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October 25, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Pop-up stilt show with The Carpetbag Brigade

ELDRED, NY — NACL Theatre of Highland Lake will present The Carpetbag Brigade, an international stilt theatre company, in a special pop-up stilt show at The Corner in Eldred on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Inspired by the challenge of climate change, and speaking in transformational metaphors using the craft of acrobatic stilt walking, “Callings” is a poetic homage to the sirens of the sea. The ghost of a sea captain and the primal siren confront the sailors of commerce, seducing them into an awakening realization that the ocean is a living being.  Read more

Ahoy! Trout Parade lands in Livingston Manor

Pirates, puppets and a parrot (yes, a real one!) took over Main Street Livingston Manor on Saturday for the 13th annual Trout Parade. The popular event was pirate-themed this year and parade scallywags, I mean participants, dressed up in boots and hats accessorized with hook hands, eye patches and swords. The parade was led by honorary Grand Marshal John Conway, the Sullivan County Historian, and included Rolling River Café, Cabernet Frank’s, NACL Theatre, local politicians Aileen Gunther and Zephyr Teachout, the Livingston Manor library and school band and others.  Read more

Common bound

The unforeseen support generated by the presidential candidacy of unabashed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, which may or may not be history by the time you read these words, is but the latest in a series of body blows that have rocked our notions of business-as-usual in the past couple of years. (Others have been delivered by such folks as Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis.) Bernie’s campaign demonstrated in no uncertain terms that there is a strong, widespread and undeniable desire for new ways not only of doing business, but of structuring society itself.  Read more

My childhood reading list

The New Yorker’s summer fiction edition arrived in my mail box last week—it is a publication I look forward to all year. Included in this year’s issue is a series of essays about childhood reading and specific books remembered from childhood. It is the kind of personal history memoir that I love to read.  Read more

River ramble

History has shown that rivers, in general, have been used as meeting places and places to settle. Even in pre-European settlement times, Indian tribes used rivers for both living areas and a food source. Locally, Lenape artifacts recovered near the Delaware River have shown that net fishing was greatly utilized and fresh water mussels were a major food source. Sometimes while walking near the river, a flint arrowhead could be found by a woodchuck burrow in the mound of excavated dirt.  Read more

What lure for bass?

Justin is a fine young fellow, soon to graduate from high school and thoughtful enough to visit his grandparents upon the event of “Pop-Pop’s” 95th birthday. The momentous occasion somehow left Justin with just enough time to wet a line on Highland Lake. He caught a good pickerel and wondered if it was a record, as it was the largest pickerel he ever saw.  Read more

All work and no play…

Word on the street (and by “street” I mean Wikipedia) is that it makes Jack (and by “Jack” I mean me) a dull boy, but what does the old proverb really mean? The Internet source informs us: “It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.” Wait… what? First off, I’m hardly a boy, so there’s that. Secondly, how can one be simultaneously both bored and boring? And I’ve been called a lot of things, but dull is not one of them, nor is it a word often applied to life here in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

‘Genre-crossing, boundary-bending’ ensemble plays in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Counterclockwise Ensemble will perform its contemporary take on American chamber music at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.  Read more

AuthorFest blossoms

HAWLEY, PA — Sponsorship from Dime Bank has enabled AuthorFest to grow this year, with a dinner on Friday, June 17 and an expanded meet-and-greet event at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, June 18. The festival, now in its third year, is a celebration of one of our area’s great resources: its arts community, in this case, with a focus on literature.  Read more

‘Best NYC Emerging Artist’ and ‘Bostonian of the Year’ in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase Stolen Jars, a duo that Deli Magazine has called the “Best NYC Emerging Artists of 2016.”  Read more

Choral tribute to Lucille Horton

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus, under the direction of Kevin J. Giroux, with accompanist Keira Weyant, is preparing for its 39th annual spring concert, which will be presented on Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42.

“A Choral Fanfare! A tribute to Lucille Horton” is the concert theme chosen by conductor Giroux in memory of one of the founders and long-time accompanist of the Sullivan County Community Chorus. The performance will feature works by Mozart, George Gershwin, John Rutter, Randol Bass, and others.  Read more

Harrow exhibit at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature Livingston Manor watercolorist Caroline Harrow ( for the month of June in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. Harrow’s muted style and nostalgic paintings have earned her numerous awards and a Signature Membership in North East Watercolor Society, and are included in personal and corporate collections across the U.S. and beyond.
The Inn at Starlight Lake is located at 289 Starlight Lake Rd. For more information on the Inn call 800/248-2519 or visit

‘Picture Your Self(ie) in the 1930s’

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time & the Valleys Museum’s newest exhibit for the 2016 season, “Picture Your Self(ie) in the 1930s” is a series of three-dimensional vignettes depicting life as it was back in the 1930s, designed so that visitors can easily step into the scene and snap those selfies. The vignettes will help all visitors, young and old, to appreciate the conveniences of modern day life.  Read more

Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) will open its 49th Summer Festival of Events, a series of free concerts in Honesdale’s Central Park, with perennial favorite the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13.  Read more

Go bats about Nature Fest

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Nature Fest is a celebration of nature’s treasures in Wayne County that includes hikes, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can start the night before, Friday, June 10 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with a National Park Service biologist who will lead an expedition recording the echolocation calls of bats flying overhead. Participants will be able to see the calls as they are recorded using acoustic monitoring equipment, and learn how this data contributes to our understanding of local bat populations.  Read more

‘Early Sullivan County’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The opening of an exhibit titled “Early Sullivan County” will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. Sullivan County Historian John Conway will speak on “Transitions: The Major Changes in Early Sullivan County History.” A musical presentation by “Dirty Stay Out Skifflers” performing tunes from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s will follow.

Admission is free, donations and Sullivan County Historical Society memberships are welcome. For more information visit or call 845/434-8044.

Six-foot rabbit comes to South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present its first offering for the 2016 season, “Harvey,” starting on June 10 at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Rte. 42. It is sponsored by REA Ford. The full-length, Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase—immortalized in a 1951 movie starring Jimmy Stewart—is about a polite and friendly man (Mr. Elwood P. Dowd) and his best friend, an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit.  Read more

Tractor Parade

CALLICOON, NY — The 20th annual Callicoon Tractor Parade will be held on Sunday, June 12, featuring tractors of all sizes and vintages. The parade will roll out at 12 noon. As always, there will be a breakfast that morning at the firehouse on Route 97 from 7 to 11 a.m. Following the parade, at approximately 3 p.m., the crowd is invited down to the Delaware Youth Center for chicken barbeque and roast pork provided by the Callicoon Kristal Bowl at a cost of $12 per dinner.

Van Put at Morgan Outdoors

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ed Van Put will be the special guest at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, June 11 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. to meet the public and sign copies of his newly revised and updated book, “The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People.” The date was chosen to coincide with the Trout Parade (see page 16).  Read more

Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 13th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 11. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street, including musical performances on the Main Street Stage by Kendy Gable, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and strolling entertainment by the NACL Theatre’s Stilt Corps. This year’s marching band lineup includes the Crimson Pirates; Paprika; Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill, and Dance Corps; Walker Valley Marching Band; the MountainTones; and the LMCS Middle School Band.  Read more