HONESDALE, PA — At the 2012 Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale, which took place at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 11, $264,373 worth of market animals crossed the auction block for a sale of 223 hogs, 50 lambs, 55 goats and 40 steers. Over 200 buyers supported 4-H members from start to finish. Since 1998, the sale has supported scholarships for local 4-H members. Scholarship funds are provided largely by “buy backs,” when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund. Read more
HAWLEY and MILFORD, PA — Pianist Masanobu “Mas” Ikemiya, a master of ragtime, will perform two concerts of ragtime and ragtime-related classical music in August. On Friday, August 17, he will play at the Hawley Silk Mill, and on Saturday, August 18, he will appear at the Milford Theatre—itself a gift from the early jazz age. Both events are at 7:30 p.m. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking series returns to the subject of Wayne County artist Howard D. Becker, whose paintings are currently featured in an exhibit at the museum on Main Street, on Friday, August 17. Two previous presentations featured Becker the father and Becker the personality. This week’s panel will discuss Becker as artist. Panelists are Juan H. Espino of Hawley; Thomas Colbert of NYC and Hawley and Charles G. Woods of Honesdale. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a reception for its August/September 2012 show on Saturday August 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary refreshments. The show will run through September 20.
The exhibit includes the work of over 30 artists of all mediums.
Among the other artists are Adrienne Butvinik, Georgina Copanzzi, Debbie Gioello, Gordon Graff ,Julia Healy, Peter Koenig, Geoff Morse, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, Paul Thomas, Linda Witting and Greg Zukowski. Read more
PARKSVILLE, NY — The Rolling River Cafe Gallery & Inn will celebrate its fourth anniversary with an outdoor dance party on Sunday, August 18. The music line-up will start with Rolie Polie Guacamole at 3 p.m., followed by bass Tom Caltabellotta and tenor Mariano Vidal, an operatic duo, at 5 p.m., and local group The Radyos from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY —The Delaware Valley Opera production of “Merry Wives of Windsor” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 19 at 3 p.m. The “Merry Wives of Windsor” is the third performance of the DVO’s summer season “Shakespeare Sings.” It is a rollicking domestic comedy based on the classic story of Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare’s historical plays based on English kings Henry IV and V. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Visit delawarevalleyopera.org or call 845/252-3136. Read more
BETHEL, NY — “Letters to Daddy,” the peer-to-peer, original musical stage production that teaches children life lessons to cope with issues like bullying, will be performed in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. on August 30.
“Letters to Daddy” empowers children to resolve challenging issues by building character, engaging them through peer-to-peer influence and establishing higher moral and ethical standards. Nearly all cast members, ages 10 through 14, have a personal story about bullying, and many have derived strength from participating in the production. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society invites anyone who loves to sing to join it for its next concert, titled “Christmas Olde and New.” A variety of Christmas carols will be performed, along with Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in it’s original form. Read more
Colin and I are at Home Depot picking up some art supplies for our upcoming shoot. We are in Galveston, TX for 10 days shooting reenactments and interviews for the documentary I’ve been working on. I am enjoying the break from the editing room and dabbling in the art department.
It’s obvious to the local cashier when we get to the front of the line that we aren’t from the area. She is very warm and friendly.
“What are you doing in Galveston?” she asks. We pause, unsure exactly how to answer. Many people in Galveston are not fond of recounting this dark memory. Read more
As I roamed the Upper Delaware valley over the last week, I kept hearing about the plethora of events occurring simultaneously ‘round every bend. Concerts, art exhibits, plays and poetry readings were (and are) popping up all around us. Clearly, we can’t make them all. But I have chosen to highlight a few that I have been to, as well as gaze into the crystal ball and preview what lies ahead, hoping that many of our faithful River Reporter readers will meet up with me (and Dharma, of course) along the way. Read more
A couple of years ago, and with great zeal, I replaced the incandescent (IC) bulbs in my home with CFLs, touted as superior in terms of energy savings and thus, I naively thought, superior in terms of environmental sustainability. I knew that CFLs should be recycled rather than tossed in the garbage, but I thought I wouldn’t have to worry for at least five year, their alleged lifespan. So I was surprised when my bedside reading lamp bulb died a few days ago, sooner than my older ICs.
There I stood, peeved in the dark. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The crowds enjoy roast pig, prepared 10 different ways by 10 chefs, along with a multitude of vegetarian fixings, at Pig Mountain 2. The festival was held on Saturday, August 11 on Main Street in Narrowsburg, and enjoyed balmy weather and an enthusiastic clientele despite a threat of thunderstorms early on in the day. Read more
At a recent meeting of the “Bamboo Gang,” Roger Menard showed off a pretty rod that had a very curious history. As Roger explained it, while fishing he had met a fellow angler whose father had worked for Jim Payne. This fellow noticed Roger’s bamboo rod and asked if Roger had ever put rods together. When Roger answered “yes,” this fellow said he would send him some glued-up sticks for a seven-and-one-half-foot rod. These sticks would already have the ferrules attached. Read more
Years ago, miners entered a mine to work, and sometimes they were accompanied by a canary in a cage. The idea of the canary was that if there was a low oxygen level or hazardous gas present, the canary would show signs of distress before the miners did; this gave the miners time to evacuate. Thankfully, modern innovations like portable gas meters and self-contained breathing apparatus have eliminated the need to sacrifice any more canaries. The job description of a canary, had it been listed by the mining company, would probably read “bio-indicator.” Read more
ROSCOE, NY — What began as a small, one-day music festival has grown into a mini Woodstock-esque event hosted by the Livingston Manor-based rock group Mazmyth. In explaining the name of his band, guitarist Matt Smith said, “Matt Smith sounds like Mazmyth when you’re slurring your words. It had us laughing and it just stuck around.” And from there sprang the name for the entire music festival, Mazfest. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical society will host a historically inspired baked goods contest on August 12 at the Columns Museum in Milford. We are asking interested parties to tour the museum and look for inspiration in our holdings and exhibits. The contest entries should depict something or someone that you think best represents Pike County history. The final products will be judged at 2 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for the “Best Historical” and “Most Creative” baked goods. Read more
SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — “The Producers,” the musical created on the basis of the Mel Brooks classic, hits the boards at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg for six performances from August 10 through 19, presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW). Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant will team up with Catch a Rising Star (CARS) on August 11 to present a night of comedy with Kevin Meaney. Doors open at 8 p.m., and show time is 9 p.m.
Meaney has been a popular standup comedian for more than 25 years, drawing upon his family relationships for much of his material. Tom Shales of the Washington Post said, “Picture the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney’s act.” Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Join the members and friends of The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation on Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m., when entertainer and educator Larry Strickler conducts a virtual trip up Route 17, with a stop at the Red Apple and a game of Simon Sez in a presentation, “A Catskills Tummler Looks Back 50 Years and Beyond: From Schloime Ehrenreich’s Hotel to Kutsher’s Country Club to the D& H Canal Park Visitor Center in Cuddebackville.” Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Nick Cobb of Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing will headline the next show of the Laugh Tour at The Nutshell, on August 11, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Also performing will be Regina Decicco and Akash Bhasin. As always, Rich Kiamco of The Howard Stern Show and Sirius XM will emcee. Read more