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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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‘Scenes Along the Delaware’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will host an exhibit by renowned local artist James McGinley titled “Scenes Along the Delaware,” opening with a reception on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through July 7. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Liberty Free presents 'Shel's Shorts"

LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Free Theatre will present Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances are May 31 to June 3, June 7 to 10, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Admission for the performance is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty.  Read more

Carpenter bees: Unwanted home improvements

In May, a friend had quite a few bees flying around his barn; they appeared like bumblebees and frequently could be seen chasing each other around, occasionally meeting in a mid-air grapple. I looked around the upper part of the structure and found a few round holes about the size that a .38 caliber bullet would make. These were not bullet holes; the bees chasing each other were male carpenter bees defending their territory.  Read more

Red Molly plays Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Red Molly will perform at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge St. on Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. The female Americana trio plays roots/Americana/bluegrass music featuring three-part harmonies with banjo, Dobro and guitar. There will be two 45-minute sets.  Read more

Manescapes in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host a photography exhibit by local photographer LaVerne Black title “Manescapes” from June 3 to July 8, with an opening artist’s reception on June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The black and white photographs in Manescapes portray horses’ manes. By eliminating extraneous elements from the frame, parts become a complete image.  Read more

Charlie Lang at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will open the summer with a show featuring the work of Charlie Lang on June 1, running through July 29. The public is invited to attend the summer artist’s reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.
UpFront currently has over 30 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit, including Alyta Adams, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Alan Kaplan, Wendell M. Upchurch and Greg Zukowski.  Read more

Plein air art program opens season

MILFORD, PA — The Come Paint with Me© plein air artists’ program will celebrate the opening of its 15th season with a special event to be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers and the Grey Towers Heritage Association, program founder/coordinator Joan Polishook of Lords Valley will narrate a power-point program, “All About Plein Air Painting.” The event will include guest speakers, refreshments and souvenirs for each participating artist.  Read more

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.

In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.

Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

A theatrical double-header in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — The Little Victory Players at The Capitol Theatre in Hancock will present the New Reality Players in a double header: “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Foster Daniel Jr., and “A Hot Bowl of Chili.” The plays will be presented on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

CAS issues artists call

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its third annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists appearing throughout the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, from June 16 to July 15. All CAS member artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Ghost Detective takes an encore

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden, The Ghost Detective from the Paranormal Police Headquarters (www.paranormalpolice.com), on Monday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be Worden’s second appearance at the Hub, following a sold-out first performance that left 20 people on the waiting list.

Worden offers a unique perspective as an investigator of both the living and the dead, as a police detective in Port Jervis with over 10 years of law enforcement experience. He has been actively investigating ghosts since 2000.  Read more

Forestburgh holds pre-season gala

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Proud of Our Home: Celebrating 175 Years of the Town of Forestburgh” will be the theme of the pre-season fund raiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center, to be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature previews of the opening production of “Guys and Dolls,” as well as a few tidbits from the opening cabaret “Get Happy: The Music of Harold Arlen.”  Read more

‘Garden of Eden’ kicks off PaPA season

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA’s first exhibit for the season, “The Garden of Eden,” will have an opening reception on June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The arts and cultural center is housed in the century-old 33,000-square-foot historic Welwood Silk Mill building. The show will run through July 21.

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.
In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.
Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

Big D features watercolors by Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present an all-member show in the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. The collection will include oils, watercolors and photography as well as featuring one of its members for the month.

June will feature Livingston Manor, NY watercolor artist Caroline Harrow. Her realistic barns and still life paintings bring back memories of a simpler life. Caroline is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and her paintings are in many corporate and private collections.  Read more

June is bustin’ out all over!

Memorial Day weekend conjures up many images: backyard barbeques, flag-waving parades, garden parties and the requisite boat launches, as the lakes, rivers and ponds begin to swell with visitors swarming to the Upper Delaware valley. Many of us look forward to an extended, three-day siesta as the hammocks go up, and s’mores begin to waft through the night air.  Read more

Sullivan Dairy Court crowned

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The new Sullivan County Dairy Court was crowned on April 27. The 2012-13 court consists of four Dairy Ambassadors: Adeline Bodnaruik, Brandi Burk, Cierra Roth and Amy Sykes; and two Milk Maids; Brittney Burk and Carrie Sykes. June is Dairy Month, and June 4 is National Frozen Yogurt Day. The new court offers the following cooling recipe.

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsps. cornstarch
(12 fluid ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions  Read more

Listen to the nuns

As a college student in the mid-‘80s, I took a class on Virginia Woolf. The professor, a youthful woman with swishy, black hair and a quick humor, liked to tell us that had she been around in past ages she would have been a nun.  Read more

Rats!

In the past two weeks, one thing and another has prevented me from going trout hunting. First, doctors and dentist appointments, then an afternoon spent with Misako Ishimura, which gave Barb and me each the opportunity to say good-bye to Mark Romero by dropping a handful of his ashes into Stewart Brook. Thus, Mark’s remains were started on a slow journey down the Catskill waters that he loved. He was a long time member of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers and served for many years on their conservation committee.  Read more

Another invasive comes to the valley

As if the number of invasive plants and insects becoming established in the Upper Delaware River Valley weren’t already ample enough, a new plant is creeping into the local landscape.

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the discovery of “mile-a-minute vine” (Polygonum perfoliatum), which gets its name from the astonishing growth rate of the annual vine—up to six inches in one day and over 20 feet in one growing season.  Read more