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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.

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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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St. Paul’s sponsors ‘Jonah’ bus trip

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see the biblical musical “Jonah” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, (Lancaster County) PA, on Wednesday, October 24. The tickets cost $110 for adults, $95 for teens (12 to 18) and $75 for children (three to 12). The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market where you can buy lunch or eat your own brown-bag lunch, the 1 p.m. show and a smorgasbord dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Read more

St. Paul’s sponsors ‘Jonah’ bus trip

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see the biblical musical “Jonah” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, (Lancaster County) PA, on Wednesday, October 24. The tickets cost $110 for adults, $95 for teens (12 to 18) and $75 for children (three to 12). The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market where you can buy lunch or eat your own brown-bag lunch, the 1 p.m. show and a smorgasbord dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Read more

Fall Harvest Festival at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Celebrate autumn the traditional way at the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature seasonal exhibits and old-time activities including candle making, arts and crafts and food preservation.

The event will also include hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, beverages and a live animal presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pre-registration is not required. Admission costs $5 per car.  Read more

Campo Doro Institute performs recital

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project and the Campo Doro Vocal Institute invite you to the Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on September 3, at 2:30 p.m. for an eclectic afternoon of diverse vocal music ranging from jazz to opera, traditional musical theatre to great American song.  Read more

Swing in to Labor Day at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will lead into Labor Day with a special evening of poetry and jazz on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Poet Barry Wallenstein will read from his recent collection of selected and new poems, “Drastic Dislocations,” and jazz guitarist and composer Steve Carlin will play and accompany Wallenstein in a performance of their celebrated collaborations of poetry and jazz. They will be joined by special guests bassist Tony DeCicco and saxophonist Larry Ravdin.  Read more

The Laugh Tour

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson will headline The Laugh Tour at the Nutshell on September 1. The evening will also feature Chris Distefano, Erika Wasser and emcee Rich Kiamco. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Drinks and food will be available.

Online tickets will be available until 12 noon the day of show at www.brownpap ertickets.com/event/269605. Tickets cost $15 online, $20 at the door (no drink minimum). Visit www.TheLaughTour.com.

Labor Day Parade in DeBruce

DEBRUCE, NY — “Cars, Crafts & Country” are coming to the DeBruce Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 3. For the third year in a row, the festivities will benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library.

The gathering begins at 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats, The MountainTones Marching Band, Farmer Jim and His Clan, the antique “Parksville” fire truck and over 50 antique cars. The party will include entertainment by Lorena the Flamenco Dancer, Rainbow Fire Hoops, Kelly Curtis Juggling & Face Painting and Balloon Art by the Balloon-a-tic.  Read more

Tastes of Wayne alights at the Ledges

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Tastes of Wayne-First Wednesdays program will travel to the Glass Wine Bar & Bistro at Ledges Hotel on Wednesday, September 5. For every meal served at the restaurant, a donation will be made to the Wayne County Historical Society. Plan your choices of wine and small plates by looking at Glass’s menu on their website, www.ledgeshotel.com/glasswine.htm.

New art exhibition

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Framing the Landscape,” a three-person exhibition featuring photographs from Gregory T. Davis and Chip Forelli and oil paintings by Kit Sailer, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., running September 1 to October 7.  Read more

Neversink Farm barn dinner

CLARYVILLE, NY — A dinner will be served at Neversink Farm, a small-scale organic vegetable and flower farm in the Catskills, on Saturday September 1. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘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

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