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October 04, 2015
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Sorry to use that cliché, but it just had to be done. The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest is flying into town on Saturday, October 10. The all-day event celebrates the amazing honey bee and features street vendors, kid’s crafts and much, much more. Read on.

Those two words pretty much sum up what I’m feeling at the moment. The summer was a rollercoaster, and even though I swore that I would take more time to stop and smell the roses, the last blooms...

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I like to think that everyone remembers the first fish they ever caught. I am referring to a person’s first fish in a very personal way and not in a generic way, like the first fish that Mark...

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The calls of common loons are some of the most wonderful wilderness sounds to be experienced, ranging from yodels and hoots to long mournful wails. While this intelligent bird is not frequently...

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After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Noah Barker performs for Jeffersonville food pantry

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Janice Center will showcase the talents of pianist Noah Barker at a jazz and contemporary music recital on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Jeffersonville Food Pantry. Barker is a former student of Janice Center owner and instructor Tanya Cohen. After graduating Sullivan West, he went on to major in music at the University of Louisville. He is now a professional musician in New York City. Special guest Thurman Barker, Jeffersonville’s own renowned percussionist, will also perform.

Benefit wine tasting event

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service is holding their 2nd Annual Wine Tasting event on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Summit Restaurant at Masthope Mountain.

Last year’s sommelier Rory O’Fee, director of marketing at Woodloch Resort, has volunteered again. Joe Gattuso, the new bar and restaurant manager at the Summit Restaurant, is excited to partake in this fundraising event to support the local EMS. Chef Matteo Laki will prepare a paring to compliment each of the wines.  Read more

Hortonville Fire Department annual pancake breakfast

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Hortonville Fire Department will host a breakfast with homemade pancakes, eggs any style, sausage, homemade desserts and French toast on Sunday, November 11 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Adults $7, kids 12 and under $3 and kids under five are free.

Give Thanks Harvest Dinner at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. The Anthill Kitchen hosts a Give Thanks Harvest Dinner of local food grown by local farmers at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On November 10 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a contra dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the U.S. A live band will play traditional songs, while a live caller will lead participants through various dances. It’s great fun for all ages. No need to bring a partner, and don’t worry if you’ve never contra danced before—they will teach you how.  Read more

Veteran’s Day parade

WOODBOURNE, NY — The 14th annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 1 p.m. on Rt. 42/52 (Main Street). A service will follow at the Woodbourne Firehouse.

The parade marshal is Clark Brown, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (retired) of the U.S Army and recipient of the Legion Merit Award. The guest of honor is Sgt. Matthew Robinson, U.S. Army (investigator).

Call the Woodbourne Fire Company at 845/434-6763.

Power to the people?

Hallelujah! My power finally came back on Monday night! Happy to be alive and have a roof (still) over my head, I’m grateful. But I confess, the Lady Sandy truly tested me. I missed those little things—like electricity, heat and a phone. And TV? It isn’t a necessity (I suppose)… but the Internet? How else can a person stay in touch with the outside world, living as I do on the very fringes of society?  Read more

Shelter crisis averted; River Reporter staff makes the connection

ROCK HILL, NY — No power since October 29th, no heat, no water—and 22 puppies, 15 dogs, 28 cats and numerous kittens to care for. That was the increasingly desperate situation that the Sullivan County SPCA faced when shelter manager Debbie Dittert posted her plea for the loan of a spare generator on Facebook.  Read more

The new normal?

Two years ago I heard Bill McKibben, founder of, speak at a Catskill Mountainkeeper event. He warned the audience that we’re deluding ourselves if we think climate chaos is our grandchildren’s problem. It’s our problem, he asserted. It’s happening now.  Read more

Trick or treat

Our region is blessed with many diverse habitats. Moving from mountain to valley will bring a whole different range of fauna and flora that can be seen. The arrival of fall brings much change as animals hibernate or migrate, and we see many visitors that are passing through or overwinter here.

