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September 02, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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Milford Music in the Park; Festival debuts with ‘Voice’ phenom

MILFORD, PA— Christian Porter will be the headliner act for the first concert of Milford Music in the Park, to be held on Sunday, June 28 in the Anne Street Park at Anne and Catherine Streets. A talented contestant on Season 4 of “The Voice,” Christian Porter has a soulful pop sound, with melodic beats and heart-filled lyrics. Also performing in the park that day will be local singer/songwriter Sarah Hawthorne and new folk/lyrical soul artist Seth Davis. The concert series will continue once a month after the festival, on Sundays, July 26, August 9 and August 23.  Read more

Herbal essence

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an important role in many dishes, but especially in the assortment of mezze (shared plates) that serve to awaken the appetite. Among the bounty of traditional salads I ate was an Armenian specialty of lightly dressed sprigs of freshly picked oregano.  Read more

For the love of trains

The conductor wakes us with some of the usual news. “We need to travel at reduced speed due to signal problems. We are going to be late folks. Sorry!” Next we hear the collective moans of the passengers, some of whom are quick to text the office that they will be late, again. “Remember NJ Transit only guarantees same day service,” says the conductor, hoping to lighten the moment. It’s a beautiful spring morning, flowers and trees are in full bloom, no rain, no snow, none of the usual suspects for delays. Yet here we are late again. The consolation is another 20 minutes of shut-eye.  Read more

Forestburgh’s ‘Damn Yankees’ knocks it out of the park

"Damn Yankees" is a lot of things: a musical, a comedy, a love story and a cautionary tale of good vs. evil with personal redemption thrown into the mix of lively song and dance. While this may sound like too much, under the guidance of Forestburgh Playhouse (FP) producer Frankin Trapp and the show’s director/choreographer Nathaniel Shaw, "Yankees" is a home run. (Initially, I was bound and determined to leave baseball-laden clichés out of the mix, but I’m afraid that they’re just too on the nose to avoid).  Read more

A walk with Arthur Watres

A new trail was officially opened to the public earlier this month in honor of Louis Arthur Watres, who founded Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA, along with his mother, Isabel, in 1966. Born in 1922, Arthur passed away in 2014, leaving a legacy that will benefit generations to come. The trail allows visitors to walk the land that Arthur dearly loved and to visit compelling features like the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area.  Read more

Firebrand performs at Albella

MONTICELLO, NY — The rock/blues/dance fusion band Firebrand will perform on Friday, June 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Albella Restaurant & Bar. The performance will feature the band’s newest member, guitar phenomenon Tommy Quaglieri. The evening is in celebration of the birthday of head-on collision survivor Melissa Carrie, who is the sister of lead singer Renata Daria.  Read more

‘The Idiot’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL presents an innovative take on the Russian classic novel, “The Idiot,” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Prince Myshkin squares-off with a notorious woman, a spoiled socialite, and a jealous rival in an intricate and violent quartet. The play utilizes immersive staging; the players inhabit a shared space with audience members, and cast the audience as voyeurs, confidants and society gossips.  Read more

CAS Film Club presents ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a special screening of the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), featuring a discussion session with presenter Lawrence Budner, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, this event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St.  Read more

Yarnslingers presents ‘secret posts!’

CALLICOON, NY — Yarnslingers will present “secret posts!” on Sunday, June 21 from 4 to 6 Café Devine. For this performance, the public has been invited to anonymously write down their deepest (or funniest or most mysterious) secret on a postcard and send it to Yarnslingers. All secrets are anonymous, and anyone sitting in the audience is invited to grab a secret out of the Yarnslingers’ fish bowl and read.

There will also be an opportunity for a Yarnslingers fiction writing, but you have to come to “secret posts!” to find out what it is. Email

Pontone’s ‘Catskill Dreaming’ at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Gallery—The Art of Living will present Louis Pontone’s new collection, “Catskill Dreaming,” starting on Saturday, June 20 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through August 18.  Read more

World-renowned chamber duo in Grahamsville

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Karkowska Sisters Duo, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble, will perform “American Treasures: from Gershwin to Yankee Doodle,” at the first Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Daniel Pierce Library on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m.  Read more

Jazz and blues on Jeff’s Main Events Stage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A jazz and blues concert will be held on the Main Events Stage on Saturday, June 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. It will feature Thurman Barker, Noah Barker, Matthew Hoffman and Noelle Tannen. Tickets cost $10 per person and are on sale at The Red Door, Heirloom Market Place and Catskill Country Ceramics, all on Main Street. All proceeds are to be used toward the rejuvenation of Jeffersonville.  Read more

Well-Strung comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) and the Milford Theatre will present Well-Strung at the Milford Theatre on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Part of the proceeds benefits the works of the UDGLBT.

This represents a return engagement for the all-male string quartet, whose prior performance in Milford was sold out.  Read more

Montana Skies kicks off two-concert nights

HAWLEY, PA — This summer, The Hawley Silk Mill’s underground theater will feature two concerts showcasing the same performers in one night, curated by Harmony Presents. Flamenco-rock cello and guitar duo Montana Skies, described as “Pink Floyd to Vivaldi Classical Rock Fusion,” will kick off the format on Saturday, June 20 with a first show at 6 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m. The duo, which has wowed Carnegie Hall, combines elements of classical technique, jazz improv and rock n’ roll.  Read more

You oughta be in pictures…

…and if you were out and about this past weekend, you probably are. It’s not unusual for me to snap a lot of photos as I traverse the Upper Delaware River region in search of arts and leisure, and most often, I’m behind the lens taking pictures of you all. But lately, a few of me (I mean the Wonder Dog) have been popping up as well.  Read more

Curtain up at the Forestbugh Playhouse! ...everything old is new again

Forestbugh Playhouse (FBP) producer Franklin Trapp is really excited these days. Even though Trapp took possession of the theatre last season, it was a “transition period” as outgoing producer Norman Duttweiler handed over the keys and bid adieu to Sullivan County, where he had been presenting shows for 25 years. I sat down with Trapp to discuss the 2015 season, his plans for the expanded Forestburgh Tavern, and his vision for the future.  Read more

Roots & Rhythm celebrates its 10th

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival will mark its 10th anniversary this year, with a full day of events on Saturday, June 20 starting in the morning and going well into the night. The headliners are the Kentucky Headhunters, who will take the Main Stage in Central Park at 7:50 p.m. But the music starts in the morning. Bands playing on Main Street starting at 10:30 a.m., include Phyllis Hopkins Band (Re/Max Wayne), Friends of the Family (R3 Hardware), The Soul Shakers (Fred R.  Read more

Stephen Crane festival; Civil War encampments, fife and drum and a visit from the Lincolns

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Tourism Board and Minisink Valley Historical Society will present a Stephen Crane festival on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Orange Square, described as “A living memorial celebrating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.”  Read more

The giant moths

June is the month of the giant moths.

My daughter, Lily, discovered a luna moth clinging with its velvety legs to our windowsill earlier this month. It was our first big moth sighting of the season.  Read more

Caution: baby critters crossing

This is the time of year when new born-fawns make their appearance; once they get strength in their legs, they are frequently seen along country roads with their mothers. This is where they have a tendency to get in trouble. The white spots on these young fawns should serve as a warning to motorists that these newly arrived critters have no concept of moving vehicles.  Read more

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