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September 02, 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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Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant brings show to NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY —A group of theatrical performers who call themselves Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant will present the play, “Irina’s Name Day Party,” at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. For this performance, NACL’s theatre space will be transformed into a banquet hall and guests will be served food and drink.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant is devoted to the ongoing celebration of the work of Conni Convergence, the beloved (and fictional) icon of stage and screen.  Read more

Sunday Night Cinema at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —The Wayne County Arts Alliance Sunday Night Cinema series will feature a Monty-Python-styled comedy this week on Sunday, October 7 beginning at 8:15 p.m. In “Erik the Viking,” an unusually principled young Viking becomes increasingly uncomfortable with all the killing and plundering that goes with his job, and he sets out on a magical journey to bring about world peace.  Read more

Lakeside Players to present thriller ‘Scandal Point’

LAKEVILLE, PA — A scheming Southern belle, a crooked lawyer, a jilted husband, a shrewd police detective and a poisonous snake all take center stage in “Scandal Point,” The Lakeside Players’ fall production. The play is set for October 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and October 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590.

“Scandal Point,” written by John Patrick, stars Kelly Ann Walsh as Joy Desmond, David J. Spitzer as Bruno Capra, Tony Schwartz as Dr. Kerwin Desmond and Frank DeSando as Detective Quinn. Roxan Schwartz is directing.  Read more

Filmmaking workshop for youth

NARROWSBURG, NY — Icehouse Arts filmmaking workshops for kids will be held the weekend of October 13 and 14. Students will write, direct, act, shoot and edit their own collaborative short film. The two-day workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. The program is recommended for ages 12 and up. The cost is $45.  Read more

Stinkhorn: a fly’s delight

The stinkhorn mushroom, aptly named for its offensive fragrance and stalklike form, is a member of a family of fungi known as Phallaceae. Stinkhorns are characterized by very unpleasant-smelling sticky spore masses that occur on the end of a stalk called the receptaculum.

Likened to the odor of carrion or dung, the spore mass attracts flies and other insects. While feeding on the slime, the insects’ feet become coated with the spore-laden substance that they then transport to other locations, allowing the stinkhorns to grow elsewhere.  Read more

A Bamboo ferrule?

The annual gathering of the world’s bamboo rod makers has come and gone. In my last column, I wrote that I had no intention of buying yet another bamboo fly rod. Despite having the opportunity to cast several fine rods from various rod builders, I did not weaken. There is no new slender silver tube residing in the rod rack built for me by Tom Brown.  Read more

A Bamboo ferrule?

The annual gathering of the world’s bamboo rod makers has come and gone. In my last column, I wrote that I had no intention of buying yet another bamboo fly rod. Despite having the opportunity to cast several fine rods from various rod builders, I did not weaken. There is no new slender silver tube residing in the rod rack built for me by Tom Brown.  Read more

The social network

As some of you may know, the past few weeks (maybe even months) have been a journey... traveling down the long and winding road of life-altering changes, paying attention to the passage of time, sometimes glancing back from whence I came, while considering what lays ahead, all the while attempting to be in the moment. Sighing, more than breathing, has been the norm as of late, but like a good ice cream cone, sighing comes in all flavors and I’ve sampled several over the last week.  Read more

Embracing community

Today’s world is fast-paced, highly competitive and, some would say, “ethica`lly challenged.” Current mores put profit above principle and often place greater emphasis upon what we do for ourselves than what we do for each other. The political climate is troubling, as well. Our government has been brought to a near standstill by the unyielding adherence by politicians on both sides of the ideological spectrum to extreme and intractable positions. Rigid party allegiance and intransigence have eclipsed a sense of common purpose and have all but eliminated the possibility of civil discourse.  Read more

Farmers’ market potluck and locavore challenge

CALLICOON, NY — Farmers’ market and locavore supporters will gather on Sunday, September 30, 3 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park to share food and conversation.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that incorporates at least one ingredient sold by any of the vendors. Attendees should also bring a plate, utensils, napkin, cup, beverage of choice and a blanket or lawn chair.

