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October 01, 2014
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NARROWSBURG, NY — Once upon a time, books were written almost exclusively by a small group of brand-name professional writers, most of whom boasted impressive academic and publishing credentials. But the advent of the digital age has made it possible for a new breed of author, the so-called “independent” writer, to produce a book without the assistance of a traditional corporate publishing house. E-books and print-on-demand production methods have revolutionized what was once an elitist industry.

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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During the last train ride up from the city together with my son, he commented, “I don’t know how you do this trip.” I tend to agree with him with the exception of what lies at the end of the ride...

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With the cool weather we’ve been having lately, many ripening vegetables have stalled at the green stage. And as soon as the frost descends, any fruit that’s still hanging on your tomato vines is...

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Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the...

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For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper...

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Used-clothing/jewelry sale at CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is hosting its second “Glitz & Glamour” used clothing and jewelry sale on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center. Prices begin as low as $1 with many items priced at $5 and $10. The sale also includes 14 vintage wedding gowns donated by Alice Lindholm of Right to the Moon Alice. All proceeds benefit CAS.  Read more

‘You Be the Judge’ program at Port Jervis library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden for a new program called “You Be the Judge” on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Worden has been investigating historical crimes to determine if the evidence supported the verdict, or if not, “who done it?” Worden, using his extensive investigative skills, will present his findings. Following each presentation of the evidence, the audience will be the judge.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold its annual apple pancake and French toast breakfast on Sunday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road. Breakfast is $6.50 for non-member adults, $5 for member adults, and $3 for children under 12. There will be a flea market under the pavilion.

“Doc” Frank Simpson, one of the museum’s founders, will be on hand with a cider press to demonstrate how to make apple cider.

Email nvam@frontiernet.net, or call 845/754-8870, or visit www.neversinkmuseum.org.

Sullivan West students raise funds for food pantry

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two Sullivan West students, Richard Lander and Drew Billard, are working with the local food pantry in Narrowsburg to provide food baskets for families in need this holiday season.

They are sponsoring an adult dance to be held on Saturday, November 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall. Dancin’ Dan will provide music. Desserts and coffee will be served, but all guests may bring any other beverages they like. A donation of $10 per person is requested.  Read more

Jazz concert for United Way of Sullivan County

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio will perform a benefit jazz concert for the United Way of Sullivan County at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet, 222 Main St. on October 27 at 5:30 p.m. with a second performance at 8 p.m.

All funds raised will be used for programs and services that support health and wellness, children and youth, emergency care, adult achievement and the needs of the senior population. United Way of Sullivan County operates entirely on donations.  Read more

Historic view of Milford Columns owner

MILFORD, PA — Dallas Grove will present a talk about the life and times of Dennis McLaughlin in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

McLaughlin was the original inhabitant of what is now known as the Columns Museum. Built in 1904, the house was originally used as his summer home. McLaughlin was a prominent citizen of Hudson County NJ, and he dabbled in many pursuits. He was known as one of “the Big Four” because of his ownership in the Guttenberg Race Track, which was a place to bet on “the ponies” in the late 1800s.  Read more

Student productions of ‘WASP’ and ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at the Orange Hall Theatre

MIDDLETOWN, NY — SUNY Orange’s Apprentice Players will perform “WASP” and “4.48 Psychosis,” a pair of one-act plays, at the Orange Hall Theatre for the weekends of November 2-4 and 9-11 on the college’s Middletown campus.

Evening performances on Friday and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

“4.48 Psychosis,” written by Sarah Kane, is a darkly disturbing drama about depression and suicide. “WASP,” written by Steve Martin, is a one-act play depicting the traditional W.A.S.P. values of the 1950s in the U.S., the time period in which he grew up.  Read more

Acoustic performance by Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Now in its fourth year, the Woodsongs Coffeehouse will re-open on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. for the first in a series of acoustic music concerts held at the Sullivan County Museum. The event is hosted by the Sullivan County Historical Society and produced by members of the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

RiverFolk Concert: Joe Crookston and Amy Speace

HONESDALE, PA — The RiverFolk Concert series welcomes back Joe Crookston, a New York songwriter and Album of the Year winner, and Wildflower recording artist Amy Speace to The Cooperage on Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m.

Light fare will be available from the Willow River Café. Suggested donation is $15 or pay what you can. BYOB. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or www.thecooperageproject.org. For reservations call 845/252-6783.

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY —Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a fall fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97.  Read more

Church fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Drew United Methodist Church will hold a church fair on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables will have jewelry, handmade gifts, crocheted gifts, candles, napkins, greeting cards, homemade soup, Rada knives and Christmas decorations.

There will be a bake sale, a coffee break from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sandwiches, hot dogs, soup and apple crisp.

Call 845/845-3423.

‘Extreme/Outside the Box’ new art exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Extreme/Outside the Box” will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 27 through November 11. This exhibit is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery, located at 73 Sullivan St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit www.waagallery.org or e-mail info@waagallery.org.

Paintings by Ken Bosch at By Delaine

NARROWSBURG, NY — Paintings by Ken Bosch will be exhibited at By Delaine, a gift shop at 44A Main St. from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4. An artist opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bosch grew up in Highland Lake, NY. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from SUNY Oswego and an M.A. from Marywood College. His career as an art teacher began at Narrowsburg Central School, where he taught from 1972 to 1986. He currently teaches in Wilmington, DE, and plans to paint fulltime following retirement this year.  Read more

Long haul flyers

Flocks of high flying geese can be heard and the first hard frost of the season is forecast for tonight as I write this column. Yesterday, on the 11th of October, was a clear day after a frontal passage with northwest to west winds at 10-15 mph, an ideal day to observe migrating hawks and falcons at Sunrise Mtn. in Stokes State Forest in NJ.  Read more

I’ll get back to you on that...

Clearly, none of us are getting any younger. Still smarting from the reality check that was my 40th high school reunion, I’ve been forced to take a good look in the mirror and assess the situation. “I’ve looked better,” I rasped, as I prepared to make my way to the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a Fall Fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97. The flea market and crafters will be there. Refreshments will be available and a bake sale will be held. At 11 a.m. there will be a children’s costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three separate age categories. A free blood pressure screening will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Read more

Watercolors at Manor library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Library announces an exhibit by local watercolorist and former library employee Linda Hare. Hare’s seasonal landscapes, florals and bird paintings will be on display through November.

Over the years, Hare has studied with many local artists including Jack Yelle, Roberta Rosenthal and the late Francis Davis. Her work has been displayed and sold through various galleries in Sullivan and Delaware counties as well as at local shows.  Read more

Filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle to screen short films about architecture

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m., the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., will show several short films by Ultan Guilfoyle, including four that document Frank Gehry buildings. Guilfoyle will also be on hand to discuss the films and answer questions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served. There is no cost to attend.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction