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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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Illuminations on exhibit

TWIN LAKES, PA — This illumination will be among the works exhibited at the first Amercian show of artist Gloria Gehl, a native of Canada and resident of Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in her garden, 106 Robert Road at Twin Lakes. The works on show will be illuminations based on 11th to 17th century manuscripts. The work is painted in gouache and watercolor, with 23 K gold leaf on acid free, hot-press watercolor paper. The pieces average four square inches. There will be approximately 30 framed pieces for sale.  Read more

Plein air painters start new season

MILFORD, PA — Joan Polishook, artist and founder of Come Paint With Me©, will lead off the 14th season of her program at Grey Towers on June 2. Artists are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at the Visitors Pavilion, where they will be greeted by members of the Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association and Polishook, who will present a brief overview on the importance of journaling for a plein air artist.  Read more

‘Then There Were None’ at Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The year is 1943. Eight guests and two house servants who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon, England. One by one they begin to die in Agatha Christie’s classic, “And Then There Were None,” to be presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop from June 3 to June 12 at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

Critters in the rain

During the middle of last month, a cut-off low-pressure system drifted over our area and became stagnant. This resulted in over a week of intermittent rain, clouds, low ceiling and visibilities, and the general absence of that bright thing in the sky we call “the sun.” As we either worked in the rain or waited for the drier periods to arrive, most plants throve. River levels rose several feet and lakes and reservoirs got topped off.  Read more

An all-day party surrounds the Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The eighth annual Trout Parade will be held on Saturday, June 11. Attendees can expect to find fishy fun along Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including specialty foods from local vendors, an arts and crafts fair and children’s activities. The parade will step off at 1 p.m., led by the 2011 Grand Marshal Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Old hippies never die…

They go Phishing. Well, this old hippie did anyway. Sort of. With so much talk about the band “Phish” (that I had never heard of) coming to town, I debated with myself over how to write about it. I knew little about the group itself ( www.phish.com ), but from what I gathered, this was to be no ordinary concert at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center ( www.bethelwoodscenter.org ). It was to be more of an “event,” since the group (and their faithful followers) would be in Sullivan County for three days.  Read more

Cake of the Week

“Cake of the Week” has survived another year in Mr. O.’s classroom at Sullivan West.

Kids have been bringing in historically themed cakes for extra credit since before the merger, when my husband, John, aka “Mr. O.,” was teaching social studies at Narrowsburg. (Sullivan West School District, as we now know it, is the result of the 1999 merger of the three districts of Narrowsburg, Jeffersonville/Youngsville and Delaware Valley.)  Read more

Those sweet grass rods

In June 2004, I began the fishing column that I write for The River Reporter with this sentence: “I’m in love again, head over heels in love again.” Readers were momentarily startled by this seemingly public confession of being unfaithful. As they read further they found my new love was seven and one half feet tall and weighed only four ounces. I had gone back to casting an old, long-unused, five-strip bamboo fly rod made by that maverick among rod makers, Nat Uslan. The sweet feeling of casting that rod made me wonder why on earth I had forsaken bamboo for graphite these many years.  Read more

Bat plan released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently unveiled a national management plan to address the threat posed by white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has killed more than a million hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was discovered in a cave near Albany, NY in 2006.

The deadly disease has since spread to 18 states, including Pennsylvania, and four Canadian provinces. It is believed to be caused by the previously unidentified fungus, Geomyces destructans.  Read more

Masters of guitar in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will play sounds from Mozart to Django Reinhardt on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Animal blessing at St. James Spring Fair

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual spring fair on the Curtis family’s lawn, along Route 97 in Callicoon, on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. The event is a combination yard sale, bake sale and book sale, and this year it will also include a Blessing of Animals on Saturday at 2 p.m., led by Mother Joan LaLiberte. Bring your pet, and head for the enclosed backyard for a blessing for dogs, cats, gerbils, ferrets and other creatures. LaLiberte admits to having once blessed a pet snake, but would prefer not to do so on this occasion.  Read more

Tea with Jennie Brownscombe

HONESDALE, PA — Space is still available for the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Tea & Talk with Jennie Brownscombe” program on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Sidewalk shopping in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Business Council kicks off its Memorial Day Sidewalk Shopping Festival on Saturday, May 28, with the event running through the 30th. There will be more than 25 participating merchants, including antiques, artist exhibitions, refreshments and more. Visit www.milfordpa.us.

Plein air floral paintings at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will present “Kris Krohn Flower Power” in an exhibit of plein air floral paintings opening on Saturday, May 28 with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Krohn writes of his paintings, “I paint ‘en plein air’ to greater capture light and essence of the gardens. Inspired by 19th century masters, I seek to create canvases that channel a modern aesthetic.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Yard Sale-O-Rama in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Liberty will hold a town-wide yard sale on Memorial Day Weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Other special celebrations will include an Art-in-the-Park Art & Craft Show, a Food Fest and talent show and open mic in LaPolt Park on Main Street from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and duck races at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Rain dates for all events are the same time on Sunday. Maps for the Yard Sale-O-Rama are available at Liberty Fitness, Floyd & Bobos, Village Hall and The Catskill Hudson Bank.

‘Horizon in Disguise: Nellie Bridge & Dave Miko’

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Bridge and Dave Miko will exhibit their paintings at Callicoon Fine Arts, in a show opening on Saturday, May 28 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Titled “Horizon in Disguise,” the exhibition of Bridge’s framed watercolors with Miko’s paintings on aluminum panels evokes the landscape through a rich and varied use of their respective mediums. While the works of Bridge and Miko have been seen together before, most notably at MoMA PS1 as part of “Greater New York,” this is the first time a range of their works is brought together under the rubric of a two-person exhibition.  Read more

‘Made in Brooklyn’

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an artists’ talk by the 13 diverse multi-media artists featured in the Hanson Gallery’s new exhibit, “Made in Brooklyn,” on Saturday, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artists in the show have collaborated together for 20 years. They are Audrey Frank Anastasi, Ana Bianchi, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Susan Fateh, Tami Gold, Robert Golden, Sheila Goloborotko, Kathleen Hayek, Agnes Murray, Pearl Rosen, G.G. Stankiewicz and Harold Wortsman.
The exhibit will be open through May 30. Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Quick & Gritty Video Slam

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will award $500 to a video artist at the Quick & Gritty Video Slam, a competition of three-minute videos, on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Tusten Theatre. All pieces must be one to three minutes in length, must have been created entirely between June 3 and 18. They must have been shot in Sullivan County or the Upper Delaware valley, and must be submitted on a playable DVD to the Tusten Theatre by 12 noon on Saturday, June 18. There is no submission fee. Works will be judged live on-site.  Read more

The Upper Delaware: The wild and winding thread that binds us

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The paddle enters the dark water and the motion is like breathing. Rising and falling, merging with the ceaseless flow, the blades are driven, dropping to either side of my kayak with a rhythm reminiscent of cadenced prayer.

I ply another section of the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi—the Delaware River—this waterway of breathtaking majesty that frames so much of our lives.  Read more

Oh joy! Oh rapture!

Since I own a television, there was no escaping the imminent possibility of what some folks claimed might happen on May 21, 2011. According to the onslaught of information, we were in for quite a ride. Words like “judgment,” “evil” and “sin” kept popping up; therefore I was a bit hesitant to dismiss it out of hand, and made my plans accordingly.  Read more