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From clear sap to amber-colored sweetness (reprint from March 31, 2005)

LONG EDDY, NY — Above the red sap house, the plume of white, sweet-smelling steam was fleeting—rushed into nothingness by the late-winter day’s dry air.

On damper days the vapor lingers, spreading sweetness throughout the valley and the sugar maple forest on the mountain above Andersen’s Maple Farm.  Read more

The Catskill Art Society: The gallery as community center

On a Friday night or Sunday afternoon in the Upper Delaware region, one of the places you can frequently expect to find a crowd congregating is at the opening for a new art show. Of course you’ll find art there, but there’s also something more. There’s usually wine and cheese or hors d’oeuvres, live music, camaraderie, discussion and a healthy dose of gossip. These receptions create a culture that is at once welcoming and exclusive, a place where people are free to talk about the community and the way that artists interpret and create it.  Read more

Remembering life at the Allen Farm: An interview with Gerry Allen

[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.  Read more

New cooking show highlights Catskill food and the farmers who grow it

WOODRIDGE, NY — Cat Wilson is self-proclaimed “mildly obsessed” with food. She has worked at restaurants and farms, so when her friends who are in the film and TV business suggested she make a TV cooking show, she jumped at the chance.  Read more

Going Out

Ed Wesely

Naturalist Ed Wesely has been one of the longest-term associates of The River Reporter, starting in 1983. He writes, “Like many TRR collaborators in the early 1980s, I served as a newspaper handyman: writing, proof-reading, layout, carrying the flats to Port Jervis (it was printed at the Tri-State Gazette), delivering it to all newsstands, and taking pictures.”  Read more

Three days of 3D

CALLICOON, NY — Can you imagine: 3D printing in Sullivan County? That is what North School Studio envisions, and they brought that vision to life with a 3D printing lab workshop this past weekend in Callicoon.  Read more

Beads bloom into smiles

HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.  Read more

Hope lives here: Billy’s New Hope Barn; Honesdale farm animal rescue seeks support

HONESDALE, PA — When you’re doing your heart’s work, it shows. Perhaps it’s the sparkle in Marcie Bunting’s eyes as she talks about Toby and the deformed legs he’s working hard to overcome, or the smile that lights up her face as she watches the rescued farm animals roam around the sheltering home they’ve found at Billy’s New Hope Barn.  Read more

I broke my New Year’s resolution (and I’m sure you did, too)

New Year’s resolutions, we make ‘em and we break ‘em. That’s the sort of fact that everyone knows, and yet every year we revel in the idea of creating our own personalized list of resolutions. We feel giddy as we think about how much this year is going to be totally better than last year, and we’ll be our healthiest, well-rested, on-time selves. We feel kinship as we ask our friends what their resolutions are, and become overwhelmed with appreciation and admiration when they think of a resolution so great you hadn’t even thought of it.  Read more

TRR turns 40: Join our year-long celebration

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Reporter is turning 40 years old this year, and we are going to be partying all year long to celebrate. You’re invited.

Our actual anniversary isn’t until December, but we’ll be leading up to that with a variety of special articles, retrospectives, activities and promotions.  Read more