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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Old Time Fair and chicken barbeque

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The annual Old Time Fair and chicken barbeque will return to the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The barbeque is 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free with a nominal fee for some games and food.  Read more

Studio Monday displays member works

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Studio Monday Art Group recently held its annual art show in the Daniel Pierce Library . Over 50 works of art, some of which are shown here, were put on display at the opening on July 16, and will remain on display in the lower level of the library throughout the year. Most of the art is available for sale. The Studio Monday group meets Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library. Artists working in all mediums are welcome. For more information call 845/985-7233.

‘Artifacts from the Future’

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Julius Valiunas’s new retrospective, “Artifacts from the Future” will be on display at the Nutshell Art Center, 6692 State Rte. 52, from July 30 to September 4. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Callicoon Country Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Country Fair continues a 30-year tradition of town fairs in Callicoon, but starting last year it expanded in scope, taking place all over town on Upper Main Street, Lower Main Street and in Callicoon Creek Park. Musical and dance performances will be intermingled with more than 60 vendors from throughout the region. Local farms, artisans and craftsmen will display and sell their wares. And of course, our country heritage will be honored.  Read more

Listening to you, I get the music: Forestburgh Playhouse nails ‘Tommy’

“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Those words, penned by Pete Townshend for inclusion in The Who’s iconic rock opera titled “Tommy” have stood the test of time and become part of the lexicon of the ‘60s generation. In the years that followed, Townshend’s lyrics have moved millions as the studio album, first released in 1969, morphed into an extensive tour, which included a live version of the double-album, a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975 and a Broadway musical in 1992.  Read more

In a pickle

Summer is full of conundrums. Pool or lake? Grill or chill? Hike or hammock? Among the biggest is how to eat all the season’s bounty while also saving it for the future. The answer is preserving, of course, and among the easiest methods is pickling.  Read more

Dog days of summer

Man, it’s been hot these days. I mean really hot, maybe even too hot to go swimming in the lake, if I had the time and it weren’t too crowded. Our air conditioning at home crapped out, as it will when you need it, and we were back to using fans. I remember as a kid my bedroom was on the third floor of our Brooklyn home. Mom would bring a bowl of ice in a metal pot and place it in front of my fan. Mentally I thought it was cooling me down, but the reality was, it was too hot for me to care.  Read more

PA rattlesnakes delisted from candidate status

On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a candidate for threatened or endangered status in PA. A news release of the quarterly business meeting by the PFBC can be found at  Read more

Support your local TU

So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.  Read more

Glass blowing returns to Dorflinger

WHITE MILL, PA – For the first time in nearly a century, hot glass blowing will return to the historic glassmaking community of White Mills in public demonstrations on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary. Sponsored by the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Keystone College, glass artists will use a fully equipped mobile glass studio to demonstrate glass making techniques on the main lawn of the sanctuary. The demonstrations are free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Nice work if you can get it…

“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t erase his name” ( The ditty, written in the 1930s, goes on to explain that only a girl can right all things wrong and make a man complete, so I generally skip over that part, replace “girl” with “dog” and keep singing.  Read more

Hoop for the Community

HAWLEY, PA — Hawley Borough is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Bingham Park on Saturday, August 6. Hoop for the Community basketball tournament will start at 10 a.m., and the suggested sign-up deadline is August 3. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to sign up online either as an individual or as a three-person team. All ages are welcome from youth to adult, experienced or inexperienced, and games will be organized accordingly.  Read more

‘Rust in Peace’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to the opening of “Rust in Peace,” the paintings of John Adams, in the Catskill Park Room at Morgan Outdoors. On Saturday, July 23 there will be an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The show runs through August.  Read more

Hodgkins and Ponte at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The August show at the ARTery will feature works by Rosalind Hodgkins and June Ponte. Show dates will be August 11 through September 5. There will be a reception on Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For Hodgkins, the inspiration is nature. “Natural phenomena of day and night and the cycle of the seasons inspire the concepts for my paintings... I use unusual scale, invented perspective, shadows and reflections as well as symbols and metaphors to construct a narrative picture of images of nature seen from an imagined vantage point.”  Read more

‘Courage’ sells out

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — NACL Theatre’s presentation of “Courage” at Apple Pond Farm, 80 Hahn Rd., on Friday July 22, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 had completely sold out as of early on press day. However, the play is considered to be a work in progress, and more performances will be scheduled in 2017, including venues in New York City.  Read more

Marritz talks at Art Appreciation Day

EQUINUNK, PA — Hana Marritz will exhibit her collages and wire sculptures on Sunday, July 31, at the Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) from 1 to 4 p.m., at EHS’s Art Appreciation Day. As part of the event, Marritz will also give a brief talk on her recent field of study, “The Goddess—Feminine Ideal” at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. In European pre-history, goddess figures represented fertility and plenty. Amazingly, these figures are still being found today. You can sculpt your own goddess figure from clay, under Marritz’s guidance.  Read more

Silver Birches music on the deck

TAFTON, PA—Kick back, relax and enjoy an afternoon of music, food and drinks on the covered deck at The Dock on Wallenpaupack at Silver Birches Resort. Every Sunday during summer The Dock features a line-up of live local bands from 3 to 6 p.m. There is no cover charge. Guests can also take advantage of the Sunday Bloody Mary Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The schedule for the next two Sundays will feature Paulie Knakk on July 23 and Dan Engaldsen Trio on July 30.  Read more

Burning Bridget Cleary: Celtic in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Burning Bridget Cleary, an award-winning Celtic band from the Philadelphia area, will perform at Harmony Presents on July 23 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.

Known for their distinctive sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary has become a mainstay on Celtic and folk music circuits. The group took the #1 Top Album spot in the January Folk-DJ charts for their newest release, “These Are the Days.” Their music is heard internationally on folk and Celtic radio programs, including NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock.”  Read more

Riverfest: Art, people, music, dogs, food, vendors and fun

NARROWSBURG, NY — If it’s the fourth Sunday in July, it must be Riverfest in Narrowsburg. The popular music, art and environmental festival, now in its 26th year, will return to the river hamlet on July 24, celebrating the Upper Delaware River and all who inhabit the river valley, whether plant, animal, or human.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music; Celebrating music: rehearsing, performing, talking about it

The Weekend of Chamber Music, themed “We’ll Always Have Paris” this year, is back in town—or we should say, towns, as this annual mid-summer festival of world-class classical music takes place at locations all around our area, featuring not only concerts but opportunities to see musicians at work rehearsing and to hear them talk about their art.  Read more