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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Contra dancing in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a contra dance on Saturday, July 25 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The dance will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing similar to old-time square dancing. There is no fancy footwork involved. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The instructions given by the caller form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize.  Read more

‘Fuel for Thought’ at the Weigh Station

CALLICOON, NY — From Saturday, July 25 through Sunday, August 9, an exhibit titled “Fuel for Thought” will be hosted at the Weigh Station on Lower Main Street in Callicoon. The exhibition takes repurposing the iconic coal silos in the hamlet of Callicoon as its subject, and will consist of proposal drawings and models by five contemporary artists. There will be an opening reception on July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Creative Conversations

SHOHOLA, PA — Creative Conversations is a series in which local artists meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month to debate topics of interest to the local community. On Sunday, July 26, the topic will be “How our limitations make us free.”  Read more

Sneak a peek at DVO’s ‘Barber of Seville’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera Company will perform “The Barber of Seville” on consecutive Saturdays, August 1 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sundays August 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Performances will take place at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, which the company has made its home for the past 29 years. It’s an intimate setting to experience the thrill of real operatic voices and timeless music. Tickets cost $20 at the door. Visit to buy them.  Read more

LaMar at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The group LaMar will be at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, July 25 at 9 p.m. LaMar draws from the spirit of Spanish flamenco and Cuban music. The group is led by singer and guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin, who hails from Bogota, Colombia. Matt Geraghty on bass, together with dextrous percussionist Reid Andrés on cajon, give LaMar the edge that merges the NYC pulse with the melodies and rhythms of The Americas and Iberia. LaMar performs regularly throughout New York City at major events and celebrations on the East Coast.  Read more

Willson & Friends on Ramble Tamble

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will team up with The Crackers and WJFF Radio Catskill to present Michelle Willson & Friends on Thursday, July 23. The performance will be broadcast live from The Cooperage by WJFF Radio Catskill 90.5 FM.
The performance, which will start a 7 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. will be simulcast during “Ramble Tamble” on WJFF Radio, an eclectic mix of music aired on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. It is produced by longtime WJFF volunteer and on-air host, John Gordon.  Read more

Callicoon Country Fair on Saturday

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Country Fair will take place on Saturday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., all around Callicoon from Upper Main Street to Callicoon Creek Park. The date contained in last week’s article on the event was incorrect; we apologize for the error.

Old Time Fair; Simple pleasures at an old-fashioned fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum invites one and all to the Old Time Fair on Saturday, July 25, rain or shine. The fair will feature old-fashioned fun at old-fashioned prices (in fact, admission and parking are free), as well as Miller’s chicken barbeque.

The Old Time Fair is the main fundraising event for the Time and the Valleys Museum, an interactive museum that preserves the past, educates the present and ensures the uniqueness of the Rondout and Neversink watersheds for all generations.  Read more

‘History in Bloom;’ Floral artists riff on museum vignettes

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will hold a three-day exhibit titled “History in Bloom” from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26. The exhibit showcases the creative efforts of eight area florists and nursery owners who have accepted the challenge of interpreting some of the most interesting vignettes in the Calder Museum.  Read more

Trout Town Summer Fest

ROSCOE, NY — The Trout Town Summer Fest, hosted by the Roscoe NY Beer Co., will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 12 noon to 6 p.m., at 145 Rockland Rd. The festival will include local craft beer, spirits and cider as well as several local vendors and artists. There will also be a pig roast with sandwiches and meals for sale that will pair perfectly with the several Trout Town beers on tap inside the new brewery and tasting room.

You can enjoy live music provided by singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Riley from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be games and activities throughout the day.

