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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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A special Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, you may be staying home with your family to enjoy a traditional meal, or you may be traveling and choosing to join a celebration at a relative’s or friend’s house. Perhaps you choose to participate in a gathering sponsored by a soup kitchen or church. Some may have even preferred to go to a restaurant that offers a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings.  Read more

A cautionary note about leaves

A week or so after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the northeast U.S. and our region, the sun has returned. Leaves that were left on the trees before the storm were blown down, along with a few of the trees. The trees have been cleared from the roadways and power has been restored, but many homeowners have blown-down trees or branches to contend with. Some of this blown-down debris has its own hidden hazard.  Read more

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is carved out of the side of a mountain. It’s right on the water and reminds me a bit of a futuristic Chicago. The skyline is a sea of brightly lit buildings, stretching up, big and tall into the sky. It makes New York City seem very squarely organized; Hong Kong does not follow the grid plan.

There are tons of people in the streets and many of the alleys are packed with tiny booths selling everything from food to watch parts to Halloween masks. (It’s the end of October.)  Read more

Where there’s a will...

If there was ever a doubt, this past week was proof positive that variety is indeed, the spice of life. As the Upper Delaware Valley began to return to normalcy, our hearts continue to be with those who are still digging out in Sandy’s wake. Thrilled to be home, I cleaned up the mess and got back to business, although I still have not found one of my missing shutters.  Read more

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — A step-by-step “How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with Patti Gessner will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at The Hub at the Port Jervis Library.  Read more

Open mic night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, November 21 stop by The Cooperage for an open mic night hosted by “The Crackers,” one of the region’s favorite Americana bands. Come out to perform or just to watch and listen. All are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and open mic will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations greatly appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.

Artists show their best

MILFORD, PA — Throughout November the ARTery Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, a group show called “Artist’s Choice: The Best of...” Member artists will be their own curators, choosing their favorite and best pieces for display. The exhibit runs through December 3. Hours are Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Family game night

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage will hold a family game night on Friday, November 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Board games, card games, brain games—they’ll have all kinds of games to play. If you have a favorite, they encourage you to bring it. So, dust off your board games, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020 for more information.

Singers, dancers, musicians needed for holiday show

MILFORD, PA — Auditions for “The Holiday Spectacular” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19 at the Milford Theatre. Producers are seeing teen and adult singers, dancers and musicians for this holiday musical revue. Performance dates are December 21 and 22. In the spirit of the holiday season, City-Stage will partner with local food pantries for this event.

‘Crone Age’ book launch

NARROWSBURG, NY — Marcia Nehemiah will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Crone Age,” on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage on Crystal Lake Road. Light refreshments will be served. “Crone Age” features profiles of eight octogenarians from the Upper Delaware River Valley: Cecily Fortescue, Grace Johansen, Christine San Jose, Carol Rocklin, Vera B. Williams, Phyllis Bilick, Barbara Yeaman and Rusty Myers. For directions to Beaverbrook Cottage, visit www.beaverbrookcottage.com. For information about the event, call 570/576-0865.

Holiday craft vendors sought

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership is seeking talented craft vendors, antique dealers, artists and artisans, as well as specialty food vendors to participate in “Honesdale for the Holidays” to be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a registration form or information, email ghp@visithonesdalepa.com or call 570/253-5492.

‘The Nutcracker’ at Delaware Valley High School

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Route 6 on Saturday, November 24 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door are $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Playing with the ether; Theremin performance heading to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “It’s easy to embarrass yourself, but I’m willing to fall on my face,” quipped Jason Smeltzer while describing the process of performing on an unusual and little-known instrument called the theremin. The early electronic instrument’s most characteristic feature is the fact that it is played without physical contact from the performer.

The public will have an opportunity to experience the theremin during a performance at Grace Episcopal Church on Courthouse Square in Honesdale at 7 p.m. on November 17.  Read more

Visiting the Larches

On Election Day after casting my ballot I took a drive down PA Route 191 to see the Larches.

It may sound like the surname of some old family friends who are up for the weekend or the long-lost name of a distant cousin (to be sure, the Larches are as contradictory as some of my most eccentric relatives) but they are friends of a different sort.  Read more

Weathering severe weather

While many animals weather unusual events like last week’s hurricane better than humans do, there are impacts nonetheless that affect wildlife in various ways.

In addition to potentially dangerous factors such as toppled or dangling trees and downed powerlines, some species, such as tree-nesting birds, may lose the shelter of their homes. Others may be forced to adapt to serious habitat destruction.  Read more

ArtsVenture to the Rodin & Barnes Museums rescheduled to November 19

DELAWARE WATER GAP — Because of the new Barnes Foundation, the PoconoArts ArtVenture trip to the Barnes & Rodin Museums has been rescheduled for Monday, November 19.

The Barnes was very sympathetic to the many issues arising from Hurricane Sandy and offered to reschedule so that no one who wanted to visit would be left out.

If you were unable to go on Monday, but are available on November 19, reserve your seat as soon as possible. PoconoArts needs to give the Barnes a definite number by November 13.  Read more

First annual blues and music festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Midnight Slim/Fred Scribner and The Sullivan present the first annual Sullivan County Blues & Music Fest on November 23 and 24 at The Sullivan, featuring regional and national blues and music acts including Alexis P Suter, Chris O’Leary, Murali Coryell, Big Joe Fitz, Petey Hop, Bobby Kyle, Frank Latorre, Midnight Slim, Dan Brother, Pauly DiDio, Rob Cannillo, Ken Bowles and more special guests.  Read more

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — A step-by-step “How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with Patti Gessner will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at The Hub at the Port Jervis Library.  Read more

Presentation on novel self-publishing

PORT JERVIS, NY — In honor of National Novel Writing Month, The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host local author William Webster for a program about self-publishing on Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 on November 30.  Read more

Craft fair

DAMASCUS, PA — There will be a craft fair on Saturday, November 10 at the Damascus Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tri-Gal 4-H Club will provide refreshments and a 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds going to the Damascus Community Center.

Call 570/729-8320 or 570/224-4217.