Ramps. I’ve heard the word bandied about for years here in the country, but until now, was completely ignorant about them. With the onset of gorgeous weather and the shedding of the coats, I decided that rather than relying on armchair research, I’d head out for Ramps Fest in Callicoon, NY (www.visitcallicoon.com) to see what all the fuss is about. Read more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Harry the horse is seeing a chiropractor.
At first his owner, Holly Johannes of Beach Lake, didn’t know what was wrong. Harry’s a show horse, but last year he stopped cooperating in the show ring. The judges told Johannes that Harry was probably burned out, tired of competing, that it might be the end of his show days. Read more
The Pride of Cochecton awards brunch was very nice at the Villa Roma. I was sitting next to Judy Yavarkovsky and we were talking about how hard it is cleaning out our mothers’ houses.
I suggested that we have a penny social and call it in honor of our dead mothers, but Judy did not think we had time to get it together before Mother’s Day. You have to laugh; there is so much to do and so many memories. It will make you nuts if you do not laugh. Read more
When we bought our house, “sustainability” wasn’t part of our everyday vocabulary. We did know that a 100-year-old house was likely to bankrupt us with heating bills unless we made serious changes. Other than new wiring, no major renovations had been undertaken since the 1960s, a plus since the scary vintage state of the house meant that we could afford to buy it. But we had a lot of work to do if we were going to be both snug and solvent. Read more
“Go West, Young Man!” Well, that is exactly the advice this Brooklyn boy took 12 years ago when I moved west to Glen Spey in Sullivan County to make it my year-round home.
However, there’s another saying with a promise of its own—“There are great riches in the East!” and for the readers of this column, the East is New York City—the Big Apple. Five days a week I arise at the crack of dawn and head east, commuting to my desk in a midtown Manhattan office, across the street from New York’s Penn Station (aka NYPenn).
It’s a full life. Read more
If you have visited a lake, swamp or other wetland lately, you have probably heard the arrival of spring in the form of spring peepers, pickerel frogs, or maybe the honking of Canada geese. If you look closer, you might see some painted turtles basking on a log or some red-spotted newts swimming by the shore. Soon, other amphibians such as green frogs and American toads will add to the chorus of wetland habitats. Read more
BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery, a new showcase for dozens of local artists, will host a grand opening and artists’ reception on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring the works of Nancy Wells, Allan Rubin and Candy Spilner, the exhibit will run through May 22. Also debuting will be large-scale installations by Tom Holmes and Daina Shobrys. Ramona Jan will perform at the opening with her handmade marionettes.
The gallery is located just across the street from The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Co. on Route 17B. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.
HONESDALE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ original comedy “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Written by Lakeside founders Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the play premiered at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront in 2011, when it was performed for 18 senior bus groups over three days. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Folk musician and national award-winning songwriter Gina Holsopple will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. After a visit to the area this winter, performing at SUNY Sullivan, Holsopple returns to play at this locally-owned business. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — A scarf painting workshop will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Each participant will make his or her own hand-painted silk scarf to take home. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts, Inc. (PCAC) is pleased to host artist Janet Campbell for its May First Sunday demonstration on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall.
Campbell will demonstrate the watercolor technique of ‘pouring’ watercolors. Instead of using a brush, the colors are mixed with water in containers and poured onto the paper. The white of the paper is saved by masking, therefore planning is involved. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will be in concert on May 19 at 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium in a performance of works by John Rutter. The concert, “All Things Good,” is dedicated to children of the community and will feature the regional premier of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” scored for double choir (adult and children) and full symphony orchestra. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The sixth annual Fisher Film Festival will be held at SUNY Sullivan in the college’s Seelig Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon. It will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Kite Day celebration that will take place on the college’s front green. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — In conjunction with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, the Audubon and Friends Too art show opens in the new Wulff Gallery on May 4. This year the Sullivan County Audubon Society artists and friends have branched out to include not only local artists but those from around the region. Read more
STARLIGHT, PA — The gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake will feature the watercolors of Merilyn Hillman during the month of May.
The artist’s paintings often feature figures and pets, including cats and dogs. She is a member of the Big D Arts and Crafts League.
The exhibit opens on Friday, May 3 and will also feature works by other league members including oils, watercolors and photography.
Hillman, who now spends most of her time in Roscoe, NY, has been a student of Jack Yelle, a well known Roscoe watercolorist. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance recently announced the lineup for its Tusten Theatre Spring Series. All concerts are held at the Tusten Theatre at 8 p.m.
The Gypsy Jazz Quintet will perform on Saturday, May 4. They were formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930’s “hotclub” jazz.
Organized by guitarist/music arranger, John Curtin, band members also include Vice Marrone, guitar; Bob Wilson, bass; Nick Driscoll, clarinet; and Mark Woodyatt, violin. Admission is $22. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a trip to see “Noah The Musical” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, PA on Saturday, September 28. The tickets cost $125 for adults, teens (13-18) $95, children (12 and under) $75. The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market to purchase lunch (or bring your own), 1 p.m. show at the theater and dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant. Read more
It’s almost impossible to think about Sullivan County (www.scva.net) without recalling a little music festival that put the town of Bethel on the map during a rain-soaked three days in 1969. Since then, music lovers have flocked to the region seeking to rekindle memories of that event, or create new ones in honor of it. Read more