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September 26, 2016
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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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Pumpkins, parade and fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 29th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. This old-time country fair and autumn festival is a benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, and is focused on children and their love for reading books. There will be a costume parade, pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements. Admission and parking are free.  Read more

Forestburgh Tavern Fall Series presents two shows

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Tavern will hold its fourth weekend of the first annual Fall Series at the Forestburgh Tavern. On Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. is The Costellos and on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. is an evening of folk music.
The Costellos pop music redefines rock for the new millennium, combining pop, rock, country and surf. There is a $10 cover at the door or reserve a table by calling 845/794-2005. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks.  Read more

Sarah Blacker at Harmony Presents

HAWELY, PA — Sarah Blacker, recently named Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, will perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill with her spellbinding voice and her poignant yet emotionally charged lyrics on Saturday, September 27 at 8 p.m. Blacker is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, and has shared stages with Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, and Anais Mitchell.  Read more

Dinner-theatre by Chamber of Commerce

ROSCOE, NY — Tickets are now available for “Murder on the Lust Boat,” a dinner-theatre production presented by The Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 1 at Tennanah Lake Wolf 1910 at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended and tickets cost $35 per person. The price includes appetizers, entree, dessert, coffee and show. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. For tickets call Lilly at 845/439-3990 ext. 306 or Marge 607/498-5464. Park and ride. Bus will be provided to venue.

The Band’s classic film recreated

BETHEL, NY — Music in Common and the Rev Tor Band will hold a special live performance of the Band’s classic 1978 concert film “The Last Waltz” on Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The concert features renditions of all the hits by the Band featured in the film, such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more.  Read more

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

MILFORD, PA — City Stage Theatre Arts will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at the Milford Theatre on September 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and September 28 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Bill Thomas and choreographed by Melissa Thomas.
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances.  Read more

Have you dreamed of writing a book? Digital age self-publishing can make that pipedream come true

NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, books were written almost exclusively by a small group of brand-name professional writers, most of whom boasted impressive academic and publishing credentials. But the advent of the digital age has made it possible for a new breed of author, the so-called “independent” writer, to produce a book without the assistance of a traditional corporate publishing house. E-books and print-on-demand production methods have revolutionized what was once an elitist industry.  Read more

Green is good

With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is done for. This is sad but not altogether without remedy, for green tomatoes have a charm all their own. Rather than offering up the sweet, juicy contours of their red brethren, they provide a crisp, tart alternative that is delicious in a number of preparations.  Read more

Never too old to just listen to the music

During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride besides my home and my hammock, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the premier concert venue in the northeast. You see, I live a short 20-minute ride from there, and I love live music. Growing up in Brooklyn, there were many venues for concerts, yet I never had the money to go, or all I could afford was the “nosebleed” section.  Read more

A precursor to autumn

The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending seasonal change. During the last couple of weeks in August, common nighthawks were seen over lakes and rivers just around dusk as they circled overhead, looking for insects to fuel their southward migration. Narrowsburg had a good number during several early evenings.  Read more

Church to host Applefest

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church, on the corner of Church and 11th streets, will host Applefest on September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JoJo the clown, left, will entertain children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day also features games, food, a craft fair, a magic show at 1 p.m., apple baking/cooking and scarecrow contests, a dunk tank and silent basket auction. For information, call 570/253-3291.

Mixed media exhibit at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed-medium abstracts by Beau Gostomsky titled “Chai #18” opens with a reception at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., on Saturday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is on display through November 15. Beau Gostomsky is a self-taught artist with a fascination for all things distressed, rusty, salvaged, scraped and banged up. Current curiosity includes collage, antique paper ephemera, lettering, inks, rubber stamps, art journaling, and altered books. He lives with his husband Jeff in Barryville NY.  Read more

NACL Theatre presents ‘Henri’ by Sprat Theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — A play about Alzheimer’s disease will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Sprat Theatre Company’s performance, “Henri,” is a theatrical etude that explores the important moments in the life of title character, Henri, from youth to old age. The performance is designed to bring audiences closer to an understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Slave to the Fitbit

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus blocks home.

The sun was setting in the distance, and it was a lovely evening. But that wasn’t why I was going to walk. Truth is, I needed the steps. Desperately. You see, I was (am) deep in a step counting contest with my father and I am losing. Badly.  Read more

Cochecton man recounts history through letters and diaries

COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will host its annual Coffee, Tea and History on Sunday, September 21 at the Cochecton Train Station located at 8537 Route 97 at 1 p.m. The presentation, “The Oldest House in Cochecton; Its History and Inhabitants” is made possible by Joe DeFalco, who is currently writing a book on the subject.  Read more

Tickets on sale for dramatic reading of Poe at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site will become available to the public on September 29. “Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Halloween, Friday, October 31at 6 and 8 p.m. and will include four selected works of Poe.  Read more

Early-bird tickets to Hawley Harvest Hoedown available now

HAWLEY, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania bluegrass band The Coal Town Rounders will play at the annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown with two other bluegrass and folk bands, Cricket Tell The Weather and Miles to Dayton, on October 18 at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St.  Read more

Harvest Festival at PEEC offers hikes, crafts and more

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its fourth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The festival celebrates the autumnal equinox and traditional harvest season that occurs in September. The Harvest Festival will include local farms, handmade items and environmental activities.  Read more

Indian classical music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present musicians Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen for “Luminous Ragas: A Concert of Indian Classical Music” at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Raga means “to color the mind” and traditionally each raga is associated with a time of day, a season, or a quality of light. In this concert Gorn will play Indian ragas on the bansuri bamboo flute, accompanied on tabla by Buchen, and will reveal the beauty and subtleties of the music through a unique guided listening meditation.  Read more

Wayne historical figure to be luncheon topic

HONESDALE, PA — Scholar Dr. Bambi Lobdell, author of “A Strange Sort of Being,” which examines the life of 19th-century Wayne County historical figure Lucy Ann Lobdell, will be the speaker at a luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Friday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Lobdell will offer her interpretation of the fascinating and colorful story of Lucy Ann, who called herself Joseph, dressed in men’s clothing and was known as the “Female Hunter of Delaware County.”  Read more