As those of you who didn’t travel to warmer climes for the winter realize, we experienced an overall mild winter, with above-normal temperatures and minimal ice cover on rivers and lakes. Indeed, during the 2012 annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey for New York State, there was no ice recorded on the river during the week of January 10, which is the usual target date for the survey. No ice on the river has only been recorded for a handful of times of the 34 years that New York has been participating in the survey. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.” Read more
MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — This area’s natural beauty, charm and wildlife provide inspiration to a group of local artists whose works can be seen at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery through July 22.
Among those featured is Gene Weinstein, a member of the alliance whose photographs of bald eagles will be on display. Another featured artist is Linda Lou Bartle, a resident of Yankee Lake. Bartle, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School, works from sketches and her own photography. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Tracey Gass Ranze will read from “Storm Farmer – Collected Poems,” on Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m., in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The recently published book is a compilation of selections from her writing over 30 years.
An itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear, Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. Ranze has also read on several public radio programs, at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and in venues from San Francisco to New York City.
HONESDALE, PA — Calkins Creamery and Fox Hill Farm, two neighboring farms, will host joint tours on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday, July 21. Tours begin at 8 a.m. at Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, and will conclude at 1 p.m. at 297 Fox Hill Rd., following a catered lunch. Tickets cost $50 and include tours of both farms and lunch. Tour dates are rain or shine. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Independence Day celebration hosted by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council and The Greater Honesdale Partnership will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 in Central Park. There will be free old-fashioned games with prizes for children as well as some new performers. Vendors with food and novelties will begin setting up at 5 p.m. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn will present the sixth annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert at the Delaware Youth Center, on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The evening will feature one of Maris’ all-time favorite artists in “An Evening with Magpie.” The concert is a benefit, all proceeds going to Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, and Catskill Mountainkeeper. Read more
NEWEIDEN, NY — The Excelsior Mill at Neweiden will hold a Savor the Arts Dinner in the Mill to benefit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) on Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by June 30 to email@example.com.
The suggested donation is $100 per person, which is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and sent to Brendan and Kathleen Weiden, 30 Essex Place, Bronxville, NY 10708.
HANCOCK, NY — The organizers of the Catskill Valley Scenic Byway Initiative will hold an opening reception for an art exhibit at The Bakery, 167-169 East Front St., on Saturday June 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Artworks will be on display for the month of July, and can be viewed Mondays 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more
SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, owner of the historic 1923 Rivoli Theater on Main Street in South Fallsburg, has announced that first-run movies will return to the theater beginning on Friday, June 29, with “Madagascar: Escape to Africa.”
“We’re going to run movies all summer at times when we do not have a live event going on at the theater.” said workshop board nember Jackie Perito. Proceeds from the movie program will help fund the ongoing effort to restore the theater’s classic neon-and-stud-light marquee. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will hold its 2012 Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, with a rain date of Friday, July 6. The show will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Prior to the fireworks, the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will host a celebration in Central park beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be live music, vendors games and more throughout the afternoon and evening. (See page x for more information). Read more
With a bit of rest after last week’s whirlwind tour of the region, I was able to begin anew and zipped around the four corners, in search of entertainment. Having taken a lengthy hiatus from Rich Kiamco’s traveling Comedy Club (www.thelaughtour.com), I was newly excited to make my way to the Nutshell in Lake Huntington (www.nutshellarts.com ), which has become a monthly home for Manhattan’s up-and-coming comics, who often test new material on the (sometimes) unsuspecting audience that the tour attracts. Read more
There is nothing a 14-year-old boy likes better than an explosion, and nothing more entertaining than a night of fireworks. At least so it is with my son, Sam, whose teenage solution to all problems is the wise-ass comment: “Let’s blow it up.” He says this just to irk me, I know, but it does convey a glimpse into the workings of his teenage brain, even if it sounds a bit clichéd. Read more
BETHEL, NY - Dreaming Tree Wines will arrive in Bethel on Thursday, June 28 in advance of their creator Dave Matthews' summer tour. Wine experts and local farms like Caulkins Creamery and Tonjes Dairy Farm will provide complimentary cheese for the event. There will also be CD giveaways. This events is Thursday afternoon from 4 p.m. until The Dancing Cat's Stacy & Friends Musicians Gathering with gets started around 7 p.m. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Danilo Carvajal, 59, is the latest person in a long string of those who can thank Richard “Dick” Rhodes for their very life. While not directly rescued by Rhodes, Carvajal was saved by Erika Poston on her first day of service as a trained volunteer of the National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP), the organization Rhodes co-founded 30 years ago, and was passionate about, up until the day he died on April 17. Read more
Even though Donny and Marie were nowhere to be seen, I couldn’t help but conjure up their image as Bethel Woods' first trio of concerts was a little bit country... and a little bit rock and roll. Opening night attracted a sold-out crowd, anxious to catch headliners Lady Antebellum, who were waiting in the wings as husband and wife country duo Keifer Thompson and Shawna Thompson, (AKA Thompson Square) warmed up the crowd. Read more
Summertime provides entertainment opportunities throughout the Upper Delaware valley, and there are live stage shows popping up all over. Among them, both the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) opened their doors for the season this past week.
The first show on the bill for the FBP is Frank Loesser’s “musical fable,” “Guys and Dolls.” Based on stories and characters written by Damon Runyon, with the show’s book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, “Guys” takes a peek into the world of gamblers, sinners, showgirls and saviors in the late 1940s. Read more