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October 02, 2014
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CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.

During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride...

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With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is...

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Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the...

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For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper...

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“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She...

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If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are...

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Movie nights return to Liberty with ‘Ironman 2’

LIBERTY, NY — From August 5 to September 9, Friday Nights will be Open Air Movie Nights on the North Main Street Stage in Liberty. First up will be “Ironman 2” on Friday, August 5, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. Other shows in the schedule will be “Secretariat” (August 12), “The Social Network” (August 19), “Country Strong” (August 26), and “Cars” (September 9).  Read more

‘Hairspray’ hits the boards in Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will stage the musical comedy “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, August 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7, 14 at 2 p.m. in the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main Street (Route 42). The TONY award-winning musical features 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.  Read more

Donizetti’s ‘L’elisir d’amore’ premieres in Lake Huntington

REGION — The Delaware Valley Opera Company’s production of “The Elixir of Love” (“L’elisir d’amore”), by the 19th-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, will premiere for the season at Sullivan West Central High School in Lake Huntington, NY on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, at 8 p.m.

The opera is a story of class differences, rumor, tricks and true love, full of fun, humor and romance, with vocal flourishes to match. It will be performed with orchestra, sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets cost $25.  Read more

‘Fluid by Nature’

MILFORD, PA — The waterfalls of Pike County have inspired the works of Marie Liu, on display this month at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA. The exhibit will open on August 11, titled “Fluid by Nature.” Paintings by Linda Barboni will also be on display. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild

35 years of education in the art of fiber mastery

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Practitioners of the fiber arts have many potential friends and supportive teachers in the Upper Delaware River Valley, where a quiet but purposeful organization has been weaving its peaceful influence for 35 years.  Read more

Join and sing the Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. at the Milford Bible Church. If you have sung the Messiah before, or have ever wanted to sing the Messiah, this is your chance to become part of a special performance complete with symphony orchestra and professional soloists.  Read more

Crowd pleasers

As much as I love doling out my opinion on the various events happening throughout the Hudson Valley, there are times (believe it or not) that I look to the audience for inspiration. This past week offered a perfect opportunity to keep my mouth shut (yes, it’s possible) and tune in to conversations heard ‘round every corner. I managed to get my two cents in from time to time, but felt it prudent to hear what others had to say.  Read more

A summer mystery—Part 2: the victim

It was a little after one in the morning, and detective Brown stood holding a fresh iced coffee in the basement of an apartment building. He stared down at a white chalk outline where a dead body had been found a few hours earlier. “Sprawled” was the only way he could think to describe the position.

“ID?” Brown asked.

“Mr. Peter Johnson of 5C. Worked as a stockbroker. Married, two kids, wife is home, kids are not,” his partner read out of his notebook. Brown focused on a spot of blood on a pipe above the body.  Read more

Fly fishing festivities in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will hold its Summerfest/Angler’s Market and Jubilee Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. It features the largest flea market and fishing collectible two-day show in the USA, with over 100 tables loaded with fishing collectibles and treasures. In addition to fishing and outdoors-related items, local craft and gift vendors will have something for non-fishing companions and families to peruse.  Read more

Farm museum at the fair

HONESDALE, PA — One of the more interesting perennial attractions at the Wayne County Fair, which runs this year from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 13, is the J. B. Park Farm Museum. Operated by the Wayne County Historical Society, the museum’s goal is to preserve the history of agriculture in Wayne County. It will provide narrated tours, an old-fashioned Homecoming Day and the presentation of the annual award “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture,” which this year goes to Peter (“Peddler Pete”) Wilken.  Read more

Artists around us

By ROCKY PINCIOTTI

I believe that inquisitiveness, creativity and the need to communicate are basic human qualities. They are qualities that separate us from all other forms of life on earth. These are also qualities that truly define the role of an artist in the development of mankind. If you look at history, art is the pivotal marker that defines the centuries of mankind.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?

As much as I delight in sharing my life with Dharma (the wonder dog), as of late I’m beginning to wonder—is it me, or the dog? It was only a month or two ago, that Dharma received an invitation to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new gift shoppe in Jeffersonville, NY (you know who you are.) Since the dog is unable to use a keyboard, I responded for her and asked if I could tag along.  Read more

The singing tree

It was a warm morning in early July when I took a walk to one of the beaches in Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. As I passed a small maple tree on the top of the footpath, I heard what sounded like a small bird calling continuously, except I couldn’t see the bird. A second look at the tree revealed a cavity about 15 feet high, and it was then I realized that I was listening to a begging call of a woodpecker from inside the tree.  Read more

The next generation

The fourth State of New York Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp was held from July 17 through July 22. Fourteen teenagers, 11 boys and three girls, were in attendance. At each of these camps a number of TU men and women have been privileged to instruct these youngsters on the arts and mysteries of fishing with a fly rod. It should be noted that this camp would not exist without the time and energy expended by Kurt Nelson of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. He seems always able to surmount the countless problems that are involved in an operation of this size.  Read more

'Body, Built’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — Photographs of bodybuilders by Brian Moss will be featured in the exhibition titled “Body.Built,” opening with a reception on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through August 20, 2011.

Moss, himself a product of the bodybuilding scene, having founded the gym chain Better Bodies in New York in 1982, documents the journey from gym to hotel room to pump-up room to stage as the ultimate insider.  Read more

Barbecue Bob and Burgan featured ‘Under the Moon’

CALLICOON, NY — Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, a New York City based dance/blues band, will perform at the Under The Moon In Callicoon Concert Series on Saturday, July 30 in the Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive. Opening act and series producer Janet Burgan will open the show at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $12 at the door; children under 12 will be admitted free. Bring lawn chairs  Read more

Dramatic readings in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is currently presenting a three-play reading series featuring the council’s first playwright in residence, Jan Buttram. “PAGE 2 STAGE,” will feature new works by the NYC playwright, actor and artistic director of NYC’s respected Abingdon Theater. The series was kicked off on Saturday, June 11 at the Up-front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue.  Read more

Larry the Cable Guy at Mountain Laurel

BUSHKILL, PA — The Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (www.mtlaurelpac.com) will present Larry the Cable Guy on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a comedy show, the “Crazy Comedy Olympics,” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mountain Laurel has launched a box office at the venue that is open every Saturday throughout the summer. Concert fans looking to purchase tickets to any of the summer shows will be able to get their tickets in hand, and avoid all Ticketmaster charges simply by purchasing tickets at the box office, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Callicoon holds street fair

CALLICOON, NY — The 27th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food. There will be live music by Fiddlin’ Around and the French Woods Jazz Band. Visitors can follow up a day at the fair and in town by attending the 8 p.m. Under the Moon in Callicoon concert (see page 18). Call 845/887-3016.

Osborne talks on ‘So Many Brave Men’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Peter Osborne will discuss the subject of his new book, “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Minisink Ford” at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The new book, co-written by Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners, with Osborne, reveals new material about the battle of Minisink Ford. This presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction