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October 23, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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2013 season at Bethel Woods ‘rocked’

The 2013 season at Bethel Woods met it’s finale on Friday, September 6 to a sold-out crowd of very diverse fans.

The show’s opener, Uncle Kracker serenaded fans with songs like “Smile,” “Follow Me,” and “Four Letter Word.”

ZZ Top took the stage next performiing not only classic hits that fans of all ages love (“Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man”), but also newer releases (“Chartreuse”) off their 2012 release Texicali.  Read more

A month of firemen, pottery and silk paintings at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The current exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance opened on Friday, September 6 to a sizeable crowd. The “regulars” were there, viewing the dual exhibition by Jane Blake and Carolyn Duke, a display of paintings on silk and pottery respectively. Upstairs in the LOFT Gallery was a new crowd to the art gallery—firefighters. The exhibit is “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” and is an exhibit of photographs and interviews by John Dzowonar and Ellen Bay.  Read more

One county, four different takes

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery’s next show, “Four Visions,” featuring the work of photographers Jerry Cohen, Charlie Dill, Greg Fiske and J.G. Riley, opens on Friday, September 13, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through September 25.  Read more

The Columns to exhibit goblet

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s Columns Museum will host a special exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Pike County. A replica of the gifted goblet to the President and thank you letter from the First Lady will be on display at the museum from September 18 through October 20.

Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission to The Columns museum costs $5 per person.  Read more

‘Let’s Get Lost’ at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an opening reception for photographer Sarah van Ouwerkerk’s exhibit “Let’s Get Lost: A Journey of Inspiration Through Photography” on Saturday, September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St. The show runs through November 23.  Read more

The lost films of Cuddebackville

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Neversink Valley Museum will present a special screening of the lost films of Cuddebackville, featuring early works of D.W. Griffith with musical accompaniment by Ben Model, on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.  Read more

O’Neill plays at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present an audience favorite, The New York Neo-Futurists in “The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2: MORE Early Plays / Lost Plays” on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the NACL Theatre 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

One day singer/songwriter event to rock the park

Milford, PA — A one day singer/songwriter event, co-sponsored by Milford Music Festival and Music in the Park, will be held on Sunday, September 15 at the Ann Street Park from 1 to 4 p.m.  Read more

New England Female Performer of the Year with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Sarah Blacker, recently named Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards and International sell-out, will take the stage at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to legends like Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, Blacker isn’t afraid to push the creative envelope and experiment with techniques. Blacker has shared stages with Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles and Anais Mitchell.  Read more

CCE celebrates 100 years with barbeque & barn dance

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The public is invited to attend a traditional barbeque dinner using the original Cornell University chicken recipe, with an old-fashioned dance to follow, on Saturday, September 28. Dinner is 6 to 7 p.m. and dancing is 7 to 10 p.m. at Bridle Hill Farm on 190 Hemmer Rd. This Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County fundraiser will be one of many centennial celebration events offered this year and next.  Read more

Honesdale annual Barbershop show set

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 35th annual show, titled “Celebrate Harmony” on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Honesdale High School.  Read more

Figure drawing instruction at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg will host five, three-hour “Figure Drawing” sessions on September 28, October 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Recital Hall at the DVAA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sessions are open to all artists. Easels and chairs will be available. Drawing materials will not be provided. No photography. You must register by September 14. A minimum of six participants is needed to run the sessions. The cost is $50 per person for all five sessions. The class is hosted by Kara Yeargans and Johan Sellenraad. Call the DVAA at 845/252-7576 to register.

Sullivan County’s largest corn maze opening

SWAN LAKE, NY — Sullivan County’s largest corn maze will open on Saturday, September 14 for Maze Madness 2013 at Cunningham Family Farms.

There are several stations placed throughout the maze. If you can visit them all and complete the maze you’ll be entered to win a bonus prize. New this year is the Lost Irishman’s Mine for treasure-seekers. Find your fortune by panning for gold and gems in the sluice. A handy identification card and bag are provided for your riches. You never know what you’ll find.  Read more

Cancer survivor to perform play at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The actress, comedian, author and playwright Jenny Allen, a cancer survivor, will bring her acclaimed one-act play “I Got Sick Then I Got Better” to The Cooperage for a single performance on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Professional symphony at Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — On Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Manhattan Symphonie, led by conductor and violinist Gregory Singer, will become the first professional symphony orchestra to ever play at the historic Milford Theatre. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Grey Towers National Historic Site, where the father of the conservation movement, Gifford Pinchot, and his family introduced modern forestry and other sustainable practices to America, the concert is called Nature in Music.  Read more

Tractor pull and show set for Sunday

HONESDALE, PA — Chapter 36 of the Northeast Pennsylvania International Harvester Collectors Club will hold its 8th annual tractor show and tractor pull on Sunday, September 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, with the tractor pull scheduled for 9 a.m. All brands of tractors are welcome. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. There will be vendors and a concession stand. Because the bridge by the fairgrounds entrance is closed, cars and light trucks can access the fair’s parking lot from the covered bridge on Route 191.  Read more

Grey Towers commemorates dedication

MILFORD, PA — Free music, free open house, lectures, guest speakers, food and family fun are planned for September 19 to 22, as the U.S. Forest Service commemorates the 50-year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s dedication of the ancestral home of agency founder Gifford Pinchot at Grey Towers National Historic Site.  Read more

‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Twelve Angry Jurors,” an adaptation of the famous play “Twelve Angry Men,” at the Rivoli Theatre on September 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on September 22 and 29.  Read more

A mixed bag

More often than not, I have such a wide variety of events to attend here in the Upper Delaware River Valley during any given week that it is sometimes perplexing as to how I will tie them all together with a neat bow when I sit down to write. Music, art, theatre and fundraisers, with a party thrown into the mix, do stimulate, but are frequently at opposite ends of the spectrum and challenge the thought process, as my fingers fly across the keyboard. The past few days were no exception and (figuratively) provided a mixed bag.  Read more

Tusten Theatre fall season mixes music & theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, a national bluegrass band on the rise, will open the Tusten Theatre’s fall season on Saturday October 5 at 8 p.m. With the Railroad Boys, Mat Kane (violin), Bobby Ristau (upright bass) and Sten Isachsen (mandolin), Gaudet, the lead guitarist and singer, anchors his songs in classic roots music with a driving style firmly rooted in Americana.  Read more