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May 28, 2016
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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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Another opening, another show

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 ( in Livingston Manor, featuring the work of Daniel Angeli and Candy Spilner. Angeli’s name was unknown to me, while Spilner’s was familiar, as I’ve seen a variety of her large, colorful three-dimensional paintings over the last few years.  Read more

‘What the World Needs Now’

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association is curating a special art exhibit that will include creative representations of ancient Greek concepts of love, including eros (romantic love), philia (deep friendship), storge (parental love), ludus (playfulness), philautia (self-love), pragma (long-term, mature love), and agape (unselfish love for all). “What the World Needs Now” will be on display at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave., for three days only: February 13, 14 and 15. There will be a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

‘Love Birds’ at the Artery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a member show titled “Love Birds,” featuring images of love by some of its newest artists, opening on February 9 and running through March 8. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect a wide range of artistic expressions of mankind’s interest in love, and its love of birds and their symbolism throughout history.  Read more

Sold-out V-Day show adds performance

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Friday, February 5 show of “The Vagina Monologues” has been sold out. An additional performance has been added on Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St.  Read more

Chorus concert to honor Horton

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus (SCCC), under the direction of Kevin J. Giroux, will resume rehearsals Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the chorus room at the Liberty Middle School, 145 Buckley St. The chorus is preparing for its 39th annual spring concert, “A Choral Fanfare! A tribute to Lucille Horton,” to be performed at Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

The performance will feature works by Mozart, George Gershwin, John Rutter, Randol Bass and others.  Read more

Take the Paupack Plunge

GREENTOWN, PA — Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Route 507 will host the fifth annual Paupack Plunge on Saturday, February 13. This unique charity event will raise money and awareness for two local dive and rescue teams: the Tafton Water Rescue Team and the Ledgedale Dive Team. Last year, about 100 people plunged, raising over $6,000.  Read more

Hawthorne returns to Harmony

HAWLEY, PA — Nat Osborn and his Americana-folk band, Hawthorne, will return to Harmony Presents on Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m.
“Hawthorne is a folk-based project hatched from the prodigious songwriting talent of Nat Osborn and supported by some of his best friends. The band weaves various acoustic styles: folk rock, country, gypsy jazz, and Americana around Osborn’s stellar songs,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. “This Hawthorne tour is in celebration of their recently-released album. We’re so excited for their return,” adds Carletti.  Read more

The jewel of The Heron

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.  Read more

A week in the country

Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it is more the norm for dual residents of city and country. He still has a business in the city and I am actively involved in the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake. I’m also planning a renovation of our 1969 kitchen in Narrowsburg. Most weeks we are separated for two or three days. Take note, new couples—this may be the secret to a long marriage!  Read more

Forest confession

True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude.”

We are not alone in our admiration, following paths forged by forest lovers like John Muir, who wrote, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”  Read more

Winter activities at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — You can go cross-country skiing at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Sunday, February 7, 21 and 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There will also be “Bridge the Gap” cross-country skiing on the McDade Trail on February 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for free. Funding for these dates is provided by William Penn Foundation.  Read more

Workshop on dreams and creativity

NARROWSBURG, NY — Registration is still available for a workshop on social dreaming and creativity at Beaverbrook Cottage, 1256 Crystal Lake Rd., on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow date is Saturday, February 20. The workshop is sponsored by the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC).  Read more

Kids’ activities at the visitor center

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center will host special activities for kids on Sunday afternoons from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in January and February.
Kids will learn how to identify an eagle and where to find them, watch a short video and then work with volunteers to create a craft, with a different option each week including an eagle puppet, magnets, and necklaces or lanyards.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.  Read more

Have an ice day!

You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and there aren’t enough layers in the world to keep you even remotely warm… go to an ice festival,” and there are more than a few to choose from here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Yarnslingers solicits stories

HONESDALE, PA — Yarnslingers is requesting submissions for stories for a Valentine’s Day event to be held on Sunday, February 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. at The Cooperage. The event will be aired live on WJFF radio, 90.5. Short stories about love—first love, unwanted love, discovering love are invited. Visit, or call 570/729-8356.

One-man folk-rock band in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents features Jeremiah Tall, a one-man folk-rock band, on Friday, January 29 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Coal Town Rounders in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Coal Town Rounders will return to Harmony Presents on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m. “Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pennsylvania-based quartet Coal Town Rounders occupy a space in time that is distinctly their own. With a foundational repertoire of bluegrass material you’d expect in a group twice their age, the band is poised to expand the reach and relevance of traditional music with their unique and hard-driving sound,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Puppy Love & Kitten Cuddles dance

HUGUENOT, NY — Grab your favorite Valentine and join the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark and the Deerpark Lions Club for an evening of good company, food, music and dancing at the Huguenot Firehouse on February 13 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a home-cooked Italian dinner, and live Music by Mike. All proceeds will be split to benefit the Humane Society and the Lions Club. Tickets cost $25 per couple pre-sale and $30 per couple at the door. For tickets, call Joanne at 914/850-5095 or stop by the Humane Society at 202 Route 209.

‘About Face’ at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA’s) Alliance Gallery kicks off the 2016 gallery season with a group exhibition of artworks titled “About Face” on Saturday, February 6, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. It will be on view through March 26. The opening will take place in conjunction with DVAA’s online Bgallery space, which will be presenting “Altered Ego—Manipulated Self Portraits of and by the Artist.”  Read more

Making a community: Hurleyville Maker’s Lab next step in Main Street Initiative

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Maker’s Lab had a soft opening on Monday night, becoming another part of The Center for Discovery’s Main Street Initiative. The initiative, according to John Conway, director of development at the center, aims to “bring back the community, so there is a place for the residents and visitors to interact, recreate, and to carry on their lives.”  Read more