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Just when I think I know everything there is to know about Sullivan County, along comes the Magical History Tour. Now in its 21st year and co-hosted by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and local architect Robert Dadras, the tour is presented by The Delaware Company ( in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (

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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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Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my...

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Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at...

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New West Guitar Group at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — World-renowned and innovative guitar ensemble, New West Guitar Group (NWGG), will play in the Boiler Room of the Silk Mill on Friday, January 15 at 8 p.m.

“NWGG has developed a widespread reputation as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. The group’s music is regularly featured on NPR and jazz radio stations.  Read more

Get the blues with Scott Ainslie

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back blues master Scott Ainslie on Sunday, January 17 at 5 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Prior to the concert, Scott will also offer a workshop titled “Blues Give Me Your Right Hand” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $45 and pre-registration is required.  Read more

Things to do when ‘there’s nothing to do’

The wintertime is when things slow down, and it’s easy to get bogged down in the feeling that “there’s nothing to do.” But winter brings its own set of activities. Some people enjoy this time to settle down, relax and stay at home. Others like to get out and do as much as possible, daring to brave the cold and snow. Here’s a guide for what to do, both indoors and outdoors.

If you want to stay inside

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A world of possibilities

Opportunities for solar development are evolving so rapidly In New York State, it’s hard to keep up with all of the initiatives on offer. According to NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, solar is expanding in New York at three times the national rate of growth.  Read more

Balmy winter of 2015

It was a day before Christmas, and instead of going skiing or snow-shoeing, I took a ride on the motorcycle. With temperatures in the mid 60s on Christmas Eve, there were quite a few other bikes on the road that day. A few kayaks and canoes were on nearby lakes as well; the watercraft shared the lakes with mergansers, buffleheads and other waterfowl, as no lakes are frozen yet in the region.  Read more

Sounds Like Teen Spirit open mic night

HONESDALE, PA — The first “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night of 2016 will take place on Friday, January 8 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Sounds Like Teen Spirit is an open mic night designed to display the talents of local youth.

Any type of performance—rap, stand-up comedy, poetry recitation, singing, guitar—is welcome. All ages are invited to come watch, but only the area’s youth will be invited to step up on stage.

Donations appreciated. For more information visit or call 570/253-2020.

Much ado about nothing

Yeah, it’s been pretty quiet around here for the last two weeks. Even though I was seriously looking forward to a little downtime, it didn’t take long for me to go stir crazy spending so much of it at home during the break from my hectic schedule that falls between Christmas and New Year’s. Oh, sure, I had big plans: clean out some closets, put the holiday decorations away, send out some “thank yous” and scrub the house from top to bottom before breaking down and making some resolutions. So far, I’ve accomplished none of this, but I did manage to unplug the dog’s pink, metallic tree.  Read more

Oldies at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, January 9, The Paramounts will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., at 7:30 p.m. If you enjoy the sounds of the 1950’s and 1960’s, this concert is for you. Dancers are welcome.

Originally from New York, The Paramounts are an authentic oldies doo-wop band that performs many of the fabulous Rock & Roll ‘Oldies But Goodies’ popularized by such renowned artists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. They will also perform their hit recording from 1959, titled “Trying.”  Read more

Dave Matthews opener Osborn headlines in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Dave Matthews Band opener and European touring artist, Nat Osborn, joined by the guitarist from his seven-piece band, Dustin Carlson, will return to Harmony Presents on January 9 at the Hawley Silk Mill. The show starts at 8 p.m.  Read more

Ballet for adults at the Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — Ballet classes for adults have been added to the dance offerings at The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, a local 501(c)3 arts and education center.

On four Saturdays in January, grownups can learn the basics of this dance form, widely considered the early foundation of most other dance styles. For years, children have been learning ballet at The House, but this is the first time adults can join.
The classes meet January 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Instructor Alana Sherman, a certified dance therapist, has been teaching for over 30 years.  Read more

Programs at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at the Port Jervis Public Library hosts a number of meetings and events that can keep you occupied during the colder weather. The Crochet Guild meets every two weeks, with the next session scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. You can come exchange ideas about projects and yarn. The Hub Crochet Guild provides a place where beginning crafters can seek assistance from the more experienced. The facilitator is Dawn Clune, and joining is free. Bring your own yarn.  Read more

Civil War re-enactor, popcorn and more for kids and teens

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library is starting the New Year by offering a variety of free programs for children and teens. On Thursday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m., Jason Edwards, a Civil War reenactor, will come to talk about the Civil War. Edwards will come in full uniform, and share what life was like during the Civil War. He will also talk about the heritage of the 143rd Regiment in Sullivan County. This program is for all ages, and the snow date will be January 14 at 4:30 p.m.  Read more

‘For Auld Lang Syne’

The song sung the world over at New Year’s has taken on deeper meaning for me as I grow older among a few good friends. Before Christmas this year I travelled to Cape May to visit one of them. She had invited me and another friend from our old neighborhood in Manhattan for a weekend in her new digs on the Jersey shore. Her time there has not been easy.

“We two have paddled in the stream / From morning sun till dine / But seas between us broad have roared / Since long, long ago”  Read more

Winter bird whereabouts

Watching birds in winter can really lift one’s spirits, as they somehow survive conditions that most humans couldn’t withstand. Their colorful plumage and spirited antics inspire our devotion to do what we can to help them thrive. In ongoing efforts to improve our knowledge of these feathered miracles, several counts take place. Audubon’s 116th Christmas Bird Count is underway now and continues until January 5, 2016 ( tion/science/christmas-bird-count).  Read more

May the force be with you

I’d like to personally thank George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and the entire cast and crew of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for making my holiday a little brighter. Fear not—no spoilers here, but I’m grateful that my doctor gave me the go-ahead to get out of bed and be among people, without fear of infecting an entire theater full of fans, in order that I might carry on a long-standing tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day. And, by choosing “Star Wars,” I feel like a kid again.  Read more

Billy Joel back-up Preston returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston of “Movin’ Out!,” the Broadway show, and Billy Joel’s back-up, will be featured by Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m., delivering a show filled with Billy Joel’s most popular tunes as well as his own original compositions.  Read more

Celebrate New Year’s on Walnut Mountain

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to join the fourth annual New Year’s Hike/Snowshoe at Walnut Mountain on Friday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants choose the outing that fits their level: a relaxed hike along wide, graded carriage roads or an intermediate hike that includes single-track mountain bike trails to the summit.

Participants will receive a Walnut Mountain packet from Liberty Parks & Recreation with a trail map and historical facts about Walnut Mountain, including its history as a ski slope.  Read more

Grodin headlines Laugh Tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Marion Grodin, seen on “The View,” will be the headliner when The Laugh Tour visits The Arnold House at 829 Shandelee Rd. on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. The emcee will be Rich Kiamco.  Read more

The Holiday Express

As luck would have it, I got out early on Friday two weeks before Christmas and could catch the first get-away train to Port Jervis, the 4:05 out of Hoboken. This unseasonable weather we have been having made this a great night to get some shopping in, but my heart was just not in it. Something about Christmas in the Upper Delaware Valley to me means cold noses, rosy cheeks, running from store to store with just my red wool scarf around my neck. For most of this season I have found myself still in short-sleeve shirts at work.  Read more

Some hope for the bats

If you have read anything about bats in the last several years, you have probably heard about white nose syndrome (WNS). First discovered in New York in 2006, WNS affects hibernating bats and is caused by a fungus, Psuedogymnoascus destructans. Bats contracting WNS are irritated by the fungus and expend energy as they become restless. During hibernation, they expend their fat stores too quickly and frequently die before they reach the end of hibernation.  Read more