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October 09, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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‘Entering the Dharma Gate’

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

Celebrate Earth Day at PPL preserve

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

Laugh Tour returns to Nutshell

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

Ballroom dance to benefit Catskill Art Society

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

World Stage brings the arts to youth

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

Traditional cooking classes

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

Bikes and trails for Earth Day

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

IOU Thrift Shop Fashion Show

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

UpFront holds fifth year opening

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

Music for the eyes, art for the ears

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

Beautiful work

“Beautiful work,” says the beautiful woman who shakes my hand with two-handed sincerity at the end of a recent audition. I carry her praise home with me down Eighth Avenue through throngs of middle-aged men in hockey jerseys on their way to the Garden, into the subway where the temperature is always two days behind the street weather, and finally up two flights of stairs into my apartment before realizing her praise was a consolation prize. I would not be getting the part but I did “beautiful work.”  Read more

Local violist to perform senior recital at Julliard

NEW YORK CITY — Hannah Ross of Narrowsburg, NY will perform her senior recital at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall at 155 West 65th Street in Manhattan on April 19 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Works include pieces by Bach, Prokofiev, Bruch and Hindemith.  Read more

Quiz time

The time has come when the crack of the bat on ball, the smack of the line drive hitting the shortstop’s glove is echoing throughout the land. A small coterie of millionaires is again playing a game that once belonged to the boys of summer. Therefore, it is time for me to warm up my venerable right arm. I am once again hoping to send you young whippersnappers back to the bench, dragging your bats behind you. Just to falsely build your confidence, the first pitch will be a batting practice fastball, waist high, right down the middle at 85 miles an hour. Step up, batter.  Read more

Watching a wonder unfold

For the past week, I have fallen under the thrall of a mesmerizing event that is being streamed live via two webcams hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A pair of herons are tending five beautiful blue eggs in a nest built in a dead white oak in the middle of Sapsucker Woods pond outside the Cornell Lab’s Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the Ithaca, NY region.  Read more

‘Techniques of the Old Masters’

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will sponsor a workshop led by Thomas Bosket titled “Techniques of the Old Masters” on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new arts alliance offices at 812 Main St. The material on paint-handling techniques is accessible to beginning painters, but will also be valuable to advanced painters who may have never heard the information.

Cost is $70 for members, $80 for non-members, and there is a $15 materials fee. Waynecountyartsalliance.org or 570/390-4420.

Yasgur and Peter Florance at Tusten Town Hall

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance's Arts Alive drive will present the bands Yasgur and Peter Florance & The New Kings in a concert on Saturday, April 14 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Tusten Town Hall. There will also be a silent auction of Liberty High School photography and graphic art. A $20 donation is requested for admission, which will go to benefit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. Email rjohansen 1111@hotmail.com or call 845/252-7576.

Opening cast and Two-Headed Trout Dinner in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe, the Ultimate Fishing Town USA, will hold opening day ceremonies for the fishing season on Saturday, April 14, starting at 8 a.m. at Junction Pool. The first cast will be at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Call 845/439-4039.

That evening, Roscoe will hold the annual Two-Headed Trout Dinner at the Rockland House at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45, covering a six-course prime-rib dniner. There will be raffles, door prizes and a silent auction. Call 607/498-4139.

Liberty Museum displays Cobalt, larger than life

LIBERTY, NY — The larger-than-life theatrical artwork of Cobalt Studios will herald the season opening of the Liberty Museum & Arts Center on Saturday, April 21 with a meet-the-artists reception on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. A tradition at the museum, the annual display of work produced by Cobalt’s advanced students features realistic paintings designed as backdrops for all types of theatrical presentations.  Read more

ARTery hosts ‘New Visions’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit featuring art by 40 regional artists and craftsman titled “New Visions”, a juried show and sale. Work chosen from hundreds of submissions will be on display from April 12 to May 7. The reception will be during Milford’s Art After Dark event on Saturday April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The works represent a wide range of mediums, from ceramic pottery to sterling silver jewelry; genre ranging from whimsical animal sculptures to elegant figurative photography; paintings from realism to expressive abstracts. Visit arteryonline.com.

Bethel Woods extends access to classical music series

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has expanded the Experience the Arts Ticket Access Program to include the three-performance Classical Series at the Event Gallery. For every ticket purchased to a performance in the Classic Music Series, Bethel Woods will donate one ticket to qualified students, community and social service organizations within the region to inspire exploration of the arts.  Read more

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