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September 02, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Free environmental film series

MILFORD, PA — Free environmental films that feature key conservationists who each had a significant impact on natural resources will be offered this summer at Grey Towers National Historic Site, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Each film will include a secondary component, such as a walk or a talk. The films are free.  Read more

Garden Party to benefit arts alliance

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden on Route 52 in Youngsville will host its second annual Garden Party on Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the Arts Alive Drive for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA). Enter the contest (with prizes) for the Best Garden Hat, the Most Unusual Hat, or the Most Artistic Hat.  Read more

Greenthal watercolors at Willow and Brown

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be an exhibit of watercolors by Donna Greenthal, “Watercolors 2012,” at Willow and Brown at 2 Pearl from Saturday, June 16 through July 15. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring light refreshments in the garden, and live entertainment by the Raddyos. Willow and Brown is wheelchair accessible.  Read more

‘Coppelia’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Chelsea Gessner, a senior at Port Jervis High School, and Laurence Utter Jr., a nursing student at Orange County Community College, perform in the Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “Coppelia.” There will be a performance at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, June 16 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. Call 845/856-3373.

Dorosh’s ‘Chairs’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — Daria Dorosh’s “Chairs 1982-2010” opens with a reception on Friday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 7.  Read more

CAG reopening exhibit themed ‘Patterns’

LIBERTY, NY — The members of the newly re-formed Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will exhibit recent work at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main St., from June 15 through July 8. The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an artists’ reception with refreshments on Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the “Patterns” show, guests can view the museum’s permanent display of Sullivan County history, and hear about the museum’s plans for the future.  Read more

Fantastic ‘Fantasticks’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, is coming to the stage at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for six performances, courtesy of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW), under the direction of Sally Gladden of Woodridge and the musical direction of Leon Hilfstein of Hurleyville. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Try-City holds auditions

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for the Try-City-Stage season will be held on Sunday, June 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St. Three productions are currently set for the upcoming season. “Little Shop of Horrors” (October 25 to 28) has a cast of eight main characters, four male and four female, plus a small ensemble. “Holiday Spectacular” (December 21 and 22) will use singers, dancers—especially girls interested in Rockette-style dancing—actors and musicians for a cabaret production.  Read more

Strawberry breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, at the D & H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Rd. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be all-you-can-eat strawberry pancakes and French toast with fresh, homemade strawberry sauce, among other items.  Read more

‘Waiting for You’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Sojourn Theatre and The TEAM will present “Waiting for You” on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Garden tour tickets on sale

ROSCOE, NY — Garden lovers are invited to view 10 private gardens in the Roscoe area during the fourth annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23. The bus tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club and returns for a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m.

The tour benefits the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. The cost is $35 per person for the bus tour, which includes travel on a coach bus provided by Rolling V, guide, prize drawings and snacks. Bus riders will also tour a special “secret garden.” The tour will stop for lunch in Roscoe.  Read more

Concert for Haiti

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a concert for Haiti conducted by Stuart Hirsch, music director at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello and founder of Archangel Airborne, on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church. Archangel Airborne is a group of local pilots who periodically fly to Haiti with medical personnel and supplies for those who continue to suffer following the 2010 earthquake.  Read more

Antique appraisal day

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will have antique appraisers on hand to take a look at your items on Saturday June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The $5 museum admission allows you to bring in items to be assessed by local volunteer “antiquers” and collectors. it is strictly for fun and should not be used for insurance purposes. A “cash for gold” assessor will be on hand willing to offer the day’s market price, on the spot, for gold and silver. Visit www.pikecountyhistoricalsoci ety.org or call 570/296-8126.

Shakespeare sings!

While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is bound and determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564.  Read more

A sun catcher for Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — John Nivens, a student at Port Jervis High School, is the winner of the Gillinder Glass Design a Sun Catcher Contest. John designed a train to represent Port Jervis. A mold will be made of his design, and he is invited to press the first sun catcher, which he will be given as his prize for winning the contest. The second-place design, also a train, was submitted by Gabrielle Santoro, a student of Elaine Tedesco’s Hearts & Hands Art Center. Port Jervis High School student Samantha Sanfilippo’s eagle took third place.  Read more

Golf

Cornell Cooperative Extension at Swan Lake  Read more

Artists’ call for Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Outsider’s Studio Collective will host a silent art auction, “Farm to Easel,” for Catskill Mountainkeeper’s 2012 Barnfest, to be hosted by Debra Winger at the Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14. The art auction will comprise small works pertaining to agriculture in some way, shape or form—the theme does not have to be taken too literally.  Read more

When life hands you lemons...

I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded.  Read more

Artist seeks work

As I am writing this, my daughter is having a nervous breakdown about finding a job after college. I am trying to ignore the caterwauling emanating from her room. I am on deadline, after all. This, of all the work I do in the world, is the one I am paid for dependably. Still, I can’t help feeling her pain and wanting it to stop.  Read more