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December 10, 2016
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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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GLBT prom held locally

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its 2nd annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The dinner/dance will be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, 120 Rt. 6 and Rt. 209. This year’s theme is Mad Hatter. Local celebrity, Sugar, will be featured, with music provided by DJ Flow and Hot-Traxx Entertainment. There will be a photo booth provided by Flash Shack.  Read more

The Catskill Club: 1920s-themed black-tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present a night of entertainment that embraces the era of the 1920s at the exclusive speakeasy, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Monticello Casino & Raceway. The black-tie-optional event (costumes encouraged) is sponsored by Monticello Casino & Raceway, Empire Resorts, EPR Properties and Hart Howerton.  Read more

Upcoming concerts in Milford

MILFORD, PA — During April, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will present the vocal group Calmus Ensemble on Saturday, April 5, and jazz singer Chris McNulty on Friday, April 25. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catharine St. The program will include early music from the time before Bach, songs by Brahms and Schubert, and German chansöns written by Ludwig Bohme. The five vocalists of Calmus have sung together since 1999, and have recorded 15 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall and other top concert halls throughout Europe and the Americas.  Read more

Pete Seeger celebration hosted by WJFF

HURLEYVILLE, NY — WJFF will host an evening of bluegrass, folk and Americana music in celebration of the life of Pete Seeger on Saturday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. The event features three live bands, a chance to sing along, pizza and fresh baked goods.  Read more

Southern soul in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Gold Magnolias, a Southern soul band from Brooklyn, will return to Harmony Presents at the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s music evokes such artists as The Alabama Shakes, Fats Domino and James Brown.

“Don’t be surprised if you end up dancing, stomping, clapping and singing,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Political documentary features Milford’s Nick Troiano

MILFORD, PA — The PBS documentary “Follow the Leader” will have its Pennsylvania premier at the Milford Theatre at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. The film charts the lives of three high school class presidents, including Delaware Valley High School’s Nick Troiano, as they enter college and become politically involved. Over three life-changing years, they split into Republican, Democratic and Independent camps as each reconsiders his ambitions and rethinks what he truly believes.  Read more

Better late than never

Yes, I’m referring to the elusive springtime that teases and retreats, leaving me dumbfounded. One minute I’m singing a happy tune and the next? Well, the weeping willow springs to mind. According to my therapist, I have “control issues,” but even I can see the folly in thinking that I can force the seasons to change. Instead, I’ve chosen to force a few bulbs to bloom on my desk and pretend that spring has sprung. It is, after all, in the air. One of the signs of renewal popped up over the last week in Livingston Manor, NY, as an amazing aroma wafted down Main Street.  Read more

Ryan Broshear: gone fishin’

Rising country star and avid fisherman Ryan Broshear is packing a bag and heading for Sullivan County, preparing to throw out the first cast as Guest Celebrity during the trout season’s opening ceremony at Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY on Saturday, April 5. Roscoe has been known as Trout Town USA for decades and was named “The Ultimate Fishing Town in the USA” by the World Fishing Network (WFN) in June 2011, garnering bragging rights, global attention and a $25,000 prize given to the town for fishing-related activities. The town’s official website (www.roscoeny.com) states that Roscoe’s natural setting includes “five of America’s top trout streams and numerous reservoirs and lakes,” making the spot “an anglers paradise;” and it suggests that if visitors “come cast a line in our waters, they’ll be hooked for a lifetime.”  Read more

Breaking through (the ACA)

The ice dam has broken, finally. A huge berg twirls in the eddy, unwilling to float downriver to the sea. Chunks disengage, spiraling off from the mothership. I imagine a huge umbilical cord of ice holding on to the riverbed below like a tether, but it doesn’t sound likely, or scientific. I am witnessing the end of a long winter. The night’s rain has turned to frost on the lawn. The only color is the dull gray of tree trunks and the bright green of the Narrowsburg Bridge. My imagination is as dull as the landscape. But, look!  Read more

Reconnecting

While it may be hard to believe, given lingering low temperatures and a still-bleak landscape littered with dirty aging snow, spring is underway. Even for those of us who regularly venture outside to enjoy winter’s many fine qualities, this past winter has felt exceptionally long, punishingly cold and unusually restrictive.  Read more

The gift of opening day

If you’re a trout fisher, you don’t have to be reminded that Opening Day is close at hand. Oddly, New York waters open on April 1, as they have for more than a century, but Pennsylvania doesn’t open until 8 a.m. on April 12, the second Saturday.  Read more

Kelly McMasters luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library will present author, teacher and bookseller, Kelly McMasters, after a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Tuesday, April 8 at 12 noon. McMasters will read from her acclaimed book, “Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town,” and share excerpts from her column for The Paris Review, describing her experiences as a first-time bookseller in Honesdale.  Read more

A trip to the gun range

The first thing I notice when I pull into Red’s is the group of high school kids milling around in the parking lot. I’m transported back to my own days of loitering around Cinema 6 in Honesdale, PA. Big main difference? Red’s is an indoor gun range outside Austin, Texas.  Read more

‘Animal Avatars’ book and poetry reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents local author Patricia Eakins and poet Bertha Rogers for “Animal Avatars: Real and Imaged Beasts,” a public reading of fiction and poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Auditions held for Poe drama

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Auditions for vocalists, actors and dancers for Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and The Delaware Valley Opera’s fall performance of “The Masque of the Red Death” will be at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers to perform

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project announces the return of the “Concerts in the Coop” series beginning on Friday, March 28 with master fiddler Steve Jacobi and The Old Time Fiddlers.  Read more

The Stantons in benefit concert

HONESDALE, PA — Grace Episcopal Church, located at Church and 9th streets, hosts an evening of food, music and fellowship on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Local performers Leana and J.R. Stanton present a special blend of classic country and gospel music. A spaghetti dinner precedes the concert from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Comedy Night & American roots concert at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents hosts two events this weekend in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill. Comedians Chris Lamberth and Pheobe Robinson perform at Final Friday Comedy Night on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Their combined experience includes sharing the stage with national headliners including Bill Burr, Louis C.K. and Chris Hardwick; writing for MTV’s “Girl Code;” and placing in national comedy festivals.  Read more

‘An Iliad’ reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents a staged performance reading of the one-act play “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. The performance features veteran actor Chet Carlin of Parksville in the starring role.  Read more

Farm buildings in black & white

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — An opening reception for “Saved by the Camera: Functional Farm Buildings from the Past,” an exhibition of barn and farm building photographs by LaVerne Black, will be held at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. The exhibit is a sampling from two projects undertaken by Black and Town of Neversink Historian Carol Smythe. “Many times I have returned again to a favorite barn or old abandoned house,” said Black, “finding some had either been removed or fallen to the ravages of time and neglect.  Read more