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June 2015

Trout and river temperatures

The Upper Delaware trout fishing community has in recent weeks been very concerned about high river temperatures, which they feel have been compounded by unnecessarily low water releases from New York City’s Delaware System reservoirs. Agitated calls for additional water releases have been made repeatedly to those who manage the river. My article in The River Reporter’s special section Fishing 2015 outlined the structure and politics of the upper Delaware system and conservationists’ attempts to get thermal stress relief for the trout.  Read more

Liberty Free to close

LIBERTY, NY — Paul Austin, founder of the Liberty Free Theatre, a mainstay of the area’s cultural scene for 10 years, has announced that the theatre is closing. Having lost its home theatre in the Village of Liberty several years ago, the company has toured the county with productions at a variety of venues for the past few seasons. A letter sent to the theatre’s supporters read in part:  Read more

Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Old Time Fair begins at 10 a.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 25. The day will feature games of skill and chance for kids and adults, a pie auction, demonstrations, music, croquet, the popular skillet toss, raffles with great prizes, corn shucking, ice cream making and lots more. Admission is free and the fair will be held rain or shine.

The Time and the Valleys Museum’s annual fundraising chicken barbeque runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Dinners are available to eat in or take out: $11 for adults, $7 for children under eight years old.  Read more

Dance up a storm in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — A Contra Dance will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, June 27. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to kick up your heels at the first gathering of the season.

Contra dancing is a form of traditional American set dancing. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing.  Read more

Railroad talk at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Continuing their 2015 program series, the Time and the Valleys Museum presents “Sullivan County and the O&W Railroad,” a talk by Bob Earle of the O&W Railway Historical Society on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  Read more

An evening of music at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of live music and barbeque featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione, and special guest Chip Murray, on Saturday, June 27 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7; admission for museum members costs $5. Come a little earlier and enjoy an outdoor barbeque (the cost of the barbeque is not included in the admission price).  Read more

Grossi and Druck featured at comedy night

HAWLEY, PA — Friday, June 26 will be another Harmony Presents comedy night at Cocoon Coffee House, starting at 8:30 p.m. “This month’s Comedy Night features returning comedians Brian Grossi and Brett Druck. Their unique blend of hard-hitting punchlines, spot-on impressions and unpredictable crowd-work leaves audiences on the edge of their seats, wanting more.  Read more

In the good old summertime

Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax nostalgic as I careen from one end of the Catskills to the other, criss-crossing the Upper Delaware River region in a never-ending attempt to soak up as much as I can before leaves of red and gold begin their annual descent. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just concentrate on summer for a bit. Ahhhh.  Read more

Recalling rural schools

HONESDALE, PA — The first of the 2015 Plain Speaking talks at the Wayne County Historical Society’s Main Museum at 810 Main St. will be held on Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The speaker is Mimi Steffen, local researcher and author of several volumes about one-room schools. Her topic is, “Recalling the Rural Schools of Berlin Township.” Steffen will speak about Laurella School. The Plain Speaking programs are free and open to the public. Plain Speaking will continue on July 10 and on every Friday at 5 p.m. through August 21. All are welcome to attend.  Read more

Sour Bridges returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Local boys Matt and Bill Pucci and their band Sour Bridges will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, June 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar, so do not BYOB.  Read more