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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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‘A River Runs through It’ Riverscapes and piscine portraits

BETHEL, NY — Rivers and their piscine inhabitants—especially in the Upper Delaware region—form the theme of the Stray Cat Gallery’s show “A River Runs through It,” opening on Friday, October 11, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Liberty Museum to host tribute to Walter Keller

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will host the fifth annual Liberty Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the museum.

The festival was founded and organized annually by Walter Keller, long-time village store owner and the Village of Liberty’s Poet Laureate, who died this past year.

In honor of Keller, volunteers will read a cross-section of his poems interspersed with stories about Keller and reminiscences of his decades-long very public presence in Sullivan County.  Read more

Evan Mack’s ‘My Other Journey Home’

BETHEL, NY — Evan Mack returns to the community for his first concert in Sullivan County since 2007. “My Other Journey Home” is a concert of music composed by Mack, with works for solo piano, opera, violin and choir on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts. The performance will include mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell, violinist Joshua Rodriguez, and the Port Jervis High School Choir under the baton of Ruth Ann Gordon. The choir will sing Evan Mack’s “Langston Hughes’s Dream of Freedom.”  Read more

Pittman reads her latest at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local author and artist Helena Clare Pittman for a book signing and memoir experience introducing her newest book “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” at the CAS Arts Center, at 48 Main St. on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

Pittman will talk about her experience of writing from her memories of childhood, and the process of putting them together for this episodic novel that crosses over from children’s to adult reading. Books will be available for sale.  Read more

Special weekends at Cunningham Family Farms

SWAN LAKE, NY — To say thank you to first responders, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement, and support staff, Cunningham Family Farms will offer $1 off admission for any emergency services personnel and their families the weekend of October 12 to 14.

“Our first responders do so much to keep us safe and we’d like to give back and show our appreciation,” said Chris Cunningham. “We hope they enjoy their experience here on the farm.”  Read more

Call for artists: ‘Art in Sixes’ group show at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works show that will be held from November 23 to December 22. This is a juried exhibition.

Each artist can submit up to four works. All media will be considered. All artwork must be original and no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame). Must be professionally finished and ready to hang (pedestals are available) and must be for sale. All artwork will be judged from actual artwork.  Read more

Paintings of Caroline Harrow on display

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of October, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the paintings of Caroline Harrow in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Livingston Manor artist Harrow enjoys painting old barns and nature scenes in her realistic watercolor paintings. Her limited palette and muted colors have often been compared to Wyeth.

“I tried other mediums but found that my true love is in watercolors. I grew up on a farm in High Falls, NY and attended one of the last one-room schools in the state.  Read more

Grey Towers dramatic reading pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will become available to the public on October 1.

“Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. An 8 p.m. performance will be added when the 6 p.m. show sells out.  Read more

ARTery featured artists

MILFORD, PA — The opening reception for the ARTery October featured artists Randall Fitzgerald and Marie Liu will be held during Milford’s “Art After Dark” celebration on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from October 11 to November 4.  Read more

Grants for cultural programs

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is offering three grants to assist organizations and municipalities with cultural programming, and one grant for an artist-generated community project.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival kicks off October 18th

MILFORD, PA — The 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival, taking place October 18-20, begins a weekend-long celebration of independent filmmaking with its signature event, the Opening Night Gala. This year’s gala will be held October 18, 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Patrick’s event venue on 111 E. High St.  Read more

‘Best of Philly’ in Hawley, PA

HAWLEY, PA — Suzie Brown will be joined by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scot Sax, playing guitar and foot stomp, at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. This Harvard-educated cardiologist turned singer-songwriter has been named “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine and shared the stage with Lyle Lovett.  Read more

Storytelling dinner depicts life on the canal

HAWLEY, PA —The Wayne County Historical Society will hold its annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, which includes traditional storytelling, harvest season dinner and artfully carved pumpkins. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wayne County Historical Society’s restoration of Delaware & Hudson Lock 31 Canal Park.  Read more

‘Collage from your Heart’

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will present the workshop “Collage from your Heart” by mixed-media artist Alyta Adams at the Milford Borough Hall on Wednesdays, October 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adams’ workshop is a simple, immediate, and creative collage process, easy for anyone to learn. If you can look through magazines and catalogs, cut out images, and paste them down, you can find a new way to express yourself by learning to create a collage.  Read more

Haunted Lantern Tours

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be Haunted History Lantern Tours at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. “Who Killed Joseph Skinner?” and other family-friendly ghost stories of Cushetunk and beyond will be told.

Special guests will be The King’s Highlanders (18th century Scottish pipe and drum band ) plus the usual colonial-attired suspects: blacksmith John, Mrs. Thomas, the Rev. Clark, widow Skinner, Preston Meriwether et al. There will also be cider, donuts and treats. BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight).  Read more

Art in the Park in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Art in the park will be held at the Liberty Fall Harvest Festival in LaPolt Park on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art in the Park is a small gathering of artists and crafters in the LaPolt Park on Main Street in Liberty during the annual Liberty Fall Harvest Festival. There is no registration fee and you must bring your own table on first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP or for questions, email or call 845/292-9797.

Call to artists for CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from November 23 through December 31.  Read more

Historic Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors and scarecrows, for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days,” on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, sponsored by Wayne Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism and brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days, and the many superhero-themed scarecrows that merchants have made will be on display. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

A day of music in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, October 12, the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with the Tusten Historical Society, local businesses and public support to present Narrowsburg Music Day. A series of events will take place on Main Street and in Tusten Theatre.

At 2 p.m. there will be a free concert by the Buddy Allen Band performing on the deck on Main Street. Sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric, this concert of rhythm and blues is led by Buddy Allen, tenor sax; with Joe Piela, piano; Chacho Ramirez, drums; and TJ, bass.  Read more

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater

Poor guy, that Peter, Peter. Had a wife and couldn’t keep her. Actually, I feel sorry for her, since (according to the nursery rhyme) he then resorted to putting the old ball-and-chain into a pumpkin shell “and there he kept her very well.” These words flashed through my mind while glancing at my upcoming events schedule ( and sensing a theme emerging.  Read more

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