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November 29, 2015
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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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Railroad talk at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Continuing their 2015 program series, the Time and the Valleys Museum presents “Sullivan County and the O&W Railroad,” a talk by Bob Earle of the O&W Railway Historical Society on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

An evening of music at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of live music and barbeque featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Chip Murray, on Saturday, June 27 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7; admission for museum members costs $5. Come a little earlier and enjoy an outdoor barbeque (the cost of the barbeque is not included in the admission price).  Read more

Grossi and Druck featured at comedy night

HAWLEY, PA — Friday, June 26 will be another Harmony Presents comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House, starting at 8:30 p.m. “This month’s Comedy Night features returning comedians Brian Grossi and Brett Druck. Their unique blend of hard-hitting punchlines, spot-on impressions and unpredictable crowd-work leaves audiences on the edge of their seats, wanting more.  Read more

In the good old summertime

Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax nostalgic as I careen from one end of the Catskills to the other, criss-crossing the Upper Delaware River region in a never-ending attempt to soak up as much as I can before leaves of red and gold begin their annual descent. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just concentrate on summer for a bit. Ahhhh.  Read more

Recalling rural schools

HONESDALE, PA — The first of the 2015 Plain Speaking talks at the Wayne County Historical Society’s Main Museum at 810 Main St. will be held on Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The speaker is Mimi Steffen, local researcher and author of several volumes about one-room schools. Her topic is, “Recalling the Rural Schools of Berlin Township.” Steffen will speak about Laurella School. The Plain Speaking programs are free and open to the public. Plain Speaking will continue on July 10 and on every Friday at 5 p.m. through August 21. All are welcome to attend.  Read more

Sour Bridges returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Local boys Matt and Bill Pucci and their band Sour Bridges will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, June 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, so do not BYOB.  Read more

Old Stone House turns risqué for a day

HASBROUCK, NY — In a dramatic departure from the Catskill area’s customary art shows, the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck is presenting a one-time, one-day-only exhibit of kinky and erotic sculpture, paintings, books and other items, many highlighting the hidden world of fetishes.

The adults-only show on Saturday, June 27, is a fundraiser for the community arts and education center, a 501(c)3 organization. There is a $25-per-person suggested contribution for admission, including a gourmet reception, with the doors open from 5 to 10 p.m.  Read more

An evening with Vera B. Williams

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Friday, June 26 at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch for readings from the works of beloved local children’s author Vera B. Williams. This event is family friendly, and people are encouraged to bring their children. There will be a children’s prelude to the event at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is requested. Events without five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit or call 845/252-3360.

Roots and Rhythm brings the jams all over town

HONESDALE, PA — The 10th annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival was another smashing success this year. The crowds came out to support local music and art, as there were bands all along Main Street in the morning, and craft vendors lining Central Park. Later that day and into the night bands took to the main stage, including headliner the Kentucky Headhunters.  Read more

Milford Music in the Park; Festival debuts with ‘Voice’ phenom

MILFORD, PA— Christian Porter will be the headliner act for the first concert of Milford Music in the Park, to be held on Sunday, June 28 in the Anne Street Park at Anne and Catherine Streets. A talented contestant on Season 4 of “The Voice,” Christian Porter has a soulful pop sound, with melodic beats and heart-filled lyrics. Also performing in the park that day will be local singer/songwriter Sarah Hawthorne and new folk/lyrical soul artist Seth Davis. The concert series will continue once a month after the festival, on Sundays, July 26, August 9 and August 23.  Read more

Herbal essence

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an important role in many dishes, but especially in the assortment of mezze (shared plates) that serve to awaken the appetite. Among the bounty of traditional salads I ate was an Armenian specialty of lightly dressed sprigs of freshly picked oregano.  Read more

For the love of trains

The conductor wakes us with some of the usual news. “We need to travel at reduced speed due to signal problems. We are going to be late folks. Sorry!” Next we hear the collective moans of the passengers, some of whom are quick to text the office that they will be late, again. “Remember NJ Transit only guarantees same day service,” says the conductor, hoping to lighten the moment. It’s a beautiful spring morning, flowers and trees are in full bloom, no rain, no snow, none of the usual suspects for delays. Yet here we are late again. The consolation is another 20 minutes of shut-eye.  Read more

Forestburgh’s ‘Damn Yankees’ knocks it out of the park

"Damn Yankees" is a lot of things: a musical, a comedy, a love story and a cautionary tale of good vs. evil with personal redemption thrown into the mix of lively song and dance. While this may sound like too much, under the guidance of Forestburgh Playhouse (FP) producer Frankin Trapp and the show’s director/choreographer Nathaniel Shaw, "Yankees" is a home run. (Initially, I was bound and determined to leave baseball-laden clichés out of the mix, but I’m afraid that they’re just too on the nose to avoid).  Read more

A walk with Arthur Watres

A new trail was officially opened to the public earlier this month in honor of Louis Arthur Watres, who founded Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA, along with his mother, Isabel, in 1966. Born in 1922, Arthur passed away in 2014, leaving a legacy that will benefit generations to come. The trail allows visitors to walk the land that Arthur dearly loved and to visit compelling features like the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area.  Read more

Firebrand performs at Albella

MONTICELLO, NY — The rock/blues/dance fusion band Firebrand will perform on Friday, June 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Albella Restaurant & Bar. The performance will feature the band’s newest member, guitar phenomenon Tommy Quaglieri. The evening is in celebration of the birthday of head-on collision survivor Melissa Carrie, who is the sister of lead singer Renata Daria.  Read more

‘The Idiot’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL presents an innovative take on the Russian classic novel, “The Idiot,” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Prince Myshkin squares-off with a notorious woman, a spoiled socialite, and a jealous rival in an intricate and violent quartet. The play utilizes immersive staging; the players inhabit a shared space with audience members, and cast the audience as voyeurs, confidants and society gossips.  Read more

CAS Film Club presents ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a special screening of the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), featuring a discussion session with presenter Lawrence Budner, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, this event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St.  Read more

Yarnslingers presents ‘secret posts!’

CALLICOON, NY — Yarnslingers will present “secret posts!” on Sunday, June 21 from 4 to 6 Café Devine. For this performance, the public has been invited to anonymously write down their deepest (or funniest or most mysterious) secret on a postcard and send it to Yarnslingers. All secrets are anonymous, and anyone sitting in the audience is invited to grab a secret out of the Yarnslingers’ fish bowl and read.

There will also be an opportunity for a Yarnslingers fiction writing, but you have to come to “secret posts!” to find out what it is. Email

Pontone’s ‘Catskill Dreaming’ at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Gallery—The Art of Living will present Louis Pontone’s new collection, “Catskill Dreaming,” starting on Saturday, June 20 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through August 18.  Read more

World-renowned chamber duo in Grahamsville

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Karkowska Sisters Duo, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble, will perform “American Treasures: from Gershwin to Yankee Doodle,” at the first Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Daniel Pierce Library on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m.  Read more

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