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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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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...

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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...

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‘Trumbo’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present the CineArt showing of “Trumbo” (rated R) starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and John Goodman. The film will screen Friday, December 11 through Tuesday, December 15, nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Sensory overload

Wow, man—it’s a little crazy out there. With the holiday season in full swing, I’ve been running around like a festive headless chicken, doing my best to take in as many of the events exploding throughout the Upper Delaware River region as humanly possible, while attempting to retain a semblance of sanity. Maintaining composure has never been my strong suit, and keeping up with the Wonder Dog is a full-time job in itself.  Read more

WMH Auxiliary announces tree-lighting ceremony

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary announced its annual Love Lites tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. in front of the hospital on Park Street. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will feature Christmas music and carols followed by light refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.  Read more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

HURLEYVILLE, NY —Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) continues its 2015 season with a family-friendly production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which runs during the holiday season from December 11 through 13 at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum).  Read more

Lee at Jeff library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Nancy Lew Lee is exhibiting drawings and paintings at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library through the month of December. Lee says, “Most of my time as an artist is devoted to making sculpture, but I also love drawing and gouache painting. When I travel, I pack a sketch pad. The drawings on display at the Jeffersonville Public Library are scenes from Utah and Bermuda.  Read more

Comedy at The Arnold House

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Marla Schultz will headline an evening of comedy at The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jonathan McBride of Stress Factory and the Eastville Comedy Club.

Schultz began her standup career in New York City where Alan King hand-picked her for the inaugural Toyota Comedy Festival. She was recently inducted into The New York Friars Club, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs nominated her for a MAC Award for “Outstanding Female Comedian.”  Read more

Genre-busting American folk

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases toe-tapping, genre-busting American folk musicians, Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. “With soulful harmony and award-winning songs, the band has rocked and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in 26 states and six countries,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Santa comes to Calling All Angels

MILFORD, PA — Santa Claus is coming to Calling All Angels Thrift Shoppe on Friday, December 11. He will have pictures taken at the thrift shop with children, parents, grandparents—whoever wants one—from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Anyone who comes will have their picture taken with the jolly old elf and have those pictures sent to them via email. We can make special arrangements for anyone without an email who wants their photos printed out. Just let Santa’s special helpers (that is, the shop staff) know in advance.  Read more

Tri-Valley concert schedule

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Tri-Valley music students will hold their winter concerts on December 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at the Tri-Valley Central School Bernstein Theater at 34 Moore Hill Rd. Admission is free.

The concert on December 15 will feature performances by the Tri-Valley High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and the High School Chorus. On December 16, students from the 5th through 8th grades will be on stage with a variety of holiday band and choral selections.  Read more

ARTery hosts PCAC’s holiday sale show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is hosting Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) for its 65th annual members’ exhibit and holiday sale from December 11 through February 7. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, December 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. during Milford’s Art After Dark town-wide celebration. Refreshments, music, song and fellowship will be served.

Paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, sculpture and woodworking will be among the offerings of 30 some artists who are expected to participate.  Read more

Dickens on the Delaware

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas Wonderland on Saturday, December 12 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. During the holiday celebration called Dickens on the Delaware, retailers, galleries and restaurants will highlight their holiday goods and holiday spirit. Shopkeepers will be dressed in Victorian garb, with stores, restaurants and the surrounding environs decorated to create the days of yore.  Read more

The first Christmas tree

REGION — I don’t really like sentences that start with “did you know,” but, did you know that the first Christmas trees for sale originated from the Catskills? It’s true. Mark Carr transported the trees from the Catskills to New York City, where he sold them at the Washington Market, or present-day Tribeca (which, did you know, is a portmanteau from Triangle Below Canal Street), in 1851. This was the country’s first Christmas tree lot.  Read more

Letter from Santa

The North Pole

December 2015

My Dear Friends:

We trust that you are having the best holiday season possible, given present circumstances. A few questions have been definitely trending, as they say, in Santa’s mailbag so far this year, so all of us here at the workshop appreciate Mr. Mendler and, making this space available to us so that we can address some of these concerns.  Read more

Bittersweet beauty

As we enter late autumn in the Upper Delaware River region, the forest palette is suddenly bereft of the colorful explosion of fall foliage that for weeks kept us enthralled. In truth, the far more subtle tones of the December landscape are also satisfying.

One plant is particularly striking at this time of year, standing out in stark contrast to the muted forest where it climbs and clings to trees, wrapping them in a vise that sometimes costs them their lives, in a showdown that is both treacherous and attractive at once.  Read more

Never say never

The older I get, the more these pithy little sayings prove to have validity. As a youngster, I often scoffed at the adults, who seemed to have a never-ending arsenal of finger-wagging pearls of wisdom. Normally, I’m curious enough to research the origins, but this one yielded pages of song lyrics from Justin Bieber’s playlist, which stopped me dead in my tracks. Clearly, he borrowed the expression from somewhere (does he have original thought?) so I skipped that step and just glanced at the pretty pictures, Bieber-style.  Read more

Helping Hands

Children’s Center food drive

MONTICELLO, NY — The Children’s Center at Sullivan County Family Court recently held its third annual food drive with the help of retail banking administrator Rhonda Decker of Jeff Bank. Donations of food were collected at all Jeff Bank locations and at offices in the government center. Baskets were put together by the Children’s Center staff/volunteers, then given to families in need who visit the center.  Read more

Shopping Local

‘Sleep Barn,’ reading and signing

“Sleep Barn,” by Nancy Dymond. Stockport Flats. www.stockportflats.org/barn.htm. $18.00

The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) presents a reading and book launch by Nancy Dymond, debuting her full-length poetry collection “Sleep Barn,” at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. in Narrowsburg, on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. The event is free, and a wine reception will follow the reading, along with a book sale and signing.  Read more

Batik for the holidays

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Rolling River Café Gallery & Inn will hold a solo exhibition of works by artist Ksenia Golubkov, “Batik on Silk – A Holiday Show.” There will be batik art and scarves for sale, from December 3 through December 31. The Café is located at 25 Colley Rd.

Brother Sun at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes Brother Sun back to The Cooperage on Saurday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. for another harmony-driven concert. Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor are Brother Sun. They celebrate the power of three-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop, and playing to standing ovations at festivals and theaters nationwide. In these days of global unrest, a Brother Sun concert will be as uplifting as imaginable.  Read more

Big Band concert in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The NY-NJ-PA tri-state community welcomes the Dan Bradley Big Band for a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11 at the Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St. The inclement weather date is Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. The church’s side entrance is handicapped accessible.  Read more