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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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‘En Plein Air’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — “En Plein Air” is the French term for painting in the open air, a tradition that goes back to the Barbizon School. It finds different interpretations in each of the three artists at the Stray Cat Gallery’s show that runs from Friday, September 27 to Wednesday, October 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

History comes alive in Lackawaxen

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Zane Grey Museum was home to Zane Grey and his family from 1912 to 1918. Today the museum, which is preserved by the National Park Service, features many items from Grey’s life such as dental and baseball equipment, photos of his fishing adventures and his novels.

New hours will be in effect during the fall. During September, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October, the museum’s hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close for the season on Sunday, October 20. Admission is free.  Read more

Smoky Joe, here we go... again

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society announced that the annual “23 for History” marathon softball game, in honor of Shohola’s own Smoky Joe Wood, will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown will commence the game by throwing the first pitch.  Read more

Jeff Bank calendar reception

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Jeff Bank and Catskill Art Society (CAS) held the fifth annual photo contest, “Four Seasons of Nature & Landscapes” in Sullivan County, earlier this year, and selected 12 entries to be featured in the 2014 Jeff Bank Calendar. On Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception will be held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., to display the winning photographs. The photographers will be on hand, light refreshments will be served and the public is invited. The 2014 Jeff Bank Calendars will be available for a suggested $5 donation to CAS.  Read more

Vintage rockabilly folk Saturday

HAWLEY, PA — Rebecca Pronsky will perform at Harmony Presents in the Boiler Room located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Often compared to Stevie Nicks, Pronsky blends country, blues, rock, folk and vintage jazz elements. Pronsky and guitarist Richard Bennett’s musicianship and lyrics straddle the boundaries of rockabilly and roots.  Read more

NACL presents ‘Insomnia’

Highland Lake, NY — Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of “Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves” will be performed at NACL Theatre for one night only on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. “Insomnia” delves into one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Attempting to unify the different parts of herself during one sleepless night in the attic, she faces the pleasures and terrors of haunting internal voices, ultimately confronting what it means to leave yourself behind in your own life.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, September 28 there will be a contra dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage.

“Contra dancing is easy to do, great exercise and a heck of a lot more fun than sitting home watching TV,” said Laurie Brongo, the caller for the dances at The Cooperage. “The live music is exciting and upbeat.”  Read more

‘Extreme/Outside The Box’

WURTSBORO, NY — “Extreme/Outside The Box,” an art exhibit featuring works by local area artists, as well as artwork by Port Jervis artist Wayne Lyons (1936-2012), will be on view at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 5 to 27. There will be an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.  Read more

Conway on ‘Working at Play’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a talk and slideshow titled “Working At Play: The Evolution of Entertainment at the Sullivan County Resorts” from Sullivan County Historian John Conway at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Grey, green, and black and white: New at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) recently announced that its museum, The Columns, will head into the fall season with three new glimpses into Pike County’s history.

Pike County’s most published writer and fisherman extraordinaire, Zane Grey, is featured in a new exhibit. Many of Grey’s novels were made into movies, and the PCHS, in cooperation with film critic and Zane Grey West Society member Robert Lentz, plan on bringing these to you in the fall.

Stop in and take a look at what money looked like upon first issue through the First National Bank of Milford.  Read more

The summer knows…

I never used to think of myself as predictable, but as the years pass, certain traditions I hold dear seem more firmly rooted in my psyche than ever before, and I’ve surrendered to the possibility that I mark time in ways that make sense… to me. It’s a bit daunting that the calendar year seems to fly by these days, but I’m of “a certain age” and as the days grow shorter, I’m reminded that I have more summers behind me than lie ahead.  Read more

Keeping up a tradition; Making real maple syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Pennsylvania’s new Maple Sweetheart was crowned on Friday night at the annual fall banquet of the PA Maple Producers Council held at The Settler’s Inn in Hawley. This year the statewide organization’s fall banquet and two-day tour was hosted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and included visits to maple farms and sugarhouses in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties.  Read more

Lake Huntington News September 26

Who says there is nothing to do? I had a busy weekend. Saturday we went to the Fall Harvest Festival at the Grover Hermann Hospital and were lucky to be there for Marie Zalesky’s 106th birthday. Yes, I said 106. Can you believe it? Marie is a beautiful person. When I asked Marie, “How did you get to be 106?” she said, “Hard work and a lot of volunteering.” Marie still lives alone and volunteers a few days a week. God love her.

The hospital would like to thank everyone who helped with this event.  Read more

The Birdman of 8th Avenue

As the final days of summer begin to wane, one of my favorite things to do at work is to take an afternoon coffee break. Standing outside my building on 8th Avenue, cup in hand, on any nice day, we call the break the “2 p.m. freak show.” At this time of day, the working world is back in its cubicles, while the streets are taken over by the traveling minstrel show of misfits. It seems the nice weather brings them all out of their closets.  Read more

A feast of noise: Dizzy Feast and Noise New York play The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If you haven’t been to a Collabonation Productions show yet then what are you waiting for? The production company made up of Joe Murray and Dylan Smith has been booking shows for over a year, most of them being at The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, a popular bar/concert venue for young people from all over the area. Most of the shows are jam bands from upstate or the city, but Collabonation did something a little different last Friday night. They booked three bands (one being a jam band from Brooklyn), but the other two bands were local (or mostly local).  Read more

A tale of two migrants

September is here, and many animals in our area are preparing in some way for the onset of colder weather to come. Some insects and many birds have already started to migrate to warmer climes, and it is this migration behavior that enables researchers to get a “snapshot” of the wellbeing of a particular species and its habitat.  Read more

Berlin Township Fireman’s Field Day and pig roast

WELCOME LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake and Welcome Lake volunteer fire companies will hold the first ever Firemen’s Field Day and pig roast on Saturday, September 28, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Welcome Lake Fire Pavilion, 99 Cosgrove Rd. The event is rain or shine.  Read more

Museum at Bethel Woods joins Museum Day Live!

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.  Read more

Back to school

The students stare back at me blankly. I wonder if they are paying attention.

“Who knows the difference between overwrite and splice in?”

A few of them nod. One yawns long and large but then surprisingly raises his hand and answers the question. I guess you can’t blame them; it is a three-hour class on a Monday night.

It wasn’t too long ago that the tables were turned and I was a student sitting far back in the computer lab in an NYU editing class. I’m sure there were times I yawned, probably much worse.  Read more

Wildlife photographs on exhibit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht’s framed wildlife photographs will be on display at the Livingston Manor Library through the month of October. Wagenknecht’s work brings broad scenes of color and clarity to the library walls.  Read more