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September 02, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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‘The Meteorite’

Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found on the railroad tracks. I saved the pieces of coal I found in the path of the town plow. But best of all were the large, exotic boulders in the pastures and woods where we hiked and played.  Read more

Monarchs in a mess

One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that will support caterpillars. I check some of the plants for the tiny white eggs that will eventually result in a new generation of monarch butterflies late in the summer. This year, however, my hunt has been in vain.  Read more

In search of Goliath

My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a two-footer.  Read more

Fun for the whole family at the Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 10th annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Dr., on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is geared toward fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a scavenger hunt to receive a free book by visiting exhibitors and learning about the area’s natural and cultural history.  Read more

Wurtsboro Founder’s Day Street Fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold the return of the Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The street fair is back to the full length of Sullivan Street for the second year, where it all began over 20 years ago. This is an entire day full of family fun with two live music stages; don’t forget to bring a blanket for the concert in the lawn. There are lots of local venders selling arts and crafts and much more. Enjoy a full block of rides, kid’s activities, auctions, Glider discovery and flight simulator, and more.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music and The Cooperage team up

HONESDALE, PA — Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer music festival Crossings brings a preview to The Cooperage on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert marks WCM’s debut at The Cooperage, and offers music for wind instruments.  Read more

The return of Marc Black

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back Marc Black for a house concert on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeff and Maggie Moore. There will be a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Marc has visited Sullivan County many times and will perform another evening of eclectic folk-rock that deals with life, and all its social and political challenges one song at a time.  Read more

Jordan Rock headlines at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase another comedy night inside the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Jordan Rock will be the headliner.  Read more

The Slipper Room, adult variety, is back at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Back by popular demand, after a sellout show last summer, NACL presents The Slipper Room, New York City’s Palace of Variety, in a weather-themed extravaganza, “Mr. Choade’s Perfect Storm.” The Slipper Room is blowing through Highland Lake for an exclusive one-night performance on Saturday, July 12.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre has premiere at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — After postponing its original July 3 opening of “A Reluctant Tragic Hero” and “The Hipter’s Ballad of the Nazarene,” in Kauneonga Lake, because of severe weather due to Hurricane Arthur, the Liberty Free Theatre will open its season at the Catskill Arts Society on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a premiere performance reading of “By the Sea—Anna’s Story,” a new play by the Canadian writer Sheldon Currie. The performers are Kate Warren, Janna Comando and Paul Austin. (The July 3 double bill has been rescheduled in Kauneonga Lake for Thursday, July 17.)  Read more

Nostalgia

It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (www.merriamwebster.com). I often wax nostalgic; perhaps it comes with being of a certain age, but I think my day-to-day encourages it on occasion. Last week brought torrential rains, felled trees, power outages and cancellations cascading across my calendar, but the sun came out for Crosby Stills and Nash, and they drew an enormous crowd of nostalgic music lovers to Sullivan County (www.bethelwoodscenter.org).  Read more

Wade Preston returns for two shows in one night

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s back-up, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Children’s puppet-making workshop

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., NACL will host a puppet theatre workshop for children ages four and up. Children and parents are invited to come to NACL and build dove marionette and hand puppets with master puppeteer Ramon Jan. The dove puppets will be a part of the Weather Project Community play on August 9, and the children are invited to perform their puppets in the show. The Sunday workshop is free and takes place at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd. Call 845/557-0694 for more information. All puppet supplies will be provided.  Read more

Bluegrass and folk fiesta

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum will present an afternoon of Americana and Bluegrass music, served up with a Tex-Mex lunch, featuring Annie and Mike Baglione, plus special guests John Henry’s Hammer and Broke Down & Busted, on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leura Murray Center, 26 Hoag Rd. Admission costs $15, $12 for museum members and includes lunch. All proceeds benefit the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.  Read more

Neversink Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Anyone interested in old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink is invited to Neversink Afternoon of History, Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library on Route 55.
Individuals with photos, information or special history items are invited and encouraged to bring their items to share. Photographer LaVerne Black will also present her program “Tramping Along the Neversink River.”  Read more

Bethany Library hosts an evening with local authors

BETHANY, PA — Four area authors will talk about the craft of writing for anyone who’s ever thought, “I could write a book,” or wants to know more about becoming an author, on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Library.  Read more

ParksvilleUSA Festival to host string quartet

PARKSVILLE, NY — The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival concert series continues with The Hudson Valley String Quartet on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dead End Café. Refreshments will be served after the concert.  Read more

Ugandan expat to perform in Pike County

MILFORD, PA — Samite, a world-renowned composer, singer, instrument-alist and ambassador for peace, will perform on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre. Accompanied by Nate Richardson on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the New York State resident will present a program called “The Healing Power of Music.”  Read more

Grey Towers tour focuses on Pinchot heirlooms

MILFORD, PA — Visitors to Grey Towers National Historic Site will get an in-depth look at some original artifacts in the collection during a special Artifact Tour on Saturday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m.  Read more

An American tradition: Diner Porn captures the classic eatery

SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.  Read more