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MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t...

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Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River...

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I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to...

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Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The...

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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a...

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A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Liberty Free comes to Kauneonga

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will launch a series of Rent Money Readings at the Beekman House Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Café in Kauneonga Lake on Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. The inaugural plays will be “In the Western Gardens,” by Stuart Spencer, with Thomas Bosket, Chet Carlin, James Sullivan and Karen Young; and the classic comedy, “The Love of Don Perlimplin,” by Federico Garcia Lorca, with James Heisel, Kathy McKenna and Dana Priebe.  Read more

Wayne County Antique Show

HONESDALE, PA — The Women’s Club of Honesdale will hold its 49th annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Wayne Highlands Middle School on upper Grove Street.

Over 50 dealers will be displaying their wares including art, jewelry, estate jewelry, coins, silver, cut glass, rugs, fine porcelain, china, lamps and lampshades, Christmas ornaments, furniture, books, quilts and other collectibles. Experts available will include Harry  Read more

Malis read at First Fridays

NARROWSBURG, NY — Taylor Mali and Mari-Elizabeth Mali will be the guests at First Fridays Contemporary Writers Series on Friday, July 1. The open mic starts at 7:30 p.m., with the authors reading at 8 p.m.

Taylor (www.taylormali.com) is an advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and SAT test preparation. He is the author of two books of poetry, “The Last Time As We Are” (Write Bloody Books 2009) and “What Learning Leaves” (Hanover 2002); and four CDs of spoken word.  Read more

‘Visions’ at Hemlock Farms

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “Visions,” the annual summer group show and sale by artists from Hemlock Farms and friends, opens on Friday, July 1 and runs through August 29. A gala artists’ reception will be held on July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be refreshments and the music of Ed Biamonte at the keyboard. The show is held in the gallery at Chant Realtors – Lords Valley, 631 Rt. 739 in Lords Valley, just off I-84 Exit 34. Call 570/775-7337.

‘Odd Couple’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple” at the Rivoli Theatre on Route 42 for six performances from July 1 through 10.

When a fastidious hypochondriac whose marriage is ending moves in with a slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter, the comedy thrives on the contrasts. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?  Read more

‘Art on the Edge’

HAWLEY, PA — “Art on the Edge,” an exhibition of 60 regional artists curated by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Rocky Pinciotti, will be presented by Hawley Silk Mill and the Wayne County Arts Alliance from Saturday, July 2 through September 10. There will be an opening reception on July 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The show features sculpture, photography, paintings and mixed media works. Feature artists are Michael Hardesty and Christopher Ries, whose large-scale works will greet patrons upon entering the exhibit.  Read more

Global Groove Quartet at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a performance featuring the Global Groove Quartet on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center. The group fuses music from around the world in a Silk Road tour of Europe, Japan, India, Africa and Brazil, with a stopover in the Big Apple.  Read more

Library holds community writing project

SULLIVAN COUNTY, PA — The Western Sullivan Public Library system and Sullivan West Central School District are jointly sponsoring a community writing project for the summer of 2011. Entitled “Got a Minute? Let me tell you!,” this program is designed to encourage community residents of all ages to write personal statements expressing important beliefs, ideas or messages. These might be seen as personal “editorials,” or as meaningful personal statements that individuals want to share with others.  Read more

Fort Delaware: a new day dawns

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Everything I wear requires two forms of documentation to the time period I represent,” historic interpreter Mark Walter told students gathered around the assemblage of artifacts on display at Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg during Student Days recently.

Mark, a member of the New York branch of the American Longrifle Association, portrays a farmer and hunter from 1763 as a volunteer at Fort Delaware, a living museum of colonial history located within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a unit of the National Park Service.  Read more

Fireworks and more

BETHEL, NY — The Town of Bethel’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 3 at dusk on Kauneonga Lake.  Read more

Get me to the church on time

I think about writing all of the time—and especially this column. As I plot out the details of the coming week, the column begins to take on life in its own ever-changing, capricious way, almost becoming alive in my anthropomorphic mind as I wend my way through this entertaining, never ending tour of the Delaware River Valley. Sometimes I stop to snap a pic of a baby skunk by the side of the road, and this act alone gives birth to a paragraph or two. Other days, it’s the weather.  Read more

Old pastures

The multi-flora roses are in bloom. Their sweet, spicy fragrance meets you along the old paths. These great bushes of white roses, entwined with grape, humming with bees, are long ago escaped and gone wild. They encroach the roadsides and are taking over the old pastures.

My cousins and I played baseball in these now overgrown fields. The grass was cropped then by the Herefords my uncle pastured there. Buttercup and bull thistle—whatever a cow wouldn’t eat—grew tall.  Read more

Waking up

On the night of May 26, my husband called me downstairs. He had been checking the radar weather map, and when the wind and lightning started, he knew I would be safer on the first floor of our house. "This is going to be a bad one," he said. Neither of us acknowledged that the horrific images of Joplin, Missouri were forefront in our minds.

Fear gripped me as we huddled against the storm, the likes of which I had never before experienced. You know what I'm talking about. You were there too.  Read more

Primitive landscapes by Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by local primitive artist Cheryl Korb will come to River Gallery – The Art of Living on Saturday, June 25, opening with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through August 20.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. Cheryl began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

The television star

Six weeks ago, I received an unusual request from our friend Misako Ishimura. Misako is a member of the Japanese Women’s Fly Fishing Organization. She wanted me to participate in the making of a fly fishing film that would be sponsored by the Shimano Tackle Company of Japan, the tentative title being “Fly Fishing in the Catskill Mountains of America.” The show is to be shown on Japanese television. Misako, or “Misa” as she prefers to be called, is such a wonderful, bubbly little lady it was impossible to refuse her plea.  Read more

A walk around the block

What marvels may be seen, out there amidst the green? Each of these images (also see photos at top left) was photographed within walking distance of The River Reporter’s office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY, proof that one need not venture far to find something fascinating in the natural world. Take a stroll today—and don’t forget your camera!

Country Ark Farm

MILFORD, PA — For 23 years, the Ciancitto family has been quietly going about their chosen work, down a dirt road just outside Milford, where they care for more than 100 domestic and exotic animals whose existence enriches the lives of people challenged with various disabilities.  Read more

Audubon in Manor, all week long

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a celebration of all things Audubon in Livingston Manor from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, July 3.
The week will get started with the opening of an Audubon and Friends art exhibition at Flour Power Bakery, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs gallery. The exhibit will be open to the general public through July 17. It will feature 17 artists and photographers, and the Sullivan County Audubon Society will highlight the exhibit with an information station on our local birds and butterflies and information on their activities in Sullivan County.  Read more

‘Flicks from the Underground’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The eighth annual DIGit festival will conclude with “Flicks from the Underground,” a screening of videos and films from performance artists from the 1970s to the present, curated by video artist Ron Littke. The videos, originally intended to be shown in galleries, clubs and performance spaces, are funny, irreverent, surprising and different. Most of the videos come from the Franklin Furnace archives. Many haven’t been shown publicly for over 20 years.  Read more

Readings from ‘Bad Church, Good Church’

DINGMAN, PA — Local author and journalist Tom Kane will give a reading of his recently published book, “Bad Church, Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” on Thursday, June 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dingman Township Branch of Pike County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. The branch is located at 100 Bond Court, on Log Tavern Road near the intersection with Route 739 in Dingman Township.