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October 22, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Jems raffle, ‘Jeffersonville Matters’

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An artisanal holiday raffle drawing will be held on Friday, November 29 following the “Dworetsky Holiday Parade” in Jeffersonville. All proceeds go to community improvements and beautification by Jems (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer nonprofit group.

First prize is “Meadows in Boom,” a quilt by anonymous valued at $800; second prize is “Custom Portrait” by Brock Lady, valued at $400; third prize is “Hand knit lace shawl” by Barbara Yewchuk, valued at $150. The shawl and quilt are on display at the Jeffersonville library.  Read more

Theatre fundraiser for food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County will host a reading of the play “Billy the Boy Queen” by Michael Buchanan, featuring Joseph Fuqua at the Milford Theatre on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the food pantry.

At present, the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County serves approximately 68 families or 245 individuals a week with an average of seven new families or 25 individuals each week.  Read more

Two women, 12 instruments and a jam at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance invites musicians of all levels to a jam session with Simple Gifts, a duo made up of two women playing twelve instruments who specialize in Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Scandinavian and Appalachian folk genres. The jam session takes place Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The event is free.  Read more

‘Myanmar Through My Lens’ photo presentation

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local artist Bruce Janklow for a photography presentation and discussion focused on his latest trip to Myanmar at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Jazzmosis, Yasgur and the return of Jazz Brunch

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B will host a double-header featuring the bands Yasgur and Jazzmosis on Friday, November 15, starting at 8 p.m.

Yasgur will play their signature mix of roots rock and blues. Jazzmosis is a group of four musicians coming from very different backgrounds to explore and create a sound that has the energy of rock, the improvisational spark of jazz, and the element of surprise.  Read more

‘Crowd’: A call to all artists

LIBERTY, NY — Akira and Ellie Ohiso of Green Door Magazine have invited Andrea Brown and Elizabeth Ennis of The Outsider’s Studio Collective (OSC) to figuratively “bomb” their space at 34 S. Main St., cramming every wall, nook and cranny with portraits of people and their pets. It will be up to the viewer, faced with this universe of visages, to decide what all of these human and animal faces are thinking, feeling and talking about.  Read more

‘Last Words,’ by Laura EJ Moran

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL resident poet/playwright Laura Moran has written a new work titled “Last Words” and will perform it on Sunday, November 17 at 4 p.m. at the NACL Theatre. Both dramatic poetry and poetic drama, the performance is inspired by the last words of the first 100 women legally executed in Colonial America, and is set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where riparian worlds collide: tame/wild, history/fantasy, spirit/body, male/female, church pews/secret coves, death/life. Where history silences, imagination blooms.  Read more

‘Jeep’ by Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present the short comedy “Jeep” (about a Brooklyn couple trying to sell a clunker of a car) at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. Local actors Ellen Pavloff and Bill Moloney star in the show, an original one-act play written and directed by Sullivan County’s Bill Duncan.  Read more

Local author Verb Konviser book signing

MONTICELLO, NY — Verb Konviser, local hotel keeper for many years, will sign his cookbook “The Vegetarian Hotel Cookbook” at the E.B. Crawford Public Library at 393 Broadway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. His book contains many of the recipes his mother, Fannie Schaffer, created to serve guests staying at that the Vegetarian Hotel, a resort that grew to 100 rooms and had a swimming pool, tennis, handball and shuffle board courts and offered health lectures, exercise classes and nightly entertainment.  Read more

The Coal Town Rounders strike again

HAWLEY, PA — Northeast PA bluegrass band The Coal Town Rounders returns to the Harmony Presents stage at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. This energetic group can’t help but take the stage by storm, keep feet stomping and faces grinning. They play lively, expressive and playful interpretations of historic American songs and bluegrass fused rock tunes in tight three-part harmonies.  Read more

The season of giving all year round

HONESDALE AREA, PA — Gloria Frechen got the idea to start the Community Service Center in the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church because she was inspired by the saint Dorcas, or Tabitha, referenced in the Book of Acts (9:36–42) in the New Testament. Dorcas made clothes for the poor. Frechen gives clothes to people who need them, and gives in other ways, too, including rent money, food and household supplies. So it comes as no surprise when, during my visit to the SDA Community Center, a woman who was there picking up clothes called Frechen an angel.  Read more

Great expectations

The crisp autumn air conjures up the delicious expectancy that characterized the months of November and December in my childhood. I recall my parents cooking the ritual Thanksgiving dishes, unchanged from year to year by family decree. These pleasures were followed by a flurry of activities—the Christmas tree, the food, school pageants, fruitcake baking and, of course, shopping. The extravagant department store displays made shopping an occasion that far outweighed the significance of what we bought.  Read more

Life-preserving reminders

Two timely seasonal reminders are important to take very seriously right now. The first applies to boaters enjoying Pennsylvania’s abundant waterways. The second is pertinent to all drivers utilizing PA roadways.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) notes that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a life jacket while on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.  Read more

Discover the world of Russian borsch at the libraries

HONESDALE AND HAWLEY, PA — Nikolai Burlakoff, author of “The World of Russian Borsch,” invites you to visit the Hawley Public Library or the Wayne County Public Library to answer all your borsch questions. He will share his borsch odyssey from a hogweed plant-based soup to its presence in outer space on Tuesday, November 12. The author will visit the Wayne County Public Library from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Hawley Public Library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Restaurant-style fundraiser for Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — When you dine out this fall, you can support the arts at the same time. Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and local restaurants and bakeries are partnering in “Savor the Arts—Restaurant Style,” a fundraising campaign to support cultural programs and services in the Sullivan County and Upper Delaware Valley regions. Restaurants will donate a percentage of each bill to the DVAA.  Read more

‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ rockers to headline Sullivan County Blues Festival

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel will host the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. Featuring more than critically acclaimed blues bands, the festival will also boast a number of new additions this year, including various workshops and a tent highlighting craft beers and liquors from local businesses.  Read more

‘Ethos of Abstraction’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new show “Ethos of Abstraction,” on Saturday, November 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs from Friday, November 8 to Wednesday, November 20.  Read more

The ‘Fearless Songwriter’ Marci Geller

NARROWSBURG, NY — Marci Geller will play the RiverFolk Concert Series at Gloria Krause Recital Hall at Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Geller recently participated in the “Fearless Songwriter” challenge.  Read more

Button up your overcoat

For something completely different, I’ve a song stuck in my head. Although I would like to think I’m “special,” this is not an unusual occurrence and most people have experienced the same thing more than once in their lives. If you’ve ever read this column before, you know that this syndrome is not new for me. Happens all the time.  Read more

Mash-up of string quartet and boy band hits Milford

MILFORD, PA — New York City-based singing string quartet, Well-Strung, will perform at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. Heralded as “the hottest things with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games,” by the New York Daily News, this modern-day boy band will perform the classics by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as pop hits by Ke$ha, Adele and others, but with their own spin.  Read more