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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

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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Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www....

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As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking...

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‘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!

Country Ark Farm

MILFORD, PA — For 23 years, the Ciancitto family has been quietly going about their chosen work, down a dirt road just outside Milford, where they care for more than 100 domestic and exotic animals whose existence enriches the lives of people challenged with various disabilities.  Read more

Audubon in Manor, all week long

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a celebration of all things Audubon in Livingston Manor from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, July 3.
The week will get started with the opening of an Audubon and Friends art exhibition at Flour Power Bakery, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs gallery. The exhibit will be open to the general public through July 17. It will feature 17 artists and photographers, and the Sullivan County Audubon Society will highlight the exhibit with an information station on our local birds and butterflies and information on their activities in Sullivan County.  Read more

‘Flicks from the Underground’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The eighth annual DIGit festival will conclude with “Flicks from the Underground,” a screening of videos and films from performance artists from the 1970s to the present, curated by video artist Ron Littke. The videos, originally intended to be shown in galleries, clubs and performance spaces, are funny, irreverent, surprising and different. Most of the videos come from the Franklin Furnace archives. Many haven’t been shown publicly for over 20 years.  Read more

Readings from ‘Bad Church, Good Church’

DINGMAN, PA — Local author and journalist Tom Kane will give a reading of his recently published book, “Bad Church, Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” on Thursday, June 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dingman Township Branch of Pike County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. The branch is located at 100 Bond Court, on Log Tavern Road near the intersection with Route 739 in Dingman Township.

NACL opens with “Darwinii”

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will open its 11th season on Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m. with “Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man.” The play is written by Glen Berger (author of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”) in collaboration with performer/theatre maker Brett Keyser. It features Keyser in the role of Cristóbal, an Argentine man accused of various crimes, including stealing original Charles Darwin manuscripts from rare book libraries around the world. Why? Because he’s convinced he’s the great-great-great-great bastard grandson of the father of Natural Selection.  Read more

Simon’s ‘Biloxi Blues’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — Neil Simon’s hit, “Biloxi Blues,” will play at the Forestburgh Playhouse through Sunday, June 26. The play, written by Simon at the peak of his comic power, is a heartwarming story based on his own experiences in the army during Wolrd War II. The coming of age chronicle centers on the main character, Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Tyler Bellmon, when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training.  Read more

Capturing winged beauty

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Birds of Sullivan County—A Photographic Exhibition” will open at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, June 25, with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will run through July 24. Photographers include Stephen Davis of Eldred, Gene McGarry of Woodstock and Valerie Freer of Ellenville.  Read more

Garden party benefits DVAA

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — There will be a garden party benefit for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Arts Alive Drive on Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Cutting Garden, 4055 State Rte. 52.

Enjoy the garden while helping the DVAA to reach its goal. Wear your best garden party outfit, and enter the contests for The Best Party Hat, The Best Gardening Hat and the Most Unique Hat. There will be prizes, punch and party food.  Read more

Hudson in one-woman show at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Singer-songwriter Karen Hudson’s one-woman show, “Compartments—Shedding Light on Dark Places,” will be presented on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center. The show is a concert and art exhibit that combines music, storytelling and mixed media art. It features sculptural dioramas Hudson created based on autobiographical events and fears that arose from them, and the songs that tell each story, with special guest guitarist “Homeboy” Steve Antonakos.  Read more