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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Artisan fair in Barryville

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Brookhouse Gallery Artisan Fair will be held on July 2 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. along Austin Road. The fair will feature artworks by over 15 regional artist in a wide range of media. Email kim@kimlustpottery.com.

Philharmonic and fireworks in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will welcome back the New York Philharmonic for Fourth of July weekend. The performance, which starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey, with special guest pianist Kirill Gerstein and the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and will conclude with a fireworks display.  Read more

‘Peaceable Kingdom’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Peaceable Kingdom,” an exhibition about the world of animals curated by the Outsider’s Studio Collective, opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Friday, July 1, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through July 23.  Read more

‘Little Farm Show’ in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — “The greatest show on dirt,” NACL Theatre’s “The Little Farm Show” will come to Liberty’s Main Street stage on North Main Street on Friday, July 1, at 4 p.m. This is an all-ages musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment.  Read more

Liberty Free comes to Kauneonga

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will launch a series of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café in Kauneonga Lake on Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. The inaugural plays will be “In the Western Gardens,” by Stuart Spencer, with Thomas Bosket, Chet Carlin, James Sullivan and Karen Young; and the classic comedy, “The Love of Don Perlimplin,” by Federico Garcia Lorca, with James Heisel, Kathy McKenna and Dana Priebe.  Read more

Wayne County Antique Show

HONESDALE, PA — The Women’s Club of Honesdale will hold its 49th annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Wayne Highlands Middle School on upper Grove Street.

Over 50 dealers will be displaying their wares including art, jewelry, estate jewelry, coins, silver, cut glass, rugs, fine porcelain, china, lamps and lampshades, Christmas ornaments, furniture, books, quilts and other collectibles. Experts available will include Harry  Read more

Malis read at First Fridays

NARROWSBURG, NY — Taylor Mali and Mari-Elizabeth Mali will be the guests at First Fridays Contemporary Writers Series on Friday, July 1. The open mic starts at 7:30 p.m., with the authors reading at 8 p.m.

Taylor (www.taylormali.com) is an advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and SAT test preparation. He is the author of two books of poetry, “The Last Time As We Are” (Write Bloody Books 2009) and “What Learning Leaves” (Hanover 2002); and four CDs of spoken word.  Read more

‘Visions’ at Hemlock Farms

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “Visions,” the annual summer group show and sale by artists from Hemlock Farms and friends, opens on Friday, July 1 and runs through August 29. A gala artists’ reception will be held on July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be refreshments and the music of Ed Biamonte at the keyboard. The show is held in the gallery at Chant Realtors – Lords Valley, 631 Rt. 739 in Lords Valley, just off I-84 Exit 34. Call 570/775-7337.

‘Odd Couple’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple” at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 for six performances from July 1 through 10.

When a fastidious hypochondriac whose marriage is ending moves in with a slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter, the comedy thrives on the contrasts. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?  Read more

‘Art on the Edge’

HAWLEY, PA — “Art on the Edge,” an exhibition of 60 regional artists curated by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Rocky Pinciotti, will be presented by Hawley Silk Mill and the Wayne County Arts Alliance from Saturday, July 2 through September 10. There will be an opening reception on July 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The show features sculpture, photography, paintings and mixed media works. Feature artists are Michael Hardesty and Christopher Ries, whose large-scale works will greet patrons upon entering the exhibit.  Read more

Global Groove Quartet at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a performance featuring the Global Groove Quartet on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center. The group fuses music from around the world in a Silk Road tour of Europe, Japan, India, Africa and Brazil, with a stopover in the Big Apple.  Read more

Library holds community writing project

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The Western Sullivan Public Library system and Sullivan West Central School District are jointly sponsoring a community writing project for the summer of 2011. Entitled “Got a Minute? Let me tell you!,” this program is designed to encourage community residents of all ages to write personal statements expressing important beliefs, ideas or messages. These might be seen as personal “editorials,” or as meaningful personal statements that individuals want to share with others.  Read more

Fort Delaware: a new day dawns

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Everything I wear requires two forms of documentation to the time period I represent,” historic interpreter Mark Walter told students gathered around the assemblage of artifacts on display at Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg during Student Days recently.

Mark, a member of the New York branch of the American Longrifle Association, portrays a farmer and hunter from 1763 as a volunteer at Fort Delaware, a living museum of colonial history located within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a unit of the National Park Service.  Read more

Fireworks and more

BETHEL, NY — The Town of Bethel’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 3 at dusk on Kauneonga Lake.  Read more

Get me to the church on time

I think about writing all of the time—and especially this column. As I plot out the details of the coming week, the column begins to take on life in its own ever-changing, capricious way, almost becoming alive in my anthropomorphic mind as I wend my way through this entertaining, never ending tour of the Delaware River Valley. Sometimes I stop to snap a pic of a baby skunk by the side of the road, and this act alone gives birth to a paragraph or two. Other days, it’s the weather.  Read more

Old pastures

The multi-flora roses are in bloom. Their sweet, spicy fragrance meets you along the old paths. These great bushes of white roses, entwined with grape, humming with bees, are long ago escaped and gone wild. They encroach the roadsides and are taking over the old pastures.

My cousins and I played baseball in these now overgrown fields. The grass was cropped then by the Herefords my uncle pastured there. Buttercup and bull thistle—whatever a cow wouldn’t eat—grew tall.  Read more

Waking up

On the night of May 26, my husband called me downstairs. He had been checking the radar weather map, and when the wind and lightning started, he knew I would be safer on the first floor of our house. "This is going to be a bad one," he said. Neither of us acknowledged that the horrific images of Joplin, Missouri were forefront in our minds.

Fear gripped me as we huddled against the storm, the likes of which I had never before experienced. You know what I'm talking about. You were there too.  Read more

Primitive landscapes by Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by local primitive artist Cheryl Korb will come to River Gallery – The Art of Living on Saturday, June 25, opening with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through August 20.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. Cheryl began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

The television star

Six weeks ago, I received an unusual request from our friend Misako Ishimura. Misako is a member of the Japanese Women’s Fly Fishing Organization. She wanted me to participate in the making of a fly fishing film that would be sponsored by the Shimano Tackle Company of Japan, the tentative title being “Fly Fishing in the Catskill Mountains of America.” The show is to be shown on Japanese television. Misako, or “Misa” as she prefers to be called, is such a wonderful, bubbly little lady it was impossible to refuse her plea.  Read more

A walk around the block

What marvels may be seen, out there amidst the green? Each of these images (also see photos at top left) was photographed within walking distance of The River Reporter’s office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY, proof that one need not venture far to find something fascinating in the natural world. Take a stroll today—and don’t forget your camera!