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September 04, 2015
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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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‘Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills’

REGION — Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) to launch an interactive exhibition this summer titled “Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills.” The original Exquisite Corpse was started at the turn of the 20th Century among Surrealist history’s most famous artistic names, such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray (to name a few.) Originally constructed as a parlor game to help artists break from reason, its popularity grew as a way to bring diverse artists and ideas together.  Read more

Sullivan West’s ‘Secret Garden’ is abloom with talent

If I had to do it all over again, I would work with kids in school, planting the seeds and nurturing their appreciation of the performing arts, hoping to instill a love of the theatre in our young folks. Thankfully, the Upper Delaware River region is filled with educators and parents who do just that, and my visit to Sullivan West last Sunday served as a shining example of the talent, dedication and spirit that putting together a high school production embodies.  Read more

Folk rock in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — A favored ethereal folk-rock duo among music lovers of all ages, Barnaby Bright, returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. The duo features haunting vocals, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass and thumb pianos. Barnaby Bright’s EP Gravity was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, and has garnered comparisons to the Indigo Girls, The Civil Wars and The Weepies.  Read more

Agresti at Café Devine

CALLICOON, NY — Armand Agresti will present nine photographs at Café Devine, Callicoon, NY starting March 20. There will be an opening reception on March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The show, titled, “The Rich and the Poor,” will continue until April 27. The nine large color photographs are from a series addressing the struggles and richness of life. Café Devine hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday from 9 to 5 p.m.

‘Planet Earth’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, March 21, The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. will present a screening of two episodes of the acclaimed nature series “Planet Earth.” The event will begin at 5 p.m. and wrap up by 7 p.m.  Read more

Jazzmosis and Yasgur in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) celebrates the arrival of spring by kicking off the spring concert series with the instrumental group Jazzmosis, playing with Yasgur, at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Sullivan County-based Jazzmosis, founded in 2011, features drummer Mike Cervone, guitarist Steve Schwartz, bassist Tom Volpe and saxophonist Greg Fiske. The group traces its musical roots to the jazz rock/jazz fusion movement of the 1960s, continuing that tradition during their shows with extended solo and group jams.  Read more

Maple sugar tour and sugarbush walk

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The public is invited to a Maple Weekend Tour at the Catskill Mountain Sugar House on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The tour will be followed by a short hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, around the mountaintop farm.  Read more

Student artwork on display at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, April 19 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be an opening reception on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This exhibition, appearing throughout the gallery, will present the work of high school students from all eight of the county’s districts (Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley) plus student work from BOCES.  Read more

Women’s wellness weekend

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA invites women to relax their spirit, mind and body; connect with old and new friends and enjoy a weekend from March 27 to 29.  Read more

Historic costumes on display

MILFORD, PA — The Vintage Clothing Committee of the Pike County Historical Society has assembled a special exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. Members of the committee are seen here with the stage costumes that belonged to Jennie Gourlay, an actress in the play being performed at Ford’s Theater the night of the President’s assassination. The costumes, currently on display at the Columns Museum, are being featured to help raise funds to have them stabilized and prepared for permanent display.  Read more

Combining art and science: Documentary being made about The Weather Project

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — If you missed the NACL Theatre performance of “The Weather Project” last summer, don’t fret; a production company from New York City is now in the process of creating a documentary film about the show. Frank Kuzler, the executive director of DecadesOut, said, “The documentary goes perfectly with the mission of our company DecadesOut. The mission is to foster the dialog between science and the arts as they relate to current issues. ‘The Weather Project’ fits perfectly into that.”  Read more

Where the rubber meets the road

It was a fair enough question, really.

I had just posted some well-reasoned and salient comments (or so I thought) to Facebook about some miscellaneous, transient political thing of little actual import or impact—oh yeah, those emails of Hillary’s—and one of my correspondents called me on it, to wit:

“Why don’t you put this much thought into making your LOCAL politics better and stop the distraction of the big media?”  Read more

Spring hope

Winter boredom reached a crescendo in my house when my kids started playing tennis in the living room. You know it has been a long winter when the kids start practicing swings indoors and bouncing balls off the wall. My son walks restlessly from room to room cradling his new racket as if it were a teddy bear. He is impatient for the start of the school’s spring tennis season.  Read more

Spring into spring

With winter’s waning comes the promise of spring. While the calendar heralds its arrival on March 20, however, the Upper Delaware River region will still seem very winter-like for weeks to come. Meanwhile, here are a few suggestions to help reduce our impatience with this seemingly endless winter season with its ample supply of snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  Read more

Woodloch hosts beauty event

HAWLEY, PA — The Lodge at Woodloch will celebrate National Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a special event in the Lotus Salon. This is a complimentary beauty event. Feel free to stop by for a beauty class, listen to inspirational speaker Petra Kolber or stay all day just to celebrate.  Read more

The story of a witness to Lincoln’s assassination

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will present a show titled “For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay” on Saturday, March 21 at Water Wheel Café. A 6 p.m. dinner precedes the performance. The show focuses on actress Jennie Gourlay, who on April 14, 1865 was poised on the brink of stardom at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. But her shot at stardom in a benefit performance scheduled for the following night was cancelled when John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s.  Read more

Basketball tournament at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will once again host the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in men’s basketball from March 12 through 14 at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.  Read more

Acoustic bluegrass jam

HONESDALE, PA — Robert “Buckshot” Jenkins and Ron Penska will lead an acoustic bluegrass jam will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.
This jam is open to any musician with an acoustic instrument such as a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, harmonica, tambourine, or egg shaker. Please leave your amps at home; this bluegrass jam is entirely acoustic.

This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ open mic night

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their performing art on stage at The Cooperage. If you play guitar, rap, write poetry, sing, juggle, play keyboards, yodel, this is the perfect place to get some experience and gain inspiration in front of a supportive audience. All ages are invited to come watch and enjoy the evening, but only the area’s youth will be invited to step up on stage.  Read more

Collage and mixed media at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of collage and mixed media by Jeffrey Parker opens with a reception on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through April 11.  Read more

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