MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Fest, an annual weekend-long celebration of arts and independent cinema in the heart of Milford, has announced the appointment of Jerry Weinstock and Bill Voelkel to its board of directors. The festival also has a new office at Milford’s Borough Hall. Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of great live music and barbeque featuring popular Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Marty (Sanders) Kupersmith of “Jay And The Americans” on Saturday, May 30 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission with barbeque costs $12 for general admission, $10 for museum members; without barbeque the cost is $7 general admission, $5 for museum members. All money raised from this concert benefits the Neversink Valley Museum’s General Operations fund. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday, May 31, to show off their beautiful antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The gates will open at 9 a.m. The public is invited.
This car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. Enjoying the beautiful cars, good food from the Rock Hill Firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Joe Urbanski, will combine to make it a special day. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — The Kadampa World Peace Temple will hold its seventh annual Fun Fair on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 47 Sweeney Rd. Admission and parking are free. The fair will including flea market, local artist vendors and live music. Join in on dance demonstrations and nature walks on 82 acres of natural woodlands. Enjoy fresh food, dessert café and raw juice bar. Explore what has been voted The River Reporter’s “Best Meditation Center” with free guided meditation and temple tours, gift shop and world peace café. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The weekly Blues, Brews & BBQ event on the deck at Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, which makes its seasonal debut Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., when, Norman Taylor and Blue Soul will entertain guests with their unique blend of blues, folk and roots music. Read more
REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — A contra dance will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, May 24. Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold its annual Memorial Day potluck picnic at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 24 at 110 Fords Rd. near Honesdale. All are welcome. For additional information, call 570/253-2364.
BETHEL, NY — Bethel Theatre Works is holding auditions for its 2015 summer production, “Vaudeville in the Catskills Swings into the Sixties!” on May 26 and 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and June 6 and 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. An accompanist will be present only at the May auditions. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan) Inc. will host a “Spring into Summer” event at the Jeffersonville Main Events Stage & Welcome Center on Main Street on Sunday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The outdoor vendor market opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. music will be provided by “Nothin New,” John Kavaller and Steve Fleckenstein. Read more
MILFORD, PA — In a marriage of the musical arts and visual arts, Stephen Ackert will present a slideshow of paintings that inspired composers, while pianist Timur Mustakimov performs Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Robert Schumann’s Études Symphoniques on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 East Catharine St. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — A new custom-designed labyrinth will be unveiled at The Lodge at Woodloch during a workshop series with the Veriditas Organization. The labyrinth will offer new programming and a serene location for meditation and relaxation in the arms of the forest. Uniquely designed by Katja Marquart, associate dean and head of interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin, the labyrinth features a lotus flower at the entrance and exit, nine circuits and covers a surface area of over 1,589 square feet. Read more
Sunday, May 24
BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Parade starts at 1 p.m. V.F.W. Post #4947 will march in the parade and will perform the cemetery service at the conclusion of the parade.
Monday, May 25
FREMONT CENTER, NY — 131st annual Fremont Center Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m. The parade route will be through Fremont Center to the baseball field. Special memorial service at New Veteran’s Park (next to town barn) at 9:30 a.m.
HONESDALE, PA — Parade starts at 10 a.m., down Main Street Read more
(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” may recognize Screwdisk as Screwtape’s descendant. Here, Screwdisk reports to his “lower-downs.”)
From: Screwdisk, Executive VP Sales, HellCorp North America
To: Infernal Board of Directors, HellCorp HQ, 9th Circle, Hades
Re: Monthly SWOT [strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats] Report Read more
Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has a local face—everyone has been affected or knows someone affected by the nightmare of heroin addiction. Read more
On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests along the Delaware River. There was agreement that osprey sightings are a lot less numerous than bald eagles along the river. Ospreys are piscivores, or fish eaters, so a person would think that ospreys would be at least as numerous as eagles. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Read more