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October 27, 2016
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LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.

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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October is all but behind us, and the falling leaves tell of the upcoming colder weather on the way. However it is also the tail end of Indian Summer, when mild days bring out some late-season...

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Hope you enjoyed Indian Summer. It officially ended over the weekend; the cold wind and rain cleared out most of the leaves from the trees.

The change of seasons is a beautiful thing here...

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Halloween used to be my favorite holiday, but over the past few years, the spooktacular frivolity has gotten old, just like me. Perhaps my case of arrested development has worn off and adulthood...

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Piano man performs in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston will deliver a special show with Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m., in the Boiler Room.

Preston is a musician and performer and is best known for his role as the piano man in Billy Joel’s Broadway show “Movin’ Out.” He is an original cast member who did the full run on Broadway and often played guest roles on tours. When rehearsals of the Billy Joel band are required, Joel hires Wade as his stand in.  Read more

Writer and artist present ‘Make a Place for Art in Your Life’

LACKAWAXEN, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. artist Tom Bosket and writer Laura E.J. Moran will explore creating a safe space where internal wonderings can bring out an artistic place in the world with the program “Artending: Make a Place for Art in Your Life” at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Piano Passions and more, Shandelee marks 20 years

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) marks its 20th year partnering with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for two concerts this season, plus seven concerts at SMF’s own Sunset Concert Pavilion on the festival grounds.

The Bethel Woods Event Gallery concerts begin on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with “Piano Passions,” a solo piano performance by Allen Yueh, and continue on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. with “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” featuring pianists Doris Lee, Claudia Hu and Helen Shen.  Read more

Landscape paintings at the River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The new exhibit, “Seasons of Change,” primitive landscape paintings and animal boards by Cheryl Korb, will open at the River Gallery-The Art of Living with an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

All pieces are oil on panel, linen and found objects. The show runs through September 10.

For more information, visit, or call 845/252-3238.

‘Green Door’ opens gallery and art exhibit

LIBERTY, NY — Green Door, a quarterly magazine read throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley in upstate New York, announces the opening of an art gallery and exhibition titled “Change: A World in Motion.” The opening event will be held on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. and will include a musical performance by the Human Lard Dog.  Read more

Summer concert series kicks off

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Creek Park Concert Series will begin on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Performers include Elizabeth Rose and Brewster Smith, and Doug Rogers and Hoy Polloy.

Elizabeth Rose ( is well known to Callicoon audiences, having performed on WJFF, at the Tusten Theatre, last year’s Farmstock and for many fundraisers and parties over the years. Her one-woman musical comedy “Relative Pitch” was selected for the Obie-award-winning Mentor Project.  Read more

NYC variety show comes to local theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, New York City’s renowned palace of variety, brings its show to NACL for one special night of cabaret, burlesque, magic and contortion. The late night burlesque variety show, “Mr. Choade’s Wild Ride,” will be at the NACL Theatre on Saturday, July 20; doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Hosted by Borscht Belt legend, Mel Frye, the evening features burlesque legend Gal Friday, magic man Mat Holzclaw, go-go sensation Camillicious, acrobatic Madman Topher, and contortionist Ekatarina.  Read more

Vendors line the streets at Sidewalk Sales

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will hold The Honesdale “500” 53rd annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, artists, and area non-profits. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up a brochure, complete with a map, list of events and historic walking tour.  Read more

Author readings at the Sanctuary of Oils

HONESDALE, PA — The Sanctuary of Oils will be hosting a reading with Mermer Blakeslee and Tom Lisenbee on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Blakeslee will be reading from her most recent novel, “When You Live by a River,” a fictional story of a 1931 Catskill Mountains valley community soon to be flooded to create a reservoir for New York City.  Read more

‘Out of Place’ exhibition opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host an artist talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 for a new exhibition called “Out of Place.” This is a two-person exhibition featuring large paintings and small watercolor/collages by Lisa Samalin and found objects and stained images by Charles Wilkin. The show runs through Sunday, August 25.  Read more

Photo guild hosts exhibition

MILFORD, PA — The public is invited to an opening reception of Frank Zimmermann’s “Tri-State Photos, Dingmans to New York City,” on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highlands Photographic Guild at 224 Broad St. in the Wells Fargo Bank Building.

Zimmermann, a noted New York City architectural photographer, will showcase his latest body of work, some of the well-known landmarks and other images shot closer to home in northwestern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, August 4.

Visit, or call 570/296-2440.

Moonlight paddles on the lake

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary. There will be two paddles: Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. These programs are free to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Only sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem.

Call Lacawac Sanctuary to reserve your spot, 570/689-9494, or email

Kayak paddle for military and veterans

GREENTOWN, PA — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the PA Bureau of State Parks and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have partnered to present a beginner’s kayaking program at Promised Land State Park on Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All active duty, retired, prior service members and their families are invited to join the park’s naturalist on a paddle throughout Promised Land Lake.  Read more

845 Local Hip Hop Night

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions presents its first hip hop showcase on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m. at The Nutshell.

The show features Made Memberz of Monticello, Ice and Guelz B from BSPG of North Branch, Cats-Kill of Monticello, Rio Grand of Brooklyn, NY/Damascus, PA, Reflex Space Deck of Purchase, and R.l. Traviss of Callicoon. Closing the night will be DJ Noah Barker spinning old and new music and chilled out electronic R&B-infused dance music.

Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information, visit

Wayne County antiques show

HONESDALE, PA — Fifty dealers from all over the east coast bring all kinds of antiques and collectibles to the Women’s Club of Honesdale’s 51st annual Wayne County Antiques Show on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.  Read more

Blues singer at popular pizza place

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Blues guitarist Eli Cook will perform at Benji and Jakes on Saturday, July 13 at 9 p.m.

The musician’s live performance includes both original tunes and vintage blues from all his albums. Cook covers classics like Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die” and Skip James’ “Catfish Blues.”

He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Read more

Young opera singers take the stage

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two shows this weekend. Both are held at the Sullivan County Community College Seelig Theatre and are under the direction of music director Violetta Zabbi.  Read more

Family fun planned for Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 9th annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zane Grey Museum.  Read more

Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure.  Read more

Creating Community

Two new local projects illustrate the extraordinary dedication and creativity of my fellow citizens.  Read more