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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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Castle Centennial Community Day

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA is celebrating the centennial of the Frost Valley Castle this year. On Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., families are invited to enjoy early 20th-century games and activities, in addition to tours of this historic mansion, former home to early 1900s wool baron Julius Forstmann. It features antiques, furniture and architecture from when the home was built in 1916. This event focuses on the local community, including the significance of both the Frost Valley Castle and the rich history of the Catskills region.  Read more

‘The Terrifying’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will present “The Terrifying,” by Minor Theater of New York City (, on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Local ingredients with a Southern flair; Lake House brings new life to old Mohican Inn building

GLEN SPEY, NY — There’s a new restaurant in Glen Spey on the shore of Mohican Lake, serving new-American food with a concentration on Southern cooking. The Lake House occupies the former Mohican Inn, and is owned by Shane Pearson, former Baker’s Tap Room owner, and Curtis Brown, who’s new to the area but is not new to the restaurant business.  Read more

A policy puzzle

There’s a network of renewable energy mavens at work across New York State, pouncing on each new official plan, hoping for wise energy policy and formulating thoughtful responses shared through the public comment process. Everyone sprang into action on April 19 when the New York State Public Service Commission issued “The Clean Energy Standard,” a staff white paper that outlines strategies for meeting renewable energy goals laid out in the New York State Energy Plan.  Read more

Natural wellness

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul,” asserted author, naturalist and conservationist John Muir. Although Muir died in 1914, his legacy continues to influence and inspire us today.  Read more

Let them eat cake

I like cake. Actually, if it’s sweet, I probably will like whatever it is. In point of fact, I completed yet another trip around the sun this past week, and there has been plenty of cake to go around. I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but I’m thankful to have friends who care, and upon their insistence I have blown out the candles a few times over the last several days. My birthday has always been close to Memorial Day (sometimes even simultaneous), and as a kid, I naturally thought that all of the barbeques, celebrations, parades and general hoopla were all for my benefit.  Read more

Nat Osborn Band returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA —Dave Matthews Band opener and European touring band, The Nat Osborn Band (Quartet Version) returns to Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. “Described as ‘irresistible’ by Consequence of Sound, Nat Osborn ‘writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era song craft with decidedly modern sensibilities.’ He mashes and stirs up styles like a chef mixing spices: a dash of funk here, a dollop of rock there and a sprinkling of reggae, all around a solid base of catchy songwriting.  Read more

Indie film to be shot in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Olive Gallagher, a native of Milford and president/CEO of Moonlight Man Productions, an indie film and television production company, is the screenwriter/director/producer of “Journeys,” an indie feature set for principal photography in Milford in September of 2017. The feature roles of Olive and Adalbert Hardwell will be played by Laila Robins and James Morrison respectively.  Read more

‘Quasi’ at the Elevator

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “Quasi,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Fernando Colón-González, in the Elevator Gallery at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from June 4 through July 17. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

“In my work, I avoid making specific reference to things in particular,” says artist Fernando Colón-González. “However, it happens involuntarily that I connect to images that are in our memory, then it’s up to the spectators to continue the journey.”  Read more


SHOHOLA, PA — Throughout history, censorship has haunted the creative expression of men and women. Barryville Area Arts Association’s June “Censored!” exhibit offers up just a few of the great works of art that were thought offensive or subversive by censors. A free reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 4 at the Artists Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be complimentary refreshments.  Read more

‘Bare Bones’ at Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local artists take a “bare bones” approach to the world around us in a new group show at the Laundry King, an alternative exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St.

Curated by artists Elizabeth Ennis and Naomi Teppich, this exhibit features
drawings, paintings, sculptures, a hand-made book and photographs by Robyn Almquist, Don Downs, Eva Drizhal, Elizabeth Ennis, Kathie Fitzgerald, Emanuelle Gauthier, Jan Harrison, Joanna Hartell, Lynne Mayocole, Lorena Salcedo-Watson, David Sandlin, Michael Staats and Naomi Teppich.  Read more

‘Fabrication and Figuration’ in the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Fabrication and Figuration,” an exhibit of sculpture and drawings by Honesdale-based artist Jeff George, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Loft Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

Many of George’s sculptures are whimsical and humorous, taking common or familiar items and arranging them into new works that challenge most conventional thinking and ideas. His work (commissioned or non-commissioned) is usually a mix of materials: found objects, wood, steel, ceramics and glass.  Read more

Kadampa Fun Fair

GLEN SPEY, NY — Kadampa World Peace Temple at 47 Sweeney Rd. will hold its eighth annual Fun Fair on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the facility named “Best Meditation Center” by River Reporter readers with free guided meditation and temple tours. The fair will also include a flea market, artist vendors, live music, fresh food, a raw juice bar, carnival games and more. There are four on-site hiking trails, community meals, chanted meditations, and a free meditation and teaching on Sunday morning. On-site accommodation is available.  Read more

Jazz string trio at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Free Library will host a concert featuring the String Trio of New York, an internationally known chamber jazz group of acoustic violin, guitar and bass, on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Critics have called the award-winning trio “one of the finest avant-garde chamber jazz groups around.” Since their founding in 1977, they have been regulars at jazz festivals such as Ravinia and Newport and have been featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and PRI’s International Concerts.  Read more

Old-fashioned fruit jars at the Bethel School

HONESDALE, PA — The Bethel School’s season will open on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., when northern Wayne County resident Bob Wood brings his collection of fruit jars to the Bethel School at 2 p.m. His collection features grandma’s canning jars—those old blue/green jars complete with “lightning” closures or zinc lids and embossed lettering.  Read more

At The Cooperage: an evening with two singer/songwriters

HONESDALE, PA — Jeff Raught, born and bred in Honesdale, will return to The Cooperage on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., along with singer/songwriter Jessica Smucker.  Read more

‘Working Conditions’ opens at Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Working Conditions,” an exhibit of paintings by Carol Diamond, opens with a reception on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through June 25.

With an innate feel for materials, Diamond treats her canvases as excavation sites, digging out abstract forms and riffing on medieval and baroque architecture. Her paintings contain layers of thick and thin oil paint, areas of rough brushwork and sections of scraped-off color.  Read more

Memorial to a practical man

Art Peck was a practical man. When his Narrowsburg neighbors decided to build a library, Art and his wife Beth donated the building and a lot more. If he needed a clock or a boat or a rocking chair, he built one for himself, and a few more for his friends and family. A generous man, he helped others without fanfare, expecting only a simple thank-you in return. He was a mentor to many and his barn/workshop in the Narrowsburg Flats was always open for kibitzing, working or just watching Art build his newest project.  Read more

Turning points

On Memorial Day weekend in 1977 my stepfather Mike drove off the side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in his Volvo station wagon after suffering a fatal heart attack on his way to our country house in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills. My mother was still at her office in the Graybar Building on Lexington Avenue in a cavernous part of Manhattan in the shadow of Grand Central Station and the then Pan Am Building. He was 50 years old; she was 52.  Read more

Spring gobblers

During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes perfectly aligned from one step to the next. Earlier this spring, a new sound could be heard; the loud report of a male, or “gobbler,” resounding through the woods as he tries to entice a female through ruffled feathers, fan-tail displays and strutting. These are the sights and sounds of the courtship and breeding season for turkeys, aka the spring gobbler season.  Read more