It’s been happening for a while now, the “modern rural evolution” of the Delaware River Valley, on both the New York and Pennsylvania sides of the Delaware River. Artists, musicians, photographers, organic farmers, chefs, and shopowners have been quietly and steadily transforming the river hamlets into a unique upstate ‘eco system’. Now it’s all being documented in a very stylish new mag, DV8, conceived and helmed by Nhi Mundy and Laura Silverman. The online version has been trickling out over the last few weeks at www.dv8mag.com, with the print version available for pickup around the area this week.
I just got a copy of the print version, and it’s very, very cool. DV8 has a ‘downtown’ style, with great photogaphy and profiles on interesting locals and businesses. There aren’t ads, per se, apart from the back cover, but I suspect it has an advertorial business model, with some of the featured businesses paying for placement. But even if they are, they’re interesting. There are no real estate ads or ads for canoe rentals. And did I say it already? The photography is gorgeous. The profiles are interesting and warmly inviting. You just want to drop in and have a beer (locally brewed, of course) with these folks, and have what is sure to be an interesting chat while you snack on some freshly picked snap peas. Did I just use the word ‘interesting’ four times in the same paragraph? Well, they are.
So what does “DV8” mean? Well, keep reading through what the creators’ wrote in the first issue that I’ve copied in below and you’ll find out. I’ve copied this long “pull quote” because I think it’s one of the best summations I’ve read about the transformation that’s been happening here. I particularly love their phrase “modern rural”, because that hits the nail on the head. Damn, I wish I’d thought that one up myself.
THERE IS SOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE ABOUT LIVING UPSTATE.
You get lost on long walks in the woods. Birds become an obsession.
The change of seasons is a revelation. Growing your own
food seems logical. And all of this cracks something open inside
you, engendering a desire to engage with the world in a new
way. A lot of artists seek refuge from the city, looking for bigger
spaces and better light. But a lot of other people also move up
here and discover that they, too, are artists … or at least craftsmen,
or artisans … or entrepreneurs in a way they never knew before.
As the pace of life continues to accelerate and urban dwelling becomes
increasingly untenable, the siren song of upstate beckons.
Growing numbers are taking the leap and the result is a burgeoning
sense of community and of possibility.
We started DV8 to cover this evolving upstate scene and to bring
attention to the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that are thriving
up here. Modern rural life in the Upper Delaware Valley is
still defining itself and we’re interested in documenting that. Our
name derives from the scenic region we cover, including eight
flourishing towns on the New York and Pennsylvania sides of the
Delaware River: Callicoon, Narrowsburg, Barryville, Livingston
Manor, Bethel, Roscoe, Honesdale and Milford.
If you live here, good for you. lf you’re just discovering what we
have to offer, welcome.
— Nhi Mundy and Laura Silverman
Copies of DV8 are available free at various stores and restaurants around the Delaware River Valley. Click here for a list of locations on the DV8 site. And yes, just like our locally made cheese and beer, and our locally grown tomatoes, basil and potatoes make their way to the city, so does DV8. You can find it as well at locations in Manhattan and, of course, Brooklyn. Do they have a Facebook page? C’mon, this is 2015. Of course they do. www.facebook.com/delawarevalley8