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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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Marc Sloan and Forever Moonlight at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host Marc Sloan and the Forever Moonlight Band, bringing an evening of hot flamenco rhythms to the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Through extensive travel and experimentation, guitarist/composer Marc Sloan was influenced by Flamenco guitar (Spain’s original blues music), jazz and rock music. Percussionist Pablo Shine is a prolific painter born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.  Read more

Wedding Update, Part 2

One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45. (Not as early as we would have liked, but I was proud of us.)  Read more

Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival of short films, created by movie-makers from Wayne County, PA, the 570 area code and beyond, will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The selected spooky shorts have not been rated but may approximate the sensibilities of an “R” rating. Children should be accompanied by an adult-aged guardian. Awards will be determined by audience vote.  Read more

Halloween in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Spend Halloween among the ghouls and goblins on Narrowsburg’s Main Street with special events starting late afternoon and going well into the evening of Friday, October 31. Businesses will have candy and treats, along with free films, a chili cook-off, Zombie cocktails, a cider tasting and, starting at dusk, the Butcher Shop of Horrors. From 8 p.m. on, The Heron Restaurant will host its third annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest.  Read more

The Little Farm Show explores where our food comes from

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project, Delaware Highlands Conservancy and NACL Theatre team up to present "The Little Farm Show,” an interactive play that explores the production of food on Sunday, November 2 at The Cooperage. Doors open for this family event at 1:30 p.m. with the performance at 2 p.m.  Read more

Pike County Arts and Crafts event

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts will hold to its monthly First Sunday Art Demo on November 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columns Museum Foundation Room, 608 Broad St. This month will feature Rosemary Gatti from Milford and Charleston, SC, demonstrating the art of Gullah rag quilting. At this demonstration you will learn about the history of the Gullah people, their stories, music and food as well as watching how strips of colorful rags can be turned into a quilt. You can even try your hand at it. Gatti is a multi-media artist.  Read more

Folk duo Hannah & Maggie play Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Folk pop duo Hannah & Maggie will play at Harmony Presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m. The award-winning New York City duo has been compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls. They blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy. They have made two albums and done national tours.  Read more

Armando Baez displays at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — There will be a meet-the-artist and wine and cheese reception for Armando Baez at the Gallery at Chant Realtors on Saturday, November 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. A recognized graphic designer and painter, Baez brings his art to the Lords Valley gallery for the first time. The exhibit of some 30 paintings focuses upon the artist’s interests in the human form, portrait, illustration and comic-book style art. Baez uses a variety of mediums from pencils to pastels and paints, and adding his computer skills creating integrated art forms.  Read more

Watercolor paintings at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — Livingston Manor artist Caroline Harrow is the featured artist in November at The Inn at Starlight Lake Gallery. The muted colors of her watercolor paintings capture local scenes and barns that are fast disappearing. Harrow has won many awards and is a signature member of North East Watercolor Society. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States and beyond. More paintings and contact information are available at www.carolineharrow.com.  Read more

‘Double double, toil and trouble’

Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.  Read more

What it means to be the working poor

By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East Stroudsburg University, spoke at St. Patrick’s Church Hall at the invitation of the Social Justice Committee of the Five Catholic Parishes of Pike County. Behr’s presentation focused especially on a group known today as the working poor.  Read more

The ‘withered tree’

The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through exuberant expressions of vibrant color is almost dizzying and sets the mind’s eye spinning. It is almost a relief when gusting winds strip the trees of their fiery cloaks, laying bare the artful lines of form and branch.  Read more

Water = life

The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to be 9.6 billion by 2050. Even today, much of the world lacks adequate water for drinking and sanitation. Almost everywhere, different interests battle over water distribution. We read of dire problems in California where drought has intensified competing demands. Natural resources (made unnatural by human intervention) are stressed to the breaking point. Can the Upper Delaware River be far behind?  Read more

Halloween Events

Friday, October 24

Halloween Party
ROSCOE, NY — Halloween party with live music from When Pigs Fly at Tennanah Lake Wolffs 1910 at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club, 100 Fairway View Dr., at 8 p.m. Costume contest with $250 first prize and $100 second prize. There will be a 50/50, prize raffles, free hors d’ouevres and drink and room specials. The cover charge is $10.

Saturday, October 25

Halloween Séance
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‘Walk with a Sculptor’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and Morgan Outdoors will present “Walk with a Sculptor,” an art and nature hike at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Naomi Teppich will lead a tour of the 18 artists’ works in the CAS galleries. She will discuss how the river imagery has impacted these artists’ lives and work, and will talk about their creative techniques, using the natural world as a muse for artistic inspiration.  Read more

‘Jeans and Jewels’ fundraiser

HAWLEY, PA — Victims’ Intervention Program’s (VIP) annual fundraising dinner dance, Jeans & Jewels, will take place Friday, October 24 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant at 6 p.m. Come dressed in jeans and jewels or wear a dress or suit. There will be dinner, dancing and a silent auction of themed baskets with goodies, services, dining experiences and luxury getaways.  Read more

New Orleans rhythms meet Appalachian strings

HAWLEY, PA — Roosevelt Dime will play at Harmony Presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. Roosevelt Dime was called a “perpetual crowd pleaser” by The New York Times. They play rock & roll, Americana and New Orleans rhythms that brings melodic banjo, blues guitar, honky-tonk harmonies, and R&B vocals. The band features players on banjo, gutbucket basses, clarinet and sax.  Read more

NACL benefit at Hennings

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Tickets to the second annual Henning’s Local benefit for NACL are on sale now. This year, the benefit will take place on Sunday, November 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Henning’s Local in Eldred (on Route 55). Chef-owner Henning Nordanger will prepare a specialty Norwegian luncheon inspired by the cuisine of his homeland, replete with juniper gravlax, lamb and cabbage, gløgg, rømmegrøt, fårikål, and knekkebrød. Another special feature of the benefit will be a silent art auction of The Weather Project art created by 26 acclaimed regional artists.  Read more

Murphy’s Law

I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut-job, I’m also feeling the effect of Mercury being in retrograde, which, according to many, causes miscommunication, misunderstandings, mistakes and issues with all things electronic. Various astrology sites inform that this latest retrograde period began on the third of October and continues for another few days, ending its cycle on the 23rd.  Read more

Fire on the mountain; Fire towers of the Catskills and their vigilant observers

THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.  Read more