“Oliver!” has a few twists in Forestburgh

Not all musicals are happy stories, although most have happy endings. “Cabaret” for instance, is set against the backdrop of Hitler’s regime. “South Pacific” takes place during World War II. “Evita,” based on the life of Eva Peron, glamorizes a dictator and “Les Miz” is centered on the French revolution. Not all musicals are frivolous, and even those that seem entirely benign employ a villain or two along the way. After all, who is “Peter Pan” without his Captain Hook?  Read more

Southern soul with NYC swagger

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases The Gold Magnolias, a band that combines Southern soul with New York City swagger on Saturday, July 25 at 6 and again at 8:30 p.m. “The Gold Magnolias are a few southern boys in New York City with a sound that evokes such artists as recent phenoms The Alabama Shakes as well as soul-stalwarts like Fats Domino and James Brown. Their infectious style of Brooklyn Southern soul, fueled by fried chicken and tequila, will have you up and dancing, or at least grooving in your seat,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Up in my grill

Nothing says summer like firing up the barbeque, though all this rain is threatening to put a crimp in our grilling. But inclement weather could never stop me from making my favorite Thai-style grilled chicken. (Full disclosure: My husband is usually the one standing over the coals.) The inspiration comes from a much splattered copy of “Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia,” by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford. It’s a seminal work filled with highly authentic regional dishes carefully collected mainly from home cooks.  Read more

Bog beauty

Bogs are one of nature’s most mysterious and intriguing ecosystems. We are fortunate to have a spectacular bog in the Upper Delaware River region, where the public can experience the unique plants, insects, birds and other life forms that thrive in this special habitat.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog in nearby Monroe County is protected by The Nature Conservancy and open to the public. Environmental educators from the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center lead guided tours along a floating boardwalk on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring through fall.  Read more

Honesdale is tour’s end for Weather Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Weather Project, NACL’s two-year art and science project, developed in collaboration with a dozen community groups, will come to the end of its 2015 tour on Saturday, July 25, at 6 p.m. in Honesdale’s Central Park. Prior to that date, the company will be teaching weekly theatre workshops for local children to perform as the Solar Munchkins in the play. The children’s workshops will take place at collaborating partner The Cooperage on Main Street. There is one remaining workshop, on Tuesday, July 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Battle of Minisink commemorated

REGION — The 236th anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Minisink will be commemorated this weekend on both sides of the Delaware River. On Friday evening, July 17, living historians of the Navasing Long Rifles and Third Ulster Militia will set up an 18th-century encampment at the Battleground Park located on County Route 168, and will remain through Sunday morning. The public is invited to visit and learn about the significant sites of the battle and weaponry and equipment of the period.  Read more

History Day at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Ten Mile River Scout Museum is hosting History Day, a free event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, on Saturday, July 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.

The event is supported by local historians, the Tusten Historical Society, reenactment groups, the Fort Delaware Museum and the National Park Service.  Read more

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered

I’m unsure whether I can feel all three of those things at one time, but I’m here to tell you that it is possible to experience them all in rapid succession. Of course, the reference itself is to a famous Rogers and Hart tune written for the 1940’s Broadway musical “Pal Joey” and is still popular to this day. Everyone and their mother has recorded it, including Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. I won’t sing it for you, but if Sinead O’Connor can do it, why shouldn’t I?  Read more

Art classes for kids

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck offers summer classes in a range of techniques and styles for youngsters five and older. Courses include all needed materials. The first class is called, “Color! Color! Color!” Led by Alana Sherman, it teaches about color through several art experiments and includes creating an original work. Fill-in-the-color pictures are available for students who prefer that approach. It takes place on Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and costs $5 per child. “OOOH!!  Read more

Jenny McCarthy comes to Cove Haven

LAKEVILLE, PA — Cove Haven Resort will welcome Jenny McCarthy’s “Dirty, Sexy, Funny Tour” live on Sunday, July 19.

Along with comedians Paula Bel, April Macie, Lynn Koplitz and Tammy Pescatelli, McCarthy will be performing comedy that is, as the title of the tour implies, a mixture of different themes surrounding what it’s really like to be a woman. Their hilarious spin on everyday experiences, blended seamlessly with witty banter and adult overtones, make this a great tour for lovers to come and see together.  Read more