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Roots and Rhythm brings the jams all over town

HONESDALE, PA — The 10th annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival was another smashing success this year. The crowds came out to support local music and art, as there were bands all along Main Street in the morning, and craft vendors lining Central Park. Later that day and into the night bands took to the main stage, including headliner the Kentucky Headhunters.  Read more

Curtain up at the Forestbugh Playhouse! ...everything old is new again

Forestbugh Playhouse (FBP) producer Franklin Trapp is really excited these days. Even though Trapp took possession of the theatre last season, it was a “transition period” as outgoing producer Norman Duttweiler handed over the keys and bid adieu to Sullivan County, where he had been presenting shows for 25 years. I sat down with Trapp to discuss the 2015 season, his plans for the expanded Forestburgh Tavern, and his vision for the future.  Read more

The Stourbridge Line is open again; Scenic train rides of the Northern Poconos

HONESDALE, PA — Take a step back in time, or rather, a ride back in time on the Stourbridge Line railroad. After three years of closure, the Stourbridge Line is back. The 25-mile track begins in Honesdale and goes to Hawley. The popular railroad is a special treat for the area, which has a claim to be the birthplace of the American railroad.  Read more

NACL Theatre celebrates 15 years; Let’s walk down memory lane, shall we?

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Widely known as a “community treasure,” NACL Theatre is having its 15-year anniversary this year. The local theatre has grown over the years and is known for its avant-garde and stimulating works, as well as its summer artist residency retreat, and a gang of stilt walkers who pop up at community festivals everywhere.  Read more

We all scream for ice cream; Where to get the best scoops in the Upper Delaware

REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.  Read more

Rap from a place of love; Monticello’s Shane Jones infuses his art with healing

Growing up, Shane never gave much thought to skin color. His father and mother had a variety of friends, and ethnicity never entered into it. He lived on a block in Monticello with friends and neighbors of every stripe—African American like himself, Latino, white. Likewise, in the schools he attended, Cooke Elementary and Monticello High School. In the classroom, “just being together,” at parties, in the cafeteria and on athletic teams, diversity was the norm.  Read more

Mysteryland 2014: Woodstock 2.0

I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to attend the iconic Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969. Since I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes at that point—and time machines haven’t been invented yet—I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to experience it firsthand. Last year’s Mysteryland wasn’t exactly Woodstock, but from what I experienced, it was about as close as one could get.  Read more

Growing older in our community

REGION — When her 92-year-old husband became ill in the summer of 2014, she was able to manage well enough, driving him to multiple doctor visits, seeing to his comfort and tending to household chores like grocery shopping, cleaning, meal preparation and laundry.  Read more

The bee hives of Bridge Street

NARROWSBURG, NY — While there are many local farms keeping bees, Juliette Bergogne and Anie Stanley decided to bring the bees to their business—on the rooftop of Maison Bergogne on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. Above their bustling store filled with antique goods sit three bee hives, a technique used in urban farming. They will have six hives this coming season.  Read more

‘I of the Storm’ Richard Hoehler’s one man show comes to Tusten

Veteran actor Richard Hoehler has been around the block a few times, and when he’s not pounding the pavement in New York City, one can find him at his home in Glen Spey, NY, where, for the past 12 years, he often finds himself musing about his experiences in New York and the people who live there. One such story is played out in R.J. Bartholomew’s “I of the Storm,” a one-man show currently running at the Playroom Theater on Manhattan’s West 46th Street, and coming to Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre for one performance only on Saturday, May 2.  Read more