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August 01, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www....

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As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking...

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Hearts and minds needed

We humans seem to be attracted to either/or choices, what formal logic calls a dichotomy. This can lead to silly questions like “are you a cat person or a dog person?” Actually, that example is a false dichotomy, because the two things contrasted are not mutually exclusive: it is perfectly possible to love both cats and dogs.  Read more

Nature’s ice sculptures

The ongoing cold snap of the last month or so has been great for skiers and ice fishermen, but not so great for homeowners fighting high heating bills, or people who have had to travel in the many “nuisance storms” during the course of the winter. Municipalities along the river have been keeping a close eye out for ice jams and the resulting flooding that can occur during very cold weather. Not all the frozen water has been bad, though.  Read more

What’s in a name?

Every great once in a while William Shakespeare comes to mind, and the past week was no exception. Those famous words, “what’s in a name,” were originally spoken by the lovely Juliet, but have been heard around the world countless times since then. Often, a simple name can conjure up vivid emotions, which in turn, evoke sentiment recalling special times—past, present, or future.  Read more

Member art show at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of February, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will have a member show in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be oils, watercolors, photography, scratch boards as well as tiles. The Inn is located on Starlight Road. For more information, contact the Inn at 800/248-2519 or visit

Wurtsboro Art Alliance presents Winterfest exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) kicks off its 2014 season with a group show that opens during Wurtsboro’s Winterfest celebration on Saturday, February 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Joe Crookston returns

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will host the return of Joe Crookston to The Cooperage on Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m. with his trio The Bluebird Jubilee. Crookston will perform of new tunes including from his new CD “Georgia, I’m Here,” which will be released at the beginning of March.  Read more

DVAA reprises Salon Series

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will reprise the popular Salon Series of concerts from February to April with the addition of an artist’s talk and a play reading for 2014. Salon Series events are meant to be informal and comfortable, with opportunities to chat with the artists and to shake off the winter doldrums. Events are held in the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St., which is accessible by elevator.  Read more

Oscar-nominated ‘Philomena’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena” starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan starting Friday, February 7.  Read more

CAS begins public tour series with ‘Reflective Surfaces’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) launches its public tour series, a deeper look at the themes and subjects of its juried exhibitions, with an in-depth guided tour of “Reflective Surfaces,” featuring the photography of Julia Forrest and Flora Hogman, at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. This event is free, and small donations will be accepted at the door. Bradley Diuguid, executive director of CAS, will lead the tour.  Read more

Valentine’s Day chocolate social

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum (NVM) will host a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Social on Sunday, February 9, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Many varieties of chocolate and other desserts will be available. Choose three desserts for $7; beverages are free. All are available for takeout or to enjoy at the D&H Canal Visitors’ Center.  Read more

‘The Light Returns’ at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., will host an opening reception for the exhibit “The Light Returns” on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is on display until March 4.  Read more

Meet local authors at the Authors Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Silk Mill has announced the first annual Authors Festival, part of a projected series of events designed to promote the cultural richness of the local community, on Saturday, February 8, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet and speak with local authors about their books, which will be available at the event for purchase and signing.  Read more

Benchmarking Utopia; The art and words of Francis Cape

LAVA, NY — He may not be the first bona fide man of the world to call Tusten his year-round home, but internationally acclaimed woodworking artist Francis Cape is certainly a candidate for most civic-minded new resident. The son of a British career diplomat, his youth was spent moving from one world capital to the next. Cape returned to his native United Kingdom (UK) as an adult, there to complete a woodworking apprenticeship as well as his higher education.  Read more

The heart of Art

My friend Art Peck was not a simple man. What he knew about the world, he mostly learned from experience. When he wanted to know more, he turned to a book, or the Internet, or to someone with more experience. With less than an 8th grade formal education, he built a small empire, several boats, a few cars and a house. He was born smart, not raised smart. He had his own ideas, whether about politics, or the environment, or business, or art, or the way a mutual friend kept house.  Read more

Milestones for citizen science

Those who love birds and want to support their welfare will be eager to know of two bird-related developments in which citizens have played important roles.

Recently, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released its new app, Merlin, designed as a birding coach for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Using a series of questions, Merlin helps identify which birds are most likely to be seen, based on location, date and a brief description. Drawing upon more than 70 million sightings submitted from birders across the United States and Canada, possible species are listed.  Read more

Back to school

“Editing, after all, is an art achieved largely by subtraction, by a negation of all of those elements that do not serve the final product.”

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m preparing for my upcoming class at New York University as an adjunct professor. It’s the third time I’ve assembled a lecture about the role of an editor, and I glance briefly over my previous notes: inspiring quotes about the art of editing, a few examples of famously edited scenes, and a brief bio of my own work.  Read more

Lights + camera = action

Let’s face it: the weather outside is frightful. Arctic blasts and powerful gusts have combined to create record-breaking temps across the country and right here in the Upper Delaware River region. To add insult to injury, I live on top of a mountain, exposed to the elements, teetering on a precipice, constantly flirting with the kinds of challenges that life in a trailer (that’s right) provides. That said, there is plenty of action in the mountains.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights hold premiere

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will hold its first Final Friday Comedy Night on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. Comedy nights are scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each month. For January 31, the comedians will be Mike Cannon, Kate Wolff and Emma Willman.  Read more

An Americana romp with Spuyten Duyvil

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced: “Spite-n Dive-l”) on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Library offers free story times for children

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library has weekly story times for toddlers, ages 20 to 36 months, and preschoolers, ages three to four years.  Read more