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July 26, 2016
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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Return to sender

My 50th birthday is coming up at the end of this month. I’m told this is a momentous birthday—a milestone. It is a time for reflection. And, bluntly, it is the tipping point in life where most people are closer to death than birth.

Considering that sometimes I can’t remember what age I am without adding or subtracting from my birth year, 1966, I have some mild relief at having arrived at this memorable number. But I wasn’t really fazed by turning “half a century old” until I received that AARP membership card in the mail.  Read more

The world don’t owe you nothin’

Yeah, I know what they meant, but…

Wait, wait, wait, let me back up. Another one of those Internet memes caught my attention the other day on Facebook. Maybe you’ve seen it too. The picture is of a page of a spiral notebook. The caption reads, “A comprehensive list of everything you’re entitled to and that the world owes you.”

The page, of course, is blank.  Read more

Picture-perfect Poconos

The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains by photographer Michael Gadomski. The fact that Gadomski is a third-generation native of Wayne County with a keen knowledge of Pennsylvania’s natural treasures, following a 25-year-career as a state park ranger and naturalist, serves to sweeten the deal.  Read more

Reading the water… and more!

This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish haven’t even been able to get a quick fix or two. This is no time for ice fishing, as lake and pond ice has been questionable. So what is a fishing enthusiast to do?

I read recently of a person who fished “all the time—sometimes on the water and sometimes in books.” I, too, have found that when I’m not actively on the water I like to be at least reading about it.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will’ in Equinunk

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will host NACL Theatre’s Tannis Kowalchuk in “Shakespeare’s Will,” a play by award-winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. in the Calder Hall. NACL (North American Cultural Laboratory) is located in Highland Lake, NY. Kowalchuk is artistic director and runs the NACL Theatre and artist residence.  Read more

‘What is This Thing Called Love?’

BEACH LAKE, PA — A program titled “What Is This Thing Called Love?” will be presented at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, February 14 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Sharon Paige will begin the program with a brief history of St. Valentine and the origins of our present day celebration of Valentine’s Day. She will discuss the parts that music, humor and pathos play in the pursuit of love. This program was inspired by literature, biographies, memoirs and the music of the Great American Song Book.  Read more

‘What is This Thing Called Love?’

BEACH LAKE, PA — A program titled “What Is This Thing Called Love?” will be presented at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, February 14 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center.  Read more

Valentine’s guide on SCVA website

FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Catskills is the perfect place to find whimsical romance this Valentine’s weekend, and the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) wants to make sure everyone knows it. It has put together a digital resource, available at SCVA.net/valentines-day, to help couples plan a memorable Valentine’s Day. It has suggestions for daytime activities from outdoor fun to browsing art galleries or breweries, or a day in the spa. There’s a guide to places for Valentine’s dinner, as well as for romantic overnight lodging.  Read more

Chamber hosts Sweet Heart Dance

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Sweet Heart Dinner Dance at the Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing on Friday, February 12, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Join the Pike County Chamber of Commerce along with the business community for a night of dancing with DJ Flow. You can stop by the Flash Shack Photobooth and get your picture taken with your family, friends, or co-workers.  Read more

Valentine cabaret

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Just in time for Valentine weekend, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its annual Valentine Cabaret, this year titled “Love Songs… And Not.”

Come to the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St., on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. to hear some of Sullivan County’s finest voices entertaining you with love songs… and not.  Read more

Folk sensation Seth Glier in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase returning performer Seth Glier, a folk-pop singer whom Livingston Taylor called “the greatest pop songwriter since Billy Joel,” on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. in the Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr.

Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents said, “Despite his relatively young age, Massachusetts based singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour.” USA Today said that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”  Read more

Oscar nominee ‘Brooklyn’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — CineArt, a partnership between Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater, will present John Crowley’s critically-acclaimed film “Brooklyn” (PG-13) from Friday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 16. It will play nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

‘Earth mother voice’ of Sloan Wainwright at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Sloan Wainwright will perform on Saturday, February 20 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., as part of the RiverFolk Concert series.  Read more

Poetry at the Arts Center

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will present a reading and book launch with Pennsylvania poet Kathleen Galvin Grimaldi, who will read from her new book of poems, “Life’s Glorious Song,” on Saturday, February 20. The event is free, and will take place in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., at 2 p.m. A book signing and wine reception will follow the reading.  Read more

Session Americana at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Session Americana on Friday, February 12. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents says, “This collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny.  Read more

Passport to Reading at the library

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library on Saturday, February 20 at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch as it celebrates Library Lovers’ Month with its Passport to Reading kickoff program between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. This event is intended to encourage literacy in the library’s youngest patrons.  Read more

Runa plays Celtic music at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Runa will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Runa is a Philadelphia-based Celtic roots band that is quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups.” By drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members, Runa is able to push the boundaries of traditional Irish folk music to offer contemporary Celtic material.  Read more

Winter Fun Day at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — Winter Fun Day, sponsored by Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come for an afternoon full of activities. Weather permitting, there will be a snowman-building contest, so be sure to bring your snow pants. You can also listen to a story, and enjoy snacks.

If there’s no snow, participants will listen to a story and make winter crafts indoors, instead. You can stick around after Winter Fun for a free movie in the community room at 1 p.m.  Read more

Love is in the air

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m sticking pretty close to home. Not that I’m bitter (party of one) or anything, but let’s just say that my dog has already received a card or two, while my P.O. box has an echo these days, when I dare to peek inside.  Read more

Couples in Love

On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.  Read more