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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

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Award-winning author at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Award-winning, internationally known author Suzanne Fisher Staples will speak after a buffet-style luncheon arranged by the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 9 at 12 noon. The event will be held at the Hotel Wayne at the corner of Park and Main streets. Staples will speak about her novels set in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Read more

Bluegrass duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present bluegrass duo Billy Strings and Don Julin on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Managing director Jill Carletti said, “Billy Strings and Don Julin are one of the hottest new acts in the north central U.S., and an unlikely duo. One’s an old timer with a minimalist approach to mandolin, and the other is a fiery young flatpicker with a flair for modern bluegrass. One’s been playing since childhood, while the other picked up music later in life.  Read more

Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The newly renamed Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

Appalachian Mountain Boys at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The “Duke of Bluegrass,” Louie Setzer, and The Appalachian Mountain Boys return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Setzer and The Appalachian Mountain Boys combine traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music with a sound all their own. Known as “The man with Titanium Tonsils,” Setzer is a premier vocalist with a unique vocal styling, heavily influenced by first generation masters Jimmy Martin and Mac Wiseman. Setzer caught the Bluegrass “bug” in his 20s after attending his first festival.  Read more

Public transportation to the river corridor; New shuttle will link river hamlets to Manhattan

RIVER VALLEY — A shuttle bus service will run from New York City to the river towns in the Upper Delaware Valley for four weekends this summer, beginning in the last weekend in June. The cost will be $40 each way, and the promoters hope the service will be popular enough with the traveling public that it may be expanded next year.  Read more

Thanks for asking

While looking for a clue to the pain in my gut two years ago, I was greeted by numerous medical professionals and their various tools. The emergency room doctors wanted to make sure I was not going to die on their watch, and after they assured themselves of that, paid no more attention. My primary care physician suggested a test for H-pylori and was very pleased with himself when a test proved him right. Antibiotics cleared up the strange organism. The pain continued.  Read more

Deer lore and more

Information is being sought on several matters concerning white-tailed deer in the Upper Delaware River region. In the first, researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are asking the public how they think deer respond to changes in weather and moonlight. To explore the “truth in deer truisms,” they will then compare survey responses with data from movements of radio-collared deer.  Read more

Battle of the Bands; In tune with Callicoon… and beyond!

“When it rains, it pours,” I wheezed at the dog as we headed out the door last Saturday night, in search of entertainment. I had three musical notes on my list to check out in Callicoon, NY, along with a few art shows and a lecture down by the river thrown in for good measure, so with umbrella in hand (and a slicker for the pup) we took off, understanding that something along the way was bound to get short shrift. “It’s the nature of the beast,” she barked back at me, tugging at her leash, “Let’s roll!”  Read more

Auditions for ‘Fiddler’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St. Performance dates are August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, at the Rivoli. Traditional casting includes roles for all ages, children through older adults. Come to the audition prepared with sheet music for a song that shows off your range, either from “Fiddler” or another show tune. An accompanist will be provided.  Read more

Cello and organ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Internationally heralded cellist Yosif Feigelson and organist/conductor Gwendolyn Toth will present a concert April 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist. The Mostly Bach program will include organ works, some of the suites for unaccompanied cello, “Wachet Auf,” “Pastorale,” and music by Pachelbel. Tickets cost $45, and the concert will raise funds for structural improvements at the historic church.  Read more

‘Hard Evidence’ debuts in the Elevator Gallery

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the artwork of Frank Shuback in “Hard Evidence,” an exhibition in the Elevator Gallery, running from April 4 to May 31 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 4 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Hard Evidence” is a series of clues to current events, using design and color to draw together elements from around the world. Shuback picks up found objects in wood, metal, plastic and glass from antique shops and bends them to his own imagination.  Read more

Maple syrup tasting and talk

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a presentaation on maple syrup on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, sponsored by Diehl’s Maple Syrup in Callicoon. Learn all about the process in which maple syrup is made from a local farm family. Registration is required for this event. Visit or call 845/482-4350.

Hortonville Talent Show

HORTONVILLE, NY — This year the Hortonville Talent Show will celebrate its 29th anniversary on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. with acts you won’t see anywhere else. There are returning acts and new surprises. It’s not a competition; everyone is a winner, with performers awarded unique certificates.  Read more

Pierson at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Hancock photographer Arthur W. Pierson is the featured artist for the month of April at The Inn at Starlight Lake Gallery on Starlight Lake Road. His personal work often includes the themes of rust and pealing paint. And yes, it is “pealing” and not “peeling.” Different colors evoke different emotions, and Pierson is drawn to rich, saturated tones, and feels that often, it’s the way they are contrasted with muted, desaturated colors that can make an image work.  Read more

Easter Bunny hops into Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a spring egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at the fireman’s field on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. There will be crafts for children and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. She will be arriving to start the egg hunt just after 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and firemen will be on hand to show children the fire trucks and fire gear. If the weather is bad, the Easter Bunny will visit at the Yulan Firehouse instead.  Read more

Vintage bluegrass and folk at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Bluegrass and folk band Laney Jones and The Spirits will play Harmony Presents on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
“They’re one of the most exciting new faces of NewGrass & Bluegrass genres, making a big impression wherever they play… Laney’s recent accolades include official showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival, taking home the grand prize in the 40th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

John Burroughs presentation in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to a special introduction to celebrated naturalist John Burroughs with Bill Birns at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Burroughs, born in 1837 on the family’s Delaware County homestead in Roxbury, NY, authored 27 books of nature and philosophical essays that influenced millions of readers.  Read more

Reenactment of the crucifixion

HONESDALE, PA — The First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale will present, for the first time, a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, titled “Torn,” on April 1, 2, and 3. This dramatic production will be performed at no charge at The Vineyard Center, 761 Terrace St., at 7 p.m. each night. The audience will be drawn into this compelling portrayal of the events preceding and including the death of Christ through a shadow performance, special effects and music.  Read more

Surrealist parlor game for Catskills artists; Join in, have your work displayed

REGION — A parlor game called “Exquisite Corpse” is coming to the Catskills, brought to you by Ellie and Akira Ohiso, the couple behind Green Door Magazine. The Ohisos have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) and are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware counties in New York, Wayne and Pike counties in PA) to participate in this game, turned exhibit. The finished works will be displayed in “Exquisite Corpse of The Catskills” at CAS beginning June 5.  Read more

The good egg

An egg is quiet perfection. Elegant in form, its smooth shell breaks open to offer the yin-yang of golden yolk and airy white. That yolk serves to thicken and enrich, while the white, when whipped, adds volume and lightness. Together and separated, these allied elements lend themselves to a seemingly infinite array of preparations, from lofty drifts of shining meringue to velvety dollops of lemon curd, from the crisp, lacy edges of an egg fried in olive oil to the cool, spongy sweetness of a Japanese omelet.  Read more

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