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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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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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Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News, will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Mays at the Movies in Milford

MILFORD, PA —Black Bear Film Festival will present a live jazz concert by the Bill Mays Trio and three films showcasing the talents of Bill Mays at the Milford Theatre on May 11 through 13. The Pike County resident, whose eclectic, prolific career as a pianist, composer and arranger has spanned five decades, will be joined by Tim Horner on drums and Martin Wind on bass for Mays at the Movies.  Read more

The Liberty Free Theatre celebrates life

As I read through my e-mails last week, a press release from the Liberty Free Theatre (LFT) caught my attention. “We’re gearing up for our eighth season,” it began, “with a special event production of Constance Alexander’s ‘The Way Home’ as a fundraiser for CROC (Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer).” Some of the words leaped off the page, shouting at me, causing me to pause. CROC. Cancer. Home.  Read more

‘Where do I go?’

Good question. While actively in the throes of an existential crisis, I continue to wade through life, searching for an answer that might never reveal itself. Less than thrilled with the results of an Internet search, I pressed on and discovered a disquieting website (www.existentialcrises.com) that simply presented a black page with the words “you are alone.” Lovely. Undaunted, I persevered and wallowed briefly in the not-so-uplifting lyrics penned by James Rado and Gerome Ragni for the “great American tribal love rock musical”—“Hair.”  Read more

Ups and downs

I have been waiting to find out if I was going to get this amazing editing mentorship with Walter Murch for the past five months. I found out that I was nominated in late 2011 for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. There was a very extensive application process that included multiple essays, a video, numerous copies of my work and assorted references.

I’m not sure how many people were nominated but I found out in March that I was one of four finalists. It was an amazing honor and also meant that I would be meeting Mr. Murch himself as he would make the final decision.  Read more

The future of farming?

By Sean Zigmund

Since the dawn of agriculture, feeding ourselves has driven an increase in a myriad of other highly consumptive processes that boil down to a single equation: food = energy. Energy use will only increase as our population does, yet our primary source of energy, fossil fuel, is steadily decreasing. While renewable energy use in the U.S. is on the rise, its use is a fraction of what we use to live. Perhaps a neighborhood farming model is just what we need to move to a more sustainable future.  Read more

Farmers markets open for the season

CALLICOON, NY - The Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets open for the 2012 summer season beginning Sunday, May 6 in Callicoon. The Callicoon market operates Sundays, from May 6 through November 25, 11 am to 2 pm, and is located at the Callicoon Creek Park on A. Dorrer Drive.

The Liberty Market is every Friday, May 11 through October 5, 3 pm to 6 pm, in the Municipal Parking Lot located on Darbee Lane. Jeffersonville kicks off July 5 and runs every Thursday through August 30, 3 pm to 6 pm, Main Street, Route 52 (parking lot). All markets are rain or shine.  Read more

First Fridays kicks off season May 4

NARROWSBURG, NY - First Fridays Contemporary Author Series continues its 7th season on May 4 at Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There will be open mic sign-up at 7 p.m., the open mic itself at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors will read starting at 8 p.m.

Featured this month are Lori Anderson Moseman and Jon Sands.  Read more

Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Amphibian drama: prey and predator in a pond

Along the Delaware River, there are many small ponds fed by springs or streams, or left over from floods. Also present are remnants of the D&H Canal, with many sections still holding some water. All these ponds play a role in the diversity of the riparian habitat along the shore of the river. A variety of fauna and flora are present in or near these ponds that would not otherwise be present on the river shore.  Read more

Join a memoir-writing group

HONESDALE, PA — The memoir-writing group held at the Honesdale Senior Center for the past six months is ready to expand its membership and increase its meetings to twice monthly. If you have memories and stories, enjoy reading and writing and like to get to know other people in a secure, open and friendly environment, consider joining the group. Membership is open to Wayne County residents. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required. Meetings are at 323 10th St. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the game room on the main floor. Call 570/937-3148.

Share your talent at Milford Open Mic

MILFORD, PA — Milford Open Mic is a not-for-profit group that sponsors an open mic night every Friday at 611 Broad St. and several concerts each month on Saturdays. It is a venue for local talent and families to gather together and have fun in an alcohol-free environment.  Read more

‘WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales,” a drag show feature at the Milford Theatre (114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, May 19, featuring the illustrious Steady Mess and her troupe of performers.  Read more

Wurtsboro Art Alliance members show

WURTSBORO, NY — An exhibit of artwork by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will be on display from Saturday, May 5 through June 10 at the WAA Gallery. There will be a reception on opening day from 2 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, watercolors, photography, sculpture and ceramics created by Wurtsboro Art Alliance members.

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. Email info@waagal lery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Design-a-Sun-Catcher Contest at Gillinder Glass

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass is having a Design-a-Sun-Catcher contest. The winning design will be made into a mold; the sun catchers will be made at the Gillinder Glass factory and will be available at the Gillinder Glass Store.  Read more

Community garden program screens ‘Dirt’

NARROWSBURG, NY — SkyDog Farm will host a permaculture workshop for the newly minted Tusten Heritage Community Garden Youth Program on Sunday, May 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The permaculture workshop will explore alternative farming practices in conjunction with the garden’s spring planting schedule, followed by a screening of “Dirt! The Movie” at 3 p.m.

Dirt takes center stage in the documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil. SkyDog Farm is located at 1724 County Route 23. The event is free.

Mother’s Day concert

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society (PCCS) presents its spring concert, “A Musical Bouquet,” a refreshing mix of old and new works by Randall Thompson, William Billings, C. Hubert Parry, Yehezkel Braun and two well-known local composers, accompanied by organist Henry Repp on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Special guests for the evening are local folk favorites Ken deAngelis and Julie Ziavras. They will perform deAngelis’ original folk songs in solo sets and with the PCCS.  Read more

Port student show at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — Works by Port Jervis High School Art students will be included in the May show at the UpFront Exhibition Space, sponsored by the Port Jervis Council for the Arts.

Port Jervis High School Art teachers Bess Moran (Art Curriculum Coordinator), Ashley Kaufmann and Eleanor Horst have challenged students to view and question prevailing assumptions and explore new forms of self expression. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, digital photography, painting, collage and woodworking will be exhibited.  Read more

Antique vehicles sought for Honesdale festival

HONESDALE, PA — Bring your vehicle to Central Park in downtown Honesdale on May 20 to Court Street, as part of the Festival of the Arts weekend’s Antiques on Wheels Display.

If you have anything motorized that is 25 years or older and is in good running condition, it is eligible. There will be trophies given for Years of Service: Longest-Running Tractor, Smallest Four-Wheel Car, Oldest-Running Motorcycle and Work Truck with the Most Character. A Judges’ Choice trophy will also be awarded.  Read more

Ramp tramp includes recipes, harvesting and tastings

CALLICOON, NY — Slow Food UpDeRiVa will celebrate the ramp, one of this region’s most wonderful wild delicacies, on Sunday, May 6 at the Callicoon Farmer’s Market. There will be demonstrations, recipes and tastings, starting at 11 a.m., with how to make ramp butter and ramp pickles; followed at 12 noon by Bob Eckert of Northern Farmhouse Pasta, with samples of items like ramp ravioli and demonstrations.  Read more