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October 22, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Cell phone changes

My brand new iPhone 5 sparkles more beautifully in this moment than it ever will again. It has yet to be scratched, dropped, or cracked. Inevitably, it is all downhill from here.

Transferring information, contacts and apps from an old device to a new one was the easiest it’s ever been. Literally I just plugged the new iPhone in, and a few minutes later, it is exactly the same as the old iPhone. It feels like magic.  Read more

Weekend of music at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — This weekend the Dancing Cat Saloon and Distillery on Route 17B has a little something for everybody, starting early on Thursday, as always, with the Musicians Gathering at 7:30 p.m. in the Saloon. On Friday, April 26, local songwriter/singer Janet Burgan will present an evening of her acoustic music in the Saloon starting at 7 p.m. Joe Del Priore of The Hudson Current wrote, “She is nothing less than a vocal lava flow, sweeping over a room…” On Saturday, April 27, local favorites The New Kings with Peter Florance will heat things up in the Distillery starting at 8 p.m.  Read more

American Boychoir sings at Bethel Woods

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival will celebrate the opening of its 20th anniversary season with a concert by American Boychoir at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

The choir includes boys in grades four through eight from around the world. Embracing all genres of music, the choir has performed with James Levine, Wynton Marsalis, Sir Paul McCartney, and at the Oscars, with pop diva Beyonce.  Read more

A weekend to celebrate ramps

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Ramps Fest will be held the weekend of May 4 and 5, presented by Slow Food UpDeRiVa. On May 4 there will be a “Ramp Tramp” at Channery Hill Farm in Callicoon Center at 2 p.m. Participants will take a walk and learn how to identify and conscientiously harvest wild ramps, and take some home.  Read more

Contra Dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its first Contra Dance of the 2013 season on Saturday, April 27 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.  Read more

Chamber Music at St. Andrews presents baroque opera

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. “The Judgment of Paris” (1700), a semi-staged Baroque opera by John Eccles, opens Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s 12th season of free concerts. Harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, directing from the keyboard, and a talented group of young, accomplished singers will make this a unique musical offering. Also on the program are harpsichord sonatas played by Cooper.

Reservations are required; call 845/292-8967 or email pcfriedman27@gmail.com.

Students’ musical delivers anti-bullying message

MILFORD, PA — A cast of fifth and sixth graders from Delaware Valley Elementary School (DVES) will present “Letters to Daddy,” a musical with an anti-bullying message, at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

Filled with singing, dancing and entertainment, this is the first production ever presented by DVES students.  Read more

‘Seriously good music’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — “Concerts in the Coop” presents Grammy-award-winning French guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel on Friday, April 26 at The Cooperage. The show starts at 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:15 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Once in a blue moon

Before you start sending letters, I am aware that this astronomical event has not happened in a while. In fact, a second full moon within a single calendar month is rare, which is how the colloquial use of the term came into being. A quick check online illuminated this concept while informing me that usage of the phrase is actually not at all unusual. Within minutes I discovered a brewery, a cafe, a boutique and a board game, all named Blue Moon. Songs have been written and poems have been penned, but the definition of a blue moon remains the same—infrequent, uncommon and odd.  Read more

Swimming with pachyderms in Thailand

LAMPANG, THAILAND — Fremont resident Don Downs and his wife Edie travelled to Thailand in February and spent a couple of days living with elephants.  Read more

Sore throat; many events

How come when I was a kid and I got strep throat I could still go out and play? Now that I am in my 50s, it’s taking forever to go away—two weeks on antibiotics, plus the doctor wants me to go see an ear, nose and throat specialist on May 2. If my throat still hurts by then, I am going to be a bit cranky.  Read more

Community spirit soars at African drum and dance event

BETHEL, NY — Maxwell Kofi Donkor and Sankofa returned to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on April 14 as part of the center’s World Stage Series. The series has grown in popularity in recent years and offers free events to the community, providing a wide range of performances from all around the globe. Last Sunday, the Event Gallery was filled to capacity with families, many of whom arrived early to participate in a signature aspect of the series, a hands-on art activity, this time based on the traditional arts of Africa.  Read more

Nature springs forth

Officially, spring has been here for a few weeks, and the sun has been getting higher in the sky. The cold weather, however, has been showing resistance in leaving, as it usually does by this time. I have seen snow and ice on the ground in shaded areas in northern Delaware and Sullivan Counties as late as the 8th of April this year.  Read more

Steel Magnolia to headline ThunderBash

LIBERTY, NY — Steel Magnolia will headline the eighth annual ThunderBash, presented by Thunder 102, The Town of Thompson and Concord Associates at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele and David Adam Byrnes, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy, Somerville and 2012 Texaco County Showdown Winner Cathy Paty performing with Somerville and guest host Mr. Nashville, Billy Block.

ThunderBash will open with the National Anthem performed by the Eldred Key Elements.  Read more

Acadian food and music launch DVAA fundraiser

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Taste of Acadia” kicks off the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) fundraising series “Savor the Arts” with two events on Sunday, April 21 at the Tusten Theatre. An authentic Acadian luncheon (from the French Canadian Maritime Provinces) will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the community hall below the theatre. A concert will follow at 2 p.m. by the Prince Edward Island-based Acadian band Vishtèn, playing a blend of Acadian and Celtic music performed on the fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, whistles, bodhran, jaw harp and moog, with percussive step dancing.  Read more

Werner and Koppel jazz up Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Werner/Koppel Jazz Duo will bring their sound to the Milford Theatre on April 26. The duo features American pianist Kenny Werner and Danish saxophone luminary Benjamin Koppel. This concert—the first of a series soon to be announced—will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Werner has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra and jazz stars like Toots Thielemans and David Sanchez. Danish saxophonist and composer Benjamin Koppel doesn’t only perform with Werner, the two are also the co-directors of the Valby Summer Jazz Festival.  Read more

UpFront spring exhibit

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its sixth annual spring artists reception and exhibition on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

UpFront currently has 40 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit including nine new artists

The public is invited to attend this event at no charge. This show will run through Saturday, May 31. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

BreezyGrass at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The band BreezyGrass brings its blend of bluegrass, newgrass, country, rock and all things in between to the Dancing Cat Saloon, 7 pm. A diverse take on acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass, percussive drumming, harmonies, and a deep concentration on songwriting. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Bridget Davis & the Viking Kings perform in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents brings the sounds of alternative, world-music blended with jazz and alternative folk as Bridget Davis and her band, the Viking Kings, perform at the Hawley Silk Mill’s Boiler Room overlooking the Wallenpaupack High Waterfalls on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $16 at www.silkmillharmony.com (and include a 20% discount at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro after 9:30 on the day of the show), or pay full price of $20 at the door.

Call 570/588-8077 for questions.

‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ headed for Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host a Zane Grey “Riders of the Purple Sage” double-feature over the weekend of April 19. The films will be shown on Friday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. The showings are free to the public and refreshments will be available.  Read more