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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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Two decades of breeding on the Upper Delaware

People who come to visit the Upper Delaware region frequently want to know where they can see eagles. Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) can be found year round in the region, with winter being the better time due to the influx of migrant eagles from Canada. They can also be seen in the summer, but most of these are resident breeding eagles and their offspring, which fledge in early July.  Read more

Pre-season gala for Forestburgh arts center

FORESTBURGH, NY — “Mardi Gras in June” will be the theme of the pre-season fundraiser for the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to be held on Saturday, June 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Forestburgh Playhouse. The evening will feature previews of the opening productions of “The Odd Couple” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Be Our Guest: Our Favorite Music from Disney.”  Read more

‘Savor the Arts’ with opera/chamber music

BETHEL, NY — A recital benefit performance for The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The Delaware Valley Opera will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Janice Meyerson and Ray Scheindlin, 544 Hurd Rd.

The concert will feature works by Brahms, Frank Bridge and others, along with arias from “Carmen” and “Samson and Delilah.” Featuring mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson, Lenore Fishman Davis on piano and Ronald Carbone on viola.  Read more

Movie made in Sullivan County to show in film festival

MIDDLETOWN, NY — A feature film, “Knuckle Jack,” which was shot entirely in Sullivan and Orange counties by Roscoe locals, will be screening at the Paramount Theater as part of the Hoboken International Film Festival on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $11.  Read more

Kidzstock in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kidzstock, a day to enjoy family, faith and friends with the community, will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Honesdale High School Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 per child and $3 per adult (children one and under are admitted free). There will be a rock wall, pony rides, inflatable obstacle course, tractor rides, sensory tent, live entertainment, Army vehicles and more.  Read more

A Narrowsburg Night Out

NARROWSBURG, NY — David Driver will perform on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre as part of Narrowsburg Night Out. Before the concert, prix fixe dinners will be offered starting at 6 p.m. at local restaurants Gerard’s River Grill (845/252-6562) and The Heron (845/252-3333).

Performing material originated by Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Smokey Robinson, as well as lesser-known artists like Scott Walker and Judee Sill, Driver will be joined by Blythe Gruda, Peter Kiesewalter, Ian Pai and a few surprise guests.  Read more

Pike Arts and Crafts presents pottery demo

MILFORD, PA — Potter and Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) member Dana Drake will be demonstrating wheel thrown pottery on Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall. She will explain the process of pottery making and allow people to try their hand at it. She will also be bringing many of her finished pieces to show and sell for the afternoon.  Read more

Mixed media paintings at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mixed media paintings by French artist Ishwar Malleret will be on exhibit at the River Gallery, The Art of Living at 8 Main St., through July 10.

Mallerett says of his work, “When I start painting, I often have no preconceived idea of what is about to be painted… My technique consists of stepping out of my comfort zone and diving into the inner worlds… I like to be surprised by the extraordinary wonders of these new unexplored territories.”

Call 845/252-3238 or visit

‘Down the Garden Path’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Down the Garden Path,” an exhibit heralding the coming season of cultivation, featuring original works of art by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, will be presented at The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from June 1 through the 30.

There will be an artists’ opening reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email, or visit

Abstract/surrealist art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — A collection of works titled “Coloration” by abstract/surrealist artist Doug Gilbert, will be exhibited at The Gallery at Chant Realtors during June. Gilbert’s abstract and surrealist paintings are done on paper, canvas or wood. The opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Saturday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show runs through June 29, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570/775-7337.

Milford Music in the Park concert series begins

Milford, PA — Milford’s Music in the Park summer concert series begins with performances by the Mike Lawlor Banned from 1 to 2 p.m. and MiZ from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 in the Ann Street Park at Anne and Catherine streets. The event is free.  Read more

Let freedom ring

National holidays are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, parties, barbeques and parades spring up and a festive air hangs over the Upper Delaware Valley as folks frolic, thrilled to have a three-day weekend. On the other, I invariably have to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and more often than not my job involves attending parties, barbeques and parades. Thankfully, it’s not exactly brain surgery, so I have a lot to be grateful for. Fortunately, I have a lot of freedom to express my humble opinion on a variety of subjects and thus far, I have not run out of things to say.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Bog walk

For an otherworldly experience within a manageable drive of the Upper Delaware region, a visit to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA is in order. Designated a National Natural Landmark because it is the southernmost low-altitude boreal bog on the eastern seaboard, this bog resembles those found at much higher elevations such as New York’s Adirondack Mountains.  Read more


On May 10th, the students at the Jeffersonville Elementary School released the brown trout fingerlings that they had been raising from eggs all winter long into the East Branch of Callicoon Creek. It seemed as if this was the most exciting day in the lives of these boys and girls since Christmas. Child after child received one of the little fish in a plastic cup filled with water. They carefully carried the cup to the creek and then slipped the trout into the water.  Read more

The worst (best) column he (we) ever wrote

Zac: “This is perhaps the fastest column I have ever written. I am currently traveling over 80 mph down I-76 headed east.”

Rabi: “When you say you are the one writing this, isn’t that a little misleading?”

Zac: “Why?”

Rabi: “Because I’m the one actually writing it.”

Zac: “Well, I am dictating while driving. But whatever. Change it to we if you want to.”

Rabi: “I will.”  Read more

Hotel Fauchere welcomes Pike County’s first wine festival

MILFORD, PA — The historic Hotel Fauchere is sponsoring Pike County’s first Food and Wine Faire in partnership with Upstate Wine Country, producers of wine festivals, beer festivals and other events celebrating agritourism throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New York. The festival will be held Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds directly behind the hotel.  Read more

Taxidermy and reclaimed wood art

BARRYVILLE, NY — Artwork incorporating taxidermy and reclaimed wood will be on exhibit in an unusual art show titled “Mounted: Wood Meets Fur” which opens with an artist’s reception on Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The River Market, State Rte. 97. Assemblage artist Gordon Graff, owner of the UpFront Gallery in Port Jervis, NY, will show his works at the Barryville Gallery through September 9.

‘Mist & Mystery’ in Bethel

BETHEL, NY — “Mist & Mystery,” a two-person show featuring the works of Barbara Zweig and Kit Jones, opens on Saturday, May 25 at the Stray Cat Gallery, just opposite the Dancing Cat Saloon, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Barbara Zweig depicts the Venus de Milo as an icon of culture, beauty and truth. In mysterious works that hang on the wall and “bleed” down onto the floor and paintings of the Venus as ghosts floating in the night sky, she reflects on the present state of our commodity-ized culture.  Read more

WCM begins 20th anniversary with Music at the Mill

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A pre-festival benefit soirée kicks off Weekend of Chamber Music’s 20th anniversary in the Catskills from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Art Mill. Guests will enjoy an al fresco buffet supper with wine and dessert on the veranda, overlooking the gardens and stream at the Art Mill.  Read more