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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Tricks and treats

Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have pledged to transition to 100% renewable energy, some as soon as 2020. Last month nine additional companies took the pledge, including Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Proctor & Gamble and Starbucks. The pledge, called RE100, was introduced by The Climate Group, an international non-profit, to highlight the investment that forward-looking companies are making in addressing climate change.  Read more

Fall migrants on the move

People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the first frost usually occurs sometime in this timeframe and seems to reinforce the thought that it is time to head south.  Read more

Lights, camera, Parksville?

An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the Catskills a movie-making Mecca. It’s no secret that there have been films featuring the region, while directors and cinematographers have long considered our neck of the woods an ideal location to shoot their movies because of the natural beauty that abounds and the rich history that reverberates. First and foremost “Dirty Dancing” springs to mind.  Read more

UpFront Autumn Reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Autumn Artist’s Reception on Saturday, October 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. There will be live music by Talking Machine, along with refreshments. The show opened October 1 and will run through November 22.

UpFront currently has over 45 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including the art of world-renowned painter, the late John Barnes Dobbs. There is also a group show of works by the River Valley Artists Guild artists.  Read more

Antique Show & Sale

WHITE MILLS, PA — The 29th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale will take place at the renovated Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory in the heart of historic White Mills on Route 6 midway between Hawley and Honesdale, on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 30th Annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. The event is a benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library.  Read more

A cappella at Event Gallery

BETHEL, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival ends its 2015 Sullivan County season by partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to present “An Afternoon of a Cappella” featuring the world-famous Princeton Nassoons. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Event Gallery on Sunday, October 4.  Read more

‘Insurrection’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its season opener with the play “Insurrection: Holding History,” by Robert O’Hara, in the Seelig Theatre on Thursday, October 1; Friday, October 2; and Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. as well as on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. The play, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., features performances by SUNY Sullivan students, faculty and staff members, and is open to the public. There is no admission charge, but a $5 donation per person is suggested.  Read more

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown will be held on Saturday, October 3 starting at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, the event celebrates fall with a weekend packed full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, local maple syrup, pies, local business specials and deals, and more on the main and side streets of Hawley.  Read more

‘Harvest’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) ushers in the autumn season with a harvest-themed art exhibit, in mediums including watercolors, photographs, ceramics, note cards and jewelry, from Saturday, October 3 through November 1. There will be an opening reception on October 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Seasonally inspired refreshments will be served.

Among the offerings will be photographs by Vladimir Burovskiy, who recently joined the Art Alliance, and paintings and watercolors by Roberta Rosenthal, one of the founding members of the WAA.  Read more

Ameranouche in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) will perform at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. The group plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival and Djangofest Northwest. The ensemble’s hot acoustic Gypsy-inspired music mixes flamenco, bebop and jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and elegant. The concert is part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Autumn Cultural Series.  Read more

Reception for Jeff Bank calendar

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and Jeff Bank will hold a public reception to debut the Jeff Bank 2016 Photo Calendar and honor this year’s selected photographers at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Friday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Have you heard the buzz?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sorry to use that cliché, but it just had to be done. The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest is flying into town on Saturday, October 10. The all-day event celebrates the amazing honey bee and features street vendors, kid’s crafts and much, much more. Read on.  Read more

A serendipitous search

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet store 11 years ago, I resolved to reclaim our principles by rescuing. The search engines allowed me to filter for hypoallergenic breeds, which is what I need.

When my husband was young, his family was adopted by a local cocker spaniel named Daffy. He had belonged to a local couple, but Daffy preferred the three active Stratton boys.  Read more

Crazy for loons

The calls of common loons are some of the most wonderful wilderness sounds to be experienced, ranging from yodels and hoots to long mournful wails. While this intelligent bird is not frequently encountered in the Upper Delaware River region, it is possible to spot the occasional loon set low upon quiet undisturbed waters, or to hear the unmistakable chortling call described as “maniacal laughter.”  Read more

First fish

I like to think that everyone remembers the first fish they ever caught. I am referring to a person’s first fish in a very personal way and not in a generic way, like the first fish that Mark Kurlansky wrote about in “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Kurlansky detailed how the early railroads used codfish from our East Coast waters to sustain their workers and the people from the towns and villages that sprung up along the railroad. (Today, the stocks of codfish are dangerously diminished from overharvesting).  Read more

Mixed emotions

Those two words pretty much sum up what I’m feeling at the moment. The summer was a rollercoaster, and even though I swore that I would take more time to stop and smell the roses, the last blooms have already faded away, and the best I can do now is sniff over what might have been. Last summer, I spent as much time as possible swimming in Crystal Lake.  Read more

Free museum admission on Smithsonian Day

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will offer free admission to museum visitors on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 as a participant in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! Program.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket, which can be downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket. Located at 332 Main St., the Time and the Valleys Museum is open weekends from 12 noon to 4 p.m. through October.

‘Rural Life’ and ‘Taos’ at Callicoon Trading

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading is hosting an exhibit of photographs by Paul Owen and Charles Masters through Monday, October 5.

Owen’s exhibit is titled “Rural Life.” He writes: “In 1986 I began an effort to document rural life in the Catskill region of New York State. The family farms with the life and tradition that surround it are rapidly disappearing. I feel it is important to make a record of this tradition before it is only memory. My efforts have taken me to small family farms, as well as country events including county fairs, auctions and lumberjack festivals.  Read more

Augustine’s ‘The God Projekt’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL presents Kevin Augustine, one of the most innovative and edgy puppet theatre artists in New York City on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more