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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Old Time Fiddlers in the park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will present the Old Time Fiddlers on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park. For many of their 32 years of performing, they have been a staple to our concerts in the park. The group, with their award-winning director, Steve Jacobi, plays traditional tunes and styles. Instruments are acoustic; only microphones and the piano are electric. The group’s fiddle styles include Irish, Scottish, bluegrass, Texas swing and old time. Their web page can be viewed on Old Time Fiddlers/Facebook.  Read more

Grey Towers provides setting for quartet

MILFORD, PA — Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will perform on Saturday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Produced by the Kindred Spirits Arts Program in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, the event will be held outdoors in a tented pavilion rain or shine.  Read more

North Indian music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center will present “Luminous Ragas,” with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of North Indian Classical Music on the bansuri bamboo flute with Gorn and tablas with Buchen.  Read more

Life is but a dream...

What a week! The entire Upper Delaware valley is thrumming with activity and for every event that I attended, it seems there were two or three that I missed! My first stop last Wednesday was the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplayhouse.org) and its smashing production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” There’s a full-scale review at www.riverreporteronline.com in Arts & Leisure, but here’s a preview: it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  Read more

North Indian music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center will present “Luminous Ragas,” with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of North Indian Classical Music on the bansuri bamboo flute with Gorn and tablas with Buchen.  Read more

The hat quest

I bought a Yankee cap before the game last weekend and wore it on my first trip to the new stadium. It seemed fitting. Looking around the crowd, there were more people in hats than not. It was a great afternoon game. Sold out crowd. Shady seats. A couple of home runs. The Yankees won. Couldn’t have gotten much better. After the game I slipped the Yankee cap on a door handle and wondered whether I’d wear it ever again.  Read more

Building a slow community

The second annual Slow Living Summit took place last month in Brattleboro, VT, attracting about 400 people, almost twice the number that attended the event last year. Speakers included Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel; and Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx.  Read more

A recommendation for open government

New York State political caucus meetings have been exempt from the Open Meetings Law since 1977. A political caucus is when the majority of a governing body meets behind closed doors away from the public to conduct business. The New York State Committee on Open Government does, however, emphasize that it is essential to the democratic process that public business be performed in an open and public manner and that our citizens have the right to observe the performance of our public officials and attend the decisions that set public policy.  Read more

Theatre Beat: Forestburgh's 'Rocky Horror Show' is out of this world

When British horror/comedy/musical 'The Rocky Horror Show' debuted in 1973, London audiences immediately declared it a smash, and its popularity skyrocketed accordingly. Crossing the pond to Los Angeles in 1974, the film adaptation quickly began production and an instant cult following was born. Today, fans worldwide have made the movie version the longest-running release in cinematic history.  Read more

True words

Norman MacLean once wrote, “No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and then the fish is gone.”  Read more

Flicker fledglings

When a friend called me up and said he had a northern flicker nest in his backyard in late June, I packed my camera and binoculars in anticipation of some good looks. Northern flickers, as most woodpeckers, are cavity nesters, and the cavities are frequently low enough on the trunks of trees to afford some excellent views of young being fed by adults.  Read more

One man’s legacy

At first my uncle Hal was just the one my aunt was marrying—essential, almost peripheral, enigmatic. No one could match her in beauty, so he matched her in intellect. An intellect of physics, an appreciation of ballet and opera to match her yen for Yeats and Jung. But I didn’t know any of that at five years of age, when they married. To me, he was the husband. I didn’t know why she needed him, but I got that it was important. He was awkward and mostly silent, not glib like the rest of our family. He wore thick glasses and his hair in a brush cut. I almost didn’t see him in the glare of the rest of our family—raucous and laughing, well-oiled. But by the time my step-father had disappeared, he was still there and now a father himself. His whole being seemed to swell with the creation of his family.  Read more

Green Acres is the place for me

It’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and having done so twice in the last four months (don’t ask!), I can attest to that. Finding myself unexpectedly looking (again) for a new place to settle, I was determined that this would (hopefully) be the last... and thankfully, the gods were smiling down on me as I raced against time, searching high and low for a place to rest my weary head.  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.  Read more

Entertainment briefs

Grey Towers hosts Rachel Carson film
MILFORD, PA—A free outdoor film screening of “A Sense of Wonder,” the story of biologist Rachel Carson’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it, is planned for Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpke.  Read more

1he Fiber Revolution comes to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Interpretations in Fiber,” opening on Friday, July 13 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St., showcases the breath, imagination and variety of the award-winning and nationally recognized fiber artists who are members of a group known collectively as Fiber Revolution. The group exhibition, curated by Katharina Litchman, opens with a reception on July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kevan Lunney, winner of the Surface Design Award 2012, will lead a gallery talk from 6:15 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Entdertainment briefs

Eisenberg to headline at Nutshell  Read more

‘World’s Worst Art’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck is presenting its first-ever “World’s Worst Art” show, with a grand opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. One oddball installation, in a graphic confrontation, takes the axe to pieces of genuine art. Another questions whether some creative works have really earned their premier spots—in the garbage can. Some modern masterpieces may seem suddenly ugly, and classic styles will turn oddly unpleasant.  Read more

Celebrating an icon of the American West

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the eighth annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.  Read more