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November 28, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Ghost Detective takes an encore

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden, The Ghost Detective from the Paranormal Police Headquarters (, on Monday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be Worden’s second appearance at the Hub, following a sold-out first performance that left 20 people on the waiting list.

Worden offers a unique perspective as an investigator of both the living and the dead, as a police detective in Port Jervis with over 10 years of law enforcement experience. He has been actively investigating ghosts since 2000.  Read more

Forestburgh holds pre-season gala

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Proud of Our Home: Celebrating 175 Years of the Town of Forestburgh” will be the theme of the pre-season fund raiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center, to be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature previews of the opening production of “Guys and Dolls,” as well as a few tidbits from the opening cabaret “Get Happy: The Music of Harold Arlen.”  Read more

‘Garden of Eden’ kicks off PaPA season

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA’s first exhibit for the season, “The Garden of Eden,” will have an opening reception on June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The arts and cultural center is housed in the century-old 33,000-square-foot historic Welwood Silk Mill building. The show will run through July 21.

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.
In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.
Visit or call 845/932-8923.

Big D features watercolors by Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present an all-member show in the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. The collection will include oils, watercolors and photography as well as featuring one of its members for the month.

June will feature Livingston Manor, NY watercolor artist Caroline Harrow. Her realistic barns and still life paintings bring back memories of a simpler life. Caroline is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and her paintings are in many corporate and private collections.  Read more

June is bustin’ out all over!

Memorial Day weekend conjures up many images: backyard barbeques, flag-waving parades, garden parties and the requisite boat launches, as the lakes, rivers and ponds begin to swell with visitors swarming to the Upper Delaware valley. Many of us look forward to an extended, three-day siesta as the hammocks go up, and s’mores begin to waft through the night air.  Read more

Sullivan Dairy Court crowned

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The new Sullivan County Dairy Court was crowned on April 27. The 2012-13 court consists of four Dairy Ambassadors: Adeline Bodnaruik, Brandi Burk, Cierra Roth and Amy Sykes; and two Milk Maids; Brittney Burk and Carrie Sykes. June is Dairy Month, and June 4 is National Frozen Yogurt Day. The new court offers the following cooling recipe.

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt


3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsps. cornstarch
(12 fluid ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Listen to the nuns

As a college student in the mid-‘80s, I took a class on Virginia Woolf. The professor, a youthful woman with swishy, black hair and a quick humor, liked to tell us that had she been around in past ages she would have been a nun.  Read more


In the past two weeks, one thing and another has prevented me from going trout hunting. First, doctors and dentist appointments, then an afternoon spent with Misako Ishimura, which gave Barb and me each the opportunity to say good-bye to Mark Romero by dropping a handful of his ashes into Stewart Brook. Thus, Mark’s remains were started on a slow journey down the Catskill waters that he loved. He was a long time member of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers and served for many years on their conservation committee.  Read more

Another invasive comes to the valley

As if the number of invasive plants and insects becoming established in the Upper Delaware River Valley weren’t already ample enough, a new plant is creeping into the local landscape.

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the discovery of “mile-a-minute vine” (Polygonum perfoliatum), which gets its name from the astonishing growth rate of the annual vine—up to six inches in one day and over 20 feet in one growing season.  Read more

Laughs at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Starting on May 26, the Laugh Tour will bring a show a month to The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, with comedians from shows like The Tonight Show and Letterman. The headliner for the first show will be Kevin Meaney, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Letterman, HBO, Regis, Oprah and Conan O’Brien. Also featured will be Leah Bonnema, who has been featured in The New York Times and Daily News and named one of HuffPost’s 50 Funniest Women. All the events will be hosted by Rich Kamco of The Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

‘Rumblestrips’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “Rumblestrips,” a movie directed and written by John Adams and Toby Poser of Roscoe, will be screened at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The film is a fictional narrative about a foolish but well-meaning mother whose life has drifted off center, and who is led back between the lines by the unwavering devotion of her two young daughters. Broke and emotionally blistered after the death of her husband, Toby has turned to a beloved pastime, growing marijuana, to provide for her family.  Read more

Ice Works in summer

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Natural Ice Harvesting Museum will open on Friday, May 25.

Sculpted Ice Works manufactures ice carving blocks and transforms them into ice sculptures of all sizes. Mark Crouthamel, master carver and founder of Sculpted Ice Works in 1999, has spent several years developing a factory tour of the ice plant and a museum of the history of naturally harvested ice.  Read more

Tour alpaca farms

CALLICOON, NY — Farmstock, a summer-long series of tours of working farms in Sullivan County, starts out on Memorial Day weekend at two alpaca farms in Callicoon. Rosehaven Alpacas (, at 540 County Road 164, will host tours at 12:30 and 2 p.m. The farm store will be open, there will be a spinning demonstration and craft corner for kids, and a name the cria contest. Call 914/953-2506 or 845/887-6801.

Nature’s Reserve Alpacas ( at 408 River Rd. will offer tours and spinning demonstrations. Call 845/887-2012.  Read more

Roscoe Farmers Market opens

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Farmers Market is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The market features locally grown produce, baked goods, homemade jams, jellies and fudge, aged cheese, wines, fresh homemade pasta and organic gourmet doggie treats, among other items. You can also find flower baskets, shrubs, herbs, perennials and annuals.

Kindred Spirits opens season with Amram

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits will open its 2012 season of seven musical events on Saturday, June 2 with a screening of the film “Pull My Daisy,” with special guests David Amram and Janet Hamill. There will be a post-show discussion, poetry reading, and performance with Amram ( and accompanying artists. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.  Read more

Liberty holds first Soapbox Derby

LIBERTY, NY — The first annual Sullivan Soapbox Derby will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. on North Main Street, between Charles and Columbia streets.  Read more

Plant Swap & Bake Sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group’s (NBG) annual Plant Swap & Bake Sale will be held at the Mews on Narrowsburg’s Main Street, between Coffee Creations and Gerard’s River Grill, on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you have more plants than you need, bring them along and swap them for someone else’s extras. If you’d like more plants for your own garden but don’t have anything to swap, make a monetary donation to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group.  Read more

Friday night summer salad

Last Friday, some friends and I got together at Mel’s house and all cooked a meal. Everyone prepared a different dish. My friend Josh came up with the idea as a way for all of us to hang out and also because he wants to learn more about cooking. I was excited to see everyone and a little nervous about the cooking.  Read more

No jacket required

I’ve never considered myself shallow, much less a clothes horse, but this past weekend, all illusions were shattered. Once again, the events schedule overflowed throughout the region, and with Memorial Day upon us, Dharma (the wonder dog) and I are busier than ever. Now that my “living stuffed animal” has eclipsed any delusion that I might have had regarding personal popularity, I’ve thrown up my hands and given in, as Dharma’s invites flood my mailbox and requests for her appearance at local celebrations ramp up.  Read more

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