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April 23, 2014
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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

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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A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to...

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Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its...

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OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky,...

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From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—...

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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

Promised Land offers fishing lessons

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park offers a summer fishing program geared to kids ages six to 15 who are beginner fishermen. Learn basic fishing skills such as casting, baiting a hook, knot tying and taking a fish off of a hook. You can bring your own poles, but free equipment and bait will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing licenses are required.

The program is offered on Wednesdays starting on June 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Falls Pavilion. Pre-registration is required. Call 570/676-3428.

‘Law & Order 1886’

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are still available for the May 26 performance of “Law & Order 1886: Murder on the Bangall Road” from the Wayne County Historical Society or at the door the night of the performance. This original production, written and performed by members of the Ritz Company Players, dramatizes the trial of James McCabe, the last man hanged in Wayne County. The play begins at 8 p.m. at the Wayne County court house in the courtroom where the original trial was held in 1886.

Tickets cost $25 per person, $10 for students. Visit WayneHistoryPA.org or call 570/253-3240.

Community quilts on display

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Community Quilts of Remembrance and Celebration will be on exhibit at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street through Monday, May 28. Sponsored by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Calico Geese Quilters and Friends, the quilts were crafted at the Harvest Festival’s third annual Airing of the Quilts on September 11. The festival included community quilt-making activities inspired by the Boise Idaho Quilt Project, which originated with women activists of the ‘60s.  Read more

Milford Music Festival set for June

MILFORD, PA — The 2012 Milford Music Festival has been scheduled for June 8 through 10. Among the highlights will be the Jorgensen’s Block Party at the corner of Broad and Harford on Saturday and Music in the Park which will present Small Town Sheiks at Ann Street on Sunday afternoon. In the evenings, many of Milford’s many fine eateries including The River Rock Inn, Waterwheel Cafe, Hotel Fauchere and the Tom Quick join in the fun in addition to scheduled performances at the historic Milford Theatre.  Read more

SCDW opens with ‘A Series of Shorts’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will open its 2012 season with a “A Series of Shorts” on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Route 42. All performances are pay what you can.

Interspersed with the short plays will be some scenes and songs including “The Chair,” an encore performance by DeLois “Cookie” House, who will be reprising her award-winning role of Ruth Waters from the recent “Vaudeville in the Catskills” and musical selections from the upcoming musical “The Fantasticks.”  Read more

Final duty station for a local World War II Navy man

COCHECTON, NY — It all began in June 2010. I was downsizing my life to travel. De-cluttering unnecessary stuff was a pretty simple task for a military man who was experienced at traveling light for 28 years. But there remained one piece in my life that needed tending to in a more dignified manner. I had been given my father, Owen Baker’s, WWII Navy “Cracker Jack” uniform complete with hat and medals. He wanted me, a Navy man who followed in his footsteps, to cherish this sacred piece of his life.  Read more