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April 23, 2014
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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to...

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Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its...

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OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky,...

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From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—...

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A clean slate

I keep insisting that I’m not making New Year’s resolutions, but truth be told, I always do. Whether those resolutions stick remains to be seen, but I suppose there’s nothing wrong with trying. There’s something to be said for “if at first, you don’t succeed,” and I’m the first to admit that there’s room for improvement.  Read more

Arts alliance hosts Founders Show

HONESDALE, PA — To honor the founders of the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), the organization’s gallery will host a Founders' Show, January 4 through 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, January 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. The founding members are: Pauline Glykokokalos, Yanni Glykokokalos, Joan Hill, the late Robert Lander, Anne Nocera and Katrin Tralongo.  Read more

Break-the-mold singer/songwriter at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present award winning singer songwriter Ellen Bukstel on Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. A veteran to the stage since childhood and with more than 40 songwriting awards and acknowledgements to her credit, Ellen Bukstel challenges her listeners to laugh, dig deep and embrace the wild emotional roller coaster we call life.  Read more

Auditions slated for original dramatic play

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold open auditions on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an original dramatic play by Michael Corriere. “For England, For Love” will be presented May 16, 17 and 18, 2014, at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

Family Fun Day planned for January 25

MONTICELLO, NY — The 8th annual Family Fun Day with 4th annual cardboard sled race and 3rd annual Winter Wing Fling will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park, 99 Holiday Mountain Rd.  Read more

Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ bassist at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Bakithi Kumalo, who is currently preparing for a 2014 tour that kicks off in February with Paul Simon and Sting, will perform at The Cooperage on Sunday, January 5 at 3 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30.)  Read more

Twenty years of bald eagles breeding along the Upper Delaware River

My interest in birds was casual when I was younger, but got a boost in the late ‘70s when I returned to the U.S. from military service and started flying small aircraft over our region's scenic Upper Delaware River Region as a way to unwind.  Read more

Winter’s hidden inhabitants

At first glance, the winter landscape can appear to be devoid of life. But for the observant person, nothing is farther from the truth. All around us are clues to the existence of animals, and the stripped-down landscapes of winter provide opportunities to learn more about the activities of wildlife in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

What of the winter?

This month saw a couple of storms with accumulating snowfalls, and there is a foot on the ground in most areas of the region, give or take a few inches. This is good news for skiers and the area ski resorts, but if you are shoveling your driveway or have to get to work in bad weather, maybe this is not so good news.  Read more

‘Where shall we fish?’


[Editor’s note: This is one of several guest columns, while TRR’s Clem Fullerton takes a hiatus from his column, The Complete Tangler.]

There is one constant discussion among fishermen when it becomes time to head to the river: “Where do you want to go?”  Read more

Silk Mill offers a series of January workshops

HAWLEY, PA — The Silk Mill and Harmony Presents have teamed up to create a series of daytime Saturday workshops throughout the month of January. Unless otherwise noted, classes meet Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Sessions are complimentary, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Read more

A foggy day

Well, Christmas has come and gone. The New Year is upon us and yet… I’m still in a fog, both literally and figuratively. Attempting to navigate the roads here in the Upper Delaware River Valley has been a challenge of late. The social network has been buzzing about the holidays (and the many events leading up to same), but it’s the weather that has taken center stage for the last week or so.  Read more

New Year’s Eve speakeasy party; a Roaring (Twenties) good time of dinner and dancing

HAWLEY, PA — The idea of the Roaring Twenties evokes images of jazz bands; flappers with bobbed hair; couples dancing the Charleston, the Foxtrot and the Black Bottom; Art Deco design; Prohibition booze and speakeasies. Next Tuesday evening, a recreated speakeasy will take over the restaurant and lounge at Glass_wine.bar.kitchen in Hawley’s Silk Mill, as a crowd of revelers rolls back the clock to the 1920s before ringing in the New Year.  Read more

Broadway’s Michael Rice performing at the Delmonico Room on New Year’s Eve

MILFORD, PA — Broadway conductor, pianist and composer Michael Rice will be performing in the Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere on New Year’s Eve. The widely-acclaimed Rice, who has a home in the area, conducted “Peter Pan” on Broadway and, more recently, “1776” in San Francisco.  Read more

Alliance Gallery 2015 exhibitions call for submissions

Narrowsburg, NY — Alliance Gallery is calling for submissions for solo, group, or curated shows in 2015. The Alliance Gallery program priority is to exhibit high quality work by professional and emerging artists who live part-time or full-time in the Mid-Hudson, Catskill, or Upper Delaware River regions. All media and styles are considered, as are installations and proposals by curators. There is no submission fee.  Read more

Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Jean Rohe on Saturday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. Rohe was described by The New York Times as “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter.” Rohe riffs on old folktales and autobiographical sojourns with strong Brazilian influence, rhythmic playfulness and carefully crafted orchestrations.  Read more

Eagle Day: free fun for the whole family

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, January 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, PPL, and other local organizations for an educational, fun and free Eagle Day for the whole family, located at PPL's Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Enjoy a presentation with live birds from Bill Streeter, help to build an eagle’s nest, and participate in other hands-on activities.  Read more

Marine Christmas

The Marine was seated across the aisle from me, in one of the end seats with his gear on one side of the seat and his head down, writing holiday cards. Desert fatigues neatly pressed, haircut high and tight, black boots glistening from the polish.  Read more

Gifts with purpose

Holiday shoppers who desire to make a difference can still do so with some of the following gift options. Support state parks, forests and environmental organizations that play important roles in maintaining regional biodiversity, protecting natural resources and promoting outdoor recreation by checking out these opportunities.  Read more

Lantern walk on a snowy winter’s night

NARROWSBURG, NY — About 20 area residents gathered at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Sullivan West Library on December 17 in Narrowsburg, to greet the season and participate in a lantern walk to the river.

The walk was arranged by librarian Laura Moran, and started in the library with participants choosing their lanterns before walking off to the river and Veterans Park, singing Christmas carols along the way.

Once in the park, poetry was recited and memories shared in the crisp December air.