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October 09, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Wurtsboro holds Founder’s Day fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold its Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 7 in Veteran’s Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment featuring Obsidian, Variety, Inc., Keith Newman, Carl Richards Band, Donna Singer & Doug Richards Trio and Third Degree. Local vendors will sell arts and crafts, and there will be rides and children’s events on Sullivan Street.  Read more

‘DIGit: An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will host DIGit, a visual arts event, from Friday, July 6 to Sunday the July 8. Titled “An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms,” the show will include a variety of art—performance, poetry, photography, drawing, fiber, ceramics, music, video and sculpture—created by a grand collection of artists, presented on dozens of iPads, iPods, LED-HD monitors or projected by miniature projectors. Curated by Pat Carullo, all the art will be offered for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NACL.  Read more

Opera in HD at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s Summer Encore Series presents HD broadcasts of operas performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the Seelig Theatre. The next presentation will be “Les Contes d’Hoffman” (“Tales of Hoffman”), by Jacques Offenbach, on July 11. It will be presented at 6:30 p.m., and has a run time of three hours.  Read more

‘The Sensuous & the Beautiful’

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art), an art and cultural center located four miles west of Hawley at 75 Main St. in White Mills, will open its exhibit “The Sensuous & the Beautiful” on July 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Imperial Brands, Inc. The exhibition will showcase more than 20 international and six national artists, including over 70 paintings, sculptures and objects of art. The show will run through August 11.  Read more

Moonlit drumming

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a “Moonlit Drumming” program on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor will lead the event.

Participants in Moonlit Drumming will enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. No experience is necessary. Prices are $30/adult and $15/child. Call 570/828-2319 for registration. Visit www.peec.org/events-date.html.

‘Accomplice’ keeps you guessing

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a comedy thriller, Rupert Holmes’ “Accomplice,” starting on Friday, July 6. The songwriter who penned the smash hit, “The Pina Colada Song” changed hats for long enough to create this convoluted thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the very last scene. Performances at the Rivoli Theatre will take place on July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Read more

Marc Black at Old North Branch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Marc Black, composer of the “No Fracking Way” anthem, brings his folk and blues music to the Old North Branch Inn on Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m.  Read more

Running on empty

Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )  Read more

Eagles vs. fireworks

There’s a very metaphorically patriotic debate going on in Narrowsburg over the effect of the fireworks on the local bald eagles. There is a nest on the flats and two out of the last three years, it seems the July 4th fireworks have caused eagles to fall from the nests. It’s basically the bald eagle (federally protected and national mascot) versus the fireworks (beautiful patriotic tradition of exploding lights and loud noises). The only way it could get any more patriotic would be to add the good old stars and stripes into the mix somehow.  Read more

‘Looking forward, looking back’

By Stanley Harper

Councilwoman Eileen Falk, commenting on the proposed “Riverwalk” project during a public hearing: “Not trying to make Narrowsburg into something different, just trying to make it what it was.”

Something we often hear: “I don’t want Narrowsburg to change from the way it was.”  Read more

Theatre Beat: Blondes really do have more fun!

Following it’s successful run of “Guys and Dolls,” which was heavily dependent on the guys, the newest production at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) is, as predicted, all about the ladies. The musical version of “Legally Blonde,” based on the novel and runaway hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, enjoyed a modest run on Broadway in 2007. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, the show follows the adventures of fashionista Elle Woods, played by mega-talent Zoe Kassay, who follows what she believes is her dream, only to discover herself along the way.  Read more


Tenkara fly fishing is the method Japanese fly fishers use when fishing their mountainous, fast flowing, small trout streams. It is a markedly different technique from our western style of fly fishing. A Tenkara fly rod ranges from 10 to 14 feet in length. No reel is ever used on this rod. The line is attached to the tip of the rod, which has a thin one-and-one-half-inch-long woven line permanently attached to it. This short piece of line is called a “lilian.” A length of fluorcarbon or nylon monofilament is tied to the lilian. This is the casting line.  Read more

Fee-free Grey Towers on the Fourth

MILFORD, PA – Come celebrate our nation’s birthday on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, as the US Forest Service offers a fee-free day at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forest Service staff will offer a unique insight into the conservation contributions made by the Pinchot family and how they utilized the Grey Towers estate as their family home until 1963, when it was donated to the US Forest Service.  Read more

Breeding eagle update

As those of you who didn’t travel to warmer climes for the winter realize, we experienced an overall mild winter, with above-normal temperatures and minimal ice cover on rivers and lakes. Indeed, during the 2012 annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey for New York State, there was no ice recorded on the river during the week of January 10, which is the usual target date for the survey. No ice on the river has only been recorded for a handful of times of the 34 years that New York has been participating in the survey.  Read more

Independence Day history at the Fort

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.”  Read more

Revolution in the Upper Delaware

MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware.  Read more

Natural beauty in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — This area’s natural beauty, charm and wildlife provide inspiration to a group of local artists whose works can be seen at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery through July 22.

Among those featured is Gene Weinstein, a member of the alliance whose photographs of bald eagles will be on display. Another featured artist is Linda Lou Bartle, a resident of Yankee Lake. Bartle, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School, works from sketches and her own photography.  Read more

Poetry reading and book signing

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tracey Gass Ranze will read from “Storm Farmer – Collected Poems,” on Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m., in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The recently published book is a compilation of selections from her writing over 30 years.

An itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear, Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. Ranze has also read on several public radio programs, at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and in venues from San Francisco to New York City.

Meet a cow; pick a flower

HONESDALE, PA — Calkins Creamery and Fox Hill Farm, two neighboring farms, will host joint tours on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday, July 21. Tours begin at 8 a.m. at Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, and will conclude at 1 p.m. at 297 Fox Hill Rd., following a catered lunch. Tickets cost $50 and include tours of both farms and lunch. Tour dates are rain or shine.  Read more

Music and more in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Independence Day celebration hosted by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council and The Greater Honesdale Partnership will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 in Central Park. There will be free old-fashioned games with prizes for children as well as some new performers. Vendors with food and novelties will begin setting up at 5 p.m.  Read more

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