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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Young Frankenstein is frighteningly good!

Capitalizing on last month’s strong opening of "Damn Yankees," the Forestburgh Playhouse has another monster hit on its stage in the form of "Young Frankenstein" now playing through July 12. In its original Broadway incarnation, the show was known as “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” and with good reason. Conceived and written by the master of comedy himself, the musical version of the 1974 film of the same name owes everything to Brooks, who wrote the original screenplay with the legendary Gene Wilder, described by Brooks as “his best film.”  Read more

Flowered finery

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 experienced with a walk or hike or paddle, all senses engaged and an open heart for receiving what is out there, ready for our interface.

Right now, our region is bursting with flowering plants, offering a spectacular array of colors, forms, fragrances and textures. Make it a point this week to get out there and see how summer is unfolding. And enjoy the show.

Independence Day events

July 3

Music and fireworks. There will be music in Central Park starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks shot off from Irving Cliff at dusk.  Read more

Art Walk seeks vendors

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce seeks vendors for its 17th annual Arts Walk/Summer Street Fair to be held on Saturday, July 18, (rain date July 19) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local area artists and vendors are encouraged to participate, and can contact the chamber office at 845/856-6694 or for an application and more information.  Read more

‘Two Plus Four’ features Canger and Parks

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center (LMAC) announces its summer invitational art show titled, “Two Plus Four.” The show opened June 19 and runs through August 16, with an artists’ reception 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. In an effort to showcase new or previously unknown artists’ works, board members Tony Canger and Lee Parks have each invited two artists to exhibit four works each. In addition to displaying their own work, the four other artists whose work will be on display are Wayne Campbell, Jayne Jawitz, Betty Kidder and Jane McNulty.  Read more

‘Visual Quotations’ in Woodbourne

WOODBOURNE, NY — The gallery at Heart’s Home, The International Center for A Culture of Compassion, at 229 Ulster Heights Rd., will hold its inaugural exhibit on July 3, with an opening reception for the exhibit “Visual Quotations,” featuring works by Helena Clare Pittman, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Visual Quotations” will display Pittman’s recent paintings, works in which she has quoted from paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, Monet and others of the masters whose images have survived as emblems of their work, their greatness and their times.  Read more

Retro-pop, barbershop, chamber-rock quartet

HAWLEY, PA — The retro-pop, barbershop, chamber-rock quartet Darlingside will perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., on Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Boston Herald wrote, “Darlingside are doing something new in pop music...  Read more

Catching some sun at Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — Emilia Ricciardi, winner of the 2015 Gillinder Glass Design Sun Catcher Contest, was recently invited to the glass factory in Port Jervis to press the first sun catcher of her “Celebrating the Tri-State Area” design using a stamp made by the Gillinder Glass in-house mold shop.

Emilia is a 16-year-old Port Jervis high school honor roll student, class officer, vice president of the student council and National Honor Society member who enjoys face painting as well as drawing portraits. When she is not playing varsity golf and volleyball, she takes private art lessons.  Read more

The Jazz Age

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 fit into a common theme, but rather “go with the flow” and hope that inspiration strikes somewhere along the line. The world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region is always ripe with diversity, and yet more often than not, I find that patterns emerge in the least likely of places.  Read more

Jones in Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the photographic work of its member Karen Jones for the month of July in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, on Starlight Lake Road.

Jones is a lifetime resident of Sullivan County. She was the family photographer as a young person, but in later years discovered the great world around her for picture taking. She has received some lessons from Robert Rodriquez, Jr., professional landscape photographer.

The exhibit also includes oils, watercolors and photography by other Big D members.  Read more

Rock Hill holds Summer Concert Series

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Business and Community Association is presenting its third annual Rock Hill Summer Concert Series, held every Wednesday evening for the months of July and August from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 223 Rock Hill Dr. (the location of the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market).  Read more

CAS Members Show to open

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its sixth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from July 4 to August 10. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, July 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

The CAS Summer Members Show features local artists from across the area with a diverse body of work in all styles and mediums. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Hoist one in Trout Town for the Fourth; Trout Town Beer Garden & Town Center opening

On July 4, the town of Roscoe, aka “Trout Town,” will be holding two celebrations: one for the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and one to celebrate the opening of a new community center: the Trout Town Beer Garden & Town Center. The brainchild of Donna Vallone, a co-owner of Creekside Cabins and the Roscoe NY Beer Company, and located on one of Vallone’s properties right next to Creekside Inn in downtown Roscoe, it includes a beer cabin with outside seating.  Read more

Revolutionary Art: Prints by Founding Fathers on view at Artists’ Market

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market will open an exhibit, “How Art Helped Win the American Revolution,” on Saturday, July 4 from 4 to 6 p.m at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.

Few people know how art helped win the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere created breathtaking artwork that that inspired colonists to take up arms—and examples are on display this July 4th in an exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association.  Read more

All that jazz: Music, outdoor dining and farm-to-table, all in one

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.  Read more

On Block Island

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 Trade Center. We are sitting on a pristine deck looking out over the blue Atlantic. There is nothing but ocean, a flat horizon line and blue skies—a clean slate for the imagination. We bring our history with us wherever we go.  Read more

Snapping turtles on the move

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 earlier breeding species. Snakes of all types have been basking and hunting for prey. Also visible this time of year, especially to fishermen and motorists, are snapping turtles on the water or crossing roads.  Read more

Liberty Free to close

LIBERTY, NY — Paul Austin, founder of the Liberty Free Theatre, a mainstay of the area’s cultural scene for 10 years, has announced that the theatre is closing. Having lost its home theatre in the Village of Liberty several years ago, the company has toured the county with productions at a variety of venues for the past few seasons. A letter sent to the theatre’s supporters read in part:  Read more

Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair begins at 10 a.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 25. The day will feature games of skill and chance for kids and adults, a pie auction, demonstrations, music, croquet, the popular skillet toss, raffles with great prizes, corn shucking, ice cream making and lots more. Admission is free and the fair will be held rain or shine.

The Time and the Valleys Museum’s annual fundraising chicken barbeque runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Dinners are available to eat in or take out: $11 for adults, $7 for children under eight years old.  Read more

Dance up a storm in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — A Contra Dance will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, June 27. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to kick up your heels at the first gathering of the season.

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

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