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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 (https://www.facebook.com/TheDelCo) in collaboration with the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (www.libertymuseum.com).

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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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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‘You Are Here’ landscape paintings by Kit Sailer

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Are Here,” landscape paintings by Kit Sailer, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Loft Gallery on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

After a decade painting and making prints of seahorses, octopuses, and other sea animals, artist and teacher Sailer began painting landscapes in 2007.  Read more

‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for its partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

“Yarnslingers: Memoirs” is a year-long collaboration with the Catskill Art Society, featuring storytellers from all walks of life who share pieces of their biographies in monthly performances. From the surprising and heartfelt to the charmingly everyday, the tales of this diverse group reveal their individual idiosyncrasies, while uniting us in their common experiences.  Read more

Broadway photographs by Glenn Lieberman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Broadway,” a series of street photographs by Glenn Lieberman, opens with a reception on Friday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through July 12.

In this exhibition, Glenn Lieberman’s black and white photographs depict life traversing the 13-mile length of Broadway within the borough of Manhattan, from Bowling Green to Inwood. They are digitally generated in color and then transformed into black and white.  Read more

Students win art scholarships from Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Four area high school seniors have been awarded scholarships under two programs administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

The Dr. Barry & Jane Bodenstein Music Scholarship award was open to seniors at Sullivan West High School who are planning to pursue advanced music studies. Students were required to give a live audition in voice or a musical instrument.  Read more

Exhibit of fresh flowers and art at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fragrance of freshly cut flowers lures you in to this exhibit, which couples the talents of fine artists and floral designers. “Art in Bloom,” curated by Jane Luchsinger of the Narrowsburg Beautification Group, returns to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for a third year. The exhibit features live floral arrangements composed by local garden clubs, Master Gardeners and florists, paired alongside paintings and sculptures. Each floral arrangement is a visual interpretation of a local artist’s work, which is also on display.  Read more

Pinot on the Patio wine dinner

MILFORD, PA — The River Rock Inn will toast the beginning of the summer season with a five-course “Pinot on the Patio” Wine Dinner on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mark DeAntonio of Southern Wines and Spirits, who will present and discuss each selection.

“We’ll be featuring wines that are perfect complements to summer grilling recipes,” said manager Janice Halsted. “Chef/owner Ken and chef Carl have collaborated to create a menu that will offer our guests an appetizing array of summer recipes.”  Read more

Folk, bluegrass and rock songsters

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host pre-WWII folk and Americana band Tumbling Bones On Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill. They play a mix of original and traditional material infused with the energy of the rock ‘n’ roll using acoustic instruments, tap shoes and voices.  Read more

Free outdoor family film and activity at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — The animated film “EPIC” will be shown on a large screen in the historic amphitheater on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, June 21. A related craft activity for youngsters begins at 7 p.m. The film will start at dusk. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic dinner; popcorn will be available.  Read more

Late Night Ramble hosted by The Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project, located at 1030 Main St., will host the Late Night Ramble 2014 on Saturday, June 21. This year’s ramble will feature Big Leg Emma. Doors will open at 9 p.m., and the show will start at 10 p.m. and will keep you dancing until midnight.

The Late Night Ramble takes place after the ninth annual Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. The festival itself is a great day of music and fun taking place (rain or shine) in Honesdale’s Central Park, located between 9th and 10th streets on Church Street.  Read more

Santana and the Trout Parade One of these things is different from the other

With two such disparate events on my schedule last weekend, I was stymied on how to draw them together here. “What’s the hook?” I whispered to the pup (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog) “What could the Livingston Manor Trout Parade and a world-class musical ensemble (www.santana.com) possibly have in common?” The fishy cavalcade, (www.facebook.com/troutparade) now in its 11th year, has snowballed into an event that is not to be missed, and judging by the huge crowd it attracted last Saturday, the word has spread.  Read more

