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Historian, trustee and parishioner Sue Graziadio, left, who made this CUMC quilt, stands with Pastor Rob Kazinski.

Honesdale Central United Methodist Church celebrates rich history

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church had informal beginnings in Honesdale, according to Sue Graziadio, who serves as the church’s historian. “When they first started, when the first Methodists came to town [circa 1825],” she says, “they didn’t have a building.


TRR photos by Ed Wesely

Photographer Ed Wesely wrote, “At dusk on October 20, the Milanville Bridge provided a wonderful balcony for watching and photographing a shad seining operation above Skinners Falls. As a small boat paid out batches of net, it made a broad semi-circle from shore to mid-river and back, where staff and volunteers waited to land the haul.” 

A ray of hope for American shad

A hopeful sign about American shad was recently documented here in the Delaware River.


Contributed photos

The pop-out suitcase-stage and a puppet from Lucille Jan-Turan’s production of “Tifi a ak Lalin lan” (“The Girl and the Moon”)

Damascus native daughter plans puppet show in Haiti

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Lucille Jan-Turan, the daughter of frequent River Reporter contributor Ramona Jan, grew up in Damascus, PA and holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Marina Laurendi as Janet and Caleb Funk as Brad are surrounded by a cast of characters in Frank N. Furter’s spooky castle.

Doing the Time Warp again!

It all began innocently enough in 1973, when director Jim Sharman and actor Richard O’Brien put their heads together and concocted a kitschy, campy, musical homage to horror, sci-fi and B movies that reigned supreme at the box office from the 1930s until reaching their heyday in the 1970s.


TRR photo by Ian Pugh

The Rivoli Theatre marquee advertises its annual Haunted Theatre at 5243 Main Street in South Fallsburg.

Scary fun in South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On Friday the 13th, Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its third annual Haunted Theatre event at the Rivoli—a maze of masks, costumes and creepy backdrops in the haunted house tradition, spread out across 20 rooms and three floors, each designed to provide a unique fright for the Halloween season.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Chris and son Alan operate the hayride, while other family members operate the pumpkin patch, Lost Irishman’s Mine and gift shop at the Cunningham Family Farm.

Get lost… at Cunningham Family Farms

BETHEL, NY — Fall is the perfect time of year to pile the kids in the car and take a drive in the country in search of that perfect pumpkin just waiting to be made into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween.


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The cast and crew of “Other People’s Money.” From left to right: Assistant stage manager Jess Beverege, Peter Walsh, Chet Carlin (seated), Heidi Mollenhauer, Kirk Wise, Naomi Holoch and production stage manager Janet Burgan.
 

‘Other People’s Money’ and the importance of local action

NARROWSBURG, NY — In 1989, Jerry Sterner (1938–2001) wrote the play “Other People’s Money: The Ultimate Seduction,” about a small New England company that tries to fend off a hostile takeover from a crass businessman planning to liquidate its assets.


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Owner and operator Cooper Boone says that “Halloween is my favorite time of year—and fall in general.”

Foundry42 spreads the Halloween spirit

PORT JERVIS, NY — “Foundry42 is a combination of food, design and events,” says founder and owner Cooper Boone, and since 2016, Foundry42 has offered plenty of all three: music, arts and crafts and kids’ story times stand alongside a coffee bar and retail/rental spaces.


Photo by Charles Wilkin

2 Queens Honey has bee yards like this in locations around the region.

Charles Wilkin: bee whisperer

Here in the Upper Delaware River region, we love our street festivals—like much of rural America. One of the many things that sets us apart is a unique perspective on subject matter. Communities gather to participate in wonderful fairs, often accompanied by a parade, replete with costumed revelers celebrating everything from tractors to trout.

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