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December 07, 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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Soul of Ireland comes to Hawley, Milford

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Irish music artists Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary will offer two special performances in Northeast Pennsylvania: one on Saturday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historical Site in Milford, and one on Sunday, August 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. Tickets for adults cost $20. Students and children under 15 will be admitted free.  Read more

Poets wanted

LIBERTY, NY — Poets are invited to submit original poetry for inclusion in the seventh annual Liberty Poetry Festival/Reading to be presented at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Area poets are invited to submit their work no later than Friday, September 9 to Marilyn Laufer, P.O. Box 87, White Sulphur Springs NY 12787 or to mfrumess@hvc.rr.

Grand opening for The Art Factory

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Art Factory of White Mills will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is a fine art and craft gallery that features fine art, stained glass, photography, custom-created jewelry and artisan crafts by a variety of artists. There will be an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The Art Factory is located at 726 Texas Palmyra Hwy. (Route 6).  Read more

UpFront holds mid-summer reception

MILFORD, PA — The UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its mid-summer artist’s reception on Saturday, August 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The art of Leonard “Buzz” Wallace and his collection of “doodles” will be featured. In 1959, Wallace was hired by SUNY Orange and taught art for over 30 years, 25 years as art department chair. Many of UpFront’s artists studied under him. Member artists whose work will also be on display include Todd Anderson, Lauryn De Leeuw, James MacIsaac, Joe Petrosi and many more.  Read more

Greg Humphreys on Jeff’s Main Street Stage

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Main Street Events Stage creator Michael Randels will present a free concert featuring the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. The Main Street Event Stage is located at 4912 State Rte. 52.

In the space of a career that has spanned four decades, Humphreys (greghumphreys.blogspot.com) has established himself as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader whose talents have won him a loyal cult following and whose stylistic reach embraces indie rock, pop, R&B, jazz and acoustic music.  Read more

DVO presents ‘Carmen’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m.  Read more

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether. Woodstock. Dozens of books, hundreds of articles, movies, albums… the list goes on. Although I like reminiscing as much as the next person, I’m constantly striving to be “in the present” while simultaneously keeping an eye on the future, so I was determined to not let this past weekend cloud my judgment and focus solely on that little music festival that changed the world.  Read more

Little World’s Fair—this year, complete with brews

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville Little World’s Fair, the longest- running independent fair in New York State, will take place from August 19 through August 21 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on Route 55. The fair is now in its 137th year.

All the features of a good old-fashioned country fair are included: 4-H exhibits, rides, musical entertainment, fair food, tractor and draft horse pulls, live animal shows and magic shows onstage, a pie auction and more. A brochure with full schedule and pricing can be found at grahamsvillefair.com.  Read more

Argentinian musician at Nesin

MONTICELLO, NY — The Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) Summer Music Academy faculty will perform with special guest J.P. Jofre on Monday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre for the Performing Arts, 22 St. John St. Jofre is an Argentinean bandoneon (similar to an accordion) player whom The New York Times highlighted as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer.  Read more

Vintage Modern Art

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Vintage Modern Art event taking place on August 27 at the Barryville Farmers’ Market will feature art, live music, and fresh fruits and vegetables all in the same place. Local artists have collaborated to create works of art that relate to the “Vintage Modern Art” theme—something old and new at the same time. Some art on display uses vintage newspaper as the backdrop for new painting. Many of the artists have found ways to repurpose found, discarded, or unwanted objects. Other artists have used new technologies to treat classical themes.  Read more

Bluegrass-fusion phenoms

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents showcases bluegrass-fusion duo Hank and Pattie of Hank, Pattie and the Current in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m.  Read more

A trip back in time at Lock 31: History, culture and art at the D&H Canal

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual D&H Canal Festival will be held Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware & Hudson’s Canal Park at Lock 31 on Route 6, one mile west of The Settlers’ Inn. The park is a 16-acre setting on the banks of the Lackawaxen River.  Read more

WCAA Artists’ Studio Tour: Wander the countryside, see artists at work

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The 14th annual Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) Artists’ Studio Tour will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 19 to 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days. This year there will be 18 artists in 13 studio locations, plus a headquarters and gallery at the Dorflinger Factory Museum in White Mills, showing artwork in a wide variety of mediums and styles.  Read more

You’ve got meal: Early Bird Cookery brings fresh, home-cooked food to your door

REGION — While meal delivery services are booming in metropolitan areas, the food used in those meals is grown right in our backyard. Amy Miller, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and the founder and owner of Early Bird Cookery who lives in Cochecton, realized she could utilize the proximity to local farms and create meals delivered to people who live here and in the city.  Read more

Christmas pickles

It is too soon, I think, to imagine the bare trees of December and it is too warm this August to contemplate a steaming oven, but it is time to think of Christmas dinner. It is time to make the “Christmas pickles” for our holiday celebrations.

I have been putting up “lazy pickles,” using an old fashioned mustard pickle recipe from my mother. And “lazy” they are, requiring no muggy processing or boiling brines or any special equipment.  Read more

Once in a lifetime

“And you may ask yourself -

Well, how did I get here?”

— David Byrne/Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”

Maybe you don’t know who Grover Norquist is, but some call him “the most powerful Republican” or even “the most powerful man in America.” He’s an anti-tax activist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform (www.atr.org), and the guy behind the “No New Taxes” pledge that practically every Republican candidate for elected office must swear to, an oath only slightly less weighty than that of a Greek god swearing upon the River Styx.  Read more

Plein air painting pop-up exhibit

NORTH BRANCH, NY — On Saturday, August 20, artists will gather at Hestia’s Garden in North Branch, NY for “Art in the Garden,” a morning of plein air painting from 9 am to 1 pm followed by an afternoon art show and opening reception, including some of the works painted that day.

The public is invited to enjoy the free art show on both Saturday, August 20 from 2 to 4 pm and Sunday, August 21 from 11 am to 3 pm at Hestia’s Garden, 914 Buck Brook Road in North Branch, NY.  Read more

Basha Kill blooms

We are fortunate to have the largest wetland in Southeastern New York in our midst here in the Upper Delaware River region. Its lushness is almost indescribable at this time of year, with many flowering plants approaching their peak and providing a great show, in addition to their many benefits to the abundant species that thrive in the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area (BKWMA).

Located just south of Wurtsboro, NY, the wildlife habitat and recreation area is managed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which purchased over 2,000 acres for the BKWMA in 1972.  Read more

A little night music

There was plenty of that to go around throughout the Upper Delaware River region last week, and prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote a Broadway musical of that name back in 1977, which, as it turns out, was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film (who knew?) “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Ten years later, Sondheim wrote “Into The Woods,” based on the works of the Brothers Grimm. Once again, Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics, with a script written by James Lapine, and once again, The Forestburgh Playhouse (www.fbplayhouse.org) has mounted a beautiful show, now playing.  Read more

Settlers Group has plans for Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Settlers Hospitality Group, which includes The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and the Hawley Silk Mill, plans a series of events during the seventh annual Wally Lake Fest, coming up on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28. Wally Lake Fest celebrates summer fun on Lake Wallenpaupack and around its shoreline with a multitude of activities from sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and a “tour de towpath” bike ride. Helping to kick them off will be an afternoon luau and an evening of music.  Read more