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August 30, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Nature photo contest winners to be recognized at BioBlitz event

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz has sponsored a photo contest on Facebook called “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed.” The judges, local photographers Sandy Long, Roy Morsch, and David Soete, have made their selections in eight categories and also selected an overall “Best in Show” winning photograph: “Head in Clouds,” by Todd Anderson, at right. The grand prize, a digital camera, will be presented during the public portion of the event on Sunday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the center of the event activities at the head of Rock Lake.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre announces season

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will celebrate its 10th anniversary season by touring Sullivan County with a series of events. The season begins with a series of three performance readings in July at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café in Kauneonga. A double bill of Chekov’s “A Reluctant Tragic Hero,” a comedy about the perils of summer vacation, and Paul Austin’s “The Hipster’s Ballad of the Nazarene” will be performed Thursday, July 3. Edward Albee’s groundbreaking comedy of family life, “The American Dream,” will play Thursday, July 17.  Read more

Screening of family fun silent classics

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Bring your family for a fun evening of comedy and slapstick-filled silent classic films at the The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. Gretchen Weerheim, executive director, will be hosting a screening of a selection of D.W. Griffith’s comedy classic, “Sally of the Sawdust” (silent, black and white, 113 minutes) featuring W.C. Fields at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd.  Read more

Milford Music Fest is all geared up

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Fest has 30 venues lined up for this year’s event, which will be held on June 27-29. Over 36 bands will perform on the streets of Milford. Park your car and walk to all venues. The live music kicks off Thursday evening at the Waterwheel Café & Bar with its famous blues jam and continues Friday evening, then on Saturday from 10 a.m.to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Secret Garden Tour in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s 22nd annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are seven gardens for viewing that differ in style and concept and offer a diversity of gardening approaches. The featured gardens are located within the Borough of Milford or within a very short driving distance. Locations of the gardens are secret until the day of the tour.  Read more

A call to all artists

REGION — Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets is seeking generous contributions of original art, in your unique style, for a silent auction fundraiser to be held on Saturday, July 26. Artwork should be representative of our farmers’ markets and the local food it provides. For submission details contact market manager Danielle Gaebel at 866/270-2015, or email manager@sullivancountyfarmersmarkets.org.  Read more

Evening of bluegrass and folk featuring Mike and Annie Baglione

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and their friends banjoist Gene Mueller and guitarist Jane Keitel, on Saturday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera to produce ‘The Impressario’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present “The Impressario,” a one-act opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in two productions during June: on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House, 9th and Church Sts. in Honesdale, PA, and on Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m. in the Krause Hall at the DVAA Building, Main Street in Narrowsburg.  Read more

MiZ returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents kicks off the first of their two-shows-in-one-night concert series run with guitarist and blues, folk and bluegrass artist MiZ on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Silk Mill in the Boiler Room.  Read more

Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host another comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m. This month’s Comedy Night features Mike Lemme, Phill Hunt and Neko White, whose combined experiences include working the top comedy clubs and colleges across the country and opening for Donnell Rawlings, Paul Moony and SNL’s Jay Pharoah.

The night’s headliner, Neko White, is known for his well-developed world view, commanding stage presence, charm and hilarious material; a mix of social commentary and personal analysis.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk will be held on July 5, (rain date July 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Main Street beginning at Jeff Bank, taking a turn on Pearl Street and all the way up to the Library on North Main Street join local artists/artisans as they share their work. The artists are listed on a free map. This year there are more in-shop displays than ever. At the Catskill Art Society, watercolorist Ann Higgins will be at work. Children can create their own masterpieces with chalk on the sidewalks of Main Street.  Read more

Beat the heat with the annual CAS Summer Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its fifth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists from July 12 to August 10. Local artists from across the area explore all the aspects of the year’s most exhilarating season through a diverse body of work in all styles and mediums. CAS will host a free opening reception for the show on Saturday, July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Discover Dragonflies: Nature Walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve

THOMPSON, PA — With their needle-like, iridescent bodies, four gossamer wings, enormous eyes, and distinctive flight patterns, dragonflies are a familiar sight around ponds and streams at this time of year. Because these swift, beautiful insects lay their eggs under water and feed near it, the Florence Shelly Preserve, a diverse 400-acre protected wetlands area is an ideal place to observe them.  Read more

Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet presented by “Concerts in the Coop” will be at The Cooperage on Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Marcinko will be on drums joined by Bob Velez on the congas, Bill Washer on guitar, Paul Rostock on bass and Tom Hamilton switching between sax and flute. The quintet delivers traditional, high-voltage Latin and Brazilian jazz.

Marcinko began his career while still a teenager living in Archibald, PA. He studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello. “I wanted to learn as much as possible about the art, especially jazz,” said Marcinko.  Read more

Slow down, you move too fast

Even though they say that “misery loves company,” I’m hopeful that most of you are not currently experiencing the kind of time-management angst that currently plagues me. I’m not even sure what my problem is, other than desiring to make hay while the sun shines. Here in the Upper Delaware River region, where each season determines how we live life, this seems to produce the tendency to want to seize the day, with the understanding that time is precious and we have limited hours to take advantage of sweet summer’s myriad opportunities, whether it be for business or pleasure.  Read more

Flowers, Broadway, landscapes, oh my!

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three exhibits opened this past weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. They were “Art in Bloom” curated by Jane Luchsinger, “Broadway” by Glenn Lieberman, and “You Are Here” by Kit Sailer. The “Art in Bloom” show featured a work by an artist accompanied by a floral arrangement. In the first photo above, Carol Vandenberg stands with her flower arrangement and Buff McAllister stands in front of her artwork. The photographs in “Broadway” were black and white representations of the everyday lives of the people on Broadway in Manhattan.  Read more

DVAA presents pop-up gallery in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will present its first Pop-Up Gallery, “Radius 12748” in Jeffersonville from June 27 to 29. This group show will celebrate the work of over 30 artists who live and work within a five mile radius of the gallery, located at 4920 State Rte. 52. The opening reception is Friday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery event continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Getting ahead in business: It’s no game

MONTICELLO, NY — June 30 is a big day for Laurette Pitts. She is a senior vice president and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Empire Resorts, which owns Monticello Casino & Raceway. Monday marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Monticello “racino,” but also the culmination of many months of long days working to complete the company’s application to operate one of four new casinos coming to New York State.  Read more

Showing our colors

One of the joys in my commute is listening to a segment called “The Pledge” on Steve Andrew’s morning drive show on WSUS radio. Each day of the week a group of either first or second graders from local schools repeats the Pledge of Allegiance as it is recorded in their classroom. Personally, this brings me back to my own school upbringing where this was a daily occurrence for my first years of school.  Read more

Forestburgh’s My Fair Lady is loverly

Lerner and Lowe’s musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalian” is many things. Entertaining, funny and charming to be sure, but beneath the flowery exterior lies Shaw’s caustic, scathing indictment of English society and the class struggles that provide fodder for political satire, examining the outmoded social system that still somehow exists across the pond to this day.  Read more