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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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Dinner theatre performance to benefit Liberty Chamber

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — A performance of “B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder,” a benefit for the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be presented as a dinner theatre production on October 26 at the White Sulphur Springs firehouse on Route 52 at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will be produced by Big Sky Productions of Grahamsville, which recently celebrated its 17th anniversary and has a lifelong practice of performing benefits for non-profit organizations. Big Sky’s artistic Carol Montana directs the play.  Read more

Unique cello/guitar duo to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, October 25, a unique duo named Mudras, featuring Julia Horrocks on cello and Rembert Mezler on guitar, will take the stage at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30.

Horrocks and Mezler’s collaboration begins with arrangements of pieces originally written for other instruments, including works intended for full bands and orchestras. Their music will delight fans of classical music, tango, pop and more.  Read more

Tannis Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Written by award-winning Canadian playwright, Vern Thiessen, the full length one-act solo performance “Shakespeare’s Will” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. The play sheds light on William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Performed by NACL Theatre’s Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Kurt Knuth, costumes by Karen Flood, and directed by NACL resident director Mimi McGurl, the play looks through the eyes and heart of a woman and mother who spent a lifetime with and without the great playwright.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts presents the ‘rootsy’ Patrick Fitzsimmons

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three-time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist, and has had his songs placed in several independent films. His last CD, “So Beautiful So Blue,” made several Best of 2008 lists and was played on radio stations all over the country.  Read more

The time machine

There’s no time like the present, according to the old adage. While it seems prudent to be in the moment, there’s something to be said for revisiting the past once in a while, and planning for the future often comes in handy. The past week provided opportunities to do all three, and I’m still basking in the glow of reconnecting with old friends, thanks to social networking. For those of you who have chosen to eschew Facebook (and I’m sure you have your reasons) I’m here to testify.  Read more

CAS presents Yarnslingers storytelling event ‘Reunions’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for an evening of true stories titled “Reunions” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

City Stage to perform ‘Godspell’

MILFORD, PA — “Godspell” will be performed at the Milford Theatre from October 24 to 27, presented by City Stage Theatre Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This rock opera was first produced on Broadway in 1971 when it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. It employs theatrical devices including pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles.  Read more

Lakeside Players to present ‘Making a Killing’ at Grace Episcopal

HONESDALE, PA — Every fall, The Lakeside Players produce a mystery/thriller, and this month, they’re back in Honesdale, presenting “Making a Killing,” by John Nassivera. The play will be performed on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 827 Church St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.  Read more

UpFront slates autumn exhibit and artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open its autumn show, featuring the works of over 30 artists, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 31 Jersey Ave. The exhibit runs through November 27.

Among the works of the many artists will be several paintings by the late Joe Splendora of Milford, PA. (UpFront plans a solo exhibition of the “Art of Joe Splendora” during the winter.)

Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Contact Gordon Graff or Debbie Raia at 845/856-2727, or visit the “UpFront Exhibition Space” on Facebook.

Historical Society to Show Zane Grey’s ‘The Vanishing American’

MILFORD, PA — On Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m., The Pike County Historical Society will host a showing of, and commentary on, “The Vanishing American” (Paramount 1925). The film was adapted from the Zane Grey novel of the same title. Located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, the film will be shown in the Foundation Room of The Columns Museum.

Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand to discuss and introduce the film. Admission is free.  Read more

Sour Bridges to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The band Sour Bridges will perform on Friday, October 18, at The Cooperage at 7:30 p.m. Sour Bridges features Honesdale boys Bill and Matt Pucci.

In just three years, Sour Bridges has become a fixture of the Austin, TX music scene. It has nailed a reputation as the region’s premiere indie-bluegrass band. It plays “browngrass”—a mildly crazed offspring of bluegrass—with mandolin, banjo and fiddle at full-throttle, high-lonesome vocal harmonies, and a feverish exuberance that Texas public radio described as “Americana gone wild.”  Read more

‘Drop Dead’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) closes its 2013 Season with “Drop Dead,” a farce by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.

This comedy portrays the final dress rehearsal and opening night of a cast of has-been actors trying to revive their careers.  Read more

Adrien Reju plays Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Adrien Reju will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Drive on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Her melodies bear a similarity to the tradition of Carole King or Carly Simon, but in practice they’re more akin to the Dixie Chicks or indie-darling Feist. Reju has also recently joined A.C.Newman in support of Canadian singer-songwriter Neko Case, a legend to much of Generation Y.  Read more

Country weekend at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon goes all country this weekend, welcoming performers who are making their mark in Nashville and around the U.S.  Read more

TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts

ROSCOE, NY — Fisherwomen and fishermen headed to Roscoe last weekend to partake in many activities at the 2nd annual TroutoberFest. Sponsored by The Beaverkill Angler, Hardy, Orvis, Umpqua, Cortland, Patagonia and others, the event was an opportunity for anglers from as far away as Florida and Maine to gather and learn about new techniques, try out equipment, engage in a sanctioned fishing tournament and learn to fly fish.  Read more

A devil’s response to Paul Harvey


FROM: Screwdisk, Executive Vice-Demon for Sales,

HellCorp North America

TO: Regional Field Agent Scumbucket, Tempter Second Class

RE: “If I Were the Devil,” by Paul Harvey

My dearest nephew,  Read more

Crown Imperial

I came home from work this morning to find a package left on my doorstep. The box, left by the mail carrier, was stamped with these red lettered instructions: “open immediately.” So, with curiosity, I did—to find three heirloom crown imperial bulbs nestled in the classified section of an Ann Arbor newspaper.  Read more

PA trees at risk

At a recent meeting of the Wayne Conservation District, board members and staff received a sobering update on two factors negatively affecting Pennsylvania’s forests.

John Maza, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources service forester for Wayne and Lackawanna counties noted that the emerald ash borer (EAB), a brilliant green beetle that has decimated ash tree populations in multiple states since first being identified in Michigan in 2002, has now been identified in Luzerne County.  Read more

White Mills historic buildings open

WHITE MILLS, PA — Fall foliage, antiques and local history come together on Columbus Day weekend as White Mills opens the doors to several of the village’s historic attractions along the White Mills Community Trail. The Dorflinger Factory Cutting Shop hosts the 27th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show and Sale from Friday through Sunday.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents Verdi’s La Traviata

REGION — Join the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) in celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday with performances of his beloved opera “La Traviata” on October 14 at 8 p.m. at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave. #1600, NYC, and October 20 at 3 p.m. with Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at Rhinebeck High School Theater.

Under the stage direction of Carol Castel and diction coaching of Nico Castel, the cast includes Julie-Anne Hamula as Violetta, John Kaneklides as Alfredo, Wayne Line as Germont, Meredith Hudack as Flora and Annina, and Georgios Papadimitriou as Dottore Grenvil.  Read more

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