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September 15, 2014
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They say the neon lights are bright—in Forestburgh?

FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”

Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way.  Read more

Collecting memories, artifacts and more

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day still lingering in our memories, a unique project that recognizes the many contributions made by beloved women in the region is underway. “Apron Strings” is a living history project sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL).

Coordinator Laura Moran invites the Upper Delaware community to show and share memories of any female family member or mentor—whether alive or no longer with us—who helped to make them who they are today.  Read more

New NPS chief ranger outlines goals

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Joe Hinkes isn’t new to the region, having held National Park Service posts here in the past; but the career law enforcement professional recently assumed the position of chief ranger for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UDSSR) and has already begun forming fresh relationships with its various stakeholders.  Read more

Water walk awakens love of place

NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA — Looking for inspiration lately? Some good news to balance the bad? How about this: six women from New York and Pennsylvania walking 90 miles in one week, battling blisters, dealing with darkness, rising with the sun and taking to the road again—all to raise awareness of the sacredness of water and land.  Read more

Earth awareness

New programs launch at Stourbridge
HONESDALE, PA — Lucky students at Stourbridge Primary Center in Honesdale are having real-life learning experiences that allow them to explore the natural world and their relationship to it, thanks to new programming developed by John José of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services.

José has begun offering “Schoolyard Habitat Evaluations,” which are followed by the establishment of on-site environmental education programs based on his findings.  Read more

Carol Castel returns to the Delaware Valley Opera

NARROWSBURG, NY — It’s been around for 25 years, and will celebrate the event with a new direction and a new director who is a former director.

The Delaware Valley Opera Company will welcome back Carol Castel as artistic director, bringing with her a raft of new ideas that will inject the old company with new life.

Kicking off this renewal, Castel has prepared three concerts this spring that will celebrate the people of the Delaware River valley who all came here from somewhere else.  Read more

The Living Building Challenge: transformative development

REGION — Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower, a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, that generates all of its own energy with renewable sources, captures and treats all of its water. Imagine a city block sharing resources from building to building, growing food and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation. Imagine true sustainability in our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign.  Read more

Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm: Who could ask for anything more?

Before we know it, our parkas will be put away, we’ll be relaxing at our favorite swimmin’ holes and the lawnmowers will be humming. I’m already humming a different tune, having attended the annual Roots & Rhythm Arts and Music Festival kick-off party (and fund raiser) last week at the Narrowsburg Inn.

A nice crowd was on hand to lend their support and dig into their pockets while several great acts performed, whetting my appetite for the sixth annual music and arts festival, slated for June 18 in Honesdale, PA.  Read more

Habitat to build ‘Passive House'

FALLSBURG, NY — Planning is underway for an exciting building project believed to be one of the first of its kind in the realm of homes built through the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) program. This special home will be Sullivan County’s third HFH project and first home designed to Passive House standards and targeted to serve as a learning tool for the volunteer work force that will build it.  Read more

Dancers of the Dawn

Something beautiful and affirming has been happening at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. It involves a group of women, each very different from the other, and a master teacher who is able not only to skillfully execute and teach an exotic and captivating form of dance, but to bring out each woman’s unique ability to experience self-transformation through the process.  Read more