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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Jupiter Chamber Players provide Sunset finale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The finale of the Shandelee Music Festival’s Sunset Concert Series will be an out-of-this-world experience as the Jupiter Chamber Players take the stage with “An Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in the Shandelee Music Festival Concert Pavilion, 442 J. Young Rd. The evening will feature the music of Haydn, Rabi and Brahms.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are violinist Asi Matathias, violist Cong Wu, cellist Zlatomir Fung, clarinetist Vadim Lando and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.  Read more

A one-man, one-woman weekend in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The upcoming weekend will bring both a one-woman and a one-man show to the stage of the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.

On Friday, Heather Bagnal will tread the boards in “SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL,” a one-woman play about diving into the dating world after a decade of married life. The off-kilter 50-minute show is based on the true story of Chicago blogger Laurel Spears, who finds herself at the crossroads of a dead-end relationship and a major identity crisis.  Read more

Quilting as art at Domesticities

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Everybody knows that quilts can be beautiful, but did you know that there are some quilts that are created specifically as artwork? The results can be spectacular, as you will be able to see at “Abstracts, Flora and Fauna,” a new show exhibiting the work of Katharina Litchman (artquiltsbymietzi.com) that opens on Saturday, August 27, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Domesticities on Route 52.  Read more

It’s alive! Western Hotel back in business

CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.  Read more


There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way they would be set up year round, but alas he was out-voted by Mom. My brother and I would spend many hours with Dad setting up the system, and every year Dad attempted to make the course slightly different. He would ask us what we thought and would allow us to unwrap each car from its newspaper wrapping. Due to space limitations, we always seemed to wind up with the same figure-eight track.  Read more

A very small predator

Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps eating sunflower seeds out of someone’s hand, the “cuteness” factor is up pretty high for this small member of the squirrel family. But is there another side to this friendly little critter scurrying back and forth on the lawn? All may not be what it seems.  Read more

Soul of Ireland comes to Hawley, Milford

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Irish music artists Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary will offer two special performances in Northeast Pennsylvania: one on Saturday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historical Site in Milford, and one on Sunday, August 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. Tickets for adults cost $20. Students and children under 15 will be admitted free.  Read more

Poets wanted

LIBERTY, NY — Poets are invited to submit original poetry for inclusion in the seventh annual Liberty Poetry Festival/Reading to be presented at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Area poets are invited to submit their work no later than Friday, September 9 to Marilyn Laufer, P.O. Box 87, White Sulphur Springs NY 12787 or to mfrumess@hvc.rr.

Grand opening for The Art Factory

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Art Factory of White Mills will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is a fine art and craft gallery that features fine art, stained glass, photography, custom-created jewelry and artisan crafts by a variety of artists. There will be an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The Art Factory is located at 726 Texas Palmyra Hwy. (Route 6).  Read more

UpFront holds mid-summer reception

MILFORD, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its mid-summer artist’s reception on Saturday, August 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The art of Leonard “Buzz” Wallace and his collection of “doodles” will be featured. In 1959, Wallace was hired by SUNY Orange and taught art for over 30 years, 25 years as art department chair. Many of UpFront’s artists studied under him. Member artists whose work will also be on display include Todd Anderson, Lauryn De Leeuw, James MacIsaac, Joe Petrosi and many more.  Read more

Greg Humphreys on Jeff’s Main Street Stage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Main Street Events Stage creator Michael Randels will present a free concert featuring the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. The Main Street Event Stage is located at 4912 State Rte. 52.

In the space of a career that has spanned four decades, Humphreys (greghumphreys.blogspot.com) has established himself as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader whose talents have won him a loyal cult following and whose stylistic reach embraces indie rock, pop, R&B, jazz and acoustic music.  Read more

DVO presents ‘Carmen’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.  Read more

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether. Woodstock. Dozens of books, hundreds of articles, movies, albums… the list goes on. Although I like reminiscing as much as the next person, I’m constantly striving to be “in the present” while simultaneously keeping an eye on the future, so I was determined to not let this past weekend cloud my judgment and focus solely on that little music festival that changed the world.  Read more

Little World’s Fair—this year, complete with brews

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville Little World’s Fair, the longest- running independent fair in New York State, will take place from August 19 through August 21 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Route 55. The fair is now in its 137th year.

All the features of a good old-fashioned country fair are included: 4-H exhibits, rides, musical entertainment, fair food, tractor and draft horse pulls, live animal shows and magic shows onstage, a pie auction and more. A brochure with full schedule and pricing can be found at grahamsvillefair.com.  Read more

Argentinian musician at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — The Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) Summer Music Academy faculty will perform with special guest J.P. Jofre on Monday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Jofre is an Argentinean bandoneon (similar to an accordion) player whom The New York Times highlighted as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer.  Read more

Vintage Modern Art

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Vintage Modern Art event taking place on August 27 at the Barryville Farmers’ Market will feature art, live music, and fresh fruits and vegetables all in the same place. Local artists have collaborated to create works of art that relate to the “Vintage Modern Art” theme—something old and new at the same time. Some art on display uses vintage newspaper as the backdrop for new painting. Many of the artists have found ways to repurpose found, discarded, or unwanted objects. Other artists have used new technologies to treat classical themes.  Read more

Bluegrass-fusion phenoms

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases bluegrass-fusion duo Hank and Pattie of Hank, Pattie and the Current in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m.  Read more

A trip back in time at Lock 31: History, culture and art at the D&H Canal

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual D&H Canal Festival will be held Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware & Hudson’s Canal Park at Lock 31 on Route 6, one mile west of The Settlers’ Inn. The park is a 16-acre setting on the banks of the Lackawaxen River.  Read more

WCAA Artists’ Studio Tour: Wander the countryside, see artists at work

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The 14th annual Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) Artists’ Studio Tour will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 19 to 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days. This year there will be 18 artists in 13 studio locations, plus a headquarters and gallery at the Dorflinger Factory Museum in White Mills, showing artwork in a wide variety of mediums and styles.  Read more

You’ve got meal: Early Bird Cookery brings fresh, home-cooked food to your door

REGION — While meal delivery services are booming in metropolitan areas, the food used in those meals is grown right in our backyard. Amy Miller, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and the founder and owner of Early Bird Cookery who lives in Cochecton, realized she could utilize the proximity to local farms and create meals delivered to people who live here and in the city.  Read more