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June 26, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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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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The Sea The Sea returns

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes back the duo The Sea The Sea to the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group is made up of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley who get their band’s name from an ancient Greek history, and means “A cry of joy” to this duo.

Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Sea The Sea serves as ambassadors of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut.  Read more

Father-daughter team of poets to offer reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local poet William Greenfield and his daughter Sonia Greenfield for a reading of their poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance winds up the Spring Cultural Series on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. with a concert by the Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet, followed by a CD release party for “Communion.”  Read more

‘Belle’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present “Belle,” inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Royal Navy admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Read more

Jazz performer to sweeten up Lemon Social

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) and Museum will host its first Lemon Social, a party where yellow is the color of the day and lemons are the citrus of the day, on Sunday, June 8. The event begins at 3 p.m. with cocktails and a lemon social hour, followed by Martha Lorin and her pianist Bill Valencenti performing in the Museum’s Foundation Room. Lemon Socials were popular in the early 1900s.  Read more

Tour a working farm

HONESDALE, PA — The public is invited to tour a sustainable farm in Dyberry Township on Sunday, June 8 at 12 noon. Old School Farm, 303 Upper Woods Rd., is a small bio-diverse farm in its beginning stages, specializing in growing vegetables following organic practices. Free-range organic eggs are available most of the year.  Read more

Artists wanted for Peace Walk

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The Town of Fallsburg announced the launch of a public art project that will be installed along the O&W Rail Trail between the hamlets of Mountaindale and Woodridge.

Titled the “Peace Walk,” the project will feature 15 peace signs interpreted by local artists. Visitors will be able to interact with the sculptures by taking “selfies” at each of the 15 peace signs and posting them on the Peace Walk Facebook page.  Read more

Coffee House at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Coffee House at The Cooperage will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The night will feature local musicians including Victor Stephen Kunitsky, Distorted Relations and Doug Rogers and the Back Seat Drivers.  Read more

Raising wild gamebirds; A lesson in caretaking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — This summer, Erin Denman, 14, a student in Tri-Valley Central School District, and Dustyn Kratz, 13, a student in Liberty Central School District, are among a select group of young people from 4H involved in raising wild pheasant chicks, which they will release into the wild this fall. This Cooperative Pheasant Chick Program goes back more than 100 years in New York State (NYS), and not only students, but also sportsmen’s and game hunting clubs participate, releasing the birds on their own property or in designated areas.  Read more

‘Year of My Sign’

My call time was 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Brooklyn. The day before, I met with the director to finalize my costume and props. The vintage Burberry trench coat fit well, and I could wear my own black slacks and sensible brown shoes. “As long as you can run in them,” he said. He said nothing about jumping.  Read more


Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe - from the lush green fields of Holland to the mountainous town of Picarquín, Chile. This year’s stop was the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock - Bethel Woods, New York. Since 1994, they have hosted a multisensory festival that draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. They take pride in throwing a memorable party by bringing both internationally renowned and kick-ass up-and-coming artists to multiple stages.  Read more

Furry youngsters make their debut

While walking with some friends last weekend, I heard a familiar bark. Tucker, my friend’s labradoodle, was with us and had evidently found something in the woods. I went to check it out, and on arrival to the scene of the barking, I found Tucker had corralled a small porcupine on to a small log. Tucker had already had two separate encounters with porcupines before that required “de-quilling” of his muzzle, and now he was trying for engagement number three. He must have learned something from his past experiences, because I was able to call him off.  Read more

The Householders at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A live music performance and dance party from The Householders will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Sunday, June 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Honoring the armed forces in grand tradition

As the second oldest Memorial Day parade in New York State, the Town of Fremont has been saluting those who protect the freedom of citizens for 130 years. Following the parade, an invocation and tributes at Pratt Park, the town hall and village cemetery were held along with a traditional barbeque that was attended by veterans and their families from neighboring towns who turn out each year to participate in the historical event. For a complete photo album of the parade, visit

Writers’ Circle reading and book sale

CALLICOON, NY — The Writers’ Circle of Wayne County invites you to come to Café Devine, 33 Lower Main St., on Saturday, May 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. for a reading and book sale. Come and discover several local authors you may not have heard from before. Enjoy a late lunch or a snack while you relax and let them entertain you with selections from their latest works: “Power in the Blood,” by Bernard LoPinto; “Counting the Days-366 Days in Prison,” by Leslie Rutkin; and “Zookeeper,” by Dawn McIntyre.  Read more


Despite my best efforts, I’m close to an hour late to meet Alex at his place in Brooklyn for my ride out to Sag Harbor for a long Memorial Day weekend with friends. As if to add insult to injury, Emily has traveled out earlier in the day and accomplished the more difficult trip of taking both of our dogs and all of her kitchen supplies.

Needless to say we arrive later than expected.  Read more

Final Fridays Comedy Night this May

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, May 30 Harmony Presents will hold another Final Fridays Comedy Night in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill featuring TJ Del Reno, who has appeared on “The Daily Show” and MTV as well as Jeff Cerulli, a comedian and filmmaker.  Read more

Watercolors by Jane Connell at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the watercolors of member Jane Connell in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. Also in the gallery there will be oils, watercolors and photography by other league members.

Connell, of Fishs Eddy, NY, was born in Richmond, VA. As a child she lived in Belle Harbor, until her family moved to Brooklyn, NY. As an only child, she spent many hours drawing, while sitting at her father’s desk and eventually taking lessons at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Read more

June programs at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Arts and culture are the focus of the special programs planned for the month of June at Grey Towers National Historic Site.

On Thursday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the free Come Paint with Me workshop, a plein air painting non-instructional program. Bring your own materials. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion. Call 570/775-6896 or visit

On Wednesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. is the Architecture Tour, focused on the architectural features and history behind the design of this 1886 mansion. Regular tour fees apply. Call 570/296-9630 to register.  Read more

Cello and two voices in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Tall Heights, a cello and voice duo, will take the stage at Harmony Presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. According to Jill Carletti, Managing Director, “This incredible duo is taking folk-loving indie souls on a ride they’ll never forget. After becoming fan favorites in Boston, this contemporary, yet timeless pair is moving very quickly into the heart of wherever the play.”

John Platt from WFUV said, “Tall Heights creates quiet pastoral music out of city life. Call it urban Americana. Call it simply gorgeous.”  Read more