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April 28, 2015
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Photos by Juliette Bergogne

NARROWSBURG, NY — While there are many local farms keeping bees, Juliette Bergogne and Anie Stanley decided to bring the bees to their business—on the rooftop of Maison Bergogne on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. Above their bustling store filled with antique goods sit three bee hives, a technique used in urban farming. They will have six hives this coming season.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently...

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Well, my heart anyhow, and I suspect most of yours as well. Now that we’ve had a few days in a row with temps above 40, I’m once again reminded of how much I love where I live and that without...

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Among the species of bat in our region is the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Also known as the Northern Myotis, this and other species of bats have been affected by white nose...

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There are so many established days of commemoration that between Siblings Day (April 10th), World Mosquito Day (August 20th) and National Cat Day (October 29th) it can be difficult to rouse...

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There are many reasons to visit Milford, PA. Long before being incorporated in 1874, the Native Americans and settlers who lived there enjoyed the forests, lakes and fresh waters of the Delaware...

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Tuning in to the shifting of the seasons is restorative on many levels. In the Upper Delaware River region, it’s time to shake off the shackles of the snow-laden season and wake up our winter-...

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Valentine’s Day at the library

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Zombie Valentine Party for teens on Friday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. There will be zombie-themed games, cookie decorating, Valentine making and more. The event is for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.  Read more

Hearts in Winter: Poetry at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will read from their original poetry at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, poems will center on the many variations of love—romantic love and the love of friends and family. In honor of the season, the UDWC will also present poems about winter, the return of the light and the promise of spring.  Read more

Create a Picasso painting of your loved one

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading on Upper Main Street in Callicoon will host a Date Night/Paint Night on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Release your inner artist as you sip a glass of wine and relish chocolate-covered strawberries. Just glide your paintbrush across your canvas to create a masterpiece, Picasso style, of your loved one or friend. No experience is necessary. Bring your favorite bottle of wine. All painting materials are provided, along with wine glasses and strawberries. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited.  Read more

Gaga for Gershwin on Valentine’s

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host “Gaga for Gershwin,” a Valentine tribute to the Great American Songbook’s composers and lyricists, on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. Performers will be soprano Dorothy Stone and “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” Ori Dagan.  Read more

Valentine’s Comedy Night at Hunt’s Landing

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of eating, laughter and love at the second annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night, to be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Friday, February 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is at 7:15 p.m., and laughs begin at 9 p.m. The show will feature comedians Melvin George and Mike Gaffney, who have performed at famous locations such as Caroline’s, on the Ellen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Gotham Comedy Live and Last Comic Standing, to name a few.  Read more

What’s love got to do with it?

Good question. Once again, there’s a dark cloud over my head, and it’s called Valentine’s Day. Most people have a holiday they could live without and mine is due on Saturday. While the actual history of Cupid’s rise to fame is debatable, romantic love is deeply rooted in the various interpretations.  Read more

ARTery presents ‘Attraction’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit, “Attraction,” running from Friday, February 13 through Thursday, March 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will feature new works by the members that explore the notion of attraction as it applies to love and beyond.  Read more

Local movie ‘Hits’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — David Cross’ new dark comedy “Hits,” which was shot in Liberty (see our story in the January 15 issue (www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2015/01/14/youtube-america-liberty-ny) will play for one night only in special pay-what-you-want screening on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. This is a CineArt presentation, a joint project of the Callicoon Theater and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Callicoon Theater is located at 30 Upper Main St. Call 845/887-4460.

‘Shorts & Sweets’ in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” will be presented by Big Sky Productions at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. The museum is located at 265 Main St. The theme for this episode of Shorts & Sweets, coming, as it does, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, is “Love or Something Like It.” The program will include stories and jokes, some funny, some poignant, on the theme of love (or not).

Featured performers are Paul Ciliberto, co-host of Ciliberto and Semerano on Thunder 102 radio; actress  Read more

Gypsy Jazz supper club

HAWLEY, PA — Swing to the vibe of 1930s “hotclub” jazz at The Settlers Inn Jazz Supper Club on Sunday, February 15 of Presidents’ Day weekend. The Gypsy Jazz Quintet plays from 6 to 9 p.m., and a special prix fixe menu is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Art.Write.Now.Tour comes to CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will open on February 21 at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Free and open to the public through March 22, the exhibit hosts student work from around the country, including works by local writer Sarah Mughal from Vestal Senior High School and artist Maxwell Vonderhorst, a graduate of Warwick Valley Middle School.  Read more

‘Piece Together Peace’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the artwork of Cynthia Strunsky McLean in “Piece Together Peace,” an exhibition in the new Elevator Gallery, running from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 29, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, February 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tasty tidbits prepared by Bethel Market Café will be served.  Read more

Pondering ‘the public interest’

The PBS program NYNow created a furor last week with an opinion poll on the Constitution Pipeline that asked: “Should public interest override a private landowner’s control over their property?” As many outraged respondents noted, the premise of the question is seriously biased. Since the pipeline will perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuel and facilitate the export of natural gas for private profit, the assumption that it represents “the public interest” is highly debatable.  Read more

Count birds for Valentine’s Day: the Great Backyard Bird Count

I’m writing this near the end of January, and it’s cold out; 9 degrees in Shohola with a 15-mph wind and some higher gusts. There are some hardy souls that are out ice fishing, catching the last part of hunting season, or maybe eagle watching or some other form of birding. If this cold weather is making you feel more like a “snowbird” with a yearning to head south, there is an event just around the corner that won’t give you a case of the chills.  Read more

Cabin fever

I’ve got it—how ‘bout you? Depending on what Internet source you use, cabin fever has different connotations, with an underlying theme: boredom, laced with anger, tinged with restless paranoia. Not that I needed to look it up. Born and raised in upstate New York, I’ve had the fever once or twice, but there was no worldwide web in my childhood with which to divert and entertain. Still, one can only spend so much time surfing the web, before the walls invariably close in.  Read more

Bethany hosts Soup-er Sunday

BETHANY, PA — The Bethany Collective will host its third Soup-er Sunday on February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library.

“We have another great selection of homemade soups for friends, neighbors, and guests,” said Janet Heinly, one of the event coordinators. “We’re featuring beef barley, Manhattan clam chowder, creamy mushroom, split pea with ham, navy bean, cabbage, potato leek, chicken noodle and more. If you don’t see what you like, just ask if we’ve got it, because we’re getting more selections all the time, so we may have what you’re looking for.”  Read more

NYC DEP launches art and poetry contest

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

Second annual AuthorFest

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 yannster@ptd.net or call 570/253-5468.  Read more

Buddy Mondlock at The Cooperage

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

Raffle to benefit stricken musician at Cocoon

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

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