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October 02, 2014
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CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.

During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride...

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With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is...

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Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the...

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For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper...

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“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She...

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If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are...

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The Good Life

When the earthquake struck Japan, people in Tokyo were trapped because public transportation was disrupted. On the third day after the quake, people were taking the last remaining food from stores. After four days, severe shortages of food and water spread across the country. Then the nuclear reactor exploded.  Read more

Are you sure you want to eat that?

Writing last month’s column, I wasn’t sure what I found more disturbing—that hydrofracking giant Halliburton expected us to believe their new fracking system “made up of ingredients sourced entirely from the food industry” was safe, or that the food on supermarket shelves contained additives that could fracture shale.  Read more

Rest assured

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when, in November, 2010, hydro-fracking Halliburton announced the creation of “CleanStim™ Formulation, a fracture fluid system comprised of materials sourced entirely from the food industry,” calling it “an exciting new innovation in the field.” The announcement came, no doubt, as comforting news to millions of people who rely on the purity of the Upper Delaware River drinking water, and to millions whose water is drawn from the aquifer that mingles underground with the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Where does it hurt?

Last month a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to properly dispose of her unused and expired medications and their packaging. She knew that improper disposal poses a threat to humans as well as aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.  Read more

Three at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Three Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the entire month of April. There will be an opening reception at the Inn with the artists on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Rivers and Roads’ in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe UpstArts will present “The River and Roads Show,” starting with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1968 Old Route 17. The Rockland-Roscoe Fire District has donated the exhibition space, a temporarily empty automobile showroom. The eclectic group show features local and New York City-based artists inspired by rivers and all they evoke.  Read more

‘Frack!’ comes to Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — A new documentary by filmmaker David Morris will be screened at Mountain View Manor Resort in Glen Spey on Saturday, April 2. “Frack!” tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling (“fracking”) frenzy sweeping the Marcellus Shale region including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas that provide drinking water for over 15 million people.  Read more

A fashionable tea at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a vintage fashion show and tea on the main floor of the Columns Museum on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. The tea will be a “Farmer’s Tea,” consisting of Cornish pasties, sweets and tea. The fashion show will include clothing from the Victorian era up to the ‘60s. The models will be locals. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and include the show and tea. All donations are tax deductable.  Read more

‘Top Girls’ at Krause Hall

NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15.  Read more

‘Shorts and Sweets’

HASBROUCK, NY — The Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, in cooperation with Big Sky Productions, will present “Shorts and Sweets for April Fools”—an afternoon of short stories with homemade desserts—on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Selections will be read by Big Sky’s artistic director Carol Montana, and will include stories by Robert Fulghum, Neil Gaiman and Thomas Meehan.  Read more

Sawka at the Red Eft

WURTSBORO, NY — There will be an artists’ reception for “Passion and Art,” an exhibit of the works of Jan Sawka, on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Eft Gallery, 159 Sullivan Street. The show will be on view until May 7. The exhibit will feature a lecture on Sawka on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Utopia Direction at 7 West Street in Warwick, following which there will be champagne reception at the Red Eft.  Read more

The ACPT

The announcers’ voices were steady and excited.

“David’s still got the mistake on one across but he’s making good time with the bottom left corner of the puzzle. Ken’s got one across and he’s got the entire right side of the puzzle.”  Read more

By the numbers

Eleven. The frigid number of degrees on the thermometer as I left the house and headed to Monticello, NY to catch “Kiss Me Kate” at the high school on Friday. The book, written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack, adds sparkle to the (IMHO) incredibly clever score, penned by the incomparable Cole Porter, who created 15 original songs for this homage to Shakespeare.  Read more

Casting call

HURLEYLVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) has put out a casting call for its summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.

Caution: Eagles at work

With the first sign of spring comes time for year-round resident birds to repair nests or build new ones in preparation for a new breeding season. For our resident eagles, that work has already begun over the course of the winter, and as of the beginning of March, a few pairs have already started to incubate eggs. Once incubation has started, the adults will share this duty until the eggs hatch about 35 days later. Rearing the young takes another 12 weeks or so until they are ready to fledge.  Read more

WCM features Debussy in season premiere

HORTONVILLE, NY — Harp, viola and flute are on the bill as Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) ushers in its 18th season with two unique spring concerts: at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in Hortonville, and at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Brooklyn. Harpist Elaine Christy joins violist Dov Scheindlin and flutist Judith Pearce in both programs, the centerpiece of which is Debussy’s penultimate work, his Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.  Read more

Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo

MATAMORAS, PA — Spiritual Journeys, a local spiritual gift shop in Milford, will present a Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo on Sunday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jean Work Scholarship Fund for GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center.  Read more

‘Art classes at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a number of courses in spring. Among them are a Kids Wheel-throwing Clay Class, on six Sundays starting April 17; Pots for Tots, on six Sundays starting April 17; Fine Art is Fun, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; Art for Kids, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; and How to Photograph Your Artwork, one session on Saturday, April 2.

Fees start at $45. Classes are held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, with a five student minimum. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227.

Taste of Cherry’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Spring Sunday Night Cinema Series presents “Taste of Cherry” on March 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Iranian-born filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, the 1997 film is about a mysterious middle-aged man who drives around the outskirts of a city offering strangers money to help him commit suicide. It raises questions about the morality of suicide and the nature of compassion, and won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.  Read more

Write a play over the weekend

JEFFERSONVILLE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a two-day playwriting program at the Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg branches on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. Both days there will be a playwriting seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Jeffersonville branch, led by playwright and workshop mentor Bonnie Culver.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction