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December 18, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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When I was a child, my parents gave me a small plastic camera. Little did they know they were placing me on a path that continues to illuminate my life today as I shoot digital images throughout...

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Autumn harvest of the Native Americans

As a lifelong lover of pumpkin pie, I was delighted to learn that the main squash of the Lenape was pumpkin. The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians were quite agricultural, with a focus (like many Native gardeners) on the “three sisters:” corn, beans and squash. These three staple crops supported Native American culture over much of the country.  Read more

Bigger or better?

Over the past decade or so, I have heard many variations on the theme that the American way of life is one of plenitude and that asking Americans to change how they live is somehow un-American. These arguments peaked in 2001 as Congress debated renewed CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards for fuel efficiency, and the Bush Administration unveiled an energy policy that stressed expanded fossil fuel supply and cut Department of Energy funding for energy efficiency research by 29%.  Read more

Don’t tread on me (Or run me over either, please)

Some years back, I was riding a motorcycle on a sparsely traveled road in Pike County, PA when I saw what looked like a stick in the middle of the road. There was enough room in the travel lane to avoid the stick, and as I got closer, I took another glance at it. It wasn’t a stick at all, but a medium-sized timber rattlesnake, maybe three feet long or so. Neither snake or rider was the worse for wear, although it did find a quieter place to bask.  Read more

I heard it through the grapevine

If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” It goes on to give me synonyms such as “tidbits, whispers and canards.” I always thought “canard” was French for “duck,” so I looked that up too, just to be sure. Sure enough, “an aquatic bird” came up (www.dictionary.com) along with “an unfounded rumor,” and my newest favorite word took flight. Canard.  Read more

Concert and CD release party for Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present a concert and CD release party with the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. Admission costs $20, $18 in advance for DVAA members. For information and reservations, call 845/252-7272.

‘The Modern Landscape;’ Recent paintings by Emily Thompson

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Modern Landscape,” an exhibit of recent paintings by Emily Thompson opens with a reception on Friday, October 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through November 1.

“Part of my process is surprising myself,” said Thompson. “My paintings go through many dramatic phases before they are complete: layer upon layer of paint and textures.”  Read more

First River Valley Artists Guild Arts and Crafts Fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The River Valley Artists Guild will hold its first-ever Arts and Crafts Fair on October 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Jervis Free Library Parking Lot, 138 Pike St. Included in the exhibit are paintings, pastels, weavings and crafts created by local artists with a diverse theme. Featured artists will be Dani Cooney, Joan Kehlenbeck, Evelyn Kish, Barbara Liemer, Joan Standora and Elva Zingaro of the River Valley Artists Guild.  Read more

The Jazz Assassins at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Jazz Assassins will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City and Northeast PA, the Jazz Assassins are a jazz trio. “This jazz trio was formed from the underbelly of funk and groove and tempered by the discipline of Monk and Coltrane,” said Bob Wilson, bass player for the Jazz Assassins. Their Influences range from straight ahead jazz through fusion, funk and R&B.

Assembled over a decade ago, the Jazz Assassins features Vince Marrone on guitar, Bob Wilson on bass and Dieter Winterle on saxophone.  Read more

Brass band comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — America’s leading trombone group, the Guidonian Hand, will perform at the Milford Theatre on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is being produced by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Guidonian Hand gets its name from a medieval device that helped singers read music scores. Today’s Guidonian Hand features top trombonists Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera, and James Rogers, and it specializes in new music as well as the classics and features.  Read more

The Catskills by Moonlight

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a presentation by Russ Johansen highlighting the lunar and interplanetary missions since Apollo and the new tools that will redefine astronomy. This free program is part of a month focused on the moon titled “Catskills By Moonlight” at Morgan Outdoors with Jim McKeegan and Russ Johansen. In addition to lunar exploration, the hour-long program will touch on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the Rover Missions to Mars and the New Horizons mission, which will fly by Pluto next year.  Read more

Art exhibition ‘River and Biota’ brings awareness to our rivers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “River and Biota,” an exhibition of 18 artists that brings awareness to our rivers’ vulnerability, curated by Naomi Teppich. The exhibition will run at the CAS Arts Center from Saturday, October 11 through Sunday, November 16. CAS will host an artist talk on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Wood carvers hone their skills at fall gathering

CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.  Read more

Back on the bus

“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She was new to demonstrations. I was not.  Read more

A love of place

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 Delaware River region. The practice of interfacing with one’s “place” deepens understanding and fosters a sense of stewardship.  Read more

Art Walk debuts in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Business Association will hold the inaugural Callicoon Art Walk on Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Callicoon Art Walk will showcase the growing art, music and retail community in the picturesque hamlet of Callicoon. During the Art Walk, retailers, galleries and restaurants will be open until 9 p.m.  Read more

If it looks like a duck…

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 thermometer, it read 37 degrees. Yep—it’s fall. Not a bad thing, but when I went to bed, the leaves were still green. This morning? Not so much. “Don’t forget the camera,” I thought, as I grabbed the leash and put a jacket on for our stroll.  Read more

Community Appreciation Day at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A fee-free day to show appreciation to the community will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Also commemorating National Public Lands Day, the day includes a three-hour trail building and maintenance work session from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers are sought for this activity.  Read more

Stormy Weather at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present Stormy Weather Cabaret hosted by NACL’s performing poet, Laura Moran, on Sunday, September 28 at 8 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Fresh on the heels of The People’s Climate March, NACL Weather Project performers will join Moran for an evening of innovative cabaret performance by the multi-disciplinary troupe. The cabaret takes place in the cozy setting of the NACL lobby and will feature new work by Eva Barnett, dancers Corinna Grunn and Isabel Braverman, Brett Keyser, Laura Moran and others. Tickets cost $10. Call 845/557-0694.

DVAA announces Tusten Theatre fall series

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre fall season includes independent film, jazz, theatre, Irish music and opera this year, starting in September with Big Eddy Film Festival and ending in early December with “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”  Read more

Pumpkins, parade and fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 29th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. This old-time country fair and autumn festival is a benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, and is focused on children and their love for reading books. There will be a costume parade, pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements. Admission and parking are free.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance