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October 10, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Southern soul with NYC swagger

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases The Gold Magnolias, a band that combines Southern soul with New York City swagger on Saturday, July 25 at 6 and again at 8:30 p.m. “The Gold Magnolias are a few southern boys in New York City with a sound that evokes such artists as recent phenoms The Alabama Shakes as well as soul-stalwarts like Fats Domino and James Brown. Their infectious style of Brooklyn Southern soul, fueled by fried chicken and tequila, will have you up and dancing, or at least grooving in your seat,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Up in my grill

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 grilled chicken. (Full disclosure: My husband is usually the one standing over the coals.) The inspiration comes from a much splattered copy of “Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia,” by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford. It’s a seminal work filled with highly authentic regional dishes carefully collected mainly from home cooks.  Read more

Bog beauty

Bogs are one of nature’s most mysterious and intriguing ecosystems. We are fortunate to have a spectacular bog in the Upper Delaware River region, where the public can experience the unique plants, insects, birds and other life forms that thrive in this special habitat.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog in nearby Monroe County is protected by The Nature Conservancy and open to the public. Environmental educators from the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center lead guided tours along a floating boardwalk on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring through fall.  Read more

Honesdale is tour’s end for Weather Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Weather Project, NACL’s two-year art and science project, developed in collaboration with a dozen community groups, will come to the end of its 2015 tour on Saturday, July 25, at 6 p.m. in Honesdale’s Central Park. Prior to that date, the company will be teaching weekly theatre workshops for local children to perform as the Solar Munchkins in the play. The children’s workshops will take place at collaborating partner The Cooperage on Main Street. There is one remaining workshop, on Tuesday, July 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Battle of Minisink commemorated

REGION — The 236th anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Minisink will be commemorated this weekend on both sides of the Delaware River. On Friday evening, July 17, living historians of the Navasing Long Rifles and Third Ulster Militia will set up an 18th-century encampment at the Battleground Park located on County Route 168, and will remain through Sunday morning. The public is invited to visit and learn about the significant sites of the battle and weaponry and equipment of the period.  Read more

History Day at Ten Mile River

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Ten Mile River Scout Museum is hosting History Day, a free event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, on Saturday, July 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.

The event is supported by local historians, the Tusten Historical Society, reenactment groups, the Fort Delaware Museum and the National Park Service.  Read more

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered

I’m unsure whether I can feel all three of those things at one time, but I’m here to tell you that it is possible to experience them all in rapid succession. Of course, the reference itself is to a famous Rogers and Hart tune written for the 1940’s Broadway musical “Pal Joey” and is still popular to this day. Everyone and their mother has recorded it, including Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. I won’t sing it for you, but if Sinead O’Connor can do it, why shouldn’t I?  Read more

Art classes for kids

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck offers summer classes in a range of techniques and styles for youngsters five and older. Courses include all needed materials. The first class is called, “Color! Color! Color!” Led by Alana Sherman, it teaches about color through several art experiments and includes creating an original work. Fill-in-the-color pictures are available for students who prefer that approach. It takes place on Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and costs $5 per child. “OOOH!!  Read more

Jenny McCarthy comes to Cove Haven

LAKEVILLE, PA — Cove Haven Resort will welcome Jenny McCarthy’s “Dirty, Sexy, Funny Tour” live on Sunday, July 19.

Along with comedians Paula Bel, April Macie, Lynn Koplitz and Tammy Pescatelli, McCarthy will be performing comedy that is, as the title of the tour implies, a mixture of different themes surrounding what it’s really like to be a woman. Their hilarious spin on everyday experiences, blended seamlessly with witty banter and adult overtones, make this a great tour for lovers to come and see together.  Read more

Pericopes + 1 at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — International musical trio Pericopes +1 will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, July 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Pericopes + 1 began in 2009 as a jazz duo in northern Italy started by Italian pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. Vernizzi first met American drummer Nick Wight in early 2012 while they were on tour together in Europe.

