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December 20, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?


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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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Necessary—but not sufficient

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 Greens (Die Gruenen) in West Germany. Building on the “Four Pillars” of Die Gruenen, they came up with a statement that listed 10 “Key Values” for the nascent American Green movement: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Personal and Social Responsibility, Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Post-patriarchal Values, Respect for Diversity, Global Responsibility, and Future Focus.  Read more

Where are the keys?

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 drive me home.

Sam, at 16, is now officially my chauffeur since getting his driver’s permit last week. And I am joining the ranks of white-knuckled parents everywhere with the surefire feeling that there should be a brake installed on the car’s passenger side. Not that Sam is doing badly—I’m sure he will become a better driver than I am—it’s just his quick turns that make me brace my whole body.  Read more

Remembering a River region friend

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 region. My focus (pun intended) had shifted, and although the perspective was freshening, it left me with a sense of disconnection.  Read more

Fishing alone

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 due in for a week. I would not be sharing the water with any of my usual fishing partners this day, but the one thing I did know for certain was that I’d be fishing.  Read more

Marital fable in Milford

Janet was happily married, at least she thought she was. Then Keith left. Janet’s mother blames it all on Janet. Then Janet meets Matthew. Things are looking up. Mom likes Matthew. But. Keith is being a jerk. In relationships, does everyone get what they deserve? Well, in fables they do. “What I Didn’t Know Then, a marital fable” featuring Darren Fouse, left, James Heisel, Evelyn Albino and Cass Collins is a new play by John Klemeyer that will be at the Milford Theatre on October 10 at 8 p.m., 11 at 8 p.m. and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at the door.

SUNY Sullivan announces 2014-15 Met Live Series

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host the return of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HDseries to its Seelig Theatre. Beginning on Saturday, October 11 and continuing on selected Saturdays through April 25, opera lovers will be able to enjoy live, on-screen performances from the Met Opera’s Peabody and Emmy award-winning Live in HD series. This season’s schedule of performances includes:

Giuseppe Verdi

Macbeth — October 11  Read more

‘Ah, New York’ at the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents “Ah, New York – Fortitude, Frustration and Fantasy,” an ACT Underground Reader’s Theatre production, at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. Staged readings of three new plays will be presented in a way that creates an overall sense of a singular evening of theatre.  Read more

Historic Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors and scarecrows, for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, sponsored this year by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days. Scarecrows will be displayed in front of businesses. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

The end

This is the end, beautiful friends, the end.

This isn’t the last column I will write, but it’s close. So, perhaps “the end is near” is more appropriate. I’m getting my farewell out of the way now so the actual last “Letter Home” isn’t a bummer. More and more I’m seeing the importance of happy endings.

As most of you know, I grew up on the streets of Narrowsburg and in the offices of this newspaper. Soon after I arrived at NYU, I started writing this column.  Read more


Although I’m in no mood to think about a certain ho-ho-holiday looming on the horizon, I have spent the past week or so ruminating on the past, since Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) has already come and gone. While I may not have worn a funny hat or used a noisemaker (I make enough noise all year long), I did celebrate in my own way prior to the most solemn day in Judaism—Yom Kippur.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival showcases styles of traditional music

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of northeast Pennsylvania will again host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 19 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy./Route 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs.  Read more

Once again Ellis, with special guest Honor Finnegan

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Ellis at The Cooperage on Sunday, October 12 at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 with light fare cooked by Jill Padua. Ellis performed at The Cooperage in May and she is back, this time with special guest Honor Finnegan.  Read more

Through the eyes of JoAnne Kalish

MILFORD, PA — The Columns Museum will hold an opening reception for an exhibit featuring the photography of JoAnne Kalish on Friday, October 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kalish will speak about her work and travels at the opening. The exhibit will be on display through early December.

Kalish’s passion for photography came about at a young age. She was the first woman photographer hired to work for Sports Illustrated, photographing various sporting events and their star athletes. She was contracted by the International Olympic Committee to provide photographic coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.  Read more

‘Love, Sex and the IRS’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s “Love, Sex and the IRS” at the Rivoli Theatre for six performances October 10 through the 19.

Two men, Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur, are out-of-work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancée, Kate.  Read more

Homegrown music by Byrdgrass at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Byrdgrass, a North Jersey band that plays “bluegrass with a kick” that has performed in venues from Jersey City and Hoboken to Lake Placid, NY and the Adirondacks, will bring its music to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., for an early evening concert and dance party on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

NACL presents duet ‘Underground Railroad Game’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Underground Railroad Game” by Groundswell Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) on Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Viewer discretion is advised; there will be nudity.  Read more

‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ composer to perform at the Columns Museum

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Museum will host an evening with famed jazz musician and composer Bob Dorough on Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Dorough worked as the musical director of ABC-TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock,” a Saturday morning cartoon show that entertained and educated children during the years 1973 to 1985.  Read more

Exhibit celebrates Catskill waters

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — An opening reception for the new exhibition “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present,” will be held on Thursday, October 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum. There will also be an introduction to the museum’s next project: recreating a 1930s Catskill farm taken for the building of New York City’s water supply. Speakers include Emily Lloyd, the new commissioner for NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Congressman Chris Gibson.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘My Old Lady’

CALLICOON, NY — “My Old Lady,” (PG-13), a CineArt presentation starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, will be screened at the Callicoon Theater from Friday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 14.  Read more

New Hope Community art exhibit to open at Liberty Library

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community will present its art exhibit in the Liberty Library with an opening reception on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to all and will include light refreshments. The exhibit will present 18 works by 11 New Hope artists.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance