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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present the multicultural South African band Sharon Katz & The Peace Train at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The band helped Nelson Mandela end apartheid, and has continued spreading its message of peace and reconciliation through performances and workshops around the world ever since. The soon-to-be-released documentary film, “When Voices Meet,” chronicles the group’s 20-year musical journey in support of Mandela’s vision.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present NACL Theatre’s production of “Shakespeare’s Will,” by award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen, on March 5 for two performance at 2 and 8 p.m. Tannis Kowalchuk performs the role of Anne Hathaway in a lively song-filled solo performance about the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.  Read more

Comedy night at the Cocoon

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases another comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m, “Our upcoming comedy night, features Alexis Guerreros and Robby Slowik, who host some very popular comedy podcasts and frequently perform across the nation’s top comedy festivals,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Wildlife featured at Chant Realtors show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Photographer Nancy Hopping will be present at an opening reception for a show of her work at the Gallery at Chant Realtors, 631 Rte. 739 on Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hopping is a photographer, artist, writer and avid fly-fisher who specializes in wildlife photos. The show runs from March 1 to April 28. Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Celtic band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, February 28, RUNA will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. at 7:30 p.m. RUNA is a Celtic roots music band that draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.

Jim Allford of PA Music Scene writes, “The band is going to be reckoned with and I really feel they are Grammy bound within time.”  Read more

White House performer Nakoa in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — White House performer and film scorer for, Matt Nakoa, accompanied by a full band, will perform for Harmony Presents in the underground theatre at the Silk Mill on Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. “The lush romanticism of Josh Groban’s music meets the texture and grit present in the most epic of indie and pop tunes in Matt Nakoa’s voice and songwriting,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Nakoa has toured internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and throughout India.  Read more

‘The Art of Becoming’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will conclude its winter “Creative Conversations” series on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. with pianist, guitarist and singer Kevin Bents in a program titled “The Art of Becoming—How I Got from There to Here,” at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Time and the Valleys hosts water supply field trips

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum now hosts a new field trip on water and the history of New York City’s water supply system, available to all schools.  Read more

Remembering life at the Allen Farm: An interview with Gerry Allen

[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.  Read more

Gone to potpie

The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays, four-and-twenty blackbirds have been replaced by somewhat more prosaic options, like chicken and beef. If you include enough vegetables, the potpie becomes the perfect one-dish meal to enjoy on a cold winter’s eve.  Read more

Be prepared

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its motto: “Be Prepared!” These two simple words have always stuck with me and have helped me in many ways to always have Plan B in the back of my head, just in case things don’t go as planned—which often they don’t.  Read more

An alternative citizenship test

It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they’ve recently introduced a new requirement: to graduate from high school, all students must pass a civics test similar to the one given those seeking naturalized citizenship.
At first glance, I like the concept very much. Americans’ general ignorance of the way their system works is legendary, and anything that encourages greater civic awareness is a good thing in my book.  Read more

Water off a duck’s back

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to the water is the key. Open water enables them to feed on plants or fish, depending on the species. Herbivores, such as Canada geese, can feed on grass in fields and golf courses, but the snow cover of winter usually shuts off that food source. The geese must then forage shallow river bottom for aquatic plant growth.  Read more

The American eel

As near as I can tell, fishing is not central to world peace or the next big discovery, medical or otherwise. Fishing may or may not lead to bliss or to enlightenment, but at a minimum fishing is just plain fun. Certainly, any form of fishing can be fun, and it doesn’t have to involve leaping Atlantic salmon, bruiser bass or elusive permit, tarpon or bonefish. Even the “lowly” eel can be fun.  Read more

The big chill

I’ve run out of adjectives and my list of synonyms has frozen up. Words like arctic, frigid, icy, polar, raw, frosty and nippy just aren’t cutting it anymore, and our refrigerated landscape has been making the national news with wind chills dipping to minus 35 here in the Upper Delaware River region. Lately, I’ve taken to flipping through photos of spring, summer and fall to remind myself of why we do it, save for the brave few who adore shivering on the slopes or braving the glacial temps to sit on a barrel and fish through a hole they have painstakingly bored into the lake.  Read more

‘Divide in Concord’ screened at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the new documentary “Divide in Concord” on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. as part of its winter “Creative Conversations” series. The feature-length film follows the events leading up to a vote on banning the sale of plastic water bottles in a town known for being the birthplace of the revolutionary war: Concord, MA.  Read more

Magic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Professor Bob Friedhoffer, professional magician and educator (a.k.a. the “Madman of Science”), will return to The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, February 21. In “The Magic of Science,” Freidhoffer demonstrates how science creates the illusions that make magical tricks possible, as he performs one amazing feat after another, proving that the human senses can truly be fooled.  Read more

Three bands at Sidetracks

CALLICOON, NY — Yesah will present Silver Tongues, Richard Traviss, and the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman—three bands from Brooklyn, Equinunk and in between—showcasing their sounds, ranging from shoegaze to folk on Saturday, February 21 at Sidetracks in Callicoon, NY. There is a $5 cover charge. Sidetracks is located at 62 School St.

Yesah is an independent label started by Jeffersonville native and Brooklyn resident Noah Barker.

Honky tonk at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host honky-tonk, Western-swing trio, No Good Sister, in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. “This lipstick-stained bluesy band’s tight three-part harmonies and femme fatale prowess breaks hearts and pieces them back together… These ladies were selected by World Café Live at the Queen as the Unsung Hearo standout performer of 2013 and won a slot in Hearo.FM’s 2014 SXSW showcase,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Benefit concert for the DVRC

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Harmony Presents and RiverFolk Concerts will sponsor a benefit concert for the The Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC) on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The DVRC was damaged by a fire earlier this year, and the benefit is an effort to help the center get back on its feet.  Read more

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