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February 27, 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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Farmstock attracts the curious

KENOZA LAKE, NY — There are 12 farms listed on the Farmstock Working Farms tour in Sullivan County this year. That’s up from eight last year when the tour was initiated by the newly formed Sullivan County Farm Network.

The goal of the tour is to help support the local farming community while expanding agriculture and local food in the county. Along with that, according to the organization’s website, the aim is “to strengthen communication between those who grow food with those who consume it.”  Read more

Flute and harp duo at Fauchere

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchere will host a concert by the Levin/Stern Flute and Harp Duo on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. The program, “From Famous Classics to Modern Favorites,” ranges from early music by Telemann to Debussy’s “Clair du Lune” and Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte” to 20th-century show songs by the Gershwins and Harold Arlen.  Read more

‘Little Farm Show’ comes to farmers’ markets

BREAKING NOTICE: This weekend's performances of "The Little Farm Show" have been postponed. The Barryville show has been postponed to Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, a postponement of the Callicoon show to Sunday, September 4 had not yet been confirmed. We will post the confirmation or any alternate date as soon as we get it.  Read more

Quote, unquote, Part 2

First, let’s check our quiz answers from last month, shall we?

Here’s the actual quote from President George H. W. Bush, from his State of the Union Address for 1992: “The opponents of this measure [cutting the capital gains tax] and those who’ve authored various so-called soak-the-rich bills that are floating around this chamber should be reminded of something: When they aim at the big guy, they usually hit the little guy. And maybe it’s time that stopped.”  Read more

Summer food

The joys of weeding have eluded me this summer. I’ve been tending the algae growing in my pool instead. I treated it with chemicals, vacuumed, brushed, said daily novenas to the Virgin. Did you know there are different algaes? Green, of course, but also mustard and black. It was some small consolation when the pool clerk said “everybody’s growin’ it this summer.” It must have been a July thing. When August came, it went.  Read more

SlowFloat in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — SlowFloat, a day of activity combining art, outdoor recreation, music, local food and discussions about our water and food sheds, will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. As part of the event, this month's Skydog Supper Club meeting will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall.  Read more

Snow goose on the loose

For the past several weeks, a lone snow goose has joined a local flock of Canada geese in the Town of Tusten, NY. While the flock initially resisted the presence of the intruder, the mostly white goose persisted and has successfully been integrated into the flock.
According to the property owner, the snow goose has not yet attempted to fly. “It is funny to see it join the pre-flight practice stampede with the adult geese flapping their wings at a pitch run towards the pond, and there in the middle are all the gosling geese and one adult snow goose running for all they are worth,” she said.  Read more

Hanson opens ‘The Art of Sports & Games’

HONESDALE, PA — The Hanson Gallery, 1037 Main St., will open its new exhibit, “The Art of Sports & Games,” on Saturday, August 6. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Among the featured artists in the show will be Bea Creations, Anthony Chickillo, Mark Chuck, Evgeni Gordiets, Richard Lichtenstein, Jean-Luc Rieutort, John Rocklin, Marina Stavitskaya and Charles G. Woods. The exhibit will run through October 1.

Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — A variety of free music is planned throughout the weekend for the seventh annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

MAD Magazine photographer at Hawley library

HAWLEY, PA — Irving Schild of MAD Magazine will speak about his work and experiences at Hawley Public Library on Thursday, August 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. He will also donate a variety of MAD publications to the library.  Read more

Jeff library holds book sale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library will hold its annual Firehouse Book Sale at the firehouse in Jeffersonville from Thursday, August 11 through Saturday August 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The last day of the sale is bag day. Call 845/482-4350.

Dance Y’rself Green

CALLICOON, NY — Dance Y’rself Green, a mid-summer night’s dance party, will be held on Saturday, August 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Callicoon Creek Park. The NACL stilters will be there, presenting stilt workshops for all ages. A DJ will provide entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to NACL Theatre. The suggested donation is $10.

Worth Tasting: culinary driving tour

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Join food writer Stephen Fries on August 12 for a tour of nine of Sullivan County’s locally owned food markets and restaurants. The tour will begin in Kauneonga Lake at 9:15 a.m. at the newly opened Java Love Coffee Roasting Co., where participants will learn about the process of coffee roasting while sipping on a sampling of the local brew.

The tour will then circle Sullivan County making stops in Morsston, Livingston Manor, Parksville, Liberty, Jeffersonville, and Bethel, before returning to Kauneonga Lake at 2:30 p.m. The other stops are kept secret.  Read more

Movie nights return to Liberty with ‘Ironman 2’

LIBERTY, NY — From August 5 to September 9, Friday Nights will be Open Air Movie Nights on the North Main Street Stage in Liberty. First up will be “Ironman 2” on Friday, August 5, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. Other shows in the schedule will be “Secretariat” (August 12), “The Social Network” (August 19), “Country Strong” (August 26), and “Cars” (September 9).  Read more

‘Hairspray’ hits the boards in Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will stage the musical comedy “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, August 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7, 14 at 2 p.m. in the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main Street (Route 42). The TONY award-winning musical features 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.  Read more

Donizetti’s ‘L’elisir d’amore’ premieres in Lake Huntington

REGION — The Delaware Valley Opera Company’s production of “The Elixir of Love” (“L’elisir d’amore”), by the 19th-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, will premiere for the season at Sullivan West Central High School in Lake Huntington, NY on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, at 8 p.m.

The opera is a story of class differences, rumor, tricks and true love, full of fun, humor and romance, with vocal flourishes to match. It will be performed with orchestra, sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets cost $25.  Read more

‘Fluid by Nature’

MILFORD, PA — The waterfalls of Pike County have inspired the works of Marie Liu, on display this month at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. The exhibit will open on August 11, titled “Fluid by Nature.” Paintings by Linda Barboni will also be on display. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild

35 years of education in the art of fiber mastery

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Practitioners of the fiber arts have many potential friends and supportive teachers in the Upper Delaware River Valley, where a quiet but purposeful organization has been weaving its peaceful influence for 35 years.  Read more

Join and sing the Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. at the Milford Bible Church. If you have sung the Messiah before, or have ever wanted to sing the Messiah, this is your chance to become part of a special performance complete with symphony orchestra and professional soloists.  Read more

Crowd pleasers

As much as I love doling out my opinion on the various events happening throughout the Hudson Valley, there are times (believe it or not) that I look to the audience for inspiration. This past week offered a perfect opportunity to keep my mouth shut (yes, it’s possible) and tune in to conversations heard ‘round every corner. I managed to get my two cents in from time to time, but felt it prudent to hear what others had to say.  Read more

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