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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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Moonlit drumming

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a “Moonlit Drumming” program on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor will lead the event.

Participants in Moonlit Drumming will enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. No experience is necessary. Prices are $30/adult and $15/child. Call 570/828-2319 for registration. Visit www.peec.org/events-date.html.

‘Accomplice’ keeps you guessing

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a comedy thriller, Rupert Holmes’ “Accomplice,” starting on Friday, July 6. The songwriter who penned the smash hit, “The Pina Colada Song” changed hats for long enough to create this convoluted thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the very last scene. Performances at the Rivoli Theatre will take place on July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Read more

Marc Black at Old North Branch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Marc Black, composer of the “No Fracking Way” anthem, brings his folk and blues music to the Old North Branch Inn on Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m.  Read more

Running on empty

Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )  Read more

Eagles vs. fireworks

There’s a very metaphorically patriotic debate going on in Narrowsburg over the effect of the fireworks on the local bald eagles. There is a nest on the flats and two out of the last three years, it seems the July 4th fireworks have caused eagles to fall from the nests. It’s basically the bald eagle (federally protected and national mascot) versus the fireworks (beautiful patriotic tradition of exploding lights and loud noises). The only way it could get any more patriotic would be to add the good old stars and stripes into the mix somehow.  Read more

‘Looking forward, looking back’

By Stanley Harper

Councilwoman Eileen Falk, commenting on the proposed “Riverwalk” project during a public hearing: “Not trying to make Narrowsburg into something different, just trying to make it what it was.”

Something we often hear: “I don’t want Narrowsburg to change from the way it was.”  Read more

Theatre Beat: Blondes really do have more fun!

Following it’s successful run of “Guys and Dolls,” which was heavily dependent on the guys, the newest production at the Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) is, as predicted, all about the ladies. The musical version of “Legally Blonde,” based on the novel and runaway hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, enjoyed a modest run on Broadway in 2007. Nominated for seven Tony Awards, the show follows the adventures of fashionista Elle Woods, played by mega-talent Zoe Kassay, who follows what she believes is her dream, only to discover herself along the way.  Read more

Tenkara?

Tenkara fly fishing is the method Japanese fly fishers use when fishing their mountainous, fast flowing, small trout streams. It is a markedly different technique from our western style of fly fishing. A Tenkara fly rod ranges from 10 to 14 feet in length. No reel is ever used on this rod. The line is attached to the tip of the rod, which has a thin one-and-one-half-inch-long woven line permanently attached to it. This short piece of line is called a “lilian.” A length of fluorcarbon or nylon monofilament is tied to the lilian. This is the casting line.  Read more

Fee-free Grey Towers on the Fourth

MILFORD, PA – Come celebrate our nation’s birthday on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, as the US Forest Service offers a fee-free day at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forest Service staff will offer a unique insight into the conservation contributions made by the Pinchot family and how they utilized the Grey Towers estate as their family home until 1963, when it was donated to the US Forest Service.  Read more

Breeding eagle update

As those of you who didn’t travel to warmer climes for the winter realize, we experienced an overall mild winter, with above-normal temperatures and minimal ice cover on rivers and lakes. Indeed, during the 2012 annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey for New York State, there was no ice recorded on the river during the week of January 10, which is the usual target date for the survey. No ice on the river has only been recorded for a handful of times of the 34 years that New York has been participating in the survey.  Read more

Independence Day history at the Fort

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.”  Read more

Revolution in the Upper Delaware

MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware.  Read more

Natural beauty in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — This area’s natural beauty, charm and wildlife provide inspiration to a group of local artists whose works can be seen at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery through July 22.

Among those featured is Gene Weinstein, a member of the alliance whose photographs of bald eagles will be on display. Another featured artist is Linda Lou Bartle, a resident of Yankee Lake. Bartle, who is also a member of the Wallkill River School, works from sketches and her own photography.  Read more

Poetry reading and book signing

NARROWSBURG, NY — Tracey Gass Ranze will read from “Storm Farmer – Collected Poems,” on Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m., in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The recently published book is a compilation of selections from her writing over 30 years.

An itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and designer/printer of silkscreen artwear, Ranze is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets, UnLtd. Ranze has also read on several public radio programs, at the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and in venues from San Francisco to New York City.

Meet a cow; pick a flower

HONESDALE, PA — Calkins Creamery and Fox Hill Farm, two neighboring farms, will host joint tours on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday, July 21. Tours begin at 8 a.m. at Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, and will conclude at 1 p.m. at 297 Fox Hill Rd., following a catered lunch. Tickets cost $50 and include tours of both farms and lunch. Tour dates are rain or shine.  Read more

Music and more in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — The Independence Day celebration hosted by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council and The Greater Honesdale Partnership will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 in Central Park. There will be free old-fashioned games with prizes for children as well as some new performers. Vendors with food and novelties will begin setting up at 5 p.m.  Read more

Maris Hearn concert features Magpie

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn will present the sixth annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert at the Delaware Youth Center, on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature one of Maris’ all-time favorite artists in “An Evening with Magpie.” The concert is a benefit, all proceeds going to Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, and Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Savor the Arts at the Excelsior Mill

NEWEIDEN, NY — The Excelsior Mill at Neweiden will hold a Savor the Arts Dinner in the Mill to benefit the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) on Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by June 30 to kwjasper12@aol.com.

The suggested donation is $100 per person, which is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and sent to Brendan and Kathleen Weiden, 30 Essex Place, Bronxville, NY 10708.

Art show benefits Byway

HANCOCK, NY — The organizers of the Catskill Valley Scenic Byway Initiative will hold an opening reception for an art exhibit at The Bakery, 167-169 East Front St., on Saturday June 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Artworks will be on display for the month of July, and can be viewed Mondays 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Matt Hoffmann at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — “Concerts in the Coop” will present The Matt Hoffmann Quartet at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Friday, June 29. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB.  Read more