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“Riverfest is alive with music,” declared the headline on the front page of The River Reporter’s leisure section on July 25, 1991, announcing the first occurrence of what has since become one of the highlights of an Upper Delaware summer.
Reporter Tom Kane wrote, “Have you heard about the plans of a bunch of people from Narrowsburg to celebrate the Delaware River? They’ve organized the first annual Riverfest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in Narrowsburg, and they’re determined to make this a major annual event.”

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Katydid, Katy didn’t

If you live near a hardwood, or deciduous, forest, you would have heard these by now; in fact, they may even be keeping you awake at night if you have a bedroom window open. The evening chorus is courtesy of the common true katydid (Pterophyla camellifolia).

True katydids are a key phenology species. Phenology is the study of timing of periodic events occurring in nature. I usually hear calls starting right around the last week in July to the first week in August; this year, I first heard katydid calls in Pike County around the second week in July.  Read more

Trials & tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more

Fair week

It is fair week again. It feels like the summer has whirled away like the interchanging swings of the midway’s merry mixer. It has brought us to this moment.

We have spent the week at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY. Yesterday I watched my kids and their fellow 4-Hers give their public presentation speeches for fairgoers on subjects as varied as Arcadia National Park, remote control trucks, banana cream pie and my son Sam’s topic: the life and writing of Stephen King.  Read more

Green Eggs and Coffee: Fair Trade or Direct Trade?

HAWLEY, PA—Mary Tellie of Electric City Roasting Company, based in Scranton, PA will discuss the distinctions between fair trade and direct trade coffee this Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 am at Mill Market in the Hawley Silk Mill. Tellie will also provide samples of her award-winning brews.  Read more

PA places 15th in national competition

Guest column by Jamie Knecht, Watershed specialist, Wayne Conservation District

The Canon Envirothon celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and we were very pleased and excited to host it here in Pennsylvania. The team that represented PA in the Nationals was from MMI Preparatory School in Luzerne County. PA placed 15th overall at the national level, an accomplishment that few high school students experience.  Read more

Scout camp celebrates 85th

TUSTEN, NY — For the 85th year of operation of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps (TMR), and the 15th year of the Ten Mile River Scout Camp Museum, the general public is invited to visit and explore the camp’s history.  Read more

Eco-Loco

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present an afternoon of family theatre, music, workshops, demonstrations and displays that celebrate art, ecology and sustainability on Sunday, August 19 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The day features the work of many community groups, environmental organizations, farmers and individuals working to develop sustainable and ecologically progressive communities and projects.  Read more

Lots of winners at livestock sale

HONESDALE, PA — At the 2012 Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale, which took place at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 11, $264,373 worth of market animals crossed the auction block for a sale of 223 hogs, 50 lambs, 55 goats and 40 steers. Over 200 buyers supported 4-H members from start to finish. Since 1998, the sale has supported scholarships for local 4-H members. Scholarship funds are provided largely by “buy backs,” when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund.  Read more

Ragtime master to perform

HAWLEY and MILFORD, PA — Pianist Masanobu “Mas” Ikemiya, a master of ragtime, will perform two concerts of ragtime and ragtime-related classical music in August. On Friday, August 17, he will play at the Hawley Silk Mill, and on Saturday, August 18, he will appear at the Milford Theatre—itself a gift from the early jazz age. Both events are at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Plain Speaking’ focuses on Becker

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking series returns to the subject of Wayne County artist Howard D. Becker, whose paintings are currently featured in an exhibit at the museum on Main Street, on Friday, August 17. Two previous presentations featured Becker the father and Becker the personality. This week’s panel will discuss Becker as artist. Panelists are Juan H. Espino of Hawley; Thomas Colbert of NYC and Hawley and Charles G. Woods of Honesdale.  Read more

UpFront opens new show

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a reception for its August/September 2012 show on Saturday August 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary refreshments. The show will run through September 20.

The exhibit includes the work of over 30 artists of all mediums.

