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February 28, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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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

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did fall on the driveway yesterday and it wasn’t easy getting up, but I managed—old bones intact. Having written (extensively) about the ice last week, I thought I was done with the subject, but Mother Nature seems to have it out for me this winter. I avoid using salt (bad for the pup’s paws), and barn calcite wreaks havoc in the house. But clearly, I need to be more careful while attempting to get out and about, searching for artistic endeavors around the region.  Read more

NACL is finalist for Artplace

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre has been selected as one of 90 finalists across the United States to receive an Artplace America award. Each of the finalists has proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of a community. A total of 1,283 letters of inquiry were received. Of the 90 finalists, 40 will be selected to receive funding.  Read more

Beads bloom into smiles

HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.  Read more

Finger on the pulse

A few months ago, yet another large and important study was released with irrefutable evidence that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease could be prevented if high-risk individuals switched to a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables and olive oil. But where’s the beef? Let me reassure you that eating for health doesn’t mean you have to eliminate pleasure. But it’s a good idea to start thinking of meat as a kind of delicious flavoring rather than the focal point of the plate.  Read more

If you have nothing nice to say…

I notice the tip jar on the counter of a deli where I get my coffee before I head into the office and most days just give it a glance and walk away. Today I stopped, looked at the girl behind the counter and said, “exactly what do you expect a tip for?” To my surprise she had a lengthy answer; obviously I wasn’t the first to query this. “Well it’s for things like saying good morning, giving you a napkin, making sure your change is correct and wishing you a nice day.” Then came the most sincere smile I ever saw; she was looking me right in the eyes.  Read more

Romantic cinema at the UDGLBT

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (DGLBT) will present a classic film series at the UDGLBT Center located at 201 W. Harford St. on selected Thursdays from January 15 to March 15 at 7:30 p.m. The series, hosted by John DiLeo, will alternate between two kinds of classic movies: a trio of films from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s featuring triangles with unmistakable gay subtexts; and a trio of sparkling romantic comedies that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Read more

Keeping our enviro-commitments

In my last column, “Enviro-resolutions,” I recommended getting to know the agencies involved in natural resource management in the Upper Delaware River region. Another organization that can help you keep your commitment to greater outdoor experiences throughout the new year is the non-profit Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF).

The official partner of the Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests, the organization strives to support the state’s natural and cultural resources through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.  Read more

DVAA launches online gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The DVAA is launching a new online gallery space for 2015 named the Bgallery. The web based gallery, curated by Phyllis Bilick, will debut with an exhibition titled “The Impact of Color,” a colorful conversation. The exhibit will open on Saturday, February 7, and is now requesting submissions of work where color is an essential factor, exciting the viewer and drawing them into the work. The submission deadline is January 31.  Read more

Indigo Moon Brass Band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Indigo Moon Brass Band will be will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Indigo Moon Brass Band of Wilkes-Barre, PA is inspired by the music of New Orleans. Its three founding members spent a few years in the culturally rich Big Easy. The band may have moved back north, but you can still find them performing in authentic New Orleans fashion.  Read more

Entertainment industry mixer and showcase

ROCK HILL, NY — There will be an entertainment industry mixer and showcase on Saturday, January 17 from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant. The event is an opportunity for artists, producers and all people interested in the entertainment industry to build their networks. Speakers will include Tom O’Reilly of More Sugar Music newspaper; Melissa Cohen, casting director and producer for Transcending Pictures; and Eddie Wilson of WSUL 98.3 FM and WVOS 95.9 FM.  Read more

NACL seeks Weather Project performers

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre is currently developing a touring version of The Weather Project play and seeks additional performers of all ages for a regional tour that begins in May 2015. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center, located at 725 State Rte. 55 in Eldred.

The Weather Project is an all-ages outdoor performance about climate change directed by Tannis Kowalchuk of NACL Theatre. The play was developed with NASA scientist Elaine Matthews, in collaboration with the Town of Highland and a host of community groups.  Read more

Classic rock for modern times

HAWLEY, PA — Classic rock band Leroy Justice will perform at the next Harmony Presents production on Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, calls the band “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kinds 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

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