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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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Open Electric Jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The first Open Electric Jam of 2013 will be held at The Cooperage on Wednesday, April 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Tom Seig. Bring your instruments and your voices. Come early to sign up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. Snacks will be available for purchase. This is a donation-based event, and contributions are appreciated. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Roscoe’s annual Two Headed Trout Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The Two Headed Trout Dinner will be held at the Rockland House on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a six-course meal that also has door prizes, raffles and silent auctions. Tickets cost $45 per person (includes Kiwanis breakfast the following morning). Call 607/498-4139 to reserve your ticket.

Music series presents violin and piano duo

BETHEL, NY — “Sundays With Friends” begins with a performance by Jennifer Koh on violin and Benjamin Hochman on piano on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Admission includes post-concert “Meet the Musicians.”

Sundays with Friends, the Bethel Woods Chamber Music Series, is spearheaded by Zarin Mehta. It features five recital and small ensemble performances presented by curator Eileen Moon, associate principal cello of the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets cost $42.50 in advance; $15 for students. Visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org.

LibertoTrio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m., The Cooperage Project will present an evening of jazz with the LibertoTrio at The Cooperage. This quartet features Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

Bringing together the collective musical experiences of its members, the group creates a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories. It draws inspiration from jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, A.C. Jobim, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk.  Read more

Coryell plays the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Murali Coryell (www.muralicoryell.com), son of the legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, will perform solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon (www.dancingcatsaloon.com) on Saturday, April 6 starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

You’ve come a long way, baby

Preconceived notions are a funny thing—rarely true and often misleading. So, I was not prepared for the reality of how beauty pageants have actually changed over the years. Since Easter and Passover were taking center stage, my schedule was not as full as usual, so I took advantage of the opportunity to immerse myself in the Sullivan County Pageant held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend.  Read more

‘Iron Maidens’ come to Honesdale

STARLIGHT, PA — Linda Lovstad and her French horn have traveled the world together, performing in symphony and opera orchestras, bands, wind and brass quartets and even Broadway pit ensembles. Now, as one of the “Iron Maidens,” the female French horn players of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra (NTSO), she will perform this Saturday, April 6 at the Honesdale High School auditorium, not so far from her weekend and future retirement home in Starlight in northern Wayne County.  Read more

High school student art at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and Sullivan County BOCES will host an opening reception for the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show on Saturday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition will run until Sunday, May 5 at the CAS Arts Center.  Read more

A new muse

Medical terminology is my new muse. It’s almost poetic. “Mass, mobile and firm” was the caption on one of the snapshots my doctor handed me of my recent endoscopy, while I was still woozy from the Propofol (reportedly Michael Jackson’s drug of choice).  Read more

Landscape legacy

Across America, growing numbers of people are becoming aware of the costs and impacts associated with meeting our country’s energy needs through continuing dependence on fossil fuels. In Pennsylvania, we need look no farther than the anthracite coal region of Northeast Pennsylvania to see evidence of the lasting legacy of coal extraction.  Read more

‘I shot an arrow into the air….’

The unexpected results of writing this column continue to surprise me. People sometimes approach me at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market to praise or reproach me for words I have written. Sometimes the phone will suddenly ring. Once, it was a lady who said she had been a long time friend of John McDonald, the author of the book “Quill Gordon.” She wanted to thank me about something I had written regarding McDonald. I just never know what reaction a given column will produce.  Read more

Seeking Sustainability

It’s a wonderful privilege to be invited to take up the mantle of the inimitable Marcia Nehemiah and to write about sustainability for the readers of The River Reporter. I hope to bring you useful information and to inspire you with the positive, practical and visionary work being done in Sullivan County and around the world as we address the intertwined challenges of climate change, environmental responsibility and sustainable economic development.  Read more

Back on my feet

It’s early when I leave the house. The air is crisp and the sun is shining brightly. I hit the platform right as the subway roars into the station and it feels like it’s going to be a really good day. I stop off at my favorite coffee cart, and as I wait for my order I am struck by the fact that we are coming to the end of jacket weather. Central Park in the distance promises jacket-less lunches on the grass in the near future.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival has started its search for volunteers to help with the 14th annual film festival, which will be held on October 18 through 20 this year. Available volunteer positions include a fundraiser coordinator’s assistant, a grant writer, a film salon assistant and a programming assistant.  Read more

‘Anything Goes’ at the WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — Under the theme of “Anything Goes,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present a wide range of eclectic and imaginative works of art by WAA members in April, beginning on April 6 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The alliance’s gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St. and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Liberto Trio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Liberto Trio will perform in concert on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage. Featuring a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories, the group includes Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Donations will be collected at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Observe a painter at work

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts announces the first “First Sunday Art Demonstration” of the season with Cynthia Harris-Pagano painting a still life in oil on Sunday, April 7 at the Milford Borough Hall at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to learn about the process and techniques of making art, and to meet Harris-Pagano. There will be refreshments.

Harris-Pagano’s North Light Studio is located in Otisville, NY. Visit www.pikecountyartsandcrafts.org.

Learn to play the fife

PORT JERVIS, NY — A series of eight music classes for beginners on “How to Play the Fife” begins on Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library. The class will be taught by Patti Gessner, a music instructor who frequently plays the fife with the Broome Street Fife and Drum Corps. The class, open to ages 12 to 80, will combine a combination of classroom instruction and a bit of field marching. Training fifes will be provided for the class. The fee is $16 for the entire course. Class dates are April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Read more

Harmony Presents Jeanne Jolly

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents country singer Jeanne Jolly at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Jolly blends Nashville roots with rock, jazz and a bit of classical and is the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Her voice shifts between belting Americana and lilting golden croons. Classically trained, Jolly demonstrates her diversity on several tracks of her new album “Angel.”  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber black tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will host a 1920s-themed black tie event, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 6 at Monticello Casino & Raceway from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Read more

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