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September 05, 2015
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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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‘Isn’t it Romantic?’

WURTSBORO, NY — Broadway Direct will present an evening of Broadway music with the theme of romance, with songs by Cole Porter, Lehar, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Romberg, Jerry Herman and many more, at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, 134 Sullivan St. on Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Performers will include Broadway performers such as Frank Basile, Celeste Holm, Sarah Rice, Edd Clark, Rich Flanders, Joanna Morton Gary, Mark Planner and David Vernon (the cast is subject to change—sometimes Broadway calls.)  Read more

‘Compassion: A loving experience’

BEACH LAKE, PA — On the Sunday before Valentines Day, February 12 at 10:15 a.m., there will be a service of shared readings at the Berlin Township Community Center sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Compassion is defined as empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity or charity. Bring your favorite poem, short essay or quote relating to compassion and love to share. The one-hour service will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Visit www.uduuf.org or call 854/252-6626.  Read more

Valentine concert for TeamSkate

LIBERTY, NY — “A Valentine to Rock your Mind” is the motto for a concert and party on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Liberty’s Elementary School Gym, 201 North Main Street. The concert is organized and hosted by TeamSkate Liberty and will feature a bevy of local talent: The Up & Coming, Gassito’s Revenge, Greg Castro, Justin Sutherland, Mikey Criggz, Julian Giaimo and DJ Sierra Thomas.  Read more

A cure for cabin fever: The Great Backyard Bird Count

About this time during the winter, many people yearn for spring; it’s cold, the holidays have passed, and trout and spring gobbler seasons are many weeks away. Fortunately, there is an event coming up real soon that the whole family can participate in, and in doing so, can also provide scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of which birds are where. The event is the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Read more

Glass tours at Gillinder Brothers

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. glass manufacturers will hold special events on Saturday, February 11, March 10 and April 21, with special glass blowing demonstrations and factory tours featuring guest glass artists Al Hough and friends. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gillinder Glass Factory at 39 Erie St.

Tour rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Groups of 20 or more should call for group rates and reservations. Weekday production demonstrations and factory tours feature pressed glass at 10:15, 1:30 and 2:30, at the same tour rates.  Read more

Wurtsboro Winterfest

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board will present Wurtsboro Winterfest 2012 on Saturday, February 11 starting at 11 a.m. There will be an ice carving contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its show “Love is Everything,” and the Crystal Connection will offer psychic/intuitive readings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Dr. Bill, the Wizard. The fee of $5 per reading will be given to charity.  Read more

Home of Lincoln Flag to host birthday luncheon

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and the Columns Museum will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Sunday, February 12, with a luncheon in his honor. The Columns Museum is home to the Lincoln Flag, which adorned the Presidential box at Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, and is stained with his blood. The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes a serving of the society’s director’s Chicken and Stars soup, assorted sandwiches and, of course, a slice of birthday cake.  Read more

Broadway cabaret at the museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a Broadway cabaret on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Homemade desserts will be served.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan screens ‘Rumblestrips’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There will be a free screening of “Rumblestrips,” a film that has not yet been released, in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by and featuring John Adams, “Rumblestrips” stars Toby Poser (Adams), who has appeared on stage, screen and on television, and the Adams’ daughters LuLu and Zelda.  Read more

‘Inside Job’ in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A screening of “Inside Job” will be presented by MoveOnSullivanNY on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film examines the inner workings and questionable practices of the banking industry, which precipitated the disastrous housing crisis of 2008. Millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and in Sullivan County alone, 7.7% of all mortgages have failed. This film attempts to look at what happened, and why, and who is responsible. Visit moveonsullivanny.wordpress.com.

Philharmonic, Doo Wop at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Tickets for two of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ most iconic performances are now on sale: the New York Philharmonic concert, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 7 featuring soloist Tracy Dahl; and the NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III, on Saturday, July 14. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone at 800/745-3000.

Dahl will perform selections by Gershwin and Bernstein. Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Philharmonic in a performance that will also include pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”  Read more

I love the Catskills!

With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see.  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part II

So, Verotchka, how was Russia?

“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”

“Russia was maddening!”

After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child  Read more

Utopia or oblivion

“Ameritopia.”

That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.”  Read more

Easy winter living

I have a terrarium of moss and ferns that we planted in a glass domed cake plate—the type of plate you see upon a diner counter with a carrot cake inside. My terrarium sits in the middle of my kitchen table like a green island of spring. I like to lift the lid off the pedestal and breathe in its moist, pungent woodland smell. It is a world unto itself. We planted it so as to have some green in the winter months, but without the contrast of winter whiteness it doesn’t have quite the same effect.  Read more

Kids who care

Readers of this column will not be surprised to learn I’m a big fan of the Lorax, the miniature mustachioed character created by Dr. Seuss and beloved for his impassioned environmental messages as put forth in the book of the same name.  Read more

Great Sullivan Foodraiser

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will present the Fourth annual Great Sullivan Foodraiser, a musicians’ gathering that takes place at venues around the county, on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5. The event benefits the Federation for the Homeless and 15 local food pantries.  Read more

Cooking demo at the farm market

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a farm market tour and cooking demonstration by NaturalContents.com at the Callicoon indoor farmers’ market on Sunday, February 5 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.. The farmers' market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cooking demo starts at 12 noon.  Read more

Liberty school holds jazz festival

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central School Department of Music will host the 16th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. The festival will feature high school and middle school jazz ensembles from Liberty and Monticello. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon clinic (beginning at 3 p.m.) with a renowned jazz artist and educator, said festival co-chairman and director of music Gary Siegel.  Read more

‘Experiential Expressions’ at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “Two Quills,” shown here, will be one of the works at a new show opening at The Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley, “Experiential Expressions,” featuring the collected works of artist Ka-Son Reeves. Meet the award-winning artist at the wine and cheese opening reception on Saturday, February 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 631 Rte 739. Call 570/775-7337.

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