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February 13, 2016
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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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Spooky movie festival

HONESDALE, PA — Back by popular demand, the second annual Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival will take place on Saturday, October 24, at 8 p.m. at The Cooperage. With a diverse selection of original short movies made by filmmakers from Honesdale, the 570 area and the world, the evening offers a chance to enjoy brand-new art, eat popcorn and immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.  Read more

Mike Jung leads open mic

HONESDALE, PA — Mike Jung will lead an acoustic-style Open Mic Night at The Cooperage Project, located at 1030 Main St. from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28.

Every month, more and more performers take the stage for Open Mic Nights at The Cooperage. A note to performers: the sign-up board will be available at 6:30 p.m., and performers must sign up in person. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated. BYOB.  Read more

Americana and bluegrass in Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum will present an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione and Friends on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209).

Admission costs $7 for general admission, $5 for museum members. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Logarithmic Scale’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Logarithmic Scale,” an exhibition of artwork by John T. Dinkey Jr. and Elise Freda at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, from October 24 through November 22. There wil be an artists’ talk on October 24 at 2 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Help with Halloween candy

MILFORD, PA — Local Milford Borough residents are expected to get 1,500 to 2,000 trick-or-treaters visiting their homes on Saturday, October 31. The Pike County Chamber would like to help ease their burden of providing all of that candy. Drop off a donation of unopened bags of candy to The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, 209 East Harford St. from now until October 29. They will be distributed to Milford Borough residents who sign up to receive them, so they can give them out to trick-or-treaters.  Read more

‘Mozart & Mozart’ at St. Andrews

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — St. Andrew’s church at 5277 State Rte. 42 will present” Mozart & Mozart” on Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m., part of its free Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s series.
Famed clarinetist Stanley Drucker, 60 years with the New York Philharmonic, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major. The quintet, written in 1789, is Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. It remains to this day one of the most admired of the composer’s works.  Read more

‘Hollow Ground’ author to speak

HONESDALE, PA — Natalie Harnett, award-winning author of the book “The Hollow Ground,” will be the speaker at a luncheon on Thursday, October 29, 12 noon, at the Hotel Wayne. Harnett will read from her novel and will present a slideshow about the underground coal mine fires that have burned (and still burn) in Pennsylvania today. She will also sign books that will be available for sale.  Read more

Down to the bone

Don’t you love it when something that has been around for millennia—fasting! kale!—suddenly becomes a trend? So it was that 2015 became the year of bone broth, despite the fact that this rich soup has probably been providing essential nourishment since the Stone Age. Think of it as the original comfort food. The benefits being touted range from clear skin to increased energy, and anyone who has ever enjoyed homemade chicken soup understands its restorative powers.  Read more

Milkweed: food and protection for a select few

The fact that the milkweed plant is essential for the survival of the monarch butterfly is well known. Monarch butterflies can be seen taking nectar from a variety of flowering plants, but the larvae are only found eating milkweed. Adult female monarchs deposit their eggs on milkweed leaves, and as soon as the tiny caterpillar hatches until the time it enters its chrysalis stage, it is totally reliant on milkweed for sustenance.  Read more

Fall: A time for other options

Typically, trout season means an early April start, even if it’s only the ceremonial first cast of the season followed by an enhanced “hot chocolate.” Early-season trout fishing can be challenging, but as water temperatures move into the mid to upper 60s, everyone is in the game. For some, a couple of weeks is enough, while the more seriously addicted trout fishers look forward to a series of mayfly hatches through mid to late June. When the water temperatures warm into the 70s, responsible cold water fishers set their rods aside until the water temperatures drop back down.  Read more

Me and my shadow

I’d love to think that you all have grown tired of putting up with me and how I prattle on about my adorable puppy, but according to each and every one of you, Dharma the Wonder Dog is the reason you tolerate me and smile as I approach, pen in hand. To be honest, had I known that she would be the key to whatever “success” I might enjoy, I might have aligned myself with cute animals for the last 30 years, rather than count on what could be described as a marginal ability to convey my feelings about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Read more

Cafe Risqué

FORESTBURGH, NY — WJFF presents the return of Cafe Risqué to the Forestburgh Tavern on Saturday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. Cafe Risqué is a combination drag show and fashion auction. The Wigsticks drag troupe will perform its show “Lip Service,” and WJFF volunteers will model high-fashion items that you could win. For tickets, visit www.forest

Organ recital at Grace Church

HONESDALE, PA — An organ recital to benefit the organ restoration at Grace Episcopal Church at the corner of Church and 9th streets will be held Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. Young, award-winning artist, Bryan Lohr will be at the console playing music by J.S.Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Cesar Franck, Calvin Hampton and others.  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of northeast PA will hold their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 18 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy, Rt. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs. Some of the styles represented are bluegrass, Old-time, Celtic, western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The firehall is handicap accessible.  Read more

ARTery features Liu, Fitzgerald

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery at 210 Broad St. is featuring Marie Liu and Randall Fitzgerald in its October show, which runs through November 9.  Read more

Appleseed Collective in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Appleseed Collective ( will be featured by Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.  Read more

Dinner and a documentary

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host a three-course, sit-down dinner, followed by the showing of “Frank E. Schoonover: The Authentic Artist (1877-1972),” on October 25 at 4 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum.

The documentary introduces viewers to the little-known history of American illustration, and to the mostly unheralded illustrator whose iconic renderings of adventurous life help define American popular culture at the start of the 20th century.  Read more

Mack returns for ‘Angel of the Amazon’ performance

WURTSBORO, NY — Native son Evan Mack will return to the community for an in-concert performance of his opera, “Angel of the Amazon,” on Sunday, October 18 at St. Joseph’s Church, 180 Sullivan St.  Read more

See glass blowing at Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass has announced its fall schedule of special glass-blowing demonstrations and factory tours at its factory, 39 Erie St. The guest glass artists return on October 17, November 14, November 27, and December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour at 2:30). The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Group rates are available with reservation. On these dates you can take a guided tour of Gillinder’s historic glass factory and watch the guest artists demonstrate the time-honored craft of hand-blown glass.  Read more

Black Bear Film Fest

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Fest will present nine feature films, four documentaries, and three question-and-answer sessions at The Milford Theatre, at 119 E. Catharine St., from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. A film salon, featuring shorts, documentaries, and special presentations, will also be held during festival weekend at the Pike County Public Library, at 113 E. Harford St.  Read more