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November 25, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Join a memoir-writing group

HONESDALE, PA — The memoir-writing group held at the Honesdale Senior Center for the past six months is ready to expand its membership and increase its meetings to twice monthly. If you have memories and stories, enjoy reading and writing and like to get to know other people in a secure, open and friendly environment, consider joining the group. Membership is open to Wayne County residents. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required. Meetings are at 323 10th St. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the game room on the main floor. Call 570/937-3148.

Share your talent at Milford Open Mic

MILFORD, PA — Milford Open Mic is a not-for-profit group that sponsors an open mic night every Friday at 611 Broad St. and several concerts each month on Saturdays. It is a venue for local talent and families to gather together and have fun in an alcohol-free environment.  Read more

‘WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales,” a drag show feature at the Milford Theatre (114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, May 19, featuring the illustrious Steady Mess and her troupe of performers.  Read more

Wurtsboro Art Alliance members show

WURTSBORO, NY — An exhibit of artwork by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will be on display from Saturday, May 5 through June 10 at the WAA Gallery. There will be a reception on opening day from 2 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, watercolors, photography, sculpture and ceramics created by Wurtsboro Art Alliance members.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagal, or visit

Design-a-Sun-Catcher Contest at Gillinder Glass

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass is having a Design-a-Sun-Catcher contest. The winning design will be made into a mold; the sun catchers will be made at the Gillinder Glass factory and will be available at the Gillinder Glass Store.  Read more

Community garden program screens ‘Dirt’

NARROWSBURG, NY — SkyDog Farm will host a permaculture workshop for the newly minted Tusten Heritage Community Garden Youth Program on Sunday, May 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The permaculture workshop will explore alternative farming practices in conjunction with the garden’s spring planting schedule, followed by a screening of “Dirt! The Movie” at 3 p.m.

Dirt takes center stage in the documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil. SkyDog Farm is located at 1724 County Route 23. The event is free.

Mother’s Day concert

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society (PCCS) presents its spring concert, “A Musical Bouquet,” a refreshing mix of old and new works by Randall Thompson, William Billings, C. Hubert Parry, Yehezkel Braun and two well-known local composers, accompanied by organist Henry Repp on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Special guests for the evening are local folk favorites Ken deAngelis and Julie Ziavras. They will perform deAngelis’ original folk songs in solo sets and with the PCCS.  Read more

Port student show at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — Works by Port Jervis High School Art students will be included in the May show at the UpFront Exhibition Space, sponsored by the Port Jervis Council for the Arts.

Port Jervis High School Art teachers Bess Moran (Art Curriculum Coordinator), Ashley Kaufmann and Eleanor Horst have challenged students to view and question prevailing assumptions and explore new forms of self expression. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, digital photography, painting, collage and woodworking will be exhibited.  Read more

Antique vehicles sought for Honesdale festival

HONESDALE, PA — Bring your vehicle to Central Park in downtown Honesdale on May 20 to Court Street, as part of the Festival of the Arts weekend’s Antiques on Wheels Display.

If you have anything motorized that is 25 years or older and is in good running condition, it is eligible. There will be trophies given for Years of Service: Longest-Running Tractor, Smallest Four-Wheel Car, Oldest-Running Motorcycle and Work Truck with the Most Character. A Judges’ Choice trophy will also be awarded.  Read more

Ramp tramp includes recipes, harvesting and tastings

CALLICOON, NY — Slow Food UpDeRiVa will celebrate the ramp, one of this region’s most wonderful wild delicacies, on Sunday, May 6 at the Callicoon Farmer’s Market. There will be demonstrations, recipes and tastings, starting at 11 a.m., with how to make ramp butter and ramp pickles; followed at 12 noon by Bob Eckert of Northern Farmhouse Pasta, with samples of items like ramp ravioli and demonstrations.  Read more

Family farm the focus at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Family Farm: 1920 to 1950 will be the opening exhibit at Time and the Valleys Museum this season, starting on Saturday, May 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will see the tools and equipment used on the farm, learn about the types of activities, including planting and harvesting crops, caring for and milking cows, butter churning and food preservation; and experience a recreated “farmhouse kitchen” with coal stove, International Harvester Refrigerator and old fashioned wringer washing machine.  Read more

Mozart Requiem to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mozart Requiem in a Mostly Mozart concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Drew United Methodist Church located at 49-51 Sussex Street. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Kirk Dougherty (tenor), Wayne Walters (baritone) and Craig Williams on pipe organ. Also being performed is Mozart’s popular Exsultate, Jubilate peformed by Delaware Valley Choral Society’s professional soprano soloist, Jocelyn Lieberfarb.  Read more

Museum sponsors showing of de Mille’s ‘Chicago’

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will sponsor a showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic “Chicago” on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute of Early Film Studies, at the historical Paramount Theater in Middletown. Ben Model, silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art for the last 28 years, will provide the live soundtrack for the film on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ.  Read more

Local bat researchers shed ultraviolet light on white nose syndrome

SHOHOLA, PA — Bat researchers based in Shohola are employing an unconventional tool—ultraviolet light—in efforts to unlock another piece of the puzzle that is white nose syndrome (WNS), the mysterious disease that started in the Albany, NY area in 2005-06 that has killed millions of bats and continues to spread. One potential outcome of the research could be clues to a precursor condition that sets the stage for further development of the fungal phase that typically leads to a bat’s death.  Read more

Take me to your leader

Like many of us, I have interest in a myriad of subjects. Gardening, nature, astronomy and ancient history top my list, but there is a subset of fascinating topics that creep into my thoughts on a consistent basis. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Bermuda Triangle are but a few of the themes that attract me. Truth be told, I have given a fair amount of attention to one area of interest over the others: UFOs.  Read more

‘The one that got away’

Every once in a while a story comes along that strikes right at the nerve of the community. It takes on a life of its own. You might guess it’s one of those topics like school merger or gas leasing. Serious issues, yes, but forget those. They will fade away. There is nothing that brings even the most reticent out of the woodwork than the debate over the local existence of the mountain lion.  Read more

It’s a family affair

While we desperately need the rain, wet weather does tend to impact family fun over the weekend here in the Upper Delaware valley. While the folks at Bethel Woods ( have it covered—sponsoring indoor, kid-friendly events in the form of their World Stage Series—the moisture can affect the music, even with a roof overhead.  Read more

Murder mystery benefits Liberty chamber

LIBERTY, NY — "Last Will & Testament," by Lisa Patrick-Wilkinson, a murder mystery dinner theatre event to benefit the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be held on April 29 at the Liberty Fire House, 256 Sprague Ave.  Read more

Katie Reinhardt featured at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Gallery-The Art of Living will open an exhibit of the paintings of Katie Reinhardt with a reception on Saturday, April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will run through June 2. Visit or call 845/252-3238.

Photography by Jones at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present a members’ show at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of May. There will be oils, watercolors and photography by the members and the group will give special recognition to photographer Karen Jones. Jones is a native of Liberty, NY. At first, she only took “people pictures.” After purchasing a digital camera, she found many other subjects that make for great photographs. She likes traveling the back roads of the country because, she says, “You never know what you will find.”  Read more

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