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July 31, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure...

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It’s July, and this is the time when young birds of all types are reaching the point where they are leaving their nests and learning to fend for themselves. Among the myriad of species of young...

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Actually, it was more like a midsummer dream of a weekend. While loath to admit that July is already gone, the plethora of events here in the Upper Delaware River region has been staggering of...

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Helping those who help

Two of the most selfless and dedicated individuals serving the Upper Delaware River region have unexpectedly found themselves in need of support following a fire at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) in Milford, PA on January 8. The fire occurred at the home of raptor rehabilitators Bill and Stephanie Streeter. While no people or animals were injured, an indoor clinic and equipment located within the house sustained damage. Outdoor facilities and the resident birds were not affected.  Read more

Mississippi Blues duo at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA —Harmony Presents will showcase Swampcandy at the underground theatre of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m.

Swampcandy plays what is described as “whiskey drinkin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and pig eatin’ music” by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. The Mississippi blues-influenced duo won the 2014 Floyd Festival’s On the Rise competition, coming in first place out of 35 bands that performed. Swampcandy doesn’t just play the blues, they transform the genre, taking one of American music’s oldest forms.  Read more

Award-winning comedy at Cocoon

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, January 30 at 8:30 p.m., featuring Gibran Saleem, recent winner of the Hoboken Comedy Festival, and Tommy Kang, co-host of the podcast Comedy Llama. Harmony Presents comedians’ combined experiences include appearances on MTV, placing in some of the top comedy festivals, being featured on Sirius XM Radio, and frequently performing numerous comedy clubs around New York City including Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand Up New York, New York Comedy Club and Laughing Devil Comedy Club.  Read more

‘Foxcatcher’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA, www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org) and the Callicoon Theater present Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher,” a story of the relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers that has received multiple Oscar nominations. The film opens in Callicoon on Friday, February 6 and will run through February 12.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan Theater Program holds auditions

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program will hold auditions for “Marisol” by Jose Rivera and “Hands on a Hardbody” by Doug Wright, with music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. Show dates are Thursdays and Saturdays from April 16 through 26; show days/times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The productions will be in repertory. “Marisol” will be performed on Thursdays and Saturdays and “Hands on a Hardbody” will be performed on Fridays and Sundays.  Read more

Off to see the wizard—in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Robert J. Kaiser Middle School will present this year’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Arnold Packer-Hughs Auditorium at Monticello High School.  Read more

Reality is just an illusion

With the not-so-recent onslaught of reality-based television programming pummeling the airwaves, my viewing has ranged from a genuine fascination with the exploration of the human condition, to mindless entertainment, to guilty pleasure. Although popularized by a Hollywood writers strike occurring in the late 1980s and again in 2007, reality TV has been around for a long time—shows like “Candid Camera” and the “Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour” spring to mind as some vintage examples.  Read more

Beer tasting to boost Boys & Girls clubs

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Team Josie and the Pussycats from the Misner Agency will host a beer-tasting event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club at The Catskill Brewery on Sunday, February 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to The Boys & Girls Clubs. Catskill Brewery is located at 672 Old Route 17.

The cost will be $35, cash or check at the door. The ticket price covers five beers on tap to sample, a brewery tour, food pairings and a Catskill Brewery glass. There will be live acoustic guitar by Jason Perno. RSVP to cmckenzie@misneragency.com.  Read more

‘Figuratively Speaking’ explores the human form; Exhibit opens at the Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery kicks off the 2015 gallery season with a group exhibition of 13 artworks depicting the individual human form titled “Figuratively Speaking.” The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 7, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and will be on view through March 14.  Read more

Three days of 3D

CALLICOON, NY — Can you imagine: 3D printing in Sullivan County? That is what North School Studio envisions, and they brought that vision to life with a 3D printing lab workshop this past weekend in Callicoon.  Read more

A conservation plan for eastern hemlock

Find a high-quality cold water stream that supports a brook trout habitat, and chances are that the stream is shaded by many eastern hemlock trees. In shading the stream, the hemlock trees are helping to keep the water temperature cool enough in summer so that the trout survive. In many areas though, these riparian ecosystems are in peril due to a die-off of eastern hemlock trees. There are several pests that are a threat to hemlock forests, but the main cause of the die-off is the hemlock wooly adelgid, a non-native insect that was first reported in Virginia in the 1950s.  Read more

Being there

One factor in being a successful angler is being in the right place at the right time. We have all heard the old saw, “You should have been here yesterday,” once or twice too often. These are not comforting words.  Read more

Ice carnival returns to Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 56th annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival will be held on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, preceded by a kickoff dance at Livingston Manor Central School at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, January 23. Events will include a snow sculpture contest, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Rotary Park; judging will occur at 3 p.m. On Sunday, there will be showshoeing, races, horsedrawn sleighrides, the traditional parade of the Ice Carnival King and Queen and their court, and skating exhibitions.  Read more

Participants sought for V-Day season at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan, under the direction of Paula Cameron and Cindy Linden, will host a series of several events for the V-Day season, which runs from February 14 through April 30. V-Day is a grassroots movement inspired by Eve Ensler’s 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues.” All proceeds from the events are donated to Rape Intervention Services and Education. The events will include the screening of the documentary “Until the Violence Stops” (February 19), and performances of “The Vagina Monologues” (February 26) and “The Good Body” (April 2).  Read more

‘Planet Earth’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present two episodes of the acclaimed nature series “Planet Earth” at its 1030 Main St. location on Saturday, January 24. The screening will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Planet Earth is an 11-part BBC series considered to be among the greatest of its kind ever produced. It is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and was filmed in 200 often very challenging locations. It captures rare interactions and intimate moments of many of our planet’s most elusive creatures.  Read more

Neo-Motown retro groove

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

“Caleb’s soulful voice, intricate lyrics, cutting-edge chords and lightening fast licks are sure to impress. We’ve had this talented artist a couple times before, and we can’t help but dance or at least boogie in our seats,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

3D conference in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — North School Studio and Thread Global will host a three-day tech conference, sponsored by 3D Systems, with a focus on 3D printing, from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25, on the future of manufacturing and how it may affect our economy. 3D Systems director of social impact Leanne Gluck will speak about education, entrepreneurship and technology.  Read more

Jamming at The Cooperage: bluegrass and electric

HONESDALE, PA — Right Side Up will host The Cooperage’s first open electric jam of 2015 on Wednesday, January 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

Right Side Up is a high-energy four-piece Classic Rock dance and party band based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Band members are Mark Eagan on the drums and vocals, Rochelle Marolf on vocals and keyboards, Tim Theobald on the guitar and vocals and Tom Sieg on the bass and vocals.  Read more

A celebration of global cultures

LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H Youth Development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will celebrate its 27th annual International Night on Friday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This free program will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rod.  Read more

Playhouse announces Swit performance

FORESTBURGH, NY — Forstburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp has announced one of the upcoming season’s highlights, a production of “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Loretta Swit. Patrons of the Forestburgh Playhouse and fans will quickly recognize Swit as one of the stars of the iconic television series, “MASH.” She has graced the stage of the Forestburgh Playhouse before, and is thrilled to return as Miss Daisy in one of the most beloved dramas of the American Theatre. The play will run from September 1 through 6. Call 845/794-1194 or visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

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