Among the other artists are Adrienne Butvinik, Georgina Copanzzi, Debbie Gioello, Gordon Graff ,Julia Healy, Peter Koenig, Geoff Morse, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, Paul Thomas, Linda Witting and Greg Zukowski.  Read more

Rolling River holds outdoor dance party

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Rolling River Cafe Gallery & Inn will celebrate its fourth anniversary with an outdoor dance party on Sunday, August 18. The music line-up will start with Rolie Polie Guacamole at 3 p.m., followed by bass Tom Caltabellotta and tenor Mariano Vidal, an operatic duo, at 5 p.m., and local group The Radyos from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

DVO Shakespeare trio concludes with ‘Merry Wives’

NARROWSBURG, NY —The Delaware Valley Opera production of “Merry Wives of Windsor” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 19 at 3 p.m. The “Merry Wives of Windsor” is the third performance of the DVO’s summer season “Shakespeare Sings.” It is a rollicking domestic comedy based on the classic story of Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare’s historical plays based on English kings Henry IV and V. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Visit delawarevalleyopera.org or call 845/252-3136.  Read more

‘Letters to Daddy’ tackles bullying

BETHEL, NY — “Letters to Daddy,” the peer-to-peer, original musical stage production that teaches children life lessons to cope with issues like bullying, will be performed in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. on August 30.

“Letters to Daddy” empowers children to resolve challenging issues by building character, engaging them through peer-to-peer influence and establishing higher moral and ethical standards. Nearly all cast members, ages 10 through 14, have a personal story about bullying, and many have derived strength from participating in the production.  Read more

Sing in a concert of carols

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society invites anyone who loves to sing to join it for its next concert, titled “Christmas Olde and New.” A variety of Christmas carols will be performed, along with Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in it’s original form.  Read more

Galveston, Texas

Colin and I are at Home Depot picking up some art supplies for our upcoming shoot. We are in Galveston, TX for 10 days shooting reenactments and interviews for the documentary I’ve been working on. I am enjoying the break from the editing room and dabbling in the art department.

It’s obvious to the local cashier when we get to the front of the line that we aren’t from the area. She is very warm and friendly.

“What are you doing in Galveston?” she asks. We pause, unsure exactly how to answer. Many people in Galveston are not fond of recounting this dark memory.  Read more

Back to the future

As I roamed the Upper Delaware valley over the last week, I kept hearing about the plethora of events occurring simultaneously ‘round every bend. Concerts, art exhibits, plays and poetry readings were (and are) popping up all around us. Clearly, we can’t make them all. But I have chosen to highlight a few that I have been to, as well as gaze into the crystal ball and preview what lies ahead, hoping that many of our faithful River Reporter readers will meet up with me (and Dharma, of course) along the way.  Read more

Lights out

A couple of years ago, and with great zeal, I replaced the incandescent (IC) bulbs in my home with CFLs, touted as superior in terms of energy savings and thus, I naively thought, superior in terms of environmental sustainability. I knew that CFLs should be recycled rather than tossed in the garbage, but I thought I wouldn’t have to worry for at least five year, their alleged lifespan. So I was surprised when my bedside reading lamp bulb died a few days ago, sooner than my older ICs.

There I stood, peeved in the dark.  Read more

Enjoying local bounty

NARROWSBURG, NY — The crowds enjoy roast pig, prepared 10 different ways by 10 chefs, along with a multitude of vegetarian fixings, at Pig Mountain 2. The festival was held on Saturday, August 11 on Main Street in Narrowsburg, and enjoyed balmy weather and an enthusiastic clientele despite a threat of thunderstorms early on in the day.  Read more

An absent-minded professor

At a recent meeting of the “Bamboo Gang,” Roger Menard showed off a pretty rod that had a very curious history. As Roger explained it, while fishing he had met a fellow angler whose father had worked for Jim Payne. This fellow noticed Roger’s bamboo rod and asked if Roger had ever put rods together. When Roger answered “yes,” this fellow said he would send him some glued-up sticks for a seven-and-one-half-foot rod. These sticks would already have the ferrules attached.  Read more

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