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I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to attend the iconic Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969. Since I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes at that point—and time machines haven’t been invented yet—I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to experience it firsthand. Last year’s Mysteryland wasn’t exactly Woodstock, but from what I experienced, it was about as close as one could get.

As a young fisherman I can remember the great fishing trips to the Ramapo River just outside the town of Tuxedo. The crystal-clear waters were so clean back then we would swim there in the summer...

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I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception....

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As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone...

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This is a story of a young man who lives in two worlds. You probably live in one of them and don’t even know there is another conjoined.

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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...

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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...

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The aftermath

In the wake of all that feasting, it’s hard to believe stomachs will growl once again. But a new day dawns and here come the barbarian hordes, clamoring for their lunch. Leftover turkey? Bring it on! Many people actually prefer that mile-high sandwich (loaded with cranberry sauce and even a layer of stuffing) to the original Thanksgiving line-up. With any luck, no fit of weary pique caused you to discard the carcass of that big bird. There’s gold in there! A pot of turkey soup with wild rice and kale on Friday makes an ideal counterpoint to the orgy of carbs on Thursday.  Read more

Things that go bump in the night

We set the clocks back this time of year, thrusting us back into the darkness of the morning. My morning has me out of the house before 5 a.m. each day. There is a different world outside my door at that hour, an eerie world of wildlife with night vision. Sometimes, I cringe when I hear the crunch of the leaves, not knowing what creature is out there in the dark. Sometimes, at the edge of the property, it’s just a pair of glowing eyes staring at me; or there are the screeches, howls and other things going on in the dark.  Read more

Tree diseases

A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River Talk” reader, Star Hesse contacted us recently regarding the appearance of black blotches on the leaves of maple trees along Route 97 in Barryville, NY.  Read more

Holiday Markets

During the holiday season, many places around the area open special artisans’ markets featuring locally-made gifts. Below is a list of markets throughout the area, organized by date. For more holiday market listings, see our Where and When events calendar either in the paper or online at www.riverreporter.com/where-when.

Bethany Public Library’s annual holiday shop around, Nov. 21  Read more

Moving day (Part two) Out with the old….

You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my beautiful new home, I have yet to get the storage space squared away and still have boxes and crates piled up by the door of the old place, waiting to be transferred to an undisclosed location, somewhere in Sullivan County (www.scva.net).  Read more

Opening reception for Cheryl Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an artist’s reception for primitive landscape artist Cheryl Korb “Home For The Holidays” on Saturday, November 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The River Gallery, 8 Main St.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. She began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Santa Express ready to depart North Pole

SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES, NY — Straight from the North Pole, Santa Express will roll into 10 towns in Sullivan and Orange counties and one in Pike County, PA on three consecutive weekends beginning with its first stop on Sunday, November 30 on Front Street in Port Jervis. Santa and his friends will greet hundreds of children and their families from the jolly old man’s 65-foot-long “sleigh” and the Snow Queen will give a special performance from the Santa Express float.  Read more

Third annual ‘Christmas with the Crackers’ benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The third annual “Christmas with the Crackers” benefit concert, supporting Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike Counties, will be held at The Cooperage from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Admission is $10, or a new unwrapped toy.  Read more

Adding the new to the old: How to build an addition on vintage houses

As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.  Read more

Gratitude and ambivalence

I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during the Depression, as mine did, it’s a good bet that you heard that line, or something like it, more than a few times during your childhood. The reasoning, I suppose, was that whether or not you particularly liked what happened to be on your plate, you should not only eat it all, but also be grateful for it, because there were other children in other parts of the world who would be thankful for anything.  Read more

Back to Cortland, NY

I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was held at the high school in Cortland, NY—the town where I went to college in the mid ‘80s.

I hadn’t been back to the college or town (which I had never realized is actually classified as a city) since graduating in 1989, choosing to cruise past on I-81 when travelling upstate.  Read more

Wheel bugs: Good for the garden, look but don’t touch

Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on the appearance of a long-legged beetle with an iridescent gold abdomen. This bug certainly fit the bill for Halloween; it had long spidery legs with even longer antennae, a long proboscis that made it look like it meant business, and to top it off, it had what looked to be part of a cog sticking out of its thorax.  Read more

Art in Sixes

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 15, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 23.  Read more

Moving day

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace of mind, I turned to the Internet for solace. Oy. Instead of finding soothing words of encouragement, I discovered these “shocking stats about moving-related stress” (www.moversnmoreservice.com): “Many studies conducted in the U.S. show that people believe that moving to a new home will be one of the most stressful events in their lives,” I read, through blurred sleepless eyes.  Read more

Life lessons I should know by now

There seems to be something about human nature that no matter how many times you may hear advice or words of wisdom, it doesn’t truly sink in until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

Over the past few months I’ve personally learned a few new ones, and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that you will find them helpful.

Know the plan (even if it’s not your problem)  Read more

Solo performance by Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage presents “Shakespeare’s Will” by Vern Thiessen, a production of NACL Theatre, performed by Tannis Kowalchuk at The Cooperage on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Call 570/253-2020 to reserve.  Read more

Call to artists: CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by its member artists, on display from November 22 through December 29. Artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the show at the arts center now through Monday, November 17. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Music and art combine for ‘WaterMusic’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will present a concert called “WaterMusic” on Saturday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in the CAS Arts Center galleries to coincide with the Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) “River and Biota” exhibition. The program is part two of the collaboration that began in 2010 between WCM, CAS and the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS), and inspired by the historic Zuber & Co. wallpaper murals installed in the school’s grand staircase.  Read more

Delta blues and swampy rock-n-roll with David Jacobs-Strain

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will welcome David Jacobs-Strain, a slide guitar player and storyteller, on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. He will be accompanied by harmonica player Bob Beach.  Read more

Lysander Piano Trio to play Pike County

MILFORD, PA — The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio will appear at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pianist Liza Stepanova, violinist Itamar Zorman, and cellist Michael Katz will play a show titled “The Call of the Exotic.” The music includes “Jacob’s Dream” by Josef Haydn, “Spring” from “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, and “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” by Paul Ben-Haim.  Read more

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Sat., Mar. 14 St. Patrick's Day Parade