“We quickly realized that we had a lot in common,” says Emiliano Vernizzi. “We share similar influences, familiar paths and the desire to eliminate borders through music,” adds Wight.  Read more

Open-air concert for Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an afternoon of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass music, served up with a Tex-Mex lunch, featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, plus special guests Breakneck Annie, Kyle Hancharek, Steven & Clancy Lane and others on Saturday, July 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the D&H Canal Park and Visitors Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $15, $12 for museum members and includes a Tex-Mex lunch. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.  Read more

Music Talks! at the Catskill Distilling Company

BETHEL, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music will hold its “Music Talks!” event, with feature composer John Corigliano in a discussion and performance of his award-winning film music, at the Catskill Distilling Company at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. There will be screened excerpts from the films “Altered States” and “The Red Violin,” with music by Corigliano.

To make reservations for dinner before the show, call 845/583-3141. For tickets, visit

Hawley to hold scavenger hunts

HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership has announced the first Hawley Scavenger Hunt, to take place on Saturday, July 18 from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and continuing every Saturday through October.

Participants will explore Hawley’s downtown and visit local businesses while completing a series of riddles leading them to different locations.  Read more

Port Jervis Art Walk

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will present the 17th annual Arts Walk Summer Street Fair on Saturday, July 18 (rain date, July 19) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Front Street. The movie “Frozen” will be shown at 9 p.m.  Read more

Concert honors Alexander

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty and the Windjammers, a group dedicated to the preservation and performance of circus music, are sponsoring a concert and memorial plaque dedication to composer Russell Alexander on Monday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. Alexander was a famous circus band instrumentalist and composer who died in Liberty in 1915.

A band of about 30 musicians, including Charlie Barbuti, the town supervisor, who will be playing tuba, will be performing the music on the Liberty Stage, 119 North Main St.

The Hysterical Society Variety Show

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will present “The Hysterical Society Variety Show” on Friday, July 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage. Gather your friends and spend an evening with some original variety acts showcasing local celebrities, all to benefit the historical society. The upcoming show will feature the Peter Florance Band, Roger “GIZMO” Hunt, the Honesdale Dance Studio, The Mop Tops and Mr. W. Sebastian Mendler of Honesdale (and associates). The MC will be Bob Mermell.  Read more

Callicoon Country Fair: a street fair reimagined; Farm animals, pony rides, maple cotton candy and all things country

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Street Fair has been a long-time staple of summer entertainment in the Upper Delaware River Valley, and this year it is coming back in a fresh new incarnation: the Callicoon Country Fair, themed to emphasize our area’s farming heritage, on Saturday, July 25. There will be animals, attractions and demonstrations to underline that theme, more local vendors, more things to do, and this year it will be happening all over town.  Read more

‘Desire Line’ at the Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present regional performance poet Laura E. J. Moran in an encore presentation of “Desire Line” at the Laundry King, 65 Main St., on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The event will culminate an all-day, town-wide festival celebrating local lore and culture.  Read more

Harmony goes Celtic; Burning Bridget Cleary at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — For the summer, Harmony Present is offering two concerts for each of the groups that they feature. That’s good news for lovers of Celtic music, who will have two chances to see Burning Bridget Cleary on Saturday, July 18: once at 6 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m.

In December 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, or Concert in the Irish Music Awards sponsored by the Irish Music Association. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, “This is traditional music at its best—alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don’t miss seeing this band.”  Read more

Hatching artistic eggs; ‘Biomorphs’ emerge at the Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — Exactly how do family members get along, despite their differences? Melinda Wallach and her mother, Mary, have found a near-perfect method: they create art together. Most recently, their combined work has given birth to a whole new “family” made up of what they call biomorphs. Some of these truly strange sculptural creatures resemble oversized organisms that might have hatched beneath the deepest ocean—or inside the darkest dream—while others look friendly, welcoming, even all-warm-and-fuzzy.  Read more

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