We are all creatures of habit. My morning routine, in order to make the train at the crack of dawn, depends on a number of things happening. One, my clothing must be laid out the night before (if my tie is going to match); two, my lunch must be packed and in the fridge; and three, the pups have to come in after being let out for their morning romp. (Dexter and Toby, please don’t chase the deer today.). Finally, the car must be gassed up and ready to go, and I need to leave 10 minutes early in case there are any problems driving through Hawk’s Nest. Read more
It’s been a couple of weeks now that I have heard a lot of trilling from nearby lakes and wetlands. The first thought from someone not familiar with the local habitat may be that there is a swarm of crickets or other insects that frequent waterways during spring. This is not the case however; the trilling is the courtship call of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus). This is a recent scientific name change as the old genus name was “Bufo”. Calling toads can be heard here: http://www.twcwc.com/toadsong.html. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Owner Stacy Cohen, at right of sign, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Stray Cat Gallery in Bethe on Friday, May 3. The gallery, which features fine art by local artists, is the latest addition to the Catskill Distilling Company family. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.
WHITE MILLS, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold a benefit yard sale on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lock 31 House, Rt. 6. All proceeds go to benefit the WCHS and its programs.
They are looking for donations of clean and lightly used household items. Drop- off times for items are May 18 from 10 to 2 p.m., May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., and May 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, or need to schedule a drop off time, call 570/614-8791.
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is sponsoring the Port Jervis High School (PJHS) student art show and sale at Upfront Exhibition Space on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.
PJHS art teachers Bess Moran, Eleanor Horst, Ashley Kaufmann, and tech teachers Kyle Hyziak and Tracy West-Barnes, have inspired and challenged students to explore and create new forms of self-expressive art through a variety of mediums and techniques. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will inaugurate its ninth season with a free reading and book signing of “Kind of Kin” by author Rilla Askew at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center on May 24 at 7 p.m. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink and a book signing. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the theatre. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Above and Beyond,” an exhibit of mixed media works by Erica Hart, opens with a reception on Friday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 8. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Coal Town Rounders, four young bluegrass players from Scranton, PA, will take the stage in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
The group is comprised of Jason Zarnowski on upright string bass, Ian O’Hara on banjo, Matthew Hiller on mandolin and Chris Kearney on guitar. Tickets cost $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Reserving tickets in advance online gets ticket holders 20% off their bill at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro in the Silk Mill after the show. Contact 570/588-8077 or visit www.silkmillharmony.com.
It happens to the best of us. My mother was a stickler regarding good manners and raised me with a keen awareness of the social graces, including her zero-tolerance policy for tardiness. This mindset has served me well over the years, but periodically, things happen that are simply beyond our control and the past week has illustrated the point nicely. The fact that Mother’s Day fell squarely in the middle of it all did not escape me, but I was forced to accept the irony and let the chips fall where they might. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be something for almost everyone at River Rocks Poetry Jamboree (PoJam, for short), the all-day event on May 18 in Narrowsburg that marks the 20th anniversary of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC). From 1 to 10 p.m., seven individual events, all free of charge, will celebrate the art and craft of writing: a parade; a panel discussion; an afternoon wine and cheese reception; a book launch and signing; an open microphone session; a poetry reading followed by a Q&A session; and an evening reception with refreshments. Read more
What a great time I had this weekend. You know how it is when you just need to get away, and so I went camping with my husband, brother Teddy, his granddaughter Kayla and our friend Trevor at Jelly Stone National Park in Woodburne. They rent cabins there that are like little apartments. There’s nothing like watching a burning fire till the sun goes down, and when you go to sleep listening to the rain hitting a tin roof. On the way home, we stopped off at McDonald's; it was Mother’s day and I was in a blah mood. My mother was a big ice cream lover, so to honor her I got a strawberry sundae. Read more
“You, you, fascist!”
There are very few words in our political vocabularies that are more emotionally loaded, while at the same time more saddled with multiple, not-quite-identical meanings. When a Google search on “Bush fascist” yields 5.2 million hits, and a search on “Obama fascist” yields 5.9 million, you have to wonder just what this word is supposed to mean, anyway. Read more
The asparagus is up. The stout, purple stalks put those pencil-thin, store-bought shoots to shame. We have been enjoying them along with the other early spring wild things—leeks and dandelions and toothwort.
I have been gathering wild leeks (ramps as they are called in finer restaurants) with friends in the woodlands near my home. And, it is just a step outside the back door for a feast of weeds from the lawn. Dandelion greens, wilted with a dressing of vinegar and bacon grease or olive oil, make a delicious salad as well as a nutritious, green smoothie. Read more
On June 29, the public is invited to experience the diversity of life on a property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in the Northeast corner of Wayne County, during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.
At a BioBlitz, biologists and volunteers gather to collect, identify and catalogue as many living things as possible on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. Read more
On Saturday, April 27 the Upper Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was shown a PowerPoint presentation put together by Ed and Judy van Put. This program gave a fisher all the information needed to ascertain whether a trout was a wild fish, or a stocked fish. Ed’s beautiful pictures were sharp and showed how to examine and determine the origin of a trout. Judy van Put’s narration of the program reinforced what was shown in Ed’s photos. The van Puts are ready to put this program on for other TU chapters or conservation organizations. Read more
I hadn’t really thought about getting a pedicure ever before. Not because I’ve made an active choice not to get one, but it just hadn’t ever come up. The opportunity never presented itself. Well, not until last weekend.
I suppose that when you have a serious girlfriend these kinds of things seem much more doable.
Funny thing is, Emily didn’t even ask me to do it. She had said casually last Saturday, “I need to get a pedicure,” and went on to explain that now that it’s warmer she would want to be wearing open-toed shoes. Read more
Maura Falli of Port Jervis, NY will star as Giselle in the ballet of the same name, and Larry Utter also of Port Jervis will dance opposite her as Albrecht as the Delaware Valley Dance Company presents the ballet on Saturday, May 18 at 12 noon and again at 7 p.m. at Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 in Milford, PA. Advance tickets cost $12 and $8 for children and seniors; at the door $14 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.
BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company welcome Chimps in Tuxedos (www.chimpsintuxedos.com) performing standards of the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as classic rock and Motown, Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. The Cat’s Friday night performer will be local favorite Gabe Rikard, starting at 7 p.m. Beginning this week, the saloon will be open Wednesdays through Fridays for dinner starting at 5 p.m., and beginning May 28, six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays for lunch and dinner, starting at 11. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.