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PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.

This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

Having expectations is natural, I suppose, but sometimes lead to heartache. As with most things, there are “two sides to every coin,” and while expectations are a good thing when setting goals, it...

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The 2016 fishing season is all but over. The huge issue facing America has not yet been fully settled or resolved. I am speaking, of course of whether fly fishing trumps all other fishing methods...

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Photo caption: If you are concerned about the impacts of monofilament debris on wildlife, volunteer to maintain a recycling bin at your favorite fishing spot, marina or dock. Visit...

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Well, I was hoping by the Friday after the election, things would return to normal in the third car of the 5:07 a.m. out of Port Jervis; silly me. It had been a slow boil to Tuesday’s election and...

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So here’s the thing about writing a “personal” column—it’s personal. On one hand, that makes my job easier, since I am recounting my own experience here in the Upper Delaware River region and...

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Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City)...

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Diwali: another Festival of Lights

Every year, from Thanksgiving week through the end of the year The River Reporter runs a special section titled “Celebrations” in place of our usual “Currents” leisure section. We also typically pick a common theme for the features in those issues.  Read more

Post mortem

First off, let me ask: are you all right?

Are you sure?

We’ve all been heavily traumatized, y’know. Even those of us who think they won.

This wasn’t sudden, blunt force trauma, like 9/11 was. Oh no, this has been stretched out over months and months, long-term, torturous, a death of a thousand cuts, little bits of our national soul being pulled out and removed, one at a screaming time.

A few tips to keep in mind:

Tread carefully. There is unexploded ordnance everywhere. Some of it is on foot. Beware of mines, tripwires and hidden pits filled with snakes and sharp spikes.  Read more

This Thanksgiving

I bought a Thanksgiving turkey on Election Day after casting my ballot. I had on my silly “I voted” sticker as I sorted through the frozen, plastic-wrapped, bulbous-shaped turkeys—so strangely removed from their real-life stateliness of puffed and upswept feathers. As I walked around the store I felt confident and anticipated the night ahead.  Read more

The raptors of autumn

With the arrival of colder autumn weather comes the honking of skeins of high-flying geese as they pass overhead. Not only geese are on the move, but a myriad of species of waterfowl make their way south for more favorable habitats. Many songbirds, too, are on the move south; some will winter as far as the South American continent. In autumn, many of the region’s raptors also make their way south for warmer climes.  Read more

First impressions

“It’s pretty simple that first impressions of people are really a big mistake,” actor/producer Vincent D’Onofrio once said ( I simultaneously agree and disagree with D’Onofrio’s assessment, but first impressions (right or wrong) played a big part in my week. Last Friday, I zipped over to Thunder 102 radio station ( to congratulate on-air personality Mike Sakell, who was celebrating 36 years of working in radio.  Read more

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare...’

HONESDALE, PA — The New Vintage Ensemble (NVE) will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [REVISED]” at The Cooperage on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.
Originally premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976, this fast-paced and witty production features three actors attempting to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 90 minutes. It stars Terry Thompson, Eric Lutz and Conor McGuigan.  Read more

Holiday Tea and Toast

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary’s historic 1903 Watres Lodge will be dressed for the upcoming Christmas season, while visitors enjoy a variety of baked goods and finger foods with seasonal tea on Saturday, November 12 or Sunday, November 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Experience the beauty of this summer estate and hunting lodge with a guided tour. Register in advance; seating is limited. The cost is $15 and reservations are required. Email or call 570/689-9494.

Holiday craft show helps fund Hornets trip

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale High School band members have been making up a work list for the upcoming Honesdale High School Band Craft Show on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual craft show will help fund a band trip to Florida to participate in the Tax Slayer Bowl, and the high schoolers work together to make the event happen.  Read more

Acoustic bluegrass jam

HONESDALE, PA — Robert “Buckshot” Jenkins and Ron Penska will lead an acoustic bluegrass jam at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Wednesday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The jam is open to any musician with an acoustic instrument such as a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, harmonica, tambourine—even an egg shaker. The Cooperage Acoustic Bluegrass Jam is a great place to meet new players. A note to participants: please leave your amps at home. This jam is entirely acoustic.

