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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Calling all Munchkins

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will hold auditions on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this summer’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road.

As part of its educational theatre outreach, FTAC will cast local students interested in participating in the production as Munchkins. Children ages 8 to 14 will have the opportunity to share the stage with the professional resident company of actors who come to Forestburgh from all over the country.  Read more

Master gardener plant sale

HONESDALE, PA — The Penn State Master Gardeners in Wayne County will hold a spring plant sale at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main St. on May 14, starting at 10 a.m. There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and possibly house plants. There will also be a help desk to answer questions. Call 570/253-5970, ext. 4110.

Liberty Free presents ‘Hughie’

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. will present Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill’s play, “Hughie,” the story of a lonely small-time gambler and his touching, revealing and often humorous attempts to hold on to his life-long delusion of a happy-go-lucky winner. The play features Michael Frizalone and James Heisel. It was directed by Chet Carlin. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., May 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, and one matinee on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m.  Read more

‘Triple Vision’ at Bluestone

MILFORD, PA — Bluestone Gallery will feature the “Triple Vision” of three artists in an exhibit opening on Friday, May 13, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The three featured artists share a vision characterized by spirit, simplicity and sophistication. John Tilton and Marsha Silverman are ceramicists who create art pottery in porcelain with vibrant crystal matte glazes. Oi’s large acrylic paintings, based upon the “Four Seasons,” capture the essence of serenity itself.  Read more

Cream tea in the parish hall

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Burnham’s Tea Room will make its annual appearance at St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B, across from Roche’s Garage, on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s an authentic cream tea, just like you would find at many a parish hall in England.  Read more

Roscoe kids take ‘water snapshot’

ROSCOE, NY — As part of the Water Snapshot program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior-National Park Service, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Roscoe Central School walked to Riverside Park in Roscoe to perform water quality tests on samples from the Willowemoc River.  Read more

Groups sought for Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Participants are sought for the eighth annual Trout Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 11 on Main Street in Livingston Manor. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be activities including an arts and crafts fair, specialty foods from local vendors and children’s activities, and discounts and special offers from participating merchants.  Read more

Collecting memories, artifacts and more

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day still lingering in our memories, a unique project that recognizes the many contributions made by beloved women in the region is underway. “Apron Strings” is a living history project sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL).

Coordinator Laura Moran invites the Upper Delaware community to show and share memories of any female family member or mentor—whether alive or no longer with us—who helped to make them who they are today.  Read more

Linked in and on the run...

The question that hangs in the air is whether there is such a thing as “too much fun?” Judging by the past week, I hesitate to say “yes” but that said, I’m grateful that I must slow down for a brief shining moment and share my exploits, while sitting still.  Read more

Painting with Brownscombe

HONESDALE, PA — Painting with Jennie Brownscombe, a watercolor class for beginners age 10 and up, will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) museum. It is one of several events the WCHS will offer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Honesdale-born artist Brownescombe.

The course will be led by instructor Dottie Kerber, who has years of art experience exhibiting and teaching locally. Reservations cost $15 and must be made by May 14. The fee will cover all supplies, which participants can keep at the end of the class.  Read more

Sleep No More

Last night I was standing on the corner of Madison and 62nd Street waiting for the light to change, when a cab slowly drove by. It crept out of the shadows as if from a dream.

As it drove by, I saw, propped up on the passenger seat, a mask: an oddly shaped white plastic carnival mask. It surprised me. It was a mask I recognized.  Read more

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