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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Unitarian holiday celebration

BEACH LAKE, PA — Join the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 at Ginny Nordstrom’s home for a celebration of the holidays and the winter solstice. Bring a potluck dish.

There will be feasting and singing of carols and popular holiday songs. Share your musical talents and bring bells, drums, rain sticks and tambourines to enhance the merriment. For directions call 570/448-3174.

Mirror Visions in festive concert

MILFORD, PA — The Mirror Visions Ensemble will perform festive music by Haydn, Sibelius, Aaron Copland, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other composers on Saturday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre at 114 East Catharine St. After the concert, there will be a wine-and-cheese reception.  Read more

Homemade gifts in a jar

From cookies to soup, homemade gifts in a jar are perfect for the budget-minded holiday giver and it makes for a fun project. Be sure to include the baking or cooking instructions, as the receiver will have to add a few perishable ingredients to complete these gifts.  Read more

Operating on faith

During the 20 years I lived in Manhattan, I cherished what I came to call the Christmas truce. Whether it was the excessive holiday decorations, the ubiquitous Christmas carols or simple nostalgia, the bustle of the holidays seemed to bring a softening of the protective urban shell, as if the season allowed us be the nice, trusting people we always knew we were.  Read more

Cookies for seniors

The Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program is collecting cookies for seniors. Each year they package and deliver over 250 cookie trays. The Nutrition Advisory Council is seeking donations of packaged holiday cookies and candies to distribute to home-bound seniors of Sullivan County.

All donations can be brought to any nutrition site (listed below), or the Office for the Aging before December 17. For more information contact Jane Bozan, Nutrition Coordinator, at 845/807-0247.

Turkey vulture in white

Some months back, I was contacted by Bill Streeter, director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. He told me that he rescued a turkey vulture from the area near Forest City, PA. The vulture was found on the ground, emaciated, but not injured. Lab tests were negative for lead or any other contaminant. The one very evident characteristic with this particular vulture was that its plumage was pure white.  Read more

The 2015 River Champion is…?

My final column of the year is perhaps my most important one. This is when I announce my choice for 2015 River Champion. This prestigious recognition and long-standing tradition (starting now) is to acknowledge that individual or group that has done extraordinary work to enhance our fishery.  Read more

Homeless vigil

MILFORD, PA — On Monday, December 21 at 6 p.m. the Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH) will join with organizations and spiritual communities around the United States in commemorating National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day with a short candlelight vigil on the steps of the Milford Courthouse on Broad Street. Prayer will be offered for all who live or who died homeless in Pike County.  Read more

Cooke students dress a ‘naked turkey’

MONTICELLO, NY — The George L. Cooke School Student Council recently sponsored a “Naked Turkey” community food drive. The donated non-perishable foods were brought to the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless Shelter. Each student was asked to bring in a food item, and in return that student would get a paper feather for each item brought. The feather was placed on their grade level’s turkey, which hung in the multi-purpose room. On November 23, the grade level with the most feathers was rewarded with a popcorn party, as well as bragging rights to the warmest turkey.  Read more

Community chorus holds winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus, under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, will perform its 39th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42. Conductor Giroux’s theme for the concert is “Winterscapes,” as each selection or set of songs has been chosen to elicit, for both the singers and the audience, memories of feelings and events associated with the season.  Read more

Catskill Dance Company performs

REGION — Catskill Dance Company will perform at two holiday-themed events, both taking place on Saturday, December 12. Co-Artistic Directors and company members Isabel Braverman and Corinna Grunn choreographed and will dance in these performances.

The first occasion is Dickens on the Delaware in Callicoon, NY. This event takes place all day from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Catskill Dance Company will perform a Victorian-themed dance in the Western Hotel.  Read more

Christmas cantata at Calkins

MILANVILLE, PA — The Calkins Baptist Church will present its annual Christmas cantata on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13 in the historic Calkins Baptist Church Sanctuary, located at 527 Calkins Rd. The Saturday matinee will be at 2 p.m., with the Sunday performance beginning at 7 p.m. For both shows, a staffed on-site nursery will be available, and following the Sunday evening performance, a reception will be held, free and open to the public, where refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Trumbo’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present the CineArt showing of “Trumbo” (rated R) starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and John Goodman. The film will screen Friday, December 11 through Tuesday, December 15, nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Sensory overload

Wow, man—it’s a little crazy out there. With the holiday season in full swing, I’ve been running around like a festive headless chicken, doing my best to take in as many of the events exploding throughout the Upper Delaware River region as humanly possible, while attempting to retain a semblance of sanity. Maintaining composure has never been my strong suit, and keeping up with the Wonder Dog is a full-time job in itself.  Read more

WMH Auxiliary announces tree-lighting ceremony

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary announced its annual Love Lites tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. in front of the hospital on Park Street. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will feature Christmas music and carols followed by light refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.  Read more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

HURLEYVILLE, NY —Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) continues its 2015 season with a family-friendly production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which runs during the holiday season from December 11 through 13 at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum).  Read more

Lee at Jeff library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Nancy Lew Lee is exhibiting drawings and paintings at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library through the month of December. Lee says, “Most of my time as an artist is devoted to making sculpture, but I also love drawing and gouache painting. When I travel, I pack a sketch pad. The drawings on display at the Jeffersonville Public Library are scenes from Utah and Bermuda.  Read more

Comedy at The Arnold House

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Marla Schultz will headline an evening of comedy at The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jonathan McBride of Stress Factory and the Eastville Comedy Club.

Schultz began her standup career in New York City where Alan King hand-picked her for the inaugural Toyota Comedy Festival. She was recently inducted into The New York Friars Club, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs nominated her for a MAC Award for “Outstanding Female Comedian.”  Read more

Genre-busting American folk

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases toe-tapping, genre-busting American folk musicians, Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. “With soulful harmony and award-winning songs, the band has rocked and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in 26 states and six countries,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Santa comes to Calling All Angels

MILFORD, PA — Santa Claus is coming to Calling All Angels Thrift Shoppe on Friday, December 11. He will have pictures taken at the thrift shop with children, parents, grandparents—whoever wants one—from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Anyone who comes will have their picture taken with the jolly old elf and have those pictures sent to them via email. We can make special arrangements for anyone without an email who wants their photos printed out. Just let Santa’s special helpers (that is, the shop staff) know in advance.  Read more