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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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Beginning again after 75 years: Lake Huntington Fire Company opens doors and hearts

“I’ve been a part of this fire company since I was this high,” Lake Huntington Fire Chief Jason Kraack said, holding his hand about two feet off the floor. His dad, Ed Kraack, nodded. No doubt, because Ed’s been in the fire company for some 45 years, with 14 of those logged in as chief.

“It is a way of life,” Ed explained.

Not only is it a way of life, it’s an extended family, said Cochecton Ambulance Captain Herb Sawall.  Read more

Turkey vultures: a feathered fascination

While few would contend that the turkey vulture is attractive, most would probably admit that in flight, it is indeed beautiful and that it most definitely has some unique—and somewhat offensive—characteristics.  Read more

The Johnny Darling Frolic: a local legend lives on in Livingston Manor

The Johnny Darling Frolic, spearheaded by local historian Mia Koerner, began in 2009—the 200th anniversary of storyteller Darling’s birth. Johnny Caesar Cicero Darling’s reputation is a story in itself, rich in legend, based on fact. Famous for his “tall tales,” Darling’s love of folk stories and his passion for children and keeping the spoken word a living tradition has become a part of the landscape in these here parts, and Koerner’s commitment to keeping his spirit alive is a big part of the picture.  Read more

ArtWalk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, July 7, (rain date Sunday, July 8), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor will host an ArtWalk with 30 artists ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography.

Ann Higgins, Elise Hornbeck, Gary Tempel, Caroline Harrow, Linda Hare, Una Evers, Kate Hyden and Scott Woods will be at WaterWheel Junction with more Art on display inside of Wildlife Gift. Jeff Bank will entertain some of the Jeff Bank calender photographers: Stephen Davis, Virginia Sanborn and James Carney.  Read more

Weekend presents ‘A Great Conversation’

SULLIVAN COUNTY — For a couple of weeks every summer, the hills of the Upper Delaware Valley ring with world-class classical music brought here by the Weekend of Chamber Music. In its 19th outing, the group will hold “The Great Conversation.” A new twist for this festival will be classical improvisation sprinkled into the concerts under the leadership of guest co-directors composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner and cellist Caroline Stinson, who have a reputation for cutting-edge performances in this genre, in which they have forged new ground with their chamber music quartet Open End.  Read more

Senior picnics with a ‘60s and ‘70s theme

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Senior Centers of Wayne County will host summer picnics during the month of July. Honesdale’s picnic will be Friday, July 13 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Hamlin Center will meet on July 20 at Lake Genero and Hawley’s event will be at the Robert J. Drake Center in Bingham Park on July 27. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, and there will be entertainment by the Polka Jets II, bingo and prizes. The theme this year will be the ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets cost $5 and are available to those 60 years of age and over.  Read more

Debra Winger hosts Barnfest

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger, fracking activist and public health advocate, will host Barnfest 2012 at The Hills Country Resort on Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission and drinks including beer at Barnfest are free. Local food will be available for purchase, and there will be an art auction, penny social and other fun activities for the entire family including live performances. The event will be held rain or shine. Last year, in torrential downpours, more than 500 enjoyed the event.

Tickets go on sale for Judy Collins

BETHEL, NY — Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 9 at 10 a.m for Grammy®Award Winner and folk icon Judy Collins, with special guest Rachel Sage, in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets cost $69.50 in advance, and can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org, Ticketmaster or by phone at 800/745-3000. Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

First Fridays hosts McNiece, Rogers

NARROWSBURG, NY — Perennial favorite Ray McNiece, from Cleveland, OH will return to First Fridays Contemporary Author Series in Narrowsburg, along with Doug Rogers from Long Eddy.

The First Fridays series is held at the Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There is an open mic sign-up, limited to 10 readers, at 7 p.m., followed by the open mic, hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors at 8 p.m.

Earlier in the day, McNiece will participate in the Summer Reading Program for kids at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon, at 12 noon.

