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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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Fantastic foliage

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According to DCNR, Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level to over 3,000 feet supports 134 species of trees like sassafras, sugar maple, red maple, birch, ash and cherry. Such species peak earlier, followed by species like hickory and oak, which ripen more slowly. Many more shrubs and vines, such as Virginia creeper, contribute to the brilliant autumn color display. Visit for a helpful explanation of why leaves change color.  Read more

I’m always chasing rainbows

All too often, I’m confounded (which my dictionary defines as “bewildered, confused and perplexed”) when forced to choose from the vast array of events happening, often simultaneously, throughout the Upper Delaware River region. Those of us at the newspaper who are often on the road in search of a story, rack up a lot of miles during the year, reporting on more than 60 communities spanning both sides of the Delaware and there’s always a story to be told. Well… almost always.  Read more

Folk trio Low Lily at the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Folk band Low Lily will play the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in celebration of Narrowsburg’s Honeybee Fest.  Read more

ARTery celebrates NPS

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present an exhibit titled “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks,” with mixed media photography by Randall FitzGerald and paintings by Marie Liu, from Thursday, October 6 through Monday, November 7, with a meet-the-artists wine and cheese reception on Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale will hold its annual Harvest & Heritage Days on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, sponsored by Wayne Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more


BARRYVILLE, NY — The Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce presents the 13th Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., held behind the Carriage House, 3351 Rte. 97. This free community event will have arts and crafts, live music, food and family fun. A variety of contests will be held throughout the day including a pumpkin bake-off, pumpkin carving and decorating, scarecrow design, costume contest and pie eating. There will be live music by David Wallace, Chris Raabe Band, Jimmy Meyer & Steve Brosky and The Back Porch Bluegrass Band.

Autumn show opens at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its autumn artists’ reception, introducing its autumn show, on Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Kevin McComb. Among the artists included in the exhibition are Su Barnes, Daniela Cooney, Judith Cramer, Lauryn de Leeuw, Josè Guerrido Jr., Brent Riforgiato, Joe Splendora, Dieter Woeden and Elva Zingaro.

This event is free and open to the public. The show will run through November 24.  Read more

Roth, Fendrick & Peck at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back David Roth on Sunday, October 9 at 5 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Roth’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts and more. “David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly,” wrote Jack Canfield, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”  Read more

Antique show and sale

WHITE MILLS, PA — The 30th annual Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale will take place on October 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the renovated Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory, on Route 6 midway between Hawley and Honesdale. The antique show features some of the finest quality merchandise in the Northeast, as well as the opportunity to see some of the finest examples of Dorflinger cut glass in the nation. The participating dealers hail from throughout the Northeast and will offer an extensive and varied array of merchandise, much of it set aside especially for this event.  Read more

‘Peter and the Wolf'

MILFORD, PA — The Zodiac Trio and radio personality Bob Sherman will perform “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Soldier’s Tale,” and some shorter pieces on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m., at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St.

In Tchaikovsy’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a narrator and musicians tell a story about a youngster named Peter and his encounter with a big, bad predator. Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” concerns a soldier’s dealings with the Devil.  Read more

‘Portal of Place’

BARRYVILLE, NY — DENiZEN, a new studio space in Barryville at 3512 Rte. 97, hosted by artist Pat Carullo, will feature photographer and writer Sandy Long’s “Portal of Place” on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8. The digital exhibit is an exploration of the interplay between human nature and the natural world. Experience an array of photos gathered by Long throughout the Upper Delaware region flanking both sides of the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Chili Cook-off in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The 23rd annual Liberty Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will be held Saturday, October 8 at the museum on Main Street starting at 12 noon.

The festival features a vendor-packed sidewalk sale, a craft fair and live music by local musicians John Wombacher and Gary Cormier as well as the eagerly-anticipated Chili Cook-Off and applesauce-eating competitions.  Read more

Callicoon Artwalk 2016

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Business Association’s 2016 Artwalk will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. More than 60 local artists will present their work throughout the town. Main Street merchants will stay open into the evening on Saturday, with maps available highlighting all exhibits and events featured in local shops, restaurants and galleries.  Read more

NACL Theatre presents Spirits of Lakewood House

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL presents the third installment of The Lakewood House Trilogy (following Mystery of Lakewood House 2005-2006 and The Lost Book of Lakewood House 2009). The newest work, Spirits of Lakewood House, is a site-specific performance that takes place at the NACL artists’ residence, an historic summer boarding house opened in the 1920s in the era of the Catskills vacation heyday. There are six tours on two nights: Saturday, October 8 at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at the same times. There is a limit of 25 people per tour, and each tour lasts one hour.  Read more

Celebrate the honeybee

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Honeybee Fest, in conjunction with local beekeepers, will host a day of events and activities to educate and appreciate one of nature’s most buzzed-about bugs, the tireless honeybee, in downtown Narrowsburg along Main St., Bridge St. and Erie Ave. on Saturday, October 8.  Read more

Up, up and away!

The skies above Jeffersonville, NY were a bit gray last Saturday as the first-ever Hot Air Balloon Festival got underway, and weather plays an all-important role when it comes to safety. All in all, eight balloon pilots were scheduled to take to the air, traveling from the open field behind Dick’s Auto to the hills of the Villa Roma Resort, but only one was able to take off before the others were grounded due to high winds and the threat of rain on the horizon.  Read more

Writers, Together

Writing is a solitary activity for most writers. It’s not a team sport. We don’t wear matching jerseys and go out for beers together after a good day of writing. (Some do start the day with beer, alone, before writing, but it is not recommended.) So the mere act of getting a bunch of writers together to do something they avoid doing most of the time is a heroic one.  Read more

Osprey: from threatened to protected?

A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of commissioners gave preliminary approval to an updated management plan for the osprey, and one of the items in the new plan is to change of the osprey’s status from threatened to protected. If the plan is fully adopted, the board will also heighten penalties for anyone unlawfully killing an osprey; this would be similar to the penalties adopted after the bald eagle listed as a protected species in 2014.  Read more

On water

We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warned that human existence on Earth for very long was questionable and that, for survival, we have to “reach out to the stars.” In scientists’ explorations of near and deep space, when you boil it down, water is always the Holy Grail.  Read more

All in the family

Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve carried that mantra with me since he and Olive Oyl graced the small screen of my youth, when the world was still perceived in black and white.  Read more