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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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The Johnny Darling Frolic: a local legend lives on in Livingston Manor

The Johnny Darling Frolic, spearheaded by local historian Mia Koerner, began in 2009—the 200th anniversary of storyteller Darling’s birth. Johnny Caesar Cicero Darling’s reputation is a story in itself, rich in legend, based on fact. Famous for his “tall tales,” Darling’s love of folk stories and his passion for children and keeping the spoken word a living tradition has become a part of the landscape in these here parts, and Koerner’s commitment to keeping his spirit alive is a big part of the picture.  Read more

ArtWalk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, July 7, (rain date Sunday, July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor will host an ArtWalk with 30 artists ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography.

Ann Higgins, Elise Hornbeck, Gary Tempel, Caroline Harrow, Linda Hare, Una Evers, Kate Hyden and Scott Woods will be at WaterWheel Junction with more Art on display inside of Wildlife Gift. Jeff Bank will entertain some of the Jeff Bank calender photographers: Stephen Davis, Virginia Sanborn and James Carney.  Read more

Weekend presents ‘A Great Conversation’

SULLIVAN COUNTY — For a couple of weeks every summer, the hills of the Upper Delaware Valley ring with world-class classical music brought here by the Weekend of Chamber Music. In its 19th outing, the group will hold “The Great Conversation.” A new twist for this festival will be classical improvisation sprinkled into the concerts under the leadership of guest co-directors composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner and cellist Caroline Stinson, who have a reputation for cutting-edge performances in this genre, in which they have forged new ground with their chamber music quartet Open End.  Read more

Senior picnics with a ‘60s and ‘70s theme

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Senior Centers of Wayne County will host summer picnics during the month of July. Honesdale’s picnic will be Friday, July 13 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Hamlin Center will meet on July 20 at Lake Genero and Hawley’s event will be at the Robert J. Drake Center in Bingham Park on July 27. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, and there will be entertainment by the Polka Jets II, bingo and prizes. The theme this year will be the ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets cost $5 and are available to those 60 years of age and over.  Read more

Debra Winger hosts Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger, fracking activist and public health advocate, will host Barnfest 2012 at The Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission and drinks including beer at Barnfest are free. Local food will be available for purchase, and there will be an art auction, penny social and other fun activities for the entire family including live performances. The event will be held rain or shine. Last year, in torrential downpours, more than 500 enjoyed the event.

Tickets go on sale for Judy Collins

BETHEL, NY — Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 9 at 10 a.m for Grammy®Award Winner and folk icon Judy Collins, with special guest Rachel Sage, in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets cost $69.50 in advance, and can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org, Ticketmaster or by phone at 800/745-3000. Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

First Fridays hosts McNiece, Rogers

NARROWSBURG, NY — Perennial favorite Ray McNiece, from Cleveland, OH will return to First Fridays Contemporary Author Series in Narrowsburg, along with Doug Rogers from Long Eddy.

The First Fridays series is held at the Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There is an open mic sign-up, limited to 10 readers, at 7 p.m., followed by the open mic, hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors at 8 p.m.

Earlier in the day, McNiece will participate in the Summer Reading Program for kids at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, at 12 noon.

Have fun—and do good—at Holiday Mountain

MONTICELLO, NY — United Way of Sullivan County will join with Holiday Mountain Fun Park to offer fun-seekers an evening of games and attractions on Tuesday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants can enjoy go-kart rides, bumper boats, bumper cars, rock wall climbing, potato sack slide, mini-golf, bungy trampoline and Spider Mountain for $19.95. A ticket provides participants with unlimited use of the rides and attractions with exception of go-kart rides, which are limited to two rides per person.  Read more

Premiere at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. the Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere reading of Paul Austin’s new comedy, “The Harvey White Chronicles.” The reading will take place at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center as a prologue to the museum’s official celebration of its 15th anniversary on July 28. The play is a series of five inter-related one-acts (much like a collection of short stories) that chronicle the ups and downs of a young man as he tries to live, love and work—when possible—in today’s America.  Read more

Ciliberto to star in ‘Rocky Horror’

FORESTBURGH, NY — Paul Ciliberto, host of the morning Thunder 102 radio show Ciliberto & Friends, will appear at all performances of the upcoming “Rocky Horror Show” at the Forestburgh Playhouse. A portion of ticket sales will benefit seven different local charities.

Although fans of the classic rock musical about a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, may be disappointed to learn that Ciliberto will not be appearing in heels and fishnets, in his role as the Narrator he will introduce the signature dance number in the show, “Time Warp.”  Read more

Wurtsboro holds Founder’s Day fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold its Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 7 in Veteran’s Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment featuring Obsidian, Variety, Inc., Keith Newman, Carl Richards Band, Donna Singer & Doug Richards Trio and Third Degree. Local vendors will sell arts and crafts, and there will be rides and children’s events on Sullivan Street.  Read more

‘DIGit: An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will host DIGit, a visual arts event, from Friday, July 6 to Sunday the July 8. Titled “An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms,” the show will include a variety of art—performance, poetry, photography, drawing, fiber, ceramics, music, video and sculpture—created by a grand collection of artists, presented on dozens of iPads, iPods, LED-HD monitors or projected by miniature projectors. Curated by Pat Carullo, all the art will be offered for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NACL.  Read more

Opera in HD at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s Summer Encore Series presents HD broadcasts of operas performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the Seelig Theatre. The next presentation will be “Les Contes d’Hoffman” (“Tales of Hoffman”), by Jacques Offenbach, on July 11. It will be presented at 6:30 p.m., and has a run time of three hours.  Read more

‘The Sensuous & the Beautiful’

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art), an art and cultural center located four miles west of Hawley at 75 Main St. in White Mills, will open its exhibit “The Sensuous & the Beautiful” on July 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Imperial Brands, Inc. The exhibition will showcase more than 20 international and six national artists, including over 70 paintings, sculptures and objects of art. The show will run through August 11.  Read more

Moonlit drumming

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a “Moonlit Drumming” program on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor will lead the event.

Participants in Moonlit Drumming will enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. No experience is necessary. Prices are $30/adult and $15/child. Call 570/828-2319 for registration. Visit www.peec.org/events-date.html.

‘Accomplice’ keeps you guessing

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a comedy thriller, Rupert Holmes’ “Accomplice,” starting on Friday, July 6. The songwriter who penned the smash hit, “The Pina Colada Song” changed hats for long enough to create this convoluted thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the very last scene. Performances at the Rivoli Theatre will take place on July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Read more

Marc Black at Old North Branch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Marc Black, composer of the “No Fracking Way” anthem, brings his folk and blues music to the Old North Branch Inn on Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m.  Read more

Running on empty

Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )  Read more

Eagles vs. fireworks

There’s a very metaphorically patriotic debate going on in Narrowsburg over the effect of the fireworks on the local bald eagles. There is a nest on the flats and two out of the last three years, it seems the July 4th fireworks have caused eagles to fall from the nests. It’s basically the bald eagle (federally protected and national mascot) versus the fireworks (beautiful patriotic tradition of exploding lights and loud noises). The only way it could get any more patriotic would be to add the good old stars and stripes into the mix somehow.  Read more

‘Looking forward, looking back’

By Stanley Harper

Councilwoman Eileen Falk, commenting on the proposed “Riverwalk” project during a public hearing: “Not trying to make Narrowsburg into something different, just trying to make it what it was.”

Something we often hear: “I don’t want Narrowsburg to change from the way it was.”  Read more