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REGION — Just as fine food has the power to exalt any holiday celebration, so do fine alcoholic beverages (in suitable moderation). And just as we in the Upper Delaware River Valley are blessed with a variety of excellent local food sources, we also have quite a few providers of drink, from spirits to wine to beer and ale. We contacted a number of the local distilleries, breweries and wineries and asked them for their recommendations for your holiday parties. Here’s what they came up with.

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In search of Goliath

My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a two-footer.  Read more

Fun for the whole family at the Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 10th annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Dr., on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is geared toward fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a scavenger hunt to receive a free book by visiting exhibitors and learning about the area’s natural and cultural history.  Read more

Wurtsboro Founder’s Day Street Fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold the return of the Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The street fair is back to the full length of Sullivan Street for the second year, where it all began over 20 years ago. This is an entire day full of family fun with two live music stages; don’t forget to bring a blanket for the concert in the lawn. There are lots of local venders selling arts and crafts and much more. Enjoy a full block of rides, kid’s activities, auctions, Glider discovery and flight simulator, and more.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music and The Cooperage team up

HONESDALE, PA — Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer music festival Crossings brings a preview to The Cooperage on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert marks WCM’s debut at The Cooperage, and offers music for wind instruments.  Read more

The return of Marc Black

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back Marc Black for a house concert on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeff and Maggie Moore. There will be a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Marc has visited Sullivan County many times and will perform another evening of eclectic folk-rock that deals with life, and all its social and political challenges one song at a time.  Read more

Jordan Rock headlines at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase another comedy night inside the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Jordan Rock will be the headliner.  Read more

The Slipper Room, adult variety, is back at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Back by popular demand, after a sellout show last summer, NACL presents The Slipper Room, New York City’s Palace of Variety, in a weather-themed extravaganza, “Mr. Choade’s Perfect Storm.” The Slipper Room is blowing through Highland Lake for an exclusive one-night performance on Saturday, July 12.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre has premiere at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — After postponing its original July 3 opening of “A Reluctant Tragic Hero” and “The Hipter’s Ballad of the Nazarene,” in Kauneonga Lake, because of severe weather due to Hurricane Arthur, the Liberty Free Theatre will open its season at the Catskill Arts Society on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a premiere performance reading of “By the Sea—Anna’s Story,” a new play by the Canadian writer Sheldon Currie. The performers are Kate Warren, Janna Comando and Paul Austin. (The July 3 double bill has been rescheduled in Kauneonga Lake for Thursday, July 17.)  Read more

Nostalgia

It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (www.merriamwebster.com). I often wax nostalgic; perhaps it comes with being of a certain age, but I think my day-to-day encourages it on occasion. Last week brought torrential rains, felled trees, power outages and cancellations cascading across my calendar, but the sun came out for Crosby Stills and Nash, and they drew an enormous crowd of nostalgic music lovers to Sullivan County (www.bethelwoodscenter.org).  Read more

Wade Preston returns for two shows in one night

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s back-up, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Children’s puppet-making workshop

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., NACL will host a puppet theatre workshop for children ages four and up. Children and parents are invited to come to NACL and build dove marionette and hand puppets with master puppeteer Ramon Jan. The dove puppets will be a part of the Weather Project Community play on August 9, and the children are invited to perform their puppets in the show. The Sunday workshop is free and takes place at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd. Call 845/557-0694 for more information. All puppet supplies will be provided.  Read more

Bluegrass and folk fiesta

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum will present an afternoon of Americana and Bluegrass music, served up with a Tex-Mex lunch, featuring Annie and Mike Baglione, plus special guests John Henry’s Hammer and Broke Down & Busted, on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leura Murray Center, 26 Hoag Rd. Admission costs $15, $12 for museum members and includes lunch. All proceeds benefit the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.  Read more

Neversink Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Anyone interested in old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink is invited to Neversink Afternoon of History, Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library on Route 55.
Individuals with photos, information or special history items are invited and encouraged to bring their items to share. Photographer LaVerne Black will also present her program “Tramping Along the Neversink River.”  Read more

Bethany Library hosts an evening with local authors

BETHANY, PA — Four area authors will talk about the craft of writing for anyone who’s ever thought, “I could write a book,” or wants to know more about becoming an author, on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Library.  Read more

ParksvilleUSA Festival to host string quartet

PARKSVILLE, NY — The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival concert series continues with The Hudson Valley String Quartet on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dead End Café. Refreshments will be served after the concert.  Read more

Ugandan expat to perform in Pike County

MILFORD, PA — Samite, a world-renowned composer, singer, instrument-alist and ambassador for peace, will perform on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre. Accompanied by Nate Richardson on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the New York State resident will present a program called “The Healing Power of Music.”  Read more

Grey Towers tour focuses on Pinchot heirlooms

MILFORD, PA — Visitors to Grey Towers National Historic Site will get an in-depth look at some original artifacts in the collection during a special Artifact Tour on Saturday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m.  Read more

An American tradition: Diner Porn captures the classic eatery

SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.  Read more

Drowning in plastic

I’m preoccupied lately with trying to reduce plastic in my life, beyond obvious things like avoiding single-serve containers, carrying drinking water in a glass bottle, shopping with reusable bags and recycling the plastic I can’t avoid buying. But I had never really thought about plastic as an ingredient in a product I might use until I learned that the New York, California, Illinois and other states are moving to ban plastic microbeads—tiny polyethylene or polypropylene particles found in facial scrubs, shampoos and even toothpastes.  Read more

Bioblitz a blast

The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place on property owned by the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, at their Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY.  Read more

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