I’ve hung the new, 2015 calendars in all our rooms. Each one has a different theme and set of glossy photos. There’s the one with shots of wildlife and another with glorious beachfronts. Then there’s the one with cartoons from The New Yorker. Each one tracking the days, telling us the next saint’s day, or school vacation, or phase of the moon.
And, I have already dutifully scrawled on the times for the next doctors’ appointments and piano lessons. Counting the days…. Read more
As you read this, the 2015 Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey is underway. Coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this eagle survey is taking place in most states in the U.S., including New York and PA. This survey takes place during the first two weeks of January, with January 9 to 10 as target dates. It is this time when many Canadian migrant eagles have arrived from their northern breeding grounds in order to forage from ice-free water of the contiguous U. S. Read more
It happens every year. After the lights have dimmed and the trees (and menorahs) come down, the melancholy often sets in for many of us who have been busy rushing around expressing good will to strangers on the streets while dropping coins into buckets in an attempt to lift the spirits of those less fortunate than ourselves. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Barbara Zweig will present six new artworks at Café Devine starting on Friday, January 9. There will be an opening reception on January 17 from 5 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The show, titled “Splurge,” will continue until the end of February. Café Devine hours of operation are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The four shaped paintings and two canvas-with-fabric wall pieces are from an ongoing series that addresses the climate crisis and our dependence on fossil fuels.
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes Matt Lorenz as the Suitcase Junket in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 10 at 8 p.m.
“No loops or special effects. The Suitcase Junket is just one guy making a racket with homemade foot-drums, a beater guitar, a pile of songs and a mouth. This incredible sound, spirit and style will leave you convinced there is a full band playing along,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department is now holding open registration for its winter youth basketball program. Youth basketball program is for boys and girls in grades two through six. The program will take place in the Liberty high school and middle school gyms on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. starting on January 10 and ending February 28. The cost is $20 for Liberty residents and $30 for nonresidents. Participants must be pre-register at the town of Liberty Parks and Recreation office. Call 845/ 292-7690.
New Year’s resolutions, we make ‘em and we break ‘em. That’s the sort of fact that everyone knows, and yet every year we revel in the idea of creating our own personalized list of resolutions. We feel giddy as we think about how much this year is going to be totally better than last year, and we’ll be our healthiest, well-rested, on-time selves. We feel kinship as we ask our friends what their resolutions are, and become overwhelmed with appreciation and admiration when they think of a resolution so great you hadn’t even thought of it. Read more
The holidays were especially festive at my house as we celebrated Gov. Cuomo’s decision to direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop rules banning the use of high volume hydrofracking statewide. It’s been a long campaign with a steep learning curve, as we gathered the irrefutable evidence that fracking is dangerous to our health and the long-term safety of the environment, that the petroleum industry has exaggerated the economic potential of shale while ignoring the environmental costs, and that state agencies echoed those exaggerated claims without independent analysis. Read more
The new year is upon us, and with its arrival comes the opportunity to re-consider our commitment to the spectacular natural resources we are blessed with here in the Upper Delaware River region. Most of us already “walk our talk” at various levels on behalf of those resources; but there is always more that can be done.
Following are a few suggestions to launch your list of New Year’s Enviro-resolutions: Read more
By Addy Bodnaruik
With the New Year approaching rapidly, everyone scrambles to create a list of resolutions that it seems rarely become accomplished. Don’t you hate watching year after year go by without a thing changing? This year try something a little simpler.
Join me and the Sullivan County Dairy Court in eating the right diet, while including three servings of dairy every day and getting 60 minutes of exercise as well. Together we can accomplish those resolutions and feel great while doing them. Read more
As 2014 draws to a close, I can’t help but review the last year in my head. Since I’m often feeble-minded, I feel fortunate to have my trusty camera and the photos therein, with which to refresh my memory as I peruse the pictures, recalling the many opportunities I’ve had to capture the world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Chanukah was celebrated by a number of special events this year in Sullivan County. On the first night, there was a grand menorah lighting in front of Dutchess Restaurant in Rock Hill, organized by Rabbi Simcha Zajac of the Chabad and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association. On the third night, there was a menorah lighting at Shop Rite in Monticello, followed by refreshments and crafts. And as seen in these photos, there were celebrations at Rock Hill, Monticello and Liberty.
HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, January 3 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase a jazz, funk and improvisation group, The Dirk Quinn Band, at the Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. “Fleet-fingered Philadelphia-based guitarist Dirk Quinn could easily be mistaken for the son of legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck. However, Dirk’s fiery electric work is firmly rooted in jazz and, in the context of this four-piece band, it’s alloyed with insistent, funky grooves to create a brilliantly lava-laden form of electric fusion,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Riverfolk Concerts at The Cooperage will welcome back Connor Garvey on Sunday, January 11 at 3 p.m. Among Garvey’s awards are the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Singer Songwriter Showcase winner and 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk winner. He will appear with special guests the Brad Yoder Duo.
Garvey’s songs (connorgarveysongs.com) are a mixture of folk-funk guitar and ukulele, soulful vocals and paradoxical metaphors. His rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. Read more
WOODRIDGE, NY — An exhibition of Dreamlike Spatial Landscapes by French-Canadian artist Richard Des Jardins at the Woodridge Family Restaurant started in December and will run through June 22. Des Jardins presents 14 collage fabrications including silver leaf, pen, graphite and handmade papers. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Reporter is turning 40 years old this year, and we are going to be partying all year long to celebrate. You’re invited.
Our actual anniversary isn’t until December, but we’ll be leading up to that with a variety of special articles, retrospectives, activities and promotions. Read more
As I write this, it is a week before Christmas, and as I look out the window at 8 a.m., it is 36 degrees outside and the snow cover can best be described as “scattered to broken” here in Shohola, PA. Some mild weather has arrived since our last big snowstorm, and depending where you are, you may have more or less snow on the ground at your location. Read more