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September 20, 2014
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Shandelee Music Festival presents two more concerts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, August 16 at 3 p.m. the Shandelee Music Festival will present Anna Han, the first prize winner of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Han will perform a solo piano concert featuring the music of Bach and Siloti, Beethoven, Chopin, Dorman and Scriabin.  Read more

'Flotsam & Jetsam' photography by Karen Bell

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Flotsam & Jetsam,” an exhibit of photography by Karen Bell, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6.

A resident of New York City, Bell spends a good deal of time in the Upper Delaware River region and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where she has re-discovered an intense attraction to nature and incorporated it into her creative process.  Read more

Grey Towers is setting for harp performance

MILFORD, PA — Duo Scorpio is a New York City-based harp duo that will perform in an outdoor performance at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.  Read more

Fremont Center history slideshow

FREMONT CENTER, NY — An interactive slideshow focusing on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will be presented by professional photographer Steve Strauss on Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Center Community Church Social Hall located on County Road 94. The free program is open to the public and appropriate to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

History of the threatre & the movies in the Catskills

MONTICELLO, NY — Historian John Conway will be at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. to give a lecture on local theater and movie history. Learn about Sullivan County’s theater history, and about movies shot in the Catskills. This lecture is for adults and teens.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place downstairs in the children’s room of the library, which is not handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Joanna a t 845/794-4660, ext. 8, or by email at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

Liberty Festival rescheduled

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Festival that was supposed to be held on the Fourth of July has been rescheduled by popular demand as Liberty’s Labor Day Blast on Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street.  Read more

Artful Bears make their debut for the Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — The 15th Black Bear Film Festival’s annual Artful Bear Debut will take place on the lawn of the Milford Community House, 201 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16.  Read more

UpFront's summer exhibit and artists' reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its summer artists reception and exhibition on Saturday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

The exhibit will feature artists of all mediums, including two prominent artists from Bangladesh, Kazi Rakib and Masuda Kazi.  Read more

Inaugural acoustic bluegrass jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold an acoustic bluegrass jam on Wednesday, August 20 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. This jam will be led by Campfire Jones and Buckshot Jenkins.  Read more

Lenape Nation journeys down the Delaware: New treaty seeks partners to be caretakers of the land

At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.  Read more

An ode to August

The tomatoes are late this year, but we just tasted the first sungolds from our garden, a golden cherry variety that bursts with flavor. They make a delicious no-cook pasta sauce, marinated briefly with home grown shallots in lemon juice and olive oil and tossed with cubes of local mozzarella, penne and thinly sliced basil leaves picked just minutes before serving.  Read more

Possible changes in store for eeling on the Upper Delaware

Anyone who has paddled or fished the Upper Delaware River has probably spotted one of the dozen or so eel weirs in the river. Located in shallow rapids, these weirs are v-shaped with a trap at the downstream side. Boulder-sized rocks are used to construct the v, and the rock obstruction channels eels down to the trap. Operating an eel weir is hard work and involves some risk due to river flooding during late summer and fall, when the eel harvest takes place. To gain an insight on eeling on the Delaware, visit Sandy Long’s October.  Read more

Empty nest syndrome

I thought that it was a thing of the past. More than 20 years ago, my little one toddled off to pre-school as I wept copiously, longing for the day when she still needed her diaper changed. It seems like only yesterday that she wouldn’t go anywhere without holding my hand, or gazing lovingly into my eyes for the approval that has never waned. That little girl is all grown up now and doesn’t need me in the way she used to, and the melancholia that swept over me during the “empty nest syndrome” has faded from memory. Until now.  Read more

Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant winners announced

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Ten Sullivan County non-profit organizations received funding support from the Sullivan County legislature under the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant program. The program is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, the Arts Council for Sullivan County. This program, which has been ongoing for several decades, was created to support and strengthen the arts and culture in Sullivan County.  Read more

Beverage tasting at Fauchère

MILFORD, PA — At 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in August, Kerry Jo Rizzo, Hotel Fauchère’s beverage director and sommelier, will host a tasting series. Attend one or the entire series. Light hors d’oeuvres are included; reservations are required.  Read more

Two Shandelee Music Festival events this week

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 21st Anniversary Season of the Shandelee Music Festival continues on Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m. with a performance by the “Young Artists of Shandelee” pianists Helen Shen and Claudia Hu.  Read more

Ritz Company Playhouse benefit slapstick performance

HAWLEY, PA — The Ritz Company Playhouse will do a benefit performance of its slapstick musical farce “Merrily We Dance and Sing” on Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds for the evening’s performance will go to support the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS).  Read more

Old photos and stories at Denning Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Denning will be available at Denning Afternoon of History on Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Rte. 55. Co-sponsored by the Town of Neversink, the museum will share archive information on the rich history of the Town of Denning, Ulster County during this free program.  Read more

Wooden Canoe Heritage group to exhibit their handcrafted creations

EQUINUNK, PA — Members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) will visit the Equinunk Historical Society on Sunday, August 10 to exhibit their handcrafted and fully operational wooden canoes. Each canoe is a carefully constructed work of art. The group has agreed to share their creations with us and will talk about the work that goes into creating these craft.  Read more

Broadway hit ‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to Sullivan County

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Guys and Dolls” at the Rivoli Theatre on August 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and August 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

“Guys And Dolls,” based on “The Idyll of Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon, features a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and an iconic score by Frank Loesser that includes such songs as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction