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June 30, 2016
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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company ( in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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‘Le Corsaire’ full-length ballet to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Pictured are members of The Delaware Valley Dance Company, who will be performing the classic ballet “Le Corsaire” at Port Jervis High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. The performances will benefit the Port Jervis High School Drama Club. For more information call The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

‘Revive the Rivoli’ fundraiser

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2016 season at the Rivoli Theatre with a musical fundraiser, “Revive the Rivoli Music Series. The series, featuring local musicians and local beer, will start on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with Presley and Taylor (a breakout country duo) opening the show, followed at 9 p.m. by versatile songstress Diana Upton-Hill.  Read more

ARTery opens May Show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery May show features the gallery’s members in a group show titled “The Muse Within,” from Thursday, May 12 to Monday, June 6. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. This show reflects the artists’ inner thoughts and inspirations. Visit the ARTery Gallery on Facebook.

Neo-Motown groove and Nova Scotian Celtic

HAWLEY, PA — The weekend at Harmony Presents, located in the Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr., will start off with the neo-Motown grooves and retro soul of Caleb Hawley, on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Influenced by artists like Randy Newman and Ray Charles, Hawley has won prestigious awards like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (’09) and the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (’08, ’09). He has also shared the stage with Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain.  Read more

‘Sip and Create!’ fundraiser

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association will host a “Sip and Create!” fundraiser on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be several accomplished artists in attendance to consult with and four different stations at which to create art.  Read more

Happy Traum at Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents Woodstock’s own folk music legend Happy Traum sharing songs, stories and images from the 1960s Greenwich Village music scene on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. The show is titled “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954–1971).”  Read more

Conversations of heart, conservation of land: Women and Their Woods

Five years ago, perceptive staff members at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) recognized an increase in the number of women who own and manage forestland. In exploring this trend, they discovered that women landowners often feel they lack access to information that would help them make wise decisions about the land they love.  Read more

Citizens at work

On April 27, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced plans to expand air-quality monitoring near shale-gas compressor stations. The announcement came just five days after the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) published a report on the results of EPA air monitoring around a Williams Central natural gas compressor station in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.  Read more

The wonder of woodcocks

Lucky me, to chance upon a most delightful bird last week. At the edge of a Pennsylvania State Game Lands parking area was an adult American woodcock and her four wee babies. They hastily scurried into the forest, except for the one depicted here, who froze in place long enough for a few quick photos before Mom came bobbing back to retrieve her baby.  Read more

Don’t spoil a good day by drowning

I recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of a “Too Close” event on the river. It was a nasty, wet day. Back then, it involved a fine trout on the Mongaup. The trout was rising steadily just beyond the reach of my longest cast.

I picked my way over slippery river rocks until I was waist deep in a swift water braid. The cold water was rapidly sapping my energy reserves. It did not take long until I was bobbing along and very lucky to somehow clamber back to the river bank and safety. It took me a long time to stop shivering and chattering.  Read more

Spring plant sales

Milford, PA

The Milford Garden Club’s annual perennial plant sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the property of the Community House, located on the corners of Broad and Harford streets. This is a rain or shine event. The perennials are grown locally by members of the club. They include varieties for sun, shade, part sun and part shade. The plants will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. For more information call 973/647-4008 or 570/828-0121.  Read more

Trout Day in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jeff Bank have together sponsored Trout in the Classroom at Sullivan West Elementary School. On May 12, fifth grade students will celebrate the eighth annual Trout Release Day at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road, where owner Jim Hughson has donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors.  Read more

Gardens sought for tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) seeks gardens for its 2016 Gardenscape Tour. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, and the target area will be South Canaan, Lake, Salem, Sterling, Dreher and Lehigh Townships. WCHS will provide a garden sitter for each of the participating sites during the tour, and a garden party is planned for the conclusion of the tour.

If you are interested, call 570/445-7158 or 570/251-1283 or email before May 16.

Spring star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free star watch program on Friday, May 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel. Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope if you have them (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs.  Read more

Your to smart for you’re own good

My mother used to tell me that constantly, but at least she knew how to spell it. In fact, I’m an idiot. I’m not proud of it, and constantly marvel at my own stupidity—this week being no exception. I had plans to attend the grand opening of a new skate park in Liberty, NY last Saturday, but being a moron, I was a month ahead of the scheduled event. Lunkhead that I am, I blithely drove into town, excited about taking pics of the kids enjoying they’re new facility, only to discover my stoopid mistake.  Read more

Train Day in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership will hold Train Day: A Celebration of Our Rails on Saturday, May 7. Bring the kids to Caboose Alley (behind the post office) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for coloring fun, and sing along with strolling musician Tom Dimeo. Have your photo taken, then hop on board a caboose for a tour, or climb aboard the engine to blow the whistle. You can visit the Model Railroad Club’s train layout in the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 827 Church St., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and see a Civil War Living History in Central Park.  Read more

Guitar workshop and performance

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present a performance by Tim Farrell, featuring select members of the Honesdale High School Guitar Ensemble, on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Farrell performs as a solo artist and also has shared the stage with such notable artists as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Alex DeGrassi, Jake Shimabukuru, California Guitar Trio and John Sebastian. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

‘In Bloom’ at Gallery Eva

CALLICOON, NY — The second show at the new Gallery Eva, “In Bloom,” will open on May 7, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The show will run from May 7 to May 30.

Eight gallery artists will be featured in the show: Tracy Rust, Paul Simon, Nancy Wells, Scott Clark, Hana Marritz, Carolyn Duke, Zac Shavrick and Eva Drizhal. The gallery is located at 35 Lower Main St. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

‘A true virtuoso of groove’ at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman back to The Cooperage on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Also playing will be multi-instrumentalist Thom Joyce.
Savoca and Heitzman play a span of soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms. This concert celebrates their ninth CD, “I Shook The Tree,” recorded with legendary bass player Jerry Jemmott, who played with Aretha, BB King, Greg Allman and many more.  Read more

‘Messiah’ at DVHS

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Probably Handel’s best-known work, “Messiah” was composed as an oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra. It will be performed in its entirety.  Read more