Not a picker? The evening is fun for grinners and listeners as well. All are invited to attend.  Read more

SUNY presents ‘Assassins,’ ‘Topdog/Underdog’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan students, faculty, staff and community members will present repertory productions of “Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman; and “Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks, Thursdays through Sundays between November 10 to 20. All performances, which will take place in the college’s Seelig Theater, are directed by Jessica López-Barkl, assistant professor of theater and speech. Both productions are open to the public, with a suggested admission donation of $10.  Read more

Firefighter memoir signing at The Hub

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host Chris Edwards, a retired member of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and a resident of Westbrookville, on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Edwards is the author of “Coming through the Flames: My Life in the FDNY.” The event will be held in the reference room.  Read more

Holiday crafts festival at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will hold its 46th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival. Attracting more than 100 vendors offering all kinds of goods each year, the festival will take place on Sunday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $2 door fee enters every guest into a raffle that will benefit student scholarships. Children are welcome to attend at no charge, and parking is free.  Read more

Indoor farmers’ market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Main Street Farmers’ Market at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., has returned to Saturdays for the winter months, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inside the Cooperage’s brick walls will be filled with food, locally grown produce, maple syrup, fresh baked bread and locally roasted coffee.

Every week Anthill Farm Kitchen will be cooking up farm-to-table eats. Romping Radishes, a program for children, will be upstairs at The Cooperage on November 12 at 11 a.m.

St. Paul’s Fellowship Fair

NARROWSBURG, NY — The annual Fellowship Fair to benefit St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be held Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall, 31 Erie Ave. St. Paul’s Women’s Group sponsors the event. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with hot beef on a bun, homemade soups and desserts. Traditionally offered are an array of baked goods, Rada cutlery, crafts and various white elephant surprises.  Read more

‘The Burmese Harp’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a screening of the classic Japanese film “The Burmese Harp” (1956), featuring a talkback with Michiko and Steve Levine, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, this event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St.  Read more

Veterans’ Freedom Hike

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will host a hike and tour of the grounds that will lead participants to a National Natural Landmark and Historic Place on Friday, November 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is free for members and for all veterans, in commemoration of Veterans Day. The cost to others is $5.

The walk is appropriate for all ages; wear comfortable shoes.
Registration is appreciated. Email or call 570/689-9494.

Yoga for everyone

HONESDALE, PA — A screen in Yoga International’s headquarters shows a map with dots all over the world. “That’s all the people who are currently on our site,” said chief business officer Travis Head. Britain, India, Australia and the United States are among the many countries whose citizens are visiting the Yoga International website. And its office is right here in Honesdale.  Read more

Knowledge and power

From time to time I’m asked to give a little talk about how we are going to transition to solar energy and the burgeoning opportunities for solar development in Sullivan County. Invariably, a few listeners’ eyes glaze over as I describe the many relevant factors—from technical breakthroughs to investment options, tax issues and town zoning decisions. But the fact is, we are all going to have to get a lot more knowledgeable about how electricity is produced and delivered and paid for, and actively engaged as consumers and as citizens at many levels of decision making.  Read more

Take to the trails

While talking with an acquaintance at a recent gathering, the topic of trails came up. George lives in a 500-acre community where a series of trails weave through a large forested area protected from development. Our enthusiasm about trails throughout the Upper Delaware River region quickly launched a lively conversation about our favorite places to hike or walk. We traded tips about trails on both sides of the river for quite some time, waxing eloquent on the endless enchantments and bountiful benefits of a walk in the woods.  Read more

Lithuanian and Russian music at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present an evening of Russian and Lithuanian folk music on Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m., featuring the Lithuanian folk duo Eastlande and Russian folk musician and composer Anatoly Kurlat. Host band Little Sparrow will open the concert, which will be held at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St.

Eastlande musicians, Rimas Polikaitis (accordion) and Ruta Pastas Cole (violin, vocals, etc.) perform traditional and neo-folk style arrangements of Lithuanian songs, as well as today’s popular Lithuanian music.  Read more