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September 22, 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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Intention

Chaturanga, savasana, mudra are familiar terms to me, and perhaps to you. They refer to core poses in yoga that are thought to affect our ability to connect to the spiritual world. Sitting in a yoga class after the mats are rolled out and noses are relieved of their morning stuffiness, we are asked to create an intention for the day’s practice. This is an interior moment, left unexpressed, that fills the mind with purpose. The body senses it. Intention is sealed with a prayerful hand gesture. Practice begins.  Read more

The Weather Project: Forecast calls for epic event!

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Whether the weather cooperates or not, an event of epic proportions will storm into Yulan, NY this weekend, raining down upon the Yulan Ball Field in the Town of Highland, on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. as The Weather Project Community Play premieres.  Read more

Mary Poppins entertains…in the most delightful way!

Half-way through the season, the folks at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) have a smash hit on their hands in the form of the beloved Disney classic “Mary Poppins.” The musical stage adaptation began its journey to Broadway as far back as 1993, and when it finally opened in New York City it garnered six 2007 Tony Award nominations, ultimately winning a statuette for Bob Crowley’s amazing scenic design.  Read more

Magical mushrooms

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 from moss-covered decaying trees, sprouting under the frothy wings of ferns, lifting the old leaf litter from the forest floor, mushrooms capture our imagination with their varied shapes, colors and textures.  Read more

Shandelee Music Festival opens 21st season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — High atop a mountain in the Sullivan County Catskills, there is a musical gem that is celebrating its 21st anniversary season. This year’s Sunset Concert Series will see a total of five concerts performed at the beautiful Sunset Concert Pavilion located in Shandelee, just a few miles from Livingston Manor, and will conclude with the final sixth performance in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts.  Read more

New Hope Community artists to exhibit at Catskill Arts Society

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The art exhibit “Expressions: The Artists of New Hope Community” will have its opening reception on Thursday, August 14 at the Catskill Arts Society from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and free of charge.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents ‘La Traviata’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Verdi’s La Traviata at various times and locations. The opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imagination of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.  Read more

Bethel Woods presents a special screening of ‘Woodstock: The Director’s Cut’

BETHEL, NY — This August marks the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which kicked off on August 15, 1969. To celebrate the anniversary, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is inviting guests to come “Back To The Field” on Friday, August 15 for a free screening of “Woodstock: The Director’s Cut.” It’s an opportunity to watch the film on the actual site where a half-million young people gathered 45 years ago for the historic festival. The field will open to guests at 7 p.m. and the film is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.  Read more

History Weekend at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — History Weekend, a free two-day event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Antique Dealers Association show marks 45 years

HAWLEY, PA — The 45th annual antique show and sale hosted by the Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association (WPSADA) will be held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Read more

I got ‘shushed’ at a Lard Dog show!

Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www.visitcallicoon.com) and surrounded by scores of kids who were shrieking with glee, I stopped taking photos for a moment to greet pal Cooper Boone (www.cooperboone.com), while dodging flying pretzels, beach balls and balloons being flung at the crowd by the Lard Dog himself. As the confetti of rolled oats rained down on the audience, I dared to speak.  Read more

Kids on parade—with umbrellas!

CALLICOON, NY — The Weather Project came to the arts and crafts program at the Delaware Youth Center on Monday to teach the kids how to stilt walk and lead them in a mini parade. The kids were excited and got really into making custom hats, noise makers and umbrellas for their walk around the Callicoon Park. Tannis Kowalchuk of the NACL Theatre, seen here on stilts, led the children in a parade. The arts and crafts program is led by Ginny Boyle and is open to children of all ages and runs until August 15.  Read more

For the love of wood; Local festival expected to draw thousands

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.  Read more

A new day in local real estate by Diane Butler

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Like the rest of the country, I have for the past few years sat glued to the television and newspapers looking for any sign of relief from the Great Recession.

As an associate broker and realtor for the past 25 years in Sullivan County, I have watched the rise and fall of many a market, and I am finally happy to say that our market is now climbing back to a stronger and healthier selling climate.  Read more

Snakes in the lake

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 while in or on the water. The more interesting descriptions come from encounters with snakes—sometimes heard for example: “I saw a water moccasin on my dock yesterday.” The fact is that in our region, only two venomous snake species are found: the timber rattlesnake and the northern copperhead. Neither is particularly attracted to aquatic environments.  Read more

A tale of two lakes

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 patterns this year have not been kind. We have had one weather event after another. Almost all of my regular haunts are “blown out” and the rivers have been running the color of coffee, two creams.  Read more

Deeds to do, promises to keep…

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 it all in. You know, be in the now. Maybe I should have just made a decision to begin drinking. With a firm resolve to spend the lazy hazy days of summer “feelin’ groovy,” I made sure to have my Simon and Garfunkel CDs in the truck, to facilitate the notion that their advice—“Slow down, you move too fast”—would magically empower me to feel like “kickin’ down the cobblestones” etc.  Read more

Miles to Dayton in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Featured in Oprah Magazine and selected as emerging artists of the year by Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, folk-rock band Miles to Dayton will come to the historic Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 26 for two shows in one night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., brought to you by Harmony Presents. Having opened for The Subdudes, Richie Havens, Leslie West, Jorma Kaukonen, Tom Paxton, Jen Chapin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, among others, this band blends elements of folk, rock, classical and funk. Miles to Dayton features four-part vocal harmony, improvisational violin and cello, and a rhythm section.  Read more

Llearn about llamas

MILFORD, PA — “Llearn about Llamas” will be the theme of an open barn day at Foster Hill Farm, home of Snyder Quality Llamas, on Sunday, July 27. A new feature this year is a Fiber Artisans Festival with vendors promoting products made with llama and alpaca fiber. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. there will be demonstrations of fiber handling, carding, spinning, felting and more, and there will be tours of the various barns and pastures that nearly 60 llamas call home.  Read more

Celebrate Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Street Fair will be enhanced this year with art and music in the park and around town on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will have events for all ages and there will be vendors all along Main Street.  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