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December 20, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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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

Shoe man

I met Charles, the shoe man, under slightly peculiar circumstances. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was going to lunch at the new restaurant around the corner from my office. After three years of lunches in the neighborhood, I was excited to have a new option in the mix.

It was a nice lunch in a spacious, bright and shiny restaurant. (I had a salad, not important to the story, but it makes me feel better about myself so worth including.)  Read more

Little Piggies need a paint job

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is piggy backing on Narrowsburg’s popular Pig Mountain: Pig Roast and Veggie Fest. They are giving out dozens of “naked” piggy banks that need a paint job, or a marker job, or a sticker job, or a glitter job, or a spray paint job. The decorated piggies will be sold during Pig Mountain on Saturday, August 23, and the proceeds will benefit the DVAA. Everybody can participate, you don’t need to be an artist. Just let your imagination run hog wild. You can even win a prize; a jury will select the Best in Show.  Read more

Pie, cake and chocolate bakers invited to compete at county fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair invites pie and cake bakers, plus those who have a favorite chocolate recipe, to register now to compete in three popular competitions at the fair. One is for pie bakers entering the 27th annual Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program, the commonwealth’s Department of Agriculture and the PA State Association of County Fairs. The second is for cake bakers entering the 11th annual Incredible Angel Food Cake contest sponsored by the PA Egg Farmers and the PA State Association of County Fairs.  Read more

Summer programs expose youth to the performing arts

BETHEL, NY — This summer, Bethel Woods performing arts workshops, Summer Stages, will return with programs expanded to serve a variety of interests and age levels. Summer Stages consists of a series of workshops for youth participants that explore every facet of the performing arts, ranging from behind-the-scenes activities to live performance. Topics explored include musical theater (Broadway in Bethel), jazz (All that Jazz), and opera (Youth Opera Experience). Each of these individual workshops culminates in a final public performance wherein participants have the opportunity to showcase their talents to a live audience.  Read more

Sour Bridges to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — After a first round appearance, Sour Bridges is returning to Honesdale. On Saturday, July 5, the band will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St. at 8 p.m. Sour Bridges features Bill and Matt Pucci, both born and raised in Honesdale.  Read more

28th annual dinner for Catskill Exotic Bird Club

MONTICELLO, NY — Daria Feinstein of Florida and Smallwood, will present a talk about the flocks of Wild Parrots of South Florida at the 28th annual dinner party of the Catskill Exotic Bird Club, to be held at Mr. Willy’s in Monticello on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.  Read more

‘Snow White’ musical with a rock-and-roll twist

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its version of “Snow White”—a familiar tale but with a new twist and modern music—at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg. Shows are on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m., plus a special performance for camps and groups on Wednesday, July 9 at 1 p.m.  Read more

Old Stone Jail opens for the season

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Stone Jail is now open on the first Saturday of the month from June through October. It will be open on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free tour.  Read more

Rock Hill kicks off 2014 summer concert series

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business and Community Association for the second annual Rock Hill Summer Concert Series, held every Wednesday evening for the months of July and August from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 223 Rock Hill Dr. (location for the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market).

The series features live music outside on the grass by a different local band each Wednesday evening. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your chairs and/or blankets.  Read more

Ice cream and Dixieland music at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers will host a free open house and a re-creation of Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s community ice cream social complete with live 1920s/1930s Dixieland music on Friday, July 4.  Read more

Tour takes a look inside artists' studios

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) 12th annual Artists’ Studio Tour provides an opportunity to meet Wayne County’s talented and diverse artists in their studios and alternative art spaces. The tour takes place July 11 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 17 locations. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Artists’ Studio Tour Exhibit and Headquarters at Maude Alley, 1023 Main St. There will be music by La Lava Jiango and refreshments by Capra Collina Winery, Alley Whey Cheese Shoppe, Weis Markets and Beach Lake Bread.  Read more

Is there a doctor in the house?

My mother was a bit of a hypochondriac. Although she moaned a lot, most of her grousing turned out to be nothing more than anxiety, and as a result, I grew up with a confused sense of what actually constitutes illness. I’ve never been a fan of doctors (in the professional sense) and in fact, took the opposite approach as an adult. Where Mom might have panicked over an attack of the sniffles, running off to her physician for every ache and pain, I took most things in stride, loathe to complain (hard to believe, right?) and keeping concerns about my general well-being to myself.  Read more

‘Crossings’ summer festival ready to go

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will begin its 21st festival Crossings in the Catskills from July 12 to 26. The festival consists of eight events including concerts; social soirées; talks; interactions with audience; a renowned composer-in-residence; and for the first time, dancers and a brand new Chamber Music Immersion program for pre-professional musicians.  Read more

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