Halloween—people either love it or hate it, but the holiday is not the only excuse to dress up. This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the Boys and Girls Clubs serving Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to thank the supporting communities and sponsors, the organization (www.bgcorange.org) hosted “Celebrating 20 years of Building Great Futures,” a fundraiser extraordinaire held in Middletown, NY (www.westhillscountryclub.com). Read more
By Greg Sandor
As a California native, I am struck daily by the abundance of water surrounding us from our brooks, creeks and rivers to our estuaries, lakes and reservoirs. I am fascinated by the flow of water through our woodlands, across our farmlands and ultimately supplying thousands upon thousands of people with drinking water in our nearby metropolitan areas. I know the majority of the waters in Sullivan County flow westerly to drain into the Delaware River Basin where they join with the waters that flow easterly into it from Pennsylvania. Read more
Late one recent afternoon, while I was driving slowly down a dirt road in Pike County, a large bird suddenly swooped just in front of my car’s windshield. I braked and watched as it perched in a tree just overhead. Turning off the motor, I slowly exited with camera in tow, certain that the bird would immediately fly off.
Surprisingly, it remained where it had landed, then proceeded to quietly observe me as I snapped away. The encounter was thrilling, as the bird turned out to be a barred owl, a personal favorite of mine and one I have never encountered in the wild before. Read more
Okay, I give up. My never-ending effort to stand on my own two feet and crawl out of the shadow of my dog’s popularity has failed. I’m waving the white flag, admitting defeat and giving in. Some of you would argue that I created this monster, but the simple truth is that no one is to blame. It is what it is, and I’m now sanguine about the whole affair. I live with a celebrity and am hanging on for dear life. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be out of a job and still, the popular consensus is that Dharma writes this column, while I just drive her around. So be it. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present director Nicole Holofcener’s new film, “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, opening Friday, October 25 at the Callicoon Theater.
A divorced massage therapist, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will open a new show featuring six artists, including some not before seen in the area. The opening reception is Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will run through Sunday, November 24.
The six artists wind their way through the exploration of texture, light and color with fabric playing an integral part in the process. Fabric kites and wall hangings by Wilfredo Aponte emphasize color and shape. Read more
BETHEL, NY and HAWLEY, PA — There will be two chances this weekend for area residents to see Connor Garvey, a singer/songwriter whose “rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz,” (music blog Direct Current). On Friday, October 25, Garvey will appear at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B in Bethel, NY, starting at 8 p.m. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery’s next show, “A Landscape Meditation,” features the work of two local artists who are expert in capturing the rural beauty and ambiance of their surroundings. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a book signing with John Haas, author of the newly revised “Birding Guide to Sullivan County, NY” (third edition, 2013) on Saturday, October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors. There will also be displays and a colorful take-home map about one of the region’s top birding area—the Basha Kill wetland, compliments of the Basha Kill Area Association. You’ll learn about their many free programs and walks throughout the year too. Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne and Mike Baglione and friends on Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members. Read more
QUEENS, NY — Local artist Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr. was recently presented with his first-place award by SUNY Empire President Merodie Hancock at the annual SUNY Empire State College art competition at the New York LaGuardia Marriot Hotel in New York City. More than 100 international, national and New York State artists competed in the competition. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Elizabeth Knight, author of several best-selling books on tea and entertaining, will share her expertise during a tea tasting program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Inn at Lake Joseph. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the E.B. Crawford Public Library. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY —The Fifth Annual Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship Recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25 in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John St. Featured performers will include current and retired Monticello Central School District (MCSD) faculty, Monticello High School alumni and special guest artists and music educators from Sullivan County. Read more
MILFORD, PA — There will be a ‘50’s Dinner/Dance hosted by St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Council #13935, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall on High Street on Saturday, October 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. to benefit the food pantry and other local charities. It will include a full dinner including dessert, coffee and soft drinks (BYOB); music by Rich Wilson; and a 50/50. Tickets cost $25 per person (limited tickets available at the door for $30). Tickets will be sold after all Sunday masses at St. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Usually people will do anything to stay out of jail, but when the Wayne County Historical Society brings history back to life at the historic Old Stone Jail on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 25 and 26, they’ll be in for a special treat (no tricks). From 6 to 9 p.m. on both evenings visitors will discover at least some of the secrets behind the thick dungeon-like walls of the stoic stone structure. Read more
MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town graveyard, located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA, is planned for Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up. Read more
“The rural cemeteries… were America’s first public parks. They were intended from the beginning to be places of resort, not only for those who had friends or relatives buried there, but for the general public as well.”
—John F. Sears, “Sacred Places: American Tourist Attractions of the Nineteenth Century” Read more
I write my column this week with a very heavy heart. Horace “Bud” Buddenhagen passed away on Saturday October 19 in Wayne Woodland in Waymart, PA with his family by his side. His wife Emily told me it’s going to be very hard to live alone after 65 years; who is she going to argue with? I told her to call my husband. The Buddenhagen family will have a memorial for Bud sometime in November; I will keep you informed. Read more
It was a nice crisp October Saturday morning as the better half and I sat with our morning coffee. I had one section of the paper and she the other. “Today would be a beautiful day for a train ride through the mountains,” is what I heard. I looked over the rim of my glasses and in my best Robert DeNiro said, “Are you talking to me?”, quoting his character Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver.” Then the explanation came: in the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, there is the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which winds through the beautiful mountains, and the scenery is amazing this time of year. Read more