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October 22, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t...

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Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River...

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I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to...

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Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The...

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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a...

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A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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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

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