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October 25, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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‘Fur and Feathers’

MILFORD, PA — Karen Kruger (www.KarenKruger.com), a native of New Jersey, has photographed all over the world. Her most recent collection, on display at the ARTery Gallery from November 10 to December 4, showcases unusual animals and birds from Africa and North America.

“If we’ve been lucky enough to observe animals in the wild, we feel a sense of awe at watching, smelling and hearing them. We are the trespassers while they move about freely. We admire their strength and grace, considering some to personify spirits that can guide or protect us.”  Read more

Holiday show in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its annual holiday show from November 19 through December 18.
A wide assortment of original works of art, including: paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and more, as well as prints and note cards, will be available to choose from. The exhibit opens on Saturday, November 19, with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Russell Spitzer on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Site-specific dance theatre at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present the final Deep Space Residency performance, “Where the Light Falls,” a site-specific dance theater piece by Norwegian choreographer/director, Einy Am, on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m.  Read more

High tea in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is hosting the fourth annual winter high tea in Narrowsburg. Enjoy tea and four food courses at “High Tea in the Holiday Spirit” on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. The event, coordinated by Jane Luchsinger, benefits the DVAA and will be held at the Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Button collecting workshop held at Cornell

LIBERTY, NY — The “4-H Connects Kids to Cornell” meeting on Friday, November 11 invites the public, featuring a presentation by Beverly Hesse on what is involved in researching, appraising and showing collections. She will share examples from her state and national award-winning button collection. On display will be one-of-a-kind designs as well as production buttons dating from 1851 to contemporary times. A hands-on activity led by Sandy Cockshutte will show participants how to make their own unique buttons at home.  Read more

Harrow becomes member of NEWS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Artist and Livingston Manor resident Caroline Harrow became a Signature Member in the North East Watercolor Society (NEWS) on November 6. This honor is conferred only after a nominee has been accepted by NEWS into three international juried shows, approved by its nembership committee and ratified by its members at the annual meeting in Kent, CT.  Read more

Home processing of meat

HONESDALE, PA — Transition Towns Honesdale and the Upper Delaware Chapter of the Weston-Price Foundation will hold a workshop on home processing of meat and sausage making on Sunday, November 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn basic cuts of the animal, how to pump and prime bacon and ham for smoking , lard rendering and sausage making. There will be samples to taste. The workshop will take place at Mike Hardler’s farm processing room, at 11 Hardler Farm Rd. Hardler will demonstrate on professional equipment as well as a small home kitchen grinder and hand stuffer.  Read more

Tricky tray and raffle

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a tricky tray on November 20 at the new Lake Huntington Fire House Ambulance Building. The corps is in need of a new stretcher, and plans to purchase a hydraulic stretcher, which would greatly enhance the safety of patients and staff. The cost of this item is approximately $15,000. Doors open at 1:30 and calling starts at 3:00 p.m. There will also be a raffle with items valued at $100 each, and tickets costing $1 each. Call 845/932-8226 or 932-8255.

Calling participants for holiday parades

Honesdale Santa Parade
HONESDALE, PA — Participants are wanted for this year’s Santa Parade in Honesdale. The parade is scheduled for Friday, November 25 (rain date Saturday, November 26). Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. in the Top Notch parking area on Fourth Street, and the parade will kick off at 6 p.m. The parade will end in Central Park and be immediately followed by the borough’s traditional tree lighting ceremony.  Read more

Sign up for Thanksgiving feast

CALLICOON, NY — It’s time to sign up for Thanksgiving food boxes. Interfaith Outreach United (IOU) offers the gift of a holiday feast, with turkey and all the fixings, to low-income families living within a 12-mile radius of Callicoon. To receive a food box, a member of the family must register in advance at the Main Street Thrift Shop no later than Saturday, November 19. The Thrift Shop is open every day except Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each box holds a turkey, stuffing mix, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and dessert makings.  Read more

Lucy in the sky (with diamonds!)

As I prepare to write this column each week, I struggle with a title, hoping that I might be clever, while telegraphing information regarding what I’ve seen here in the Catskills. Not wishing to be trite (or corny) is often an exercise in futility, since I’ve been both many times. Usually I have a concept in mind but more often than not, it vanishes as I traipse around the countryside in search of adventure.  Read more

My Uncle Rob

My Uncle Rob died of a heart attack last Wednesday night. My phone buzzed early the next morning. It woke me up but I missed it. When I rolled over to check it, I saw an e-mail subject: “condolences.” The phone call had been from my mother.

In the five seconds it took for me to call her back, I braced for bad news. Her voice was crackled when she told me. “Rob died.”

What?

He wasn’t sick. He was 49 and had a heart attack. He didn’t seem unhealthy. It was a total shock to everyone. A hard punch in the gut. Suddenly nothing was important.  Read more

Books bring community stories to life

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —Although she never knew the grandparents whose legacy she explores in two self-published books, Louise Elizabeth (Austin) Smith manages to bring alive their story and the communities and time in which it transpired, with the help of many who cherish those towns and memories today.  Read more

We have the power

A few weeks ago on WJFF’s broadcast of “Alternative Radio,” I heard Paul Cienfuegos, a community organizer for over 30 years, deliver a speech he titled “We the People.”  Read more

Not a moment too soon

As of the day of this writing, I have officially joined the ranks of the carless.  Read more

Halloween snow

REGION — River Reporter columnist Jonathan Fox captured these images during the rare October snowstorm last weekend. For more on Fox’s snowy Halloween, see “All dressed up and no place to go.”

Spooky birds

There is likely not a bird more maligned than a vulture. In the movies, especially westerns, they are typically portrayed circling over hapless people stranded in the desert. To look at them invokes comments such as, “What an ugly bird!” Indeed, they are not likely to win any beauty contests in the bird world. In nature however, adaptations usually have a purpose, even the vulture’s seemingly unsightly head.  Read more

Light at The Museum

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will present The Pig Light Show, featuring the work of Marc Rubinstein, in the Special Exhibit Gallery from Saturday, November 5 through Saturday, December 31.

Music performances of the ‘60s and ‘70s were sensory experiences to delight both the ears and eyes. The development of psychedelic folk, pop and rock music, along with the altered consciousness of the audience, served as the impetus for development of a light show that could further enhance the performance and its sensory impact while also offering a “performance within a performance.”  Read more

Art reception in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will hold an Art in Public Spaces opening reception on Saturday, November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Grill at River Bend, located on the grounds of the Lynx at River Bend Golf Club, 87 Neversink Drive. The event will include live music, an assortment of fabulous foods provided courtesy of The Grill at River Bend and a raffle for a piece of original art by a local artists. The 25 local artists included in the show are Elva Zingaro, Wendell M.  Read more

'Le Grand Voyage’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “Le Grand Voyage” as the November 6 entry in its Sunday Night Cinema Fall Series, starting at 7 p.m.  Read more