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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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First-run movies at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, owner of the historic 1923 Rivoli Theater on Main Street in South Fallsburg, has announced that first-run movies will return to the theater beginning on Friday, June 29, with “Madagascar: Escape to Africa.”

“We’re going to run movies all summer at times when we do not have a live event going on at the theater.” said workshop board nember Jackie Perito. Proceeds from the movie program will help fund the ongoing effort to restore the theater’s classic neon-and-stud-light marquee.  Read more

‘Out on a Limb’ at BrookHouse

BARRYVILLE, NY — The BrookHouse Gallery’s will open “Out on a Limb” on Saturday, July 7, featuring recent paintings by David Lee Bush and jewelry by James Hawley, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Independence Day events

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will hold its 2012 Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, with a rain date of Friday, July 6. The show will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Prior to the fireworks, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will host a celebration in Central park beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be live music, vendors games and more throughout the afternoon and evening. (See page x for more information).  Read more

All the world’s a stage

With a bit of rest after last week’s whirlwind tour of the region, I was able to begin anew and zipped around the four corners, in search of entertainment. Having taken a lengthy hiatus from Rich Kiamco’s traveling Comedy Club (www.thelaughtour.com), I was newly excited to make my way to the Nutshell in Lake Huntington (www.nutshellarts.com ), which has become a monthly home for Manhattan’s up-and-coming comics, who often test new material on the (sometimes) unsuspecting audience that the tour attracts.  Read more

Fireworks at 14

There is nothing a 14-year-old boy likes better than an explosion, and nothing more entertaining than a night of fireworks. At least so it is with my son, Sam, whose teenage solution to all problems is the wise-ass comment: “Let’s blow it up.” He says this just to irk me, I know, but it does convey a glimpse into the workings of his teenage brain, even if it sounds a bit clichéd.  Read more

Dreaming Tree Wines tasting, music outdoors and more at Catskill Distilling

BETHEL, NY - Dreaming Tree Wines will arrive in Bethel on Thursday, June 28 in advance of their creator Dave Matthews' summer tour. Wine experts and local farms like Caulkins Creamery and Tonjes Dairy Farm will provide complimentary cheese for the event. There will also be CD giveaways. This events is Thursday afternoon from 4 p.m. until The Dancing Cat's Stacy & Friends Musicians Gathering with gets started around 7 p.m.  Read more

Rhodes legacy lives on

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Danilo Carvajal, 59, is the latest person in a long string of those who can thank Richard “Dick” Rhodes for their very life. While not directly rescued by Rhodes, Carvajal was saved by Erika Poston on her first day of service as a trained volunteer of the National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP), the organization Rhodes co-founded 30 years ago, and was passionate about, up until the day he died on April 17.  Read more

Bethel Woods opening salvo explodes with excitement

Even though Donny and Marie were nowhere to be seen, I couldn’t help but conjure up their image as Bethel Woods' first trio of concerts was a little bit country... and a little bit rock and roll. Opening night attracted a sold-out crowd, anxious to catch headliners Lady Antebellum, who were waiting in the wings as husband and wife country duo Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson, (AKA Thompson Square) warmed up the crowd.  Read more

Theatre Beat: “Guys and Dolls” and “The Fantasticks”

Summertime provides entertainment opportunities throughout the Upper Delaware valley, and there are live stage shows popping up all over. Among them, both the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) opened their doors for the season this past week.

The first show on the bill for the FBP is Frank Loesser’s “musical fable,” “Guys and Dolls.” Based on stories and characters written by Damon Runyon, with the show’s book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, “Guys” takes a peek into the world of gamblers, sinners, showgirls and saviors in the late 1940s.  Read more

SullivanArc Garden Tour to focus on Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — There are a couple of big changes in the Sullivan Arc Garden Tour this year, the fourth year of its existence. One change is that participants can choose to take a seat on a 55 passenger bus and have a guided tour of the selected gardens on display, or they can embark on a self-guided tour of the gardens.  Read more

Fun and games at Bethel School

HONESDALE, PA — This summer, for the 14th season, the Wayne County Historical society will host open houses at the Bethel School celebrating “The Way It Was,” the life and times of students attending the one-room schools in times past, times when students of all eight grades gathered in one room with one teacher who taught all subjects.  Read more

Kindred Spirits kicks off with Genticorum

MILFORD, PA — Genticorum, a Quebec band that has become a fixture in the traditional, folk and Celtic music scenes, will perform at the Milford Theatre on June 24 at 4 p.m.

Composed of Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand and Yann Falquet, Genticorum performs music that evokes Celtic reels, French chansons and Cajun hijinks.  Read more

Neversink Farm dinner benefits Mountainkeeper

CLARYVILLE, NY — There will be an intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper. Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills, all prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly. There will be food stations by the river, a cut flower field, barn, pasture and vegetable field. For the kids, there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet.

All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Visit tinyurl.com/cbay6dp to register.

Tour Honesdale’s secret gardens

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year’s event promises a tour of seven gorgeous Wayne County gardens. Tickets cost $15 per person, available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., or call 570/253-3240. The society is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

RiverFolk presents MacDonald

CALLICOON, NY — “Politics, passion, and a sense of humor,” The Village Voice says of singer-songwriter Rod MacDonald, who will perform with bassist Mark Dann at an intimate house concert on Sunday, June 24 in Callicoon. Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs. He co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival and is perhaps best known for his songs “American Jerusalem,” about the “contrast between the rich and the poor in Manhattan,” “Coming of the Snow” and “My Neighbors in Delray,” a description of the 9/11 hijackers’ last days in Delray Beach, FL.  Read more

Opening gala at BlueStone Studio

MILFORD, PA — The BlueStone Studio will hold a grand opening “Blue Party” on Friday, June 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists David Greenbaum and Joann Wells Greenbaum, an award-winning potter and painter duo, are proprietors of the new pottery studio and gallery space at 206 Broad St. Guests are encouraged to join in with the theme by dressing in blue attire. There will be blues music, complimentary blue appetizers and beverages, blue gifts and other creative surprises.  Read more

UDGLBT holds Pride Weekend

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its first Pride Weekend in Milford on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. To kick off the new event, the UDGLBT community will march, for the first time, in the NYC Heritage of Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. To participate, email event@udglbt.org.  Read more

Rent Money Readings return

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — On Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., the Liberty Free Theatre will kick off its second year of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café with two comedies.

Chet Carlin and Valerie Mansi will read “Post-Its,” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. The play traces the history of a marriage from young love to mature love by looking at the Post-Its the couple have left for each other over the years. In “The Rental,” by Mark Harvey Levine, Rebecca Robbins is taken aback by a surprise birthday present brought to her by Ben Hudson.  Read more

Make-Think-athon

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artists and thinkers in residence at the School of Making Thinking (SMT) will present artwork and performances in a Make-Think-athon in the galleries at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, June 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Based in the Catskills, the School of Making Thinking residents explore interdisciplinary projects collaboratively and experientially. The Make-Think-athon will be open to the public and is free.  Read more

SUNY pool opens for season

Loch Sheldrake, NY - The pool at SUNY Sullivan will open on Sunday, June 24 and remain open through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning on June 24, the pool will be open 7 days a week, from Noon until 7:00 pm. A lifeguard will be on duty during operating hours. The pool will close for the fall after September 3 (Labor Day 2012).

The college is offering a variety of individual and family pricing options for use of the pool this season. Pricing is as follows:

FULL SEASON FAMILY PASS
. $100.00 for a family of four
. $10.00 for each additional dependent child (under 16)  Read more