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September 05, 2015
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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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Helping wildlife: upcoming opportunities

One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA. Fortunately, they were rescued by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC), which has cared for tens of thousands of injured and orphaned animals since its founding in 1983.  Read more

On the road again

Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and the like begins earlier and earlier as folks anxious to open their windows share a desire to get a jump on the good times and make hay while the sun shines. Graduations abound as the proms get underway, and with slight trepidation, I open my email and scour the seemingly endless list of events to attend. Don’t get me wrong—I’m celebrating as well, but I loathe having to pick and choose.  Read more

Romping Radishes at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present “Romping Radishes,” a new healthy-living series for kids. The purpose of this series is to help kids think about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. During each workshop, designed for six to 10-year-olds, youngsters will take part in a variety of hands-on and interactive activities that will reinforce the topic at hand.  Read more

Black Bear gets new directors

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Fest, an annual weekend-long celebration of arts and independent cinema in the heart of Milford, has announced the appointment of Jerry Weinstock and Bill Voelkel to its board of directors. The festival also has a new office at Milford’s Borough Hall.  Read more

Music and barbeque at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of great live music and barbeque featuring popular Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Marty (Sanders) Kupersmith of “Jay And The Americans” on Saturday, May 30 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). Admission with barbeque costs $12 for general admission, $10 for museum members; without barbeque the cost is $7 general admission, $5 for museum members. All money raised from this concert benefits the Neversink Valley Museum’s General Operations fund.  Read more

Antique and classic car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday, May 31, to show off their beautiful antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The gates will open at 9 a.m. The public is invited.

This car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. Enjoying the beautiful cars, good food from the Rock Hill Firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and DJ Joe Urbanski, will combine to make it a special day.  Read more

Kadampa holds Fun Fair

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Kadampa World Peace Temple will hold its seventh annual Fun Fair on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 47 Sweeney Rd. Admission and parking are free. The fair will including flea market, local artist vendors and live music. Join in on dance demonstrations and nature walks on 82 acres of natural woodlands. Enjoy fresh food, dessert café and raw juice bar. Explore what has been voted The River Reporter’s “Best Meditation Center” with free guided meditation and temple tours, gift shop and world peace café.  Read more

Blues, Brews & BBQ

HAWLEY, PA — The weekly Blues, Brews & BBQ event on the deck at Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, which makes its seasonal debut Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., when, Norman Taylor and Blue Soul will entertain guests with their unique blend of blues, folk and roots music.  Read more

We all scream for ice cream; Where to get the best scoops in the Upper Delaware

REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.  Read more

NACL announces season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre, at 110 Highland Lake Rd., has announced its 2015 season. Among the many guest performers this summer will be poet Laura Moran, celebrating her newly published autobiography on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 at 7:30 and 3 p.m.  Read more

Contra at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A contra dance will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, May 24. Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing.  Read more

Unitarian potluck

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold its annual Memorial Day potluck picnic at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 24 at 110 Fords Rd. near Honesdale. All are welcome. For additional information, call 570/253-2364.

Bethel Theatre holds auditions

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Theatre Works is holding auditions for its 2015 summer production, “Vaudeville in the Catskills Swings into the Sixties!” on May 26 and 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and June 6 and 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. An accompanist will be present only at the May auditions.  Read more

‘Spring into Summer’ in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan) Inc. will host a “Spring into Summer” event at the Jeffersonville Main Events Stage & Welcome Center on Main Street on Sunday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The outdoor vendor market opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. music will be provided by “Nothin New,” John Kavaller and Steve Fleckenstein.  Read more

Music inspired by painting

MILFORD, PA — In a marriage of the musical arts and visual arts, Stephen Ackert will present a slideshow of paintings that inspired composers, while pianist Timur Mustakimov performs Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Robert Schumann’s Études Symphoniques on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 East Catharine St.  Read more

DuPont Brothers at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — The DuPont Brothers, who’ve been favorably compared to Simon & Garfunkel will be featured by Harmony Presents on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music sneak peek

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A guided tour of “Persistence of Vision,” Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) 22nd annual summer music festival, will take place on Saturday, May 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society Center.  Read more

Lotus Labyrinth opens at Woodloch

HAWLEY, PA — A new custom-designed labyrinth will be unveiled at The Lodge at Woodloch during a workshop series with the Veriditas Organization. The labyrinth will offer new programming and a serene location for meditation and relaxation in the arms of the forest. Uniquely designed by Katja Marquart, associate dean and head of interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin, the labyrinth features a lotus flower at the entrance and exit, nine circuits and covers a surface area of over 1,589 square feet.  Read more

Memorial Day Events


Sunday, May 24

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — Parade starts at 1 p.m. V.F.W. Post #4947 will march in the parade and will perform the cemetery service at the conclusion of the parade.

Monday, May 25

FREMONT CENTER, NY — 131st annual Fremont Center Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m. The parade route will be through Fremont Center to the baseball field. Special memorial service at New Veteran’s Park (next to town barn) at 9:30 a.m.
HONESDALE, PA — Parade starts at 10 a.m., down Main Street  Read more

Screwdisk files a report

(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” may recognize Screwdisk as Screwtape’s descendant. Here, Screwdisk reports to his “lower-downs.”)


From: Screwdisk, Executive VP Sales, HellCorp North America

To: Infernal Board of Directors, HellCorp HQ, 9th Circle, Hades

Re: Monthly SWOT [strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats] Report  Read more

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