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August 22, 2014
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You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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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

Breaking through (the ACA)

The ice dam has broken, finally. A huge berg twirls in the eddy, unwilling to float downriver to the sea. Chunks disengage, spiraling off from the mothership. I imagine a huge umbilical cord of ice holding on to the riverbed below like a tether, but it doesn’t sound likely, or scientific. I am witnessing the end of a long winter. The night’s rain has turned to frost on the lawn. The only color is the dull gray of tree trunks and the bright green of the Narrowsburg Bridge. My imagination is as dull as the landscape. But, look!  Read more

Reconnecting

While it may be hard to believe, given lingering low temperatures and a still-bleak landscape littered with dirty aging snow, spring is underway. Even for those of us who regularly venture outside to enjoy winter’s many fine qualities, this past winter has felt exceptionally long, punishingly cold and unusually restrictive.  Read more

The gift of opening day

If you’re a trout fisher, you don’t have to be reminded that Opening Day is close at hand. Oddly, New York waters open on April 1, as they have for more than a century, but Pennsylvania doesn’t open until 8 a.m. on April 12, the second Saturday.  Read more

Kelly McMasters luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library will present author, teacher and bookseller, Kelly McMasters, after a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Tuesday, April 8 at 12 noon. McMasters will read from her acclaimed book, “Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town,” and share excerpts from her column for The Paris Review, describing her experiences as a first-time bookseller in Honesdale.  Read more

A trip to the gun range

The first thing I notice when I pull into Red’s is the group of high school kids milling around in the parking lot. I’m transported back to my own days of loitering around Cinema 6 in Honesdale, PA. Big main difference? Red’s is an indoor gun range outside Austin, Texas.  Read more

‘Animal Avatars’ book and poetry reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents local author Patricia Eakins and poet Bertha Rogers for “Animal Avatars: Real and Imaged Beasts,” a public reading of fiction and poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Auditions held for Poe drama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Auditions for vocalists, actors and dancers for Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and The Delaware Valley Opera’s fall performance of “The Masque of the Red Death” will be at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project announces the return of the “Concerts in the Coop” series beginning on Friday, March 28 with master fiddler Steve Jacobi and The Old Time Fiddlers.  Read more

The Stantons in benefit concert

HONESDALE, PA — Grace Episcopal Church, located at Church and 9th streets, hosts an evening of food, music and fellowship on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Local performers Leana and J.R. Stanton present a special blend of classic country and gospel music. A spaghetti dinner precedes the concert from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more