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July 03, 2015
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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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Calendars and catalogs

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

The winter eagle count cometh

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

I guess that’s why they call it the blues

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

‘Flux’ kicks off CAS season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Flux,” an exhibition of photography and installation art by Claire Breidenbach, Christopher Manning and Cathleen Parra at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from January 17 through February 15.  Read more

Zweig artwork unveiled at Devine

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.

Suitcase Junket at the Silk Mill

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

Basketball in Liberty

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.

Potter Greenbaum joins ARTery

MILFORD, PA — Well known potter David Greenbaum will join the ARTery Gallery beginning in January. The cooperative gallery displays a wide variety of fine arts created by its members, regional artists who own and operate the business together.  Read more

I broke my New Year’s resolution (and I’m sure you did, too)

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

Happy New Year! What’s next?

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

Stay healthy this New Year

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

My favorite things

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

Chanukah celebrations

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.

Funk and jazz in Hawley

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

Garvey, Yoder at Cooperage

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 ( 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

Dreamlike landscapes in Woodridge

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

TRR turns 40: Join our year-long celebration

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

‘Enjoy every minute’

My friend and I had spent the day at MOMA with the Matisse cut-outs. We took them in as if visitors to the master’s home in the south of France, letting the artwork stoke our appetites and then repairing to the cafe to sate them.  Read more

A white Christmas or not?

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

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