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September 16, 2014
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NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments.

When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.

My second thought was that I...

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Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird...

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I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was...

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Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has...

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I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked...

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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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Christmas in July benefit concert

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — Elektrix Studio.com and Renegade’s Saloon will host the eighth annual Rock For Tots holiday benefit concert featuring the bands 30 Pack Lite Trio, Jay Luke, The Mess, Right Side Up, UMan ERA, Sucker and DJ Elektrix from 4 p.m. to close on July 19 at Renegade’s Saloon, 1058 Main St.  Read more

Movies in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — For the benefit of Monticello youth and community members, the Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council is holding an ongoing series of free movies in Monticello. The group holds a Friday evening showing and a Sunday afternoon showing each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks will be available for 50 cents.  Read more

Flamenco rock, cello and guitar fusion with Montana Skies

HAWLEY, PA — Flamenco-rock cello and guitar duo Montana Skies returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, July 19 for two shows at 7 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. at the Silk Mill. The act combines elements of classical technique, flamenco, jazz improv and rock n’ roll.  Read more

The Matt Hoffmann Quintet to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 19, The Matt Hoffmann Quintet will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. The concert is to celebrate the release of the group’s new album, “Communion,” which features original compositions as well as improvised jazz.  Read more

Old theatre, old-fashioned melodrama

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Stop Thief!” a mischievously fun, musically enhanced melodrama by D. Chapelle on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.

Victoria V. Leighton directs this cast: Serena Gildersleeve, Ashlyn Nardi, Melissa McTague, Edward Berens, Dennis Grow, Paul Puerschner, Sally Gladden and Teri Paris. Technical director is Jim Schmidt. Harold Tighe is master carpenter and Fran Schiff is set designer. Pianist is Jeff Krolick.  Read more

LBJ took the IRT down to 4th St. USA

While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock musical) written by James Rado, Jerome Ragni and Galt McDermot, and that particular tune is strung together by a collection of acronyms (a word formed from the initial letters of a compound term—think NATO, radar or laser). As I darted to and fro with the Wonder Dog in tow, I couldn’t help but notice them popping up.  Read more

Sidewalk Sales in Honesdale has Hollywood theme

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will be going “Hollywood” at the 54th annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, sponsored by The Dime Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its local stores, area vendors, artists and area non-profits.  Read more

Two openings at the DVAA this weekend

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two art shows will open this weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Friday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. One exhibit is “Tulips and Other Surprises from the Natural World,” drawings and paintings by Linda Bastian, and the other is “Paintings, Postcards,” an exhibit of paintings by Gary Abramson. They will both be on view until August 9.  Read more

Studies say pesticides are killing bees; Manufacturers call studies flawed

The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.  Read more

Religious freedom, religious fairness

The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from the outset intended to be a “Christian nation” (whatever that is supposed to mean—but that’s another column). I guess they were reveling in the heady feeling of victory, following the Supreme Court decision that recognized their right to apply their religious beliefs to the benefits package that they offered their employees. Many liberals and progressives were upset by the decision, but not me.  Read more

‘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

Tue., Sep. 16 Cub Scout Pack 71 Recruitment Event
Wed., Sep. 17 YEL! FEST #6
Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading