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October 23, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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Wedding update Part I

A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came home with a wedding-planning book, which included a very helpful checklist of things to do based on how far away from the wedding we were—figure out the wedding venue, choose bridesmaids and groomsmen, pick an officiant, send out “save the dates,” design invites, shop for wedding rings. Gradually we began to check things off the list.  Read more

Encore! Encore!

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world, since the powers that be at The River Reporter have given me a wide berth to do just that—offer my “humble opinion” on the world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region, but rest assured, I don’t take the responsibility lightly.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre celebrates Woodstock

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), will present “By the Time We Got to Woodstock,” by acclaimed novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. This special event will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world-famous Woodstock Festival. The performance will begin with a multi-media presentation of the 1969 concert, followed by the play, after which the audience is invited to eat, drink and dance to the original music.  Read more

'Paint by Pixels' - an iPad and tablet art exhibit

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Paint by Pixels,” a group exhibit of digital paintings made on iPads and other tablets, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6. This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Epson and ArtRage.

“We decided to have an iPad show, mainly, because it is a fun, immediate, and thoroughly democratic medium,” said Tom Bosket, the co-curator with Alexis Siroc of the “Paint by Pixels” exhibit.  Read more

Shandelee Music Festival presents two more concerts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, August 16 at 3 p.m. the Shandelee Music Festival will present Anna Han, the first prize winner of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Han will perform a solo piano concert featuring the music of Bach and Siloti, Beethoven, Chopin, Dorman and Scriabin.  Read more

'Flotsam & Jetsam' photography by Karen Bell

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Flotsam & Jetsam,” an exhibit of photography by Karen Bell, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6.

A resident of New York City, Bell spends a good deal of time in the Upper Delaware River region and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where she has re-discovered an intense attraction to nature and incorporated it into her creative process.  Read more

Grey Towers is setting for harp performance

MILFORD, PA — Duo Scorpio is a New York City-based harp duo that will perform in an outdoor performance at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.  Read more

Fremont Center history slideshow

FREMONT CENTER, NY — An interactive slideshow focusing on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will be presented by professional photographer Steve Strauss on Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Center Community Church Social Hall located on County Road 94. The free program is open to the public and appropriate to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

History of the threatre & the movies in the Catskills

MONTICELLO, NY — Historian John Conway will be at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. to give a lecture on local theater and movie history. Learn about Sullivan County’s theater history, and about movies shot in the Catskills. This lecture is for adults and teens.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place downstairs in the children’s room of the library, which is not handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Joanna a t 845/794-4660, ext. 8, or by email at

Liberty Festival rescheduled

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Festival that was supposed to be held on the Fourth of July has been rescheduled by popular demand as Liberty’s Labor Day Blast on Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street.  Read more

Artful Bears make their debut for the Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — The 15th Black Bear Film Festival’s annual Artful Bear Debut will take place on the lawn of the Milford Community House, 201 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16.  Read more

UpFront's summer exhibit and artists' reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its summer artists reception and exhibition on Saturday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

The exhibit will feature artists of all mediums, including two prominent artists from Bangladesh, Kazi Rakib and Masuda Kazi.  Read more

Inaugural acoustic bluegrass jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold an acoustic bluegrass jam on Wednesday, August 20 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. This jam will be led by Campfire Jones and Buckshot Jenkins.  Read more

Lenape Nation journeys down the Delaware: New treaty seeks partners to be caretakers of the land

At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.  Read more

An ode to August

The tomatoes are late this year, but we just tasted the first sungolds from our garden, a golden cherry variety that bursts with flavor. They make a delicious no-cook pasta sauce, marinated briefly with home grown shallots in lemon juice and olive oil and tossed with cubes of local mozzarella, penne and thinly sliced basil leaves picked just minutes before serving.  Read more

Possible changes in store for eeling on the Upper Delaware

Anyone who has paddled or fished the Upper Delaware River has probably spotted one of the dozen or so eel weirs in the river. Located in shallow rapids, these weirs are v-shaped with a trap at the downstream side. Boulder-sized rocks are used to construct the v, and the rock obstruction channels eels down to the trap. Operating an eel weir is hard work and involves some risk due to river flooding during late summer and fall, when the eel harvest takes place. To gain an insight on eeling on the Delaware, visit Sandy Long’s October.  Read more

Empty nest syndrome

I thought that it was a thing of the past. More than 20 years ago, my little one toddled off to pre-school as I wept copiously, longing for the day when she still needed her diaper changed. It seems like only yesterday that she wouldn’t go anywhere without holding my hand, or gazing lovingly into my eyes for the approval that has never waned. That little girl is all grown up now and doesn’t need me in the way she used to, and the melancholia that swept over me during the “empty nest syndrome” has faded from memory. Until now.  Read more

Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant winners announced

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Ten Sullivan County non-profit organizations received funding support from the Sullivan County legislature under the Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant program. The program is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, the Arts Council for Sullivan County. This program, which has been ongoing for several decades, was created to support and strengthen the arts and culture in Sullivan County.  Read more

Beverage tasting at Fauchère

MILFORD, PA — At 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in August, Kerry Jo Rizzo, Hotel Fauchère’s beverage director and sommelier, will host a tasting series. Attend one or the entire series. Light hors d’oeuvres are included; reservations are required.  Read more

Two Shandelee Music Festival events this week

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 21st Anniversary Season of the Shandelee Music Festival continues on Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m. with a performance by the “Young Artists of Shandelee” pianists Helen Shen and Claudia Hu.  Read more