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September 22, 2014
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Port Jervis Arts Walk, music and a movie

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 14th annual Arts Walk to be held on Saturday, July 21, in downtown Port Jervis on Front Street. The event begins at 11 a.m., offering the best in artists from the tri-state area showing and selling their artwork and crafts.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers in the park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will present the Old Time Fiddlers on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park. For many of their 32 years of performing, they have been a staple to our concerts in the park. The group, with their award-winning director, Steve Jacobi, plays traditional tunes and styles. Instruments are acoustic; only microphones and the piano are electric. The group’s fiddle styles include Irish, Scottish, bluegrass, Texas swing and old time. Their web page can be viewed on Old Time Fiddlers/Facebook.  Read more

Grey Towers provides setting for quartet

MILFORD, PA — Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will perform on Saturday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Produced by the Kindred Spirits Arts Program in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers, the event will be held outdoors in a tented pavilion rain or shine.  Read more

North Indian music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center will present “Luminous Ragas,” with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of North Indian Classical Music on the bansuri bamboo flute with Gorn and tablas with Buchen.  Read more

Life is but a dream...

What a week! The entire Upper Delaware valley is thrumming with activity and for every event that I attended, it seems there were two or three that I missed! My first stop last Wednesday was the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplayhouse.org) and its smashing production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” There’s a full-scale review at www.riverreporteronline.com in Arts & Leisure, but here’s a preview: it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  Read more

North Indian music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center will present “Luminous Ragas,” with Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of North Indian Classical Music on the bansuri bamboo flute with Gorn and tablas with Buchen.  Read more

The hat quest

I bought a Yankee cap before the game last weekend and wore it on my first trip to the new stadium. It seemed fitting. Looking around the crowd, there were more people in hats than not. It was a great afternoon game. Sold out crowd. Shady seats. A couple of home runs. The Yankees won. Couldn’t have gotten much better. After the game I slipped the Yankee cap on a door handle and wondered whether I’d wear it ever again.  Read more

Building a slow community

The second annual Slow Living Summit took place last month in Brattleboro, VT, attracting about 400 people, almost twice the number that attended the event last year. Speakers included Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel; and Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx.  Read more

A recommendation for open government

New York State political caucus meetings have been exempt from the Open Meetings Law since 1977. A political caucus is when the majority of a governing body meets behind closed doors away from the public to conduct business. The New York State Committee on Open Government does, however, emphasize that it is essential to the democratic process that public business be performed in an open and public manner and that our citizens have the right to observe the performance of our public officials and attend the decisions that set public policy.  Read more

Theatre Beat: Forestburgh's 'Rocky Horror Show' is out of this world

When British horror/comedy/musical 'The Rocky Horror Show' debuted in 1973, London audiences immediately declared it a smash, and its popularity skyrocketed accordingly. Crossing the pond to Los Angeles in 1974, the film adaptation quickly began production and an instant cult following was born. Today, fans worldwide have made the movie version the longest-running release in cinematic history.  Read more

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

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction