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October 21, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t...

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Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River...

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I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to...

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Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The...

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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a...

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A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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This weekend: 24th annual Riverfest

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest, held Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, Riverfest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists and musicians who live and work here.  Read more

Hickory Project to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Hickory Project will be at The Cooperage as part of the Concerts in The Coop series on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Formed in 2001, the band features hard-driving traditional and original acoustic music deeply rooted in bluegrass.  Read more

Fine art on exhibit at the Equinunk Historical Society

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will feature artist Lauren Floden at the annual Art Appreciation Day on Sunday, July 27 at the Calder Museum, 1972 Pine Mill Rd. at 12 noon. Floden creates portraits in oils, acrylics, pastels, conte crayon, and pen and ink for both local and international clients. She welcomes commissions and works with her clients to create works of art.  Read more

Slideshow based on book: ‘Welcome Back to the Catskills’

MONTICELLO, NY — Oscar Israelowitz will present a slideshow based on his book “Welcome Back to the Catskills” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The Catskills were the summer retreat for thousands of New Yorkers for over 100 years. The program features many of the grand hotels such as Grossinger’s, the Concord and the Nevele, which all served as the training ground for some of the greatest entertainers in the world, including Sid Caesar, Eddie Fischer, Robert Merrill and Neil Sedaka.  Read more

Tristate bike ride funds summer camp for sick children

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.  Read more

Father’s Day

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 keep in the excitement of what she has prepared (with help from Mom). “Sit Daddy, sit,” she instructs, and like the good waitress she unfolds the paper-towel napkin she has held over her arm till now and places it on my lap. She is hopping in place with excitement. I can’t help but notice the smile, the rosy cheeks and the twinkle in those big brown eyes of hers.  Read more

Forestburgh’s ‘Whorehouse’ is open for business

The Forestburgh Playhouse’s fourth offering of the season gives audiences an opportunity to see star Loretta Swit in a new light—as Miss Mona Stangley, the proprietor of a century-old brothel operating on the outskirts of the fictional Gilbert, Texas. Loosely based on real events, the “Chicken Ranch” was a well known house of ill repute and the goings-on during the show are also based on real people and real history. Set in the 1970s, the musical follows the story of Miss Mona, her girls and the campaign of Bible-thumping television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe to shut the place down.  Read more

Turtles and leeches

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 leech brooch on her plastron, just below her neck. She certainly couldn’t observe the unattractive adornment, and I decided to relieve her of this parasite.  Read more

Paper collages at the River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Opening reception for Mark Symczak “Birds of a Feather,” cut paper collages on Saturday, July 19 from 6-8pm at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St. On display until September 14. Call 845/252-3238, visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Tri-State Chamber of Commerce presents Arts Walk

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce will present the 16th annual Arts Walk Summer Street Fair to be held on Saturday, July 19, (rain date July 20) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a movie at 9 p.m. on historic Front Street.

The event is free to the public, offering a combination of fine artists, crafters, musicians, dancers, performers as well as businesses in the tri-state area the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. This event draws thousands of people and is a favorite of visitors to the region.  Read more

Returning to the Playhouse

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 school, I spent three summers working in the kitchen and acting in bit parts at the playhouse, but I’ve been back only a handful of times since.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre presents Mamet play

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its tenth anniversary season with the second of its Beekman Pavilion Performance Reading Series on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. with David Mamet’s “Reunion,” the story of a father and daughter trying to reconnect. Admission is free. The featured performers are Michael Frizalone and Courtney Roche. The Beekman Pavilion is across the street from the Fat Lady Café on the Square in Kauneonga Lake. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at the Fat Lady Café after the performance.  Read more

‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m.  Read more

The true story of New York’s first murder for hire

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host local author and police detective Michael Worden for a new program elaborating on the facts in his recently published book, “The Murder of Richard Jennings.” The program will be held Thursday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library’s reference room. Worden will explore the complexity of this incident in an entertaining yet historically accurate manner. He examines the case from the origins of the dispute to the plot, murder and aftermath.  Read more

Free family film and craft program at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A free outdoor film showing of “Happy Feet Two” will be shown on Saturday, July 19 on the lawn of Grey Towers National Historic Site at dusk. A related craft activity for kids will begin at 7 p.m.

The animated film features a tap dancing penguin, and was selected as part of the Grey Towers’ Screen on the Green environmental film series by co-sponsor Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society because it illustrates some of the environmental challenges that the species is facing today, especially in light of climate change.  Read more

Christmas in July benefit concert

NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — Elektrix Studio.com and Renegade’s Saloon will host the eighth annual Rock For Tots holiday benefit concert featuring the bands 30 Pack Lite Trio, Jay Luke, The Mess, Right Side Up, UMan ERA, Sucker and DJ Elektrix from 4 p.m. to close on July 19 at Renegade’s Saloon, 1058 Main St.  Read more

Movies in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — For the benefit of Monticello youth and community members, the Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council is holding an ongoing series of free movies in Monticello. The group holds a Friday evening showing and a Sunday afternoon showing each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks will be available for 50 cents.  Read more

Flamenco rock, cello and guitar fusion with Montana Skies

HAWLEY, PA — Flamenco-rock cello and guitar duo Montana Skies returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, July 19 for two shows at 7 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. at the Silk Mill. The act combines elements of classical technique, flamenco, jazz improv and rock n’ roll.  Read more

The Matt Hoffmann Quintet to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 19, The Matt Hoffmann Quintet will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. The concert is to celebrate the release of the group’s new album, “Communion,” which features original compositions as well as improvised jazz.  Read more

Old theatre, old-fashioned melodrama

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Stop Thief!” a mischievously fun, musically enhanced melodrama by D. Chapelle on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.

Victoria V. Leighton directs this cast: Serena Gildersleeve, Ashlyn Nardi, Melissa McTague, Edward Berens, Dennis Grow, Paul Puerschner, Sally Gladden and Teri Paris. Technical director is Jim Schmidt. Harold Tighe is master carpenter and Fran Schiff is set designer. Pianist is Jeff Krolick.  Read more