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September 02, 2015
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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into...

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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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

‘Into...’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery will host an exhibit entitled “Into...,” featuring the ceramic art of David Greenbaum and mixed media printmaking of Carol M. Mainardi, in August. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., part of Milford’s Art After Dark festival. The gallery is located at 210 Broad St.  Read more

A midsummer night’s dream

Actually, it was more like a midsummer dream of a weekend. While loath to admit that July is already gone, the plethora of events here in the Upper Delaware River region has been staggering of late. Not for the first time, I was asked if I had (oh, the horror!) a twin brother, since I was spotted in more than one place at the same time. But it’s all an illusion—and the result of (happily) over-extending myself.  Read more

Silos as art, art as proposal

CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).  Read more

‘Portraits as sequence’

WOODBOURNE, NY — Jörg Madlener’s paintings will be exhibited at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd., from July 31 to August 28. The paintings reflect the meeting points between Jörg Madlener’s Cassandra series and his ongoing work “Die Frau ohne Schatten.”  Read more

Seubert on exhibit at Ellenville Regional

Christopher Seubert’s selected paintings, prints and portraits are on display in the Healing Arts Gallery at Ellenville Regional Hospital and will remain until September 11. The show is free and open to the public, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  Read more

Celebrating wood at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The 11th annual Festival of Wood will be held this weekend at at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Hours on Saturday, August 1 will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on and on Sunday, August 2 will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival celebrates everything about wood: the forests it comes from, how to take care of them and the wildlife that depends on them; how wood is harvested and the products that can be made with it. The locale is appropriate: Grey Tower, which is run by the U.S.  Read more

The 2015 Antique Show & Sale

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne, Pike (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) Antiques Dealer Association (WPSADA) will present its annual Antique Show & Sale on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School located on Route 6, one mile east of Hawley. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

“Quality dealers come from throughout the Northeast with specialties ranging from period furniture and primitives to a wide variety of glass to vintage linens and textiles, art, pottery, jewelry, porcelains, paper items, books, and more,” said WPSADA’s Lynne “Cookie” Astringer.  Read more

Blue Moon Festival in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE NY — It’s a Blue Moon on Friday, July 31. There will be a village-wide event that kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Backyard Park, located at 876 Swiss Hill Rd. North, with a bonfire and drum circle, followed by a Howl at the Moon contest.

Enjoy Blue Moon specials at Mullally’s Bar and other area businesses, then stroll over to enjoy music on the Main Street Events Stage, located directly across from the Jeffersonville Post Office, which begins at 8 p.m. Both events are free and are open-air events. Bring a chair to relax in. Email

Town historian presents ‘Traces of the Past’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its fifth installment of its History Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m., with Chester Town Historian Clif Patrick presenting “Traces of the Past.” The talk will be held at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Expressions of the Moment’ at Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host an exhibit titled “Expressions of the Moment,” featuring the photographs of Beth Green and the paintings of Lynn Kaplan, opening on Friday, July 31 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a second reception on August 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The show will remain open through August by appointment. Call 917/499-9700.  Read more

Billy Joel backup Wade Preston returns

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s back-up, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 1. “Wade Preston’s dexterity alone is enough to drop a stadium full of jaws, but you don’t need to go to a stadium to experience the awe. This excellent musician and performer is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway hit ‘Movin’ Out.’ He is an original cast member doing the full three-and-a-half-yearyear run on Broadway....  Read more

Watercolors by Connell at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the artwork of member Jane Connell for the month of August in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. Local watercolorist Connell moved to upstate New York from Long Island almost 30 years ago. She has exhibited her work in a range of indoor and outdoor shows including the Inn at Starlight Lake, the NoHo Art Walk in NYC, the Hancock Town Hall, and the Town of Roscoe Summer Fair, and also does commissioned artwork of pets and homes.  Read more

‘Selfies of the Masters’ at Artists’ Market

SHOHOLA, PA — “Selfies of the Masters” will be on display at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave., for the month of August. There will be a reception on August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.

”Selfies” are nothing new. The favorite model of many celebrated artists was themselves. Self-portraits have probably been around since the first caveman saw his reflection in a stream and tried to recreate it on his wall.  Read more

Celebrating our firefighters

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Fire Department is celebrating 145 years of volunteer service to the community, with festivities culminating in the 87th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) Parade on Saturday, August 1. The parade features fire departments from all over Sullivan County, and different towns take turns hosting it each year. This year, it’s Liberty’s turn.  Read more

Face-to-face: poetry and art

CALLICOON, NY — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will perform at Café Devine, 33 Lower Main St., in conjunction with artist Nancy Wells’ exhibit of mixed media works, “Visage: State of Being,” on Sunday, August 2 at 3 p.m.  Read more

Bang for your buck!

“We will be coming through with our snack service shortly; the list of items available for this trip is in the seatback in front of you. Today’s Wi-Fi entertainment can be found on the free app, today’s password is ‘JOY.’ The engineer requests that you stay seated and buckled till it is safe to move about. Just a reminder we are one of the few carriers that still does not charge for luggage as long as it fits in the overhead compartments. We are running slightly ahead of schedule today and will be arriving in New York eight minutes early.  Read more

Young eagles fly the coop

It’s July, and this is the time when young birds of all types are reaching the point where they are leaving their nests and learning to fend for themselves. Among the myriad of species of young birds that are leaving their nests is the bald eagle.  Read more

You can choose your friends…

I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure can’t choose your family… whether you acknowledge them or not, and it makes you look downright silly when you don’t.” Okay, then—I’m acknowledging them. They’re here. In fact, they have been here all week.  Read more

Twenty-five years of Riverfest

“Riverfest is alive with music,” declared the headline on the front page of The River Reporter’s leisure section on July 25, 1991, announcing the first occurrence of what has since become one of the highlights of an Upper Delaware summer.
Reporter Tom Kane wrote, “Have you heard about the plans of a bunch of people from Narrowsburg to celebrate the Delaware River? They’ve organized the first annual Riverfest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in Narrowsburg, and they’re determined to make this a major annual event.”  Read more

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