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July 02, 2015
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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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Coping in the new economy

In this flailing economy, I have been searching for a semi-solid investment—something to see me through my semi-retirement years. I think I found it.

It has easily sourced raw materials, bio-degradable packaging and multiple applications. And so far, it’s legal.  Read more

Handmade for the Holidays

ROSCOE, NY — You can get your holiday shopping started at the scenic mountaintop location of Duke Pottery, at 855 County Rd. on the first two holiday weekends, Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all days.
The event is an exhibit of 25 artisans including pottery, jewelry, paintings, silk scarves, furniture, lampshades, vintage clothes and linens, handbags, tutus and more, all for sale. There will also be a pastry café, provided by Flour Power Bakery, wine tastings and a complimentary cup of local Java Love Coffee.  Read more

Roscoe PTA holds variety show

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe Central School PTA will hold its annual variety show, “With Holiday Flair,” on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the RCS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost for adults is $5, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children under four are admitted free.

Handel’s Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will peform Handel’s Oratorio “Messiah” in concert at 4 p.m. on December 4 at Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Drive. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Jeremy Blossey (tenor), and John-Andrew Fernandez (baritone).  Read more

CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair exhibit opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The CAS Arts Center presents the annual winter CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair running from November 26 to December 23. There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The show, on display throughout the gallery, will exhibit the work of members of the Catskill Art Society and provides a venue for local holiday shopping. In addition to the gallery’s usual hours (Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the arts center will be open Monday through Friday, December 19 through 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Read more

Thanksgiving in Northern Wayne

EQUINUNK, PA — Thanksgiving Eve has been celebrated in worship for several years by member churches of the Northern Wayne Ministerium. On Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Equinunk United Methodist Church will host this year’s service. Because the early settlers were grateful for a good harvest back in 1620, they set aside a day for thanksgiving to God for his provision and bounty. The evening will feature prayer and preaching; music by the churches’ choirs; special children’s readings and Thanksgiving skits. There will be a time of fellowship immediately following worship.  Read more

‘800 Years’

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be an exhibit of works by Stephen Patrick O’Donnell Sr. on Sunday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Port Java at 19 Front St.

O’Donnell was born in Port Jervis. His forefathers were Irish immigrants hailing from County Donegal, Ireland. Settling in Lackawaxen, PA, his ancestors worked on both the D&H Canal and the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back in Ireland, The O’Donnell’s, or O’Domhnaill’s as they are known in Gaelic, are famous for being deeply involved in the 800-year struggle for Irish independence, giving the upcoming exhibit its name, “800 Years.”  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

Good things come in small packages

While the old adage is often true, the opposite (the bigger, the better ) carries some weight as well. I spent the weekend balancing the two, while careening through the Catskills appreciating various art forms, regardless of size.  Read more

A small gesture

It can be surprising how the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.  Read more

DEC on deer management

Anyone traveling in the Upper Delaware region lately has likely noticed the rising number of animals on the move as winter closes in. Unfortunately, one outcome of this increased activity is roadway encounters with vehicles. Balancing the needs of rising human and deer populations in the region is an ongoing challenge.

Recently the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted its new five-year Deer Management Plan. The plan was revised based on public comment and is now available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html.  Read more

Small town holidays in the country

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

The issue of drilling for natural gas in the Upper Delaware region is changing life drastically, physically in terms of economy, land, water and air, and relationally in the way people treat each other. Comments in editorials, Delaware River Basin Commission hearings and the like indicate that this industry is causing us to be a divided community. We all seem to want economic and environmental health and a strong community characterized by respect and kindness. What perspective might we gain by considering another nearby fossil fuel industry from a previous generation?  Read more

A mystery goose from the north

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were paddling on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA when we spotted a migrant flock of Canada geese on the far shore. About a dozen or so geese were foraging and resting; they seemed like the typical small flock that stops over during this time of year during their migration south. One individual, however, caught my eye; even from afar, it seemed to have more white plumage than a normal Canada goose.   Read more

Back to back to Bethel: Let the good times roll

Considering that the brakes on my truck failed this past week, I was unsure that I would be rolling anywhere, much less to Louisiana or the prairie states—but a well-placed call to one of my (not so secret) crushes delivered a mechanic to my front door, tool belt (and brake pads) at the ready. Hearing the rising panic in my voice, he soothed my jangled nerves and got to work, making it possible for me to get on the road... in search of good times. (Thank you JW!)  Read more

Kenny and the Eggplants at Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation has rescheduled the trio Kenny Young and the Eggplants for a concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and tropical storms caused a cancellation of the summer fundraising concert featuring the group.

Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but possibly from some other galaxy altogether), Kenny Young and the Eggplants is an acoustic trio whose members insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands (www.facebook.com/kennyyoungandtheeggplants).  Read more

Dinner and a movie with the historical society

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer dinner and a movie to be held in its Foundation Room (aka “The Cellar”) on Friday, November 18. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the movie and a dessert. The working title for the event is “Aunt Marge’s Movie Lounge,” and it will feature movies that the museum’s director, Lori Strelecki, first viewed while growing up with her beloved Aunt Marge.  Read more

Jewelry trunk show: Madame Fortuna & BOCOTE

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two local designers, Paul and Allison Ward, will have a trunk show for their jewelry collections at Enochian in Narrowsburg, New York on Friday, November 25th from 1 to 5 p.m.

Allison has been designing jewelry as Madame Fortuna since 2004. She hunts and collects vintage and antique pieces, re-works them and creates whimsical and unusual adornments that hint of narrative and help you channel your inner eccentric.  Read more

Watch glass artisans at work

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass will celebrate 150 years making glass on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will offer special factory tours and an opportunity to observe guest glass artists including Al Hough, shown here, create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Gillinder Glass Factory is located at 39 Erie St. Visit www.facebook.com/gillinderglassstore.

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