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August 30, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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All work and no play?

No, that can’t be right. Some folks think my life is all play and no work, but that doesn’t quite fit either. I believe that my busy schedule of concerts, art shows, festivals and parades suits me, and as the dog and I careen through the four counties, 60 communities and two states that serve as the territory we cover for The River Reporter here in the Upper Delaware River region, I would prefer to think that although I may be a lot of things, dull isn’t one of them. Nor is my events calendar, which is quickly filling up.  Read more

The saxophone kid

Rowan Lynch has played the saxophone for three years and has already performed at many locations, written original music for and recorded a jazz album with the Rowan Lynch Quartet, participated in the Keystone College Summer Jazz Institute, and played at the Scranton Jazz Festival. Oh yeah, and he’s only 13.  Read more

There’s a better way

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has devised an innovative way to address high electricity rates paid by residents of Long Island. Unfortunately, it’s at the expense of the ratepayers of Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties. Claiming to address capacity issues for delivery of power to New York City, FERC has created a New Capacity Zone(NCZ) that lumps these Mid-Hudson counties in with those downstate, effectively increasing upstate customers’ electricity rates by 4% this year.  Read more

Counting birds in May

The warmer weather of spring is trying to establish itself, and with the weather come some birds that have not been seen or heard since last summer. The melodic song of the wood thrush or the high pitched whistle of the broad-winged hawk are soon to be heard as they return to the region and start their breeding rituals and calls. One event coming up, which helps map populations and species distribution in the state of Pennsylvania, is the annual Pennsylvania Migration Count (PAMC).  Read more

Memphis

They’ve kept the outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in basically the same condition as it was the night Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on April 4, 1968. The same dingy neon sign still hangs (though I’m certain it’s been redone), and the old motel facade stretches down the length of the street. There are even a few period cars parked perfectly, which definitely help sell the time travel vibe.

It’s kind of a strange idea for a Civil Rights Museum, but the effect is absolutely stunning. You feel it. History happened here.  Read more

NACL Theatre to hold free workshops

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Workshops for The Weather Project Pageant Play will be held weekly at NACL Theatre starting May 5. The free workshops are open to all who wish to get involved in the creation and performance of The Weather Project Community Pageant Play on August 9.  Read more

Spring education offerings continue to grow at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues to expand its cultural offerings with diverse programming aimed at audiences of all ages. As part of its World Stage Series, Bethel Woods will present a performance by Aztec Dance with Atl-Tlachinolli. Additionally, Project: Identity, a pilot program created to get teens more engaged with Bethel Woods, will culminate in a free, public performance.  Read more

The Art of Kindness, a charity fundraiser

MILFORD, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County (SHPC) will host its third annual Art of Kindness, a distinctive live auction of art in which those in attendance learn the secrets behind various fine and practical works of art from the artists and artisans directly. This charity fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Biondo Investment Advisors Building (The One) on Routes 6 & 209.  Read more

‘HolyHolyHoly’ opens Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop season

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2014 season with the play “HolyHolyHoly,” written by Bill Duncan, author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning play “Trust.”

“HolyHolyHoly” tells of three men, the faith that nourished them and the women who loved them. And then there’s the awkward aspect: Avery, Will and Zeke are priests. Or were.  Read more

Iconic folk duo Aztec Two-Step comes to Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents the iconic folk-rock pair Aztec Two-Step at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. The concert kicks off DVAA’s spring cultural series.

Aztec Two-Step will perform a “Classic Duos” concert of songs by Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, in addition to their own acoustic folk-rock classics.

For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer-songwriters.  Read more

SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit shines spotlight on local artists

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “SHHH! CAS Silent Auction Benefit,” an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center. Visitors can bid on and win exhibited works of art to take home on the day the exhibition closes. A free opening reception is on Saturday, May 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 25.  Read more

Bluegrass with the Coal Town Rounders

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s favorite bluegrass bands, the Coal Town Rounders, on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. This hard-driving four-piece traditional bluegrass band is made up of mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and tight harmonies. The band draws influence from all types of old-time string bands, bluegrass standards and some modern tunes.  Read more

Announcing this year’s Milford Music Festival dates

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Festival Committee announces the dates for this year’s event. This year’s three-day borough-wide music festival will begin Friday evening on June 27 and continue through Sunday afternoon June 29. The majority of the bands play on Saturday, June 28. Saturday is when the Jorgenson’s Dimmick Inn will once again have its famous Block Party. The bands will be announced soon on www.milfordmusicfest.org.  Read more

New chamber music season begins

REGION — Under the new artistic direction of two celebrated artists, composer Andrew Waggoner and his wife, cellist Caroline Stinson, the 2014 Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) season is well underway, beginning with “Carrie’s Teas,” free, private in-home events in April and May, hosted by enthusiastic fans who want to introduce WCM to their friends.  Read more

It’s a dog’s life

Well, it finally happened. After getting an iPawd and my own social networking page (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog), the fine folks at The River Reporter have finally wised up and decided to let me take over from you-know-who and write a decent column for a change. Since I have my paws firmly on the ground, I’m thinking of calling it “The Waggin’ Train,” but we’ll have to see how HE handles the news before the fur flies.  Read more

Aliens land in Pine Bush, NY!

Once again, the streets of Pine Bush, NY were lined with folks scanning the skies for evidence of extraterrestrial life, as the 2014 Pine Bush UFO Fair unfolded on Saturday, April 26. Showcasing an “Out of This World Car Show” and scores of street vendors, food booths and performers, the event drew more than 5,000 people who showed up to participate in the schedule of events that included live music in the gazebo, performance artists, a “Martian Art Show and Reception” and guest speakers and lectures held throughout the day.  Read more

Forty years and a bar

Six large crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the lobby of Le Pavillion Hotel in New Orleans. Two oak-leaf gilt mirrors rise above marble consoles on either end of the room adding infinite repetitions of the highly decorated scene. At 10 a.m. on the last Monday morning in April, Jazz Festers slowly tumble from the elevators looking for some chicory-laced coffee to rouse them. Most have imbibed more liquid cheer in a weekend than a bartender pours on New Year’s Eve.  Read more

A-watching we will go…at home

From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—without disturbing them one bit.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, increasing numbers of webcams are revealing much about the lives of birds and providing a fascinating front-row view of their nest-building practices, reproduction and offspring-raising activities. ‘Tis the season to tune in, with nesting underway, eggs incubating and chicks hatching or soon to do so.  Read more

Buried treasure/hidden gems

OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky, soak up some much needed rays and kick back. It seemed like the perfect time to rest up and conserve energy for the good times are about to seriously roll through come “high season” in the Upper Delaware River Valley, so I called the office claiming to be “sick” and begged off making an appearance.  Read more

‘Scrambled Realities’ mixed media paintings

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Scrambled Realities,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Jane Dell, opens with a reception on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 17.  Read more