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October 01, 2014
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CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.

During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride...

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With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is...

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Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the...

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For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper...

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“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She...

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If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are...

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Those sweet grass rods

In June 2004, I began the fishing column that I write for The River Reporter with this sentence: “I’m in love again, head over heels in love again.” Readers were momentarily startled by this seemingly public confession of being unfaithful. As they read further they found my new love was seven and one half feet tall and weighed only four ounces. I had gone back to casting an old, long-unused, five-strip bamboo fly rod made by that maverick among rod makers, Nat Uslan. The sweet feeling of casting that rod made me wonder why on earth I had forsaken bamboo for graphite these many years.  Read more

Bat plan released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently unveiled a national management plan to address the threat posed by white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has killed more than a million hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was discovered in a cave near Albany, NY in 2006.

The deadly disease has since spread to 18 states, including Pennsylvania, and four Canadian provinces. It is believed to be caused by the previously unidentified fungus, Geomyces destructans.  Read more

Masters of guitar in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will play sounds from Mozart to Django Reinhardt on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Animal blessing at St. James Spring Fair

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual spring fair on the Curtis family’s lawn, along Route 97 in Callicoon, on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. The event is a combination yard sale, bake sale and book sale, and this year it will also include a Blessing of Animals on Saturday at 2 p.m., led by Mother Joan LaLiberte. Bring your pet, and head for the enclosed backyard for a blessing for dogs, cats, gerbils, ferrets and other creatures. LaLiberte admits to having once blessed a pet snake, but would prefer not to do so on this occasion.  Read more

Tea with Jennie Brownscombe

HONESDALE, PA — Space is still available for the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Tea & Talk with Jennie Brownscombe” program on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 5 p.m.  Read more

Sidewalk shopping in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Business Council kicks off its Memorial Day Sidewalk Shopping Festival on Saturday, May 28, with the event running through the 30th. There will be more than 25 participating merchants, including antiques, artist exhibitions, refreshments and more. Visit www.milfordpa.us.

Plein air floral paintings at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery – The Art of Living will present “Kris Krohn Flower Power” in an exhibit of plein air floral paintings opening on Saturday, May 28 with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Krohn writes of his paintings, “I paint ‘en plein air’ to greater capture light and essence of the gardens. Inspired by 19th century masters, I seek to create canvases that channel a modern aesthetic.”
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

Yard Sale-O-Rama in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Liberty will hold a town-wide yard sale on Memorial Day Weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Other special celebrations will include an Art-in-the-Park Art & Craft Show, a Food Fest and talent show and open mic in LaPolt Park on Main Street from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and duck races at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Rain dates for all events are the same time on Sunday. Maps for the Yard Sale-O-Rama are available at Liberty Fitness, Floyd & Bobos, Village Hall and The Catskill Hudson Bank.

‘Horizon in Disguise: Nellie Bridge & Dave Miko’

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Bridge and Dave Miko will exhibit their paintings at Callicoon Fine Arts, in a show opening on Saturday, May 28 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Titled “Horizon in Disguise,” the exhibition of Bridge’s framed watercolors with Miko’s paintings on aluminum panels evokes the landscape through a rich and varied use of their respective mediums. While the works of Bridge and Miko have been seen together before, most notably at MoMA PS1 as part of “Greater New York,” this is the first time a range of their works is brought together under the rubric of a two-person exhibition.  Read more

‘Made in Brooklyn’

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an artists’ talk by the 13 diverse multi-media artists featured in the Hanson Gallery’s new exhibit, “Made in Brooklyn,” on Saturday, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artists in the show have collaborated together for 20 years. They are Audrey Frank Anastasi, Ana Bianchi, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Susan Fateh, Tami Gold, Robert Golden, Sheila Goloborotko, Kathleen Hayek, Agnes Murray, Pearl Rosen, G.G. Stankiewicz and Harold Wortsman.
The exhibit will be open through May 30. Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Quick & Gritty Video Slam

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will award $500 to a video artist at the Quick & Gritty Video Slam, a competition of three-minute videos, on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at Tusten Theatre. All pieces must be one to three minutes in length, must have been created entirely between June 3 and 18. They must have been shot in Sullivan County or the Upper Delaware valley, and must be submitted on a playable DVD to the Tusten Theatre by 12 noon on Saturday, June 18. There is no submission fee. Works will be judged live on-site.  Read more

The Upper Delaware: The wild and winding thread that binds us

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The paddle enters the dark water and the motion is like breathing. Rising and falling, merging with the ceaseless flow, the blades are driven, dropping to either side of my kayak with a rhythm reminiscent of cadenced prayer.

I ply another section of the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi—the Delaware River—this waterway of breathtaking majesty that frames so much of our lives.  Read more

Oh joy! Oh rapture!

Since I own a television, there was no escaping the imminent possibility of what some folks claimed might happen on May 21, 2011. According to the onslaught of information, we were in for quite a ride. Words like “judgment,” “evil” and “sin” kept popping up; therefore I was a bit hesitant to dismiss it out of hand, and made my plans accordingly.  Read more

Hang it up

I still remember a diving catch I made in a baseball game of my youth. It was perhaps my finest defensive play. It was the summer of 1998, I was 15 and I was playing second base for the Tusten Chiefs. It was down on the baseball field in Narrowsburg.

It was kind of an out-of-body experience. The crack of the bat and a jump and the glorious feeling of the ball landing in my glove. I don’t remember thinking much about it, just doing it. In my mind, the crowd went wild. But I’m not sure about that particular detail.  Read more

Here kitty kitty

I love birds. They are the only wild creatures who present themselves so readily to us, singing us awake in the morning, building their nests on outcroppings of our own nests, inviting us to imagine a life that defies the gravity that keeps us rooted. They are signals of the wildness we are part of. And they are oh so beautiful.  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.

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction