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November 24, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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They say the neon lights are bright—in Forestburgh?

FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”

Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way.  Read more

Time travel

As I prepare to set out on a journey of 10,000 miles with my 20-year-old daughter, I am also being swept back in time by a group of people I have not seen in 40 years. As a result, I am dangling in a kind of suspended animation between the past and the future. It may be that we all live this way every day without awareness; but right now I am aware.  Read more

A grand Grand Opening for The Towne Gift Shoppe

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Towne Gift Shoppe held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 14. The event included musical entertainment, a book signing by "Bethel, NY" author Rita Sheehan, free petcommunications and a 50/50 raffle.

At last

Friday, May 6 will be the first day of fishing for the Tangler. My silk line has been dressed with Red Label Mucilin, the ferrules on the bamboo rod checked, various fly boxes have been stowed away in my fishing shirt. My reel has been cleaned and greased. I am set to go. The Graham brothers and I will be heading for the Willowemoc right after lunch. We are all hoping to find the Hendrickson mayfly hatching. This is the insect that usually causes the trout to lose their winter sluggishness and go on the feed voraciously.  Read more

Tasty invasives

As the Upper Delaware region moves swiftly into spring, some of the earliest plants to appear are Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. These invasive plants are bad news as they out-compete native plants for resources such as sunlight, nutrients and space, resulting in the decline or elimination of food sources for some of the region’s birds, rodents and insects.

Native wildflowers that share the same habitat as garlic mustard—such as trilliums, spring beauty, wild ginger and hepatica—are severely threatened by the aggressive growth of this plant.  Read more

Kreznar photographs at the library

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, 19 Center St., is showing photographs of mountains in Alaska by J. Kreznar through mid June. Krezner is an artist living in Callicoon Center whose usual medium is painting, but who has expanded to photography over the last three years. Kreznar said, “I chose black and white because it is closer to capturing the essence of the landscape. I wanted the mountains to look big.”

Drawings by Smith at Red Eft

WURTSBORO, NY — The Red Eft Gallery will present an exhibit of the work of Ed Smith in a show opening on Saturday, May 14 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through June 11.
Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. His work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner and many other publications.  Read more

Forage for a spring lunch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — You can take a walk with noted herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore to forage for their lunch in Slow Food UpDeRiva’s lunch event, Salad Days of Spring, to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will return from their walk to the Old North Branch Inn and prepare a lunch made with found ingredients and sourced by visiting chef and innkeeper Mona Jess Coade-Wingate. The cost is $25 for Slow Food members and $35 for non members. This is a child free event. Enrollment is limited. Email upderiva@gmail.com or call 845/866-1484.

CAS holds “SHHH!” silent auction benefit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold an opening reception for its annual “SHHH!” silent auction benefit show on Saturday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. The benefit is an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. It will feature works by artists that visitors can bid on, win and take home the day the exhibition closes. Participating artists at press time include Eric Baylin, Jane Biron, Elizabeth Ennis, Chip Forelli, Kathleen Hayek, Ramona Jan, Jane Sokolow, Sugar Blossom Flowers and Matthew Zappala.  Read more

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

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