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June 28, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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A week in the country

Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it is more the norm for dual residents of city and country. He still has a business in the city and I am actively involved in the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake. I’m also planning a renovation of our 1969 kitchen in Narrowsburg. Most weeks we are separated for two or three days. Take note, new couples—this may be the secret to a long marriage!  Read more

Forest confession

True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude.”

We are not alone in our admiration, following paths forged by forest lovers like John Muir, who wrote, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”  Read more

Winter activities at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — You can go cross-country skiing at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Sunday, February 7, 21 and 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There will also be “Bridge the Gap” cross-country skiing on the McDade Trail on February 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for free. Funding for these dates is provided by William Penn Foundation.  Read more

Workshop on dreams and creativity

NARROWSBURG, NY — Registration is still available for a workshop on social dreaming and creativity at Beaverbrook Cottage, 1256 Crystal Lake Rd., on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow date is Saturday, February 20. The workshop is sponsored by the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC).  Read more

Kids’ activities at the visitor center

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center will host special activities for kids on Sunday afternoons from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in January and February.
Kids will learn how to identify an eagle and where to find them, watch a short video and then work with volunteers to create a craft, with a different option each week including an eagle puppet, magnets, and necklaces or lanyards.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.  Read more

Have an ice day!

You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and there aren’t enough layers in the world to keep you even remotely warm… go to an ice festival,” and there are more than a few to choose from here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Yarnslingers solicits stories

HONESDALE, PA — Yarnslingers is requesting submissions for stories for a Valentine’s Day event to be held on Sunday, February 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. at The Cooperage. The event will be aired live on WJFF radio, 90.5. Short stories about love—first love, unwanted love, discovering love are invited. Visit www.facebook.com/yarnslingers, or call 570/729-8356.

One-man folk-rock band in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents features Jeremiah Tall, a one-man folk-rock band, on Friday, January 29 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Coal Town Rounders in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Coal Town Rounders will return to Harmony Presents on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m. “Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pennsylvania-based quartet Coal Town Rounders occupy a space in time that is distinctly their own. With a foundational repertoire of bluegrass material you’d expect in a group twice their age, the band is poised to expand the reach and relevance of traditional music with their unique and hard-driving sound,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Puppy Love & Kitten Cuddles dance

HUGUENOT, NY — Grab your favorite Valentine and join the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark and the Deerpark Lions Club for an evening of good company, food, music and dancing at the Huguenot Firehouse on February 13 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a home-cooked Italian dinner, and live Music by Mike. All proceeds will be split to benefit the Humane Society and the Lions Club. Tickets cost $25 per couple pre-sale and $30 per couple at the door. For tickets, call Joanne at 914/850-5095 or stop by the Humane Society at 202 Route 209.

‘About Face’ at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA’s) Alliance Gallery kicks off the 2016 gallery season with a group exhibition of artworks titled “About Face” on Saturday, February 6, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. It will be on view through March 26. The opening will take place in conjunction with DVAA’s online Bgallery space, which will be presenting “Altered Ego—Manipulated Self Portraits of and by the Artist.”  Read more

Making a community: Hurleyville Maker’s Lab next step in Main Street Initiative

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Maker’s Lab had a soft opening on Monday night, becoming another part of The Center for Discovery’s Main Street Initiative. The initiative, according to John Conway, director of development at the center, aims to “bring back the community, so there is a place for the residents and visitors to interact, recreate, and to carry on their lives.”  Read more

Wi-Fi available here

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of the things I know I would do with my winnings is to buy New Jersey Transit Wi-Fi for all its train cars. All the local bodegas and convenience stores in Manhattan advertise “Wi-Fi available here!” as if while we were buying milk, or the morning paper, or a Powerball ticket, we would dare risk not being connected for those few short moments.  Read more

The January eagle count

January is the time for the annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The survey has just wrapped up. Most states in the U.S. participate in the survey, including New York and Pennsylvania.

This survey takes place during the first two weeks of January, with January 9 to 10 as target dates. Migrant eagles are in their usual wintering grounds from Canada by then and are counted by observers on foot, in automobiles, or by fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft.  Read more

Coming attractions

Clearly, I am my own worst enemy. Having carved out some “me time” over the last two weeks, one would think I’d be more prepared to jump back into the swing of things with a clean slate, neatened office and new attitude, but in reality? Notsomuch. It would appear that I spent far too much time channel-surfing and not enough hours chained to my desk at home, preparing for the New Year, which is now well underway. Regardless of the desire to continue slacking off, my inbox is once again flooded with information regarding art openings, musicians’ gatherings, film premieres and the like.  Read more

‘Hand-made Down to the Pinch’

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a course titled “Hand-made Down to the Pinch” at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where did clay come from? Ellany Gable of Honey Hill Potter will answer that question and more at the presentation. You will have an opportunity to pinch, spat and lend a hand to build, mold and decorate a pinch pot.  Read more

V-Day in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and Janet Burgan will present a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, 2nd floor. This performance will benefit VIP (Victims’ Intervention Program) in Honesdale, PA. VIP provides confidential services to female, male and child victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. It can be reached at www.vipempowers.org or 800/698-4VIP.  Read more

Local poets to read at Writers Roundtable

NEWTON, NJ — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC), based in Narrowsburg, NY, will present original work at the February gathering of the Writers Roundtable on Tuesday, February 2, hosted by Elaine Koplow, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship #1, West Nelson St. The reading is free, and an open mic will follow.  Read more

Ice Carnival returns to Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — This year’s Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival will take place on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. At a dance for students in grades nine through 12 held on Friday evening before the event, the new Ice Carnival King and Queen will be crowned. Then, on Saturday morning, there will be a snow sculpture contest, conditions permitting, with each grade competing. This year, the theme is “Jurassic Park,” and planned sculptures include a stegosaurus, brontosaurus, and from the freshman class, a sculpture titled “Enter at Your Own Risk.” Judging is at 3 p.m.  Read more

Fallsburg Winter Carnival

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Town of Fallsburg Parks and Recreation Department will present the Fallsburg Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The activities include music with a DJ, warming refreshments, bouncy house, relay races, a bonfire, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowman building and snow sculpture, broom hockey, Frisbee golf, ice golf, ice fishing, cross country skiing and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, as the park has limited quantities.  Read more