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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.

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...

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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.

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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...

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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 (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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VanSteenburgh featured at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery November Featured Artist is Ben vanSteenburgh III, whose work will be on display from November 8 to December 9. The public is invited to the artist’s reception and Milford’s “Art After Dark” celebration on Saturday, November 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

VanSteenburgh III majored in art as an undergrad and attended New York’s School of Visual Arts. His body of work includes book illustrations for nationally known authors, portraits (including one of Bill Clinton and Chelsea, which hangs in Bill’s Harlem office) and fine art, much of which centers on the human form.  Read more

Port’s youngest Alumni Hall of Fame honoree shares stage with HS musicians

BETHEL, NY — Port Jervis High School graduate, and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Evan Mack performed “My Other Journey Home,” a collection of his musical compositions at Bethel Woods on October 20. The collection, which included parts of his acclaimed compositions, marked Mack’s first local performance in five years.  Read more

Naoko Takada to perform the classics on marimba in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Can you play Bach on a marimba? Probably not, but marimba star Naoko Takada sure can. On Saturday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. she will appear at the Milford Theatre, courtesy of Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Takada will perform music ranging from Bach to modern composers—perhaps a tango, maybe something by Paul McCartney. Her program will include pieces by Chopin and Liszt that are normally played on a piano.  Read more

Diane Kimberly featured at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of November, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the paintings of Diane Kimberley in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake.  Read more

Pike County Historical Society to host dinner & a movie

MILFORD, PA — On Friday, November 8, the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) will serve chow, followed by the showing of the 1967 prison drama “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy in his Oscar-winning role. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the society’s Foundation Room.

Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand for the intro, commentary and discussion regarding the classic film.  Read more

Billy Joel’s back-up returns to the Boiler Room

HAWLEY, PA —Wade Preston of “Movin’ Out!” the Broadway show and Billy Joel’s back-up delivers a show with favorite tunes and original compositions on November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s not often a man can sit in front of a piano and command full attention but Mr. Preston can drop a stadium full of jaws.  Read more

Trick or treat?

Halloween—people either love it or hate it, but the holiday is not the only excuse to dress up. This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the Boys and Girls Clubs serving Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to thank the supporting communities and sponsors, the organization (www.bgcorange.org) hosted “Celebrating 20 years of Building Great Futures,” a fundraiser extraordinaire held in Middletown, NY (www.westhillscountryclub.com).  Read more

Art brings people together

HONESDALE, PA — Artists and admirers gathered Saturday evening on Maude Alley for the grand opening of the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) Gallery at 1023 Main St.  Read more

Celebrating our past and envisioning a sustainable local food system for the future

By Greg Sandor

As a California native, I am struck daily by the abundance of water surrounding us from our brooks, creeks and rivers to our estuaries, lakes and reservoirs. I am fascinated by the flow of water through our woodlands, across our farmlands and ultimately supplying thousands upon thousands of people with drinking water in our nearby metropolitan areas. I know the majority of the waters in Sullivan County flow westerly to drain into the Delaware River Basin where they join with the waters that flow easterly into it from Pennsylvania.  Read more

Barred and beautiful

Late one recent afternoon, while I was driving slowly down a dirt road in Pike County, a large bird suddenly swooped just in front of my car’s windshield. I braked and watched as it perched in a tree just overhead. Turning off the motor, I slowly exited with camera in tow, certain that the bird would immediately fly off.

Surprisingly, it remained where it had landed, then proceeded to quietly observe me as I snapped away. The encounter was thrilling, as the bird turned out to be a barred owl, a personal favorite of mine and one I have never encountered in the wild before.  Read more

Nothin’ but a hound dog

Okay, I give up. My never-ending effort to stand on my own two feet and crawl out of the shadow of my dog’s popularity has failed. I’m waving the white flag, admitting defeat and giving in. Some of you would argue that I created this monster, but the simple truth is that no one is to blame. It is what it is, and I’m now sanguine about the whole affair. I live with a celebrity and am hanging on for dear life. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be out of a job and still, the popular consensus is that Dharma writes this column, while I just drive her around. So be it.  Read more

‘Enough Said’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present director Nicole Holofcener’s new film, “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, opening Friday, October 25 at the Callicoon Theater.

A divorced massage therapist, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client.  Read more

‘Threads’ opens: Six artists, one theme

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will open a new show featuring six artists, including some not before seen in the area. The opening reception is Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will run through Sunday, November 24.

The six artists wind their way through the exploration of texture, light and color with fabric playing an integral part in the process. Fabric kites and wall hangings by Wilfredo Aponte emphasize color and shape.  Read more

A folk legend in the making

BETHEL, NY and HAWLEY, PA — There will be two chances this weekend for area residents to see Connor Garvey, a singer/songwriter whose “rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz,” (music blog Direct Current). On Friday, October 25, Garvey will appear at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B in Bethel, NY, starting at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘A Landscape Meditation’

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery’s next show, “A Landscape Meditation,” features the work of two local artists who are expert in capturing the rural beauty and ambiance of their surroundings. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Birds in the neighborhood

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a book signing with John Haas, author of the newly revised “Birding Guide to Sullivan County, NY” (third edition, 2013) on Saturday, October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors. There will also be displays and a colorful take-home map about one of the region’s top birding area—the Basha Kill wetland, compliments of the Basha Kill Area Association. You’ll learn about their many free programs and walks throughout the year too.  Read more

Americana and bluegrass at the D&H

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne and Mike Baglione and friends on Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Local artist wins 1st place in New York City

QUEENS, NY — Local artist Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr. was recently presented with his first-place award by SUNY Empire President Merodie Hancock at the annual SUNY Empire State College art competition at the New York LaGuardia Marriot Hotel in New York City. More than 100 international, national and New York State artists competed in the competition.  Read more

Enjoy ‘Tea with Friends’

MONTICELLO, NY — Elizabeth Knight, author of several best-selling books on tea and entertaining, will share her expertise during a tea tasting program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Inn at Lake Joseph. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the E.B. Crawford Public Library.  Read more

Nesin Cultural Arts holds recital

MONTICELLO, NY —The Fifth Annual Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship Recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25 in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John St. Featured performers will include current and retired Monticello Central School District (MCSD) faculty, Monticello High School alumni and special guest artists and music educators from Sullivan County.  Read more