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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Upper Delaware photo contest announced

In June 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place in Northern Wayne County, PA, during which teams of scientists and volunteers documented 1,024 distinct species of plants, animals and insects during a 24-hour period (learn more at

The effort provides a snapshot of the biodiversity of life on the Starlight, PA property, and has since led to the first “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed” contest.  Read more

Big Sky on the road with ‘Women on Fire’

GARDINER, NY — An afternoon of 12 monologues will be presented by Big Sky Productions, one of Sullivan County’s resident theatre troupes, at the Gardiner Library Community Room on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival a success

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people gathered last Friday night on the upper floor of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for the opening night gala of the Big Eddy Film Festival. The festival screened 28 independent films over the weekend. The opening night feature was “The Truth About Emmanuel” and the two features on Saturday night were “Hide your Smiling Faces” and “Knuckle Jack.”

Other films included “Tiny,” a documentary about the tiny house movement, and many short films that were shot in the area, like “Skin” and “This Park Is Mine.”  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party set for October 5

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 28th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, it’s a family day out in the country with a costume parade, pony rides, giant-pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements.  Read more

Field to Main, a fundraiser for the Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its inaugural farm-to-table fundraising event, Field to Main, on Saturday, October 5. Tables will be set at The Cooperage for a five-course, family style dinner. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow at 7 p.m.

This feast will be expertly prepared using only the freshest local ingredients by culinary artists Benjamin Cooper and Derrick Braun, both graduates of the renowned College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  Read more

‘En Plein Air’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “En Plein Air” is the French term for painting in the open air, a tradition that goes back to the Barbizon School. It finds different interpretations in each of the three artists at the Stray Cat Gallery’s show that runs from Friday, September 27 to Wednesday, October 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

History comes alive in Lackawaxen

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Zane Grey Museum was home to Zane Grey and his family from 1912 to 1918. Today the museum, which is preserved by the National Park Service, features many items from Grey’s life such as dental and baseball equipment, photos of his fishing adventures and his novels.

New hours will be in effect during the fall. During September, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October, the museum’s hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close for the season on Sunday, October 20. Admission is free.  Read more

Smoky Joe, here we go... again

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society announced that the annual “23 for History” marathon softball game, in honor of Shohola’s own Smoky Joe Wood, will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown will commence the game by throwing the first pitch.  Read more

Jeff Bank calendar reception

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the fifth annual photo contest, “Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes” in Sullivan County, earlier this year, and selected 12 entries to be featured in the 2014 Jeff Bank Calendar. On Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., to display the winning photographs. The photographers will be on hand, light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. The 2014 Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

Vintage rockabilly folk Saturday

HAWLEY, PA — Rebecca Pronsky will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Stevie Nicks, Pronsky blends country, blues, rock, folk and vintage jazz elements. Pronsky and guitarist Richard Bennett’s musicianship and lyrics straddle the boundaries of rockabilly and roots.  Read more

NACL presents ‘Insomnia’

Highland Lake, NY — Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of “Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves” will be performed at NACL Theatre for one night only on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. “Insomnia” delves into one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Attempting to unify the different parts of herself during one sleepless night in the attic, she faces the pleasures and terrors of haunting internal voices, ultimately confronting what it means to leave yourself behind in your own life.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, September 28 there will be a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

“Contra dancing is easy to do, great exercise and a heck of a lot more fun than sitting home watching TV,” said Laurie Brongo, the caller for the dances at The Cooperage. “The live music is exciting and upbeat.”  Read more

‘Extreme/Outside The Box’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Extreme/Outside The Box,” an art exhibit featuring works by local area artists, as well as artwork by Port Jervis artist Wayne Lyons (1936-2012), will be on view at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 5 to 27. There will be an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.  Read more

Conway on ‘Working at Play’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a talk and slideshow titled “Working At Play: The Evolution of Entertainment at the Sullivan County Resorts” from Sullivan County Historian John Conway at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Grey, green, and black and white: New at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently announced that its museum, The Columns, will head into the fall season with three new glimpses into Pike County’s history.

Pike County’s most published writer and fisherman extraordinaire, Zane Grey, is featured in a new exhibit. Many of Grey’s novels were made into movies, and the PCHS, in cooperation with film critic and Zane Grey West Society member Robert Lentz, plan on bringing these to you in the fall.

Stop in and take a look at what money looked like upon first issue through the First National Bank of Milford.  Read more

The summer knows…

I never used to think of myself as predictable, but as the years pass, certain traditions I hold dear seem more firmly rooted in my psyche than ever before, and I’ve surrendered to the possibility that I mark time in ways that make sense… to me. It’s a bit daunting that the calendar year seems to fly by these days, but I’m of “a certain age” and as the days grow shorter, I’m reminded that I have more summers behind me than lie ahead.  Read more

Keeping up a tradition; Making real maple syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Pennsylvania’s new Maple Sweetheart was crowned on Friday night at the annual fall banquet of the PA Maple Producers Council held at The Settler’s Inn in Hawley. This year the statewide organization’s fall banquet and two-day tour was hosted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and included visits to maple farms and sugarhouses in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties.  Read more

Lake Huntington News September 26

Who says there is nothing to do? I had a busy weekend. Saturday we went to the Fall Harvest Festival at the Grover Hermann Hospital and were lucky to be there for Marie Zalesky’s 106th birthday. Yes, I said 106. Can you believe it? Marie is a beautiful person. When I asked Marie, “How did you get to be 106?” she said, “Hard work and a lot of volunteering.” Marie still lives alone and volunteers a few days a week. God love her.

The hospital would like to thank everyone who helped with this event.  Read more

The Birdman of 8th Avenue

As the final days of summer begin to wane, one of my favorite things to do at work is to take an afternoon coffee break. Standing outside my building on 8th Avenue, cup in hand, on any nice day, we call the break the “2 p.m. freak show.” At this time of day, the working world is back in its cubicles, while the streets are taken over by the traveling minstrel show of misfits. It seems the nice weather brings them all out of their closets.  Read more

A feast of noise: Dizzy Feast and Noise New York play The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If you haven’t been to a Collabonation Productions show yet then what are you waiting for? The production company made up of Joe Murray and Dylan Smith has been booking shows for over a year, most of them being at The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, a popular bar/concert venue for young people from all over the area. Most of the shows are jam bands from upstate or the city, but Collabonation did something a little different last Friday night. They booked three bands (one being a jam band from Brooklyn), but the other two bands were local (or mostly local).  Read more

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