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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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Local producer’s documentary on the creation of New York City reservoirs

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Documentary producer Nancy Burnett presents her audio documentary, “The Battle for Water: One Big City and Many Little Towns,” at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Sunday, May 18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. It tells the story of homes lost and communities destroyed for the creation of New York City’s upstate reservoirs, and the hatred that resulted.  Read more

Art installation at the Plunk Shop

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Chuck,” an art installation about a whole lot of stuff, opens at the Plunk Shop at 39 Main St. on Saturday, May 17, between 4 and 7 p.m. At 5 p.m. Karen Hudson, local country-western star, will premiere the music video to her hit song “Mama Was a Train Wreck.”

The show is a multi-media, multi-layered collage featuring the detritus of a family’s life, found many years after the fact. Featured local artists are Robyn Almquist, Claire Coleman, Joanna Hartell, James Karpowicz, Eustacia Marsales, Catherine Skalda and visiting artist Sam Gurry.  Read more

Evening of bluegrass and folk at Neversink Valley Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7, $5 for museum members.

Mike, a founding member of the bluegrass bands Tin Roof, Oxford Depot and the Jersey Mountain Boys, has performed throughout the Northeast for the past 20 years, making numerous appearances at Bodles Opera House and the Warwick Valley Winery.  Read more

Storytellers read their memoirs in ongoing series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.  Read more

International artists return spontaneity to classical music

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Milford-grown violinist/composer Eugene Feygelson and pianist Bobby Mitchell perform at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m., and at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. While Feygelson and Mitchell will present Romantic-era chamber music by Brahms, Strauss, Chopin and contemporary South African composer Martin Scherzinger, they like to leave things to chance and take risks during performances. The result is a combination of classical music’s complexity with the excitement of a live jazz performance.  Read more

Americana Cajun jazz at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes Americana Cajun jazz musicians The Amigos Band to the underground theater of the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. This act delivers its own takes on American standards and plays original songs arranged for the group’s mix of alto saxophone, accordion and acoustic guitar. They have appeared in performances with Pete Seeger, David Amram, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band and bluegrass legend Tony Rice.  Read more

Take a picture; it’ll last longer!

It’s no secret that I love what I do for a living. Whether it’s catching a new show in town, checking out the latest art installation, or attending local events in any number of charming hamlets and villages scattered across this gorgeous playground we call home, there is always something stimulating and picturesque calling to me.  Read more

Honesdale High School students keep on rockin’ at The Cooperage

Honesdale, PA — Honesdale High School’s Keep On Rockin’ Club showcases its talent at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. This annual event welcomes returning and rookie musicians alike to demonstrate their skills. Students in this club have a set time during the school day to work on advancing their musical interests by learning new instruments, forming bands, or simply jamming. These opportunities have allowed great talent and musical collaboration to emerge from local kids. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Movies in Monticello: ‘Gravity’ and ‘Brave’

MONTICELLO, NY — The youth committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council hosts an ongoing series of free PG and PG-13 movies with screenings on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons every month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks are available for 50 cents.

“Gravity,” a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat science fiction thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts facing the destruction of their space shuttle, will be shown on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Rated PG-13.  Read more

Short-movie festival in Honesdale is seeking submissions

REGION — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival is coming to Honesdale, PA, on Saturday, November 1. Submit your original short movie with a spooky theme (horror, psychological, thriller, campy, creepy, eerie). Movies must have a running time of five minutes or less and should not include excessive violence or explicit sexual content. All entries are due by October 4. For more information or for the submission form, visit www.canaltown552.com or contact Canaltown at canaltown552@gmail.com.

A valley so green; Where summertime campers learn about the environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, from those offering the traditional experience (recreation, arts and crafts, games and activities) to specialized camps focused on a particular interest (the performing arts, or science education, or instruction in a sport, etc.).  Read more

Change the rules

I spent my adolescence in North Carolina, during the storied reign of Dean Smith as basketball coach for the UNC “Tar Heels.” An important part of UNC’s strategy during those years was the “Four Corners Offense.” Having established a lead, four Tar Heel players would stake out the corners of the offensive court and use up as much time as possible just passing the ball back and forth.  Read more

The 4-H ‘Leek-A-Thon’

Following in the tradition of Appalachia, we recently held our own ramp festival celebrating our native wild onion. Dubbed the “Leek-A-Thon,” by my husband John, our 4-H club gathered to dig wild leeks (also known as ramps) in the moist woods of our old farm.  Read more

Have a say in PA survey

The state of Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan. Every five years, states must update their plans in order to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds. Part of that process includes an online survey in which residents can weigh in on the recreational activities and conservation goals that are most important to them. The deadline to complete the survey is May 16.  Read more

Mothers and other river champions

Our Upper Delaware fishery has a rich and fascinating history. We have an abundance of fishing opportunities in our backyard that are all too easy to take for granted. Threats to our fisheries are never far around the bend. Yet there always seems to be a “river champion” who rises to the occasion, or goes quietly about her everyday efforts to improve the river or angling opportunities. I use the word “her” advisedly, for our fishery has had an abundant share of woman protectors and activists. This column is far too short to mention more than just a sampling.  Read more

‘Catfish Goes the Distance’ in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the first staged production of “Catfish Goes the Distance” by Milford, PA playwright John Klemeyer. The Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., will host the one-act play for two performances: Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. The play is part of DVAA’s spring cultural series.  Read more

Plant sale and gardening program at PEEC

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Celebrate the blossoming of spring with the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) Native Plant Sale. It will be held on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission to attend the sale and many varieties of native, and deer- resistant flowers, shrubs and grasses will be available. Perennials include coneflowers, bee balm, asters, foxglove, yarrow, cranesbill, lungwort and more. PEEC members can attend a pre-sale on Friday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Connor Garvey returns with special guest Jenna Lindbo

HONESDALE, PA — Riverfolk Concerts welcomes back Connor Garvey, nominee this year for Male Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, with special guest Jenna Lindbo, at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills’ summer production celebrates the Golden Age

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Vaudeville in the Catskills is holding auditions for its 2014 summer production, “Vaudeville in the Catskills Celebrates the Golden Age!” Vaudeville in the Catskills is a lively theatrical production that takes place in the Borscht Belt and presents entertainment as it occurred throughout the Catskills’ rich history.  Read more

Open poetry reading in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — An open poetry reading by local authors will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the reference room of the Port Jervis Free Library. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., reading begins at 7 p.m.

There are many respected and renowned poets who call the area home. Celebrate your love of poetry with an open poetry reading. Light refreshments will be served to enhance your experience of hearing the poets’ words delivered in person.