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December 11, 2017
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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.

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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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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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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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Laughter and songs at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes the return of Professional Smart Aleck Carla Ulbrich and Utterly Clever Songwriter Lois Morton for an evening of fun at The Cooperage on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

No-Shave November

I wouldn’t call myself lazy, per se, but I’m fond of accomplishing goals while putting in as little effort as possible. After all, I’m a pretty busy guy, which doesn’t leave me a lot of free time, and as many of you know, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” So with Halloween behind me, I would rather not run into the devil himself anytime soon.  Read more

First Fridays open mic

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) will hold a First Friday event on November 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. First Fridays feature local musicians who have been tuning up their instruments and choosing their music for a couple of months already. The evening is free, and light refreshments are available for a nominal fee that helps keep both the lights and the heat on.  Read more

Night sky and pizza pie

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, November 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Catskill Astronomy Club and Morgan Outdoors will host a showing of NOVA’s “Monster of the Milky Way” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film screening is accompanied by pizza, salad and soft drinks, with a break for questions and second helpings. Catskill Astronomy Club members John Kocijanski and Jim McKeegan will be present to answer questions and lead a public viewing session of the night skies after the film.  Read more

O’Halloran to MC at Hollywood on the Delaware

MATAMORAS, PA — Brian O’Halloran will serve as the master of ceremonies at Hollywood on the Delaware, a star-studded gala benefitting the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday, November 10.

O’Halloran is a film star, stage actor and director, best known for his starring roles as Dante Hicks in Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” (1994) and “Clerks II” (2006), along with “Mallrats” and many more films with an iconic, pop-culture status. He will discuss independent film production, the impact of filmmaking on communities, Pike County’s rich film heritage and his film career.  Read more

‘Wheels of Color’ opens at WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will open its “Wheels of Color” show on November 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The featured artist of the month will be Michael Piotrowski, a long-term favorite and original member of the alliance.

The show will run from November 5 to November 20. The WAA is located at 73 Sullivan St., and hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.wwa

‘Richard III’ live radio play

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a performance reading of the play “Richard III” by William Shakespeare, on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at the Laundry King at 65 Main St. It is presented as part of the Catskill Art Society’s “Year of Shakespeare.”  Read more

Olympic art

SHOHOLA, PA — Almost nobody knows that the Olympics, from 1912 to 1948, included competitions in five categories of art: architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. So the Barryville Area Arts Association has put together an exhibit, “Gold Medal Art,” that provides information and examples of some of the artwork that took home Olympic Gold. There will be a free reception on Saturday, November 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., including complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on the once Olympian, but now forgotten, art, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.  Read more

Celtic duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Doll Sisters, a Celtic Americana duo hailing from the rolling foothills of Alberta, Canada, plays the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m.

The duo won Emerging Artist of the Year award at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Young Performers of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and many others. They have shared the stage with the likes of Clayton Bellamy, The Good Lovelies, Coig, Cindy Church and Lisa Brokup.  Read more

Turkish dinner and readings by a medium

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Medium and ordained spiritualist minister Alexis Rolnick will conduct a gallery reading event at which she will connect with each guest and their spirit guides from the other side on Wednesday, November 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Ted’s Restaurant on Main Street.  Read more

CAS winter show calls for artists

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists displayed throughout the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from November 26 through December 31. CAS member artists are invited to drop off artwork for the Winter Members Show at the CAS Arts Center during regular gallery hours, now through Monday, November 21. The entry fee is $15 for one artwork. Artists will receive 75% of all sales and have the option to replace sold work at no additional entry cost.  Read more

Halloween at the Western: This joint is jumpin’!

It’s old, it’s new, and it’s better than ever. Never one to rest on her laurels, Callicoon, NY’s entrepreneur Irene Nickolai is always working. Her newest passion, The Western Supper Club and Inn (, is open for business, and Nickolai wants everyone to know. “I’m not sure people know what’s happening here at The Western,” she told me a week before Halloween, “so I decided an epic Halloween party in the ballroom upstairs was in order.”  Read more

Finding Ted

I have a tendency to lose people. I consider it a character flaw. And because I am also fiercely loyal, this tendency can lead to debilitating guilt that I carry around like a sack in my psyche. Modern technology has done little to help me. Where I used to keep a small (OK, bulging) address book filled with a half-century’s worth of friends and relatives, I now rely on my Contacts app, which may or may not keep in sync with each successive operating system. Besides, I’m just not very organized.  Read more

Looking in the rearview mirror

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 in the Upper Delaware Valley. City friends asked on Facebook if they had missed the peak season of the fall foliage extravaganza. Naturally, we know they had, but being the eternal optimist that I am, I told them “No, it will be back again next year. Mother Nature always provides.” Many replied with a variety of the term “smart aleck” or worse. Guess I had that coming.  Read more

Indian summer pollinators

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 insect life and even some last-minute reptiles and amphibians.

I spent an afternoon in mid-October staking out my friend’s flower garden and the surrounding lawn and field; I spotted a variety of pollinators and a fair amount of other insects on a sunny afternoon that saw high temperatures in the high 70s.  Read more

Big Sky presents ‘Polter-Heist’

LIBERTY, NY — The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce presents Big Sky Productions in “Polter-Heist,” an audience-participation murder mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, on Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the main dining room of the Liberty Diner. Proceeds from the dinner theatre event will benefit the programs of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.  Read more

Postcards = poetry

How do poets find their muses? A blank page can be daunting, as every poet knows. Enter the Tusten Historical Society, with its extensive collection of early picture postcards of Narrowsburg and the nearby Delaware Valley in the early 20th century.

The hamlet of Narrowsburg has changed remarkably in the intervening years, but the Ten Mile River appears much the same in the 100 years that have elapsed between that spring day when it was photographed and today. Some of the postcards were early enough to have black and white landscape photographs, and of course, 1¢ stamps.  Read more

Howitt: plein air and pulp

ELDRED, NY — There will be a special presentation titled “Celebration of Plein Air” by Lori Strelecki, director of the Pike County Historical Society, on October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Rd.  Read more

‘Out of Darkness’

CALLICOON, NY — The November show at Gallery EVA, “Out of Darkness,” will open with a reception on Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists featured in the show will be Eva Drizhal, Nancy Wells, Bill Polyn, Elise Freda, Naomi Teppich, Ramona Jan, Rich Rethorn and Alan Wood. The artists will be present at the opening reception, and music will be provided by Jason Smeltzer.

The gallery, located at 35 Lower Main St., is where owner Drizhal shows her artistic work as well as the work of other creative artists living in the area.  Read more

Trick or treat?

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 is finally setting in, or maybe I’m just too jaded to care. All I know is that even though neighborhoods throughout the Upper Delaware River region are about to be teeming with little ones shrieking with glee while their parents attend more adult-themed festivities, I’m not sure that I’ll even go out to one of the many parties (see page 16) scheduled to occur over the next few nights.  Read more