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NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, books were written almost exclusively by a small group of brand-name professional writers, most of whom boasted impressive academic and publishing credentials. But the advent of the digital age has made it possible for a new breed of author, the so-called “independent” writer, to produce a book without the assistance of a traditional corporate publishing house. E-books and print-on-demand production methods have revolutionized what was once an elitist industry.

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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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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Celebrating the river in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — RiverFest will celebrate its 21st annual summer with live music, original art, local craft vendors, information about the ecosystem and more on Sunday, July 24 in Narrowsburg. The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with River Dogs on Parade, at which pooches and their owners parade from the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street in Narrowsburg to the Main Street bandstand.  Read more

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere of “Strange Business,” a new play by award-winning novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, on Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31 and August 4 through 7. The play was adapted for the stage by the author from the title story in her short story collection. Author Askew is featured in the cast.  Read more

The day of the dragonfly

Pass near any lake, pond, or stream shore and it is not hard to spot dragonfly or damselfly activity. They are both members of the Odonata family, characterized by their dual set of large wings and their voracious appetite for mosquitoes and other flying insects. Different species of odonates emerge at different times of the summer, so there is always variety to be seen. For some people, dragonfly watching rivals bird watching.  Read more

Difficult times

In baseball when a batter fails to hit well over a period of time, it is said the batter is in a hitting slump. As a fly fisher I have been in a season-long fish-catching slump. While those that I usually fish with have not exactly been wearing out the trout, my results have been very disappointing. Of course, my time on the streams has been greatly curtailed. Heavy and frequent rains have turned the rivers into raging chocolate-colored rapids. On those days when I have been able to go fishing, I return home without even a tale of the big one that eluded me.  Read more

Celebrating Zane Grey and the Delaware River

LACKAWAXEN, NY — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the seventh annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. This year, the festival will also celebrate the Delaware River, which is the 2011 Pennsylvania River of the Year. The Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers, which fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors,are what initially drew Grey to the area. Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and call the area home. left  Read more

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

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