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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Chinese celebration in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville JEMS will present a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Chinese Moon Festival on Saturday, September 17 at its “A Day in China” event. The event will begin with a children’s workshop at 12 noon at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Children will learn and make the game of Chinese dominoes. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. a demonstration of Tai Chi and a performance of ancient Chinese music will be held on the Main Street Events Stage.  Read more

Share your collections

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Calling All Collectors!” will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. It’s an opportunity for anyone who collects things they love—plates? buttons? cans?—to bring their collection to the museum for others to admire.

From serious collectors to those who just have a lot of “something” in their closets, all are invited. The show (not sale) is free, and there is no cost to rent a table to display a collection. Call 845/985-7700 or email info@timeandthevalleys museum.org to reserve a table.  Read more

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Welles classic ‘Chimes at Midnight’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present a screening of the classic film “Chimes at Midnight” (1965), featuring a talkback with programmer and executive director Bradley Diuguid, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, this event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St. It is presented as part of the Catskill Art Society’s “Year of Shakespeare,” a festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with a year-long slate of live performances, films and discussions.  Read more

Americana at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present Rock-Americana artist MiZ (mikemizmusic.com) on September 17 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. Opening and hosting the concert will be the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

A magic ride with the Sultans of String

MILFORD, PA — The Sultans of String will bring their award-winning mix of Celtic, Latino, flamenco, Arabic, Gypsy jazz, and South Asian music to the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St., on September 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Deerest Deerpark’ open house

HUGUENOT, NY — There will be an open house for the Deerest Deerpark project on Sunday, September 18 at The Deerpark Museum and 1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse and the Neversink Valley Grange, 25 Grange Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 2009, an Orange Arts Grant was given to Susan Miiller of Deerpark to complete a series of fiberglass deer forms for a public project titled “Deerest Deerpark.” Artists from all over Orange County were invited to design fiberglass deer forms depicting local scenes, ecosystems, spiritual ideas and the visual history of the Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Calls for vendors

HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET, HONESDALE, PA — Applications are being accepted for the holiday artistans’ market at The Cooperage on Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will showcase the work of artisans of the Upper Delaware Region. To apply to vend at the market, read the guidelines at www.thecooperageproject.org and fill out the application. Applications are due no later than Monday, September 19. Email info@thecooperageproject.org.  Read more

Hotel Fauchère to host cookbook authors

MILFORD, PA — Ariane Daguin, author of “D’Artagnan’s Glorious Game Cookbook,” and Laura Silverman, author of “The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook,” will be the special guests in conversation with Hotel Fauchère Executive Chef Michael Glatz during the first Milford Readers & Writers Festival on Sunday, October 2. The free event will be held at the Fauchère Meeting Center, 403 Broad St. at 11 a.m. on October 2, the last day of the three-day festival. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to send an email to reservations@HotelFauchere.com.  Read more

Psychic brunch

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present its annual Psychic Continental Brunch with Lorraine Moore on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Route 6. Reserved seats cost $55 per person. All proceeds benefit the UDGLBT.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fifth annual Big Eddy Film Festival (BEFF) takes place September 16 to 18, showing two dozen brand new feature films, documentaries, shorts, and videos for kids. All showings take place at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. The festival will open with a screening of “Little Boxes” on Friday night.  Read more

A new cast in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.  Read more

Nothing much happened here today…

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up the spilled cat litter and rearrange the yogurts stacked in the refrigerator. Two more days of summer vacation remain before the start of school which leaves us looking through a box of hand-me-down clothes, looking for a suitable blouse to match the skirt my daughter has picked out for the first day of school. We sort through the clothes. She French-braids her hair.  Read more

Likin’ lichen and fungi

“Take a Lichen to Fungus,” reads the flyer announcing an upcoming program that should provide participants with a better understanding of the important roles of decomposition and nutrient cycling played by fungus and lichen. “Fungus Among Us” is scheduled for September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Dingmans Ferry, PA.  Read more

Attention to detail

Everything you read in fishing articles these days seems to suggest that “catch and release” is the way to go. After you get your trophy fish to the boat, you remove the hook after a bit of a struggle. Then you photograph it from every conceivable angle. The slippery fish is hard to control as it struggles and maybe you drop the fish in the boat. You retrieve it and slide the barely alive carcass into the water. The fish gives a desperation kick of the tail and disappears into the depth. You think you have done a perfect job releasing that fish. Not so.  Read more

Labor of love

And then it happened. Labor Day. It seems like only yesterday when summers stretched out before us with (what seemed like) endless months of camping, swimmin’ holes and fireflies blinking in the twilight, and I still remember Mom telling us to take advantage of that carefree feeling that only childhood can provide. “Once you graduate from school and get a job,” she warned, “summers go by in the blink of an eye.” She was right, of course, and I miss that carefree feeling, but fortunately my job has the added bonus of spending the summer in search of a good time.  Read more

‘Inside/Outside the Box’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Arts Alliance’s (WAA) show “Inside/Outside the Box” will open on September 10 at 12 noon at 73 Sullivan St. There will be an artists’ reception from 2 to 6 p.m. with light refreshments. In this exhibit, artists stretch their imagination and artistic talents to create unique pieces of art that reflects the theme. The exhibit will run through October 2. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. You can check WAA out on Facebook.

Patti Greco Sunshine at the Tavern

FORESTBURGH, NY — Patti Greco Sunshine will be performing her one-woman show at the Forestburgh Tavern as a benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Town of Wallkill on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the club.

TRR’s Jonathan Fox wrote, “Patti has the rare ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand, breathlessly anticipating every note, as she exudes superstar talent with each song, whispering one moment, while raising the roof the next.”  Read more

'Re-Release Party’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)” will be the next production at NACL Theater, on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. It tells the story of a phonograph record created by astrophysicist Carl Sagan and a team of specialists and placed aboard the Voyager probe in 1977 to introduce Earth, its species and human cultures, to extraterrestrials and future humans. The record—still on its outbound journey today—contains sounds and images portraying the diversity and complexity of life on Earth. The performance is created by A Host of People of Detroit, MI.  Read more

Have a fun ATV ride and help sick children

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County ATV Association (SCATV) will hold its annual fall run on September 17 to 18. It will take place on Poli field at the corner of Sackett Lake and South Maplewood roads. There will be camping available on Friday and Saturday nights with rides on Saturday and Sunday. Food will be available throughout the weekend for purchase.  Read more