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March 01, 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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Volunteers needed at Black Bear

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Black Bear Film Festival, to be held on October 14, 15 and 16, will return to its home in Milford’s own theater, newly refurbished, reopened and under the direction of Jerry Beaver. Volunteers are needed on at least half a dozen committees. Anyone interested in creative, publicity, logistics, fundraising, ticketing, volunteer co-ordination, or events is invited to meet at the Milford Theater, East Catharine St., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20.

‘Expressed Mail’ auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — Artist Shannon Thol designed this mailbox for the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) eighth annual Summer Art Project, “Expressed Mail.” The mailboxes will be auctioned off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, as a benefit for WCAA. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a public preview and the bidding begins at 7 p.m. Visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

Luxton Lake unveils monument

NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Luxton Lake Community Property, 95 Luxton Lake Road, to unveil a new community monument. Music will be provided by local musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, as well as other local musicians and entertainers.  Read more

A summer mystery - Part 3: The investigation

Detective Brown stood in the dimly lit squad room. It had been three days since he had received the call about the body in the basement of the apartment building and the investigation was now in full swing. Brown or his partner had spoken to literally everyone who was in the building that day. All 32 people.

They had painstakingly searched the Johnson apartment, the stairwell, the basement, and the empty, recently purchased, shared apartment between the Johnsons and their neighbor Tom.  Read more

Woodstock, legends and all that jazz

I’ve often heard it said that “age is just a number” but have no clue who coined the phrase. Undoubtedly, it was some octogenarian—loath to admit that time was passing more quickly than had been anticipated. This past week, my event calendar was filled with time travel and I found myself doing the math a little too often.  Read more

Going forward to the past

Last month I promised that in this month’s column I would write on update on my No Car Week experience.

I began my driving moratorium in the middle of July’s alarming, record-breaking heat wave, a perfect time to stay put in our tree-sheltered house, which is at least 10 degrees cooler than life on the road. Between cool showers, running cold water over my wrists and lying under the ceiling fan, I write, read and try to muster energy to make iced tea.  Read more

'Little Farm Show' performances postponed

BARRYVILLE AND CALLICOON, NY — The performances of "The Little Farm Show" originally scheduled for this week's Barryville and Callicoon farmers' markets have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon.

As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a new date for the Callicoon show on Sunday, September 4 was tentative but not confirmed. We will post the confirmation or an alternate date as soon as it is available.

Come back, little diva

Oh my gosh, what a week! As I made plans to visit friends and family in the Finger Lakes, I checked my schedule and realized that I had better make hay while the sun shines, since if there is one thing that the summer knows, it’s that time is fleeting and before we know it, we’ll see the wintry snows.  Read more

Divas in concert

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms will hold the fourth concert in its summer concert series. “Delicious Divas from the Met,” on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Jennifer Hines and Tonna Miller singing arias, show music and popular music.  Read more

Electric Junkyard Gamelan at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — For the third consecutive season, Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan will perform at the Catskill Arts Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Electric Junkyard Gamelan plays the original music of composer Terry Dame on musical instruments of her invention.  Read more

Painted chairs to be auctioned

MONTICELLO, NY — The Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will auction off chairs painted by local artists as a fundraiser on Saturday, August 13 during the library’s celebration of its 75th anniversary, at 3 p.m.  Read more

‘Midnight in Paris’ at CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Woody Allen’s time travel comedy “Midnight in Paris,” starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Callicoon Theatre.  Read more

Kids get to make their own movies

NARROWSBURG, NY — Icehouse Arts will bring the 10th season of Kid Flix (ages 8-11) and Kid Flix (ages 12-18) to the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library with two one-week workshops, one starting on August 14 and one on August 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Workshops are limited to 12 participants.  Read more

UpFront opens End of Summer show

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space started its End of Summer 2011 Show on August 4. This show will run through September 30. The public is invited to attend the end-of-summer artists’ reception on Saturday, August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a live drum presentation by Obi Kaye along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Walking tour plaques up in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — New plaques have been mounted on some of the historic buildings on Main Street in Narrowsburg that are included in the just published brochure “Take a Walk into Narrowsburg History.”

Recently published by the Tusten Historical Society, the tour walks you through the history of some of the oldest buildings and sites of buildings in the town. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group added to the impact of the tour by designing plaques for each of the 33 historic sites listed in the brochure.  Read more

‘Chicago’ takes the stage in Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theater Arts Center at the Forestburgh Playhouse will present “Chicago” from Tuesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 21.  Read more

Pre-register for Wally fest activities

HAWLEY, PA — The Second Annual Wally Lake Fest event will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. There are several events that require advanced registration for participants.

The 2011 Wally Lake Fest Boat Parade is sponsored by Davis R. Chant Realtors and takes place on Lake Wallenpaupack on August 27 at 4 p.m. Participants decorate their boats, and winners for first, second and third places will be awarded with trophies and prizes. Registration is free. Visit www.chantlw.com/boatparade.php or call 570/226-4518.  Read more

Church hosts local musicians in concert

HONESDALE, PA —A concert titled “Music for Music” will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. The concert, part of Marietta Mendler’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project, will feature local musicians performing a wide variety of music, and will support the establishment of a sheet music exchange at the Wayne County Public Library. “I’ve been studying music since I was seven or so, and I’ve been involved with the library almost as long, so this project was a natural fit,” said Mendler, a local piano student who graduated from Honesdale High School this year.  Read more

Ice Cream Oneg at Beth-El

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Congregation Temple Beth-El will host an “Ice Cream Oneg” immediately following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, August 12, beginning at 8 p.m.

The oneg, translated as “joy” or “pleasure of the Shabbat,” is a small meal or repast after the Friday evening service. Participants in the oneg at Beth-El will have the chance to show off their talents in making their own floats or sundaes with a variety of toppings.  Read more

Water in watercolor

MILFORD, PA — This painting by Linda Barboni, which incorporates pastel with watercolor, is one of those that will be on display at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA starting on Thursday, August 11. It is part of an exhibit called “Fluid by Nature.”

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