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November 25, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Days gone by at one-room Bethel schoolhouse

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — The public is invited to an open house at Bethel School, Wayne County’s best-preserved one-room school, on Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a special presentation at 2 p.m. by Janet Mishkin about the roots of education in early Pennsylvania. The 18th and early 19th centuries were the heyday era of one-room schools, where one ingenious teacher was assigned to teach students in grades one through eight. As many as 40 students were enrolled in an individual school.  Read more

Artists’ Market opening

SHOHOLA, PA — The public is invited to a reception, with music and complimentary refreshments, at the new Artists Market on on Saturday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.

To date, participating artists include Bill Bakalis, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Kate and Karli Kozel, Alexis-Briana Kramer, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan and Brad Walrod.

The gallery will also be open that day for regular viewing hours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Cello and two voices

HAWLEY, PA — Tall Heights will perform at Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., on Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. “We’re so thrilled to host this breathtaking duo again. They played on our stage last year, and absolutely floored us. Since they’ve last been in Hawley, they’ve struck a chord with thousands across the country, and it’s exciting to bring them back. Their sound so beautifully echoes the wilderness of our home town,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. John Platt from WFUV states, “Tall Heights creates quiet pastoral music out of city life.  Read more

NACL seeks ‘solar munchkins’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will tour The Weather Project this summer and the ensemble seeks children to play the role of the Munchkins in the award-winning outdoor performance about climate change. Upcoming free public workshops will be held at NACL and at the Catskill Art Society’s Laundry King location.
Workshops at NACL, 110 Highland Lake Rd. in Highland Lake will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28; Thursday, June 4; and Thursday June 11.

Workshops at the Laundry King, 65 Main St., Livingston Manor will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 and June 10  Read more

‘Akashic All-Stars’ read at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Akashic Books will bring together four of its All-Star authors—Livingston Manor resident Stacy Wakefield (“The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory”), Eliza Factor (“Love Maps”), Kaylie Jones (“The Anger Meridian”) and Matthew McGevna (“Little Beasts”)—for a reading at the Catskill Art Society on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m.  Read more

‘Death of a Salesman’ at SCDW

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will open its season with the classic “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. The play will be presented on June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

‘Desire Line’ opens NACL season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre (see feature on pages 14 and 15) opens its 15th season with “Desire Line,” a performance reading and book launch of Laura Moran’s new memoir. Performances will take place Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. The event will also feature Eva Barnett, Gracie O’Connor and Tannis Kowalchuk.  Read more

Magical Mystery Tour

I’ve been on the planet for a while, and my first taste of a magical mystery tour was in 1967, courtesy of four young men known as The Beatles. Up until then, John, Paul, George and Ringo could do no wrong, but the film they created for British television was poorly received and the fab four took a hit for the first time since taking the world by storm. As we all know, the band recovered nicely and so too, shall we—in the wake of Sullivan County’s new-age version, the three-day-long party known as Mysteryland.  Read more

NACL Theatre celebrates 15 years; Let’s walk down memory lane, shall we?

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Widely known as a “community treasure,” NACL Theatre is having its 15-year anniversary this year. The local theatre has grown over the years and is known for its avant-garde and stimulating works, as well as its summer artist residency retreat, and a gang of stilt walkers who pop up at community festivals everywhere.  Read more

A Milfordite in the French and Indian Wars

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation will hold its second installment of its History Lecture Series on Wednesday June 3, at 7:30 p.m. with local historian Frank Salvati presenting “The Ghost Dance: Tragedy at Wounded Knee and the Milford, PA Connection.” The event will be held at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off of Route 209). Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

French duo Jac & Co. at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Jac & Co. will perform at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Things We Like’

WURTSBORO, NY — This June at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery two member artists who admire each other’s works will be featured. Cynthia Hall’s sculptures and paintings and Janet Campbell’s watercolors will be showcased in the exhibit “Things We Like,” which runs from June 6 to 28. An opening reception will be on Saturday, June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Also on display will be “Bursting Out,” an exhibit of Wurtsboro Art Alliance members’ works.  Read more

Get your licks in

Is there anything better than a big bowl of ice cream on a hot day? Inevitably, it conjures up memories of childhood, when all those exciting flavor possibilities were almost overwhelming. The dreamy swirls, the little puddles that formed around the edges and the tantalizing drips were all part of the grandest treat ever. Whether you grew up eating rich, eggy frozen custard or icy, fruity sherbet, you’ll remember the excruciating choice between cup or cone and the delicious dilemma of hot fudge versus sprinkles. Don’t wait for summer to make your first batch.  Read more

Rosa’s tails

Rosa let go of her mamma’s hand and ran for the rail of the ship. It was a beautiful crisp day; big fluffy white clouds floated over the harbor. The pigtails of her long brown hair swung back and forth as she ran holding on to her straw hat so it didn’t blow off in the breeze, as it has done many times on this voyage. The painted flowers on her dress moved as if they were in an open field in early spring, just dancing in the wind. Rosa reached the rail, grabbed it with both hands, pulled herself up on her toes for a better look and let out a shriek joy.  Read more

Helping wildlife: upcoming opportunities

One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA. Fortunately, they were rescued by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC), which has cared for tens of thousands of injured and orphaned animals since its founding in 1983.  Read more

On the road again

Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and the like begins earlier and earlier as folks anxious to open their windows share a desire to get a jump on the good times and make hay while the sun shines. Graduations abound as the proms get underway, and with slight trepidation, I open my email and scour the seemingly endless list of events to attend. Don’t get me wrong—I’m celebrating as well, but I loathe having to pick and choose.  Read more

Romping Radishes at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present “Romping Radishes,” a new healthy-living series for kids. The purpose of this series is to help kids think about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. During each workshop, designed for six to 10-year-olds, youngsters will take part in a variety of hands-on and interactive activities that will reinforce the topic at hand.  Read more

Black Bear gets new directors

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Fest, an annual weekend-long celebration of arts and independent cinema in the heart of Milford, has announced the appointment of Jerry Weinstock and Bill Voelkel to its board of directors. The festival also has a new office at Milford’s Borough Hall.  Read more

Music and barbeque at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of great live music and barbeque featuring popular Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Marty (Sanders) Kupersmith of “Jay And The Americans” on Saturday, May 30 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission with barbeque costs $12 for general admission, $10 for museum members; without barbeque the cost is $7 general admission, $5 for museum members. All money raised from this concert benefits the Neversink Valley Museum’s General Operations fund.  Read more

Antique and classic car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday, May 31, to show off their beautiful antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The gates will open at 9 a.m. The public is invited.

This car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. Enjoying the beautiful cars, good food from the Rock Hill Firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Joe Urbanski, will combine to make it a special day.  Read more

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