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On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.

The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Last year I resolved to interrupt relentless winter with a trip to a tropical clime. It was a good resolution. February, although the shortest month, always seems the cruelest to me. This year, I...

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No, it’s not about the weather, although I don’t believe it’s just me who is officially over winter. What with March coming in like a lion and all… well, I think most of us are ready for spring....

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March is here, and with it some milder weather can be anticipated. Perhaps not too mild, but at least not the subzero temperatures that were experienced in the region during the latter part of...

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Milford Music Festival returns in September

MILFORD, PA — The music returns to Milford’s historic district as the encore of Milford MusicFest 2014 takes place Saturday, September 20. A full day of free concerts will fill the town from 10:30 a.m. well into the evening. Highlights of the day include crowd favorites SaRon Crenshaw Trio at Davis Chant Realty, The Merchants of Groove with two performances (one at Harrington House and another at The Artisan Exchange), traditional Irish music by The Tara Minstrels at The Flying Pig Tea Room, as well as a full schedule of performances by the students of the Delaware Valley Music Department.  Read more

Yarnslingers presents monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Discover the funny side of life with Lois Morton

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Tavern will present Lois Morton as part of its fall series on Friday, September 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and show time is 8 p.m. Morton, a performing songwriter, is the 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award winner for best revue.

“She’s a plucky, sassy songwriter who writes laugh-out-loud funny material that sparkles with the glow of truth,” said Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes.  Read more

‘Fashionably late’

For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and there is nothing fashionable about it.” Even as a youngster, I had a secret desire to be popular and left no stone unturned in my quest. I struggled to develop personal style and was never very good at dressing myself, so I pursued other avenues with which to appear worldly. One day I strutted into the dining room (late for dinner) and thrust the dictionary into my (very stylish) mother’s lap.  Read more

Two young survivors

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.  Read more

The unending war

Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my day’s obligations for my telecommuting job. I stopped at a health food store in Hamlin for a beverage—and it soon became clear that something was not right. The radio was tuned to NPR and the news people were still on the air, though it was now way past the time for the morning news programs.

And what they were saying made no sense.

“What… happened?” I asked the clerk.  Read more

Late summer spectacular

We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to see one spectacular thing every week for the rest of your life?”In the game of “Would you rather…” what does the word spectacular mean to a teenager? What does spectacular mean to you? And just what does spectacular mean to me?  Read more

Celebrating public lands

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society and eight years of diligent effort.  Read more

Which one are you?

I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked out over the water and bayside I loved. Very gradually I became aware of a darkening hue toward the horizon. I looked and looked, baffled. Suddenly, like a punch in the face, I realized it was a layer of smog, creeping from New York City eastward toward Long Island where I stood barefoot on the shoreline—devastated. I was struck with the awfulness of this byproduct of modern civilization.  Read more

Shine on harvest moon

Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has many glorious aspects to embrace, including (but not limited to) the burst of fall foliage that sweeps across the Upper Delaware River region and the plethora of festivals celebrating the annual harvest.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival announces film selections

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival has announced its official selections for its third annual event to be held at the Tusten Threare in Narrowsburg September 19 to 21. The film selection includes four documentaries, two narrative features and 21 short films, plus a program of films currently being made by local youth. Five of the film selections have a local connection to Sullivan County and/or the Catskills region. There are two programs of family-friendly short films.  Read more

Double art openings at the DVAA

Paintings and drawings by mother and son

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Mother and Son: Paintings and Drawings” by Diane Green and Isaac Green Diebboll opens with a reception on Friday, September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The reception will feature a special piano performance by Isaac. The exhibit will be on view through October 4.  Read more

Acoustic Bluegrass jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, September 17 another Acoustic Bluegrass Jam will be at The Cooperage from 7 to 10 p.m. This Acoustic Bluegrass Jam will be led by Buckshot Jenkins and Ron Penska. It’s an event for both bluegrass musicians and bluegrass listeners alike. All instruments will be welcome, but leave your amps at home.

Bluegrass is a form of American roots music within the country music genre. Its roots are actually found in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English folk music with later influence coming from the music of African-Americans through the incorporation of jazz.  Read more

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen returns

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back the award-winning bluegrass band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cooperage. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play a wide variety of new acoustic American roots music focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country, yet blues, folk, swing and jazz also shine through as influences. In 2013, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen received three awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and for 2014 they have been nominated in four categories.  Read more

The Old Time Fiddlers celebrate 35th anniversary

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers are celebrating 35 years of performing traditional music. They have a special concert and workshop on Saturday, September 13 to commemorate this occasion. Tim Crouch will offer a workshop on fiddling at the Beach Lake Fire Hall at 2 p.m. This workshop is free for fiddlers or people thinking they want to learn how to play the fiddle. At 7:30 p.m. a concert will commence, featuring The Old Time Fiddlers followed by Tim Crouch.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

CALLICOON, NY — CineArt will present “The Hundred-Foot Journey” at the Callicoon Theater from Friday, September 12 to Monday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal and Charlotte LeBon and is directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. The film is rated PG.

Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory (Mirren), the proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own eatery only 100 feet from her restaurant.  Read more

Movies in Monticello: ‘Belle’ and ‘Up’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group holds matinee showings on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Read more

Laugh Tour brings live comedy series to Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Laugh Tour comedy series will be held on September 13, October 11 and November 8 at the Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd. On Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. the headliner is Ophira Eisenberg. She has been seen on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central, VH-1, NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and “The Today Show.” The host is Rich Kiamco, as seen on “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” BRAVO, “Good Day NY,” and WE-TV.  Read more

Tribute to American Movies: Manhattan Symphonie returns to Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — The Manhattan Symphonie ensemble is returning to the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on September 13. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.  Read more

Conan featured Nick Vatterott headlines Comedy Night

HAWLEY, PA — Nick Vatterott headlines Comedy Night at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. In 2010, Vatterott was named one of the “break-outs” at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival by the Hollywood Reporter and since then has performed on “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has a half-hour special on Comedy Central. Also performing are comedians Mara Marek and Andrew Collin.  Read more

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