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September 02, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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It isn’t easy being green

That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (www.DelawareHighlands.org/greentourism), but in fact, it’s easier than one might think. That was one of the topics of conversation that came up when I stopped to chat briefly with working group coordinator Adrienne Picciano. Even though it was still early in the day, the conference was already being heralded as a success. “It all came about from a conversation with friends and folks at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC),” Picciano told me.  Read more

Yarnslingers return for more storytelling

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents the storytelling group Yarnslingers at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Leroy Justice: Classic rock for modern times

HAWLEY, PA — Rock band Leroy Justice will play at Harmony presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Jill Carletti, Managing Director of Harmony Presents, calls them “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kind of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized our favorite American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman Brothers Band while filled with powerhouse grooves and a strong rhythm section.”  Read more

Two women, 12 instruments

When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.  Read more

Fifty ways (at least) to defuse a world crisis

World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one country take a bite out of another along the Black Sea. Battles and disasters, once just abstract reports, take on specific human forms, with individual names and faces.  Read more

The first wildflower

A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.  Read more

Fascinating feathers

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific viewpoints.

Viewers can learn how feathers work in a section devoted to feather anatomy. In Feather Function, the various roles of feathers are explored, such as flight, display, camouflage, insulation and weatherproofing. Other sections illustrate how feathers develop and how they have evolved over time.  Read more

Student artwork on display at high school art show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual “CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show,” an exhibition of work by Sullivan County high school students. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m. The show runs until May 4.  Read more

Spring ahead

I find myself back in the city in time for spring, and not just technically spring; I’m talking about actual warm weather, bare legs, iced coffees, sunglasses and smiles. It’s been so long I barely recognize it, and I still feel like I’m getting away with something nefarious when I venture out in only a sweatshirt.  Read more

Visual Arts Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors

REGION — The Stanley J. Segal Scholarship for the Visual Arts is being offered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to high school seniors in Sullivan County, NY or Wayne County, PA who wish to pursue advanced studies in the visual arts, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.  Read more

Wayne County summer festival schedule released

HONESDALE, PA — Following a 47-year tradition, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will once again present a summer of musical events in Honesdale. The series of 14 concerts in Honesdale’s Central Park will feature many favorites from past years, and will also introduce the Bill Arnold Band to local audiences.  Read more

‘Landscapes’ art exhibit opens

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday April 5, the Wayne County Arts Alliance hosted an opening reception to celebrate its current art exhibit, “Landscapes.” The event was held in the alliance’s new gallery, which is tucked away on quaint little Maude Alley located at 1023 Main St. Nine talented local artists are represented, including Joseph Castelli, pictured here, Signe Ballew, Collette Ballew, Jessica Campbell, Ellen Silberlicht, Naomi Teppich, Mark Milroy, Carolyn Santiso and Paul Ludick. The exhibit runs through April 26. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Percussion and groove: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will play soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms.  Read more

Dramatic Workshop announces auditions for a melodrama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Stop Thief!” a musically enhanced and mischievously fun, old- fashioned melodrama. Auditions will be held at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Saturday, May 3 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; and Saturday, May 10 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles.  Read more

The Rowan Lynch Quartet at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, April 13, The Rowan Lynch Quartet will be at The Cooperage Project to celebrate the release of their first recording, “Strange Carp.” The performance begins at 3 p.m.  Read more

Something fishy going on around here

Of course, by “around here” I mean the Upper Delaware River Valley, and by “fishy” I mean that the majority of the last week has been all about trout. Since I know next to nothing about fishing, fly or otherwise, I gave Phil Eggleton (www.trouttownadventuresandguideservices.com) a call. Confused about when the seasons actually begin and end, I was glad to have Eggleton set me straight on a few pertinent facts.  Read more

18th annual women’s conference slated

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The theme of SUNY Sullivan’s 18th annual Women’s Conference to take place on Saturday, April 12 is “Wisdom... Wit... Women.” Comedienne Jane Condon will be the keynote speaker. Condon is a performer whose insights are as sharp as the wit with which they are delivered.  Read more

Nature exhibition by local photographers

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a free exhibition by regional nature photographers selected for their focus on local subjects and the quality of their work on Saturday, April 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ open mic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, April 11, come on down to The Cooperage for the second “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night exclusively for teens from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s a fun evening for musicians and listeners alike. All ages are invited to come, watch and enjoy the evening, but only the area’s youth will step up on stage. So, if you are an aspiring musician, poet, storyteller, juggler, actor, yodeller, dancer, or whatever, jump on stage at The Cooperage. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Pet and nature photography by two friends

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will hold the opening of a new show, “Two Friends and their Photographs” on Saturday, April 12. Nyssa Calkin and Brad Walrod are friends who share a passion for photography, using the lens to explore subjects they care deeply about.  Read more