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When I was little, I would pack up a backpack, grab a flashlight, pillow and blanket and go camping—in my front yard. I had a tiny tent. Each panel was one of the primary colors: yellow, red and blue. I would sleep in my purple sleeping bag, which was pink and fuzzy on the inside. I always brought a book and read it by flashlight way past my bedtime. These are the things I remember.

A BioBlitz comes to Ten Mile River Scout Camp

[Editor’s note: Jack Barnett and Mary Anne Carletta, summertime residents of Hawley, PA, were among dozens of scientists and volunteers who participated in the 2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz (UDBB) last June, a species census conducted on a riverfront property along the Delaware near Starlight, PA. This year, they will again join the UDBB to be held June 28 and 29 at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The River Reporter asked Jack and Mary Anne to explain a bioblitz by recalling their experiences of last year’s science and environmental event.]  Read more

Where birds of prey stay

Bill Streeter and his small team are on a mission of passion—to rehabilitate and educate about raptors in the Delaware River Valley region. When asked why he does it, Bill simply says, “Raptors have an energy, a presence, there’s just something about them that taps into my soul.” In other words, “I am just bonkers about raptors.”  Read more

Fifty shades of green

CALLICOON, NY —The 2014 first annual Green Tourism Conference, held earlier this spring at Villa Roma Resort, showcased green technologies, materials, products and practices that are breathing new life into an old industry.  Read more

The Improvised Wedding

HOUSTON, TX – The Krasinski-Duncan nuptials are not the stuff of fairy tale romance or television wedding reality show extravaganza. But they are a viable option for the pragmatic couple in a hurry, on a tight budget and willing to work without a script. Here’s their wedding story.  Read more

The wedding planner

While trends change over the years, one thing is clear: weddings are here to stay. Whether you’re planning something extravagant or intimate, the choices for venues here in the Upper Delaware River Valley are many, and with spring just around the corner, many couples are exploring their options here. Exchanging vows in the country appeals to residents and visitors alike, and with so many bucolic settings available, there is something for everyone, regardless of budget constraints.  Read more

Flowers for a summer wedding

The region boasts many talented floral designers and florists who work creatively and diligently to make your wedding flowers stand out. However, there is another option for those of you who take a hands-on approach and/or have a strict budget. You can grow, pick and arrange your own wedding flowers, or choose some combination of the above.  Read more

Seven ways to repurpose your wedding dress

You tried on hundreds of dresses. You picked the perfect one. The big day came and went. Now what?
For women, their wedding dress can be one of the biggest aspects of their wedding. But now that the event is over, chances are your dress is just hanging in your closet. While you might admire it from time to time, maybe there might be another use for it. Listed below are some ideas to repurpose your wedding dress.  Read more

Millennial weddings

Countless articles have been written about millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000). It seems they are a group who like to do things their own way, and getting married is certainly included. They are also a generation who heavily uses technology and do things the digital way. Whether you are a millennial, older, or younger, consider this your definitive guide to all things millennial weddings. Here at The River Reporter office, we have our very own millennial, Breann, who is now preparing for her fall wedding to fiancé Steve.  Read more

Shop local at the Narrowsburg Indie Holiday Mart

Now in its second year, Narrowsburg’s Indie Holiday Mart will be held on the weekends of December 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The mart is run by Pamela Mayer and Allison Ward. Ward’s husband, Paul, had the idea to create an independent artisan mart last holiday season that sells goods from different talents around the area. The trio organized it last year, and Mayer said, “We thought we would do it again, because it was such a fun success.”  Read more

Julenisse; A Christmas phenomenon from Norway

Author’s Note:

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the local chapter of Sons of Norway, Bernt Balchen Lodge #3-566, in Lackawaxen, PA, to learn about Norwegian Christmas traditions. From the good people there, and from an article by Sarah Asp Olson, “Norway’s Nisse” published in the December 2012 issue of SON’s official magazine, Viking, I learned how at Christmas ancient wisdom makes its way to us still.  Read more

