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December 21, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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NACL opens with “Darwinii”

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will open its 11th season on Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m. with “Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man.” The play is written by Glen Berger (author of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”) in collaboration with performer/theatre maker Brett Keyser. It features Keyser in the role of Cristóbal, an Argentine man accused of various crimes, including stealing original Charles Darwin manuscripts from rare book libraries around the world. Why? Because he’s convinced he’s the great-great-great-great bastard grandson of the father of Natural Selection.  Read more

Simon’s ‘Biloxi Blues’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — Neil Simon’s hit, “Biloxi Blues,” will play at the Forestburgh Playhouse through Sunday, June 26. The play, written by Simon at the peak of his comic power, is a heartwarming story based on his own experiences in the army during Wolrd War II. The coming of age chronicle centers on the main character, Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Tyler Bellmon, when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training.  Read more

Capturing winged beauty

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Birds of Sullivan County—A Photographic Exhibition” will open at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, June 25, with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will run through July 24. Photographers include Stephen Davis of Eldred, Gene McGarry of Woodstock and Valerie Freer of Ellenville.  Read more

Garden party benefits DVAA

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — There will be a garden party benefit for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Arts Alive Drive on Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Cutting Garden, 4055 State Rte. 52.

Enjoy the garden while helping the DVAA to reach its goal. Wear your best garden party outfit, and enter the contests for The Best Party Hat, The Best Gardening Hat and the Most Unique Hat. There will be prizes, punch and party food.  Read more

Hudson in one-woman show at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Singer-songwriter Karen Hudson’s one-woman show, “Compartments—Shedding Light on Dark Places,” will be presented on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center. The show is a concert and art exhibit that combines music, storytelling and mixed media art. It features sculptural dioramas Hudson created based on autobiographical events and fears that arose from them, and the songs that tell each story, with special guest guitarist “Homeboy” Steve Antonakos.  Read more

Extension to hold golf tournament

SWAN LAKE, NY —Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will hold its fifth annual CCE Golf Classic on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club. The rain date is Sunday, July 10 at 12 noon.

This day includes a dinner after the round and some chances at prizes donated by local businesses. There will be hole-in-one prizes donated by M & M Auto Group. There will also be a putting and longest drive contest.  Read more

Jazz at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will present an evening of jazz and blues with vocalist Ellen Kaye and guitarist Ethan Fein on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. That evening, the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s center will be turned into a New York City jazz club.  Read more

Summertime, when the livin’ was easy

The summer blockbuster that just came out in movie theaters about the kids and the aliens doesn’t make much sense. I went to a matinee last Sunday. It was playing every hour, the way those big movies do. I left feeling a little let down and overall disappointed.

It just wasn’t... believable.

Don’t you find that the “Summer blockbuster that just came out in theaters” can’t quite live up to it’s own hype? You’ve seen the posters everywhere; you’ve caught those vague TV spots. The pull quotes. That buzz. Spoilers.  Read more

Haystock 2011 to benefit Farmhearts

CALLICOON, NY — Haystock, a fundraiser for Farmhearts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping our regional farmers, will be held at the Delaware Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road on Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. The event will also serve as the July meeting of Tusten Concerned Citizens.  Read more

Pain management? Don’t make me laugh.

Last week, after participating in Prayers for World Peace at the Kadampa Meditation Center ( www.kadampanewyork.org ), I was approached by one of the nuns for a favor. Knowing that I drive a pickup, she asked if I could spare some time and help the Temple out with a dump-run, since they had a lot of refuse to dispose of responsibly.  Read more

Learning about local food

Barryville Greenmarket Foundation expands market with new series

BARRYVILLE, NY — This year, folks can get even more than the fabulous locally produced goods already available at the Barryville Farmers Market. The 2011 weekly market has expanded to offer additional vendors and an ongoing educational and demonstration series entitled, “Farmers Teach,” presented by the Barryville Greenmarket Foundation with funding from the Pratt-Heins Foundation.  Read more

A moon moth stops in for coffee

I stopped in the Windy Dog Restaurant in Shohola one morning in late May when Mo, the cook there, showed me a huge moth that he spotted resting on one of the window screens. This moth had large eyespots on each wing, and each of the lime-green wings was lined with a maroon-red border. On each hind wing was a long tail. Mo had spotted a luna moth.  Read more

'3 Designing Women'

BARRYVILLE, NY — The BrookHouse Gallery will present “3 Designing Women,” an exhibit featuring the mixed media work of Yvonne Parker, fiber design by Laurie Stuart and rug design by Liza Phillips, opening on Saturday, June 18. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Also on exhibit at the gallery are ceramics by Kim Lust, sculpture by Janet Rutkowski, Walter Kenul and Tom Holmes, and paintings by David Lee Bush.

The gallery is located at 5 Austin Road, off Route 97. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — Dave Alvin will headline a full day of musical talent in downtown Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festvial on Saturday, June 18, with a performance at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage in Central Park.  Read more

Milford Music Festival

MILFORD, PA — The recently renovated historic Milford Theatre will open the weekend of the Milford Music Festival on Friday, June 17 with “So in Love with Broadway” starring Milford’s Carolann Page. A Broadway and opera star, Page will present a cabaret evening of songs from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim. In addition, the newly renovated Broad Street Coffee will offer Obi Kaye, global percussionist, in the first of a series of performances it will sponsor throughout the weekend.  Read more

Local art teacher exhibits at library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Valerie Taggart is currently displaying her watercolors and botanical drawings at the Livingston Manor Free Library on upper Main Street, across from the firehouse.

Taggart received a BA in Art Education from Elmira College and a MA in Painting/Printmaking from SUNY Oswego. She is employed as an elementary art teacher at Livingston Manor Central School. Painting almost exclusively in watercolors for the past 20 years, she has studied with artists Jack Yelle, Fred Sklenar and Roberta Rosenthal. The exhibit will run through the summer. Call 845/439-5440.

CAS members’ show opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society Center (CAS) will present its second annual Summer Members Show, running from Saturday, June 18 to July 17. The show will exhibit over 75 works by members of CAS. The opening reception will be on June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the opening, the gallery will be open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CAS Arts Center is located at 48 Main Street and is wheelchair accessible. Call 845/436-4227.

Yard sale supports food pantry

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission in South Fallsburg will hold its annual yard and basement sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Items include books, CDs, videos, designer clothes, kitchen equipment, china, jewelry, arts and crafts and collectibles. The church is located at 5277 Rte. 42.  Read more

Pharm and Irish Balladeers free in the park

HONESDALE, PA — Pharm will perform on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. for this next week’s Monday concert in Central Park. A family group, they have been performing a mixture of blue grass, classic rock, folk music and country tunes for over nine years at local events and fairs. On Thursday, June 23, the Irish Balladeers will be back for the third time in the Central Park series, starting at 7:30 p.m. A group that has been together for over 41 years, they have traveled the eastern seaboard on the Irish Festival circuit.  Read more

Father’s Day strawberry breakfast

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast and flea market on Sunday, June 19, at the D&H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Road, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Now in its 23rd year, the breakfast includes strawberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, French toast with homemade strawberry sauce, coffee, tea and juice. The pancakes and French toast are all-you-can-eat. The event is a fundraiser for the museum, which will be open for extended hours that day.  Read more

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