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December 03, 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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Wurtsboro Board of Trade presents: Wurtsboro Winterfest 2014

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will host Wurtsboro Winterfest on Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature an ice carving competition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (judging at 2 p.m.), a chili cook-off contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (award ceremony at 3 p.m.) and a treasure hunt at 11 a.m. (drawing for the winner 3 p.m.).  Read more

‘The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell’ book reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local author William Klaber for a reading from his latest novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell,” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Reception in celebration of Sean Strub’s ‘Body Counts’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will host a reception/book signing in celebration of Sean Strub’s new memoir “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival” on Saturday, January 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchere, 403 Broad St. Book sales will benefit the UDLGBT. RSVP to events@hotelfauchere.com.  Read more

Three-time Mountain Stage finalist: Jason Myles Goss

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Jason Miles Goss, a three-time northeast finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and nationally touring artist, on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill. Goss displays a broad range of influences, from Gillian Welch and A. A. Bondy, to Ryan Adams and The Wallflowers.  Read more

New York State Decentralization Grants awarded for cultural programming

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations have been awarded $16,300 in Decentralization Grants for cultural programming in 2014. An awards ceremony will be held later in the year at the Delaware Arts Center.  Read more

Milford actor meets Zane Grey; Helps celebrate his birthday

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Seventy-four years after his death, the popular Western novelist Zane Grey is still a local celebrity in the Upper Delaware River Valley. He was born on January 31, 1872, and on that date this year and for the following two days, his birthday will be celebrated at his Delaware River home in Lackawaxen (now the Zane Grey Museum, operated by the National Park Service). In addition, Zane Grey himself (portrayed by actor Darren Fouse) will visit his own birthday party at The Columns, the museum of the Pike County Historical Society, to share some of his own story.  Read more

The snow globe

Winter snow storms, like the one right after this past New Year, can turn the train ride into a snow globe. They were still cleaning the station platform when I pulled up for a late “snow day” train. Rather than take the day off, I wait for the plows to do my road and go in late. We prepare to leave the station when Conductor Eddy yells out his signature, “All aboard!” I get goosebumps of excitement as the doors close and we take off. The 6:55 is perfect on days like this and mainly for the ride alone; the sun won’t come up until around 7:30, so it’s still dawn’s early light.  Read more

Drug-free fish

While the medications we consume are meant to help us, when it comes to their potential impact on other species, the news is not good. In the past, we have been instructed to flush unwanted medications down the toilet. That strategy is no longer advised in Pennsylvania, where a better alternative is being put into place. According to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway, even low doses of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs can ultimately harm fish.  Read more

Green Door Magazine seeking musicians

LIBERTY, NY — Green Door magazine, a quarterly arts and culture publication in the Catskills and Hudson Valley, will produce a Sullivan County Music Compilation Album with Josh Druckman, a local music producer. Green Door is seeking Sullivan County-based musicians to record an original song for the album.

The compilation album hopes to capture the eclectic music scene happening in the Sullivan County Catskills today. The album will be distributed in an upcoming issue of Green Door magazine and other venues.  Read more

‘Natural Selection[s]’ at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Natural Selection[s],” a curated group exhibition featuring art works inspired by the natural world, will open at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, January 25, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through February 15.

From a photograph of reflections in water by Beth Baylin, to an oil painting of candy-colored “Fantastic Flowers” by Charles Farless, to a winged sculpture made of animal bones by Denis Yanashot, this exhibition includes a wide variety of artworks all influenced by nature.  Read more

The Magic of Science at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Dr. Bob Friedhoffer, professional magician and educator (a.k.a. the “Madman of Science”) will be at The Cooperage on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. performing magic tricks to teach children (and adults) about science.  Read more

A songwriter for Lucinda Williams fans

HAWLEY, PA — Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch fans will delight in the dark Americana and Western influenced songwriting of Caitlin Canty, who will perform at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Harmony Presents.

Having gained widespread attention from folk-lovers and story-tellers everywhere, this vocalist and songwriter will share songs from her new album “Golden Hour” as well as unreleased tunes and covers from her duo Down Like Silver. She will be accompanied by guitarist Anthony da Costa from New Country Rehab.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts hosts Brother Sun

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Brother Sun at The Cooperage on Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun features three rich voices blending on a foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele and bouzouki.  Read more

Alliance Gallery exhibitions call for submissions, 2015

NARROWSBURG, NY — Alliance Gallery is calling for submissions for solo, group, or curated shows in 2015. The Alliance Gallery program priority is to exhibit high quality work by professional and emerging artists who live part-time or full-time in the Mid-Hudson, Catskill, or Upper Delaware River regions. All media and styles are considered, as are installations and proposals by curators. There is no submission fee.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, January 25. For submission guidelines, see artsalliancesite.org/programs/gallery.html.  Read more

A Mexican shakedown

As the lights flashed red and blue, the uniformed policìa on a motorcycle motioned to the right for us to pull over, and I had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was, luckily, not driving, and so I had a perfectly framed view of the portly mustached man riding smoothly next to us.

If it hadn’t been so dark, I imagine I would have seen a grin spread across his face. He had hooked us; a group of American tourists with pockets full of cash, out late enough to shake us down. It’s our last night in Mexico, our first and only in Cancun.  Read more

I believe the children are our future

Time flies. While shaking my head in disbelief that another year has flown by, I was simultaneously thrilled that kids from every corner of the state were once again arriving for the annual New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) conference being held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend. I attended some of the event in 2013 and was so blown away by what I had observed, that I was determined to return and make sure that my previous experience wasn’t a fluke.  Read more

New exhibition ‘Reflective Surfaces’ opens at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Reflective Surfaces,” a two-person exhibition featuring the photography of Julia Forrest and Flora Hogman at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. CAS will host an artist’s talk on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. The show runs until Sunday, February 23.  Read more

Winter survival

Record-low temperatures hit our region recently, keeping many folks indoors. For some, however, getting outdoors is a way of life, and regardless of the weather they heed the call to go hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or skiing. For others, just getting to work and back is the extent of their outdoor experience. Still, a news report recently told how one man on his way home experienced vehicle problems and began to walk the final mile to get home. He was found dead from the cold less than a hundred yards from his home. Fact: cold kills.  Read more

Game changers

For me, 2013 didn’t go out with a bang; it went out with a cough and a wheeze and a snore. After a year-end barrage of long workdays, a persistent chest bug sent me to bed around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t stir till late the next morning. It was just as well; I was perfectly happy to be done with a year that had brought more than its share of challenges.  Read more

A real M*A*S*H unit

After the evening news, my kids have been watching re-runs of the old TV show M*A*S*H on channel 38 from Scranton, one of the few channels that comes in via antenna on our 12-inch set (a set bought back before the end of the Cold War).  Read more