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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Summer concert series kicks off

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Creek Park Concert Series will begin on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Performers include Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith, and Doug Rogers and Hoy Polloy.

Elizabeth Rose (www.elizabethrosemusic.com) is well known to Callicoon audiences, having performed on WJFF, at the Tusten Theatre, last year’s Farmstock and for many fundraisers and parties over the years. Her one-woman musical comedy “Relative Pitch” was selected for the Obie-award-winning Mentor Project.  Read more

NYC variety show comes to local theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, New York City’s renowned palace of variety, brings its show to NACL for one special night of cabaret, burlesque, magic and contortion. The late night burlesque variety show, “Mr. Choade’s Wild Ride,” will be at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, July 20; doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Hosted by Borscht Belt legend, Mel Frye, the evening features burlesque legend Gal Friday, magic man Mat Holzclaw, go-go sensation Camillicious, acrobatic Madman Topher, and contortionist Ekatarina.  Read more

Vendors line the streets at Sidewalk Sales

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will hold The Honesdale “500” 53rd annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, artists, and area non-profits. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up a brochure, complete with a map, list of events and historic walking tour.  Read more

Author readings at the Sanctuary of Oils

HONESDALE, PA — The Sanctuary of Oils will be hosting a reading with Mermer Blakeslee and Tom Lisenbee on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Blakeslee will be reading from her most recent novel, “When You Live by a River,” a fictional story of a 1931 Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City.  Read more

‘Out of Place’ exhibition opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host an artist talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 for a new exhibition called “Out of Place.” This is a two-person exhibition featuring large paintings and small watercolor/collages by Lisa Samalin and found objects and stained images by Charles Wilkin. The show runs through Sunday, August 25.  Read more

Photo guild hosts exhibition

MILFORD, PA — The public is invited to an opening reception of Frank Zimmermann’s “Tri-State Photos, Dingmans to New York City,” on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highlands Photographic Guild at 224 Broad St. in the Wells Fargo Bank Building.

Zimmermann, a noted New York City architectural photographer, will showcase his latest body of work, some of the well-known landmarks and other images shot closer to home in northwestern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 4.

Visit www.highlandsphotoguild.com, or call 570/296-2440.

Moonlight paddles on the lake

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary. There will be two paddles: Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. These programs are free to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Only sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem.

Call Lacawac Sanctuary to reserve your spot, 570/689-9494, or email joann@lacawac.org.

Kayak paddle for military and veterans

GREENTOWN, PA — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the PA Bureau of State Parks and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have partnered to present a beginner’s kayaking program at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All active duty, retired, prior service members and their families are invited to join the park’s naturalist on a paddle throughout Promised Land Lake.  Read more

845 Local Hip Hop Night

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions presents its first hip hop showcase on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell.

The show features Made Memberz of Monticello, Ice and Guelz B from BSPG of North Branch, Cats-Kill of Monticello, Rio Grand of Brooklyn, NY/Damascus, PA, Reflex Space Deck of Purchase, and R.l. Traviss of Callicoon. Closing the night will be DJ Noah Barker spinning old and new music and chilled out electronic R&B-infused dance music.

Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/collabonationproductions.

Wayne County antiques show

HONESDALE, PA — Fifty dealers from all over the east coast bring all kinds of antiques and collectibles to the Women’s Club of Honesdale’s 51st annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.  Read more

Blues singer at popular pizza place

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Blues guitarist Eli Cook will perform at Benji and Jakes on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m.

The musician’s live performance includes both original tunes and vintage blues from all his albums. Cook covers classics like Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die” and Skip James’ “Catfish Blues.”

He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Read more

Young opera singers take the stage

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two shows this weekend. Both are held at the Sullivan County Community College Seelig Theatre and are under the direction of music director Violetta Zabbi.  Read more

Family fun planned for Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 9th annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure.  Read more

Creating Community

Two new local projects illustrate the extraordinary dedication and creativity of my fellow citizens.  Read more

River rescuers: Making the Delaware a safer place

UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC AND RECREATIONAL RIVER — After only one year into her job, Katherine Szupillo of the National Park Service was on patrol at the Shohola rapids. The spot is one that is hidden from the road and has very few houses nearby; if one were to need help on the river, very few people would be able to see. Luckily for one boater, Szupillo was on hand to witness his boat capsizing in the rapids and come to the rescue.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s ‘9 to 5, the Musical' What a way to make a living!

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not a huge fan of musical adaptations to begin with. While there are exceptions to every rule, (think “La Cage Aux Folles” or “The Producers”) there is an endless lists of Broadway shows with a hit song attached (think “Fame” or “Footloose”) that struggle. Each year, the management at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) asks the audience to suggest what shows they would like to see in the future and “9 to 5” received an overwhelming response. In an effort to please (give the people what they want) “9 to 5” is now playing.  Read more

Independence Day events

Events for the 4th of July holiday

Surveying PA’s amphibians and reptiles

All of the reptiles and amphibians identified last weekend during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz (www.UpperDelawareBioBlitz.com) will have the double honor of being counted twice, first as residents of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation’s property in Starlight, PA, and also in the recently launched Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).  Read more

‘Eagles of the Upper Delaware’ star in 4th of July show

BETHEL, NY — Just in time to celebrate our national birthday, “Eagles of the Upper Delaware – and Other Birds of Prey” an exhibit of photographs by Jerry Cohen and woodcarvings by guest artist Paul Stark, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Thursday, July 4, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through July 17.

Cohen, an artist in residence at the gallery, writes of his work: “Whether it is the majestic nature of an eagle in flight or the haunting secrets held within an abandoned structure, there is beauty and intrigue everywhere I look.”  Read more