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August 03, 2015
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Silos as art, art as proposal

CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).  Read more

Twenty-five years of Riverfest

“Riverfest is alive with music,” declared the headline on the front page of The River Reporter’s leisure section on July 25, 1991, announcing the first occurrence of what has since become one of the highlights of an Upper Delaware summer.
Reporter Tom Kane wrote, “Have you heard about the plans of a bunch of people from Narrowsburg to celebrate the Delaware River? They’ve organized the first annual Riverfest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in Narrowsburg, and they’re determined to make this a major annual event.”  Read more

Callicoon Country Fair: a street fair reimagined; Farm animals, pony rides, maple cotton candy and all things country

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Street Fair has been a long-time staple of summer entertainment in the Upper Delaware River Valley, and this year it is coming back in a fresh new incarnation: the Callicoon Country Fair, themed to emphasize our area’s farming heritage, on Saturday, July 25. There will be animals, attractions and demonstrations to underline that theme, more local vendors, more things to do, and this year it will be happening all over town.  Read more

A raceway on the hill

HONESDALE, PA — Tucked on a side road right off of Route 652 between Honesdale and Beach Lake is one of the area’s most popular Saturday-night destinations. Marshall’s Hilltop Hobbies is not just an old mom and pop hobby shop, it’s also home to an R/C raceway, both indoor and outdoor, where drivers meet every Saturday night to compete.  Read more

Roots and Rhythm brings the jams all over town

HONESDALE, PA — The 10th annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival was another smashing success this year. The crowds came out to support local music and art, as there were bands all along Main Street in the morning, and craft vendors lining Central Park. Later that day and into the night bands took to the main stage, including headliner the Kentucky Headhunters.  Read more

Curtain up at the Forestbugh Playhouse! ...everything old is new again

Forestbugh Playhouse (FBP) producer Franklin Trapp is really excited these days. Even though Trapp took possession of the theatre last season, it was a “transition period” as outgoing producer Norman Duttweiler handed over the keys and bid adieu to Sullivan County, where he had been presenting shows for 25 years. I sat down with Trapp to discuss the 2015 season, his plans for the expanded Forestburgh Tavern, and his vision for the future.  Read more

The Stourbridge Line is open again; Scenic train rides of the Northern Poconos

HONESDALE, PA — Take a step back in time, or rather, a ride back in time on the Stourbridge Line railroad. After three years of closure, the Stourbridge Line is back. The 25-mile track begins in Honesdale and goes to Hawley. The popular railroad is a special treat for the area, which has a claim to be the birthplace of the American railroad.  Read more

NACL Theatre celebrates 15 years; Let’s walk down memory lane, shall we?

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Widely known as a “community treasure,” NACL Theatre is having its 15-year anniversary this year. The local theatre has grown over the years and is known for its avant-garde and stimulating works, as well as its summer artist residency retreat, and a gang of stilt walkers who pop up at community festivals everywhere.  Read more

We all scream for ice cream; Where to get the best scoops in the Upper Delaware

REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.  Read more

Rap from a place of love; Monticello’s Shane Jones infuses his art with healing

Growing up, Shane never gave much thought to skin color. His father and mother had a variety of friends, and ethnicity never entered into it. He lived on a block in Monticello with friends and neighbors of every stripe—African American like himself, Latino, white. Likewise, in the schools he attended, Cooke Elementary and Monticello High School. In the classroom, “just being together,” at parties, in the cafeteria and on athletic teams, diversity was the norm.  Read more