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October 22, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Artful Bears to debut at picnic

MILFORD, PA — Bear sculptures will be revealed at the 14th Black Bear Film Festival’s Artful Bears Debut Picnic to be held rain or shine on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sculptures will be on display at the festival from October 18 to 20.

The picnic will be held on the lawn of the Pike County Community House. The 13 bears, each created by a local artist, will be distributed to various storefronts of businesses sponsoring them. The event will offer “bear maps” showing the locations of the bears after the festivities.  Read more

Birthday celebration for Liberty Museum and Arts Center

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum and Arts Center on Main Street will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. The evening will include an art and collectibles auction, food and entertainment. In addition to hosting shows and exhibits, the museum is currently partnering with the Liberty Free Theater to make the Liberty Museum home of a fully operational theater in 2014. Email LibertyNYMuseum@yahoo.com, call 845/292-2394, or visit www.libertymuseum.com.

Photo exhibit features exotic underwater life

MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photographic Guild (HPG) will present an exhibit of underwater photography by Allen Levine, whose images of marine life from the Asian-Pacific waters showcase creatures of beauty and wonder rarely seen in the western hemisphere. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art after Dark.

The show will continue through September 8.  Read more

Biscuit And Smudge’ make their debut

MILFORD, PA — There will be a book-signing party to introduce “Biscuit, Smudge, and the Fisherman,” a children’s story written by Kevin Maloney and illustrated by Joann Wells Greenbaum, at Bluestone Studio on Saturday, August 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The tale is based on the true story of two abandoned kittens and their challenges of finding a new home. Refreshments will be served. Call 570/409-4500.

Brother Sun at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Brother Sun on The Cooperage stage on Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with light fare offered by Willow River Café. BYOB.  Read more

Everything happens for a reason?

That’s what they say, whoever “they” are. Depending on my mood, there are times when even I think it’s true. The past week has been rife with coincidence and synchronicity, yet I can’t for the life of me figure out what it all means. I’d be forcing the issue to call seeing “Grease,” now playing in Forestburgh (www.FBplayhouse.org), a coincidence per se (I was in the national tour a hundred years ago), but seeing it at the playhouse brought back a flood of memories.  Read more

Two openings at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Half Hidden,” paintings and prints by Carol Radsprecher, and “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe,” paintings by E. Morisot, opens with a reception on Friday, August 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Alliance Gallery.

Radsprecher’s images, both paintings and digital prints, reference the human female body. After painting for many years, Radsprecher recently began experimenting with drawing and “painting” in Photoshop®. “I became enthralled with the seemingly infinite possibilities inherent in this digital medium,” she said.  Read more

Manor Ink: One year in the making

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — In the upstairs of the Livingston Manor library, a group of young newspaper publishers sits around a table. In front of each is a laptop. This is the weekly Monday meeting for Manor Ink, a “library-based, youth-led newspaper” in Livingston Manor.  Read more

Late bloomers and early adaptors

Years ago I came across some provocative comments by Kirk Vardenoe, the noted American art historian. I was struck by his observation that throughout the 19th century, Denmark and Sweden were considerably behind the curve in industrial development. Vardenoe’s insight was that this was actually an advantage, because the delay gave them time to observe, prepare and avoid some of the worst negative effects of industrialization.  Read more

Contests for fans of state lands

Experiencing the natural world through the eye of a camera lens is a satisfying activity that comes with plentiful rewards. For shutterbugs who enjoy spending time photographing on Pennsylvania public lands, two upcoming photo contests might be of interest.  Read more

Who am I anyway?

Even as a child it was evident that I was never going to look like Prince Charming. “Can’t skate by on your looks,” my mother would advise and, “stop making faces, or it’s going to freeze that way, and you have enough problems.” (Thanks, Mom.) Despite admonishments like this and my father’s discouraging my “artistic temperament,” I’ve always had a fairly strong sense of self.  Read more

Grey Towers hosts 9th annual Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA — “Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the ninth annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. This family-friendly and free event offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives.  Read more

‘Creative Vision’ at WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — “Creative Vision,” an exhibit of original art and crafts made by artists David and Susan Pendergast, will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) hallery from August 3 though 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, August 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and refreshments will be served.  Read more

Play readings, poetry and jazz at the Beekman Pavilion

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will hold a Sullivan County tour with a series of events to be held at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café throughout August and September.  Read more

Wayne County Fair ready to roll

HONESDALE, PA — The 151st annual Wayne County Fair kicks off this Friday, August 2 at 12 noon, promising a variety of country entertainment—from traditional fair favorites like the farm tractor pull and the woodsmen’s competition to precision stunt driving by Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers, a freestyle monster truck show and a bash-‘em, crash-‘em demolition derby. The musical headliner this year is Justin Moore, who has toured with the likes of Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Miranda Lambert and more.  Read more

Sundays at the Museum August programs

HONESDALE, PA — Every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., The Wayne County Historical Society offers an hour-long presentation on a historical topic. The programs are free and open to all.  Read more

Historic Homes & Garden Tour

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present its second annual tour of local historic homes on Saturday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments and live music will be at each site. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at door.

Featured properties include the Campbell Residence at 23 Sullivan Ave., the Smith Residence at 134 East Main St., the Quinn Residence at 138 West Main St. and the Onofry Residence at 144 East Main St.  Read more

Gospel music festival with a positive message

LIBERTY, NY — A gospel music festival with special emphasis on improving the quality of life and saving individuals from the clutches of addiction will be a major part of the Liberty To The Captives program to be held on Saturday, August 3 at LaPolt Park on North Main Street from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This community event is sponsored and directed by pastors Rich and Cathy Ienuso of Lighthouse Ministries of Liberty, a non-denominational Christian ministry.  Read more

‘When You Live by a River’ book reading at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading “When You Live by a River,” a novel by local author Mermer Blakeslee, at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, August 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

The book is the fictional story of a Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City. Blakeslee’s previous novels include “Same Blood” and “In Dark Water.” She is also a prize-winning poet and a professional skier. She lives in the Catskill Mountains with her husband.  Read more

‘Pathos Envisioned’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — Three artists, Helen K. Garber, Todd C. Anderson and Ray Fiero, grapple with pathos and the past in the works on display at the Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B in the exhibit “Pathos Envisioned.’ There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through August 14.  Read more