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June 28, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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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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On ramps

The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked directly from the forests and fields. This goes a long way to explain the near hysteria that erupts every year when ramps emerge from the earth. Suddenly, no foodie’s Instagram feed is complete without several shots of these highly seasonal native plants.  Read more

Puppy power

Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the weekend adventures, and with the current turkey-mating season in full swing, some of the stories are quite funny—especially to dog people. We were raising two Corgis who just love to herd these big birds, or squirrels, or just about anything that moves. Our dogs have plenty of area to run on our 10 acres and have been trained over the years not to wander too far from home.  Read more

Seizing spring

Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance to connect with this rejuvenating season.

From April 22 to 24, Hawley EarthFest takes place in and around the town of Hawley, PA. Activities for all ages are planned, including an Environmental Expo in Bingham Park and the ever-popular Species Parade. See the full schedule of events at www.hawleyearthfest.com/schedule.  Read more

Spring has sprung!

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on. The brooks, streams and rivers of our watershed are all open. How terrific!

The fisher’s clock is now set to prime time. Caddis and early mayflies are hatching, and the trout are feeding on them greedily. Local chapters of Trout Unlimited have already scheduled events and meetings. River shoreline clean-ups are on the drawing board. Hope you will participate.  Read more

The ‘it’ factor

By its very definition, the “it” factor is indefinable. Often referred to as someone with je ne sais quoi, the term is frequently applied to entertainers who are brimming with appeal, even though it may be difficult to explain why, exactly. People who exude “it” might not be the most attractive in the room, or even the most adept at their chosen profession, but their connection with an audience is undeniable and often accompanied by an air of mystery.  Read more

High School Art Show at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show, an exhibition of work by Sullivan County public high school students, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from April 23 to May 15. There will be an opening reception on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This exhibit will present the work of high school students from all eight of the county’s districts (Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley) plus student work from BOCES.  Read more

Fiddling phenoms to play at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Irish fiddling sensation Haley Richardson and her brother Dylan, a young duo of traditional Irish musicians who are making their mark in the Irish music world, will perform on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.  Read more

Painting and bluegrass at Harmony

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a painting party and a bluegrass concert at the Silk Mill this week, sponsored by Harmony Presents.

On Friday, April 22, there will be a Paint Your Pet paint party at 7 p.m. Attendees select their pet photo about a week prior to the event. They will be shown different painting techniques and have ample one-on-one attention. The cost is $55 in advance and $58 at the door.  Read more

Maple Syrup Festival in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold a Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 23. Learn about local maple syrup, maple syrup products and how it’s all made.  Read more

‘Doors through Life’

WOODBOURNE, NY — Local fiber artist Buff McAllister will show a series of fabric collage works featuring doors at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion, located at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd., from April 23 through May 15, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on April 23 from 4 to 7 p.m., and a closing reception on May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. The 19 pieces in the series use doors and their many symbolic meanings to tell a story of the human journey.  Read more

Hawley celebrates EarthFest

HAWLEY, PA — From April 22 to 24, the Downtown Hawley Partnership and co-sponsors invite you to Hawley EarthFest, a weekend-long celebration of love for planet Earth, now in its third year.

Saturday highlights include the Environmental Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bingham Park, with live animals, demonstrations and exhibits, the #WildHawley Species Parade at 2 p.m. and a bluegrass concert that evening at Harmony Presents at the Silk Mill. On Sunday morning, participate in Birding and Breakfast with the NEPA Audubon Society—a one-hour walk followed by breakfast at The Settlers Inn.  Read more

Luxury meets functionality; The Velvet Maple opens in Honesdale

Alessandra Iavarone’s new favorite word is “juxtaposition.” Her store, The Velvet Maple, on Main Street in Honesdale, PA, is a study in contrast—chandelier versus industrial, trendy but functional, cutting edge meets classic. In the shop you’ll find clothing, accessories, home décor, textiles and more.  Read more

SEEDS Swapapalooza

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) invites all to attend its annual fundraiser, featuring a silent auction and Swapapalooza, in its office on the second floor of The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Last school bus ride…

The school bus stops outside my front door each morning at about 7:30 to pick up my daughter. She emerges from the warmth of the house, usually with her coat slung over her arm and sometimes walking on the heels of her sneakers, which are not quite on her feet. “I’ll tie them on the bus,” she tells me. “Right,” I say, remembering the great catch-up time for homework and hair braiding that was the bus ride to school each morning.  Read more

Screwdisk makes some endorsements

FROM: Screwdisk, Senior Executive VP Sales & Acquisitions, HellCorp North America
TO: Scumbucket, Associate Tempter, District 17-B (Upper Delaware Valley and environs)
RE: primary elections and related topics

My dear nephew:

I remember when you were but a wee imp, always sticking your hooves in your mouth, lashing the household pets with your tail—so nauseatingly cute! No doubt you still recall the little rhymes your teachers taught you back then, in the early days of your training, when your horns were just coming in. This was always one of my favorites:  Read more

Breeding eagle update

A question that has been on my mind—and probably on the minds of a few other people—is how the unusually warm late winter and early spring would affect breeding eagles in the region. Nature’s timing of breeding and migration events (called phenology) occurs at approximately the same time each year for any given species, but can be influenced to some extent by weather conditions.  Read more

A tale as old as time…

While April showers cause many to think of the proverbial May flowers, the first thing that springs to mind for me is the plethora of high school musicals that pop up throughout the Upper Delaware River region. In a perfect world, I would be able to see them all, since I really love seeing the kids strutting their stuff, aided and abetted by the student musicians, stage crews, costumers and lighting technicians of the future.  Read more

Acoustic masters concert at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present an acoustic concert featuring bluegrass, Americana and more on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, located at 265 Main St. The concert will feature award-winning musicians Van Manakas (van manakas.com) and Wayne Fugate (www.waynefugate.com) on fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin. A guitar workshop presented by Manakas will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit bridges generation gap

ELDRED, NY — The Barryville Area Arts Association will present an art exhibit and live performances at the Town of Highland Town Hall, 4 Proctor Rd., as part of its plan to bridge the generation gap. It will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The special exhibit, “Never Stop Learning,” will include artwork from students K through 12, as well as the creations of some of Highland’s most seasoned professional artists. There will also be surprise performances by both groups at the reception. All artists are residents of the Town of Highland.  Read more

Annie and the Hedonists open Tusten concert season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre is featuring a broad-based line-up of music groups in its “Musical Progressions” spring concert series. Schenectady-based Annie and the Hedonists open with acoustic blues, vintage jazz, and roots Americana on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing and bluesy country.  Read more