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NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, books were written almost exclusively by a small group of brand-name professional writers, most of whom boasted impressive academic and publishing credentials. But the advent of the digital age has made it possible for a new breed of author, the so-called “independent” writer, to produce a book without the assistance of a traditional corporate publishing house. E-books and print-on-demand production methods have revolutionized what was once an elitist industry.

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride...

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With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is...

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Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the...

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Festive, fishy fun in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The ninth annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 9. Starting at 11:30 a.m. there will be an arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, specialty foods from local vendors and entertainment. Activities will include balloon making, face painting, music, dancing and stilt walking. The parade will step-off at 1 p.m., led by the 2012 Grand Marshals Dr.  Read more

‘Human Lard Dog’ kicks up some larks at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Human Lard Dog and his 10-piece Band of Shy, featuring a stand-up horn section and the atomic-powered vocal cords of the glorious gospel-singing La’Delles will come to the NACL Theatre on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
The Human Lard Dog is the alter ego of North Branch resident Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical and comedic sensibilities. Lard Dog sings his super catchy original songs with a voice hailed by critics as a cross between Chet Baker, Hank Williams and a wood chipper.  Read more

Tractors on parade in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — As noted in our editorial this week, one of summer’s great attractions in our area is its street fairs and celebrations. Callicoon’s annual tractor parade, scheduled for this Sunday, June 10, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., is one of the first of the season. The firemen will kick off the day with their pancake breakfast at their building on Route 97, from 7 to 11 a.m.  Read more

‘Scenes Along the Delaware’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will host an exhibit by renowned local artist James McGinley titled “Scenes Along the Delaware,” opening with a reception on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through July 7. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Liberty Free presents 'Shel's Shorts"

LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Free Theatre will present Shel’s Shorts, a series of one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright, composer, screenwriter, essayist, cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Performances are May 31 to June 3, June 7 to 10, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Admission for the performance is free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty.  Read more

Carpenter bees: Unwanted home improvements

In May, a friend had quite a few bees flying around his barn; they appeared like bumblebees and frequently could be seen chasing each other around, occasionally meeting in a mid-air grapple. I looked around the upper part of the structure and found a few round holes about the size that a .38 caliber bullet would make. These were not bullet holes; the bees chasing each other were male carpenter bees defending their territory.  Read more

Red Molly plays Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Red Molly will perform at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge St. on Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. The female Americana trio plays roots/Americana/bluegrass music featuring three-part harmonies with banjo, Dobro and guitar. There will be two 45-minute sets.  Read more

Manescapes in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host a photography exhibit by local photographer LaVerne Black title “Manescapes” from June 3 to July 8, with an opening artist’s reception on June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The black and white photographs in Manescapes portray horses’ manes. By eliminating extraneous elements from the frame, parts become a complete image.  Read more

Charlie Lang at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will open the summer with a show featuring the work of Charlie Lang on June 1, running through July 29. The public is invited to attend the summer artist’s reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.
UpFront currently has over 30 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit, including Alyta Adams, Nancy Davis-Kessler, Alan Kaplan, Wendell M. Upchurch and Greg Zukowski.  Read more

Plein air art program opens season

MILFORD, PA — The Come Paint with Me© plein air artists’ program will celebrate the opening of its 15th season with a special event to be held at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers and the Grey Towers Heritage Association, program founder/coordinator Joan Polishook of Lords Valley will narrate a power-point program, “All About Plein Air Painting.” The event will include guest speakers, refreshments and souvenirs for each participating artist.  Read more

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.

In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.

Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

A theatrical double-header in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — The Little Victory Players at The Capitol Theatre in Hancock will present the New Reality Players in a double header: “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Foster Daniel Jr., and “A Hot Bowl of Chili.” The plays will be presented on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

CAS issues artists call

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its third annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists appearing throughout the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, from June 16 to July 15. All CAS member artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Ghost Detective takes an encore

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden, The Ghost Detective from the Paranormal Police Headquarters (www.paranormalpolice.com), on Monday, June 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be Worden’s second appearance at the Hub, following a sold-out first performance that left 20 people on the waiting list.

Worden offers a unique perspective as an investigator of both the living and the dead, as a police detective in Port Jervis with over 10 years of law enforcement experience. He has been actively investigating ghosts since 2000.  Read more

Forestburgh holds pre-season gala

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Proud of Our Home: Celebrating 175 Years of the Town of Forestburgh” will be the theme of the pre-season fund raiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center, to be held on Saturday, June 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will feature previews of the opening production of “Guys and Dolls,” as well as a few tidbits from the opening cabaret “Get Happy: The Music of Harold Arlen.”  Read more

‘Garden of Eden’ kicks off PaPA season

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA’s first exhibit for the season, “The Garden of Eden,” will have an opening reception on June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The arts and cultural center is housed in the century-old 33,000-square-foot historic Welwood Silk Mill building. The show will run through July 21.

Rock Hill antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 3, to show off their cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club’s annual car show. This show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County.
In addition to the cars, there will be food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show. The gates will open at 9 a.m.
Visit www.catskillregionaaca.org or call 845/932-8923.

Big D features watercolors by Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will present an all-member show in the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. The collection will include oils, watercolors and photography as well as featuring one of its members for the month.

June will feature Livingston Manor, NY watercolor artist Caroline Harrow. Her realistic barns and still life paintings bring back memories of a simpler life. Caroline is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and her paintings are in many corporate and private collections.  Read more

June is bustin’ out all over!

Memorial Day weekend conjures up many images: backyard barbeques, flag-waving parades, garden parties and the requisite boat launches, as the lakes, rivers and ponds begin to swell with visitors swarming to the Upper Delaware valley. Many of us look forward to an extended, three-day siesta as the hammocks go up, and s’mores begin to waft through the night air.  Read more

Sullivan Dairy Court crowned

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The new Sullivan County Dairy Court was crowned on April 27. The 2012-13 court consists of four Dairy Ambassadors: Adeline Bodnaruik, Brandi Burk, Cierra Roth and Amy Sykes; and two Milk Maids; Brittney Burk and Carrie Sykes. June is Dairy Month, and June 4 is National Frozen Yogurt Day. The new court offers the following cooling recipe.

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsps. cornstarch
(12 fluid ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction