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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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The Liberty Free Theatre celebrates life

As I read through my e-mails last week, a press release from the Liberty Free Theatre (LFT) caught my attention. “We’re gearing up for our eighth season,” it began, “with a special event production of Constance Alexander’s ‘The Way Home’ as a fundraiser for CROC (Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer).” Some of the words leaped off the page, shouting at me, causing me to pause. CROC. Cancer. Home.  Read more

‘Where do I go?’

Good question. While actively in the throes of an existential crisis, I continue to wade through life, searching for an answer that might never reveal itself. Less than thrilled with the results of an Internet search, I pressed on and discovered a disquieting website (www.existentialcrises.com) that simply presented a black page with the words “you are alone.” Lovely. Undaunted, I persevered and wallowed briefly in the not-so-uplifting lyrics penned by James Rado and Gerome Ragni for the “great American tribal love rock musical”—“Hair.”  Read more

Ups and downs

I have been waiting to find out if I was going to get this amazing editing mentorship with Walter Murch for the past five months. I found out that I was nominated in late 2011 for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. There was a very extensive application process that included multiple essays, a video, numerous copies of my work and assorted references.

I’m not sure how many people were nominated but I found out in March that I was one of four finalists. It was an amazing honor and also meant that I would be meeting Mr. Murch himself as he would make the final decision.  Read more

The future of farming?

By Sean Zigmund

Since the dawn of agriculture, feeding ourselves has driven an increase in a myriad of other highly consumptive processes that boil down to a single equation: food = energy. Energy use will only increase as our population does, yet our primary source of energy, fossil fuel, is steadily decreasing. While renewable energy use in the U.S. is on the rise, its use is a fraction of what we use to live. Perhaps a neighborhood farming model is just what we need to move to a more sustainable future.  Read more

Farmers markets open for the season

CALLICOON, NY - The Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets open for the 2012 summer season beginning Sunday, May 6 in Callicoon. The Callicoon market operates Sundays, from May 6 through November 25, 11 am to 2 pm, and is located at the Callicoon Creek Park on A. Dorrer Drive.

The Liberty Market is every Friday, May 11 through October 5, 3 pm to 6 pm, in the Municipal Parking Lot located on Darbee Lane. Jeffersonville kicks off July 5 and runs every Thursday through August 30, 3 pm to 6 pm, Main Street, Route 52 (parking lot). All markets are rain or shine.  Read more

First Fridays kicks off season May 4

NARROWSBURG, NY - First Fridays Contemporary Author Series continues its 7th season on May 4 at Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There will be open mic sign-up at 7 p.m., the open mic itself at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors will read starting at 8 p.m.

Featured this month are Lori Anderson Moseman and Jon Sands.  Read more

Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Amphibian drama: prey and predator in a pond

Along the Delaware River, there are many small ponds fed by springs or streams, or left over from floods. Also present are remnants of the D&H Canal, with many sections still holding some water. All these ponds play a role in the diversity of the riparian habitat along the shore of the river. A variety of fauna and flora are present in or near these ponds that would not otherwise be present on the river shore.  Read more

Join a memoir-writing group

HONESDALE, PA — The memoir-writing group held at the Honesdale Senior Center for the past six months is ready to expand its membership and increase its meetings to twice monthly. If you have memories and stories, enjoy reading and writing and like to get to know other people in a secure, open and friendly environment, consider joining the group. Membership is open to Wayne County residents. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required. Meetings are at 323 10th St. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the game room on the main floor. Call 570/937-3148.

Share your talent at Milford Open Mic

MILFORD, PA — Milford Open Mic is a not-for-profit group that sponsors an open mic night every Friday at 611 Broad St. and several concerts each month on Saturdays. It is a venue for local talent and families to gather together and have fun in an alcohol-free environment.  Read more

‘WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales,” a drag show feature at the Milford Theatre (114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, May 19, featuring the illustrious Steady Mess and her troupe of performers.  Read more

Wurtsboro Art Alliance members show

WURTSBORO, NY — An exhibit of artwork by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will be on display from Saturday, May 5 through June 10 at the WAA Gallery. There will be a reception on opening day from 2 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, watercolors, photography, sculpture and ceramics created by Wurtsboro Art Alliance members.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagal lery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Design-a-Sun-Catcher Contest at Gillinder Glass

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass is having a Design-a-Sun-Catcher contest. The winning design will be made into a mold; the sun catchers will be made at the Gillinder Glass factory and will be available at the Gillinder Glass Store.  Read more

Community garden program screens ‘Dirt’

NARROWSBURG, NY — SkyDog Farm will host a permaculture workshop for the newly minted Tusten Heritage Community Garden Youth Program on Sunday, May 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The permaculture workshop will explore alternative farming practices in conjunction with the garden’s spring planting schedule, followed by a screening of “Dirt! The Movie” at 3 p.m.

Dirt takes center stage in the documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil. SkyDog Farm is located at 1724 County Route 23. The event is free.

Mother’s Day concert

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society (PCCS) presents its spring concert, “A Musical Bouquet,” a refreshing mix of old and new works by Randall Thompson, William Billings, C. Hubert Parry, Yehezkel Braun and two well-known local composers, accompanied by organist Henry Repp on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Special guests for the evening are local folk favorites Ken deAngelis and Julie Ziavras. They will perform deAngelis’ original folk songs in solo sets and with the PCCS.  Read more

Port student show at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — Works by Port Jervis High School Art students will be included in the May show at the UpFront Exhibition Space, sponsored by the Port Jervis Council for the Arts.

Port Jervis High School Art teachers Bess Moran (Art Curriculum Coordinator), Ashley Kaufmann and Eleanor Horst have challenged students to view and question prevailing assumptions and explore new forms of self expression. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, digital photography, painting, collage and woodworking will be exhibited.  Read more

Antique vehicles sought for Honesdale festival

HONESDALE, PA — Bring your vehicle to Central Park in downtown Honesdale on May 20 to Court Street, as part of the Festival of the Arts weekend’s Antiques on Wheels Display.

If you have anything motorized that is 25 years or older and is in good running condition, it is eligible. There will be trophies given for Years of Service: Longest-Running Tractor, Smallest Four-Wheel Car, Oldest-Running Motorcycle and Work Truck with the Most Character. A Judges’ Choice trophy will also be awarded.  Read more

Ramp tramp includes recipes, harvesting and tastings

CALLICOON, NY — Slow Food UpDeRiVa will celebrate the ramp, one of this region’s most wonderful wild delicacies, on Sunday, May 6 at the Callicoon Farmer’s Market. There will be demonstrations, recipes and tastings, starting at 11 a.m., with how to make ramp butter and ramp pickles; followed at 12 noon by Bob Eckert of Northern Farmhouse Pasta, with samples of items like ramp ravioli and demonstrations.  Read more

Family farm the focus at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Family Farm: 1920 to 1950 will be the opening exhibit at Time and the Valleys Museum this season, starting on Saturday, May 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will see the tools and equipment used on the farm, learn about the types of activities, including planting and harvesting crops, caring for and milking cows, butter churning and food preservation; and experience a recreated “farmhouse kitchen” with coal stove, International Harvester Refrigerator and old fashioned wringer washing machine.  Read more

Mozart Requiem to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mozart Requiem in a Mostly Mozart concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Drew United Methodist Church located at 49-51 Sussex Street. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Kirk Dougherty (tenor), Wayne Walters (baritone) and Craig Williams on pipe organ. Also being performed is Mozart’s popular Exsultate, Jubilate peformed by Delaware Valley Choral Society’s professional soprano soloist, Jocelyn Lieberfarb.  Read more