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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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MiZ returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents kicks off the first of their two-shows-in-one-night concert series run with guitarist and blues, folk and bluegrass artist MiZ on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Silk Mill in the Boiler Room.  Read more

Comedy Night at Cocoon Coffee House with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host another comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m. This month’s Comedy Night features Mike Lemme, Phill Hunt and Neko White, whose combined experiences include working the top comedy clubs and colleges across the country and opening for Donnell Rawlings, Paul Moony and SNL’s Jay Pharoah.

The night’s headliner, Neko White, is known for his well-developed world view, commanding stage presence, charm and hilarious material; a mix of social commentary and personal analysis.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk will be held on July 5, (rain date July 6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Main Street beginning at Jeff Bank, taking a turn on Pearl Street and all the way up to the Library on North Main Street join local artists/artisans as they share their work. The artists are listed on a free map. This year there are more in-shop displays than ever. At the Catskill Art Society, watercolorist Ann Higgins will be at work. Children can create their own masterpieces with chalk on the sidewalks of Main Street.  Read more

Beat the heat with the annual CAS Summer Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its fifth annual Summer Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists from July 12 to August 10. Local artists from across the area explore all the aspects of the year’s most exhilarating season through a diverse body of work in all styles and mediums. CAS will host a free opening reception for the show on Saturday, July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Discover Dragonflies: Nature Walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve

THOMPSON, PA — With their needle-like, iridescent bodies, four gossamer wings, enormous eyes, and distinctive flight patterns, dragonflies are a familiar sight around ponds and streams at this time of year. Because these swift, beautiful insects lay their eggs under water and feed near it, the Florence Shelly Preserve, a diverse 400-acre protected wetlands area is an ideal place to observe them.  Read more

Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet presented by “Concerts in the Coop” will be at The Cooperage on Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Marcinko will be on drums joined by Bob Velez on the congas, Bill Washer on guitar, Paul Rostock on bass and Tom Hamilton switching between sax and flute. The quintet delivers traditional, high-voltage Latin and Brazilian jazz.

Marcinko began his career while still a teenager living in Archibald, PA. He studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello. “I wanted to learn as much as possible about the art, especially jazz,” said Marcinko.  Read more

Slow down, you move too fast

Even though they say that “misery loves company,” I’m hopeful that most of you are not currently experiencing the kind of time-management angst that currently plagues me. I’m not even sure what my problem is, other than desiring to make hay while the sun shines. Here in the Upper Delaware River region, where each season determines how we live life, this seems to produce the tendency to want to seize the day, with the understanding that time is precious and we have limited hours to take advantage of sweet summer’s myriad opportunities, whether it be for business or pleasure.  Read more

Flowers, Broadway, landscapes, oh my!

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three exhibits opened this past weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. They were “Art in Bloom” curated by Jane Luchsinger, “Broadway” by Glenn Lieberman, and “You Are Here” by Kit Sailer. The “Art in Bloom” show featured a work by an artist accompanied by a floral arrangement. In the first photo above, Carol Vandenberg stands with her flower arrangement and Buff McAllister stands in front of her artwork. The photographs in “Broadway” were black and white representations of the everyday lives of the people on Broadway in Manhattan.  Read more

DVAA presents pop-up gallery in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will present its first Pop-Up Gallery, “Radius 12748” in Jeffersonville from June 27 to 29. This group show will celebrate the work of over 30 artists who live and work within a five mile radius of the gallery, located at 4920 State Rte. 52. The opening reception is Friday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery event continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Getting ahead in business: It’s no game

MONTICELLO, NY — June 30 is a big day for Laurette Pitts. She is a senior vice president and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Empire Resorts, which owns Monticello Casino & Raceway. Monday marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Monticello “racino,” but also the culmination of many months of long days working to complete the company’s application to operate one of four new casinos coming to New York State.  Read more

Showing our colors

One of the joys in my commute is listening to a segment called “The Pledge” on Steve Andrew’s morning drive show on WSUS radio. Each day of the week a group of either first or second graders from local schools repeats the Pledge of Allegiance as it is recorded in their classroom. Personally, this brings me back to my own school upbringing where this was a daily occurrence for my first years of school.  Read more

Forestburgh’s My Fair Lady is loverly

Lerner and Lowe’s musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalian” is many things. Entertaining, funny and charming to be sure, but beneath the flowery exterior lies Shaw’s caustic, scathing indictment of English society and the class struggles that provide fodder for political satire, examining the outmoded social system that still somehow exists across the pond to this day.  Read more

Bioblitz bonanza

Opportunities to experience a BioBlitz abound in our region these days, offering a wonderful chance to learn about the natural diversity of a given site. A BioBlitz is an event where scientists and other volunteers gather to collect, identify, and catalogue every living thing on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. The results are typically made available to the public following the collection period, along with various workshops and talks.  Read more

UpFront Summer 2014 Artist’s Reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold it summer artist’s reception on Saturday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. This show will run through July 27.

UpFront currently has over 40 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including the miniature oil paintings of Guillermo Caraveo. Some are as small as 1.3 by 1.8 inches.  Read more

‘You Are Here’ landscape paintings by Kit Sailer

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Are Here,” landscape paintings by Kit Sailer, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

After a decade painting and making prints of seahorses, octopuses, and other sea animals, artist and teacher Sailer began painting landscapes in 2007.  Read more

‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for its partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

“Yarnslingers: Memoirs” is a year-long collaboration with the Catskill Art Society, featuring storytellers from all walks of life who share pieces of their biographies in monthly performances. From the surprising and heartfelt to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.  Read more

Broadway photographs by Glenn Lieberman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Broadway,” a series of street photographs by Glenn Lieberman, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

In this exhibition, Glenn Lieberman’s black and white photographs depict life traversing the 13-mile length of Broadway within the borough of Manhattan, from Bowling Green to Inwood. They are digitally generated in color and then transformed into black and white.  Read more

Students win art scholarships from Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Four area high school seniors have been awarded scholarships under two programs administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

The Dr. Barry & Jane Bodenstein Music Scholarship award was open to seniors at Sullivan West High School who are planning to pursue advanced music studies. Students were required to give a live audition in voice or a musical instrument.  Read more

Exhibit of fresh flowers and art at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fragrance of freshly cut flowers lures you in to this exhibit, which couples the talents of fine artists and floral designers. “Art in Bloom,” curated by Jane Luchsinger of the Narrowsburg Beautification Group, returns to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for a third year. The exhibit features live floral arrangements composed by local garden clubs, Master Gardeners and florists, paired alongside paintings and sculptures. Each floral arrangement is a visual interpretation of a local artist’s work, which is also on display.  Read more

Pinot on the Patio wine dinner

MILFORD, PA — The River Rock Inn will toast the beginning of the summer season with a five-course “Pinot on the Patio” Wine Dinner on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mark DeAntonio of Southern Wines and Spirits, who will present and discuss each selection.

“We’ll be featuring wines that are perfect complements to summer grilling recipes,” said manager Janice Halsted. “Chef/owner Ken and chef Carl have collaborated to create a menu that will offer our guests an appetizing array of summer recipes.”  Read more