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March 01, 2015
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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.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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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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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Slam Allen plays the blues at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Slam Allen returns to the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B with his blend of soul and blues on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m.  Read more

MiZ solos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Mike Mizwinski from MiZ performs solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mizwinski, who gives name to the band MiZ as well as his solo work, is a rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania. Known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso, his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the PA coal-mining region and its cultural heritage.  Read more

A little birdie told me

Finally, spring is in the air. Despite the somewhat frigid temps and occasional snow showers, the undeniable signs of seasonal change are everywhere. Although I’ve yet to have a sighting, friends and neighbors have been spotting robins throughout the Upper Delaware Valley and the icicles on my roof are slowly beating a retreat. Making a mental note to ignore the groundhog next year, I attempted to brush the wonder dog, whose fur coat was out of control, and threw my hands up, frustrated over the snarls and knots that had taken her hostage over the harsh winter months.  Read more

Men in tights; Trockadero dancer Philip Martin-Nielson guest teaches at The Dance Center

PORT JERVIS, NY — It’s not often that ballet students get the opportunity to be taught by a professional dancer. On Saturday, March 23, students of all ages at The Dance Center in Port Jervis got that chance.

The dancer who came to teach is as unique as they come. He is Philip Martin-Nielson, the youngest and newest member of the company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Trockadero is an all-male comedy ballet troupe that dances both the male and female roles, requiring the men to dance en pointe.  Read more

Building Talent Together

Our region is often noted as a beautiful place to experience the outdoors, a great area to sample local chefs’ creations at a quaint eatery, attend a country fair on a warm summer day, and even a superior place to raise a family. But some of our areas most valuable assets are often overlooked—and that is our workforce. Our workforce is hailed for its work ethic and dedication. Those two attributes alone though are not enough for us to jump the next hurdle and be prepared for future endeavors—whether that is in expanding our existing industry base or growing new industries in the region.  Read more

Snow bugs

There are some insects that just don’t know when to quit, it seems. On a mild day in winter, you may spot small flying insects, spiders, or even the striking Mourning Cloak butterfly. These insects are protected by antifreeze-like substances in their bodies, and it doesn’t take too much mild weather to see them emerge for a temporary hiatus from their deep winter dormancy.  Read more

Salon Series to feature Little Sparrow

NARROWSBURG, NY — Little Sparrow is the featured band at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series of concerts on Sunday, March 24. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main Street. Admission costs $10.

Little Sparrow will offer up an acoustic mix of traditional bluegrass, ’60s rock, Americana and original tunes. Band members include Carol Smith on lead vocals and guitar; Aldo Troiani on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals; Lynn Reno on fiddle and vocals; Lester Wilson on bass; and Kurt Knuth on vocals and guitar.  Read more

Photography show pays tribute to autism

HONESDALE, PA—An open house reception for a special photographic show titled “The World Through My Eyes: A Photographic Tribute to Autism” will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Hanson Gallery. The exhibit will run from April 2 to April 15.

The exhibit is a joint project of Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery to promote the positives of autism. Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis.

Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Jazz vocalist Martha Lorin at Columns

MILFORD, PA — The last of Winter Wednesdays music series at The Columns Museum will feature jazz vocalist Martha Lorin on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Open mic night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Play an instrument? Like to sing? Come on down to The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street for Open Mic Night on Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. This acoustic-style open mic is hosted by a local group, The Crackers. It is an evening for musicians and listeners alike. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

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

Poetry and prose reading this Sunday

HONESDALE, PA — “The Wonder of a Place,” a reading of poetry and prose followed by a discussion, will be held at the Sanctuary of Oils on Sunday, March 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers include Tom Lisenbee, Nancy Dymond and Mermer Blakeslee. This is a free event. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP to mayasblends@gmail.com or 570/468-7350.

Sunday Night Cinema to show ‘Kandahar’

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema will screen the film “Kandahar” at the Chamber of Commerce on March 24 at 6 p.m. The film unveils the legacy of war in Afghanistan.

The story line involves an Afghan-reared Canadian journalist who slips into her native land to save her sister, left behind when the family escaped. Her sister plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium. The movie reflects the journey of the aspiring savior. The film presents the viewer with a compelling picture of life for the people of Afghanistan in 1999.  Read more

The Great Party at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, March 29, the 2013 “Concert in the Coop” series at The Cooperage will kick off with the band The Great Party. Their show, which has all kinds of American and British pop influences, starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.

“Concerts in the Coop” is a monthly concert series at The Cooperage. Arranged by John Kascht, this series features an eclectic range of music. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Watercolors on display at Inn at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the watercolors of member Bob Lee in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of April.  Read more

Poets to read from published work

HANCOCK, NY— A group of poets will celebrate the publication of “Creations,” a new book of poetry and printed etchings, by holding a reading on Saturday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alma Yoga, 67 Pennsylvania Ave. Poets include Belle Gironda, Laura E.J. Moran, Lori Anderson Moseman, Debora Poe, Katie Yates and Lisa Wujnovich. The etchings in “Creations” are by Sheila Glolborotko. The event is free. Books will be available for purchase. Contact goloborotko@yahoo.com or call 607/637-4444.

It isn’t easy being green

Actually, it wasn’t easy avoiding being green last week, so I gave in fairly quickly and got my Irish on, along with the rest of the Upper Delaware River Valley. On Friday, I decided to make my way to Hancock, NY and get a sneak peek at the new dance hall—My Shady Lady, which was hosting a private party.  Read more

A day when everyone is Irish

An estimated 12% of Americans can trace their ancestry to Ireland. But on St. Patrick’s Day, countless honorary Irishmen and women don their green apparel and go out to celebrate the holiday of Ireland’s patron saint.

The first parade believed to have been held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place in 1762 in the United States when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world (www.history.com).  Read more

Spring is here

I walked out to find the spring and found it in the radiant pussy willows growing at the road edges of our old farm, tangled in the hedgerow of last year’s multiflora roses and grape vine. Spring is in the snow drops budded at my front door and in the nervous sunlight. The seasons engage in a tussle of one-upmanship that brings new snow one day and thaw the next. And so, although we don’t see it in green yet, spring is here. Winter is left to lick its wounds in the exultant mud.  Read more

Suspension of disbelief

The first time I saw a reenactment was a battle scene at Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg. I was five or six, and I remember it pretty fondly—the men in costumes charging up the hill toward the fort, smoke billowing out through the muzzles of old cannons and gradually a growing sea of bodies motionless on the ground.  Read more

The cost of freedom, now in easy monthly payments

(A scene from the near future...)

“Hello?”

“Hello, is this Mrs. Joanne Commoner?”

“Yes, this is Joanne.”

“Good afternoon, Mrs. Commoner, this is Staff Sgt. Mark Striker with the U.S. Army, 14th Fundraiser Battalion. How are you this afternoon?”

“Good afternoon, Sergeant! Thank you for your service!”

“At ease, Mrs. Commoner. You may be seated. And thank you for your kind words. By the way, Mrs. Commoner, I am required to inform you this conversation may be monitored or recorded for quality control purposes.”  Read more

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