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October 27, 2016
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LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.

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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October is all but behind us, and the falling leaves tell of the upcoming colder weather on the way. However it is also the tail end of Indian Summer, when mild days bring out some late-season...

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Hope you enjoyed Indian Summer. It officially ended over the weekend; the cold wind and rain cleared out most of the leaves from the trees.

The change of seasons is a beautiful thing here...

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Halloween used to be my favorite holiday, but over the past few years, the spooktacular frivolity has gotten old, just like me. Perhaps my case of arrested development has worn off and adulthood...

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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

Just making conversation

Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the art of conversation is getting lost in the shuffle, but old warhorses like me keep plugging along, be it small talk or engaging with others on bigger issues, and life here in the Upper Delaware River region provides plenty of opportunity for both.  Read more

Call for artists, Art & History in the Park

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Tourism and Port Jervis Council for the Arts invites the tri-state community to enjoy a day offering art and historical exhibits, with opportunities to meet area artists as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War period re-enactors, on Saturday, June 18. Artists’ space is available for this event, located at Orange Square Veterans Park on Pike and Sussex streets. Spaces will be 10 feet wide, and work must be ready to hang in individual space with own setup. The charge is $25 per space. The deadline for registration is June 4. Rain date for the event is June 19.  Read more

‘Hamlet’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The film “Hamlet” will be screened at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Thursday, May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare Plays on Film” series. This is the acclaimed 2009 film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production; both the stage production and the film were directed by Gregory Doran.  Read more

Aroma Thyme Bistro hosts ‘Trio of Nature’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Aroma Thyme Bistro will host the exhibit “Trio of Nature,” featuring botanical and landscape watercolor paintings of Ellenville artist Lorraine Devore, daughter Dr. Marie Devore and their art instructor, Roberta Rosenthal, from June 1 through August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The three artists have been painting together for 13 years and share a love of plants, flowers and nature. Their camaraderie reflects a relaxing meditative interlude in their lives. Join the artists for a reception at Aroma Thyme Bistro.  Read more

Blues, Brews & BBQ Summer Music Series

HAWLEY, PA — The Blues, Brews & BBQ series at Glass— at Ledges Hotel, kicks off Memorial Day weekend and runs every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Blues, Brews & BBQ hosts a rotating line-up of live blues music on the Serenity Deck overlooking the scenic Wallenpaupack Gorge. It’s a BBQ-style outdoor dining event with samples of local craft brews from a featured local brewery. For no cover fee, guests can enjoy music and cocktails on the hotel’s lawn or Stargazer Deck.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — There will be contra dancing on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.

Contra dancing is a social affair; meet new people and make new friends, all while listening to great live music by Poison Love with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Beginners are always welcome; there will be a dancing lesson beginning at 7:15 p.m. for new dancers. The suggested donation is $10, kids under 15 are admitted free.  Read more