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December 02, 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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Keyboards wizard Bob Malone at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will bring Bob Malone back to the area for a show at The Cooperage on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. Los Angeles-based Malone plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty. His sound is a hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B.  Read more

Celtic band RUNA at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, March 8, RUNA will be at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. at 7:30 p.m. RUNA is a Celtic roots music band that draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary approach to traditional and more recent Celtic material.  Read more

Fest gathers 15 local historical groups

HAWLEY, PA — The roster of historical organizations that will be represented at the March 8 Wayne-Pike Local History Festival stands at fifteen.  Read more

Bashakill hike & wine tasting eco tour

WURTSBORO, NY — Hike the Bashakill with a certified tour guide and enjoy the wines made at the Bashakill Winery on an eco-trip sponsored by the Catskill Mountainkeeper and CD Trips LLC on March 29. There will be live entertainment by Denis Newberg.  Read more

Julia Easterlin: One woman, many voices

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will present Julia Easterlin, a “one-woman chorus.” Playing festivals, intimate listening rooms and everywhere between, this musician echoes the likes of artists like Feist, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine and DiDo. Easterlin layers vocals upon vocals, building a one woman chorus accompanied by a duo of musicians.  Read more

Salon Series continues at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Salon Series, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s winter weekend series of performances, talks and readings, will continue from March 9 through April 6. Audiences can look forward to ethnic folk musicians Simple Gifts on March 9; Jazzmosis, a rock/jazz fusion quartet, on March 23; Tara Kelly and Tim Farrand playing classical duets on March 30; and an April 6 reading of Bill Donnelly’s comedy “Siverstein.” Salon events are held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Students display their artwork

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present its third annual Young Artists Exhibit, featuring the creations of art students from the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS). Meet the students at the Art After Dark reception on Saturday, March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. A simultaneous reception for photography students will be next door.  Read more

Fire and ice

Soup and sandwich, salt and pepper, even Bert and Ernie. Some things just go together, but fire and ice? Heading out the door last Friday, I noted that Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band were in the region, slated to perform on both sides of the river. Their first stop was in Bethel, NY (www.catskilldistillingcompany.com), so I grabbed the Wonder Dog and (side-stepping the ice that covered my walkway) headed out, confident that they would provide a hot time in the old town that night.  Read more

Sharon Molloy: dog whisperer

Pet portrait artist Sharon Molloy is on a spiritual journey. Born and raised in the U.K. and classically trained at the Winchester School of Art, she left England at age 21 and headed east. “I began my journey by traveling to India, searching for something,” she recalled during a recent interview. Unsure of what that “something” was, the artist found herself studying meditation, and soon her path led her to Thailand and then Japan, seeking “inner truth and inspiration through artistic expression.”  Read more

What was I thinking?

Sheila is in Costa Rica with friends, where the sunsets are “spectacular!” John and Robert are on their way to Jamaica to rest their heads in Noel Coward’s bedroom. Barry and Tony are just back from Cabo. What am I doing wrong?  Read more

Golden eagles 'phone home'

If you have been lucky this winter, you may have seen a migrant golden eagle; a few visit each winter from Canada. Recently though, migrations of eagles and other raptors have incurred additional risk with the increase in the numbers of wind turbines on ridges that raptors use for orographic or ridge lift during migration.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Opossum afoot

As winter’s grip begins to loosen, wildlife start to emerge and our encounters with them increase. Such was the case for a small opossum that appeared at my door one recent evening as it scrounged for sustenance.

Well adapted in terms of diet, opossums are omnivores and enjoy a variety of foods such as fruits, seeds, meat, eggs, insects and carrion. Although they often den in hollow trees, logs or brush piles, opossums are also well adapted to human environments and will sometimes seek shelter in culverts and beneath outbuildings.  Read more

Member art show at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — “Winter Barn” by Diane Kimberley is among the works of art to be featured during the month of March for The Big D Arts and Crafts League member show in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be oils, watercolors, photography, scratch boards as well as tiles. For more information, call 800/248-2519 or visit www.innatstarlightlake.com.

Community meeting

“We know that many of the neighbors are here,” the woman in a business suit said diplomatically. “We, of course, expect that most of them are against us getting this application approved.”  Read more

Birds of a feather

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks.  Read more

Chili and wing cook off at Ehrhardt’s

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on Sunday, March 2 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant. Participants can enter their favorite chili and/or wing recipe to be tasted and judged to win prizes. The cook-off begins at 12 noon. The doors remain open for admission with food available until 3 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit by people with developmental disabilities

NARROWSBURG, NY — SullivanArc hopes to help draw attention to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during March with its seventh annual art exhibit titled “Expressions 2014,” featuring paintings by people with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in the second floor LOFT Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.  Read more

DV Music Department to hold fundraising craft fair

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley (DV) Music Department Booster Club will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, March 1 in the DV Middle School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 16 vendors selling jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, hand bags, Tupperware and more.  Read more

Danny Fitzgerald blues and jazz at two local venues

HONESDALE, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon, Route 17B in Bethel on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale at 7 p.m. The show will feature original jazz and blues music from the world-famous street band.  Read more