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“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Those words, penned by Pete Townshend for inclusion in The Who’s iconic rock opera titled “Tommy” have stood the test of time and become part of the lexicon of the ‘60s generation. In the years that followed, Townshend’s lyrics have moved millions as the studio album, first released in 1969, morphed into an extensive tour, which included a live version of the double-album, a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975 and a Broadway musical in 1992.

So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Man, it’s been hot these days. I mean really hot, maybe even too hot to go swimming in the lake, if I had the time and it weren’t too crowded. Our air conditioning at home crapped out, as it will...

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Summer is full of conundrums. Pool or lake? Grill or chill? Hike or hammock? Among the biggest is how to eat all the season’s bounty while also saving it for the future. The answer is preserving,...

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Fun and games aside, I have had a ridiculously busy week. While Mom was fond of saying, “You can rest when you’re dead,” I don’t think she believed that I should actually stop and drop while...

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While working in the yard earlier this year, I became aware of an unusual and repetitive call emanating from the forested hillside behind our home. Uncertain whether the sound was coming from a...

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Let them eat cake

I like cake. Actually, if it’s sweet, I probably will like whatever it is. In point of fact, I completed yet another trip around the sun this past week, and there has been plenty of cake to go around. I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but I’m thankful to have friends who care, and upon their insistence I have blown out the candles a few times over the last several days. My birthday has always been close to Memorial Day (sometimes even simultaneous), and as a kid, I naturally thought that all of the barbeques, celebrations, parades and general hoopla were all for my benefit.  Read more

Nat Osborn Band returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA —Dave Matthews Band opener and European touring band, The Nat Osborn Band (Quartet Version) returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. “Described as ‘irresistible’ by Consequence of Sound, Nat Osborn ‘writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era song craft with decidedly modern sensibilities.’ He mashes and stirs up styles like a chef mixing spices: a dash of funk here, a dollop of rock there and a sprinkling of reggae, all around a solid base of catchy songwriting.  Read more

Indie film to be shot in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Olive Gallagher, a native of Milford and president/CEO of Moonlight Man Productions, an indie film and television production company, is the screenwriter/director/producer of “Journeys,” an indie feature set for principal photography in Milford in September of 2017. The feature roles of Olive and Adalbert Hardwell will be played by Laila Robins and James Morrison respectively.  Read more

‘Quasi’ at the Elevator

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Quasi,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Fernando Colón-González, in the Elevator Gallery at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from June 4 through July 17. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

“In my work, I avoid making specific reference to things in particular,” says artist Fernando Colón-González. “However, it happens involuntarily that I connect to images that are in our memory, then it’s up to the spectators to continue the journey.”  Read more


SHOHOLA, PA — Throughout history, censorship has haunted the creative expression of men and women. Barryville Area Arts Association’s June “Censored!” exhibit offers up just a few of the great works of art that were thought offensive or subversive by censors. A free reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 4 at the Artists Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be complimentary refreshments.  Read more

‘Bare Bones’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local artists take a “bare bones” approach to the world around us in a new group show at the Laundry King, an alternative exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St.

Curated by artists Elizabeth Ennis and Naomi Teppich, this exhibit features
drawings, paintings, sculptures, a hand-made book and photographs by Robyn Almquist, Don Downs, Eva Drizhal, Elizabeth Ennis, Kathie Fitzgerald, Emanuelle Gauthier, Jan Harrison, Joanna Hartell, Lynne Mayocole, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, David Sandlin, Michael Staats and Naomi Teppich.  Read more

‘Fabrication and Figuration’ in the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Fabrication and Figuration,” an exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Honesdale-based artist Jeff George, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

Many of George’s sculptures are whimsical and humorous, taking common or familiar items and arranging them into new works that challenge most conventional thinking and ideas. His work (commissioned or non-commissioned) is usually a mix of materials: found objects, wood, steel, ceramics and glass.  Read more

Kadampa Fun Fair

GLEN SPEY, NY — Kadampa World Peace Temple at 47 Sweeney Rd. will hold its eighth annual Fun Fair on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the facility named “Best Meditation Center” by River Reporter readers with free guided meditation and temple tours. The fair will also include a flea market, artist vendors, live music, fresh food, a raw juice bar, carnival games and more. There are four on-site hiking trails, community meals, chanted meditations, and a free meditation and teaching on Sunday morning. On-site accommodation is available.  Read more

