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November 28, 2015
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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (www.ushistory.org), and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Healthy hiking in the Upper Delaware River Valley

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — For the past year, the National Park Service has been mapping trails and working on the creation of the new brochure, “Take A Hike! Trails of the Upper Delaware River Valley,” in order to provide expanded hiking opportunities and information to river region visitors.  Read more

Food, glorious food

Perhaps my regular readers will remember that since Thanksgiving of 2011, I haven’t eaten anything that once had eyes, having been profoundly moved by Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” and the movie “Forks over Knives.” Things are going very well, despite the fact that I fear I’m becoming a burden to my carnivorous friends. “Tell me again what you don’t eat?” asked the hostess of a recent gathering.

I gave her the short answer (see above), but I’ll share the long answer with you, gentle reader, a compendium of what I do eat.  Read more

Crazy as a loon

When spring arrives, a varied assortment of waterfowl transits the region on the way to summer breeding grounds. Some are local breeders but others are on their way north; the spring period gives an opportunity to sight species that we won’t see for the rest of the year.

One of these visitors may not be too noticeable at first. They are usually on larger lakes; from a distance they have the silhouette of a merganser, but they appear larger and darker. If you hear one of these waterfowl call, though, you will probably recognize the unmistakable yodel of a common loon.  Read more

Plant & Seed Sale & Swap

CALLICOON, NY - The Callicoon Creek Park will host a Plant & Seed Sale & Swap on Saturday, May 19, 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine under the tent. There will be perennials, annuals, veggies, seeds, herbs and more for spring planting; activities for kids with artist Linda Bastian; and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. All proceeds benefit the Callicoon Creek Park Association. Call 845-887-3105

Get a head start on the season

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will kick off its season of downtown events early with the Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

‘Blooming Spring’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery’s show for May is titled “Blooming Spring.” Presenting paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry that portray aspects of the approaching season of nature’s awakening, it opened on May 10 and will run through June 4.

The gallery is located at 210 Broad St. and its hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit arteryonline.com or call 570/409-1234.

Library Book & Bake Sale

MILFORD, PA —The Friends of the Pike County Public Library will hold their Book & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During regular hours, admission is free. However, there will also be a special preview session on Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. for an entry fee of $10. Call 570/409-9089.

Chair art to be auctioned

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Art students in Sullivan County will be auctioning works of art and chairs at Sullivan County Museum on Sunday May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., as part of a scholarship fundraiser created to benefit area high school seniors who are planning on majoring in art when they attend college.  Read more

Speckers take the stage in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Speckers, a family trio of old-time fiddlers, will perform on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street.

John Specker was born in Callicoon Depot and spent summers on his family’s ancestral farm in Shandelee. A major force in the modern day fiddle revival, John initially made his name as a musician in Ithaca as “father of the Ithaca sound” with his band The Correctones String Band. Specker has been living in Chester, VT for 30 years and tours with his two adult daughters Lila and Ida Mae.  Read more

Paintings by Doug Craft

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by Doug Craft opens with a reception on Friday, May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through June 9.

Artist and professor Alan Williams, who met Craft in England, said, “Douglas is one of those true artists who does not follow fashion. His work is true and honest. The paintings have an intrinsic poetry and one never ceases to see new levels of revelation in the one work.”  Read more

Promised Land offers fishing lessons

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park offers a summer fishing program geared to kids ages six to 15 who are beginner fishermen. Learn basic fishing skills such as casting, baiting a hook, knot tying and taking a fish off of a hook. You can bring your own poles, but free equipment and bait will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing licenses are required.

The program is offered on Wednesdays starting on June 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Falls Pavilion. Pre-registration is required. Call 570/676-3428.

‘Law & Order 1886’

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are still available for the May 26 performance of “Law & Order 1886: Murder on the Bangall Road” from the Wayne County Historical Society or at the door the night of the performance. This original production, written and performed by members of the Ritz Company Players, dramatizes the trial of James McCabe, the last man hanged in Wayne County. The play begins at 8 p.m. at the Wayne County court house in the courtroom where the original trial was held in 1886.

