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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

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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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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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.

‘The Ruling Class’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — “The Ruling Class,” a biting 1972 comedy satirizing the British aristocracy, will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 22, part of the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. The movie stars Peter O’Toole as Jack Gurney, the nutty son of a recently deceased Earl who has inherited the family estate. Concerned about losing his inheritance, an unscrupulous uncle convinces Jack to marry his own mistress in hopes they’ll produce an heir and his nephew can be institutionalized.  Read more

Summer reading in Wayne

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library will hold a summer reading program from June 20 through August 9. The theme will be “One World, Many Stories.” The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, toddlers through young adult, with programs, story hours, a reading club and more. Children will explore different lands through stories, music and art. Registration begins on May 23. Email blawson@waynelibraries.org or call 570/253-1220.

Honesdale’s farmers’ market opens

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Farmers’ Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21, and will continue every Saturday through Halloween. This year, a number of new vendors join the market including a farmer licensed to sell raw milk. The Hardler Farm will offer fresh beef and pork, sold frozen due to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food safety requirements. Twin Maples Farm will sell homemade pies and cheesecakes, plus a variety of homegrown vegetables throughout the summer and fall.  Read more

Chamber holds community expo

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo & Car Show will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Delaware Valley School’s grade nine and 10 cafeteria and gym. The event is free.  Read more

Yelle featured at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will host guest watercolor artist Jack Yelle in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, opening with a meet-the-artist reception on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Yelle has an extensive background as an illustrator and advertising art director. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After retiring from the corporate scene, he devotes full time to his watercolors. Yelle operates his gallery and studio Morning Star Creations in Roscoe, NY. His award-winning paintings are of fly fishermen, marine subjects and American barns.  Read more

Come to PaPA

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) is the name of a new exhibition space and cultural center housed in the Silk Mill in White Mills. The inaugural spring opening exhibition of PaPA will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, featuring the highlights of the private art collection of Ronald and Yvonne Parker, exhibited at the newly renovated ArtSpace (shown here). This gorgeous space resembles a Chelsea gallery, with 16-foot ceilings and wooden floors.  Read more

ARTery gains four new artists

MILFORD, PA — Four new artists have joined the ARTery Gallery. Dana Drake, of Milford PA, has been creating both functional and decorative ceramic pieces in her home studio for the past seven years. Her interest in Tibetan Buddhism can often be seen in her clay vessels. Although she prefers her potters wheel, she also creates distinctive hand carved ceramic tiles. Alex Cena, also of Milford, has had a camera in his hand since elementary school and became a full-time photographer almost 10 years ago.  Read more

Readings of ‘Bad Church, Good Church’

HONESDALE, PA — Local author Tom Kane, a reporter with The River Reporter, will hold two readings and signings for his new book, “Bad Church Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” in coming weeks. The first will be held on Friday, May 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Community Room on Commercial Street in Honesdale. The second will be held on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, second floor, on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

Barryville Farmer’s Market opens

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Barryville Farmer’s Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 21 behind the River Market on Route 97. It will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 8, rain or shine.  Read more

Celebrating the arts in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Festival of the Arts weekend will take place on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to shopping and dining at Honesdale’s many antique stores, galleries and restaurants, the weekend will feature entertainment under the Fred Miller pavilion on Main Street, street vendors with antiques and crafts and more.  Read more

They say the neon lights are bright—in Forestburgh?

FORESTBURGH, NY — This June, when asked for directions from Monticello to the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP), I’ll be more specific than usual: “Take Route 42 South to the blinker, make a hard right, then a quick left. Next stop: ‘Idaho!’”

Yes, “Idaho!,” the “homage to the golden age of classic musicals” will make its pre-Broadway debut in Forestburgh to work out some of the inevitable last-minute changes that always take place when mounting a new production heading for the Great White Way.  Read more

Time travel

As I prepare to set out on a journey of 10,000 miles with my 20-year-old daughter, I am also being swept back in time by a group of people I have not seen in 40 years. As a result, I am dangling in a kind of suspended animation between the past and the future. It may be that we all live this way every day without awareness; but right now I am aware.  Read more

A grand Grand Opening for The Towne Gift Shoppe

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Towne Gift Shoppe held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 14. The event included musical entertainment, a book signing by "Bethel, NY" author Rita Sheehan, free petcommunications and a 50/50 raffle.

At last

Friday, May 6 will be the first day of fishing for the Tangler. My silk line has been dressed with Red Label Mucilin, the ferrules on the bamboo rod checked, various fly boxes have been stowed away in my fishing shirt. My reel has been cleaned and greased. I am set to go. The Graham brothers and I will be heading for the Willowemoc right after lunch. We are all hoping to find the Hendrickson mayfly hatching. This is the insect that usually causes the trout to lose their winter sluggishness and go on the feed voraciously.  Read more

Tasty invasives

As the Upper Delaware region moves swiftly into spring, some of the earliest plants to appear are Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. These invasive plants are bad news as they out-compete native plants for resources such as sunlight, nutrients and space, resulting in the decline or elimination of food sources for some of the region’s birds, rodents and insects.

Native wildflowers that share the same habitat as garlic mustard—such as trilliums, spring beauty, wild ginger and hepatica—are severely threatened by the aggressive growth of this plant.  Read more

Kreznar photographs at the library

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, 19 Center St., is showing photographs of mountains in Alaska by J. Kreznar through mid June. Krezner is an artist living in Callicoon Center whose usual medium is painting, but who has expanded to photography over the last three years. Kreznar said, “I chose black and white because it is closer to capturing the essence of the landscape. I wanted the mountains to look big.”

Drawings by Smith at Red Eft

WURTSBORO, NY — The Red Eft Gallery will present an exhibit of the work of Ed Smith in a show opening on Saturday, May 14 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through June 11.
Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. His work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner and many other publications.  Read more

Forage for a spring lunch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — You can take a walk with noted herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore to forage for their lunch in Slow Food UpDeRiva’s lunch event, Salad Days of Spring, to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will return from their walk to the Old North Branch Inn and prepare a lunch made with found ingredients and sourced by visiting chef and innkeeper Mona Jess Coade-Wingate. The cost is $25 for Slow Food members and $35 for non members. This is a child free event. Enrollment is limited. Email upderiva@gmail.com or call 845/866-1484.

CAS holds “SHHH!” silent auction benefit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will hold an opening reception for its annual “SHHH!” silent auction benefit show on Saturday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. The benefit is an exhibition of work by local artists to benefit the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. It will feature works by artists that visitors can bid on, win and take home the day the exhibition closes. Participating artists at press time include Eric Baylin, Jane Biron, Elizabeth Ennis, Chip Forelli, Kathleen Hayek, Ramona Jan, Jane Sokolow, Sugar Blossom Flowers and Matthew Zappala.  Read more