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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Flamenco at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Ensemble Segue will perform flamenco music and dance at the Pocono Environmental Education Center on July 16. The ensemble features violinist Sarah E. Geller, guitarist Jared Newman and dancer Eva Conti Algeria, and the program, “Ritmo, Color y Pasión,” will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Kittatinny zip line is nation’s fourth largest

BARRYVILLE, NY — The oldest canoe livery service along the Upper Delaware River, Kittatinny Canoes, has built a zip line that flies 3,000 feet down the hillside and can top speeds of 60 miles per hour. Owner and entrepreneur Dave Jones got the idea for the zip line after he rode one in Chile. Jones knew he already had the perfect site for the line. From a high hill with a large drop in elevation, views of the Delaware River and the valley surrounding the Kittatinny land, Jones said it worked perfectly with the structure of the line.  Read more

A sneak preview: the Literary Gazette

REGION — The River Reporter is nearly ready to launch its Literary Gazette, an annual publication showcasing regional writers and photographers. This year’s theme is dreams as inspiration and material for creating art. The featured photographer is Norma Bernstock of Milford, PA, who has worked with Polaroid film to create an enhanced, almost painterly affect. Here is a sampling of what readers will find in the Gazette, to be published on July 21.

Innocent Herbal
By ROBERT CARNEVALE

I was walking along with my thoughts
in a wood where sassafras thrive.  Read more

Classic cars collect in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — What is family-friendly, free of charge and features some of the finest classic cars in the region? It’s the Coasters Car Club of Northeast PA’s monthly gathering in Hawley’s Bingham Park. Vintage motorcars are on display from 5 p.m. until dusk on the first Friday of the month, with the next meetup scheduled for August 5. Antique auto enthusiasts roll into town and arrange between 50 to 100 classic cars near the park’s bandstand. The public is invited to cruise the collection, view the vehicles and talk to their passionate owners.  Read more

Register your river dog

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Dogs on Parade, one of the most popular features of RiverFest, a festival celebrating music, art and ecology, is scheduled to take place this year on Sunday, July 24 starting at 9:45 a.m. at the former Narrowsburg school.

The parade, sponsored by Narrowsburg Feed & Grain and Dog Mountain Lodge, welcomes pooches of all sizes and shapes showing off their best finery. It will be emceed by TV critic Kevin McDonough. The event features prizes for Most Original, Funniest and Best in Show. All dogs must be leashed.  Read more

Drum-making workshops at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer a drum-making workshop the weekend of July 15 to 17, led by master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor.  Read more

Kayak demo at Promised Land

GREELEY, PA — Greeley’s Alice’s Wonderland outdoors shop will host a kayak demonstration at Promised Land State Park on Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demo will feature the store’s selection of one- and two-person kayaks. Attendees will be given the opportunity to test kayaks on the water as well as learn about different features to help those in the market to purchase a kayak decide which model is the best fit for them.  Read more

Free fishing derby for kids

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor its annual free children’s fishing derby on Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Hanofee Park. The rain date is July 23.

The fishing derby is for children ages three to 14 years old (a parent/guardian must attend). Bring a fishing pole and bait if you have them. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Children must fish from shore. Call 845/292-7690.

Fragments at PaPA

WHITE MILLS, PA — “Yvonne Parker & Friends,” a collaborative art project in which Parker invited contemporary artist-friends to share fragments of their own work, will open at the ArtSpace at PaPA on Saturday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. These fragments are incorporated by Parker into her “Fragmented Beauty” series. The joint exhibition will include the collaborative art and each participating artist’s own work. The artists are Jimmy Clark, Frank Gallo, Angela Klaerner, Ron Parker and Matthew Solomon.

The show will run through August 28.

‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Jekyll & Hyde” is the current production at the Forestburgh Playhouse, running through July 24.

The musical, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart, is brought to life with a brilliant musical unique score that blends classical musical theatre with contemporary rock, highlighted by “This is the Moment.”

This production of “Jekyll and Hyde” is sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Adam Blumenthal  Read more

More Rent Money Reading at Liberty Free

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its Rent Money Readings series on Thursday, July 14 with three daring comedies by Shel Silverstein, starting at 7 p.m. at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe in Kauneonga Lake.

Shel Silverstein is famous for his children’s stories such as “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” But he was equally well-known and justly praised as an essayist, playwright and illustrator. Many consider him to be in the top rank of American humorists alongside Mark Twain and Will Rogers.  Read more

Audubon Festival celebrates nature

HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Festival will be held on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack School complex on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thirty of the nation’s finest wildlife and nature artists, as well as several European nature artists and photographers, will present their work. Eighty juried craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their works, as well.  Read more

‘The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. is currently hosting “The Artwork of Manville B. Wakefield: Artist-Educator-Historian-Railroad Buff.”

“Wake” came to Sullivan County in 1953 when he took the position of art instructor at the Tri-Valley School. Before his arrival he was well known for his black and white illustrations of trains. His love of trains took him one step further into model railroading, where his art became three dimensional. In 1953, Wakefield started painting in oil and continued until his death in 1974 at the age of 50.  Read more

Bellen to read at First Hearings

LIBERTY, NY — Acclaimed poet and novelist Martine Bellen will read from her new novella, “2X(Squared),” in the First Hearings Series at The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Austin will begin the program with “The Virtue of Language.”

Bellen is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Ghosts!,” “The Vulnerability of Order,” and “Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,” which won the National Poetry Series Award.  Read more

‘Buddha and the Rock Star’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present “Buddha and the Rock Star” on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. The show, directed by Rosaruby Kagan, is a sexy, high-energy multi-media performance by an ensemble of young dancers and actors from Montreal, Canada, incorporating the raw elements of physical theatre, dance and film.  Read more

World premiere and more at WCM

SULLIVAN COUNTY — This weekend, the Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer festival “From Classic to Cool” will start with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at the Eddie Adams Farm in Jeffersonville (free). It will be followed by a “Tea Time Concert” at 4 p.m. on July 16 at the farm, with music by Ravel, Hoiby and Stravinsky and a world premiere by Andrew Waggoner (tickets $25), and “MusicTalks!” a musical tour-de-force at 7:30 p.m. at North Branch Inn on Thursday, July 20 (tickets $15).  Read more

Funktional Flow at Tony’s

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On July 16, the band Funktional Flow will perform a free show at Tony’s Place on the Lake from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a pre-Furthur/Bethel Woods show.

Funktional Flow is a band from Buffalo. Starting in the winter/spring of 2009/2010, Funktional Flow has gained a large following in the Northeast, playing an extensive repertoire of original music and covers to a wide variety of fans. It just released its first studio CD, and on August 27 will make its first New York City appearance at Sullivan Hall.

Bird walks in downtown Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Lance Verderame, a member of Sullivan County Audubon and Livingston Manor resident, will lead a bird walk for children ages six and up in downtown Livingston Manor on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.  Read more

Green Heron contest winners announced

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective announces the following winners for its third annual Green Heron poetry contest, open to poets from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey:  Read more

I’m a little bit country...

And just prior to becoming “a little bit Rock & Roll,” I was a teeny bit Doo Wop as well. This week the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts (www.bethelwoodscenter.org) became my second home as I returned to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival—repeatedly!  Read more