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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Rare tour of Wallenpaupack dam offered

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) will conduct free tours of the dam at Lake Wallenpaupack, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will include access to the dam itself for a rare view of the lake and the dry riverbed where the Wallenpaupack Creek once flowed, and of the hydroelectric plant on the Lackawaxen River at Kimbles. Hear about the history of how the dam was built, and learn about the increase in energy demand since the power plant began operating in the 1920s.  Read more

Harmonica lesson at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica on Saturday, August 24 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Port Jervis Library in the basement Community Room. This is a beginner’s class; no musical talent is required. The teacher is master harmonicist Patti Gessner. Students will learn how to play a piece of music by the end of the program, and afterward will take their new harmonicas home.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of bluegrass and folk

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and Bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Dueling wizards in the age of Internet

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard,” starring Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Pig Mountain draws chefs from NYC to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Pig Mountain will be held on Saturday, August 24 on Main Street of Narrowsburg from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be 14 chefs cooking 14 pigs 14 different ways. Each chef will also prepare a vegetarian option. Wine will be sold by Narrowsburg Fine Wines and Spirits and The Heron will be selling beer.

The $30 admission price gets you 10 tickets each of which can be redeemed for a dish from 10 chefs or all from one chef or any way you like.  Read more

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Just when I thought I had seen (and heard) it all, along comes the Zac Brown Band (ZBB). I know a little bit about a lot of things, but ZBB was not on my radar, save for the knowledge that the band is wildly popular and that their one-night-only appearance at Bethel Woods sold out very quickly.  Read more

The Spirit Of Woodstock Lives On

BETHEL, NY — Forty-four years after the last chords echoed in the air, the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair still lingers over Sullivan County. The original festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, where 32 acts performed outdoors for more than 400,000 hippies and is “widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.” ( Rolling Stone magazine listed the event as one of the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”  Read more

The book slayer

People find many ways to pass time on the train. One of the most common is reading. I am a printer by trade; naturally I love the look and feel of ink on paper. I can read the New York Post on my iPad, but I still buy the paper from the guy on the street in front of Penn Station every night. I can’t say I deplore the new digital reading devices, but I find them cold and unfriendly, so it always warms my heart to see people reading books. One of the frequent flyers of my morning commute is a strange duck to say the least.  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 1)

One of the things I appreciate about social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is that they expose me to many things that I might otherwise miss. Usually, these items are posted by the people and organizations I follow, but every once in a great while I actually see a relevant and interesting advertisement. The other day, for example, my eye was caught by an ad on Facebook.

“Click ‘Like’ if you are tired of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.” it said.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 15

The family of Pete and Anita Toscano are having an estate sale. If you never sold your parent’s life, it is the hardest thing ever. I knew I had to stop by and get a little something so I could always have a bit of them in my life. My husband is now the owner of the original Pete’s Pub sign: “The Working Man’s Country Club.” When I was at the sale, I ran into some of the workers who used to work in Pete’s. Great memories....  Read more

Drawings on display at Willow River Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Drawings by Elizabeth Major Stark are now on display at the Willow River Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until September 28. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment. Call 570/253-3013.

Music in the Park season ends with a bang

MILFORD, PA — The Music in the Park season ends on Sunday, August 18 at 1 p.m. in Ann Street Memorial park with performances by the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Milford Praise Team, Walt Edwards and Marc Von Em.

The final summer concert of the Milford in the Park music season has something for everyone, whether it’s the inspirational sounds of the FPC of Milford Praise Team, the entertaining performances Walt Edwards or the energizing songs from Marc Von Em.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic.

‘Cirque Du Soirée’ – A party of circus and cabaret

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents and Ledges Hotel will present “Cirque Du Soirée,” a circus and cabaret performance, on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, the organization that produced talent such as Natalie Portman, Maroon 5 and Cirque Du Soleil performers, will gather at Ledges Hotel with acrobatics, fire dancers, jugglers and actors.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $20 and the bar at Ledges Hotel will be open. Audiences may also add dinner to their ticket upon online checkout. Call 570/588-8077.

Songs + Stories

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Singers and story tellers gather together at the Old North Branch Inn on the first and third Sundays of the month. This Sunday, August 18, will be singer Carol Smith and story teller Jonathan Fox, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Karen Hudson.

There will be beer, wine and light fare available. Visit or call 845/482-5925.

Guitar duo to play at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo will present a “Classics New and Old” concert at Grey Towers, the former Pinchot family estate and National Historic Site, on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program includes works by Piazzolla, Albeniz and Giuliani—the 19th-century composer, not the mayor—as well as modern guitar music they have commissioned, including “Raritan Triptych” and “No Feathers on this Frog.”  Read more

NACL presents an adult puppet performance, ‘The Pigeoning’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “The Pigeoning” by Robin Frohardt on Sunday, August 18, at 4 p.m.
“The Pigeoning” is a darkly comedic puppet piece which uses bunraku puppetry, original music and video to examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control. The story follows one man (Frank) and his transformation from a state of order, fastidiousness and hygienic neurosis to the careless dishevelment and mania of a surrendering madness.  Read more

‘Forum’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s production of the classic Sondheim musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes place at the Rivoli Theatre, at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Performances continue August 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and August 25 and September 1 at 2 p.m.

Set in ancient Rome, the play follows the antics, agonies, and wild abandon of a zany cast of characters. Richie Chiger, Richard Topper, Steve Davis, Heather Strauss, Robert Kertsner, Alyssa O’Keefe, Tom DelFavero, Ed Berens and Wayne Kreuscher lead a cast of 18.  Read more

‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera will present Mozart’s opera “Abduction from the Seraglio,” performed throughout the area on various dates, in German with English supertitles, costumed and fully staged with a chamber orchestra.

It will be at the Tusten Theatre on August 16, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and August 25 at 3 p.m.; at SUNY Sullivan on August 17 at 8 p.m.; at Wallenpaupack High School on August 18 at 3 p.m.; and in Montgomery on September 15 at 3 p.m.  Read more

The ART in pARTy

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold “Celebrating the Line- An Art Party” at Basin and Main, lot 21, 564 Main St., (the old Sullums building) on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. It is open to everyone free of charge to celebrate the WCAA and its connection to the community.  Read more

The Laugh Tour comes to Matamoras

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “The Laugh Tour” at the Best Western, featuring the best in LGBT stand-up comedy, on Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m. The headliner is Jessica Kirson, who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and more. The show will also feature Frank Liotti, Marc Maietta and host Rich Kiamco. This performance is for adults only.  Read more

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