considering that the brakes on my truck failed this past week, I was unsure that I would be rolling anywhere, much less to Louisiana or the prairie states—but a well-placed call to one of my (not so secret) crushes delivered a mechanic to my front door, tool belt (and brake pads) at the ready. Hearing the rising panic in my voice, he soothed my jangled nerves and got to work, making it possible for me to get on the road... in search of good times. (Thank you JW!)  Read more

Kenny and the Eggplants at Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation has rescheduled the trio Kenny Young and the Eggplants for a concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and tropical storms caused a cancellation of the summer fundraising concert featuring the group.

Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but possibly from some other galaxy altogether), Kenny Young and the Eggplants is an acoustic trio whose members insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands (www.facebook.com/kennyyoungandtheeggplants).  Read more

Dinner and a movie with the historical society

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer dinner and a movie to be held in its Foundation Room (aka “The Cellar”) on Friday, November 18. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the movie and a dessert. The working title for the event is “Aunt Marge’s Movie Lounge,” and it will feature movies that the museum’s director, Lori Strelecki, first viewed while growing up with her beloved Aunt Marge.  Read more

Jewelry trunk show: Madame Fortuna & BOCOTE

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two local designers, Paul and Allison Ward, will have a trunk show for their jewelry collections at Enochian in Narrowsburg, New York on Friday, November 25th from 1 to 5 p.m.

Allison has been designing jewelry as Madame Fortuna since 2004. She hunts and collects vintage and antique pieces, re-works them and creates whimsical and unusual adornments that hint of narrative and help you channel your inner eccentric.  Read more

Watch glass artisans at work

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass will celebrate 150 years making glass on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will offer special factory tours and an opportunity to observe guest glass artists including Al Hough, shown here, create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Gillinder Glass Factory is located at 39 Erie St. Visit www.facebook.com/gillinderglassstore.

Good things in small packages

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 19, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 21.

The year-end art event includes a wide range of studio mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and photography—all smaller than six inches in any direction. All works of art are for sale.  Read more

Santa on Stourbridge

HONESDALE, PA — Santa usually prefers to travel by power of reindeer, but takes time off each year for a few diesel-powered jaunts aboard the Stourbridge Line. This year’s Santa Express excursions will occur on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, and Sunday, December 11 with departure times of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On the round-trip ride to Hawley, Santa and his Rudolph will meet everyone on the train, naughty or nice. There will be picture taking, holiday sing-a-longs and a special gift for the kids.  Read more

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Middle School (DVMS) Drama Booster Club will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” taking favorite songs from the Schoolhouse Rock Saturday morning cartoons and educational videos and presenting them live on stage. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered at 570/296-1835. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.  Read more

Forestburgh revamps summer 2012

FORESTBURGH, NY — Producing director Norman Duttweiler announced a number of changes and additions to the previously announced 2012 summer season at the Forestburgh Playhouse. “Although we try to avoid changing a season that we have already announced, sometimes situations arise which cause this to happen.  Read more

Visions of sugarplums

MILFORD, PA — Maura Falli, right, and Larry Utter will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier in The Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 26. There will be a 12 noon and a 7 p.m. performance at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium on Route 6 and 209. Call 845/856-3373.

November kayak ride

The weather turned warm again, so after school recently Becky, Sam and I went for a kayak ride across Nevin’s pond. For Sam and I, it might be the last ride until next spring. My dear friend Becky typically takes her last ride the day after Thanksgiving when she pulls the kayaks out of the water and brings them home for winter storage. It is not your usual “Black Friday” tradition but a tradition nonetheless.  Read more

A cormorant comes calling

This double-crested cormorant was a recent and unusual visitor to Greeley Lake in Pike County, PA, where it lingered for approximately one week in a swampy area of the lake. Normally found in colonies and traveling in flocks, this bird appeared to be alone.

Double-crested cormorants are black, sturdily built birds with long hooked bills, long necks and an orange throat pouch. Their voice is a deep guttural grunt, although they are typically silent in flight. This bird primarily eats fish, which it hunts by swimming and diving to depths of up to 25 feet for between 30 to 70 seconds.  Read more

‘Fur and Feathers’

MILFORD, PA — Karen Kruger (www.KarenKruger.com), a native of New Jersey, has photographed all over the world. Her most recent collection, on display at the ARTery Gallery from November 10 to December 4, showcases unusual animals and birds from Africa and North America.

“If we’ve been lucky enough to observe animals in the wild, we feel a sense of awe at watching, smelling and hearing them. We are the trespassers while they move about freely. We admire their strength and grace, considering some to personify spirits that can guide or protect us.”  Read more

Holiday show in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its annual holiday show from November 19 through December 18.
A wide assortment of original works of art, including: paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and more, as well as prints and note cards, will be available to choose from. The exhibit opens on Saturday, November 19, with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Russell Spitzer on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Site-specific dance theatre at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present the final Deep Space Residency performance, “Where the Light Falls,” a site-specific dance theater piece by Norwegian choreographer/director, Einy Am, on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m.  Read more

High tea in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is hosting the fourth annual winter high tea in Narrowsburg. Enjoy tea and four food courses at “High Tea in the Holiday Spirit” on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. The event, coordinated by Jane Luchsinger, benefits the DVAA and will be held at the Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Button collecting workshop held at Cornell

LIBERTY, NY — The “4-H Connects Kids to Cornell” meeting on Friday, November 11 invites the public, featuring a presentation by Beverly Hesse on what is involved in researching, appraising and showing collections. She will share examples from her state and national award-winning button collection. On display will be one-of-a-kind designs as well as production buttons dating from 1851 to contemporary times. A hands-on activity led by Sandy Cockshutte will show participants how to make their own unique buttons at home.  Read more

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