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September 01, 2016
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ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.

Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Maybe the tide is turning. Historically, the brain drain of rural areas like ours led all the bright young people with dreams to the cities, never to return. But in places like Highland Lake and...

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Here in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s easy to keep track of the seasons, whether it’s the crops being harvested, the front porches festooned with flags, or simply the sun setting on the...

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With fall coming toward the end of this month, everyone is no doubt thinking of the brilliant colors of fall leaves—and cleaning them up afterwards. However, we still have a lot of colorful late...

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Harmony goes local

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase a double-bill of local bands, The Dishonest Fiddlers and Jung Bergo. “For three years, Harmony Presents has showcased mostly regional acts, but we also have a lot of talent right in our own backyard.  Read more

‘Night Light’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Night Light,” an exhibit of photography by Paula Kelly, opens with a free reception on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit features nocturnal images of landscapes, celestial time exposures, and still life studies. It will be on view through July 30.

“I love shooting photographs during twilight. Colors intensify and space flattens,” says Kelly, a part-time resident of Loch Sheldrake who is based in New York City. “As night falls, elements seem to float.”  Read more

Giusti installation at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm,” an installation exhibit by artist Karin Giusti, opens with a reception on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through July 30. The work is a monumental sculpture and photographic exhibition that serves as a tribute to the life and memory of Stephen G. Schwarz (1961-2010), an active-duty New York City firefighter and first responder on September 11, 2001, who succumbed to the health effects of working at Ground Zero.  Read more

Hot Jazz in the town square

HANCOCK, NY — The streets of Hancock will resound to the cool sounds of Hot Jazz on Friday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. when New York City’s Nick Russo and the Hot Jazz Jumpers appear for one night only at the Hancock Town Square.

Vocalists Miles Griffith and Betina Hershey and percussion virtuoso David Pleasant join the multi-talented Russo to present an eclectic mix of ‘20s/’30s and New Orleans jazz, bluegrass and standards influenced by Gullah Geechee and Calypso rhythms.  Read more

‘Capricious’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — The new exhibit at Gallery EVA, “Capricious,” will open on July 2 and run through July 31. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Artists featured in the show will include Elise Freda, Phil Jacobi, Eva Drizhal, Ellany Gable, Franco LoPinto, Evelyn Morisot, Christine Stamos, Barry Shavrick and Jane Morris. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., sometimes Monday, and by appointment. For more information call Eva Drizhal at 845/887-3202.

Salsa-Caribbean funk band

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase the quickly rising Columbian band, El Caribefunk, on Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. The group, which has headlined festivals with acts like BombaEstereo and Herencia de Timbiqui, was featured on NPR Music, played live on Colombian National Radio and performed on numerous national television programs including TeleAntioquia and RadioUno.  Read more

Revolution in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association will present an exhibit titled “Revolutionary Art: Art of the American and French Revolutions” in July, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. The reception celebrates the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the 227th anniversary of Bastille Day in France.  Read more

Simons’ cake sculptures on view in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The cake art of Liberty native Kim Simons is on exhibit at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center in a show running through Saturday, August 6. There will be an artist’s reception and chocolate painting demonstration Saturday, July 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. On display will be a selection of Simons’ award-winning cake sculptures, as well as a selection of her paintings.  Read more

Act Underground debuts with ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Back in the beginning of the year we received a couple of press releases notifying us that a theatrical group, Act Underground, was holding casting calls in Narrowsburg. The group had been around for a couple of years but so far had only held a few isolated readings; now, it seemed, they were getting serious about forming a community theatre. The hamlet already has a bit of a reputation as a hub for the local arts scene, and the new troupe sounded like a fascinating addition. We’ve been waiting eagerly to see what would come of it. Well, it looks like the wait is over.  Read more

Grammy® nominee jazz pianist Hersch at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Renowned jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch will appear at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on July 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. A cocktail hour will start at 7 p.m. He will donate all proceeds from this benefit solo concert to the Wayne County Pantry Program and The Cooperage Project.  Read more

All aboard for the Magical History Tour!

Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company ( in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (  Read more

First Sullivan sighting of a dragonfly species

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, there will be many programs for the public by the various teams of scientists and volunteers that collected data and specimens, and you will be able to see flora and fauna of all types. There are even activities for children on Saturday.  Read more

Thoughtful fishing = better fishing

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 next outing may humble you. And don’t think that having more than 60 years’ experience in your creel gives you any immunity. I sure found that out recently.  Read more

In the good old summertime

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 concert under the stars, attended a block party and watched some belly dancers shaking their groove thing. We’ve seen a lot of friends and neighbors out and about, so I know you all are keeping an eye on our “Where and When” section in The River Reporter (see page 26), which is a great way to stay informed about everything going on in your neck of the woods.  Read more

Shadowland Stages produces ‘Red’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Shadowland Stages will present John Logan’s “Red” from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 10 at the theatre at 157 Canal St. “Red” tells the story of master abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.  Read more

Tapas, Tunes and Toasts

HONESDALE, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary on Thursday, June 30 at The Cooperage Project for the second annual Tapas, Tunes and Toasts Event from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a tapas-style menu catered by Anthill Farm Kitchen, featuring dishes made using Wayne County grown/produced products, locally produced wine and beer, and live musical entertainment. Proceeds will support Lacawac’s programs for children grades K through 12, ranging from school visits with its naturalists to group-specific field trips and after-school enrichment.  Read more

Museum debuts Borscht Belt gallery

HURLEYVILLE, NY — On Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m., the Sullivan County Historical Society will open a new gallery, “The Borscht Belt.” It has been made possible by the receipt of local donations.  Read more

Spotlight Players to rock ‘Godspell Jr.'

HAWLEY, PA — Spotlight Players will bring “Godspell Jr.” to Hawley United Methodist Church on June 24 to 26. The cast is made up of 10 students aged 15 to 18 years old, representing Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Dunmore High Schools. The adults who round out the crew are Tori Clemens, director/choreographer; Victoria Barcarola as vocal director and Becky Chaven as sound operator.

Alex Marchena of Lake Ariel will portray Jesus in Spotlight’s Production, supported by an equally talented R.J. Clemens from Lake Ariel as John the Baptist/Judas.  Read more

Choralaires summer concert

HAWLEY and HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Choralaires will celebrate hometowns, friends, and neighbors with its summer concert, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Performances will be on Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley; and on Monday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.  Read more

Book signing for ‘Hearts Unloched’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Writing under the pseudonym Claire Gem, Middletown native Frances Brown, now of Webster, MA, will present a book talk and signing of her award-winning romantic suspense novel “Hearts Unloched” at The Sullivan County Historical Society’s Museum on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more