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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

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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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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Narrowsburg St. Patrick’s Day parade and pancake breakfast

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Catskill Hudson Bank will host a Saint Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge St. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Tusten Town Hall’s kitchen equipment fund to upgrade refrigeration.  Read more

Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser!

Yes, it finally happened. After months of planning, weeks of preparation and days of excited anticipation, the gang at The River Reporter gathered in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) and joined nearly 100 civic-minded individuals, donned fantastic costumes and spent a few hours entertaining more than 500 guests who turned out to take in the show benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County (www.bgcorange.org) for the sixth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner.  Read more

Sullivan County unplugged; Roscoe: memories of the country

ROSCOE, NY — If winter doldrums and contemporary life are getting you down, try spending a couple of hours reading “Roscoe: Memories of the Country,” a charming collective memoir of summer vacations spent on a relatives’ dairy farm outside Roscoe. Written by 10 members of the extended Schramm family, each contributing one chapter, this short book edited by Thom Schramm tells of daily routines and memorable events seen through the eyes of New York metro area children reveling in the natural world and tight-knit community of mid-20th-century Sullivan County.  Read more

Pike celebrates two centuries

Pike County, PA is celebrating its 200th year and the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), in cooperation with the county commissioners, is hosting a celebratory banquet at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA on March 26 to mark the milestone.  Read more

Engineering a win-win

All around New York State, municipal entities are working out ways to secure the benefits of solar electricity to power their facilities. Onondaga County is installing a solar array at the county’s wastewater management facility. Seneca County will soon power its law enforcement center with solar, and the Schodack Central School District is installing solar panels at four buildings and creating a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic instruction program around the installation and operation of the arrays.  Read more

The gravy train

With all the hoopla surrounding the Thanksgiving turkey—to brine or not, to stuff or not, to baste or not—not to mention the myriad sides, the gravy is often relegated to the back burner, so to speak. But this essential sauce can mask a multitude of sins (dry turkey, gluey mashed potatoes, leaden stuffing) and deserves more careful consideration. There are several schools of thought on what makes the best gravy, though pan drippings and giblets are generally involved, and for some reason it seems to be a frequent source of anxiety.  Read more

The Morning After (a recipe)

The holidays require stamina. You pour your heart and soul into cooking an elaborate feast for family and friends, you linger at the table for hours toasting auld lang syne and then you tumble into bed exhausted. The next day? You get up and do it again, especially if you have houseguests! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving…  Read more

Soup's on

I recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, the southeastern state of Mexico renowned for, among many other things, its delicious moles [PRON: MOH-layz]. I brought back with me a renewed appreciation for those deeply complex and artfully spiced sauces, but also a rotten case of the flu. As I lay semi-delirious in my sickbed, subsisting on cold oranges and hot ginger tea, I envisioned at the end of this miserable road a big bowl of the hearty and restorative stew called pozole [PRON: poh-SOHL-eh].  Read more

Rooting around

By this time every winter, the promise of spring becomes almost painfully tantalizing. Though we still gravitate to the soups, stews and casseroles that insulate us from those howling storms, thoughts drift to baby greens and the first tender asparagus of the season. But those are weeks away, and we who like to eat local must try to make do with our dwindling stockpile of root vegetables. One of my favorites, for its incredible versatility and nutty sweetness, is celery root (Apium graveolens rapaceum), also known as celeriac, turnip-rooted celery or knob celery.  Read more

Remarkable art at the SullivanArc show

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, March 1 the art exhibit “Expressions 2014” debuted at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in the Loft Gallery. The show is a collection of paintings created by people with developmental disabilities from SullivanArc. Many of the artists have limited mobility or are unable to speak or articulate words, and they were at the opening to show off their work and received many compliments from those in attendance. Indeed, the paintings are colorful, interesting, and filled with wonderful plays on line, texture and light.  Read more

Keyboards wizard Bob Malone at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will bring Bob Malone back to the area for a show at The Cooperage on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. Los Angeles-based Malone plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty. His sound is a hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B.  Read more

Celtic band RUNA at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, March 8, RUNA will be at The Cooperage at 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 approach to traditional and more recent Celtic material.  Read more

Fest gathers 15 local historical groups

HAWLEY, PA — The roster of historical organizations that will be represented at the March 8 Wayne-Pike Local History Festival stands at fifteen.  Read more

Bashakill hike & wine tasting eco tour

WURTSBORO, NY — Hike the Bashakill with a certified tour guide and enjoy the wines made at the Bashakill Winery on an eco-trip sponsored by the Catskill Mountainkeeper and CD Trips LLC on March 29. There will be live entertainment by Denis Newberg.  Read more

Julia Easterlin: One woman, many voices

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will present Julia Easterlin, a “one-woman chorus.” Playing festivals, intimate listening rooms and everywhere between, this musician echoes the likes of artists like Feist, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine and DiDo. Easterlin layers vocals upon vocals, building a one woman chorus accompanied by a duo of musicians.  Read more

Salon Series continues at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Salon Series, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s winter weekend series of performances, talks and readings, will continue from March 9 through April 6. Audiences can look forward to ethnic folk musicians Simple Gifts on March 9; Jazzmosis, a rock/jazz fusion quartet, on March 23; Tara Kelly and Tim Farrand playing classical duets on March 30; and an April 6 reading of Bill Donnelly’s comedy “Siverstein.” Salon events are held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Students display their artwork

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present its third annual Young Artists Exhibit, featuring the creations of art students from the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS). Meet the students at the Art After Dark reception on Saturday, March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. A simultaneous reception for photography students will be next door.  Read more

Fire and ice

Soup and sandwich, salt and pepper, even Bert and Ernie. Some things just go together, but fire and ice? Heading out the door last Friday, I noted that Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band were in the region, slated to perform on both sides of the river. Their first stop was in Bethel, NY (www.catskilldistillingcompany.com), so I grabbed the Wonder Dog and (side-stepping the ice that covered my walkway) headed out, confident that they would provide a hot time in the old town that night.  Read more

Sharon Molloy: dog whisperer

Pet portrait artist Sharon Molloy is on a spiritual journey. Born and raised in the U.K. and classically trained at the Winchester School of Art, she left England at age 21 and headed east. “I began my journey by traveling to India, searching for something,” she recalled during a recent interview. Unsure of what that “something” was, the artist found herself studying meditation, and soon her path led her to Thailand and then Japan, seeking “inner truth and inspiration through artistic expression.”  Read more

What was I thinking?

Sheila is in Costa Rica with friends, where the sunsets are “spectacular!” John and Robert are on their way to Jamaica to rest their heads in Noel Coward’s bedroom. Barry and Tony are just back from Cabo. What am I doing wrong?  Read more