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August 28, 2016
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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Harpeth Rising returns to Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases Harpeth Rising, a group of classically trained musicians that fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical, on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Shadowland Stages produces ‘Miracle on South Division Street’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Shadowland Stages will present “Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick, from July 15 to August 7 at the Shadowland Stages theatre, 157 Canal St.  Read more

‘A Day in Italy’ in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeff JEMS will present the third in their summer series of events celebrating various ethnicities with “A Day in Italy” on Saturday, July 16. The festival will be celebrated at the Backyard Park, located at 876 Swiss Hill Rd. North and will include an Italian-style family picnic, an Italian accordionist, a master puppeteer who creates puppets and marionettes from found objects, a performance by the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO), demonstrations of the Italian art of pottery making and an Italian wine tasting.  Read more

Americana, folk and bluegrass

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Join the “Saturday Night Music Appreciation Society,” a concert to benefit The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation, on July 16 at 7 p.m., with an evening of Americana, folk and bluegrass music featuring Suzy Arnowitz, a singer/songwriter who has performed in the bands Big Cow, Oxford Depot and Tin Roof. The concert will be held in the Pavilion at D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209).  Read more

Pike Chamber Comedy Night

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of laughs and entertainment at the fourth annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. (doors open 8 p.m.) Featured comedians will be John Pizzi (jokes, magic and ventriloquism and “America’s Got Talent” finalist) and Buddy Fitzpatrick from HBO. There will be a cash bar.

The show costs $20. To make reservations visit www.pikechamber.com and purchase them online or call 570/296-8700.

Free swing concert in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department announces a free summer concert by the Swing Shift Orchestra on Liberty Main Street Stage on July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. The stage is located downtown on North Main Street. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information visit www.townofliberty.org or call 845/292-7690.

Life in the 1700s

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking Summer Series will present a recreation of life in the 1700s on Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m., led by the Kehagias Family.
This program is child-friendly, and includes music and costumes from the period. Listen to violins and singing and learn what life was like 250 years ago. The series is free and open to the public.
This series continues every Friday through August 26 at 5 p.m. at the main museum, 810 Main St. For more information visit www.WayneHistoryPA.org or call 570/253-3240.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Latino Alliance of Sullivan County will host the county’s first Hispanic Heritage Festival on Sunday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place outdoors at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St.

Festivities will include music, stilt walkers, face painting, dance demonstrations, children’s activities, and a vast array of vendors. Traditional Latino cuisine will be offered free at scheduled times and sourced through local businesses. The event, including free sampling of Latin food, is free of charge.  Read more

NEPA Audubon Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The Northeast PA (NEPA) Audubon Festival will take place this year on July 16 and 17 at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, an indoor, air-conditioned facility on Route 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Read more

Floral inspiration ‘Art in Bloom’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will welcome back the group exhibition “Art in Bloom” this weekend. Local flower arrangers will create live floral displays inspired by the paintings or sculptures of local artists, which will then be shown together in the Krause Recital Hall, on the second floor of the DVAA building, 37 Main St. This combination of art and flowers is on view for one weekend only due to the perishable nature of the plant life.  Read more

It takes courage

The news comes in day after day, it seems. Mass shootings. Police brutality. Refugees denied access. War. It takes a person, or a group of people, to stand up and say, “enough is enough.” If we are living in fear, then we need the antidote to fear. Courage.  Read more

Twitter

On these midsummer mornings, birdsong often wakes me a little after 4:30. I’d be absolutely furious if I were awakened by a neighbor’s car siren or chain saw at such an early hour, but somehow the happy twittering of birds in the early sunrise hour triggers for me a little interval of quiet reflection before the day begins. And occasionally, something I’ve heard or read comes back to me with fresh significance as I mull it over.  Read more

The Addams Family is a creepy, kooky, hilarious good time!

Yes, the gang’s all here: Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the clan are currently entertaining guests nightly at The Forestburgh Playhouse, and I do mean entertaining! The musical, based on the classic Charles Addams illustrations and written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, never really caught fire on Broadway, but the Playhouse is living up to its reputation as “The Miracle in the Forest” by presenting The Addams Family with pizzazz.  Read more

Some BioBlitz critters

As Sandy Long reported in last week’s River Talk, there were 759 different species counted at the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY during the last weekend of June. The BioBlitz was also held at this site during the spring of 2014, and this will present an opportunity for scientists to observe any significant changes of species counts that may have occurred during the intervening two years.  Read more

America the beautiful

Independence Day, our great Star Spangled Fourth of July tradition, is a fine time to take special notice of our blessings. Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley the beauty around us abounds throughout the year. The sights, scents and music of nature are our gifts—all we have to do is tune in and be aware.  Read more

Busman’s holiday

Seven years ago this week, I walked into the office at The River Reporter in Narrowsburg, NY, having been invited to share my humble opinion on all things Arts and Leisure for the summer months. Little did I know that 365 (counting today’s page) columns later, I would still be traversing the Upper Delaware River region in search of same. But here I am—happily typing away while doing the math. On average, I write about 800 words a week, (not counting the feature articles,) which when added up, comes to almost 275,000 words (oh, my!) over the years.  Read more

‘A Shot in the Dark’ at Gallery 150

HONESDALE, PA — Gallery 150, located at 150 Spry Rd., is hosting an exhibit titled “A Shot in the Dark” through July 30. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, July 16. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artists in the show are Shajen Aziz, Norman Campbell, Mark Lichtenstein, Richard Lichtenstein, Mark Milroy, Trix Render, Susan Roecker and Constance Steckle. For more information call 212/825-1696

‘The Inauspicious Present’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents “The Inauspicious Present” and “Ascendants,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Donald Keefe and Sarah Tortora, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from July 30 through August 28. There will be an artists’ talk on Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Pride Weekend

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold Pride Weekend 2016 on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. This event to celebrate the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) community would not be possible without the warmth, acceptance and generosity of allies and supporters in the greater Milford and surrounding areas. Over 45 Rainbow Pride flags will be distributed to local business owners who are showing their support on this special weekend. A list of these businesses will be on posted on www.udglbt.org.  Read more

Liz Longley plays the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Folk artist and songwriter Liz Longley plays in the underground theater at the Hawley Silk Mill July 8 at 8 p.m. “Liz Longley confides with you as though you’re sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that’s intimate and vulnerable,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith—all artists she’s supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own.”  Read more