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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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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...

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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...

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NACL continues 2014 season with experimental multi-media show

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre continues its 14th season of new and innovative performance. An experimental multi-media presentation of Loarca’s Blood Wedding will be held Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Friday, August 29 to Thursday, September 4 nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Series of outdoor concerts in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A series of outdoor concerts will be held on Main Street in Jeffersonville. On Friday, August 22 is Made in Motion, Big Sun, plus special guests from 7 to 11 p.m. The rock band includes Johnny Vitulli, Rob Cahill and Noah Barker. Big Sun is the moniker of Brooklyn resident Noah Barker, who fuses elements of pop, electronic, and jazz into song. The concert features visual artist Josh Deitchman.  Read more

Controversial play portrays Steve Jobs

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and the Liberty Free Theatre present a staged reading of Mike Daisey’s controversial, electrifying one-act play, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Friday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free. Reservations are required. Small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre summer doubleheader: Poetry, jazz and 'Steve Jobs'

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre presents a summer doubleheader of poetry, jazz and Steve Jobs in two different locations. American poet Barry Wallenstein, along with jazz guitarist Steve Carlin and bassist Tony Decicco, will present “An Evening of Poetry and Jazz” on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-revived Dead End Café, 6 Main St.  Read more

Arlon Bennett house concert

DAMASCUS, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will host the return of Arlon Bennett on Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. pot luck at the home of Frank and Pat Salt in Damascus.

Bennett sings and play guitar to deliver songs that evoke a little Harry Chapin and maybe some vintage James Taylor. He writes songs with an eloquence, honesty, and wry sense of humor. He loves to communicate with music by creating songs from the sounds of life.  Read more

'Watch Your Step’ artwork by Ruth Hardinger and Lucienne Weinberger

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Watch Your Step,” an exhibition of artwork by Ruth Hardinger and Lucienne Weinberger at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The show runs through Sunday, October 5.  Read more

Vermin du jour

It has been a summer of pests.

In June, I inaugurated the season by contracting Lyme disease. I suspect this occurred on a seemingly innocent walk to check out the beaver lodge under construction at a nearby pond. It was my good luck, however, to discover the deer tick rooted in my leg. I yanked it out but not soon enough; I developed the telling “bulls-eye rash” of tick- borne Lyme disease a week later.  Read more

‘The best of times is now’

Those six words inspired legendary composer Jerry Herman to write a song with that theme for his smash-hit musical “La Cage aux Folles,” currently playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Based on the 1978 French-Italian film of the same name, “La Cage” began as a stage play, was transformed into a film (remade in English as “The Birdcage,” starring Robin Williams) and back to the stage again as a musical, with music and lyrics written by Herman, and the story penned by Harvey Fierstein.  Read more

Little Sparrow to play at popular BBQ & barn dance event

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Back by popular demand, an Old-Fashioned BBQ and Barn Dance will be offered September 6 in celebration of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) 100 year anniversary. The public is invited to attend this special event at Bridle Hill Farm and to support the CCESC Centennial Campaign for an evening of homemade food, starting at 6 p.m., and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Live music will be performed by Little Sparrow, a local Americana band.  Read more

Catskills Golden Age revue

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Bethel Theatre Works will present a new “Vaudeville in the Catskills Celebrates the Golden Age” on August 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Reminiscent of the 1950’s famous hotel era, the company has gathered an array of talent portraying legendary entertainers like Carmen Miranda, Steve Allen and Rosemary Clooney, as well as actual hotel entertainment staff who have worked in the Catskills resort industry over the years.  Read more

Kaahele and Friends to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Kaahele and Friends will perform at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Sunday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

Kaahele is the Hawaiian word for “journey” and the professional name of singer/songwriter Kelly Hyde. Kaahele was born and raised in Callicoon, NY. Her affinity for music became apparent at a young age with her pursuit of both guitar and trumpet. As Kaahele grew up, she began to travel widely, eventually making her way to Hawaii.  Read more

Dear Bob

Author’s note: I don’t know if Sullivan County is in the coverage area for Bob Beierly’s publication Our Town, but here on the PA side of the river you can’t swing a cat without hitting one of his stands. A longtime feature of local life in Wayne and Pike counties, this free magazine, combining right-wing politics and sometimes salacious humor, has recently begun expanding its reach into Orange County, parts of New Jersey and other areas.  Read more

Time out (together)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest, followed by children ranging in age from pre-school to fourth grade, peeking under rocks, poking along a stream bank, exploring a meadow, we focused on learning about habitats and the various species typically found in each.

It was wonderful to see the children absorbed in these outdoor experiences as their senses came alive. Often, we would hear one exclaim, “I wish I could do this EVERY day!”  Read more

August daydreams and reflections

ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated to small-mouth bass in river riffles or large-mouth in lakes and ponds, but it can be slow—you know, “dog days of summer.”  Read more

Wedding update Part I

A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came home with a wedding-planning book, which included a very helpful checklist of things to do based on how far away from the wedding we were—figure out the wedding venue, choose bridesmaids and groomsmen, pick an officiant, send out “save the dates,” design invites, shop for wedding rings. Gradually we began to check things off the list.  Read more

Encore! Encore!

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world, since the powers that be at The River Reporter have given me a wide berth to do just that—offer my “humble opinion” on the world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region, but rest assured, I don’t take the responsibility lightly.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre celebrates Woodstock

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), will present “By the Time We Got to Woodstock,” by acclaimed novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. This special event will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world-famous Woodstock Festival. The performance will begin with a multi-media presentation of the 1969 concert, followed by the play, after which the audience is invited to eat, drink and dance to the original music.  Read more

'Paint by Pixels' - an iPad and tablet art exhibit

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Paint by Pixels,” a group exhibit of digital paintings made on iPads and other tablets, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6. This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Epson and ArtRage.

“We decided to have an iPad show, mainly, because it is a fun, immediate, and thoroughly democratic medium,” said Tom Bosket, the co-curator with Alexis Siroc of the “Paint by Pixels” exhibit.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction