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February 13, 2016
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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Narrowsburg Music Day

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with local businesses to present Narrowsburg Music Day, a series of music events taking place in Narrowsburg, on Sunday, September 6.

At 2 p.m., a free concert by the Chacho Ramirez Quartet will be held on the Main Street deck. Overlooking the Big Eddy by the eagle observation post, drummer Ramirez will be joined by Brooklyn bassist Tehrin Cole, guitarist Meir Rosenberger and pianist Joe Piela. The performance is sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric.  Read more

The Sixties at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Sixties will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Sixties is a cover band that has been entertaining audiences in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. It has opened for some of the greats of that era including The Temptations and Herman’s Hermits.
The Sixties will be playing the best music of the 1960s, from the British Invasion to Folk Rock to Motown. Get ready to dance.  Read more

‘The Treaty of 1778’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its sixth installment of its History Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m., when local historian Frank Salvati presents “The Treaty of 1778” at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off of Route 209). Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Reading of ‘A Tender Thing’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” a new play by Ben Power, at the Laundry King at 65 Main St., for one night only on Saturday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s the greatest love story of all time, remixed. What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved?  Read more

Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest combines music, food and outdoors activities centered around Lake Wallenpaupack, from swimming to boating to parasailing. The sixth annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 28 with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley, like a Hawaiian luau at Ehrhardt’s Pub from 4 to 6 p.m. and Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn on Main Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. Or, if theatre is your preference, you can see the classic comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace” at The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street at 8 p.m.  Read more

Barn Cats at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company will present The Barn Cats ( live at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, August 28 at 8:30 p.m. The band features elements of rock and roll, funk, blues, soul and even a little country, all with the band’s unique sound and flavor.  Read more

The Ironmen of Bosco

You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board first, and then they come in order of size till they are all aboard. They board in stations like Middletown, Campbell Hall or Salisbury Mills for their trip to Ramsey 17. There, they climb the steps, two flights up, then two flights down, and board a yellow school bus that will take them to their practice field.  Read more

Cicadas: singers of the dog days of summer

It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into nothing. The same sound might immediately be followed by an identical sound from another tree, perhaps farther off. We associate this sound with the heat of summer, because it is usually heard during the hottest part of the day. The singers we hear in the trees reinforcing the fact that it is very hot outside are none other than the dog-day cicada.  Read more

Beginners’ luck, honed skill and tuned-in instincts: personal musings

Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”  Read more

Jazz vocalist Singer comes to Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Jazz vocalist and international recording artist Donna Singer, a long-time resident of Sullivan County, will be back in the area to perform in three local venues. On Friday, August 28, she will be at the Liberty Jazz Festival at Downtown Barn, 14 Darbee Lane in Liberty, at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $10. On Sunday, August 30 she will be at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet on Main Street in Hurleyville, (845/693-5104) at 4 p.m. for dinner and a show; tickets cost $20.  Read more

StoryWalk® in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — You can now walk along Broadway in Monticello and enjoy a children’s book along the way. The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library is launching StoryWalk®, a fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children’s book along a popular walking path. It combines reading a children’s book with the benefits of walking outdoors with friends and family. StoryWalks will be rotated seasonally.  Read more

Poetry and music at the Dead End

PARKSVILLE, NY — There will be an afternoon of poetry and music with Barry Wallenstein and Steve Carlin on Sunday, August 23 at the Dead End Cafe. The show starts at 3 p.m.; dinner is served at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for show and dinner, $10 for show only.  Read more

‘Mr. Holmes’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater present Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” (PG) starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.  Read more

Dog day afternoons

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius, the dog star, in the constellation Canis Major. Who knew? I thought it had something to do with our dogs panting in the midday sun. Curious to learn more, I delved a bit deeper and found the origin of the expression to be even older than me.  Read more

Harp Trio gives a twist to classical

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Trio Kavak will play at two historic sites in Pike County this weekend: at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford on Saturday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. and at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley on Sunday, August 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20, and seating at both concerts is limited. Children will be admitted free.  Read more

Driftwood plays Hawley

HAWLEY, PA —Americana-rock-roots and new-grass band Driftwood plays the underground theater, Harmony Presents, inside the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 21. “Driftwood is truly a gem of a band. They’ve been compared to The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, but I think they’re even more magical. Their stage presence and showmanship alone will knock you off your feet… and then you get hit with their astounding musicality and soul-igniting songwriting,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Big Eddy opening night selection announced

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival has announced the official opening night selection for its fourth annual event taking place on September 18 to 20. The festival opens on Friday, September 18 at 8 p.m. with the new romantic comedy/drama “Tumbledown,” directed by Sean Mewshaw, written by Desi Van Til, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, and co-starring Griffin Dunne and Blythe Danner. The Hollywood Reporter called “Tumbledown” “a warm, gently funny film about moving on.” Its national opening is not until Valentine’s Day, 2016.  Read more

Beer Bourbon and BBQ fundraiser for NACL

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — NACL will hold a Beer Bourbon and BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, August 22 at 6 p.m. at Anna and Alan Li’s house, 910 Lenape Lake Rd. There will be Big Kev’s barbeque, beer from Catskill Brewery and bourbon from the Catskill Distilling Company. The tickets cost $75, with all proceeds going to the NACL, and cover all food and drinks. They can be purchased at

Canal Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will celebrate its third annual Canal Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 at Lock 31, D&H Canal Park, on Route 6, 1 mile west of The Settlers Inn, Hawley, PA.  Read more

‘I of the Storm’ is a ‘must see’ at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Richard Hoehler returns to the Tusten Theatre for an encore performance of his celebrated one man show “I of the Storm” on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m.  Read more