Scattered clouds
Scattered clouds
53.6 °F
July 31, 2014
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search Login

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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

Read More

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...

Read More

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul: not just fiddlin’ around

Clearly, the folks at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ( www.Bethelwoods.org ) had their thinking caps on when dubbing the “Event Gallery.” My dictionary describes “event” with words like “momentous,” “important” and “exciting.”

Grammy-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, who performed to a sold-out crowd at the venue this past Saturday, were (IMHO) above and beyond any musical “event” that I have ever personally attended.  Read more

The ‘snow birds’ are back

The arrival of April and May marks the start of nature’s spring concert with spring peepers and American toads singing near wetlands. Not to be outdone by the amphibians, many warblers and other passerines arrive to contribute to this concert. The melodic call of the wood thrush heralds its arrival from wintering grounds in Central America; this singer is shy and hard to spot, but its song is very distinct as it seeks a mate for the upcoming breeding season.  Read more

Plant Swap & Bake Sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Beautification Group will hold its annual Plant Swap & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mews on Main Street, between Narrowsburg Roasters and The Nest. If you have more plants than you need, bring them along and swap them for someone else’s extras. If you’d like more plants for your own garden but don’t have anything to swap, make a monetary donation to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group. For those who wish to drop off plants or baked goods on Friday evening, please call the NBG ahead of time to make arrangements.  Read more

Preview an MB ADAPTORS work in progress

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The MB ADAPTORS theatre company will offer local audiences an opportunity to view scenes from their current work in progress, “Pulling Strings” on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. Shows on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday will be at 1:30 p.m. The location will be the Highland Lake Yoga and Dance Building at 111 Highland Lake Road. There will be a photo gallery of the company’s repertory productions, appetizers, art for sale and desserts after the show.  Read more

RiverFolk presents Zoe Mulford

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will present Zoe Mulford on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the home of Jeff Moore, 29 Head Rd.

Rich Warren of WFMT, Chicago described Mulford as “a brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with music with warmth and sincerity and a bit of a twinkle.”

There will be a potluck before the show at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $15. Call 845/252-6783.

‘The Ruling Class’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — “The Ruling Class,” a biting 1972 comedy satirizing the British aristocracy, will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 22, part of the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. The movie stars Peter O’Toole as Jack Gurney, the nutty son of a recently deceased Earl who has inherited the family estate. Concerned about losing his inheritance, an unscrupulous uncle convinces Jack to marry his own mistress in hopes they’ll produce an heir and his nephew can be institutionalized.  Read more

Summer reading in Wayne

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library will hold a summer reading program from June 20 through August 9. The theme will be “One World, Many Stories.” The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, toddlers through young adult, with programs, story hours, a reading club and more. Children will explore different lands through stories, music and art. Registration begins on May 23. Email blawson@waynelibraries.org or call 570/253-1220.

Honesdale’s farmers’ market opens

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21, and will continue every Saturday through Halloween. This year, a number of new vendors join the market including a farmer licensed to sell raw milk. The Hardler Farm will offer fresh beef and pork, sold frozen due to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food safety requirements. Twin Maples Farm will sell homemade pies and cheesecakes, plus a variety of homegrown vegetables throughout the summer and fall.  Read more

Chamber holds community expo

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo & Car Show will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Delaware Valley School’s grade nine and 10 cafeteria and gym. The event is free.  Read more

Yelle featured at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will host guest watercolor artist Jack Yelle in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, opening with a meet-the-artist reception on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Yelle has an extensive background as an illustrator and advertising art director. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After retiring from the corporate scene, he devotes full time to his watercolors. Yelle operates his gallery and studio Morning Star Creations in Roscoe, NY. His award-winning paintings are of fly fishermen, marine subjects and American barns.  Read more

Come to PaPA

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) is the name of a new exhibition space and cultural center housed in the Silk Mill in White Mills. The inaugural spring opening exhibition of PaPA will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, featuring the highlights of the private art collection of Ronald and Yvonne Parker, exhibited at the newly renovated ArtSpace (shown here). This gorgeous space resembles a Chelsea gallery, with 16-foot ceilings and wooden floors.  Read more

ARTery gains four new artists

MILFORD, PA — Four new artists have joined the ARTery Gallery. Dana Drake, of Milford PA, has been creating both functional and decorative ceramic pieces in her home studio for the past seven years. Her interest in Tibetan Buddhism can often be seen in her clay vessels. Although she prefers her potters wheel, she also creates distinctive hand carved ceramic tiles. Alex Cena, also of Milford, has had a camera in his hand since elementary school and became a full-time photographer almost 10 years ago.  Read more

Readings of ‘Bad Church, Good Church’

HONESDALE, PA — Local author Tom Kane, a reporter with The River Reporter, will hold two readings and signings for his new book, “Bad Church Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” in coming weeks. The first will be held on Friday, May 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Community Room on Commercial Street in Honesdale. The second will be held on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, second floor, on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Barryville Farmer’s Market opens

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Barryville Farmer’s Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21 behind the River Market on Route 97. It will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 8, rain or shine.  Read more

Celebrating the arts in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Festival of the Arts weekend will take place on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to shopping and dining at Honesdale’s many antique stores, galleries and restaurants, the weekend will feature entertainment under the Fred Miller pavilion on Main Street, street vendors with antiques and crafts and more.  Read more

They say the neon lights are bright—in Forestburgh?

FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”

Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way.  Read more

Time travel

As I prepare to set out on a journey of 10,000 miles with my 20-year-old daughter, I am also being swept back in time by a group of people I have not seen in 40 years. As a result, I am dangling in a kind of suspended animation between the past and the future. It may be that we all live this way every day without awareness; but right now I am aware.  Read more

A grand Grand Opening for The Towne Gift Shoppe

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Towne Gift Shoppe held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 14. The event included musical entertainment, a book signing by "Bethel, NY" author Rita Sheehan, free petcommunications and a 50/50 raffle.

At last

Friday, May 6 will be the first day of fishing for the Tangler. My silk line has been dressed with Red Label Mucilin, the ferrules on the bamboo rod checked, various fly boxes have been stowed away in my fishing shirt. My reel has been cleaned and greased. I am set to go. The Graham brothers and I will be heading for the Willowemoc right after lunch. We are all hoping to find the Hendrickson mayfly hatching. This is the insect that usually causes the trout to lose their winter sluggishness and go on the feed voraciously.  Read more

Tasty invasives

As the Upper Delaware region moves swiftly into spring, some of the earliest plants to appear are Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. These invasive plants are bad news as they out-compete native plants for resources such as sunlight, nutrients and space, resulting in the decline or elimination of food sources for some of the region’s birds, rodents and insects.

Native wildflowers that share the same habitat as garlic mustard—such as trilliums, spring beauty, wild ginger and hepatica—are severely threatened by the aggressive growth of this plant.  Read more