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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

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...

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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...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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Neo-Motown retro groove

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

“Caleb’s soulful voice, intricate lyrics, cutting-edge chords and lightening fast licks are sure to impress. We’ve had this talented artist a couple times before, and we can’t help but dance or at least boogie in our seats,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

3D conference in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — North School Studio and Thread Global will host a three-day tech conference, sponsored by 3D Systems, with a focus on 3D printing, from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25, on the future of manufacturing and how it may affect our economy. 3D Systems director of social impact Leanne Gluck will speak about education, entrepreneurship and technology.  Read more

Jamming at The Cooperage: bluegrass and electric

HONESDALE, PA — Right Side Up will host The Cooperage’s first open electric jam of 2015 on Wednesday, January 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

Right Side Up is a high-energy four-piece Classic Rock dance and party band based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Band members are Mark Eagan on the drums and vocals, Rochelle Marolf on vocals and keyboards, Tim Theobald on the guitar and vocals and Tom Sieg on the bass and vocals.  Read more

A celebration of global cultures

LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H Youth Development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will celebrate its 27th annual International Night on Friday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This free program will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rod.  Read more

Playhouse announces Swit performance

FORESTBURGH, NY — Forstburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp has announced one of the upcoming season’s highlights, a production of “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Loretta Swit. Patrons of the Forestburgh Playhouse and fans will quickly recognize Swit as one of the stars of the iconic television series, “MASH.” She has graced the stage of the Forestburgh Playhouse before, and is thrilled to return as Miss Daisy in one of the most beloved dramas of the American Theatre. The play will run from September 1 through 6. Call 845/794-1194 or visit

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did fall on the driveway yesterday and it wasn’t easy getting up, but I managed—old bones intact. Having written (extensively) about the ice last week, I thought I was done with the subject, but Mother Nature seems to have it out for me this winter. I avoid using salt (bad for the pup’s paws), and barn calcite wreaks havoc in the house. But clearly, I need to be more careful while attempting to get out and about, searching for artistic endeavors around the region.  Read more

NACL is finalist for Artplace

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre has been selected as one of 90 finalists across the United States to receive an Artplace America award. Each of the finalists has proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of a community. A total of 1,283 letters of inquiry were received. Of the 90 finalists, 40 will be selected to receive funding.  Read more

Beads bloom into smiles

HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.  Read more

Finger on the pulse

A few months ago, yet another large and important study was released with irrefutable evidence that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease could be prevented if high-risk individuals switched to a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables and olive oil. But where’s the beef? Let me reassure you that eating for health doesn’t mean you have to eliminate pleasure. But it’s a good idea to start thinking of meat as a kind of delicious flavoring rather than the focal point of the plate.  Read more

If you have nothing nice to say…

I notice the tip jar on the counter of a deli where I get my coffee before I head into the office and most days just give it a glance and walk away. Today I stopped, looked at the girl behind the counter and said, “exactly what do you expect a tip for?” To my surprise she had a lengthy answer; obviously I wasn’t the first to query this. “Well it’s for things like saying good morning, giving you a napkin, making sure your change is correct and wishing you a nice day.” Then came the most sincere smile I ever saw; she was looking me right in the eyes.  Read more

Romantic cinema at the UDGLBT

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (DGLBT) will present a classic film series at the UDGLBT Center located at 201 W. Harford St. on selected Thursdays from January 15 to March 15 at 7:30 p.m. The series, hosted by John DiLeo, will alternate between two kinds of classic movies: a trio of films from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s featuring triangles with unmistakable gay subtexts; and a trio of sparkling romantic comedies that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Read more

Keeping our enviro-commitments

In my last column, “Enviro-resolutions,” I recommended getting to know the agencies involved in natural resource management in the Upper Delaware River region. Another organization that can help you keep your commitment to greater outdoor experiences throughout the new year is the non-profit Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF).

The official partner of the Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests, the organization strives to support the state’s natural and cultural resources through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.  Read more

DVAA launches online gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The DVAA is launching a new online gallery space for 2015 named the Bgallery. The web based gallery, curated by Phyllis Bilick, will debut with an exhibition titled “The Impact of Color,” a colorful conversation. The exhibit will open on Saturday, February 7, and is now requesting submissions of work where color is an essential factor, exciting the viewer and drawing them into the work. The submission deadline is January 31.  Read more

Indigo Moon Brass Band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Indigo Moon Brass Band will be will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Indigo Moon Brass Band of Wilkes-Barre, PA is inspired by the music of New Orleans. Its three founding members spent a few years in the culturally rich Big Easy. The band may have moved back north, but you can still find them performing in authentic New Orleans fashion.  Read more

Entertainment industry mixer and showcase

ROCK HILL, NY — There will be an entertainment industry mixer and showcase on Saturday, January 17 from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant. The event is an opportunity for artists, producers and all people interested in the entertainment industry to build their networks. Speakers will include Tom O’Reilly of More Sugar Music newspaper; Melissa Cohen, casting director and producer for Transcending Pictures; and Eddie Wilson of WSUL 98.3 FM and WVOS 95.9 FM.  Read more

NACL seeks Weather Project performers

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre is currently developing a touring version of The Weather Project play and seeks additional performers of all ages for a regional tour that begins in May 2015. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center, located at 725 State Rte. 55 in Eldred.

The Weather Project is an all-ages outdoor performance about climate change directed by Tannis Kowalchuk of NACL Theatre. The play was developed with NASA scientist Elaine Matthews, in collaboration with the Town of Highland and a host of community groups.  Read more

Classic rock for modern times

HAWLEY, PA — Classic rock band Leroy Justice will perform at the next Harmony Presents production on Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, calls the band “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kinds of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized our favorite American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman Brothers Band, while filled with powerhouse grooves and a strong rhythm section.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Tannis Kowalchuk renders a song-filled solo performance depicting the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, in the play “Shakespeare’s Will,” to be performed at Moore’s Barn, 29 Head Rd. in Callicoon on Saturday, January 31 at 5 p.m. The event includes a potluck, with the show to follow.  Read more

Snow days

Oh, how those two little words used to thrill. I’m not sure when I turned into my own grandfather, but as kids across the Upper Delaware River region press their noses to the window, praying to hear the news, I find myself regaling youngsters with how difficult it was back in the day, when it took a blizzard to cause a cancellation and we had to walk to school, bundled up in snow pants and mittens, braving the elements whether we wanted to or not.  Read more

Hope lives here: Billy’s New Hope Barn; Honesdale farm animal rescue seeks support

HONESDALE, PA — When you’re doing your heart’s work, it shows. Perhaps it’s the sparkle in Marcie Bunting’s eyes as she talks about Toby and the deformed legs he’s working hard to overcome, or the smile that lights up her face as she watches the rescued farm animals roam around the sheltering home they’ve found at Billy’s New Hope Barn.  Read more

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