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October 09, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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‘Otherworldliness of the Real’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Otherworldliness of the Real,” an exhibit of paintings and collages by Linda Sokolowski, opens with a reception on Friday, September 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through October 3.  Read more

‘Renaissance Women’ at Artists’ Market

SHOHOLA, PA — Female painters of the Renaissance are the theme of the Barryville Area Arts Association’s September show at the Artists’ Market Community Center (AMCC), 114 Richardson Ave. There will be an opening reception on September 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., at which a local artist will make a brief presentation on the exhibit. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the AMCC.  Read more

‘Oh, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out?’

This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in hospice care, yet she is the most fully alive person I know. I treasure every day she triumphs over an untimely end. The Weather Project, NACL’s climate change theatrical and community extravaganza presented its last performance on August 26 at SUNY Sullivan. I was with it from the beginning in 2012, a long and fruitful ride.  Read more

Banks of beauty

In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (www.riverreporter.com/column/river-talk/11/2015/07/01/flowered-finery). As the season has progressed, a different set of regional beauties has seized the stage. Along the banks of the Lackawaxen River, an assortment of flowering plants are now competing for resources such as light, water and nourishment to sustain their showy blooms. Some are faring better than others, but all are putting on a lively display, guaranteed to satisfy our senses and restore our spirits.  Read more

Legendary bands coming to Bethel Woods; Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire

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.  Read more

Have I stayed too long at the fair?

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 the Upper Delaware River region at this time of year. I try to hit at least one every summer and always look forward to seeing what the 4-H kids have been up to, log-rolling contests, rides, crafts, vendors galore and of course food, glorious food!  Read more

Big Eddy documentaries announced

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fourth annual Big Eddy Film Festival, which will take place from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20, will showcase several new documentaries exploring those who make art and those who make art happen. Many filmmakers will be in attendance for talkbacks following their films at the festival.  Read more

Ramble Tamble live features Swampcandy

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, September 3, The Cooperage Project will once again team up with WJFF Radio Catskill to present a simulcast performance at The Cooperage, starting at 7 p.m. The high-energy duo Swampcandy will perform on the stage at The Cooperage during Ramble Tamble. The live performance will also be broadcast on WJFF Radio Catskill, 90.5FM. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Big band and East Coast Swing at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Tuesday, September 1. The Glenn Miller-style big band will play from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band is a non-profit group whose mission is to recreate and perpetuate the big band sound that was popular during the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Think Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.  Read more

‘33 Demon Teeth’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL continues its 15th season on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m., when it presents a popular young independent company called The Assembly from New York City in an original production titled “33 Demon Teeth.” The theatre is located at 110 Highland Lake Rd.

The play is an engaging drama that closely follows the aging process of a family over the years, eclectically incorporating Japanese Kabuki theatre technique.  Read more

Narrowsburg Music Day

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with local businesses to present Narrowsburg Music Day, a series of music events taking place in Narrowsburg, on Sunday, September 6.

At 2 p.m., a free concert by the Chacho Ramirez Quartet will be held on the Main Street deck. Overlooking the Big Eddy by the eagle observation post, drummer Ramirez will be joined by Brooklyn bassist Tehrin Cole, guitarist Meir Rosenberger and pianist Joe Piela. The performance is sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric.  Read more

The Sixties at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Sixties will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Sixties is a cover band that has been entertaining audiences in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. It has opened for some of the greats of that era including The Temptations and Herman’s Hermits.
The Sixties will be playing the best music of the 1960s, from the British Invasion to Folk Rock to Motown. Get ready to dance.  Read more

‘The Treaty of 1778’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation presents its sixth installment of its History Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m., when local historian Frank Salvati presents “The Treaty of 1778” at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off of Route 209). Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Reading of ‘A Tender Thing’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” a new play by Ben Power, at the Laundry King at 65 Main St., for one night only on Saturday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s the greatest love story of all time, remixed. What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved?  Read more

Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest combines music, food and outdoors activities centered around Lake Wallenpaupack, from swimming to boating to parasailing. The sixth annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 28 with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley, like a Hawaiian luau at Ehrhardt’s Pub from 4 to 6 p.m. and Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn on Main Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. Or, if theatre is your preference, you can see the classic comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace” at The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street at 8 p.m.  Read more

Barn Cats at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company will present The Barn Cats (www.facebook.com/thembarncats) live at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, August 28 at 8:30 p.m. The band features elements of rock and roll, funk, blues, soul and even a little country, all with the band’s unique sound and flavor.  Read more

The Ironmen of Bosco

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 first, and then they come in order of size till they are all aboard. They board in stations like Middletown, Campbell Hall or Salisbury Mills for their trip to Ramsey 17. There, they climb the steps, two flights up, then two flights down, and board a yellow school bus that will take them to their practice field.  Read more

Cicadas: singers of the dog days of summer

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 nothing. The same sound might immediately be followed by an identical sound from another tree, perhaps farther off. We associate this sound with the heat of summer, because it is usually heard during the hottest part of the day. The singers we hear in the trees reinforcing the fact that it is very hot outside are none other than the dog-day cicada.  Read more

Beginners’ luck, honed skill and tuned-in instincts: personal musings

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.”  Read more

Jazz vocalist Singer comes to Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Jazz vocalist and international recording artist Donna Singer, a long-time resident of Sullivan County, will be back in the area to perform in three local venues. On Friday, August 28, she will be at the Liberty Jazz Festival at Downtown Barn, 14 Darbee Lane in Liberty, at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $10. On Sunday, August 30 she will be at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet on Main Street in Hurleyville, (845/693-5104) at 4 p.m. for dinner and a show; tickets cost $20.  Read more

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