There is no cost to participate and all are welcome to attend. For updates, follow the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scfma or call 845/292-6180, ext. 115.  Read more

Statewide potluck celebrates local foods

YOUNGSVILLE, NY —A local business, Domesticities and The Cutting Garden, will host a local potluck this Sunday, joining countless others statewide for a “Potluck Across New York.” This event is part of NOFA-NY’s Locavore Challenge and will be held September 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 4055 State Route 52. A locavore is a person who eats foods grown locally, and so potluck participants are asked to bring a favorite dish made with local ingredients. They are also asked to bring their own eating utensils and a beverage.  Read more

Learn where your food comes from at Family Farm Day

HAWLEY, PA — Get an up-close view of some of the farm animals that help to produce fresh, local food during Mill Market’s Family Farm Day on September 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The event is free and open to the public.

Mill Market is a one-stop source for local food and goods made within 200 miles of the Lake Wallenpaupack region. The market fosters sustainability and a thriving local economy through its support of keeping locally spent dollars “local.”  Read more

Food matters

Consumers and farmers share common ground  Read more

Victoria and the boa

The woman was strange looking, almost cartoonish. She stood a few feet in front of me with an oversized shopping cart, her daughter in a matching purple sweat suit by her side. The line to the register had been overwhelming at the Astor Place K-mart electronics department. It stretched 20 people long, the end reaching into the men’s underwear aisle.

In my hands was my single purchase, a 10-pack of DVD covers to package and send off my editing reel. The woman’s shopping cart was full.  Read more

Reading with author Nina Burleigh at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. She will read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the Black Blanket,” and will answer questions about her writing.

Burleigh also will talk about the six weeks she spent in the Middle East this year, working a short book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring, and share her observations on women, religion and politics in this region.  Read more

Exhibit honors treasured local artist

MILFORD, PA — Now through October 8, the ARTery Gallery in Milford is featuring the works of its longtime member Harriet Cotterill and will hold a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Now age 94, Harriet Cotterill moved to Milford in the 1930s at age 15. Themes of community and strong family lie at the heart of many of her works. Over the years, she has worked in charcoal, pastels, oils, silk screening, etching, watercolors and block printing, returning in recent years to her love of charcoal and pastels.  Read more

Villa Roma haunted hotel

CALLICOON, NY — The Villa Roma Resort will be transformed into a haunted hotel Fridays and Saturdays starting September 28 and running until October 27. The haunted hotel is presented by Villa Roma and Imaginart Studios featuring work of the creators of Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion. Check in at the Lifeless Lobby, get a ghoulish welcome at the Deadly Front Desk, take a ride in the HELLavator, walk the haunted hallways, experience the guest crypts, enjoy a devilish cocktail at the World’s End Lounge or have a slimy snack in the Main Dying Room. Games, snacks and drinks will be available.  Read more

Tri-State Film Festival announces panels to “Illuminate & Inspire”

MATAMORAS, PA — The Tri-State Film Festival debuts at the Majestic Cinemas 7 on September 28 to 29. Friday and Saturday are packed with films, panels, special guests and events. The lineup of films and documentaries includes films new to the theaters as well as classic favorites. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about a film, a movement, an issue or a way of life. Three panel discussions are scheduled to enhance the viewer’s experience of films and documentaries to be screened Saturday, September 29.  Read more

Plein air art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The 2012 Plein Air Art Show opens on Monday, October 1 at the Gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley. Featured artists are those who participated in “Come Paint with Me,” a free program that encourages area artists of all levels of expertise to paint in the outdoors. This is the 15th year for the program. During this season’s 21 sessions, more than 50 artists participated, and this show is a celebration of the art they produced at many of the sites they visited this year.  Read more

4th annual poetry festival at the Liberty Museum

LIBERTY, NY — The 4th Annual Local Poetry Festival will be held Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m., at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Hosted by Walter Keller, the poet laureate of the village of Liberty, the festival will feature a broad spectrum of local talent and poets from across the region. The poets will read their own poems and discuss their work with the public.

Poems of a variety of styles and genres will be presented, from the light and humorous to dark and melancholy as well as experimental verse sure to challenge the listener.  Read more