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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

On the heels of my recent trip to Lebanon and Greece, and my return to a garden lush from summer rains, I have fallen in love (again) with herbs. Throughout the Mediterranean, green herbs play an...

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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I’m often puzzled as to how I will be able to string multiple events together into one cohesive column, and there are times when I fail miserably. I never pick and choose destinations in order to...

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Sometimes, I want nothing more than to offer up expressions of the incredible beauty we are privileged to share in the Upper Delaware River region. Adding words seems to restrict what is best...

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Rap from a place of love; Monticello’s Shane Jones infuses his art with healing

Growing up, Shane never gave much thought to skin color. His father and mother had a variety of friends, and ethnicity never entered into it. He lived on a block in Monticello with friends and neighbors of every stripe—African American like himself, Latino, white. Likewise, in the schools he attended, Cooke Elementary and Monticello High School. In the classroom, “just being together,” at parties, in the cafeteria and on athletic teams, diversity was the norm.  Read more

Buyer beware

Over the past few weeks, American homeowners have learned that millions of square feet of laminated flooring manufactured in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators contain levels of formaldehyde many times higher than the safety standard set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a standard that will become federal law later this year.  Read more

Call for submissions: Literary Gazette

It could be argued that every pop song ever written is about love. And movies. And books. And so on. Whether the feeling is fleeting or lasts a lifetime, it’s the universal language, the thing that inspires us and keeps us going. And now, it's the theme for this year’s Literary Gazette special publication magazine.

The Literary Gazette is published annually by The River Reporter. This year’s Gazette will come out on July 23.  Read more

What’s out and about?

In my last column, I advocated for getting up and going outside to see what’s happening in the natural world. Happily, I took my own advice and was pleased to find the answer is—a lot. In just a few not-very-extensive rambles within five miles of my home, I encountered all of the interesting things depicted in this column (and more). On the last day of April, the first hummingbird arrived. (Put those feeders out!)

If your forays take you into areas where hunting is allowed, be mindful to wear fluorescent orange as turkey season is underway in both Pennsylvania and New York through May.

Wine seminar with tasting at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library will host certified specialist of wine, sommelier and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, JoAnn DeGaglia on Thursday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

DeGaglia will present “Wine Lovers’ Journey through the World of Wine,” focused on wines of spring and summer. This is a free 90-minute program informative for everyone, from novice to wine aficionado.  Read more

‘Filling the Void’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Filling the Void,” an exhibition of artwork at the Laundry King at 65 Main St. from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays May 16, May 23, and May 30. There will be an opening reception on May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Water recreation in Sullivan

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Water Recreation in Sullivan County,” a talk by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian, and Debra Conway, executive director of the non-profit historic preservation group, The Delaware Company, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Time and the Valleys Museum at 332 Main St. (State Route 55).  Read more

Train-themed children’s movie in the park

HONESDALE, PA — In conjunction with National Train Days, the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) will show a train-themed children’s movie outdoors in Central Park, beginning at dusk. Travel to a magical island where diesel locomotives take on steam locomotives. Will the magic gold dust be found in time? Can Thomas save the day?

The movie is brought to you by the GHP with support from Attorney Michael Lehutsky, Music & Video Express and the Wayne County Council on the Arts.  Read more

Dog tired

I know that I’m feeling it, but for something completely different, I’m unsure where the phrase originated, so I looked it up. “An adjectival phrase meaning to be physically exhausted [duh], it derives from an old tale of Alfred the Great who used to send his sons out hunting with his extensive kennel of hunting dogs and blah, blah, blah…” (  Read more

Appalachian roots duo Red Tail Ring

HAWLEY, PA — The Americana Roots duo Red Tail Ring renders traditional Appalachian tunes and original compositions at Harmony Presents, located inside the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill, on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Dine al fresco at WCM benefit

BETHEL, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s annual Music in the Barn benefit will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds of the private country home of the long-time friends of WCM who generously host the benefit, to view the gardens and the pond, and enjoy wine and mingling as the dinner concert evening begins.  Read more

Grand opening for Roscoe Beer

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe NY Beer Co. will celebrate the opening of its newly renovated craft brewery and tasting room with a weekend-long celebration. On Friday, May 8 at 2 p.m. there will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, food and tours of the brewery. The celebration will continue Saturday at 12 noon with more live music, outdoor games and giveaways, local artwork, a barbeque and tastings of the Trout Town™ Amber Ale, Rainbow Red, Brown Ale and “Root 206” root beer for the kids.  Read more

Book signing for ‘Yo Miz!’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Elizabeth Rose will sign books and read from her memoir “Yo Miz!” on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. “Yo Miz!” covers Rose’s journey substitute teaching in 25 Manhattan public high schools. Just published, “Yo Miz!” has garnered praise from education luminaries like Deborah Meier, who called it “a masterpiece” and author Molly Turner, Ph.D. who wrote, “Yo Miz!  Read more

Crookston comes to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Ithaca NY-based artist Joe Crookston ( will perform a RiverFolk Concert at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.  Read more

Mysteryland 2014: Woodstock 2.0

I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to attend the iconic Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969. Since I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents eyes at that point—and time machines haven’t been invented yet—I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to experience it firsthand. Last year’s Mysteryland wasn’t exactly Woodstock, but from what I experienced, it was about as close as one could get.  Read more

Two Worlds

This is a story of a young man who lives in two worlds. You probably live in one of them and don’t even know there is another conjoined.  Read more

Early spring cold-blooded critters make their appearance

As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone falling overboard would be in real danger of being overcome by the effects of hypothermia if they didn’t exit the water quickly. But the turtles didn’t seem to be affected by the cold water, though they spend a lot of time basking in the sun this time of year in order to regulate their body temperature.  Read more

National Train Days celebrated in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kick off your spring and summer at historic Honesdale’s “National Train Days,” Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

A family affair

I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception. Anticipating a mob to show up for musician and celebrated designer Andy Hilfiger’s highly touted fashion show, “Bellbottoms and Butterfly Wings” (, I pulled into the lot with the Wonder Dog and noticed a blonde parked next to me in a convertible with the top down, applying lipstick and singing at the top of her lungs.  Read more

WJFF to broadcast Indigo Moon live

HONESDALE, PA — WJFF Radio Catskill and The Cooperage Project will team up to present the Indigo Moon Brass Band live from The Cooperage on Thursday, April 30. The performance will take place during WJFF’s radio show Ramble Tamble. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the performance, which will be simulcast live on WJFF Radio Catskill, 90.5 FM,  Read more

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