Jazz string trio at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library will host a concert featuring the String Trio of New York, an internationally known chamber jazz group of acoustic violin, guitar and bass, on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Critics have called the award-winning trio “one of the finest avant-garde chamber jazz groups around.” Since their founding in 1977, they have been regulars at jazz festivals such as Ravinia and Newport and have been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and PRI’s International Concerts.  Read more

Old-fashioned fruit jars at the Bethel School

HONESDALE, PA — The Bethel School’s season will open on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., when northern Wayne County resident Bob Wood brings his collection of fruit jars to the Bethel School at 2 p.m. His collection features grandma’s canning jars—those old blue/green jars complete with “lightning” closures or zinc lids and embossed lettering.  Read more

At The Cooperage: an evening with two singer/songwriters

HONESDALE, PA — Jeff Raught, born and bred in Honesdale, will return to The Cooperage on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., along with singer/songwriter Jessica Smucker.  Read more

‘Working Conditions’ opens at Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Working Conditions,” an exhibit of paintings by Carol Diamond, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

With an innate feel for materials, Diamond treats her canvases as excavation sites, digging out abstract forms and riffing on medieval and baroque architecture. Her paintings contain layers of thick and thin oil paint, areas of rough brushwork and sections of scraped-off color.  Read more

Memorial to a practical man

Art Peck was a practical man. When his Narrowsburg neighbors decided to build a library, Art and his wife Beth donated the building and a lot more. If he needed a clock or a boat or a rocking chair, he built one for himself, and a few more for his friends and family. A generous man, he helped others without fanfare, expecting only a simple thank-you in return. He was a mentor to many and his barn/workshop in the Narrowsburg Flats was always open for kibitzing, working or just watching Art build his newest project.  Read more

Turning points

On Memorial Day weekend in 1977 my stepfather Mike drove off the side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in his Volvo station wagon after suffering a fatal heart attack on his way to our country house in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. My mother was still at her office in the Graybar Building on Lexington Avenue in a cavernous part of Manhattan in the shadow of Grand Central Station and the then Pan Am Building. He was 50 years old; she was 52.  Read more

Spring gobblers

During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes perfectly aligned from one step to the next. Earlier this spring, a new sound could be heard; the loud report of a male, or “gobbler,” resounding through the woods as he tries to entice a female through ruffled feathers, fan-tail displays and strutting. These are the sights and sounds of the courtship and breeding season for turkeys, aka the spring gobbler season.  Read more

Just making conversation

Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the art of conversation is getting lost in the shuffle, but old warhorses like me keep plugging along, be it small talk or engaging with others on bigger issues, and life here in the Upper Delaware River region provides plenty of opportunity for both.  Read more

Call for artists, Art & History in the Park

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Tourism and Port Jervis Council for the Arts invites the tri-state community to enjoy a day offering art and historical exhibits, with opportunities to meet area artists as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War period re-enactors, on Saturday, June 18. Artists’ space is available for this event, located at Orange Square Veterans Park on Pike and Sussex streets. Spaces will be 10 feet wide, and work must be ready to hang in individual space with own setup. The charge is $25 per space. The deadline for registration is June 4. Rain date for the event is June 19.  Read more

‘Hamlet’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The film “Hamlet” will be screened at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare Plays on Film” series. This is the acclaimed 2009 film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production; both the stage production and the film were directed by Gregory Doran.  Read more

Aroma Thyme Bistro hosts ‘Trio of Nature’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Aroma Thyme Bistro will host the exhibit “Trio of Nature,” featuring botanical and landscape watercolor paintings of Ellenville artist Lorraine Devore, daughter Dr. Marie Devore and their art instructor, Roberta Rosenthal, from June 1 through August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The three artists have been painting together for 13 years and share a love of plants, flowers and nature. Their camaraderie reflects a relaxing meditative interlude in their lives. Join the artists for a reception at Aroma Thyme Bistro.  Read more

Blues, Brews & BBQ Summer Music Series

HAWLEY, PA — The Blues, Brews & BBQ series at Glass— at Ledges Hotel, kicks off Memorial Day weekend and runs every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Blues, Brews & BBQ hosts a rotating line-up of live blues music on the Serenity Deck overlooking the scenic Wallenpaupack Gorge. It’s a BBQ-style outdoor dining event with samples of local craft brews from a featured local brewery. For no cover fee, guests can enjoy music and cocktails on the hotel’s lawn or Stargazer Deck.  Read more