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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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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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Ice cream and Dixieland music at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers will host a free open house and a re-creation of Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s community ice cream social complete with live 1920s/1930s Dixieland music on Friday, July 4.  Read more

Tour takes a look inside artists' studios

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) 12th annual Artists’ Studio Tour provides an opportunity to meet Wayne County’s talented and diverse artists in their studios and alternative art spaces. The tour takes place July 11 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 17 locations. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Artists’ Studio Tour Exhibit and Headquarters at Maude Alley, 1023 Main St. There will be music by La Lava Jiango and refreshments by Capra Collina Winery, Alley Whey Cheese Shoppe, Weis Markets and Beach Lake Bread.  Read more

Is there a doctor in the house?

My mother was a bit of a hypochondriac. Although she moaned a lot, most of her grousing turned out to be nothing more than anxiety, and as a result, I grew up with a confused sense of what actually constitutes illness. I’ve never been a fan of doctors (in the professional sense) and in fact, took the opposite approach as an adult. Where Mom might have panicked over an attack of the sniffles, running off to her physician for every ache and pain, I took most things in stride, loathe to complain (hard to believe, right?) and keeping concerns about my general well-being to myself.  Read more

‘Crossings’ summer festival ready to go

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will begin its 21st festival Crossings in the Catskills from July 12 to 26. The festival consists of eight events including concerts; social soirées; talks; interactions with audience; a renowned composer-in-residence; and for the first time, dancers and a brand new Chamber Music Immersion program for pre-professional musicians.  Read more

Upper Delaware BioBlitz 2014 a success

This past weekend, for the second consecutive year, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place on a 500-acre portion of the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. Nine teams of scientists and naturalists came to tally every species of fauna and flora that could be found on this site, which included a portion of the Delaware River shore, Ten Mile River, two lakes, a pond and a very unique quaking bog habitat. Teams had a 24-hour window beginning at 12 noon on Saturday to collect field data.  Read more

4th of July events

July 3

Honesdale July 4th celebration

HONESDALE, PA — Free concert in Honesdale's Central Park, 5pm. Bands, games and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. Rain location Episcopal Parish Hall. 570/253-3855.

July 4

White Lake fireworks

WHITE LAKE/KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — 4th of July fireworks at over the lake at dusk.

Monticello Raceway fireworks

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Casino & Raceway fireworks at 9 p.m.

Liberty Festival & Parade  Read more

The Weather Project?

The first dozen times I heard about “The Weather Project” I was confused. What did they mean by “Project?” What was a piece of theatre about weather going to be? Why was it going to go on for two years? Lots of questions. And I should have had answers. I am on the board of directors of The North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL), the sponsor and creator of The Weather Project. But every time I tried to explain the project I stumbled, uttering vague allusions to climate change, community projects and ensemble theatre.  Read more

Local breeding peregrine falcons: Success and hardship

A few years ago, I talked to an old friend who spent his younger years in the Milford, PA area, and among his many exploits were the times he went to the bluffs along the river, just south of Milford, to watch breeding peregrine falcons. The peregrines at Milford and other places were soon in trouble. The state of Pennsylvania reached a peak of 44 pairs during the early part of the 20th century before the species was extirpated in the eastern U.S. Like eagles and other raptors, population declines were attributed to DDT and other organochloride pesticides.  Read more

About guides

I spend a hefty amount of time trout fishing. I will be on or in trout water any day the water temperature is in the 60s or less. Despite all this experience, I won’t pass up an opportunity to fish with a guide. No matter how much you think you know, you can dependably learn something every outing with an experienced guide.  Read more

Nature photo contest winners to be recognized at BioBlitz event

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz has sponsored a photo contest on Facebook called “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed.” The judges, local photographers Sandy Long, Roy Morsch, and David Soete, have made their selections in eight categories and also selected an overall “Best in Show” winning photograph: “Head in Clouds,” by Todd Anderson, at right. The grand prize, a digital camera, will be presented during the public portion of the event on Sunday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the center of the event activities at the head of Rock Lake.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre announces season

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will celebrate its 10th anniversary season by touring Sullivan County with a series of events. The season begins with a series of three performance readings in July at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café in Kauneonga. A double bill of Chekov’s “A Reluctant Tragic Hero,” a comedy about the perils of summer vacation, and Paul Austin’s “The Hipster’s Ballad of the Nazarene” will be performed Thursday, July 3. Edward Albee’s groundbreaking comedy of family life, “The American Dream,” will play Thursday, July 17.  Read more

Screening of family fun silent classics

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Bring your family for a fun evening of comedy and slapstick-filled silent classic films at the The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. Gretchen Weerheim, executive director, will be hosting a screening of a selection of D.W. Griffith’s comedy classic, “Sally of the Sawdust” (silent, black and white, 113 minutes) featuring W.C. Fields at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd.  Read more

Milford Music Fest is all geared up

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Fest has 30 venues lined up for this year’s event, which will be held on June 27-29. Over 36 bands will perform on the streets of Milford. Park your car and walk to all venues. The live music kicks off Thursday evening at the Waterwheel Café & Bar with its famous blues jam and continues Friday evening, then on Saturday from 10 a.m.to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Secret Garden Tour in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s 22nd annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are seven gardens for viewing that differ in style and concept and offer a diversity of gardening approaches. The featured gardens are located within the Borough of Milford or within a very short driving distance. Locations of the gardens are secret until the day of the tour.  Read more

A call to all artists

REGION — Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets is seeking generous contributions of original art, in your unique style, for a silent auction fundraiser to be held on Saturday, July 26. Artwork should be representative of our farmers’ markets and the local food it provides. For submission details contact market manager Danielle Gaebel at 866/270-2015, or email manager@sullivancountyfarmersmarkets.org.  Read more

Evening of bluegrass and folk featuring Mike and Annie Baglione

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and their friends banjoist Gene Mueller and guitarist Jane Keitel, on Saturday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera to produce ‘The Impressario’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present “The Impressario,” a one-act opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in two productions during June: on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House, 9th and Church Sts. in Honesdale, PA, and on Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m. in the Krause Hall at the DVAA Building, Main Street in Narrowsburg.  Read more

MiZ returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents kicks off the first of their two-shows-in-one-night concert series run with guitarist and blues, folk and bluegrass artist MiZ on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Silk Mill in the Boiler Room.  Read more

Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host another comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m. This month’s Comedy Night features Mike Lemme, Phill Hunt and Neko White, whose combined experiences include working the top comedy clubs and colleges across the country and opening for Donnell Rawlings, Paul Moony and SNL’s Jay Pharoah.

The night’s headliner, Neko White, is known for his well-developed world view, commanding stage presence, charm and hilarious material; a mix of social commentary and personal analysis.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk will be held on July 5, (rain date July 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Main Street beginning at Jeff Bank, taking a turn on Pearl Street and all the way up to the Library on North Main Street join local artists/artisans as they share their work. The artists are listed on a free map. This year there are more in-shop displays than ever. At the Catskill Art Society, watercolorist Ann Higgins will be at work. Children can create their own masterpieces with chalk on the sidewalks of Main Street.  Read more