Tickets cost $25 per person, $10 for students. Visit WayneHistoryPA.org or call 570/253-3240.

Community quilts on display

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Community Quilts of Remembrance and Celebration will be on exhibit at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street through Monday, May 28. Sponsored by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Calico Geese Quilters and Friends, the quilts were crafted at the Harvest Festival’s third annual Airing of the Quilts on September 11. The festival included community quilt-making activities inspired by the Boise Idaho Quilt Project, which originated with women activists of the ‘60s.  Read more

Milford Music Festival set for June

MILFORD, PA — The 2012 Milford Music Festival has been scheduled for June 8 through 10. Among the highlights will be the Jorgensen’s Block Party at the corner of Broad and Harford on Saturday and Music in the Park which will present Small Town Sheiks at Ann Street on Sunday afternoon. In the evenings, many of Milford’s many fine eateries including The River Rock Inn, Waterwheel Cafe, Hotel Fauchere and the Tom Quick join in the fun in addition to scheduled performances at the historic Milford Theatre.  Read more

SCDW opens with ‘A Series of Shorts’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will open its 2012 season with a “A Series of Shorts” on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Route 42. All performances are pay what you can.

Interspersed with the short plays will be some scenes and songs including “The Chair,” an encore performance by DeLois “Cookie” House, who will be reprising her award-winning role of Ruth Waters from the recent “Vaudeville in the Catskills” and musical selections from the upcoming musical “The Fantasticks.”  Read more

Final duty station for a local World War II Navy man

COCHECTON, NY — It all began in June 2010. I was downsizing my life to travel. De-cluttering unnecessary stuff was a pretty simple task for a military man who was experienced at traveling light for 28 years. But there remained one piece in my life that needed tending to in a more dignified manner. I had been given my father, Owen Baker’s, WWII Navy “Cracker Jack” uniform complete with hat and medals. He wanted me, a Navy man who followed in his footsteps, to cherish this sacred piece of his life.  Read more

The play’s the thing!

What a weekend. With the onset of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled season, the plethora of events seems to be even more action-packed than usual, and making choices is (already) more difficult than ever before. That said, I made my selections, sorry (as usual) that I can’t be everywhere, yet confident that there are enough events here in the Upper Delaware valley to suit even the most discerning. As always, the Where and When section of The River Reporter is informative, and I continue to recommend this resource.  Read more

At the mercy of others

Sixty is the new 50, they say. We boomers are growing old gracefully. Those of us lucky enough to have escaped the plagues of AIDS, drugs and rock ‘n roll are rocking our post-middle-age. Having spent the three months leading up to my 60th birthday visiting my aunt in a rehabilitation center, I am ready to consider a gym membership, make that colonoscopy appointment and meet with a financial advisor toute de suite. The reality of what can happen to a body in a split second has hit me like a blocked artery.  Read more

Doggie Day in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Junior Troop #356 of Callicoon's "Doggie Day in Callicoon" is this Saturday, May 12 at the Callicoon Creek Park on Audley Dorrer Drive in Callicoon. The event was designed to help promote clean use of the Callicoon Creek Park by dog owners who use the park. Through a donation from the Eastern Stars of Callicoon, the girls have already purchased a pet sanitation center that will be installed on the Peck's side of the Callicoon Creek Park; there is already one on the Landers’ side.  Read more

Happiness, then sorrow

As our trip north came to an end, our first stop was Peck’s Market, and then on to the post office at Hankins, NY. There was a surprise waiting for me there. I had thought that my assortment of curves and fastballs had shut down anyone stepping into the batters’ box. However, a fellow named Robert Moase from Sweet Valley, PA, swings a fast bat. He whacked that batting practice fastball into right for a clean single. Hmm, I’d better pitch this fellow carefully.  Read more

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