UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Anyone who has ever thought that pure maple syrup is too expensive need only visit a local sugar bush to gain a good perspective on what it takes to make the delicious product that sweetens our lives in so many ways.
For starters, producing one gallon of the syrupy stuff requires harvesting 40 gallons of tree sap using a variety of practices involving taps, buckets, tubing and more. Next is the fairly grueling process of boiling that sap down to concentrate the sugars over an intense period of time. Read more
Recently, my husband and I indulged in a spate of Masterpiece Theater and BBC mini-series (I call them high-class soap operas), spurred on by our earlier delight with “Cranford” and “Downton Abbey.” We’ve since hunkered down for marathon sessions of Dickens’ “Bleak House” and “Little Dorrit,” as well as the 2002 version of “The Forsythe Saga.” Read more
After a telephone conversation with Mr. Wayne Grauer, I do not think I will be called upon to give away any poorly tied flies this year. Wayne is a purveyor of both new and used bamboo fly rods and knows quite a bit regarding fly fishing history. Mr. Grauer complained that the quiz this year was really tough. Some of you may simply need a few extra hours of batting practice. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The latest taxidermy mount to be added to an ever-expanding display of animals at the Wayne Conservation District (WCD) is the fisher, a mid-size carnivore characterized by a long darkly-furred body, short legs and a full tail.
Also referred to as tree otter, tree fox and fisher weasel, this mammal sports an appealing triangular face topped with wide rounded ears and oval pupils that produce a green eyeshine at night. Adult males weigh seven to 12 pounds; adult females weigh four to seven pounds. Read more
...is another man’s treasure.” Taking a peek into my garage, these words speak volumes. According to www.quotecounterquote.com, this common expression has been “a popular proverbial saying in America since the late 20th century. Its basic meaning is that something which seems worthless to one person is often deemed valuable by another.” Read more
Spring is the time of year when all aspects of nature seem to come alive; buds and sprouts are appearing on bushes, trees, and out of the ground, and bears make their appearance after wintering in their dens. Birds are heard in the forests and fields chirping and trilling away; many of these calls heard are breeding and territorial defense calls. Read more
LONG EDDY, NY — YarnslingersTM at the Chestnut Cafe on Friday, APril 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. They wil be followed by music from Hoi Polloi.
The theme for Yarnslingers is "Verbatim." The Chestnut Cafe serves a variety of Latin and American food.
NARROWSBURG, NY — “An Unfamiliar Place,” an exhibit of photographs by Charles Maraia, will open at the Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. on Friday, April 20, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 12.
While spending the better part of the last two years at his house in Jeffersonville, NYC native Charles Maraia took monthly trips into the city and noticed “things I rarely saw when I lived there full time. NYC had become an unfamiliar place.” Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Painter/poet Clyde Washington will give a performance of “The Inspirational Art Show” at the Days Inn on Saturday, April 21.
South Carolina native and long-time Liberty resident, Washington presents a unique combination of his surrealistic/primitivistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry. Washington has written a poem that specifically enhances the message of each painting. Washington will be displaying a number of never-before-seen paintings. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Rollin’ Down the River (RDTR), a series of concerts benefiting Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. will hold its kick-off event at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, on Sunday, May 6 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The afternoon will feature the Grammy-nominated band Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, which has nine CDs on The Woodstock Records label, and worked for years with Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame group The Band and as a backup group for Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill (8 Silk Mill Drive, just off Route 6) will host “An Evening of Poetry: Entering the Dharma Gate” on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will feature poets Karen Morris and Marcia Nehemiah, members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. The mic will be open for poets following the featured reading; arrive a few minutes early to sign up. Read more
LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — National Volunteer Week and Earth Day will combine as the themes of the Pike Wayne Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning and celebration of local natural resources, while highlighting the organizations in Pike and Wayne counties that aim to protect them. Many of them are looking for volunteers. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to The Nutshell at 6692 State Rte. 52 this year, with performances scheduled for April 21, May 26, June 23, July 14, August 11, Septemer 1, October 13 and November 10.
Headlining on Saturday, April 21 will be Mike Lawrence (www.mikelawrencecomedy.com), whose credits include Conan, Comedy Central and Montreal Just for Laughs. To see his debut on Conan, visit www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7V7oJlcUQp4. Read more
PARKSVILLE, NY — An evening of ballroom dance to benefit the Catskill Art Society will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Just Breathe Yoga Studio, hosted by Justine and Don Sutherland and Vivian and Jerry Ehrlich. Dance instruction and performance will be provided by nationally known professional instructors. Beginners are welcome.
The dancing is free, but tax-deductible contribution to CAS will be accepted, with a suggested donation of $20 per person. Give what you can. Wear dance shoes (suede sole), slippers or bare feet; no street shoes. Read more
BETHEL, NY — As part of the continuing efforts and commitment to make arts programming open and accessible to the community, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is presenting four World Stage Series performances in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods during the spring 2012 season. The first performance, the Amato Opera-in-Brief on April 5, was sold out. The next performance will be “Indian Music: Ray Spiegel & Aashish Khan,” on Sunday, April 22. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Slow Food UpDaRiva will present a series of classes in the “Basics of Traditional Cooking” at the Hills Country Inn. Each will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and include a light lunch. The first class, on Sunday, April 22, will focus on choosing the right fats and preparing soups, broths and stews using traditional methods and grass-fed meats from local farms. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, the public can help repair bikes and trails in the Livingston Manor area in celebration of Earth Day 2012. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host a Flat Fix Clinic with Charlie Sanborn of Cinder Track Bicycles. Bring in your old or new bike (or wheel with flat tire) and Sanborn will patch it for a minimal fee, first come, first served. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — There will be a fashion show featuring local models wearing thrift shop fashions, including prom, formal and everyday wear for men, women, children, and teens, on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delaware Youth Center, to benefit the work of Interfaith Outreach United (IOU), and to thank the community for its years of support. A surprise ending is being planned. There will be music and a silent auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Homemade refreshments will follow. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold an artists’ reception for its fifth year anniversary opening on Saturday, April 21. The gallery will open at 12 noon and the reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music by Walt Edwards and refreshments. This show started on April 1 and will run through May 31. It features the art of 32 artists including Alyta Adams, Joseph Bilger, Rusty Coelho, Julia Healy, Alan Kaplan, Jane Brennan Koeck and Charlie Lang. A new feature of the gallery is the Wendell M. Upchurch room. Read more
Here in the Upper Delaware Valley, variety is indeed the spice of life. This past week served up a perfect menu, since The River Reporter’s “Where and When” section was riddled with choices. Fascinated (yet horrified) by that woman known only as “Danielle” who spent $50,000 to clone her dog (www.andersoncooper.com), I realized that simply being called a dog from time to time does not qualify me for cloning. Yet. Therefore, schedule in hand, I made my selections and headed out. Read more