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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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‘Visions of Spain’ in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association, in collaboration with The Hispanic Society of America, will present “Visions of Spain” on Saturday, September 3 from 4 to 6 p.m., in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will feature live Spanish guitar music by Peter Kolesar, including “Pavan,” written around 1536, from the first printed book of music for the guitar/vihuela, and other early pieces. Depending on the mood of the crowd, there may also be 19th century classics like “Romanza Anonimo” and/or flamenco toques such as Farruca, Soleares, or Sequidillas.  Read more

Brewery in Eldred celebrates one year in business

ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.  Read more

A culture of creativity

Maybe the tide is turning. Historically, the brain drain of rural areas like ours led all the bright young people with dreams to the cities, never to return. But in places like Highland Lake and Narrowsburg and even Monticello, NY, some of the most creative minds I know are building their own dreams.

It’s not just that the cities are expensive (they are) or crowded (ditto) or any of the other negatives that are often lodged regarding them, but that this place and others like it are so conducive to living comfortably without so many of the stresses that burden a creative mind.  Read more

Planning for PA wildlife protection

Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has again been updated and will be presented by the PA Fish and Boat and PA Game Commissions at the next Environmental Issues Forum of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee scheduled for October 24.  Read more

Unblocking the code

Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like getting an education, working, falling in love and having a family. You know, the type of things that can seriously distract you from having more of those great fishing experiences.  Read more

Have I stayed too long at the fair?

Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (, the one referred to in the header of this column is a metaphor. The sentiment was brought on by (of all things) the production of “Rock of Ages” ( that I caught last Thursday in Forestburgh—their “swan song” musical of the summer season. Before I get down to brass tacks (I mean weepy, morose, end-of-summer blues), let’s address my day at the real fair, which to be fair, was… fair.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley and the environs come alive with music, boating, bicycling and a whole raft of lake-related activities at Wally Lake Fest from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28.

The party gets started on Friday with a variety of live music at the local restaurants and pubs as well as a comedic play at the local playhouse. The live entertainment continues throughout the weekend.  Read more

Bluegrass duo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — David Cavage and Josh Sudigala will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Cavage (banjo, vocals), who resides in Carbondale, ranks among the finest banjo players and songwriters in bluegrass music today. Sudigala (guitar/vocals) began attending bluegrass festivals even before he was old enough to play, taken by his grandfather, an accomplished banjo player. At age 14, Josh began playing electric guitar and rock ‘n roll. But within a few years, he was back into bluegrass, and more importantly, flatpicking.  Read more

‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

HONESDALE, PA — The film “All’s Well that Ends Well,” a version of Shakespeare’s play, will be screened at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Robert Dugan will introduce the play with a brief background and orientation. “Shakespeare is fun,” he says, “and profound because the plays are so resilient and adaptable.”  Read more

Recital at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — Faculty members of the Nesin Summer Music Academy will be joined by their students for a faculty/student ensemble recital on Friday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Students of all ages have been working at the Summer Academy to create original compositions that will be performed by the faculty at this recital. The students that attended the Summer Music Academy Boot Camp developed their performance skills and technique on various instruments.  Read more

Judy Collins’ collaborator at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Ari Hest, a consummate performer in the folk world, on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. Hest is one of Judy Collins’ favorite singer-songwriters, and has recently released an album, “Silver Skies Blue,” as a collaboration with Collins, the first of its kind in Collins’ career. He is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music-inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.  Read more

‘Eat, Drink & Collage’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Explore the fine art of mixed-media collage using a treasure trove of found objects collected over 30 years, Friday, August 26 at an event titled “Eat, Drink & Collage.” It will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, downstairs at the Heron, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Poetry reading at Black and Brass

HONESDALE, PA — Black and Brass Coffee Roasters Cafe, 520 Main St., will host Karen Morris and John Tomlinson in a poetry reading and book signing event for their book, “RAGE: The Misery of Men :: HOPE: The Dawning of Men,” on Friday, August 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be wine, snacks and coffee drinks.

Art critic/curator Dominique Nahas, in a review of the book, wrote that it “brings together... a remarkable duo of artistic poet and poetic artist.  Read more

‘Rising folk sensation’ Seth Glier

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Seth Glier on Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. The New York Times called him “a rising folk sensation,” and USA Today wrote that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”

The show takes place in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. Cocoon Catering Company caters wine, beer and light snacks on site. Tickets cost $19 to $22. They can be purchased online at or in person at AMSkier Insurance Agency located at 209 Main Ave. For more information call 570/588-8077.

Jupiter Chamber Players provide Sunset finale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The finale of the Shandelee Music Festival’s Sunset Concert Series will be an out-of-this-world experience as the Jupiter Chamber Players take the stage with “An Evening of Chamber Music” on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m. in the Shandelee Music Festival Concert Pavilion, 442 J. Young Rd. The evening will feature the music of Haydn, Rabi and Brahms.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are violinist Asi Matathias, violist Cong Wu, cellist Zlatomir Fung, clarinetist Vadim Lando and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.  Read more

A one-man, one-woman weekend in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The upcoming weekend will bring both a one-woman and a one-man show to the stage of the Tusten Theatre at 210 Bridge St.

On Friday, Heather Bagnal will tread the boards in “SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL,” a one-woman play about diving into the dating world after a decade of married life. The off-kilter 50-minute show is based on the true story of Chicago blogger Laurel Spears, who finds herself at the crossroads of a dead-end relationship and a major identity crisis.  Read more

Quilting as art at Domesticities

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Everybody knows that quilts can be beautiful, but did you know that there are some quilts that are created specifically as artwork? The results can be spectacular, as you will be able to see at “Abstracts, Flora and Fauna,” a new show exhibiting the work of Katharina Litchman ( that opens on Saturday, August 27, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Domesticities on Route 52.  Read more

It’s alive! Western Hotel back in business

CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.  Read more


There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way they would be set up year round, but alas he was out-voted by Mom. My brother and I would spend many hours with Dad setting up the system, and every year Dad attempted to make the course slightly different. He would ask us what we thought and would allow us to unwrap each car from its newspaper wrapping. Due to space limitations, we always seemed to wind up with the same figure-eight track.  Read more

A very small predator

Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps eating sunflower seeds out of someone’s hand, the “cuteness” factor is up pretty high for this small member of the squirrel family. But is there another side to this friendly little critter scurrying back and forth on the lawn? All may not be what it seems.  Read more