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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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‘Carol Smith & Friends: Songs in the Making’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Carol Smith will perform a concert of new original songs in collaboration with six other musicians, who have been invited to add vocals, violin, guitar, mandolin and drumming to the original compositions. The concert, the final installment of the DVAA’s Salon Series, will be held in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., on Saturday, April 9 from 3 to 5 pm. The suggested admission fee is $10.  Read more

UpFront holds spring reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Spring Artist’s Reception on Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Included in this exhibition is New Zealand artist and author Heather Sarin. Sarin exhibited a collection of elephant-inspired pieces in New York, for the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations, to raise funds for The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. With two thirds of the collection selling, UpFront is pleased to be able to exhibit some of the remaining elephant paintings.  Read more

Gallery Eva opens in Callicoon; An artist’s dream comes true

After attending the School of Industrial Design in Prague, Czech-born artist Eva Drizhal moved to the United States in 1979, and she had a plan: to freely express herself through artistic endeavors in as many ways as possible and align with a community of like-minded individuals who share her commitment to draw, paint and sculpt a reflection of her innermost thoughts and the world around her. Drizhal found that community in Callicoon, NY, where she has lived for almost 30 years.  Read more

Rebooting the future

There was a time, as a young mother, that I wondered if my children would ever know me beyond my role as their caregiver. As devoted as I was to them then, I knew that an important part of who I am was not being expressed through motherhood alone. At some point I had decided not to return to my previous corporate life as an advertising executive. The thought that my kids would never see me going to work in a suit didn’t bother me. It was when I imagined them not ever really knowing who I was, that I was able to give myself permission to explore my other drives.  Read more

A busman’s holiday with some very large critters

A while back, when the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) announced it would hold its 2nd annual meeting in Benezette, PA, I looked it up on a map and saw that it was halfway across the state, between four and five hours to drive. With a start time of 9 a.m. for the meeting, I faced the choice of leaving in the wee morning hours of the morning, or leaving the previous day and spending the night in the Benezette area. I saw that Benezette was in Elk County, and asked myself, “What can I do in Elk County for that previous day? Elk County… elk!”  Read more

Twisted Pine brings bluegrass to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase the bluegrass sound of Twisted Pine on Saturday, April 2 in the Underground Theatre at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Pop-rock singer Klose at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will introduce Jann Klose to its audience on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cooperage. He will be joined by the Costellos, whose roots are in Narrowsburg. The concert will also celebrate RiverFolk impresario Jill Padua’s 60th birthday.

“Having heard Jann a number of times and regularly playing his CDs, it’s easy to find myself singing along to his catchy tunes,” said Padua.  Read more

Explore a glass factory, enjoy a weenie roast

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub Explorers will tour 155-year-old Gillinder Glass and then enjoy an apple-stick weenie roast hosted by Cindy and Fred Harding on Saturday, April 9.

The Hub at the Port Jervis Free Library is the host of the Hub Explorers, who explore the interesting businesses and the natural wonders of our region every month.  Read more

Challenger open mic

HAWLEY, PA — Little League Challenger baseball manager Alan Cooper plans to extend the “challenger” idea to an open mic night at the Hawley Silk Mill on Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We have Special Olympics, we have Challenger baseball, why not apply the same concept to the performing arts?” Cooper asked himself. The result is the first Open Mic Special, where the special needs population will have a chance to sing, recite, play an instrument, dance or engage in any other open-mic activity.  Read more

‘Float the Boat’ fundraising concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Clearwater in partnership with WJFF Radio Catskill and The Cooperage Project will present “Float The Boat” a benefit concert for the sloop Clearwater on Friday, April 8. The benefit will take place at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.  Read more

NY Jazzharmonic at St. Andrews

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s celebrates its 15th season of free concerts by welcoming New York Jazzharmonic ( on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5277 State Rte. 42. The group’s sextet—double bass, clarinet/saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, and keyboard—will perform traditional jazz, new works and ragtime centered around the works of Scott Joplin.  Read more

Hopping down the bunny trail

For something completely different, I spent the better part of the past week doing a bit of research, since I know so little about so many things. The subject at hand was Easter, and although I had a rudimentary knowledge of the holiday itself, the eggs, chocolate and bunny had me scratching my head, mildly perplexed, as usual. I discovered a website ( that delves into the origins and symbolism of Easter, which was illuminating. But it seems that over the years, something got lost in translation.  Read more

General casting call

NARROWSBURG, NY — Act Underground Theatre will hold a general open casting call at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Krause Hall, 37 Main St. on two dates and times: Saturday, April 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. This general casting call is for anyone interested in acting with Act Underground Theatre. You do not have to be an experienced actor.

This will be a fun two hours, and nothing is required for you to prepare. There will be scenes for you to read. For more information, email or call 845/252-9915.

‘Small Works at Large’ opens at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — “Small Works at Large,” a group show in a variety of media, will open at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., on April 5. There will be a reception on April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 9.

Media represented will include oil painting, printmaking, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, glass work and wood turning. Each small work begs to be examined closely as tiny details pack a large punch.  Read more

Gallery EVA opens

CALLICOON, NY — A new gallery will open at 35 Lower Main Street on Saturday, April 2, with a group show titled “Primavera.” There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Seven gallery artists will be featured in the show: Armand Agresti, Zac Chavrick, Eva Drizhal, Elise Freda, Hana Marritz, Naomi Teppich and Nancy Wells. They will be present at the reception.  Read more

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Monti High

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Performing Arts Department will present “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The production, which takes place in Monticello High School’s Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium, includes staff as well as student participants.

There will be a meet-and-greet with the cast at 2 p.m. on Sunday before the matinee. The ticket cost is $3 for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Senior citizens enjoy complimentary tickets to the event.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers will be at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Old Time Fiddlers are a family of musicians from all around the local area who share a deep and unwavering love for and commitment to traditional music and dance. Their music is influenced by Irish, Scottish, Canadian, bluegrass, Texas-swing and old-time standards. They preserve this tradition in the best way they know how—by performing for their families, friends and neighbors.
Donations will be collected at the door.

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

Judging a book by the cover

The recent terror attacks in Belgium remind us that this new world we live in is far from safe, yet we go on with our daily routines. Although the incident occurred an ocean away, we here in New York can still feel the sting of the attacks that landed here on our shores. I was across from the towers on 9/11 and saw the horror firsthand, yet I cannot blame one race or religion of people. There are good and bad in every neighborhood, and I for one cannot profile any race or religion.  Read more

Busy bird cams

The first day of spring has passed, with the vernal equinox transpiring on March 20. While it might not look like much is happening in the natural world, there is a great deal of activity underway.  Read more