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October 23, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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The Catskills by Moonlight

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a presentation by Russ Johansen highlighting the lunar and interplanetary missions since Apollo and the new tools that will redefine astronomy. This free program is part of a month focused on the moon titled “Catskills By Moonlight” at Morgan Outdoors with Jim McKeegan and Russ Johansen. In addition to lunar exploration, the hour-long program will touch on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the Rover Missions to Mars and the New Horizons mission, which will fly by Pluto next year.  Read more

Art exhibition ‘River and Biota’ brings awareness to our rivers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “River and Biota,” an exhibition of 18 artists that brings awareness to our rivers’ vulnerability, curated by Naomi Teppich. The exhibition will run at the CAS Arts Center from Saturday, October 11 through Sunday, November 16. CAS will host an artist talk on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Wood carvers hone their skills at fall gathering

CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.  Read more

Back on the bus

“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She was new to demonstrations. I was not.  Read more

A love of place

For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper Delaware River region. The practice of interfacing with one’s “place” deepens understanding and fosters a sense of stewardship.  Read more

Art Walk debuts in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Business Association will hold the inaugural Callicoon Art Walk on Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Callicoon Art Walk will showcase the growing art, music and retail community in the picturesque hamlet of Callicoon. During the Art Walk, retailers, galleries and restaurants will be open until 9 p.m.  Read more

If it looks like a duck…

Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the thermometer, it read 37 degrees. Yep—it’s fall. Not a bad thing, but when I went to bed, the leaves were still green. This morning? Not so much. “Don’t forget the camera,” I thought, as I grabbed the leash and put a jacket on for our stroll.  Read more

Community Appreciation Day at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A fee-free day to show appreciation to the community will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Also commemorating National Public Lands Day, the day includes a three-hour trail building and maintenance work session from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers are sought for this activity.  Read more

Stormy Weather at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present Stormy Weather Cabaret hosted by NACL’s performing poet, Laura Moran, on Sunday, September 28 at 8 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Fresh on the heels of The People’s Climate March, NACL Weather Project performers will join Moran for an evening of innovative cabaret performance by the multi-disciplinary troupe. The cabaret takes place in the cozy setting of the NACL lobby and will feature new work by Eva Barnett, dancers Corinna Grunn and Isabel Braverman, Brett Keyser, Laura Moran and others. Tickets cost $10. Call 845/557-0694.

DVAA announces Tusten Theatre fall series

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre fall season includes independent film, jazz, theatre, Irish music and opera this year, starting in September with Big Eddy Film Festival and ending in early December with “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”  Read more

Pumpkins, parade and fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 29th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. This old-time country fair and autumn festival is a benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, and is focused on children and their love for reading books. There will be a costume parade, pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements. Admission and parking are free.  Read more

Forestburgh Tavern Fall Series presents two shows

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Tavern will hold its fourth weekend of the first annual Fall Series at the Forestburgh Tavern. On Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. is The Costellos and on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. is an evening of folk music.
The Costellos pop music redefines rock for the new millennium, combining pop, rock, country and surf. There is a $10 cover at the door or reserve a table by calling 845/794-2005. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks.  Read more

Sarah Blacker at Harmony Presents

HAWELY, PA — Sarah Blacker, recently named Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, will perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill with her spellbinding voice and her poignant yet emotionally charged lyrics on Saturday, September 27 at 8 p.m. Blacker is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, and has shared stages with Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, and Anais Mitchell.  Read more

Dinner-theatre by Chamber of Commerce

ROSCOE, NY — Tickets are now available for “Murder on the Lust Boat,” a dinner-theatre production presented by The Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 1 at Tennanah Lake Wolf 1910 at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended and tickets cost $35 per person. The price includes appetizers, entree, dessert, coffee and show. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. For tickets call Lilly at 845/439-3990 ext. 306 or Marge 607/498-5464. Park and ride. Bus will be provided to venue.

The Band’s classic film recreated

BETHEL, NY — Music in Common and the Rev Tor Band will hold a special live performance of the Band’s classic 1978 concert film “The Last Waltz” on Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The concert features renditions of all the hits by the Band featured in the film, such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more.  Read more

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

MILFORD, PA — City Stage Theatre Arts will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at the Milford Theatre on September 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and September 28 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Bill Thomas and choreographed by Melissa Thomas.
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances.  Read more

Have you dreamed of writing a book? Digital age self-publishing can make that pipedream come true

NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, books were written almost exclusively by a small group of brand-name professional writers, most of whom boasted impressive academic and publishing credentials. But the advent of the digital age has made it possible for a new breed of author, the so-called “independent” writer, to produce a book without the assistance of a traditional corporate publishing house. E-books and print-on-demand production methods have revolutionized what was once an elitist industry.  Read more

Green is good

With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is done for. This is sad but not altogether without remedy, for green tomatoes have a charm all their own. Rather than offering up the sweet, juicy contours of their red brethren, they provide a crisp, tart alternative that is delicious in a number of preparations.  Read more

Never too old to just listen to the music

During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride besides my home and my hammock, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the premier concert venue in the northeast. You see, I live a short 20-minute ride from there, and I love live music. Growing up in Brooklyn, there were many venues for concerts, yet I never had the money to go, or all I could afford was the “nosebleed” section.  Read more

A precursor to autumn

The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending seasonal change. During the last couple of weeks in August, common nighthawks were seen over lakes and rivers just around dusk as they circled overhead, looking for insects to fuel their southward migration. Narrowsburg had a good number during several early evenings.  Read more