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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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World Stage brings the arts to youth

BETHEL, NY — As part of the continuing efforts and commitment to make arts programming open and accessible to the community, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is presenting four World Stage Series performances in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods during the spring 2012 season. The first performance, the Amato Opera-in-Brief on April 5, was sold out. The next performance will be “Indian Music: Ray Spiegel & Aashish Khan,” on Sunday, April 22.  Read more

Traditional cooking classes

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Slow Food UpDaRiva will present a series of classes in the “Basics of Traditional Cooking” at the Hills Country Inn. Each will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and include a light lunch. The first class, on Sunday, April 22, will focus on choosing the right fats and preparing soups, broths and stews using traditional methods and grass-fed meats from local farms.  Read more

Bikes and trails for Earth Day

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, the public can help repair bikes and trails in the Livingston Manor area in celebration of Earth Day 2012. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host a Flat Fix Clinic with Charlie Sanborn of Cinder Track Bicycles. Bring in your old or new bike (or wheel with flat tire) and Sanborn will patch it for a minimal fee, first come, first served.  Read more

IOU Thrift Shop Fashion Show

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a fashion show featuring local models wearing thrift shop fashions, including prom, formal and everyday wear for men, women, children, and teens, on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center, to benefit the work of Interfaith Outreach United (IOU), and to thank the community for its years of support. A surprise ending is being planned. There will be music and a silent auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Homemade refreshments will follow.  Read more

UpFront holds fifth year opening

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold an artists’ reception for its fifth year anniversary opening on Saturday, April 21. The gallery will open at 12 noon and the reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music by Walt Edwards and refreshments. This show started on April 1 and will run through May 31. It features the art of 32 artists including Alyta Adams, Joseph Bilger, Rusty Coelho, Julia Healy, Alan Kaplan, Jane Brennan Koeck and Charlie Lang. A new feature of the gallery is the Wendell M. Upchurch room.  Read more

Music for the eyes, art for the ears

Here in the Upper Delaware Valley, variety is indeed the spice of life. This past week served up a perfect menu, since The River Reporter’s “Where and When” section was riddled with choices. Fascinated (yet horrified) by that woman known only as “Danielle” who spent $50,000 to clone her dog (www.andersoncooper.com), I realized that simply being called a dog from time to time does not qualify me for cloning. Yet. Therefore, schedule in hand, I made my selections and headed out.  Read more

Beautiful work

“Beautiful work,” says the beautiful woman who shakes my hand with two-handed sincerity at the end of a recent audition. I carry her praise home with me down Eighth Avenue through throngs of middle-aged men in hockey jerseys on their way to the Garden, into the subway where the temperature is always two days behind the street weather, and finally up two flights of stairs into my apartment before realizing her praise was a consolation prize. I would not be getting the part but I did “beautiful work.”  Read more

Local violist to perform senior recital at Julliard

NEW YORK CITY — Hannah Ross of Narrowsburg, NY will perform her senior recital at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall at 155 West 65th Street in Manhattan on April 19 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Works include pieces by Bach, Prokofiev, Bruch and Hindemith.  Read more

Quiz time

The time has come when the crack of the bat on ball, the smack of the line drive hitting the shortstop’s glove is echoing throughout the land. A small coterie of millionaires is again playing a game that once belonged to the boys of summer. Therefore, it is time for me to warm up my venerable right arm. I am once again hoping to send you young whippersnappers back to the bench, dragging your bats behind you. Just to falsely build your confidence, the first pitch will be a batting practice fastball, waist high, right down the middle at 85 miles an hour. Step up, batter.  Read more

Watching a wonder unfold

For the past week, I have fallen under the thrall of a mesmerizing event that is being streamed live via two webcams hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A pair of herons are tending five beautiful blue eggs in a nest built in a dead white oak in the middle of Sapsucker Woods pond outside the Cornell Lab’s Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the Ithaca, NY region.  Read more

‘Techniques of the Old Masters’

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will sponsor a workshop led by Thomas Bosket titled “Techniques of the Old Masters” on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new arts alliance offices at 812 Main St. The material on paint-handling techniques is accessible to beginning painters, but will also be valuable to advanced painters who may have never heard the information.

Cost is $70 for members, $80 for non-members, and there is a $15 materials fee. Waynecountyartsalliance.org or 570/390-4420.

Yasgur and Peter Florance at Tusten Town Hall

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance's Arts Alive drive will present the bands Yasgur and Peter Florance & The New Kings in a concert on Saturday, April 14 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Tusten Town Hall. There will also be a silent auction of Liberty High School photography and graphic art. A $20 donation is requested for admission, which will go to benefit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. Email rjohansen 1111@hotmail.com or call 845/252-7576.

Opening cast and Two-Headed Trout Dinner in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe, the Ultimate Fishing Town USA, will hold opening day ceremonies for the fishing season on Saturday, April 14, starting at 8 a.m. at Junction Pool. The first cast will be at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 845/439-4039.

That evening, Roscoe will hold the annual Two-Headed Trout Dinner at the Rockland House at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45, covering a six-course prime-rib dniner. There will be raffles, door prizes and a silent auction. Call 607/498-4139.

Liberty Museum displays Cobalt, larger than life

LIBERTY, NY — The larger-than-life theatrical artwork of Cobalt Studios will herald the season opening of the Liberty Museum & Arts Center on Saturday, April 21 with a meet-the-artists reception on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. A tradition at the museum, the annual display of work produced by Cobalt’s advanced students features realistic paintings designed as backdrops for all types of theatrical presentations.  Read more

ARTery hosts ‘New Visions’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit featuring art by 40 regional artists and craftsman titled “New Visions”, a juried show and sale. Work chosen from hundreds of submissions will be on display from April 12 to May 7. The reception will be during Milford’s Art After Dark event on Saturday April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The works represent a wide range of mediums, from ceramic pottery to sterling silver jewelry; genre ranging from whimsical animal sculptures to elegant figurative photography; paintings from realism to expressive abstracts. Visit arteryonline.com.

Bethel Woods extends access to classical music series

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has expanded the Experience the Arts Ticket Access Program to include the three-performance Classical Series at the Event Gallery. For every ticket purchased to a performance in the Classic Music Series, Bethel Woods will donate one ticket to qualified students, community and social service organizations within the region to inspire exploration of the arts.  Read more

Singer holds CD release party

ROCK HILL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Take The Day Off: Escape With Jazz,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant, 277 Rock Hill Drive.

Singer, Richards and the trio will perform songs from the new CD. “Donna Singer is a first call vocalist... with an effervescent spirit and impeccable phrasing,” wrote @Critical Jazz in a review of the CD, and Midwest Record wrote that the CD has “got so much heart and passion that it’s unstoppable.”  Read more

NACL Theatre plans its season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Now in its 12th year, NACL Theatre is planning a full summer schedule, to kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. It also offers After School Youth Drama classes beginning on April 19, and artist residencies and retreats. For more information see story on page 5 and visit www.nacl.org.

Let my people go!

It would seem that use of the lunar calendar has its advantages. Rather than attempting to fit holidays into the school schedule, or playing fast and loose with historical dates simply to create a three-day weekend, staying true to Biblical reference can be equally convenient. This year, both Easter and Passover occurred at the same time, which had more to do with the phases of the moon than man’s interference.  Read more

One year later

Tommy “The Easter Bunny” and the young bunny who lived across the street had been together for a whole year. Even before that, Tommy had had a crush on her for as long as she lived across Cottontail Lane.

“One of these days,” he would think to himself as he gazed sheepishly at her from across the room and sipped his carrot juice on the rocks.  Read more