Friday, October 21, 2016


Friday, October 21, 2016
Lack of rain really affects the trees in the fall. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

I wondered, as fall approached, what the effect of the drought we had this summer would be on the forest. One really clear outcome is the way trees are dropping their leaves. In the woods around my house, fall colors are muted because the leaves are so dry. The oaks in my driveway are dropping green leaves still on twigs. The canopy is studded with bare branches where trees shed leaves during the hot spell this summer.

Friday, October 21, 2016
This undated photo provided by Kristina Crestin shows an outdoor space in Essex, Mass., designed by Crestin. This summer entertaining space can easily be used during colder fall weather with the help of a large fire pit. Crestin strategically located the fire pit so that some guests could enjoy it while relaxing in chairs while others can cluster around it while standing on the lawn. (Kristina Crestin via AP)

Outdoor decorating often focuses on turning decks, patios and porches into summer destinations. But some people love their outdoor entertaining space even more when the weather turns colder.

“Being outside with friends and family on a slightly chilly evening is about as good as it gets,” says Florida-based interior designer Andrew Howard. “I have a lot of great memories with drinks and good friends sitting around a fire. Often I don’t remember the weather, but more that we enjoyed each other’s company.”

Friday, October 21, 2016

If you’re a Food Network fan, then you are familiar with celebrity chef Jonathan Scinto, who participated in season 6 of the network’s Master Chef competition as well as the series Chopped Live!

What you might not know is that Chef Scinto has teamed up with Chef Hiram Quintana, who lives in Tamaqua and provides private catering services in the greater Philadelphia area, to compete in the World Food Championship, which will be held Nov. 9 to 13 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Ten Band have certainly done their homework. They know Pearl Jam classics forward and backward.

Formed in 2003, they are regarded as the longest touring Pearl Jam tribute in the world. The Ten Band performs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Friday.

“We are all products of the ’90s,” bassist Todd Kaczorowski says. “Brian (Ten Band lead guitarist) and I spent most of the early ’90s writing original music influenced by a lot of what was happening at that time.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Martin Barre will perform with his band at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Martin Barre has performed, composed and rocked countless world stages in a five-decade career as a guitarist for world-renown Jethro Tull, solo artist and frontman for his self-titled band.

On Friday night, Barre and his bandmates promise to bring a unique take to ageless music when they take the stage at Penn’s Peak.

“It’ll be a set of classic Tull songs rearranged. We will do Government Mule songs and blues songs, it’s a real mixture. At the end of the night we hope they’re really pleasantly surprised,” he said.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, onOct. 28.

Audience participation is encouraged, with waterguns, playing cards, rice, toast and toilet paper.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Hemingway exhibit, lecture Saturday

The Misericordia University College of Arts and Sciences, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and the Soyka Fund for the Humanities are bringing together a collection of pictures, experts and students for a series of events to recount the life and work of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Fans of the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist, short-story writer and journalist will be able to hear a firsthand account of his life from his former secretary, Valerie Hemingway, during the opening of the exhibit, “Hemingway and the Veneto,’’ in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery on Saturday.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time is running out to submit your child’s artwork for a chance to become a PBS39 Artist of the Month for 2017.

Through Oct. 28, children in grades kindergarten through 12th can submit a painting, drawing, photograph, video production, sculpture, or performance art video for a chance to be recognized.

Winners will be notified by Nov. 11 and will receive a one-minute feature video that will air on PBS39, as well as a blog post on PBS39’s Speak Up page.

For a complete list of guidelines and how to submit artwork, visit

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Sinfully delicious

Satisfy your fall-inspired cravings with some perfect dishes courtesy of QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable. These yummy drinks, comfort foods and desserts will warm the soul on these cool fall evenings.

Persimmon Tart

Serves 6

Crust & Filling:

2 refrigerated pie crusts

1/2 cup lemon pie filling

1/2 cup vanilla pudding

2 Tbsp butter

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

2 persimmons, stems removed and sliced

1/4 cup apricot jelly

Ginger-Vanilla Sauce:

1 cup heavy cream

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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