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March 30, 2015
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REGION — A parlor game called “Exquisite Corpse” is coming to the Catskills, brought to you by Ellie and Akira Ohiso, the couple behind Green Door Magazine. The Ohisos have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) and are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware counties in New York, Wayne and Pike counties in PA) to participate in this game, turned exhibit. The finished works will be displayed in “Exquisite Corpse of The Catskills” at CAS beginning June 5.

I fish not to escape reality, but to find it. I fish because I find the world of CNN, ISIS, Facebook, political gridlock, and, yes, even weather forecasts and reports becoming more alienated from...

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Near the end of February, I had a call from Don Hamilton, resource specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) out of Milanvile, PA. It seems that during a sunny day when the temperatures...

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Pausing as I step out of the front door, looking up through the barren trees, the cerulean blue of the morning sky peeks at me. The word “cerulean” is derived from the Latin caelum, meaning heaven...

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An egg is quiet perfection. Elegant in form, its smooth shell breaks open to offer the yin-yang of golden yolk and airy white. That yolk serves to thicken and enrich, while the white, when whipped...

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“When it rains, it pours,” I wheezed at the dog as we headed out the door last Saturday night, in search of entertainment. I had three musical notes on my list to check out in Callicoon, NY, along...

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Information is being sought on several matters concerning white-tailed deer in the Upper Delaware River region. In the first, researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Penn State...

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Coin a neologism

“That’s not a word.” It seems that I am always saying this to my kids, in disapproving tones.

Most often it is because they are mispronouncing something. Then I tell them: we are not entitled to pronounce words incorrectly just because we think it sounds better. This is the argument that my son, with his musical ear, likes to try. The main idea, I reply, is to talk so people understand what you’re telling them.  Read more

The value of nature play

A lifelong love of the natural world, and a willingness to act on its behalf, is believed to originate in childhood, as youngsters explore the wild world around them through the simple activity of play. The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) recently published a 40-page booklet that explores this important relationship and offers an array of actions targeted to restoring nature play to children’s lives.  Read more

Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting

ELDRED, NY — The Delaware Company will host a Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting at Henning’s Local on Saturday, February 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a snow date of Sunday, February 22. The celebration will feature tastings from several local breweries; hardy 18th century tavern fare and birthday cake. A historical trivia contest—with prizes—titled “American Walks Into a Bar: The Role of Beer in the American Revolution” will be led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway. General Washington, in the person of talented re-enactor Paul Brennan, will be the guest of honor.  Read more

Chocolate Dessert Social at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — All of your chocolate wishes can come true at the Neversink Valley Museum’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Social on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Many varieties of chocolate and other desserts will be offered. Choose three desserts for $5; beverages are free. Takeout is available. The social will be at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.  Read more

Valentine’s Day at the library

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Zombie Valentine Party for teens on Friday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. There will be zombie-themed games, cookie decorating, Valentine making and more. The event is for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.  Read more

Hearts in Winter: Poetry at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will read from their original poetry at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, poems will center on the many variations of love—romantic love and the love of friends and family. In honor of the season, the UDWC will also present poems about winter, the return of the light and the promise of spring.  Read more

Create a Picasso painting of your loved one

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading on Upper Main Street in Callicoon will host a Date Night/Paint Night on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Release your inner artist as you sip a glass of wine and relish chocolate-covered strawberries. Just glide your paintbrush across your canvas to create a masterpiece, Picasso style, of your loved one or friend. No experience is necessary. Bring your favorite bottle of wine. All painting materials are provided, along with wine glasses and strawberries. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited.  Read more

Gaga for Gershwin on Valentine’s

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host “Gaga for Gershwin,” a Valentine tribute to the Great American Songbook’s composers and lyricists, on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. Performers will be soprano Dorothy Stone and “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” Ori Dagan.  Read more

Valentine’s Comedy Night at Hunt’s Landing

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of eating, laughter and love at the second annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night, to be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Friday, February 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is at 7:15 p.m., and laughs begin at 9 p.m. The show will feature comedians Melvin George and Mike Gaffney, who have performed at famous locations such as Caroline’s, on the Ellen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Gotham Comedy Live and Last Comic Standing, to name a few.  Read more

What’s love got to do with it?

