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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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‘Coppelia’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Chelsea Gessner, a senior at Port Jervis High School, and Laurence Utter Jr., a nursing student at Orange County Community College, perform in the Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “Coppelia.” There will be a performance at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, June 16 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. Call 845/856-3373.

Dorosh’s ‘Chairs’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — Daria Dorosh’s “Chairs 1982-2010” opens with a reception on Friday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 7.  Read more

CAG reopening exhibit themed ‘Patterns’

LIBERTY, NY — The members of the newly re-formed Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will exhibit recent work at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main St., from June 15 through July 8. The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be an artists’ reception with refreshments on Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the “Patterns” show, guests can view the museum’s permanent display of Sullivan County history, and hear about the museum’s plans for the future.  Read more

Fantastic ‘Fantasticks’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical, is coming to the stage at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 in South Fallsburg for six performances, courtesy of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW), under the direction of Sally Gladden of Woodridge and the musical direction of Leon Hilfstein of Hurleyville. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, June 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Try-City holds auditions

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for the Try-City-Stage season will be held on Sunday, June 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St. Three productions are currently set for the upcoming season. “Little Shop of Horrors” (October 25 to 28) has a cast of eight main characters, four male and four female, plus a small ensemble. “Holiday Spectacular” (December 21 and 22) will use singers, dancers—especially girls interested in Rockette-style dancing—actors and musicians for a cabaret production.  Read more

Strawberry breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The volunteers of the Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold their annual Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 17, at the D & H Canal Park Visitors’ Center, 58 Hoag Rd. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be all-you-can-eat strawberry pancakes and French toast with fresh, homemade strawberry sauce, among other items.  Read more

‘Waiting for You’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Sojourn Theatre and The TEAM will present “Waiting for You” on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Garden tour tickets on sale

ROSCOE, NY — Garden lovers are invited to view 10 private gardens in the Roscoe area during the fourth annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 23. The bus tour leaves at 10 a.m. from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club and returns for a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m.

The tour benefits the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. The cost is $35 per person for the bus tour, which includes travel on a coach bus provided by Rolling V, guide, prize drawings and snacks. Bus riders will also tour a special “secret garden.” The tour will stop for lunch in Roscoe.  Read more

Concert for Haiti

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a concert for Haiti conducted by Stuart Hirsch, music director at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello and founder of Archangel Airborne, on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church. Archangel Airborne is a group of local pilots who periodically fly to Haiti with medical personnel and supplies for those who continue to suffer following the 2010 earthquake.  Read more

Antique appraisal day

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will have antique appraisers on hand to take a look at your items on Saturday June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The $5 museum admission allows you to bring in items to be assessed by local volunteer “antiquers” and collectors. it is strictly for fun and should not be used for insurance purposes. A “cash for gold” assessor will be on hand willing to offer the day’s market price, on the spot, for gold and silver. Visit www.pikecountyhistoricalsoci ety.org or call 570/296-8126.

Shakespeare sings!

While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is bound and determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564.  Read more

A sun catcher for Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — John Nivens, a student at Port Jervis High School, is the winner of the Gillinder Glass Design a Sun Catcher Contest. John designed a train to represent Port Jervis. A mold will be made of his design, and he is invited to press the first sun catcher, which he will be given as his prize for winning the contest. The second-place design, also a train, was submitted by Gabrielle Santoro, a student of Elaine Tedesco’s Hearts & Hands Art Center. Port Jervis High School student Samantha Sanfilippo’s eagle took third place.  Read more

Golf

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Artists’ call for Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Outsider’s Studio Collective will host a silent art auction, “Farm to Easel,” for Catskill Mountainkeeper’s 2012 Barnfest, to be hosted by Debra Winger at the Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14. The art auction will comprise small works pertaining to agriculture in some way, shape or form—the theme does not have to be taken too literally.  Read more

When life hands you lemons...

I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded.  Read more

Artist seeks work

As I am writing this, my daughter is having a nervous breakdown about finding a job after college. I am trying to ignore the caterwauling emanating from her room. I am on deadline, after all. This, of all the work I do in the world, is the one I am paid for dependably. Still, I can’t help feeling her pain and wanting it to stop.  Read more

Long division

Those tireless pollsters at the Pew Research Center’s “People and the Press” project (www.people-press.org) recently released the results of their latest study—results that really should come as a surprise to no one. The Pew researchers say that, in terms of values and basic beliefs, Americans have become increasingly polarized along partisan lines over the last couple of decades. In fact, according to the study, political divisions have become the most significant in our society—exceeding the divisions that you might expect to find along gender, age, race, or even class lines.  Read more

Country Ark Farm festivities

An interesting collection of exotic and domestic animals were featured at a recent Open Farm Day at Country Ark Farm (CAF) near Milford, PA. Run by the Ciancitto family and a group of volunteers for the past 23 years, the non-profit foundation provides recreational, pet and art therapy experiences for mentally, emotionally and physically challenged children and adults. CAF is housed on a 26-acre property which is home to an assortment of well-socialized animals that have been hand-raised for the various programs offered.  Read more

Haas photographic essay in Milford

MILFORD, PA — A photographic essay by Eldred photographer George Haas, “The Drop,” will be on display at the Highlands Photographic Guild from June 9 through July 8. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Milford’s Art after Dark evening.  Read more

Lawn parties kick off Mount Laurel performances

TAMIMENT, PA — The Mount Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (The Mount) will host a lawn party to kick off each of its 10 Music On The Mount Summer Concerts beginning Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The lawn parties will feature local bands, a discount barbeque, special tastings from sponsors, giveaways, beer and wine bars, picnic and party space and more.  Read more