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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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‘Jazz on the Deck’

HAWLEY, PA—“Jazz on the Deck,” an every Wednesday feature during July and August at The Settler’s Inn, kicks off the summer series on July 3 with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet. There is no cover charge. The music begins at 6 p.m.

The Settler’s Inn is located on Hawley’s Main Avenue, and thanks to a covered deck the performances can be held rain or shine. The “Jazz on the Deck” line-up also includes Robert Kopec Quartet on July 10 and Thos Shipley Trio on July 17 and many more.  Read more

Life celebration concert for Jack Hardy and Maris Hearn

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn present the seventh annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert, a Jack Hardy Song Night, at The Delaware Youth Center, 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. An open mic hosted by Little Sparrow takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. featuring David Massengill, who once performed as The Folk Brothers with Jack Hardy, Honor Finnegan, Angela Elizabeth Holup and Stuart Kabak.  Read more

‘Vetstock’ to be a star-spangled event

MILFORD, PA — Vetstock, a two-day long celebration on the Fourth of July weekend that will help raise funds to build a home for a severely disabled American veteran, comes to Milford’s Malibu Dude Ranch on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Additional events will be held at Milford’s American Legion Post 139.  Read more

Country music at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Karen Collins and The Backroads Band are coming to Honesdale on Friday, June 28 as part of the “Concerts in the Coop” series at The Cooperage.

Collins has one of those country voices that is often compared to that of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Her band features guitarist Ira Gitlin. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donations collected at the door. BYOB.  Read more

Painting exhibit at Domesticities benefits Doctors Without Borders

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new exhibit of paintings by Dr. Russell Asnes has arrived at Domesticities. The works range from domestic still life to portrait to political.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera summer course and performances

LOCH SHELDRAKE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and the New York Opera Studio will launch an intensive two-week summer course for singers and collaborative pianists to be held at SUNY Sullivan in Lock Sheldrake from July 7 through 22. The program, called Opera Advantage, will help singers explore the musical language, verbal language and body language of opera. For application information and cost of tuition, visit  Read more

Poets to read and perform in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Milanville Poets Unlimited will present a reading and performance on the theme of “The Wisdom of Mother Nature and the Follies of Mankind” on Sunday, June 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial St. (The Holmes Building). The event will include a lively afternoon of poetry, conversation and accompaniment from world musical instruments such as a “singing bowl,” rain sticks, seed rattles, a conch shell, a ship’s bell, and a propane tank xylophone.

The Milanville Poets include Sheila Dugan, Mort Malkin and Tracey Ranze.  Read more

Out, loud and proud

Forty-four years ago this week, I woke up, went downstairs and overheard my parents discussing the news. My folks subscribed to two papers, The Sun Bulletin and The Evening Press, both published in my home town of Binghamton, NY. Keeping abreast of local and national news was important in our household. My sister and I were well read, and education was considered not only important, but also mandatory.  Read more

Sightseeing on the Delaware; May the Fort be with you!

For years now, I’ve driven past it, making a mental note to stop by “sometime” and check it out—the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History. I have a keen interest in the rich historical significance of the early settlers’ lives here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, but until a few weeks ago, hadn’t pulled into the lot.  Read more

They’re baaaaaaack

School’s out for the summer, and it starts to show on the Port Jervis train around early June, when the college kids return. Early July, the trains are carrying families up for a summer visit with Grandma and Grandpa, some for weekend stays, others for longer “parent mental health” days.  Read more

A Night at the Theatre: Forestburgh’s “Joseph” is a dream of biblical proportions

The Forestburgh Playhouse (FBP) knows its way around a musical and the theatre’s sparkling production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” illustrates the point nicely. It doesn’t hurt to have a hummable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with a fast-paced book, i.e. the script, and clever, clever lyrics by Tim Rice, the dynamic duo behind “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  Read more

Snapping turtles

As their name indicates, snapping turtles can inflict a powerful bite if threatened. But that’s no reason to fear or harm these impressive reptiles. Enjoy them at a safe distance and thrill to their fascinating physique.

As the largest turtle species in the Upper Delaware River region, “snappers” are can reach a shell length of 12 inches and typically range between 15 to 45 pounds. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, an exceptional snapper found in Wayne County, PA in 2006 weighed in at over 60 pounds.  Read more

Comedy tour comes to Eldred

ELDRED, NY — The Laugh Tour: Stand-Up Comedy at Henning’s Local, the new restaurant at The Eldred Preserve, will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 9 p.m. “The Tonight Show’s” Jessica Kirson headlines.

MC/host is Rich Kiamco of The Howard Stern Show, BRAVO, WE-TV. Also appearing are Katherine Williams and Steve Leventhal. Come by earlier for a locally sourced meal before the show. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 online, and $25 at the venue. Visit to purchase tickets. For more information, visit

Car show set for Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — Over 100 vehicles will be displayed at The Equinunk Historical Society’s 14th annual car show on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pine Mill Road. Visit for more information. Car show committee members Charlie Bennett, Barbara Gogan and Carol Ann MacMaster are pictured here with Josh Galloway from Lookout and his unique creation, constructed from the ground up starting with a frame he built himself.

Historical society holds fundraising variety show

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will hold a fundraising event, “First Annual Hysterical Society Variety Show,” on Friday, June 21, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Cooperage. Emcee Bob Mermell will present an evening of entertainment by local talent, while the audience enjoys an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, including coffee, tea and water.

Performers include comedians Roger Hunt, Jeff Hiller and Lars Hanson; Ramona Jan and her Marionettes, Bob Friedhoffer and his Scientific Magic and the Crackers.  Read more

Gay Pride Weekend has two events

REGION — This weekend is the 2013 Gay Pride weekend in the Catskills. The Gay Pride Dance is on Friday, June 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY. $10 suggested donation. Day to Be Gay Festival will be held Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Hills Country Inn in Callicoon Center. There will be food vendors or bring your own picnic, as well as a dog of the day contest, craft and art vendors, a pie baking contest, music by DJ Mike, entertainment and special guests. $15 suggested donation.  Read more

Soul-stirring sounds in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Singer/songwriter Aimee Bayles returns to Hawley to perform in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Eva Cassidy, this singer-songwriter captures a sound influenced by her southern roots, easy jazz and folk-like story telling.

Reserve a seat at Tickets cost $16 in advance online, $20 at the door. Email or call 570/588-8077. Harmony Presents is sponsored by Gold Bold Media Group.

NACL presents “Wormholes”

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents the play “DDT, Wormholes or A Hypothetical Topological Feature of {19th century} Space/Time” on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

Inspired by quantum physics, insect mating rituals, texting emoticons, George Eliot’s Victorian novel “Middlemarch” and a growing sense of disconnect, this piece explores the question: what happens when we lose the ability to communicate? The audience is a critical part of the play’s unfolding; the characters cannot go beyond the introductory scene unless the audience actively engages change from one portal to another.  Read more

‘Women Who Rock’ to rock the park

MILFORD, PA — Milford’s summer concert series, Music in the Park, continues on Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., focusing on “women who rock.” Performers include Sabrina Reitman, known professionally as Abri.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, June 22, there will be a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Contra dance is a form of traditional American set dancing with long lines of couples facing each other. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with the other couples in their line. The steps themselves, which are simple and easy to learn, are similar to those used in traditional square dances. A caller first teaches the figures to be done in each dance, and then ‘calls’ the dance as the music is played by live musicians.  Read more