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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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Contra dance returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold the first contra dance of 2014 on Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Contra dancing is energetic, fun, and a great way to build friendships and create community.  Read more

A Titanic dinner with author of ‘Titanic 1912’

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host an evening in honor of the Titanic on Sunday, April 27. The Hotel Fauchere will host a dinner in the Delmonico Room. In addition to being the largest liner ever built, when the Titanic set sail it also hosted the most advanced culinary facilities of any ship of its time. The chefs for this Titanic-inspired dinner will recreate dishes enjoyed by the passengers in the first-, second- and third-class dining saloons of the big ship. Each course will be introduced with a discussion of the culinary history of the Titanic.  Read more

UpFront’s spring artist’s reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its “2014 Spring Artists Exhibition” on Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. The public is invited at no charge.  Read more

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet returns to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will welcome back to the stage The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and pushing jazz boundaries with bold improvisation, the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet strives to express the beauty of a simple melodic line.  Read more

Wine tasting to benefit library

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Ford has offered its showroom for the Wayne County Public Library’s major fundraising event of the year. The seventh annual wine tasting event “In Good Taste” will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Mysteryland USA calls for Sustainable Design Challenge

BETHEL, NY — Mysteryland announced its first ever Sustainable Design Challenge. Producers of Mysteryland and MATTE creative agency are calling upon the creative young minds of the American design community to take on the challenge to create a sustainable, functional installation based on the Mysteryland motto, “Today is a Gift.”  Read more

It isn’t easy being green

That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (www.DelawareHighlands.org/greentourism), but in fact, it’s easier than one might think. That was one of the topics of conversation that came up when I stopped to chat briefly with working group coordinator Adrienne Picciano. Even though it was still early in the day, the conference was already being heralded as a success. “It all came about from a conversation with friends and folks at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC),” Picciano told me.  Read more

Yarnslingers return for more storytelling

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents the storytelling group Yarnslingers at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Leroy Justice: Classic rock for modern times

HAWLEY, PA — Rock band Leroy Justice will play at Harmony presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Jill Carletti, Managing Director of Harmony Presents, calls them “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kind of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized our favorite American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman Brothers Band while filled with powerhouse grooves and a strong rhythm section.”  Read more

Two women, 12 instruments

When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.  Read more

Fifty ways (at least) to defuse a world crisis

World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one country take a bite out of another along the Black Sea. Battles and disasters, once just abstract reports, take on specific human forms, with individual names and faces.  Read more

The first wildflower

A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.  Read more

Fascinating feathers

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific viewpoints.

Viewers can learn how feathers work in a section devoted to feather anatomy. In Feather Function, the various roles of feathers are explored, such as flight, display, camouflage, insulation and weatherproofing. Other sections illustrate how feathers develop and how they have evolved over time.  Read more

Student artwork on display at high school art show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual “CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show,” an exhibition of work by Sullivan County high school students. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m. The show runs until May 4.  Read more

Spring ahead

I find myself back in the city in time for spring, and not just technically spring; I’m talking about actual warm weather, bare legs, iced coffees, sunglasses and smiles. It’s been so long I barely recognize it, and I still feel like I’m getting away with something nefarious when I venture out in only a sweatshirt.  Read more

Visual Arts Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors

REGION — The Stanley J. Segal Scholarship for the Visual Arts is being offered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to high school seniors in Sullivan County, NY or Wayne County, PA who wish to pursue advanced studies in the visual arts, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.  Read more

Wayne County summer festival schedule released

HONESDALE, PA — Following a 47-year tradition, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will once again present a summer of musical events in Honesdale. The series of 14 concerts in Honesdale’s Central Park will feature many favorites from past years, and will also introduce the Bill Arnold Band to local audiences.  Read more

‘Landscapes’ art exhibit opens

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday April 5, the Wayne County Arts Alliance hosted an opening reception to celebrate its current art exhibit, “Landscapes.” The event was held in the alliance’s new gallery, which is tucked away on quaint little Maude Alley located at 1023 Main St. Nine talented local artists are represented, including Joseph Castelli, pictured here, Signe Ballew, Collette Ballew, Jessica Campbell, Ellen Silberlicht, Naomi Teppich, Mark Milroy, Carolyn Santiso and Paul Ludick. The exhibit runs through April 26. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Percussion and groove: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will play soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms.  Read more

Dramatic Workshop announces auditions for a melodrama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Stop Thief!” a musically enhanced and mischievously fun, old- fashioned melodrama. Auditions will be held at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Saturday, May 3 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; and Saturday, May 10 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles.  Read more