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If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on....

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Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance...

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Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the...

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The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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‘Then and Now’ with the Donald Sinta Quartet

MILFORD, PA — The Donald Sinta Quartet, an all-saxophone ensemble, will perform music by Schubert, Glazunov, Ligeti and others at the Milford Theatre, at 5:30 p.m. on November 7. The program is produced by Kindred Spirits.  Read more

‘Calling All Collectors!’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Calling All Collectors!” will be held on Sunday, November 8, at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. Anyone with a collection they love of anything—plates? buttons? cans?—is welcome to bring their collection to the museum for others to admire. From serious collectors to those who just have a lot of “something” in their closets, all are invited. Admission is free and includes admission to the entire museum with three floors of exhibitions, and there is no cost to rent a table to display a collection.  Read more

‘50s dinner dance

MILFORD, PA — The Knights of Columbus Council #13935 will host a ‘50s dinner/dance on Saturday, November 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Hall on East High Street. It will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry and other local charities. There will be a full dinner including soft drinks, coffee and dessert (BYOB), and a 50/50. Come and share a bit of nostalgia with music provided by Side F/X Band.  Read more

Angel ‘Ohana: Lifting the burden; nurturing the spirit

“...I don’t want to be a burden to anyone.”

It was with those final words that an ailing, aging friend took his own life. And another friend did the same, soon after, no doubt for the same reason. Unassisted suicide.

Assisted or not, I believe that the taking of one’s life can be motivated, in great part, by the concern for loved ones—that we not burden them with the weight of our sick bodies. It is a courageous act.  Read more

The polka-dot scarf

Among the many things that remind me of Vera B. Williams is a polka-dot scarf. Light enough to wear in summer, bright blue with orangey-red polka-dots, it sits folded on a shelf at eye level in my closet. When I think of wearing it now, it seems too cheerful, and I pick a gauzy gray one instead. The polka-dots could be the pattern in one of Vera’s books, framing a child and her mother in a slightly disheveled but cozy living-room.  Read more

A new place to hike in Pike County

Over the past year, construction started on a parking area near the intersection of Route 6 and Twin Lakes Road in Milford Township, PA. There was much speculation over what it could be by some area residents. Another area of construction was on Route 6 just east of the Twin Lakes Road intersection. Unlike many construction projects, this particular project was for the benefit of people and the natural environment alike. This fall saw the fruits of over five years of planning and work: the Cornelia and Florence Bridge Preserve.  Read more

Trick or treat

It’s a little spooky how quickly the year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the darling buds of May making their first appearance and making plans for the lazy, hazy days of summer—which are now a thing of the past. In fact, when I awoke yesterday, there was literally frost on the pumpkin, and I began the mildly arduous task of digging out the long johns and putting my patio furniture away for the winter. As always, I’m a bit behind schedule.  Read more

Quirky indie folk at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will bring Honor Finnegan to the stage at The Cooperage on Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. Finnegan has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Kerrville New Folk Winner, 2012 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist and was chosen to perform on the most esteemed stage for both the 2012 Formal Showcase at both NERFA and SERFA (Northeast and Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences).  Read more

‘A Tender Thing’ at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents a performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” at the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. for one night only on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Mimi McGurl, “A Tender Thing” is playwright Ben Power’s remix of the greatest love story of all time. What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved?  Read more

Pastel painting demo

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will hold its first Sunday Artist Demo with painter Clayton Buchanan on Sunday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Foundation Room at the Columns Museum.

Buchanan has been painting in pastels for over 40 years. His major area of interest is capturing the human figure in real life settings. He studied Impressionist color theory with Henry Hensche at The Cape School of Art in Provincetown, RI, and Portrait/Figure Painting with William Draper at the Art Students League.  Read more

Puritan art, warts and all

SHOHOLA, PA — Come to the Barryville Area Arts Association’s exhibit, “Puritans in Pictures,” and see a print of the painting that made “warts and all” such a common expression, at an opening reception on Wednesday, November 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be complimentary refreshments, music, and a brief presentation, “Puritans in Pictures.”  Read more

Vietnam photo exhibit coming to Columns

MILFORD, PA — An exhibit of the photographs by John Hudanish, taken in the late 1960s during his war-time tour in South Vietnam, opens at the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., on Friday, November 6, with a lecture and reception starting at 6 p.m.  Read more

Halloween happenings

CAS open for trick-or-treating

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. will be open late with free candy for trick-or-treaters and “CAS by Candlelight,” an eerie evening gallery walk, on Saturday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Barryville Farmers’ Market—10 years strong

When you visit the farmers’ market in Barryville, NY you will notice a couple of things right off. First is the sound of the Delaware River meandering within a stone’s throw of the market. Second is the ring of bright neon-green Adirondack chairs in the center of the market, some filled with couples enjoying the fine fall weather and enjoying some of the baked goods of Cakes and Scones Bakery. Your eyes will be overwhelmed with the choices the vendors bring under each one’s tent. There is a slow peaceful pace to the market, just the right way to start a Saturday in the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more


This time of year brings all the sports fans to a hyper-state over which team to discuss first, because this is the “game on” season of sports. The evening quiet car on the 4:07 out of Hoboken is anything but that. Alas, the conductors wind up apologizing to those passengers who are hoping for some quiet, asking the noisemakers to please move forward. Unfortunately there will be no peace in any car during these trips home. This week starts the basketball season, hockey got started a few weeks ago, and football season is in full swing.  Read more

Tackling ticks

Over the past decade, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the skyrocketing populations of ticks—and the associated rise in Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in the Upper Delaware River region. Those concerns have been validated by a report released in September 2015 by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy.  Read more

'Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man'

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents Nightjar Apothecary’s “Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man,” in a swashbuckling, one-man “tour de farce” created by “the ferociously physical and vocally chameleonic” Brett Keyser and award-winning playwright Glen Berger (Broadway’s "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," Off-Broadway’s "Underneath the Lintel").  Read more

I’ve got a secret

It’s not the kind of secret I want to keep to myself, but rather spread the word about, which I’ve been attempting to do for lo these many years. The Catskills, and Upper Delaware River Region, is home to such a great variety of entertainment and arts and leisure opportunities that it, well, keeps me employed. This is not the kind of secret one wants to keep under one’s hat, which is why I’m constantly trying to get you all out there, all year long, joining me and my dog as we traverse the countryside spreading the good word.  Read more

‘Art in Sixes’ call for entry

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance seeks submissions for the 11th annual “Art in Sixes,” a small works show, to be held from November 21 to December 23. This is a juried exhibit.

Each artist may submit up to four works. All media will be considered. Pedestals and shelves are available for small sculptures.  Read more

Harpists defy categorization

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase harpists Addi and Jacq on Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. “Their music tremors with Parisian Café Pop, subterranean classical, R&B and soul, resisting traditional standards,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. “Just very recently Addi and Jacq have been crowned the ‘best emerging band in NYC’ when they won the 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs.  Read more