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February 11, 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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Seventy-six trombones and an opera

While it may seem like an odd pairing, I had the pleasure of attending performances of Meridith Willson’s “The Music Man” and Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” over the last week, and the two productions have a lot in common. Both shows are entertaining, musical, lyrical and downright fun, and although wildly different, the message is the same. As the popular misquotation runs, “music soothes the savage beast”—and by “beast” I mean me. Let’s face it, I have issues, and last week was rough.  Read more

Town of Denning history

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — On Sunday, August 9 at 2 p.m. the Time and the Valleys Museum will host an afternoon of history focusing on Claryville, Sundown and other old communities in the Town of Denning in Ulster County.

“We have a rich collection of materials that bring to life the history of this unique area,” said museum director Donna Steffens. “We invite all who are interested to view our collection and also to bring items and/or artifacts relating to the area to share with the group.”  Read more

Nesin presents Luiz Simas

MONTICELLO, NY — World renowned composer, singer and pianist Luiz Simas will instruct and entertain at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, at 22 St. John St., on Tuesday, August 11. The hands-on workshop and lecture performance runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Summer Fun’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance has put together an exhibit aimed at quenching the summertime heat with a refreshing dose of community-centric culture, titled “Summer Fun.” It will run from Saturday, August 8 through Sunday, August 30. There will be an opening reception on August 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free. Refreshments will be provided.  Read more

Bluegrass with the Coal Town Rounders at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Pennsylvania bluegrass band, The Coal Town Rounders, play two shows in one night at Harmony Presents on Saturday, August 8.  Read more

Crawford book group discusses Times bestseller

MONTICELLO, NY — Career educator Tony Nappo will lead a discussion of Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. While her name was Henrietta Lacks, scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more.  Read more

The Artists’ Market; Building Community through Art

Since I can neither paint nor draw, much less sculpt, fashion jewelry or mold clay, I am constantly in awe over the vast array of talented artists and the creations they produce on both sides of the river. Having heard that Barryville Arts Association Director Nick Roes had recently embarked on a new endeavor—to create a space called The Artists’ Market—“Where Art Comes to Life in the River Valley,” I hightailed it over the bridge to Shohola, PA.  Read more

Grateful Dead night

HAWLEY, PA — Legendary Grateful Dead singer and lead guitar player Jerry Garcia would have turned 73 this year. Local fans will celebrate the occasion during Grateful Dead Night at Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. at Ledges Hotel on Friday, August 7, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

There will be a musical performance by The Village Idiots, a renowned Grateful Dead jam band that lends an improvisational approach to a variety of free-spirited music. Dead-themed attire is welcome. There is no cover charge.  Read more

A full day of fun in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will be hopping on Saturday, August 8 starting at 1 p.m. at the The Backyard Park, 876 Swiss Hill Rd., N., where you can listen to the acoustic remixes of popular and classic songs performed by Darren Steele. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and there will be games for children.  Read more

‘Altered Landscapes’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Altered Land-Escapes,” an exhibit of paintings by James Gann, opens with a reception on Friday, August 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through August 29.

“I get my ideas from everywhere and piece them together,” says Gann, who combines urban and rural imagery; in particular, abstract landscapes with graffiti-stenciled edges juxtaposed with hand-drawn elements.  Read more

Agudas Achim partners with CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Agudas Achim synagogue, in partnership with the Catskill Art Society (CAS), will present its first artist-in-residence, Mordechai Rosenstein, at the Laundry King at 65 Main St., for an exhibition of his Judaica artwork and a series of art-making and interpretive events. The exhibit runs from August 6 through August 9. There will be an opening reception on Thurday, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., “Pinot and Painting.”  Read more

‘Aviary’ takes flight at Elevator

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Aviary,” a group exhibition in the Elevator Gallery curated by Elizabeth Ennis, running August 8 through October 4 at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, August 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception will meld with a special double opening for “Audubon and Friends Too,” an exhibition by members of the Sullivan County Audubon Society curated by Kate Hyden, on Saturday, August 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.  Read more

‘Project Identity’ features collaborative art for teens

CALLICOON, NY — “Project Identity: Sessions,” a day of collaborative art and music-making for teens, will be held at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd., on August 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. It is a program of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with mentors musician Mark Visconti and writer/performer Laura E. J. Moran. Teen workshop time is 5 to 8 p.m., but after 8 everyone is welcome.  Read more

Wayne County Fair: Woodsmen, animals, rides and more

HONESDALE, PA — The 153rd Wayne County Fair will feature a wide variety of old-fashioned country activities and entertainments during its run from Friday, August 7 to Saturday, August 15, and one of the most venerable will be the 32nd Woodsmen’s Competition, set for Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m. in front of the grandstand.  Read more

‘Clownz: Comic Horror’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — The iconic image of the clown is the basis for “Clownz: Comic Horror,” a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ennis and Joanna Hartell, opening with a reception on Friday, August 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center.  Read more

Aengus, dog of love

The one habit my brother Chris could never kick was cigarettes. I admonished him one day, near the end of his too-short life, to stop smoking. He knew he was dying, neither of cancer nor emphysema, and he replied with a raised eyebrow and his dark Irish wit, “It’s not gonna kill me.”

I thought of that moment as I was trying to get our beloved dog, Aengus, to eat last week. His usual food no longer appealed to him. I took to poaching chicken with a little thyme and chopping it in the food processor. For a while, he liked it. But in his last week, even that was refused.  Read more

What’s in the water?

The Upper Delaware River region is riddled with water bodies, ranging from rivers to lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Those who spend time near such waters are likely to encounter the northern water snake, a large colorful snake that ranges in size from 24 to 50 inches at maturity.

This non-venomous snake is sometimes mistaken for the northern copperhead, a venomous species that prefers drier habitats featuring rocky terrains. Generally speaking, venomous snakes in our region have flattened triangular-shaped heads. But head shape can be misleading.  Read more

Kreznar at Jeff library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This is one of 24 paintings by Richard Kreznar currently being displayed in the foyer of the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Kreznar’s boldly colored paintings are in numerous public and private collections. They will remain at the library, 19 Center St., throughout August.

Fandom and comics at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — On Saturday, August 1, the library will host a Comic Jam workshop with artist Ira Marks for kids going into grades three to five. Kids will use their imaginations, work together and draw comics. Ira Marks is the author and illustrator of “The Aquarium Drift,” “Witch Knots” and more.

Registration is required. Call 845/794-4660. For a full list of library programs, visit www.ebcrawfordlibrary.org.

Join Ruffalo and Mountainkeeper at the Brewery

ROSCOE, NY — On Saturday, August 8, come drink local, clean and refreshing beer, and sample great food at the Catskill Brewery, all while listening to good music and inspiring words from The Solutions Project co-founder Mark Ruffalo and executive director Sarah Shanley Hope. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m.  Read more