Clear sky
Clear sky
60.8 °F
May 22, 2015
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

TRR photo by Amanda Reed

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 (...

Read More

On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

Read More

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...

Read More

(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

Read More

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...

Read More

One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

Read More

Local art finds a new home at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery, a new showcase for dozens of local artists, will host a grand opening and artists’ reception on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring the works of Nancy Wells, Allan Rubin and Candy Spilner, the exhibit will run through May 22. Also debuting will be large-scale installations by Tom Holmes and Daina Shobrys. Ramona Jan will perform at the opening with her handmade marionettes.

The gallery is located just across the street from The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Co. on Route 17B. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.

Lakeside Players to present ‘Double Occupancy’

HONESDALE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ original comedy “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Written by Lakeside founders Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the play premiered at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront in 2011, when it was performed for 18 senior bus groups over three days.  Read more

Singer songwriter returns to the Catskills

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Folk musician and national award-winning songwriter Gina Holsopple will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. After a visit to the area this winter, performing at SUNY Sullivan, Holsopple returns to play at this locally-owned business.  Read more

Tuesday workshop to paint a silk scarf

LIBERTY, NY — A scarf painting workshop will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Each participant will make his or her own hand-painted silk scarf to take home.  Read more

First Sunday artist demonstration

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts, Inc. (PCAC) is pleased to host artist Janet Campbell for its May First Sunday demonstration on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall.

Campbell will demonstrate the watercolor technique of ‘pouring’ watercolors. Instead of using a brush, the colors are mixed with water in containers and poured onto the paper. The white of the paper is saved by masking, therefore planning is involved.  Read more

Choral society to premier works

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will be in concert on May 19 at 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium in a performance of works by John Rutter. The concert, “All Things Good,” is dedicated to children of the community and will feature the regional premier of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” scored for double choir (adult and children) and full symphony orchestra.  Read more

Fisher Film Festival at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The sixth annual Fisher Film Festival will be held at SUNY Sullivan in the college’s Seelig Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon. It will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Kite Day celebration that will take place on the college’s front green.  Read more

Ellis at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Ellis on The Cooperage stage on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. After her recent appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis’ music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com.  Read more

Catskill Fly Fishing Center goes wild

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — In conjunction with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, the Audubon and Friends Too art show opens in the new Wulff Gallery on May 4. This year the Sullivan County Audubon Society artists and friends have branched out to include not only local artists but those from around the region.  Read more

Watercolorist shows works at Inn at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — The gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake will feature the watercolors of Merilyn Hillman during the month of May.

The artist’s paintings often feature figures and pets, including cats and dogs. She is a member of the Big D Arts and Crafts League.

The exhibit opens on Friday, May 3 and will also feature works by other league members including oils, watercolors and photography.

Hillman, who now spends most of her time in Roscoe, NY, has been a student of Jack Yelle, a well known Roscoe watercolorist.  Read more

Tusten Theatre Spring Concert Series featuring jazz, blues and pop

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance recently announced the lineup for its Tusten Theatre Spring Series. All concerts are held at the Tusten Theatre at 8 p.m.

The Gypsy Jazz Quintet will perform on Saturday, May 4. They were formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930’s “hotclub” jazz.

Organized by guitarist/music arranger, John Curtin, band members also include Vice Marrone, guitar; Bob Wilson, bass; Nick Driscoll, clarinet; and Mark Woodyatt, violin. Admission is $22.  Read more

Tickets on sale for bus trip to see “Noah”

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is sponsoring a trip to see “Noah The Musical” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg, PA on Saturday, September 28. The tickets cost $125 for adults, teens (13-18) $95, children (12 and under) $75. The price includes bus transportation, a stop at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market to purchase lunch (or bring your own), 1 p.m. show at the theater and dinner after the show at the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Read more

Lightning in a bottle

It’s almost impossible to think about Sullivan County (www.scva.net) without recalling a little music festival that put the town of Bethel on the map during a rain-soaked three days in 1969. Since then, music lovers have flocked to the region seeking to rekindle memories of that event, or create new ones in honor of it.  Read more

Building a masterpiece; One LEGO at a time

WAYMART, PA — There’s nothing like a kid’s imagination.

Put 41 kids under one roof, ask them to build a house out of LEGOs®, tell them it’s a contest, and you’re sure to get some colorful and creative structures. The young contestants, ranging in age from five to 12 years old, gathered Saturday afternoon for the annual LEGOs competition sponsored by the Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) at Ladore Camp and Conference Center in Waymart.  Read more

Ah, brief spring!

Maple catkins droop as tender Amelanchier blossoms herald the arrival of shad plowing upstream to deposit their lucre of roe in the riverbank. Everywhere forsythia and daffodils arch their slender necks in a riot of yellow, proclaiming the end of another gray winter. Redbuds will follow magnolias, then dogwood, each one taking its turn in the unfolding until all are green again, the architecture of branches obscured by leaves that sway and float in the breeze of spring, the warm breath of summer.  Read more

A stinky survivor

A sure sign of spring in the Upper Delaware region, particularly near waterways and boggy wetlands, is the green rising of skunk cabbage plants. So named for the repugnant odor of decaying flesh that the plant emits when bruised, this hardy perennial is also commonly referred to as polecat weed and hermit of the bog.  Read more

And now… the answers to Clem’s annual quiz

1. Bobby Thomson almost became the “goat” in the third 1951 playoff game because early in the game with Whitey Lockman on first, Thomson singled to left. He dashed past first without hesitating, only to find that the third base coach had held Lockman at second base. The giants found themselves with two men on second base, killing a giant rally. That was really dumb base running on Thomson’s part.

2. The three umpires pictured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, painted by Norman Rockwell, who were contemplating calling a rain delay, were Larry Goetz, Lou Jordan and Beans Reardon.  Read more

Cell phone changes

My brand new iPhone 5 sparkles more beautifully in this moment than it ever will again. It has yet to be scratched, dropped, or cracked. Inevitably, it is all downhill from here.

Transferring information, contacts and apps from an old device to a new one was the easiest it’s ever been. Literally I just plugged the new iPhone in, and a few minutes later, it is exactly the same as the old iPhone. It feels like magic.  Read more

Weekend of music at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — This weekend the Dancing Cat Saloon and Distillery on Route 17B has a little something for everybody, starting early on Thursday, as always, with the Musicians Gathering at 7:30 p.m. in the Saloon. On Friday, April 26, local songwriter/singer Janet Burgan will present an evening of her acoustic music in the Saloon starting at 7 p.m. Joe Del Priore of The Hudson Current wrote, “She is nothing less than a vocal lava flow, sweeping over a room…” On Saturday, April 27, local favorites The New Kings with Peter Florance will heat things up in the Distillery starting at 8 p.m.  Read more

American Boychoir sings at Bethel Woods

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival will celebrate the opening of its 20th anniversary season with a concert by American Boychoir at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

The choir includes boys in grades four through eight from around the world. Embracing all genres of music, the choir has performed with James Levine, Wynton Marsalis, Sir Paul McCartney, and at the Oscars, with pop diva Beyonce.  Read more

Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance
Sat., Mar. 14 St. Patrick's Day Parade