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HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Widely known as a “community treasure,” NACL Theatre is having its 15-year anniversary this year. The local theatre has grown over the years and is known for its avant-garde and stimulating works, as well as its summer artist residency retreat, and a gang of stilt walkers who pop up at community festivals everywhere.

Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Rosa let go of her mamma’s hand and ran for the rail of the ship. It was a beautiful crisp day; big fluffy white clouds floated over the harbor. The pigtails of her long brown hair swung back and...

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I’ve been on the planet for a while, and my first taste of a magical mystery tour was in 1967, courtesy of four young men known as The Beatles. Up until then, John, Paul, George and Ringo could do...

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Since May 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been accepting public comments on three regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and...

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Out, loud and proud

Forty-four years ago this week, I woke up, went downstairs and overheard my parents discussing the news. My folks subscribed to two papers, The Sun Bulletin and The Evening Press, both published in my home town of Binghamton, NY. Keeping abreast of local and national news was important in our household. My sister and I were well read, and education was considered not only important, but also mandatory.  Read more

Sightseeing on the Delaware; May the Fort be with you!

For years now, I’ve driven past it, making a mental note to stop by “sometime” and check it out—the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History. I have a keen interest in the rich historical significance of the early settlers’ lives here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, but until a few weeks ago, hadn’t pulled into the lot.  Read more

They’re baaaaaaack

School’s out for the summer, and it starts to show on the Port Jervis train around early June, when the college kids return. Early July, the trains are carrying families up for a summer visit with Grandma and Grandpa, some for weekend stays, others for longer “parent mental health” days.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s “Joseph” is a dream of biblical proportions

The Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) knows its way around a musical and the theatre’s sparkling production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” illustrates the point nicely. It doesn’t hurt to have a hummable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with a fast-paced book, i.e. the script, and clever, clever lyrics by Tim Rice, the dynamic duo behind “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  Read more

Snapping turtles

As their name indicates, snapping turtles can inflict a powerful bite if threatened. But that’s no reason to fear or harm these impressive reptiles. Enjoy them at a safe distance and thrill to their fascinating physique.

As the largest turtle species in the Upper Delaware River region, “snappers” are can reach a shell length of 12 inches and typically range between 15 to 45 pounds. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, an exceptional snapper found in Wayne County, PA in 2006 weighed in at over 60 pounds.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Eldred

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour: Stand-Up Comedy at Henning’s Local, the new restaurant at The Eldred Preserve, will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 9 p.m. “The Tonight Show’s” Jessica Kirson headlines.

MC/host is Rich Kiamco of The Howard Stern Show, BRAVO, WE-TV. Also appearing are Katherine Williams and Steve Leventhal. Come by earlier for a locally sourced meal before the show. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 online, and $25 at the venue. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/399009 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.TheLaughTour.com.

Car show set for Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — Over 100 vehicles will be displayed at The Equinunk Historical Society’s 14th annual car show on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pine Mill Road. Visit www.equinunkhistory.org for more information. Car show committee members Charlie Bennett, Barbara Gogan and Carol Ann MacMaster are pictured here with Josh Galloway from Lookout and his unique creation, constructed from the ground up starting with a frame he built himself.

Historical society holds fundraising variety show

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will hold a fundraising event, “First Annual Hysterical Society Variety Show,” on Friday, June 21, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Cooperage. Emcee Bob Mermell will present an evening of entertainment by local talent, while the audience enjoys an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, including coffee, tea and water.

