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May 25, 2015
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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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Lake Huntington News June 6

Are you ready? Cochecton’s fifth annual “Day on the Lake,” co-sponsored by Lake Huntington Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, July 13 this year, rain or shine. We need your support to create this great event with its many activities for the kids and the entire family. We’re asking for your help with donations of funds, products and/or gift certificates to make this event a great success. (Your donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Cochecton Day on the Lake Fund and mail to: Jeff Nober, 15 Olsen Rd., Lake Huntington, NY 12752.)  Read more

The dreamer

When he was younger, my son would pepper me with questions about how to do things. “How can I make a one-man flying machine?” was one that piqued his interest early on—enough so that he bypassed Mom’s knowledge base and went straight to the President of the United States (then Bill Clinton). Bill wrote back, telling Conor that NASA was working hard on things like that and that Conor should study hard and stay in school. But Conor was a dreamer. He was a creative kid who could be kept happy and busy with a lump of Sculpey clay or a pencil and a pad of paper.  Read more

Lake Huntington News May 30

What a weekend—freezing, windy and raining. Try having a yard sale for four days. We sold some of my mother’s stuff but not much. It is very sad and hard to clean out her house. Speaking of my mom’s house, it is a four-bedroom in the business district of Narrowsburg and it’s for sale. If you’re interested, email me.  Read more

Two decades of breeding on the Upper Delaware

People who come to visit the Upper Delaware region frequently want to know where they can see eagles. Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) can be found year round in the region, with winter being the better time due to the influx of migrant eagles from Canada. They can also be seen in the summer, but most of these are resident breeding eagles and their offspring, which fledge in early July.  Read more

Pre-season gala for Forestburgh arts center

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Mardi Gras in June” will be the theme of the pre-season fundraiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to be held on Saturday, June 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Forestburgh Playhouse. The evening will feature previews of the opening productions of “The Odd Couple” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Be Our Guest: Our Favorite Music from Disney.”  Read more

‘Savor the Arts’ with opera/chamber music

BETHEL, NY — A recital benefit performance for The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The Delaware Valley Opera will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin, 544 Hurd Rd.

The concert will feature works by Brahms, Frank Bridge and others, along with arias from “Carmen” and “Samson and Delilah.” Featuring mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson, Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola.  Read more

Movie made in Sullivan County to show in film festival

MIDDLETOWN, NY — A feature film, “Knuckle Jack,” which was shot entirely in Sullivan and Orange counties by Roscoe locals, will be screening at the Paramount Theater as part of the Hoboken International Film Festival on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $11.  Read more

Kidzstock in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kidzstock, a day to enjoy family, faith and friends with the community, will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Honesdale High School Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 per child and $3 per adult (children one and under are admitted free). There will be a rock wall, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tractor rides, sensory tent, live entertainment, Army vehicles and more.  Read more

A Narrowsburg Night Out

NARROWSBURG, NY — David Driver will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre as part of Narrowsburg Night Out. Before the concert, prix fixe dinners will be offered starting at 6 p.m. at local restaurants Gerard’s River Grill (845/252-6562) and The Heron (845/252-3333).

Performing material originated by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson, as well as lesser-known artists like Scott Walker and Judee Sill, Driver will be joined by Blythe Gruda, Peter Kiesewalter, Ian Pai and a few surprise guests.  Read more

Pike Arts and Crafts presents pottery demo

MILFORD, PA — Potter and Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) member Dana Drake will be demonstrating wheel thrown pottery on Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall. She will explain the process of pottery making and allow people to try their hand at it. She will also be bringing many of her finished pieces to show and sell for the afternoon.  Read more

Mixed media paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mixed media paintings by French artist Ishwar Malleret will be on exhibit at the River Gallery, The Art of Living at 8 Main St., through July 10.

Mallerett says of his work, “When I start painting, I often have no preconceived idea of what is about to be painted… My technique consists of stepping out of my comfort zone and diving into the inner worlds… I like to be surprised by the extraordinary wonders of these new unexplored territories.”

Call 845/252-3238 or visit www.rivergalleryny.com.

‘Down the Garden Path’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Down the Garden Path,” an exhibit heralding the coming season of cultivation, featuring original works of art by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, will be presented at The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from June 1 through the 30.

There will be an artists’ opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Abstract/surrealist art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — A collection of works titled “Coloration” by abstract/surrealist artist Doug Gilbert, will be exhibited at The Gallery at Chant Realtors during June. Gilbert’s abstract and surrealist paintings are done on paper, canvas or wood. The opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through June 29, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Milford Music in the Park concert series begins

Milford, PA — Milford’s Music in the Park summer concert series begins with performances by the Mike Lawlor Banned from 1 to 2 p.m. and MiZ from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 in the Ann Street Park at Anne and Catherine streets. The event is free.  Read more

Let freedom ring

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Bog walk

For an otherworldly experience within a manageable drive of the Upper Delaware region, a visit to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA is in order. Designated a National Natural Landmark because it is the southernmost low-altitude boreal bog on the eastern seaboard, this bog resembles those found at much higher elevations such as New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Read more

Remember

On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

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