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August 31, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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‘Struck:” a work in progress at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Tannis Kowalchuk and Brett Keyser will perform a work-in-progress presentation of their newest original play, “Struck,” on Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

Dance party at Wurtsboro Music Festival

WURTSBORO, NY — KC and The Sunshine Band will headline a star-studded dance party with Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash at the Wurtsboro Music Festival at the Wurtsboro Airport on Thursday, August 30.

KC and the Sunshine Band is famous for disco hits like “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.” Multi-platinum recording artist Dayne’s three albums for Arista Records, “Tell It to My Heart,” “Can’t Fight Fate” and “Soul Dancing,” produced 12 Top 20 singles.  Read more

Eleanor Curran showcases paintings

STARLIGHT, PA —The gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake will feature oil and acrylic paintings by Eleanor Curran as well as watercolors, photography and clayboard by the members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League during September.  Read more

One more outing Under the Moon

WHEN: Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Callicoon Creek Park, Callicoon, NY.

COST: Suggested donation $5, $10 for a family, under 12 free.

CONTACT: mneville@ptd.net

CALLICOON, NY — Following a successful season, the organizers of the Under the Moon in Callicoon concert series have arranged for one more event than originally anticipated, concluding on Labor Day weekend with a night of music this Saturday at the Callicoon Creek Park on Dorrer Drive, behind Lower Main Street. Bring the kids, chairs, blanket and a picnic to see the summer off in style.  Read more

It’s Harvest Festival time

WHEN: Sunday, September 2 from 11 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, corner of Hurd and West Shore roads in Bethel, NY.

COST: Admission free; parking $2

CONTACT: BethelWoodsCenter.org or 866/781-2922.  Read more

Transformation in progress

Transformation—it’s one of today’s buzz words, latched onto by many organizations dealing with myriad pressures, such as global competition, the state of the economy and new technology.

We use the word a lot in economic development. The question to be asked is whether there is strategic action behind it, or whether it is merely used as a marketing tool. Care must be taken as to whether the transformative actions are needed and the proposed outcomes are good.  Read more

Correction: no charge for picnic

NARROWSBURG, NY - The Narrowsburg News printed in the Thursday, August 23 newspaper was incorrect with regard to the picnic celebrating 150th anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Church. The picnic is invitation only, and there is not a $15 charge.

‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The final presentation of the Delaware Valley Opera’s season “Shakespeare Sings” will be a festive concert celebrating the poetry, theater and music based on Shakespeare’s plays on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre.

Called “All’s Well That Ends Well,” the event will highlight dance, theatrical scenes, songs and operatic numbers presented by 10 present and past singers of the company. They will be singing songs that they especially love in an informal setting.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest celebrates Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest will take place this year from August 24 through 26, with activities and events all around the Lake Region.

Returning events will include the open market fair; the boat, watercraft and Seadoo show; live music; tours of the dam; free sailboat rides; the boat parade; and the tour de towpath bike ride among others.  Read more

Pianist Soheil Nasseri at Lumberland

GLEN SPEY, NY — Internationally acclaimed pianist Soheil Nasseri will be featured at the next performance in the Town of Lumberland Cultural Series, presented at Lumberland Town Hall, 1054 Proctor Rd. on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. Hailed by The New York Times as “consistently interesting… consistently thoughtful… a vivid imagination,” Nasseri will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Hersch.  Read more

Family nature weekend at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a “Migrate to PEEC” Family Nature Getaway Weekend from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. There will be interpretive hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. The fee of $205 per adult ncludes three nights’ lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Child, commuter and day rates are also available. Pre-registration is requested. Call 570/828-2319 or visit www.peec.org, peec@peec.org.

Art auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold its annual benefit art auction on Saturday, August 25 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center near Hawley.

Part of this year’s Wally Fest (see page 13), the auction features works of art by over 30 local artists. This year’s theme is “Crate Expectations,” and the artists have created colorful “containers” of all kinds.  Read more

Jewish film festival

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Second Annual Catskill Jewish Film Festival takes place on Thursday, August 23 and Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe, behind Java Love.  Read more

Caesar Rodney’s ride for the Declaration

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History continues its program of historical presentations at 1 p.m. on August 26, when noted children’s author Jan Cheripko elaborates on the dramatic, not-so-famous story he tells in “Caesar Rodney’s Ride: The Story of an American Patriot,” an award-winning book for young adults describing Rodney’s ride to Philadelphia to cast a crucial vote on the Declaration of Independence.  Read more

Contra Dance at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the United States. A live band will play traditional jigs and reels, while a live caller will lead participants through various traditional dances.

There is no need to bring a partner, or to have experience. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, free for kids under 15. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

The times, they are a changin’

It’s impossible to visit, much less live in this neck of the woods, without acknowledging the region’s history. The resorts—and talent that appeared in and around them—are legendary. Books have been written and movies have been made. During simpler times, comic Red Skelton starred in the 1938 romp “Having Wonderful Time,” set in a Catskills hotel. Roman Polanski’s creepy “Knife in the Water” takes place here in the mountains, focusing on a hitchhiker and a couple’s weekend outing in 1962.  Read more

Go take a hike— for the NPS

TUSTEN, NY — The National Park Service will celebrate its 96th birthday on August 25. It invites the public to celebrate by joining the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Park Rangers for a guided hike of the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain trailhead, located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Rd.  Read more

Architecture tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA – There will be a one-hour architecture tour at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m.

The tour will focus on the unique architectural details of the mansion, built by James Pinchot in 1886. The French-chateauesque stone mansion features more than 40 rooms and three distinctive turrets, or towers, like the Northeast Tower shown here, and served as the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot. Participants will learn about many of the distinctive features of the mansion, including what the Milford estate and the iconic Statue of Liberty have in common.  Read more

Burleigh introduces books at CAS

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to a date TBA. CAS apologizes for the inconvenience, and will announce the new date and time as soon as possible.  Read more

Trials and tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more