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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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Kyle Morgan at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will feature Kyle Morgan and his band on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, describes Morgan as a “gem among performers… Kyle’s powerful stage presence and songwriting was spell-binding the last time we featured him, and he’s going to be just as alarming in his own fiery roots-rock song poetry.”  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business and Community Association and the Rock Hill Fire Department for the fifth annual Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14 at 1 p.m. The day’s activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a special kids section, located at the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market lot (223 Rock Hill Dr.), which will include face painting, crafts and activities for kids. This year’s parade will feature bagpipers, the Orange County AOH Division 1 Pipe and Drum Band, the Walker Valley Marching Band, local fire departments, community floats, antique cars, horses, veterans and more.  Read more

Supper and Sing at the For Faith Parish

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The For Faith Parish and the Transformation Choir invite everyone to join them for a covered dish supper and to stay for the sing along afterwards on Saturday, March 14. Supper will begin at 6 p.m. and the hymn sing will begin at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and share.

There will be another supper and sing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and a supper and sing at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

Student Festival of the Arts

HONESDALE, PA — Dan Rodriguez performs the second movement of Haydn’s trumpet concerto at the Women’s Club of Honesdale’s Student Festival of the Arts on February 26. There were other musical performances at the event as well, including Megan Gullone playing Mussorgsky’s “The Old Castle” on her saxophone. Band director Betty Ann Robson accompanied the two seniors on the keyboard. The show also featured photography and art from Damascus, Preston, Wayne Highlands Middle School and Honesdale High School.  Read more

I’m melting!

Well, we all are—and none too soon. Spring is definitely in the air and there are signs all around. I’ve yet to spot a robin, but the birds are singing, the skunks are mating and the sun (it’s that bright yellow ball in the sky) is shining brightly upon the Upper Delaware River region, giving residents and visitors renewed vigor, infusing us with excitement over shedding a layer or two and celebrating the end of what some say was the harshest winter in decades.  Read more

From clear sap to amber-colored sweetness (reprint from March 31, 2005)

LONG EDDY, NY — Above the red sap house, the plume of white, sweet-smelling steam was fleeting—rushed into nothingness by the late-winter day’s dry air.

On damper days the vapor lingers, spreading sweetness throughout the valley and the sugar maple forest on the mountain above Andersen’s Maple Farm.  Read more

Dream house

I suppose most of us carry around a mental notion of the perfect house. I can’t remember a time when this idea wasn’t percolating somewhere in my consciousness, starting with childhood memories leafing through design magazines with my mother. We sketched numerous “perfect” houses over the years, just for fun, and exchanged photographs and floor plans, but I can’t recall that we ever thought about energy bills. Nowadays, I revisit the notion of the perfect house with my husband, especially during a tough winter.  Read more

Cold and ice on the river

March is here, and with it some milder weather can be anticipated. Perhaps not too mild, but at least not the subzero temperatures that were experienced in the region during the latter part of February. During the last week of February, I experienced -10 F. for a low in Shohola, and Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS), reported a low of -20 F in Milanville, PA for the same time period.  Read more

Maybe it’s just me…

No, it’s not about the weather, although I don’t believe it’s just me who is officially over winter. What with March coming in like a lion and all… well, I think most of us are ready for spring. In an effort to get my mind off of the latest onslaught of white stuff, I packed up my troubles (and dog) in my old kit bag and headed off to Livingston Manor ( for a variety of reasons.  Read more

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ at Monti high

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School will present a production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Hughs Auditorium at the high school, 39 Breakey Ave. The snow date is Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m.
The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Admission is free for senior citizens.

The comedy, which takes us to the French Riviera for a battle of wits between two con men, features a jazzy score by David Yazbek (“The Full Monty”) and was nominated for 11 TONY Awards. Visit

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY —The Fallsburg High School Drama Club will present an evening of comedy with “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. Meet Seymour, Audrey, the Mushniks and the other outrageous characters that make “Little Shop” a favorite of children and adults alike. Tickets cost $6. Visit

Young artists exhibit at The ARTery

MILFORD, PA — This month, The ARTery Gallery presents its fourth annual Young Artists Exhibit featuring the creations of the art students from the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS). The show is a favorite in the community, bringing out family and friends to enjoy and support the creative efforts of the young artists and their teachers. Their photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and pottery are always lively, dramatic and imaginative, making for an exciting show!  Read more

‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Bring the kids down to The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Saturday, March 7 for an interactive workshop that celebrates creativity, “Down the Rabbit Hole.” This family event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and will be led by Hana Marritz, local artist and author of seven award-winning children’s books about nature.  Read more

‘All about Wood’ at Domesticities

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — “All about Wood,” a new show featuring fine and functional bentwood sculpture by Kevin Gref and walking sticks and canes by Ron Lindholm, opens Saturday, March 14 at Domesticities, 4055 State Rte. 52, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Gref and Lindholm will be on hand to talk about what inspires them, and will demonstrate some of their process. New works from Gref and his hydro-powered teakettles will be on display (and for sale), as will Lindholm’s canes and walking sticks.  Read more

‘Radical Descent’ reading

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) presents a reading and book signing with Linda Coleman, the author of “Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary,” published in 2014 by Pushcart Press. The reading will take place on Saturday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., and will be followed by a wine, cheese and sweets reception. The event is free. Books will be available for purchase for $15.  Read more

Splendora and Upchurch at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — A collection of approximately 400 paintings by artists Joe Splendora (1916-1996) and Wendell M. Upchurch (1946-2000) will be on exhibit at the UpFront Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Ave. There will be a reception on Saturday, March 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and live music by Walt Edwards. The exhibit can also be viewed by appointment prior to the reception by calling 845/754-5000.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets’ rescheduled

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Big Sky Productions’ presentation of “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The show was postponed due to bad weather on the original performance date. The show is hosted by the Sullivan County Historical Society at its museum at 265 Main St.

Tickets for “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Sullivan County Historical Society. Call 845/985-7783.

SCDW auditions

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Godspell” at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (museum) on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.; on Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Told almost entirely in song, “Godspell” presents the gospel of St. Matthew updated to New York City of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Performance dates are July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.  Read more

Monticello hosts all-county music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District will serve as the host for this year’s Sullivan County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival. The festival takes place over two days, culminating in two concert performances on Saturday, March 7.

Over 500 top young musicians in grades four through 12 from eight school districts in Sullivan County have been selected to participate in this year’s festival. Students will work with notable guest conductors from throughout the United States on Friday, March 6 and during the day on March 7.  Read more

MiZ plays Dylan

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents kicks off March with folk, bluegrass and blues virtuoso guitarist and songwriter MiZ on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. “Michael Mizwinski’s sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of PA. His songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and its cultural heritage,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. “For this show, MiZ will be infusing his performance with tunes by Bob Dylan, a legend whom he’s shared the stage with and admired for years.  Read more

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