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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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Bill Sipos to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

MONTICELLO, NY — Bill Sipos, owner of Mr. Willy’s Restaurant, will be the subject of a roast to be held at his dining establishment on Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

Sipos will be the recipient of Recovery Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his years of service and commitment to improving the lives of Sullivan County’s youth. To date, Bill Sipos continues to work diligently on the boards for CASA and Community Unity.  Read more

Salon show at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — This year’s annual group show and sale of original art work by the Hemlock Farms artists and their friends is “Salon d’arte” and runs from July 2 to August 29 in the Gallery at Chant Realtors. Some 20 area artists will be represented. This group exhibition has two- and three-dimensional works on paper, canvas, fabric and ceramic.  Read more

‘Different Frameworks’ offered by three artists

BETHEL, NY — The exhibit “Different Frameworks” will open on Friday, June 21 at the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring the photographs of Michael Bloom and Shane Cashman and the paintings of Louis Pontone.  Read more

Curtain calls, concerts and cowgirls

Although summer officially begins this week, June has been bustin’ out all over the Upper Delaware Valley, and I have hit the ground running, with the wonder dog in tow. For me, summertime means many things—among them is the curtain going up at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), which happened last Tuesday with the debut of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” It’s difficult to not conjure up images of the classic 1968 film, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, or the equally memorable television show with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the starring roles, and the stage play is still funny.  Read more

Behind the Green Door: Meet the Ohisos

As new media continues to evolve into the digital age, Akira and Ellie Ohiso, publishers of Green Door: A Journal of Responsible Living in the Catskills & Hudson Valley, made a decision to strike out in a new direction with their careers. Transitioning from weekends in the country to making the Catskills their home, the Ohisos took a gamble and began a glossy magazine venture that has led them on a surprising and spiritual journey of discovery. Reconnecting with family and community is just the tip of the iceberg for what this entrepreneurial couple has accomplished along the way.  Read more

Fascism is like herpes

Last month, we started exploring the concept of “fascism;” in fact, we barely scratched the surface. It’s a fascinating topic that one could explore for years, but my interest in the topic is more practical and immediate. Does fascism, in all its brutal and vicious glory, stand any chance of taking hold now, here, in America, and if so, is there anything we can do to prevent it?

To address such questions, I think I have found a useful metaphor.  Read more

Lake Huntington News June 20

Another great weekend up in the mountains; my sister and brother-in-law came up to help clean my mom’s house out. We went to dinner Saturday night at Tony’s on the Lake. What a great view, watching the waves in the lake, the sun setting, good food.  Read more

Haying season

I’ve always had tough feet. It is a distinction garnered from my childhood days of running barefoot around our farm—turning tour jetes through the hard stubble left after the grass had been cut and baled during haying season.

While I mainly wear shoes now, I still have those callouses. Partly from all those years of ballet lessons and feet-warping toe shoes, but also from the summers spent bunching and tossing and stacking hay bales with my family and neighbors.

That was back when all bales were square and tied with bailing twine and not the large, round bales mainly seen today.  Read more

Young critters emerge

A year ago, I received a phone message from a homeowner in reference to an eagle that seemed to be stuck in a bush near his home. I called the homeowner back and, after a few minutes of conversation, it was determined that the eagle was in less peril than was first thought. It turned out to be a fledgling young eagle that just picked the wrong landing spot; it extricated itself to find a more suitable perch.  Read more

‘Yippee i yo ti ay’

Here I am in Texas, in the month of June. At a time when Green Drakes and pale Evening Duns are hatching on the Catskill rivers, this is no time for a fly fisher to be in Texas. Then why am I here? First off, my oldest Texas grandson, Matthew Buchanan Brown, graduated from the Westlake Academy high school on June 1. Secondly, my best fishing partner, Barbara Ann, has been battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia for the past five years and this has taken a sudden turn for the worst. Her oncologist wants her to be nearby until he can bring her leukemia back under control.  Read more

Somerville Brothers play the Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Somerville Brothers perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Friday, June 14 starting at 8 pm. Their music blends contemporary country with rock and roots, spanning a spectrum of influence from Vince Gill and Restless Heart to the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Ken and Barry are both signed to one of Nashville’s top publishing companies. With several CDs released, they continue to collaborate with hit songwriters on music row and perform at a variety of shows and venues. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

‘Miracle Worker’ takes the stage at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The classic stage adaptation of the Helen Keller story, William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” will be presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop for six performances at the Rivoli Theatre from June 21 to 30.  Read more

Free outdoor film screening at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A free outdoor film screening of an original documentary that explores how the nation’s conservation movement started in Milford, PA will be shown on the lawn of Grey Towers on Saturday, June 15, at dusk (approximately 7:30 p.m.). “Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot,” filmed by the regional PBS station, WVIA, highlights Pinchot’s philosophy of natural resource conservation through sustainable use and how that legacy continues today.  Read more

Secret Garden Tour in Wayne County

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will hold its 13th annual Secret Garden Tour, a drive-yourself tour of Wayne County gardens, on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a ticket and pick up a copy of the itinerary at the WCHS, 810 Main St. Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance, or on the day of the tour. To reserve tickets with a credit card, call 570/253-3240 or email wchspa@ptd.net, or send a check to WCHS, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Terry plays the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Jesse Terry, an award-winning songwriter who tours nationally, will perform on Saturday, June 15 at the Silk Mill. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with concert at 7:30.

Terry has won grand prizes in several international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition. The New Music Seminar recently selected Terry as one of the Top 100 Unsigned Artists on the Verge.  Read more

‘The Subtle Body’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “The Subtle Body,” a play in English and Mandarin (with subtitles) about the transmission of ideas across time and culture, will be performed at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Developed in Shanghai and in New York, this historical comedy tells the story of an 18th-century love rectangle, where everyone must confront a foreign interpretation of the human heart. The play was created and produced by the Brooklyn, NY-based theatre company Gold No Trade. Visit www.nacl.org or call 845/557-0694.

Free outdoor concert; Roots & Rhythm on Saturday

HONESDALE, PA — A day of free, live music awaits on Saturday, June 15 as Honesdale hosts its eighth annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. with local bands performing throughout town. The main stage lights up at 1:30 p.m. in Central Park and “rocks on” until long after dusk.

Other events taking place during the day include the sixth annual Airing of the Quilts. Quilters from the tri-state area will hang their handmade treasures on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Jackie Murphy at A Stitch in Time, 570/253-6864 or email AStitchInTime2@gmail.com.  Read more

Hurleyville-Sullivan First kick off concert

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Hurleyville-Sullivan First, a local beautification group that receives funding from Sullivan Renaissance, will hold a free community concert on Saturday, June 15 outdoors at the Hurleyville firehouse at 166 Main Street from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The concert will feature classic rock and roll music by Side FX NY. Concert-goers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be available.  Read more

DVAA opens two exhibits in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. will host a double opening reception on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. for photographer Joe Statuto, whose exhibit “Perhaps in a Dream” will be shown in the main gallery, and for Matt Pozorski, whose sculpture and drawings show, “We Few, We Happy Few,” will be shown in the loft gallery. Both shows run through July 6.  Read more

Les Paul celebration in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — A celebration of music history legend Les Paul will take place on Saturday, June 15, created by Bloomingburg-based musician and technologist Gregory Ercolino and hosted at the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company.  Read more