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October 25, 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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Community meeting

“We know that many of the neighbors are here,” the woman in a business suit said diplomatically. “We, of course, expect that most of them are against us getting this application approved.”  Read more

Birds of a feather

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks.  Read more

Chili and wing cook off at Ehrhardt’s

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on Sunday, March 2 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant. Participants can enter their favorite chili and/or wing recipe to be tasted and judged to win prizes. The cook-off begins at 12 noon. The doors remain open for admission with food available until 3 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit by people with developmental disabilities

NARROWSBURG, NY — SullivanArc hopes to help draw attention to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during March with its seventh annual art exhibit titled “Expressions 2014,” featuring paintings by people with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in the second floor LOFT Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.  Read more

DV Music Department to hold fundraising craft fair

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley (DV) Music Department Booster Club will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, March 1 in the DV Middle School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 16 vendors selling jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, hand bags, Tupperware and more.  Read more

Danny Fitzgerald blues and jazz at two local venues

HONESDALE, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon, Route 17B in Bethel on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale at 7 p.m. The show will feature original jazz and blues music from the world-famous street band.  Read more

Americana Groove with Andrew & Noah

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Andrew & Noah, most commonly known in band formation as the Andrew & Noah Band, on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill. Having a sound they’ve coined as “Americana Groove,” these two brothers have been to festival stages and concert halls all over North America. Their material, written by fiddler Andrew and guitarist Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and Bluegrass, jazz and swing, Cajun, Zydeco and alternative folk.  Read more

UpFront presents the late Milford icon Joe Splendora

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will have the remaining contents of the Estate of the Works of Joe Splendora. This collection of over 220 oil paintings and watercolors will be on exhibit on Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights continue

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host another Final Friday Comedy Night in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dri. The line-up consists of Eric Neumann, Brian DeMoy and Marc Gerber.  Read more

Taking the time for new life; Furniture restoration and body building

LIBERTY, NY — On a rural back road in Liberty there exists an unseen world.  Read more

A chance encounter

Valentine’s Day always brings a crowd on the train trying to get home early to loved ones. When it landed on Friday this year, the train was especially packed with travelers, flowers in hand, myself included. I grabbed the train north from Hoboken Terminal, and it being the first station, I got a two-for-one, not only a seat on what would be a crowed train, but also a chance encounter.  Read more

Some winter projects are for the birds!

As I look out the window, it is snowing; there is already 12 inches on the ground from a previous storm, and now another foot or so is forecast to fall. Most of us have already stocked up on groceries. Schools have closed for the day and the kids are likely looking for something to do. Will mid-February be the onset of cabin fever for the region?  Read more

2014 Artists in the Community grant opportunities

NARROWSBURG, NY — Applications are now available for 2014 Artists in the Community grants. Any individual artist who is a resident of Sullivan County can apply.  Read more

Call for visual artists: ‘The Weather Outside My Window’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Weather Project (TWP) is a series of events, performances, symposiums and workshops about the weather and climate change produced by NACL Theatre and a variety of community organizations. Two centerpieces of the project include the creation of a massive outdoor pageant play slated for August 9, 2014 in the Town of Highland; and a public art show titled “The Weather Outside My Window.”  Read more

Short film being shot in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Nicholas Giuricich is preparing to direct a short film he wrote, “The Commitment,” this coming March in Monticello. An intense family drama, the film treats the difficult question of whether to stay or to leave the abusive people in one’s life.  Read more

Apply for NACL Theatre retreat

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Apply now to be a participant of the 2014 NACL Theatre retreat, to be held June 1 to 8, 2014. Led by NACL Theatre artists, the retreat is designed for performers, dancers, directors, writers, ensemble members and solo artists. The week-long intensive takes place at NACL in Highland Lake and explores techniques of original theatre-making, physical composition, song, creation, writing and collaboration.  Read more

Concert fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park

MILFORD, PA — A fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park will be held on Friday, February 21 at the Waterwheel Café. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and goes until around 10:30 p.m. Help set the tone for the 2014 Music in the Park Summer Concert series. Organizers won’t know until after the fundraiser who will be performing this year.  Read more

GLBT center to hold Valentine’s dance

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold the third annual “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s Dance and Food Drive on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, located at 120 Route 6 and 209.  Read more

Lyle Divinsky plays original songs at Harmony Presents

HAWELY, PA — On Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host Lyle Divinsky, favorably called the Sasquatch of Soul by fans and first-time listeners alike, at the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. Divinsky’s original works feel like instant classics, capturing a sound that could easily have had a life on 45s and crackly AM radio. He plays a mix of soul, funk and groove.  Read more

Recent works by Helena Clare Pittman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Say Tomato and I Say Sfumato: Quotations,” an exhibit of recent works by Helena Clare Pittman, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., preceded by an Artist’s Talk at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through March 15.  Read more