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October 27, 2016
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LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.

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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October is all but behind us, and the falling leaves tell of the upcoming colder weather on the way. However it is also the tail end of Indian Summer, when mild days bring out some late-season...

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Hope you enjoyed Indian Summer. It officially ended over the weekend; the cold wind and rain cleared out most of the leaves from the trees.

The change of seasons is a beautiful thing here...

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Halloween used to be my favorite holiday, but over the past few years, the spooktacular frivolity has gotten old, just like me. Perhaps my case of arrested development has worn off and adulthood...

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Exhibit celebrates Catskill waters

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — An opening reception for the new exhibition “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present,” will be held on Thursday, October 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum. There will also be an introduction to the museum’s next project: recreating a 1930s Catskill farm taken for the building of New York City’s water supply. Speakers include Emily Lloyd, the new commissioner for NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Congressman Chris Gibson.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘My Old Lady’

CALLICOON, NY — “My Old Lady,” (PG-13), a CineArt presentation starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, will be screened at the Callicoon Theater from Friday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 14.  Read more

New Hope Community art exhibit to open at Liberty Library

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community will present its art exhibit in the Liberty Library with an opening reception on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to all and will include light refreshments. The exhibit will present 18 works by 11 New Hope artists.  Read more

Autumn harvest of the Native Americans

As a lifelong lover of pumpkin pie, I was delighted to learn that the main squash of the Lenape was pumpkin. The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians were quite agricultural, with a focus (like many Native gardeners) on the “three sisters:” corn, beans and squash. These three staple crops supported Native American culture over much of the country.  Read more

Bigger or better?

Over the past decade or so, I have heard many variations on the theme that the American way of life is one of plenitude and that asking Americans to change how they live is somehow un-American. These arguments peaked in 2001 as Congress debated renewed CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards for fuel efficiency, and the Bush Administration unveiled an energy policy that stressed expanded fossil fuel supply and cut Department of Energy funding for energy efficiency research by 29%.  Read more

Don’t tread on me (Or run me over either, please)

Some years back, I was riding a motorcycle on a sparsely traveled road in Pike County, PA when I saw what looked like a stick in the middle of the road. There was enough room in the travel lane to avoid the stick, and as I got closer, I took another glance at it. It wasn’t a stick at all, but a medium-sized timber rattlesnake, maybe three feet long or so. Neither snake or rider was the worse for wear, although it did find a quieter place to bask.  Read more

I heard it through the grapevine

If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” It goes on to give me synonyms such as “tidbits, whispers and canards.” I always thought “canard” was French for “duck,” so I looked that up too, just to be sure. Sure enough, “an aquatic bird” came up (www.dictionary.com) along with “an unfounded rumor,” and my newest favorite word took flight. Canard.  Read more

Concert and CD release party for Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present a concert and CD release party with the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. Admission costs $20, $18 in advance for DVAA members. For information and reservations, call 845/252-7272.

‘The Modern Landscape;’ Recent paintings by Emily Thompson

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Modern Landscape,” an exhibit of recent paintings by Emily Thompson opens with a reception on Friday, October 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through November 1.

“Part of my process is surprising myself,” said Thompson. “My paintings go through many dramatic phases before they are complete: layer upon layer of paint and textures.”  Read more

First River Valley Artists Guild Arts and Crafts Fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The River Valley Artists Guild will hold its first-ever Arts and Crafts Fair on October 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Jervis Free Library Parking Lot, 138 Pike St. Included in the exhibit are paintings, pastels, weavings and crafts created by local artists with a diverse theme. Featured artists will be Dani Cooney, Joan Kehlenbeck, Evelyn Kish, Barbara Liemer, Joan Standora and Elva Zingaro of the River Valley Artists Guild.  Read more

The Jazz Assassins at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Jazz Assassins will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City and Northeast PA, the Jazz Assassins are a jazz trio. “This jazz trio was formed from the underbelly of funk and groove and tempered by the discipline of Monk and Coltrane,” said Bob Wilson, bass player for the Jazz Assassins. Their Influences range from straight ahead jazz through fusion, funk and R&B.

Assembled over a decade ago, the Jazz Assassins features Vince Marrone on guitar, Bob Wilson on bass and Dieter Winterle on saxophone.  Read more

Brass band comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — America’s leading trombone group, the Guidonian Hand, will perform at the Milford Theatre on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is being produced by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs. Guidonian Hand gets its name from a medieval device that helped singers read music scores. Today’s Guidonian Hand features top trombonists Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera, and James Rogers, and it specializes in new music as well as the classics and features.  Read more

The Catskills by Moonlight

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a presentation by Russ Johansen highlighting the lunar and interplanetary missions since Apollo and the new tools that will redefine astronomy. This free program is part of a month focused on the moon titled “Catskills By Moonlight” at Morgan Outdoors with Jim McKeegan and Russ Johansen. In addition to lunar exploration, the hour-long program will touch on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the Rover Missions to Mars and the New Horizons mission, which will fly by Pluto next year.  Read more

Art exhibition ‘River and Biota’ brings awareness to our rivers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “River and Biota,” an exhibition of 18 artists that brings awareness to our rivers’ vulnerability, curated by Naomi Teppich. The exhibition will run at the CAS Arts Center from Saturday, October 11 through Sunday, November 16. CAS will host an artist talk on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Wood carvers hone their skills at fall gathering

CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.  Read more

Back on the bus

“I’ve been on this bus before,” I told my seatmate. We were on our way to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate with thousands of others our concern about climate change. She was new to demonstrations. I was not.  Read more

A love of place

For nearly a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing this column to The River Reporter and in the process, have continued to learn about the flora and fauna with which we share the Upper Delaware River region. The practice of interfacing with one’s “place” deepens understanding and fosters a sense of stewardship.  Read more

Art Walk debuts in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Business Association will hold the inaugural Callicoon Art Walk on Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Callicoon Art Walk will showcase the growing art, music and retail community in the picturesque hamlet of Callicoon. During the Art Walk, retailers, galleries and restaurants will be open until 9 p.m.  Read more

If it looks like a duck…

Looks can be deceiving. A perfect example hit me this morning, when I looked out the window as the Wonder Dog whimpered for a walk. Blue skies and fluffy clouds scudded by, but when I checked the thermometer, it read 37 degrees. Yep—it’s fall. Not a bad thing, but when I went to bed, the leaves were still green. This morning? Not so much. “Don’t forget the camera,” I thought, as I grabbed the leash and put a jacket on for our stroll.  Read more

Community Appreciation Day at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A fee-free day to show appreciation to the community will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Also commemorating National Public Lands Day, the day includes a three-hour trail building and maintenance work session from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers are sought for this activity.  Read more