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September 16, 2014
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NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments.

When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.

My second thought was that I...

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Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird...

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I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was...

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Yes, it’s here. Actually, by the time this column hits the stands, September’s full moon will have come and gone, but still… even if I wanted to stop the seasons from changing I cannot. Autumn has...

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I remember a very early morning when the Great South Bay where I grew up was smooth as glass. I had just gotten back from college, and I was very happy to be home. I stood on the beach and looked...

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Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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Bats in the belfry (or in the house)

A bat, the only mammal capable of sustained flight, invokes many things to many people. Many fictional books and movies have maligned bats as evil creatures to be feared, and many of us have an underlying fear of bats when we encounter them. The truth is that the only thing that needs to fear a bat in our region is a mosquito: a bat can eat up to 50% of its body weight in mosquitoes and other flying insects per evening. It turns out that a bat is a highly beneficial critter that has picked up a bum rap.  Read more

The family that plays together...

My online dictionary defines “family” in a number of ways: “A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household,” “A group of people related to one another” and “People related to each other and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy: I could not turn him away, for he is family.” Lest we forget, American journalist and author Edna Buchanan once declared that “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”  Read more

‘Coffee, Tea and History’

COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society meets to plan its free program, “Coffee, Tea and History,” for Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cochecton Train Station on Rt. 97. The topic will be “Cochecton Businesses – Then and Now,” featuring the history of Heinle’s General Store, Gasko & Meyer, Cochecton Mills and many others. Free admission will include coffee, tea and cake. Members shown standing are Pamela DeMan, left, Art Hassis, Jerry Yavarkovsky and Dolores Manaseri. Seated are Larry Richardson, left, Joe Manaseri and Dottie Schlegel.  Read more

Museum sponsors DeMille’s ‘Manslaughter’

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Seth Goldman, director of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation’s Institute of Early Film Studies, will host a screening of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1922 film, “Manslaughter,” at the historic Paramount Theatre in Middletown on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ben Model, famed silent film accompanist for The Museum of Modern Art for the last 28 years, will provide live soundtrack for the film on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.  Read more

Ainslie at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — Scott Ainslie will perform in concert on Saturday, September 8, at 8 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.

The concert will be preceded by a workshop titled “Blues You Can Use,” at 4 p.m. Limited to 20 people, the workshop costs $30 and is by advance reservation. The roots-oriented class will look at ragtime and Delta blues, as well as slide guitar basics with a focus on solo blues playing, in the tradition of greats like Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Blake and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.  Read more

‘Nature’s Will/Material Will’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Nature’s Will/Material Will,” an exhibit of installation and prints by Robin Dintiman, will open with a reception on Friday, September 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. Dintiman will lead an artist’s talk on Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 29, 2012.  Read more

Sayles does First Friday at the Water Wheel

MILFORD, PA —Regina Sayles will return for an Upper Delaware GLBT Center First Friday event on September 7 at the Water Wheel Café, 150 Water St. This month’s First Friday is sponsored by J-Angelo Event Planning.

Visit www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com.

Something old, something new at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery gallery will host exhibits by a returning member and a new member in September. Both will start on Friday, September 7 and run through Monday, October 8, with a reception on Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Milford’s Art After Dark program.  Read more

Something old, something new at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery gallery will host exhibits by a returning member and a new member in September. Both will start on Friday, September 7 and run through Monday, October 8, with a reception on Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Milford’s Art After Dark program.  Read more

WJFF holds ‘Wonderful Things’ auction

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — WJFF Radio Catskill will host its third annual “Wonderful Things” auction on Saturday, September 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall.” More than 250 items have been donated.  Read more

Ducks set to race for Jems

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer group, will hold its sixth annual Duck Race on Jeff Fest Day, Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m. in Callicoon Creek. A total of 1,329 yellow, blue, and pink ducks will be swimming from the Millpond to the Schadt Memorial Bridge with junior JEMS acting as duck herders, following them to the finish line. The brightly colored plastic ducks will bob down the whitewater course in between boulders and rocks, finishing the race in approximately nine minutes.  Read more

A pivotal moment in environmental history

MILFORD, PA — There will be a reading of Stephen Most’s play “Forces of Nature” at Grey Towers National Historic Landmark on Saturday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m. It portrays the great debate about a pivotal moment in America’s conservation history: Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir had the mighty task of deciding which lands to preserve, untouched, for future generations, and which lands to conserve, to use sustainably, to benefit all the people of America into the future.  Read more

Margolis Brown Adaptors step it up at NACL

Kari Margolis and Tony Brown are busy folks. As co-artistic directors of an international touring company based in Highland Lake, NY, the pair has presented theatrical events here in the Upper Delaware valley in the past, but never on such a grand scale as they plan this weekend in their production at the NACL Theatre, “Pulling String.” Margolis and Brown have mounted some of their original productions in a variety of exotic locales, including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Singapore and Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Eric & Andy

Did they really camp it up?” a friend asked when I returned from a nephew’s wedding. “Well, no” I said. “They’re the straightest gay couple I know.” Not that it wasn’t a fun wedding—it was. The reception was held in an artist cooperative near Rochester, where the artists also serve as staff for events that foot the bill for studio space. Their artwork is everywhere. There is a whole room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, but she was not the mascot for Eric and Andy’s wedding.  Read more

Eric & Andy

Did they really camp it up?” a friend asked when I returned from a nephew’s wedding. “Well, no” I said. “They’re the straightest gay couple I know.” Not that it wasn’t a fun wedding—it was. The reception was held in an artist cooperative near Rochester, where the artists also serve as staff for events that foot the bill for studio space. Their artwork is everywhere. There is a whole room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, but she was not the mascot for Eric and Andy’s wedding.  Read more

PA governor greeted with gatherings

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett completed a two-day kayak tour on the Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties last week. Among his entourage were PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allen and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer.  Read more

10-year anniversary

As of last Sunday, I’ve lived in New York City for 10 years; that’s almost exactly one third of my lifetime.

I knew it basically to the day. I knew it because the kids and parents were lined up around Rubin Hall on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street last Sunday for NYU’s move-in day. That was me 10 years ago; literally, I stood in that line.  Read more

Just a weekend in the country

When Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for “A Little Night Music” back in 1973, it’s unlikely that he was thinking about my weekend, or, for that matter, this part of the country. Even mid-week, I was whistling a happy tune, though—blissfully unaware that the Stone Temple Pilots (STP) and I don’t really agree on what a little night music is.  Read more

Varden conservation day

GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a conservation day held at the Varden Conservation Area at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

There will be food provided by the Boy Scouts and activities for all ages, including a birds of prey demonstration, fiddle music, fishing contest for kids under 16 and guided trails. Visit www.vardencon servationarea.com or call Promised Land State Park at 570/676-3428.

Help out with the Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sponsors and volunteers are currently being solicited for the first Big Eddy Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. A venue for new independent films, the event, produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in collaboration with the newly formed Catskill Film Commission, will be held at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.  Read more

Tue., Sep. 16 Cub Scout Pack 71 Recruitment Event
Wed., Sep. 17 YEL! FEST #6
Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading