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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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‘Art in Bloom’ at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) will present “Art in Bloom,” featuring fine artwork side by side with live floral interpretations of the art. The group exhibition, curated by Jane Luchsinger, opens with a reception on Friday, August 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Rock ‘n Blues Fest at Mount Laurel

TAMIMENT, PA — The Mount Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center will hold a Rock ‘N Blues Fest on Sunday, August 19, featuring Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Kim Simmonds. Ticket prices are $45.50, $57.50 and $75.50.

On every show date, the Party on the Lawn kicks off the festivities three hours prior to the main performers, with the Adams Outdoor Festival Stage featuring top local musical acts, as well as discount barbeque, special tastings from sponsors, giveaways, beer and wine bars, picnic and party space and much more.  Read more

Civilian Conservation Corps festival

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the historic CCC section of the park, which includes Pickerel Point Campground, the Park Museum, auditorium and Deerfield Campground. Though the park has hosted a reunion that was only partially open to the public for many years, this is the first time a larger celebration fully open to the public will be held.  Read more

Black Bears prowl the streets of Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival’s art bears will soon return to the streets of Milford. The colorful, decorated, hand-crafted beasts are in town to promote the 13th annual fall film festival. Join them for light refreshments on August 11, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., on the Milford Library lawn.  Read more

‘Time and Place’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit titled “Time and Place,” featuring prints, paintings and sculptural books by Kathleen Hayek and GG Stankiewicz, opens with a reception on Friday, August 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 1, on which day the artists will lead an artist talk and printmaking demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Wurtsboro Airport hosts music festival

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Airport will play host to the Wurtsboro Music Festival starting on Thursday, August 16, in the al fresco setting of the airport lawn. Air Supply, known for their hits “Lost In Love” and “All Out of Love,” will join Jay Black – an American Tradition, famous for his chart breaking “This Magic Moment” and “Cara Mia,” on Thursday August 16 for the inaugural concert.  Read more

Are the stars out tonight?

Gazing skyward over the last week, the heavens alternated between cloudy and bright. In between showers, the sun blazed and people frolicked. Not wanting to be left out in the rain, I packed an umbrella and headed off in search of adventure while keeping one eye on the weather. With the “dog days of summer” right on schedule this past Saturday, the relentless heat ushered in the return of an-all American local favorite: the Jeffersonville Jamboree.  Read more

America held hostage

Right now, as I type this late on a Wednesday night, my Internet service is down. (Oh horrors!) So I don’t have immediate access to all the websites, quotations and statistics that I might wish to use to construct my argument. All I have in front of me is the latest issue, just arrived today, of the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal (NPBJ).  Read more

Downsizing for the future

“I don’t want to end up like my father,” my Narrowsburg neighbor tells me. His 98-year-old father lives alone in his own home, reliant on family to bring him meals and keep him company. His life savings went to pay for nursing home care for his ailing wife and he retired from yard work last year at age 97.  Read more

A stellar 'Kiss Me Kate' in Tusten

[Lucy Jan-Turan is a student interning at The River Reporter this summer.]

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera Company continued its Shakespeare-themed season with “Kiss Me Kate,” a Cole Porter musical that originally opened on Broadway in 1948, at the Tusten Theatre on July 29. Having never seen this particular musical before, and not being familiar with “The Taming of the Shrew,” the Shakespeare play on which it is based, I entered the theatre with virgin eyes and ears.  Read more

Fully fledged

Since March, I and thousands of other fans of the great blue heron have thrilled to the close-up observation of a pair of herons, and ultimately their five chicks, thanks to a live webcam hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.  Read more

A summer treat for anglers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) annual Summerfest and Anglers Market started as a one day event in 1985. It has since grown into one of the largest summer fly fishing fairs anywhere.
The Anglers Market this year opens on Saturday, August 4, with over 100 tables of fly fishing tackle, accessories, collectibles and outdoors sports-related items, and introduces local community vendors of crafts, home products and services. It will be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Chamber and choir at Shandelee

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival, hailed by Pianist Magazine of Great Britain as “one of the finest music festivals in the world,” returns this weekend with “An Evening of Chamber Music” at the Sunset Concert Pavilion at 8 p.m. on August 4. Featured will be renowned violist Arman Alpyspaev—who has toured the world, appearing at Carnegie Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall and venues across Europe—with pianist Cullan Bryant.  Read more

Dancing in the street

I hit the ground running this week, with the lyrics to the classic Marvin Gaye anthem playing in my head: “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.” They certainly fit at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) and the theatre’s third offering of the season, “West Side Story.” The show is (IMHO) brilliantly written, and I was truly impressed by the production. For my complete analysis of the company’s homage to dancing in the street (and on rooftops), visit the Arts & Leisure section at www.riverreporteronline.com.  Read more

The Jeff Jamboree is back

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — After skipping several years of celebrations, the Village of Jeffersonville is bringing back its popular event: the Jeff Jamboree, which will return on Saturday, August 4 at Lion’s Field, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free and will have over 55 unique vendors including specialty foods like Belgian waffles, fresh baked pretzels and homemade ice tea, plus many delicious foods from Jeff’s Main Street restaurants. Also, Real Maple Syrup & Cotton Candy from Diehl’s Farm.  Read more

My first music video

Over the years, I’ve edited a dozen or so music videos. I’ve always enjoyed working on them. Fitting the shots together to an already existing song is great fun. The song acts as a guide and a base to start from and the images almost always add something unexpected and exciting. You start to hear the song in a different and new way. It works a different side of my brain than editing a narrative film or documentary.  Read more

‘Celebrating the Basha Kill’

WURTSBORO, NY — Members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) pay tribute to the Basha Kill in a show starting on August 4. “Celebrating the Basha Kill” will be on display through September 9 at 73 Sullivan St.

An opening reception and benefit art auction, free and open to the public, will be on August 4 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The auction begins at 1 p.m. and features local favorite Fred Harding as special guest auctioneer. A share of the proceeds from auctioned artwork will help benefit the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA), now celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Read more

Moonlight paddle at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary on Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem, only the sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake.

The 52-acre Lake Lacawac is a National Natural Landmark. It is the southernmost glacial lake in the hemisphere that has been preserved in pristine condition, totally free from development or encroachment, making it an ideal research facility.  Read more

Sullivan County, ‘Blessed by the Gods’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to discuss the county’s history as a healthful environment.  Read more

Down on the Farm day at Stonewall

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Down on the Farm Day 2012 will be on Saturday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Moran Family of Stonewall Farms, both at the main facility (139 Callicoon Center Rd.) and the Likel Road Facility. Down on the Farm Day is an annual family event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County to give the public a chance to learn more about its farms.  Read more