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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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Laughs at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Starting on May 26, the Laugh Tour will bring a show a month to The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, with comedians from shows like The Tonight Show and Letterman. The headliner for the first show will be Kevin Meaney, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Letterman, HBO, Regis, Oprah and Conan O’Brien. Also featured will be Leah Bonnema, who has been featured in The New York Times and Daily News and named one of HuffPost’s 50 Funniest Women. All the events will be hosted by Rich Kamco of The Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

‘Rumblestrips’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “Rumblestrips,” a movie directed and written by John Adams and Toby Poser of Roscoe, will be screened at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The film is a fictional narrative about a foolish but well-meaning mother whose life has drifted off center, and who is led back between the lines by the unwavering devotion of her two young daughters. Broke and emotionally blistered after the death of her husband, Toby has turned to a beloved pastime, growing marijuana, to provide for her family.  Read more

Ice Works in summer

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Natural Ice Harvesting Museum will open on Friday, May 25.

Sculpted Ice Works manufactures ice carving blocks and transforms them into ice sculptures of all sizes. Mark Crouthamel, master carver and founder of Sculpted Ice Works in 1999, has spent several years developing a factory tour of the ice plant and a museum of the history of naturally harvested ice.  Read more

Tour alpaca farms

CALLICOON, NY — Farmstock, a summer-long series of tours of working farms in Sullivan County, starts out on Memorial Day weekend at two alpaca farms in Callicoon. Rosehaven Alpacas (www.rosehavenalpacas.com), at 540 County Road 164, will host tours at 12:30 and 2 p.m. The farm store will be open, there will be a spinning demonstration and craft corner for kids, and a name the cria contest. Call 914/953-2506 or 845/887-6801.

Nature’s Reserve Alpacas (www.naturesreservealpacas.com) at 408 River Rd. will offer tours and spinning demonstrations. Call 845/887-2012.  Read more

Roscoe Farmers Market opens

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Farmers Market is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The market features locally grown produce, baked goods, homemade jams, jellies and fudge, aged cheese, wines, fresh homemade pasta and organic gourmet doggie treats, among other items. You can also find flower baskets, shrubs, herbs, perennials and annuals.

Kindred Spirits opens season with Amram

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits will open its 2012 season of seven musical events on Saturday, June 2 with a screening of the film “Pull My Daisy,” with special guests David Amram and Janet Hamill. There will be a post-show discussion, poetry reading, and performance with Amram (www.davidamram.com) and accompanying artists. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.  Read more

Liberty holds first Soapbox Derby

LIBERTY, NY — The first annual Sullivan Soapbox Derby will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. on North Main Street, between Charles and Columbia streets.  Read more

Plant Swap & Bake Sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group’s (NBG) annual Plant Swap & Bake Sale will be held at the Mews on Narrowsburg’s Main Street, between Coffee Creations and Gerard’s River Grill, on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you have more plants than you need, bring them along and swap them for someone else’s extras. If you’d like more plants for your own garden but don’t have anything to swap, make a monetary donation to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group.  Read more

Friday night summer salad

Last Friday, some friends and I got together at Mel’s house and all cooked a meal. Everyone prepared a different dish. My friend Josh came up with the idea as a way for all of us to hang out and also because he wants to learn more about cooking. I was excited to see everyone and a little nervous about the cooking.  Read more

No jacket required

I’ve never considered myself shallow, much less a clothes horse, but this past weekend, all illusions were shattered. Once again, the events schedule overflowed throughout the region, and with Memorial Day upon us, Dharma (the wonder dog) and I are busier than ever. Now that my “living stuffed animal” has eclipsed any delusion that I might have had regarding personal popularity, I’ve thrown up my hands and given in, as Dharma’s invites flood my mailbox and requests for her appearance at local celebrations ramp up.  Read more

Healthy hiking in the Upper Delaware River Valley

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — For the past year, the National Park Service has been mapping trails and working on the creation of the new brochure, “Take A Hike! Trails of the Upper Delaware River Valley,” in order to provide expanded hiking opportunities and information to river region visitors.  Read more

Food, glorious food

Perhaps my regular readers will remember that since Thanksgiving of 2011, I haven’t eaten anything that once had eyes, having been profoundly moved by Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” and the movie “Forks over Knives.” Things are going very well, despite the fact that I fear I’m becoming a burden to my carnivorous friends. “Tell me again what you don’t eat?” asked the hostess of a recent gathering.

I gave her the short answer (see above), but I’ll share the long answer with you, gentle reader, a compendium of what I do eat.  Read more

Crazy as a loon

When spring arrives, a varied assortment of waterfowl transits the region on the way to summer breeding grounds. Some are local breeders but others are on their way north; the spring period gives an opportunity to sight species that we won’t see for the rest of the year.

One of these visitors may not be too noticeable at first. They are usually on larger lakes; from a distance they have the silhouette of a merganser, but they appear larger and darker. If you hear one of these waterfowl call, though, you will probably recognize the unmistakable yodel of a common loon.  Read more

Plant & Seed Sale & Swap

CALLICOON, NY - The Callicoon Creek Park will host a Plant & Seed Sale & Swap on Saturday, May 19, 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine under the tent. There will be perennials, annuals, veggies, seeds, herbs and more for spring planting; activities for kids with artist Linda Bastian; and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. All proceeds benefit the Callicoon Creek Park Association. Call 845-887-3105

Get a head start on the season

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will kick off its season of downtown events early with the Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

‘Blooming Spring’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery’s show for May is titled “Blooming Spring.” Presenting paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry that portray aspects of the approaching season of nature’s awakening, it opened on May 10 and will run through June 4.

The gallery is located at 210 Broad St. and its hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit arteryonline.com or call 570/409-1234.

Library Book & Bake Sale

MILFORD, PA —The Friends of the Pike County Public Library will hold their Book & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During regular hours, admission is free. However, there will also be a special preview session on Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. for an entry fee of $10. Call 570/409-9089.

Chair art to be auctioned

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Art students in Sullivan County will be auctioning works of art and chairs at Sullivan County Museum on Sunday May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., as part of a scholarship fundraiser created to benefit area high school seniors who are planning on majoring in art when they attend college.  Read more

Speckers take the stage in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Speckers, a family trio of old-time fiddlers, will perform on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street.

John Specker was born in Callicoon Depot and spent summers on his family’s ancestral farm in Shandelee. A major force in the modern day fiddle revival, John initially made his name as a musician in Ithaca as “father of the Ithaca sound” with his band The Correctones String Band. Specker has been living in Chester, VT for 30 years and tours with his two adult daughters Lila and Ida Mae.  Read more

Paintings by Doug Craft

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by Doug Craft opens with a reception on Friday, May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through June 9.

Artist and professor Alan Williams, who met Craft in England, said, “Douglas is one of those true artists who does not follow fashion. His work is true and honest. The paintings have an intrinsic poetry and one never ceases to see new levels of revelation in the one work.”  Read more