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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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‘Hello Dolly!’ presented at Monticello High

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School students will present “Hello Dolly!” on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with a Tony Award-winning book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, the musical tells the story of a charming widow, Dolly Levi. “What do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the opening scene. “Some people paint, some sew... I meddle,” replies Dolly.  Read more

Fashion as art

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, March 31, “Clothing for Goddesses” will open at 4 p.m. in the newly remodeled Plunk Shop Barn at 39 Main Street. This fashion-as-art exhibition will highlight regional clothing artists as well as a range of experimental clothing and accessory works from artists/crafters of all media. The artists’ reception starts at 4 p.m., with a runway show at 5 p.m.

Artists represented are Joanna Hartell, Ramona Jan, Heather Jacksy, Tannis Kowalchuk, Leslie Lacika, Elizabeth Ennis, Pat Sprott, Judy DePalma, Claire Coleman and James Karpowicz. Call 212/951-0439.

Easter Bunny hopping into Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Fireman’s Field on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. There will be games and crafts for children of all ages and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be provided and firemen will be on hand to show children the fire trucks and their gear. There will be opportunities for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

In the event of bad weather, the Easter Bunny will visit the Yulan Firehouse. Donations for the event are welcome. Call 845/557-6090.

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. Visit  Read more

Techno Hotel

The thumping bass beats coming from next door rattle the windows of our hotel room in Miami. Though the music isn’t very loud while in the room, you can feel it in the floor.

I’m visiting Emily in South Beach, FL. She’s here producing a fairly big beer commercial. It’s very exciting for her and the director involved. I came down to visit and hang out, but it wasn’t until a day or so before I got here that Emily told me that Ultra, a new music festival, was going on that weekend.

“Hope that’s okay,” she had said sweetly.  Read more

Sullivan County attorney and friends ‘humbled’ by response to new book

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two women—one of them Sullivan County’s senior assistant attorney Cheryl McCausland—have published a book in which they share their personal encounters with the spiritual world. “Intertwined: Humble Journeys on the Pathway to God,” is a heartfelt and candid account of how each arrived at the shared belief that “human souls are predisposed to seek God and, by doing so, journey with the souls of others on the pathway to Him.”  Read more

Beyond befuddlement

Now that spring is upon us and we’re ready to don lightweight fabrics, I researched bamboo as an alternative to environmentally unfriendly cotton. What I discovered reinforced the fact that it’s often really, really befuddling to make sustainable choices.  Read more

Bear awareness

I awoke at 2:30 a.m. earlier this week to the sound of garbage cans being dumped onto their sides. This was followed by 20 minutes of rustling and tearing, as a black bear snacked on my neighbor’s garbage. The bruin then strolled down the road and repeated the activity at another neighbor’s driveway. The next morning was garbage day for residents of our rural road. Morning light revealed the remnants of the raid scattered around.  Read more

Celebrate, celebrate... dance to the music!

Seeking the lyrics on line to the Three Dog Night classic, I was redirected to www.oldielyrics.com. Oldie. If I weren’t so happy to be out and about this past weekend, the reference to my age might have aggravated me. Attempting to abide by doctor’s orders, I resolved to “take it easy” last Saturday, while celebrating in Jeffersonville, NY with thousands of St. Patrick’s Day revelers.  Read more

WCM kicks off the season on April Fools

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music will celebrate April Fools Day with “Fools & Fiddlers,” a concert at Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Hankins Road at 3 p.m. The concert begins WCM’s 19th season in Sullivan County, and is followed by a meet-the-artists reception.  Read more

Sponsors sought for Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Planning has begun for the third annual Wally Lake Fest, which takes place Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The festival was created to help summer last a little longer on the lake and in Hawley and since its inception, the last weekend in August has been one of the busiest weekends of the year as people flock to the Lake Region for the festivities. Wally Lake Fest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and made possible through dedicated and generous sponsors, volunteers, organizers, local businesses and supporters.  Read more

‘Vaudeville in the Catskills’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society and The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Vaudeville in the Catskills” on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at The Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street.  Read more

Flea market opens for the season

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The flea market at the Orange County Fairgrounds large parking area in Middletown will open for its sixth season on Saturday, March 31, weather permitting. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through November, and will be open during the annual Orange County Fair. Admission is free.  Read more

Author to speak at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Author Neela Vaswani will speak and sign copies of her books at a buffet luncheon benefiting the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 12 at 12 noon. It will take place at the Hotel Wayne, 1202 N. Main St. Vaswani is author of the short story collection “Where the Long Grass Bends,” and a memoir, “You Have Given Me a Country.” She and Silas House co-authored the middle grade novel-in-letters, “Same Sun Here,” which was released in February and is currently the number-one selling book for young adults in independent bookstores.  Read more

Quilts celebrate nature

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Sunday, April 1, Morgan Outdoors will unveil its sixth annual “The Great Outdoors—Quilts Celebrating Nature” show at 46 Main Street. The public is invited to the opening reception on April 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. The quilts will be on display from April 1 to 29.  Read more

Before Hollywood there was Cuddebackville

PORT JERVIS, NY — Seth Goldman, executive director of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville will present a free program at The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library on early film making in the area on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum’s mission is to preserve and document the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York’s Catskill region. Goldman is the acknowledged expert on the early film industry and the films made in the tri-state area in the early 20th century.  Read more

‘With Love from Shakespeare’s Women’ to raise funds for DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Act Underground will present “With Love from Shakespeare’s Women” as the first of a series of Arts Alive/Savor the Arts fundraisers this spring benefiting Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA).  Read more

‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “Eat Drink Man Woman” on Sunday, March 25 at 8:15 p.m. The offering is part of the Sunday Night Cinema series, “Cinema Gastronomique: Movies about Food and Dining.”

Multiple Academy Award winner Ang Lee is the director of this cinematic feast about a master chef whose food personifies his love for his three very modern Taiwanese daughters, all of whom long to flee the paternal nest. Voluptuous use of food stands as a metaphor for the daughters’ sexual exploits and the family’s rollicking dysfunction.  Read more

April show opens at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League will open their new show on April 5 at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be an array of oils, watercolors and photographs. The group is giving special recognition to one member, Diane Kimberley. Kimberley was an educator for 25 years in New Jersey. She is a watercolor artist and also creates unusual pieces of pottery. She resides now in Scott Center, where she has a studio and works on her paintings and ceramics.

The inn is located on Starlight Road. For more information visit www.innatstarlightlake.com or call 800/248-2519.

The 2012 prophesies: Fact or fantasy?

Doomsday is a strong word. Merely uttering it aloud conjures up all sorts of scenarios in one’s head, but ultimately it leads to the same conclusion. No matter how you slice it, and regardless of the language, dictionaries around the globe agree that doomsday is defined as “the last day of the world’s existence.”  Read more