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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.

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from...

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Near the end of February, I had a call from Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) out of Milanvile, PA. It seems that during a sunny day when the temperatures...

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Pausing as I step out of the front door, looking up through the barren trees, the cerulean blue of the morning sky peeks at me. The word “cerulean” is derived from the Latin caelum, meaning heaven...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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Early-bird tickets to Hawley Harvest Hoedown available now

HAWLEY, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania bluegrass band The Coal Town Rounders will play at the annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown with two other bluegrass and folk bands, Cricket Tell The Weather and Miles to Dayton, on October 18 at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St.  Read more

Harvest Festival at PEEC offers hikes, crafts and more

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its fourth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The festival celebrates the autumnal equinox and traditional harvest season that occurs in September. The Harvest Festival will include local farms, handmade items and environmental activities.  Read more

Indian classical music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present musicians Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen for “Luminous Ragas: A Concert of Indian Classical Music” at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Raga means “to color the mind” and traditionally each raga is associated with a time of day, a season, or a quality of light. In this concert Gorn will play Indian ragas on the bansuri bamboo flute, accompanied on tabla by Buchen, and will reveal the beauty and subtleties of the music through a unique guided listening meditation.  Read more

Wayne historical figure to be luncheon topic

HONESDALE, PA — Scholar Dr. Bambi Lobdell, author of “A Strange Sort of Being,” which examines the life of 19th-century Wayne County historical figure Lucy Ann Lobdell, will be the speaker at a luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Friday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Lobdell will offer her interpretation of the fascinating and colorful story of Lucy Ann, who called herself Joseph, dressed in men’s clothing and was known as the “Female Hunter of Delaware County.”  Read more

Time and the Valleys Museum offers day of free admission

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum will offer free admission to museum visitors on Saturday, September 27 as a participant of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! Program.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket. Visitors must download a ticket from the Smithsonian’s website at  Read more

Book reading by former Department of State officer

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present author Ron Capps for a reading of his new memoir “Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 20 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Milford Music Festival returns in September

MILFORD, PA — The music returns to Milford’s historic district as the encore of Milford MusicFest 2014 takes place Saturday, September 20. A full day of free concerts will fill the town from 10:30 a.m. well into the evening. Highlights of the day include crowd favorites SaRon Crenshaw Trio at Davis Chant Realty, The Merchants of Groove with two performances (one at Harrington House and another at The Artisan Exchange), traditional Irish music by The Tara Minstrels at The Flying Pig Tea Room, as well as a full schedule of performances by the students of the Delaware Valley Music Department.  Read more

Yarnslingers presents monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Discover the funny side of life with Lois Morton

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Tavern will present Lois Morton as part of its fall series on Friday, September 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and show time is 8 p.m. Morton, a performing songwriter, is the 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award winner for best revue.

“She’s a plucky, sassy songwriter who writes laugh-out-loud funny material that sparkles with the glow of truth,” said Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes.  Read more

‘Fashionably late’

For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and there is nothing fashionable about it.” Even as a youngster, I had a secret desire to be popular and left no stone unturned in my quest. I struggled to develop personal style and was never very good at dressing myself, so I pursued other avenues with which to appear worldly. One day I strutted into the dining room (late for dinner) and thrust the dictionary into my (very stylish) mother’s lap.  Read more

Two young survivors

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.  Read more

The unending war

Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my day’s obligations for my telecommuting job. I stopped at a health food store in Hamlin for a beverage—and it soon became clear that something was not right. The radio was tuned to NPR and the news people were still on the air, though it was now way past the time for the morning news programs.

And what they were saying made no sense.

“What… happened?” I asked the clerk.  Read more

Late summer spectacular

We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to see one spectacular thing every week for the rest of your life?”In the game of “Would you rather…” what does the word spectacular mean to a teenager? What does spectacular mean to you? And just what does spectacular mean to me?  Read more

Celebrating public lands

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society and eight years of diligent effort.  Read more

Which one are you?

I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked out over the water and bayside I loved. Very gradually I became aware of a darkening hue toward the horizon. I looked and looked, baffled. Suddenly, like a punch in the face, I realized it was a layer of smog, creeping from New York City eastward toward Long Island where I stood barefoot on the shoreline—devastated. I was struck with the awfulness of this byproduct of modern civilization.  Read more

Shine on harvest moon

Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has many glorious aspects to embrace, including (but not limited to) the burst of fall foliage that sweeps across the Upper Delaware River region and the plethora of festivals celebrating the annual harvest.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival announces film selections

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival has announced its official selections for its third annual event to be held at the Tusten Threare in Narrowsburg September 19 to 21. The film selection includes four documentaries, two narrative features and 21 short films, plus a program of films currently being made by local youth. Five of the film selections have a local connection to Sullivan County and/or the Catskills region. There are two programs of family-friendly short films.  Read more

Double art openings at the DVAA

Paintings and drawings by mother and son

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Mother and Son: Paintings and Drawings” by Diane Green and Isaac Green Diebboll opens with a reception on Friday, September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The reception will feature a special piano performance by Isaac. The exhibit will be on view through October 4.  Read more

Acoustic Bluegrass jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, September 17 another Acoustic Bluegrass Jam will be at The Cooperage from 7 to 10 p.m. This Acoustic Bluegrass Jam will be led by Buckshot Jenkins and Ron Penska. It’s an event for both bluegrass musicians and bluegrass listeners alike. All instruments will be welcome, but leave your amps at home.

Bluegrass is a form of American roots music within the country music genre. Its roots are actually found in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English folk music with later influence coming from the music of African-Americans through the incorporation of jazz.  Read more

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen returns

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back the award-winning bluegrass band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cooperage. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play a wide variety of new acoustic American roots music focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country, yet blues, folk, swing and jazz also shine through as influences. In 2013, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen received three awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and for 2014 they have been nominated in four categories.  Read more

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