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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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KIDSTOCK! in Neversink

NEVERSINK, NY — The Neversink Farmers Market, held at the Neversink General Store on Route 55, will present KIDSTOCK! on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature a show by Dave the Performing Rabbit (an actual bunny who loves to hop through his obstacle course) at 10:30 a.m., balloon animals, a bouncy house, petting zoo, live music, an obstacle course courtesy of the Frost Valley YMCA, child identification courtesy of the Masonichip Program and much more.  Read more

‘The Wiz’

MILFORD, PA — City Stage travels to Oz with the Tony Award-winning musical “The Wiz,” a modern reinvention of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.

The show is directed by Bill Thomas. Leading actors include Karuss Williams (Dorothy), Marc Valentine (Scarecrow), Jeff Brewster (Tin Man), Taylor James (Lion), Donna Dale (Addaperle), Noreen Hanson (Evillene), Alvera Sylvester (Aunt Em) and Bill Thomas (The Wiz).  Read more

‘Funky Ball’ contra dance

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a special celebration “Funky Ball” Contra Dance at The Cooperage. Bust out an old prom dress and tuxedo, throw on a top hat and some jewels. Live music will be provided by Poison Love with caller Laurie B. Come with or without a partner. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Poetry fest

LIBERTY, NY — The seventh annual Poetry Festival will be held at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center, 46 South Main St., on Saturday, September 24. Accomplished poets from across the region will each read a selection of their poems. Local poet and museum board member Marilyn Laufer organized and selected the poems for this year’s event, which was begun by Walter Keller, the village of Liberty’s poet laureate, who died in 2013.  Read more


JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Farmstock, a tour of a working farm, will take place on Sunday, September 24 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Hilly Acres Farm, 32 Wahl Rd. There will be tours of animal barns (pig and beef), farm machinery demos, butter-churning demos, 4-H students showing rabbits, pumpkin decorating, Northern Farmhouse pasta cooking all day and hay wagon rides.

The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children, $20 for a family. For more information email erlweinfarms@hotmail.com or call 845/807-9063.

‘A sumptuous musical feast’

HONESDALE, PA — Acoustic Eidolon (pronounced idol-on) will open the fall series of RiverFolk Concerts at The Cooperage in Honesdale on Sunday, September 25 at 5 p.m. with special guest Amy Soucy. Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado, and have graced stages throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada. With 11 CDs and a DVD to their credit, the artists boast a “new acoustic” sound that blends Celtic, Americana and flamenco musical influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.”  Read more

‘Pop-drenched perceptual anxiety’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will present “The Chroma Key” on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd. “The Chroma Key” will be performed by New York City avant-garde theatre troupe, Title:Point, and presented as the last 2016 installment of NACL’s Deep Space Performance Residency program, in which artists from around the world live and work at the theater to finish and present a new, original performance to the NACL audience community.  Read more


CALLICOON, NY — WJFF’s Foodstock will take place on Saturday, September 24 inside the golf clubhouse at the Villa Roma Resort from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is free. You can browse the vendors, taste samples and shop for local foods.  Read more

A conversation between writer and reader; Literary festival comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.  Read more

Two parties are too few

Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different varieties of “toasted oat cereal” do you find? Seven? Twelve?

According to Wikipedia, there are actually 17—including, of course, the inevitable limited-edition “Pumpkin Spice.” (There were seven others that have been discontinued.)  Read more

Red-tail airshow

In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as they make their move south, and daily counts may be in the thousands.  Read more

Challenge accepted…

The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times here in the Upper Delaware River region, there are somber moments as well, and I often still marvel when observing communities coming together, uniting for the greater good, happy or sad.  Read more

‘Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone’

HAWLEY, PA — Peter and Will Anderson, whom The New York Times has called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” will perform at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr., on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. “Peter and Will’s expertise has made them saxophonists of choice for Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon and the Village Vanguard Orchestra,” says Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. The show will be embellished by takes on favorite and traditional holiday tunes.  Read more

Von Steuben Germanfest

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department will present the 26th annual Von Steuben Germanfest on Saturday, September 17 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at fireman’s field. The Germania Almraush Schuplatter Verein will be on hand to entertain with traditional German dancing, and this year there will also be a band from Buffalo, The Frankfurters. German and domestic beer will be sold along with an assortment of German foods. Admission costs $5, and children under 12 are admitted free.

Chinese celebration in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville JEMS will present a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Chinese Moon Festival on Saturday, September 17 at its “A Day in China” event. The event will begin with a children’s workshop at 12 noon at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Children will learn and make the game of Chinese dominoes. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. a demonstration of Tai Chi and a performance of ancient Chinese music will be held on the Main Street Events Stage.  Read more

Share your collections

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Calling All Collectors!” will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. It’s an opportunity for anyone who collects things they love—plates? buttons? cans?—to bring their collection to the museum for others to admire.

From serious collectors to those who just have a lot of “something” in their closets, all are invited. The show (not sale) is free, and there is no cost to rent a table to display a collection. Call 845/985-7700 or email info@timeandthevalleys museum.org to reserve a table.  Read more

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Welles classic ‘Chimes at Midnight’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present a screening of the classic film “Chimes at Midnight” (1965), featuring a talkback with programmer and executive director Bradley Diuguid, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, this event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St. It is presented as part of the Catskill Art Society’s “Year of Shakespeare,” a festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with a year-long slate of live performances, films and discussions.  Read more

Americana at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present Rock-Americana artist MiZ (mikemizmusic.com) on September 17 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. Opening and hosting the concert will be the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

A magic ride with the Sultans of String

MILFORD, PA — The Sultans of String will bring their award-winning mix of Celtic, Latino, flamenco, Arabic, Gypsy jazz, and South Asian music to the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St., on September 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more