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Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.

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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By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East...

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One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45...

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…Well, maybe a little. After all, it’s my column. Even though I do share personal information in the pages of The River Reporter, it’s just an excuse to write about my observations of what all of...

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A couple of months back during August, a concerned Pennsylvania landowner contacted the National Park Service (NPS), Upper Delaware to report that an owl was on the ground in his yard and had been...

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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 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

Calling all Munchkins

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will hold auditions on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this summer’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road.

As part of its educational theatre outreach, FTAC will cast local students interested in participating in the production as Munchkins. Children ages 8 to 14 will have the opportunity to share the stage with the professional resident company of actors who come to Forestburgh from all over the country.  Read more

Master gardener plant sale

HONESDALE, PA — The Penn State Master Gardeners in Wayne County will hold a spring plant sale at the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main St. on May 14, starting at 10 a.m. There will be perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and possibly house plants. There will also be a help desk to answer questions. Call 570/253-5970, ext. 4110.

Liberty Free presents ‘Hughie’

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre at 109 South Main St. will present Nobel Laureate Eugene O’Neill’s play, “Hughie,” the story of a lonely small-time gambler and his touching, revealing and often humorous attempts to hold on to his life-long delusion of a happy-go-lucky winner. The play features Michael Frizalone and James Heisel. It was directed by Chet Carlin. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., May 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, and one matinee on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m.  Read more

‘Triple Vision’ at Bluestone

MILFORD, PA — Bluestone Gallery will feature the “Triple Vision” of three artists in an exhibit opening on Friday, May 13, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The three featured artists share a vision characterized by spirit, simplicity and sophistication. John Tilton and Marsha Silverman are ceramicists who create art pottery in porcelain with vibrant crystal matte glazes. Oi’s large acrylic paintings, based upon the “Four Seasons,” capture the essence of serenity itself.  Read more

Cream tea in the parish hall

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Burnham’s Tea Room will make its annual appearance at St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B, across from Roche’s Garage, on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s an authentic cream tea, just like you would find at many a parish hall in England.  Read more

Roscoe kids take ‘water snapshot’

ROSCOE, NY — As part of the Water Snapshot program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior-National Park Service, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Roscoe Central School walked to Riverside Park in Roscoe to perform water quality tests on samples from the Willowemoc River.  Read more