Have fun—and do good—at Holiday Mountain

MONTICELLO, NY — United Way of Sullivan County will join with Holiday Mountain Fun Park to offer fun-seekers an evening of games and attractions on Tuesday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants can enjoy go-kart rides, bumper boats, bumper cars, rock wall climbing, potato sack slide, mini-golf, bungy trampoline and Spider Mountain for $19.95. A ticket provides participants with unlimited use of the rides and attractions with exception of go-kart rides, which are limited to two rides per person.  Read more

Premiere at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. the Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere reading of Paul Austin’s new comedy, “The Harvey White Chronicles.” The reading will take place at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center as a prologue to the museum’s official celebration of its 15th anniversary on July 28. The play is a series of five inter-related one-acts (much like a collection of short stories) that chronicle the ups and downs of a young man as he tries to live, love and work—when possible—in today’s America.  Read more

Ciliberto to star in ‘Rocky Horror’

FORESTBURGH, NY — Paul Ciliberto, host of the morning Thunder 102 radio show Ciliberto & Friends, will appear at all performances of the upcoming “Rocky Horror Show” at the Forestburgh Playhouse. A portion of ticket sales will benefit seven different local charities.

Although fans of the classic rock musical about a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, may be disappointed to learn that Ciliberto will not be appearing in heels and fishnets, in his role as the Narrator he will introduce the signature dance number in the show, “Time Warp.”  Read more

Wurtsboro holds Founder’s Day fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold its Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 7 in Veteran’s Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment featuring Obsidian, Variety, Inc., Keith Newman, Carl Richards Band, Donna Singer & Doug Richards Trio and Third Degree. Local vendors will sell arts and crafts, and there will be rides and children’s events on Sullivan Street.  Read more

‘DIGit: An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will host DIGit, a visual arts event, from Friday, July 6 to Sunday the July 8. Titled “An Exhibition of Convergent Art Forms,” the show will include a variety of art—performance, poetry, photography, drawing, fiber, ceramics, music, video and sculpture—created by a grand collection of artists, presented on dozens of iPads, iPods, LED-HD monitors or projected by miniature projectors. Curated by Pat Carullo, all the art will be offered for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit NACL.  Read more

Opera in HD at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s Summer Encore Series presents HD broadcasts of operas performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in the Seelig Theatre. The next presentation will be “Les Contes d’Hoffman” (“Tales of Hoffman”), by Jacques Offenbach, on July 11. It will be presented at 6:30 p.m., and has a run time of three hours.  Read more

‘The Sensuous & the Beautiful’

WHITE MILLS, PA — PaPA (Parker and Parker Art), an art and cultural center located four miles west of Hawley at 75 Main St. in White Mills, will open its exhibit “The Sensuous & the Beautiful” on July 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Imperial Brands, Inc. The exhibition will showcase more than 20 international and six national artists, including over 70 paintings, sculptures and objects of art. The show will run through August 11.  Read more

Moonlit drumming

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a “Moonlit Drumming” program on Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. Master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor will lead the event.

Participants in Moonlit Drumming will enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. No experience is necessary. Prices are $30/adult and $15/child. Call 570/828-2319 for registration. Visit www.peec.org/events-date.html.

‘Accomplice’ keeps you guessing

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a comedy thriller, Rupert Holmes’ “Accomplice,” starting on Friday, July 6. The songwriter who penned the smash hit, “The Pina Colada Song” changed hats for long enough to create this convoluted thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the very last scene. Performances at the Rivoli Theatre will take place on July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Read more

Marc Black at Old North Branch

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Marc Black, composer of the “No Fracking Way” anthem, brings his folk and blues music to the Old North Branch Inn on Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m.  Read more

Running on empty

Sitting at my desk to write about the past week is a welcome respite, since (for something different) I have been racing around like a headless chicken. On Wednesday last, I took advantage of the opportunity to take a seat at the Forestburgh Playhouse (www.FBplay house.org) and bask in their fun production of “Legally Blonde - the Musical.” For my full-scale review, visit the “Arts & Leisure” link on our website (www.riverreport eronline.com )  Read more

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