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July 30, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

Nothing says summer like firing up the barbeque, though all this rain is threatening to put a crimp in our grilling. But inclement weather could never stop me from making my favorite Thai-style...

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I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure...

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It’s July, and this is the time when young birds of all types are reaching the point where they are leaving their nests and learning to fend for themselves. Among the myriad of species of young...

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“We will be coming through with our snack service shortly; the list of items available for this trip is in the seatback in front of you. Today’s Wi-Fi entertainment can be found on the free app,...

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Actually, it was more like a midsummer dream of a weekend. While loath to admit that July is already gone, the plethora of events here in the Upper Delaware River region has been staggering of...

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The Upper Delaware River region is riddled with water bodies, ranging from rivers to lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Those who spend time near such waters are likely to encounter the northern...

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Harbison work to premier during summer music festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Celebrated American composer John Harbison has been named Composer in Residence for Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) 20th Anniversary Summer Festival, “Transformations.” The festival will run from July 14 through 27 with concerts presented in various venues in Jeffersonville, Bethel, Callicoon and North Branch.  Read more

Dramatic workshop presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Alice in Wonderland,” a musical that features children ages four through 18 acting, dancing and singing. Performances will be Friday, July 19 and Saturday 20 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at the Rivoli Theater. Tickets cost $7. A special matinee is on July 17 at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Photography exhibit at Hasbrouck

HASBROUCK, NY — Catskill area photographer Louis Jawitz is returning to The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck this July with a collection of his international images. An opening-day public reception will be held on Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., and runs throughout the month with viewings by appointment.

In a new show titled “India,” Jawitz presents a range of scenes that depict the lives of everyday people in that vast and diverse nation. This is his third exhibition at the Old Stone House in recent years, each previous show having generated record-setting attendance.  Read more

Exploring the history, architecture and future of Catskill’s resorts

LIBERTY, NY — The 18th annual Sullivan County Architectural Tour and the 12th annual Catskills Preservation/History Conference will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center. The tour will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and the conference will immediately follow it from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Read more

Marc Berger at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Marc Berger & The Posse will perform their own particular brand of gritty western music including songs from their award winning album, “Ride,” at the Cooperage on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m., presented by RiverFolk Concerts.

“Ride” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  Read more

Funky bluegrass at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The Boston Boys, a bluegrass/Americana band with musicians from Berklee College of Music and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, will perform in the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. The band has roots in many genres, including blues, hip-hop, hula, country, funk and rock.  Read more

Auditions to be held for Northern Tier Symphony

HONESDALE, PA — Auditions for the Northern Tier Symphony will be held on Tuesday, August 27 in Honesdale, PA. The symphony has openings for openings for percussion, principal second violin, violin I, violin II, viola, cello , harp I, harp II, oboe I, oboe II, English horn, clarinet II, clarinet III, bassoon I, horn I, trumpet I, bass, concertmaster and assistant concertmaster.

For more information, email northern tiersymphony@yahoo.com or call 570/289-1090.

Parksville Music Festival moves to Dead End Café

PARKSVILLE, NY — Although it’s no longer a restaurant, the Dead End Café will reopen as a performance space on Sunday, July 7 welcoming (U)nity, an American Cuban jazz ensemble, performing as part of Sullivan County’s newest summer music festival, Parksville USA Music Festival. The music series launched in the spring at the Parksville Methodist Church, but is now moving to this new location.  Read more

Summer barbeque at Hotel Fauchere

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchere recently introduced The Paper Plate BBQ, which will be held every Friday and Saturday night until Labor Day at 5:30 p.m. in the Patisserie Fauchere.  Read more

Two craft opportunities for young children and teens

LIBERTY, NY — The Second Saturday Craft program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County 4-H is offering two craft class opportunities for children at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on Saturday, July 13.

A perler bead class will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for youth five years of age and older. Participants of this option will be challenged to explore original color designs within the templates provided. The cost of the perler bead craft is $3 per child and includes supplies.  Read more

‘We Call It Art’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance helps celebrate this year’s Founders Day with the opening of the new art exhibit “We Call It Art.” The gallery will be open all day on Saturday, July 6, during Wurtsboro’s Founders Day Street Fair.

