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June 29, 2016
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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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Historic Homes & Garden Tour

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present its second annual tour of local historic homes on Saturday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments and live music will be at each site. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at door.

Featured properties include the Campbell Residence at 23 Sullivan Ave., the Smith Residence at 134 East Main St., the Quinn Residence at 138 West Main St. and the Onofry Residence at 144 East Main St.  Read more

Gospel music festival with a positive message

LIBERTY, NY — A gospel music festival with special emphasis on improving the quality of life and saving individuals from the clutches of addiction will be a major part of the Liberty To The Captives program to be held on Saturday, August 3 at LaPolt Park on North Main Street from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This community event is sponsored and directed by pastors Rich and Cathy Ienuso of Lighthouse Ministries of Liberty, a non-denominational Christian ministry.  Read more

‘When You Live by a River’ book reading at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading “When You Live by a River,” a novel by local author Mermer Blakeslee, at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, August 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

The book is the fictional story of a Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City. Blakeslee’s previous novels include “Same Blood” and “In Dark Water.” She is also a prize-winning poet and a professional skier. She lives in the Catskill Mountains with her husband.  Read more

‘Pathos Envisioned’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — Three artists, Helen K. Garber, Todd C. Anderson and Ray Fiero, grapple with pathos and the past in the works on display at the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B in the exhibit “Pathos Envisioned.’ There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August 14.  Read more

Camping and more at MazFest

ROSCOE, NY — MazFest Music Festival will be held in Fireman’s Field on Gulf Road from August 1 to 4. The festival features live music, food vendors, art, camping and more. The gates open at 6 p.m. on Thursday; the festival ends at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Old Stone Jail tour August 3

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, August 3 Wayne County’s Old Stone Jail will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is free to get in (but donations are always appreciated) and the docents promise to leave the door open so everyone can get back out again.

Built in 1859, it remained in use until 1935. The Old Stone Jail is located between the Courthouse and 10th street. Email wchs@ptd.net, call 570/253-3240 or learn more about the history of the Old Stone Jail at www.waynehistorypa.org/exhibits/oldstonejail.php.

When bluegrass meets gospel: a musical adventure

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host a concert on Friday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill with Bovine Social Club. Bovine Social Club is an Americana alt-country band produced by Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone, with a sound influenced by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic, Juju and gospel vocabularies.  Read more

New novel tackles the story of Lucy Ann (aka Joseph) Lobdell; ‘The female hunter of Long Eddy’

Who was Lucy Ann Lobdell? Bill Klaber struggled with that question for years, and now he’s answered it in a richly imagined historical novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell.” It’s his take on a larger-than-life local character, who perplexed, scandalized and sometimes amused 19th century America. Lobdell’s rebellion, according to Klaber, “was taking off women’s clothes and putting on men’s clothes”—a simple act, but one with far-reaching and ultimately tragic consequences.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 1

Summertime is so busy; this weekend was the Callicoon Street Fair in Callicoon and RiverFest in Narrowsburg.

I worked the St. Francis Xavier Church chicken barbeque selling 50/50 tickets, and then I went to work at RiverFest. Fr. Bill would like to thank everyone who worked to make the barbeque a success. Sunday when I was in church and the rain was coming down, I had a heart-to-heart talk with God. “Please God, stop the rain so RiverFest can go on and have a good turnout.” He does listen; the streets were packed and the food was flowing.  Read more

Change

I remember a time when death was an anomaly in my life. A grandparent’s passing celebrated with an Irish wake and a funeral mass. Now it seems to haunt the everyday, wagging its finger like a told-you-so teacher.  Read more

Gypsy Moths return in numbers

People in certain parts of the region may have noticed a familiar looking caterpillar early this summer. It seems that the gypsy moth is back. An egg mass survey done last February in Pennsylvania by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) indicated that egg mass density was light (40 to 200 egg masses/acre) at most sampling points in Pike County and isolated sampling points in Wayne County (see map at centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=217).  Read more

My wading raft

In my last column I had written that I was expecting a “new toy.” This was an inflatable raft that I hoped to use while wading in a stream having a depth of two or three feet. Once the raft arrived, I eagerly opened the carton and spread the raft on the floor. It weighs 19 pounds, about eight or 10 pounds more than a float tube. The material is not flimsy vinyl. This raft is made to withstand both abrasion and bumping into river boulders. For 15 years, I have owned the full-sized raft that this company produces, and it is as good as new.  Read more

Henhouse Prowlers and Thunder at the Distillery

BETHEL, NY — Thunder 102 will be broadcasting live from 4 to 7 p.m. from the front porch of The Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, July 27, starting with coverage of that night’s Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Bethel Woods, followed by a performance by the critically acclaimed Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers at 8 p.m.  Read more

Summer apologies (rants)

I’m sorry, Jane, but my column is late again. Of course you already know that because, well, you don’t have it yet. You’ve heard the excuses, and it’s the same old thing. My procrastination is not helped by the fact that I’m constantly so busy. I really am trying, though I also understand that it probably doesn’t look like that.  Read more

Old Time Fair set for Grahamsville

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on State Route 55.

Sponsored by the Time and the Valleys Museum, the fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making demonstration and tasting, pie auction with emcee Barry Lewis, food and music, fly tying and casting demonstrations, local history exhibits and spinning, quilting and blacksmithing demonstrations.  Read more

The Weather Project workshops

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Creativity workshops and stilt-walking classes are offered at NACL Theatre every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes are free and open to all.

The NACL issues a call to artists of all disciplines to consider sharing their skill at a Monday creativity workshop. Workshops will be held in stilt-walking, writing, music, dance research, acting, design, art and singing. Call 845/557-0694.

Ephron play at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at the Rivoli Theatre on July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Readings at Maude Alley

HONESDALE, PA — Moody Road Studios will present “Writers in Conversation,” book readings at Maude Alley on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. There will be a wine and cheese welcome in the garden and a chance to meet the writers from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and a book signing after the reading.

The featured readings are by Amy Brill, author of “The Movement of Stars;” Nina Burleigh, the author of “The Fatal Gift of Beauty;” and Ethan Hauser, the author of “The Measures Between Us.”
Visit www.moodyroadstudios.com or call 917/445-0613.

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 27 there is a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage. This dance will feature music by The Ragtag Rutabagas with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Beginners are welcome. Suggested donation is $10; free for children under 15.  Read more

Still time to attend Weekend of Chamber Music’s summer festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music is holding various events for its summer festival “Transformations.” It is running from July 14 to 27. Events that are still happening include a silent auction that ends July 27 and can be viewed at www.wcmconcerts.org.

Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY will host a Weekend of Chamber Music “Music Talks!” event on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more