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June 26, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Breaking through (the ACA)

The ice dam has broken, finally. A huge berg twirls in the eddy, unwilling to float downriver to the sea. Chunks disengage, spiraling off from the mothership. I imagine a huge umbilical cord of ice holding on to the riverbed below like a tether, but it doesn’t sound likely, or scientific. I am witnessing the end of a long winter. The night’s rain has turned to frost on the lawn. The only color is the dull gray of tree trunks and the bright green of the Narrowsburg Bridge. My imagination is as dull as the landscape. But, look!  Read more

Reconnecting

While it may be hard to believe, given lingering low temperatures and a still-bleak landscape littered with dirty aging snow, spring is underway. Even for those of us who regularly venture outside to enjoy winter’s many fine qualities, this past winter has felt exceptionally long, punishingly cold and unusually restrictive.  Read more

The gift of opening day

If you’re a trout fisher, you don’t have to be reminded that Opening Day is close at hand. Oddly, New York waters open on April 1, as they have for more than a century, but Pennsylvania doesn’t open until 8 a.m. on April 12, the second Saturday.  Read more

Kelly McMasters luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library will present author, teacher and bookseller, Kelly McMasters, after a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Tuesday, April 8 at 12 noon. McMasters will read from her acclaimed book, “Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town,” and share excerpts from her column for The Paris Review, describing her experiences as a first-time bookseller in Honesdale.  Read more

A trip to the gun range

The first thing I notice when I pull into Red’s is the group of high school kids milling around in the parking lot. I’m transported back to my own days of loitering around Cinema 6 in Honesdale, PA. Big main difference? Red’s is an indoor gun range outside Austin, Texas.  Read more

‘Animal Avatars’ book and poetry reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents local author Patricia Eakins and poet Bertha Rogers for “Animal Avatars: Real and Imaged Beasts,” a public reading of fiction and poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Auditions held for Poe drama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Auditions for vocalists, actors and dancers for Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and The Delaware Valley Opera’s fall performance of “The Masque of the Red Death” will be at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project announces the return of the “Concerts in the Coop” series beginning on Friday, March 28 with master fiddler Steve Jacobi and The Old Time Fiddlers.  Read more

The Stantons in benefit concert

HONESDALE, PA — Grace Episcopal Church, located at Church and 9th streets, hosts an evening of food, music and fellowship on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Local performers Leana and J.R. Stanton present a special blend of classic country and gospel music. A spaghetti dinner precedes the concert from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Comedy Night & American roots concert at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents hosts two events this weekend in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill. Comedians Chris Lamberth and Pheobe Robinson perform at Final Friday Comedy Night on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Their combined experience includes sharing the stage with national headliners including Bill Burr, Louis C.K. and Chris Hardwick; writing for MTV’s “Girl Code;” and placing in national comedy festivals.  Read more

‘An Iliad’ reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents a staged performance reading of the one-act play “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. The performance features veteran actor Chet Carlin of Parksville in the starring role.  Read more

Farm buildings in black & white

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — An opening reception for “Saved by the Camera: Functional Farm Buildings from the Past,” an exhibition of barn and farm building photographs by LaVerne Black, will be held at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. The exhibit is a sampling from two projects undertaken by Black and Town of Neversink Historian Carol Smythe. “Many times I have returned again to a favorite barn or old abandoned house,” said Black, “finding some had either been removed or fallen to the ravages of time and neglect.  Read more

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Monticello High School

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School presents the musical, “Once Upon A Mattress,” a comical twist on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Performances are at the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium in Monticello High School on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. This all-student production show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for students.

Oil paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., launches its 2014 season with an opening reception for “Country Views, Catskill Landscapes” by Jay Brooks on Saturday, March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features realistic renderings of landscapes in oil and is on display until May 17.  Read more

Music to my ears

Having survived the flu and determined to join the real world once again, I had a spring in my step when Skytop Farm (www.skytopfarmny.com) manager Jen Franklin called to inform me that there were new foals to visit, so I slipped a CD in the player, put pedal to the metal and drove myself to the sprawling acreage that is home to the thoroughbred horses that call Skytop home. The breeding farm that boasts “around the clock care for your mare during and after her pregnancy” is a bucolic setting nestled in the hills above Roscoe, NY, and the two new colts were as precious as possible.  Read more

Every drop counts Students study water conservation, paint rain barrels

PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES — Linda Lohner teaches biology at the Wallenpaupack Area High School in Pike County, where she and her fellow science teachers are currently developing a new curriculum.Every Wednesday, after the final bell rings, Lohner and a group of students who are passionate about the environment and outdoor activities meet in her classroom to learn about and experience the natural world outside of school.  Read more

Green light: The transition to spring

Despite the cold front predicted for next week, I know that spring is on its way. A couple of hellebores (gardening.about.com/od/plantprofile1/p/Hellebore_Pro.htm) have managed to poke up through the snow, determined and perhaps just a bit reckless. I’m looking forward to tramping into the wet woods in search of vernal pools and the salamanders and frogs that inhabit them.  Read more

Meeting Annie

Lately, I realize I take a lot for granted: everyday things such as the warmth of a sunny day, the laughter of children and the first bloom of the forsythia indicating the birth of another spring. When I first met Annie, I was moving into the last car of the train and noticed she was the only one in the car. Strange for the car to be empty, I thought, I would have passed without a second notice except she spoke to me saying hello and asking if Harriman was next. She had a pleasant voice and was looking right at me, hard to ignore and just walk on.  Read more

Give critters a brake

A couple of weeks back, I took a trip up and down the river, and up and around Lackawaxen and Shohola townships. There was lots of wildlife present on the river and above. What was more significant was the wildlife tally observed on the roadway on this trip of 30 or so miles. The critter road tally was nine turkey, seven deer (four different locations), a couple of crows feeding on road kill, and one opossum calmly walking along the shoulder.  Read more

Roots and Rhythm Festival announced

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival began nine years ago as an endeavor to bring music art to Honesdale’s Central Park. Over the course of the last nine years, visitors to Roots & Rhythm have increased exponentially: last year’s event drawing approximately 7,000 attendees. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 21. Plans are well underway, and there is a need for sponsors and volunteers. For more information on how you can help, contact info@honesdalerootsandrhythm.com.