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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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Artists’ Open Studio Tour slated

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County artists will open their studios to the public free of charge for three days in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) 2013 Artists’ Studio Tour on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition, several galleries, most of them in Honesdale, will exhibit numerous local artists’ works. Several new artists have been added this year.  Read more

Milford museum preserves major historical relic

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located in Milford, PA, is home to a blood-stained flag that cradled the head of mortally wounded President Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Simply called “The Lincoln Flag,” this blood relic made its way to Milford in 1888 at the hand of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the production of “Our American Cousin,” the play being performed on that fateful night.  Read more

Your counter-fascism toolkit

According to numerous public health studies, just washing your hands on a regular basis—a simple, mundane activity if ever there was one—actually provides one of the most effective measures for preventing the spread of many diseases. Preventing the spread of the “social disease” called fascism is a bit more complex, but many of the preventive measures that are available to each and every one of us are similarly simple and mundane.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 18

My husband Tommy had a big birthday coming and I did not know what to get the man who has everything (including the best wife ever). When Tommy was 20 and in Vietnam, he said he should have zigged when he zagged, and he stepped on a land mine. He was awarded a Purple Heart. With the 4th of July just passing, it got me to thinking about war and all who fought to keep us free. Tommy was the first person I thought of, and that is when it came to me—you have to get Tommy registered in the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. So we took a little mini vacation, and down to New Windsor, NY we went.  Read more

Lucy Ann

Lucy Ann Lobdell is among us again.

This woman, known as “The Hunter” to my family and old time neighbors, is the subject of a new historical novel, “The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell,” by Fremont Center, NY resident William Klaber (Greenleaf Book Group Press, June 18, 2013).

A fictionalized memoir, the book traces Lucy’s life as she made her way in the world after she changed into her brother John’s clothes, bound her chest, and left home to live her life as a man named Joseph.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 11

We were blessed with great weather for the 4th of July and the weekend to follow. I had a fun time riding my husband’s scooter in the Narrowsburg parade. My mother lived on the parade route and she always made us get chairs out on the road early to save the spaces so you could watch the parade. This year a lady came over and asked if she could sit with us. When she was sitting there, she told me she reads my column and knew that that was my mother’s house and just wanted to say she was sorry that my mom passed away. I have amazing people reading my column.  Read more

First solo flight

Anyone who learned how to fly remembers their first solo flight. In a light, primary training aircraft without 170 pounds of instructor (“official” weight, mileage may vary), the aircraft seemingly leaped into the air. For most people, it was an exhilarating experience, and maybe you left the traditional shirt tail with your name and solo date on the flight school office wall.

For young bald eagles that are now as large as an adult, their first solo is imminent, and with a bit more risk factor than a first-time pilot who follows a simple square traffic pattern around the runway.  Read more

A new toy and flow frustrations

You might recall how I mentioned in my column of May 10 that while fishing in Lordville, NY on the West Branch of the Delaware River, I had taken an involuntary swim. I had not been wading for 10 minutes when my hips and legs went numb and down I went. This caused me to write that I needed to figure out a way to avoid this sort of problem in the future. Sooner or later, one of these frequent spills (12 in the last three years) would result in injuring myself, or my bamboo fly rod. I spent time looking through fishing catalogs for an answer to my problem.  Read more

Triple art opening at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three new exhibits will open at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

One is "Amusing the Muse," drawings by Richard Gubernick. Born, raised, and educated in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, artist Gubernick attended youth classes at The Museum of Modern Art, obtained a BS degree from Buffalo State, and earned an MFA from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He subsequently taught painting for over 25 years at Buffalo State. In recent years he has concentrated on drawing with ink on acrylic backgrounds.  Read more

Dodger

The first time I said goodbye I felt like Dodger knew what was going on. My mom told me on the phone that he might die soon. I expected the news eventually, but the words caught me off guard. It’s sad to think about losing anything, but a childhood dog packs a special emotional wallop.

A week or so later I came home and spent some time with him. He was still himself, but he was hobbling more, seeing and hearing less. He barked outside at something no one else noticed. Late one night I sat with him while he slept and reminisced about old times. He listened. He was always good at that.  Read more

Piano man performs in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston will deliver a special show with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m., in the Boiler Room.

Preston is a musician and performer and is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway show “Movin’ Out.” He is an original cast member who did the full run on Broadway and often played guest roles on tours. When rehearsals of the Billy Joel band are required, Joel hires Wade as his stand in.  Read more

Writer and artist present ‘Make a Place for Art in Your Life’

LACKAWAXEN, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. artist Tom Bosket and writer Laura E.J. Moran will explore creating a safe space where internal wonderings can bring out an artistic place in the world with the program “Artending: Make a Place for Art in Your Life” at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Piano Passions and more, Shandelee marks 20 years

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) marks its 20th year partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for two concerts this season, plus seven concerts at SMF’s own Sunset Concert Pavilion on the festival grounds.

The Bethel Woods Event Gallery concerts begin on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with “Piano Passions,” a solo piano performance by Allen Yueh, and continue on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. with “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” featuring pianists Doris Lee, Claudia Hu and Helen Shen.  Read more

Landscape paintings at the River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The new exhibit, “Seasons of Change,” primitive landscape paintings and animal boards by Cheryl Korb, will open at the River Gallery-The Art of Living with an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

All pieces are oil on panel, linen and found objects. The show runs through September 10.

For more information, visit www.rivergalleryny.com, or call 845/252-3238.

‘Green Door’ opens gallery and art exhibit

LIBERTY, NY — Green Door, a quarterly magazine read throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley in upstate New York, announces the opening of an art gallery and exhibition titled “Change: A World in Motion.” The opening event will be held on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. and will include a musical performance by the Human Lard Dog.  Read more

Summer concert series kicks off

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Creek Park Concert Series will begin on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Performers include Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith, and Doug Rogers and Hoy Polloy.

Elizabeth Rose (www.elizabethrosemusic.com) is well known to Callicoon audiences, having performed on WJFF, at the Tusten Theatre, last year’s Farmstock and for many fundraisers and parties over the years. Her one-woman musical comedy “Relative Pitch” was selected for the Obie-award-winning Mentor Project.  Read more

NYC variety show comes to local theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, New York City’s renowned palace of variety, brings its show to NACL for one special night of cabaret, burlesque, magic and contortion. The late night burlesque variety show, “Mr. Choade’s Wild Ride,” will be at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, July 20; doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Hosted by Borscht Belt legend, Mel Frye, the evening features burlesque legend Gal Friday, magic man Mat Holzclaw, go-go sensation Camillicious, acrobatic Madman Topher, and contortionist Ekatarina.  Read more

Vendors line the streets at Sidewalk Sales

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will hold The Honesdale “500” 53rd annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, artists, and area non-profits. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up a brochure, complete with a map, list of events and historic walking tour.  Read more

Author readings at the Sanctuary of Oils

HONESDALE, PA — The Sanctuary of Oils will be hosting a reading with Mermer Blakeslee and Tom Lisenbee on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Blakeslee will be reading from her most recent novel, “When You Live by a River,” a fictional story of a 1931 Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City.  Read more

‘Out of Place’ exhibition opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host an artist talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 for a new exhibition called “Out of Place.” This is a two-person exhibition featuring large paintings and small watercolor/collages by Lisa Samalin and found objects and stained images by Charles Wilkin. The show runs through Sunday, August 25.  Read more