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December 18, 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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New Hope Community artists to exhibit at Catskill Arts Society

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The art exhibit “Expressions: The Artists of New Hope Community” will have its opening reception on Thursday, August 14 at the Catskill Arts Society from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents ‘La Traviata’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Verdi’s La Traviata at various times and locations. The opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imagination of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.  Read more

Bethel Woods presents a special screening of ‘Woodstock: The Director’s Cut’

BETHEL, NY — This August marks the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which kicked off on August 15, 1969. To celebrate the anniversary, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is inviting guests to come “Back To The Field” on Friday, August 15 for a free screening of “Woodstock: The Director’s Cut.” It’s an opportunity to watch the film on the actual site where a half-million young people gathered 45 years ago for the historic festival. The field will open to guests at 7 p.m. and the film is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.  Read more

History Weekend at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — History Weekend, a free two-day event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Antique Dealers Association show marks 45 years

HAWLEY, PA — The 45th annual antique show and sale hosted by the Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association (WPSADA) will be held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Read more

I got ‘shushed’ at a Lard Dog show!

Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www.visitcallicoon.com) and surrounded by scores of kids who were shrieking with glee, I stopped taking photos for a moment to greet pal Cooper Boone (www.cooperboone.com), while dodging flying pretzels, beach balls and balloons being flung at the crowd by the Lard Dog himself. As the confetti of rolled oats rained down on the audience, I dared to speak.  Read more

Kids on parade—with umbrellas!

CALLICOON, NY — The Weather Project came to the arts and crafts program at the Delaware Youth Center on Monday to teach the kids how to stilt walk and lead them in a mini parade. The kids were excited and got really into making custom hats, noise makers and umbrellas for their walk around the Callicoon Park. Tannis Kowalchuk of the NACL Theatre, seen here on stilts, led the children in a parade. The arts and crafts program is led by Ginny Boyle and is open to children of all ages and runs until August 15.  Read more

For the love of wood; Local festival expected to draw thousands

MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.  Read more

A new day in local real estate by Diane Butler

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Like the rest of the country, I have for the past few years sat glued to the television and newspapers looking for any sign of relief from the Great Recession.

As an associate broker and realtor for the past 25 years in Sullivan County, I have watched the rise and fall of many a market, and I am finally happy to say that our market is now climbing back to a stronger and healthier selling climate.  Read more

Snakes in the lake

With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types while in or on the water. The more interesting descriptions come from encounters with snakes—sometimes heard for example: “I saw a water moccasin on my dock yesterday.” The fact is that in our region, only two venomous snake species are found: the timber rattlesnake and the northern copperhead. Neither is particularly attracted to aquatic environments.  Read more

A tale of two lakes

Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather patterns this year have not been kind. We have had one weather event after another. Almost all of my regular haunts are “blown out” and the rivers have been running the color of coffee, two creams.  Read more

Deeds to do, promises to keep…

I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink it all in. You know, be in the now. Maybe I should have just made a decision to begin drinking. With a firm resolve to spend the lazy hazy days of summer “feelin’ groovy,” I made sure to have my Simon and Garfunkel CDs in the truck, to facilitate the notion that their advice—“Slow down, you move too fast”—would magically empower me to feel like “kickin’ down the cobblestones” etc.  Read more

Miles to Dayton in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Featured in Oprah Magazine and selected as emerging artists of the year by Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, folk-rock band Miles to Dayton will come to the historic Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 26 for two shows in one night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., brought to you by Harmony Presents. Having opened for The Subdudes, Richie Havens, Leslie West, Jorma Kaukonen, Tom Paxton, Jen Chapin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, among others, this band blends elements of folk, rock, classical and funk. Miles to Dayton features four-part vocal harmony, improvisational violin and cello, and a rhythm section.  Read more

Llearn about llamas

MILFORD, PA — “Llearn about Llamas” will be the theme of an open barn day at Foster Hill Farm, home of Snyder Quality Llamas, on Sunday, July 27. A new feature this year is a Fiber Artisans Festival with vendors promoting products made with llama and alpaca fiber. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. there will be demonstrations of fiber handling, carding, spinning, felting and more, and there will be tours of the various barns and pastures that nearly 60 llamas call home.  Read more

Celebrate Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Street Fair will be enhanced this year with art and music in the park and around town on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will have events for all ages and there will be vendors all along Main Street.  Read more

Old time fun at the Old Time Fair and BBQ

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The popular Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55.  Read more

Library holds Batman Birthday Celebration

CALLICOON, NY — As the Dark Knight celebrates his 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment has asked libraries across the U.S. and Canada to join the celebration with parties and more this July. The Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) will hold a Batman Birthday Celebration commemorating 75 years of service from the Caped Crusader. The WSPL has reserved a booth at the Callicoon Street Fair in order to share this celebration with the local community.  Read more

Nickou watercolor exhibition at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will show the watercolor paintings of Thomas Nickou in a retrospective art exhibition running now through Saturday, August 16. Nickou’s subject matter ranges from close-up views of flowers, tools and farm buildings to the broad expanse of landscapes from our national parks to the Irish and Greek countryside and the Catskills.  Read more

Speaker Kelly Alogna goes beyond the walls of the Old Stone Jail

HONESDALE, PA — The “Plain Speaking” series continues with Kelly Alogna, who will discuss the history and architecture of the Old Stone Jail, as well as the stories behind the inmates that make the jail unique, on Friday, July 25 at 4:30 p.m. at The Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Night at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Nationally headlining comic James Mattern and writer of the off-Broadway musical “Gangstapella,” Rus Gutin, will headline Harmony Presents’ Final Friday Comedy Night at the Silk Mill on Friday, July 25 at 8:30 p.m. According to the LA Examiner, “Gutin’s stage persona is a compelling mixture of Woody Allen and Sam Kinison. Something akin to Jewish angst on meth.”  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance