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When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific...

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A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.

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World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one...

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That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (...

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The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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Promised Land offers fishing lessons

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park offers a summer fishing program geared to kids ages six to 15 who are beginner fishermen. Learn basic fishing skills such as casting, baiting a hook, knot tying and taking a fish off of a hook. You can bring your own poles, but free equipment and bait will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing licenses are required.

The program is offered on Wednesdays starting on June 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Falls Pavilion. Pre-registration is required. Call 570/676-3428.

‘Law & Order 1886’

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are still available for the May 26 performance of “Law & Order 1886: Murder on the Bangall Road” from the Wayne County Historical Society or at the door the night of the performance. This original production, written and performed by members of the Ritz Company Players, dramatizes the trial of James McCabe, the last man hanged in Wayne County. The play begins at 8 p.m. at the Wayne County court house in the courtroom where the original trial was held in 1886.

Tickets cost $25 per person, $10 for students. Visit WayneHistoryPA.org or call 570/253-3240.

Community quilts on display

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Community Quilts of Remembrance and Celebration will be on exhibit at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street through Monday, May 28. Sponsored by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Calico Geese Quilters and Friends, the quilts were crafted at the Harvest Festival’s third annual Airing of the Quilts on September 11. The festival included community quilt-making activities inspired by the Boise Idaho Quilt Project, which originated with women activists of the ‘60s.  Read more

Milford Music Festival set for June

MILFORD, PA — The 2012 Milford Music Festival has been scheduled for June 8 through 10. Among the highlights will be the Jorgensen’s Block Party at the corner of Broad and Harford on Saturday and Music in the Park which will present Small Town Sheiks at Ann Street on Sunday afternoon. In the evenings, many of Milford’s many fine eateries including The River Rock Inn, Waterwheel Cafe, Hotel Fauchere and the Tom Quick join in the fun in addition to scheduled performances at the historic Milford Theatre.  Read more

SCDW opens with ‘A Series of Shorts’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) will open its 2012 season with a “A Series of Shorts” on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Route 42. All performances are pay what you can.

Interspersed with the short plays will be some scenes and songs including “The Chair,” an encore performance by DeLois “Cookie” House, who will be reprising her award-winning role of Ruth Waters from the recent “Vaudeville in the Catskills” and musical selections from the upcoming musical “The Fantasticks.”  Read more

Final duty station for a local World War II Navy man

COCHECTON, NY — It all began in June 2010. I was downsizing my life to travel. De-cluttering unnecessary stuff was a pretty simple task for a military man who was experienced at traveling light for 28 years. But there remained one piece in my life that needed tending to in a more dignified manner. I had been given my father, Owen Baker’s, WWII Navy “Cracker Jack” uniform complete with hat and medals. He wanted me, a Navy man who followed in his footsteps, to cherish this sacred piece of his life.  Read more

The play’s the thing!

What a weekend. With the onset of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled season, the plethora of events seems to be even more action-packed than usual, and making choices is (already) more difficult than ever before. That said, I made my selections, sorry (as usual) that I can’t be everywhere, yet confident that there are enough events here in the Upper Delaware valley to suit even the most discerning. As always, the Where and When section of The River Reporter is informative, and I continue to recommend this resource.  Read more

At the mercy of others

Sixty is the new 50, they say. We boomers are growing old gracefully. Those of us lucky enough to have escaped the plagues of AIDS, drugs and rock ‘n roll are rocking our post-middle-age. Having spent the three months leading up to my 60th birthday visiting my aunt in a rehabilitation center, I am ready to consider a gym membership, make that colonoscopy appointment and meet with a financial advisor toute de suite. The reality of what can happen to a body in a split second has hit me like a blocked artery.  Read more

Doggie Day in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Junior Troop #356 of Callicoon's "Doggie Day in Callicoon" is this Saturday, May 12 at the Callicoon Creek Park on Audley Dorrer Drive in Callicoon. The event was designed to help promote clean use of the Callicoon Creek Park by dog owners who use the park. Through a donation from the Eastern Stars of Callicoon, the girls have already purchased a pet sanitation center that will be installed on the Peck's side of the Callicoon Creek Park; there is already one on the Landers’ side.  Read more

Happiness, then sorrow

As our trip north came to an end, our first stop was Peck’s Market, and then on to the post office at Hankins, NY. There was a surprise waiting for me there. I had thought that my assortment of curves and fastballs had shut down anyone stepping into the batters’ box. However, a fellow named Robert Moase from Sweet Valley, PA, swings a fast bat. He whacked that batting practice fastball into right for a clean single. Hmm, I’d better pitch this fellow carefully.  Read more

Walk the Wallenpaupack Creek

HAWLEY, PA — The Wallenpaupack Creek Trail (WCT) in Hawley highlights the history of the hydroelectric project constructed in the early 1920s and managed by Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) today. Interpretive panels along the footpath highlight the history of the lake and dam.  Read more

Organ recital honors Korb

HONESDALE, PA — The Rev. Edward K. Erb, rector of Grace Church and an organist, will perform at a recital at Grace Church on Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. held in honor of Phyllis A. Korb, who died in March. Korb trained several generations of area musicians, and served many local towns’ churches as an organist in her 80-plus years. When Korb was forced to formally retire in 2008, an annual organ recital was established in her honor.  Read more

Open rehearsal for NYC-bound play

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an open rehearsal for Richard Sheinmel’s new play, “Lost on Staten Island – More Tales of Modern Living” on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Krause Recital Hall of the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

Cast members, under the direction of Jason Jacobs and stage management of Heather Olmstead, will be Wendy Merritt Kaufman of Narrowsburg, New York City actor/musician Chris Orbach and playwright Sheinmel who is playing the role of Mitch.  Read more

Breakneck Annie headlines Neversink museum concert

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the spring benefit concert on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the Neversink Valley Museum. It will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.  Read more

Roots & Rhythm date set

HONESDALE, PA — Roots & Rhythm, Honesdale’s free one-day music and arts event, now in its seventh consecutive year, will take place on Saturday, June 16. The festival showcases talent in every genre of music, as well as arts and crafts, from mid-morning until late at night. The headlining act (TBA) takes the Central Park main stage at approximately 7:40 p.m.  Read more

Art Experience & Chalk Walk

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be an Art Experience & Chalk Walk on Jeffersonville’s Main Street on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stroll Main Street to view the works of painters, sculptors, quilters and more. Chalk drawings will fill the sidewalks. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories.

There will be face painting, live music, art demonstrations, food and more. Call 845/482-2194.

Dean to lead Nashville stars at ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102’s annual ThunderBash is coming up on Saturday, May 19, headlined by Ira Dean, formerly of Trick Pony, at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on May 19. The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele, David Bradley, David Adam Byrnes, Amber Hayes, Darren Warren and Sherry Lynn, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy and Nashville singer/songwriters Somerville, featuring Eldred High School senior Alyssa Startup.  Read more

Vendors wanted

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for local businesses to participate in its outdoor Jeffersonville Jamboree. The event date is August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email JeffGiftShop@yahoo.com for an application. The deadline to apply is May 25.

A Milford history tour

MILFORD, PA — The Grey Towers National Historic Site will hold a walking tour of Milford on Saturday, May 19 starting at 11 a.m., providing information about the many contributions made by the prominent Pinchot family to conservation in America and the Milford community since the 1800s.  Read more

Local composer’s opera now on CD

NATION — Albany Records has released Evan Mack’s American opera “Angel of the Amazon” for worldwide distribution. The two-CD set can be purchased online at Albany Records, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh, NY.  Read more