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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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‘Anything Goes’ at the WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — Under the theme of “Anything Goes,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present a wide range of eclectic and imaginative works of art by WAA members in April, beginning on April 6 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The alliance’s gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St. and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Liberto Trio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Liberto Trio will perform in concert on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage. Featuring a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories, the group includes Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Donations will be collected at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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

Observe a painter at work

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts announces the first “First Sunday Art Demonstration” of the season with Cynthia Harris-Pagano painting a still life in oil on Sunday, April 7 at the Milford Borough Hall at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to learn about the process and techniques of making art, and to meet Harris-Pagano. There will be refreshments.

Harris-Pagano’s North Light Studio is located in Otisville, NY. Visit www.pikecountyartsandcrafts.org.

Learn to play the fife

PORT JERVIS, NY — A series of eight music classes for beginners on “How to Play the Fife” begins on Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library. The class will be taught by Patti Gessner, a music instructor who frequently plays the fife with the Broome Street Fife and Drum Corps. The class, open to ages 12 to 80, will combine a combination of classroom instruction and a bit of field marching. Training fifes will be provided for the class. The fee is $16 for the entire course. Class dates are April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Read more

Harmony Presents Jeanne Jolly

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents country singer Jeanne Jolly at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Jolly blends Nashville roots with rock, jazz and a bit of classical and is the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Her voice shifts between belting Americana and lilting golden croons. Classically trained, Jolly demonstrates her diversity on several tracks of her new album “Angel.”  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber black tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will host a 1920s-themed black tie event, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 6 at Monticello Casino & Raceway from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Read more

Slam Allen plays the blues at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Slam Allen returns to the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B with his blend of soul and blues on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m.  Read more

MiZ solos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Mike Mizwinski from MiZ performs solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mizwinski, who gives name to the band MiZ as well as his solo work, is a rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania. Known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso, his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the PA coal-mining region and its cultural heritage.  Read more

A little birdie told me

Finally, spring is in the air. Despite the somewhat frigid temps and occasional snow showers, the undeniable signs of seasonal change are everywhere. Although I’ve yet to have a sighting, friends and neighbors have been spotting robins throughout the Upper Delaware Valley and the icicles on my roof are slowly beating a retreat. Making a mental note to ignore the groundhog next year, I attempted to brush the wonder dog, whose fur coat was out of control, and threw my hands up, frustrated over the snarls and knots that had taken her hostage over the harsh winter months.  Read more

Men in tights; Trockadero dancer Philip Martin-Nielson guest teaches at The Dance Center

PORT JERVIS, NY — It’s not often that ballet students get the opportunity to be taught by a professional dancer. On Saturday, March 23, students of all ages at The Dance Center in Port Jervis got that chance.

The dancer who came to teach is as unique as they come. He is Philip Martin-Nielson, the youngest and newest member of the company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Trockadero is an all-male comedy ballet troupe that dances both the male and female roles, requiring the men to dance en pointe.  Read more

Building Talent Together

Our region is often noted as a beautiful place to experience the outdoors, a great area to sample local chefs’ creations at a quaint eatery, attend a country fair on a warm summer day, and even a superior place to raise a family. But some of our areas most valuable assets are often overlooked—and that is our workforce. Our workforce is hailed for its work ethic and dedication. Those two attributes alone though are not enough for us to jump the next hurdle and be prepared for future endeavors—whether that is in expanding our existing industry base or growing new industries in the region.  Read more

Snow bugs

There are some insects that just don’t know when to quit, it seems. On a mild day in winter, you may spot small flying insects, spiders, or even the striking Mourning Cloak butterfly. These insects are protected by antifreeze-like substances in their bodies, and it doesn’t take too much mild weather to see them emerge for a temporary hiatus from their deep winter dormancy.  Read more

Salon Series to feature Little Sparrow

NARROWSBURG, NY — Little Sparrow is the featured band at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series of concerts on Sunday, March 24. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main Street. Admission costs $10.

Little Sparrow will offer up an acoustic mix of traditional bluegrass, ’60s rock, Americana and original tunes. Band members include Carol Smith on lead vocals and guitar; Aldo Troiani on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals; Lynn Reno on fiddle and vocals; Lester Wilson on bass; and Kurt Knuth on vocals and guitar.  Read more

Photography show pays tribute to autism

HONESDALE, PA—An open house reception for a special photographic show titled “The World Through My Eyes: A Photographic Tribute to Autism” will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Hanson Gallery. The exhibit will run from April 2 to April 15.

The exhibit is a joint project of Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery to promote the positives of autism. Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis.

Visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Jazz vocalist Martha Lorin at Columns

MILFORD, PA — The last of Winter Wednesdays music series at The Columns Museum will feature jazz vocalist Martha Lorin on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Open mic night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Play an instrument? Like to sing? Come on down to The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street for Open Mic Night on Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. This acoustic-style open mic is hosted by a local group, The Crackers. It is an evening for musicians and listeners alike. Come early to sign-up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated.

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

Poetry and prose reading this Sunday

HONESDALE, PA — “The Wonder of a Place,” a reading of poetry and prose followed by a discussion, will be held at the Sanctuary of Oils on Sunday, March 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers include Tom Lisenbee, Nancy Dymond and Mermer Blakeslee. This is a free event. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP to mayasblends@gmail.com or 570/468-7350.

Sunday Night Cinema to show ‘Kandahar’

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema will screen the film “Kandahar” at the Chamber of Commerce on March 24 at 6 p.m. The film unveils the legacy of war in Afghanistan.

The story line involves an Afghan-reared Canadian journalist who slips into her native land to save her sister, left behind when the family escaped. Her sister plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium. The movie reflects the journey of the aspiring savior. The film presents the viewer with a compelling picture of life for the people of Afghanistan in 1999.  Read more

The Great Party at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, March 29, the 2013 “Concert in the Coop” series at The Cooperage will kick off with the band The Great Party. Their show, which has all kinds of American and British pop influences, starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.

“Concerts in the Coop” is a monthly concert series at The Cooperage. Arranged by John Kascht, this series features an eclectic range of music. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Watercolors on display at Inn at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the watercolors of member Bob Lee in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of April.  Read more