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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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A weekend to celebrate ramps

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Ramps Fest will be held the weekend of May 4 and 5, presented by Slow Food UpDeRiVa. On May 4 there will be a “Ramp Tramp” at Channery Hill Farm in Callicoon Center at 2 p.m. Participants will take a walk and learn how to identify and conscientiously harvest wild ramps, and take some home.  Read more

Contra Dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its first Contra Dance of the 2013 season on Saturday, April 27 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.  Read more

Chamber Music at St. Andrews presents baroque opera

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. “The Judgment of Paris” (1700), a semi-staged Baroque opera by John Eccles, opens Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s 12th season of free concerts. Harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, directing from the keyboard, and a talented group of young, accomplished singers will make this a unique musical offering. Also on the program are harpsichord sonatas played by Cooper.

Reservations are required; call 845/292-8967 or email pcfriedman27@gmail.com.

Students’ musical delivers anti-bullying message

MILFORD, PA — A cast of fifth and sixth graders from Delaware Valley Elementary School (DVES) will present “Letters to Daddy,” a musical with an anti-bullying message, at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

Filled with singing, dancing and entertainment, this is the first production ever presented by DVES students.  Read more

‘Seriously good music’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — “Concerts in the Coop” presents Grammy-award-winning French guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel on Friday, April 26 at The Cooperage. The show starts at 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:15 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Once in a blue moon

Before you start sending letters, I am aware that this astronomical event has not happened in a while. In fact, a second full moon within a single calendar month is rare, which is how the colloquial use of the term came into being. A quick check online illuminated this concept while informing me that usage of the phrase is actually not at all unusual. Within minutes I discovered a brewery, a cafe, a boutique and a board game, all named Blue Moon. Songs have been written and poems have been penned, but the definition of a blue moon remains the same—infrequent, uncommon and odd.  Read more

Swimming with pachyderms in Thailand

LAMPANG, THAILAND — Fremont resident Don Downs and his wife Edie travelled to Thailand in February and spent a couple of days living with elephants.  Read more

Sore throat; many events

How come when I was a kid and I got strep throat I could still go out and play? Now that I am in my 50s, it’s taking forever to go away—two weeks on antibiotics, plus the doctor wants me to go see an ear, nose and throat specialist on May 2. If my throat still hurts by then, I am going to be a bit cranky.  Read more

Community spirit soars at African drum and dance event

BETHEL, NY — Maxwell Kofi Donkor and Sankofa returned to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on April 14 as part of the center’s World Stage Series. The series has grown in popularity in recent years and offers free events to the community, providing a wide range of performances from all around the globe. Last Sunday, the Event Gallery was filled to capacity with families, many of whom arrived early to participate in a signature aspect of the series, a hands-on art activity, this time based on the traditional arts of Africa.  Read more

Nature springs forth

Officially, spring has been here for a few weeks, and the sun has been getting higher in the sky. The cold weather, however, has been showing resistance in leaving, as it usually does by this time. I have seen snow and ice on the ground in shaded areas in northern Delaware and Sullivan Counties as late as the 8th of April this year.  Read more

Steel Magnolia to headline ThunderBash

LIBERTY, NY — Steel Magnolia will headline the eighth annual ThunderBash, presented by Thunder 102, The Town of Thompson and Concord Associates at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele and David Adam Byrnes, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy, Somerville and 2012 Texaco County Showdown Winner Cathy Paty performing with Somerville and guest host Mr. Nashville, Billy Block.

ThunderBash will open with the National Anthem performed by the Eldred Key Elements.  Read more

Acadian food and music launch DVAA fundraiser

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Taste of Acadia” kicks off the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) fundraising series “Savor the Arts” with two events on Sunday, April 21 at the Tusten Theatre. An authentic Acadian luncheon (from the French Canadian Maritime Provinces) will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the community hall below the theatre. A concert will follow at 2 p.m. by the Prince Edward Island-based Acadian band Vishtèn, playing a blend of Acadian and Celtic music performed on the fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, whistles, bodhran, jaw harp and moog, with percussive step dancing.  Read more

Werner and Koppel jazz up Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Werner/Koppel Jazz Duo will bring their sound to the Milford Theatre on April 26. The duo features American pianist Kenny Werner and Danish saxophone luminary Benjamin Koppel. This concert—the first of a series soon to be announced—will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Werner has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra and jazz stars like Toots Thielemans and David Sanchez. Danish saxophonist and composer Benjamin Koppel doesn’t only perform with Werner, the two are also the co-directors of the Valby Summer Jazz Festival.  Read more

UpFront spring exhibit

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its sixth annual spring artists reception and exhibition on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

UpFront currently has 40 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit including nine new artists

The public is invited to attend this event at no charge. This show will run through Saturday, May 31. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

BreezyGrass at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The band BreezyGrass brings its blend of bluegrass, newgrass, country, rock and all things in between to the Dancing Cat Saloon, 7 pm. A diverse take on acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass, percussive drumming, harmonies, and a deep concentration on songwriting. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Bridget Davis & the Viking Kings perform in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents brings the sounds of alternative, world-music blended with jazz and alternative folk as Bridget Davis and her band, the Viking Kings, perform at the Hawley Silk Mill’s Boiler Room overlooking the Wallenpaupack High Waterfalls on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $16 at www.silkmillharmony.com (and include a 20% discount at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro after 9:30 on the day of the show), or pay full price of $20 at the door.

Call 570/588-8077 for questions.

‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ headed for Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host a Zane Grey “Riders of the Purple Sage” double-feature over the weekend of April 19. The films will be shown on Friday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. The showings are free to the public and refreshments will be available.  Read more

River Rocks PoJam and benefit auction

HONESDALE, PA — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC), which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, will host River Rocks PoJam and Benefit Auction on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Cooperage.  Read more

Dance Journey at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Dance Journey will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at The Cooperage. There will be a “safe space” where all will be encouraged to move in their own ways and to release their deepest creative impulses. All are welcome. No dance experience necessary. Daniel Frangos, MA, facilitates individuals and groups to embody their full potential through movement. He has training in ecstatic dance, transformative movement, soul motion, martial arts and other expressive body modalities. Suggested donation is $10.  Read more

Zany 1930s film comedy in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature the zany 1936 comedy “My Man Godfrey” on Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Gregory La Cava, featuring Carole Lombard and William Powell, this comedy has a Depression-era social commentary at its core. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

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