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Michael D’Agostino and his wife Eloise were driving home from a “disastrous” camping trip (let’s just say a Wiccan full-moon ceremony was involved), when they passed by a bucolic farm. “What if we could camp there?” D’Agostino mused. Then the lightning bolt hit. What if we could camp THERE?

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By the time these words come to you, dear reader, a threshold shall have been passed. My daughter Marietta will have graduated from Hampshire College, joining tens of thousands of other young men...

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Wildflowers made me who I am. One of my first memories is of a walk in the woods to see the first May flowers—the pin-striped blooms of the spring beauty and the delicate, fur-stemmed hepatica....

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First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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Spring education offerings continue to grow at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues to expand its cultural offerings with diverse programming aimed at audiences of all ages. As part of its World Stage Series, Bethel Woods will present a performance by Aztec Dance with Atl-Tlachinolli. Additionally, Project: Identity, a pilot program created to get teens more engaged with Bethel Woods, will culminate in a free, public performance.  Read more

The Art of Kindness, a charity fundraiser

MILFORD, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County (SHPC) will host its third annual Art of Kindness, a distinctive live auction of art in which those in attendance learn the secrets behind various fine and practical works of art from the artists and artisans directly. This charity fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Biondo Investment Advisors Building (The One) on Routes 6 & 209.  Read more

‘HolyHolyHoly’ opens Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop season

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2014 season with the play “HolyHolyHoly,” written by Bill Duncan, author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning play “Trust.”

“HolyHolyHoly” tells of three men, the faith that nourished them and the women who loved them. And then there’s the awkward aspect: Avery, Will and Zeke are priests. Or were.  Read more

Iconic folk duo Aztec Two-Step comes to Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents the iconic folk-rock pair Aztec Two-Step at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. The concert kicks off DVAA’s spring cultural series.

Aztec Two-Step will perform a “Classic Duos” concert of songs by Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, in addition to their own acoustic folk-rock classics.

For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer-songwriters.  Read more

SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit shines spotlight on local artists

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit,” an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center. Visitors can bid on and win exhibited works of art to take home on the day the exhibition closes. A free opening reception is on Saturday, May 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 25.  Read more

Bluegrass with the Coal Town Rounders

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s favorite bluegrass bands, the Coal Town Rounders, on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. This hard-driving four-piece traditional bluegrass band is made up of mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and tight harmonies. The band draws influence from all types of old-time string bands, bluegrass standards and some modern tunes.  Read more

Announcing this year’s Milford Music Festival dates

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Festival Committee announces the dates for this year’s event. This year’s three-day borough-wide music festival will begin Friday evening on June 27 and continue through Sunday afternoon June 29. The majority of the bands play on Saturday, June 28. Saturday is when the Jorgenson’s Dimmick Inn will once again have its famous Block Party. The bands will be announced soon on www.milfordmusicfest.org.  Read more

New chamber music season begins

REGION — Under the new artistic direction of two celebrated artists, composer Andrew Waggoner and his wife, cellist Caroline Stinson, the 2014 Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) season is well underway, beginning with “Carrie’s Teas,” free, private in-home events in April and May, hosted by enthusiastic fans who want to introduce WCM to their friends.  Read more

It’s a dog’s life

Well, it finally happened. After getting an iPawd and my own social networking page (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog), the fine folks at The River Reporter have finally wised up and decided to let me take over from you-know-who and write a decent column for a change. Since I have my paws firmly on the ground, I’m thinking of calling it “The Waggin’ Train,” but we’ll have to see how HE handles the news before the fur flies.  Read more

Aliens land in Pine Bush, NY!

Once again, the streets of Pine Bush, NY were lined with folks scanning the skies for evidence of extraterrestrial life, as the 2014 Pine Bush UFO Fair unfolded on Saturday, April 26. Showcasing an “Out of This World Car Show” and scores of street vendors, food booths and performers, the event drew more than 5,000 people who showed up to participate in the schedule of events that included live music in the gazebo, performance artists, a “Martian Art Show and Reception” and guest speakers and lectures held throughout the day.  Read more

Forty years and a bar

Six large crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the lobby of Le Pavillion Hotel in New Orleans. Two oak-leaf gilt mirrors rise above marble consoles on either end of the room adding infinite repetitions of the highly decorated scene. At 10 a.m. on the last Monday morning in April, Jazz Festers slowly tumble from the elevators looking for some chicory-laced coffee to rouse them. Most have imbibed more liquid cheer in a weekend than a bartender pours on New Year’s Eve.  Read more

A-watching we will go…at home

From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—without disturbing them one bit.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, increasing numbers of webcams are revealing much about the lives of birds and providing a fascinating front-row view of their nest-building practices, reproduction and offspring-raising activities. ‘Tis the season to tune in, with nesting underway, eggs incubating and chicks hatching or soon to do so.  Read more

Buried treasure/hidden gems

OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky, soak up some much needed rays and kick back. It seemed like the perfect time to rest up and conserve energy for the good times are about to seriously roll through come “high season” in the Upper Delaware River Valley, so I called the office claiming to be “sick” and begged off making an appearance.  Read more

‘Scrambled Realities’ mixed media paintings

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Scrambled Realities,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Jane Dell, opens with a reception on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 17.  Read more

‘Art Naïf’ at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — A major exhibit highlighting the parallel lives of two international artists of the “Art Naïf” school will open on Saturday, April 26 at the Looking Glass Gallery at the Hawley Silk Mill. Juan H. Espino, a native of Mexico, has lived in Hawley since 1998 and paints colorful scenes of his adopted home. Merle Reivich of Philadelphia moved to Mexico many years ago, and has become an award-winning interpreter of her new home as well.  Read more

Holy Ghost Tent Revival at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Holy Ghost Tent Revival will be at The Cooperage on Friday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been heralded since 2007 for delivering a fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll experience. The show is part of the Concerts in the Coop series.  Read more

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” starring an ensemble cast of actors including Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton, starting Friday, April 25.  Read more

Harp & folk songs with Jean Rohe and Maeve Gilchrist

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host songwriter Jean Rohe and one of Scotland’s most accomplished harpists, Maeve Gilchrist, on Saturday, April 26 at the Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. For this show, on the occasion of Hawley Earth Fest and the return of spring, they present songs full of nature imagery, culled from their own writing, traditional repertoire, and the collections of some of their favorite songwriters.  Read more

Culture and heritage grants available

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg. The application deadline is Friday, June 6. Sullivan Arts & Heritage grants fund quality programs, projects, or services that focus on visual, performing, literary, media or folk arts; local or ethnic culture; architecture; or environmental arts.  Read more

Chris McNulty performs in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Award-winning vocalist and composer Chris McNulty, along with guitar giant Paul Bollenbock and bassist Steve Warner, will give a performance at the Milford Theatre on April 25 at 8 p.m. This event is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, a nonprofit 501(3)(c) directed by cellist Yosif Feigelson, an internationally renowned artist himself.  Read more