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September 30, 2016
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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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‘Bare Bones’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local artists take a “bare bones” approach to the world around us in a new group show at the Laundry King, an alternative exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St.

Curated by artists Elizabeth Ennis and Naomi Teppich, this exhibit features
drawings, paintings, sculptures, a hand-made book and photographs by Robyn Almquist, Don Downs, Eva Drizhal, Elizabeth Ennis, Kathie Fitzgerald, Emanuelle Gauthier, Jan Harrison, Joanna Hartell, Lynne Mayocole, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, David Sandlin, Michael Staats and Naomi Teppich.  Read more

‘Fabrication and Figuration’ in the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Fabrication and Figuration,” an exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Honesdale-based artist Jeff George, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

Many of George’s sculptures are whimsical and humorous, taking common or familiar items and arranging them into new works that challenge most conventional thinking and ideas. His work (commissioned or non-commissioned) is usually a mix of materials: found objects, wood, steel, ceramics and glass.  Read more

Kadampa Fun Fair

GLEN SPEY, NY — Kadampa World Peace Temple at 47 Sweeney Rd. will hold its eighth annual Fun Fair on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the facility named “Best Meditation Center” by River Reporter readers with free guided meditation and temple tours. The fair will also include a flea market, artist vendors, live music, fresh food, a raw juice bar, carnival games and more. There are four on-site hiking trails, community meals, chanted meditations, and a free meditation and teaching on Sunday morning. On-site accommodation is available.  Read more

Jazz string trio at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library will host a concert featuring the String Trio of New York, an internationally known chamber jazz group of acoustic violin, guitar and bass, on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Critics have called the award-winning trio “one of the finest avant-garde chamber jazz groups around.” Since their founding in 1977, they have been regulars at jazz festivals such as Ravinia and Newport and have been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and PRI’s International Concerts.  Read more

Old-fashioned fruit jars at the Bethel School

HONESDALE, PA — The Bethel School’s season will open on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., when northern Wayne County resident Bob Wood brings his collection of fruit jars to the Bethel School at 2 p.m. His collection features grandma’s canning jars—those old blue/green jars complete with “lightning” closures or zinc lids and embossed lettering.  Read more

At The Cooperage: an evening with two singer/songwriters

HONESDALE, PA — Jeff Raught, born and bred in Honesdale, will return to The Cooperage on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., along with singer/songwriter Jessica Smucker.  Read more

‘Working Conditions’ opens at Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Working Conditions,” an exhibit of paintings by Carol Diamond, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

With an innate feel for materials, Diamond treats her canvases as excavation sites, digging out abstract forms and riffing on medieval and baroque architecture. Her paintings contain layers of thick and thin oil paint, areas of rough brushwork and sections of scraped-off color.  Read more

Memorial to a practical man

Art Peck was a practical man. When his Narrowsburg neighbors decided to build a library, Art and his wife Beth donated the building and a lot more. If he needed a clock or a boat or a rocking chair, he built one for himself, and a few more for his friends and family. A generous man, he helped others without fanfare, expecting only a simple thank-you in return. He was a mentor to many and his barn/workshop in the Narrowsburg Flats was always open for kibitzing, working or just watching Art build his newest project.  Read more

Turning points

On Memorial Day weekend in 1977 my stepfather Mike drove off the side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in his Volvo station wagon after suffering a fatal heart attack on his way to our country house in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. My mother was still at her office in the Graybar Building on Lexington Avenue in a cavernous part of Manhattan in the shadow of Grand Central Station and the then Pan Am Building. He was 50 years old; she was 52.  Read more

Spring gobblers

During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes perfectly aligned from one step to the next. Earlier this spring, a new sound could be heard; the loud report of a male, or “gobbler,” resounding through the woods as he tries to entice a female through ruffled feathers, fan-tail displays and strutting. These are the sights and sounds of the courtship and breeding season for turkeys, aka the spring gobbler season.  Read more

Just making conversation

Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the art of conversation is getting lost in the shuffle, but old warhorses like me keep plugging along, be it small talk or engaging with others on bigger issues, and life here in the Upper Delaware River region provides plenty of opportunity for both.  Read more

Call for artists, Art & History in the Park

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Tourism and Port Jervis Council for the Arts invites the tri-state community to enjoy a day offering art and historical exhibits, with opportunities to meet area artists as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War period re-enactors, on Saturday, June 18. Artists’ space is available for this event, located at Orange Square Veterans Park on Pike and Sussex streets. Spaces will be 10 feet wide, and work must be ready to hang in individual space with own setup. The charge is $25 per space. The deadline for registration is June 4. Rain date for the event is June 19.  Read more

‘Hamlet’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The film “Hamlet” will be screened at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare Plays on Film” series. This is the acclaimed 2009 film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production; both the stage production and the film were directed by Gregory Doran.  Read more

Aroma Thyme Bistro hosts ‘Trio of Nature’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Aroma Thyme Bistro will host the exhibit “Trio of Nature,” featuring botanical and landscape watercolor paintings of Ellenville artist Lorraine Devore, daughter Dr. Marie Devore and their art instructor, Roberta Rosenthal, from June 1 through August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The three artists have been painting together for 13 years and share a love of plants, flowers and nature. Their camaraderie reflects a relaxing meditative interlude in their lives. Join the artists for a reception at Aroma Thyme Bistro.  Read more

Blues, Brews & BBQ Summer Music Series

HAWLEY, PA — The Blues, Brews & BBQ series at Glass—wine.bar.kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, kicks off Memorial Day weekend and runs every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Blues, Brews & BBQ hosts a rotating line-up of live blues music on the Serenity Deck overlooking the scenic Wallenpaupack Gorge. It’s a BBQ-style outdoor dining event with samples of local craft brews from a featured local brewery. For no cover fee, guests can enjoy music and cocktails on the hotel’s lawn or Stargazer Deck.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — There will be contra dancing on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.

Contra dancing is a social affair; meet new people and make new friends, all while listening to great live music by Poison Love with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Beginners are always welcome; there will be a dancing lesson beginning at 7:15 p.m. for new dancers. The suggested donation is $10, kids under 15 are admitted free.  Read more

MiZ plays Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents showcases NEPA folk, bluegrass and blues virtuoso guitarist and songwriter Michael Mizwinski (MiZ) and his band.

“Michael Mizwinski’s sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of PA. His songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and its cultural heritage,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. MiZ sometimes performs solo, but this time he will be playing with members from the full band.  Read more

‘Variations’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — A new group show will open at the Gallery EVA at 35 Lower Main St. on Saturday, June 4, with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m.

Artists featured in the show will include Suzanah Hadorn, Ellany Gable, Nancy Wells, Carla Strozzieri, Hana Marritz, Zac Shavrick, Christine Stamos, Naomi Teppich, Carolyn Duke and Eva Drizhal. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

For additional information, follow Gallery EVA on Facebook.

‘Summer Nights LIVE’ at Hancock’s square

HANCOCK, NY — The Hancock Partners will launch “Summer Nights LIVE on The Square” on Sunday, May 29, with the town’s second annual Memorial Day weekend community yard sale and picnic. Headlining the program will be the high-energy, internationally acclaimed and U.S. military-honored American Rogues performing patriotic, military and traditional Celtic music on bagpipes, drums and fiddle. The series of performances will continue through September on the first and third Fridays of each month.  Read more

‘Wonders of Stained Glass’

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present “Wonders of Stained Glass” on Saturday, May 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 60 Sussex St. Guided tour times are 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. The requested donation of $10 will benefit the Port Jervis Council for the Art Scholarship Fund and the Presbyterian Youth Fund.  Read more