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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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WCM kicks off the season on April Fools

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music will celebrate April Fools Day with “Fools & Fiddlers,” a concert at Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Hankins Road at 3 p.m. The concert begins WCM’s 19th season in Sullivan County, and is followed by a meet-the-artists reception.  Read more

Sponsors sought for Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Planning has begun for the third annual Wally Lake Fest, which takes place Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The festival was created to help summer last a little longer on the lake and in Hawley and since its inception, the last weekend in August has been one of the busiest weekends of the year as people flock to the Lake Region for the festivities. Wally Lake Fest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and made possible through dedicated and generous sponsors, volunteers, organizers, local businesses and supporters.  Read more

‘Vaudeville in the Catskills’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society and The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Vaudeville in the Catskills” on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at The Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street.  Read more

Flea market opens for the season

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The flea market at the Orange County Fairgrounds large parking area in Middletown will open for its sixth season on Saturday, March 31, weather permitting. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through November, and will be open during the annual Orange County Fair. Admission is free.  Read more

Author to speak at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Author Neela Vaswani will speak and sign copies of her books at a buffet luncheon benefiting the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 12 at 12 noon. It will take place at the Hotel Wayne, 1202 N. Main St. Vaswani is author of the short story collection “Where the Long Grass Bends,” and a memoir, “You Have Given Me a Country.” She and Silas House co-authored the middle grade novel-in-letters, “Same Sun Here,” which was released in February and is currently the number-one selling book for young adults in independent bookstores.  Read more

Quilts celebrate nature

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Sunday, April 1, Morgan Outdoors will unveil its sixth annual “The Great Outdoors—Quilts Celebrating Nature” show at 46 Main Street. The public is invited to the opening reception on April 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. The quilts will be on display from April 1 to 29.  Read more

Before Hollywood there was Cuddebackville

PORT JERVIS, NY — Seth Goldman, executive director of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville will present a free program at The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library on early film making in the area on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum’s mission is to preserve and document the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York’s Catskill region. Goldman is the acknowledged expert on the early film industry and the films made in the tri-state area in the early 20th century.  Read more

‘With Love from Shakespeare’s Women’ to raise funds for DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Act Underground will present “With Love from Shakespeare’s Women” as the first of a series of Arts Alive/Savor the Arts fundraisers this spring benefiting Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “Eat Drink Man Woman” on Sunday, March 25 at 8:15 p.m. The offering is part of the Sunday Night Cinema series, “Cinema Gastronomique: Movies about Food and Dining.”

Multiple Academy Award winner Ang Lee is the director of this cinematic feast about a master chef whose food personifies his love for his three very modern Taiwanese daughters, all of whom long to flee the paternal nest. Voluptuous use of food stands as a metaphor for the daughters’ sexual exploits and the family’s rollicking dysfunction.  Read more

April show opens at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League will open their new show on April 5 at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be an array of oils, watercolors and photographs. The group is giving special recognition to one member, Diane Kimberley. Kimberley was an educator for 25 years in New Jersey. She is a watercolor artist and also creates unusual pieces of pottery. She resides now in Scott Center, where she has a studio and works on her paintings and ceramics.

The inn is located on Starlight Road. For more information visit or call 800/248-2519.

The 2012 prophesies: Fact or fantasy?

Doomsday is a strong word. Merely uttering it aloud conjures up all sorts of scenarios in one’s head, but ultimately it leads to the same conclusion. No matter how you slice it, and regardless of the language, dictionaries around the globe agree that doomsday is defined as “the last day of the world’s existence.”  Read more

Exposed or hidden

In recent weeks, I have been playing the role of fly-tying instructor for those new to the art. Ah yes, I realize some might say that this was akin to the lame leading the blind. So be it. In fact, at both classes, before I even put thread to the hook shank, the words of the lead instructors in charge indicated there was a flaw in my technique. They had told the students to place the hook in the vice with the hook point exposed. Ooops! I could only hope that no one would notice that I had placed my hook in the vice with the hook point concealed.  Read more

Springtime paddling

Milder weather arrived in earnest during the first half of March, and that brought on an urge to launch the kayak and do a little paddling. During a sunny day just before the Ides of March, I set out on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA and found many signs that spring was well on the way.  Read more

A house on B Street

With my aunt in recovery from a recent stroke, and her husband in the hospital, her children were faced with the prospect of completing the impending sale of their summer home on Fire Island.  Read more

Feather identification

While walking in the forest recently, a friend of mine came upon a small pool of feathers on a fallen log and found herself wondering what bird had become sustenance for another creature. Utilizing a wonderful website and database established by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) through its Forensics Laboratory, we were able to determine that the mottled black and white feathers had most likely belonged to a downy woodpecker.  Read more

From Tusten to Tanzania and back

NARROWSBURG, NY — Hannah Ross of Narrowsburg, a senior at Juilliard, a member of the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra and a recipient of the 2008 Bodenstein Music Scholarship, along with members of Juilliard’s music, drama and dance divisions, will come to the Tusten Theatre on March 17 to perform and to show a slide show presentation related to work they will be doing this summer, when they will travel to Arusha Tanzania to lead workshops in music, dance and drama at the Umoja Youth Empowerment Centre.  Read more

Worth a thousand words!

Lately I have been on a personal mission, searching for the meaning of life. An existential crisis of sorts, this road trip in my mind has taken me down a variety of paths, some of which I have visited before—while others are a road less traveled.  Read more

Young entrepreneurs bet on Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — As befits a new company that’s all about promoting its clients, the office of the new company “The Client’s Advocate” was designed with an eye focused on style and image: the sleek, spare, glass-topped desks adorned with over-sized chess pieces look as if they would be found in Soho or in a scene from some trendy TV show. But these desks are located on St. John Sreet in Monticello, where the founders have hung out their shingle offering video production and resume services and just about everything in between.  Read more

Students show art at The ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is holding its second annual exhibit of art by students of the Delaware Valley High School in March.
The gallery is sharing its space with the young artists to celebrate arts in the schools, encourage creativity in young people and encourage the community to share the space.  Read more

Take a maple sugaring tour, drench your pancakes with the syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — You can take a self-guided tour of maple syrup and sugar producers in Wayne County on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association. You can follow the maple syrup making process from the tree to the table, and pick up locally produced maple products while you’re at it.  Read more

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