Celebrating the holiday with your blended family

The days between October 31 and January 1 are my favorite days of the year. I stop short of naming holidays, because there is so much going on at this time that these days mesh into one great big season of smiles. This is the most exciting time of the year, and yet it can also be the most stressful. But cool heads can prevail, especially in our current society where blended families are more the norm.  Read more

Advent; The season of expectation

Outside the Christian Church, the word “advent” is associated with something that is on the brink of coming, such as, “the advent of the fiscal collapse” heard in the news recently. In the Church, though, Advent is a season of waiting, of expectation, hope and preparation.  Read more

Local artisans hold holiday market

HONESDALE, PA — As live music and the aroma of freshly baked holiday cookies and assorted confections and pastries fill the air, 30 local artists, artisans and food entrepreneurs will welcome holiday shoppers to the second annual Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Displays of cards, jewelry, paintings, pottery, soaps, vases, lamps, picture frames, flowers and other gift items offer shoppers with the opportunity to purchase presents for their loved ones while supporting local artisans. This event is free and offers a warm holiday welcome to friends of all ages at 1030 Main St.  Read more

Handmade for the holidays

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The Catskills and Upper Delaware River Valley have long been a Mecca for artistic expression. Painters, sculptors, photographers and writers have flocked to the region for decades, drawing inspiration from the clean air, stunning vistas and peaceful countryside that inspires. Visitors and tourists continue to explore the area and often seek unique gifts for themselves and loved ones as they scour the galleries, shops and studios of the artists who have settled here to practice their craft.  Read more

A holiday performance: 'The Nutcracker;’ Traveling to the Land of Sweets

Spanish hot chocolate, Arabian coffee, Chinese tea, candy cane, marzipan, dewdrop, flowers and sugar plum; these are not the contents of a bakery; this is the lineup of goodies in the Land of Sweets in the second act of “The Nutcracker.”  Read more

A fortnight of holiday festivities; Throwing open the doors of a grand old house in Milford

MILFORD, PA — One of the grandest old mansions of a bygone era in the Upper Delaware River Valley is Grey Towers, the former home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service (1905-1910) and Pennsylvania governor (1923-1927, 1931-1935). One of the most beautiful times of year to visit Grey Towers is in December, when this national historic site is all decked out for Christmas, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service and the Milford Garden Club.  Read more

View from the Top

On a perfect clear day in the very beginning of fall (the trees teasing with hints of reds, yellows and oranges), I gathered a group of friends to do something that we locals have probably done once before, if not multiple times—hike Jensen’s Ledges.  Read more

Fall fun down on the farm; Lost in a corn maze

As the cooler temperatures start to hit and the leaves start to change, we all know that fall is in the air. For some of us, this time of year may signify hay rides, pumpkins and hot apple cider. For some, it may mean it is time to find the closest corn maze for an annual corn maze adventure. If there is one certain way to adventure this fall, the corn maze would be it.  Read more

Custodians of history; Living in a 200-year-old house

“Have you noticed any ghosts?” seems like a fair question to put to the residents of a house that has spent 200 years providing shelter and comfort to a veritable pageant of generations. Eight years ago, John and Dawn Harvey fell in love with and purchased the historical Wilmot House, also known as the Solomon Moore House, on Old Wayne Street in Bethany, PA. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its fame as the birthplace of David Wilmot, author of the Wilmot Proviso, a document that is widely credited with being the forerunner of the 13th Amendment.  Read more

The Catskills: Centuries of artistic expression ...and still going strong

During the summer of ‘69, I stuck out my thumb and hitched a ride from the Finger Lakes to Bethel, NY, in search of a music festival that like-minded hippies were flocking to—Woodstock. Little did we know that history was in the making, but by the time I arrived, the story had already begun to unfold and at this point, that tale has been told in books, films and songs that echo the sound of a generation and still inspire musicians and artists around the world.  Read more