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GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.

Yes, I’m referring to the elusive springtime that teases and retreats, leaving me dumbfounded. One minute I’m singing a happy tune and the next? Well, the weeping willow springs to mind. According...

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After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through...

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New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to...

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I find myself back in the city in time for spring, and not just technically spring; I’m talking about actual warm weather, bare legs, iced coffees, sunglasses and smiles. It’s been so long I...

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Of course, by “around here” I mean the Upper Delaware River Valley, and by “fishy” I mean that the majority of the last week has been all about trout. Since I know next to nothing about fishing,...

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As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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Call for artists: ‘Art in Sixes’ group show at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works show that will be held from November 23 to December 22. This is a juried exhibition.

Each artist can submit up to four works. All media will be considered. All artwork must be original and no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame). Must be professionally finished and ready to hang (pedestals are available) and must be for sale. All artwork will be judged from actual artwork.  Read more

Paintings of Caroline Harrow on display

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of October, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the paintings of Caroline Harrow in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Livingston Manor artist Harrow enjoys painting old barns and nature scenes in her realistic watercolor paintings. Her limited palette and muted colors have often been compared to Wyeth.

“I tried other mediums but found that my true love is in watercolors. I grew up on a farm in High Falls, NY and attended one of the last one-room schools in the state.  Read more

Grey Towers dramatic reading pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will become available to the public on October 1.

“Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. An 8 p.m. performance will be added when the 6 p.m. show sells out.  Read more

ARTery featured artists

MILFORD, PA — The opening reception for the ARTery October featured artists Randall Fitzgerald and Marie Liu will be held during Milford’s “Art After Dark” celebration on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from October 11 to November 4.  Read more

Grants for cultural programs

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is offering three grants to assist organizations and municipalities with cultural programming, and one grant for an artist-generated community project.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival kicks off October 18th

MILFORD, PA — The 14th annual Black Bear Film Festival, taking place October 18-20, begins a weekend-long celebration of independent filmmaking with its signature event, the Opening Night Gala. This year’s gala will be held October 18, 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Patrick’s event venue on 111 E. High St.  Read more

‘Best of Philly’ in Hawley, PA

HAWLEY, PA — Suzie Brown will be joined by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scot Sax, playing guitar and foot stomp, at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. This Harvard-educated cardiologist turned singer-songwriter has been named “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine and shared the stage with Lyle Lovett.  Read more

Storytelling dinner depicts life on the canal

HAWLEY, PA —The Wayne County Historical Society will hold its annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, which includes traditional storytelling, harvest season dinner and artfully carved pumpkins. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wayne County Historical Society’s restoration of Delaware & Hudson Lock 31 Canal Park.  Read more

‘Collage from your Heart’

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will present the workshop “Collage from your Heart” by mixed-media artist Alyta Adams at the Milford Borough Hall on Wednesdays, October 23 and 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adams’ workshop is a simple, immediate, and creative collage process, easy for anyone to learn. If you can look through magazines and catalogs, cut out images, and paste them down, you can find a new way to express yourself by learning to create a collage.  Read more

Haunted Lantern Tours

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be Haunted History Lantern Tours at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. “Who Killed Joseph Skinner?” and other family-friendly ghost stories of Cushetunk and beyond will be told.

Special guests will be The King’s Highlanders (18th century Scottish pipe and drum band ) plus the usual colonial-attired suspects: blacksmith John, Mrs. Thomas, the Rev. Clark, widow Skinner, Preston Meriwether et al. There will also be cider, donuts and treats. BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight).  Read more

Art in the Park in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Art in the park will be held at the Liberty Fall Harvest Festival in LaPolt Park on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art in the Park is a small gathering of artists and crafters in the LaPolt Park on Main Street in Liberty during the annual Liberty Fall Harvest Festival. There is no registration fee and you must bring your own table on first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP or for questions, email info@libertynychamber.com or call 845/292-9797.

Call to artists for CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from November 23 through December 31.  Read more

Historic Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors and scarecrows, for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days,” on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, sponsored by Wayne Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism and brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days, and the many superhero-themed scarecrows that merchants have made will be on display. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

A day of music in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, October 12, the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with the Tusten Historical Society, local businesses and public support to present Narrowsburg Music Day. A series of events will take place on Main Street and in Tusten Theatre.

At 2 p.m. there will be a free concert by the Buddy Allen Band performing on the deck on Main Street. Sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric, this concert of rhythm and blues is led by Buddy Allen, tenor sax; with Joe Piela, piano; Chacho Ramirez, drums; and TJ, bass.  Read more

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater

Poor guy, that Peter, Peter. Had a wife and couldn’t keep her. Actually, I feel sorry for her, since (according to the nursery rhyme) he then resorted to putting the old ball-and-chain into a pumpkin shell “and there he kept her very well.” These words flashed through my mind while glancing at my upcoming events schedule (www.riverreporter.com/where-when) and sensing a theme emerging.  Read more

Using the river in the fall

REGION — Recreating on the Delaware River in the fall can be simultaneously a peaceful and an exhilarating experience. Gone are the hazy, humid days of high summer, and as the hot-weather-worshiping crowds head home, a feeling of tranquility descends over the river. The sense of being close to nature seems more immediate. With this serenity also comes the excitement of being on the open river even as brisk temperatures arrive, generating that cloud of breath that hangs in the air in front of your face, and the pulse seems to quicken.  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 10

When I first moved to Cochecton Center, the first two people I met were Doug and Eleanor Heinle at Heinle’s General store. They were talking about Founder’s Day, when the community all gets together to have fun. I worked side by side with Eleanor and loved every minute of it—great memories. Eleanor passed away on September 25 at the age of 93. God bless her. Eleanor Heinle Martin’s service will be on Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m. at the Cochecton Center United Methodist Church.  Read more

A disgraceful tale from the Land of Plenty

One in two American children will be on the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at some time in their lives; one in four goes to bed hungry every night. In 1980 there were 200 food banks in the U.S.; today there are 40,000. Fifty million Americans live in a state of “food insecurity”—undernourished and unsure where their next meal is coming from.  Read more

Woolly bears and weather lore

Now is the time when you will likely see furry caterpillars, black with an orange stripe in the middle, crossing roads or sidewalks. These are the much celebrated “woolly bears,” or the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth. There are two generations of wooly bear caterpillars per year, and the second generation overwinters in logs or under bark. Most of the caterpillars seen in the fall are on a quest to find a suitable overwintering location.  Read more

Farm livin’ is the life for me!

Well, in theory, anyhow. Unlike Old MacDonald, I’m not at all sure that I have the stamina to support the desire. I live smack-dab in the middle of farm country and am surrounded by cows, chickens, horses and hay here at Green Acres, and most of my neighbors are farmers. As I traverse the countryside, I often stop to talk to the animals, and they greet me warmly (Dr. Doolittle-style) when I snap a photo or two and (sometimes) let Dharma frolic with her pals.  Read more