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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Southern Comfort

It would be inaccurate to describe myself as a country boy. Born and raised in upstate New York, I had little exposure to country music. My parents listened to Sinatra and Streisand, and my years in Hebrew school did not prepare me for the likes of Merle Haggard or Dolly Parton, so I was a little late to the tailgate party. When I began touring the United States, with nothing but an eight-track to propel me down the dusty back roads of Texas, I turned to the radio. And much to my surprise, my love of the genre was born.  Read more

Fort Delaware opens for the summer season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Costumed historical interpreters Debra and John Conway welcome guests to Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, which depicts the lives and lifestyles of the area’s first European settlers. Originally envisioned by former Sullivan County Historian James W. Burbank, the reproduction of the settlers’ Lower Fort opened on Memorial Day 1957. For information and hours of operation, visit www.fortdelawaremuseum.org.

Community chorus concert: ‘Poetry of Music’

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The concert theme chosen by conductor Kevin Giroux is “The Poetry of Music.” The pieces performed have text written by poets, some famous and some not so famous. The signature piece will be by Benjamin Britten, “Rejoice in the Lamb” with text by Christopher Smart.

The Sullivan County Community Chorus consists of members from Sullivan County, whose ages range from 16 to over 80 years of age.  Read more

Gabriel Butterfield Band to play Life Celebration Concert

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Radio station WJFF and The Friends of Maris Hearn present the eighth annual Life Celebration Concert featuring The Gabriel Butterfield Band on Saturday, June 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival announces new headquarters

MILFORD, PA — The three-day Black Bear Film Festival of creativity, culture, art and entertainment brings together audiences and artists, tourists and residents. As it prepares for its 15th year, the film festival main office has set up shop in a new spot: the Milford Community House.

The festival will have its main office on the second floor of this landmark building located at 201 Broad St. The film festival office is open now until the weekend of the festival, October 17 to 19.  Read more

Eldred Lions Club sponsors Touch-A-Truck event

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Lions Club will host its second Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 7 across the street from the Corner ice cream shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids to see and touch firsthand some of the many construction, military, service, and utility vehicles on display. For more information or if you’d like to display a vehicle, call Lou Monteleone at 845/557-3321.

The Sea The Sea returns

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes back the duo The Sea The Sea to the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group is made up of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley who get their band’s name from an ancient Greek history, and means “A cry of joy” to this duo.

Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Sea The Sea serves as ambassadors of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut.  Read more

Father-daughter team of poets to offer reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local poet William Greenfield and his daughter Sonia Greenfield for a reading of their poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance winds up the Spring Cultural Series on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. with a concert by the Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet, followed by a CD release party for “Communion.”  Read more

‘Belle’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present “Belle,” inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Royal Navy admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Read more

Jazz performer to sweeten up Lemon Social

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) and Museum will host its first Lemon Social, a party where yellow is the color of the day and lemons are the citrus of the day, on Sunday, June 8. The event begins at 3 p.m. with cocktails and a lemon social hour, followed by Martha Lorin and her pianist Bill Valencenti performing in the Museum’s Foundation Room. Lemon Socials were popular in the early 1900s.  Read more

Tour a working farm

HONESDALE, PA — The public is invited to tour a sustainable farm in Dyberry Township on Sunday, June 8 at 12 noon. Old School Farm, 303 Upper Woods Rd., is a small bio-diverse farm in its beginning stages, specializing in growing vegetables following organic practices. Free-range organic eggs are available most of the year.  Read more

Artists wanted for Peace Walk

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The Town of Fallsburg announced the launch of a public art project that will be installed along the O&W Rail Trail between the hamlets of Mountaindale and Woodridge.

Titled the “Peace Walk,” the project will feature 15 peace signs interpreted by local artists. Visitors will be able to interact with the sculptures by taking “selfies” at each of the 15 peace signs and posting them on the Peace Walk Facebook page.  Read more

Coffee House at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Coffee House at The Cooperage will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The night will feature local musicians including Victor Stephen Kunitsky, Distorted Relations and Doug Rogers and the Back Seat Drivers.  Read more

Raising wild gamebirds; A lesson in caretaking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — This summer, Erin Denman, 14, a student in Tri-Valley Central School District, and Dustyn Kratz, 13, a student in Liberty Central School District, are among a select group of young people from 4H involved in raising wild pheasant chicks, which they will release into the wild this fall. This Cooperative Pheasant Chick Program goes back more than 100 years in New York State (NYS), and not only students, but also sportsmen’s and game hunting clubs participate, releasing the birds on their own property or in designated areas.  Read more

‘Year of My Sign’

My call time was 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Brooklyn. The day before, I met with the director to finalize my costume and props. The vintage Burberry trench coat fit well, and I could wear my own black slacks and sensible brown shoes. “As long as you can run in them,” he said. He said nothing about jumping.  Read more

Mysteryland

Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe - from the lush green fields of Holland to the mountainous town of Picarquín, Chile. This year’s stop was the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock - Bethel Woods, New York. Since 1994, they have hosted a multisensory festival that draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. They take pride in throwing a memorable party by bringing both internationally renowned and kick-ass up-and-coming artists to multiple stages.  Read more

Furry youngsters make their debut

While walking with some friends last weekend, I heard a familiar bark. Tucker, my friend’s labradoodle, was with us and had evidently found something in the woods. I went to check it out, and on arrival to the scene of the barking, I found Tucker had corralled a small porcupine on to a small log. Tucker had already had two separate encounters with porcupines before that required “de-quilling” of his muzzle, and now he was trying for engagement number three. He must have learned something from his past experiences, because I was able to call him off.  Read more

The Householders at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A live music performance and dance party from The Householders will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Sunday, June 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Honoring the armed forces in grand tradition

As the second oldest Memorial Day parade in New York State, the Town of Fremont has been saluting those who protect the freedom of citizens for 130 years. Following the parade, an invocation and tributes at Pratt Park, the town hall and village cemetery were held along with a traditional barbeque that was attended by veterans and their families from neighboring towns who turn out each year to participate in the historical event. For a complete photo album of the parade, visit www.facebook.com/theriverreporter.