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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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Antique and classic car show in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — On Sunday, June 1, antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill firehouse to show off to the public their beautiful antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. This car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. Enjoying the beautiful cars, good food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and a DJ make this day fun for all. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Call 845/932-8923 or visit www.catskillregionaaca.org for more information.  Read more

Tickets available for Elvis tribute in September

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a concert by Elvis Presley tribute artist Shawn Klush on Sunday, September 7 at the Woodloch Pines nightclub. Tickets go on sale June 1.  Read more

Modern dance performance celebrates nature

DINGMAN’S FERRY, PA — The Hanna Q Dance Company will present its annual program of contemporary modern dance on the outdoor “Stage in Our Woods” at Dingmans Ferry Bed and Breakfast, 1087 Milford Rd., on Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

The program, inspired by nature and choreographed by Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson, will be performed by professional dancers Bo Pressly, who has danced with Martha Graham and Merce Cummingham companies; Landes Dixon, who dances with Reverb Dance, a professional company out of the Steps on Broadway; and Hanna Q Dance Company student Lovisa Brinson.  Read more

Sensory overload

For something completely different, I’m tired. Aging gracefully has never been my strong suit, and when I pass a mirror these days, I wince a little and move on. As a kid, I lamented my special day (read “birthday”) being usurped by Memorial Day, since many families would head out of town, leaving me friendless on my special day. In my 20s, I was convinced that the nation was throwing a party just for me, and reveled in the fireworks and parades that honored the day I came into the world. After 30, I became blasé for a decade or two and now… well, I’m feelin’ kinda old.  Read more

How casinos would help Sullivan County

By James B. Huntington

As a result of last November’s election, there will be one or two casinos, almost certainly as parts of large resorts, opening in the Catskills in 2016. If one or two end up being built in Sullivan County, what effect might they have on jobs and joblessness here?

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases county employment and unemployment data, which is not seasonally adjusted. As of March, Sullivan County had a civilian labor force of 32,224, with 29,512 employed and 2,712 unemployed, for an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Read more

Helping hummingbirds

They’re back! All around the Upper Delaware River region, hummingbirds are brightening our backyards with bursts of metallic green, red and golden plumage as they ply nectar feeders and early blooms for nourishment.

Hummingbirds must sync migration and nesting times with the flowering of nectar-bearing plants. According to Audubon, “climate change threatens to throw off this delicate balance, with unknown repercussions for hummingbirds.” (Visit birds.audubon.org/hummingbirds-home-effects-climate-change-feeding-behavior to learn more.)  Read more

Safety first

When you think of dangerous sports, you might think of mountain climbing or skydiving, maybe even hunting, but fishing is not likely to come to mind. In reality, all the above activities are very safe, statistically and practically, when properly practiced. Each sport has its own protocols, customs, precautions, established rules and guidelines; ignore any of them at your peril. You can get in trouble fishing just as easily as in any other outdoor activity.  Read more

Campilongo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers will be at The Cooperage on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Campilongo’s songwriting draws from blues, country, jazz and rock.  Read more

Roll up for The Magical History Tour of Sullivan County

BARRYVILLE, NY — The award-winning Delaware Company, in collaboration with The Museum at Bethel Woods and the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present the annual architectural-historical bus tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Celebrate May in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kick off your summer at historic Honesdale’s Celebrate May on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

Dharma met with a discussion group at CCE

LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog took part in the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) “Growing Older with Pets: Keeping Our Best Friends Close” webinar, which provided information on a wide range of pet-related programs for the elderly. A meet-and-greet with the dog preceded an informal discussion group. For information on future programs, visit www.sullivancce.org.

Mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman opens with a reception on Friday, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 14.  Read more

GLBT Center to hold tea party, herb growing and recipe class

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its inaugural tea party, herb growing and recipe class with the Mad Hausfrau, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, and gardening specialist, Doug Cramer, on Sunday, June 1, (rain date June 15) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a private home.  Read more

Blues and folk-rock with Suzie Vinnick

HAWLEY, PA — Six-time Canadian Maple Blues Award winner Suzie Vinnick takes the stage with Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. She will play folk, ballad, rock, blues and country-blues.  Read more

Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 and 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend includes a special exhibit of military materials from its collection, hourly tours of the museum and discounts in the museum shop. Visitors with military photos or memorabilia are encouraged to come and share their stories and materials. All those with past military service receive free admission.  Read more

Community invited to join Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more, the 11th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, rain or shine.

The Catskill Art Society invites you to take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair. This year’s event has a “steampunk” theme, with a wild combo of retro 19th-century style, old-school science fiction and crazy design that is limited only by your imagination.  Read more

7th annual Shawnee Celtic Festival

SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA — Kicking off the festivities of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee Mountain will host the Shawnee Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, on the grounds of the Monroe County ski area.  Read more

Cycling documentary to screen

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” will screen at the historic Burn Brae Mansion on Saturday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price of $25 includes barbeque reception starting at 4 p.m. The film follows the road that began in the housing projects of Harlem for “The Cheetah,” Nelson Beasley Vails, the youngest of 10 children.  Read more

Free movies for kids at Honesdale library

HONESDALE, PA — Cinema 6 is teaming up with the Wayne County Public Library to promote reading. During May, June and July one Saturday a month will be Free Movie Saturday.

On Saturday, May 31, come listen to a story at 9 p.m., enter a drawing for a book basket and a movie basket, sign up for a library card, then sit back, relax and watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 10 p.m.  Read more

Art show to celebrate summertime

HUGUENOT, NY — Susan Miiller and Joan Kehlenbeck, in cooperation with the River Valley Artists Guild, have coordinated a summer-themed show to run from May 27 to July 15 at the Deerpark Town Hall.  Read more