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July 26, 2016
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Photos by Isaac Green Diebboll

BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Young opera singers take the stage

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two shows this weekend. Both are held at the Sullivan County Community College Seelig Theatre and are under the direction of music director Violetta Zabbi.  Read more

Family fun planned for Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 9th annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure.  Read more

Creating Community

Two new local projects illustrate the extraordinary dedication and creativity of my fellow citizens.  Read more

River rescuers: Making the Delaware a safer place

UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC AND RECREATIONAL RIVER — After only one year into her job, Katherine Szupillo of the National Park Service was on patrol at the Shohola rapids. The spot is one that is hidden from the road and has very few houses nearby; if one were to need help on the river, very few people would be able to see. Luckily for one boater, Szupillo was on hand to witness his boat capsizing in the rapids and come to the rescue.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s ‘9 to 5, the Musical' What a way to make a living!

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not a huge fan of musical adaptations to begin with. While there are exceptions to every rule, (think “La Cage Aux Folles” or “The Producers”) there is an endless lists of Broadway shows with a hit song attached (think “Fame” or “Footloose”) that struggle. Each year, the management at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) asks the audience to suggest what shows they would like to see in the future and “9 to 5” received an overwhelming response. In an effort to please (give the people what they want) “9 to 5” is now playing.  Read more

Independence Day events

Events for the 4th of July holiday

Surveying PA’s amphibians and reptiles

All of the reptiles and amphibians identified last weekend during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz (www.UpperDelawareBioBlitz.com) will have the double honor of being counted twice, first as residents of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation’s property in Starlight, PA, and also in the recently launched Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).  Read more

‘Eagles of the Upper Delaware’ star in 4th of July show

BETHEL, NY — Just in time to celebrate our national birthday, “Eagles of the Upper Delaware – and Other Birds of Prey” an exhibit of photographs by Jerry Cohen and woodcarvings by guest artist Paul Stark, will open at the Stray Cat Gallery on Thursday, July 4, with an opening reception on Friday, July 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through July 17.

Cohen, an artist in residence at the gallery, writes of his work: “Whether it is the majestic nature of an eagle in flight or the haunting secrets held within an abandoned structure, there is beauty and intrigue everywhere I look.”  Read more

Children’s book creator at Artwalk Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Lindsay Barrett George, children’s picture book author and illustrator, will be the featured guest at the Livingston Manor Library during Artwalk Chalkwalk, the annual street celebration of art in Livingston Manor, taking place on Saturday, July 6 on Main Street.

Children of all ages are welcome to story time with George from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Many people will recall George’s books including “Beaver at Long Pond” (1988). Her newest picture books include “Alfred Digs,” “Maggie’s Ball” and “That Pup.” Visit www.lindsaybarrettgeorge.com.  Read more

Honesdale “500” Sidewalk Sales Pinewood Derby competition

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership and Cub Scout Pack 105 will hold a Pinewood Derby on Saturday, July 20 at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall.

The competition will consist of three age groups; eight to nine year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, and moms and dads. A maximum of eight competitors will be accommodated in each age group.  Read more

Trees in New York City at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and photography showing from “New York City of Trees,” the new book by New York-based author and artist Benjamin Swett at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, July 5 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Harbison work to premier during summer music festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Celebrated American composer John Harbison has been named Composer in Residence for Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) 20th Anniversary Summer Festival, “Transformations.” The festival will run from July 14 through 27 with concerts presented in various venues in Jeffersonville, Bethel, Callicoon and North Branch.  Read more

Dramatic workshop presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “Alice in Wonderland,” a musical that features children ages four through 18 acting, dancing and singing. Performances will be Friday, July 19 and Saturday 20 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at the Rivoli Theater. Tickets cost $7. A special matinee is on July 17 at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Photography exhibit at Hasbrouck

HASBROUCK, NY — Catskill area photographer Louis Jawitz is returning to The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck this July with a collection of his international images. An opening-day public reception will be held on Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., and runs throughout the month with viewings by appointment.

In a new show titled “India,” Jawitz presents a range of scenes that depict the lives of everyday people in that vast and diverse nation. This is his third exhibition at the Old Stone House in recent years, each previous show having generated record-setting attendance.  Read more

Exploring the history, architecture and future of Catskill’s resorts

LIBERTY, NY — The 18th annual Sullivan County Architectural Tour and the 12th annual Catskills Preservation/History Conference will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center. The tour will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and the conference will immediately follow it from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Read more

Marc Berger at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Marc Berger & The Posse will perform their own particular brand of gritty western music including songs from their award winning album, “Ride,” at the Cooperage on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m., presented by RiverFolk Concerts.

“Ride” is currently receiving in-store airplay at Starbucks stores worldwide. Berger has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  Read more

Funky bluegrass at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The Boston Boys, a bluegrass/Americana band with musicians from Berklee College of Music and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, will perform in the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. The band has roots in many genres, including blues, hip-hop, hula, country, funk and rock.  Read more

Auditions to be held for Northern Tier Symphony

HONESDALE, PA — Auditions for the Northern Tier Symphony will be held on Tuesday, August 27 in Honesdale, PA. The symphony has openings for openings for percussion, principal second violin, violin I, violin II, viola, cello , harp I, harp II, oboe I, oboe II, English horn, clarinet II, clarinet III, bassoon I, horn I, trumpet I, bass, concertmaster and assistant concertmaster.

For more information, email northern tiersymphony@yahoo.com or call 570/289-1090.

Parksville Music Festival moves to Dead End Café

PARKSVILLE, NY — Although it’s no longer a restaurant, the Dead End Café will reopen as a performance space on Sunday, July 7 welcoming (U)nity, an American Cuban jazz ensemble, performing as part of Sullivan County’s newest summer music festival, Parksville USA Music Festival. The music series launched in the spring at the Parksville Methodist Church, but is now moving to this new location.  Read more