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July 07, 2015
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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.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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WJFF to broadcast Indigo Moon live

HONESDALE, PA — WJFF Radio Catskill and The Cooperage Project will team up to present the Indigo Moon Brass Band live from The Cooperage on Thursday, April 30. The performance will take place during WJFF’s radio show Ramble Tamble. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the performance, which will be simulcast live on WJFF Radio Catskill, 90.5 FM, www.wjffradio.org.  Read more

‘Spring’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — “Spring,” a new art exhibit, opens at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) on May 2 and runs through the 31st. The show features art works by long-time alliance members as well as that of newer members Kitty Mitchell and Alethea Pape. There will be an artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served along with wine provided by Bashakill Vineyards.  Read more

Kite festival marks 25th year

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host its 25th annual kite festival on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus green. This free festival is sponsored by SUNY Sullivan in conjunction with Jeff Bank, Thunder 102, the Sullivan County Visitors Association and WSUL/WVOS Radio.  Read more

‘SHHH!’ CAS auction

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit,” an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from May 9 through May 24. The exhibit will feature works by local artists that visitors can bid on, win, and take home the day the exhibition closes. The opening reception will be held on May 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Nancy Pitcher featured at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Dr. Nancy Pitcher will bring a touch of spring in May to the Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, with colorful watercolors and oil paintings. Floral and landscape themed, Pitcher adds to her collection many new works depicting ocean scenes and rock formations skillfully done in oils using a palette knife. Educator and awardwinning artist, Pitcher is making a return engagement to the gallery. She will be welcoming visitors at a reception on Saturday, May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information and directions to Lords Valley, call 570/775-7337.

Sunday Artist Demo at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) will hold its first Sunday Artist Demo with painter Dennis Fanton on Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Foundation Room at the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St.  Read more

Cajun swing and groove

HAWLEY, PA — Known for their Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass, swing, Cajun, Zydeco and alternative folk fusion, brothers Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand take the stage at Harmony Presents on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. “Outstanding fiddlers and guitarists, Andrew and Noah are also recipients of the some of the most prestigious awards in songwriting...  Read more

The Battle of Monongahela

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its second installment of its history lecture series on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., when it presents a lecture by local historian Frank Salvati, “Battle of the Monongahela: British Redcoats vs. Woodland Indians.” The presentation will be held at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off of Route 209). Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Earth Fusion:” Teppich at Devine

CALLICOON, NY — “Earth Fusion,” an exhibit of works by Naomi Teppich (www.naomiteppich.com), will open at the Cafe Devine, 33 Lower Main St., on May 1. There will be an opening reception on May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the show will run to June 30.  Read more

Growing older in our community

REGION — When her 92-year-old husband became ill in the summer of 2014, she was able to manage well enough, driving him to multiple doctor visits, seeing to his comfort and tending to household chores like grocery shopping, cleaning, meal preparation and laundry.  Read more

The ‘hump and jump’

As a young fisherman I can remember the great fishing trips to the Ramapo River just outside the town of Tuxedo. The crystal-clear waters were so clean back then we would swim there in the summer and collect fresh water crawfish from the river bottom. We kids from Brooklyn considered ourselves a brave bunch, and would scale through the cliffs of the upper falls to one of our favorite fishing spots. At the end of the day we would scale the cliff back to the trail and cross the NJ Transit tracks to get back to our car. Great leaps between the rocks were just part of the adventure.  Read more

Tall Ships and Timber Rafting Contest Rules

The topic of the contest is the timber rafting/lumbering heritage of the Upper Delaware, dating from the 1760s, when timber rafts floated downstream to provide lumber for the needs of the growing nation — including many of the masts used to build the tall ships to be celebrated at Philadelphia's upcoming Tall Ships Festival, June 25-28.

1. Entries will be accepted in three categories: 12 and under, 13 to 18, and over 18.
2. Both historical fiction and well-researched non-fiction will be accepted.
3. Word limits are 500 (12 and under), 700 (13 to 18) and 1200 (over 18).  Read more

Spring sense-sations

Tuning in to the shifting of the seasons is restorative on many levels. In the Upper Delaware River region, it’s time to shake off the shackles of the snow-laden season and wake up our winter-weary senses to spring’s arrival.

It should go without saying that this can’t be accomplished from the comfort of one’s couch. Reaping the benefits of interacting with the natural world requires that we actually go outside to experience the beauty and mystery of all that is happening now.

Opportunities to re-connect are all around, including two Earth Day festivals coming up this weekend.  Read more

‘Affordable Originals’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a collection of local artists for “Affordable Originals,” an art and gift expo, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from Saturday, May 2 through Sunday, May 3. It’s timed ideally for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day shoppers. Distinctive gifts from world-class Catskills-region artists are priced from $5 to $50.  Read more

Wildflowers, warblers and plants at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located at 538 Emery Rd., has a wide variety of events planned for May.

On Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a wildflower walk with local flower expert Josie D’Alessandro as she shares identification tips and natural history of the local flowers. Bring a bottle of water and a camera for some pictures.  Read more

Paslay to headline at ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102, Monticello Casino and Raceway and the Sullivan County Visitors Association will hold ThunderBash on Saturday, May 2, “Tony Cellini Day.” Headlining the night of entertainment will be country music star and veteran song writer, Eric Paslay. Paslay’s first solo release, “Friday Night,” went to #1 in 2014. Recently featured as one of Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces of Country Music, his current single, “She Don’t Love You,” is moving up the charts.  Read more

Artists’ market opens in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market Community Center is opening in Shohola and offering art exhibits, classes and special events. Its mission is “bringing art to life in Sullivan County, NY and Pike County, PA.”  Read more

Sullivan County beverage tour

LIBERTY, NY— Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer the Sullivan County Grains to Grapes beverage tour on Saturday May 9, Mother’s Day weekend. Ticket holders will board the Rolling V coach bus at 10:45 a.m. at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. and will return by 7 p.m.  Read more

PJCA-sponsors Kahlo trip

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts (PJCA) is sponsoring a bus trip to the Frida Kahlo/Art, Garden, Life exhibit in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx on Wednesday, May 27. One of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo created colorful, often surreal paintings throughout a life filled with almost unbearable physical pain and personal anguish, recorded in numerous revealing self-portraits.  Read more

Wine tasting for the library

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will hold its eighth annual wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Wayne County Ford (971 Texas Palmyra Hwy./Rte. 6). It is a night of socializing while tasting food from local restaurants paired with a selection of three red and three white wines. This year’s pairing sponsors include The Alpine Wurst and Meat House, Camp Umpy’s Bagels & Stuff, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Fiesta on Main, Hotel Wayne and The Settler’s Inn.  Read more

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