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July 03, 2015
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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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Young critters emerge

A year ago, I received a phone message from a homeowner in reference to an eagle that seemed to be stuck in a bush near his home. I called the homeowner back and, after a few minutes of conversation, it was determined that the eagle was in less peril than was first thought. It turned out to be a fledgling young eagle that just picked the wrong landing spot; it extricated itself to find a more suitable perch.  Read more

‘Yippee i yo ti ay’

Here I am in Texas, in the month of June. At a time when Green Drakes and pale Evening Duns are hatching on the Catskill rivers, this is no time for a fly fisher to be in Texas. Then why am I here? First off, my oldest Texas grandson, Matthew Buchanan Brown, graduated from the Westlake Academy high school on June 1. Secondly, my best fishing partner, Barbara Ann, has been battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia for the past five years and this has taken a sudden turn for the worst. Her oncologist wants her to be nearby until he can bring her leukemia back under control.  Read more

Somerville Brothers play the Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Somerville Brothers perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Friday, June 14 starting at 8 pm. Their music blends contemporary country with rock and roots, spanning a spectrum of influence from Vince Gill and Restless Heart to the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Ken and Barry are both signed to one of Nashville’s top publishing companies. With several CDs released, they continue to collaborate with hit songwriters on music row and perform at a variety of shows and venues. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

‘Miracle Worker’ takes the stage at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The classic stage adaptation of the Helen Keller story, William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” will be presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop for six performances at the Rivoli Theatre from June 21 to 30.  Read more

Free outdoor film screening at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A free outdoor film screening of an original documentary that explores how the nation’s conservation movement started in Milford, PA will be shown on the lawn of Grey Towers on Saturday, June 15, at dusk (approximately 7:30 p.m.). “Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot,” filmed by the regional PBS station, WVIA, highlights Pinchot’s philosophy of natural resource conservation through sustainable use and how that legacy continues today.  Read more

Secret Garden Tour in Wayne County

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold its 13th annual Secret Garden Tour, a drive-yourself tour of Wayne County gardens, on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a ticket and pick up a copy of the itinerary at the WCHS, 810 Main St. Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance, or on the day of the tour. To reserve tickets with a credit card, call 570/253-3240 or email wchspa@ptd.net, or send a check to WCHS, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Terry plays the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Jesse Terry, an award-winning songwriter who tours nationally, will perform on Saturday, June 15 at the Silk Mill. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with concert at 7:30.

Terry has won grand prizes in several international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition. The New Music Seminar recently selected Terry as one of the Top 100 Unsigned Artists on the Verge.  Read more

‘The Subtle Body’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “The Subtle Body,” a play in English and Mandarin (with subtitles) about the transmission of ideas across time and culture, will be performed at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Developed in Shanghai and in New York, this historical comedy tells the story of an 18th-century love rectangle, where everyone must confront a foreign interpretation of the human heart. The play was created and produced by the Brooklyn, NY-based theatre company Gold No Trade. Visit www.nacl.org or call 845/557-0694.

Free outdoor concert; Roots & Rhythm on Saturday

HONESDALE, PA — A day of free, live music awaits on Saturday, June 15 as Honesdale hosts its eighth annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. with local bands performing throughout town. The main stage lights up at 1:30 p.m. in Central Park and “rocks on” until long after dusk.

Other events taking place during the day include the sixth annual Airing of the Quilts. Quilters from the tri-state area will hang their handmade treasures on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Jackie Murphy at A Stitch in Time, 570/253-6864 or email AStitchInTime2@gmail.com.  Read more

Hurleyville-Sullivan First kick off concert

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Hurleyville-Sullivan First, a local beautification group that receives funding from Sullivan Renaissance, will hold a free community concert on Saturday, June 15 outdoors at the Hurleyville firehouse at 166 Main Street from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The concert will feature classic rock and roll music by Side FX NY. Concert-goers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be available.  Read more

DVAA opens two exhibits in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. will host a double opening reception on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. for photographer Joe Statuto, whose exhibit “Perhaps in a Dream” will be shown in the main gallery, and for Matt Pozorski, whose sculpture and drawings show, “We Few, We Happy Few,” will be shown in the loft gallery. Both shows run through July 6.  Read more

Les Paul celebration in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — A celebration of music history legend Les Paul will take place on Saturday, June 15, created by Bloomingburg-based musician and technologist Gregory Ercolino and hosted at the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company.  Read more

UpFront opens season

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space launches its summer season with an exhibit featuring the photography of Lonnie Schlein, who for over 35 years was photo editor for The New York Times while also pursuing his own career as a photographer.

In 2001, Schlein was assigned to handle all photography documenting the September 11 attacks on the U.S. for the paper’s special section, “A Nation Challenged,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He also published a photo book of the same name.  Read more

Karen Hudson River Band CD release party

NORTH BRANCH, NY — The Karen Hudson River Band will celebrate the release of her CD “Sonic Bloom” on June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn. The CD is produced by roots rock guitarist and producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Joan Jett, Steve Earle and Del Lords), and was funded with the support of fans and friends, and foundation grants. Hudson is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts.  Read more

CAS Summer Members Show welcomes warm weather

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its fourth annual Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from June 15 to July 14. A free opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Themes of nature and celebrating the summer shine through this year’s show. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit arts center. For more information, visit www.catskillartsociety.org, or call 845/436-4227.

Tractors and trout; Who could ask for anything more?

It is my humble opinion that if Norman Rockwell were alive today, he’d be living in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Rockwell, who was a 20th century American painter and illustrator, enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States for his reflection of American culture, and is most famous for his cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.  Read more

A mural is worth a thousand words

HONESDALE, PA — The mural painters have a really big canvas—the side of a brick building at 7th and Main streets in Honesdale, and as the artists work, a rural farm scene emerges—a red barn in the distance under a brilliant blue sky, a contented brown cow in the foreground staring at passersby, a farmhouse surrounded by fields of dazzling green, a bounty of vibrant fruits and vegetables spilling into the foreground, and at the bottom of the canvas, a waving banner where the words “Wayne County Grown” will be painted. (More about that in a minute.)  Read more

Home truths

Last month, climate scientists announced that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) had surpassed 400 parts per million, an alarming milestone since CO2 is earth’s most abundant heat-trapping greenhouse gas (GHG). A few weeks earlier, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reported on American attitudes on the issue. It turns out that only about eight percent of Americans are genuine climate change skeptics.  Read more

Painted turtles

It’s turtle time in the Upper Delaware River region—time to watch out for dark disc-like shapes along area roadways as turtles move about seeking areas of dirt and gravel in which to deposit their eggs.

This common and attractive turtle exhibits a combination of deep green, black, bright red and yellow coloring. It is often seen basking on logs and rocks in ponds, lakes and wetlands to regulate body temperature. Like snakes, turtles are “poikilothermic,” meaning that their body temperature is largely affected by the temperature of their surroundings.  Read more

Hecho en Clarks Summit

I’m shooting a new music video for the Scranton-based band “The Great Party” this coming weekend in Clarks Summit, PA. It’s going to be a Day-of-the-Dead themed, Mexican style fiesta, complete with face paint, graveyard digging and singing from inside of a coffin.  Read more

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