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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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It’s a hot day, and you hear a sound in the trees that can best be describes as a buzzing, or a gourd being rattled at a high cadence, lasting about a half a minute, and finally fading into...

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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Getting started

We are blessed to be in the heart of the finest trout fishing east of the Mississippi. It is likely that the subscribers and regular readers of The River Reporter are within an hour’s drive of the most outstanding cold-water fishing opportunities imaginable. Besides the countless streams and tributaries, we are blessed with being in the heart of the Land of Little Rivers (see the splendid book of that title by Austin McK. Francis, The Beaverkill Press).  Read more

Freaks and geeks

The Catskills is crawling with ‘em, so I fit in pretty well these days. Oddballs, loners and folks who march to the beat of their own drum (as my mother was fond of saying) are holding their heads up high, as well they should. Showcasing unique music, art and entertainment has long been a tradition in the Upper Delaware River region, and now that warmer weather is upon us, it’s easier to chauffeur the Wonder Dog around town to check it all out.  Read more

‘drawing BIG’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — Four artists draw and think large in the group show “drawing BIG: The Immediacy of Touch,” opening with a reception on Friday, June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s second-floor Loft Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through July 4.

“Above all, I love to draw. It contains the spark of life and emotion in every stroke and mark,” says artist and curator John Tomlinson. “It is the very beginning of knowledge and perception.”  Read more

Honkey-tonk Western swing

HAWLEY, PA — Honkey-tonk, Western swing trio No Good Sister debuts at Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. “This lipstick stained honkey-tonk, western-swing, bluesy trio’s tight three-part harmonies and femme fatale prowess breaks hearts and pieces them back together, only as hard-working girls with a weakness for tenderness know how. These ladies were selected by World Cafe Live at The Queen as the Unsung Hearo standout performers of 2013, and won a slot in’s 2014 SXSW showcase.  Read more

Local father/daughter duo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Local father/daughter duo Annie and Linus Myers will take the stage at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Sunday, June 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the music will play from 7 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Herbed oils and vinegars in Barryville

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sullivan County Master Gardeners Ari Pontier and Peg Berg will demonstrate how to make savory herb flavored oils and vinegars at the Barryville Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

“Fresh herb-infused oils and vinegars are easy and fun to make. You can add them to marinades, use in salad dressing, drizzle over roasted vegetables and fish, baste chicken, add a splash to soups and stews to add extra flavor or use in stir-fry” said Danielle Gaebel, media and events coordinator for the market. Visit

‘Damn Yankees!’ opens Forestburgh season

FORESTBURGH, NY — Forestburgh Playhouse will open its season on Tuesday, June 16 with “Damn Yankees!,” which it describes as “a light, fast-paced, and devilishly clever, home-run musical comedy hit.” The show runs through June 28, with evening performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and matinees on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. You can also book a table at the Forestburgh Tavern for dinner, a cabaret, and then “Damn Yankees!”
The hit score includes classics like “Whatever Lola Wants,” “You Gotta Have Heart,” and “A Little Brains, A Little Talent.”  Read more

Louden Wainwright at the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Prolific American folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, who has earned a cult following with his witty, self-mocking style and humorous lyrics, will play the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Sara Hulse, John Gain and The Guilty in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Music on the Main Events Stage series will feature Sara Hulse and John Gain on Saturday, June 13. From 2 to 2:45 p.m., Hulse will perform. Her lyrics are thought-provoking, melancholy and funny all at once. With a haunting voice and flowing ukulele lines, she has developed a sound all her own. At 3 p.m., singer/songwriter John Gain and The Guilty will be on stage. The local artist will perform homegrown original country music along with cover songs new and old.  Read more

Countdown to the Wayne County Fair Premium books now available

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Fair premium books and baking contests entry forms are now available online at and at local retail outlets. The fair will take place from August 7 to August 15 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Anyone planning to exhibit, show or enter a major contest at the fair must pre-register and pay the listed entry fees by specific deadlines and dates found in the forms. Registration forms must be postmarked USPS by deadline entry date. In most cases the deadline is July 1, but be sure to check individual departments for deadlines.  Read more

‘Wild Beauty’: a view of Shenandoah

HAWLEY, PA — The Looking Glass Art Gallery in the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., will present “Wild Beauty: The Artful Nature of Shenandoah National Park,” featuring the work of photographer Sandy Long, from June 13 through 27, with an opening reception on Friday, June 12, from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.  Read more

Celebrate Flag Day at The Columns; Lincoln Flag returns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) will host a Flag Day celebration starting at 1 p.m. on June 14 and lasting into the evening.  Read more

The more things change...

I’m enjoying a fascinating book by Bill Bryson called “At Home: A Short History of Private Life.” The home in question is a Victorian vicarage in southern England, which serves as Bryson’s springboard to explore the evolution of ideas, customs and technologies that affect daily life right down to our own time. For example, the chapter on the dining room explains the origins of the word “luncheon,”  Read more

Nature’s amphibious finery

In recent weeks, a trilling call emanating from wetlands, ponds and lakes has been a clue to the presence of toads, most commonly the Eastern American toad (Bufo americanus) and their efforts to attract mates. The sound is just as lovely to the ear as the ensuing strands of bracelet-like eggs are to the eye.  Read more

Morgan Outdoors holds ‘Talk and Walk’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. with a special “Talk and Walk.” Rick Roberts, the Catskill Maintenance Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT), will present an overview of the 90-mile section of the 570-mile FLT trail as is makes its way through the Catskills.  Read more

Ancien Régime Baroque Trio

MILFORD and HAWLEY, PA — The Ancien Régime Baroque Trio will appear at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford on Saturday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m, and at Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20, and seating at both concerts is limited.

The program at both concerts will showcase Couperin, Marais, Lully and Hotteterre, all famous composers of the French cultural renaissance during the 17th- and 18th-century reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Contemporaries of Handel and Bach, they wrote grand, courtly music.  Read more

Bill Staines featured at Hearn concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn present the 9th annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert, featuring legendary folk singer Bill Staines, on Saturday, June 13 at the Tusten Theater. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Hearn was a long-time WJFF volunteer and producer of WJFF’s famous Gumbo Shop program. Admission costs $15.  Read more

There was a young man from Nantucket…

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me assure you that I know absolutely nothing about poetry, other than the fact that the above is the opening line of a limerick—which doesn’t even count. That said, poetry abounds in the Upper Delaware River region, and in my constant attempt to grasp that which I don’t comprehend, I keep seeking it out. Several years ago, I popped in to the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake, NY to check out a show conceived and written by Laura E.J.  Read more

Library celebrates 75th

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will hold a 75th birthday bash at The Cooperage on Tuesday, June 16 from 7:30-10 pm. Wayne County’s own Steppin’ Eddy will help the library celebrate its 75th year in Honesdale with plenty of rock-and-roll, and there will be snacks by Paulie’s Hot Dogs. For those over 21, it is a BYOB event. For those under 21, water and soft drinks will be available. Rumor has it there may be a staff performance as well.  Read more

Bumper Jacksons swing into Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Bumper Jacksons come to the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m., offered by Harmony Presents. “Wildly inventive, eclectic and the most fun you can ever have at an old-fashioned dance party, DC’s Bumper Jacksons have quickly gained national recognition for their blend of jazz, swing, blues and old-time country tunes as well as original compositions that harken back to an era of white lightning, Appalachian hollers and New Orleans’ jazz clubs,” wrote Jane Roser of That Music Mag.  Read more

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