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July 24, 2016
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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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SUNY course signups, dance, yoga at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — Instructors from SUNY Sullivan will be at the Narrowsburg Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, offering signups for the following classes: a five-week painting class that will start on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. (10 to 12 noon); a five-week songwriting class starting on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); a five-week second session of the painting class starting on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); and a one-day drawing class to be held on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more

River flight

The third Saturday in February was a sunny, mild day along the Delaware River at the Lackawaxen confluence. This is a good spot to see wintering eagles from December into March, and Eagle Institute volunteers are present during weekends with spotting scopes and binoculars to help visitors in observing these majestic birds. It has been a mild winter with little river ice, but resident and migrant eagles can still be seen there with a little patience.  Read more

Food for Thought series

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s sustainable farmers present their annual Food for Thought series Saturdays, March 5, 12 and 19 at Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main St. On March 5 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a talk about root cellaring—storing food below ground in nature’s winter, underground refrigerator—by farmers from The Anthill Farm and Nonnenmacher Acres. On March 12, former farmers’ market cook Jane Bollinger and Alicia Anderson of Lackawaxen Farm Company cook and share recipes for local vegetables that are available during this late winter season.  Read more

Anderson Fair documentary

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Salon Series will present the screening of the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair,” on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

I won’t grow up!

Well, it finally happened. I discovered a way to combine fundraising, imagination, community involvement and my love of the arts, while prancing around like a fool for the amusement of others. Yep, it’s time once again for the eighth annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge! Every year the organization ( recruits local businesses and community and civic leaders to become “Celebrity Servers” and entertain hundreds while raising much-needed dollars for the clubs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Students’ art on display at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The fifth annual Delaware Valley High School art exhibit will be held at the ARTery Gallery from March 11 through April 4. Gallery member and curator Marie Liu says, “The artists who own and operate this gallery live here in the region. We are thrilled to share our space with our young artists to give them a real life experience of the art business and encourage their artistic efforts.” The students will be present at an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Chef’s Do Dinner

MATAMORAS, PA — The Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) of Pike County has scheduled the 18th annual Chefs Do Dinner signature event on March 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing.  Read more

Honey Dewdrops ‘churn like a paddlewheel’

HAWLEY, PA — The Honey Dewdrops, comprising the duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, will bring a blend of folk and roots music to Hawley on Friday, March 4 for a show at Harmony Presents. The concert starts at 8pm.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote of the Honey Dewdrops’ music, “Handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway,” and Sing Out Magazine refers to their “Gorgeous harmonies, thrilling arrangements, and some remarkably insightful, honest writing .”  Read more

Joseph in the Well: violin duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase 2015 Sammie Music Award’s Artist of the Year and Outstanding New Artist, Joseph in the Well on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Managing director of Harmony Presents, Jill Carletti said, “Joseph in the Well is an original music project led by violinist-looper Joe Kye. This incredible duo features violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion and their unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis.”  Read more

POPS Prism Concert

LIBERTY, NY — As part of its celebration for Music in Our Schools Month, the Liberty Central School High School music department will present its annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium (snow date is March 10). The concert will feature all of high school’s performing ensembles. The program will also feature some student soloists, small ensembles and duets performing an array of popular tunes, past and present.  Read more

Female Renaissance artists

SHOHOLA, PA — At a special exhibit for Women’s History month at the Artists’ Market Community Center, you’ll learn how men often attached their names to artwork created by Renaissance and Baroque women. There will be a free reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.  Read more

A bridge and its community; Skinners Falls Bridge closure would come with a cost

MILANVILLE, PA — When asked if the closure of the Skinners Falls Bridge affects business, Vanessa DeGori of the Milanville General Store answered with a resounding “Definitely.” The beloved general store is the only business in the tiny town (or village) of Milanville on the shores of the Delaware River. The family-run store offers everything from gas and snacks to subs and pizzas, with friendly service where everyone knows your name. The historic store has been in business since 1850; the DeGori family has owned it since 1979.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more

Pledging to protect our water

Countless individuals have worked with great dedication to protect the magnificent Delaware River—and other regional waterways—from a variety of potential harms. Sometimes that has called for heroic feats of activism to fend off the impacts of power lines, pipelines and natural gas extraction. In reality, all of the individual actions we take, based upon the choices we make, impact the quality of our water, and each of us can implement meaningful and manageable steps to minimize those impacts and protect our water.  Read more

Culture & Heritage Grants available

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg. The grants assist artists and nonprofit organizations to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County. Projects must be completed by the end of 2016.  Read more

The best-laid plans…

I may not be the first in line to point out my shortcomings, because as the old standard says, “That’s what friends are for,” but I am well aware that I have some. Over the years, I’ve attempted to change, but like the leopard and its spots… well, you get where I’m going with this. Suffice it to say that now I have liver spots and yet, I still try. Admittedly, I’m not great with change. Although I change my clothes frequently enough, I rarely buy new ones. I prefer to stay in one place, yet circumstances have decreed that I move a few times over the years.  Read more

Celebrity Dinner raises money for kids

CALLICOON, NY — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill, serving northern Orange and Sullivan counties, will hold the eighth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner on Friday, March 4 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. The theme of this year’s event is “Storybook Characters on the Boardwalk.” It will once again feature Sullivan County business, community and civic leaders including honorary chairman Greg Goldstein. Funds raised via the dinner are used to support youth programs throughout the county.  Read more

Soul-grass duo at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Hank and Pattie, an Americana-Soulgrass duo on Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. “These bluegrass ambassadors have joined forces to create an original and energetic soul-grass band. The duo takes traditional bluegrass and infuses it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Remembering Phil Ochs Song Night

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present a night of music commemorating the life and music of 1960s American protest singer Phil Ochs, while also highlighting new talents making music in Phil’s spirit. The show will be hosted by Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs, and take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.  Read more