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October 25, 2016
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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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A weekend of duos in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will feature a soul-rock and modern pop duo, Nalani&Sarina, on Friday, May 21 at 8 p.m., and a Toronto-based roots-rock duo, The Young Novelists, on Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m.

Sisters Nalani&Sarina, 22, have rocketed from a small town in west-central New Jersey to national notoriety and recognition. Music critic and SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh recently called their latest EP, “Scattered World,” “some of the best music being made in 2016,” and fans, critics and taste-makers have echoed his praise.  Read more

Equinunk memorializes the Seccias

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will honor the Seccia family on Saturday, May 28, with a tribute at 12 noon. The annual old-fashioned ice cream social will take place after the noon tribute ceremony.

Tony Seccia, well-known as the oldest active Boy Scout in PA and possibly in the U.S., died in January 2016. He was 101 years old. He and his brothers all served their country in WW II, in different branches of the military, and each returned home safely.  Read more

CAS members show opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its seventh annual Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from May 21 to June 19. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, May 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Impressionism, music and images

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits will sponsor a performance by a trio consisting of baritone Mischa Bouvier, pianist Irina Nuzova and cellist Yosif Feigelson on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.

They will perform music by major French composers who were born in the 19th century, including Ravel, Debussy and Faure. While the musicians are playing, a slideshow will project paintings by the composers’ contemporaries and, in many cases, friends, including Impressionists Monet, Renoir and Degas.  Read more

‘Lemons Brook Farm: Lens, Pen and Place’

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will present the digital and spoken word event, “Lemons Brook Farm: Lens, Pen and Place,” on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the farmhouse where its New York office is based, 120 Segar and Rosenberg Rd.  Read more

‘Artists Assembly’ brings creative people together

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society has announced the launch of “Artists Assembly,” a monthly gathering of area artists. This is a unique opportunity to rendezvous with fellow artists, share the creative process and get feedback from like-minded people in a creative social setting. Refreshments are provided, but participants are free to bring a snack or drink to share.

Upcoming dates are Friday, May 27 and Friday, June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Full event listings can be found at www.catskillartsociety.org/events.  Read more

Jazz trio in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — New York City-based jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison performs with his trio The Easy Way at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.

Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Allison draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th-century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cohesive whole.  Read more

Independent campsites offer a break from city congestion

Michael D’Agostino and his wife Eloise were driving home from a “disastrous” camping trip (let’s just say a Wiccan full-moon ceremony was involved), when they passed by a bucolic farm. “What if we could camp there?” D’Agostino mused. Then the lightning bolt hit. What if we could camp THERE?  Read more

Spring wildflower traditions

Wildflowers made me who I am. One of my first memories is of a walk in the woods to see the first May flowers—the pin-striped blooms of the spring beauty and the delicate, fur-stemmed hepatica. The trout lily and trillium, blue cohosh and wild ginger were all old friends to be visited each year in “The May-Flower Woods” as I grew up on our old farm. I know where to find them still in their same, specific spots in that same woods along Neering Road.  Read more

What do we wanna be when we grow up?

By the time these words come to you, dear reader, a threshold shall have been passed. My daughter Marietta will have graduated from Hampshire College, joining tens of thousands of other young men and women starting out on the next phases of their lives. (Your cheers and applause are well-deserved; she’s worked extremely hard, and I’m a very proud father.)  Read more

Birding events this weekend

With spring’s arrival, most of the migratory birds that were gone all winter have arrived to start their breeding activities. A few birds, loons for example, are migrating through the region to points north. More bird songs are heard in the mornings now and even at night; last night, I was awakened by the call of a barred owl (“Hoo…hoo…who cooks for you?”). It’s the time of year that bird walks and other events are being held by local bird clubs and other organizations.  Read more

Participants sought for Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups are invited to participate in the 13th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 11. Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. This year’s parade steps off at 1 p.m. and runs for about an hour, plus concerts and entertainment before and after the event.  Read more

Panic attack!

Ever have one? I do, from time to time, being the delicate little flower that I am. Sometimes I have bad dreams that cause me to break out in a cold sweat in the wee hours before dawn. Often it’s worrying about getting the bills paid on time, or how I’m going to juggle my schedule and find a way to make everyone happy (including myself) as I careen throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of entertainment, education and the intellectual (who, me?) stimulation that awaits ‘round every corner.  Read more

Israel/Palestine conflict fuels NACL drama

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre 2016 season opens with “This Is Not a Conversation,” performed by the Dead Sea Swimmers of Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. The theatre is located at 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

Mana Contemporary bus trip/Savor the Arts

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is offering a bus trip to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ on Tuesday, May 24. This Savor the Arts fundraising event is organized by Hester Greene. This is a guided tour and comfortable shoes are advised.  Read more

Master mandolinist Fugate at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present a concert featuring master mandolinist Wayne Fugate, as well as other award-winning musicians, on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. There will be a special mandolin workshop presented by Fugate (www.waynefugate.com) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Musuem is located at 265 Main St.  Read more

‘Le Corsaire’ full-length ballet to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Pictured are members of The Delaware Valley Dance Company, who will be performing the classic ballet “Le Corsaire” at Port Jervis High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. The performances will benefit the Port Jervis High School Drama Club. For more information call The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

‘Revive the Rivoli’ fundraiser

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2016 season at the Rivoli Theatre with a musical fundraiser, “Revive the Rivoli Music Series. The series, featuring local musicians and local beer, will start on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with Presley and Taylor (a breakout country duo) opening the show, followed at 9 p.m. by versatile songstress Diana Upton-Hill.  Read more

ARTery opens May Show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery May show features the gallery’s members in a group show titled “The Muse Within,” from Thursday, May 12 to Monday, June 6. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. This show reflects the artists’ inner thoughts and inspirations. Visit the ARTery Gallery on Facebook.

Neo-Motown groove and Nova Scotian Celtic

HAWLEY, PA — The weekend at Harmony Presents, located in the Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr., will start off with the neo-Motown grooves and retro soul of Caleb Hawley, on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Influenced by artists like Randy Newman and Ray Charles, Hawley has won prestigious awards like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (’09) and the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (’08, ’09). He has also shared the stage with Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain.  Read more