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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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Farm livin’ is the life for me!

Well, in theory, anyhow. Unlike Old MacDonald, I’m not at all sure that I have the stamina to support the desire. I live smack-dab in the middle of farm country and am surrounded by cows, chickens, horses and hay here at Green Acres, and most of my neighbors are farmers. As I traverse the countryside, I often stop to talk to the animals, and they greet me warmly (Dr. Doolittle-style) when I snap a photo or two and (sometimes) let Dharma frolic with her pals.  Read more

Climate questions addressed; NACL’s The Weather Project to host scientist Elaine Matthews

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will host the community conversation “Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask about Weather and Climate” with research scientist and Town of Highland resident Elaine Matthews of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) on Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

The free event is part of NACL’s The Weather Project, a massive community arts and science exploration designed to bring residents, artists, and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science.  Read more


It is a beautiful late summer night on a rooftop in New York City, and I am surrounded by close friends at my 30th birthday. All night, I bound from conversation to conversation never really feeling like I get to spend enough time with any one person. Then IT happens.  Read more

Song-craft and close harmonies by The Sea

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host musical duo The Sea The Sea on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill. This pair of long-time troubadours are Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley, who get their band name, “The Sea The Sea,” from ancient Greek history. To them, it means “A cry of joy.”.

Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism based on a recommendation by a panel of music professionals, The Sea The Sea serves as an ambassador of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the state of Connecticut.  Read more

Celebrating the artists of New Hope Community

LIBERTY, NY — In October and November, more than a dozen individuals supported by New Hope Community will once again have the opportunity to display their artistic works during a showing at the Liberty Public Library at 189 North Main St.  Read more

Demonstration of knife painting

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts invites its members and the public to its monthly First Sunday Art Demo on October 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Borough Hall. This month will feature artist George Hayes from Warwick, NY, demonstrating palette knife painting.

The demonstration will include an overview of different painting knives, how to hold and use them and the advantages of using them to create pieces of art. He will demonstrate by creating a painting from start to finish, while explaining the technique and answering questions during and after the demonstration.  Read more

Honoring our volunteer firefighters

NARROWSBURG, NY — Volunteer firefighters and their departments from all of Sullivan County and parts of Wayne County were honored at the 85th annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association (SCVFA) parade, held in Narrowsburg on Saturday, September 28. The parade was hosted by the Narrowsburg Fire Department, and 2013 marks the 111th year of community service for the department. The SCVFA parade returned to Narrowsburg for the first time in nearly 40 years.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre presents ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present “Krapp’s Last Tape,” by Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett, at the NACL Theatre for two performances only on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at 3 p.m. Paul Austin will be featured as Krapp.

Performance poet Marina Mati will be featured in “Morocco,” by the internationally-acclaimed German writer, Botho Strauss, in the curtain raiser for the evening. Mimi McGurl is the director.  Read more

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

NARROWSBURG, NY — Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, a national bluegrass band on the rise, will open the Tusten Theatre’s fall season on Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m. With the Railroad Boys, Mat Kane (violin), Bobby Ristau (upright bass) and Sten Isachsen (mandolin), Gaudet, the lead guitarist and singer, anchors his songs in classic roots music with a driving style firmly rooted in Americana. The band’s fourth CD, “Reasons That I Run,” highlights the latest collection of Gaudet’s stories and songs.  Read more

‘The Delaware River and the Universe’ paintings by Kathe Frantz

NARROWSBURG, NY — “The Delaware River and the Universe,” an exhibit of paintings by Kathe Frantz, opens with a reception on Friday, October 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through November 2.

“The subjects of my work are landscape and concepts of visual process,” said Frantz, who uses saturated pigments in her oil paintings in order to explore concepts of vision, reality and interpretation.  Read more

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Harvest Hoedown, sponsored by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. with a wide variety of traditional games, activities, craft vendors and entertainment. While much of the hoedown action will be centrally located on Main, Keystone, and Church streets, many businesses, including galleries, specialty retailers and eateries, will also be offering special activities and promotions to mark autumn harvest time at this annual event.  Read more

Crosswinds Quintet blows into Milford

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will host The Crosswinds Quintet at the Milford Theatre on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a follow-up to a historic first: the September 21 standing-room-only performance of a full symphony orchestra in Milford, also produced by Kindred Spirits.

This woodwind quintet mixes traditional classical music with contemporary pieces. The program at the Milford Theatre will run the gamut from Matthew Arnold to Jacques Ibert to Pacquito D’Rivera.  Read more

A great job for daydreamers

HAWLEY, PA — It’s a rare workday in glass cutter Kathy LaTournous’ studio when the air isn’t filled with the sound of big band music or an audio book in the telling. LaTournous says that listening to music or a good story provides a distraction from the physical hardships of her painstaking and repetitive precision work. Her father, Raymond, told her early on during her seven-year apprenticeship with him that glass cutting was a great job for daydreamers—the mind is free to wander while the hands do their work.  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 3

I just got off the plane after a great couple of days in Florida at a cousin’s wedding. I really enjoyed hanging out at the pool but not getting all the freckles. The flight home was amazing. What a sight, flying over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge with all the beautiful fall colors on the trees.

My husband stayed home, and he played secretary for me.

I have to make a correction: Etta Pierce never went to a one-room schoolhouse. (Oops, sorry Etta), and it was Jim Cavanaugh who lost his dad and then his mom.  Read more

They paved paradise

During the 20 summers we spent at our little bungalow near Monticello, we would occasionally wake to the sound of Bobby Somer’s tractor revving up to mow the communal property. If it was a weekend, when the 11 families that comprised our co-op were likely to be in residence, I would make a mental note to ask Bobby to hold off on mowing until the weekdays. But then, in less time than it took to put on a pot of tea and shower, the tractor would be back on its trailer and peace would once again reign in our little patch of paradise in the Catskills.  Read more

Upper Delaware photo contest announced

In June 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place in Northern Wayne County, PA, during which teams of scientists and volunteers documented 1,024 distinct species of plants, animals and insects during a 24-hour period (learn more at

The effort provides a snapshot of the biodiversity of life on the Starlight, PA property, and has since led to the first “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed” contest.  Read more

Big Sky on the road with ‘Women on Fire’

GARDINER, NY — An afternoon of 12 monologues will be presented by Big Sky Productions, one of Sullivan County’s resident theatre troupes, at the Gardiner Library Community Room on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy Film Festival a success

NARROWSBURG, NY — Many people gathered last Friday night on the upper floor of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for the opening night gala of the Big Eddy Film Festival. The festival screened 28 independent films over the weekend. The opening night feature was “The Truth About Emmanuel” and the two features on Saturday night were “Hide your Smiling Faces” and “Knuckle Jack.”

Other films included “Tiny,” a documentary about the tiny house movement, and many short films that were shot in the area, like “Skin” and “This Park Is Mine.”  Read more

Giant Pumpkin Party set for October 5

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The 28th annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, it’s a family day out in the country with a costume parade, pony rides, giant-pumpkin-growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “better” book sale, harvest baking contest, food and other amusements.  Read more

Field to Main, a fundraiser for the Cooperage Project

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its inaugural farm-to-table fundraising event, Field to Main, on Saturday, October 5. Tables will be set at The Cooperage for a five-course, family style dinner. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow at 7 p.m.

This feast will be expertly prepared using only the freshest local ingredients by culinary artists Benjamin Cooper and Derrick Braun, both graduates of the renowned College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  Read more