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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www....

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As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking...

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Ducks set to race for Jems

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer group, will hold its sixth annual Duck Race on Jeff Fest Day, Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m. in Callicoon Creek. A total of 1,329 yellow, blue, and pink ducks will be swimming from the Millpond to the Schadt Memorial Bridge with junior JEMS acting as duck herders, following them to the finish line. The brightly colored plastic ducks will bob down the whitewater course in between boulders and rocks, finishing the race in approximately nine minutes.  Read more

A pivotal moment in environmental history

MILFORD, PA — There will be a reading of Stephen Most’s play “Forces of Nature” at Grey Towers National Historic Landmark on Saturday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m. It portrays the great debate about a pivotal moment in America’s conservation history: Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir had the mighty task of deciding which lands to preserve, untouched, for future generations, and which lands to conserve, to use sustainably, to benefit all the people of America into the future.  Read more

Margolis Brown Adaptors step it up at NACL

Kari Margolis and Tony Brown are busy folks. As co-artistic directors of an international touring company based in Highland Lake, NY, the pair has presented theatrical events here in the Upper Delaware valley in the past, but never on such a grand scale as they plan this weekend in their production at the NACL Theatre, “Pulling String.” Margolis and Brown have mounted some of their original productions in a variety of exotic locales, including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Singapore and Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Eric & Andy

Did they really camp it up?” a friend asked when I returned from a nephew’s wedding. “Well, no” I said. “They’re the straightest gay couple I know.” Not that it wasn’t a fun wedding—it was. The reception was held in an artist cooperative near Rochester, where the artists also serve as staff for events that foot the bill for studio space. Their artwork is everywhere. There is a whole room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, but she was not the mascot for Eric and Andy’s wedding.  Read more

Eric & Andy

Did they really camp it up?” a friend asked when I returned from a nephew’s wedding. “Well, no” I said. “They’re the straightest gay couple I know.” Not that it wasn’t a fun wedding—it was. The reception was held in an artist cooperative near Rochester, where the artists also serve as staff for events that foot the bill for studio space. Their artwork is everywhere. There is a whole room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, but she was not the mascot for Eric and Andy’s wedding.  Read more

PA governor greeted with gatherings

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett completed a two-day kayak tour on the Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties last week. Among his entourage were PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allen and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer.  Read more

10-year anniversary

As of last Sunday, I’ve lived in New York City for 10 years; that’s almost exactly one third of my lifetime.

I knew it basically to the day. I knew it because the kids and parents were lined up around Rubin Hall on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street last Sunday for NYU’s move-in day. That was me 10 years ago; literally, I stood in that line.  Read more

Just a weekend in the country

When Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for “A Little Night Music” back in 1973, it’s unlikely that he was thinking about my weekend, or, for that matter, this part of the country. Even mid-week, I was whistling a happy tune, though—blissfully unaware that the Stone Temple Pilots (STP) and I don’t really agree on what a little night music is.  Read more

Varden conservation day

GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a conservation day held at the Varden Conservation Area at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

There will be food provided by the Boy Scouts and activities for all ages, including a birds of prey demonstration, fiddle music, fishing contest for kids under 16 and guided trails. Visit www.vardencon servationarea.com or call Promised Land State Park at 570/676-3428.

Help out with the Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sponsors and volunteers are currently being solicited for the first Big Eddy Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. A venue for new independent films, the event, produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in collaboration with the newly formed Catskill Film Commission, will be held at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.  Read more

St. Paul’s sponsors ‘Jonah’ bus trip

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see the biblical musical “Jonah” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, (Lancaster County) PA, on Wednesday, October 24. The tickets cost $110 for adults, $95 for teens (12 to 18) and $75 for children (three to 12). The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market where you can buy lunch or eat your own brown-bag lunch, the 1 p.m. show and a smorgasbord dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Read more

St. Paul’s sponsors ‘Jonah’ bus trip

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see the biblical musical “Jonah” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, (Lancaster County) PA, on Wednesday, October 24. The tickets cost $110 for adults, $95 for teens (12 to 18) and $75 for children (three to 12). The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market where you can buy lunch or eat your own brown-bag lunch, the 1 p.m. show and a smorgasbord dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Read more

Fall Harvest Festival at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Celebrate autumn the traditional way at the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature seasonal exhibits and old-time activities including candle making, arts and crafts and food preservation.

The event will also include hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, beverages and a live animal presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pre-registration is not required. Admission costs $5 per car.  Read more

Campo Doro Institute performs recital

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project and the Campo Doro Vocal Institute invite you to the Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on September 3, at 2:30 p.m. for an eclectic afternoon of diverse vocal music ranging from jazz to opera, traditional musical theatre to great American song.  Read more

Swing in to Labor Day at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will lead into Labor Day with a special evening of poetry and jazz on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Poet Barry Wallenstein will read from his recent collection of selected and new poems, “Drastic Dislocations,” and jazz guitarist and composer Steve Carlin will play and accompany Wallenstein in a performance of their celebrated collaborations of poetry and jazz. They will be joined by special guests bassist Tony DeCicco and saxophonist Larry Ravdin.  Read more

The Laugh Tour

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson will headline The Laugh Tour at the Nutshell on September 1. The evening will also feature Chris Distefano, Erika Wasser and emcee Rich Kiamco. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Drinks and food will be available.

Online tickets will be available until 12 noon the day of show at www.brownpap ertickets.com/event/269605. Tickets cost $15 online, $20 at the door (no drink minimum). Visit www.TheLaughTour.com.

Labor Day Parade in DeBruce

DEBRUCE, NY — “Cars, Crafts & Country” are coming to the DeBruce Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 3. For the third year in a row, the festivities will benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library.

The gathering begins at 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats, The MountainTones Marching Band, Farmer Jim and His Clan, the antique “Parksville” fire truck and over 50 antique cars. The party will include entertainment by Lorena the Flamenco Dancer, Rainbow Fire Hoops, Kelly Curtis Juggling & Face Painting and Balloon Art by the Balloon-a-tic.  Read more

Tastes of Wayne alights at the Ledges

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Tastes of Wayne-First Wednesdays program will travel to the Glass Wine Bar & Bistro at Ledges Hotel on Wednesday, September 5. For every meal served at the restaurant, a donation will be made to the Wayne County Historical Society. Plan your choices of wine and small plates by looking at Glass’s menu on their website, www.ledgeshotel.com/glasswine.htm.

New art exhibition

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Framing the Landscape,” a three-person exhibition featuring photographs from Gregory T. Davis and Chip Forelli and oil paintings by Kit Sailer, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., running September 1 to October 7.  Read more

Neversink Farm barn dinner

CLARYVILLE, NY — A dinner will be served at Neversink Farm, a small-scale organic vegetable and flower farm in the Catskills, on Saturday September 1. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m.  Read more