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February 12, 2016
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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Citizen science opps

The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable source of information that can enhance our understanding of the non-human species with which we share our lives. Two new opportunities for “citizen scientists” to make a contribution are now available.  Read more

Mississippi blues duo SwampCandy in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents will showcase SwampCandy, a band that plays “whiskey drinkin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and pig eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Holiday duck print sale benefits Ride 2 Survive

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ride 2 Survive will hold a holiday duck print exhibit and sale at Morgan Outdoors, opening on Saturday, November 21 and continuing through Monday, January 4. This holiday season sale is thanks to the generosity of longtime collectors Hedy and Eric Page. A special print by well-known wildlife artist Robert Bateman will be a highlight of the exhibit and sale. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., co-hosted by Morgan Outdoors and the board members of Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County.  Read more

Holiday tea and jewelry sale

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold its first annual Holiday Tea and Tour on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday November 22 at the Historic Watres Lodge from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required; call 570/689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org.  Read more

ThunderBlast celebrates 20 years of Somerville

ROSCOE, NY — Thunder 102 and China City of America announce ThunderBlast, celebrating Sommerville’s 20th anniversary, on Friday, November 20 at the Rockland House in Roscoe with performances by Somerville and Iron Cowboy, whose last two CDs featured songs written by Somerville.

The event begins with a private meet and greet at the Roscoe Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thunder 102 listeners have a chance to win passes over the next few weeks.  Read more

CAS holds Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) Winter Members Show will be held from Saturday, November 28 through December 28. The exhibition celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives, as depicted in all media by CAS member artists. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center. There will be an opening reception on November 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘A Tender Thing’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents the Catskill Art Society’s performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” a new play by Ben Power, at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., for one night only, Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved? Playwright Ben Power weaves the text of “Romeo and Juliet” into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice, starring Cass Collins and John Higgins with Racquel Davis.  Read more

‘Art in Sixes’ small works show opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 21. Now in its 11th year, “Art in Sixes” has become the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s premier year-end gallery event, featuring more than 100 local and regional artists and over 300 works of art. The artwork covers a wide range of studio mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and photography. All the pieces are for sale and reasonably priced for holiday gift giving.  Read more

Fish and Visitors

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (www.ushistory.org), and he very well may have been right. I tested Franklin’s hypotheses over the summer when my family visited for more than the allotted days, but somehow they managed to stand the test of time. Still, when I venture outside of the Upper Delaware River region (which is very rare) I try not to overstay my welcome, rather than risk emanating effluvia (look it up!) myself.  Read more

Eye of the river valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — If people keep requesting your photographs, it’s only due time until you start your own business. Narrowsburg resident of 30 years Charlie Hoffman did just that. He was supplying CBS News New York Weather with nature photographs for their segments, and people took note. They started to ask him for specific photos to buy from him, and from there he acquired a roster of clients. He calls his new one-year-old venture Catskills Photography.  Read more

Spring in Autumn

I have been planting hyacinth and daffodil bulbs during these first unseasonably warm days of November—digging the husked, bulging roots into the dirt beneath the shriveled, crunchy leaves flooding my garden. I work with the image of pungent purple and yellow trumpeting flowers in my mind’s eye.

This fall I have been thinking about and looking for the earliest signs of spring, and I think that I have found some. In fact, we could say spring is already here in the bulbs in the ground, in the velvety bud scales of the magnolia’s autumn buds and in the blooming witch hazel.  Read more

And So It Begins…

One of the little things I find particularly annoying online is when someone posts some dire bit of news and then solemnly intones, “AND SO IT BEGINS…” like some character from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.

Usually, the “it” refers to some apocalyptic scenario that the writer has apparently been anticipating for years, with this one story representing the first falling domino leading to the inevitable doom.  Read more

Autumn meadowhawk: last dragonfly of fall

The first week of November started out very pleasant with mild days and highs above 70 degrees—a little bit of very late Indian summer. I have seen some small flies flying around, a few small wasps, even a couple of cabbage white butterflies. Even though we have had some pretty good frosts, there is still one species of dragonfly around to see.  Read more

Proof of the pudding

If you are thought of as being a good fisher, or as an authority on a fishery, or even a person who writes about such things, there comes a time when you simply have to come up with some proof that you know what you are talking about.  Read more

If I could turn back time…

Well, even if I could, I’m not sure that I would, but every once in a while, it sure is fun to revisit the past. One such opportunity arose last weekend in the form of the Bethel Theatre Works (BTW) production of “Vaudeville in the Catskills-Swings into the Sixties.” The company’s artistic director, Victoria V. Leighton, has been inviting me to their productions for a few years now, but busy bee that I am, this was my first opportunity to take in one of the shows.  Read more

ArtPop will feature Silberlicht’s raku billboard

REGION — A billboard designed by local artist Ellen Silberlicht will be part of an ArtPop program that will create billboard images that will travel throughout NEPA over the next year. ArtPop’s mission is to promote the work of local artists, made possible through a partnership of the Pocono Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising’s NEPA division.  Read more

Moon Dog in concert with Little Sparrow

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Two Americana bands will perform on Saturday, November 21, at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum. Headlining the show will be the folk trio “Moon Dog,” (www.facebook.com/MoonDog2014), a young contemporary group that meshes acoustic and accordion melodies with sweet vocal harmonies. Band members include John Damaio on guitar, Rachel Thompson on the squeezebox and Jenny Foster on the ukulele. Their first CD, titled “Catskills Calling,” was recorded in Sullivan County at the new Outlier Inn Studios (www.outlierinn.com) in Mountaindale.  Read more

‘Affordable Originals’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a collection of works by local artists for “Affordable Originals,” an all-day art and gift expo, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Come browse a hand-picked selection of top local vendors featuring silk scarves, beaded jewelry, block printed cards, finely crafted wood vases, pottery, jams, jellies, sweets and teas.  Read more

Music event to foster hunger awareness

MILFORD, PA — Calling All Angels Mission, which operates the Calling All Angels Shoppe in Milford, will host a music concert and speaker event on Saturday, November 14 at the Jen Murphy Fitness Studio, 113 W. Harford St., from 7 to 10 p.m.  Read more

‘Life is a Dream’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its second offering of the season with the play “Life is a Dream,” by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, translated and adapted by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Nilo Cruz. Performances will be in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre on Thursday, November 12; Friday, November 13; and Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.  Read more