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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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‘Savor the Arts’ with opera/chamber music

BETHEL, NY — A recital benefit performance for The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The Delaware Valley Opera will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin, 544 Hurd Rd.

The concert will feature works by Brahms, Frank Bridge and others, along with arias from “Carmen” and “Samson and Delilah.” Featuring mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson, Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola.  Read more

Movie made in Sullivan County to show in film festival

MIDDLETOWN, NY — A feature film, “Knuckle Jack,” which was shot entirely in Sullivan and Orange counties by Roscoe locals, will be screening at the Paramount Theater as part of the Hoboken International Film Festival on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $11.  Read more

Kidzstock in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kidzstock, a day to enjoy family, faith and friends with the community, will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Honesdale High School Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 per child and $3 per adult (children one and under are admitted free). There will be a rock wall, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tractor rides, sensory tent, live entertainment, Army vehicles and more.  Read more

A Narrowsburg Night Out

NARROWSBURG, NY — David Driver will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre as part of Narrowsburg Night Out. Before the concert, prix fixe dinners will be offered starting at 6 p.m. at local restaurants Gerard’s River Grill (845/252-6562) and The Heron (845/252-3333).

Performing material originated by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson, as well as lesser-known artists like Scott Walker and Judee Sill, Driver will be joined by Blythe Gruda, Peter Kiesewalter, Ian Pai and a few surprise guests.  Read more

Pike Arts and Crafts presents pottery demo

MILFORD, PA — Potter and Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) member Dana Drake will be demonstrating wheel thrown pottery on Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall. She will explain the process of pottery making and allow people to try their hand at it. She will also be bringing many of her finished pieces to show and sell for the afternoon.  Read more

Mixed media paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mixed media paintings by French artist Ishwar Malleret will be on exhibit at the River Gallery, The Art of Living at 8 Main St., through July 10.

Mallerett says of his work, “When I start painting, I often have no preconceived idea of what is about to be painted… My technique consists of stepping out of my comfort zone and diving into the inner worlds… I like to be surprised by the extraordinary wonders of these new unexplored territories.”

Call 845/252-3238 or visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

‘Down the Garden Path’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Down the Garden Path,” an exhibit heralding the coming season of cultivation, featuring original works of art by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, will be presented at The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from June 1 through the 30.

There will be an artists’ opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Abstract/surrealist art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — A collection of works titled “Coloration” by abstract/surrealist artist Doug Gilbert, will be exhibited at The Gallery at Chant Realtors during June. Gilbert’s abstract and surrealist paintings are done on paper, canvas or wood. The opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through June 29, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Milford Music in the Park concert series begins

Milford, PA — Milford’s Music in the Park summer concert series begins with performances by the Mike Lawlor Banned from 1 to 2 p.m. and MiZ from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 in the Ann Street Park at Anne and Catherine streets. The event is free.  Read more

Let freedom ring

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Bog walk

For an otherworldly experience within a manageable drive of the Upper Delaware region, a visit to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA is in order. Designated a National Natural Landmark because it is the southernmost low-altitude boreal bog on the eastern seaboard, this bog resembles those found at much higher elevations such as New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Read more

Remember

On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

Taxidermy and reclaimed wood art

BARRYVILLE, NY — Artwork incorporating taxidermy and reclaimed wood will be on exhibit in an unusual art show titled “Mounted: Wood Meets Fur” which opens with an artist’s reception on Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The River Market, State Rte. 97. Assemblage artist Gordon Graff, owner of the UpFront Gallery in Port Jervis, NY, will show his works at the Barryville Gallery through September 9.

‘Mist & Mystery’ in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture.  Read more

WCM begins 20th anniversary with Music at the Mill

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill.  Read more

Singer-songwriter Matt Simons at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Matt Simon performs with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. He is signed with Sony Music and his songwriting has gained attention jumping into the top 10 charts abroad.

Often compared to Jamie Cullum, John Mayer and Adam Levine, Simons also infuses his piano-based pop-rock with hints of jazz and R&B.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Sullivan

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour returns on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. at a new venue, Henning’s Local, a new restaurant at 1040 State Rte. 55 in The Eldred Preserve. Comic Moody McCarthey, who has appeared on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, headlines. Dinner is available starting at 5 p.m. and during the show. Also appearing is Rich Carucci, Mr. Langham. Rich Kiamco serves as host and MC.

Tickets cost $20 online, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/383605, or $25 at the door. Future shows include Jessica Kirson on July 6 and Dan Soder of September 1.