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August 30, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into...

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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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

All that jazz: Music, outdoor dining and farm-to-table, all in one

HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.  Read more

On Block Island

My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World Trade Center. We are sitting on a pristine deck looking out over the blue Atlantic. There is nothing but ocean, a flat horizon line and blue skies—a clean slate for the imagination. We bring our history with us wherever we go.  Read more

Snapping turtles on the move

With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from earlier breeding species. Snakes of all types have been basking and hunting for prey. Also visible this time of year, especially to fishermen and motorists, are snapping turtles on the water or crossing roads.  Read more

Liberty Free to close

LIBERTY, NY — Paul Austin, founder of the Liberty Free Theatre, a mainstay of the area’s cultural scene for 10 years, has announced that the theatre is closing. Having lost its home theatre in the Village of Liberty several years ago, the company has toured the county with productions at a variety of venues for the past few seasons. A letter sent to the theatre’s supporters read in part:  Read more

Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair begins at 10 a.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 25. The day will feature games of skill and chance for kids and adults, a pie auction, demonstrations, music, croquet, the popular skillet toss, raffles with great prizes, corn shucking, ice cream making and lots more. Admission is free and the fair will be held rain or shine.

The Time and the Valleys Museum’s annual fundraising chicken barbeque runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Dinners are available to eat in or take out: $11 for adults, $7 for children under eight years old.  Read more

Dance up a storm in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — A Contra Dance will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, June 27. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to kick up your heels at the first gathering of the season.

Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing.  Read more

Railroad talk at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Continuing their 2015 program series, the Time and the Valleys Museum presents “Sullivan County and the O&W Railroad,” a talk by Bob Earle of the O&W Railway Historical Society on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

An evening of music at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of live music and barbeque featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Chip Murray, on Saturday, June 27 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7; admission for museum members costs $5. Come a little earlier and enjoy an outdoor barbeque (the cost of the barbeque is not included in the admission price).  Read more

Grossi and Druck featured at comedy night

HAWLEY, PA — Friday, June 26 will be another Harmony Presents comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House, starting at 8:30 p.m. “This month’s Comedy Night features returning comedians Brian Grossi and Brett Druck. Their unique blend of hard-hitting punchlines, spot-on impressions and unpredictable crowd-work leaves audiences on the edge of their seats, wanting more.  Read more

In the good old summertime

Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax nostalgic as I careen from one end of the Catskills to the other, criss-crossing the Upper Delaware River region in a never-ending attempt to soak up as much as I can before leaves of red and gold begin their annual descent. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just concentrate on summer for a bit. Ahhhh.  Read more

Recalling rural schools

HONESDALE, PA — The first of the 2015 Plain Speaking talks at the Wayne County Historical Society’s Main Museum at 810 Main St. will be held on Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The speaker is Mimi Steffen, local researcher and author of several volumes about one-room schools. Her topic is, “Recalling the Rural Schools of Berlin Township.” Steffen will speak about Laurella School. The Plain Speaking programs are free and open to the public. Plain Speaking will continue on July 10 and on every Friday at 5 p.m. through August 21. All are welcome to attend.  Read more

Sour Bridges returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Local boys Matt and Bill Pucci and their band Sour Bridges will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, June 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, so do not BYOB.  Read more

Old Stone House turns risqué for a day

HASBROUCK, NY — In a dramatic departure from the Catskill area’s customary art shows, the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck is presenting a one-time, one-day-only exhibit of kinky and erotic sculpture, paintings, books and other items, many highlighting the hidden world of fetishes.

The adults-only show on Saturday, June 27, is a fundraiser for the community arts and education center, a 501(c)3 organization. There is a $25-per-person suggested contribution for admission, including a gourmet reception, with the doors open from 5 to 10 p.m.  Read more

An evening with Vera B. Williams

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Friday, June 26 at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch for readings from the works of beloved local children’s author Vera B. Williams. This event is family friendly, and people are encouraged to bring their children. There will be a children’s prelude to the event at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is requested. Events without five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit www.wsplonline.org or call 845/252-3360.

Roots and Rhythm brings the jams all over town

HONESDALE, PA — The 10th annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival was another smashing success this year. The crowds came out to support local music and art, as there were bands all along Main Street in the morning, and craft vendors lining Central Park. Later that day and into the night bands took to the main stage, including headliner the Kentucky Headhunters.  Read more

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