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March 06, 2015
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On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.

The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Last year I resolved to interrupt relentless winter with a trip to a tropical clime. It was a good resolution. February, although the shortest month, always seems the cruelest to me. This year, I...

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No, it’s not about the weather, although I don’t believe it’s just me who is officially over winter. What with March coming in like a lion and all… well, I think most of us are ready for spring....

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March is here, and with it some milder weather can be anticipated. Perhaps not too mild, but at least not the subzero temperatures that were experienced in the region during the latter part of...

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Soup bash benefits museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Warm away your winter blues with a hot bowl of hearty homemade soup, a warm roll and a sweet treat. The Friends of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation are holding their second annual Soup Dinner at 4 p.m. on March 3 at The Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex St. in Port Jervis. For $5, each meal will consist of an assortment of 10 delicious hand-made soups (choose one), along with bread, beverage and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Eat-in or takeout will be available.  Read more

Carl Richards at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Carl Richards Band (www.carlrichardsband.com) will perform at Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The band plays acoustic rock and roll, old country, original songs and a touch of blues. The band has been performing for more than 25 years, and has opened for such greats as Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Leon Russell, Delbert McClinton and Little Sammie Davis. The evening will also feature a debut performance by Sullivan County’s newest acoustic duo - Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano.  Read more

Library, arts alliance open joint facility

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) and the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will celebrate the grand re-opening at their new office and classroom space at 812 Main St., in the Jason Torrey Land Office on Friday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. WCPL’s Executive DirectorTamara Murray, said, “During tough economic times, non-profits need creative strategies to support programs, personnel and events. Collaboration is a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking and relating to resources, values and expertise that encourages individual sustainability and shared success.”  Read more

‘All About Nora’

Two weeks ago, while in the throes of recuperation, I sent up smoke signals in a column and on Facebook, asking for assistance. While I received many responses, my iffy Internet connection made it nigh-on impossible to follow up with most of them in a timely manner, and my frustration level reached the boiling point when I realized another weekend was going to be a wash for me.  Read more

Rohman’s Men’s Winter Olympics: 26 years and counting

SHOHOLA, PA — What started out as a men’s cheesecake cooking competition a quarter century ago has evolved into the 26th annual Men’s Winter Olympics held at Rohman’s Inn located in Shohola. The historic structure, which features a small bowling alley where bowlers set their own pins, was thronged with participants and observers on February 25.  Read more

Register for children’s theatre classes

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Registration is now open for children’s theatre classes at NACL. The classes will be held on Thursdays from April 19 to June 7.  Read more

NYU Part 2

Basically since the first week, the class I am teaching at New York University has very quickly turned into something that I just do. It’s now officially part of my routine.

At first, I got to school a half an hour early and anxiously waited in the room, hands folded and smiling warmly when the students showed up. Last week when I showed up exactly on time, the (mostly) full class was waiting for me. My sunglasses were still perched low on my nose, and I was a bit groggy from the previous (a-bit-later-than-it-should-have-been) night.

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Wild about wind in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There is abundant energy in the winds that blow through Sullivan County, and two men are continuing to advance the potential to harvest that resource for local communities.  Read more

A beaver abode

A five-minute walk from The River Reporter office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY leads to a site where a beaver has constructed a lodge from nature’s building supplies gathered along the banks of the Delaware River. Although ice has threatened the structure several times, the mild winter has largely left the water in a fluid state, allowing the mound of saplings, branches and brush to remain intact.  Read more

Hemp

In last month’s column, I wrote about the good news and bad news regarding recycled polar fleece. I also mentioned that cotton acreage covers 2.5 percent of our planet’s cultivated land, yet uses more insecticides than any other single major crop.  Read more

Critters on the air: keeping track of who’s where

Since the 1950s, researchers have been using telemetry to study the movements of animals in the wild. One limitation back then was that only large animals, such as elk or bear, could be telemetered, because the technology of the day was vacuum tubes and relativity short-lived battery packs. But then came the age of the transistor, then the integrated circuit, and finally, hybrid chips containing millions of transistors. One desktop PC would have filled up an average town meeting hall in 1975 for a system of equivalent capability.  Read more

The case of the vanishing key

Let us go back in time to August 21, 2010. Due to the generosity of Mr. Gibson McKean, my fishing buddy Dr. Oliver Herz, DVM, and I were to have an opportunity to fish Cliff Lake. Mr. McKean owns the land surrounding the lake and also has the key to unlock the gate guarding the premises. We were to meet Mr. McKean at noon so that he could guide us through the maze of dirt roads that lead to the lake and also unlock the gate for us.  Read more

Card parties at The Columns

MILFORD, PA — Beginners and veterans alike are welcome to join some of Milford’s finest card players for Canasta in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad Street, starting on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Breakfast with the cat

PORT JERVIS — The Erie Trackside in Port Jervis will present Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat on Saturday, March 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Little Lambs Early Childhood Learning Center. The all-you-can-eat buffet will feature blueberry pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, western omelets and more. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children. Bring your camera for a picture with the cat. Call 845/858-4208.

Square dances to be held at Grace Church

HONESDALE, PA — Square dances will be held on February 25, March 24, April 28 and May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street. Music will be provided by the Uphill String Band. The cost is $8 per person, $15 per family. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 570/253-2706.

Weinstein in ‘Denial’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Denial,” an exhibit of silk screen and linoleum block prints by Joyce Ellen Weinstein, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit runs through March 17.  Read more

County music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County All County Festival, hosted by the Sullivan County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Monticello High School. There will be two concerts: one at 2:30 p.m., and one at 5 p.m.  Read more

Local musicians showcase in Nashville

LIBERTY, NY — Local musicians Somerville, featuring Alyssa Startup, were featured on The Billy Block Show live from Nashville, TN on Tuesday, February 21, introduced by Thunder 102 on-air personality Paul Ciliberto of Ciliberto & Friends.  Read more

Historical society sponsors tenement tour

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Historical Society will sponsor a bus trip to the Tenement Museum in NYC on April 11. The museum is located at 97 Orchard Street in the heart of the lower East Side. Learn about our immigrant ancestors and how they lived in an authentic 19th-century tenement building. A morning tour is planned and there will also be several hours to tour the historic neighborhood and shop in the famous Orchard Street discount stores. The trip has been planned to occur during spring break so that students will be able to participate.  Read more

‘The Burmese Harp’

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Arts Alliance will present the Japanese war movie, “The Burmese Harp,” on February 26 in its Sunday Night Cinema series. Set in the jungles of Burma, this 1956 production tells the story of a Japanese army unit that refuses to surrender at the end of World War II and a soldier who becomes a monk in penance for his failure to convince the unit to stop fighting. Directed by Kon Ichikawa, “The Burmese Harp” is one of the first movies to portray the war from the perspective of Japanese troops. It is 116 minutes long and is unrated.  Read more

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