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October 26, 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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Camping and more at MazFest

ROSCOE, NY — MazFest Music Festival will be held in Fireman’s Field on Gulf Road from August 1 to 4. The festival features live music, food vendors, art, camping and more. The gates open at 6 p.m. on Thursday; the festival ends at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Old Stone Jail tour August 3

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, August 3 Wayne County’s Old Stone Jail will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is free to get in (but donations are always appreciated) and the docents promise to leave the door open so everyone can get back out again.

Built in 1859, it remained in use until 1935. The Old Stone Jail is located between the Courthouse and 10th street. Email, call 570/253-3240 or learn more about the history of the Old Stone Jail at

When bluegrass meets gospel: a musical adventure

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host a concert on Friday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill with Bovine Social Club. Bovine Social Club is an Americana alt-country band produced by Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone, with a sound influenced by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic, Juju and gospel vocabularies.  Read more

New novel tackles the story of Lucy Ann (aka Joseph) Lobdell; ‘The female hunter of Long Eddy’

Who was Lucy Ann Lobdell? Bill Klaber struggled with that question for years, and now he’s answered it in a richly imagined historical novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell.” It’s his take on a larger-than-life local character, who perplexed, scandalized and sometimes amused 19th century America. Lobdell’s rebellion, according to Klaber, “was taking off women’s clothes and putting on men’s clothes”—a simple act, but one with far-reaching and ultimately tragic consequences.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 1

Summertime is so busy; this weekend was the Callicoon Street Fair in Callicoon and RiverFest in Narrowsburg.

I worked the St. Francis Xavier Church chicken barbeque selling 50/50 tickets, and then I went to work at RiverFest. Fr. Bill would like to thank everyone who worked to make the barbeque a success. Sunday when I was in church and the rain was coming down, I had a heart-to-heart talk with God. “Please God, stop the rain so RiverFest can go on and have a good turnout.” He does listen; the streets were packed and the food was flowing.  Read more


I remember a time when death was an anomaly in my life. A grandparent’s passing celebrated with an Irish wake and a funeral mass. Now it seems to haunt the everyday, wagging its finger like a told-you-so teacher.  Read more

Gypsy Moths return in numbers

People in certain parts of the region may have noticed a familiar looking caterpillar early this summer. It seems that the gypsy moth is back. An egg mass survey done last February in Pennsylvania by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) indicated that egg mass density was light (40 to 200 egg masses/acre) at most sampling points in Pike County and isolated sampling points in Wayne County (see map at  Read more

My wading raft

In my last column I had written that I was expecting a “new toy.” This was an inflatable raft that I hoped to use while wading in a stream having a depth of two or three feet. Once the raft arrived, I eagerly opened the carton and spread the raft on the floor. It weighs 19 pounds, about eight or 10 pounds more than a float tube. The material is not flimsy vinyl. This raft is made to withstand both abrasion and bumping into river boulders. For 15 years, I have owned the full-sized raft that this company produces, and it is as good as new.  Read more

Henhouse Prowlers and Thunder at the Distillery

BETHEL, NY — Thunder 102 will be broadcasting live from 4 to 7 p.m. from the front porch of The Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, July 27, starting with coverage of that night’s Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Bethel Woods, followed by a performance by the critically acclaimed Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers at 8 p.m.  Read more

Summer apologies (rants)

I’m sorry, Jane, but my column is late again. Of course you already know that because, well, you don’t have it yet. You’ve heard the excuses, and it’s the same old thing. My procrastination is not helped by the fact that I’m constantly so busy. I really am trying, though I also understand that it probably doesn’t look like that.  Read more

Old Time Fair set for Grahamsville

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on State Route 55.

Sponsored by the Time and the Valleys Museum, the fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making demonstration and tasting, pie auction with emcee Barry Lewis, food and music, fly tying and casting demonstrations, local history exhibits and spinning, quilting and blacksmithing demonstrations.  Read more

The Weather Project workshops

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Creativity workshops and stilt-walking classes are offered at NACL Theatre every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes are free and open to all.

The NACL issues a call to artists of all disciplines to consider sharing their skill at a Monday creativity workshop. Workshops will be held in stilt-walking, writing, music, dance research, acting, design, art and singing. Call 845/557-0694.

Ephron play at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at the Rivoli Theatre on July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Readings at Maude Alley

HONESDALE, PA — Moody Road Studios will present “Writers in Conversation,” book readings at Maude Alley on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. There will be a wine and cheese welcome in the garden and a chance to meet the writers from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and a book signing after the reading.

The featured readings are by Amy Brill, author of “The Movement of Stars;” Nina Burleigh, the author of “The Fatal Gift of Beauty;” and Ethan Hauser, the author of “The Measures Between Us.”
Visit or call 917/445-0613.

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, July 27 there is a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage. This dance will feature music by The Ragtag Rutabagas with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Beginners are welcome. Suggested donation is $10; free for children under 15.  Read more

Still time to attend Weekend of Chamber Music’s summer festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music is holding various events for its summer festival “Transformations.” It is running from July 14 to 27. Events that are still happening include a silent auction that ends July 27 and can be viewed at

Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY will host a Weekend of Chamber Music “Music Talks!” event on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Open electric jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA —The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street will hold an open electric jam on Wednesday, July 31 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Ron Milke. Bring your instruments and perform on stage. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. Farm-fresh food will be available for purchase from The Market Café. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

Visit or call 570/253-2020.

Rescheduled: Bug Music book reading and music performance

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, July 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit

Along came a spider

I’m one of those guys who makes lists. Even with a calendar on my computer, a day runner, and a “Carnet De Journaliste” (reporter’s notebook—no clue why it’s in French on the cover), my house is littered with scraps of paper. Being an arachnophobe (fear of spiders), I try to keep the paper down to a minimum (where the creepy-crawlies tend to lurk), instead using Post-its® stuck to the mirror (one place I am guaranteed to look). With all that, one would think I’d know where I’m going, but there are always twists, turns and unexpected road blocks along the way.  Read more

23rd annual RiverFest on Main Street of Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment are the primary themes of Narrowsburg’s 23rd annual RiverFest, held this year on Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the edge of the Delaware River on Main Street. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, RiverFest embodies the spirit of the river valley and highlights the artists who live and work here.  Read more