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October 08, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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‘Conversations with Interesting Neighbors’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join Kevin McDonough, pop aficionado, for a Friday evening of culture and conversation on April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, part of the “Pop Matters: Conversations with Interesting Neighbors” series. McDonough will interview local artist Philip Jostrum, who worked in the art and production design departments of several big name Hollywood films in the 1970s. Registration is required. Programs without at least five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit or call 845/252-3360.

Library Week at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 12 to 18, with a number of activities.  Read more

Cooperage game night

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., Game Night will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. As always, The Cooperage will have all kinds of games to play—from board games to card games to brain games. Scrabble, Twister, chess, checkers, dominos, Dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, to name only a few. Bring your favorite game if you’d like.
Each month there is now a free game giveway. One lucky game night attendee will take home a board game. The game to win on April 16 is Space Sheep!™ courtesy of Stronghold Games.  Read more

UpFront holds spring artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its seventh annual Spring Artist’s Reception on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food sponsored by Pell Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as well as refreshments. The show will run through May 24.

UpFront currently has over 50 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including photos taken by the late James A. Cherry III.  Read more

Keyboardist Malone at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present keyboard virtuoso Bob Malone as part of the Tusten Theatre Spring Concert Series on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Guitar performance, workshop at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and composer Tim Farrell to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 18 both to perform and to lead a hands-on guitar workshop.

Farrell is a highly accomplished guitarist whose roots and influences transcend genre. He has mastered the intricacies of fingerstyle guitar, infusing craft, technique and melodic substance to create his own inimitable style.  Read more

‘African-Americans’ series to be shown

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a six-part viewing and discussion of the PBS series “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” directed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Professor Gates is the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

The series traces the history of African-Americans, beginning in the 1500s, and covers the expansion of slavery during the 18th century, the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s and the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama.  Read more

‘Fools Gold’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Fools Gold,” an exhibit of current paintings by Alan Wood, opens with a reception on Friday, April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 9.  Read more

Robinson & Rohe in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Robinson & Rohe (Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe) will play at Harmony Presents on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. “Strong Brazilian influence, rhythmic playfulness and carefully crafted orchestrations come together in the form of fantastical riffs on old folktales and autobiographical sojourns,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, in describing Robinson & Rohe.  Read more

‘I of the Storm’ Richard Hoehler’s one man show comes to Tusten

Veteran actor Richard Hoehler has been around the block a few times, and when he’s not pounding the pavement in New York City, one can find him at his home in Glen Spey, NY, where, for the past 12 years, he often finds himself musing about his experiences in New York and the people who live there. One such story is played out in R.J. Bartholomew’s “I of the Storm,” a one-man show currently running at the Playroom Theater on Manhattan’s West 46th Street, and coming to Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre for one performance only on Saturday, May 2.  Read more

Memorandum of understanding

I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently. Cries of religious bigotry and even fascism have been flying back and forth—over, among other things, whether or not bakers have the right to refuse customers based on their religious beliefs.  Read more

The windows of ‘The Old House’

In the house where I grew up there was a large, walk-in closet at the top of the stairs. The closet might have been a tiny second-floor bedroom at one time, when the house was new and lodged more people. As a kid, I spent lots of time there, behind a curtain of dresses and winter coats, lounging on an old, quilt-covered trunk and reading. I read “Ballet Shoes” and “Anne of Green Gables” and later “Winesburg, Ohio” and “Walden,” while I fought off the static pieces of silver tinsel that escaped from the stored boxes of Christmas decorations.  Read more

Pennsylvania pride

At this time of year, the dingy snowbanks are slowly absorbed into the thawing earth, revealing the dregs of accumulated garbage along rural roadways in the Upper Delaware River region. The Pennsylvania road where I live is littered with unlovely, castoff crap like plastic water bottles, aluminum beer cans and strangely—empty cat-food cans.  Read more

I hear a symphony

In the space of 24 little hours, we’ve gone from spring to winter and back again. Simply being able to open a window has been a thrill, and hearing the birds singing in the trees has given rise to spring fever. With Easter and Passover behind us, surely the darling buds of May can’t be too far off, and the promise of warmer temps and flowers blooming enthralls even the most cynical (I mean me), as the allure of hanging the wash out to dry entices.  Read more

Third annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom

MATAMORAS, PA — Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its third annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, located at 120 Route 6 and 209. According to the press release announcing the event, the term “Ally” in the title means a straight person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements and challenges homophobia and transphobia. This year’s theme, chosen by the youth in the community, is “Carnival—Under the Big Top.” Dress to express and please yourself.  Read more

NACL Theatre scholarships available

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Roger Cacchiotti Scholarship Fund is available to area students and families seeking full financial assistance for the spring session of theatre classes at NACL Theatre, which will be held on Thursdays from April 23 to June 11. Five scholarships are available to cover tuition. To apply, email a letter to  Read more

Funk, jazz and improv

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase a jazz, funk and improvisation group, The Dirk Quinn Band, on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.

“Dirk’s fiery electric work is firmly rooted in jazz and, in the context of this four-piece band, it’s alloyed with insistent, funky grooves to create a brilliantly lava-laden form of electric fusion… This is a show for jam band lovers, jazz aficionados and simply anyone who likes to feel a great groove,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Classic rock in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Leroy Justice will perform on Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, calls the band “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kind of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized our favorite American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman Brothers Band, while filled with powerhouse grooves and a strong rhythm section.”  Read more

The Crackers live at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distillery and Dancing Cat Saloon will present acoustic Americana band The Crackers, performing live at the saloon on Saturday April 11 at 8 p.m., featuring elements of traditional and modern American music forms including folk, country and blues. The Dancing Cat is located at 2037 State Route 17B.  Read more

Art alliance turns 10

WURTSBORO, NY — This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Wurtsboro Art Alliance. The alliance’s opening exhibit for 2015 is titled “Celebrating: 10 Years and Growing Strong,” opening on Sunday, April 12 and running through April 26. There will be a reception, free and open to the public, on April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery, located at 73 Sullivan St. Refreshments will be served, and there will be live music performed by local area musicians.  Read more

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