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February 11, 2016
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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

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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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Demonstration of knife painting

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts invites its members and the public to its monthly First Sunday Art Demo on October 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Borough Hall. This month will feature artist George Hayes from Warwick, NY, demonstrating palette knife painting.

The demonstration will include an overview of different painting knives, how to hold and use them and the advantages of using them to create pieces of art. He will demonstrate by creating a painting from start to finish, while explaining the technique and answering questions during and after the demonstration.  Read more

Honoring our volunteer firefighters

NARROWSBURG, NY — Volunteer firefighters and their departments from all of Sullivan County and parts of Wayne County were honored at the 85th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) parade, held in Narrowsburg on Saturday, September 28. The parade was hosted by the Narrowsburg Fire Department, and 2013 marks the 111th year of community service for the department. The SCVFA parade returned to Narrowsburg for the first time in nearly 40 years.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre presents ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present “Krapp’s Last Tape,” by Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett, at the NACL Theatre for two performances only on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at 3 p.m. Paul Austin will be featured as Krapp.

Performance poet Marina Mati will be featured in “Morocco,” by the internationally-acclaimed German writer, Botho Strauss, in the curtain raiser for the evening. Mimi McGurl is the director.  Read more

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

NARROWSBURG, NY — Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, a national bluegrass band on the rise, will open the Tusten Theatre’s fall season on Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m. With the Railroad Boys, Mat Kane (violin), Bobby Ristau (upright bass) and Sten Isachsen (mandolin), Gaudet, the lead guitarist and singer, anchors his songs in classic roots music with a driving style firmly rooted in Americana. The band’s fourth CD, “Reasons That I Run,” highlights the latest collection of Gaudet’s stories and songs.  Read more

‘The Delaware River and the Universe’ paintings by Kathe Frantz

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Delaware River and the Universe,” an exhibit of paintings by Kathe Frantz, opens with a reception on Friday, October 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through November 2.

“The subjects of my work are landscape and concepts of visual process,” said Frantz, who uses saturated pigments in her oil paintings in order to explore concepts of vision, reality and interpretation.  Read more

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown, sponsored by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. with a wide variety of traditional games, activities, craft vendors and entertainment. While much of the hoedown action will be centrally located on Main, Keystone, and Church streets, many businesses, including galleries, specialty retailers and eateries, will also be offering special activities and promotions to mark autumn harvest time at this annual event.  Read more

Crosswinds Quintet blows into Milford

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will host The Crosswinds Quintet at the Milford Theatre on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a follow-up to a historic first: the September 21 standing-room-only performance of a full symphony orchestra in Milford, also produced by Kindred Spirits.

This woodwind quintet mixes traditional classical music with contemporary pieces. The program at the Milford Theatre will run the gamut from Matthew Arnold to Jacques Ibert to Pacquito D’Rivera.  Read more

A great job for daydreamers

HAWLEY, PA — It’s a rare workday in glass cutter Kathy LaTournous’ studio when the air isn’t filled with the sound of big band music or an audio book in the telling. LaTournous says that listening to music or a good story provides a distraction from the physical hardships of her painstaking and repetitive precision work. Her father, Raymond, told her early on during her seven-year apprenticeship with him that glass cutting was a great job for daydreamers—the mind is free to wander while the hands do their work.  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 3

I just got off the plane after a great couple of days in Florida at a cousin’s wedding. I really enjoyed hanging out at the pool but not getting all the freckles. The flight home was amazing. What a sight, flying over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge with all the beautiful fall colors on the trees.

My husband stayed home, and he played secretary for me.

I have to make a correction: Etta Pierce never went to a one-room schoolhouse. (Oops, sorry Etta), and it was Jim Cavanaugh who lost his dad and then his mom.  Read more

They paved paradise

During the 20 summers we spent at our little bungalow near Monticello, we would occasionally wake to the sound of Bobby Somer’s tractor revving up to mow the communal property. If it was a weekend, when the 11 families that comprised our co-op were likely to be in residence, I would make a mental note to ask Bobby to hold off on mowing until the weekdays. But then, in less time than it took to put on a pot of tea and shower, the tractor would be back on its trailer and peace would once again reign in our little patch of paradise in the Catskills.  Read more

Upper Delaware photo contest announced

In June 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place in Northern Wayne County, PA, during which teams of scientists and volunteers documented 1,024 distinct species of plants, animals and insects during a 24-hour period (learn more at upperdelawarebioblitz.com).

The effort provides a snapshot of the biodiversity of life on the Starlight, PA property, and has since led to the first “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed” contest.  Read more

Big Sky on the road with ‘Women on Fire’

GARDINER, NY — An afternoon of 12 monologues will be presented by Big Sky Productions, one of Sullivan County’s resident theatre troupes, at the Gardiner Library Community Room on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival a success

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people gathered last Friday night on the upper floor of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for the opening night gala of the Big Eddy Film Festival. The festival screened 28 independent films over the weekend. The opening night feature was “The Truth About Emmanuel” and the two features on Saturday night were “Hide your Smiling Faces” and “Knuckle Jack.”

Other films included “Tiny,” a documentary about the tiny house movement, and many short films that were shot in the area, like “Skin” and “This Park Is Mine.”  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party set for October 5

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 28th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, it’s a family day out in the country with a costume parade, pony rides, giant-pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements.  Read more

Field to Main, a fundraiser for the Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its inaugural farm-to-table fundraising event, Field to Main, on Saturday, October 5. Tables will be set at The Cooperage for a five-course, family style dinner. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow at 7 p.m.

This feast will be expertly prepared using only the freshest local ingredients by culinary artists Benjamin Cooper and Derrick Braun, both graduates of the renowned College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  Read more

‘En Plein Air’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “En Plein Air” is the French term for painting in the open air, a tradition that goes back to the Barbizon School. It finds different interpretations in each of the three artists at the Stray Cat Gallery’s show that runs from Friday, September 27 to Wednesday, October 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

History comes alive in Lackawaxen

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Zane Grey Museum was home to Zane Grey and his family from 1912 to 1918. Today the museum, which is preserved by the National Park Service, features many items from Grey’s life such as dental and baseball equipment, photos of his fishing adventures and his novels.

New hours will be in effect during the fall. During September, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October, the museum’s hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close for the season on Sunday, October 20. Admission is free.  Read more

Smoky Joe, here we go... again

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society announced that the annual “23 for History” marathon softball game, in honor of Shohola’s own Smoky Joe Wood, will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown will commence the game by throwing the first pitch.  Read more

Jeff Bank calendar reception

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the fifth annual photo contest, “Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes” in Sullivan County, earlier this year, and selected 12 entries to be featured in the 2014 Jeff Bank Calendar. On Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., to display the winning photographs. The photographers will be on hand, light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. The 2014 Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

Vintage rockabilly folk Saturday

HAWLEY, PA — Rebecca Pronsky will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Stevie Nicks, Pronsky blends country, blues, rock, folk and vintage jazz elements. Pronsky and guitarist Richard Bennett’s musicianship and lyrics straddle the boundaries of rockabilly and roots.  Read more