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October 21, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t...

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Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River...

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I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to...

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Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The...

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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a...

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A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Lay them to rest

It didn’t take long at all, once they got around to it—less than 40 minutes from arrival to departure. No time, apparently, for epic hand-to-hand struggles, breathless pursuits, or final, defiant soliloquies (though these will no doubt be added to the movie and video-game versions). A bit of gunfire, and the job was done. And just a few hours later, a weighted bag containing the shroud-wrapped corpse of Osama bin Laden slid off the deck of the USS Carl Vinson into the waters of the Arabian Sea.  Read more

A year-round arts economy

By WADE LAWRENCE
In some ways, it might be thought strange that I was asked to write a piece on my vision for the future of this area. I wasn’t born or raised here, didn’t attend school here and didn’t raise a family here. My vision is indelibly colored by what I have seen elsewhere and my dreams for the future of the cultural center for which I work.  Read more

Walking on water: pond skating in the summer

The spring emergence of insects is now well under way, benign and pesky alike. One of the more fascinating critters that are now visible is the pond skater, a member if the Gerridae family, which comprise several surface-dwelling insect species.  Read more

Spring cleaning: it’s the little things...

It just so happens that I am one of those who love to clean. I have found that when my environment is cluttered, my mind follows suit. So it was with anticipation, rather than dread, that I finally got down to business this week. The dust and cobwebs in the house were the least of my concerns, but rather the cobwebs in my mind that were on the forefront of the attack.  Read more

Sounds of spring in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Throughout the month of May, Tusten Theatre will host three acoustic music events sponsored by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: contemporary jazz string quartet Sweet Plantain, folk and Americana songwriter Harvey Reid, and master guitarist Frank Vignola with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo.  Read more

A night with the stars

MILANVILLE, PA — Norm Sullivan and Bill Yeaman will lead a star program at the Butterly Barn at 840 River Road, presented by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Sullivan will provide a telescope, and Yeaman will search for constellations and tell their mythical stories. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for an evening outdoors. There will be light refreshments in the barn.

Wayne County Art Exhibit

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Art Exhibit will be on view at the Wayne County Court House from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit is sponsored by the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
Carleen Faatz, Director of Community Services of Wayne County AAA, said, “Our focus is to encourage and foster creative interactive programs in our community and provide an opportunity for professional and amateur artists of all ages to participate in a conveniently located cultural exchange.” Call 570/253-4262.

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

HONESDALE, PA — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a 2004 production featuring comedian Jim Carrey, will be the May 8 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the movie is a romantic fantasy in which Joel Barish, an introverted office worker (Carrey), and his flighty ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet), have their memories washed of one another after a nasty breakup.  Read more

SkyDog goes Mexican for Cinco de Mayo

NARROWSBURG, NY — The SkyDog Supper Club will celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend with a meeting featuring Mexican cuisine and a showing of the Humphrey Bogart classic, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on Saturday, May 7 at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Go fly a kite

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The 21st annual kite festival will be held at Sullivan County Community College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The first 200 children to arrive will receive a free kite.
The free event is a combination of high-flying recreation and local arts. While participants are invited to fly their own kites, crowds also gather to watch expert kite flying demonstrations. There will be children’s rides and games, craft vendors, fresh food, and music by the Top 40 cover band, Six Pack Joe.

Madcap comedy in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ new comedy, “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Lake-ville Community Hall, Route 590. The Saturday per-formance is at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m.  Read more

Pre-Mother’s Day bake, plant and book sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective is hosting a sale with baked goods, flower and vegetable plants and seedlings, books and tee shirts on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale, which will take place in The Mews courtyard in Narrowsburg next to Narrowsburg Roasters, will offer plenty of specialty and homemade items sure to please your special person on Mother’s Day.  Read more

Springtime walks at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Two special walks that highlight Grey Towers’ landscape and the Pinchot family influence in Milford will be offered in May by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers.
On Saturday, May 7, you can visit the historic gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site and see them as they awaken from their winter slumber. The landscape tour, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot, features the historic Sweet Cherry Tree, seen below, and hundreds of bulbs in bloom.  Read more

New NPS chief ranger outlines goals

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Joe Hinkes isn’t new to the region, having held National Park Service posts here in the past; but the career law enforcement professional recently assumed the position of chief ranger for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UDSSR) and has already begun forming fresh relationships with its various stakeholders.  Read more

Wild leeks

The leeks are up. Patches of our native wild onion have appeared like vast green islands in the moist leaf mat of local woodlands. They are a sure sign of renewal after our long winter and the fits and starts of our cold, wet spring.

Leeks, also known as ramps, grow wild in the woods from Georgia to Quebec and as far west as Minnesota. In fact, Chicago, IL, is said to have derived its name from the Native American “Shikako” or “skunk place” due to the abundance of wild onions in that area. Leeks are known for their potent, garlic-like flavor and their ephemerally brief growing season.  Read more

‘Water: A Love/Hate Relationship:' Paintings by Raul Serrano

NARROWSBURG, NY — “While looking over all of the works I had produced in the last few years, I realized that water—used as a symbol or as a physical manifestation of an emotional state—was an important element in many of them,” said painter Raul Serrano, who will exhibit work in an exhibition titled “Water: A Love/Hate Relationship” opening with a reception on Friday, April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at 37 Main Street.  Read more

Carrot juice on the rocks

The Easter Bunny’s stump on Cotton Tail Lane was thumping until late in the evening on Easter Sunday. Creatures from every walk of life had come to hang out, eat some candy and pay their respect to Tommy “The Easter Bunny.”

Tommy sat in his favorite chair in the corner and looked around the room. The Young Bunny from across the street was there; she was so cute. He really wanted to talk to her, but didn’t have the energy. His feet ached from all the hopping. As usual, things had gone off without a hitch and it had been a long day of hiding eggs and waiting for children to find them.  Read more

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up...

I guess it was bound to happen, but given the fact that my crystal ball is once again in the shop, I didn’t see it coming. For something completely different, Mother Nature gave me some trouble last week, so there were fallen trees, insurance agents and piles of aggravation to occupy me and keep me close to home.  Read more

Port Jervis students exhibit at Up Front

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will sponsor the Port Jervis High School Students Exhibit at Up Front Exhibition Space, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage will be exhibited.  Read more

Foodstock celebrates foods and wines

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill in Jeffersonville and Catskill Harvest Market will present Foodstock, a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort’s tennis building in Callicoon.  Read more