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October 14, 2015
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Local studio, international tour

It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?  Read more

Have you heard the buzz?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sorry to use that cliché, but it just had to be done. The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest is flying into town on Saturday, October 10. The all-day event celebrates the amazing honey bee and features street vendors, kid’s crafts and much, much more. Read on.  Read more

A music festival in the Catskills; It’s not Woodstock, but it’s close

HANCOCK, NY — The first thing you’ll notice about Catskill Chill is that, well, it’s very chill. Everyone seems to be earnestly nice. I was met at the gate by the PR director Destiny, and she kindly asked me to wait while she found me the best parking spot available. People walking by smiled at me, and someone asked if I was “having a good Chill.”  Read more

What of the monarchs?

For most of the summer, I have been checking milkweed plants in the local area for signs of monarch butterfly activity, and have not seen a sign of eggs, larvae, or adults. The milkweed plant is essential for the survival of monarchs, which lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves, and the only plant eaten by monarch caterpillars is milkweed. This year, the cause of eaten milkweed leaves has turned out to be milkweed tussock caterpillars, hairy, orange and black caterpillars that appear on milkweed during this time of year.  Read more

The saved art of sentence diagramming

I was in the woods in the Upper Delaware Valley getting a grammar lesson. Why was I partaking in a grammar lesson? I’m not in school. I was learning how to diagram sentences from Lani S., an artist behind Diagrammers Anonymous.  Read more

Tomato season, short but sweet

REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.  Read more

Legendary bands coming to Bethel Woods; Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire

On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

The Artists’ Market; Building Community through Art

Since I can neither paint nor draw, much less sculpt, fashion jewelry or mold clay, I am constantly in awe over the vast array of talented artists and the creations they produce on both sides of the river. Having heard that Barryville Arts Association Director Nick Roes had recently embarked on a new endeavor—to create a space called The Artists’ Market—“Where Art Comes to Life in the River Valley,” I hightailed it over the bridge to Shohola, PA.  Read more

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