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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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A pig, a frog, a love story?

BETHANY, PA — Bethany Public Library will host a family fun night and outdoor movie screening for children of all ages in the borough park at the historic band shell on Saturday, July 11. Famous celebrity puppets—a pig and a frog—star in this musical comedy/love story.

Bring a picnic basket or purchase refreshments—hot dogs, popcorn and soda; their sale benefits the library. Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. for seating on the lawn. Children’s games, best for children between four and seven years old, begin at 7:30 p.m. The film begins at dusk.  Read more

Conway remembers the Concord

HURLEYVILLE, NY — John Conway, Sullivan County Historian, will give a talk about The Concord, once one of the world’s great resort hotels, on July 12 at 2 p.m. His presentation is titled, “The Concord: Sullivan County’s Acropolis.”

This event is part of the Sullivan County Historical Society’s new exhibit, “The Concord Remembered” at its museum in Hurleyville, which will run through Columbus Day. For more information visit or call 845/434 8044.

A raceway on the hill

HONESDALE, PA — Tucked on a side road right off of Route 652 between Honesdale and Beach Lake is one of the area’s most popular Saturday-night destinations. Marshall’s Hilltop Hobbies is not just an old mom and pop hobby shop, it’s also home to an R/C raceway, both indoor and outdoor, where drivers meet every Saturday night to compete.  Read more

‘Persistence of Vision’ Weekend of Chamber Music features Corigliano

REGION — Imaginative concerts indoors and out; social gatherings; informative talks, and plenty of close connection between audience, musicians and music are hallmarks of Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) annual music festival, on tap July 11 to 26. Centered around the work of a contemporary composer each year, the Weekend of Chamber Music Festival this year will focus on Academy Award-winning American, John Corigliano. In addition to his Oscar for his music for “The Red Violin” and an Oscar nomination for “Altered States,” he has a Pulitzer Prize and five Grammy Awards.  Read more

Wayne County Arts Alliance Studio Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Studio Tour takes place from Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12 all over Wayne County. The Artists’ Tour is an opportunity for the public to travel from studio to studio visiting artists in their working environment. Participating studios open their doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Visitors will learn of the many different techniques and materials artists use to bring their ideas to fruition. Paintings done in a variety of mediums, photographs, basketry, fiber art, pottery, jewelry, collage and sculpture pieces will all be on display.  Read more

Independence Day

New York City’s ban on polystyrene single-use food containers took effect July 1, just in time for Independence Day. The largest American city to enact a ban joined the ranks of San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle and more than 100 other municipalities, including our neighbors Ulster and Albany counties.  Read more

Young Frankenstein is frighteningly good!

Capitalizing on last month’s strong opening of "Damn Yankees," the Forestburgh Playhouse has another monster hit on its stage in the form of "Young Frankenstein" now playing through July 12. In its original Broadway incarnation, the show was known as “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” and with good reason. Conceived and written by the master of comedy himself, the musical version of the 1974 film of the same name owes everything to Brooks, who wrote the original screenplay with the legendary Gene Wilder, described by Brooks as “his best film.”  Read more

Flowered finery

Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best experienced with a walk or hike or paddle, all senses engaged and an open heart for receiving what is out there, ready for our interface.

Right now, our region is bursting with flowering plants, offering a spectacular array of colors, forms, fragrances and textures. Make it a point this week to get out there and see how summer is unfolding. And enjoy the show.

Independence Day events

July 3

Music and fireworks. There will be music in Central Park starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks shot off from Irving Cliff at dusk.  Read more

Art Walk seeks vendors

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce seeks vendors for its 17th annual Arts Walk/Summer Street Fair to be held on Saturday, July 18, (rain date July 19) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local area artists and vendors are encouraged to participate, and can contact the chamber office at 845/856-6694 or for an application and more information.  Read more

‘Two Plus Four’ features Canger and Parks

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center (LMAC) announces its summer invitational art show titled, “Two Plus Four.” The show opened June 19 and runs through August 16, with an artists’ reception 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. In an effort to showcase new or previously unknown artists’ works, board members Tony Canger and Lee Parks have each invited two artists to exhibit four works each. In addition to displaying their own work, the four other artists whose work will be on display are Wayne Campbell, Jayne Jawitz, Betty Kidder and Jane McNulty.  Read more

‘Visual Quotations’ in Woodbourne

WOODBOURNE, NY — The gallery at Heart’s Home, The International Center for A Culture of Compassion, at 229 Ulster Heights Rd., will hold its inaugural exhibit on July 3, with an opening reception for the exhibit “Visual Quotations,” featuring works by Helena Clare Pittman, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Visual Quotations” will display Pittman’s recent paintings, works in which she has quoted from paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, Monet and others of the masters whose images have survived as emblems of their work, their greatness and their times.  Read more

Retro-pop, barbershop, chamber-rock quartet

HAWLEY, PA — The retro-pop, barbershop, chamber-rock quartet Darlingside will perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., on Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Boston Herald wrote, “Darlingside are doing something new in pop music...  Read more

Catching some sun at Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — Emilia Ricciardi, winner of the 2015 Gillinder Glass Design Sun Catcher Contest, was recently invited to the glass factory in Port Jervis to press the first sun catcher of her “Celebrating the Tri-State Area” design using a stamp made by the Gillinder Glass in-house mold shop.

Emilia is a 16-year-old Port Jervis high school honor roll student, class officer, vice president of the student council and National Honor Society member who enjoys face painting as well as drawing portraits. When she is not playing varsity golf and volleyball, she takes private art lessons.  Read more

The Jazz Age

I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to fit into a common theme, but rather “go with the flow” and hope that inspiration strikes somewhere along the line. The world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region is always ripe with diversity, and yet more often than not, I find that patterns emerge in the least likely of places.  Read more

Jones in Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the photographic work of its member Karen Jones for the month of July in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, on Starlight Lake Road.

Jones is a lifetime resident of Sullivan County. She was the family photographer as a young person, but in later years discovered the great world around her for picture taking. She has received some lessons from Robert Rodriquez, Jr., professional landscape photographer.

The exhibit also includes oils, watercolors and photography by other Big D members.  Read more

Rock Hill holds Summer Concert Series

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Business and Community Association is presenting its third annual Rock Hill Summer Concert Series, held every Wednesday evening for the months of July and August from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 223 Rock Hill Dr. (the location of the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market).  Read more

CAS Members Show to open

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its sixth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from July 4 to August 10. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, July 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

The CAS Summer Members Show features local artists from across the area with a diverse body of work in all styles and mediums. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Hoist one in Trout Town for the Fourth; Trout Town Beer Garden & Town Center opening

On July 4, the town of Roscoe, aka “Trout Town,” will be holding two celebrations: one for the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and one to celebrate the opening of a new community center: the Trout Town Beer Garden & Town Center. The brainchild of Donna Vallone, a co-owner of Creekside Cabins and the Roscoe NY Beer Company, and located on one of Vallone’s properties right next to Creekside Inn in downtown Roscoe, it includes a beer cabin with outside seating.  Read more

Revolutionary Art: Prints by Founding Fathers on view at Artists’ Market

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market will open an exhibit, “How Art Helped Win the American Revolution,” on Saturday, July 4 from 4 to 6 p.m at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.

Few people know how art helped win the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere created breathtaking artwork that that inspired colonists to take up arms—and examples are on display this July 4th in an exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association.  Read more

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