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November 23, 2014
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Photos by Anya Tikka

As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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Eagles vs. fireworks

There’s a very metaphorically patriotic debate going on in Narrowsburg over the effect of the fireworks on the local bald eagles. There is a nest on the flats and two out of the last three years, it seems the July 4th fireworks have caused eagles to fall from the nests. It’s basically the bald eagle (federally protected and national mascot) versus the fireworks (beautiful patriotic tradition of exploding lights and loud noises). The only way it could get any more patriotic would be to add the good old stars and stripes into the mix somehow.  Read more

‘Looking forward, looking back’

By Stanley Harper

Councilwoman Eileen Falk, commenting on the proposed “Riverwalk” project during a public hearing: “Not trying to make Narrowsburg into something different, just trying to make it what it was.”

Something we often hear: “I don’t want Narrowsburg to change from the way it was.”  Read more

Theatre Beat: Blondes really do have more fun!

Following it’s successful run of “Guys and Dolls,” which was heavily dependent on the guys, the newest production at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) is, as predicted, all about the ladies. The musical version of “Legally Blonde,” based on the novel and runaway hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, enjoyed a modest run on Broadway in 2007. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, the show follows the adventures of fashionista Elle Woods, played by mega-talent Zoe Kassay, who follows what she believes is her dream, only to discover herself along the way.  Read more

Tenkara?

Tenkara fly fishing is the method Japanese fly fishers use when fishing their mountainous, fast flowing, small trout streams. It is a markedly different technique from our western style of fly fishing. A Tenkara fly rod ranges from 10 to 14 feet in length. No reel is ever used on this rod. The line is attached to the tip of the rod, which has a thin one-and-one-half-inch-long woven line permanently attached to it. This short piece of line is called a “lilian.” A length of fluorcarbon or nylon monofilament is tied to the lilian. This is the casting line.  Read more

Fee-free Grey Towers on the Fourth

MILFORD, PA – Come celebrate our nation’s birthday on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, as the US Forest Service offers a fee-free day at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forest Service staff will offer a unique insight into the conservation contributions made by the Pinchot family and how they utilized the Grey Towers estate as their family home until 1963, when it was donated to the US Forest Service.  Read more

Breeding eagle update

As those of you who didn’t travel to warmer climes for the winter realize, we experienced an overall mild winter, with above-normal temperatures and minimal ice cover on rivers and lakes. Indeed, during the 2012 annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey for New York State, there was no ice recorded on the river during the week of January 10, which is the usual target date for the survey. No ice on the river has only been recorded for a handful of times of the 34 years that New York has been participating in the survey.  Read more

Independence Day history at the Fort

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.”  Read more

Revolution in the Upper Delaware

MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware.  Read more

Natural beauty in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — This area’s natural beauty, charm and wildlife provide inspiration to a group of local artists whose works can be seen at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery through July 22.

Among those featured is Gene Weinstein, a member of the alliance whose photographs of bald eagles will be on display. Another featured artist is Linda Lou Bartle, a resident of Yankee Lake. Bartle, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School, works from sketches and her own photography.  Read more

Poetry reading and book signing

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tracey Gass Ranze will read from “Storm Farmer – Collected Poems,” on Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m., in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The recently published book is a compilation of selections from her writing over 30 years.

An itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear, Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. Ranze has also read on several public radio programs, at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and in venues from San Francisco to New York City.

Meet a cow; pick a flower

HONESDALE, PA — Calkins Creamery and Fox Hill Farm, two neighboring farms, will host joint tours on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday, July 21. Tours begin at 8 a.m. at Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, and will conclude at 1 p.m. at 297 Fox Hill Rd., following a catered lunch. Tickets cost $50 and include tours of both farms and lunch. Tour dates are rain or shine.  Read more

Music and more in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Independence Day celebration hosted by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council and The Greater Honesdale Partnership will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 in Central Park. There will be free old-fashioned games with prizes for children as well as some new performers. Vendors with food and novelties will begin setting up at 5 p.m.  Read more

Maris Hearn concert features Magpie

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn will present the sixth annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert at the Delaware Youth Center, on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature one of Maris’ all-time favorite artists in “An Evening with Magpie.” The concert is a benefit, all proceeds going to Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, and Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Savor the Arts at the Excelsior Mill

NEWEIDEN, NY — The Excelsior Mill at Neweiden will hold a Savor the Arts Dinner in the Mill to benefit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) on Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by June 30 to kwjasper12@aol.com.

The suggested donation is $100 per person, which is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and sent to Brendan and Kathleen Weiden, 30 Essex Place, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Art show benefits Byway

HANCOCK, NY — The organizers of the Catskill Valley Scenic Byway Initiative will hold an opening reception for an art exhibit at The Bakery, 167-169 East Front St., on Saturday June 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Artworks will be on display for the month of July, and can be viewed Mondays 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Matt Hoffmann at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — “Concerts in the Coop” will present The Matt Hoffmann Quartet at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Friday, June 29. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB.  Read more

First-run movies at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, owner of the historic 1923 Rivoli Theater on Main Street in South Fallsburg, has announced that first-run movies will return to the theater beginning on Friday, June 29, with “Madagascar: Escape to Africa.”

“We’re going to run movies all summer at times when we do not have a live event going on at the theater.” said workshop board nember Jackie Perito. Proceeds from the movie program will help fund the ongoing effort to restore the theater’s classic neon-and-stud-light marquee.  Read more

‘Out on a Limb’ at BrookHouse

BARRYVILLE, NY — The BrookHouse Gallery’s will open “Out on a Limb” on Saturday, July 7, featuring recent paintings by David Lee Bush and jewelry by James Hawley, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Independence Day events

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will hold its 2012 Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, with a rain date of Friday, July 6. The show will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Prior to the fireworks, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will host a celebration in Central park beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be live music, vendors games and more throughout the afternoon and evening. (See page x for more information).  Read more

All the world’s a stage

With a bit of rest after last week’s whirlwind tour of the region, I was able to begin anew and zipped around the four corners, in search of entertainment. Having taken a lengthy hiatus from Rich Kiamco’s traveling Comedy Club (www.thelaughtour.com), I was newly excited to make my way to the Nutshell in Lake Huntington (www.nutshellarts.com ), which has become a monthly home for Manhattan’s up-and-coming comics, who often test new material on the (sometimes) unsuspecting audience that the tour attracts.  Read more

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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
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