REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of the 29th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools (or who are home-schooled) in New York City and in the east and west of Hudson River watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted on-line until March 1, and a ceremony honoring all student participants will take place in May. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The second annual AuthorFest will be held at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 14. Workshops begin at 9:45 a.m., and the meet-and-greet with the authors will last from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The event is free, and books by each of the authors will be for sale in a special bookstore manned by members of the Hawley Rotary. For more information email email@example.com or call 570/253-5468. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Nashville based singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock on Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m at The Cooperage.
Ed Morris of Billboard Magazine wrote, “Mondlock’s songs are like movies you want to see again. He starts with the same world we all see and hear, but he transforms the sights and sounds into revelations that delight and melodies that linger.” Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Local businesses will be raffling off goods and services at the next Open Mic Night held at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, February 6. The raffle serves as a fundraiser to off-set medical costs for Barry Butler, who went into cardiac arrest, at the January 2 Open Mic Night. “As CPR was administered to Barry that night, you could hear a pin drop,” says Jason Brian Merrill, frequent host of Cocoon Open Mic Nights. “We are elated that Barry survived and grateful for the actions of all the Open-Mic attendees that night. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of playwright John Backe’s one-act play “A Good Stiff One” opens DVAA’s winter “Creative Conversations,” the third annual series of salon-style gatherings on Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. Set in a bar and grill somewhere in New York, the play features three people with different motives who try to solve a problem that exists in the restroom. After the reading, Backe, the play’s director Wendy Merritt, and the actors will discuss their roles in bringing the play to life. The snow date for this event is Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — On Thursday, February 12, the Monticello High School Music Honor Society (Tri-M) will host “Monti Idol,” a singing competition involving high school students singing their favorite pop songs. Eight finalists were chosen by audition to sing two popular music selections. Tickets cost $3 for students and $5 for the public, and proceeds help support the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium.
MILFORD, PA — James Campistrous, better known at various events around the area as “Sugar,” will discuss how Sugar was born and his life journey on Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite’s (UDGLBT) “Getting to Know Your Neighbors” speaker series at 201 W. Harford St. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase bluegrass duo The Honey Dewdrops on Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m. in the underground theatre of the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. According to Jill Carletti, Harmony Presents managing director, “Performing on stage, their ‘sweet kind of melancholy’ echoes traditional American folk styles while reflecting the more modern sounds of country and rock. Their songs are all well-crafted with powerful imagery of flowers, heaven, the creek in the woods, the wildcat and hawk in the mountains. Read more
Naturalist Ed Wesely has been one of the longest-term associates of The River Reporter, starting in 1983. He writes, “Like many TRR collaborators in the early 1980s, I served as a newspaper handyman: writing, proof-reading, layout, carrying the flats to Port Jervis (it was printed at the Tri-State Gazette), delivering it to all newsstands, and taking pictures.” Read more
They say that change is the only constant in life. Yet it always takes us by surprise. One of the first people I met when I came to Narrowsburg in 1999 was Mary Greene. She was my editor at The River Reporter when I first filled this space as the voice of a part-time resident. I warmed to her instantly. She seemed to be living a life I could imagine myself living, if circumstances were different. We both had young children we were devoted to, craved time spent in nature and shared a love of poetry. Read more
Two of the most selfless and dedicated individuals serving the Upper Delaware River region have unexpectedly found themselves in need of support following a fire at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) in Milford, PA on January 8. The fire occurred at the home of raptor rehabilitators Bill and Stephanie Streeter. While no people or animals were injured, an indoor clinic and equipment located within the house sustained damage. Outdoor facilities and the resident birds were not affected. Read more
HAWLEY, PA —Harmony Presents will showcase Swampcandy at the underground theatre of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
Swampcandy plays what is described as “whiskey drinkin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and pig eatin’ music” by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. The Mississippi blues-influenced duo won the 2014 Floyd Festival’s On the Rise competition, coming in first place out of 35 bands that performed. Swampcandy doesn’t just play the blues, they transform the genre, taking one of American music’s oldest forms. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, January 30 at 8:30 p.m., featuring Gibran Saleem, recent winner of the Hoboken Comedy Festival, and Tommy Kang, co-host of the podcast Comedy Llama. Harmony Presents comedians’ combined experiences include appearances on MTV, placing in some of the top comedy festivals, being featured on Sirius XM Radio, and frequently performing numerous comedy clubs around New York City including Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand Up New York, New York Comedy Club and Laughing Devil Comedy Club. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA, www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org) and the Callicoon Theater present Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher,” a story of the relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers that has received multiple Oscar nominations. The film opens in Callicoon on Friday, February 6 and will run through February 12. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program will hold auditions for “Marisol” by Jose Rivera and “Hands on a Hardbody” by Doug Wright, with music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. Show dates are Thursdays and Saturdays from April 16 through 26; show days/times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The productions will be in repertory. “Marisol” will be performed on Thursdays and Saturdays and “Hands on a Hardbody” will be performed on Fridays and Sundays. Read more
With the not-so-recent onslaught of reality-based television programming pummeling the airwaves, my viewing has ranged from a genuine fascination with the exploration of the human condition, to mindless entertainment, to guilty pleasure. Although popularized by a Hollywood writers strike occurring in the late 1980s and again in 2007, reality TV has been around for a long time—shows like “Candid Camera” and the “Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour” spring to mind as some vintage examples. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Team Josie and the Pussycats from the Misner Agency will host a beer-tasting event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club at The Catskill Brewery on Sunday, February 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to The Boys & Girls Clubs. Catskill Brewery is located at 672 Old Route 17.
The cost will be $35, cash or check at the door. The ticket price covers five beers on tap to sample, a brewery tour, food pairings and a Catskill Brewery glass. There will be live acoustic guitar by Jason Perno. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery kicks off the 2015 gallery season with a group exhibition of 13 artworks depicting the individual human form titled “Figuratively Speaking.” The exhibit opens on Saturday, February 7, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and will be on view through March 14. Read more