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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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Port opens its doors for home tour

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will present its first tour of local historic homes and gardens, “Three Painted Ladies and a Southern Belle,” on Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the four sites in any order during the three-hour period while enjoying live music and refreshments.  Read more

Classic films screened in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Two classic films, “Rules of the Game” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” will be screened at the Callicoon Theater on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free for the special event, made possible by a generous patron.

“Rules of the Game,” directed by the French great Jean Renoir, is a light comedy satirizing and skewering the bourgeoisie on the verge of World War I. “The Earrings of Madame de…” is a 1953 classic directed by Max Ophuls, detailing events that unravel after a woman pawns the earrings presented by her husband.  Read more

Call for storytellers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The story telling group Yarnslingers seeks 10 storytellers for its next session, scheduled for Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 11. The theme is your pet’s eye view of you, written in first person from the perspective of your pet (dead, alive, future or otherwise). In the story, all I’s are the pet’s voice, so use your first name as the person your pet is talking about.

Word count is a minimum of 350, maximum of 850, not including title. The sign-up deadline is Friday, July 27, and the story due date is August 3 by 5 p.m. Email yarnslingers@yahoo.com.

Festivals and battles and tours—oh my!

This past week turned out to be educational, informative and entertaining as I careened through the Upper Delaware valley discovering something old and something new (thankfully, borrowed and blue were nowhere to be seen).  Read more

The blueberry trail

This year, the birds alerted me to the wild blueberries. We arrived home from a vacation at the beach to find the front steps littered with the blue splotches of cast-off berries. It was as good an announcement as any of the ripening bushes in our old fields.  Read more

Life is but a dream

What a week! The entire Upper Delaware valley is thrumming with activity and for every event that I attended, it seems there were two or three that I missed! My first stop last Wednesday was the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplayhouse.org) and its smashing production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” There’s a full-scale review at www.riverreporteronline.com in Arts & Leisure, but here’s a preview: it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  Read more

Battle of Minisink Commemorated in Ceremonies on July 21 and 22

MINISINK FORD, NY — The 233rd anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Minisink will be commemorated with a July 21 observance at Sullivan County’s Minisink Battleground Park in Minisink Ford, NY, and a July 22 ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Lackawaxen, PA.

Starting Friday evening, July 20, members of the Navasing Long Rifles and Third Ulster Militia will set up an 18th century encampment at the Battlefield Park located on County Rt. 168. The public is welcome to visit through Sunday morning, July 22.  Read more

A sunning snake

Northern water snakes are our neighbors here in Narrowsburg, where we enjoy observing the heavy-bodied Nerodia sipedon living along the banks and in the waters of Little Lake Erie.

This aquatic snake can grow to more than 50 inches in length and swims easily across water, submerging itself to escape harm if threatened. Although it is not venomous, if provoked or cornered, it may defend itself by flattening its body and striking repeatedly. Not surprisingly, such bites can be extremely painful and can become infected.  Read more

‘Shape of the Woods’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society will present “Shape of the Woods,” a two person exhibition featuring the work of Eric Baylin and Kathleen Hayek, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. There will be an artists’ talk from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Celebrating our river

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art and the environment are the primary themes of Narrowsburg’s 22nd annual RiverFest, held this year on Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, the 22nd annual RiverFest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists who live and work here.  Read more

Under the Moon in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Enjoy an al fresco concert in Callicoon Park with local musicians Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith on Saturday, July 21, starting at 8 p.m. Also featured will be the music of the Raddyos.

Bring a blanket or chair. Suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family. All proceeds benefit The Callicoon Creek Park Association.

Upper Delaware primitive at The River Gallery

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Painting by Cheryl Korb

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Animals & Farms,” an exhibit of the work of Cheryl Korb, will be on display at The River Gallery - The Art of Living on Main Street starting on July 21. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through September 8.

A self-taught artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she has had time to pursue her dream of painting the subject she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Open studio tour in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Arts Alliance will present on open studio tour on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Tour artists, studios and galleries around Milford during this weekend event. Get to meet with and witness each artist in their creative environment and process.

Maps will be provided to guide to each of the artists’ studios and galleries as well as describe each of the participating artists and their discipline. Visit www.milfordartsalliance.org/index.html.

Acoustic guitar at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk concerts has a new home at The Cooperage on Main Strett in Honesdale. The premier concert in the new venue will be held on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. It will feature Karen Savõca with Pete Heitzman.

Savoca (www.karensavoca.com) possesses a supple alto and a wide range of expression. Savoca’s “In the Dirt” was nominated in the category of Best Song by a Female Singer Songwriter by the grassroots music organization Just Plain Folks.  Read more

Horowitz and Eakins in ‘First Hearings’

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will continue its “First Hearings” series with readings by Mikhail Horowitz and Patricia Eakins on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Read more

‘The Maids’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL at 110 Highland Lake Rd. will present a production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” by Kicking Mule Theatre Company, directed by Francine Roussel, on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

In “The Maids,” a dark 1947 play written by French playwright Jean Genet, two maids, resentful of their low social status “play” at destroying their employer. Inspired by Genet’s multiple incarcerations, French director, Francine Roussel has set the play in a prison environment, and cast men in the roles of the three women characters.  Read more

Christmas in July benefit concert

BEACH LAKE, PA — ElektrixStudio.com and Joe’s Ranch House will host the sixth annual “Rock For Tots” Holiday Benefit Concert featuring Mr. Echo, Walt Prez & The Awesome, SideTracked, Joe Roche of MoJo Music and DJ Elektrix on Saturday, July 21. The evening starts at 4 p.m. to closing on July 21 at Joe’s Ranch House on Rte. 652.  Read more

Port Jervis Arts Walk, live music and a movie at dusk

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 14th annual Arts Walk to be held on Saturday, July 21, in downtown Port Jervis on Front Street. The event begins at 11 a.m., offering the best in artists from the tri-state area showing and selling their artwork and crafts.  Read more

‘Circus Sales Days’ in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will hold “Circus Sales Days” 52nd annual sidewalk sales on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19, 20 and 21, sponsored by Wayne Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

Port Jervis Arts Walk, music and a movie

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 14th annual Arts Walk to be held on Saturday, July 21, in downtown Port Jervis on Front Street. The event begins at 11 a.m., offering the best in artists from the tri-state area showing and selling their artwork and crafts.  Read more