The farmhand

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Nadine Fattaleh is no shrinking violet. At 18, she left the security and familiarity of her home in Jordan to pursue an economics degree at Columbia University, decided when she got there to tack on a second major in sustainable development and now hopes to add a minor in visual arts as well. Knowing that there is a real-world gap between economic theory and practice, she signed on for an 18-day internship as a WWOOFer under the international program Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).  Read more

Flag washing

It was a beautiful August day as we gathered in the town square. Two large tubs, one with soapy water and one with clean water, had been set up in front of the speakers’ podium. A good-sized flag hung from a clothesline behind it, its stars and stripes bright in the sunlight. Two more clotheslines hung on either side, plentifully supplied with clothespins. A table held the dishes that had been brought for what I guessed was a potluck to follow.

Everyone had flags. Small ones, large ones, flags hanging from flagpoles, flags stapled to sticks, flags draped across shoulders.  Read more

Reading aloud

Reading stories aloud to my children has been one of the most enjoyable perks of being a mother. Now that they are older, I miss the time spent with them reading—and rereading over and over—stories like “Flat Stanley” or picture books like “The Tomten,” or “A Chair for My Mother” (by our own river valley resident Vera Williams). All these books hold an esteemed and permanent place on our shelves.  Read more

Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” stumps the audience at The Forestburgh Playhouse

Spoiler alert: The butler did it. Calm down… just kidding! It would be unkind to give away the ending of the murder mystery now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse, and since it’s a whodunit as only Agatha Christie can write, even the best amateur sleuth will have a hard time unraveling the labyrinth of clues doled out during this two-act frothy English confection that is presented with the style and verve that Christie deserves.  Read more

Tick-tock goes the dragonfly clock

Phenology, or the study of timing of seasonal events of plant and animal species from year to year, has been drawn more into the limelight in recent years due to concerns of climate change. Factors such as temperature, sun declination, seasonal change in cloud cover and precipitation are all thought to be factors in key events of a given species. Noting the time of the first call of a wood thrush, the sighting of the first painted turtle in a pond, or the occurrence of the first bald eagle egg in a nest can all be used to measure variances in timing of natural events.  Read more

How many, how big?

There are many renditions of the stages in a fishing life. Usually they go something like this: I want to catch my first fish. I want to catch a lot of fish. This is followed by: I want to catch the most fish and the biggest fish. Next, I want to catch the “hard” fish (the most challenging). Then some tempering comes in, often with age: I just like to have a lovely day on the stream and maybe catch a few fish. By the time the angler starts using words like lovely, we are probably talking about a grey-haired person.  Read more

Catfish: noun…

I remember learning about catfish from my grandmother. She lived on Route 97 between Narrowsburg and Callicoon and had a small pond in her backyard. When I was a boy, we would sit out by the pond and throw pieces of bread in for the catfish. I loved watching these strange prehistoric creatures nibble the bread up quickly.

“Those are catfish,” my grandmother explained while pointing out their whiskers.

Defined in the dictionary (a word since 1612) catfish are “any of an order (Siluriformes) of chiefly freshwater stout-bodied scaleless bony fishes having long tactile barbels.”  Read more

NACL Theatre opens its 2014 season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY—NACL Theatre kicks off its 14th season of new and innovative performances on Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. with “Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace!” a family show for all ages. Created by Superhero Clubhouse of New York City, this 55-minute play portrays a dog as he attempts to adapt after a hurricane that has washed him (and his house) out to sea.  Read more

Kids’ art classes at The Big Eddy Toy Co.

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Toy Co. will offer art classes for kids this summer. Most classes are limited to 10 students, last 2 to 2.5 hours and target kids ages five to 12, unless otherwise noted. Average cost is $35. All Friday classes are taught by The Homestead’s Montessori art teacher, Linda Coss.  Read more

Four-hand music of Mozart

MILFORD, PA — Four-hand piano team Dongsok Shin and Gwendolyn Toth, aka Duo Appassionata, will perform Saturday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at Grey Towers National Historic Site, and Friday, June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. They will be playing a reproduction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s fortepiano, which was made in the 1770s or 1780s.  Read more