It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they’ve recently introduced a new requirement: to graduate from high school, all students must pass a civics test similar to the one given those seeking naturalized citizenship.
At first glance, I like the concept very much. Americans’ general ignorance of the way their system works is legendary, and anything that encourages greater civic awareness is a good thing in my book. Read more
Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to the water is the key. Open water enables them to feed on plants or fish, depending on the species. Herbivores, such as Canada geese, can feed on grass in fields and golf courses, but the snow cover of winter usually shuts off that food source. The geese must then forage shallow river bottom for aquatic plant growth. Read more
As near as I can tell, fishing is not central to world peace or the next big discovery, medical or otherwise. Fishing may or may not lead to bliss or to enlightenment, but at a minimum fishing is just plain fun. Certainly, any form of fishing can be fun, and it doesn’t have to involve leaping Atlantic salmon, bruiser bass or elusive permit, tarpon or bonefish. Even the “lowly” eel can be fun. Read more
I’ve run out of adjectives and my list of synonyms has frozen up. Words like arctic, frigid, icy, polar, raw, frosty and nippy just aren’t cutting it anymore, and our refrigerated landscape has been making the national news with wind chills dipping to minus 35 here in the Upper Delaware River region. Lately, I’ve taken to flipping through photos of spring, summer and fall to remind myself of why we do it, save for the brave few who adore shivering on the slopes or braving the glacial temps to sit on a barrel and fish through a hole they have painstakingly bored into the lake. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the new documentary “Divide in Concord” on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. as part of its winter “Creative Conversations” series. The feature-length film follows the events leading up to a vote on banning the sale of plastic water bottles in a town known for being the birthplace of the revolutionary war: Concord, MA. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Professor Bob Friedhoffer, professional magician and educator (a.k.a. the “Madman of Science”), will return to The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, February 21. In “The Magic of Science,” Freidhoffer demonstrates how science creates the illusions that make magical tricks possible, as he performs one amazing feat after another, proving that the human senses can truly be fooled. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Yesah will present Silver Tongues, Richard Traviss, and the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman—three bands from Brooklyn, Equinunk and in between—showcasing their sounds, ranging from shoegaze to folk on Saturday, February 21 at Sidetracks in Callicoon, NY. There is a $5 cover charge. Sidetracks is located at 62 School St.
Yesah is an independent label started by Jeffersonville native and Brooklyn resident Noah Barker.
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host honky-tonk, Western-swing trio, No Good Sister, in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. “This lipstick-stained bluesy band’s tight three-part harmonies and femme fatale prowess breaks hearts and pieces them back together… These ladies were selected by World Café Live at the Queen as the Unsung Hearo standout performer of 2013 and won a slot in Hearo.FM’s 2014 SXSW showcase,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Harmony Presents and RiverFolk Concerts will sponsor a benefit concert for the The Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The DVRC was damaged by a fire earlier this year, and the benefit is an effort to help the center get back on its feet. Read more
WOODRIDGE, NY — Cat Wilson is self-proclaimed “mildly obsessed” with food. She has worked at restaurants and farms, so when her friends who are in the film and TV business suggested she make a TV cooking show, she jumped at the chance. Read more
“That’s not a word.” It seems that I am always saying this to my kids, in disapproving tones.
Most often it is because they are mispronouncing something. Then I tell them: we are not entitled to pronounce words incorrectly just because we think it sounds better. This is the argument that my son, with his musical ear, likes to try. The main idea, I reply, is to talk so people understand what you’re telling them. Read more
A lifelong love of the natural world, and a willingness to act on its behalf, is believed to originate in childhood, as youngsters explore the wild world around them through the simple activity of play. The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) recently published a 40-page booklet that explores this important relationship and offers an array of actions targeted to restoring nature play to children’s lives. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The Delaware Company will host a Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting at Henning’s Local on Saturday, February 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a snow date of Sunday, February 22. The celebration will feature tastings from several local breweries; hardy 18th century tavern fare and birthday cake. A historical trivia contest—with prizes—titled “American Walks Into a Bar: The Role of Beer in the American Revolution” will be led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway. General Washington, in the person of talented re-enactor Paul Brennan, will be the guest of honor. Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — All of your chocolate wishes can come true at the Neversink Valley Museum’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Social on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Many varieties of chocolate and other desserts will be offered. Choose three desserts for $5; beverages are free. Takeout is available. The social will be at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Read more
WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Zombie Valentine Party for teens on Friday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. There will be zombie-themed games, cookie decorating, Valentine making and more. The event is for ages 12 and up. Registration is required. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will read from their original poetry at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, poems will center on the many variations of love—romantic love and the love of friends and family. In honor of the season, the UDWC will also present poems about winter, the return of the light and the promise of spring. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading on Upper Main Street in Callicoon will host a Date Night/Paint Night on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Release your inner artist as you sip a glass of wine and relish chocolate-covered strawberries. Just glide your paintbrush across your canvas to create a masterpiece, Picasso style, of your loved one or friend. No experience is necessary. Bring your favorite bottle of wine. All painting materials are provided, along with wine glasses and strawberries. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host “Gaga for Gershwin,” a Valentine tribute to the Great American Songbook’s composers and lyricists, on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. Performers will be soprano Dorothy Stone and “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” Ori Dagan. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of eating, laughter and love at the second annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night, to be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Friday, February 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is at 7:15 p.m., and laughs begin at 9 p.m. The show will feature comedians Melvin George and Mike Gaffney, who have performed at famous locations such as Caroline’s, on the Ellen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Gotham Comedy Live and Last Comic Standing, to name a few. Read more
Good question. Once again, there’s a dark cloud over my head, and it’s called Valentine’s Day. Most people have a holiday they could live without and mine is due on Saturday. While the actual history of Cupid’s rise to fame is debatable, romantic love is deeply rooted in the various interpretations. Read more