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December 12, 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.

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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‘Deerest Deerpark’ open house

HUGUENOT, NY — There will be an open house for the Deerest Deerpark project on Sunday, September 18 at The Deerpark Museum and 1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse and the Neversink Valley Grange, 25 Grange Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 2009, an Orange Arts Grant was given to Susan Miiller of Deerpark to complete a series of fiberglass deer forms for a public project titled “Deerest Deerpark.” Artists from all over Orange County were invited to design fiberglass deer forms depicting local scenes, ecosystems, spiritual ideas and the visual history of the Town of Deerpark.  Read more

Calls for vendors

HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET, HONESDALE, PA — Applications are being accepted for the holiday artistans’ market at The Cooperage on Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will showcase the work of artisans of the Upper Delaware Region. To apply to vend at the market, read the guidelines at and fill out the application. Applications are due no later than Monday, September 19. Email  Read more

Hotel Fauchère to host cookbook authors

MILFORD, PA — Ariane Daguin, author of “D’Artagnan’s Glorious Game Cookbook,” and Laura Silverman, author of “The Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook,” will be the special guests in conversation with Hotel Fauchère Executive Chef Michael Glatz during the first Milford Readers & Writers Festival on Sunday, October 2. The free event will be held at the Fauchère Meeting Center, 403 Broad St. at 11 a.m. on October 2, the last day of the three-day festival. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to send an email to  Read more

Psychic brunch

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present its annual Psychic Continental Brunch with Lorraine Moore on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Route 6. Reserved seats cost $55 per person. All proceeds benefit the UDGLBT.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival

NARROWSBURG, NY — The fifth annual Big Eddy Film Festival (BEFF) takes place September 16 to 18, showing two dozen brand new feature films, documentaries, shorts, and videos for kids. All showings take place at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. The festival will open with a screening of “Little Boxes” on Friday night.  Read more

A new cast in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.  Read more

Nothing much happened here today…

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up the spilled cat litter and rearrange the yogurts stacked in the refrigerator. Two more days of summer vacation remain before the start of school which leaves us looking through a box of hand-me-down clothes, looking for a suitable blouse to match the skirt my daughter has picked out for the first day of school. We sort through the clothes. She French-braids her hair.  Read more

Likin’ lichen and fungi

“Take a Lichen to Fungus,” reads the flyer announcing an upcoming program that should provide participants with a better understanding of the important roles of decomposition and nutrient cycling played by fungus and lichen. “Fungus Among Us” is scheduled for September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Dingmans Ferry, PA.  Read more

Attention to detail

Everything you read in fishing articles these days seems to suggest that “catch and release” is the way to go. After you get your trophy fish to the boat, you remove the hook after a bit of a struggle. Then you photograph it from every conceivable angle. The slippery fish is hard to control as it struggles and maybe you drop the fish in the boat. You retrieve it and slide the barely alive carcass into the water. The fish gives a desperation kick of the tail and disappears into the depth. You think you have done a perfect job releasing that fish. Not so.  Read more

Labor of love

And then it happened. Labor Day. It seems like only yesterday when summers stretched out before us with (what seemed like) endless months of camping, swimmin’ holes and fireflies blinking in the twilight, and I still remember Mom telling us to take advantage of that carefree feeling that only childhood can provide. “Once you graduate from school and get a job,” she warned, “summers go by in the blink of an eye.” She was right, of course, and I miss that carefree feeling, but fortunately my job has the added bonus of spending the summer in search of a good time.  Read more

‘Inside/Outside the Box’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Arts Alliance’s (WAA) show “Inside/Outside the Box” will open on September 10 at 12 noon at 73 Sullivan St. There will be an artists’ reception from 2 to 6 p.m. with light refreshments. In this exhibit, artists stretch their imagination and artistic talents to create unique pieces of art that reflects the theme. The exhibit will run through October 2. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. You can check WAA out on Facebook.

Patti Greco Sunshine at the Tavern

FORESTBURGH, NY — Patti Greco Sunshine will be performing her one-woman show at the Forestburgh Tavern as a benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Town of Wallkill on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the club.

TRR’s Jonathan Fox wrote, “Patti has the rare ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand, breathlessly anticipating every note, as she exudes superstar talent with each song, whispering one moment, while raising the roof the next.”  Read more

'Re-Release Party’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — “Re-Release Party (The Golden Record)” will be the next production at NACL Theater, on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. It tells the story of a phonograph record created by astrophysicist Carl Sagan and a team of specialists and placed aboard the Voyager probe in 1977 to introduce Earth, its species and human cultures, to extraterrestrials and future humans. The record—still on its outbound journey today—contains sounds and images portraying the diversity and complexity of life on Earth. The performance is created by A Host of People of Detroit, MI.  Read more

Have a fun ATV ride and help sick children

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County ATV Association (SCATV) will hold its annual fall run on September 17 to 18. It will take place on Poli field at the corner of Sackett Lake and South Maplewood roads. There will be camping available on Friday and Saturday nights with rides on Saturday and Sunday. Food will be available throughout the weekend for purchase.  Read more

Appalachian duo

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, September 10 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase toe-tapping and haunting Bluegrass-Appalachian duo, Zoe and Cloyd. “The duo’s music springs from deep roots in American music, and both players are founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Their repertoire spans bluegrass, old-time and folk, and they recently won the duo contest at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA.  Read more

Nesin chamber orchestra holds inaugural concert

MONTICELLO, NY — The inaugural concert of the new Nesin Cultural Arts-administered Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts at 22 St. John St. A reception to meet the musicians will be held the same evening from 9 to 11 p.m. at Mr. Willy’s on Route 42. This first concert, “Classics of the Ages,” will also be performed on Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center, 46 South St.  Read more

Pelly show opens at Remax

HONESDALE, PA — Landscape artist Gregory J. Pelly opens a show of his recent works with a meet-the-artist reception on Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Re/Max Wayne, located at 416 Main St. The show will run through October.

In all seasons, in all kinds of weather, Pelly, a resident of Thompson, PA, can be found out and about in Northeast Pennsylvania with his oils, his easel and canvas—paintbrush in hand—capturing the rural scenery of Wayne, Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties.  Read more

Book signing for Triggs’ ‘laugh-out-loud’ novel

NARROWSBURG, NY — The River Gallery will host a book signing for author Greg Triggs and his book “The Next Happiest Place on Earth,” on Saturday, September 10 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Triggs is a writer who has a second home in Narrowsburg along with his husband, Matt Nolan.  Read more

‘First Ladies’ at Two Sisters Emporium

HANCOCK, NY — “First Ladies,” by Judith Present will have its premiere performance at the Two Sisters Emporium, 170 East Front St., on Septemer 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Following its premiere, there will be a tour of historical societies, museums, visitor centers and reenactments throughout Broome County. The play is produced by Presentarts and is the third show in their season. An American dessert buffet will be for purchase at intermission for $10.50.  Read more

Jeff Jamboree

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeff Jamboree is back on Saturday, September 10. You can start it off with a pancake breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, and proceed to activities including horse and carriage rides, Bold Archery demonstrations, a bouncy house and finger painting, pony rides and face painting for kids. You can browse craft vendors all day long, and there will be a barbeque available.

Pie contest entries should be dropped off at the firehouse at 9:30 a.m. At 12 noon, doors open for a tricky tray, also at the firehouse.  Read more