LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will hold its annual Summerfest weekend on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. The gate will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days. There will be over 100 tables of fly-fishing books, gear, collectibles, tying materials and more. Past exhibitors have included Beaverkill Trout Hatchery, Sullivan County Sportsman, Kurpil Family Fiddlers, local distilleries, Asthalters Maple Syrup, ceramic artists and handcrafted jewelry makers. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — There will be a 4-H junior livestock sale at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. The fairgrounds are located on Route 191 North, at 270 Miller Dr. The 4-H projects include steers, hogs, lambs and goats all home raised by local 4-H members.
There will be free barbeque for all registered bidders. The sale will be conducted by the Wayne County 4-H Junior Lifestock Committee, John H. Wetmore, auctioneer.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — CRMG and committee partners Sullivan Renaissance and Morgan Outdoors have made a commitment to restore Livingston Manor’s Community Garden at Pearl Street and kicked off the summer season with Community Cleanup Days in May and June. The initiative, backed by a $500 grant from Sullivan Renaissance, is being carried out by the wives of two CRMG physicians. Together, they are leading the charge with a host of volunteers to turn the abandoned garden into a food-producing and educational vehicle for the community. Read more
The Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) will welcome noted garden expert Barbara Schaedler on Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. Professor Schaedler, retired educator, landscape architect, and certified lecturer for the Federated Garden Clubs of America, will present a program titled “Garden Design ‘Crosses the Pond’ to America.” Now a resident of Vermont, Professor Schaedler frequently visits NEPA to spend time with her friend and college roommate, Barbara Houghtaling of Rileyville. The Equinunk Historical Society is located at 1972 Pine Mill Rd. Visit www.equinunkhistory.org or call 570/224-6722.
BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free starwatch program on Friday, August 14, from 9 to 11 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel.
Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs, if you have them. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold a cocktail fundraiser on Thursday, September 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ledges Hotel, and is offering several levels of sponsorship. All proceeds will benefit Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station and its education outreach programs. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — Three casting competitions will be held as part of Summerfest 2015 at The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CCFCM) during the first weekend in August: on Saturday, August 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 2, from from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Casting competitions are not fly-fishing competitions. They are simply distance and accuracy casting challenges to test one’s skills. All casters will have a chance to win, as each will receive a ticket for a random drawing to win several prizes. Read more
As noted in the first two installments of this series, in the June 25 and July 9 issues, trout are vulnerable to high water temperatures, and temperatures in the Upper Delaware as far upstream as Lordville reach “severely stressful” levels, defined as 75°F or above, with significant frequency. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival is celebrating its 30th year as an educational, fun opportunity for all ages to learn about, and experience firsthand, many of nature’s mysteries. It will be held July 18 and 19 at the Wallanpaupack Area High School on Route 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Read more
dINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be opportunities to paddle by day and walk by night at the Pocono Environmental Education Center this weekend.
A Bridge-the-Gap Kayak Paddle will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free, and beginners are welcome; you will be taught what you need to know. Dress appropriately; you may get wet. Spaces are limited; call to reserve a kayak. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Morgan Outdoors for a downtown birdwalk with Sullivan County Audubon member Lance Verderame on Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Verderame is Audubon’s field trip coordinator for the New York State Young Birders Club. Read more
In the column printed in the June 25 issue of TRR, I discussed how trout are thermally stressed at temperatures above 68°F, and are so seriously stressed at temperatures above 75°F that they will actually die. Today’s column shows that those conditions can be all too prevalent during the summertime on the Upper Delaware River. Therefore, one must consider strategies like increasing cold water releases from the New York City dams to mitigate high temperatures, and limiting fishing activities in midsummer. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — An educational workshop on livestock herd health management for farmers looking to develop agricultural knowledge will take place on Monday, July 20. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this program from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — “Backyard Biology” is offered to students in grades three through six by the National Park Service (NPS) every Wednesday during the summer, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zane Grey Museum. For one hour, students will learn from an NPS Ranger about ecology, populations, native and invasive species, watersheds and other biological concepts. These are hands-on interactive lessons, and all are welcome. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — Food, craft and artist vendors are sought for Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day of fun, contests and live music will be held at a new location, behind the Carriage House on the Delaware River. Visit BarryvilleNY.com.
HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 to Alex Hess, a 2015 graduate of Deposit Central School, and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Claire Harvey, a 2015 graduate of Honesdale High School. Read more
WHITE MILLS, PA — The Patriotic Brass Ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The 15-piece brass band will be led by special guest conductor Jari Villanueva, well-known retired USAF Band ceremonial bugler. It is the only professional and national organization dedicated to serving veterans and military families by donating its members’ time as a 501(c)3 charity, giving performances at a wide range of veterans’ organizations, events and hospitals. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Above left, Theresa Johnson and Linda Pinto are seen preparing for the Milford Garden Club’s 2015 Secret Garden Tour; above right is a garden from a previous year’s tour. This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, July 18. Locations of the gardens are a secret until the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets before the event for $15 at the Willow, 317 Broad St., or by mailing a check to the Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA, 18337 by July 11. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased for $20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Rd., is planning a variety of events in the first half of July.
On Sunday, July 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a summer canoe paddle. You can paddle a canoe and try out PEEC’s new kayaks. Beginners are welcome; they will teach you everything you need to know. Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Call to reserve a canoe. The cost is $5. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Join PPL’s forester, Paul Kowalczyk, on a hike in Shuman Point Natural Area. Kowalczyk will explain how forest management practices, like the Shuman Point timber harvest, can provide necessary habitat for wildlife, including threatened species. Meet at Shuman Point Natural Area parking lot at 9:45 a.m.
The event is free, but registration is required. Call 570/253-7001.