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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Stray Cat Gallery

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.

Wayne County Historical Society holds yard sale

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.

Student art show and sale at UpFront Exhibition Space

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

‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ presentation

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will hold a presentation of “Lincoln At Gettysburg” on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Columns Museum. The talk will be open to the public.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre on the move with ‘Kind Of Kin’

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

Shorts begin workshop season

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opens its 2013 season with a showcase of short works for the stage. Performances will be held on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

‘Above and Beyond’ mixed media by Erica Hart at Alliance Gallery

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

Bluegrass at Hawley Silk Mill

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.

Fashionably late...

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

A field day for writers

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

Lake Huntington News may 16

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

Fascism 101

“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

Feast of weeds

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

Upper Delaware BioBlitz

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

Wild or stocked?

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

My first pedicure

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

The Dance Center presents ballet ‘Giselle’

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.

Chimps in Tuxedos at the Dancing Cat

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.

‘Readings at The Coop: Writers in Conversation’ launches in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The first of a new series of happenings at The Cooperage, “Readings at the Coop: Writers in Conversation,” will take place on Saturday, May 11, with three authors reading some of their work. Mason Currey, who grew up in Honesdale, PA, will read from “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work;” Owen King from his novel “Double Feature;” and Domenica Ruta from her New York Times bestselling memoir “With or Without You.”

The monthly readings and conversations with writers is curated by Kelly McMasters and Mark Milroy, owners of Moody Road Studios at Maude Alley.  Read more

Prom king and queen crowned

Joshua Taylor, son of Charlene Taylor, was crowned king and Bridget McVeigh, daughter of Sean and Lynda McVeigh, was crowned queen at Honesdale High School’s annual junior-senior prom held Saturday, May 4. The theme of this year’s prom was “Light the Night.” The dinner dance, attended by 364 students and 20 chaperones, plus principal Diane Scarfalloto and vice principal John Kretschmer, was held at Camp Bryn Mawr. Junior class advisors Laura Lockwood, Shawn Garing and Joseph Kosiuk were in charge of the evening’s events.

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