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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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‘Reflection’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present the opening reception for a members’ show titled “Reflection” on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme of reflection is represented in the artists’ works in a literal sense, as in subjects of water and mirrors, and also subjectively, as in the practice of contemplation. Artists, using contemplation as their source for inspiration, then reflect what is happening personally and in society through their creations, whether conscious or unconscious. The exhibit runs until May 5.  Read more

Folk duo Hannah & Maggie

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host folk, pop and harmony duo Hannah & Maggie on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. The award-winning New York City duo has set out to make the world of singer-songwriters a more cheerful place as they blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy. They’ve been compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls.  Read more

Teen Reading Lounge to discuss ‘Divergent’

HONESDALE, PA — Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive book discussion series created by PA Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12 to 18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through book discussion and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.  Read more

Not just for women; A new day in woodworking

GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.  Read more

A big step backwards

New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to renewable energy generation. The bad news comes in Volume II, which outlines the plan’s specifics in 618 pages of statistics and predictions.  Read more

Spring is trying to spring

After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.  Read more

Sundance film series comes to Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL), partnering with the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), has been honored by being selected to present a series of international film screenings funded by the Sundance Institute and its Film Forward project. The project uses the power of cinema to advance cultural dialog across generations, religions, ethnicity and borders. Pennsylvania was chosen as one of four states for these screenings.  Read more

Free bowling night for teens

CALLICOON, NY — Free bowling for teen and preteen youth at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, is again offered on Saturday, April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Two games, shoe rental and supper are provided by Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch. Rev. Dr. Norm David, the church’s pastor, will be happy to provide transportation for any who need a ride. He may be reached at 845/482-4343.

Salon Series presents ‘Silverstein,’ a new play

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series presents a theatrical reading of “Silverstein,” a new play by Bill Donnelly, on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. The reading will be held in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Lyric Quartet begins Parksville USA festival

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Parksville USA Music Festival kicks off its 2014 concert series with The Lyric Quartet this Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café.  Read more

Monticello school music groups perform in Albany

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, March 14 the Monticello High School Jazz Band, directed by Andrew Verdino, and RJK Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Mike Mingo, performed at the state capitol building in Albany for the annual Music in Our Schools month. The state capitol showcases talented student performing groups during the month of March every year. Pictured are the two performing groups and their directors.

International Tabletop Day comes to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its 2nd annual International Tabletop Day, a celebration of board games, on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be five teaching tables, where visitors can learn new games or polish their skills at classics. A life-sized version of Carcassone will be set up on the stage. Two local game developers will demonstrate their in-progress creations; help them out by testing their games and offering them feedback. A kid’s table will keep the little ones occupied. All participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite games to play.  Read more

GLBT prom held locally

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its 2nd annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The dinner/dance will be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, 120 Rt. 6 and Rt. 209. This year’s theme is Mad Hatter. Local celebrity, Sugar, will be featured, with music provided by DJ Flow and Hot-Traxx Entertainment. There will be a photo booth provided by Flash Shack.  Read more

The Catskill Club: 1920s-themed black-tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present a night of entertainment that embraces the era of the 1920s at the exclusive speakeasy, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Monticello Casino & Raceway. The black-tie-optional event (costumes encouraged) is sponsored by Monticello Casino & Raceway, Empire Resorts, EPR Properties and Hart Howerton.  Read more

Upcoming concerts in Milford

MILFORD, PA — During April, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will present the vocal group Calmus Ensemble on Saturday, April 5, and jazz singer Chris McNulty on Friday, April 25. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catharine St. The program will include early music from the time before Bach, songs by Brahms and Schubert, and German chansöns written by Ludwig Bohme. The five vocalists of Calmus have sung together since 1999, and have recorded 15 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall and other top concert halls throughout Europe and the Americas.  Read more

Pete Seeger celebration hosted by WJFF

HURLEYVILLE, NY — WJFF will host an evening of bluegrass, folk and Americana music in celebration of the life of Pete Seeger on Saturday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. The event features three live bands, a chance to sing along, pizza and fresh baked goods.  Read more

Southern soul in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Gold Magnolias, a Southern soul band from Brooklyn, will return to Harmony Presents at the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s music evokes such artists as The Alabama Shakes, Fats Domino and James Brown.

“Don’t be surprised if you end up dancing, stomping, clapping and singing,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Political documentary features Milford’s Nick Troiano

MILFORD, PA — The PBS documentary “Follow the Leader” will have its Pennsylvania premier at the Milford Theatre at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. The film charts the lives of three high school class presidents, including Delaware Valley High School’s Nick Troiano, as they enter college and become politically involved. Over three life-changing years, they split into Republican, Democratic and Independent camps as each reconsiders his ambitions and rethinks what he truly believes.  Read more

Better late than never

Yes, I’m referring to the elusive springtime that teases and retreats, leaving me dumbfounded. One minute I’m singing a happy tune and the next? Well, the weeping willow springs to mind. According to my therapist, I have “control issues,” but even I can see the folly in thinking that I can force the seasons to change. Instead, I’ve chosen to force a few bulbs to bloom on my desk and pretend that spring has sprung. It is, after all, in the air. One of the signs of renewal popped up over the last week in Livingston Manor, NY, as an amazing aroma wafted down Main Street.  Read more

Ryan Broshear: gone fishin’

Rising country star and avid fisherman Ryan Broshear is packing a bag and heading for Sullivan County, preparing to throw out the first cast as Guest Celebrity during the trout season’s opening ceremony at Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY on Saturday, April 5. Roscoe has been known as Trout Town USA for decades and was named “The Ultimate Fishing Town in the USA” by the World Fishing Network (WFN) in June 2011, garnering bragging rights, global attention and a $25,000 prize given to the town for fishing-related activities. The town’s official website (www.roscoeny.com) states that Roscoe’s natural setting includes “five of America’s top trout streams and numerous reservoirs and lakes,” making the spot “an anglers paradise;” and it suggests that if visitors “come cast a line in our waters, they’ll be hooked for a lifetime.”  Read more