Many people have become familiar with various species to the extent of knowing which ones are “good” or “bad” due to such things as what they eat, where they nest or roost, or even what they look like.  Read more

Blowin’ in the wind

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s anthem ring in my head as I sit down to muse on what’s coming down the pike. “How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?” As a general rule, I don’t think of myself as an alarmist, but Hurricane Sandy is presently working my nerves. By the time this hits the newsstands, she will be a thing of the past, but the aftermath... who knows? Meanwhile, the reports are dire as I write this and I’m keeping one eye on the news and one on the eye on the hurricane. I’m walking a tightrope here in my trailer (yes...  Read more

Liberty middle school band performance

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade band will present a special one-hour clinic and performance for parents, teachers, administrators and friends on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

The audience, who will be seated around the band members to experience the intensity of a musical performance, will also learn how playing an instrument requires a complex combination of intellectual, visual, physical and auditory control as well as high-level thinking and problem solving skills.  Read more

Arts of the angler: a show for fly fishing enthusiasts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) of Livingston Manor will host an “Arts of the Angler” fly-fishing show featuring 100 exhibitors including of fly tyers, bamboo rod makers, a large selection of collectible and contemporary fly-fishing tackle, fishing accessories, fly-fishing books and more. The show, which will include demonstrations, presentations, seminars and two live auctions, will be held on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 at the Ethan Allen Hotel, exit 4, Route I-84 in Danbury, CT.  Read more

Dance of Thanksgiving

CALLICOON, NY — On Saturday, November 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Callicoon Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, a community dance party will be held featuring traditional Irish, Egyptian, Flamenco and Indian dancers, as well as special performances by Middle Eastern dancers Majda and Sabah. Music will be provided by an international DJ from Pharaohs Entertainment. No admission fee is required, but a potluck dessert contribution would be appreciated. Call Arts Junction at 917/445-5274.

Mystery dinner theater

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce presents “Circus of the Dead,” a mystery dinner theater on Sunday, Nov-ember 4 at 2 p.m. at Wolff’s 1910 Catering Hall at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club. Reservations and payment are due prior to show. Tickets cost $30 per person and include appetizers, entre, dessert and a show. Call Lilly at 607/498-5222 ext. 306 or Marge at 607/498-5464.

Swersie on display

LORDS VALLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Gallery at Chant Realtors—Lords Valley will host an artist’s reception marking the opening of a new art show. A collection of paintings by artist Jill Swersie will be on display seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the month of November at 631 Route 739. Known for her intense color palette, Swersie paints en plein air, focusing on both scenery and people. For info and directions call 570/775-7337.

Author talk: Robert LaPolt on “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York”

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will sponsor a book talk by local history author Robert LaPolt on his recent publication “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York” on Sunday November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Pierce Library on Rt. 55. The author will sign copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m.

The book is dedicated to “those Irish families who settled what is today called Aden Hill” in the Town of Neversink. For additional information on the museum or this book talk, visit or call 845/985-7700.

‘Nature’s Palette’: A new show with artist Susan Pascale

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — This November, Domesticities will present a new show featuring the watercolors and acrylics of Susan Pascale. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. The show can be seen during regular store hours in November and December.

Domesticities is located at 4055 State Rt. 52. For more information, call 845/482-3333.

‘Maria Kizito’ at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m., NACL Theatre presents the play “Maria Kizito,” a joint U.S. and Ugandan production about genocide. The play is about a young nun, Maria Kizito, who along with her Mother Superior, was convicted of complicity in the deaths of 7,000 refugees who sought asylum at their convent. This is one of 17 plays in a series by Erik Ehn focusing on East Africa (Rwanda and Uganda), Central America (Guatemala and El Salvador) and Tulsa, OK (the Race Riot of 1921).  Read more

Civil War letters published; Local Union soldier Ira Austin wrote to Minerva Drake

SHOHOLA, PA and BARRYVILLE, NY — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society has just published a book of letters from a young Barryville soldier to the young woman whom he would eventually marry. The book, titled “Civil War Letters of Ira Austin to Minerva Drake of Barryville, New York,” reveals letters that are not love letters but rather the simple attempts by the unlettered youth to express his awakening interest in young Minerva, whom he calls Nervia.  Read more

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