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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of...

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You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and...

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True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of...

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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UpFront slates autumn exhibit and artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will open its autumn show, featuring the works of over 30 artists, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 31 Jersey Ave. The exhibit runs through November 27.

Among the works of the many artists will be several paintings by the late Joe Splendora of Milford, PA. (UpFront plans a solo exhibition of the “Art of Joe Splendora” during the winter.)

Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Contact Gordon Graff or Debbie Raia at 845/856-2727, or visit the “UpFront Exhibition Space” on Facebook.

Historical Society to Show Zane Grey’s ‘The Vanishing American’

MILFORD, PA — On Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m., The Pike County Historical Society will host a showing of, and commentary on, “The Vanishing American” (Paramount 1925). The film was adapted from the Zane Grey novel of the same title. Located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, the film will be shown in the Foundation Room of The Columns Museum.

Film critic Robert Lentz will be on hand to discuss and introduce the film. Admission is free.  Read more

Sour Bridges to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The band Sour Bridges will perform on Friday, October 18, at The Cooperage at 7:30 p.m. Sour Bridges features Honesdale boys Bill and Matt Pucci.

In just three years, Sour Bridges has become a fixture of the Austin, TX music scene. It has nailed a reputation as the region’s premiere indie-bluegrass band. It plays “browngrass”—a mildly crazed offspring of bluegrass—with mandolin, banjo and fiddle at full-throttle, high-lonesome vocal harmonies, and a feverish exuberance that Texas public radio described as “Americana gone wild.”  Read more

‘Drop Dead’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) closes its 2013 Season with “Drop Dead,” a farce by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre.

This comedy portrays the final dress rehearsal and opening night of a cast of has-been actors trying to revive their careers.  Read more

Adrien Reju plays Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Adrien Reju will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Drive on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Her melodies bear a similarity to the tradition of Carole King or Carly Simon, but in practice they’re more akin to the Dixie Chicks or indie-darling Feist. Reju has also recently joined A.C.Newman in support of Canadian singer-songwriter Neko Case, a legend to much of Generation Y.  Read more

Country weekend at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon goes all country this weekend, welcoming performers who are making their mark in Nashville and around the U.S.  Read more

TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts

ROSCOE, NY — Fisherwomen and fishermen headed to Roscoe last weekend to partake in many activities at the 2nd annual TroutoberFest. Sponsored by The Beaverkill Angler, Hardy, Orvis, Umpqua, Cortland, Patagonia and others, the event was an opportunity for anglers from as far away as Florida and Maine to gather and learn about new techniques, try out equipment, engage in a sanctioned fishing tournament and learn to fly fish.  Read more

A devil’s response to Paul Harvey

MEMO

FROM: Screwdisk, Executive Vice-Demon for Sales,

HellCorp North America

TO: Regional Field Agent Scumbucket, Tempter Second Class

RE: “If I Were the Devil,” by Paul Harvey

My dearest nephew,  Read more

Crown Imperial

I came home from work this morning to find a package left on my doorstep. The box, left by the mail carrier, was stamped with these red lettered instructions: “open immediately.” So, with curiosity, I did—to find three heirloom crown imperial bulbs nestled in the classified section of an Ann Arbor newspaper.  Read more

PA trees at risk

At a recent meeting of the Wayne Conservation District, board members and staff received a sobering update on two factors negatively affecting Pennsylvania’s forests.

John Maza, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources service forester for Wayne and Lackawanna counties noted that the emerald ash borer (EAB), a brilliant green beetle that has decimated ash tree populations in multiple states since first being identified in Michigan in 2002, has now been identified in Luzerne County.  Read more

White Mills historic buildings open

WHITE MILLS, PA — Fall foliage, antiques and local history come together on Columbus Day weekend as White Mills opens the doors to several of the village’s historic attractions along the White Mills Community Trail. The Dorflinger Factory Cutting Shop hosts the 27th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show and Sale from Friday through Sunday.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera presents Verdi’s La Traviata

REGION — Join the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) in celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday with performances of his beloved opera “La Traviata” on October 14 at 8 p.m. at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave. #1600, NYC, and October 20 at 3 p.m. with Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at Rhinebeck High School Theater.

Under the stage direction of Carol Castel and diction coaching of Nico Castel, the cast includes Julie-Anne Hamula as Violetta, John Kaneklides as Alfredo, Wayne Line as Germont, Meredith Hudack as Flora and Annina, and Georgios Papadimitriou as Dottore Grenvil.  Read more

‘A River Runs through It’ Riverscapes and piscine portraits

BETHEL, NY — Rivers and their piscine inhabitants—especially in the Upper Delaware region—form the theme of the Stray Cat Gallery’s show “A River Runs through It,” opening on Friday, October 11, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Liberty Museum to host tribute to Walter Keller

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will host the fifth annual Liberty Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the museum.

The festival was founded and organized annually by Walter Keller, long-time village store owner and the Village of Liberty’s Poet Laureate, who died this past year.

In honor of Keller, volunteers will read a cross-section of his poems interspersed with stories about Keller and reminiscences of his decades-long very public presence in Sullivan County.  Read more

Evan Mack’s ‘My Other Journey Home’

BETHEL, NY — Evan Mack returns to the community for his first concert in Sullivan County since 2007. “My Other Journey Home” is a concert of music composed by Mack, with works for solo piano, opera, violin and choir on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts. The performance will include mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell, violinist Joshua Rodriguez, and the Port Jervis High School Choir under the baton of Ruth Ann Gordon. The choir will sing Evan Mack’s “Langston Hughes’s Dream of Freedom.”  Read more

Pittman reads her latest at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local author and artist Helena Clare Pittman for a book signing and memoir experience introducing her newest book “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” at the CAS Arts Center, at 48 Main St. on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

Pittman will talk about her experience of writing from her memories of childhood, and the process of putting them together for this episodic novel that crosses over from children’s to adult reading. Books will be available for sale.  Read more

Special weekends at Cunningham Family Farms

SWAN LAKE, NY — To say thank you to first responders, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement, and support staff, Cunningham Family Farms will offer $1 off admission for any emergency services personnel and their families the weekend of October 12 to 14.

“Our first responders do so much to keep us safe and we’d like to give back and show our appreciation,” said Chris Cunningham. “We hope they enjoy their experience here on the farm.”  Read more

Call for artists: ‘Art in Sixes’ group show at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is accepting submissions for “Art in Sixes,” a small works show that will be held from November 23 to December 22. This is a juried exhibition.

Each artist can submit up to four works. All media will be considered. All artwork must be original and no larger than six inches in any direction (not including frame). Must be professionally finished and ready to hang (pedestals are available) and must be for sale. All artwork will be judged from actual artwork.  Read more

Paintings of Caroline Harrow on display

STARLIGHT, PA — During the month of October, The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the paintings of Caroline Harrow in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Livingston Manor artist Harrow enjoys painting old barns and nature scenes in her realistic watercolor paintings. Her limited palette and muted colors have often been compared to Wyeth.

“I tried other mediums but found that my true love is in watercolors. I grew up on a farm in High Falls, NY and attended one of the last one-room schools in the state.  Read more

Grey Towers dramatic reading pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will become available to the public on October 1.

“Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. An 8 p.m. performance will be added when the 6 p.m. show sells out.  Read more