Visitors to the gallery that day will enjoy an exhibit and sale of original works of art made by local area artists, art demonstrations, raffle drawings and vendor booths.

The exhibit will be on display from July 6 through July 28. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Root n’ Roost July 4th on the 6th celebration

WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, NY — Root n’ Roost Farm will hold its second annual BBQ Party and Art and Music Splash on Saturday, July 6 from 1 p.m. until late night. There will be farm fresh food, live music, painting around the farm, farm tours, a hot-tub and swimming.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival call for volunteers

MILFORD, PA — With the 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival approaching, volunteers are being sought to participate in the festival. Volunteer activities are not limited to the festival, and include several pre-game events. The first will be the debut of the Artful Bear Sculptures on August 10 at the Milford Community Building.  Read more

Everything old is new again

I’m no hoarder, but I’m not keen on throwing things away either. As a result, I am completely on board with recycling, reusing and (my new personal favorite) repurposing. Wiktionary.org defines repurpose as “to reuse for a different purpose on a long-term basis,” which includes altering the original, e.g. “the church was repurposed as a nightclub by removing the pews.” Repurposing is big here in the Upper Delaware River Valley and I often stop to admire the clever projects that my friends and neighbors have produced.  Read more

A habitat snapshot; The 2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

HANCOCK, NY — From noon on June 28 to noon on June 29, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on a 63.5 acre tract, the “Gales Property” just downstream of the Delaware River West Branch confluence in Wayne County, PA. This property is owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and executive director Karen Outlaw, explained that this was the first bioblitz ever held in Wayne County or anywhere else in the Upper Delaware Region.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 3

On Sunday, the Cochecton Youth Group had its car wash and bake sale. The kids worked very hard washing cars and selling baked goods. It was a very profitable day, and we have to thank Gasko and Meyers for letting us use their driveway and water. We would not have been able to pull it off without the bakers who donated the yummy baked goods, and Ed Grund, who is the liaison to the youth group from the town board. He did all the schlepping and setting up for us and also made the big chunks of ice, so we had ice-cold water to drink.  Read more

Why do I do it?

Why do I do it? I asked myself this question many times during the last few months while rehearsing a new play for a decidedly short run in Milford, PA. The play, “Four Score and Seven,” was written by a theatre buddy of mine, John Klemeyer. We once played opposite each other as the murderous brother/sister, husband/wife team in Ira Levin’s thriller “Veronica’s Room” on another way-off-Broadway stage in the Catskills. So that was one reason in favor of the dozens of car trips between Narrowsburg, NY and Milford and New York City to rehearsals and finally, performances.  Read more

Lunch at the lake

It was an early June day, one of those perfect sunny days with temperatures in the high 70s; I decided I could no longer sit at the computer and work on whatever report I happened to be working on, so I took a break in the form of a late morning walk. I walked to a nearby lakeshore and thought in hindsight that I should have packed a lunch. When I arrived at the lake, I observed that I wasn’t the only hungry one there.  Read more

Our ‘Frenchman’s Pond’

Have you read any of the books written by John Voelker? This gentleman was once a Supreme Court Justice of the State of Michigan. If not his book, perhaps you are familiar with his short essay, “Testament of Fisherman.” In all of his writings, he used the pen name Robert Traver. He burst onto the national scene when in 1958 he wrote the novel “Anatomy of a Murder.” The book attracted the attention of Hollywood. It was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick. The financial success of the book allowed Judge Voelker, late in life, to devote himself to writing and fly fishing.  Read more

The shoot

I’m in the middle of a field surrounded by a dozen or so drunk extras in Day of the Dead face paint. The sun is setting fast. I’ve stood by my choice to have a dolly shot to open the party scene of the music video I’m directing, and we are taking the time to get it. But it means we will get far fewer other shots. Now I’m second guessing myself.

The set is beautiful with a makeshift altar stretching 20 feet up in the air. The band will place a coffin at the foot of it and the lead singer will emerge at a strange party and perform the end of the song.  Read more

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