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June 28, 2016
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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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Go bats about Nature Fest

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Nature Fest is a celebration of nature’s treasures in Wayne County that includes hikes, presentations and hands-on activities for all ages on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can start the night before, Friday, June 10 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with a National Park Service biologist who will lead an expedition recording the echolocation calls of bats flying overhead. Participants will be able to see the calls as they are recorded using acoustic monitoring equipment, and learn how this data contributes to our understanding of local bat populations.  Read more

‘Early Sullivan County’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The opening of an exhibit titled “Early Sullivan County” will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. Sullivan County Historian John Conway will speak on “Transitions: The Major Changes in Early Sullivan County History.” A musical presentation by “Dirty Stay Out Skifflers” performing tunes from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s will follow.

Admission is free, donations and Sullivan County Historical Society memberships are welcome. For more information visit www.scnyhistory.org or call 845/434-8044.

Six-foot rabbit comes to South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will present its first offering for the 2016 season, “Harvey,” starting on June 10 at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Rte. 42. It is sponsored by REA Ford. The full-length, Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase—immortalized in a 1951 movie starring Jimmy Stewart—is about a polite and friendly man (Mr. Elwood P. Dowd) and his best friend, an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit.  Read more

Tractor Parade

CALLICOON, NY — The 20th annual Callicoon Tractor Parade will be held on Sunday, June 12, featuring tractors of all sizes and vintages. The parade will roll out at 12 noon. As always, there will be a breakfast that morning at the firehouse on Route 97 from 7 to 11 a.m. Following the parade, at approximately 3 p.m., the crowd is invited down to the Delaware Youth Center for chicken barbeque and roast pork provided by the Callicoon Kristal Bowl at a cost of $12 per dinner.

Van Put at Morgan Outdoors

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ed Van Put will be the special guest at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, June 11 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. to meet the public and sign copies of his newly revised and updated book, “The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People.” The date was chosen to coincide with the Trout Parade (see page 16).  Read more

Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 13th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 11. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street, including musical performances on the Main Street Stage by Kendy Gable, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and strolling entertainment by the NACL Theatre’s Stilt Corps. This year’s marching band lineup includes the Crimson Pirates; Paprika; Hartford’s Proud Drum, Drill, and Dance Corps; Walker Valley Marching Band; the MountainTones; and the LMCS Middle School Band.  Read more

Castle Centennial Community Day

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA is celebrating the centennial of the Frost Valley Castle this year. On Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., families are invited to enjoy early 20th-century games and activities, in addition to tours of this historic mansion, former home to early 1900s wool baron Julius Forstmann. It features antiques, furniture and architecture from when the home was built in 1916. This event focuses on the local community, including the significance of both the Frost Valley Castle and the rich history of the Catskills region.  Read more

‘The Terrifying’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will present “The Terrifying,” by Minor Theater of New York City (www.minortheater.org), on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Local ingredients with a Southern flair; Lake House brings new life to old Mohican Inn building

GLEN SPEY, NY — There’s a new restaurant in Glen Spey on the shore of Mohican Lake, serving new-American food with a concentration on Southern cooking. The Lake House occupies the former Mohican Inn, and is owned by Shane Pearson, former Baker’s Tap Room owner, and Curtis Brown, who’s new to the area but is not new to the restaurant business.  Read more

A policy puzzle

There’s a network of renewable energy mavens at work across New York State, pouncing on each new official plan, hoping for wise energy policy and formulating thoughtful responses shared through the public comment process. Everyone sprang into action on April 19 when the New York State Public Service Commission issued “The Clean Energy Standard,” a staff white paper that outlines strategies for meeting renewable energy goals laid out in the New York State Energy Plan.  Read more

Natural wellness

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul,” asserted author, naturalist and conservationist John Muir. Although Muir died in 1914, his legacy continues to influence and inspire us today.  Read more

Let them eat cake

I like cake. Actually, if it’s sweet, I probably will like whatever it is. In point of fact, I completed yet another trip around the sun this past week, and there has been plenty of cake to go around. I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but I’m thankful to have friends who care, and upon their insistence I have blown out the candles a few times over the last several days. My birthday has always been close to Memorial Day (sometimes even simultaneous), and as a kid, I naturally thought that all of the barbeques, celebrations, parades and general hoopla were all for my benefit.  Read more

Nat Osborn Band returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA —Dave Matthews Band opener and European touring band, The Nat Osborn Band (Quartet Version) returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. “Described as ‘irresistible’ by Consequence of Sound, Nat Osborn ‘writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era song craft with decidedly modern sensibilities.’ He mashes and stirs up styles like a chef mixing spices: a dash of funk here, a dollop of rock there and a sprinkling of reggae, all around a solid base of catchy songwriting.  Read more

Indie film to be shot in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Olive Gallagher, a native of Milford and president/CEO of Moonlight Man Productions, an indie film and television production company, is the screenwriter/director/producer of “Journeys,” an indie feature set for principal photography in Milford in September of 2017. The feature roles of Olive and Adalbert Hardwell will be played by Laila Robins and James Morrison respectively.  Read more

‘Quasi’ at the Elevator

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Quasi,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Fernando Colón-González, in the Elevator Gallery at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from June 4 through July 17. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

“In my work, I avoid making specific reference to things in particular,” says artist Fernando Colón-González. “However, it happens involuntarily that I connect to images that are in our memory, then it’s up to the spectators to continue the journey.”  Read more

‘Censored!’

SHOHOLA, PA — Throughout history, censorship has haunted the creative expression of men and women. Barryville Area Arts Association’s June “Censored!” exhibit offers up just a few of the great works of art that were thought offensive or subversive by censors. A free reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 4 at the Artists Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be complimentary refreshments.  Read more

‘Bare Bones’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local artists take a “bare bones” approach to the world around us in a new group show at the Laundry King, an alternative exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St.

Curated by artists Elizabeth Ennis and Naomi Teppich, this exhibit features
drawings, paintings, sculptures, a hand-made book and photographs by Robyn Almquist, Don Downs, Eva Drizhal, Elizabeth Ennis, Kathie Fitzgerald, Emanuelle Gauthier, Jan Harrison, Joanna Hartell, Lynne Mayocole, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, David Sandlin, Michael Staats and Naomi Teppich.  Read more

‘Fabrication and Figuration’ in the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Fabrication and Figuration,” an exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Honesdale-based artist Jeff George, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

Many of George’s sculptures are whimsical and humorous, taking common or familiar items and arranging them into new works that challenge most conventional thinking and ideas. His work (commissioned or non-commissioned) is usually a mix of materials: found objects, wood, steel, ceramics and glass.  Read more

Kadampa Fun Fair

GLEN SPEY, NY — Kadampa World Peace Temple at 47 Sweeney Rd. will hold its eighth annual Fun Fair on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the facility named “Best Meditation Center” by River Reporter readers with free guided meditation and temple tours. The fair will also include a flea market, artist vendors, live music, fresh food, a raw juice bar, carnival games and more. There are four on-site hiking trails, community meals, chanted meditations, and a free meditation and teaching on Sunday morning. On-site accommodation is available.  Read more

Jazz string trio at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library will host a concert featuring the String Trio of New York, an internationally known chamber jazz group of acoustic violin, guitar and bass, on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Critics have called the award-winning trio “one of the finest avant-garde chamber jazz groups around.” Since their founding in 1977, they have been regulars at jazz festivals such as Ravinia and Newport and have been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and PRI’s International Concerts.  Read more