About this time during the winter, many people yearn for spring; it’s cold, the holidays have passed, and trout and spring gobbler seasons are many weeks away. Fortunately, there is an event coming up real soon that the whole family can participate in, and in doing so, can also provide scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of which birds are where. The event is the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. glass manufacturers will hold special events on Saturday, February 11, March 10 and April 21, with special glass blowing demonstrations and factory tours featuring guest glass artists Al Hough and friends. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gillinder Glass Factory at 39 Erie St.
Tour rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Groups of 20 or more should call for group rates and reservations. Weekday production demonstrations and factory tours feature pressed glass at 10:15, 1:30 and 2:30, at the same tour rates. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board will present Wurtsboro Winterfest 2012 on Saturday, February 11 starting at 11 a.m. There will be an ice carving contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its show “Love is Everything,” and the Crystal Connection will offer psychic/intuitive readings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Dr. Bill, the Wizard. The fee of $5 per reading will be given to charity. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and the Columns Museum will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Sunday, February 12, with a luncheon in his honor. The Columns Museum is home to the Lincoln Flag, which adorned the Presidential box at Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, and is stained with his blood. The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes a serving of the society’s director’s Chicken and Stars soup, assorted sandwiches and, of course, a slice of birthday cake. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There will be a free screening of “Rumblestrips,” a film that has not yet been released, in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Directed by and featuring John Adams, “Rumblestrips” stars Toby Poser (Adams), who has appeared on stage, screen and on television, and the Adams’ daughters LuLu and Zelda. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A screening of “Inside Job” will be presented by MoveOnSullivanNY on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film examines the inner workings and questionable practices of the banking industry, which precipitated the disastrous housing crisis of 2008. Millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and in Sullivan County alone, 7.7% of all mortgages have failed. This film attempts to look at what happened, and why, and who is responsible. Visit moveonsullivanny.wordpress.com.
BETHEL, NY — Tickets for two of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ most iconic performances are now on sale: the New York Philharmonic concert, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 7 featuring soloist Tracy Dahl; and the NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III, on Saturday, July 14. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone at 800/745-3000.
Dahl will perform selections by Gershwin and Bernstein. Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Philharmonic in a performance that will also include pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” Read more
With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see. Read more
So, Verotchka, how was Russia?
“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”
“Russia was maddening!”
After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child Read more
That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.” Read more
I have a terrarium of moss and ferns that we planted in a glass domed cake plate—the type of plate you see upon a diner counter with a carrot cake inside. My terrarium sits in the middle of my kitchen table like a green island of spring. I like to lift the lid off the pedestal and breathe in its moist, pungent woodland smell. It is a world unto itself. We planted it so as to have some green in the winter months, but without the contrast of winter whiteness it doesn’t have quite the same effect. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will present the Fourth annual Great Sullivan Foodraiser, a musicians’ gathering that takes place at venues around the county, on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5. The event benefits the Federation for the Homeless and 15 local food pantries. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — There will be a farm market tour and cooking demonstration by NaturalContents.com at the Callicoon indoor farmers’ market on Sunday, February 5 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.. The farmers' market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cooking demo starts at 12 noon. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central School Department of Music will host the 16th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. The festival will feature high school and middle school jazz ensembles from Liberty and Monticello. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon clinic (beginning at 3 p.m.) with a renowned jazz artist and educator, said festival co-chairman and director of music Gary Siegel. Read more
LORDS VALLEY, PA — “Two Quills,” shown here, will be one of the works at a new show opening at The Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley, “Experiential Expressions,” featuring the collected works of artist Ka-Son Reeves. Meet the award-winning artist at the wine and cheese opening reception on Saturday, February 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 631 Rte 739. Call 570/775-7337.
BETHANY, PA — Parents and children are invited to the Bethany Public Library on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. to snuggle in with their favorite blanket and wear their pajamas while watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and juice. Suggested age for children is two to six years old (accompanied by an adult). Donations are appreciated. Reservations are required. Call 570/253-4349 or stop by the Bethany Public Library.