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October 24, 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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DVAA opens two exhibits in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. will host a double opening reception on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. for photographer Joe Statuto, whose exhibit “Perhaps in a Dream” will be shown in the main gallery, and for Matt Pozorski, whose sculpture and drawings show, “We Few, We Happy Few,” will be shown in the loft gallery. Both shows run through July 6.  Read more

Les Paul celebration in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — A celebration of music history legend Les Paul will take place on Saturday, June 15, created by Bloomingburg-based musician and technologist Gregory Ercolino and hosted at the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company.  Read more

UpFront opens season

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space launches its summer season with an exhibit featuring the photography of Lonnie Schlein, who for over 35 years was photo editor for The New York Times while also pursuing his own career as a photographer.

In 2001, Schlein was assigned to handle all photography documenting the September 11 attacks on the U.S. for the paper’s special section, “A Nation Challenged,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He also published a photo book of the same name.  Read more

Karen Hudson River Band CD release party

NORTH BRANCH, NY — The Karen Hudson River Band will celebrate the release of her CD “Sonic Bloom” on June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Old North Branch Inn. The CD is produced by roots rock guitarist and producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Joan Jett, Steve Earle and Del Lords), and was funded with the support of fans and friends, and foundation grants. Hudson is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts.  Read more

CAS Summer Members Show welcomes warm weather

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its fourth annual Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from June 15 to July 14. A free opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Themes of nature and celebrating the summer shine through this year’s show. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit arts center. For more information, visit, or call 845/436-4227.

Tractors and trout; Who could ask for anything more?

It is my humble opinion that if Norman Rockwell were alive today, he’d be living in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Rockwell, who was a 20th century American painter and illustrator, enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States for his reflection of American culture, and is most famous for his cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.  Read more

A mural is worth a thousand words

HONESDALE, PA — The mural painters have a really big canvas—the side of a brick building at 7th and Main streets in Honesdale, and as the artists work, a rural farm scene emerges—a red barn in the distance under a brilliant blue sky, a contented brown cow in the foreground staring at passersby, a farmhouse surrounded by fields of dazzling green, a bounty of vibrant fruits and vegetables spilling into the foreground, and at the bottom of the canvas, a waving banner where the words “Wayne County Grown” will be painted. (More about that in a minute.)  Read more

Home truths

Last month, climate scientists announced that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) had surpassed 400 parts per million, an alarming milestone since CO2 is earth’s most abundant heat-trapping greenhouse gas (GHG). A few weeks earlier, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reported on American attitudes on the issue. It turns out that only about eight percent of Americans are genuine climate change skeptics.  Read more

Painted turtles

It’s turtle time in the Upper Delaware River region—time to watch out for dark disc-like shapes along area roadways as turtles move about seeking areas of dirt and gravel in which to deposit their eggs.

This common and attractive turtle exhibits a combination of deep green, black, bright red and yellow coloring. It is often seen basking on logs and rocks in ponds, lakes and wetlands to regulate body temperature. Like snakes, turtles are “poikilothermic,” meaning that their body temperature is largely affected by the temperature of their surroundings.  Read more

Hecho en Clarks Summit

I’m shooting a new music video for the Scranton-based band “The Great Party” this coming weekend in Clarks Summit, PA. It’s going to be a Day-of-the-Dead themed, Mexican style fiesta, complete with face paint, graveyard digging and singing from inside of a coffin.  Read more

Landscape show at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “The Landscape: Emblematic and Abstract,” featuring the works of Daisy de Puthod and Madelon Jones, will open on Friday, June 7 at the Stray Cat Gallery, with a reception on Saturday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.

De Puthod prefers to paint her subjects figuratively with a bold and colorful contemporary style. Jones’ work utilizes mediums such as embossment, painting and encaustic capturing nature’s form and color through the abstraction.  Read more

Milford festival kicks off new art district

MILFORD, PA — Grab your smartphones or cameras and shoot an image that captures your personal memory at the upcoming Milford Music Festival on June 7, 8 and 9, the kick-off event of the newly formed Milford Art District. You can contribute photos to the Photo Bear Collage project by sending them to by Sunday, June 30, with the caption Bear Your Milford Soul in the subject line.Every photo emailed will be included on the “Bear Your Milford Soul” that will be displayed at the upcoming Black Bear Film Festival during the weekend of October 17, 18 and 19.  Read more

Sullivan County Community Chorus sings in spring concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual spring concert, on Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The concert theme chosen by conductor Kevin Giroux is “L’Chaim! Honoring the Jewish Culture.”  Read more

Gypsy jazz at the Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — Harmony Presents will host the band Gypsophilia at the Milford Theatre on Sunday, June 9 at 5 p.m. Halifax-based Gypsophilia is a group of seven young performers whose instrumental music straddles the jazz and indie-swing worlds. The band started as a Django Reinhardt tribute, but soon found itself mixing and composing gypsy jazz with klezmer, funk, classical music, swing and bebop while sweeping up international music awards and selling out shows all over the US and Canada.  Read more

Music and art at The ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will host a free evening of art, music and food as part of the weekend-long Milford Music Festival (June 7 though 9) on Saturday, June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Contemporary jazz musician Eric Hedick will be playing standards, new standards and improvisation on the piano.

The art of Al Bialos will be on display from June 7 to July 8. His paintings portray musicians and reflect the bold, colorful sounds of jazz. Bialos joined The ARTery in 2004 and has been showing his work ever since.  Read more

Durnin returns to the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Molly Durnin (, the Albany-area songstress who has been racking up awards at regional festivals, will be back at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 Route 17B on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Durnin will give a solo performance of her original compositions, whose offbeat topics range from the freedom of foxes to the existence of extraterrestrials and a mermaid’s dreams of revenge. Call 845/583-3141 or visit

RiverFolk Concerts presents Christine Lavin

HONESDALE, PA — Singer-songwriter Christine Lavin will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. From difficult men (and women) to today’s fads, trends and headlines, her songs skewer our lives and foibles. While she can move easily to poignant and reflective songs such as “Roses from the Wrong Man” and “Another New York Afternoon,” audiences come to her concert wanting to laugh.

Lavin invites people to join her in a knitting circle before the show.  Read more

DVAA fundraisers slated

DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Two fundraising parties to benefit the Delaware Valley Art Alliance (DVAA) are scheduled for June. Savor the Arts with an Opera and Chamber Music Flair will be hosted by Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin with Meyerson, a mezzo soprano, performing with Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola, on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m., 544 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY. A $25 donation includes a concert, hors d’oeuvres and wine.  Read more

Shwizz and Fikus come to The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Shwizz, a prog-rock/funkadelic jazz band out of Nyack will be returning to the Nutshell Arts Center on June 8 along with River Vale, NJ based electro-funk rock group Fikus. Collabonation Productions brings this duo back to the Catskills for another night of live music. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission costs $10. Visit

History museum to welcome ‘Ben Franklin’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Ben Franklin” visits the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, June 8 to teach visitors how he built his famous “electrifying” kite as a month-long series of Scout Weekends continues throughout the month of June. Historic instructions (with some modern supplies and adaptations) will be provided for the hands-on craft making experience.  Read more