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October 26, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Scaring crows in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership’s (GHP) 11th annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest is underway, and TRR’s Amanda Reed captured this image of the one that stands outside HNBC bank, giving passersby an early Halloween thrill. Participating businesses were asked to create a scarecrow using Pokémon as their theme. Twenty-five businesses rose to the challenge. Each scarecrow is required to have some characteristics of a traditional scarecrow, such as hay protruding from the neck or sleeves.  Read more

Storytelling, pumpkins and dinner

HAWLEY, PA — Sandy Gabrielson will weave yarns of myth and lore at the annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn on Saturday, October 29.
For many years, Gabrielson has been a featured performer at Hawley’s Ritz Company Playhouse. Added highlights of the Storytelling Dinner will be live foot-stompin’ music by Bowin’ the Strings, and an illuminated patch of intricately hand-carved pumpkins.

The dinner will be seasonally themed. Gathering time is 6 p.m.; dinner is at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The third annual Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22 at The Cooperage. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 8 p.m. The evening promises a diverse selection of original short movies made by filmmakers from Honesdale, the surrounding area and the world. All movies are spooky in nature, and are not rated, but parental discretion is advised.  Read more

‘Baroque & Beyond’ at St. Andrews

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s welcomes eminent harpsichordist and conductor Kenneth Cooper, with singers and instrumentalists, for “Baroque & Beyond” on Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. at St, Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The free program will feature music by Handel, Bach, Donizetti, Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov and Komitas Vardapet, a 20th century Armenian composer.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will,’ an Elizabethan supper and a lecture

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents “Shakespeare’s Will,” by Vern Thiessen, on Saturday, October 22. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a lecture delivered by Shakespeare expert Joanne Zipay and a supper of mutton stew based on a 1672 recipe.  Read more

‘Shadow Play: The Murder of Robert F. Kennedy’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Young at Heart organization, a subsidiary of the Delaware Youth Center, will host a presentation by local author William Klaber concerning his book on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.  Read more

Jazz pianist Mays at The Cooperage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — WJFF Radio Catskill will present “Autumn Serenade: An Afternoon of Jazz with Bill Mays” on Sunday, October 23 at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St. at 2:30 p.m.

Bill Mays ( is an internationally-known jazz pianist who has toured with Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Phil Woods. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day and Dionne Warwick. Mays has received many awards throughout his career as an arranger, pianist and producer.  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy., Rte. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs.

Some of the styles represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  Read more

Game night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Game Night at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be all kinds of games to play, from board games to card games to brain games: Scrabble, Dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, just to name a few. You can also bring your own games.  Read more

‘Monti Idol’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Tri-M Music Honor Society will host “Monti Idol” on Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium. The event is a singing competition, with high school students singing their favorite pop songs. The finalists were chosen by audition.

Tickets cost $3 and proceeds help support the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Monticello Performing Arts Booster Club.

An evening of jazz at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present an evening of jazz with the Inner Urge Trio on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. It is co-sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical Society. Opening and hosting the concert will be the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

‘Los Valientes’ at SUNY for Hispanic month

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance of “Los Valientes” on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the college’s Seelig Theater and is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.  Read more

A little bit of everything at Apple Pond Farm

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — In its last event of the season, Apple Pond Farm will offer a little bit of everything it does, including demos and hands-on learning from cheese making to wool spinning, renewable energy to milking goats on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other topics covered will include solar energy basics, apple cider pressing and raising chickens in your backyard. The address is 80 Hahn Rd. No reservations needed. Visit or call 845/482-4764.

I’m no Boy Scout

My father didn’t want me to join the Scouts. I’d like to say that I don’t know why, but while eavesdropping, he made it clear that he did not want me to start with the Cub Scouts because (at that time) the packs were led by women known as “den mothers,” and he felt that my own mother already had too much influence over me. Instead, I was packed off to the YMCA, which was all male. Dad was determined to “make a man out of me or die trying,” which ultimately came to fruition more than 40 years ago.  Read more

Texture on display

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Design Poetics” and “Walls of Viet Nam,” exhibitions of artwork by Tal Gluck and Melinda Wallach, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from October 15 through November 20. There will be an artists’ talk on October 15 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Documentary on PA ‘Stonehenge’

MILFORD, PA — For the weekend of Black Bear Film Festival the ARTery Gallery will show “Dancing with the Stones” a documentary film about Columcille Megalith Park in Bangor. It will be repeated throughout the two days and is free.

Inspired by the Isle of Iona, William Cohea Jr. began transforming his property along the Kittatinny mountains in 1978, building and assembling a mini “Stonehenge” here in Northeast PA. It has become a center for quiet meditation, contemplation, a celebration of creativity and nature.  Read more

Glass-blowing demonstrations

PORT JERVIS, NY — Guest glass artists will return to Gillinder Glass Factory on October 15, November 12 and 25, and December 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour at 2:30 p.m.). The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. The artists will demonstrate the time-honored craft of hand-blown glass. For more visit or call 845/856-5375.

Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival will take place from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16 at the Milford Theatre and the Pike County Library.  Read more

Piano dedication recital

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present “Preludes,” a recital, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 to dedicate its 1913 Mason & Hamlin grand piano, a recent gift from the family of the late Lea Lerner. It will take place in Krause Recital Hall on the second floor of the Delaware Arts Center, with acclaimed concert pianist and vocal coach Armen Boyajian playing a program featuring Khachaturian’s virtuosic “Spartacus” music, variations on Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio”—improvised!, and de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance.”  Read more

Genre-busting American folk

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase genre-busting American folk musicians Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. The band has performed at sold-out shows at Lincoln Center and in iconic dive bars and major festivals in 26 states and six countries.

Tickets cost $19 to $22, and can be purchased in advance at AMSkier Insurance agency located at 209 Main Ave., online at or by calling 570/588-8077. Enjoy Cocoon catered wine, beer and snacks during the show.