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August 27, 2015
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Photo by David M. Earnisse

On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into...

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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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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Are the stars out tonight?

Gazing skyward over the last week, the heavens alternated between cloudy and bright. In between showers, the sun blazed and people frolicked. Not wanting to be left out in the rain, I packed an umbrella and headed off in search of adventure while keeping one eye on the weather. With the “dog days of summer” right on schedule this past Saturday, the relentless heat ushered in the return of an-all American local favorite: the Jeffersonville Jamboree.  Read more

America held hostage

Right now, as I type this late on a Wednesday night, my Internet service is down. (Oh horrors!) So I don’t have immediate access to all the websites, quotations and statistics that I might wish to use to construct my argument. All I have in front of me is the latest issue, just arrived today, of the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal (NPBJ).  Read more

Downsizing for the future

“I don’t want to end up like my father,” my Narrowsburg neighbor tells me. His 98-year-old father lives alone in his own home, reliant on family to bring him meals and keep him company. His life savings went to pay for nursing home care for his ailing wife and he retired from yard work last year at age 97.  Read more

A stellar 'Kiss Me Kate' in Tusten

[Lucy Jan-Turan is a student interning at The River Reporter this summer.]

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera Company continued its Shakespeare-themed season with “Kiss Me Kate,” a Cole Porter musical that originally opened on Broadway in 1948, at the Tusten Theatre on July 29. Having never seen this particular musical before, and not being familiar with “The Taming of the Shrew,” the Shakespeare play on which it is based, I entered the theatre with virgin eyes and ears.  Read more

Fully fledged

Since March, I and thousands of other fans of the great blue heron have thrilled to the close-up observation of a pair of herons, and ultimately their five chicks, thanks to a live webcam hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.  Read more

A summer treat for anglers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) annual Summerfest and Anglers Market started as a one day event in 1985. It has since grown into one of the largest summer fly fishing fairs anywhere.
The Anglers Market this year opens on Saturday, August 4, with over 100 tables of fly fishing tackle, accessories, collectibles and outdoors sports-related items, and introduces local community vendors of crafts, home products and services. It will be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Chamber and choir at Shandelee

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival, hailed by Pianist Magazine of Great Britain as “one of the finest music festivals in the world,” returns this weekend with “An Evening of Chamber Music” at the Sunset Concert Pavilion at 8 p.m. on August 4. Featured will be renowned violist Arman Alpyspaev—who has toured the world, appearing at Carnegie Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall and venues across Europe—with pianist Cullan Bryant.  Read more

Dancing in the street

I hit the ground running this week, with the lyrics to the classic Marvin Gaye anthem playing in my head: “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.” They certainly fit at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) and the theatre’s third offering of the season, “West Side Story.” The show is (IMHO) brilliantly written, and I was truly impressed by the production. For my complete analysis of the company’s homage to dancing in the street (and on rooftops), visit the Arts & Leisure section at www.riverreporteronline.com.  Read more

The Jeff Jamboree is back

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — After skipping several years of celebrations, the Village of Jeffersonville is bringing back its popular event: the Jeff Jamboree, which will return on Saturday, August 4 at Lion’s Field, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free and will have over 55 unique vendors including specialty foods like Belgian waffles, fresh baked pretzels and homemade ice tea, plus many delicious foods from Jeff’s Main Street restaurants. Also, Real Maple Syrup & Cotton Candy from Diehl’s Farm.  Read more

My first music video

Over the years, I’ve edited a dozen or so music videos. I’ve always enjoyed working on them. Fitting the shots together to an already existing song is great fun. The song acts as a guide and a base to start from and the images almost always add something unexpected and exciting. You start to hear the song in a different and new way. It works a different side of my brain than editing a narrative film or documentary.  Read more

‘Celebrating the Basha Kill’

WURTSBORO, NY — Members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) pay tribute to the Basha Kill in a show starting on August 4. “Celebrating the Basha Kill” will be on display through September 9 at 73 Sullivan St.

An opening reception and benefit art auction, free and open to the public, will be on August 4 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The auction begins at 1 p.m. and features local favorite Fred Harding as special guest auctioneer. A share of the proceeds from auctioned artwork will help benefit the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA), now celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Read more

Moonlight paddle at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary on Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem, only the sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake.

The 52-acre Lake Lacawac is a National Natural Landmark. It is the southernmost glacial lake in the hemisphere that has been preserved in pristine condition, totally free from development or encroachment, making it an ideal research facility.  Read more

Sullivan County, ‘Blessed by the Gods’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to discuss the county’s history as a healthful environment.  Read more

Down on the Farm day at Stonewall

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Down on the Farm Day 2012 will be on Saturday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Moran Family of Stonewall Farms, both at the main facility (139 Callicoon Center Rd.) and the Likel Road Facility. Down on the Farm Day is an annual family event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County to give the public a chance to learn more about its farms.  Read more

Wayne County Fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair will make its 150th return to the Wayne County Fairgrounds from Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 11. Pay-one-price admission is $8 per person for those 24 months old and older, for which you get most grandstand shows, free parking and free rides all day.

The fairgrounds open at 9 a.m., with the midway and rides open from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Exhibit buildings, where you can see 4-H exhibits like the pigs in the accompanying photo, are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Read more

Celebrating rivers at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., The Liberty Free Theatre will present “A Celebration of Rivers” as part of its First Hearing Series. Poet Ken Hada, whose poems have been read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, will read from and sign “The River White.” Presenter Paul Austin said, “The book itself is destined to become a collectors’ item. It is an extraordinarily beautiful book about Ken’s journey with his brother Duane, down the length of the White River in Arkansas. Duane Hada has provided an exquisite series of watercolors to accompany the poems.”  Read more

Columns to host WWII exhibit

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s interns have created a new exhibit that depicts a WWII timeline through the use of archival newspapers and the often hard-hitting headlines the front pages relayed, to open on Saturday, August 11 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. College students Grace D’Agostino and Christopher Walsh have spent a good part of their summer working at The Columns Museum with museum director Lori Strelecki.  Read more

The fate of drowned Wilsonville revealed at next ‘Plain Speaking’

HONESDALE, PA — In the next installment of the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Plain Speaking” series, Jon Tandy will give a presentation on Wilsonville, once the county seat, which disappeared when Pennsylvania Power and Light Company built Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

‘Battle for Brooklyn’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The award-winning documentary “Battle for Broolyn” will be shown at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. on Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m. After the screening, filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley will discuss the making of the film and answer questions from the audience.  Read more

‘Pet’s-Eye View’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host the Yarnslingers on Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a hilarious and sometimes poignant evening of storytelling. “The theme is ‘Pet’s Eye View,’ stories about us, written in first person, from our pet’s perspective,” said Ramona Jan, acting director of the group, which gives a presentation every month. The event is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, RSVP by calling 845/439 5507 or email info@morgan-outdoors.com, as seating is limited. Visit www.morgan-outdoors.com.

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