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Milford actor meets Zane Grey; Helps celebrate his birthday

Darren Fouse, as Abraham Lincold, enjoyed a social event at the Pike County Historical Society museum.
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Fouse says he tries to make a personal connection with his characters, seeking things in his own life that help him relate. Thus, on some level, he identified with Grey’s “going with the dentistry thing, but not wanting it for the career.” (Grey established his own dental practice in New York City in 1888, but left dentistry to pursue writing in 1905 after he married and moved to a house on the banks of the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers.)

A key piece of research for Fouse is Grey’s personal narrative about fishing called “A Day on the Delaware,” which was the author’s first published article, appearing in Recreation magazine, May 1902. “It’s a story about the love of natural beauty and the big catch,” Fouse explained.

Fouse, who did his share of acting “a long time ago,” as he describes it, acted in France and in LA; has some TV and movie credits to his name; and has done some “Off Off Off Broadway” theatre. He was bitten by the acting bug again after he moved to Milford, where he and his wife of 25 years, Nancy, own and operate the Waterwheel Café. He also began his association with the local historical society after Columns Museum Director Lori Strelecki instigated his historical one-man works.

“As the official historical society of Pike County, we want to share our local history with people by taking these characters and making them accessible to people by making them interesting. Sometimes people want to see their history rather than to read about it,” Strelecki observed.

Pike County Commissioners will declare Friday, January 31 as “Zane Grey Day.” The birthday bash, where Fouse will appear, will be held that evening at 7 p.m. at the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., Milford. It is free and open to the public.

The Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, which is usually closed in the winter, will be open in honor of its namesake’s birthday on Friday, January 31 and over the weekend of February 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.