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March 02, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ is Forestburgh finale

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Playhouse brings to life the ‘20s and ‘30s in the 1978 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” featuring the music of the legendary Fats Waller. The musical will run from Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, September 4, with evening performances presented every Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Read more

I am a camera…

It’s yet another expression that floats in and out of my consciousness from time to time. I find myself saying it more and more as I wander the countryside snapping away. Years ago, while working for a different newspaper, I consistently got the same note at staff meetings: “decent copy, lousy pictures.” Outraged, I defended myself by insisting that I am not a photographer, but a writer who is forced to take pictures along the way.  Read more

DVO celebrates silver with gala concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will celebrate its Silver Anniversary with a gala concert, “Singers of the Valley,” to be held at the company’s longtime home in the Tusten Theater on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Celebrating 25 years as a major contributor to the artistic life of the area, the DVO has organized a group of DVO artists from the past and current seasons to regale the audience, singing a program of popular and operatic favorites.  Read more

Fawns and farm animals

There was a tent at the Wayne County Fair off on a side alley where kids could pet and feed little deer fawns for three dollars. You could purchase a photo of your child with the fawns for $10 or pay extra to go in to take a photo with your own camera. It was a popular tent. Mostly the clientele was toddlers with their mothers. Babies petting babies.  Read more

River talk: choose life

Talk throughout the river corridor lately has been focused on a series of preventable drownings in the Upper Delaware River—three within an eight-day period — and five since the season began. Had the victims been wearing lifejackets, they might be alive today.  Read more

Pollination: an important summer job

The warm days of midsummer bring forth many colorful blooms from ornamental plants and wildflowers alike. The brilliant colors of these flowers serve to attract many different species of critters; they feed or utilize the nectar present at the base of the petals. When animals harvest this nectar, they accidentally perform another important function: pollination.  Read more

Summerfest and the Hardy Brothers Cup

Saturday, August 6 found the Tangler and friends wandering through the various stands of vendors exhibiting their wares at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center’s Summerfest weekend. Wow, bargains galore. I picked up a number of Mustad hooks at a price of $6 a hundred. They were the old-style Mustad hooks but at that price, a steal of a deal. There were excellent prices on fly-tying materials and hardcover books that are often hard to find. Dennis Menscer, the bamboo rod builder from Hancock, NY, delivered my new eight-foot, five-weight rod.  Read more

Cochecton park is a winner

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — This pirate ship is one of the principal features of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps Park, which won first place in the B category of the Sullivan Renaissance Awards.

There will be an official opening ceremony for the park on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m., with a ceremony followed by a community barbeque.

Lumberland celebrates awards

GLEN SPEY, NY — Eagle Scout candidate Brian Hazen, left, and his grandmother, Kathy Bisland, who is chairman of the Lumberland Parks and Recreation Committee, presented their town board with the Sullivan Renaissance (SR) Award they received for Best Garden Design, Category C, Excellence in Garden Design and Sustainability at the town board meeting on August 11.  Read more

A photographic perspective on the reservoir construction

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A new photo exhibition is currently on view at The Time and the Valleys Museum titled “A Glimpse into the Building of the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs and Connecting Tunnels.” Direct from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Archives in New York City, these rarely seen photos show a unique view of the workers who built the Rondout and Neversink reservoirs and the Delaware and Neversink tunnels.  Read more

‘The Social Network’ at Liberty summer movie series

LIBERTY, NY — The third installment of the 2011 Summer Outdoor Movies series, on Friday, August 19, will be “The Social Network,” the 2010 winner of multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, the movie chronicles the history of Facebook, from the beginnings in 2003 to what has now become a global social network that revolutionized communication.

Showtime is approximately 8 p.m. The Summer Stage is located next to LaPolt Park at 120 North Main Street.

‘Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Plants, Flowers, Fruits & Vegetables” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance from August 20 through September 18, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Bill Leuszler on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Museum hosts ‘wacked-out’ trio

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will hold a concert fundraiser starring Kenny Young and the Eggplants on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park visitor’s center, 58 Hoag Road.

Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not easily described semi-acoustic trio. The band members, who insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands, are Eddie Logue (percussion of various sorts), Gil Shuster (bass and role model for children) and Kenny Young (acoustic guitar and vocals).  Read more

Rags and blues at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Acclaimed pianist Peter Muir will present a concert titled “Rags, Blues and All That Jazz” as the final event in the college’s Summer of Fun Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

Muir, who holds a Ph.D. in musicology, is an acknowledged authority on American music. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Music, he has performed all over the world.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for children under 13. They can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or in advance by calling 845/434-5750, ext. 4472.

Historic schoolhouse open to public

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently partnered with Steve Metzger, proprietor of Apple Valley, to make the old Schocoppee Schoolhouse, located in Apple Valley Village, available for viewing.

The little red schoolhouse originally stood at the intersection of Fire Tower Road and Schocoppee Road, about a mile west of the present day location. It was donated to the Pike County Historical Society in 1976, taken apart plank by plank, and reconstructed at the new site.  Read more

Less known railroads

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host historian and author Michael Kudish, presenting a geographic tour of three historic tributary railroads that connected with the Ontario & Western (O&W) main line, on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. The free public program will include a series of hand-drawn maps from Kudish’s book “Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” just published by Purple Mountain Press.  Read more

‘If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ”If U Want Me, U Can Have Me, Right NOW!!,” a one-woman show written and performed by Elizabeth Rose, will be performed at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20, with a $2 discount for advance sales.  Read more

Festival to celebrate Broadway completion

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello will hold the Broadway Craft & Farm Fest on Sunday, August 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The festival will be held at the vacant lot on the corner of Broadway and St. John’s Street. A portion of Broadway (from Bank Street to Liberty Street) will also be closed off for most of the day.  Read more

Liberty Free holds Rent Money Reading

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Liberty Free Theatre will present its last Rent Money Reading of the summer at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake. It will present two comedies, “Waltzing De Niroby” and “Mafia on Prozacby.” The readings are fundraisers to help defray the rental cost of The Liberty Free Theatre’s home base in Liberty. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/292-3788.

Contra dancing at the Grange

GALILEE, PA — The Unity Grange holds contra dances every third Saturday of the month, thorugh December. The next dance will be on Saturday, August 20, starting at 7 p.m. with a children’s dance, followed by a family dance with instruction for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Patrons of Husbandry, and callers are Lucia Ruedenberg-Wright and Laurie Brongo.

There will be potluck snacks at break time. Email galileestudios66@yahoo.com or call 570/729-7141.

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