I arrive in Park City with Sean late on Wednesday evening for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. We accidentally discovered we were on the same flight the day before so we arranged to meet and travel together.
My nerves are buzzing but I have a certain confidence. It’s my third year in a row here and I’m getting to know my way around. This year, travel wise, it’s an easy trip; last year I got caught in Atlanta for six hours because of a snowstorm. Read more
I was encouraged when in I read Susan Freinkel’s book, “Plastics: A Toxic Love Story,” that manufacturers of polar fleece garments, such as Patagonia, REI and The North Face, are hungry for recycled PET plastic bottles. They prefer to make fleece from cheaper recycled bottles rather than using more expensive virgin polyester made from our dwindling supply of petroleum. It takes about 25 recycled bottles, otherwise whisked away to a landfill, to make one garment. (If the label doesn’t say the garment is made from recycled fleece, it’s not.) Read more
One thing that can be counted on in the region is the arrival of hundreds of wintering bald eagles to the Delaware River and other waterways. Typically starting in late December or early January, eagles arrive from Canada as they seek open water to forage for their favorite food: fish.
With the milder than normal winter so far, the eagles have been slow to migrate to the upper Delaware. Many of the northern rivers where eagles forage were still open as of the New Year, so that eliminated the need for them to migrate all the way to the wintering ground of our region for a few weeks. Read more
The uppermost wellspring of this river of time burst from the ground in 1948. I had borrowed a book from the Kingsbridge branch of the New York public library system titled “Trout,” by Ray Bergman. To a plug-casting bass fisherman, the hundreds of delicate flies shown in this book, painted by Dr. Edgar Burke, seemed too pretty to possibly catch fish. These flies came in every shade and color imaginable. Also, they had wonderful, magical names, such as the Queen of the Waters, Rio Grande King, Parmachenie Belle, Kingfisher, Light Edson Tiger and the Black Ghost. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present a program of highlights from Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto,’ at a special Season Opening Fundraiser at the DVAA, 37 Main St. The event will be held on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m., and will feature Francisco Perez-Abreu, Evelyn Thatcher, Alexander Caraballo, Jeremy Griffin and Caroline Tye, with pianist Violetta Zabbi. A reception will follow the performance. The cost of tickets is $25.
HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites all businesses, non-profit and community groups from the greater Honesdale area and beyond to form a New Orleans-style krewe and participate in the fourth annual Mardi Gras on Main on February 18. Musicians are also sought, to play on street corners for donations (which they keep) from the passersby. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Entrants are sought for the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Chili/Wing Cook Off, which will take place on Sunday, March 4 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 507, 2 miles east of Hawley.
Official judges are the Administrators from Wallenpaupack Area School District. First- place winner in both chili and wings will capture a trophy and $100 cash award. Awards will also be presented to second- and third-place winners. There will be first, second, and third place trophies for the coveted Peoples Choice category. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H will hold its International & Discover 4-H Night, now in its 23rd year, on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road. Enjoy displays and presentations celebrating the diversity of cultures around the globe as well as unique 4-H Programs in Living History.
The Red Hatters Krewe on Honesdale’s Main St.
SCRANTON, PA — Members of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) will participate in First Friday Scranton’s monthly art walk with “Wild About Mushrooms,” a display of color photographs and, nature permitting, specimens from recent local mushroom forays. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 3 at Eden – A Vegan Cafe on 344 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Read more
LACKAWAXEN,PA — There will be outdoor fun and entertainment at the Winter Carnival at Big Bear on Sunday, January 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be ski/snowboard races, a big air contest, rail jam, an all-day scavenger hunt, lunch tray races and free Ski Patrol toboggan rides. Head to the rental shop to register to win a free wax and sharpen. You also won’t want to miss getting your picture taken with “The Bear.” There will also be activities for non-skiers in the lodge.
Visit www.ski-bigbear.com or call 570/685-1400.
LIBERTY, NY — Karen Mariner will lead a 4-H workshop on Valentine crafts on Saturday, February 4. For one price, participants have the option to do one or both of two projects: making a a craft stick trinket box in the morning session, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; and making a chocolate bouquet in the 1 to 3 p.m. afternoon session. Bring a bag lunch if attending both sessions. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Now that there is a new restaurant inside 40 Main Street in Narrowsburg, the Heron, there seems to be a “now-things-are-as-they-should be” feeling in the community, because for the last five or six decades there has almost always been eatery of one sort or another in the space.
Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was the home of C & C Pizza Parlor, operated by Marty Criston and Bernie Creamer. Creamer, who still lives in Narrowsburg with his wife Carol, and whose children all graduated from the Narrowsburg School, said the town was quite a different place in those days. Read more
Some people experience emotion more deeply than others. When our daughter was four, she would often collapse in a fit of discomfort because her socks didn’t “feel right.” I’m happy to report that, as a college senior, she has the sock issue under control. But a slant word of criticism from an older brother can still send her reeling with self-doubt. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Middle Ground,” a two-person exhibition featuring the work of local artists Kathe Blackbird Frantz and Matthew Zappala, from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, February 26 at 48 Main St. Frantz, one of whose works is shown here, is a painter from Callicoon whose work for this exhibition was inspired by the Delaware River Valley. Zappala, a graphic artist from Saugerties, will present woodcuts created from winter landscapes and unique collages that have the look of a woodcut. There will be an artists’ talk on January 21 at 1 p.m. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “The Road Home” as the second offering in its winter Sunday Night Cinema film series on Sunday, January 22 at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema 6 Theater in the Route 6 Mall.
Directed by the multiple-award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the film is based on a country girl’s reminiscence of her romance with her schoolteacher husband during the Cultural Revolution. “The Road Home” won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Madeleine Coppola, a resident of Blooming Grove, will be signing copies of her romance novel “Child in the Mirror: A Novel” at the Broad Street Coffee House, 611 Broad St., on Tuesday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.
In “Child in the Mirror,” set in New York City in the 1930s, Liz is
torn between the excitement of a fresh start in the big city and an ever-present black cloud looming overhead. Desperately she tries to fit in, but her imagination is relentless, playing tricks with her mind until she finally contemplates the possibility of going insane.