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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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Entering ‘Death’s Door’

BARRYVILLE, NY — Just in time for Halloween, DENiZENStudio at 3512 State Rte. 97 will present “Death’s Door” on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will feature Woody Goldberg’s photographs of cemeteries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in autumn.  Read more

‘Richard II’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host another Shakespeare play on film, “Richard II,” as part of its Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film series, on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Local plein air on exhibit at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, in Lords Valley, in November and December will showcase the art of local plein air painters, many of whom have participated in the Come Paint With Me program. Some 50 paintings in a variety of styles and mediums fill the gallery walls with interpretations reflecting the four seasons of the year.  Read more

Bluegrass band at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Maine-based traditional bluegrass-folk band, The Gather Rounders, will play Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, said, “The Gather Rounders’ dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace while rooted in the soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter, Caroline Cotter. Along with banjoist Ron Cody, flatpicking guitarist Lincoln Meyers, fiddler Eric Lee and upright bassist Wendy Cody, this group is a powerhouse quintet.”  Read more

Shadowland presents vintage radio thrillers

ELLENVILLE, NY — Continuing its annual Halloween series of on-stage classic radio drama recreations, Shadowland Stages will present its 2016 Terror at the Mike program, presented as a benefit performance for the non-profit theater, on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. The theatre is at 157 Canal St.  Read more

Here comes Halloween!

Halloween parade and celebration

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty’s annual Halloween Parade will take place Saturday, October 29. The parade will step off at 12 noon in front of the Elks Lodge, and marchers and floats will journey down Main Street.  Read more

A friend to farmers

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.  Read more

A prickly misperception

“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have about ragweed, goldenrod and allergies. (Ragweed, not goldenrod, is causing your respiratory symptoms:  Read more

Actions speak louder than words

In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they still need grass-roots’ support and boots on the ground. It always comes down to individuals and “What can I do? How can I help?”  Read more

With a song in my heart

Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills over the last 10 days. Constantly pulling over to the side of the road, I stopped, marveled and clicked my way through Pennsylvania and New York, making my way to Barryville, Milford, Shohola, Livingston Manor, Youngsville, Monticello and beyond.  Read more

Scaring crows in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership’s (GHP) 11th annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest is underway, and TRR’s Amanda Reed captured this image of the one that stands outside HNBC bank, giving passersby an early Halloween thrill. Participating businesses were asked to create a scarecrow using Pokémon as their theme. Twenty-five businesses rose to the challenge. Each scarecrow is required to have some characteristics of a traditional scarecrow, such as hay protruding from the neck or sleeves.  Read more

Storytelling, pumpkins and dinner

HAWLEY, PA — Sandy Gabrielson will weave yarns of myth and lore at the annual Storytelling Dinner at The Settlers Inn on Saturday, October 29.
For many years, Gabrielson has been a featured performer at Hawley’s Ritz Company Playhouse. Added highlights of the Storytelling Dinner will be live foot-stompin’ music by Bowin’ the Strings, and an illuminated patch of intricately hand-carved pumpkins.

The dinner will be seasonally themed. Gathering time is 6 p.m.; dinner is at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Canaltown Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The third annual Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22 at The Cooperage. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 8 p.m. The evening promises a diverse selection of original short movies made by filmmakers from Honesdale, the surrounding area and the world. All movies are spooky in nature, and are not rated, but parental discretion is advised.  Read more

‘Baroque & Beyond’ at St. Andrews

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Chamber Music at St. Andrew’s welcomes eminent harpsichordist and conductor Kenneth Cooper, with singers and instrumentalists, for “Baroque & Beyond” on Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. at St, Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The free program will feature music by Handel, Bach, Donizetti, Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov and Komitas Vardapet, a 20th century Armenian composer.  Read more

‘Shakespeare’s Will,’ an Elizabethan supper and a lecture

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents “Shakespeare’s Will,” by Vern Thiessen, on Saturday, October 22. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a lecture delivered by Shakespeare expert Joanne Zipay and a supper of mutton stew based on a 1672 recipe.  Read more

‘Shadow Play: The Murder of Robert F. Kennedy’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Young at Heart organization, a subsidiary of the Delaware Youth Center, will host a presentation by local author William Klaber concerning his book on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.  Read more

Jazz pianist Mays at The Cooperage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — WJFF Radio Catskill will present “Autumn Serenade: An Afternoon of Jazz with Bill Mays” on Sunday, October 23 at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St. at 2:30 p.m.

Bill Mays ( is an internationally-known jazz pianist who has toured with Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Phil Woods. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day and Dionne Warwick. Mays has received many awards throughout his career as an arranger, pianist and producer.  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy., Rte. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs.

Some of the styles represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  Read more

Game night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Game Night at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be all kinds of games to play, from board games to card games to brain games: Scrabble, Dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, just to name a few. You can also bring your own games.  Read more

‘Monti Idol’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Tri-M Music Honor Society will host “Monti Idol” on Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium. The event is a singing competition, with high school students singing their favorite pop songs. The finalists were chosen by audition.

Tickets cost $3 and proceeds help support the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Monticello Performing Arts Booster Club.