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November 01, 2014
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Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.

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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By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East...

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One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45...

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…Well, maybe a little. After all, it’s my column. Even though I do share personal information in the pages of The River Reporter, it’s just an excuse to write about my observations of what all of...

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A couple of months back during August, a concerned Pennsylvania landowner contacted the National Park Service (NPS), Upper Delaware to report that an owl was on the ground in his yard and had been...

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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

Church to host Applefest

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church, on the corner of Church and 11th streets, will host Applefest on September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JoJo the clown, left, will entertain children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day also features games, food, a craft fair, a magic show at 1 p.m., apple baking/cooking and scarecrow contests, a dunk tank and silent basket auction. For information, call 570/253-3291.

Mixed media exhibit at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed-medium abstracts by Beau Gostomsky titled “Chai #18” opens with a reception at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., on Saturday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is on display through November 15. Beau Gostomsky is a self-taught artist with a fascination for all things distressed, rusty, salvaged, scraped and banged up. Current curiosity includes collage, antique paper ephemera, lettering, inks, rubber stamps, art journaling, and altered books. He lives with his husband Jeff in Barryville NY.  Read more

NACL Theatre presents ‘Henri’ by Sprat Theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — A play about Alzheimer’s disease will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Sprat Theatre Company’s performance, “Henri,” is a theatrical etude that explores the important moments in the life of title character, Henri, from youth to old age. The performance is designed to bring audiences closer to an understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Slave to the Fitbit

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus blocks home.

The sun was setting in the distance, and it was a lovely evening. But that wasn’t why I was going to walk. Truth is, I needed the steps. Desperately. You see, I was (am) deep in a step counting contest with my father and I am losing. Badly.  Read more

Cochecton man recounts history through letters and diaries

COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will host its annual Coffee, Tea and History on Sunday, September 21 at the Cochecton Train Station located at 8537 Route 97 at 1 p.m. The presentation, “The Oldest House in Cochecton; Its History and Inhabitants” is made possible by Joe DeFalco, who is currently writing a book on the subject.  Read more

Tickets on sale for dramatic reading of Poe at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site will become available to the public on September 29. “Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Halloween, Friday, October 31at 6 and 8 p.m. and will include four selected works of Poe.  Read more