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June 25, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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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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Historic view of Milford Columns owner

MILFORD, PA — Dallas Grove will present a talk about the life and times of Dennis McLaughlin in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

McLaughlin was the original inhabitant of what is now known as the Columns Museum. Built in 1904, the house was originally used as his summer home. McLaughlin was a prominent citizen of Hudson County NJ, and he dabbled in many pursuits. He was known as one of “the Big Four” because of his ownership in the Guttenberg Race Track, which was a place to bet on “the ponies” in the late 1800s.  Read more

Student productions of ‘WASP’ and ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at the Orange Hall Theatre

MIDDLETOWN, NY — SUNY Orange’s Apprentice Players will perform “WASP” and “4.48 Psychosis,” a pair of one-act plays, at the Orange Hall Theatre for the weekends of November 2-4 and 9-11 on the college’s Middletown campus.

Evening performances on Friday and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

“4.48 Psychosis,” written by Sarah Kane, is a darkly disturbing drama about depression and suicide. “WASP,” written by Steve Martin, is a one-act play depicting the traditional W.A.S.P. values of the 1950s in the U.S., the time period in which he grew up.  Read more

Acoustic performance by Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Now in its fourth year, the Woodsongs Coffeehouse will re-open on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. for the first in a series of acoustic music concerts held at the Sullivan County Museum. The event is hosted by the Sullivan County Historical Society and produced by members of the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

RiverFolk Concert: Joe Crookston and Amy Speace

HONESDALE, PA — The RiverFolk Concert series welcomes back Joe Crookston, a New York songwriter and Album of the Year winner, and Wildflower recording artist Amy Speace to The Cooperage on Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m.

Light fare will be available from the Willow River Café. Suggested donation is $15 or pay what you can. BYOB. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or www.thecooperageproject.org. For reservations call 845/252-6783.

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY —Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a fall fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97.  Read more

Church fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Drew United Methodist Church will hold a church fair on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables will have jewelry, handmade gifts, crocheted gifts, candles, napkins, greeting cards, homemade soup, Rada knives and Christmas decorations.

There will be a bake sale, a coffee break from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sandwiches, hot dogs, soup and apple crisp.

Call 845/845-3423.

‘Extreme/Outside the Box’ new art exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Extreme/Outside the Box” will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 27 through November 11. This exhibit is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery, located at 73 Sullivan St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit www.waagallery.org or e-mail info@waagallery.org.

Paintings by Ken Bosch at By Delaine

NARROWSBURG, NY — Paintings by Ken Bosch will be exhibited at By Delaine, a gift shop at 44A Main St. from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4. An artist opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bosch grew up in Highland Lake, NY. He holds a B.A. in Fine Art from SUNY Oswego and an M.A. from Marywood College. His career as an art teacher began at Narrowsburg Central School, where he taught from 1972 to 1986. He currently teaches in Wilmington, DE, and plans to paint fulltime following retirement this year.  Read more

Long haul flyers

Flocks of high flying geese can be heard and the first hard frost of the season is forecast for tonight as I write this column. Yesterday, on the 11th of October, was a clear day after a frontal passage with northwest to west winds at 10-15 mph, an ideal day to observe migrating hawks and falcons at Sunrise Mtn. in Stokes State Forest in NJ.  Read more

I’ll get back to you on that...

Clearly, none of us are getting any younger. Still smarting from the reality check that was my 40th high school reunion, I’ve been forced to take a good look in the mirror and assess the situation. “I’ve looked better,” I rasped, as I prepared to make my way to the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a Fall Fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97. The flea market and crafters will be there. Refreshments will be available and a bake sale will be held. At 11 a.m. there will be a children’s costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three separate age categories. A free blood pressure screening will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Read more

Watercolors at Manor library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Library announces an exhibit by local watercolorist and former library employee Linda Hare. Hare’s seasonal landscapes, florals and bird paintings will be on display through November.

Over the years, Hare has studied with many local artists including Jack Yelle, Roberta Rosenthal and the late Francis Davis. Her work has been displayed and sold through various galleries in Sullivan and Delaware counties as well as at local shows.  Read more

Filmmaker Ultan Guilfoyle to screen short films about architecture

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m., the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., will show several short films by Ultan Guilfoyle, including four that document Frank Gehry buildings. Guilfoyle will also be on hand to discuss the films and answer questions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served. There is no cost to attend.  Read more

Church square dance

HONESDALE, PA — The Grace Episcopal Church at 827 Church St. will hold a square dance on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The cost is $8 per person and $15 per family.

Cooking class for kids

HONESDALE, PA — “Cooking with Kids,” a skill-sharing event sponsored by Transition Honesdale, will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Parents are invited too.

The program includes hands-on lessons in making applesauce and granola. Children will be able to take home portions of each. They also will be invited to decorate their own take-home, kid-size aprons with some guidance from a local artist. This program is designed for children up to 10 years old.

RSVP by October 24. Call 570/253-5711 and leave a message.  Read more

‘The Master’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “The Master” starting Friday, October 19 and running to Tuesday, October 23. “The Master” is rated R and will screen nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $9.50 ($8 admission on Mondays and matinees. $7 for children under 12 at all shows).  Read more

‘Riddle of the Sands’ at Cinema 6

HONESDALE, PA —Wayne County Arts Alliance will screen “Riddle of the Sands” at Cinema 6 on Sunday, October 21 at 8:15 p.m.

The film was produced in the U.S. in 1979 and is rated PG.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the arts alliance. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

ShwizZ and Jazzmosis to play at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Friday, October 19 Collabonation Productions and The Nutshell Arts Center will host ShwizZ, a cast of wild, extraordinary characters out of the Northeast from the school of funkadelic rock and progressive jazz featuring twists of improv and spontaneity.

Also playing is Sullivan County’s Jazzmosis, featuring guitarist Steve Schwartz, bassist Tom Volpe, drummer Mike Cervone and saxophonist Gregory Fiske, who play a fusion of energetic rock and jazz.

Admission costs $8 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and drink specials.  Read more