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July 10, 2014
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SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.

I met Charles, the shoe man, under slightly peculiar circumstances. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was going to lunch at the new restaurant around the corner from my office. After three years...

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The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place...

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I’m preoccupied lately with trying to reduce plastic in my life, beyond obvious things like avoiding single-serve containers, carrying drinking water in a glass bottle, shopping with reusable bags...

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It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (...

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My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a...

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One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Try-City holds auditions

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for the Try-City-Stage season will be held on Sunday, June 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St. Three productions are currently set for the upcoming season. “Little Shop of Horrors” (October 25 to 28) has a cast of eight main characters, four male and four female, plus a small ensemble. “Holiday Spectacular” (December 21 and 22) will use singers, dancers—especially girls interested in Rockette-style dancing—actors and musicians for a cabaret production.  Read more

Strawberry breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, at the D & H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Rd. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be all-you-can-eat strawberry pancakes and French toast with fresh, homemade strawberry sauce, among other items.  Read more

‘Waiting for You’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Sojourn Theatre and The TEAM will present “Waiting for You” on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Garden tour tickets on sale

ROSCOE, NY — Garden lovers are invited to view 10 private gardens in the Roscoe area during the fourth annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23. The bus tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club and returns for a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m.

The tour benefits the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. The cost is $35 per person for the bus tour, which includes travel on a coach bus provided by Rolling V, guide, prize drawings and snacks. Bus riders will also tour a special “secret garden.” The tour will stop for lunch in Roscoe.  Read more

Concert for Haiti

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a concert for Haiti conducted by Stuart Hirsch, music director at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello and founder of Archangel Airborne, on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church. Archangel Airborne is a group of local pilots who periodically fly to Haiti with medical personnel and supplies for those who continue to suffer following the 2010 earthquake.  Read more

Antique appraisal day

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will have antique appraisers on hand to take a look at your items on Saturday June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The $5 museum admission allows you to bring in items to be assessed by local volunteer “antiquers” and collectors. it is strictly for fun and should not be used for insurance purposes. A “cash for gold” assessor will be on hand willing to offer the day’s market price, on the spot, for gold and silver. Visit www.pikecountyhistoricalsoci ety.org or call 570/296-8126.

Shakespeare sings!

While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is bound and determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564.  Read more

A sun catcher for Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — John Nivens, a student at Port Jervis High School, is the winner of the Gillinder Glass Design a Sun Catcher Contest. John designed a train to represent Port Jervis. A mold will be made of his design, and he is invited to press the first sun catcher, which he will be given as his prize for winning the contest. The second-place design, also a train, was submitted by Gabrielle Santoro, a student of Elaine Tedesco’s Hearts & Hands Art Center. Port Jervis High School student Samantha Sanfilippo’s eagle took third place.  Read more

Golf

Cornell Cooperative Extension at Swan Lake  Read more

Artists’ call for Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Outsider’s Studio Collective will host a silent art auction, “Farm to Easel,” for Catskill Mountainkeeper’s 2012 Barnfest, to be hosted by Debra Winger at the Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14. The art auction will comprise small works pertaining to agriculture in some way, shape or form—the theme does not have to be taken too literally.  Read more

When life hands you lemons...

I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded.  Read more

Artist seeks work

As I am writing this, my daughter is having a nervous breakdown about finding a job after college. I am trying to ignore the caterwauling emanating from her room. I am on deadline, after all. This, of all the work I do in the world, is the one I am paid for dependably. Still, I can’t help feeling her pain and wanting it to stop.  Read more

Long division

Those tireless pollsters at the Pew Research Center’s “People and the Press” project (www.people-press.org) recently released the results of their latest study—results that really should come as a surprise to no one. The Pew researchers say that, in terms of values and basic beliefs, Americans have become increasingly polarized along partisan lines over the last couple of decades. In fact, according to the study, political divisions have become the most significant in our society—exceeding the divisions that you might expect to find along gender, age, race, or even class lines.  Read more

Country Ark Farm festivities

An interesting collection of exotic and domestic animals were featured at a recent Open Farm Day at Country Ark Farm (CAF) near Milford, PA. Run by the Ciancitto family and a group of volunteers for the past 23 years, the non-profit foundation provides recreational, pet and art therapy experiences for mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults. CAF is housed on a 26-acre property which is home to an assortment of well-socialized animals that have been hand-raised for the various programs offered.  Read more

Haas photographic essay in Milford

MILFORD, PA — A photographic essay by Eldred photographer George Haas, “The Drop,” will be on display at the Highlands Photographic Guild from June 9 through July 8. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Milford’s Art after Dark evening.  Read more

Lawn parties kick off Mount Laurel performances

TAMIMENT, PA — The Mount Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (The Mount) will host a lawn party to kick off each of its 10 Music On The Mount Summer Concerts beginning Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The lawn parties will feature local bands, a discount barbeque, special tastings from sponsors, giveaways, beer and wine bars, picnic and party space and more.  Read more

WCM holds early summer benefit at mystery locale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Experience the intimacy of chamber music surrounded by beautiful art and a babbling brook at the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) early summer benefit at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Light gourmet supper with wine and dessert will follow music by Bach, Vivaldi and Honnegger for flute, harpsichord and cello. The event takes place at a private home; make reservations to get location and directions.  Read more

All about hats at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring the exhibit “It’s All About the Hats” for the month of June, with paintings that explore the character of hats and the characters that wear them by three of the gallery’s long-time favorite members: Madeline Tully, Alvin Rosser and Al Bialos. These are three distinctive styles of painting with one common thread—hats. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark.  Read more

Bell tower auction

STERLING, PA — Antique tables, chairs, dishes and items from the old Sterling School are just some of the many things being auctioned off on June 9 at 9 a.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church at 567 Sterling Road. It will be the first of a series of auctions to benefit projects at the church. It will benefit the renovations that were recently completed on the bell tower.

The church was founded in 1848 in Sterling Township. On the church grounds sits the church hall, which has had previous incarnations as the Sterling Grange Hall, the municipal building and the local school.  Read more

Concert is ‘An American Salute’

WOODBOURNE, NY — “An American Salute” is the theme of the annual spring concert of Sullivan County Community Chorus, which will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. Under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, the music’s themes will include our homegrown talents; our love of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; our armed services; and a medley from “Les Miserables.”  Read more

Tue., Jul. 1 Handbag sale
Tue., Jul. 1 Pajama Rama Story Time
Wed., Jul. 2 Tastes of Wayne
Thu., Jul. 3 Meet and greet with Nick Troiano