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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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Roll up for The Magical History Tour of Sullivan County

BARRYVILLE, NY — The award-winning Delaware Company, in collaboration with The Museum at Bethel Woods and the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present the annual architectural-historical bus tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Celebrate May in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kick off your summer at historic Honesdale’s Celebrate May on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

Dharma met with a discussion group at CCE

LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog took part in the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) “Growing Older with Pets: Keeping Our Best Friends Close” webinar, which provided information on a wide range of pet-related programs for the elderly. A meet-and-greet with the dog preceded an informal discussion group. For information on future programs, visit www.sullivancce.org.

Mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman opens with a reception on Friday, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 14.  Read more

GLBT Center to hold tea party, herb growing and recipe class

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its inaugural tea party, herb growing and recipe class with the Mad Hausfrau, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, and gardening specialist, Doug Cramer, on Sunday, June 1, (rain date June 15) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a private home.  Read more

Blues and folk-rock with Suzie Vinnick

HAWLEY, PA — Six-time Canadian Maple Blues Award winner Suzie Vinnick takes the stage with Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. She will play folk, ballad, rock, blues and country-blues.  Read more

Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 and 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend includes a special exhibit of military materials from its collection, hourly tours of the museum and discounts in the museum shop. Visitors with military photos or memorabilia are encouraged to come and share their stories and materials. All those with past military service receive free admission.  Read more

Community invited to join Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more, the 11th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, rain or shine.

The Catskill Art Society invites you to take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair. This year’s event has a “steampunk” theme, with a wild combo of retro 19th-century style, old-school science fiction and crazy design that is limited only by your imagination.  Read more

7th annual Shawnee Celtic Festival

SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA — Kicking off the festivities of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee Mountain will host the Shawnee Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, on the grounds of the Monroe County ski area.  Read more

Cycling documentary to screen

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” will screen at the historic Burn Brae Mansion on Saturday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price of $25 includes barbeque reception starting at 4 p.m. The film follows the road that began in the housing projects of Harlem for “The Cheetah,” Nelson Beasley Vails, the youngest of 10 children.  Read more

Free movies for kids at Honesdale library

HONESDALE, PA — Cinema 6 is teaming up with the Wayne County Public Library to promote reading. During May, June and July one Saturday a month will be Free Movie Saturday.

On Saturday, May 31, come listen to a story at 9 p.m., enter a drawing for a book basket and a movie basket, sign up for a library card, then sit back, relax and watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 10 p.m.  Read more

Art show to celebrate summertime

HUGUENOT, NY — Susan Miiller and Joan Kehlenbeck, in cooperation with the River Valley Artists Guild, have coordinated a summer-themed show to run from May 27 to July 15 at the Deerpark Town Hall.  Read more

A night at the brewery, a day in the garden…and all that jazz

Believe it or not, being the center of attention is not always my cup of tea. In my mind’s eye, I see some of you laughing and shaking your heads, but it’s true. In fact, there are times when I’m downright shy (hold the guffaws), so when I marched in to the Callicoon Brewing Co. (www.callicoonbrewing.com) the other night under the guise of spending some quality time with my “work wife,” the amazing Amanda Reed, I was not prepared for a surprise party.  Read more

Memorial Day Events

PARADES
Monday, May 26
HONESDALE, PA—10 a.m., down Main Street
MILFORD, PA—10 a.m., along Ann & Broad streets
ROSCOE, NY—10 a.m. Fritz Kirchner will lead a service at the Veterans’/Firemen’s Memorial Park immediately following the parade  Read more

From France to Callicoon: Biking around the world

CALLICOON, NY — What do you do when you realize your dream? When Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg dreamed of traveling around the world and meeting new people, they got started right away. The French couple has been cycling across 54 countries since 2006 and recently made a stop right here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

Stalking spring

Consider rhubarb: long, ribbed stalks and not a seed or rind in sight. This is a vegetable, right? But in 1947, a New York court decided that since it’s used as a fruit, it should be counted as such for the purposes of regulations and duties. Thus, with one wave of a bureaucrat’s hand did the vegetable family lose one of its own.  Read more

If you call them, they will come

If you remember “Field of Dreams,” the iconic 1989 baseball film, Archibald “Doc” Graham had a choice to make. “Doc” was also known as “Moonlight” Graham in his baseball years, and although he played two innings of professional ball with the New York Giants, he never got to bat. This was the premise of the offer that Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) makes to “Doc” Graham (Burt Lancaster)—to play in his “field” on his Iowa corn farm and get a chance to bat with some Hall of Famer’s, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Loitta).  Read more

Counting eaglet heads

Bald eagle young have been hatching around mid-April, with some early and late exceptions, and now that they are two weeks old or more, they are more visible in the nest. The heads of these eaglets are popping over nest walls, enabling observation and head counts. Small they are, but not for long. The eaglets, which can be cupped in both hands now, will be 10 pounds and have a wingspan of 6.5 feet in 10 short weeks.  Read more

Tango at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Learn the basic steps of Argentine Tango at The Cooperage on May 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. This workshop will be led by Karen and Mike Lucey of Tango in the Tent, a tango organization based out of Factoryville, PA. For nearly a decade on each summer Sunday afternoon, the Luceys have opened up a tent in their backyard and invited the public to join them to dance tango.  Read more

Classical ballet ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ to be performed

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373. Pictured are Paige Bodnar of Milford, PA as Princess Aurora and Drake Eshleman of Matamoras, PA as Prince Desiree in “The Sleeping Beauty.”