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July 31, 2014
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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www....

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As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking...

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Sharon Molloy: dog whisperer

Pet portrait artist Sharon Molloy is on a spiritual journey. Born and raised in the U.K. and classically trained at the Winchester School of Art, she left England at age 21 and headed east. “I began my journey by traveling to India, searching for something,” she recalled during a recent interview. Unsure of what that “something” was, the artist found herself studying meditation, and soon her path led her to Thailand and then Japan, seeking “inner truth and inspiration through artistic expression.”  Read more

What was I thinking?

Sheila is in Costa Rica with friends, where the sunsets are “spectacular!” John and Robert are on their way to Jamaica to rest their heads in Noel Coward’s bedroom. Barry and Tony are just back from Cabo. What am I doing wrong?  Read more

Golden eagles 'phone home'

If you have been lucky this winter, you may have seen a migrant golden eagle; a few visit each winter from Canada. Recently though, migrations of eagles and other raptors have incurred additional risk with the increase in the numbers of wind turbines on ridges that raptors use for orographic or ridge lift during migration.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Opossum afoot

As winter’s grip begins to loosen, wildlife start to emerge and our encounters with them increase. Such was the case for a small opossum that appeared at my door one recent evening as it scrounged for sustenance.

Well adapted in terms of diet, opossums are omnivores and enjoy a variety of foods such as fruits, seeds, meat, eggs, insects and carrion. Although they often den in hollow trees, logs or brush piles, opossums are also well adapted to human environments and will sometimes seek shelter in culverts and beneath outbuildings.  Read more

Member art show at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — “Winter Barn” by Diane Kimberley is among the works of art to be featured during the month of March for The Big D Arts and Crafts League member show in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be oils, watercolors, photography, scratch boards as well as tiles. For more information, call 800/248-2519 or visit www.innatstarlightlake.com.

Community meeting

“We know that many of the neighbors are here,” the woman in a business suit said diplomatically. “We, of course, expect that most of them are against us getting this application approved.”  Read more

Birds of a feather

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks.  Read more

Chili and wing cook off at Ehrhardt’s

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on Sunday, March 2 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant. Participants can enter their favorite chili and/or wing recipe to be tasted and judged to win prizes. The cook-off begins at 12 noon. The doors remain open for admission with food available until 3 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit by people with developmental disabilities

NARROWSBURG, NY — SullivanArc hopes to help draw attention to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during March with its seventh annual art exhibit titled “Expressions 2014,” featuring paintings by people with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in the second floor LOFT Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.  Read more

DV Music Department to hold fundraising craft fair

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley (DV) Music Department Booster Club will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, March 1 in the DV Middle School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 16 vendors selling jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, hand bags, Tupperware and more.  Read more

Danny Fitzgerald blues and jazz at two local venues

HONESDALE, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon, Route 17B in Bethel on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale at 7 p.m. The show will feature original jazz and blues music from the world-famous street band.  Read more

Americana Groove with Andrew & Noah

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Andrew & Noah, most commonly known in band formation as the Andrew & Noah Band, on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill. Having a sound they’ve coined as “Americana Groove,” these two brothers have been to festival stages and concert halls all over North America. Their material, written by fiddler Andrew and guitarist Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and Bluegrass, jazz and swing, Cajun, Zydeco and alternative folk.  Read more

UpFront presents the late Milford icon Joe Splendora

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will have the remaining contents of the Estate of the Works of Joe Splendora. This collection of over 220 oil paintings and watercolors will be on exhibit on Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights continue

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host another Final Friday Comedy Night in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dri. The line-up consists of Eric Neumann, Brian DeMoy and Marc Gerber.  Read more

Taking the time for new life; Furniture restoration and body building

LIBERTY, NY — On a rural back road in Liberty there exists an unseen world.  Read more

A chance encounter

Valentine’s Day always brings a crowd on the train trying to get home early to loved ones. When it landed on Friday this year, the train was especially packed with travelers, flowers in hand, myself included. I grabbed the train north from Hoboken Terminal, and it being the first station, I got a two-for-one, not only a seat on what would be a crowed train, but also a chance encounter.  Read more

Some winter projects are for the birds!

As I look out the window, it is snowing; there is already 12 inches on the ground from a previous storm, and now another foot or so is forecast to fall. Most of us have already stocked up on groceries. Schools have closed for the day and the kids are likely looking for something to do. Will mid-February be the onset of cabin fever for the region?  Read more

2014 Artists in the Community grant opportunities

NARROWSBURG, NY — Applications are now available for 2014 Artists in the Community grants. Any individual artist who is a resident of Sullivan County can apply.  Read more

Call for visual artists: ‘The Weather Outside My Window’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Weather Project (TWP) is a series of events, performances, symposiums and workshops about the weather and climate change produced by NACL Theatre and a variety of community organizations. Two centerpieces of the project include the creation of a massive outdoor pageant play slated for August 9, 2014 in the Town of Highland; and a public art show titled “The Weather Outside My Window.”  Read more