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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Acadian food and music launch DVAA fundraiser

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Taste of Acadia” kicks off the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) fundraising series “Savor the Arts” with two events on Sunday, April 21 at the Tusten Theatre. An authentic Acadian luncheon (from the French Canadian Maritime Provinces) will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the community hall below the theatre. A concert will follow at 2 p.m. by the Prince Edward Island-based Acadian band Vishtèn, playing a blend of Acadian and Celtic music performed on the fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, whistles, bodhran, jaw harp and moog, with percussive step dancing.  Read more

Werner and Koppel jazz up Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Werner/Koppel Jazz Duo will bring their sound to the Milford Theatre on April 26. The duo features American pianist Kenny Werner and Danish saxophone luminary Benjamin Koppel. This concert—the first of a series soon to be announced—will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Werner has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra and jazz stars like Toots Thielemans and David Sanchez. Danish saxophonist and composer Benjamin Koppel doesn’t only perform with Werner, the two are also the co-directors of the Valby Summer Jazz Festival.  Read more

UpFront spring exhibit

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its sixth annual spring artists reception and exhibition on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

UpFront currently has 40 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit including nine new artists

The public is invited to attend this event at no charge. This show will run through Saturday, May 31. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

BreezyGrass at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The band BreezyGrass brings its blend of bluegrass, newgrass, country, rock and all things in between to the Dancing Cat Saloon, 7 pm. A diverse take on acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass, percussive drumming, harmonies, and a deep concentration on songwriting. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Bridget Davis & the Viking Kings perform in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents brings the sounds of alternative, world-music blended with jazz and alternative folk as Bridget Davis and her band, the Viking Kings, perform at the Hawley Silk Mill’s Boiler Room overlooking the Wallenpaupack High Waterfalls on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $16 at www.silkmillharmony.com (and include a 20% discount at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro after 9:30 on the day of the show), or pay full price of $20 at the door.

Call 570/588-8077 for questions.

‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ headed for Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host a Zane Grey “Riders of the Purple Sage” double-feature over the weekend of April 19. The films will be shown on Friday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. The showings are free to the public and refreshments will be available.  Read more

River Rocks PoJam and benefit auction

HONESDALE, PA — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC), which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, will host River Rocks PoJam and Benefit Auction on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Cooperage.  Read more

Dance Journey at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Dance Journey will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at The Cooperage. There will be a “safe space” where all will be encouraged to move in their own ways and to release their deepest creative impulses. All are welcome. No dance experience necessary. Daniel Frangos, MA, facilitates individuals and groups to embody their full potential through movement. He has training in ecstatic dance, transformative movement, soul motion, martial arts and other expressive body modalities. Suggested donation is $10.  Read more

Zany 1930s film comedy in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature the zany 1936 comedy “My Man Godfrey” on Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Gregory La Cava, featuring Carole Lombard and William Powell, this comedy has a Depression-era social commentary at its core. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

America’s got talent!

Okay, I admit it. I’m a reality show junkie. On the rare occasion that I find myself at home, rather than traversing the countryside in search of adventure, I can be found on the couch, remote in hand. Thanks to the Gypsy weddings, dance competitions and parades of bachelors seeking brides, I am never let down when seeking a guilty pleasure.  Read more

Overcome obstacles at the Prompton Punisher

PROMPTON, PA — Can you run 10 miles? How about 20? How about 30 miles through streams and over rocks? That’s what some runners will attempt at this year’s Prompton Punisher, a trail runners’ race, to be held June 8 at Prompton State Park.

Participants can choose to be punished in a 10-, 20-, or 30-mile trail run. The course is 10 miles, so those doing 30 miles would circle it three times. The obstacles are natural—rocks, roots, stumps, streams and hills. Race director Paul Maopolski says it’s challenging.  Read more

A memory of James

“Maybe a Root Cellar?” said the note tucked into a book—one in a pile destined to get the heave ho. My husband John had been sorting through his books during spring break, adding to the heap of the kids’ outgrown winter clothes (and a few sacrificial stuffed animals) headed for the Salvation Army.

Really? Was John’s suggestion that this would make a good “column topic” (something of which I am always in quest) for real? What could I write?  Read more

Wood frog whereabouts

The first time I heard wood frogs “quacking” from a forested vernal pool, I thought I was hearing numerous ducklings. As I approached the tangled brush fringing the water, the sound mysteriously stopped. No matter where I looked, not a feather was to be seen. But here and there, the water rippled with the kerplunk of countless wood frogs diving into the shallow depths.  Read more

The quiz

What is that sound I hear? Can it be the “thuck” of a fastball hitting a catcher’s mitt? Is it the crack of a wooden bat hitting that round, white orb with the red stitching? Why indeed it is. A new baseball season is upon us. It is time for me to loosen up my old pitching arm. Hopefully, I will be able to send these woeful batters back to their team bench hitless, their bats silent.

So, play ball! Step up to the plate batter. Here comes my first pitch. This will be a 90-mile-an-hour fastball, just under your chin whiskers. It’s good to put a little fear into a batter’s mind.  Read more

GLBT community to hold an ‘alternative prom’ night

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT organization will host an “alternative prom” night for members of the GLBT community and its supporters. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 27 in the ballroom at Best Western Motel is open to those 14 and older. The group’s newly updated website (www.udglbt.org) says that this is an opportunity to go to the prom “with the person of your choosing… a chance for him to strut the gown he always wanted to wear or for her to show how a tuxedo should be worn.”  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts present Jay Mankita

HONESDALE, PA — Songwriter/guitarist Jay Mankita will appear at The Cooperage on Saturday, April 20 with a concert of original songs. The show is presented by RiverFolk Concerts, and is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Facets’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Facets,” an exhibit of paintings by Madelon Jones, opens with a reception on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 11.  Read more

Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart at the Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart on Saturday, April 13 in the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Their new tune “Collide with Me” was recently selected as a finalist for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition.  Read more

‘A tale as old as time’ is coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Beauty and the Beast” on April 12, 13 and 14 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Vaudeville in the Catskills,” a variety show produced by Bethel Theatre Works, will show on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center.  Read more