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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

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