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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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Q&A

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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I’m hooked on social media—are you?

I think I might have a problem, and it’s called the Internet. While the World Wide Web has come to offer so much to so many, it is not without drawbacks, and I find myself having issues with social media. Oh, sure, it started out innocently enough. My pals who had dabbled in it back in the days of MySpace encouraged me to check it out, but that site was clearly targeted for a younger group and didn’t really interest me.  Read more

The name game

We have a new kitten, a bouncing, tail-chasing three month old “silver tabby,” now named Ralphie. He came to us from the litter of a friend’s cat after months of relentless sweet-talk and wheedling from my 13-year-old daughter.

He wasn’t always named Ralphie, but an R-starting name complemen-ted the names of our other two cats, named Rocket and Raven. (Giving your children names that all begin with the same letter is a practice I’ve never really liked, but it works well with animals.)  Read more

LCD vs. GCF

Do you remember learning about fractions, back in fifth grade or so? Then you might remember those terms, “LCD” and “GCF.” They came in handy when simplifying fractions, or adding them together…

But don’t worry, we’re not here to talk about math, we’re talking about politics.  Read more

The world at our feet

Winter has arrived, but the snow, so far, has been minimal. Should the day come when you catch yourself whining about the weather, crabbing about cabin fever, or getting grumpy over the lack of color in the local landscape, get ahead of the gloom by getting down, as in—nearer to the ground.

With so many things—at eye level and upward—tugging at our senses, it’s easy to lose track of the ground beneath us, and all the wonders we can encounter there. With a new year freshly here, set a goal to get to know what’s going on down in the zone where your feet usually hang out.  Read more

High hopes for 2016

This is destined to be a great year, especially for those who will be enjoying time on the water. We are off to a good start in January, aptly named for Janus, the god of beginnings. The word January also derives from the Latin word “ianua,” meaning “door.” January is the door to the coming year.  Read more

Internship opportunities at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum located on St. Rte. 55 is seeking applications for its internship program. Interns are needed in several different areas, and all interns will gain experience working in a non-profit organization.Volunteer interns are needed for:
Education: Interns will have the opportunity to develop and implement educational programming, and work directly teaching students.

Archives: Interns will contribute to the effort to maintain, preserve, store and catalogue the collection.  Read more

Word of the day: Staycation!

So far, 2016 has been different. With little to no snow and temperatures fluctuating between zero and fifty degrees, trying to make a decision regarding a vacation destination this year was puzzling.  Read more

Angeli and Spillner at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will begin its 2016 Exhibition Season with “Into the Storm,” featuring artwork by Daniel Angeli, and “Candy Spilner, Paintings,” featuring three-dimensional wall constructions by Candy Spilner, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from January 30 through February 28. CAS will host an artists’ talk on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Auditions for SUNY’s ‘Ragtime’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Ragtime” on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seelig Theatre. Callbacks will be January 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musical is based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel “Ragtime.”  Read more

Submissions sought for ‘Altered Egos’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA’s) online gallery is soliciting submissions for its upcoming exhibit “Altered Egos,” a curated exhibition that will feature manipulated self portraits in any media. The entry deadline is January 16. The exhibition will run from February 6 through May 28.  Read more

Callicoon indoor market

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon’s indoor farmers’ market will continue in 2016 at the Delaware Youth Center on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Upcoming dates through April will be January 17 and 31, February 14 and 28, March 13, and April 3 and 17.

NACL drama classes for kids at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — NACL Theatre will hold a winter session of drama classes for children in grades K through 6. Classes will be held at The Narrowsburg Union located at 7 Erie Ave. They will be held Saturday mornings starting on January 23 and run for eight weeks.
Children’s Creative Drama engages children in theatre games and original play-making practices that focus on imagination, collaborative play-making and skills that build theatrical expression.  Read more

Bluegrass in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will feature the Americana bluegrass rock band, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 16 at 8 p.m.

“We’re so excited to feature this incredible group. Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Poetry reading at the library

MONTICELLO, NY — Members of the Country Voices Poetry Group will read their original works in the reading room of the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The poets will read from a variety of themes from their recently published chapbook, “Country Voices Poetry.” This is the first publication of creative offerings by Country Voices Poetry Group, established in 2014, to be released to the local community. Enjoy discussion with the poets. Copies of their work will be presented for sale.  Read more

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

Watch Netflix  Read more

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 www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.