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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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True words

Norman MacLean once wrote, “No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and then the fish is gone.”  Read more

Flicker fledglings

When a friend called me up and said he had a northern flicker nest in his backyard in late June, I packed my camera and binoculars in anticipation of some good looks. Northern flickers, as most woodpeckers, are cavity nesters, and the cavities are frequently low enough on the trunks of trees to afford some excellent views of young being fed by adults.  Read more

One man’s legacy

At first my uncle Hal was just the one my aunt was marrying—essential, almost peripheral, enigmatic. No one could match her in beauty, so he matched her in intellect. An intellect of physics, an appreciation of ballet and opera to match her yen for Yeats and Jung. But I didn’t know any of that at five years of age, when they married. To me, he was the husband. I didn’t know why she needed him, but I got that it was important. He was awkward and mostly silent, not glib like the rest of our family. He wore thick glasses and his hair in a brush cut. I almost didn’t see him in the glare of the rest of our family—raucous and laughing, well-oiled. But by the time my step-father had disappeared, he was still there and now a father himself. His whole being seemed to swell with the creation of his family.  Read more

Green Acres is the place for me

It’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and having done so twice in the last four months (don’t ask!), I can attest to that. Finding myself unexpectedly looking (again) for a new place to settle, I was determined that this would (hopefully) be the last... and thankfully, the gods were smiling down on me as I raced against time, searching high and low for a place to rest my weary head.  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.  Read more

Entertainment briefs

Grey Towers hosts Rachel Carson film
MILFORD, PA—A free outdoor film screening of “A Sense of Wonder,” the story of biologist Rachel Carson’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it, is planned for Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpke.  Read more

1he Fiber Revolution comes to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Interpretations in Fiber,” opening on Friday, July 13 at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St., showcases the breath, imagination and variety of the award-winning and nationally recognized fiber artists who are members of a group known collectively as Fiber Revolution. The group exhibition, curated by Katharina Litchman, opens with a reception on July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kevan Lunney, winner of the Surface Design Award 2012, will lead a gallery talk from 6:15 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Entdertainment briefs

Eisenberg to headline at Nutshell  Read more

‘World’s Worst Art’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck is presenting its first-ever “World’s Worst Art” show, with a grand opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. One oddball installation, in a graphic confrontation, takes the axe to pieces of genuine art. Another questions whether some creative works have really earned their premier spots—in the garbage can. Some modern masterpieces may seem suddenly ugly, and classic styles will turn oddly unpleasant.  Read more

Celebrating an icon of the American West

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the eighth annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.  Read more

ARTery focuses on two members

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit of work by two of its members, Rosalind Hodgkins and Debbie Gioello, beginning July 12. “Mythic Allegories” is the title of a new series of paintings by Hodgkins. Her painting is influenced by Greek and Roman mythology and the allegorical affect these myths have on western civilization which pervades our culture. Gioello’s art is not limited to any one style or technique, evident from her changing monthly installations at the ARTery.  Read more

Beginning again after 75 years; Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts to all comers: celebration planned for July 14

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief. “It is a way of life,” Ed explained.  Read more

‘A Sense of Place:’ collage by Cox

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of collage by Fran Cox, opens with a reception on Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The show will be on view through August 4.

“My work is abstract with a hint of a place,” said visual artist and writer Fran Cox of her collage work. “They look three-dimensional but are flat, insisting on the realm of the imagination. There is a tension between inside and outside not unlike the tension felt while watching someone opening an envelope.”  Read more

Politics and language as a weapon of confusion

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency Program is a program headquartered at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake that supports new work by cutting edge performance groups from all over the country. This weekend features a performance by New Orleans troupe Goat in the Road, “Instant Misunderstanding,” on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. It is the third work in a trilogy of plays that offer a sharp, humorous look at the core of American politics.  Read more

Beginning again after 75 years: Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief.

“It is a way of life,” Ed explained.

Not only is it a way of life, it’s an extended family, said Cochecton Ambulance Captain Herb Sawall.  Read more

Turkey vultures: a feathered fascination

While few would contend that the turkey vulture is attractive, most would probably admit that in flight, it is indeed beautiful and that it most definitely has some unique—and somewhat offensive—characteristics.  Read more

The Johnny Darling Frolic: a local legend lives on in Livingston Manor

The Johnny Darling Frolic, spearheaded by local historian Mia Koerner, began in 2009—the 200th anniversary of storyteller Darling’s birth. Johnny Caesar Cicero Darling’s reputation is a story in itself, rich in legend, based on fact. Famous for his “tall tales,” Darling’s love of folk stories and his passion for children and keeping the spoken word a living tradition has become a part of the landscape in these here parts, and Koerner’s commitment to keeping his spirit alive is a big part of the picture.  Read more

ArtWalk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, July 7, (rain date Sunday, July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor will host an ArtWalk with 30 artists ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography.

Ann Higgins, Elise Hornbeck, Gary Tempel, Caroline Harrow, Linda Hare, Una Evers, Kate Hyden and Scott Woods will be at WaterWheel Junction with more Art on display inside of Wildlife Gift. Jeff Bank will entertain some of the Jeff Bank calender photographers: Stephen Davis, Virginia Sanborn and James Carney.  Read more

Weekend presents ‘A Great Conversation’

SULLIVAN COUNTY — For a couple of weeks every summer, the hills of the Upper Delaware Valley ring with world-class classical music brought here by the Weekend of Chamber Music. In its 19th outing, the group will hold “The Great Conversation.” A new twist for this festival will be classical improvisation sprinkled into the concerts under the leadership of guest co-directors composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner and cellist Caroline Stinson, who have a reputation for cutting-edge performances in this genre, in which they have forged new ground with their chamber music quartet Open End.  Read more