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October 13, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Time and the Valleys Museum opens for season

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 and 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend includes discounts in the museum shop and hourly tours of the museum’s exhibitions.

The Museum is open from Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. through Labor Day, and weekends, 12 noon to 4 p.m., until Thanksgiving. For more information about this museum, see this week’s insert, Upper Delaware Magazine.

Party at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, May 15, there will be a ‘Cause it’s Sprung! party at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The celebration will take place in the pocket park in front of The Cooperage and will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be food, brews, friends and games. The Cooperage Café will be open. Members of The Cooperage crew will be grilling up some gourmet burgers (made with local, grass-fed beef). There will also be a cash bar where you can grab a local brew (or two). Popcorn and fruit juice will also be available.  Read more

Cricket Tell the Weather at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents Cricket Tell the Weather, a Brooklyn-based string band with its roots deep in the bluegrass tradition, May 16 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.  Read more

Books & Brews discusses ‘Unorthodox’

MONTICELLO, NY — Books & Brews will meet on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Brew in Rock Hill, to discuss “Unorthodox,” by Deborah Feldman, a memoir about a young woman who grew in a Satmar Hasidic community, her struggles living within that community, and her decision to leave.

Books & Brews is a discussion group run through the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. Each month, the group meets at a different local bar or restaurant to discuss a book while enjoying food and drink. Copies of discussion books are available at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 393 Broadway.  Read more

‘Scenes from the Attic’

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading at 26 Upper Main St. will host “Scenes from the Attic,” an exhibit of the work of Brandi Merolla, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Read more

The art of Ron Lusker at Left Bank

LIBERTY, NY — You are invited to follow an intimate journey of Ron Lusker over his lifetime, from realism, as seen in his early portraits, through various art forms, technical experiments, inventions, in Lusker’s personal search, to the non-representational art of his recent spirit-scapes. The exhibit will open May 15 and continue through the summer at The Left Bank, 59 North Main St. It will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.  Read more

Celtic fusion in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Celtic fusion band Ocean comes to Hawley on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. “Ocean is the East Coast’s premiere Celtic fusion band. The Washington Post has called their show ‘nothing short of spellbinding,’ and with over 20 Washington Area Music Awards, this concert is sure to amaze… Ocean is where ancient ballads meet cutting-edge electronics, where the Bagpipes meet the Beatles, and where fans of all generations and musical tastes can enjoy the same,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

‘Structures’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Structures,” an exhibit of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Laura Borneman, opens with a reception on Friday, May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 6.  Read more

‘Riverfest: 25 Years” at Loft Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Riverfest: 25 Years,” a retrospective exhibit of approximately 50 posters from 25 years of Riverfest, opens with a reception on Friday, May 15 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 6.  Read more

Rap from a place of love; Monticello’s Shane Jones infuses his art with healing

Growing up, Shane never gave much thought to skin color. His father and mother had a variety of friends, and ethnicity never entered into it. He lived on a block in Monticello with friends and neighbors of every stripe—African American like himself, Latino, white. Likewise, in the schools he attended, Cooke Elementary and Monticello High School. In the classroom, “just being together,” at parties, in the cafeteria and on athletic teams, diversity was the norm.  Read more

Buyer beware

Over the past few weeks, American homeowners have learned that millions of square feet of laminated flooring manufactured in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators contain levels of formaldehyde many times higher than the safety standard set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a standard that will become federal law later this year.  Read more

Call for submissions: Literary Gazette

It could be argued that every pop song ever written is about love. And movies. And books. And so on. Whether the feeling is fleeting or lasts a lifetime, it’s the universal language, the thing that inspires us and keeps us going. And now, it's the theme for this year’s Literary Gazette special publication magazine.

The Literary Gazette is published annually by The River Reporter. This year’s Gazette will come out on July 23.  Read more

What’s out and about?

In my last column, I advocated for getting up and going outside to see what’s happening in the natural world. Happily, I took my own advice and was pleased to find the answer is—a lot. In just a few not-very-extensive rambles within five miles of my home, I encountered all of the interesting things depicted in this column (and more). On the last day of April, the first hummingbird arrived. (Put those feeders out!)

If your forays take you into areas where hunting is allowed, be mindful to wear fluorescent orange as turkey season is underway in both Pennsylvania and New York through May.

Wine seminar with tasting at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host certified specialist of wine, sommelier and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, JoAnn DeGaglia on Thursday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

DeGaglia will present “Wine Lovers’ Journey through the World of Wine,” focused on wines of spring and summer. This is a free 90-minute program informative for everyone, from novice to wine aficionado.  Read more

‘Filling the Void’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Filling the Void,” an exhibition of artwork at the Laundry King at 65 Main St. from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays May 16, May 23, and May 30. There will be an opening reception on May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Water recreation in Sullivan

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Water Recreation in Sullivan County,” a talk by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian, and Debra Conway, executive director of the non-profit historic preservation group, The Delaware Company, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. (State Route 55).  Read more

Train-themed children’s movie in the park

HONESDALE, PA — In conjunction with National Train Days, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will show a train-themed children’s movie outdoors in Central Park, beginning at dusk. Travel to a magical island where diesel locomotives take on steam locomotives. Will the magic gold dust be found in time? Can Thomas save the day?

The movie is brought to you by the GHP with support from Attorney Michael Lehutsky, Music & Video Express and the Wayne County Council on the Arts.  Read more

Dog tired

I know that I’m feeling it, but for something completely different, I’m unsure where the phrase originated, so I looked it up. “An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted [duh], it derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out hunting with his extensive kennel of hunting dogs and blah, blah, blah…” (www.wiktionary.org).  Read more

Appalachian roots duo Red Tail Ring

HAWLEY, PA — The Americana Roots duo Red Tail Ring renders traditional Appalachian tunes and original compositions at Harmony Presents, located inside the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill, on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Dine al fresco at WCM benefit

BETHEL, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s annual Music in the Barn benefit will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds of the private country home of the long-time friends of WCM who generously host the benefit, to view the gardens and the pond, and enjoy wine and mingling as the dinner concert evening begins.  Read more

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