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October 22, 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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Fascinating feathers

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific viewpoints.

Viewers can learn how feathers work in a section devoted to feather anatomy. In Feather Function, the various roles of feathers are explored, such as flight, display, camouflage, insulation and weatherproofing. Other sections illustrate how feathers develop and how they have evolved over time.  Read more

Student artwork on display at high school art show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual “CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show,” an exhibition of work by Sullivan County high school students. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from 1 to 4 p.m. The show runs until May 4.  Read more

Spring ahead

I find myself back in the city in time for spring, and not just technically spring; I’m talking about actual warm weather, bare legs, iced coffees, sunglasses and smiles. It’s been so long I barely recognize it, and I still feel like I’m getting away with something nefarious when I venture out in only a sweatshirt.  Read more

Visual Arts Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors

REGION — The Stanley J. Segal Scholarship for the Visual Arts is being offered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to high school seniors in Sullivan County, NY or Wayne County, PA who wish to pursue advanced studies in the visual arts, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.  Read more

Wayne County summer festival schedule released

HONESDALE, PA — Following a 47-year tradition, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will once again present a summer of musical events in Honesdale. The series of 14 concerts in Honesdale’s Central Park will feature many favorites from past years, and will also introduce the Bill Arnold Band to local audiences.  Read more

‘Landscapes’ art exhibit opens

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday April 5, the Wayne County Arts Alliance hosted an opening reception to celebrate its current art exhibit, “Landscapes.” The event was held in the alliance’s new gallery, which is tucked away on quaint little Maude Alley located at 1023 Main St. Nine talented local artists are represented, including Joseph Castelli, pictured here, Signe Ballew, Collette Ballew, Jessica Campbell, Ellen Silberlicht, Naomi Teppich, Mark Milroy, Carolyn Santiso and Paul Ludick. The exhibit runs through April 26. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Percussion and groove: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The duo will play soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms.  Read more

Dramatic Workshop announces auditions for a melodrama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Stop Thief!” a musically enhanced and mischievously fun, old- fashioned melodrama. Auditions will be held at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 26 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama only; Saturday, May 3 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles; and Saturday, May 10 from 12 to 4 p.m., melodrama and featured roles.  Read more

The Rowan Lynch Quartet at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, April 13, The Rowan Lynch Quartet will be at The Cooperage Project to celebrate the release of their first recording, “Strange Carp.” The performance begins at 3 p.m.  Read more

Something fishy going on around here

Of course, by “around here” I mean the Upper Delaware River Valley, and by “fishy” I mean that the majority of the last week has been all about trout. Since I know next to nothing about fishing, fly or otherwise, I gave Phil Eggleton ( a call. Confused about when the seasons actually begin and end, I was glad to have Eggleton set me straight on a few pertinent facts.  Read more

18th annual women’s conference slated

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The theme of SUNY Sullivan’s 18th annual Women’s Conference to take place on Saturday, April 12 is “Wisdom... Wit... Women.” Comedienne Jane Condon will be the keynote speaker. Condon is a performer whose insights are as sharp as the wit with which they are delivered.  Read more

Nature exhibition by local photographers

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a free exhibition by regional nature photographers selected for their focus on local subjects and the quality of their work on Saturday, April 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ open mic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, April 11, come on down to The Cooperage for the second “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night exclusively for teens from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s a fun evening for musicians and listeners alike. All ages are invited to come, watch and enjoy the evening, but only the area’s youth will step up on stage. So, if you are an aspiring musician, poet, storyteller, juggler, actor, yodeller, dancer, or whatever, jump on stage at The Cooperage. For more information visit or call 570/253-2020.

Pet and nature photography by two friends

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will hold the opening of a new show, “Two Friends and their Photographs” on Saturday, April 12. Nyssa Calkin and Brad Walrod are friends who share a passion for photography, using the lens to explore subjects they care deeply about.  Read more

‘Reflection’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present the opening reception for a members’ show titled “Reflection” on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme of reflection is represented in the artists’ works in a literal sense, as in subjects of water and mirrors, and also subjectively, as in the practice of contemplation. Artists, using contemplation as their source for inspiration, then reflect what is happening personally and in society through their creations, whether conscious or unconscious. The exhibit runs until May 5.  Read more

Folk duo Hannah & Maggie

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host folk, pop and harmony duo Hannah & Maggie on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. The award-winning New York City duo has set out to make the world of singer-songwriters a more cheerful place as they blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy. They’ve been compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls.  Read more

Teen Reading Lounge to discuss ‘Divergent’

HONESDALE, PA — Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive book discussion series created by PA Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12 to 18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through book discussion and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.  Read more

Not just for women; A new day in woodworking

GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.  Read more

A big step backwards

New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to renewable energy generation. The bad news comes in Volume II, which outlines the plan’s specifics in 618 pages of statistics and predictions.  Read more

Spring is trying to spring

After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.  Read more