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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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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

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