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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Dancing in the street

I hit the ground running this week, with the lyrics to the classic Marvin Gaye anthem playing in my head: “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.” They certainly fit at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) and the theatre’s third offering of the season, “West Side Story.” The show is (IMHO) brilliantly written, and I was truly impressed by the production. For my complete analysis of the company’s homage to dancing in the street (and on rooftops), visit the Arts & Leisure section at www.riverreporteronline.com.  Read more

The Jeff Jamboree is back

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — After skipping several years of celebrations, the Village of Jeffersonville is bringing back its popular event: the Jeff Jamboree, which will return on Saturday, August 4 at Lion’s Field, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is free and will have over 55 unique vendors including specialty foods like Belgian waffles, fresh baked pretzels and homemade ice tea, plus many delicious foods from Jeff’s Main Street restaurants. Also, Real Maple Syrup & Cotton Candy from Diehl’s Farm.  Read more

My first music video

Over the years, I’ve edited a dozen or so music videos. I’ve always enjoyed working on them. Fitting the shots together to an already existing song is great fun. The song acts as a guide and a base to start from and the images almost always add something unexpected and exciting. You start to hear the song in a different and new way. It works a different side of my brain than editing a narrative film or documentary.  Read more

‘Celebrating the Basha Kill’

WURTSBORO, NY — Members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) pay tribute to the Basha Kill in a show starting on August 4. “Celebrating the Basha Kill” will be on display through September 9 at 73 Sullivan St.

An opening reception and benefit art auction, free and open to the public, will be on August 4 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The auction begins at 1 p.m. and features local favorite Fred Harding as special guest auctioneer. A share of the proceeds from auctioned artwork will help benefit the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA), now celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Read more

Moonlight paddle at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary on Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem, only the sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake.

The 52-acre Lake Lacawac is a National Natural Landmark. It is the southernmost glacial lake in the hemisphere that has been preserved in pristine condition, totally free from development or encroachment, making it an ideal research facility.  Read more

Sullivan County, ‘Blessed by the Gods’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to discuss the county’s history as a healthful environment.  Read more

Down on the Farm day at Stonewall

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Down on the Farm Day 2012 will be on Saturday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Moran Family of Stonewall Farms, both at the main facility (139 Callicoon Center Rd.) and the Likel Road Facility. Down on the Farm Day is an annual family event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County to give the public a chance to learn more about its farms.  Read more

Wayne County Fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair will make its 150th return to the Wayne County Fairgrounds from Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 11. Pay-one-price admission is $8 per person for those 24 months old and older, for which you get most grandstand shows, free parking and free rides all day.

The fairgrounds open at 9 a.m., with the midway and rides open from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Exhibit buildings, where you can see 4-H exhibits like the pigs in the accompanying photo, are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Read more

Celebrating rivers at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., The Liberty Free Theatre will present “A Celebration of Rivers” as part of its First Hearing Series. Poet Ken Hada, whose poems have been read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, will read from and sign “The River White.” Presenter Paul Austin said, “The book itself is destined to become a collectors’ item. It is an extraordinarily beautiful book about Ken’s journey with his brother Duane, down the length of the White River in Arkansas. Duane Hada has provided an exquisite series of watercolors to accompany the poems.”  Read more

Columns to host WWII exhibit

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s interns have created a new exhibit that depicts a WWII timeline through the use of archival newspapers and the often hard-hitting headlines the front pages relayed, to open on Saturday, August 11 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. College students Grace D’Agostino and Christopher Walsh have spent a good part of their summer working at The Columns Museum with museum director Lori Strelecki.  Read more

The fate of drowned Wilsonville revealed at next ‘Plain Speaking’

HONESDALE, PA — In the next installment of the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Plain Speaking” series, Jon Tandy will give a presentation on Wilsonville, once the county seat, which disappeared when Pennsylvania Power and Light Company built Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

‘Battle for Brooklyn’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The award-winning documentary “Battle for Broolyn” will be shown at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. on Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m. After the screening, filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley will discuss the making of the film and answer questions from the audience.  Read more

‘Pet’s-Eye View’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host the Yarnslingers on Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a hilarious and sometimes poignant evening of storytelling. “The theme is ‘Pet’s Eye View,’ stories about us, written in first person, from our pet’s perspective,” said Ramona Jan, acting director of the group, which gives a presentation every month. The event is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, RSVP by calling 845/439 5507 or email info@morgan-outdoors.com, as seating is limited. Visit www.morgan-outdoors.com.

Theatre Beat: Forestburgh Playhouse: There’s a place for us

“West Side Story,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse, (FBP) is arguably one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time. The original production, written in 1957, was an instant smash and spawned a 1961 film version that has since captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story focuses on young lovers Tony (Michael Schauble) and Maria (Emily Brown) and their ill-fated romance, set against a back drop of warring street gangs, racial strife and the turbulent transition of the late 1950s giving way to a new generation.  Read more

The winner and the collector

Wednesday evening, July 18, I played the part of a fishing buddy for young Arnon Goldberg. Arnon is trying to master the mysteries of fly fishing while attending the Trout Unlimited “Fish Camp.” As is the case with all beginners, it will take a while. Arnon seems to have the proper degree of determination and inquisitiveness.  Read more

Dining with damselflies

Among the more enjoyable activities of summer are things like swimming in a nearby lake or river and enjoying a picnic under the trees. If you take a close look at the shoreline, however, you may see some snack-grabbing activity going on besides hamburgers and coleslaw.  Read more

Some good old-fashioned fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum’s Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55.
Recreating days of yore, in keeping with the museum’s historical themes, the Old Time Fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and lady’s skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making, a pie auction, quilting and spinning demonstrations and local history exhibits. Old-time music will be provided by Chestnut Creek.  Read more

Touring the arts in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will hold its annual Open Studio Tour on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Read more

‘The Little Farm Show’ at local farmers’ markets

BARRYVILLE and CALLICOON, NY—NACL Theatre, an award-winning theatre ensemble based in Highland Lake, will present its family performance “The Little Farm Show,” a musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment at Barryville Framers’ Market on Saturay, July 28 and at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 29.  Read more