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June 26, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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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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Handwriting at Bethel School

BEACH LAKE, PA — Bethel School’s summer open houses resume on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a special presentation at 2 p.m. by the Master Penman, Thomas M. Wasylyk. Wasylyk is a nationally recognized authority on handwriting and the author of numerous books and articles about handwriting. He will demonstrate the art and technique of beautiful penmanship and explain its importance in learning.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography, and artisans with crafts on display.  Read more

‘Greatest show on dirt’

CALLICOON, NY — “The Little Farm Show” will be at Callicoon Farmers Market on June 30. Created by Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, with original text and story by Jane Wells, “The Little Farm Show” celebrates sustainable small farming to delight the entire family.

Using shadow puppet dinosaurs, a clothesline, flamboyant hats, hip-hop beats, banners, songs and instruments including guitar, kazoo, accordion and spoons, Kowalchuk and Keyser present a brief history of the universe and farming, or “the greatest show on dirt.”

Comic Pinter play at Liberty Free Theatre

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in collaboration with the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present a reading of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s rarely performed comic play, “A Slight Ache,” kicking off a fundraising campaign to create a new state-of-the-art theatre. Featured performers are Paul Austin and Karen Young.  Read more

A musical and a live concert at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, June 29, Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill features folk, rock and pop award-winning songwriter Chris Ayer, followed on Sunday by a performance of “Violet,” a musical about a disfigured young women’s search for healing, performed by the youth of French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts.  Read more

‘Bug Music,’ a book reading and musical performance

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg. The event will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Rothenberg has spent the last few years studying and playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles. Now, in “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise,” he explores the rhythm and noise of insects and their influence on human music, rhythm and dance.  Read more

‘Jazz on the Deck’

HAWLEY, PA—“Jazz on the Deck,” an every Wednesday feature during July and August at The Settler’s Inn, kicks off the summer series on July 3 with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet. There is no cover charge. The music begins at 6 p.m.

The Settler’s Inn is located on Hawley’s Main Avenue, and thanks to a covered deck the performances can be held rain or shine. The “Jazz on the Deck” line-up also includes Robert Kopec Quartet on July 10 and Thos Shipley Trio on July 17 and many more.  Read more

Life celebration concert for Jack Hardy and Maris Hearn

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn present the seventh annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert, a Jack Hardy Song Night, at The Delaware Youth Center, 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. An open mic hosted by Little Sparrow takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. featuring David Massengill, who once performed as The Folk Brothers with Jack Hardy, Honor Finnegan, Angela Elizabeth Holup and Stuart Kabak.  Read more

‘Vetstock’ to be a star-spangled event

MILFORD, PA — Vetstock, a two-day long celebration on the Fourth of July weekend that will help raise funds to build a home for a severely disabled American veteran, comes to Milford’s Malibu Dude Ranch on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Additional events will be held at Milford’s American Legion Post 139.  Read more

Country music at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Karen Collins and The Backroads Band are coming to Honesdale on Friday, June 28 as part of the “Concerts in the Coop” series at The Cooperage.

Collins has one of those country voices that is often compared to that of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Her band features guitarist Ira Gitlin. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donations collected at the door. BYOB.  Read more

Painting exhibit at Domesticities benefits Doctors Without Borders

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new exhibit of paintings by Dr. Russell Asnes has arrived at Domesticities. The works range from domestic still life to portrait to political.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera summer course and performances

LOCH SHELDRAKE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and the New York Opera Studio will launch an intensive two-week summer course for singers and collaborative pianists to be held at SUNY Sullivan in Lock Sheldrake from July 7 through 22. The program, called Opera Advantage, will help singers explore the musical language, verbal language and body language of opera. For application information and cost of tuition, visit www.newyorkoperastudio.org.  Read more

Poets to read and perform in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Milanville Poets Unlimited will present a reading and performance on the theme of “The Wisdom of Mother Nature and the Follies of Mankind” on Sunday, June 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial St. (The Holmes Building). The event will include a lively afternoon of poetry, conversation and accompaniment from world musical instruments such as a “singing bowl,” rain sticks, seed rattles, a conch shell, a ship’s bell, and a propane tank xylophone.

The Milanville Poets include Sheila Dugan, Mort Malkin and Tracey Ranze.  Read more

Out, loud and proud

Forty-four years ago this week, I woke up, went downstairs and overheard my parents discussing the news. My folks subscribed to two papers, The Sun Bulletin and The Evening Press, both published in my home town of Binghamton, NY. Keeping abreast of local and national news was important in our household. My sister and I were well read, and education was considered not only important, but also mandatory.  Read more

Sightseeing on the Delaware; May the Fort be with you!

For years now, I’ve driven past it, making a mental note to stop by “sometime” and check it out—the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History. I have a keen interest in the rich historical significance of the early settlers’ lives here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, but until a few weeks ago, hadn’t pulled into the lot.  Read more

They’re baaaaaaack

School’s out for the summer, and it starts to show on the Port Jervis train around early June, when the college kids return. Early July, the trains are carrying families up for a summer visit with Grandma and Grandpa, some for weekend stays, others for longer “parent mental health” days.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s “Joseph” is a dream of biblical proportions

The Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) knows its way around a musical and the theatre’s sparkling production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” illustrates the point nicely. It doesn’t hurt to have a hummable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with a fast-paced book, i.e. the script, and clever, clever lyrics by Tim Rice, the dynamic duo behind “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  Read more

Snapping turtles

As their name indicates, snapping turtles can inflict a powerful bite if threatened. But that’s no reason to fear or harm these impressive reptiles. Enjoy them at a safe distance and thrill to their fascinating physique.

As the largest turtle species in the Upper Delaware River region, “snappers” are can reach a shell length of 12 inches and typically range between 15 to 45 pounds. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, an exceptional snapper found in Wayne County, PA in 2006 weighed in at over 60 pounds.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Eldred

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour: Stand-Up Comedy at Henning’s Local, the new restaurant at The Eldred Preserve, will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 9 p.m. “The Tonight Show’s” Jessica Kirson headlines.

MC/host is Rich Kiamco of The Howard Stern Show, BRAVO, WE-TV. Also appearing are Katherine Williams and Steve Leventhal. Come by earlier for a locally sourced meal before the show. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 online, and $25 at the venue. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/399009 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.TheLaughTour.com.

Car show set for Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — Over 100 vehicles will be displayed at The Equinunk Historical Society’s 14th annual car show on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pine Mill Road. Visit www.equinunkhistory.org for more information. Car show committee members Charlie Bennett, Barbara Gogan and Carol Ann MacMaster are pictured here with Josh Galloway from Lookout and his unique creation, constructed from the ground up starting with a frame he built himself.