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November 22, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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Crookston returns to RiverFolk

DAMASCUS, PA — RiverFolk concerts will welcome Joe Crookston on Thursday, June 16 at a potluck performance at the home of Frank and Pat Salt, 17 Mountain Lion Dr. (off River Road). There will be a pot luck at 6:30 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m. BYOB. Crookston, a favorite at RiverFolk, has just released a new CD, “Darkling & the Bluebird Jubilee.”

The suggested donation is $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Checks should be made out to Joe Crookston, and should be sent to Jill Padua, 78 Kirks Rd. Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested at 845/252-6783.  Read more

CD release party at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Jazz in the Living Room,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will be on Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Dancing Cat Saloon. There will be no cover charge. There will be a cash bar, and dinner, though not included is available. Reservations are requested. Call 845/583-3141.  Read more

Yard sale supports St. Andrew’s food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Antique cars and tractors, street rods and buses in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — For the 12th year, owners of antique cars, classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, antique tractors, double-decker British buses and, if last year is anything to go by, Mack trucks will converge on a meadow by the Equinunk Creek for the Equinunk Historical Society Car Show, on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are no admission charges, either for the vehicles or people. Owners compete for donated prizes—dash plaques and plenty of door prizes are awarded.  Read more

Works by Sigunik at Red Eft Gallery in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — Red Eft Gallery at 159 Sullivan St. will feature a solo show of works by Phil Sigunick for its final 2011 exhibit, running from June 18 to July 16 with a reception on Saturday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

A July 4 weekend sock hop with the Shirelles

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Gemini International will present The Shirelles, the 1960s vocal group famous for “Soldier Boy” and “Mama Said,” among many other hits, at a 1950s-style Sock Hop on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., at the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street.

The Shirelles’ appearance at the Sock Hop is a special event of “Narrowsburg Celebrates America,” a three-day festival which will be held from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 throughout Narrowsburg. Visit www.narrowsburg.org or call 845/252-7234.

Jewelry trunk show

MILFORD, PA — The Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry (VFCJ) Club NJ/METRO Chapter will host a vintage costume jewelry trunk show this summer on Friday, June 24 at Mt. Haven Resort, 123 Log Tavern Road. Club members will display desirable jewelry designs from the famous jewelry houses of the 1900s. Top name manufacturers like Miriam Haskell, Hobe and Weiss will offer necklaces, brooches, bracelets, rings and earrings for sale. Open to the public at no fee.  Read more

Quilt show in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild will present A Perfect 10th Quilt Show on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School.  Read more

Summer reading program opens

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Public Library’s summer reading program will have the theme “One World, Many Stories.” Children will explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities. The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawing, story hours, a reading club and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program.

Registration is now open. Visit waynelibraries.org/hawley or call 570/226-4620.

SCCC holds golf tournament

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation will hold its 12th annual golf outing to benefit student scholarships. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at Grossinger’s Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 12:30 pm shotgun start.  Read more

J’aime Trio at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The J’aime Trio will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Francaix and Dohnanyi are on the program offered by these young musicians.  Read more

Tunes & Tales at Roots & Rhythm

WHEN: Saturday, June 18

WHERE: The green between the Central United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches between 10th and 11th streets in Honesdale.

COST: Free

CONTACT: 570/253-6850  Read more

‘Don’t rain on my parade!’

Those memorable lyrics, written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne- for the Broadway classic “Funny Girl,” ran through my head during the past week as I made my way through the thunderstorms soaking the region – as always, in search of adventure.  Read more

Wanderlusting

There has always been a wanderlust in me, seeking escape from the known to the unknown. A train whistle in the night excites my senses. I yearn for the freedom of an open road. So it was not a hard sell, this road trip from New York to California with my daughter promising to share the wheel, her newly minted driver’s license in hand. The moment the idea loosened from her lips, I seized it, imagining nights around a campfire and days exploring small towns and grand vistas.  Read more

Frustration

We are in early June, and Barb and I can count on one hand the number of times we have fished. Long periods of rain, often with real downpours, have kept the rivers running high and dirty. In May, when we had a brief period without rain, my best fishing partner suggested we try the lower Beaverkill at the Trout Brook access. She felt the river might be warmer there, possibly bringing on a good hatch of flies. Off we went. We did find a large number of caddis flies in the air indicating there had already been a strong hatch.  Read more

Porcupines on the prowl

Lately, I have been lucky to encounter three different porcupines during walks in the Ten Mile River area. The passive and slow-moving woodland inhabitant is a treat to see, as its inability to flee quickly or to harm the respectful observer allow for close study of its unique characteristics.  Read more

GLBT Night at "Idaho!"

FORESTBURGH, NY - Saturday, June 11 will be GLBT Night at "Idaho!," the new musical in its pre-Broadway run at Forestburgh Playhouse. The show will be at 8 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $21.50. To get tickets, call the box office at 845/794-1194 and mention “Gays of Sullivan County” to get a 10% discount; or visit www.facebook.com/l/a8169gDo3aemHD0T84_KWP52t_w/www.centerstageticketing..... If you choose the online option, )there will be no place to put in the discount code, so tickets bought online cost $23.

Roots & Rhythm weekend approaches

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. at Rusty Palmer’s, 1103 Texas Palmyra Highway.  Read more

D&H Canal history at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation opens its summer season with a new exhibit curated by museum historian Stephen Skye, “The Million Dollar Club: A Partnership of Giants.”  Read more

Swit reprises ‘Shirley Valentine’

FORESTBURGH, NY —Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H fame will reprise her award-winning role in “Shirley Valentine,” a story about an underappreciated woman who finds romance and her own worth at the Forestburgh Playhouse starting on Tuesday, June 14. The play will run through Sunday, June 19. It will be followed by a one-week run of the Neil Simon hit, “Biloxi Blues,” the second part of his autobiographical Eugene trilogy, from June 21 through 26. The World War II coming of age story centers on Eugene’s life when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

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