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May 06, 2015
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I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to attend the iconic Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969. Since I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes at that point—and time machines haven’t been invented yet—I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to experience it firsthand. Last year’s Mysteryland wasn’t exactly Woodstock, but from what I experienced, it was about as close as one could get.

As a young fisherman I can remember the great fishing trips to the Ramapo River just outside the town of Tuxedo. The crystal-clear waters were so clean back then we would swim there in the summer...

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I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception....

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As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone...

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This is a story of a young man who lives in two worlds. You probably live in one of them and don’t even know there is another conjoined.

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I know that I’m feeling it, but for something completely different, I’m unsure where the phrase originated, so I looked it up. “An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted [duh], it...

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In my last column, I advocated for getting up and going outside to see what’s happening in the natural world. Happily, I took my own advice and was pleased to find the answer is—a lot. In just a...

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Remember

On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

Taxidermy and reclaimed wood art

BARRYVILLE, NY — Artwork incorporating taxidermy and reclaimed wood will be on exhibit in an unusual art show titled “Mounted: Wood Meets Fur” which opens with an artist’s reception on Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The River Market, State Rte. 97. Assemblage artist Gordon Graff, owner of the UpFront Gallery in Port Jervis, NY, will show his works at the Barryville Gallery through September 9.

‘Mist & Mystery’ in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture.  Read more

WCM begins 20th anniversary with Music at the Mill

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill.  Read more

Singer-songwriter Matt Simons at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Matt Simon performs with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. He is signed with Sony Music and his songwriting has gained attention jumping into the top 10 charts abroad.

Often compared to Jamie Cullum, John Mayer and Adam Levine, Simons also infuses his piano-based pop-rock with hints of jazz and R&B.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Sullivan

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour returns on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. at a new venue, Henning’s Local, a new restaurant at 1040 State Rte. 55 in The Eldred Preserve. Comic Moody McCarthey, who has appeared on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, headlines. Dinner is available starting at 5 p.m. and during the show. Also appearing is Rich Carucci, Mr. Langham. Rich Kiamco serves as host and MC.

Tickets cost $20 online, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383605, or $25 at the door. Future shows include Jessica Kirson on July 6 and Dan Soder of September 1.

GLBT Center presents ‘Girl Talk’

MILFORD, PA — Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold the performance “Girl Talk” on Saturday, May 25 at the historic Milford Theatre at 9 p.m. The evening will be accentuated by a pre-show and auction for everyone at 8:15 p.m., with an after party at the Patisserie for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission (adult 18 yrs+ only), and VIP tickets cost $60 and have a limited availability (VIP ticket includes reserved seating and after party). Visit www.wigsticks.org or www.udglbt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cunningham Family Farms reopens for the summer

SWAN LAKE, NY — The 2013 opening of Cunningham Farms, Hurd Park Rd., is Saturday, May 25. The farm will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 4. General admission includes all activities except gem mining, among which are hayride, hay bale maze, rope maze, labyrinth, barnyard play area and hay bale pyramid.  Read more

Beer tasting event, silent auction for Catskill Art Society

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold the Tri-State Beer Tasting Showcase on Sunday, May 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring craft beers from breweries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is a fundraising event for CAS and will be held at the art center at 48 Main St. The event also offers food, music, and art presented by Sullivan County-based purveyors as well as a last chance to bid on artwork in the SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit. The auction closes at 7 p.m.  Read more

Planning ahead; Lazy, hazy and crazy!

Ahhh. The good old summertime is almost here and (IMHO) none too soon. Personally, I love all of the seasons we in the Upper Delaware Valley have to celebrate, and each has its own merits, but with Memorial Day upon us, all thoughts lead to summer.  Read more

‘struck’ at the NACL; This time, it’s personal

The 2013 season at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) theatre in Highland Lake, NY will open this weekend with a very personal story. The company’s cofounder and artistic director, Tannis Kowalchuk, describes the new play, “struck,” as a multi-media journey into the mind, soul and altered dimensions of a woman’s brain. It shares Kowalchuk’s own experience of suffering a stroke.

Kowalchuk has created and performed in over 16 NACL productions and has toured to Canada, England, Italy and Balkan Europe, but the story of “struck” began right here in her own backyard.  Read more

Lake Huntington New May 23

I was down in Queens last weekend and went out to Long Island to my mother’s grave. It used to be my father’s grave; I have to remember he is still in there. She is on the back of my father’s stone military style, and we had a saying put on her side of the stone—“Open doors, open arms and open heart.” That was how my parents lived their lives and raised us. I truly was blessed with great parents. I also visited Marie Smith, who is Jean Kerrigan’s sister. She says hello to all; she is doing well.  Read more

Hey, that’s my seat!

We are all creatures of habit. My morning routine, in order to make the train at the crack of dawn, depends on a number of things happening. One, my clothing must be laid out the night before (if my tie is going to match); two, my lunch must be packed and in the fridge; and three, the pups have to come in after being let out for their morning romp. (Dexter and Toby, please don’t chase the deer today.). Finally, the car must be gassed up and ready to go, and I need to leave 10 minutes early in case there are any problems driving through Hawk’s Nest.  Read more

Toad Tunes

It’s been a couple of weeks now that I have heard a lot of trilling from nearby lakes and wetlands. The first thought from someone not familiar with the local habitat may be that there is a swarm of crickets or other insects that frequent waterways during spring. This is not the case however; the trilling is the courtship call of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus). This is a recent scientific name change as the old genus name was “Bufo”. Calling toads can be heard here: http://www.twcwc.com/toadsong.html.  Read more

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Stray Cat Gallery

BETHEL, NY — Owner Stacy Cohen, at right of sign, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Stray Cat Gallery in Bethe on Friday, May 3. The gallery, which features fine art by local artists, is the latest addition to the Catskill Distilling Company family. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.

Wayne County Historical Society holds yard sale

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold a benefit yard sale on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lock 31 House, Rt. 6. All proceeds go to benefit the WCHS and its programs.

They are looking for donations of clean and lightly used household items. Drop- off times for items are May 18 from 10 to 2 p.m., May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., and May 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

If you have any questions, or need to schedule a drop off time, call 570/614-8791.

Student art show and sale at UpFront Exhibition Space

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is sponsoring the Port Jervis High School (PJHS) student art show and sale at Upfront Exhibition Space on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.

PJHS art teachers Bess Moran, Eleanor Horst, Ashley Kaufmann, and tech teachers Kyle Hyziak and Tracy West-Barnes, have inspired and challenged students to explore and create new forms of self-expressive art through a variety of mediums and techniques.  Read more

‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ presentation

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will hold a presentation of “Lincoln At Gettysburg” on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Columns Museum. The talk will be open to the public.  Read more

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