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November 28, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Nothin’ but a hound dog

Okay, I give up. My never-ending effort to stand on my own two feet and crawl out of the shadow of my dog’s popularity has failed. I’m waving the white flag, admitting defeat and giving in. Some of you would argue that I created this monster, but the simple truth is that no one is to blame. It is what it is, and I’m now sanguine about the whole affair. I live with a celebrity and am hanging on for dear life. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be out of a job and still, the popular consensus is that Dharma writes this column, while I just drive her around. So be it.  Read more

‘Enough Said’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present director Nicole Holofcener’s new film, “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, opening Friday, October 25 at the Callicoon Theater.

A divorced massage therapist, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client.  Read more

‘Threads’ opens: Six artists, one theme

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will open a new show featuring six artists, including some not before seen in the area. The opening reception is Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will run through Sunday, November 24.

The six artists wind their way through the exploration of texture, light and color with fabric playing an integral part in the process. Fabric kites and wall hangings by Wilfredo Aponte emphasize color and shape.  Read more

A folk legend in the making

BETHEL, NY and HAWLEY, PA — There will be two chances this weekend for area residents to see Connor Garvey, a singer/songwriter whose “rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz,” (music blog Direct Current). On Friday, October 25, Garvey will appear at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B in Bethel, NY, starting at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘A Landscape Meditation’

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery’s next show, “A Landscape Meditation,” features the work of two local artists who are expert in capturing the rural beauty and ambiance of their surroundings. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Birds in the neighborhood

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a book signing with John Haas, author of the newly revised “Birding Guide to Sullivan County, NY” (third edition, 2013) on Saturday, October 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors. There will also be displays and a colorful take-home map about one of the region’s top birding area—the Basha Kill wetland, compliments of the Basha Kill Area Association. You’ll learn about their many free programs and walks throughout the year too.  Read more

Americana and bluegrass at the D&H

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne and Mike Baglione and friends on Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Local artist wins 1st place in New York City

QUEENS, NY — Local artist Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr. was recently presented with his first-place award by SUNY Empire President Merodie Hancock at the annual SUNY Empire State College art competition at the New York LaGuardia Marriot Hotel in New York City. More than 100 international, national and New York State artists competed in the competition.  Read more

Enjoy ‘Tea with Friends’

MONTICELLO, NY — Elizabeth Knight, author of several best-selling books on tea and entertaining, will share her expertise during a tea tasting program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Inn at Lake Joseph. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the E.B. Crawford Public Library.  Read more

Nesin Cultural Arts holds recital

MONTICELLO, NY —The Fifth Annual Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship Recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25 in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John St. Featured performers will include current and retired Monticello Central School District (MCSD) faculty, Monticello High School alumni and special guest artists and music educators from Sullivan County.  Read more

‘50s-themed dinner and dance in Milford

MILFORD, PA — There will be a ‘50’s Dinner/Dance hosted by St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Council #13935, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall on High Street on Saturday, October 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. to benefit the food pantry and other local charities. It will include a full dinner including dessert, coffee and soft drinks (BYOB); music by Rich Wilson; and a 50/50. Tickets cost $25 per person (limited tickets available at the door for $30). Tickets will be sold after all Sunday masses at St.  Read more

Historical Society will bring characters to life at the Old Stone Jail

HONESDALE, PA — Usually people will do anything to stay out of jail, but when the Wayne County Historical Society brings history back to life at the historic Old Stone Jail on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 25 and 26, they’ll be in for a special treat (no tricks). From 6 to 9 p.m. on both evenings visitors will discover at least some of the secrets behind the thick dungeon-like walls of the stoic stone structure.  Read more

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town graveyard, located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA, is planned for Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Abiding in Cochecton

“The rural cemeteries… were America’s first public parks. They were intended from the beginning to be places of resort, not only for those who had friends or relatives buried there, but for the general public as well.”

—John F. Sears, “Sacred Places: American Tourist Attractions of the Nineteenth Century”  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 24

I write my column this week with a very heavy heart. Horace “Bud” Buddenhagen passed away on Saturday October 19 in Wayne Woodland in Waymart, PA with his family by his side. His wife Emily told me it’s going to be very hard to live alone after 65 years; who is she going to argue with? I told her to call my husband. The Buddenhagen family will have a memorial for Bud sometime in November; I will keep you informed.  Read more

‘Are you talking to ME?’

It was a nice crisp October Saturday morning as the better half and I sat with our morning coffee. I had one section of the paper and she the other. “Today would be a beautiful day for a train ride through the mountains,” is what I heard. I looked over the rim of my glasses and in my best Robert DeNiro said, “Are you talking to me?”, quoting his character Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver.” Then the explanation came: in the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, there is the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which winds through the beautiful mountains, and the scenery is amazing this time of year.  Read more

Mantis on the mountain

September 8th promised to be a good day to observe migrating hawks; a cold front had just passed and there was a light to moderate wind from the northwest. Some hawks were counted at Sunrise Mountain, but there was another predator of the insect variety that caught my eye. Sitting on a bush, almost invisible as it blended in with leaves, was a mantis sitting in wait for its next meal.  Read more

A run-in with the law

I came over the hill and saw him. Staring blankly back at me. As fast as I could manage, my foot glanced the brake and I slowed. If cars had faces (as a young child I got this idea in my head and forever see their head-lighted eyes, grill noses and bumper mouths) then this cop car was glaring at me.  Read more

Liberty Free’s ‘Red’ at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will host the Liberty Free Theatre’s reading of “Red,” a Tony-winning play by John Logan about the artist Mark Rothko, on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The reading and reception will be held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

“Red” was praised by the New York Times as “intense and exciting… a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.” Roaring with an electrifying clash of ideas, “Red” lays bare a truthful portrait of a visionary artist.  Read more

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