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December 05, 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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Show Ponies play Americana in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents showcases the Americana, bluegrass and rock band The Show Ponies in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. Led by songwriting collaborators Andi Carder (lead vocals and guitar) and Clayton Chaney (lead vocals and bass), the five Ponies also include three classically trained musicians. Jackie Morris of Folk Works says, “The real magic happens when their voices intertwine. Whether in a duet or in harmony, the result is incredibly satisfying.  Read more

Yasgur Road Reunion

BETHEL, NY — The Yasgur Road Reunion, an annual three-day celebration in honor of the 1969 Woodstock festival, will take place on August 12 through 14 this year. It occurs on the 100-acre former homestead of Max Yasgur, host of the original festival of peace, love and music. This is a family event; all ages welcome.  Read more

French Woods comes to Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — Musicians and performers from the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts will be at the Hancock Town Square on two upcoming dates in August.

On Monday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m., the audience will be treated to “French Woods Pops!,” a festive program of popular works. And on Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m., the French Woods Cabaret Troupe pays tribute to Disney with an innovative and lively show for the whole family.  Read more

Frost Valley centennial gala

CLARYVILLE, NY — Frost Valley YMCA will hold a Castle Centennial Gala in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Frost Valley Castle, on Saturday, August 27.

The gala is a cocktail and music reception to bring awareness to the “Friends of the Castle” endowment, which provides daily care for the castle, allowing guests to experience it for years to come. Guests will enjoy an evening of live music by pianist Justin Kolb, as well as food, libations and beautiful views.  Read more

Little Sparrow jazzes it up with Thurman Barker

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville JEMS will present a summer afternoon concert with Little Sparrow and special guest Thurman Barker on drums on the Jeffersonville Main Street Stage, Saturday, August 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Wooden canoe exhibit

EQUINUNK, PA — Members of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association will display their custom-made wooden canoes on the grounds of the Equinunk Historical Society on Sunday, August 14, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The canoes, previously exhibited in August 2014, attracted many admirers of their graceful lines and artistic proportions. Wood carver Al Bratton will demonstrate carving a wooden canoe paddle. His wife Jean canes sturdy canoe seats, as seen in this photo. The Equinunk Historical Society, 1972 Pine Rd., is located at the junction of Pine Mill Road and Route 191, (Hancock Highway).  Read more

Tea with author Kelly Hopkins

HONESDALE, PA — An afternoon tea featuring author Kelly Hopkins, who will present a multimedia talk titled “Celtic Myths and Traditions,” will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Hopkins is a published academic author, young-adult novelist, librarian, district webmaster and technology specialist for the Lackawanna Trail Jr.-Sr. High School.  Read more

Summer reading challenge

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — During the month of August, the Western Sullivan Public Library will offer kids a summer reading challenge, following on the heels of the successful summer reading program it has just completed. Each child will be asked to keep a record of the books they read on the library’s official reading log. Once the log is completed, kids can return it to one of the library branches and pick a prize. Everyone who returns a reading log will be entered into a drawing for a basket full of library goodies.  Read more

Beauty and the Beast enchants at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Community theatre groups are one of the joys of summer in a rural area like ours, and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) is the longest-standing community theatre group in our area, having been producing theatre here since 1950.  Read more

Sunset Concerts in the mountains; Shandelee opens with Lee

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Shandelee Music Festival’s Sunset Concert Series begins on Thursday, August 18 with a performance by pianist Hanchien Lee, recognized for her eloquent and virtuosic performances as a soloist and chamber musician since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 16. It will be the first of five performances in the festival extending through August 27, all of which start at 8 p.m. in the Sunset Concert Pavilion, located at 442 J. Young Rd. As in past years, each concert will be followed by a specialty dessert reception.  Read more

Artistic stirrings in Hancock

The village of Hancock, NY is abuzz with new goings-on and businesses centered on a growing cultural milieu. The village, located on the banks of the Delaware River where the East Branch and West Branch meet to form the river’s Main Stem, is the northernmost settlement on state Route 97. Long noted for trout fishing and deer hunting, the Town of Hancock’s rural and natural beauty is an inspiration to the new artists and restaurateurs who are now calling it home.  Read more

Back to Kindergarten

To riff on the immortal George Carlin: Some people think inside the box; some people think outside the box; I think we need to get rid of the box. Perhaps it’s the ethos of the political season, but lately I find myself thinking about how I think—the assumptions I bring to my thought processes, and the influences that I know have shaped my habits of thinking since childhood.  Read more

Wetland aviators

Wetlands are usually nature’s gathering point during the heat of the summer. Green frogs and bullfrogs can be seen and heard as various species of turtles ply the water or sun themselves on a log. Also present, though, are many creatures winging their way in and about the wetlands. Whether they are foraging or breeding, they provide a good air show.  Read more

More than luck

It has been written that anglers go through several stages, beginning with catching the first fish. It does not matter whether it is a big one or a small one. The trick is to repeat that catch again and again. “I got my first rainbow today!” or “I caught a small-mouth bass on the Delaware!” Maybe it will be your first brook trout on a small Royal Coachman wet fly. There are a lot of opportunities to fill out your “dance card” of firsts.  Read more

Keep on truckin’…

I want to, I really do, but it’s a ‘97 pickup, and I’m not sure how much longer I can keep on truckin’ along. Up until very recently, the vehicle has been very good to me, but as of late, there has been a steady increase in breakdowns and repairs. Ach. Compounding the issue is what to do next, since running out to buy a new car is not exactly on my to-do list, hard times being what they are.  Read more

Vintage selfies at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Picture Yourself(ie) in the 1930s” is on view at the Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55), through August.

In this innovative and immersive exhibition, visitors can touch and interact with the entire exhibit. In an un-museum-like experience, different facets of 1930s life come alive as visitors “become” part of them: barbering, laundry, barnyard, school and more, each creating a distinct experiences to delve into, explore, touch and to take and share photos of yourself(ie).  Read more

Denning and Claryville History Afternoon

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Denning will be available at Denning and Claryville History Afternoon on Sunday, August 7, at 1 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on State Route 55. Along with co-sponsor the Town of Neversink, the museum will share archive information on the history of the Town of Denning, Ulster County, including oral histories from town residents and binders full of information about life along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. The program is free, including free admission to the museum.  Read more

Roscoe Trout Town Parade and duck race

ROSCOE, NY — Sponsored by the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce, the hamlet of Roscoe will hold its annual Trout Town Parade on Saturday, August 6 starting at 11 a.m. Line-up will be at Roscoe Central School. There will be a flea market/craft fair/Taste of Roscoe at Niforatos Field that day. Also joining in the fun will be the Roscoe Free Library, which will hold its annual duck race at Riverside Park at 3 p.m. Come watch as the ducks race one another downstream for first, second, third and last place. Ducks are available at $3 for one, $5 for two and $10 for five.  Read more

‘Interlude’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — A new group show will open at Gallery EVA at 35 Lower Main St. on Saturday, August 6, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Titled “Interlude,” the show will run through August 31.

Artists featured in the show will include Miriam Hernandez, Barry Shavrick, Walter Stevens, Evelyn Morisot, Paul Shimon, Erica Hart and Eva Drizhal. The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., sometimes Monday, and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

Honey Dewdrops: ‘handcrafted sound... swarming harmonies’

HAWLEY, PA — The Honey Dewdrops bring their unique blend of folk and roots music to Hawley on Friday, August 5 for a show at Harmony Presents. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

As the Honey Dewdrops Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share stages from venues to festivals across North America. The thirst to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release “Silver Lining,” a Top-Ten record on national folk and Americana stations.  Read more