Performers include comedians Roger Hunt, Jeff Hiller and Lars Hanson; Ramona Jan and her Marionettes, Bob Friedhoffer and his Scientific Magic and the Crackers.  Read more

Gay Pride Weekend has two events

REGION — This weekend is the 2013 Gay Pride weekend in the Catskills. The Gay Pride Dance is on Friday, June 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY. $10 suggested donation. Day to Be Gay Festival will be held Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Hills Country Inn in Callicoon Center. There will be food vendors or bring your own picnic, as well as a dog of the day contest, craft and art vendors, a pie baking contest, music by DJ Mike, entertainment and special guests. $15 suggested donation.  Read more

Soul-stirring sounds in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Singer/songwriter Aimee Bayles returns to Hawley to perform in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Eva Cassidy, this singer-songwriter captures a sound influenced by her southern roots, easy jazz and folk-like story telling.

Reserve a seat at www.silkmillharmony.com. Tickets cost $16 in advance online, $20 at the door. Email jill@silkmillharmony.com or call 570/588-8077. Harmony Presents is sponsored by Gold Bold Media Group.

NACL presents “Wormholes”

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents the play “DDT, Wormholes or A Hypothetical Topological Feature of {19th century} Space/Time” on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

Inspired by quantum physics, insect mating rituals, texting emoticons, George Eliot’s Victorian novel “Middlemarch” and a growing sense of disconnect, this piece explores the question: what happens when we lose the ability to communicate? The audience is a critical part of the play’s unfolding; the characters cannot go beyond the introductory scene unless the audience actively engages change from one portal to another.  Read more

‘Women Who Rock’ to rock the park

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s summer concert series, Music in the Park, continues on Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., focusing on “women who rock.” Performers include Sabrina Reitman, known professionally as Abri.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, June 22, there will be a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Contra dance is a form of traditional American set dancing with long lines of couples facing each other. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with the other couples in their line. The steps themselves, which are simple and easy to learn, are similar to those used in traditional square dances. A caller first teaches the figures to be done in each dance, and then ‘calls’ the dance as the music is played by live musicians.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of bluegrass and folk

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum present an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Kevin and Sue Egge, with guest musician Pete Carr on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Admission is $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

‘Four Score and Seven’ at the Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Theater will present a fully staged production of a new play by John Klemeyer, “Four Score and Seven,” this June. Performances dates are Friday, June 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. and June 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 each at the door.  Read more

Bill Sipos to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

MONTICELLO, NY — Bill Sipos, owner of Mr. Willy’s Restaurant, will be the subject of a roast to be held at his dining establishment on Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

Sipos will be the recipient of Recovery Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his years of service and commitment to improving the lives of Sullivan County’s youth. To date, Bill Sipos continues to work diligently on the boards for CASA and Community Unity.  Read more

Salon show at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — This year’s annual group show and sale of original art work by the Hemlock Farms artists and their friends is “Salon d’arte” and runs from July 2 to August 29 in the Gallery at Chant Realtors. Some 20 area artists will be represented. This group exhibition has two- and three-dimensional works on paper, canvas, fabric and ceramic.  Read more

‘Different Frameworks’ offered by three artists

BETHEL, NY — The exhibit “Different Frameworks” will open on Friday, June 21 at the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring the photographs of Michael Bloom and Shane Cashman and the paintings of Louis Pontone.  Read more

Curtain calls, concerts and cowgirls

Although summer officially begins this week, June has been bustin’ out all over the Upper Delaware Valley, and I have hit the ground running, with the wonder dog in tow. For me, summertime means many things—among them is the curtain going up at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), which happened last Tuesday with the debut of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” It’s difficult to not conjure up images of the classic 1968 film, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, or the equally memorable television show with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the starring roles, and the stage play is still funny.  Read more

Behind the Green Door: Meet the Ohisos

As new media continues to evolve into the digital age, Akira and Ellie Ohiso, publishers of Green Door: A Journal of Responsible Living in the Catskills & Hudson Valley, made a decision to strike out in a new direction with their careers. Transitioning from weekends in the country to making the Catskills their home, the Ohisos took a gamble and began a glossy magazine venture that has led them on a surprising and spiritual journey of discovery. Reconnecting with family and community is just the tip of the iceberg for what this entrepreneurial couple has accomplished along the way.  Read more

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