Good question. Once again, there’s a dark cloud over my head, and it’s called Valentine’s Day. Most people have a holiday they could live without and mine is due on Saturday. While the actual history of Cupid’s rise to fame is debatable, romantic love is deeply rooted in the various interpretations.  Read more

ARTery presents ‘Attraction’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit, “Attraction,” running from Friday, February 13 through Thursday, March 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will feature new works by the members that explore the notion of attraction as it applies to love and beyond.  Read more

Local movie ‘Hits’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — David Cross’ new dark comedy “Hits,” which was shot in Liberty (see our story in the January 15 issue (www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2015/01/14/youtube-america-liberty-ny) will play for one night only in special pay-what-you-want screening on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. This is a CineArt presentation, a joint project of the Callicoon Theater and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Callicoon Theater is located at 30 Upper Main St. Call 845/887-4460.

‘Shorts & Sweets’ in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” will be presented by Big Sky Productions at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. The museum is located at 265 Main St. The theme for this episode of Shorts & Sweets, coming, as it does, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, is “Love or Something Like It.” The program will include stories and jokes, some funny, some poignant, on the theme of love (or not).

Featured performers are Paul Ciliberto, co-host of Ciliberto and Semerano on Thunder 102 radio; actress  Read more

Gypsy Jazz supper club

HAWLEY, PA — Swing to the vibe of 1930s “hotclub” jazz at The Settlers Inn Jazz Supper Club on Sunday, February 15 of Presidents’ Day weekend. The Gypsy Jazz Quintet plays from 6 to 9 p.m., and a special prix fixe menu is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Art.Write.Now.Tour comes to CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will open on February 21 at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Free and open to the public through March 22, the exhibit hosts student work from around the country, including works by local writer Sarah Mughal from Vestal Senior High School and artist Maxwell Vonderhorst, a graduate of Warwick Valley Middle School.  Read more

‘Piece Together Peace’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the artwork of Cynthia Strunsky McLean in “Piece Together Peace,” an exhibition in the new Elevator Gallery, running from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 29, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, February 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tasty tidbits prepared by Bethel Market Café will be served.  Read more

Pondering ‘the public interest’

The PBS program NYNow created a furor last week with an opinion poll on the Constitution Pipeline that asked: “Should public interest override a private landowner’s control over their property?” As many outraged respondents noted, the premise of the question is seriously biased. Since the pipeline will perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuel and facilitate the export of natural gas for private profit, the assumption that it represents “the public interest” is highly debatable.  Read more

Count birds for Valentine’s Day: the Great Backyard Bird Count

I’m writing this near the end of January, and it’s cold out; 9 degrees in Shohola with a 15-mph wind and some higher gusts. There are some hardy souls that are out ice fishing, catching the last part of hunting season, or maybe eagle watching or some other form of birding. If this cold weather is making you feel more like a “snowbird” with a yearning to head south, there is an event just around the corner that won’t give you a case of the chills.  Read more

Cabin fever

I’ve got it—how ‘bout you? Depending on what Internet source you use, cabin fever has different connotations, with an underlying theme: boredom, laced with anger, tinged with restless paranoia. Not that I needed to look it up. Born and raised in upstate New York, I’ve had the fever once or twice, but there was no worldwide web in my childhood with which to divert and entertain. Still, one can only spend so much time surfing the web, before the walls invariably close in.  Read more

Bethany hosts Soup-er Sunday

BETHANY, PA — The Bethany Collective will host its third Soup-er Sunday on February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library.

“We have another great selection of homemade soups for friends, neighbors, and guests,” said Janet Heinly, one of the event coordinators. “We’re featuring beef barley, Manhattan clam chowder, creamy mushroom, split pea with ham, navy bean, cabbage, potato leek, chicken noodle and more. If you don’t see what you like, just ask if we’ve got it, because we’re getting more selections all the time, so we may have what you’re looking for.”  Read more

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