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May 02, 2016
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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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‘The Old Invisible Woman'

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society is proud to present “The Old Invisible Woman,” an exhibition of artwork by Lisa Samalin in the Elevator Gallery, running October 9 through November 29 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 9 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Lisa Samalin has been an artist all her life and a muralist for 20 years. Her paintings, murals and installations have been seen in galleries, museums, public and private spaces throughout the tri-state area.  Read more

Local studio, international tour

It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?  Read more

Tricks and treats

Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have pledged to transition to 100% renewable energy, some as soon as 2020. Last month nine additional companies took the pledge, including Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Proctor & Gamble and Starbucks. The pledge, called RE100, was introduced by The Climate Group, an international non-profit, to highlight the investment that forward-looking companies are making in addressing climate change.  Read more

Fall migrants on the move

People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the first frost usually occurs sometime in this timeframe and seems to reinforce the thought that it is time to head south.  Read more

Lights, camera, Parksville?

An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the Catskills a movie-making Mecca. It’s no secret that there have been films featuring the region, while directors and cinematographers have long considered our neck of the woods an ideal location to shoot their movies because of the natural beauty that abounds and the rich history that reverberates. First and foremost “Dirty Dancing” springs to mind.  Read more

UpFront Autumn Reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Autumn Artist’s Reception on Saturday, October 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. There will be live music by Talking Machine, along with refreshments. The show opened October 1 and will run through November 22.

UpFront currently has over 45 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including the art of world-renowned painter, the late John Barnes Dobbs. There is also a group show of works by the River Valley Artists Guild artists.  Read more

Antique Show & Sale

WHITE MILLS, PA — The 29th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale will take place at the renovated Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory in the heart of historic White Mills on Route 6 midway between Hawley and Honesdale, on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 30th Annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. The event is a benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library.  Read more

A cappella at Event Gallery

BETHEL, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival ends its 2015 Sullivan County season by partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to present “An Afternoon of a Cappella” featuring the world-famous Princeton Nassoons. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Event Gallery on Sunday, October 4.  Read more


LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its season opener with the play “Insurrection: Holding History,” by Robert O’Hara, in the Seelig Theatre on Thursday, October 1; Friday, October 2; and Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. as well as on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. The play, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., features performances by SUNY Sullivan students, faculty and staff members, and is open to the public. There is no admission charge, but a $5 donation per person is suggested.  Read more

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown will be held on Saturday, October 3 starting at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, the event celebrates fall with a weekend packed full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, local maple syrup, pies, local business specials and deals, and more on the main and side streets of Hawley.  Read more

‘Harvest’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) ushers in the autumn season with a harvest-themed art exhibit, in mediums including watercolors, photographs, ceramics, note cards and jewelry, from Saturday, October 3 through November 1. There will be an opening reception on October 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Seasonally inspired refreshments will be served.

Among the offerings will be photographs by Vladimir Burovskiy, who recently joined the Art Alliance, and paintings and watercolors by Roberta Rosenthal, one of the founding members of the WAA.  Read more

Ameranouche in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) will perform at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. The group plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival and Djangofest Northwest. The ensemble’s hot acoustic Gypsy-inspired music mixes flamenco, bebop and jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and elegant. The concert is part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Autumn Cultural Series.  Read more

Reception for Jeff Bank calendar

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and Jeff Bank will hold a public reception to debut the Jeff Bank 2016 Photo Calendar and honor this year’s selected photographers at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Friday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Have you heard the buzz?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sorry to use that cliché, but it just had to be done. The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest is flying into town on Saturday, October 10. The all-day event celebrates the amazing honey bee and features street vendors, kid’s crafts and much, much more. Read on.  Read more

A serendipitous search

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet store 11 years ago, I resolved to reclaim our principles by rescuing. The search engines allowed me to filter for hypoallergenic breeds, which is what I need.

When my husband was young, his family was adopted by a local cocker spaniel named Daffy. He had belonged to a local couple, but Daffy preferred the three active Stratton boys.  Read more

Crazy for loons

The calls of common loons are some of the most wonderful wilderness sounds to be experienced, ranging from yodels and hoots to long mournful wails. While this intelligent bird is not frequently encountered in the Upper Delaware River region, it is possible to spot the occasional loon set low upon quiet undisturbed waters, or to hear the unmistakable chortling call described as “maniacal laughter.”  Read more

First fish

I like to think that everyone remembers the first fish they ever caught. I am referring to a person’s first fish in a very personal way and not in a generic way, like the first fish that Mark Kurlansky wrote about in “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Kurlansky detailed how the early railroads used codfish from our East Coast waters to sustain their workers and the people from the towns and villages that sprung up along the railroad. (Today, the stocks of codfish are dangerously diminished from overharvesting).  Read more

Mixed emotions

Those two words pretty much sum up what I’m feeling at the moment. The summer was a rollercoaster, and even though I swore that I would take more time to stop and smell the roses, the last blooms have already faded away, and the best I can do now is sniff over what might have been. Last summer, I spent as much time as possible swimming in Crystal Lake.  Read more

Free museum admission on Smithsonian Day

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will offer free admission to museum visitors on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 as a participant in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! Program.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket, which can be downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket. Located at 332 Main St., the Time and the Valleys Museum is open weekends from 12 noon to 4 p.m. through October.