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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Independence Day events

Events for the 4th of July holiday

Surveying PA’s amphibians and reptiles

All of the reptiles and amphibians identified last weekend during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz (www.UpperDelawareBioBlitz.com) will have the double honor of being counted twice, first as residents of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation’s property in Starlight, PA, and also in the recently launched Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).  Read more

‘Eagles of the Upper Delaware’ star in 4th of July show

BETHEL, NY — Just in time to celebrate our national birthday, “Eagles of the Upper Delaware – and Other Birds of Prey” an exhibit of photographs by Jerry Cohen and woodcarvings by guest artist Paul Stark, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Thursday, July 4, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through July 17.

Cohen, an artist in residence at the gallery, writes of his work: “Whether it is the majestic nature of an eagle in flight or the haunting secrets held within an abandoned structure, there is beauty and intrigue everywhere I look.”  Read more

Children’s book creator at Artwalk Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Lindsay Barrett George, children’s picture book author and illustrator, will be the featured guest at the Livingston Manor Library during Artwalk Chalkwalk, the annual street celebration of art in Livingston Manor, taking place on Saturday, July 6 on Main Street.

Children of all ages are welcome to story time with George from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Many people will recall George’s books including “Beaver at Long Pond” (1988). Her newest picture books include “Alfred Digs,” “Maggie’s Ball” and “That Pup.” Visit www.lindsaybarrettgeorge.com.  Read more

Honesdale “500” Sidewalk Sales Pinewood Derby competition

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership and Cub Scout Pack 105 will hold a Pinewood Derby on Saturday, July 20 at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall.

The competition will consist of three age groups; eight to nine year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, and moms and dads. A maximum of eight competitors will be accommodated in each age group.  Read more

Trees in New York City at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and photography showing from “New York City of Trees,” the new book by New York-based author and artist Benjamin Swett at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, July 5 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Harbison work to premier during summer music festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Celebrated American composer John Harbison has been named Composer in Residence for Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) 20th Anniversary Summer Festival, “Transformations.” The festival will run from July 14 through 27 with concerts presented in various venues in Jeffersonville, Bethel, Callicoon and North Branch.  Read more

Dramatic workshop presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Alice in Wonderland,” a musical that features children ages four through 18 acting, dancing and singing. Performances will be Friday, July 19 and Saturday 20 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at the Rivoli Theater. Tickets cost $7. A special matinee is on July 17 at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Photography exhibit at Hasbrouck

HASBROUCK, NY — Catskill area photographer Louis Jawitz is returning to The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck this July with a collection of his international images. An opening-day public reception will be held on Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., and runs throughout the month with viewings by appointment.

In a new show titled “India,” Jawitz presents a range of scenes that depict the lives of everyday people in that vast and diverse nation. This is his third exhibition at the Old Stone House in recent years, each previous show having generated record-setting attendance.  Read more

Exploring the history, architecture and future of Catskill’s resorts

LIBERTY, NY — The 18th annual Sullivan County Architectural Tour and the 12th annual Catskills Preservation/History Conference will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center. The tour will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and the conference will immediately follow it from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Read more

Marc Berger at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Marc Berger & The Posse will perform their own particular brand of gritty western music including songs from their award winning album, “Ride,” at the Cooperage on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m., presented by RiverFolk Concerts.

“Ride” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  Read more

Funky bluegrass at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The Boston Boys, a bluegrass/Americana band with musicians from Berklee College of Music and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, will perform in the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. The band has roots in many genres, including blues, hip-hop, hula, country, funk and rock.  Read more

Auditions to be held for Northern Tier Symphony

HONESDALE, PA — Auditions for the Northern Tier Symphony will be held on Tuesday, August 27 in Honesdale, PA. The symphony has openings for openings for percussion, principal second violin, violin I, violin II, viola, cello , harp I, harp II, oboe I, oboe II, English horn, clarinet II, clarinet III, bassoon I, horn I, trumpet I, bass, concertmaster and assistant concertmaster.

For more information, email northern tiersymphony@yahoo.com or call 570/289-1090.

Parksville Music Festival moves to Dead End Café

PARKSVILLE, NY — Although it’s no longer a restaurant, the Dead End Café will reopen as a performance space on Sunday, July 7 welcoming (U)nity, an American Cuban jazz ensemble, performing as part of Sullivan County’s newest summer music festival, Parksville USA Music Festival. The music series launched in the spring at the Parksville Methodist Church, but is now moving to this new location.  Read more

Summer barbeque at Hotel Fauchere

MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchere recently introduced The Paper Plate BBQ, which will be held every Friday and Saturday night until Labor Day at 5:30 p.m. in the Patisserie Fauchere.  Read more

Two craft opportunities for young children and teens

LIBERTY, NY — The Second Saturday Craft program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County 4-H is offering two craft class opportunities for children at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on Saturday, July 13.

A perler bead class will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for youth five years of age and older. Participants of this option will be challenged to explore original color designs within the templates provided. The cost of the perler bead craft is $3 per child and includes supplies.  Read more

‘We Call It Art’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance helps celebrate this year’s Founders Day with the opening of the new art exhibit “We Call It Art.” The gallery will be open all day on Saturday, July 6, during Wurtsboro’s Founders Day Street Fair.

Visitors to the gallery that day will enjoy an exhibit and sale of original works of art made by local area artists, art demonstrations, raffle drawings and vendor booths.

The exhibit will be on display from July 6 through July 28. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Root n’ Roost July 4th on the 6th celebration

WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, NY — Root n’ Roost Farm will hold its second annual BBQ Party and Art and Music Splash on Saturday, July 6 from 1 p.m. until late night. There will be farm fresh food, live music, painting around the farm, farm tours, a hot-tub and swimming.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival call for volunteers

MILFORD, PA — With the 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival approaching, volunteers are being sought to participate in the festival. Volunteer activities are not limited to the festival, and include several pre-game events. The first will be the debut of the Artful Bear Sculptures on August 10 at the Milford Community Building.  Read more

Everything old is new again

I’m no hoarder, but I’m not keen on throwing things away either. As a result, I am completely on board with recycling, reusing and (my new personal favorite) repurposing. Wiktionary.org defines repurpose as “to reuse for a different purpose on a long-term basis,” which includes altering the original, e.g. “the church was repurposed as a nightclub by removing the pews.” Repurposing is big here in the Upper Delaware River Valley and I often stop to admire the clever projects that my friends and neighbors have produced.  Read more